Proud to Call Wauconda My Home

From Atlanta to Wauconda

Just about 9 years ago, my family was relocating to the Northwest suburbs from Atlanta.  Having lived in the area several years before, we had remembered hearing that Wauconda was a nice community….small town feel, great place to raise a family, etc… we decided to check it out.  I will never forget the first time I drove through town and the overwhelming feeling that I had found our new home.  It seemed to have everything we were looking for…..a  thriving  Main Street, all of the day to day conveniences all in one place, a school district we felt comfortable with, affordable homes, an active park district, and access to a major artery for commuting to larger villages and work.  It didn’t take long to find the perfect house in a beautiful neighborhood…..



Loving a Thriving Community — Wauconda

And now 9 years later, it has only gotten better and better.  Since moving here in 2004, we have been so fortunate to be a part of a fabulous community and have seen it blossom.  New businesses opening, old businesses being revitalized, student performance  improving year after year….and having become part of the community, we have been so impressed with the level of involvement from residents who truly love the town, businesses who work together to help each other succeed, a local government that is passionate about the growth and well  being of the city.  My family has relocated many times over the last 25 years, having lived in other states and other suburbs of Chicago, and we absolutely believe we have found where we belong.


Call Wauconda Your Home

If you are looking for a new place to call home, it would be worth your time to take a look at Wauconda.  Just a walk down Main Street will tell you a lot.  You will find great places to eat, taste wine, shop, sip a latte, enjoy live music, even get a haircut at an old fashioned barber shop…..not to mention the many enjoyable festivals throughout the year.  A few steps away is Bangs Lake, where on any summer day you will see boaters, fisherman, and kayakers….and plenty of ice fishing in the winter.  Check out our many residential areas, where you will find affordable homes which include lake side neighborhoods, planned developments, custom homes…something for every lifestyle and budget.

I am proud to call Wauconda my home….

9 Cholesterol Facts – The Truth About Cholesterol

Following Are Nine Cholesterol Facts That May Make You Rethink All of the Negative Stigma Heard about….. CHOLESTEROL!


 Cholesterol Facts - Truth About Cholesterol


1.  You Make It! Our body makes cholesterol in the liver. About 80% of the cholesterol circulating in our blood comes from our liver. Only 20% comes from the foods you eat.

2.  Lower Stress. Cholesterol is a powerful anti-stressor. Stress comes from a number of sources. In fact, the more stressed you are the more cholesterol your liver makes. Cholesterol is one of the most powerful anti-stress substances in your body.

3.  Increased Bone Density. Circulating cholesterol (LDL) is converted into Vitamin D (hormone), which is anti-inflammatory and allows you to absorb calcium for the health of your bones and teeth. Vitamin D has hormone-like effects, and is important in immune function as well as the integrity of the GI tract.

4.  Sex Hormones. You manufacture all your sex hormones – pregnenlone, progesterone, testosterone and estrogen from cholesterol.  As you get older your levels of sex hormones might drop due to a drop in cholesterol levels. If you take statin drugs to lower cholesterol you might find yourself with menopausal or sexual problems.  An interesting fact: the same pharmaceutical company makes Lipitor and Viagra.

5.  Anti-Inflammatory Hormones. Anti-inflammatory hormones are critical to your health. Hormones like pregnenolone, progesterone, DHEA and cortisol (in the short-term) allow you to heal, regenerate and manage stress, sodium and blood sugar. All these hormones are made from cholesterol.

6.  Circulatory Hormones. Aldosterone is another hormone made from cholesterol that increases blood volume. Increased blood volume increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your cells.

7.  Digestive Hormones. Bile is made from cholesterol in our liver and it is stored in the gallbladder. Bile is secreted into your small intestines to break down dietary fats, and its sudsy effect helps keep your intestines clean. Toxins, like estrogen are stored in the bile after being detoxified by the liver. When the bowel is moving well and bile is made optimally, you are able to eliminate these toxins out of your body with your daily bowel movement.

8.  Stabilization. Cholesterol stabilizes the mitochondria of the cell, the place hormones are made and where glucose is converted to ATP – where energy is made. This stabilizing effect protects the cells from stress, which allows them to produce energy optimally.

9.  Toxicity and Stress.  Cholesterol will rise when your body is generally stressed or is stressed by toxic substances. Examples include heavy metals like mercury and cadmium; toxins form the gut (endotoxin), and chemicals like pesticides.


