Hawn and Hudson talk mother-daughter beauty
NEW YORK -- When Kate Hudson first burst onto the scene with the movie "Almost Famous," her uncanny resemblance to her mother Goldie Hawn had everybody talking. Hudson didn't see it. But now that she's a mother herself -- of two sons, Rider and Bingham -- the 34-year-old actress says she treasures the comparison...
Painting parties: Bloom Studio and Gifts, Cateye Glasses Studio give women a place to have fun, express creativity
Swirly. Curly cue. Whimsical sketch. These are not terms used on a regular basis -- they are used while wielding a paint brush. Bloom Studio and Gifts, 2121 Broadway in Cape Girardeau, and its new neighbor, Cateye Glasses Studio, 2117 B Broadway, offer classes for women to explore their creative side...
Another line of defense: Women see guns, concealed carry permits as an added layer to personal safety
Gun control has been a hot national issue in the past several months, and in Southeast Missouri, it's spurred more interest in handguns and concealed carry weapon endorsements -- and that includes many women. Jason McBride, owner of River City Firearms in Cape Girardeau and a certified law enforcement firearms instructor, has held about 30 CCW classes in the past year with more than 200 students. Women make up about one-third to half of each class, he says...
Eau, yum! Five steps to finding your perfect scent
Is your dresser cluttered with half-empty perfume bottles that you've grown tired of? Yeah, we thought so. Charlsie Hethershaw, senior education consultant at Sephora in Cape Girardeau, tells how to find the right scent, once and for all:
When food becomes the enemy: Spotting, addressing eating disorders in children
Scary fact: Many factors relating to eating disorders have little to do with food or eating, according to Dr. Jeremy Barnes, professor of health promotion at Southeast Missouri State University. "There are several psychological factors, including low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy or lack of control in life, depression, anxiety, anger, stress or loneliness," he explains. ...
All dressed up
Shopping the farmers market this spring? Liven up your veggies with these healthy, easy-to-make salad dressings.
Master's degrees: Betcha can't earn just one
OK, I bet you can just earn one master's degree. That was certainly my intent when I graduated with my Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University in 2001. The MFA is a "terminal" degree, which sounds sort of like you will die after you get it, but really it just means it is supposed to be as high as you can go when it comes to the fine arts. ...
Eating from the Garden Project at South Elementary helps children learn about gardening, healty diet
It's one thing to learn about growing your own vegetables and healthy eating habits from a text book. But the Cape County Master Gardeners have taken it a giant step further at South Elementary School in Jackson by introducing the Eating from the Garden program...
Serving the most vulnerable: Lutheran Family and Children's Services work for children, elderly in need
The Cape Girardeau chapter of Lutheran Family and Children's Services offers help and support to both young and old alike. "Our goal is to provide help and support to vulnerable people in our community," says Evelyn Beussink Martin, regional director of LFCS. "We want safe and stable homes for kids in our communities and if an expectant woman feels that she can't raise a child on her own, we want to prepare other families to be able to do so."...
Choosing change: A victim of abuse herself, Tiffani Stone counsels troubled kids and works at the state level to prevent child sexual abuse
It's a Saturday morning in April, and Tiffani Stone is fueling up on coffee before a day of shopping in Cape Girardeau. Her mom and cousin are in tow, and their mission is to select items for Tiffani's bridal registry. The Bell City, Mo., beauty is getting married to Tyler on June 1, and she has a giddy smile on her face as she describes his proposal...
Crafting a career: Meet three women who turned a hobby into a business
If you want to turn your hobby into a business, you'll need a true passion for your craft, along with plenty of research and planning. Here, three women share how they took their hobbies to the next level.
Meet Annabelle, winner in our Cutest Kid Contest
Full name: Annabelle "Annie" Elizabeth Duffield
Reading role models: A summer reading list to inspire your kids
You want your kids to be active during the summer and not vegging out in front of the TV or video games. But there are some days when the weather won't cooperate. And those are perfect days to encourage your children to go on an adventure in the pages of a pook...
Easy come, easy grow: You don't need a green thumb for these plants bloom
While some people seem to have a "green thumb" when it comes to plants and flowers, others may struggle with getting green things to sprout, grow and blossom. If you are one of those folks who doesn't have the time or talent (or both!) for growing things green, these bushes, flowers and plants might be just up you alley...
10 things Amy Aldridge can't live without ...
Amy Aldridge laughs easily, loves music as a goofball and hates cold weather.
Amy and her husband Shannon also experienced the most devasting thing a parent can face: the loss of a child. Sahara Aldridge passsed away on Nov. 5, 2007, from a brainstem glioma, a malignant brain tumor with no cure, when she was 13 years old.
"Our lives ebb and flow as the years pass," Amy says. "Our little son, Nash, brought light to what was darkness, and we once more know the joy of hearing the words 'mom' and 'dad.' In spite of all our family has been through, we still count ourselves as blessed. Weathered from struggle, but blessed."
The 10 commandments of good credit
Some rules are meant to be broken -- like the one about not wearing white after Labor Day. Others should remain sacrosanct, such as the rules of good credit. Those are the kind of rules that can make life easier and happier when you follow them -- and help ensure your finances stay in good order, too...
Pulse check: A prescription for health
Jennifer McCoy of MediCenter Pharmacy in Cape Girardeau shares tips on having a healthy summer.
Spotlight on ... Hoops for Life
Sahara Aldridge died on Nov. 5, 2007 from a brainstem glioma, a malignant brain tumor with no cure. She was 13 years old. In 2010, her parents, Amy and Shannon Aldridge, started the Hoops for Life 5K Run/Walk to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research. That year, the race had 325 participants. By 2012, 651 people had registered for the race, which has become the largest fundraising run/walk between St. Louis and Memphis, Tenn...
Just peachy: Sweet and savory uses for a summertime favorite
Peaches are a summertime favorite. Here are some sweet and savory ways to use them in your cooking.
Volunteers make prom special for Alaska students
SITKA, Alaska -- For girls, proms are all about the dresses. Kayla Wolfe just never imagined what it would take to pick one. First, there was what felt like a million questions. "What kind of dress was I looking for? What size am I? What kind of color? Long or short?" said the 15-year-old freshman at Mount Edgecumbe High School, a state-run boarding school in Sitka, Alaska...
Broadway's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' has no tiaras
NEW YORK -- The Holly Golightly who has shown up on Broadway isn't wearing oversized Wayfarer-style sunglasses, tiaras, big hats, a pink cocktail dress or anything by Hubert de Givenchy. Three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood avoided the classic outfits that made Audrey Hepburn such a style icon when she designed the clothes for an adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that opens this week...
Food for thought: Different reception styles come with their own sets of pros and cons
One thing about planning a wedding: You've got a lot of decisions to make. And one of those is not only what but how you're going to feed your guests. Receptions can range from elaborate multi-course dinners to simple cake and punch...
Sweet treats: Today's weddings aren't all about the cake
It's hard to think about weddings without wedding cakes. A beautiful, elaborate cake is the centerpiece of the reception, and the moment the bride and groom cut the cake a highlight. At least, that's the way it's been traditionally...
For richer or poorer ...
Tips to figuring out the newlywed financial game
Winemaking a growing industry in Southeast Missouri
Some vintners do it full-time; for others it's a weekend venture. Some are new to the business; others are carrying on a family tradition. Some specialize in dry wines, while others tout their fruity dessert wines. There are just over 100 wineries in Missouri, and a good chunk of them are in Southeast Missouri. ...
On the trail: Explore the area by foot, wheel or hoof
There's a lot of nature to explore in Southeast Missouri and its neighboring areas. Here's a look at just a few of the trails suitable for avid hikers, bikers and horse riders: Hiking Whether you're in the mood for a relaxing stroll or an invigorating trek, there's a trail for you in Southeast Missouri and the surrounding area...
County roads, take me home: Go out of your way to enjoy these scenic routes
Cape Girardeau and Jackson have been growing rapidly during the last few decades, but this growth has a downside: Scenic drives along the outskirts of both towns have been vanishing. The Ten Mile Rose Garden is long gone, Snake Hill is now defanged and Bloomfield Road is being transformed section by section into a concrete thoroughfare...
Feeling festive: 7 fairs and festivals to put on your calendar
Most communities in Southeast Missouri have at least one celebration a year with carnival rides, fair food and good times with friends and family. Each offers something that makes it special, especially to the town's residents. You can read more about those in the calendar on Page 51...
Shopping main street: Local stores provide sense of community, continuity
With the advent of big-box retailers decades ago, many mom-and-pop stores in a town's major shopping area shut their doors. But in towns big and small, more business owners are opening stores selling everything from furniture to wedding gowns and arts to antiques...
Call of the wild: Five places for nature lovers to explore
Whether you want to relax on a river, hike cross country or just observe wildlife in its natural habitat, Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois are loaded with opportunities. The Missouri Department of Conservation has nearly 50 conservation areas spread among Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Perry, Scott, Stoddard and Ste. ...
Fair fare: A look at some festivals famous for their food
Pete Poe, president of the SEMO District Fair Board, knows what he's talking about when it comes to fair food. "When we talk about things like fair food, that's a treat," Poe says. "We could get most of those things throughout the year, but when it's all together in one setting, prepared in a mobile kitchen, there's something special about it."...
Does your strapless wedding gown have you worried about arm jiggle? Try these exercises to get your arms, back and shoulders toned for the big day.
