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Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015
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Buy the River: Put your money where your heart is (03/18/15)
If I can combine two things to make each one even better, I do it. Shopping and giving to an organization or people in need is one of the ways I can do that. I love to help people. It's one of the reasons I joined the Association of Junior Leagues while I lived in New York. ...
At-home spa day: DIY beauty treatments are simple, affordable (03/18/15)
Here are a few easy, at-home spa recipes that will leave you glowing: Brown sugar is a natural and affordable exfoliant with many health benefits, while grapeseed oil gently and deeply moisturizes skin without clogging pores. Ingredients: n 1/2 cup grapeseed oil...
Fashion museum exhibit documents Lauren Bacall: 'The Look' (03/18/15)
NEW YORK -- On stage, screen and magazine covers, Lauren Bacall was known as "The Look," but in her regular life, the late icon described her style as "studied carelessness." Now, more than six months after her death, student curators at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology have managed to capture both sides of Bacall in an intimate new exhibit that runs through April 4...
Delicious Reading: Stay-home takeout (03/02/15)
Our family rings in the new year with a feast of Chinese takeout food. Our kitchen table is littered with little cardboard containers, chopstick wrappers and paper fortune slips. I know the sweet and sour pork, General Tso's chicken and fried rice we enjoy is not "real" Chinese food -- it's the version that American palates have favored -- but it is also unlike the usual stir fry I make at home. It seems special to my kids as a once-a-year kind of treat...
Spring into a new season: Design trends to heighten your home's style (03/02/15)
As we anticipate spring, it's a good time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life -- and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors, as Taniya Nayak, renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, has forecast the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance and revive any home...
Now Read This: Cookbooks, cake pans and more available at public library (03/02/15)
A cook is only good as her inspiration. I'd found myself in a cooking rut, the same meal rotation for weeks, when I picked up Mario Batali's "America -- Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers." This beautifully bound cookbook filled with delicious recipes is sure to become a classic...
Buy the River: Street-styling spring trends (02/18/15)
Fall Fashion Week just ended in New York City, so that means 2015 is in full swing! Each year, we peel off the old and start putting on new versions of ourselves to line up with the energy of a new chapter of our life. Most of us start with resolutions that have to do with our appearance, from our weight to a new hairstyle. ...
Power pouts: There's a red lipstick for everyone these days (02/18/15)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Color bleed be damned. There's a red lipstick for everybody nowadays. You know how celebrity beauty guru Ted Gibson found that out? "My mother has just now been wearing red lipstick since I turned her on to it over the last two years. Before, she thought red meant you were kind of easy," he laughed...
Make it count: How to save more money this year, on everything from travel and fitness to pets and entertainment (02/04/15)
The expert: Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf), president of Elite Travel Inc. Once you arrive at your destination, visit the local tourist board or visitors bureau. They'll have ideas on things to do and places to eat that the typical tourist wouldn't know about. They can also clue you in on what restaurants have dinner specials, for example, or when tourist attractions have lower ticket prices...
The Five of Clubbs: Scary love (02/04/15)
When our babies would give us big, open-mouthed kisses that sometimes led to biting or hair pulling, Bob and I would say, "Uh-oh ... scary love!" When they gave us surprisingly powerful toddler hug/knee tackles that could knock us backward? "Oh, no! Scary love strikes again!"...
Princess progress: Daughters inspire independent Disney princesses (02/04/15)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Disney princess no longer needs a prince to experience true love. Sisterhood saves the day in "Frozen." Motherly love breaks an evil spell in "Maleficent." A little girl's love of her own life is a focus of Pixar's next film, "Inside Out."...
Your child's self-esteem: A delicate balance between healthy and the Kardashians (02/04/15)
How should parents promote healthy self-esteem development in their children? And how do you draw the line so your child doesn't develop an ultra-inflated ego fit for the Kardashian clan? There's definitely a delicate balance between developing a healthy self-esteem and going too far, only to have an entitled brat on your hands...
Day care dilemmas: Advice on finding a day care for your children (02/04/15)
If you're a working parent of a young child, chances are you have needed or will need day care for that child at some point. What should you look for when choosing a day care? What questions should you ask? What are the red flags that should indicate a day care isn't for you?...
