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Natural Beauty: Organic and handmade cosmetics have a healthy effect on skin

Natural Beauty: Organic and handmade cosmetics have a healthy effect on skin

After visiting with a kiss-happy grandmother, a Highland mother was left wondering if it was the lipstick worn by the grandmother that caused her then 6-month old daughter to break out in hives on her forehead.

July 22, 2014 3:43 pm Photos

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Around the Clock: Sleep disorders can have wide-ranging consequences

Around the Clock: Sleep disorders can have wide-ranging consequences

Ulcers, hyperglycemia, diabetes, hypertension, gastric intestinal problems are not always caused by diet - they could be linked to a disrupted internal clock.

June 18, 2014 1:30 pm
Men's cardiac awareness can help avoid disease

Men's cardiac awareness can help avoid disease

Most men may attribute to feeling low energy, being easily fatigued or experiencing shortness of breath as being out of shape, but they may be signs of heart disease.

June 17, 2014 9:34 am
Pop-Up Treasures: Tri-state artisans gather at local, handmade market

Pop-Up Treasures: Tri-state artisans gather at local, handmade market

What started out a year ago as six vendors on a sidewalk is now 130 vendors at the Lake County Fairgrounds with roughly 4,000 attendees.

June 07, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Sixteen-year-old Schererville resident Nathan Colwell practices magic about four hours a day. He specializes in card magic. Colwell performs every Friday and Saturday 6pm-9pm at Villa Del Sol Mexican Restaurant located in Merrillville. facebook.com/nathancolwellmagician

June 01, 2014 8:00 am
He's got the Magic: Schererville teen performs card magic around the region

He's got the Magic: Schererville teen performs card magic around the region

Not every teenager spends their 16th birthday at a magic shop in Chicago, but Nathan Colwell of Schererville did.

June 01, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Reflect the Season: Use decor updates to ready home and yard for the warm weather

Reflect the Season: Use decor updates to ready home and yard for the warm weather

Perhaps the harsh winter and gray skies made way for references of playful escapism in our homes this spring as bright, bold accent colors and Ikat designs with Moroccan influences are trending in decor.

May 31, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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All hues of blue can be used for a pop of color this spring and summer season as seen at The Blue Pear. The Blue Pear will have a booth at the Hunt and Gather Market June 6 and 7 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.

May 31, 2014 7:00 am
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"I think the relentless winter we just experienced has made us all eager for warmer temperatures and introducing spring/garden elements into your home is a great way to put winter behind us," said Robert Radzinski, owner of The Blue Pear in Crown Point. The Blue Pear will have a booth at the…

May 31, 2014 7:00 am
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Robert Radzinski, owner of The Blue Pear in Crown Point, said home accents featuring images of birds continue to be popular, as well as eggs, nests, and mushrooms. The Blue Pear will have a booth at the Hunt and Gather Market June 6 and 7th at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.

May 31, 2014 7:00 am
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All hues of blue are on trend this spring and summer season as seen on display at the The Blue Pear. The Blue Pear will have a booth at the Hunt and Gather Market June 6 and 7 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.

May 31, 2014 7:00 am
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Robert Radzinski, owner of The Blue Pear in Crown Point, said home accents featuring images of birds continue to be popular, as well as eggs, nests, and mushrooms. "I've also been selling lots of potted boxwood topiaries - a pop of green is always a sign that spring has arrived," said Radzinski.

May 31, 2014 7:00 am
Placesetting

Placesetting

Crown Point bridal boutique Bride and Joy has a room showcasing the hottest wedding decor trends. Owner and wedding planner Dani Bryant-Nelson created a place setting that incorporates a brightly colored feather to bring together the organic peacock-themed centerpiece.

April 27, 2014 8:00 am
Lace gown with belt

Lace gown with belt

Having a hint of color in wedding dresses is in style this summer - blushes, champagnes and mints are most popular. To break up the traditional lace gown and bring in some sparkle, Bride and Joy owner Dani Bryant-Nelson said brides often wear a bridal sash or belt.

April 27, 2014 8:00 am
Vintage

Vintage

Dani Bryant-Nelson, owner of Bride and Joy in Crown Point, and Sarah Ellman, owner of Smug Lady Bug, said pairing rustic materials such as burlap with a romantic lace is trending for 2014 weddings.

April 27, 2014 8:00 am
Shoe

Shoe

Bridal boutique Bride and Joy owner Dani Bryant-Nelson pairs a shiny red shoe with a patterned black and white wedding gown. "Colored shoes under the wedding gown have been a trend for a few years now and doesn't seem to be slowing down," said Nelson.

