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1. Treat Mom to
Scrumptious Truffles
a woman's heart? Chocolate! Head
into Rocky Mountain Chocolate Fac-
tory in Geneva and Naperville to
check out the the wide selection of
truffles and sweet treats to complete
your Mother's Day present.
3. Try a New
Color for Spring
NAPERVILLE–You can never go wrong
with a Signature Manicure. Here are all
of the new neutral shades from the
#OPIHollywood Collection from L to R:
I’m an Extra
Suzi Calls the Paparazzi
Hollywood & Vibe
Movie Buff
The #OPIHollywood Collection is avail-
able now at ME SPA in Naperville. Visit on-
line to book your next manicure.
4. 6th Annual Mothers Day
Chocolate Walk Downtown Naperville
NAPERVILLE–Join 360 Youth Services and Downtown Naper-
ville this Mother's Day Weekend for a safe and fun Downtown
Event! Each participant receives a tin for gathering all your choc-
olate treats, as well as a lanyard with a map touring many won-
derful Downtown Naperville Shops. At each stop you will
experience a chocolate tasty treat to enjoy outside or to take
home. All proceeds will benefit 360 Youth Services programs to
support youth experiencing homelessness throughout the west-
ern suburbs.
5 Things to Do
5. Treat Yourself & Your Besties to Evolet Eve Wine Shop
WARRENVILLE–Evolet Eve is a retail wine bar for the family experience by day, quaint wine
bar locale by night. Come connect with friends and family, while you sip and shop unique arti-
san wines from around the world. This unique west suburban wine stop has craft beers &
small bites, too! Stay connected to their social media pages for the official announcement of
their patio’s Grand Re-Opening event coming soon! Located at 28w575 Stafford Place War-
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2. Give a  Gift Basket
Filled with Lots of Love
together a gift basket filled with all of Mom’s fa-
vorites– chocolate from Le Chocolat Bouchard,
wine from 64 Wine Bar, flowers from Andrew’s
Garden–all in Downtown Naperville.
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Kelly Lauffer NORTH   AURORA   GENEVA    Kelly   s overall well-being begins with her involvement at Wheaton Bible Church ...
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COVER STORY  Terri Boumas NAPERVILLE   When Terri was figuring out what to do with her life as a young mother and wife wit...
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Cara Knutson DOWNERS   GROVE   Cara   s passion for healthy living started in middle school during an aerobics unit in P.E...
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Lara Heckelsberg Gawrych YORKVILLE   Lara has been loving on the soil from Carbondale to California to Washington to New Z...
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Lisa Upham WEST CHICAGO WHEATON     Lisa   s desire to lead a more natural lifestyle began when she and her husband, Mike,...
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Be In The Mix!
NAPERVILLE–Whether you’re here to shop, dine, spa or stay, you’ll
find the perfect mix of over 150 best-in-class stores and spas along-
side Naperville’s most exciting eateries from fine dining, bistros to
bites on the go. Discover your favorite shops, spas and restaurants
in our pedestrian friendly, historic downtown with amenities in every
direction. Visit online to view the directory for business listings and
hours or use the convenient “click & go” online maps for helpful
guides when planning your visit. It’s your time, spend it well.
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Local World War II History Now on
Display at Naper Settlement
NAPERVILLE–Explore Naperville’s World War II history at
Naper Settlement this spring. Answering the Call: Naperville at
War 1941-1945 will engage visitors with a story that is almost
entirely local and personal.
Hear the stories of the Napervillians who served in all branches
of the military, Japanese internment workers who came to work
here, local "Rosie the Riveters" at Kroehler Manufacturing and
more! For more information, please visit
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Naperville Woman’s Club
61st Fine Art & Artisan Fair
NAPERVILLE–After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Naperville
Woman’s Club (NWC) is proud to host the Naperville Fine Art and Ar-
tisan Fair (FAAF). The event will be held at Naper Settlement, 523
S. Webster Street, downtown Naperville. The FAAF – a NWC signa-
ture tradition for over 60 years – is a community celebration of the vi-
sual arts bringing over 100 talented artists, fine crafters, and gourmet
food vendors together to browse and shop in a perfectly charming at-
mosphere. Fair goers will also enjoy music, adult beverages, and
special activities: a participatory community mural, an immersive walk-
through scene drawn by famed 3D Chalk Artist Shaun Hays, a new
Petite Picasso area for kids’ activities and a balloon artist. The Fair
is free including admission to the Settlement.
For more information, visit
To volunteer, contact Nancy at
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#3 | Salt-Filled Relaxation
Participate in one of Salternative Holistic Spa & Community Wellness
’s amazing experiences sure to create joy and peace within.
Each of the events and classes will leave you feeling amazing with
memories of joy and bliss. You can float into physical and mental bliss,
breathe deeply in the salt room, release tension and toxins in the in-
frared sauna or melt into one of their amazing massages. Enjoy any of
the relaxing and even healing services or classes, or simply hang out
in the Relaxation Room to meditate, color, or engage in quiet conver-
#4 | Feeling Beautiful
Burr Ridge
Newly open in Burr Ridge Village Center - the FEEL BEAUTIFUL Gal-
lery is dedicated to YOU, darling Sophanista. A place to come and relax,
learn a bit of history about adornment, talk stuff, and just BE. Sophia
Forero Designs pledges to nurture you and bring out your already rec-
ognized magnificence. They create jewels that make you feel beautiful.
