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Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:12 am

Don’t throw the same old celebration again this year. Instead, go bold with one of these ideas to liven up any festive party

 Social calendars are packed during the holidays, and this year your party is going to be the event of the season. A clever theme is just the thing to help your party stand out. Christmas in July...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:11 am

Super couponing expert Jill Cataldo shares her top tips to save big on your next holiday celebration

 The holiday season is nearly upon us again, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love the way our home smells when pies are baking, turkey is roasting or fresh-baked cookies are co...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:10 am

Parties create a lot of memories … and trash. Here are tips to reduce waste.

Holidays may be the perfect time for a little indulgence, but that doesn’t mean you have to create a bunch of waste.Here are tips for making your holiday party a little greener this season:1. Send e...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:09 am

Food is steeped in the expectations of tradition. Here’s why Thanksgiving is the most iconic food moment of the year

 Although most family holidays have an ingrained tradition, Thanksgiving takes the pie (pumpkin, of course) for being the one least likely to change. Even as families grow and the holiday hosting...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:11 am

Former guidance dean reports from the front lines on District 186 racial disparities

 Kelly Wickham Hurst spent about 20 years with Springfield School District 186. As guidance dean, she frequently took to her blog and social media to share stories of black students being treated...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:09 am

Tips to make your own Ugly Christmas Sweater 

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It’s the holiday get-together that everyone remembers and loves to participate in – the Ugly Christmas Sweater party. “The holiday season can be very stressful and at these parties adults can be...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:11 am

Bankruptcy firm under fire

 In television ads and on the internet, Ostling and Associates boasts that it is Illinois’ largest bankruptcy law firm.“When you need help, call Ostling and Associates,” the announcer on a...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:10 am

Illinois Education Association president brings back ideas to improve education here

 When I was offered the opportunity to participate in an education study tour of the Finland school system, sponsored by the National Education Association Foundation, I welcomed the opportunity...


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