Kerth: If you’re searching for the future, check your pockets

Sometimes it’s easy to forget we’re living in the future – a future so unimaginable that even the best science fiction writers in the world can’t begin to imagine it.

Guys Grooming Guide

The experts at Pepper Annex offer tips for men’s hair care and encourage a visit to a spa for special treatment.

For All The Moms

Were you handed down the love of reading by your mom? Book columnist Sandra Manley suggests some books for gifts on Mother’s Day.

It's A Girl Thing

Family columnist Michelle Stien recounts her experience with the Girls on the Run 5K program and is looking forward to this year’s race.
Home and Lifestyle

Intentional Spending

Budgeting doesn’t have to be painful or restricting. Dorion-Gray Retirement Services explains the benefits of living within limits.

Lovely Locks

When it comes to wedding hair, your stylist is your best friend! Pepper Annex shares some secrets to make you simply stunning for your wedding photos.

Do Not Repeat

Shampoo packaging has taught us to lather, rinse and repeat. Repeatedly! Stylists at Pepper Annex are recommending a change in that age-old habit.

Healthy, Runway Hair At Home

Stylists at Pepper Annex give suggestions for creating healthy, runway hair at home.

Businesswoman's Blowout

Hair stylists at Pepper Annex suggest getting a blowout a couple times a week as a way to reduce daily coif maintenance.

Wait ... What?!

Family columnist Michelle Stien isn’t looking foward to being 40.

Is ADHD A Superpower?

What we’ve all been told is that ADHD is a problem. That adults and kids with ADHD are “broken” to some degree, they have something wrong with them. Well, in this article I’m going to address that issue in this way — yes and no.

Splended Spring Reading

Book columnist Sandra Manley recommends three novels to put some spring in your step.

Penkava: Thar’s cards in them thar homes!

Geesh, am I jealous! I just heard about a family that was cleaning out their great-grandfather’s home when they found seven uber-rare Ty Cobb baseball cards.

Don't Worry. Be Happy

Family columnist Michelle Stien writes about suffering from chronic depression and anxiety and how she manages day to day.

Super Mom Syndrome

Being constantly stressed, sick, struggling and out of gas has a huge impact on a family. When moms suffer, the whole family does. Dr. Anthony Ebel describes how chiropractic can help.
Fashion & Beauty

The Heart Of It

It has its own emoticon. It’s even replaced the “like” button on Twitter. So just how did the heart-shape come to represent love? Steffan’s Jewelers’ Karly Bulinski explains.
Fashion & Beauty

Lovely Locks

When it comes to wedding hair, your stylist is your best friend! Pepper Annex shares some secrets to make you simply stunning for your wedding photos.
Fashion & Beauty

Looks You'll Love

The biggest date night of the year is coming up ... Valentine’s Day. Are you ready? Beauty columnist Lisa Ryan has some helpful tips.
Home and Lifestyle

Books For Brides

Book reviewer Sandra Manley suggests some good reads for women (and men!) who are preparing to tie the knot.

Tips For Traveling With Jewelry

What jewelry should you take when going on vacation? Karly Bulinski shares some common sense rules to abide by.

Wait A Minute!

Family columnist Michelle Stien weighs in on what it’s like raising two young and inquisitive kids.
Dining & Entertaining

2016 Dining Trends

Dave Faccone of the Crystal Lake Rib House shares what he believes will become hot fare this new year.

Cutting Edge

Pepper Annex Hair Salon and Dry Bar shares techniques for maintaining healthy hair during damaging autumn weather.

Now Serving!

Columnist Dave Faccone celebrates the return of Happy Hour specials to the restaurant scene.

Gem Talk

Did you know that the most popular day of the year to “pop the question” is on Christmas Eve?

The Big "O"

In my Wine 101 Simpified classes, special emphasis is placed on tuning in to our senses.
Suburban Family


The practice of philanthropy is passed down from one parent to the next regarding this family columnist.

Fall's Hottest Makeup Trends

Update your look and enhance your features with fall’s hottest new trend — contouring.
Dining & Entertaining


Are you afraid of wine? Is it just too intimidating? Laura Ribando of Wine 101 Simplified breaks down all the basics.
Dining & Entertaining

I Love This Joint!

Restauranteur Dave Faccone talks about what it takes to make a good restaurant great.

Instant Karma

I field a lot of interesting questions from the kids on a daily basis. Recently, my son Colin asked me what “karma” meant.
Fashion & Beauty

Gem Talk

When thinking about custom designing a piece of jewelry, a lot of people tend to shy away from the process because of the fear of what it will cost.
Home and Lifestyle

Book Nook

Here is a selection of treats I’ve read in the last month and really enjoyed:
Home and Lifestyle

Fall Into A Book

Guest columnist Sandra Manley suggests a couple of great reads for this fall.
Dining & Entertaining

Put The Device Down!

Food columnist Dave Faccone can’t take it anymore and finally speaks his mind about cell phones and family dining.
Fashion & Beauty

Praise For Appraisals

Local gemologist Karly Bulinski praises appraisals for your prized jewelry.

It's All Good

Family columnist Michelle Stien shares how she used to be a pessimist and why she no longer looks at life negatively.

Why Chiro For Kids?

Dr. Anthony Ebel of Premier Wellness Chiropractic in Crystal Lake explains the top three reasons parents bring their children in for treatment.

Wine — Old And New

Wine columnist Laura Ribando of Wine 101 Simplified explains the differences between Old World wines and New World wines.

Naturally Clearer Skin

Dr. Daniel Strelcheck explains how chiropractic can help create natural, healthy skin.

Never Buy Your Diamonds Off The Internet

Karly Bulinski of Steffan’s Jewelers warns about buying diamonds off the internet.

The Perfect Summer Face

Columnist Lisa Ryan of Love My Results explains makeup for the perfect summer face in just minutes.

New In BBQ

Dining columnist Dave Faccone predicts the trends in BBQ we’ll see this year.

At Your Leisure

Arlene Lynes, owner of Read Between the Lynes bookstore in Woodstock, shares some ideas for summer reading.

Lighten Up With Summer Wine

Laura Ribando, owner of Wine 101 Simplified, recommends tasty wines for this weather.
Family in Focus

Disney or D.C.?

Family columnist Michelle Stien explains which vacation destination her children preferred and why.

Kneed Advice?

Discover the alternatives to knee replacement with the help of Dr. Jill Howe.

Spend To Save?

How can spending money on chiropractic care actually save you money? Dr. Anthony Ebel explains.
Family in Focus

Is Your Spouse Your Bestie?

Family columnist Michelle Stien writes about the evolution between her and her husband from friends to more than friends.

The 'Sort-Of' Single Mom?

Family columnist Michelle Stien waxes nostalgic for the days when her husband had an office of his own.
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