5 Things to Expect When You’re Adopting

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Photo courtesy of Mary Ostyn.

Mary Ostyn has 10 kids, six of whom have been adopted. The author of “Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting” and her husband, John, adopted two boys from Korea and four girls from Ethiopia, and they’re one of many families in the U.S. who have adopted. According to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption

2014 Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts

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Make your loved ones feel pampered and glamorous this holiday season. From gilded makeup brushes to the ultimate fluffy robe, these are the newest beauty must-haves you’ll want to give and get! 1. KORA Organics Beautifying Pack: The best of KORA’s essentials all in one: Tinted Day Cream, Vitamin-Enhanced Lip Balm, Blemish Gel and Recovery Eye Gel.

10 Reasons to Take a Whisky Tour of Scotland

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Scotch whisky was my fiancé’s thing—until we went to Scotland together. Then it quickly became “our thing.” While touring distilleries and tasting some of the world’s most iconic single malts in two different regions of the country, I came to appreciate the myriad, complex flavors of Scotch. At the same time, we took in breathtaking

2014 Cookie of the Year Recipe Contest

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We all have one. That holiday cookie recipe that we make every year and claim is the best in town. This year, it’s time for a little recognition…enter your best holiday cookie recipe in our 2014 Cookie of the Year contest! Post your recipe, photo and a quick description of your cookies to our Facebook

5 Things to Do: November 28-30

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All photos courtesy of each event.

Come Friday, Thanksgiving will be over, but that doesn’t mean the holiday weekend slows down at all. You’ll still need ways to occupy your time (and work off all that turkey!), especially if you have guests in town, so share some of the best our favorite city has to offer. Visit the world’s no. 1 museum for

Why You Should Think Before Disciplining Someone Else’s Child

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Your child gets smacked by a kid in the sandbox and you watch in dismay as their parent does nothing. If your first instinct is to discipline the kid, take a deep breath, cowboy, and think before you shoot from the hip. Discipline means different things to different people, and your method might be unacceptable

Give Back on Dec. 2 and Give Make It Better Your Best #Unselfie for #GivingTuesday

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Courtesy of the #GivingTuesday campaign.

After our national holiday for giving thanks comes a global day to celebrate giving back: #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, families, communities and more than 10,000 organizations across the world will come together to give. This day isn’t just about giving checks to charity, although you can do that too. The movement’s 2014 video tells

Don’t Be an Identity Theft Victim this Holiday Season

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Illinois shoppers are at high risk for identity theft, according to a recent survey by Experian’s ProtectMyID monitoring service. The survey found that 50 percent of people in Illinois, and 54 percent in Chicago, have either had their identity stolen or know someone who’s been affected by the crime. During the hectic holiday shopping season,

Classic Meets Modern: A Holiday Fashion Affair at Goodman Theatre

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Photos by Jennifer Avello. Models Laura Hansen and Bayley Alexandra, courtesy of 10MGMT.

Fashion eras clashed on the Goodman Theatre’s rehearsal stage for our holiday fashion story. While some of the characters from the Goodman’s famed production of “A Christmas Carol” were appalled by the modern dress of our models, others admired the newfangled frocks of the 21st century. This season, celebrate by donning looks in the holiday spirit:

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5 Things to Expect When You’re Adopting
By Anna Carlson

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2014 Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts
By Lindsay Roseman

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10 Reasons to Take a Whisky Tour of Scotland
By Liz Logan

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2014 Cookie of the Year Recipe Contest
By MIBS

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5 Things to Do: November 28-30
By Anna Carlson

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Why You Should Think Before Disciplining Someone Else’s Child
By Melanie Kalmar

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Give Back on Dec. 2 and Give Make It Better Your Best #Unselfie for #GivingTuesday
By Maura Flaherty

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Don’t Be an Identity Theft Victim this Holiday Season
By Meghan Streit

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Classic Meets Modern: A Holiday Fashion Affair at Goodman Theatre
By Evangeline Politis