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A Message to Northwest Indiana: Stay the Course, the Time Is NOW to Create a Better Future!


rot2Over the last several years, bold leaders like Congressman Visclosky have created a vision for northwest Indiana where people enjoy Lake Michigan, the Dunes, thriving downtowns and a robust economy that capitalizes on our proximity to the third largest economic engine in the nation, Chicago.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: 8 Hot Home Design Trends

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Home design trends have always ebbed and flowed throughout the generations, but now, in the Pinterest age, they seem to change more quickly than ever before. While this could cause frustration for homeowners hoping to keep up, the resources available now have also made home design a more intriguing and attainable art. “What we’re seeing is a trend toward making the house more interesting instead of matchy-matchy,” says Jodi Gheaja, a broker for Realty Executives Premier in Valparaiso and owner of staging company House to Home.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: The Best Sandwiches in NWI

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The sandwich. Is there a better food? Chocolate and pizza get all the attention for being everyone’s favorites, but I think we can all agree that the sandwich is a quiet but mighty contender. There’s just something about the combination of cold cuts, fresh fillings, and magical mayo hugged by soft, doughy bread that makes everything right with the world. In the words of the wise Liz Lemon, “All anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.”

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Julia's Slice of Life: Go Local and Shop at these NWI Clothing Boutiques

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For several years now, Southlake Mall has been one of Northwest Indiana’s most popular destinations, particularly for anyone on a clothes shopping spree. More recently, however, an influx of locally owned clothing boutiques has entered the scene, allowing more options—and a chance to buy local—for consumers. Here is a breakdown of just some of the many local boutiques available for men, women and children.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: How to Have a Healthy Happy Easter

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Easter is coming up, and like most holidays, the chances of overeating and derailing your health goals are high. I spoke with two local health experts on how to make healthy choices and stay diligent while still enjoying the Easter holiday.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: Kids and Sports - How Young Is Too Young?

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It was about two years ago when I started getting nervous. My then three-year-old was not enrolled in any sports, which made her a minority among her peers. I would patiently listen to my friends chatter about their toddlers’ aptitude in t-ball, gymnastics, and soccer, but internally I would panic, as only a well-intentioned but never-satisfied mother can. Was I too late? Would my daughter be behind when she did start sports? Is she lazy? Am I lazy?

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Julia’s Slice of Life: Tips and Tricks for Decluttering Your Home

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It’s officially spring now, the time of year when we all begin to think about spring cleaning. Those two words will either make you clap or cringe, but the truth is, home organization has become a trend in recent years. With resources like Pinterest and the wildly popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, more and more people are choosing to simplify and rid their spaces of stuff.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: Make St. Patrick's Day a Family Affair

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St. Patrick’s Day is a happy holiday, known for its parades and green rivers and friends cheers-ing with mugs of green beer. While the latter gets much of the attention in our culture, St. Patrick’s Day is also a fun day for families. I talked with some local moms about ways in which they make the Irish holiday a family affair.

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Introducing Julia Perla Huisman’s “Julia’s Slice of Life”

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I never was able to “escape” Northwest Indiana, no matter how hard I tried.

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Can We Make NWI a Healthier Place to Live?


Leigh-Morris There’s so much good about Northwest Indiana that I hesitate to focus on something that’s negative. However, it involves the health of all of us; and it’s been a problem for far too long.

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Leigh Morris: Ivy Tech Helps Northwest Indiana Achieve


Leigh-MorrisNorthwest Indiana has tremendous strengths in higher education with our four-year and graduate colleges and universities, but the four Region Ivy Tech campuses provide unique advantages.

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