A sense of home: Linda Schacht carves out a niche within a century-old business in Lancaster, Wis.
A sense of home: Linda Schacht carves out a niche within a century-old business in Lancaster, Wis.

Linda Schacht has an innate gift. Upon stepping into a space, she can almost instantly envision its fullest potential. “It’s just something I think I developed over time,” said the 42-year-old Chicago native. “I had a very creative father and I grew up watching him build. Watching that design process, it’s just in my blood. […]

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Less is more: Kate McIntosh crafts an all-natural beauty salon in the heart of Dubuque’s Cable Car Square
Less is more: Kate McIntosh crafts an all-natural beauty salon in the heart of Dubuque’s Cable Car Square

Kate McIntosh likes to be surrounded by the beauty of what she loves most — and she finds it in places others might not think to offer a second glance. “I like to find recycled uses for older things,” she said. It’s evident as soon as one sets foot inside the space she has worked […]

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Mom of 8: Abby Ball on parenting 4 biological children, adopting 4 more
Mom of 8: Abby Ball on parenting 4 biological children, adopting 4 more

It’s not unusual for the Ball family home in Peosta, Iowa, to be Ground Zero for a flurry of activity — shuttling kids between sporting events, running errands and juggling an assortment of overlapping schedules. But despite the busyness from one day to the next, Abby Ball wouldn’t have it any other way. She and […]

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Her Hacks: The unsung women of history
Her Hacks: The unsung women of history

There are great women all around us at all times. And when you take a look through history, it becomes apparent very quickly that always has been the case. But unfortunately, too many of those trailblazers have gone too long without the recognition that is their due. Here is a list of a few of […]

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5 ways to slay Valentine’s Day this year
5 ways to slay Valentine’s Day this year

Valentine’s Day is no longer just for the happy couples. Whether you’re married, dating or content being single, there are ways for everyone to celebrate love of all kinds, including romance in 2022, regardless of relationship status. 1. Custom cards. SmashUps, from American Greetings, can help prioritize love and romance any day of the year. […]

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A hint of magic: Dubuque couple Ashley and Ricky Ayala credit 3 components for the success of their relationship
A hint of magic: Dubuque couple Ashley and Ricky Ayala credit 3 components for the success of their relationship

Life has thrown a few surprises at Ashley Ayala. The 36-year-old Dubuque native grew up in a what many would describe as a traditional Midwestern household backed by strong family bonds, despite losing its patriarch in 2003. That loss would lead Ashley to discovering a passion for the practice of yoga, eventually tapping into the […]

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The evening of Dec. 19, 2018, is one that 23-year old Shelby Melssen will never forget. After her registered nurse pinning ceremony, she and her boyfriend, Kaizer Gukeisen, stopped back at their apartment before joining family for dinner. It was there, in their living room, where he proposed to her. “He had a big bouquet...
Thinking about a destination wedding? Whether your choice is to get married alongside the ocean in Hawaii or the Florida Keys; atop a ski hill in Aspen, Colo.; in a California vineyard; in a Las Vegas wedding chapel; somewhere in Mexico, such as Cancun, Rivera Maya, Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta; Jamaica; Punta Cana in...
February is one of those months that has an image problem. Sure, it’s the month of love — after all, Valentine’s Day calls it home. But, it’s also wrapped tightly in the embrace of winter’s coldest depths. And nothing kills the mood quite like icicles hanging from body hair. Or, the frigid gust of a...
February is one of those months that has an image problem. Sure, it’s the month of love — after all, Valentine’s Day calls it home. But, it’s also wrapped tightly in the embrace of winter’s coldest depths. And nothing kills the mood quite like icicles hanging from body hair. Or, the frigid gust of a...
February is one of those months that has an image problem. Sure, it’s the month of love — after all, Valentine’s Day calls it home. But, it’s also wrapped tightly in the embrace of winter’s coldest depths. And nothing kills the mood quite like icicles hanging from body hair. Or, the frigid gust of a...
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