Your wedding day emergency plan: What to do when things don't go according to plan
Sometimes weddings turn out flawlessly, but more often than not, there will be at least a hiccup or two. "Anything can happen and sometimes does," says Nancy Moreton, owner of Weddings by Nancy in Cape Girardeau. Try not to fret if things don't go according to plan, but focus on the big picture: Whatever happens, you'll be married to your honey by the end of the day. ...
Pre-marriage counseling: A tool for two
This magazine is all about "I do," but marriage is more than a wedding. Here, local pastors discuss why pre-marriage counseling is a must - and why you shouldn't be afraid of it.
The return of romance Call it the Kate Middleton Effect - the latest bridal trends are dominated by ladylike lace, floral details and Edwardian styles
Styled by Jamie Barnwell, Heather Collier, Cheryl Ellis and Robyn Gautschy Makeup by Libby Hudson of Eden Spa and Salon Flowers provided by Knaup Floral On Rachel: This Sincerity Dress (by Justin Alexander) features an illusion strapless neckline of tulle and lace, on an inverted basque waistline, with a chapel-length train. Buttons cover the back zipper. Dress, veil and headpiece available at The Andrew Jackson in Jackson....
Punch up your party: Let your guests toast you with a signature cocktail
Having an open bar at your reception, while a treat for guests, can increase your expenses quickly. As an alternative, try serving a signature drink (or two -- you and your honey can each pick one) that can be made in bulk and served in drink dispensers. That way guests can help themselves and toast you at the same time...
The first look
Capturing a private moment between the bride and groom before the wedding has become quite popular with couples and their photographers, and for good reason. "It's a really intimate time. It also really helps out with the timing on wedding photography," says Stephanie Goddard of Goddard Photography in Jackson...
Dress for less
On a budget or simply not interested in traditional wedding gowns? More brides are choosing white and ivory bridesmaid dresses, instead.
Lasting a lifetime: Tips on preserving wedding mementos to last through the years
After the last click of the camera and final cut of the cake, all that remains are the precious memories made on that very special day. Yet, with all of the modern advances in the world today, shouldn't there be a way to literally hold on to all the special mementos from a wedding?
Frugal florals: You can still have your dream wedding flowers on a budget
From decorating the church to centerpieces for the reception and, of course, the bride's bouquet, flowers can be a large part of your wedding budget. So, we've got some tips on how you can get the most for your money.
ido March 13/staff inspiration
Our staff spends a lot of time thinking about and researching all things wedding while we're working on iDO. From dresses to venues and flowers to food -- we cover it all. Naturally, in the process, we all think about how we'd want our dream wedding to be...
No longer mere accessory, shoes move center stage
NEW YORK -- Shoes are having a 21st century moment as they've pushed from mere accessory to the center of the fashion stage. Sexuality, social status, fashion IQ: The reasons for our shoe obsession are many, but one thing's for sure: more -- and more avant-garde -- designers are taking on the feet...
It's not too late to make heartfelt Valentine's Day gifts
Don't worry if you've yet to find something special for loved ones this Valentine's Day. You can easily and inexpensively add extra heart to gifts by making them at home. Popular homemade gifts include aromatic candles and bath salts, personalized photo frames and customized scarves. Jo Pearson, an expert with the national arts and crafts supplier Michaels, says vintage lace and traditional red hearts are trends this year, and can easily be applied as stamps, stickers and appliques...
Going grain: How to work these superfoods into your diet
Quinoa and kamut may sound like new and exotic foods, but they've been diet staples all over the world for centuries. Janet Anders, registered licensed dietitian at Fitness Plus, says most American diets are deficient in whole grains, but adding some of these "superfoods" to your diet will pack a powerful nutritional punch...
Running together: Weekly club brings West Lane Elementary girls together
Once a week during the school year, approximately 55 fourth- and fifth-grade girls from West Lane Elementary School in Jackson gather with several teachers to train for a 5k run. The program, called the We Run Club, was started in September by Laura Skelton, a teacher at West Lane...
Tool time: The basics every woman needs
Whether you've got a man in your life or you're a single gal, every woman should have her own set of tools. We're not saying you need a whole shop full of tools: Just the basics so you can hang photos and do simple repairs. Tammy Elias of Elias Ace Hardware says getting a prepackaged tool kit is a good place to start. "Stanley puts together a really nice one that covers everything," she says...
Five of Clubbs: In the mood for love
Dec. 18, 2012, was my 13th wedding anniversary. On Jan. 5, 2013, my husband and I had a date to celebrate it. Considering we finally got to take the cruise to Cozumel we had dreamed of for our 10th anniversary when we had been married 11 1/2 years, we were OK with the two week delay...
Show your true colors: Tracey Glenn explains how personality testing applies to business
There's more to personality tests than choosing "mostly As" to find out what kind of flirt you are. True Colors, a personality testing program started more than 35 years ago, is one option designed specifically for use in the workplace. The program helps individuals identify with one of four personality colors -- gold, orange, blue or green -- and apply that information to work better with people...
Day to night: Transition your makeup from the office to happy hour
It's happened to most working women: After a day at the office, you go straight to meeting friends for a night on the town. But the makeup you applied at 7 a.m. may not be fresh, or dramatic enough, for cocktails at 7 p.m. Charlsie Hethershaw of Sephora inside J.C. Penney gave us some tips to transform your daytime makeup for a night out:...
Fresh florals: Tips to make your own flower arrangement for home or work
1. Start with fresh flowers from the florist or grocery store. Tammy Ahlvin, owner and floral designer at Rose Madder Weddings in Cape Girardeau, likes roses and lilies because they have a lovely aroma and they also tend to last longer than other flowers. ...
10 things Stacy Busch-Heisserer can't live without ...
Stacy Busch-Heisserer has made animals her business, and that makes her the perfect cover model for our special pet issue. Her parents were kennel owners, and her dad showed beagles. Now, she owns Busch Pet Products and serves on the board of Safe Harbor Animal Shelter/Silverwalk Hounds...
Helping children cope with the loss of a pet
Handling grief or loss is hard for all ages, but it is especially hard for children who may not be developmentally able to fully understand the concept of death. Unfortunately, nearly all children are forced to deal with a loss of some type during their young lives. Whether it is a close family member or a beloved family pet, dealing with the emotional and behavioral challenges of children following a loss can be a trying time for any family...
Meet Hatilyn A winner in our Cutest Kid Contest
Meet Hatilyn Laura Valerie Holmes Hawthorne, a winner in our Cutest Kid Contest
Healthy pet, healthy you: Owning a pet has many health benefits for humans
Add this to your list of pros for getting a pet: Animals have been shown to have mental, emotional and physical health benefits on their humans. First, the most obvious: Pets increase our activity level, whether we're walking a dog multiple times per day or playing with a cat. Taking care of a pet also helps us feel worthy, useful and less lonely, says Dr. Shelly Daume of Deer Ridge Animal Hospital in Jackson. Even simple actions like petting or talking to an animal have a calming effect...
Emerald green is Pantone's top color of 2013
Emerald is no longer green with envy. The rich, vibrant shade is Pantone LLC's Color of the Year for 2013, beating out all the other shades of the rainbow.
Kids and pets: What you need to know before adding a pet to your family
Every kid who wants a pet will beg, plead and promise to take care of that pet, but for parents, the decision is a little more complicated. "A pet is a big commitment and requires a genuine interest. There are no hard and fast rules to let us know when the time is right," says Dr. Kelly Smith of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
At home with ... The Brune Family
Shea Brune shares what attracted her and her husband, Jef, to their home in the Walden Park neighborhood: How long have you lived in your home? We have lived here for three-and-a-half years; it will be four years in July. What attracted you to the house?...
Cooking with ... beer
Cheers! Beer isn't just for drinking: It can also be a star ingredient in everything from soups to desserts. We've compiled a menu of beer-based dishes. (And, in case you're worried about serving beer to youngsters, the alcohol cooks out of most of the dishes listed below.) Enjoy!...
Getting a good night's sleep is key to mental and physical well-being
Just because you can function on little to no sleep doesn't mean you should. We get it -- you're busy, and sometimes sleep takes the backseat to work, family time and other commitments. But doctors say it's just as important to schedule some shut-eye as it is your next business meeting...
Women and wellness: Regular health screenings can detect diseases in early stages
Every woman should make time for healthy habits such as getting plenty of exercise, eating healthy and finding a comfortable balance between work and life. In addition, all women should schedule routine health screenings that help detect a variety of diseases in their early stages. When it comes to staying healthy, a proactive approach is best. Here, a list of the health screenings women should have regularly:...
We quizzed local animal lovers and pet professionals about the best places to hang with our furry friends. Do you know of other places? Spread the word on our Flourish Facebook page!
The cat (and dog) ladies
Roberta Beach, Kelly Goff and Alice Wybert have a common goal: Finding good homes for animals without one. The three women, who lead local shelters, talked to us about their own pets and why they love animals. Kelly Goff, director of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri...
Can you hear me now? Getting through to kids distracted by texting and social media
With the advent of the smartphone and social media, it would seem kids have found a whole new way to be rude. Rather than roll their eyes during one of dad's long stories at the dinner table, they silently check Facebook status updates on their phones. But, experts are finding that there are also whole new ways for kids to develop addictions and experience physical complications. And parents are discovering they need to respond...
Spotlight on ... Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary/Silverwalk Hounds
Considering Stacy Busch-Heisserer owns a pet-based business, it's not surprising she also gives back to to local groups helping animals. Busch-Heisserer serves on the board of Safer Harbor Animal Sanctuary/Silverwalk Hounds. "Since I can't volunteer due to my schedule, I give back by donating some of the profit from my store to both Safe Harbor and the Humane Society," she said in an interview with the Southeast Missourian...