Paws & Effect: New year, new food (02/04/15)
We all make New Year's resolutions to eat more healthily, but isn't it time we did the same thing for our pets? In this hustle and bustle world, we are sacrificing not only our own nutritional needs, but that of the family pet. Convenience very often wins out over nutrition for our dogs and cats, and it's time we got back to basics...
Mean machines: Vacuum cleaners for a clean and healthy home (02/04/15)
They come with names like Shark, Neato, Sunburst and AirRam. Color choices include black cherry fizz, purple passion and Bordeaux pearl. Before you buy, you may want to talk to an expert or do a test drive. And, before investing, you may want to take to the Internet for product reviews...
Five fast fixes for a fabulous bath: Small changes add up to big comfort in the bathroom (02/04/15)
With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders...
Caring for 'Jimmy's Friends': Brooke Clubbs rallies volunteers to care for hospitalized children and their families (02/04/15)
As a child in the 1950s, Brooke Clubbs' father was hospitalized frequently with asthma. Hearing her father recount his fearful and isolated bouts of illness made a lasting impression on her. "When he talked about it, he talked about being lonely," Clubbs says. "We've made so many medical advances since then, but (the loneliness of hospitals) is an area that still seems to be lacking."...
Women to the rescue: A look at female first responders in Southeast Missouri (02/04/15)
It's often been said that in times of emergency, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders are the ones running toward danger when everyone else is running away. Someone's got to do the job -- and many of those workers are men...
The Beauty Counter: Answers to your beauty questions (02/04/15)
Q: Does makeup expire? A: This question is by far one of the most common questions I receive from my clients. There is no worse feeling (or at least for me) than buying a product only to find out that its shelf life is about as long as a carton of milk. So with that in mind, I wanted to focus solely on the care and expiration of your makeup so it can last as long as possible...
A girl's best friend: The ladies of Jayson Jewelers travel to the diamond capital of the world to hand-select jewels for their store -- here's what they've learned about the trade (02/04/15)
On a recent trip to Belgium, Kendra Harris, her sister, Regan Laiben, and mother, Jayne Ervin, inspected a few hundred diamonds, determining what stones to bring back to Cape Girardeau to please and delight customers. The October journey wasn't their first trip to Antwerp. ...
Do you need to tame your thyroid? When the thyroid gland is under- or overactive, it may cause pesky symptoms - but they're easy to correct (02/04/15)
So you just had a baby -- you're supposed to feel exhausted, right? And feeling worn out is just part of the deal when you get older -- right? Wrong. No one is "supposed" to feel tired all the time, but if you are, local endocrinologists say a thyroid condition could be the culprit...
The eyes have it: Glasses, contacts or readers? How to care for your eyes through all stages of life (02/04/15)
You know the scene: A co-worker hands you something to read, and you find yourself squinting, craning your neck and shifting the paper to read the text. "At some point, your arms don't extend far enough, and you need to get glasses," says Dr. John Kinder, an ophthalmologist at Eye Consultants in Cape Girardeau. As we get older, he explains, the lens of the eye becomes stiffer and loses the ability to shift and focus as well as it did in our younger years...
Want your resume to be read? Avoid these five resume don'ts (02/04/15)
Finding that perfect job opportunity doesn't come around very often for many, and when it does, excitement can take over and cloud the ability to stay focused on the best version of your resume. "The main purpose of a resume is to get contacted," says Mary Kate Robinson, career services director at The Art Institute of Houston. "Be sure to have your key 'do's' first, including rank/order, your experience, appropriate duties and accomplishments, correct spelling and grammar and evidence of your knowledge, skills and abilities." Before you hit "send" on that application for your dream job, here are five not-so-obvious don'ts from career service directors: 1. Don't have conflicting information on your resume and your LinkedIn profile. Take the time to be certain that what is stated on your LinkedIn profile matches the resume you are sending. "Employers are doing their homework, and you don't want to waste valuable interview time correcting facts or explaining discrepancies," says Robinson...