So there you have it – now you all know the truth about cholesterol but were always afraid to ask.  Post any comments or questions below and Linda DeFever, owner of Vitality Inc. Health for a Lifetime will be here to answer your questions.  And if you’d like to learn more about Cholesterol, she will be conducting a lecture on “Truth about Cholesterol and Why We Need It” at the Community Center on March 23, 2013 at 1PM.  Early registrations required as space is limited.  Check out our Events Calendar for more details about this event.



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Wauconda ~ Best of the Best Readers’ Choice 2013

Wauconda was named the Best of the Best in 2013 Daily Herald Readers’ Choice Awards!  Best City to Live In, Best Community Festival, Best Downtown Atmosphere and Best Park District!



Wauconda Best of the Best Readers Choice 2013

“Best of the Best: City to Live, Community Festival, Downtown Atmosphere and Park District                           in our 2013 Daily Herald Readers Choice Awards!”



Congratulations to all the people who live, work and play in Wauconda, with whom this award would not have been possible.


Way to go Wauconda!!!

Wauconda Homes Average Sales January 2013

Wauconda Homes Average Sales January 2013

Wauconda Homes Average Sales January 2013

National and State Real Estate news out there isn’t always reflective of local markets.  Thought this may provide a quick snapshot of what has been happening in our Wauconda market over the last 12 months.


Why Live in Wauconda?

221 residential properties  have closed since this time last year in Wauconda.

Broken down into price ranges, 72 properties sold for under $100,000, 71% of which were either foreclosures or short sales.

In the $100,000-$200,000 bracket, 68 homes sold with 38% being foreclosures or short sales, and for the 48 listings in the $200,000-$300,000 range, the percentage drops to 25%.

33 homes sold for over $300,000, none of which were foreclosures or short sales, with the market topping out at $470,000.

Total sales for 2012 were up 36% over 2011, with prices fairly steady overall.

As of today, January 23, 2013, 39 closings are pending and 128 residential properties are listed for sale ranging from $40,888 up to $987,000.

Consider the Stats


Wauconda Home Average Sales January 2013

Wauconda Home Average Sales January 2013


Make that Move to Wauconda ~ Invest in Wauconda!

Mortgage rates are still low, and properties are being offered at great value prices…if you’ve been thinking about making a move or an investment, now is the time.  Make that move to Wauconda.  Invest in Wauconda!




Happy Holidays from My Town Wauconda

Happy Holidays My Town Wauconda

All we need is SNOW!

Beautiful Main Street, Wauconda IL. Don’t you just love how beautiful our town Wauconda has become?

The Main Street Attraction, a group made up of Wauconda residents, volunteer their time for making and putting up the seasonal baskets hanging from the lamp posts and also for raising the money for the lights you see adorning downtown Main Street. And of course the help and support of the local Wauconda businesses can’t go unnoticed.  The Wauconda Public Works put up all the beautiful lights you see glowing and beautifying the streets of Wauconda.  Alex, of Wauconda Public Works, purchased the snowflakes over the street, which helped complete the look!

Thank you to all and to all our fans!  It’s you that inspires us to keep doing what we do!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!
May 2013 be the best year yet!


Cheers ~

What is Artist Cooperative Gallery?

Artist Cooperative Gallery is an event that provides a venue for EMERGING + ESTABLISHED local artists and promotes art awareness.  The event is held the first Saturday of every month at Bliss Wine and Gifts.

The Artist Cooperative Gallery and Bliss Wine and Gifts will be hosting a very special event for the First Saturday in January.  Wauconda Alumni Artists will be showing their amazing work. Come out and support this group of very talented artists as they follow their dreams and continue their journey in art school.  The event takes place January 5th, 5-9pm at BLISS WINE & GIFTS | Wauconda |201 S. Main Street | 847/526-7133.


Artist Cooperative Gallery

Artist Cooperative Gallery           January 5, 2013


We’re kicking off this ECLECTIC & FUN event with an ICE Sculpture demonstration. Check out the “must buy” up-cycled winter wear by the artists of Nihilo. A tasting by The Olive Tap of Long Grove will feature their most popular olive oils and balsamic vinegars; available for purchase.

Join in the fun with our First EVER | First Saturday “jewelry swap”. Bring an unwanted jewelry piece and take a “new” one home with you…


Always new…always fresh ~ First Saturdays at Bliss!!