Ready to adopt checklist
Are you ready for a pet? Ask yourself these 10 questions before taking the plunge.
Shady fashion: Finding the right sunglasses for you
Want to make a bold fashion statement in 2013? Just reach for the shades. "Dramatic, bold and colorful frames, cat eyes and geometric lens shapes are going to be the most popular trends in 2013," says Shannon Kutz, optical manager at Leet EyeCare. "Vintage-style sunglasses were very popular in 2012 and will continue to be popular in 2013."...
A breath of fresh air: Houseplants are a lovely way to improve your indoor air quality
By Robyn Gautschy What kind of air are you really breathing at home? Surprising data from the EPA shows that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Common pollutants include furnaces, fireplaces, gas stoves and even your vacuum cleaner. With the average American spending as much as 90 percent of their lives indoors, improving air quality should be a priority...
Pet care 101: Regular exams, vaccinations help pets live long, healthy life
Most of us go to the doctor for annual checkups and other health screenings (and if we don't, we know we should). We get regular teeth cleanings. Preventive care can help avert more serious medical issues -- and the bills that go with them. The same is true for your pets. Dogs and cats make great companions -- you want to keep them around. We've put together a list of basic health guidelines for your four-legged friends. Contact your vet for further information...
Diaper debate: Cloth vs. disposable?
The decision of whether to use cloth or disposable diapers is not one that new moms take lightly. There's cost to consider, as well as environmental factors, what kind of materials you want touching your baby's bottom, and what kind of work you're willing to do when it comes to the diapers themselves...
Love actually, not virtually: Finding love without online help
NEW YORK -- Nicole Buergers and Brenden Macaluso are both 32. They struck up a conversation about hipster eyewear over free beer and cheap eats at a Houston hangout one Sunday afternoon and Macaluso recalls the evening ending this way:Her: "So how do we do this?"...
Drinking on a diet? Those calories can add up fast
The first rule of drinking on a diet is: Don't. Surely you've heard that Americans get way too many calories -- and nutritionally empty calories at that -- from alcohol. But the second rule of drinking on a diet is that since you probably will ignore Rule No. 1, find a way to enjoy alcohol without letting it swamp your healthy intentions. Here are a few suggestions on how to go about that...
Mom goes viral with son's phone code of conduct
NEW YORK -- Janell Burley Hofmann honored her 13-year-old son's "maturity and growth" at Christmas with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached. Eighteen strings, to be exact, in a written code of conduct that placed the mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens, especially younger ones just entering the frenetic world of social networks and smartphones...
Does 2013's style trend spell the end of trendy?
NEW YORK -- The biggest trend in fashion for the new year might just be that there isn't anything especially trendy. Based on runway and retailer previews, the must-have look in 2013 could be menswear-inspired and tailored, or ladylike chic. Colors are bold and bright, or graphic black and white; fabrics are slinky and silky, or textured and tough...
Crafters send mittens with a message to Newtown
"Chester Raccoon stood at the edge of the forest and cried. 'I don't want to go to school,' he told his mother. 'I want to stay home with you. I want to play with my friends. And play with my toys. And read my books. And swing on my swing. Please may I stay home with you?'" -- "The Kissing Hand," by Audrey Penn....
There's detective work to do for party dress codes
NEW YORK -- The holidays are often a highly social season that provide a good reason to wear the things you might not often have the occasion to pull out of your closet: sequins, a fancy red dress, the sexy black one. But should you? Or will everyone else be wearing their cozy cashmere sweater and favorite riding boots?...
10 things Lauren Jones can't live without ...
It was by chance that Lauren Jones began studying yoga. At the time, she was a young, single working mom and student in New York City. She was taking a dance class, and when it was canceled one day, she decided to try a yoga class instead. "I've never left the mat since," says Lauren, who now owns The Source -- Yoga 'N More in Cape Girardeau. "Yoga has enabled me to learn how to get through the tough times in life and to enjoy the day-to-day, the here and now."...
Home away from home: How to make your guests feel welcome, cozy
When you have overnight guests, be they friends or family, it's important to make them feel welcome and comfortable -- otherwise, they could just stay at a hotel. We talked to interior designer Whitney Reed of Hutson's Fine Furniture and Pat Rappa, owner of the Wine Country Inn bed and breakfast, about how to make a guest room a cozy place for your visitors to relax and feel at home...
Uncommon cold: How to tell when nonprescription cold medicine is not enough
Do you have a cold that just won't go away? The aisle at your local drugstore is overflowing with different cold medicines, and choosing the right one feels like a gamble with your wallet taking the hit at every purchase. Without a cure, the common cold is a treat-the-symptoms illness and that's where the picture gets even more complicated. According to the Mayo Clinic, the common cold is caused by more than 100 viruses, which means signs and symptoms vary greatly...
10 things to do with cinamon
Of course cinnamon is tasty - but did you know it's also known to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugars, boost memory, provide headache relief and fight bacteria? Once you read these 10 creative ways to use cinnamon, you'll be going out to buy the spice in bulk.
Tipping guide: The ins and outs of tipping for service
Tipping is standard at most places where services are rendered, but the etiquette factor can be tricky. Sometimes service isn't up to par -- and who hasn't left in a hurry and forgotten to tip at all? Diane Sides has studied etiquette for about 20 years, and she puts it into practice daily in her roles as assistant to the president at Southeast Missouri State University and assistant secretary to the Board of Regents. Here, she explains protocol when it comes to tipping:...
Getting the most out of parent-teacher communications
Now that the school year is well underway, many parents are attending parent-teacher conferences for their children. I realize the first round of parent-teacher conferences may already be over, but I thought that this topic could be beneficial for many parents as children complete the 2012-2013 school year. ...
The Golden Ticket to financial peace
I lamented on Facebook last week, "Sometimes I think if I somehow earned an extra quarter, I would get a letter informing me I needed to buy a gumball." Of course, our family is not in dire straits. We are going to have supper tonight. I am typing this on a computer in a house with electricity. ...
A good guest: Follow these guidelines when staying overnight with friends or family
Yes, it is the host's job to make a guest feel welcome, but the guest isn't off the hook. When you're staying at someone's home, be it family or friend, don't expect to be treated like you're at a hotel. If you want chocolate on your pillow and someone to make up your bed each morning, check into a hotel...
Targeting weight loss: Earlier this year, the FDA granted approval for two diet pills
For the first time in 13 years, the FDA approved medication targeting weight loss.
PULSE CHECK: The 20/20 on healthy eyes with Dr. Laura Evans
Dr. Laura Evans shares how to prevent eye strain, and new technology to address problems.
Curl up to fireplace facts
It's a scene straight from a movie: You and your sweetie curled up in front of the fireplace on a cold, dreary winter day. It sounds perfect, right? And it can be if you take the proper precautions with your fireplace. Charlie Robinson of Best Clean Fireplace Shoppe says whether you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace, it should be inspected and serviced once a year. Homeowners who have a fireplace should also have two other things in the house: a carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher...
At home with Cindy Buchheit
The first time Cindy Buchheit saw her 108-year-old house, the front steps were covered in ice. She and a friend climbed onto the front porch while holding onto the banisters. "Looking inside through the front door I could see into the foyer -- the steps that led to the second floor, the wood paneling and all of the original hardwood flooring," Buchheit says. The interior designer -- she owns Unique Ambiance LLC -- was sold...
Playing the game: Dig For Life founder Cindy Gannon is a longtime advocate for women's athletics
Cindy Gannon remembers the days before Title IX called for equal treatment of both sexes in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Before Title IX was enacted in 1972 -- and before the NCAA began sponsoring women's athletics 10 years later -- it was not exactly common for girls to play sports, Gannon recalls. ...
Delicious learning: Baking serves up a batch of skills for children, tweens and teens
When you think of baking, your mind probably goes right to warm cookies, fruit-filled cobblers or pies and savory bread. While those are all the happy results of spending some time in the kitchen, when children, tweens and teens get involved in baking, they'll come away from the experience with a lot more than just happy taste buds...
Cleansing craze: The facts of how cleanses work and their effects
People are constantly in a hurry. Running through the drive-thru, speeding on the morning commute, popping a frozen dinner in the microwave. So why would things be any different when it comes to the subject of weight loss? The vast amount of health and fitness trends in today's world have created a craze among people to lose weight and do so in a speedy manner...
Power polish: Shellac manicures promise to last chip-free for up to two weeks
In addition to traditional manicures, many salons offer CND Shellac manicures, which promise to last two weeks without chipping, fading or losing shine. "It really does last two weeks. Some people, when they use a lighter color, can possibly even stretch it to three weeks," says Tiffany Mahnken, a stylist and nail technician at Concepts Styling Salon in Cape Girardeau. ...
Women in the great outdoors
While hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits have always been hobbies of men in Southeast Missouri, more and more women are enjoying those activities as well. "Permits sold to females for deer and turkey hunting, and female deer and turkey hunters have increased a great deal over the past decade," says Candice Davis, media specialist of the Southeast and Ozark regions for the Missouri Department of Conservation...
Chop, chop! What you need to know about buying -- and protecting -- a good set of kitchen knives
Anyone who's been to a kitchen store or watched late-night TV knows the allure of all those culinary gadgets and tools -- but lifelong foodie Georganne Syler says the best thing you can purchase for your kitchen is a good set of knives. And no, she's not talking about that value pack you found in the dollar store clearance bin...
