19 Ways to Freshen Up Your House for Spring

We have a lot to cover, so I’ll spare you the pithy introduction, and cut right to the chase. 1. Clearing away dust and dirt will make even the most dated décor feel at least livable. 2. Follow the three D’s. De-clutter, dump and donate. 3. Repaint the walls at least every five or six […]

Building a Newish House

As luck would have it, the housing bubble was at its peak in 2008 when Sarah Schmidt and Julie Matthei began house hunting for a home spacious enough for them to raise their three growing children. “We had outgrown our place in Evanston, and our initial thought was that we wanted to remodel another old […]

5 Minute Face with 5 Products in 5 steps

For those of you who skip makeup because you don’t have time, give yourself just 5 minutes in the morning to look made up, but not done up!   Moisturizing is a necessity, yet women often skip this essential step. Find a lighter moisturizer for summer and a heavier one to use in colder months. […]

Spring Fashion 2012 - Start Shopping Your Closet

Before you hit the mall for this season’s enticing new fashions, start by shopping your own closet. In this short video, we tag along as Make it Better Fashion Editor Kat Achenbach helps one of our readers, Mia, create new outfits in the spirit of spring’s freshest trends—like color blocking and mixed patterns—from pieces she […]

Maximum Love, Minimal Ostentation: Planning the Perfect Wedding

Next January, our 27-year-old son, Nick, is marrying a fantastic woman, Noelle. Our family will have fun with the two Christmas names—St Nick and Noelle—the rest of our lives. But before that, we want to give the affianced the best possible start, with a lovingly organized wedding. When Nick’s siblings asked to throw an engagement […]