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  Laura Factly loves seeing the faces of young children “light up” when she walks into the room. It’s motivated her to volunteer for the past eight years at Lakewood Elementary School in Carpentersville, where she herself studied.

Gilberts woman’s warmth ‘lights up’ children’s faces

Updated: 11/26/2014 10:48 AM

  Black Friday in recent years has signaled the start of the holiday shopping season. Take a peek back at these “must-have” items that have been featured at the top of wish lists, and are featured as part of a list at The Daily Beast...

Images: Christmas Toy Fads Through the Years

Updated: 11/25/2014 10:04 PM

  For what I do, there are few places on the planet that truly define my world the way this “Entertainment Capital of the World” does.

A ‘religious’ Thanksgiving in Sin City

Updated: 11/26/2014 10:20 AM

  For about $100, you can get a great streaming TV device to do that. Or for about a third of that, you can get a pretty good one. Content selection varies, but all offer such basics as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. After trying out 10 streaming devices,...

Gift Guide: 3 ways to watch streaming video on TV

Updated: 11/26/2014 03:21 PM

  Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by. For better selfies, consider some of these...

Gift Guide: Help your selfie with some add-on gear

Updated: 11/26/2014 12:07 PM

  Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel. Christmas has gingerbread houses; Manischewitz sells Chanukah House kits, using cookie dough with blue-and-white icing. These are just...

Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas?

Updated: 11/25/2014 02:12 PM

  Sharing music is a great way to connect with friends, and technology has made it easier than ever. Music lovers can create and share playlists in a variety of ways using today's tech.

Sharing music: a personal gift made easy by tech

Updated: 11/25/2014 12:43 PM

  For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything. But that rule doesn’t always extend to holiday cards.

Holiday cards: to share or not to share

Updated: 11/26/2014 12:19 PM

  With the holiday glut fast-approaching, you may want to think about avoiding plastic — gift cards that is. Just as giving actual bricks-and-mortar gifts gave way to gift cards, those cards are now giving way to their virtual versions.

Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards

Updated: 11/26/2014 12:18 PM

  Everyone knows you can't focus when your tummy is rumbling. Don't let hunger pangs sideline your shopping marathon. We tell you where to refuel so you can get the most out of your day.

What, where to eat in suburbs on Black Friday

Updated: 11/26/2014 07:39 PM

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