April’s New Values Magazine has arrived!


Keep an eye on your mail this week for the April issue of New Values Magazine. In addition to valuable coupons from local businesses, you’ll find community events announcements and information, news and more!

Category : April 2014 Edition, Featured, What's New


Answers to March’s Crossword Puzzle


So, how did you do this month? As you may have noted, we use the names of our advertisers in each issues’s crossword puzzle. Here are the answers to March’s puzzle:

Category : Crossword Puzzle, Featured, March 2013 Edition


Answers to January’s Crossword Puzzle


Did you complete the puzzle? Use the names of our advertisers in each issues to get the answers to the crossword puzzle. Here are the answers to January’s puzzle:


Category : Crossword Puzzle, Featured, January 2013 Edition


January 2013 New Values Magazine arrives!


Are you ready for some great values? Our January issue is loaded with 24 pages of super values and other great information like puzzles and community announcements. Check out the new issue of New Values Magazine, DeKalb County’s leading monthly coupon magazine!

Also be sure to visit our web site throughout the coming weeks — we’ll have great stories and articles from our advertisers, updates on community events and much, much more.

Category : Featured, January 2013 Edition


Join BioLife Plasma Services’s life-saving program


Biolife Plasma ServicesBioLife Plasma Services is an industry leader in the collection of high quality plasma that is processed into life-saving plasma-based therapies. BioLife operates and maintains numerous state-of-the-art plasma collection facilities throughout the United States and Austria. In order to provide high quality service and a high level of safety to our donors, as well as the patients who receive life-saving plasma-based therapeutics, BioLife is committed to safety.

Each BioLife center is a vital part of its community. The donors not only contribute the source of life-saving therapeutics, but also contribute to the commercial vitality of their neighborhoods. The fees donors receive for their commitment to the BioLife program are used to support church, civic and charitable organizations and activities for their families. These dollars are then spent and re-spent in the community, multiplying their impact and the benefits to the donors, neighboring businesses and the community at large.

BioLife Plasma Services is part of Baxter Healthcare Corporation, the principal domestic operating subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX).

To learn more about our life-saving program or to schedule a plasma donation, visit www.biolifeplasma.com. The DeKalb BioLife center is located at 1455 County Farm Road, near Walmart. The phone number is 815-754-5777. Donors can enjoy the convenience of free wireless Internet and a free supervised playroom for donor’s children.

Category : Biolife Plasma Service, Featured, October 2012 Edition


Answers to January’s Crossword Puzzle


Did you complete the puzzle? Use the names of our advertisers in each issues to get the answers to the crossword puzzle. Here are the answers to January’s puzzle:


Category : Crossword Puzzle, Featured, January 2012 Edition


January 2012 New Values Magazine arrives!


Are you ready for some great values? Our January issue is loaded with 24 pages of super values and other great information like puzzles, trivia and community announcements. Check out the new issue of New Values Magazine, DeKalb County’s leading monthly coupon magazine!

Also be sure to visit our web site throughout the coming weeks — we’ll have great stories and articles from our advertisers, updates on community events and much, much more.

Category : Featured, January 2012 Edition


Vinny’s Pizza Hurricane Challenge!


Coming in January! Vinny’s is having a Hurricane Pizza Challenge! Eat a whole Hurricane (2 toppings of your choice), beat the top time and win 1 free pizza a week until your time is beat. Call to reserve your spot and take on the Hurrcane!!

Check out the Hurricane Pizza Challenge video at: vinnyspizzadekalb.com

Category : December 2011 Edition, Featured, Vinny's Pizza


August 2011 New Values Magazine arrives!


It’s back to school time! Check out the August issue of New Values Magazine for great Back2School values. The magazine is loaded with other great information like puzzles, trivia and community annoucements. Check out DeKalb County’s leading monthly coupon magazine.

And be sure to visit our web site throughout the coming weeks — we’ll have great stories and articles from our advertisers, updates on community events and much, much more.

Category : August 2011 Edition, Featured


The Right Food for Your Dog and Cat


Our mission at Paw Lickin’ Good Treats is to help people select food, treats, supplements, toys and accessories for their pets that will optimize health, happiness and well-being. We all want the best for our pets, but often pet owners are unsure as to which products are best for their needs. We are passionate about constantly educating ourselves and seeking out the best products available. In turn we strive to pass that knowledge to our customers. Knowledge is power.

We regularly get customers in the store who are seeking information about selecting the best food for their pets. Dogs and cats are individuals with their own special needs. There is no one food that is the best for all dogs and cats. That being said, it is clear that there are some general guidelines that set better foods apart from the less healthy options.

There are many options to consider when choosing a commercially prepared pet food. Some say that a frozen raw food is closest to dogs’ and cats’ natural diet. However, not everyone is comfortable with raw or can afford raw. Many people choose to combine a canned food with a dry kibble diet, but most people tend to feed a diet of primarily dry kibble. Dogs and cats can live healthy lives with any of these options as long as the food they consume consists of high quality ingredients. But how do you choose the best brands for your pet?