#5 | Red Effect Infrared Fitness
Oakbrook Terrance
Join mom in an all women’s Red Effect workout class or infrared therapy
session. These scientifically designed workouts provide you with effec-
tive, H.I.I.T classes so you can burn calories up to 36 hours post-work-
out. Detox 7x more, reduce joint pain, speed up recovery and more in
their infrared therapy enhanced fitness studios. Infrared therapy helps
with weight loss, detoxification, pain relief, relaxation, lowers blood pres-
sure, stimulates cell health, and more!
#6 | Intro to the Art of Sushi
Come with mom and learn how to spread, layer, tuck and roll your way
to sushi heaven. In this fun, hands-on social cooking class, you’ll prac-
tice all the skills needed to make rolls at home, including how to prepare
and season sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and add additional tasty
vegetables and other ingredients to enhance the deliciousness of your
sushi. You’ll learn to make a traditional cucumber roll, salmon avocado
roll, and a Veggie Hand Roll. Classes throughout the month of May.
#7 | Make Your Own Wine
Don’t miss experiencing a St. Supéry virtual blending class on May 6.
If you ever wanted to make your own wine, this is the event for you.
Join the experts at this Napa Valley stapel that produces only certified
sustainably grown Estate Wines, as they guide you through the blending
process behind their highly acclaimed Élu Bordeaux red blend. With
their guidance, and your intuition, you will be able to make the Élu blend
all your own.
#8 | Mommy & Me Photo Session
Join in the gift of forever memories with Mommy & Me sessions perfect
for all generations to experience together. This is a perfect opportunity
for you to get out from behind the camera and get into the pictures with
your children and grandparents - just in time for Mother's Day!
#9 | Garden-to-Table Afternoon Tea
Downers Grove
Now open for indoor dining four to a table. Enjoy fresh ingredients and
a fresh taste with food grown in Chef Pam’s garden in a tru garden to
table afternoon tea. Please make a reservation for indoor dining or
place a pick up order for a unique Four Course Afternoon Tea, and
Sweets and Savories.
#10 | Treat Mom to Some Sugar
Treat mom and yourself to something sweet at Geneva’s newer hot
spots for sugar. Enjoy hot cocoa, soft serve ice cream, cupcakes, Eng-
lish Toffee, coffee and tea and so much more. Make mom’s day just a
little sweeter with a homemade goodie from Hey Sugar!
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A Letter From Kerwell Premium CBD House
NAPERVILLE–Welcome to Kerwell Premium CBD House. We are beyond ex-
cited to be joining the Downtown Naperville Community, providing amazing CBD
health and wellness products.
While you patiently await our Naperville grand opening, you can visit our Downers
Grove Location at 949 Burlington Ave, where we can educate you on how CBD
can help improve your day-to-day health and beauty regimen. We even cater to
your four-legged friends!
We have done our homework so that you don't have to, curating only the very
best CBD products on the market. CBD can help you relax more, discover inner
and outer beauty, and stress less. Visit us online 24/7 at
and let us help get you on the road to a new and healthier lifestyle.
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Make Your Reservation Today
NAPERVILLE- From friendly competition and entertainment to
exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the
perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eater-
tainment” complex features a variety of activities including Whir-
lyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event
spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with cus-
tomized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated
American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today!
Whirlyball Naperville
3103 Oddyssey, Naperville
(630) 932-4800
As the grass greens, buds bloom and songbirds
sing, we are met with anticipation and wonder-
ment as a new season awaits us. The excite-
ment for longer days, warmer temperatures and
(yes, a vaccine!) have many of us Midwest-
erners yearning for Spring. While we still aren’t
shaking hands, we encourage you to get your
hands dirty with a hobby that’s proven to reduce
stress and boost your mood. It’s gardening!
Did you know that pandemic gardens were referred to as ‘victory gar-
dens’? This phrase was coined during WWI and WWII as the gov-
ernment turned to its citizens to aid with the food supply. While we
aren’t experiencing a food shortage, there has been a resurgence in
gardening. The need for connectivity is palpable … and Mother Na-
ture has been our reprieve. Whether you’re a new ‘pandemic gar-
dener’, gardening pro or just looking to reduce your
grocery bill, The Growing Place in Naperville and
Aurora, provides high-quality plants to grow with
confidence this season.
The Growing Place, a botanical garden-style nurs-
ery, established its roots in 1936 (originally named
Emma’s Perennials until 1976). This third-genera-
tion, family-owned-and-operated business is known
for its variety (over 2,300 plant varieties!) and has
been a cherished oasis for 85 years. Be sure to
check out the Learning Gardens, as these strategic
gardens demonstrate commonly encountered yard situations - plus,
they change out seasonally! Its organic vegetables & herbs are
grown on-site, native plants are sourced within an 80-mile radius and
trees & shrubs are grown in northern nurseries. And the ever-popular
Grab n’ Go containers are all made on-site, too. Happy planting!
by Brianna Bartemeyer
Photos Submitted
in Suburbia
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Downers Contiunes to Prosper this Spring
DOWNERS GROVE–A variety of small businesses, amazing owners and com-
munity support makes downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today.
