All posts by Gwen Allen

  • Doggone it … 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • ‘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
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  • 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
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  • Serving the unemployed

    So you've lost your job, and you’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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • You snooze you lose … 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
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  • 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
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  • Find out “How’s the bar?”

    As if a night out on the town isn't simple enough, along comes technology that actually makes it easier. Rather than struggle with the “Where to go” question, bar hoppers can now, visit, and with the...

    • Posted February 19, 2009
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Time to invest

    “People are thinking that this time it's (the economy is) different or worse, but I don't think it is,” Lorenze said. “The market has cycles, and there have been many big dips (like this) in the past."

    • Posted January 15, 2009
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  • 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
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  • Never fail a ‘get fit’ 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
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