Playing to learn: Educational games help children develop important skills outside the classroom
You don't have to be a parent to know that children love to play. Games begin as early as birth, with simple interactions such as "peek-a-boo" or "where is baby's nose." As a child grows, the games can become more involved, focusing on early learning and social skills...
Do you BB? A look at the newest all-in-one beauty product
What started as a beauty staple in Asia has crossed over to the U.S., first at cosmetic counters and finally appearing on drugstore shelves. BB creams -- the BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm -- promise to prime, perfect, protect, hydrate and control oil. Some have added benefits, like anti-aging ingredients. But are they worth all the fuss?...
New retail stores bringing more shoppers to downtown Cape Girardeau
There have been some obvious changes in downtown Cape Girardeau in the past months. The Broadway streetscape project was completed, with new paving, parking, lighting and landscaping. Work progressed on the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau ahead of its opening as the casino dominated the view looking north on Main Street...
Transforming your unfinished basement
Many home buyers purchase a house where the basement is totally unfinished or only partially finished. If finishing the basement is low on the to-do list, there are some inexpensive ways to transform it into an inviting area. "Painting is an inexpensive way to improve the look of any basement area," says Angela Francis of Angela Francis Interiors. "I would advise painting the ceiling and the duct work even if the duct work is exposed."...
Meet Tony, a winner in our Cutest Kid Contest
Name: William "Tony" Lyle Birthday: Dec. 28, 2010 -- he's 22 months old Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Parents John Lyle and Nicolette Brennan, brother Ryan Lyle, and three pets: Dogs Sophie and Melvin, and cat Lita Tony's favorite things to do are ... play with trains and trucks, climb on Dinky the Train at Capaha Park and use pots and pans as a drum set...
Skinny Minnie: Disney fave gets Barneys makeover
NEW YORK -- Did Minnie Mouse do a catwalk cleanse? For a brief moment in Barneys New York's upcoming holiday window display, Minnie becomes a long, lean high-fashion model -- and the skinny Minnie is drawing some criticism. The Barneys display puts Disney characters on the runway in front of animated versions of industry bigwigs in a short film that features Minnie's daydream sequence strutting her stuff in Paris in a hot-pink, ruffle-covered Lanvin dress...
Breast cancer awareness events
THURSDAY, OCT. 11 Friends of Saint Francis Book Sale 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Healing Arts Center lobby at Saint Francis Medical Center, entrance 2 Proceeds will benefit Dig For Life. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 Friends of Saint Francis Book Sale 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Healing Arts Center lobby at Saint Francis Medical Center, entrance 2...
Breast cancer survivor stories: Breanna Munoz
Age when diagnosed: 31 Years battling breast cancer: Technically, she's cancer-free. She was diagnosed Oct. 14, 2011, and had a bilateral mastectomy Dec. 17. She's still going through reconstruction. The cancer was caught very early, so it hadn't attached to the chest wall. The doctors are 99.9 percent sure it will never come back...
Looking and feeling good: Volunteers help cancer patients cope with changes to their appearance
When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, her appearance can change drastically. "Look Good ... Feel Better" is a free, national public service program that teaches female cancer patients how to cope with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments...
Breast cancer suvivor stories: Sherry Dollins
Age when diagnosed: 53 Years battling breast cancer: Dollins found out she had cancer in December 2011, then had a double mastectomy. She went through about four and a half months of aggressive chemotherapy. She's still receiving Perceptin treatments every three weeks until the end of the year, and Remedix for the next five years...
Breast cancer survivor stories: Carolyn Woods
Age diagnosed: 71 Years battling breast cancer: One; was diagnosed in October 2011. The hardest part: Well, I think fear entered my mind first. When you hear the word "cancer," you're kind of scared. Then I thought, "Do I have to have chemotherapy?" That scared me, just thinking about the treatments I was going to go through. ...
Breast cancer suvivor stories: Sister Maureen Elfrink
Age diagnosed: The first time, in 1991, I was 55. I had a mastectomy at that time. After that, I did use a prosthesis and did not have chemo or radiation, but did take tamoxifen for five years. ... I was faithful to having mammograms every year, and they detected a suspicious spot last October. ...
Breast cancer suvivor stories: Debra Triplett
Age diagnosed: I was diagnosed in December 2011 at age 55. I have previously gone through lumpectomies and one lymph node. I began chemo treatment in February and went through eight treatments then, followed by 30 radiation treatments five times a week for six weeks. ...
Breast cancer survivor stories: Sue Ellyn Reitzel
Age diagnosed: 56 Years battling breast cancer: Almost one; was diagnosed in November 2011. The hardest part: I guess, physically, it was going through the chemo. Mentally and emotionally, it was everything. My whole world came to a stop. ...
Running for Ragan: Event raises money, awareness in Cape native's memory
Ragan Ward Neilson never should have had breast cancer. She was only 32 -- a young wife and mother who loved to hike and bike, had a Ph.D. in industrial-occupational psychology, was a strong and faithful Christian, and did her breast self-exams regularly.
Breast cancer: By the numbers
89 percent Of women, in Western countries, diagnosed with breast cancer who are still alive 5 years after their diagnosis 527 New cases of breast cancer per day in the U.S. 110 Breast cancer deaths per day in the U.S. 121 Rate of invasive breast cancer, per 100,000 women, in Missouri...
A scale of 0 to IV: Understanding the stages of breast cancer
Breast cancer is usually described as one of five stages, ranging from zero, which describes noninvasive cancers that remain within their original location, to stage four, invasive cancers that have spread outside the breast to other parts of the body...
Actress Christina Applegate flashing some pink this month
NEW YORK -- Christina Applegate says she hopes a few flashes of hot pink might turn heads. Pink isn't her color, she says, but to help raise money during Breast Cancer Awareness month for her Right Action for Women charity, she'll wear -- with pleasure -- the sneakers, headbands and jog bra that sportswear brand ASICS has made as fundraising items in a special-edition partnership. The items are on sale through Oct. 31...
Starlets pumped to help Weitzman fight cancer
NEW YORK -- When you are a hot young starlet in Hollywood, you often get what you want. For Nikki Reed, that meant goose-bump calfskin, and for Chloe Grace Moretz, it was a menswear-inspired design. They are two of the celebrities to work with footwear designer Stuart Weitzman to craft shoes to their specs to help raise money for ovarian cancer research...
Lights, camera, sweat? Emmy fashions make it work
LOS ANGELES -- Each year, the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony presents a steamy challenge for the red carpet's most fashionable, since September is typically LA's hottest month. This Sunday should be no exception. The mercury is expected to soar into the 80s midday, when nominees parade inside the Nokia Theatre. Add hundreds of spotlights and a dose of nerves, and maintaining a cool, camera-ready appearance can be a challenge. But the stars have strategies...
Bride, groom climb W.Va. mountain in tux and gown
McLEAN, Va. -- Bob Ewing has gotten a lot of mileage out of his decade-old tuxedo and has even run a couple of marathons in it. Now he's been married in it, after he and his new bride made the 900-foot sheer climb on one of West Virginia's most striking landmarks in full wedding regalia...
Women, music and politics join forces in new exhibit
WASHINGTON -- Lady Gaga's famous meat dress has made its way to the nation's capital, along with Loretta Lynn's song about "The Pill" and other relics from music history. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is opening a national tour for an exhibit about pioneering women in rock 'n' roll, tracing the evolution of women artists and their impact on music. It opens Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts...
Fresh inspiration for delicious, well-dressed dogs
Plenty of people surely will disagree, but I firmly believe that underdressed hot dogs simply aren't worth the calories. If all you're going to do to a hot dog is drizzle some ketchup, splurt some mustard and spoon some relish on it, it's not worth the effort to eat. I favor a well-dressed dog, a hot dog accompanied by robust and inspired toppings that transform this classic summer food into so much more...
Stylish twist: Salons offering 'braid bars'
CHICAGO -- A staple of the stylish grade-school set, braids have moved from the playground to the red carpet and now, local salons. Salons from Los Angeles to New York and cities in between are weaving "braid bars" into their services, offering special menus of different braid styles for a fixed price...
Helen Gurley Brown, the original Carrie Bradshaw
NEW YORK -- Before there was "Sex and the City," there was "Sex and the Single Girl." And before there was Carrie Bradshaw, there was Helen Gurley Brown. True, Carrie, the fun-loving and fashionable sex columnist of the HBO series, was fictional. But such was the influence of Brown, the long-serving Cosmopolitan editor (and "Sex and the Single Girl" author) who died Monday at age 90, that her admirers reached into pop culture as well as recent American history to describe her importance...
Wear it proud: The flag as a fashion statement
The Associated Press LONDON -- There was no mystery as to which team Varun Pemmaraju was supporting: His American flag was tied around his neck, the Stars and Stripes floating like a cape behind him. "I was going for the Superman, Captain America-look," said the beaming 19-year-old computer science and chemical engineering student from San Jose, Calif., as he stood a stone's throw from Olympic Stadium. "I thought America was a little under-represented."...
Erasing scars: Methods, products that can help fade scars faster
Lemons, massages, ice, coco butter and bananas. These are not exactly everyday, commonly grouped items. However, when dealing with scars, these items along with others may be the ticket to a clear complexion. Dr. Charles Moon, dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, said patients should remember no proven prescription has been found to reduce the visibility of scarring in legitimate medical studies...