Downtown Downers Grove has been active in welcoming new businesses, in
the midst of a global pandemic. It recently welcomed Gia Mia Pizza Bar, Head
Space Barbershop & Topiaire Plant Boutique. In the next month, Downtown
Downers Grove will welcome two new restaurants– Bar Chido and The Outpost
Mexican Eatery.
Plan your day to explore downtown Downers Grove! Its boutiques have some-
thing for everyone and its restaurants & cafes can please every taste bud.
Whether you are comfortable with in-store shopping, indoor dining, outdoor din-
ing, taking to go, delivery or curbside pick-up, our business owners are happy
to accommodate your needs.
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Bar Chido: New to the Downers
Grove Restaurant Scene
DOWNERS GROVE–It’s open and residents are loving it! Bar
Chido is located at 1012 Curtiss Street in Downtown Downers
Grove. If you have not yet been, this new hip spot for modern
tacos, & other innovative Mexican fare –plus specialty cocktails–
even has a taco takeout window.
Tacos, tequila and amigos; Bar Chido stands alone and embraces
its new position as the coolest spot in the Western Suburbs. Bring-
ing his own twist of modern Mexican street food inspired by Cabo
and Tulum to Downers Grove, owner Sam Vlahos is transforming
the way we eat tacos, drink tequila, and most importantly , have
fun— authentically. Visit today!
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Partly Cloudy Saki Flight
Head Downtown Naperville for this Delightful Treat
NAPERVILLE–Blue Sushi Sake Grill offers a creative sushi experience
for purists and adventurers alike. Guests enjoy an energetic dining ex-
perience, unique in atmosphere with the food and drink to match. A large
maki, sashimi and nigiri menu is complemented by Asian-inspired
starters, entrees, soups, salads, desserts, and an extensive drink menu
that includes premium cold sake. Blue offers happy hour food and drink
specials every day, including weekends. www.
Patio Now Open!
Head to Nobel House Glen Ellyn for Fun
GLEN ELLYN–They’ve taken the inspiration from the legendary Alfred
Nobel to create a dining and entertainment experience unlike any other.
Why Nobel, you might ask? In a word – excellence. Whereas Alfred
created the Nobel Prize to award excellence across a variety of dis-
ciplines, their focus is to deliver excellence through incredible food, im-
peccable service and inventive atmosphere.
A Cinco de Mayo! Celebration
Hale Street Cantina Invites You In This Month
WHEATON–The Buzz is out! Hale Street Cantina is ready to celebrate
its first Cinco de Mayo. Starting May 3, specials will be running all week
long – including fun giveways*:
May 3- May 9th:
•$5 Modelo
•$5 Milagro Reposado
•$12 Chilango Tacos
Call your friends and plan a date! *Giveaways only while supplies last*
Hale Street Cantina is a Mexican-American Fusion Restaurant located
in the heart of downtown Wheaton.
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in the
Bringing Dinner
Back to the Kitchen Table
Diane and Richard Beaulieu absolutely loved the convenience of Entrée
Kitchen for nightly dinners in a world of work, sports, and everyday busy-
ness. They were regular clients when they took over ownership in 2009.
Richard maintained his job as a Forensic Accountant, but also now holds the
titles of CFO, Delivery Man, IT and Maintenance Guru for Entrée Kitchen;
while Diane loves having complete autonomy to do whatever is necessary to
take care of their kitchen team and customers on a day-to-day basis while
balancing their family life of raising their three teenage sons who are active
in swim, the Civil Air Patrol, band, and orchestra. The family works together
to support local school PTAs by offering fund-raising programs.
Although it may appear, Entrée Kitchen is like other “meal prep” companies,
there are many factors that set them apart, such as the bonus of being able
to get right to cooking without the need of a knife and a cutting board to do
all the prep first. This allows most of their meals to be freshly cooked in about
30 minutes versus 20 minutes of prep work first, before the cooking process
even begins.
Made-to-order entrees can be customized to include organic meat upgrades
on many of our entrees, as well as other substitutions or eliminations to meet
specific dietary restrictions; and unlike most companies, Entrée Kitchen al-
lows the option of drop in and same day ordering from their well-stocked
freezers with over 40+ different entrees, as well as a full complement of sides,
desserts, bread, and appetizers too.
An additional option is “Our weekly fresh menu, called Delicious Dinners in a
Dash.” Diane says. “These entrees are available Monday afternoon through
Friday and cook in 30 minutes or less. Plus, we will also have four Mother's
Day Specials, a special grilling menu for Father’s Day, and offer a monthly
Budding Chef's Program specifically geared toward getting the kiddos get to
help out in kitchen.”
