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For many people, pets are like family. They cheer us up after a bad day, keep us active on long walks, and are always there to give much needed cuddles and unconditional love. “The pet industry has really grown over the years because animals used to be in the backyard, and now they’ve moved into the bedroom,” said Gwen Meyer, owner of Meyer’s Kennel in Belvidere and Meyer’s Canine Colony in Roscoe. “They’re such a huge part of our...

Updated Oct 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Wanda Petronski is the quietest kid in Classroom 13. Her classmates pay attention to her only when they want to bully her — for her funny last name, her shabby clothes and, most of all, her absurd claim that she has “a hundred...

Posted Oct 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Below: Latest trends in men’s hairstylesBy Terri Milner TarquiniRockfordparent.comSo-called “mom hair” styles may change over the decades, but one thing remains the same: the...

Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has a knack for harnessing product reviews to get customers to buy online. His latest move: Web-savvy moms whose opinions are coveted by peers who want to know...

Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The holiday season can be enjoyed more with some simple planning on how much to spend during the season of giving. Area financial experts say it’s not too late to start saving for this year.In 2013, shoppers spent an average of...

Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM

In the summertime, the outdoors beckon. Kids to go to the park, join in a pickup game of basketball, toss a Frisbee and climb around on the playground. Parents, too, find time to get on a bicycle and ride around the neighborhood, go for a jog...

Updated Oct 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

CHICAGO — There is a new mobile app to help keep kids from becoming bullies. On Saturday, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and his 2014 Student Leadership Advisory Board and employees at Motorola Mobility helped launch the new...

Updated Oct 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM

It's late October, meaning the holidays (and possibly your in-laws) will be here before you know it.

Posted Oct 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The (Kankakee) Daily JournalHERSCHER — Sixteen-year-old Kaytlyn Harsha heard the whispers in the hallways at Herscher High School. The 5-foot-5 sophomore weighed in at 225 pounds last May, and she knew her classmates...

Posted Oct 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

"Lulu in Honolulu" by Elisabeth Wolf

Updated Oct 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

NEW YORK — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs? Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But...

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