Spotlight on Sseko Designs (02/04/15)
Daenel "Dani" Vaughn-Tucker knows how fortunate she is to be a woman living in America, where she has access to all the education she could ever want. In many countries, it's not so simple. So when she discovered Sseko Designs, a Uganda-based fashion brand that provides jobs and scholarship opportunities for women in East Africa, she was thrilled not just to wear the signature sandals with fabric straps, but to become a member of the Sseko Brave Collective...
Meet Daenel Vaughn-Tucker (02/04/15)
Daenel Vaughn-Tucker started her blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and family after she moved away. As it turned out, she didn't end up moving -- and neither did her blog. At www.livingoutsidethestacks.com, Daenel writes about fashion, faith, food, crafts, photography, product reviews and more. Her followers include friends, family and former students, as well as people she's never met, but who have become her friends all the same...
Buy the River: The Tangled Yarn (01/21/15)
Cindy Rittmer quit her corporate job last year in Iowa to pursue her newfound passion: Knitting. She opened the Tangled Yarn in downtown Cape Girardeau soon after. They say if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. It is safe to say after chatting with Cindy that she is pretty much on an extended vacation...
Smart and pretty! Fashion designers spruce up smartwatches (01/21/15)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night. With Apple Inc. preparing to release a watch line that includes an 18-karat gold edition, rivals know they need to think beyond devices that look like miniature computers -- with their rectangular screens and wristbands made of rubber-like materials. ...
Pantone picks Marsala as top color of the new year (01/21/15)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Let's hear it for Marsala, the wine-influenced, red-kissed color of 2015, as chosen by Pantone. "Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there's a certain glamour that's attached to this color," offered Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute...
10 fresh ways to improve a mug of cocoa (01/06/15)
We can't help it. Once the cooler weather arrives, we crave hot cocoa with the same intensity that we crave a cold beer during barbecue season. There is, after all, something intensely comforting about drinking a warm mug of nature's most perfect food -- chocolate! Add a dollop of freshly whipped and lightly sweetened cream and it doesn't get much better...
The power of heels: Study proves high heels do have power over men (01/06/15)
PARIS (AP) -- The well-heeled Marilyn Monroe reportedly once said if you give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world. The allure of high-heeled shoes is no secret among women, who have used them to entice men from the streets of Ancient Rome to the New York City sidewalks of Carrie Bradshaw. Heels have also been a controversial symbol in the battleground of sexual politics...
4 simple steps to a happier, healthier 2015 (01/06/15)
Another year is upon us, leaving plenty of time to reflect on what went well (and not so well) in 2014. Before you start outlining your self-improvement plan for 2015, consider this: only 8 percent of people who make new year's resolutions actually stick to them. ...
Delicious Reading: 'Butter with a Side of Bread' (01/06/15)
Dear readers, I am administering a final exam as I write this column. My students have their heads bent over their desks, scratching away with pencils. Soon, I will be grading their work. Then, it's off to the post office to mail some holiday packages. ...
Baby Steps: Hopes, not resolutions, for 2015 (01/06/15)
The tree is put away, the stockings folded neatly in their container, and the gifts have all found their new homes. Christmas is behind us, and with it 2014. I can't complain; 2014 was a good year for us. We got a beautiful new daughter, and we paid off our new living room furniture and a student loan. ...
Buy the River: Last-minute one-stop style shop at Ophelia (12/17/14)
Ophelia Boutique is one of Cape Girardeau's newest additions to the Main Street row. This is Patrice Parson's first Christmas downtown, and her boutique has plenty to offer in the way of last-minute gifts for those who wait until the last weekend to shop...
Underwood joins country artists with fashion line (12/17/14)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Carrie Underwood donned more than 10 different dresses for this year's CMA Awards, but when it's time to get to sweaty in the gym, the country star was at a loss for what to wear...
Pucker up: lip balms, treatments having a moment (12/17/14)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Artisanal or oozing with luxury, lip balms are having a moment. Joining cutesy offerings intended for kids and go-to standards around for years are newer lip scrubs, color tints and balms that ask buyers to put their money where their mouths are for good causes...
Buy the River: Two Cape Girardeau leading ladies kick off the holidays with high style (11/19/14)
I love the excitement of the holidays, especially the decorative store fronts and wreath-lined streets. It gives our town a magical glow, along with the anticipation that something special is about to happen...
