Diane Krieger Spivak, Northwest Herald

Diane Krieger Spivak

Northwest Herald

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Past articles by Diane:

Why you should read to your children before bedtime

There’s nothing like a good bedtime story to lull a youngster into a peaceful night’s slumber. → Read More

Does screen time before bed affect sleep?

Many of us take our tablets, smartphones and laptops to bed with us, extending our workday or even as a way to relax to prepare for sleep. → Read More

Prostate Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among American men. Prostate cancers usually grow slowly. Most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 and do not die from the disease. → Read More

Home lighting trends set the mood and increase value

If you’re planning on building a new house, take your lighting options into consideration. → Read More

5 ways flashcards can help learning

Did you know that flash cards have been a proven learning tool in the United States for more than 200 years? → Read More

How moisture affects your hardwood floor

Hardwood flooring is beautiful, tough and long-lasting. → Read More

Raue Center for the Arts showcases Judy Garland and Carole King tributes

Raue Center for the Arts showcases the music of two legendary entertainers this fall — Judy Garland and Carole King. → Read More

Your back-to-school checklist

As much as we may want to hold on to summer vacation as long as possible, it’s a fact that a new school year is just around the corner. → Read More

Choose the right pillow for your neck

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and sleep experts say that our pillow is responsible for nearly a third of our sleep comfort. → Read More

Disney’s “Freaky Friday” at Raue Center is freaky fun

Remember the classic Disney movie where a mother and her daughter magically switch bodies and have just one day before mom’s wedding to switch back again? → Read More

What to expect when your car hits 100,000 miles

So your car has made it to 100,000 miles. Congratulations are in order. And in order to keep it going for another 100,000, there are a number of maintenance procedures you need to follow. Today’s cars are built to last way past that milestone, and proper maintenance is like money in the bank compared to buying a new vehicle. → Read More

Protecting your car’s interior from the sun

Warm weather is finally here, with longer days full of sunshine. → Read More

Lurie Children’s at Centegra Health-Huntley — when minutes count

When Huntley resident Danette Santana found her daughter Ashley lying on the floor, she sprung into action, calling 911. The dedicated medical team at Lurie Children’s at Centegra Health-Huntley, made it possible for Danette to get the critical treatment her daughter needed quickly and close to home. → Read More

The time to buy a new construction home is now

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new home, as the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present.” → Read More

Three ways to wax your car

Waxing your car not only keeps it looking great, it helps preserve the integrity of your paint job. → Read More

Things to do over summer to help your child stay on track

It’s a widely known fact that students can lose about half their math and reading skills from the previous school year if they don’t stay academically engaged during summer vacation. → Read More

Choose the right shrubs for your yard

Whether you’re looking to increase your curb appeal or simply spruce up your home’s landscaping, shrubs are a great way to go. They provide focal points, fill in bare spots, and, depending on the shrub, can offer beautiful color and even fragrance. → Read More

Raue Center for the Arts inaugural art fundraiser opens for bids June 8

Michelle Nowland wanted to bring more visual arts to Raue Center for the Arts, so the long-time volunteer for the historic Crystal Lake theater proposed an art fundraiser. → Read More

Manual vs automatic transmissions

If you’re in the market for a new or “newer” car, you may have noticed that stick shifts can often cost significantly less than automatics. → Read More

Vacation Bible School; Everybody benefits, not just kids

Vacation Bible School has been a staple for generations at many churches, and Laura Gilleland knows why. → Read More