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Bringing the spa home: Bathroom trends incorporate cleanliness and relaxation

Bringing the spa home: Bathroom trends incorporate cleanliness and relaxation

Sure, the bathroom for most is the place where you get business done, but for many, it's much more. The bathroom is an oasis; a place to relax after a long day and a place where four walls separate you from the outside world.

July 13, 2014 1:17 pm Photos

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Gardeners take advantage of community resources

Gardeners take advantage of community resources

Avid gardener Linda Mapes enjoys spending time outdoors, tending to her plants and taking in the sunshine.

July 05, 2014 1:57 pm Photos

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Annual Summer Fest includes car and bike show, concert

Annual Summer Fest includes car and bike show, concert

Rev your engines and head to Valparaiso, as this week’s Summer Fest will offer classic cars, entertainment and an opportunity to give back to the community.

June 18, 2014 6:15 am
Flowering Passion: Master Gardeners show off garden projects next weekend

Flowering Passion: Master Gardeners show off garden projects next weekend

A garden featuring more than 500 roses is one of several that will be showcased on this year’s Lake County Master Gardeners Association annual Garden Walk.

June 07, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Creative Car Games: How to keep the whole family entertained while on long summer road trips

Creative Car Games: How to keep the whole family entertained while on long summer road trips

Summer is upon us, and that means road trips for many families.

June 05, 2014 11:00 am
Back to Life: Limiting plant damage after the polar vortex

Back to Life: Limiting plant damage after the polar vortex

This year’s winter in the Midwest was rough on more than just people.

May 24, 2014 10:31 am Photos

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Summer activities fun for all ages

Summer activities fun for all ages

Summer is just around the corner, and communities across Chicagoland are gearing up for annual events that will draw thousands to the region.

May 22, 2014 5:26 pm
Humane Society Calumet Area vies for piece of $600,000 in grants: HSCA competes in national Rachael Ray competition

Humane Society Calumet Area vies for piece of $600,000 in grants: HSCA competes in national Rachael Ray competition

Humane Society Calumet Area is one of 50 shelters nationwide vying for a piece of $600,000 in grant funding.

May 18, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Fueling up the smart way: Proper nutrition is a vital component for Mom's health

Fueling up the smart way: Proper nutrition is a vital component for Mom's health

Just as gasoline is needed to run most cars, food is needed to energize the human body.

May 11, 2014 9:30 am
Outside in NWI: Local parks provide fun day trips as the season finally changes

Outside in NWI: Local parks provide fun day trips as the season finally changes

Looking for a day trip to take with the family? You don't have to venture far to find the perfect trip.

May 10, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Bird Watching: Northwest Indiana offers an abundance of feathered species to appreciate

Bird Watching: Northwest Indiana offers an abundance of feathered species to appreciate

Despite Mother Nature's latest attempt at keeping winter around, Spring is officially here and bird enthusiasts say this is a great time to catch hundreds of species that migrate through this region.

May 04, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Microbrew Tutorial: 25 NWI craft beers to taste

Microbrew Tutorial: 25 NWI craft beers to taste

Northwest Indiana's craft brewery industry is exploding and residents don't have to go far to find a vibrant microbrew scene.

April 29, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Innovative green technology learned and practiced at local universities

Innovative green technology learned and practiced at local universities

Sitting on top of an academic building at Purdue University Calumet is a vertical axis wind turbine that on a windy day, generates the same amount of energy in one hour that it takes to light a 50-watt light bulb for 20 hours.

April 20, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Nutritious gardens: Master gardners share ways any gardener can grow produce

Nutritious gardens: Master gardners share ways any gardener can grow produce

Choosing which fruits and vegetables to plant in your garden can often feel like a stop light: green (even newbies shouldn't have problems), yellow (use caution if you're a novice), and red (don't even think about it).

April 14, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Beginner Gardeners: Plants to try with little green thumbs

Beginner Gardeners: Plants to try with little green thumbs

As Spring weather is just starting to show itself, gardeners are busy planning this year's bounty.

April 03, 2014 8:30 am
Growing plants and young minds: Gardening has educational benefits for children

Growing plants and young minds: Gardening has educational benefits for children

Including children in planting a garden can be a great cooperative project for both parents and kids.

April 03, 2014 7:30 am
Stop and 'grow' the roses: Local garden groups offer workshops on how to grow roses

Stop and 'grow' the roses: Local garden groups offer workshops on how to grow roses

Symbolic of beauty and love, roses hold a special place in many gardeners' hearts.

April 01, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Remotely work from home

Remotely work from home

While Svjetlana Stojanovic prefers working in an office setting, having the option of working from home occasionally is a fantastic benefit, she says.

March 09, 2014 6:12 pm
Stir Crazy Crafts: Get through cabin fever with these DIY ideas

Stir Crazy Crafts: Get through cabin fever with these DIY ideas

Stuck in the house with your family and have nothing to do? These creative crafts will help alleviate any cabin fever kids are experiencing this cold winter and rainy spring.

March 06, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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The job never stops at parks

The job never stops at parks

While there’s a perception among some that parks and recreation departments are inactive during the winter months, that couldn’t be farther from the truth – especially the winter this region has experienced.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Winter Jobs

Winter Jobs

This winter has dumped snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures on the region – leaving residents huddled in their homes or digging their way out of mounds of snow.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
Dunes camp teaches families about maple sugaring

Dunes camp teaches families about maple sugaring

The Dunes Learning Center will hold its first ever family camp this weekend, giving parents and kids the opportunity to explore maple sugaring and enjoy a camping experience.