We have learned in recent years to carefully read the labels on the food we feed ourselves and our families. The wise pet owner will study the ingredients listed on the label of pet food as well. Begin by looking for a named protein source as the first ingredient. This can either be a specific meat or better yet a specific meat meal (the meal is the meat with the water content removed). Protein should be the majority ingredient in the food. Beware of labels that divide up grain sources to make it look as if meat is the main ingredient when actually the main ingredient is a variety of grains in different forms scattered throughout the list. Many dogs are allergic or sensitive to certain grains. We generally suggest avoiding corn, wheat, soy and gluten in food. The second most prevalent ingredient should be easily digested vegetables. One should always avoid bi-products, artificial preservatives and artificial coloring and sugar. Some people prefer to avoid grains all together and fortunately there are several grain-free options. Not every dog, however, needs to avoid all grains and there are many high quality foods that use such grains as barley, oatmeal, or brown rice as binders.

Unlike dogs, cats are true carnivores and therefore thrive on a diet of meat. Sadly, many cats spend their lives chronically dehydrated because they live on a diet of dry kibble that has many ingredients that are frankly unhealthy for a carnivore. Cats’ digestive systems are simply not designed to digest grains so a totally grain-free diet is best. In the wild, cats exist on eating prey that provides them with necessary water. This is not so for our domestic cats, which is why renal failure is one of the top medical problems from which cats suffer. We suggest feeding cats a diet that consists at least partially of a quality canned food. As with dog food, ingredients to avoid in cat food should include bi-products, artificial preservatives, artificial coloring, and sugar. Again, it is best to avoid all grains.

Basically, when deciding on a good food for your pet it is best to remember that health comes from the inside out. Whether your dog is itching, or simply lacking a zip in his step, changing his diet to include a holistic approach can often make a huge difference. And while you are at it, don’t forget that the same goes for treats.  When selecting treats for your pets, it is best to avoid the same ingredients that you avoid in food. It all adds up!

We are happy to help you make a food selection that works for your pet!

Category : August 2011 Edition, Featured, Paw Lickin' Good Treats


June Crosswordvertisers answers


Sharpen those pencils — our June issue features puzzles and trivia galore. We’ll start off today’s Day of Puzzles with the answers to our latest Crosswordvertisers — our crossword-based puzzle where the answers have to do with the advertisers in our latest issue of New Values Magazine. See which ones you knew:

Category : Crossword Puzzle, Featured, June 2011


June 2011 New Values Magazine arrives!


Are you ready for summer? Our advertisers are with 24 pages of super summer values and other great information like puzzles, trivia and community announcements. Check out the June issue of New Values Magazine, DeKalb County’s leading monthly coupon magazine!

Also be sure to visit our web site throughout the coming weeks — we’ll have great stories and articles from our advertisers, updates on community events and much, much more.

Category : Featured, June 2011


Research points to kale and spinach over carrots for good eye health


As we age, the probability that we’ll suffer from an eye disorder increases significantly. By age 65, about one-third of adults will have a vision impairment condition and by age 80, that percentage increases to 50% of us.

One of the most common conditions affecting older Americans is age-related macular degeneration or AMD. It’s the leading cause of blindness in adults over age 55. AMD results from the breakdown of the macula or small area in the retina at the back of the eye. Contributing factors to AMD include exposure to sunlight, smoking and even everyday contaminants in your environment.

One preventative solution to AMD are antioxidants. Research over the past decades has shown that eye health is linked closely to diet and lifestyle. Being overweight, diabetic, smoking, eating a high-fat diet and consuming alcohol excessively can all contribute to poor eye health. Eating a diet low in fruits and vegetables is also shown to be detrimental.

So, what should you eat?
We all grew up hearing that carrots were important for eye health, but there’s actually more evidence that other color foods may have an even bigger impact on our eyes. Specifically, foods that are naturally green and yellow in color have been shown as more effective at reducing the risk for AMD and cataracts than orange-colored foods.

Why does color matter?
Green and yellow fruits and vegetables are packed with two chemicals — lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that seem to protect the retina against oxidative damage and decrease the risk for AMD.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in foods containing natural fats, such as egg yolks, pistachios and avocados. Corn, spinach, squash, collard greens, kale, tomatoes and lettuce are all also good natural sources of these two nutrients.

While there is no current recommended amount of lutein and zeaxanthin to ingest to help protect your eye’s health, eating the recommended five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day will help to ensure that you get enough. If you have a family history of eye diseases or have any questions, please be sure to give Dr. Frank or Dr. Marczewski at call at (815) 758-1039. They would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Category : Featured, May 2011 Edition, Spex Expressions


Ladies Night Out


Cancer touches all of our lives, directly or indirectly. You may be a cancer patient yourself undergoing treatment now.

