September 28, 2022

Should you pursue credit card preapproval?

Eager to get a credit card but worried you might get rejected after applying? Want to take advantage of special rewards a certain credit card provides? Consider applying for a card you’ve already been “preapproved” for. Preapproval means that the credit card issuer has already screened and fast-tracked you for ultimately getting approved.

But obtaining a preapproved credit card has its pluses and minuses. Learn more about these benefits and drawbacks, worthy candidates for getting preapproved, and what happens if you are preapproved but ultimately rejected for the card. 

Get educated on this topic by reading my newest piece for Credit Sesame, available here.

September 19, 2022

Midnight Terror Haunted House expands staff and characters in 2022

In addition to writing articles, editing content, hosting a podcast, and managing various projects, I also handle public relations and publicity for a variety of clients. One of them is Midnight Terror Haunted House in the Chicagoland area, which reopens again for the Halloween season this Friday. 

Curious what's fresh and frightful about this popular haunt for 2022? Read my latest news release on the haunted attraction, available here.

September 14, 2022

TCM's Eddie Muller returns to Cineversary podcast to celebrate Out of the Past

For Cineversary podcast episode #51, host Erik Martin takes a trip down film noir boulevard to revisit Out of the Past, directed by Jacques Tourneur, which turns 75 this autumn. Joining Erik this episode is Eddie Muller, the host of TCM’s Noir Alley and author of Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir. They navigate through this classic film’s cigarette haze and dark labyrinth of double-crosses to examine why Out of the Past stands the test of time, how it’s unique among noir fare, and why it’s worth celebrating.
Eddie Muller

To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download, or subscribe to Cineversary wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, SpotifyStitcherCastboxGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsPodBeanRadioPublic, and Overcast.

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September 6, 2022

What you can expect to pay for the remodel of a small kitchen

Got a smaller kitchen in need of major updates? Many kitchens in urban locations have smaller footprints, such as 10-feet by 10-feet, that are overdue for renovation. Modernizing this room can make a big difference. But that begs the question: What is the cost to remodel a smaller kitchen?

Read my newest article for Ownerly, available here, to learn more about the best strategies for remodeling a smaller kitchen and what kind of return on investment you can expect.