Girlfriend getaways: Sometimes girls just want to have fun - out of town with friends
There's no better way to bond with your gal pals than taking a vacation together. It's your chance to escape the pressure of everyday life and bliss out with your girlfriends, just like you used to do. "I travel with girlfriends all the time! I've been all over the world with people I love, and going with girlfriends is a completely different experience," says Carolyn Kempf, owner of Elite Travel in Cape Girardeau...
Building a college fund: Finding courage to take the first step may be the biggest hurdle
By Heather Collier Parents looking to stash away money for both college and retirement can find themselves caught in a giant tug-of-war. Do you make the sacrifice to fund a child's college education and worry about retirement later? Or do you assume that you'll find a way to cover college costs with loans or scholarships and focus on your own future instead?...
Lose the lice: How to prevent and treat head lice in your family
If you remember having head checks from the school nurse, you probably remember there was a certain amount of shame attached to being sent home with head lice. It's an embarrassing problem, but it has nothing to do with personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school, according to the Centers for Disease Control...
Working from home gives women flexiblity, income
For many women, going to work means heading out the door and driving several miles to an office or other place of employment. But for a growing number of women, "going to work" doesn't involve a commute or dealing with traffic; these women are earning an income by working from home...
Cooking with squash
We kind of cheated with this issue's featured ingredient. Squash is pretty broad -- there are dozens of varieties of the vegetable. But squash is versatile, accessible, nutritious and, most importantly, delicious. And though some varieties are labeled "summer," they're usually available year-round. Others, like acorn and butternut squash, have a nutty flavor that is perfect for fall...
10 things Suzanne Vanderfeen can't live without ...
Suzanne VanderFeen transformed a hobby into a career -- one she loves. In 2009, Suzanne and her husband Tom -- both wine lovers -- started Vines-2-Wines Excursions, a shuttle service that takes groups to wineries throughout Missouri. While on the bus, Suzanne talks to the riders about wine. She also gets to know the riders, sometimes indulging in a little match-making on the side...
Five of Clubbs: The what-ifs of motherhood
There are moments when it hits me: I would not be doing this if I had not had kids. Sure, some of them are disgusting, like when I am catching throw-up in my hands or carrying pee-soaked clothes in a Walmart bag out of the day care center. But most of the time, I realize it because I am doing something new or having some kind of adventure. ...
PULSE CHECK: Ashley Lipke, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Cross Trails Medical Center, shares tips on avoiding diabetes as a family
Ashley Lipke grew up in Sikeston, Mo., and earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University. After marrying husband Scott Lipke, she literally stumbled into her job as a diabetes educator at Cross Trails Medical Center: "The day of my job interview there was about a foot of snow on the ground. ...
AGE APPROPRIATE: Meet Livia, a winner in our Cutest Kid Contest
Meet Livia Jade Turner, a 14-year-old who loves fashion
Dealing with sibling conflicts
As a child and family counselor, one problem that I am often asked about is what can a parent do to eliminate, or at least reduce, sibling conflicts. While some form of sibling rivalry and conflict is almost inevitable, there are a few "tricks" that parents can use to at least make these occur less often and be a little less intense...
Filling the lunchbox: Ideas for packing you child's lunch go beyond PB&J
When packing kids' lunches for school, some parents still rely on a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a brown paper sack. But, many parents are getting more creative when packing their kids' lunches and keeping an eye on nutrition in the process...
Adult acne: Why grown women get acne and how to control it
If you survived your teenage years only to succumb to acne as an adult, you're not the only one: Cape Girardeau dermatologist Dr. Charles M. Moon says about half of the acne he sees is in adults. Women, in particular, may develop acne after age 25 or 30. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports acne is becoming more common for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s...
Brush it off: Your guide to building an arsenal of makeup brushes
I've been meaning to buy some makeup brushes. But to be honest, I don't actually know how to pick out a good set of brushes, and there are so many to choose from. Besides, the applicators that come with my makeup seem to do the job OK. Dustin Duncan, manager at Sephora in Cape Girardeau, says those sponge applicators don't pick up the pigments or blend as nicely as specially-designed makeup brushes. ...
Stocking the medicine cabinet: 15 items you need to have on hand
The only thing worse than being sick (or having a sick child), is having to head to the store for a remedy. You know you'd really just rather be curled up on the couch in your PJs. Life is so much easier when you have a basic selection of over-the-counter medications on hand. ...
International Crisis Aid volunteers working to raise awareness about sex trafficking, open a safe house in St. Louis
When Linda McKinnis first heard about the St. Louis group working to open a safe house for victims of sex trafficking, she assumed it would be for girls from other countries. It was a shock to hear that the home would actually house American victims -- many of them teen girls rescued from St. ...
Investing in a tin grin: Planning and pay for braces
Braces used to seem reserved for the awkward adolescent right of passage. But now, not long after those baby teeth erupt, so does talk of orthodontia. Dentists may make referrals to orthodontists while children are still in grade school. But does that mean they will get braces at that age?...
The total package: Accessories are key to enhance your wardrobe, highlight your best features and hide trouble areas
It's been said that top wardrobe consultants advise putting two-thirds of your clothing budget toward accessories. Why? Accessories add instant style to any outfit, and they create tons of new looks with the clothing you already have. An added bonus? You don't have to worry about whether your jewelry, bags and shoes will fit from season to season. With help from the pros, we put together the ultimate guide for using accessories to work what you've got:...
Women helping women: Vintage NOW continues to grow, aiming to raise $50,000 for Safe House for Women
In some ways, walking into Deb Maevers' antique store, Pastimes Antiques, is like stepping into your mom or grandmother's closet. There is an abundance of fabulous vintage clothing just waiting to help you make a fashion statement. And that's what inspired the Vintage NOW fashion show, which takes vintage pieces and mixes them with modern clothing for a fresh look...
Shopping the farmers market: Bounty of fresh, locally grown produce awaits through fall
Think the farmers market is just for summer fruits and veggies? Think again. Most local farmers markets continue into October or even November, with fall crops like broccoli, beets, kale and winter squash replacing sweet corn and watermelons. "Fall is a really good time (for vegetables)," says Ross Peterson of The Laughing Stalk Farmstead in Cape Girardeau County. "When it cools off, cold crops sweeten up because plants start storing sugar."...
Fashion Talk: Trends for fall
Editor's note: You may remember Nicole Box from our summer issue of Flourish. She's the creator and designer of Fouche Couture and attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. We've asked Nicole to offer some expert advice on the latest fashion trends for the season in this new feature.
Fashion designers make sure Olympians go for the gold in style
LONDON -- Who said sportswear can't be chic? The athletes' parade during Friday's opening ceremony might as well have been a catwalk show, with some of fashion's biggest names -- Armani, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney -- designing the team uniforms...
Soda taste test: How the new diets stack up
NEW YORK -- Ask five strangers to taste five new diet sodas and you might get one opinion: Try again. As soda consumption has declined over the past several years amid worries about the nation's obesity rates, The Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. have worked to come up with sodas that have fewer calories but still taste good...
Latest swimwear fashion takes nod from the past
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The latest swimwear takes a nod from the past, from high waist briefs and the pinup girl look of the 1950s to the Studio 54 and Dolce Vita eras of the '60s and '70s. Retro-inspired looks were seen throughout the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 in Miami Beach, where more than two dozen designers showcased their latest collections. The five-day event that ended Monday also cemented some new trends, including crochet, foliage prints, ruffles and fringe...
600-year-old linen bras found in Austrian castle
VIENNA -- A revolutionary discovery is rewriting the history of underwear: Some 600 years ago, women wore bras. The University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that archeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset...
Forget sports, fantasy leagues for celebrity watchers growing online
NEW YORK -- Widowed by hubby's fantasy sports obsession? Don't get mad, get Kim Kardashian. Or Tom Cruise. Or Kate Middleton. Fantasy sports leagues are big business online, drawing more than 33 million fans of football to cricket. Now, celeb watchers have a handful of their own websites to draft "teams" and trash talk their friends...
Seventeen magazine responds to teen's protest, vows to celebrate all shapes, sizes
NEW YORK -- Score one for girl power. A 14-year-old Maine ballet dancer who led a crusade against altered photos in Seventeen magazine now has a promise from top editor Ann Shoket to leave body shapes alone, reserving Photoshop for the stray hair, clothing wrinkle, errant bra strap or zit...
DIY berry creamsicle ice cream sandwiches
Few treats say -- or perhaps scream -- summer quite the way ice cream does. And frankly, it's hard to improve on a giant, creamy, chilly bowlful. But we figured we'd try, anyway, because sometimes you want a little more pizazz. So we came up with these ice cream sandwiches that are ridiculously easy to put together. ...
Women and motorcycles: Ridership is on the rise
NEW YORK -- Cris Baldwin was 7 when she commandeered her brother's minibike on their Wisconsin dairy farm and first felt the wind in her face. More than 250,000 miles and 42 years later, it's still two wheels and a gas tank for the school administrator...
Patriotic decor: Red, white, blue and beyond
From Memorial Day and Independence Day on through Labor Day, Americans are staging celebrations of patriotism. At summer ballgames and community events, we catch sight of billowing flags and take in the hum of the national anthem. At the height of summer, many of us look for ways to bring a bit of patriotic style or military flair into our homes. But how do you add a dash of Americana into your decor without giving your home the feel of a bed-and-breakfast in colonial Williamsburg?...
How to protect your pet from the heat
When the weather warms and the heat arrives, it seems everyone has a reason to smile. Whether you prefer to cool off with a dip in the pool or with a tall cool drink in the shade, we all have ways to beat the heat. But what about your dog? Pets can suffer from heat just like people.