April 27, 2014 8:00 am
Region Weddings: Local experts break down the trends of this year's wedding season

Region Weddings: Local experts break down the trends of this year's wedding season

Mixing it up is what's trending for 2014 weddings, from decor to dresses to new families.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Jillian van Volkenburgh brings creativity to South Shore Arts programs

Jillian van Volkenburgh brings creativity to South Shore Arts programs

Fifteen years ago when artist Jillian Van Volkenburgh was commissioned by John Cain, executive director at South Shore Arts, to do a painting for his kitchen, the two had no idea that she would one day work as one of his directors.

April 08, 2014 3:44 pm Photos

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Reduce, Reuse, 'Upcycle': Giving a new purpose to old, unused items

Reduce, Reuse, 'Upcycle': Giving a new purpose to old, unused items

Mandy Pappas of Crown Point has collected hundreds of wine corks and close to 40 yardsticks over the past two years. And she’s on the hunt for more items.

January 13, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Upcycle 1

Mandy Pappas lined the walls of her Crown Point store, On The Square Emporium, with old doors she bought from Montessori in Cedar Lake. She will use the hardware from these doors in the house she and her husband are building in the spring.

January 10, 2014 7:00 am
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Upcycle 2

Mandy Pappas of Crown Point bought three of these barn doors from a farm in Lowell. She plans to clean them up and repurpose them as pocket doors in a house she and her husband are building in the spring.

January 10, 2014 7:00 am

Kitchen Cleanliness

An untidy bedroom won’t make you ill but a dirty kitchen potentially can.

December 18, 2013 11:32 am
Survivor Spotlight: Triathlon runner back in the race

Survivor Spotlight: Triathlon runner back in the race

Forty-year-old John Babista, of Woodridge, is a nurse. However after crossing the finish line at a Hammond triathlon, he suffered a heart attack and became the patient.

December 18, 2013 10:50 am Photos

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Christmas Tree (6)

Christmas Tree (6)

Seasonal staff member Clay Spencer provides rope service for a customer at Guse Christmas Trees in Wanatah, IN.

November 29, 2013 8:00 am
Christmas Tree (7)

Christmas Tree (7)

Kissing balls are a fairly new but popular decor item at Guse Christmas Tree's. These balls are in line to get decorated. The shop also sells wreaths, garland and grave toppers — all made out of Christmas trees that aren't sellable.

November 29, 2013 8:00 am
Growing Family Tradition

Growing Family Tradition

Seasonal staff members Clay Spencer and Garrett Magley prepare to bail a freshly cut tree at Guse Christmas Trees in Wanatah.

November 29, 2013 8:00 am
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Christmas Tree (3)

Guse Christmas Trees carries 12 varieties of trees but Fraser Fir is the most popular tree sold. It has short needles, open spaces between the branches for ornaments and has good needle retention.

November 29, 2013 8:00 am
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Christmas Tree (4)

Hot chocolate, a grandmother's homemade, secret recipe, and coffee is free to customers on the weekends at Guse Christmas Trees in Wanatah.

November 29, 2013 8:00 am
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Christmas Tree (1)

Garrett Magley trims off the bottom branches of a freshly cut tree before standing it on a machine that shakes all of the loose needles out from the tree. Magley is part of the seasonal staff at Guse Christmas Trees in Wanatah.

November 28, 2013 11:00 pm
'Growing Family Traditions:' Christmas tree farms help residents prepare for the holidays

'Growing Family Traditions:' Christmas tree farms help residents prepare for the holidays

What started out as small business operating out of a two-car garage is now a 120-acre Christmas Tree farm.

November 28, 2013 11:00 pm Photos

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Easy DIY: Local home stores have resources to help homeowners master small design projects

Easy DIY: Local home stores have resources to help homeowners master small design projects

Lorenzo Wallace of Crown Point bought linoleum floor tile from a local home improvement store, but he didn't use it on his floors.

November 11, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing

Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing

Not everyone has garage sales floating around in their dreams. But Michelle Randall of Crown Point does.

November 04, 2013 11:35 pm Photos

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Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing (4)

Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing (4)

This is an example of a painted, distressed desk by Michelle Randall of Redeemed Furnishings. Redeemed Furnishings will participate in the Hunt and Gather market on November 15 between 2 and 8 p.m. at the Lake County Fair Grounds.

November 01, 2013 8:00 am
Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing (2)

Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing (2)

Mandy Pappas, owner of On The Square Antique Emporium in Crown Point, helps Michelle Randall of Redeemed Furnishings stage the front window of her store. This business will participate in the Hunt and Gather market on November 15 between 2 and 8 p.m. at the Lake County Fair Grounds.