With over 900 entrees in their database, finding a family favorite will be diffi-
cult, but bringing dinner back to the kitchen table has never been easier!
Entree Kitchen
26W276 Geneva Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 668-4450 •
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It’s that time of year when living on the water feels
like a second home. If I am being honest, each
year, I am just a little bit envious of seeing the
social media posts of all those people with lake
houses and boats.
I want one too!
There aren’t too many places close to the west-
ern suburbs where you can just rent a boat or
jet ski for the day and enjoy the fun too; so, I was
so excited to find Heritage Harbor in Ottawa. Just
52 minutes from my south Naperville home, this was
the perfect escape for a day on the water with friends;
and yes, we rented the tube too even sans kids! An adult ad-
venture on the boat with silly antics on the tube!
The marina staff are extremely knowledgeable about the Illinois
River and share their expertise and tips. When you rent a watercraft,
there is a quick online tutorial you must complete prior to driving the
boat, then you are on your way along 16+ miles of beautiful water-
ways. Relax, take in the sights of Starved Rock Country, and have
You can rent the boat for a couple hours, a half day or full day…
..take the jet-ski for an hour or two or even the day! Bring your
towels, swimsuits, sunscreen, and coolers of refreshments and
spend the day on the water. The pontoons are large and can seat
up to 10 of your closest friends or family!
We went out late afternoon for a couple hours and it felt like we
were a million miles from home. We laughed, we
tubed, and we saw the sought-after hang-out spots
that some might liken to Chicago’s playpen, but
most importantly - we had a blast!
Heritage Harbor is gorgeous, well-manicured,
and picturesque and you just might find me
living on the water from now on between April
and October appreciating their awesome ex-
tended season!!!
Whether you desire the rush of adrenaline from
riding jet-skis or prefer a slower–paced pontoon
cruise, the Marina at Heritage Harbor offers a variety of
watercraft rentals to get you out on the water.
Heritage Harbor
111 Harbor View Drive
Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433-5000
Hours: Open Seasonally April through October
Price $: Price Varies Depending on Rental
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State Uni-
versity in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two
energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s
column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for
moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read her past
columns at
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos Submitted
MOM’S lile black book
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Nearly everyone needs something to look forward to again,
and few things can bring more joy than planning the perfect
getaway. Many travelers have different ideas in mind when it
comes to planning or dreaming about a summer vacation.
Some are enchanted by spending time at a beach, others
prefer to take in a rich arts or history scene and there are also
those who prefer to stay closer to home.
According to polling conducted by Michelle Gielan, founder of
the Institute for Applied Positive Research and an expert in
the science of happiness, 97% of respondents said having a
trip planned makes them happier and 96% agreed getting to
travel and feeling safe while doing it would bring peace of
Planning a
Joyful Summer
While there are seemingly countless resources available for as-
sisting with travel plans, booking directly can provide valuable
benefits. For example, when the time is right for you to start plan-
ning, booking on offers travelers flexibility with more
than 7,600 properties, and Marriott Bonvoy members have ac-
cess to special member rates and best-rate guarantees, free Wi-
Fi, mobile check-in and checkout, the ability to chat with hotel
staff and mobile keys at many hotels. Members also earn points
which can be redeemed for free nights.
Consider these domestic destinations when you’re ready to start
planning for summer travel:
Nashville, Tennessee
An option like the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
is perfect for your summer adventure. Situated in the heart of
Nashville, you can enjoy award-winning barbecue and line dance
lessons at the Wildhorse Saloon or set sail for a lunch and dinner
cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat then return to a
lineup of amenities that includes a 4-acre upscale waterpark, in-
door gardens and waterfalls, a full-service spa, more than
750,000 square feet of meeting space and restaurants ranging
from steak and Mexican to Italian and Japanese, plus frozen yo-
gurt and gelato for dessert.
Orlando, Florida
Located adjacent to the Disney World Resort theme parks and
Disney Springs in Orlando, the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet
Creek Resort & Spa brings modern luxury to Central Florida. The
hotel offers inviting social spaces and amenities with two spar-
kling pools, including one with a splash pad, specialty restaurants
and a rooftop terrace with nightly views of the Disney fireworks
Washington, D.C.
From downtown shopping at City Center, dining and nightlife to
nearby attractions such as Mt. Vernon Square and the National
Mall, an option like the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., is a
perfect place to relax and recharge after exploring the nation’s
capital. Spanning nearly a city block, it features vibrant rooms
and suites with modern features and amenities, including club-
level rooms, restaurants and bars, and a bi-level fitness center.
Seattle, Washington
With a vibrant live music scene, state-of-the-art fitness center and
award-winning seasonal fare on-site, a luxury getaway like W Se-
attle can be your hub for exploring attractions just moments from
the hotel, such as Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum
and plenty of outdoor parks and recreation.
San Francisco, California
Surrounded by museums and tech titans, The Clancy, Autograph
Collection is a destination for new discoveries near Union
Square, where San Francisco’s beautiful views meet adventurous
intellect. With easy access to attractions and culinary delights,
the hotel is a welcoming beacon to visitors.