Liquor companies wooing women customers
Maybe it's the ad's strikingly handsome spokesman dressed in fireman's gear. Maybe it's the fact that his shirt has a winsome habit of disappearing, revealing sculpted pecs. Maybe it's the beret-wearing kitten he chats with. In French. Whatever the reason, you don't have to watch Sauza Blue Tequila's latest YouTube video long before realizing this is not exactly your father's liquor ad. Or your boyfriend's...
P-word? OK. The V-word? That's trickier
NEW YORK -- Kayt Sukel, an author who writes about neuroscience and sexuality, has given lectures around the country on the issue. And there's one word, she finds, that never fails to get her audiences squeamish. "There's just something about the word 'vagina' that startles people -- I don't know what it is," says Sukel. ...
Singles try to sniff out love at pheromone parties
LOS ANGELES -- Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out. The get-togethers -- which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities -- ask guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be smelled by other participants...
Pixar's 'Brave' gang shares tales of Scotland
LOS ANGELES -- The boozy, blustery Scottish people are getting a Hollywood close-up with "Brave," the latest adventure from the animators who brought you "Toy Story," `'Ratatouille," `'Finding Nemo" and "Up." Disney's Pixar Animation have crafted a meticulous vision of Scotland with its mossy crags, rugged peaks and red-haired lads and lasses in their story of a spirited young woman (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) who bucks ancient Celtic tradition...
Bright and bold are Hollywood beauty buzzwords
LOS ANGELES -- This summer's beauty trend is bold and bright, yet simple and playful. From the runways in New York to the red carpets in Hollywood, ladies are sporting bright shades of lipstick and messy updos as buns or flirty braids. Celebrity makeup artist Matt Rezaiyan insists the new lip color trend works on all ages: If it's bright pink, orange or red on younger women, just use a lighter version in the same bold color family on more mature ladies...
Tips for planning 'effortless' beach look
NEW YORK -- You want to relax at the beach. You want to feel good. You want to look as if you don't have a care in the world. It takes a little bit of effort to appear so effortless. You want to make smart choices, but not overthink it, says swimwear designer Shoshanna Gruss. ...
Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle turns quirky taste to home goods line
NEW YORK -- "Home-goods designer" was never a particular aspiration for Belinda Carlisle, the singer best known as part of the Go-Go's. But, she says, she was spending so much time traveling, and especially traveling to India, where she was surrounded by beautiful textiles and glorious colors, that she had to figure out how to put all of it to use...
Burger King bets on bacon sundae for summertime
NEW YORK -- Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party -- and a bacon sundae. The world's second biggest hamburger chain on Thursday is launching several pork, beef and chicken sandwiches as limited time offers. And for a sweet ending, the company is also offering a bacon sundae -- vanilla soft serve with fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a piece of bacon -- that started in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this year...
Shaved ice is this summer's hot chilly treat
The parade of retro treats marches on. And this summer it seems the foodie hipster scene has declared shaved ice is the hot "new" old way to stay -- and be -- cool. "We have lines. People are really excited about it," says David Carrell, one of the operators of the New York City-based People's Pops, which specializes in shaved ice, along with ice pops, both made with fresh fruits and herbs...
Are there 50 -- or thousands -- shades of gray?
NEW YORK -- Gray is, in fact, a gray area. There is such a wide sliding scale between black and white that it's hard to pinpoint the color. You might guess there are 50 shades, thanks to the much-buzzed-about E L James book "Fifty Shades of Grey," but there are hundreds of versions -- maybe thousands...
Theme parks opening new attractions, coasters
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The first phases of a reimagined Fantasyland at Florida's Walt Disney World, a Disneyland attraction in California based on the "Cars" movies, and Universal Studios Hollywood's new Transformers ride top the list of new attractions at theme parks across the country in 2012...
Adult milkshakes anything but plain vanilla
Smooth, sweet, cold and just the ticket for contracting a case of brain freeze on a sweltering summer day. There's a reason milkshakes are a staple of American childhood. But why should the kids have all the fun? Sure, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla make fine beverages for summer. ...
Sophia, Jacob most popular baby names of 2011
WASHINGTON -- Sophia is the new most popular baby name for girls, while Jacob is the top name for boys for the 13th straight year in a new list of popular baby names heavily influenced by religion and reality TV. Isabella, which had been the top girl's name for two years, dropped to second place in 2011, according to the list released Monday by the Social Security Administration. Emma, Olivia and Ava rounded out the top five...
Time cover shows mom breastfeeding 3-year-old
NEW YORK -- Shocking or no big deal? A woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son is the cover photo of this week's Time magazine for a story on "attachment parenting," and reactions ranged from applause to cringing to shrugs. The photo showed Jamie Lynne Grumet, 26, a stay-at-home mom in Los Angeles who says her mother breastfed her until she was 6 years old. ...
Events and activities to enjoy this Mother's Day
Mother's Day is Sunday. Did you forget to buy Mom a gift? If you didn't, don't worry. Turns out most moms would be happy to just spend the day with their children and grandchildren. Here are 12 things you can do with your mom -- or your kids -- for a fun-filled Mother's Day. More information on many events can be found at semoevents.com...
List of wineries in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois
Head to one of the numerous wineries in Southeast Missouri or Southern Illinois for a relaxing afternoon.
Mother's Day don'ts: dish gloves, Cougar shirts
NEW YORK -- What were they thinking? Through plastic smiles or gritted teeth, moms have to suck it up sometimes when Mother's Day means a gifted toilet, unsolicited wash tub or anti-aging cream. It wouldn't be Mother's Day if some mom somewhere wasn't disappointed or downright piqued at gift time. Many aren't looking to break the bank, though the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend $19 billion on the holiday this year. But unrequested sex toys? A chain saw?...
Exotics becoming everyday item with upscale style
NEW YORK -- Fashion moves in waves, and in today's easier, unfussy stage, glitz and gold might seem over the top. But boring isn't the only way to do a pared-down look. Exotic skins -- and many more faux exotic skins -- can bridge the gap between too much and not enough...
In the swim: What parents need to know about swimming lessons
"Marco!" "Polo!" That call and return is an enduring sound of summer. While kids' clothing choices change with each new trend and their options for updating their personal technology ever increase, old-fashioned swimming has not lost any popularity. Just add water for instant good times...
10 things cover model Jenny Knoderer can't live without ...
Jenny Knoderer grew up in Cape, but moved away for college. Then she lived and worked in California and Washington, D.C., when she and her husband, Matt, married. He's from Bell City, and she says they like being close to their families. Jenny and Matt have a 3-year-old daughter, Nicolette, and 1-year-old son, Will...
Best in Nursing: 2012 winner Lisa Baker
Lisa Baker grew up in a family of educators. She knew she wanted to be in a helping profession but bucked the family trend by becoming a nurse instead. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to be an educator or a nurse until I discovered that one of the roles of a nurse is to be an educator," she says...
Designing her dreams: Nicole Box, creator of Fouche Couture, has big plans for the future
"Every day, I think about fashion," says Nicole Box. Nicole, a Southern Illinois native, learned to sew when she was 14; her mom taught her. "We didn't have a lot of money," she says. "So I made some (clothes) for myself in high school." Flash forward to 2011. That's when Nicole established her own fashion label, Fouche Couture (Fouche is her maiden name)...
Girls on wheels: Members of the Cape Girardeau Roller Girls find fun, camaraderie in sport of roller derby
Two evenings a week, the Cape Girardeau Roller Girls exchange their work attire for colorful tights, mouthguards and roller skates. Before practice begins at 6 p.m., they gather along a wall inside the Arena Building, visiting about their days, snacking on homemade cookies and stretching...
I want a Pinterest life
By Brooke Clubbs In high school, I had a bulletin board in my room, plastered with torn out magazine pages featuring "Twin Peaks" special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLaughlin), music contest ribbons, speech contest medals and class pictures. In college, on the back of my dorm room door, I sticky-tacked show posters and quotes from plays. ...
Period questions: What may cause an irregular cycle and when to see your doctor
Your period comes at the same time every month -- except when it doesn't and you're not pregnant. Millions of women wonder why it doesn't always run like clockwork, and when to see a doctor. Truth is, there's nothing fun about getting your period. Still, when it arrives on time a lot of women think of it as a sign that all is well on the inside. But what about when there's something not quite right about it?...
Three ideas for keepsake Mother's Day gifts
Family photos and mementos are the raw stuff of some great Mother's Day gifts. Here are three ideas -- including fresh takes on the silhouette and the family tree -- for creating a new family treasure in just an afternoon. SILHOUETTE PENDANTS...
Car care 101: What women need to know to keep their vehicle running smoothly
We gals are great about scheduling time to go to the hair salon, the nail salon and maybe even, occasionally, the gym. But when it comes to car care and routine maintenance, we sometimes put those appointments at the bottom of our to-do list...
Best in Nursing finalists
We asked our four finalists what the most rewarding part of the job is. Here's what they had to say:
Bronze goddesses: Faking that summertime glow
Everyone wants a sun-kissed glow in summer. But between worries about skin cancer and being stuck in the office, getting it the natural way isn't always an option. But not to worry: That glow is easy to fake. Available everywhere from department store makeup counters to drugstore aisles, bronzers are a quick way to get a sun-touched look without the sun. Bonus: Bronzers can be used in a variety of ways...
Suit up: Finding the right swimwear for your shape
Next to jeans, swimsuits may be the most dreaded item to shop for. To make it a little less intimidating, we've created a guide for finding the right swimsuit for your body shape -- it's true, ladies, no one's perfect. Busty This two-piece from J.C. Penney has two things big-chested gals should look for -- underwire and a wide band to provide support...