You may be a survivor and in various stages of recovery or remission. You may be a caregiver, family member or a friend of someone affected by cancer.

Cancer was once considered a deadly, incurable disease. For many, cancer is now survivable and curable. Still, it is the second leading cause of death in the United States.

DeKalb County has several wonderful events that help raise awareness as well as funds for cancer research. Ladies Night Out in downtown Sycamore on June 9th draws large crowds — dress in pink! Relay for Life is another annual event (held this year, June 17th and 18th).

Make plans to attend and enjoy these events.We all can help make a difference.

Category : Featured, Local Events, May 2011 Edition


Money-saving coupons now online!


That’s right! Not only can you find money-saving coupons in our magazine, there’s a whole bunch of them now available exclusively to people who have “Liked” New Values Magazine on Facebook.

These are time-sensitive coupons, so be sure to “Like” us and get yours! Visit us online at Facebook.com/newvaluesmagazine.

Category : E-Coupons, Featured


Have you friended Baxter on Facebook?


Hi, I’m Baxter and I’m the official mascot of New Values Magazine. I’d like to be your friend on Facebook so come search for me (“Baxter NVM” — what dog has a last name? Dumb Facebook).

Check out what I’m up to every day. Mostly wanting to go outside. Sleeping. Looking for treats and wanting to lick people. See you around!

Category : Baxter, Featured


The April 2011 edition of New Values Magazine has arrived!


Much like our much-anticipated welcoming of spring, the April issue of New Values Magazine is arriving in consumer’s mailboxes and articles from our advertisers are being released here online every day. This month, we’re celebrating Spring with cheerful cover full of kites in anticipation of Kites Over Sycamore.

We’d like to welcome some new advertisers to New Values Magazine this month, including:

  • Mediterraneo Restaurant in downtown DeKalb
  • Sunshine Scoop Shop and Bakery in DeKalb
  • NB&T
  • ServiceMASTER Clean
  • Biolife of DeKalb
  • LED Light Solutions in Sycamore
  • Ralph’s Car Wash & Detail Center
  • Amber Manor in DeKalb
  • Pardridge Insurance of Sycamore

Welcome our new advertisers and be sure to check out their ads in our magazine and their helpful and informational articles here online.

Category : April 2011 Edition, Featured


Answers to March’s Crossword Puzzle


So, how did you do this month? As you may have noted, we use the names of our advertisers in each issues’s crossword puzzle. Here are the answers to March’s puzzle:

Category : Crossword Puzzle, Featured, March 2011 Edition


Welcome to the first issue of New Values Magazine!


New Values MagazineGood morning!

What a wonderful day — the first issue of the New Values Magazine is being mailed and distributed today, we’re officially launching the printed magazine’s online counterpart, NewValuesMagazine.com and you, as a local, DeKalb-area consumer, have the chance to be a part of a new publishing and promotional effort that is the first in the country!

Keep an eye out in your mailbox for the March issue of New Values Magazine. If you remember the “old” Values Magazine, we’ve got a few new surprises for you! Yes, you’ll still get advertisements and promotions from our valued partnering advertisers. But, there’s so much more now, including puzzles and even contests.

You’ll see posts on our site now from select advertisers. When you get your magazine, you’ll note how the ads and the posts here tend to work “together.” Advertisers use our web site to educate and inform you indepth — something they can’t do with the limited space of an advertisement.

So enjoy you’re new issue and be sure to check out the posts as they come online over the next few days (and get updated throughout the month!). You will want to sign-up on our e-list to receive our monthly e-newsletter, receive valuable coupons and much more. Sign-up is over to the right. —>

Category : Featured, Le Print Express, March 2011 Edition, What's New


Scan me, baby!


QR code

What is this? It's a QR code!

It’s called a QR code and you’ll see it all over New Values Magazine, both on the cover and throughout the magazine — especially in some advertiser’s ads.

Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR codes are now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users. They come to us from Japan, where they are very common.

A QR code is a matrix or two-dimensional barcode readable by mobile phones and smartphones with cameras. The code consists of block-like graphics arranged in a square pattern on white background.

Once the image is captured in your cell phone — with the assistance of any free, downloadable barcode reader app — it may direct you to a company web site, a coupon or special offer, show a movie trailer or video or something totally different.

Our advertisers use QR codes in their ads to bring you to their section of this web site, where their posts will grown into a library of expertise, information and promotions. Over time, you can return to these to learn more about them and the products and services they offer.

In each issue of New Values Magazine, you might also find QR codes used as clues in our puzzles and even to convey secret information only for readers who have a phone or smartphone that can scan and read the codes. They’ll be our little secret!

In the mean time, enjoy this new piece of technology and know that we’re one of the first magazine to ever incorporate QR codes on such a wide scale and with such a great amount of uses. See, now you’re part of the “in” crowd too!

Category : Featured, March 2011 Edition