Muslim hijabi hipsters fusing fashion with faith (11/19/14)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Fashion-conscious Muslim women from Kuala Lampur to Los Angeles who wear the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, have had to get creative...
Get festive with your fireplace: How to get your fire going and decorate it for the holidays (11/16/14)
On chilly winter days, nothing beats warming up by a nice, cozy fire. If you are considering having a fireplace installed in your new or existing home, there are some things to consider. "Think about the square footage that you are wanting to heat," says Quent Kasten, general manager of Kasten Masonry in Jackson. "Also, consider if you are going for looks or warmth and how efficient you want it to be."...
Smells like holiday spirit: Tips for adding the scents of the season to your home (11/16/14)
The holidays bring twinkling lights and brightly wrapped packages, but they also bring wonderful aromatic scents to fill your home. Candles are popular scented home decorations all year round, but they really take center stage during the holiday season...
Gather your greetings: Neat ways to display all the Christmas cards you receive in the mail (11/16/14)
Cathy Dietl loves to send and receive Christmas cards, but as a professional organizer, she doesn't let them sit around for long. Instead, she likes to display them in a creative way, then find another use for them post-holidays...
Snowed in? You can shop online while still supporting local businesses (11/16/14)
Snow and ice shut down many Cape Girardeau businesses during last year's holiday shopping season, but the sales were still rolling in at Philanthropy -- even though its Broadway storefront was closed...
Cooking with cranberries (11/16/14)
Fall and early winter are peak season for fresh cranberries, so it's no wonder the colorful berries play a starring role in many holiday dishes. Look for cranberries in the produce section of your grocery store, and pick out bright-colored, firm berries. ...
Holiday decorating trends: What's new and popular at local decor and gift shops (11/16/14)
Re-purposed and vintage decorations. Shoppers are buying parts and pieces to build their own decorations, say Amy Beussink and Janey Foust of Cobblestone Corner in Jackson. Vintage ornaments, old toys and costume jewelry can all be re-purposed in your holiday decor while adding a touch of nostalgia...
Mix and mingle: New takes on the traditional meat, cheese and veggie trays (11/16/14)
While the holidays just wouldn't be the same without certain traditions, some traditions could use a new twist from time to time. When preparing for a gathering, many hosts go with the stand-bys: Cheese, sausage and veggie trays...
Festive flicks: Movies to look forward to this holiday season (11/16/14)
The lineup of films hitting movie theaters this holiday season brings some much-anticipated sequels, family-friendly animated features and action-packed, high-energy dramas. Coming to theaters in November is .....
Send your appreciation: Care package ideas for soldiers who won't make it home for the holidays (11/16/14)
The time is now for those sending holiday gifts and care packages to military men and women deployed overseas. What items are most appreciated by service members? "Probably the most appreciated is entertainment -- DVDs, video games and the like," says Dru Reeves, who after a 27-year Army career now is Sgt. 1st class in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is general manager of Horizon Screen Printing in Cape Girardeau...
Hosting a party? Read these tips on food prep and serving (11/16/14)
As the holidays draw near, many families make plans to get together for a festive meal. If you're the one hosting the family gathering this year, how much food should you buy or prepare? And, what if you run out? Or make too much?...
Practical presents ...for the person who has everything (11/16/14)
Goofy gift? Another gift card -- again? Sometimes a practical present is the answer. We all know "that person." It's "that person who has everything," or someone you genuinely would like to present with a present, who really doesn't need or want anything, and certainly not a silly something they'll have to pretend is cute and appreciated...
No place like home for the holidays: A guide to historic homes that deck their halls for Christmas tours (11/16/14)
Many historic homes in the area will be bedecked and bedazzled and open for touring during the holiday season. Here's a look at what you'll see this season: THE GLENN HOUSE...
Saddling up: Redhawks Equestrian Team focuses on technique, experience (11/04/14)
On a September afternoon, SuAnne Remely's Equestrian Center looks perfect. The smartly dressed riders, the finely tended horses, the wide exhibition arena nestled in the rising green hillocks of rural Cape Girardeau -- it's almost too picturesque...