Spotlight on ... The Tailor Institute
Jenny Knoderer began working with the Tailor Institute a few years ago as a freelancer, helping the not-for-profit organization develop its fundraising efforts. A year later, she was hired as the executive director of operations and fundraisers. "The goal was to bring on more programs that were part of the long-term vision," she says. "And that's what we're doing now."...
PULSE CHECK: Dr. Dianne Woolard, an OB/GYN with SoutheastHEALTH, tells how to maintain healthy bones Interview by Robyn Gautschy
Dr. Dianne Woolard
Job title: Obstetrician/gynecologist
Hometown: Dexter, Mo. City of residence: Cape Girardeau
Education: Undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis; medical school at St. Louis University; residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis/Washington University School of Medicine...
Kids and cholesterol: New studies recommend testing cholesterol for kids as young as age 9
With one-third of U.S. children and teens overweight, high cholesterol is no longer a grown-up problem. Half of children with high cholesterol will also have it as adults, raising their risk of heart disease. In response, an expert panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that every child be tested for cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 -- before puberty, when cholesterol temporarily dips, and again between ages 17 and 21.. ...
Cooking with edamame
Edamame, a sweet type of soybean, is an up-and-coming superfood that's high in fiber and protein, low in fat and sodium, and cholesterol-free. Edamame can be eaten right out of the pod, or in these yummy recipes:Edamame succotash with shrimp Submitted by Monica Goodin...
Perfect pedicures: Sandal season is here, but are your feet ready for their debut? Before you surrender your toes, brush up on pedicure health and safety
Sure, you always wear flip-flops in the gym locker room and at the pool. But are you equally as cautious about your footsies at the salon? You may assume that the salon, a place of relaxation and luxury, is safe and clean, but that's not always the case. Unclean tools can cause skin infections, foot fungus or fungus under the toenails, especially if pores are open, says Dawn Zoellner, owner of All Dawn'd Up Salon & Day Spa in Jackson...
Double-duty beauty: Products that make you look good, with added health benefits
You could put on makeup ... or you could put on makeup that protects your skin, smoothes wrinkles and infuses healthy antioxidants and minerals. We asked local beauty consultants for their top picks on products that do double duty for our skin. 1. Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System...
There's an app for that: Smartphone apps to make your life easier
As a writer, I rely on my tried and true notebook and pen to remember appointments and to-do lists. But after polling Flourish readers about their favorite smartphone apps and doing some online research -- well, I decided it might be time to put my faith in some of these cool apps. Check 'em out:...
Road tripping: Ways to keep the kids busy on car trips this summer
With summer right around the corner, families will be planning summer vacations to new destinations, old favorite spots and trips to visit faraway family and friends. Many will travel by car, minivan or SUV. But, how do you keep those kids entertained for hours on the way to that great vacation spot?...
Little helpers: Tips on getting your kids to help out around the house
In many families, children are responsible for certain chores each week, and if those chores are completed, the child is paid an allowance. In other families, chores are expected to be done by children and money is given for spending or saving, but the two aren't tied to each other. Which is the best way to get your child to do chores and have an understanding of money seems to come down to personal preference...
Forget the flowers: Christy Turlington Burns seeks to shift focus of Mother's Day
NEW YORK -- Please, no flowers for Christy Turlington Burns this Mother's Day. No chocolates and no last-minute, convenience-store cards, either. A handmade craft from her children would be OK, but mostly what she wants is to have a conversation about the important role that mothers -- and grandmothers and great-grandmothers, too -- play in families and in larger communities all over the world...
Men are fans, too, of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
NEW YORK -- They're young and old, doctors and churchgoers, gay and straight -- and those are just the MEN who have devoured oh-so-naughty "Fifty Shades of Grey," an erotic trilogy that has earned millions of women fans in a matter of weeks...
Crafters make Pinterest a community meeting place
Pinterest is a relative newcomer to social media, but it has changed the way that many crafters and do-it-yourselfers organize and share ideas. "It should be called 'Jessa Decker-Smith's Interests.' It's made for me," says Jessa Decker-Smith of Denver, who writes a craft blog called "Happily Home Sewn." She says she spent "a solid two or three days obsessing" about Pinterest when she signed on a few months ago. ...
Mom's cooking inspires top kitchens - and yours
When he was about 12, Hugh Acheson's mom went through a cooking phase: recipes from magazines, nice pots and pans, and exciting new dishes, like her signature chicken piccata. "It had that tenderness and crispness and this very simple, but very bouncy sauce," says Acheson. ...
More women are making - and enjoying - beer
A brew and a bro -- it's the classic pairing, right? Not necessarily. From the rise of female brew masters to the growth of women's tasting groups, women are becoming much more than a pint-sized part of the brewing world. The emergence of women as both beer-lovers and brewers happened as the craft beer scene grew overall by leaps and bounds, and that's no coincidence, says Lisa Morrison, Oregon-based writer, blogger and author of "Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest."...
Chalk it up: Coloring hair with pastels new trend
CHICAGO -- First there were feathers, then the "Hunger Games" braid took over. Now there's a new hair trend just as easy to embrace -- coloring strands with craft-store chalk. No stylist, no complicated instructions, no great expense. Everyone from hipsters to children to Hollywood celebrities is embracing the runway fad for brightly colored hair, using soft pastel chalk...
Give your home a '60s vibe with 'Mad Men' style
Now that another season of "Mad Men" is taking us back to the 1960s, lovers of mid-century modern style are eyeing the sets for inspiration. Luckily, the popularity of both the AMC show and the design style makes it easy to find furniture that sets the stage...
Colorblocking makes a bold spring style statement
NEW YORK -- Most of us can pair one bold color with another -- it just takes a little confidence. But colorblocking, that's more of an art, and it's one to be mastered this spring season. The highest standard of colorblocking was set by Yves Saint Laurent, who transferred the graphic, pop-art look of painter Piet Mondrian onto fabric. The YSL look was an instant hit as it fit so nicely into the fresh, no-frills mod fashions of the mid-1960s...
Jeff Lewis shows his 'softer side' with new show
LOS ANGELES -- Fans of Bravo's "Flipping Out" know that designer Jeff Lewis makes good TV. He's blunt, set in his ways and obsessive-compulsive. Now Lewis has a new show, "Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis," which premiered Wednesday, where he moves into people's homes to redo their spaces. He does it with the help of assistant Jenni Pulos and housekeeper Zoila Chavez...
Sharing the pretty: Interest spikes in Pinterest
NEW YORK -- Oh, you pretty things. Just look at the mama giraffe nuzzling a baby giraffe, that lovely idea for an indoor planter made of mason jars and those perfectly cooked bacon strips cooling on a plate. This is what people are circulating on Pinterest, the latest website-of-the-moment for sharing things you love...
"Fashion Star" show's designs in stores next day
NEW YORK -- The stakes are high. The judges are brutal. The challenges are difficult. And the contestants are determined to be the next Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren. Sound familiar? NBC's "Fashion Star," a reality TV show that debuts tonight, is similar to Lifetime Television's "Project Runway" except that the wannabe designers won't have to wait until they make it big to get their creations into stores. ...
Louis Vuitton exhibit has past, present in the bag
PARIS -- "Fashions fade, style is eternal," Yves Saint Laurent once said. An immutable fashion list must include the Ls Vuitton bag, on display demurely but proudly in Paris' Decorative Arts Museum like the historical artifact it should be. The bag pattern was first patented in 1877 but it can still be seen -- almost unchanged -- on the Parisian boulevards more than 130 years later. This is thanks to house founder Louis Vuitton and, since 1997, creative director Marc Jacobs...
Best in Nursing nominations
Flourish is looking the best nurses in Southeast Missouri to feature in the May issue!
Versatility makes duct tape a craft favorite
Duct tape -- not so good for sealing ducts but great for patching or mending lots of other things -- has become a superstar in the crafting world, available in all kinds of vibrant colors and patterns, such as zebra, camouflage and tie-dye...
Decor gets bookish: Transform old books into stylish home accents
Stacks of books turned into tables? Volumes made into shelves? Pages turned into sculpture? Library purists, remain calm. Because we're going to talk about doing things to books that might, under other circumstances, send a shiver up your spine (pardon the pun)...
A feast fit for the Irish: Alternatives to corned beef and cabbage
By Heather Collier, Associated Press staff writers Corned beef and cabbage is considered a traditional meal for St. Patrick's Day. But you won't find anyone in the Emerald Isle feasting on it come March 17. That's because the tradition was started in America by Irish immigrants. They were accustomed to eating bacon (more like ham than the American version) and cabbage. But bacon was too expensive, so they turned to corned beef as a substitute...
Old Hollywood glamour translates to modern beauty: Makeup, hair cues from '50s screen goddesses
In the Hollywood landscape of new, new, new, what really stands out is that today's starlets still emulate the looks of classic screen beauties, including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth, who ruled the red carpet in the 1950s. Funny, you don't hear that much about Cher, Sharon Stone or even Demi Moore and Julia Roberts, all very popular stars of the awards-show circuit in more recent history. Could you imagine Angelina Jolie all done up as Sally Field?...
YouTube phenomenon has girls asking: Am I pretty?
NEW YORK -- The young girl shows off her big, comfy koala hat and forms playful hearts with her fingers as she drops the question on YouTube: "Am I pretty or ugly?" "A lot of people call me ugly, and I think I am ugly. I think I'm ugly, and fat," she confesses in a tiny voice as she invites the world to decide...