Maui, Hawaii
Discover timeless island luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this five-star resort complements
Maui’s natural splendor with modern amenities such as contem-
porary rooms and suites, two championship golf courses, six dis-
tinctive restaurants and spa treatments steeped in Hawaiian
culture, as well as access to nearby beaches and amenities
within the 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort.
Explore these travel destinations and more, and find exclusive
member-only rates, at
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A Downtown Naperville Beauty
Downtown Naperville living at its finest. From this amazing property you
can walk to the train, Downtown Naperville, the Riverwalk, parks and
schools. High-end finishes and details throughout. Large first floor office
with built in cabinets, woods floor and coffered ceiling. Large dining room
that leads to a gourmet kitchen with all of the high-end amenities. double
oven, gas cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher & trash compactor with cab-
inet facades, granite counters, prep island, counter seating at peninsula.
Kitchen has a large walk-in pantry along with a separate eating area
lots of light and great views of the yard.
4 bed, 3.5 bath,
4,168 sq. ft., 8,965 sq. ft. lot
729 W Benton Ave, Naperville, IL
(630) 369-9000
Presented by:
Walt Burrell
Brokered by: Coldwell
Banker Realty - Naperville
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Ideally Located
It is all about location with this 4-bedroom
4-bath 4,200 square ft. home.
Rear yard
with extensive paver patio with sitting
wall and fire pit. Walk to all 3 of the
schools. Enjoy your summer at Centen-
nial Beach. Welcome home.
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View Remodeling Gallery Online
NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks
has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you
plan your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time
to start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project!
Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks special-
izes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are
interactive, allowing visitors to experience many product features
first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-
fessional installation and exceptional customer service
HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath •
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In Home Consultation
NAPERVILLE–Have you every wished you had a friend in interior design? Well, you do! Invite Nona
Jo’s in to see your space.
Why is it so easy to help a friend design her space, but when it comes to your own house you freeze
up? Don’t worry; Non Jo’s design team understands! Their team will work with you to make the right
choices that fit your style. Whether you are building, remodeling, or refreshing your house, they’ll be by
your side for every decision. From flooring, paint colors, kitchen and bath remodels to custom furniture,
window treatments, artwork, lighting, and accessorizing, we will transform your house into a home.
The Nona Jo’s Design Team gets excited about transforming any space. No project is too small or too
large. Their consultation process is friendly and relaxed. The first step is to set up a Walk and Talk. Two
designers will visit your home, get a feel for your spaces, take measurements, and listen to your vision
for the project and understand your needs. Next is a followup e-mail reviewing the visit and prioritizing
the project. Then together you can decide the plan.
Learn more today at
Beautiful Syle
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by Mindy Kyle
Photos Submitted
Grandma Janie and Me: In the Garden
Growing up in Aurora, author Crystal Hilliard was raised by a
single mother and spent a great amount of time with her
grandmother who watched her. The many memories they
shared will be etched in her brain forever and inspired her to
begin writing her first book in her Grandma Janie and Me
series, Grandma Janie and Me: In the Garden.
“I want young children and older adults to know the impor-
tance of their role in a child’s life,” says Crystal. “Children
need to know about their past, and grandparents need to un-
derstand the present and changing times.”
As a licensed social worker with a specialization in gerontol-
ogy (the study of the aging process), Crystal has a passion
for the older adult population. Grandma Janie and Me: In the
Garden is about a loving relationship between a grandparent
and a grandchild and the memories they share. Keep an eye
out for Crystal’s future books telling the stories of the different
adventures Grandma Janie and her granddaughter will ex-
perience together.
Grandma Janie and Me: In the Garden can currently be found
on Amazon.
We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce
Us at
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This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and
buyers doesn’t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and re-
sults oriented When she is hired to list a home she gains much of
the marketing inspiration from her sellers when she asks “ what do
you love about your home?” From there she designs high end cus-
toms booklets with professional photography & drone shots, de-
scriptions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right
buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional stag-
ing , 3D tours great for out of state buyers and constant follow up
with all parties are all included for her recipe of success! Susan is
currently meeting with sellers & buyers now in anticipation of a thriv-
ing Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime
to discuss your real estate goals for 2021.
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813
Susan Colella
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To Give,
To Inspire
A Monthly Caring + Sharing Column
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G.L.O.W. 5K
marks some pretty sig-
nificant events for our
schools – finals, last
days and graduations.
Here in Naperville, May
is also typically the time
of year our schools
reach out and promote
the night G.L.O.W 5K benefiting the Jeanine Nicarico
Memorial Fund for Literacy. This fund supports
grants to individual educators, or entire schools in
Naperville to promote a deeper understanding and
teaching of literacy, enrich instructional programs,
provide opportunities to link literacy between the
home and the school and to lay foundations that will
develop life-long readers. This year, due to the pan-
demic, the race has been moved to September 25th
to allow for a fun and safe experience.