February 21, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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The job of a plow driver

The job of a plow driver

Driving down U.S. 30 at 3 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm is not for the faint of heart.

February 16, 2014 3:50 pm Photos

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Seasonal jobs

Seasonal jobs

Unless you’re looking for jobs that involve snow removal, you may have noticed a lack of job openings in some industries.

February 09, 2014 12:38 pm
Indoor herbs: Winter cold doesn't stop local gardeners from growing tasty plants

Indoor herbs: Winter cold doesn't stop local gardeners from growing tasty plants

With winter weather at full force outside, for area gardeners, Spring may seem like years away - not months.

February 09, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Presidents come to life through books and movies

Presidents come to life through books and movies

Visit any book store or library and you'll likely find several books on past presidents.

February 06, 2014 11:30 am
Party like a president

Party like a president

As most kids celebrate a day off from school Feb. 17, the nation will mark Presidents’ Day.

February 06, 2014 7:15 am
The job of coaching

The job of coaching

When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks take the field tonight, all eyes will be on Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

February 02, 2014 6:23 pm Photos

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Atrial fibrillation risk and treatments

It may start with a feeling as if the heart is skipping a beat or beating too hard or fast.

February 02, 2014 3:56 pm
Coverletters

Coverletters

It may be one of the more painful aspects of applying for a job - the dreaded cover letter.

January 26, 2014 6:53 pm
Employment gaps

Employment gaps

Being out of work is difficult, and sending out resume filled with employment gaps can present a huge hurdle to ending that unemployment.

January 19, 2014 4:40 pm Photos

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Get rid of those winter blues

Get rid of those winter blues

The winter doldrums, the blahs, the winter blues - they're all terms to describe what many experience at this time of year as cold temperatures and fewer hours of daylight start to wear on many people.

January 12, 2014 2:45 pm Photos

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New Year's resolutions for your wallet: Learning how to save money to cash in on future benefits

New Year's resolutions for your wallet: Learning how to save money to cash in on future benefits

A clean slate. That's what the New Year is to many, including financial experts who say now is the perfect time to start saving if you haven't been.

January 12, 2014 7:00 am
Setting goals

Setting goals

If you made a New Year's resolution this week, you join 44 percent of Americans who did the same this year, according to a poll released by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

January 05, 2014 3:22 pm
Winterize your home to save energy and expense

Winterize your home to save energy and expense

If you haven't already winterized your home, it's not too late.

January 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Post-holiday cheer: Pack up and organize decorations for next year

Post-holiday cheer: Pack up and organize decorations for next year

The holidays are about over, and many today are still eating leftover cookies and enjoying their new gifts.

December 29, 2013 11:00 pm Photos

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Post operative pain

Post operative pain

Looking for a job? If you're trained in home health care, retail or construction, your luck may soon change for the better.

December 29, 2013 3:25 pm Photos

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Working on the holidays

Working on the holidays

Despite the popular tune, not everyone can be home for Christmas.

December 22, 2013 1:15 pm Photos

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Make holidays more meaningful

Make holidays more meaningful

The holidays are a meaningful time of year for families, but sometimes that meaning can get lost in the hubbub of Black Friday shopping, presents under the tree and running from party to party.

December 22, 2013 10:30 am
Party planners

Party planners

Planning a holiday party can be a challenge for anyone. But when it's for hundreds of guests, the challenges compound.

December 15, 2013 2:47 pm Photos

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Crafts allow kids to help with holiday decorating

Crafts allow kids to help with holiday decorating

With holiday breaks from school approaching, and the cold already here, crafts are the perfect way to spend quality time with kids while exercising their creativity.

December 13, 2013 10:00 am Photos

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Catering in Holiday Cheer: Local restaurants offer tips for hosting parties this holiday season

Catering in Holiday Cheer: Local restaurants offer tips for hosting parties this holiday season

If you're planning a holiday party this year, take note - help is available.

December 08, 2013 11:21 pm Photos

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Contractor's work

Contractor's work

Karen Swim may live near Detroit, but her works takes her around the country - including this region - without ever having to leave her house.

December 08, 2013 6:05 pm Photos

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Holiday lighting

Holiday lighting

Ever walk down the street and see a beautifully decorated home, adorned with twinkling lights and big red bows for the holiday season?

December 01, 2013 2:35 pm Photos

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Strongbow's Thanksgiving

Strongbow's Thanksgiving

Imagine having to prepare 130 30-pound turkeys, 1,400 pounds of mashed potatoes and 450 pumpkin pies - all for guests who are about to walk through your front door.

November 24, 2013 3:03 pm Photos

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Winter weather is here.

Winter weather is here.

It's official - winter weather has arrived.

November 17, 2013 4:39 pm
Centerpieces add flair to Thanksgiving meal

Centerpieces add flair to Thanksgiving meal

While the turkey takes center stage at most families' Thanksgiving dinners, there is a another table element that's competing for that top spot.

November 15, 2013 12:00 am
Astronomical opportunities: Changing seasons bring many events that highlight the night sky

Astronomical opportunities: Changing seasons bring many events that highlight the night sky

The night sky this fall should prove to be an exciting time for astronomers-novice and experienced alike.

November 11, 2013 11:44 pm Photos

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Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal Jobs

Want to earn a few extra bucks for the holidays?

November 10, 2013 3:24 pm
Crafts let everyone participate in the Thanksgiving day table

Crafts let everyone participate in the Thanksgiving day table

The weeks leading up to the holiday is a great time to gather children and plan the perfect fall decorations to adorn the table and welcome guests.

November 10, 2013 11:00 am Photos

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