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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

Good sleep is essential for growing kids

Experts advise caution: sleep is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for good health. It’s no secret that the sleep debt is growing like the national debt in American adults. Studies show that our chil...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

November-February kids activity calendar

The Polar ExpressNov 17-19, 24-26, Dec 1-3, 8-9. Read along with the story as the Polar Express train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. mrym.org. Monticello Railroad Museum, 992 Iron Hor...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

Cooking up family fun this Thanksgiving

What’s your family thankful for this holiday season? If the answer doesn’t come easily, keep pondering. Research shows cultivating gratitude can positively affect health, relationships and happine...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

The struggle is real. Here are some tips.

 A dear friend of mine has three children under 5½. And she’s one of the best, most grounded, least edgy moms I know. She’s not the mom with blown out hair and a full Lululemon wardrobe or s...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am
 The human papillomavirus – or HPV – is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. There are more than 170 types of HPV, and about a dozen of them are linked to cancer. &nbs...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

Illinois Kids Count report shows need for improvement statewide and in Sangamon County

 If the song is correct and “the children are our future,” it stands to reason that the quality of life experienced by children will have an impact on that future. Each year, the advocacy gro...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 02:54 pm
 Michelle O’Neal-Babicky, owner of Petals and Co. in Rochester, loves weddings. She’s worked in the floral industry providing flowers for weddings since 1982 and founded Petals and Co. 21 yea...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 02:52 pm

Selecting and working with your photographer

 Your wedding day will pass in a flash, but your wedding photographs will last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. How can you make sure photos of your special day will be everythi...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 02:51 pm

Get in shape for your wedding by treating yourself

 I wanted Michelle Obama arms when I walked down the aisle in my strapless dress nine years ago. I worked with a personal trainer and tried to eat healthily, with smaller amounts of beer and froz...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 02:49 pm

a unique wedding venue

 Springfield offers a wide range of venues for your wedding ceremony – from beautiful churches to lovely outdoor parks, from museums and historic sites to banquet halls and clubs, from formal t...


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