The fund memorializes Jeanine Nicarico whose bright
future was tragically cut short at the age of 10 in 1983
when she was abducted from her Naperville family
home and murdered. The loss was felt not only by
her family and friends, but also the Naperville com-
munity. “The Naperville community supported our
family, not just after her death but for many decades
following that involved endless trials and media atten-
tion,” says Kathy Nicarico-Brown, Jeanine’s sister and
Co-Director of Grants and the G.L.O.W. 5K, along
with Jeanine’s other sister, Chris Nicarico-Roy. “The
fund is our way of saying thank you to the Naperville
community and to celebrate Jeanine’s life instead of
dwelling on the tragedy.” It was established under the
Naperville Education Foundation in 1996 by friends
and colleagues of
Chris’s from River
Woods Elementary
School and other
staff members of
Naperville Com-
munity School District
The G.L.O.W 5K is
their biggest fundraiser of the year. The 5K was orig-
inated by a teacher and parent from Hill Middle
School of District 204 that had been awarded a grant
and wanted to say thank you. It started out as a small
neighborhood run of 200 people and over time
evolved into a night run with over 1000 participants,
a live band, refreshments and sponsors. The 5K has
been going on for 20 years, but only in the last 10 has
become an actual G.L.O.W night run. “Everything is
run by volunteers,” says Kathy. “100% of our pro-
ceeds goes back into the grants we award in our com-
For more information on applying for a literacy grant,
joining this year’s G.L.O.W. run, volunteering or do-
nating to the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Lit-
eracy, visit their website at .
Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people
discover what brings them joy and to live a full,
healthy and happy life. She has her Master
of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from
DePaul University and is a veteran of Chi-
cago’s theater and commercial world as well
as a graduate of the Second City Improv
School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her hus-
band, three children and the cutest dog in the
Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund
for Literacy Naperville
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PENNY O’BRIEN – One word that
consistently comes to clients’ minds
when they think of Penny O’Brien is
“hustle.” As a Seller Representative
Specialist, she loves meeting with sellers
to discuss pre-market home improvements
and guide them to make their home “showtime
ready” when it hits the market. She strongly believes in professional staging
and offers it as a complimentary service. With a reputation for “good-looking
listings,” she helps clients realize a higher return and quicker sale. Penny
says “Staging transforms a home from average to amazing”.
Penny O'Brien Broker
Relocation Specialist / Negotiation Expert
(630) 207-7001 •
Read Penny’s Local Industry
Expert Column at
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WHEATON–While the pandemic has been hard, from
the Massingill family perspective it was also a great
opportunity to spend more family as Amelie (13) is
typically busy with softball and Sofia (17) in bad-
minton, in addition to many other school activities
and social time. The family has always looked
forward to dinners together as the best part of
their day to catch up in good conversation without
the interference of electronics; and continues this
tradition even with their new business launch in
January 2021- a line of allergy friendly snack bars
called Lovely Day Bars.
“We started it because my wife Ana, and my one
daughter’s have food intolerances and we could not find
a snack bar that fit our needs and actually tasted like a snack
bar; so, we started Lovely Day Bars which is allergy friendly - free
from nuts, diary, soy, wheat, gluten, eggs, fish, peanuts, corn - and is
vegan, non-GMO, but tastes like a delicious snack bar should!” Brandon
says. “We have two flavors Chocolate Chip and Sweet Caramel with
Chocolate Drizzle.”
Putting their words into action, they sell their bars throughout the area
including several family-owned businesses in the western suburbs, as
well as independent grocery stores, such as Caputos in Naperville, Tom’s
Market in Warrenville, Nutrition Network in Winfield, Pete’s Fresh Market
in Wheaton, Berkley’s Finer Foods and Bocadito’s Cafe in Batavia,
Sweet Natalie’s Gluten Free Bakery in Wheaton, and Kramer’s Foods
in Hinsdale. Of course, their bars can also be purchased via their web-
site at
, on Amazon, as well as at over 50 loca-
tions in the Chicagoland area.
“Honestly, we try to live by the motto of it’s all about the
community and support local businesses as much as
possible!” Brandon says. “All our business needs
are fulfilled by local businesses, we have gotten
great support and partnerships from other local
brands such as Sweet Natalies, Extract Juicery
and H4 Fitness. We have a pretty good size
garden and are always giving away extra pro-
duce either to neighbors or to the PRC and
support local organizations via our giving plan
such as PRC, DuPage PADS, Northern Illinois
Food Bank, Deborah’s Place, our church Holy
Cross Lutheran Church and the Morton Arbore-
The family refreshes their “ELE - Everybody Love
Everybody” spirit as active members of Holy Cross Lu-
theran Church, volunteering with Feed My Starving Chil-
dren and Northern Illinois Food Bank. Additionally, Brandon is
involved with DuPage PADS, mentors for the INCubator entrepreneur-
ship program, teaches marketing as an adjunct at College of DuPage,
and is a volunteer consultant with Compass Pro Bono.
Besides reconnecting over family dinners, the Massingills are sure to
carve out family time on the weekends for bike rides and runs on the
Prairie Path in Naperville, perusing area farmer’s market, fishing and ex-
ploring local forest preserves, and sometimes just having coffee together.
