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Eric Smoot Hemphill is giving a lot more than butt-kicking workouts this holiday season. Yes, he’s dishing out sets of squats and helping the North Shore torch holiday calories, but he’s also bringing the spirit of Christmas to homeless children and their mothers in Gary, Ind. For this co-owner of […]

Fit to Give


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There’s no better conversation starter—or home décor accent—than a good coffee table book. Whether you regularly page through it or it’s a permanent fixture on your bookshelf, these beautiful books are much more than that; they’re works of art. Here are 10 gorgeous books we want on our coffee tables. […]

10 Best Coffee Table Books of 2015



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Put your paws up if you love a cute pet pic! May is National Pet Month, so in celebration we’re rounding up our favorite pet Instagram accounts—the cute, the funny and the philanthropic. If you’re a pet lover, follow these top Instagram accounts and your feed will be full of […]

Top 10 Instagram Accounts for Pet Lovers


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Is your high school student hoping to head down South for college? Southern schools have skyrocketed in popularity among Chicago-area students in recent years, and there’s a whole lot of exploring to do in these vibrant college towns. Add these popular Southern schools to your list of college visits, and […]

College Town Tours: Southern Schools


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This October, we’re thinking pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the year’s best commemorative products. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and, according to Susan G. Komen, an estimated 232,030 cases will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. Support breast cancer research, education, treatment and […]

15 Favorite Products that Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month



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Summer is all about the gadgets. Whether you’ll be manning the grill and serving up summer treats, traveling cross-country, or getting outside to break a sweat, these 10 gadgets will make life a lot more fun—and a little bit easier, too. Read the full article on makeitbetter.net

10 Hot Summer Gadgets for Food and Fun


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If you’re fresh out of get-organized ideas, Pinterest is here to the rescue. These hints and hacks will make every room in your home a little bit more organized, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the office and beyond. Read the full article on makeitbetter.net

15 Best Home Organization Hacks on Pinterest


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Naperville native and New York Times best-selling author Emily Giffin has another hit on her hands with the upcoming release of “The One & Only.” Her highly anticipated seventh book is set in the small college town of Walker, Texas, where life revolves around football and the legendary Coach Clive Carr. After […]

Emily Giffin Talks Chicago, New Novel and Something Borrowed Sequel