Highlights of January 2015 at Make It Better Media

Good books, great design, good food and drink, great opportunities for our kids – all are essential elements to make life better.  All also are essential elements of our most trusted publishing company – Make It Better. We make it easy for you to find and support the best resources in your community.

This week, here are a few of the stories we covered. Please read, share, Pin, tweet and otherwise enjoy the stories.  And please subscribe to our “Better Letter”LINK – a free email newsletter – for more tips, trends, articles and recommendations.

girlfriends-guide-to-book-club8 Book Picks for 2015  Ladies, the first book club session of the year is about to be called to order. Are you ready with your book choices? Here are several great options—some currently on the shelves, others coming later this spring—that are sure to generate a lot of conversation.

3 Arts Caarts-camps-harand-leadmp for Kids  Does your child love being in the spotlight or dream of being part of a theatrical production? These camps are perfect for those who have a passion for the arts.

10 Ways to Brighten Your Home with Color  Move over winter blues, and make way for winter celadon, fuchsia and plum! Pops of color are the perfect way to brighten your space when it’s solid gray outside.Decor with Color from Make it Better media

Recipe for Longevity: Exquisite Corn and Greens Soup  Award-winning Greek cookbook author Diane Kochilas explores the lush Aegean island of Ikaria in her newest cookbook, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die” (Rodale Books, 2014).Make it Better magazine recipe

Buying Liquor with a Cause: Anthony’s Own  Anthony’s Own, Inc. is a Chicago company that manufactures all-natural, gourmet liqueurs. Available at Whole Foods, Binny’s and other select stores, the product comes in desAnthony's own Liquorsert flavors like Apple Pie, Bananas Foster and Peach Cobbler.

RPM Steakhouse  “These are the rolls you see when you close your eyes at night and dream of a better world.” The question begs to be asked: Does Chicago need another high-end steakhouse? Read here and see what the answer is.

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Values Matter: What are Yours?

VALUES MATTERWhole Foods Values Matter
“We’re hungrier for them than we ever realized…
We want to trust our sources. We want to have the information to make meaningful choices about what we decide to buy and support…
We are part of a growing consciousness that’s bigger than food-one that champions what’s good, and the greater good, too.”


Watch the Values Matter Anthem Video from Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Market is exactly right. Good values help good businesses grow. Make It Better is so successful because we’ve become a trusted resource that helps busy people make meaningful, good choices, while championing the greater good too.
Every employee, writer, and advertiser proudly supports our mission to be a “most trusted, easy-to-use community resource that helps you make your life and the lives of others better.” Their values are as prodigious as their talents.
 Core Values
As for my values:  
I believe in the power of family and community.  The stronger our roots, the stronger our connections to others, the more love we feel, the better our lives will be.
I believe that our world is filled with beauty, majesty, goodness, if we choose to see it.
I believe that we are naturally inclined to help, pay it forward.I believe in the power of collaboration and innovation to solve difficult problems.

I believe that every person deserves a good education, a Pay it forwardsafe, loving home and adequate health care. We solve most of society’s problems when we accomplish this.  We save money too, because one year of education and adequate care costs far less than one year of prison or the social supports needed for people who feel hopeless.

I believe that the happiest lives are the ones lived in service to others too.
What are the values by which you live your life?