Rocio Romero has designed and shipped her prefab homes all over the country, but she makes her own home right here in Southeast Missouri.
Life beyond the plate: Cape native Whitney Gaffari started a business to help others form a healthy relationship with food
Where do you turn after a bad breakup or stressful day at work -- a pint of Ben & Jerry's? A giant order of french fries? It's called emotional eating or stress eating, and Whitney Gaffari has been there. It's what inspired her new business, Soul Nutrition, and led her to help others form a healthier relationship with food...
Finances a major factor in deciding whether to go to work or stay home with the kids
NEW YORK (AP) -- The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a Pew Research Center report released in the spring...
Meet Kyra: A winner in our Cutest Kid Contest
ABOUT KYRA ... Name: Kyra Nikkole Jones Birthday and age: Feb. 4, 2008 -- she is 6 City of residence: Cape Girardeau Family: Mom and Dad, big sister Kyndrid, big brother John, baby sister Kynleigh, two dogs, Maggie and Rocky; a cat, Houdini; and three fish named Frank, Ralph and Dorathy...
Spotlight on the Cape Marketeers Club
As someone who lives, breathes and eats organic farming, Emily Scifers has learned a few things about healthy eating and sustainable living. She worked with kids on farming while she lived in Minnesota, and she brought this emphasis back with her to Missouri via the Cape Marketeers Club...
Five of Clubbs: This one's gonna hurt
My daughter, Lily, is starting kindergarten. I have been down this road twice before, but this go-round is different. When I sent Eva off on her first day, I was holding Eli. And when Eli left, Lily probably needed a diaper change. This time, I'm on my own...
Born to read: New policies encourage parents to read to children as soon as they're born
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat. When he became a dad, he was curious how best to foster a love of books in his newborn daughter...
The empty nest: When kids fly the coop, it can be difficult for parents to adjust
For most adults who have ever been parents, the first 18 years or so of their child's life were spent nurturing and caring for their child, and usually becoming involved in their child's activities and interests. But once their child is grown and heads off to college or moves away from home, what's next?...
Dear Mom: College stinks and I want to come home!
It seems like only yesterday you were dropping off your son or daughter for the first day of kindergarten. In times like this, I always remember the old saying, "The days go slow, but the years go fast." How true is that? Just as the transition to kindergarten brought new, unique challenges, so does the challenge facing many parents and teens in the coming weeks. ...
Get floored: A guide to shopping for area rugs
The right rug can really tie a room together. The wrong one could permanently stain your floors. Knowing what to look for is key to landing the right rug for your space. The first thing to do is decide how much money you're comfortable laying down for a rug. High-end rugs can run as much as several thousand dollars...
Slow and steady: Busy day? Throw these recipes together and let your slow cooker do the rest
**Slow cooker beef stroganoff Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds top round steak, cut into strips Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 onion, chopped 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (8-ounce) can canned mushrooms 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon dried chives...
Paws & Effect: Wise words from the store cat
Hello! Howie here. I'm the store cat for Busch Pet Products. I consider myself to be pretty famous. It's recently come to my attention that there are a lot of people out there who don't know enough about the feline persuasion. I mean, really, it's not like we put ourselves out there like dogs do, so I can see why we are not more understood. So, for all you out there who don't understand cats, I will graciously fill you in on some important feline facts...
The power of space: Rocio Romero has designed and shipped her prefab homes all over the country, but she makes her own home right here in Southeast Missouri
Rocio Romero's vacation home is far from any exotic island with palm trees and turquoise water. It's in rural Perry County, tucked in a lush wooded area and surrounded by a symphony of chirping birds and crickets...
Heeding the whisper of intuition: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - here's a look at the disease, which arrives so quietly the cancer is often diagnosed far too late
The symptoms of ovarian cancer, if they exist at all, are so subtle the disease has its own slogan: "It whispers, so listen." Regina Randolph listened, but it was too late. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, she endured a full hysterectomy and a few rounds of chemotherapy. She entered remission, and everyone thought she had the cancer beat. But the cancer came back, and she died on July 29, 2010. She was 58...