November 01, 2013 8:00 am
Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing (1)

Bringing furniture back to life: Local designers take on the trend of refurbishing and repurposing (1)

Michelle Randall of Redeemed Furnishings stands behind an eclectic teal end table that she refurbished. Redeemed Furnishings will participate in the Hunt and Gather market on November 15 between 2 and 8 p.m. at the Lake County Fair Grounds.

October 31, 2013 11:30 pm
Ask the Expert: Urologist Manoj Rao

Ask the Expert: Urologist Manoj Rao

Dr. Manoj Rao, a leading physician at Urologic Specialists of Northwest Indiana, believes being informed about urologic health can save lives. His main office is in Merrillville at 400 West 84th drive. He also has an office in Gary at the Methodist Northlake campus. He provides care and perf…

October 16, 2013 12:00 am
Garden hibernation: Preparing a garden for winter can produce a bigger, beautiful bounty for spring

Garden hibernation: Preparing a garden for winter can produce a bigger, beautiful bounty for spring

Taking the time to prepare your garden for winter can improve your soil and overall make next year’s crop plentiful.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Ask The Expert: Dr. Kimberly Arthur MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Although most women are familiar with their gynecologist through their annual checkup, OBGYN physicians have a lot more to say about women's health than just the results of a pap screening. Dr. Kimberly Arthur shares with us a few important factors to consider in women's health.

August 21, 2013 11:00 am
From the bottom up: Learning about a garden's soil can help its success

From the bottom up: Learning about a garden's soil can help its success

For gardeners, soil is the base and starting point of all the bountiful crops they hope to yield. Making sure the soil is garden-ready is an important first step to growing that bounty.

August 01, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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Intro: Local photographer creates magic in the ordinary

Intro: Local photographer creates magic in the ordinary

The memories photographer Carmen Heller-Chariton has of climbing up apple and cherry trees during the warm summers in the small villages of Poland have greatly influence her photography style as an adult.

July 29, 2013 1:00 pm Photos

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Keeping honor alive: Local family works to restore local Civil War veterans' resting grounds

Keeping honor alive: Local family works to restore local Civil War veterans' resting grounds

Not many five-year-olds know what a Civil War gravestone looks like but Joshua Graper of Crown Point certainly does.

July 07, 2013 9:45 am Photos

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Kara and Ava

Kara and daughter Ava Graper of Crown Point talk about their "papa". Papa Jerome and his brother Ralph Huber were instrumental in helping to raise the funds needed to purchase and dedicate the M-4 Sherman tank in Crown Point in 1953.

July 07, 2013 9:45 am
Bullets

Bullets

Kara hold the bullets from her husband Adam's Grandfather's 21 Gun salute at his funeral. Jerome Huber served in WWII aboard the U.S.S. Starr in the Navy.

July 07, 2013 9:45 am
Backyard Bounty: Foragers take advantage of edible plants around their yards

Backyard Bounty: Foragers take advantage of edible plants around their yards

People look forward to the spring and summer months in the Midwest for different reasons. But to some it’s the perfect time to forage.

June 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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The Strawberry Madness Festival celebrates 10 years of sweetness

The Strawberry Madness Festival celebrates 10 years of sweetness

This year Johnson Farm Produce is celebrating its 10th year hosting the Strawberry Madness Festival.

June 06, 2013 12:00 am
Intro: Randolph Street Market creator embraces innovation

Intro: Randolph Street Market creator embraces innovation

There is one reason why Randolph Street Market is celebrating 10 years this year—market founder Sally Schwartz's ability to embrace change, the very nature of the vintage industry.

May 12, 2013 1:30 am
Shipshewanna offers backcountry charm

Shipshewanna offers backcountry charm

If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and show your family a different way of life, a back-to basics day trip to Shipshewana may be what you need.

May 02, 2013 1:30 am Photos

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Nirenberg, Friendly Foot Care

Ask the Expert: Dr. Nirenberg, Friendly Foot Care

Since 1992, Dr. Nirenberg has been bringing attentive and expert foot care to the Northwest Indiana community. In this issue of "Ask the Expert," Dr. Nirenberg addresses some common concerns about foot health and hygiene.

February 20, 2013 12:00 am
Survivor Story: Bariatric gives a new lease on life

Survivor Story: Bariatric gives a new lease on life

Just three years ago Mike Burgos was 391 pounds and so overcome by depression he considered suicide.

January 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Dr. Nancy Trimboli discusses the misconceptions and benefits of Chiropractic care

Chiropractic can provide helpful treatments for many medical ailments, from ear infections to headaches to back problems.  Dr. Nancy Trimboli of Trimboli Chiropractic shares some insights she has learned since opening her own clinic in Munster in 1993.

December 19, 2012 12:00 am
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