Leap day babies relish their unique birthdays
NEW YORK -- Peter Brouwer turns 56 on Wednesday. But if you count the times he's celebrated his true birth date, he's only turning 14. Brouwer is a Leap day baby. And like a lot of people born Feb. 29, he relishes the uniqueness of his birthday. He even thinks there's an advantage to marking your real birthday just once every four years...
Oscar nominees dish on their red-carpet underwear
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Anyone who knows their Oscars knows that nominees' fashion plans are strictly top secret until the big day. They seem to be more revealing about their designer undergarments, though. While it may fit into the too-much-information file, some of the year's most celebrated actors and directors aren't afraid to talk about the product placement underneath those tuxes and gowns...
For art's sake, take great pictures of it
Today's artists and crafters use the Internet not only to promote themselves, but to sell their wares. Good-quality images sell a product; inferior images don't. So it makes business sense to learn a few tricks of the photographic trade. Whether your subject is curios or objets d'art, look for the best natural light and a simple background before launching into a photo shoot, advises Me Ra Koh, a Takoma, Wash., photographer and author of "Your Baby in Pictures" (Amphoto Books, 2011)...
Sips, snacks inspired by Oscar winners
Great movies and great food are box office gold, from Forrest Gump's chocolates to "Silence of the Lambs" anti-hero Hannibal Lecter's disturbing pairing suggestion for Chianti. We've put together a selection of drinks and appetizers inspired by five Best Picture Oscar winners to help you get your Academy Award's viewing party rolling. ...
Mixing fashion and motherhood: Moms on the runway
NEW YORK -- Forget the usual vacant model stare. It was smiles and high fives with Iman as real moms of all shapes and sizes took over New York Fashion Week, working a runway Thursday with strollers and pregnant tummies, looking chic for everything from school drop-off to date night...
Crazy heels required for New York Fashion Week crowds
NEW YORK -- It's a blustery day -- February tends to be that way in New York -- and Marian Kihogo, a fashion stylist and blogger from London, is dashing from one runway show to another, from the tents at Lincoln Center to studios and galleries scattered around Manhattan...
On Valentine's day, a museum for broken hearts
What becomes of a garden gnome hurled in fury at a windscreen during a stormy breakup? Or a teddy bear that was once a Valentine's Day present? A wedding dress from a marriage gone awry? An ax that smashed through household furniture?...
Getting caffeine fix as easy as taking deep breath
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Move over, coffee and Red Bull. A Harvard professor thinks the next big thing will be people inhaling their caffeine from a lipstick-sized tube. Critics say the novel product is not without its risks. The product, called AeroShot, went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and is also available in France. A single unit costs $2.99 at convenience, mom-and-pop, liquor and online stores...
Joy's Bridal and Formal Wear hosts first prom show to benefit House of Refuge
Prom is months away, but prom shopping is in full swing. Lauren Nelson, manager at Joy's Bridal and Formal Wear in Sikeston, Mo., says the shop has been packed every weekend since the beginning of the year with girls looking for the perfect dress. To help girls find the dress of their dreams, Joy's will host its first-ever prom fashion show on Sunday, Feb. 12...
Love gone wrong? Go digital to get over an ex
NEW YORK -- You thought you found your one true love online, but now you've been dumped by text or defriended on Facebook without a peep of explanation. Hours of bad TV in your bathrobe haven't helped. Your friends are tired of your whining. Forget a pampering makeover to help heal your broken heart this Valentine's Day. Go for a "digital breakover" instead, using a growing number of tech tools to save you from yourself or to sob on a safe shoulder in the ether...
Add accents with a sunny disposition
Winter won't be over for a couple more months, but already the sun is climbing a little higher in the sky, and feeling a little warmer. Early spring catalogs and shelter magazines are letting the sun in too, with a variety of yellow hues in paint, furnishings and accessories...
Out-of-the-chocolate-box ideas for Valentine's Day treats
Valentine's Day usually brings to mind a box of chocolates for your sweetheart. As delicious as solid milk chocolate hearts and raspberry creams are, how about something a little different this year? Matthieu Chamussy, certified executive pastry chef and chef instructor in the Baking & Pastry Program at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California -- Inland Empire, suggests a wonderfully French confection for this Valentine's Day: the macaron...
The importance of couples spending quality time together
Roy Croft knows a lot about relationships. The American poet who is credited to the well-known poem entitled "Love," is most celebrated for its famous opening line. "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you." These sweet words are often recited at joyous occasions such as wedding ceremonies...
Cape Girardeau's Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition helps kids understand dangers of drugs, alcohol
As a college instructor, I know the tell-tale signs of substance abuse in my students. Sure, there's the blood-shot eyes of the guy who smoked a joint before class or the sleepy gal in sunglasses nursing a hangover. But the No. 1 sign of an abuser is an empty seat in my classroom. ...
Direct sales or network marketing companies allow women flexibility, financial security
The direct sales, or network marketing, industry is big business. Need proof? Just look at Tupperware -- 65 years after debuting and carving out a place in pop culture history, the company still rakes in more than $2 billion in sales each year...
Dance-based workouts combine fitness, fun
It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to working out. Run on the treadmill. Lift weights. Take an aerobics class. Repeat. The solution to getting out of that rut is simple: Get in the groove, instead. Dance-inspired workouts are increasingly popular, especially among women, as a way to combine fun and fitness...
Perk up that ponytail
A bad hair day can happen to the best of us. No matter what you do, you just can't get your hair to look right or don't have the time to try. On those days, a ponytail is often the solution. But just because it's easy, doesn't mean it has to be boring. With just a few extra steps you can add some style to an otherwise simple look...
Nurse Susan Rutledge Kemp discusses how to deal with spider and varicose veins
ABOUT SUSAN Job title: Clinical resource nurse with the Saint Francis Vein and Laser Center Hometown and city of residence: Cape Girardeau Education: I have an associate of arts degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University. Give us an overview of what you do at the Vein and Laser Center. What do you enjoy about the job?...
Notes from Haiti: A firsthand account of serving in Haiti for one week:
Until a few months ago, I could not fathom the extreme poverty, despair and hurt that separate my world from a Third World country. Then I went to Haiti. I thought I knew what poverty was. I was raised with a passion for helping those around me. In high school, I went to Tijuana, Mexico, with my church youth group, where we built a small but sturdy house for a family. ...
Doula Katie Reitman tells about her approach to pregnancy and childbirth
Katie Reitman is used to receiving blank stares when she tells someone she's a doula. So she's perfected a quick "elevator speech" to explain her profession: "I'm there for hands-on physical, emotional and educational support before, during and after childbirth. I'm kind of like a paid labor coach," she says. "I explain the process more than the doctor has time for and remind (moms) what they learned in childbirth class."...
Meet Addison Craig: One of Southeast Missouri's cutest kids
Full name: Addison Lorraine Craig Birthday and age: July 7, 2007 -- she is 4 years old The fam: Parents Damian and Jennifer Craig Lives in: Cape Girardeau Addison's favorite thing to do is... play with her cousin, her friends, toys and dancing on the Kinect...
What to do when your kid is the bully
It's not easy to watch a child cry over something said or done to him at school. It's not any easier knowing your child has intentionally hurt another child. How does a child become a bully? And what can parents do about it? "The playground is the key spot where bullying is going to happen," says Julia Unnerstall, a guidance counselor at Alma Schrader Elementary School. ...
Alma Schrader launches Anti-Bullying Club
Alma Schader Elementary is taking a stand against bullying with its Anti-Bullying Club (ABC), formed by five second-graders in fall 2010. "We saw a lot of bullying outside and we wanted to stop it," says Grace Sanders, an original member who's now in third grade. ...
Developments in photo preservation
It wasn't all that long ago that taking pictures consisted of snapping photos on a roll of film and then taking the film to an area drug store or photo lab to be developed. Developing time could take as little as an hour or as long as a week. With the digital age came a whole new way to develop pictures. Film is not totally obsolete, but its use has rapidly declined...
10 things Claire Bruce can't live without
By Heather Collier Claire Bruce says when she was growing up in Kennett, Mo., Cape Girardeau was the place to come when you needed to get out of a small town. After living in big cities -- Nashville, Dallas and Chicago -- Claire decided to move back to Cape Girardeau...
Spotlight on Old Town Cape
Claire Bruce lives downtown. She also works and plays downtown. She's the embodiment of Old Town Cape, a not-for-profit organization that, according to its website, "works toward revitalizing downtown Cape Girardeau." "I'm not a suburban person," Claire says. ...
Permanent make-up, or micropigmentation, began as a medical procedure, grew into beauty tool
Would the idea of never having to apply an eyeliner, brow powder or lipstick again be a dream come true? Well, wake up, Sleeping Beauty, because that dream can easily become a reality. The secret is a procedure called micropigmentation, otherwise known as permanent makeup, and it is offered right here in Southeast Missouri...
Tween a rock and a hard place
When my oldest daughter, Eva, turned 9 last May, I took her to the pediatrician for her annual birthday check-up. As Dr. Brown was finishing the exam, she was asking me some routine developmental questions about Eva's school performance and sleeping habits. ...
Red Cross volunteer Jennifer Kubinak shares her experiences with hurricane, tornado relief efforts
In August 2011, Hurricane Irene was barreling toward the East Coast. So was local Red Cross volunteer Jennifer Kubinak. Kubinak was deployed with an emergency response vehicle (ERV) to aid relief efforts in the wake of the hurricane. It wasn't the first time she had been to a disaster zone...