Overall, The Massingills personal beliefs in family, community, and love
have carried over into a business mission that allows everyone to enjoy
flavorful snacks safely. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Mike Catuara
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Locations In Wheaton & Geneva
WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with
H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very
specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s
sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with
workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn
more and to check out the many other programs available
to you. H4 Training. Wheaton & Geneva locations.
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All About Poor Posture
NAPERVILLE–Poor posture isn’t always a bad habit. Other reasons could
1. A dysfunctional joint: “A joint must have normal mobility in order for
its corresponding muscles to work efficiently; evidence has shown that
muscle strength and function become altered due to motion restrictions.”
(Liebler, JMPT, 2001).
2. Inflexible muscles that decrease range of motion. For example, tight
chest muscles that are pulling the shoulders forward and down. Another
example is tight hip flexors which will compress your lumbar vertebrae and
affect glute strength.
3. Weak core musculature makes it difficult to sit or stand properly
for long periods. Core muscles include muscles on the front and the back
of the spine. There is evidence that joint manipulation can help improve
local muscle strength and/or activation.
Chiropractic can help by getting all your joints checked for proper motion,
muscles checked for strength and flexibility, as well as proper exercises
prescribed in the correct order so you don’t get hurt in the process!
Naperville Chiropractice & Massage is located at 47 E. Chicago
Avenue, Suite 332-B in Downtown Naperville.
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Celebrate Spring
at Peck Farm
GENEVA– Peck Farm Park is a unique
park found in an urban environment
that offers residents and visitors a
place to slow down and enjoy quality
time surrounded by nature. All cur-
rent guidelines are being followed to
provide a safe experience, including so-
cial distancing and wearing masks. Kids
will love the Butterfly House and Hawks
Hollow Playground. Mom will love mak-
ing new memories!
Camp Naper at Naper Settlement
Returns with 18 New Camps
NAPERVILLE–Camp Naper will inspire your child to learn about
the past and make connections to the future! Choose from 18
unique camps for every interest! From Camp Sketch & Skulpt to
STEM Camp, each camp offers unique hands-on activities led by
the museum's team of skilled educators. Unless otherwise noted,
all camps are recommended for children entering grades 1-6 in
the fall.
Paddleboat Quarry Fun!
NAPERVILLE–Enjoy some paddleboat, paddleboard
or kayak fun on the water at the Paddleboat Quarry
located along the Naperville Riverwalk, just west of
Eagle Street. The Quarry is open from mid-spring
through fall, weather-permitting. For fees and hours
of operation, visit online today!
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OSWEGO–Join the Oswegoland Park District’s Summer
Camp Connection program for children 3 years old
through entering 6th Grade. Kids will discover, learn, play,
and explore through engaging and enriching experiences
and activities including: Nature Hikes, Local Trips, Gar-
dening, Sports, Outdoor Play, Music, Arts & Crafts. This
all-day recreational camp is located in four convenient
Oswegoland locations and is available Monday through
Friday from 6:30am – 6:15pm. Scheduling is flexible, you
choose the days of attendance! Breakfast, lunch, snacks,
and all activities are included for just $58 per day.
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Valley View Dental offers a full array of general dentistry services,
cosmetic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, orthodontics proce-
dures, and oral surgery. This includes Invisalign, BOOST Teeth
Whitening, CEREC one-day crowns, and same-day emergency
visits guaranteed. With a large staff of bi-lingual doctors and staff,
on-site labs at each location, extended business and weekend
hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according
to their own schedules and convenience with all Covid-19 precau-
tions taken. Stop by and see why others in the community have
trusted Valley View Dental for over 20 years.
Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville
Valley View Dental •
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All About Aptitude Testing
What are you doing after high school? After college?
Are you going to college? Do you need help to find the right
career choice?
The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help.
Aptitudes identify your strongest talents and the jobs you
would enjoy, and be good at doing. Combining your aptitudes
with your interests, Career Vision shows you specific career
choices. There are resources about college majors, job out-
look, and what you need to prepare for those careers.
If you have asked “What should I study?”, “What will I do after
college?” and want to learn how Career Vision can help, give
this reputable organization based out of Glen Ellyn a call.
Their assessment process is a positive and objective way to
give you the confidence to make good career choices. And,
your Personal Career Consultant will take time to discuss the
test results with you and also go over all of your choices.
If you are going to college and want to know why and what to
study, reach out to Career Vision today. If you have graduated
college and still haven’t found your best fit, the professional
consultants at Career Vision can help you, too. For over 30
years they have been helping people find their best career
Career Vision •
• (630) 469-6270
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All Things Beautiful for Spring
OSWEGO–Nestled in charming log cabins right outside of down-
town Oswego, Velvet Grace is worth the trip with TWO boutiques
to enjoy! In our Style Studio, emerge yourself with an unexpected
combination of women’s apparel, jewelry, accessories, bath &
body, and candles. Our second boutique is filled with home
decor, wall art, frames, and uncommon trinkets. Our design spe-
cialists are here to help with décor ideas, accessorize an outfit,
or choose the perfect gift that speaks to your heart and soul. Also,
Velvet Grace is a proud retailer of the #1, easy-to-use, Chalk
Paint®, by Annie Sloan and we can guide you with your first project.
