All posts by Gwen Allen
Doggone it â€¦ naming a pet should be simple
There are few things in life that are truly easy, but naming a pet, at least for most people, is definitely one of them.
- Posted May 27, 2009
A good burger worthy of national recognition
With Memorial Day, warmer temperatures and delayed sunsets approaching, May is the unofficial kickoff to the cookout season and is conveniently National Hamburger Month.
- Posted May 20, 2009
Ditching the diaper … a group effort
Any parent will agree that potty training one child is difficult, but try to imagine what it would be like to potty train 14, 15 or even 16 children all at once. That is exactly what happens...
- Posted May 14, 2009
Seek help to avoid foreclosure
As in any recession, times are hard on everyone, but for some homeowners it may seem almost hopeless. From the loss of a job to higher living costs or the inability to refinance, they are starting to...
- Posted May 7, 2009
Keeping an eye on your health
It's a fact: With age, our bodies deteriorate. Our eyes are no exception. In fact, most people over the age of 60 require some sort of assistance with reading glasses or bifocals.
- Posted May 7, 2009
‘Permanent’ make-up can reduce beauty-routine time
Women who won't leave home without their "face on" have a daily ritual of applying makeup and taking it off that can be rather time consuming.
- Posted April 30, 2009
When a dog sounds like a goose
Like humans, canines and felines are susceptible to upper respiratory infections. Referring loosely to any cough in a dog, the term "kennel cough" is an actual condition caused by one or more organisms.
- Posted April 23, 2009
Serving the unemployed
So you've lost your job, and youâ€™re standing in the unemployment office, feeling helpless and humbled by your journey. Though most people will only go through the doors, file for unemployment and leave empty handed, some will...
- Posted April 16, 2009
From the farm to your house with the click of a mouse
With all the worries and headlines about hormones, pesticides and preservatives, it is no surprise that a "healthy" demand for fresh food is on the rise.
- Posted April 9, 2009
Enjoy the good stuff close to home
The next time you're in the mood for a concert, play or sporting event, rather than going to Chicago, take a look to the west.
- Posted March 19, 2009
You snooze you lose â€¦ especially on the road
It is well known that drunk drivers threaten the safety of our roads and highways, but another group of drivers, who are equally frightening and dangerous, is beginning to emerge.
- Posted March 11, 2009
A march for babies
In the spring of 2008, more than 600 people from all over Illinois converged in St. Charles and raised more than $100,000 for babies, setting the bar high for future volunteers.
- Posted March 5, 2009
Teaching children to value their virtues
Listen in on an average toddler play date, and you're almost guaranteed to hear a lesson or two on sharing, kindness or forgiveness. Just like teaching a child how to eat, walk or talk, parents are a...
- Posted February 12, 2009
Plastic surgery as a necessity
At age 57 and with a size D cup, Nancy Jones was hardly what most would consider an ideal candidate for breast implants. But looking back on it, she said it was one of the best decisions...
- Posted February 6, 2009
Time to invest
â€œPeople are thinking that this time it's (the economy is) different or worse, but I don't think it is,â€ Lorenze said. â€œThe market has cycles, and there have been many big dips (like this) in the past."
- Posted January 15, 2009
Fun on a budget: Rethink the library as a potential social gathering place
Although libraries aren't exactly known as social hot spots, contrary to popular belief, they are, in many respects, a social destination.
- Posted January 9, 2009
Never fail a â€˜get fitâ€™ resolution again
Many Americans will resolve to be healthy and fit in the New Year, some will succeed, but unfortunately more will fail.
- Posted January 1, 2009