Annalisa Rodriguez

Writer. Marketer. Storyteller.

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I'm a writer, editor, and content marketer skilled in crafting content for a variety of print and digital platforms. I’m passionate about learning all there is to know about an audience, delivering engaging content that both entertains and meets a need, and leveraging analytical insights to continuously improve and innovate. I appreciate storytelling in all its forms and believe deeply in its power to connect. I am enjoying learning about the ever-changing landscape of marketing and digital media and can't wait to see what comes next.

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10 steps to take for cleaner properties during the COVID-19 crisis

During these unprecedented times, it's understandable if you have some uncertainty around the appropriate measures to take for the health and safety of your customers and employees. The 10 items below will give you actions you can take to maintain cleanlin

Best practices for providers during coronavirus

As businesses remain open to deliver essential goods and services during this uncertain time, it's important for providers who are working at these properties to remain aware of protocols that can help keep their team and customers healthy.

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43 Free Crochet Cat Patterns

Cat ladies (and gents!) of the crochet world, we have a collection of free crochet cat patterns that are absolutely purr-fect. If you crochet daily, you are surely always looking for unique and creative crochet patterns to work up. The 43 Free Crochet Cat Patterns below definitely fit the bill.

Styling Curly Hair 101: Curly Hair Tips & Tricks

Curly hair can be quite the challenge. If you have curly hair, you've likely tried every hair product and tutorial out there. These curly hair tips will teach you how to wash curly hair, the best ways to style it and keep it healthy, and the haircuts for curly hair that will make it look its best.

33 Free Crochet Flip Flop Patterns for Adults

Once the weather starts to warm up, it's not just your wardrobe that needs an update. Your warm-weather shoe collection would benefit from any of these free crochet flip flop patterns for adults. Your shoes should never be an afterthought because they have the potential to add some style or a bold pop of color to your outfit.

How to Get Glowing Skin: Korean Skin Care Routine

If you've ever wondered how to get glowing skin or how to get rid of acne, the Korean skin care routine may be the answer you are looking for. The 10 step Korean skin care routine can be modified based on your own individual needs, but the result will always be clear, beautiful skin!

60+ Crochet Newborn Patterns for a Baby Shower

If you're always struggling to come up with great baby shower gifts, look no further than this collection of crochet newborn patterns. You can find crochet baby booties, baby blanket patterns, crochet baby hat patterns, and many other patterns that will make the best crochet baby shower gifts.

49 Quick and Easy Crochet Afghans

There is one thing that every single home needs: a quick crochet afghan. There's nothing like a warm blanket to add a cozy and homey feel to your living space. These quick and easy crochet blanket patterns are also so beautiful and colorful that they will impress any houseguest and add some style to the room.

32 Gorgeous Crochet Granny Squares

There are few things more gorgeous than colorful and intricate crochet granny squares. There are just so many ways that you can make a granny square your own, whether it's by working it up in a variety of your favorite colors or making one inspired by your favorite food, animal, holiday, and more!

Crochet Borders and Edgings: 30 Crochet Tutorials

Do you ever find yourself with a finished project, but it just doesn't look complete? You stare at it and can't figure out what needs to be done with it until a lightbulb goes off. Maybe you need to add crochet edging to complete your pattern.

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Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, protector reunite

CLOSE Bridges and former U.S. Marshal Charles Burks talked about the day she integrated a New Orleans elementary school in 1960. INDIANAPOLIS -- Ruby Bridges wasn't really afraid on Nov. 14, 1960, as federal marshals escorted her into William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans.

Tip ruling could prove taxing to servers, restaurants

The IRS ruling, which takes effect in January, would treat automatic gratuities as service charges, rather than tips. INDIANAPOLIS -- When Thomas Howard sees an automatic gratuity on a restaurant bill, one thing is for certain: His server won't be getting any more than that amount.

Social media use raises questions about future of elections, politics

From one of her Facebook friends, Kylie Mussay saw statuses practically every day with interesting articles or facts about Mitt Romney. But after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, that friend's statuses quickly turned to complaints. "I feel like if somebody's very informed about something, that's their platform to share their opinion," the University of Illinois junior said.

Employers seek skilled trade workers

As a young child, Grady Knight had an aptitude for taking things apart. He may not have necessarily put them back together, but what he did construct was an understanding that he was a hands-on person and learner.

Sesame Street puppeteer shares life experiences, the wisdom of Big Bird

Puppeteer Caroll Spinney is interviewed during a break from taping an episode of Sesame Street on Thursday, April 10, 2008 in New York. In a brown velvet jacket, with wire-framed glasses and a head of white hair, Caroll Spinney pulled a green furry puppet from behind the podium. "They're looking at me?"

The Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Star
Aftershocks of war

It was April 3, 2005 - his dad's birthday. It's also the day Chris Hayden often has nightmares about. They're the same nightmares he's had since leaving Iraq eight years ago. He describes them to therapists as a "playlist," the dreams unfolding in exactly the same way each time.

Indianapolis Star
Food trucks hit the brakes in the suburbs

Noblesville restaurant owner Rick Robison thinks food trucks have merit in some places - but he doesn't want them in his backyard. Amid competition from other restaurants on the downtown square, the Ind. 37 corridor and the Hamilton Town Center, Robison says food trucks could be another hit.

Indianapolis Star
For fans of drive-ins, the show must go on

Under a setting sun, Mindi Soots sat barefoot in the back of her Jeep Liberty, with a blue blanket underneath her and pillows to recline against. She was eating Hardee's chicken, and drinks sat in a cooler just outside the car. She was settling in for a night at Tibbs Drive-In in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Star
Pinching their pennies

Zandra Jones finds herself making a trip to Dollar General almost every day for one thing or another. She is one of the many shoppers that retail experts say are looking for cheaper, more convenient options after the great recession.

