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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:10 am
 There’s something almost magical about those ubiquitous holiday commercials featuring new cars parked in the driveway on Christmas morning. The enormous red bow on top, the recipient in utter...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 12:09 am

Tips to craft the perfect holiday tablescape

You’re planning the perfect holiday dinner. Guests have been invited, the menu is prepared – with allergies and dietary preferences accounted for – and decorating is last on the list. There’s...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:11 am

She’s sorry, and she wants her daughter back

 Just two months ago, Jennifer Watkins and her daughter Sidney were living a new life in Massachusetts that now seems light years away.Watkins moved from Florida to Massachusetts last summer. Wan...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:09 am

Every kid has a wish list – but how do you decide what should actually be under the tree this year?

 While it might ring true that everyone feels like a kid at Christmastime, nothing beats the excitement of actually being a kid at Christmas. Few annual traditions are more anticipated and toiled...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:13 am

Gearing up responsibly for the great outdoors

 The trouble with winter is that staying warm in the cold weather calls for lots of gear, and all of our manufacturing, selling and consuming takes a toll on the planet we call home. Here are a f...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:11 am

Give these literary gifts with extra star-power this holiday season

From reality stars to Internet sensations, the celebrity-penned book is a must-have this year. No matter what the genre, you’ll have everything you need for the celebrity-lover on your list.The Girl...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:10 am

Once upon a time, gifting household appliances was considered a cliché. Today’s high-tech options, however, are gifts the whole family can enjoy.

 First there was the smartphone; now there is the smart house. More and more household appliances are going high-tech every year, bringing fresh efficiency and ease of use to the table. These fut...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:09 am

Here’s something special for everyone on your list, including you!

 Holiday gifts these days are a little more involved than a pair of socks or pajamas, what with drones and all, so it’s not too early to draw up your shopping list. And while you’re shopping...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:14 am

Call to action on climate change

About the articleIn 2015 Illinois Times and dozens of alternative weeklies and other newsmedia outlets participated in Letters to the Future, a project published ahead of the Paris climate talks that...

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