Yoga 101: How to choose a yoga routine you'll love (11/04/14)
Everyone hears how fantastically beneficial yoga is, but it also can be intimidating. The concepts are foreign. The poses call for flexibility. It seems to involve publicly sticking one's butt in the air. To have a shot at reaping the health benefits of yoga, one has to be comfortable enough to try it -- but where to start?...
Knowledge that sparkles: Linda Culbreth is an author, publisher and writing coach (11/04/14)
Regardless of the industry, winning over and retaining consumers is the name of the game when it comes to business. Writing coach and publisher Linda Culbreth says being able to position oneself as an expert in a given field can make a powerful impression on a consumer. That idea inspired her to start Diamonds of Knowledge, her own personal publishing label geared toward business writing...
Spotlight on Missouri Family to Family (11/04/14)
When Sheree Pursley's son Izaac was diagnosed with dwarfism at birth, it rocked the young family's daily routine and plans for the future. In many ways, Izaac is an ordinary 6-year-old boy who goes to school, plays kickball and is occasionally sent to time-out. But he also must be hooked up to a tangle of wires and alarms to breathe while he sleeps, he ends up in the hospital for several weeks each year, and he has a motorized wheelchair to help him keep pace with others...
Parenting tips to raise an appreciative child (11/04/14)
It's Christmas at the in-laws' house. Your 7-year-old is opening her presents from the family. She picks up the next package. "From Great-Aunt Susan," she proudly reads. Your stomach hits the floor. You sit on the edge of your seat, biting your nails. "Here we go again," you think. "Great-Aunt Susan has yet to give her a gift she likes. Last year we got the silent treatment for the rest of the evening after my daughter loudly announced to the room that she hated Elmo."...
The hangout house: Why some homes become teen central (11/04/14)
Start with amenities like a monster TV or fire pit, add a never-ending supply of munchies and a relaxed attitude toward your kids bringing home a friend -- or five -- and you may just find that your place has become THE place where the tweens and teens want to be...
How to talk with children about difficult topics, situations (11/04/14)
As parents, we want to protect our kids from any sad or disturbing news -- but we also need to prepare them to deal with that kind of news when it arises, whether it be war, violence, death or something else. Sue Cook, counselor at Clippard Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, says parents shouldn't wait until a sad or scary situation comes up before they discuss such things with their kids...
The Five of Clubbs: The Happiest Place on Earth (11/04/14)
"Never grow up." ~Peter Pan Last year, as my husband turned 39, we began hatching a plan for a really fantastic way to celebrate his 40th birthday. I discovered there was a nighttime race at Disney World the weekend of his birthday: The Tower of Terror 10-Miler on Oct. 4. Is there a better place to turn 40 than a place that reminds you never to grow up?...
Paws & Effect: The newest family member (11/04/14)
I put absolutely no thought into getting a puppy. I admit it. It was a completely spur-of-the-moment decision that I cleared with my husband only with a photo of a super-cute puppy in a text message: "For Bray?" Why I felt I needed to get a puppy for our kid when I truly wanted one for myself was beyond me. ...
On the road again: Plenty of good reasons, and places, to travel in the off-season (11/04/14)
Want to avoid the crowds and save money when traveling? Then consider a trip during the fall and winter months of the year. Shari Elfrink, owner of 1st Class Travel in Cape Girardeau, has two favorite destinations that she recommends to travelers in the cooler months...
Your afternoon cup of tea is flled with potential benefits (11/04/14)
"As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There's a tea for that, too. Somewhere in her mother's pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, 'In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes'."~Aprilynne Pike, from "Illusions"...
Signed and sealed: A guide to DIY cardmaking, with tips from local crafters (11/04/14)
Text messages and emails are great, but there's something special about getting an actual card in the mail on your birthday or other special occasion. Some card enthusiasts take this a step further by designing their own cards by hand...
March of Dimes: On a mission for healthy babies (11/04/14)
Bailey Marie Koch was born at 26 weeks old, weighing only 1 pound and 15 ounces. "She fit in the palm of our hand," says her mother, Kate Koch. Bailey was in a neonatal intensive care unit for 67 days, on oxygen until she was 3 1/2 months old and on an apnea monitor until she was 5 months old...