Indianapolis Star
Nine months later, life is normal for Alissa and Leo Zagaris

Nine months after Alissa Zagaris brought her son home to Noblesville from Greece, life is looking pretty normal. Leo goes to school, hangs out with friends, plays video games and, as an almost 13-year-old, is thinking more about girls. "He wants to get a girlfriend," his mother said with a laugh, "something I can't give him for Christmas."

Indianapolis Star
Indiana's average personal income equals that of US - in 1996

Many Hoosiers earn personal incomes that are decades behind their working counterparts in the rest of the country, a new Ball State University study says. Researchers looked at 2010 Indiana wages and, adjusted for inflation, assigned each county the year in which its standard of living was equal to that of the nation as a whole.

Indianapolis Star
Noblesville man combines love of nature, art for unique business

Craftsmanship is in John Bundy's blood. There have been blacksmiths, metalworkers and woodworkers in his family. His great-grandfather built furniture, and his father was a carpenter who liked to refinish antique furniture. There also have been family members in tune with art and the environment - his mother was an art teacher, his grandfather a wildlife enthusiast who worked to preserve areas of nature.

Indianapolis Star
Noblesville shop owner is guitar maker to star musicians

Kevin Heffernan sees the guitar as canvas. Sure, the 58-year old loves hearing the twangy bite of the Fender Telecaster six-string and seeing famous musicians like Brad Paisley play the custom guitars he makes. But Heffernan's passion comes alive in the guitars he revisions into "relics," his term for functional art.

Daily Herald

Daily Herald
Wood Dale turns to man behind Millennium Park for help

Whether the project's massive -- like Chicago's $470 million Millennium Park -- or if it's creating a $26,000 vision for a small suburb looking for some identity, Edward Uhlir says it's all about creating a sense of place, a space that invokes a feeling of pride. Uhlir, the Chicago-based architect who served as project design director and master planner for one of the nation's most iconic parks, is likely to be given a $26,000 contract Thursday to help create a downtown focal point for Wood...

Daily Herald
Aurora proudly sends gymnast Anna Li off to Olympics

Anna Li got her first glimpse of a gym when she was 17 days old and started training as a gymnast at age 4. Now, at 23, the Aurora native is one of few post-collegiate gymnasts to make it to the Olympics, after it was announced last Sunday she will be an alternate for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team.

Daily Herald
'Eye of the Tiger' singer visits Aurora Public Library

When Maggie Perez auditioned for the Aurora Public Library's Teen Talent Show, she sang Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" while wearing a pink flower in her hair. She could never guess that a short while later singer Jim Peterik, who wrote hits like "Eye of the Tiger," would be watching part of her audition and telling producers of his upcoming music video, "That's our girl."

Daily Herald
'Glee' star Chris Colfer inspires teens at Naperville bookstore

Casey Cogan came all the way from Canada to meet her idol -- and she brought gifts. The Ontario native, 17, wants Chris Colfer to know that no matter what life brings him, his fans will always be there to support him. And so to send the message, Cogan bought the "Glee" star a ring engraved with the words "Our Inspiration" because she heard Colfer, who is gay, say in an interview that he never thought marriage was an option until recently and that in the future he wants a ring on his finger.

Daily Herald
McDonald's sending Addison sisters to Summer Olympics

Katie O'Brien sometimes likes to pretend she's a dinosaur and her broccoli is a tree as she bites the head off. That's just one of the ways the 8-year-old Addison girl says she makes mealtime fun, and she demonstrated it in her video submission for McDonald's Happy Meals Chef contest. Katie and her sister, 10-year-old Liz, were named finalists in the Happy Meal Chefs contest Wednesday night at the Addison McDonald's restaurant at 410 W. North Ave. Ronald McDonald surprised the girls with the...

Daily Herald
Construction on schedule for Aurora's RiverEdge Park

After almost a year of construction on Aurora's RiverEdge Park, work on the music venue and other amenities along both sides of the Fox River just north of downtown is on schedule and within its $13.2 million budget, city officials said. Officials said they've spent roughly $8 million so far on planning, engineering and construction of the park that they hope will attract visitors to Aurora and serve as an economic engine for the community.

Smile Politely Magazine

Defying gravity: Pole fitness trend takes off in C-U

Smile Politely is Champaign-Urbana's independent online magazine. We provide the community with a passionate, trustworthy, informed point of view on local music, arts, culture, food & drink, sports, politics and news. Whatever entertains you, informs you, excites you, or frustrates you, is all likely to be covered in our magazine.

TIMES Center looks to future after restoration of state funding

Before coming to the TIMES Center, Sidney Barker was homeless and sleeping under a bridge in Danville, Ill. Once a working member of society for 37 years, Barker feels he can no longer hold a job because of stress and anguish. Without the......

Urbana minister counsels after 9/11

Smile Politely is Champaign-Urbana's independent online magazine. We provide the community with a passionate, trustworthy, informed point of view on local music, arts, culture, food & drink, sports, politics and news. Whatever entertains you, informs you, excites you, or frustrates you, is all likely to be covered in our magazine.

Sincerely Fearless showcases wares

Wearing a long fitted blazer, gold brooch and oversized glasses, Kate Manoucheka Airey stands out. Her website, SincerelyFearless.com, also stands out for the unique style of products it offers. Kate Manoucheka, a U of I junior studying communications, and her sister,......

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