Street Style: Strutting the cyber catwalk
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are a few of the ways people communicate with one another and express their individuality. "Outfit of the Day," "Photo of the Day" and "Weekend Wear" are phrases used in social media by users showing off their fashion sense or unique digs for a special event or just a regular day. I found three Cape Girardeau residents who strut their stuff on the cyber catwalk often enough to catch my eye. Check them out!...
The teaching artist: Kelly Hughes teaches a wide range of arts, from comic book drawing to fashion sketching
No one is too young or too old to create interesting works of art at Open Window Studio in Jackson. "I teach all ages, from preschool through adult," says Kelly Hughes, business owner and teaching artist. She remembers vividly when her passion for art began...
Spinning a new yarn: With two new yarn shops in downtown Cape Girardeau, a friendly knitting community has taken hold
Knit, purl. Knit, purl. It's a mantra of sorts for knitters like Dawn Flickinger. They knit for the diligent repetition, the patient creativity and the soothing rhythm that emerges as the yarn slowly caterpillars from one needle to the other and back...
Beauty bag rehab: When's the last time you cleaned out your makeup stash and started fresh?
Even if you can make your favorite eyeliner last a year or more, it doesn't mean you should. Makeup has a shelf life, and time and temperature cause the ingredients to break down and lose effectiveness. Makeup also can be a breeding ground for bacteria...
The Beauty Counter: Answers to your beauty questions
How do I keep my foundation looking fresh all day long? To get the most out of your foundation, it is absolutely crucial for you to prepare your face. By that I mean you need to clean, moisturize and prime your skin. Use a deep-clean facial cleanser to get the days' worth of dirt off your skin. ...
Preserving a history of architecture: Rebecca Ward has handled projects all over the country, including a redesign in downtown Cape Girardeau
Architect Rebecca Ward has earned the right to boast about her part in the complete transformation of the A.C. Vasterling building, a previously abandoned and foreclosed structure built in 1903 on the corner of Broadway and Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau. Still, she remains humble and is not a fan of the attention...
Brace yourself: What you need to know about getting braces as an adult
Angie Davis wasn't so sure she wanted to be wearing braces at age 40, but when her teenage daughter began seeing an orthodontist, Davis decided she might as well get her own teeth taken care of, too. She'd always had crooked lower teeth and an underbite that caused her teeth to grind together, but when she was a teenager herself, she didn't want to go through the painful, complicated process to correct her underbite...
Meet Emily Scifers
If you spend much time in Cape Girardeau, you've probably seen Emily Scifers selling organic vegetables at the Cape Riverfront Market or delivering them around town through her community supported agriculture business, Laughing Stalk Farmstead. She grew up reading her mother's gardening magazines, and as an adult, she began working on and managing organic vegetable farms. ...
Seven strategies of White House fashion: How first ladies have remained frugal yet fashionable
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure, living in the White House has its perks. But a clothing allowance is not one of them. First ladies feel all sorts of pressure to project a fashionable look, and over the decades they have tried a range of cash-saving strategies to pull it off without going broke...
Buy the River: Summer skin-care products available at Annie-Em's
Winter always gets the bad rap for beating up on our skin, but actually, summer does its fair share as well. The sun's intense rays can cause premature wrinkles and, more seriously, cancers. In addition, high humidity can increase the skin's oil production, resulting in aggravation, acne and heat bumps. ...
Wardrobe essentials for your summer trip
Summer vacation is here, and with it, the frustration of packing a suitcase to cover a trip's worth of activities. But with careful planning and reuse of key items, it's easy to look fashionable no matter where your travels take you. "First of all, don't fall into the trap of thinking that black has to be your neutral," says Meagan Glasco, academic director of fashion at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University. ...
Look for bold colors, metallics and sporty styles in summer swimwear
CHICAGO (AP) -- Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. A quick guide to this season's swim looks: ------ __THE FASHION__ Patterns, prints and colors: Look for bold, solid colors as opposed to pastels or jewel tones...