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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

With winter comes the return of some of our favorite colors in fashion: Jewel tones. Whether you choose ruby red or sapphire blue, emerald green or amethyst purple, you'll be sure to bring the life to any party this season. Styling by Brandon...
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Underwood joins country artists with fashion line (12/17/14)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Carrie Underwood donned more than 10 different dresses for this year's CMA Awards, but when it's time to get to sweaty in the gym, the country star was at a loss for what to wear...
Pucker up: lip balms, treatments having a moment (12/17/14)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Artisanal or oozing with luxury, lip balms are having a moment. Joining cutesy offerings intended for kids and go-to standards around for years are newer lip scrubs, color tints and balms that ask buyers to put their money where their mouths are for good causes...
Buy the River: Last-minute one-stop style shop at Ophelia (12/17/14)
Ophelia Boutique is one of Cape Girardeau's newest additions to the Main Street row. This is Patrice Parson's first Christmas downtown, and her boutique has plenty to offer in the way of last-minute gifts for those who wait until the last weekend to shop...
Buy the River: Two Cape Girardeau leading ladies kick off the holidays with high style (11/19/14)
I love the excitement of the holidays, especially the decorative store fronts and wreath-lined streets. It gives our town a magical glow, along with the anticipation that something special is about to happen...
Muslim hijabi hipsters fusing fashion with faith (11/19/14)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Fashion-conscious Muslim women from Kuala Lampur to Los Angeles who wear the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, have had to get creative...
Get festive with your fireplace: How to get your fire going and decorate it for the holidays (11/16/14)
On chilly winter days, nothing beats warming up by a nice, cozy fire. If you are considering having a fireplace installed in your new or existing home, there are some things to consider. "Think about the square footage that you are wanting to heat," says Quent Kasten, general manager of Kasten Masonry in Jackson. "Also, consider if you are going for looks or warmth and how efficient you want it to be."...
Smells like holiday spirit: Tips for adding the scents of the season to your home (11/16/14)
The holidays bring twinkling lights and brightly wrapped packages, but they also bring wonderful aromatic scents to fill your home. Candles are popular scented home decorations all year round, but they really take center stage during the holiday season...
Gather your greetings: Neat ways to display all the Christmas cards you receive in the mail (11/16/14)
Cathy Dietl loves to send and receive Christmas cards, but as a professional organizer, she doesn't let them sit around for long. Instead, she likes to display them in a creative way, then find another use for them post-holidays...
Snowed in? You can shop online while still supporting local businesses (11/16/14)
Snow and ice shut down many Cape Girardeau businesses during last year's holiday shopping season, but the sales were still rolling in at Philanthropy -- even though its Broadway storefront was closed...
Cooking with cranberries (11/16/14)
Fall and early winter are peak season for fresh cranberries, so it's no wonder the colorful berries play a starring role in many holiday dishes. Look for cranberries in the produce section of your grocery store, and pick out bright-colored, firm berries. ...
Holiday decorating trends: What's new and popular at local decor and gift shops (11/16/14)
Re-purposed and vintage decorations. Shoppers are buying parts and pieces to build their own decorations, say Amy Beussink and Janey Foust of Cobblestone Corner in Jackson. Vintage ornaments, old toys and costume jewelry can all be re-purposed in your holiday decor while adding a touch of nostalgia...
Mix and mingle: New takes on the traditional meat, cheese and veggie trays (11/16/14)
While the holidays just wouldn't be the same without certain traditions, some traditions could use a new twist from time to time. When preparing for a gathering, many hosts go with the stand-bys: Cheese, sausage and veggie trays...
Festive flicks: Movies to look forward to this holiday season (11/16/14)
The lineup of films hitting movie theaters this holiday season brings some much-anticipated sequels, family-friendly animated features and action-packed, high-energy dramas. Coming to theaters in November is .....
Send your appreciation: Care package ideas for soldiers who won't make it home for the holidays (11/16/14)
The time is now for those sending holiday gifts and care packages to military men and women deployed overseas. What items are most appreciated by service members? "Probably the most appreciated is entertainment -- DVDs, video games and the like," says Dru Reeves, who after a 27-year Army career now is Sgt. 1st class in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is general manager of Horizon Screen Printing in Cape Girardeau...
Hosting a party? Read these tips on food prep and serving (11/16/14)
As the holidays draw near, many families make plans to get together for a festive meal. If you're the one hosting the family gathering this year, how much food should you buy or prepare? And, what if you run out? Or make too much?...
Practical presents ...for the person who has everything (11/16/14)
Goofy gift? Another gift card -- again? Sometimes a practical present is the answer. We all know "that person." It's "that person who has everything," or someone you genuinely would like to present with a present, who really doesn't need or want anything, and certainly not a silly something they'll have to pretend is cute and appreciated...
No place like home for the holidays: A guide to historic homes that deck their halls for Christmas tours (11/16/14)
Many historic homes in the area will be bedecked and bedazzled and open for touring during the holiday season. Here's a look at what you'll see this season: THE GLENN HOUSE...
Knowledge that sparkles: Linda Culbreth is an author, publisher and writing coach (11/04/14)
Regardless of the industry, winning over and retaining consumers is the name of the game when it comes to business. Writing coach and publisher Linda Culbreth says being able to position oneself as an expert in a given field can make a powerful impression on a consumer. That idea inspired her to start Diamonds of Knowledge, her own personal publishing label geared toward business writing...
March of Dimes: On a mission for healthy babies (11/04/14)
Bailey Marie Koch was born at 26 weeks old, weighing only 1 pound and 15 ounces. "She fit in the palm of our hand," says her mother, Kate Koch. Bailey was in a neonatal intensive care unit for 67 days, on oxygen until she was 3 1/2 months old and on an apnea monitor until she was 5 months old...
Splish, splash: Ideas for at-home pampering (11/04/14) 1
Winter weather is on the way-- is your skin ready? Stacey Peters, who makes all-natural bath products at Brickhouse Soaps in Cape Girardeau, says many nourishing products can be found right in your kitchen or the nearest grocery aisle. Here are some of her ideas:...
New guidelines recommend Pap tests every three years instead of annually (11/04/14)
Many women accustomed to getting an annual Pap test for most of their adult lives were caught by surprise when medical organizations began altering their recommendations in the past couple years. In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force began recommending that women ages 21 to 65 have a Pap test every three years. ...
How to talk with children about difficult topics, situations (11/04/14)
As parents, we want to protect our kids from any sad or disturbing news -- but we also need to prepare them to deal with that kind of news when it arises, whether it be war, violence, death or something else. Sue Cook, counselor at Clippard Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, says parents shouldn't wait until a sad or scary situation comes up before they discuss such things with their kids...
On the road again: Plenty of good reasons, and places, to travel in the off-season (11/04/14)
Want to avoid the crowds and save money when traveling? Then consider a trip during the fall and winter months of the year. Shari Elfrink, owner of 1st Class Travel in Cape Girardeau, has two favorite destinations that she recommends to travelers in the cooler months...
The hangout house: Why some homes become teen central (11/04/14) 1
Start with amenities like a monster TV or fire pit, add a never-ending supply of munchies and a relaxed attitude toward your kids bringing home a friend -- or five -- and you may just find that your place has become THE place where the tweens and teens want to be...
Saddling up: Redhawks Equestrian Team focuses on technique, experience (11/04/14)
On a September afternoon, SuAnne Remely's Equestrian Center looks perfect. The smartly dressed riders, the finely tended horses, the wide exhibition arena nestled in the rising green hillocks of rural Cape Girardeau -- it's almost too picturesque...
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