4025 US 34 Oswego • (630) 636.6570
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Visit Us Online or at Our Local Pop-Up
NORTH AURORA–Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for
the stylish at heart– from clothing and accessories, to home decor,
furniture, gifts and seasonal trends.
Owned by a mom and her daughter in Sugar Grove, Illinois, Urban
Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual hometown boutique
where only the latest styles and trends are featured. Residents are
invited sit back and relax while browsing the shop’s simplified trend
collections. Each day is a new day at Urban Echo Shop.
1790 Town Centre Dr., North Aurora • Vendor #3 • At the Entrance
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Destination Dress Boutique Since 2009
Special Occasions has been charming area residents throughout Chicago-
land since 2009 as a premiere destination location for beautiful gowns, dresses and
evening wear. Guests travel from near and far to experience the selection of their
dream dress in person, not just online. Upon entry into this beautiful downtown Batavia
shop, you are welcomed by an array of unique dresses that you can touch and feel,
offering you endless possibilities as you search for your dream dress, along with a
knowledgeable stylist who is there to guide you. Here, you will find each season’s
most sought after styles and must-have dresses. Founded by Mary Marconi-Popiel in
2009, the shop’s attention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary, giving you
a shopping experience that you will not forget. Special Occasions does not simply sell
dresses– this local dress boutique sell dreams! Visit today for your next Special Occasion.
SPECIAL! Enjoy 30% Off Select Gowns
2 N Batavia Ave., Batavia, Illinois, (630) 406-1515
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Jeans and a Cute Top Shop Invites You In
WHEATON & ST. CHARLES–Jeans and a Cute Top Shop is a women's contem-
porary apparel boutique in downtown Wheaton and St. Charles. The Wheaton
store also features a curated pre-loved collection of boutique brands that have
been "bought back" from their customers and resell for $10-$40. If you have
gently worn items, just a few years old, from respected boutiques or clothing
stores, bring to the Wheaton store. If accepted, we pay $5 Cute Cash for each
item. Cute Cash can be redeemed in any Jeans and a Cute Top Shop. How fun
is that? Visit the shop in Wheaton or St. Charles or shop online today. Spring
2021 is here. Be sure you are fashion ready.
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3. Sweet
Pickins Market
your calendars and save
the date for a Spring Market on Sun-
day, May 23, in Naperville! Stop by the
Sweet Pickins Market and enjoy shop-
ping through each amazing booth on the
lovely grounds of Naper Settlement. See
facebook for details.
1. Dog Mom’s
Day Brunch
pawsitively perfect morn-
ing with your pup and the
moms you love at the River
Bend Community Dog Park
on Saturday, May 8th from
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Activities
include doggie crafts, pho-
tos with your fur-baby and
free time to mingle with
other mutts & moms. Lite
refreshments served.
Chance to win door
prizes too.
2. Color Me Alive -
a Diversity
for diversity through a Teen-Led,
Teen-Driven celebration of color!
Participate in a range of activ-
ities from tie dye to throwing
colors to indulging in tasty
foods from different cultures
and so much more! This
event is for the whole family
and will be socially dis-
tanced on May 23 from 1-
5pm at the Grand Pavilion
Riverwalk in downtown
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May is the month to celebrate those we love– mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and daughters–generations that warm our heart
and spirit. Spending time with each other is the best way to make simple happy memories. This month, we have put together a list of 7
Spectacular Places to Celebrate Generations of Love. We hope you enjoy your time together and have fun celebrating togetherness
as these west suburban hot spots. Happy Mother’s Day!
4. Down & Derby Kentucky
Derby Themed Brunch
YOKRVILLE–Grab your mom or a mother figure in your life
for this amazing sit down table service Mother's Day Brunch
complete with mimosas and wearing your favorite Kentucky Derby
Themed attire on May 8 from 10am-1pm at Martini Banquet Hall.
CamMi Photo Booth will be on site to capture the amazing memories
of this event.
5. Bloomin’ on Main
LISLE–Come experience all of the awesome busi-
nesses along Main Street! Grab mom and enjoy treats,
giveaways, and specials throughout the day at partici-
pating businesses on May 15 from 10am-7pm in downtown
7. Mothers Day Cruise
CHICAGO–With Chicago Cruise Events, everyone gets
the chance to celebrate Mother’s Day on a luxury yacht
available on May 9th. Sailing across Lake Michigan, passengers
enjoy 360-degree views of the Chicago skyline, relax on the obser-
vation deck or listen to popular hits while bartenders spin a plethora
of colorful drinks.
6. Bridal & Wedding Extravaganza
GLEN ELLYN–Planning a wedding is a family affair so don’t
miss Chicago’s Let’s Plan Bridal & Wedding Extravaganza on
Sunday, May 16th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Abbington Distinc-
tive Banquets. Gift bags, full plates lunches, complimentary champagne,
cake sampling, fashion show, and industry experts galore.
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