Splish, splash: Ideas for at-home pampering (11/04/14)
Winter weather is on the way-- is your skin ready? Stacey Peters, who makes all-natural bath products at Brickhouse Soaps in Cape Girardeau, says many nourishing products can be found right in your kitchen or the nearest grocery aisle. Here are some of her ideas:...
The Beauty Counter: Answers to your beauty questions (11/04/14)
What are some of the makeup trends for fall and winter? From the runways in Paris to the silver screen in L.A., makeup for this upcoming season is a melting pot of color and creation. It is everything from a pop of bright aquatic blue eyeliner to a dark, sultry, smoky eye, even down to the barely there "no makeup" makeup look. ...
New guidelines recommend Pap tests every three years instead of annually (11/04/14)
Many women accustomed to getting an annual Pap test for most of their adult lives were caught by surprise when medical organizations began altering their recommendations in the past couple years. In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force began recommending that women ages 21 to 65 have a Pap test every three years. ...
Whistle while you work: How to make your workplace a happy place (11/04/14)
You spend a good portion of your week at your office, so why not make it an enjoyable place to be? Read these tips on making your workplace a happy place: From the interior designer ... Being clean and organized goes a long way toward improving your physical work environment, says Cindy Buchheit of Unique Ambiance. "It helps you stay focused on the task at hand," she says. Look for attractive shelves, baskets and other to corral the items in your office or at your desk, and don't let things pile up where they don't belong...
Meet Sheree Pursley (11/04/14)
"Do good, be good, have fun, help others." It's what Sheree Pursley tells her children every day, and the mantra she follows in her own life as well. Another one: "You are beautiful, you are smart, you are important."...
Support from friends, family, patients is key in treatment (10/10/14)
For Kera Smith, being told she had breast cancer was one thing. Repeating it to herself was another thing altogether. "Just saying it out loud is hard," she says. "That's what makes it real, almost. The word 'cancer' makes you feel like you might die."...
Breast cancer awareness events and fundraisers (10/10/14)
5:30 p.m., Fitness Plus (entrance 8), 150 S. Mount Auburn Road Did you know exercise is proven to help reduce the risk of breast cancer? Wear pink tonight and join the Pink Up Zumba Party! The event is free, but donations will be accepted for Dig for Life. Pink Up merchandise will also be available for sale. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Zumba begins at 5:30...
What to expect from chemo and how to make the process a little more comfortable (10/10/14)
Valet attendants with smiling faces and positive attitudes greet patients and visitors coming to the Southeast Cancer Center for treatwments. Architectural splendor and panoramic views keep the eyes wandering, perhaps making the time in the waiting room go just a bit faster...
Donna Farris (10/10/14)
Donna Farris, 62, of Cape Girardeau, is a six-year survivor of breast cancer. She calls herself and other patients and survivors "pink warriors." Her triumph over the disease led her into a life filled with volunteer efforts to help others with cancer. ...
Suzan Crites (10/10/14)
Suzan Crites has a history of cancer in her family, including a mother with breast and then lung cancer and a sister with melanoma. Suzan herself fought uterine cancer in 2008, and was then diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 at age 57. At the same time, her husband had just entered remission from colon cancer. ...
Michelle Scherer (10/10/14)
As an oncology nurse, Michelle Scherer is no stranger to the treatment of cancer. She just didn't think she would one day be a breast cancer patient herself -- especially considering she had no family history of the disease. She was 46 at the time of her diagnosis early this year, and the mom of two very active boys had to learn to slow down and rest for a bit. She is currently undergoing radiation treatments...
You're high-risk: Now what? (10/10/14)
As scientists learn more about breast cancer and its causes, women face an increasingly uncomfortable decision: To what lengths should one go in the name of prevention? Dr. Olivia Aranha, oncologist at Saint Francis Medical Center, says what makes it a difficult question is that every person is different...
Trish Wallace (10/10/14)
Patricia "Trish" Brewer Wallace, 45, of Cape Girardeau, learned she had breast cancer in 2013. An LPN and former social worker, she is looking ahead to what's beyond her personal struggle: She wants to become a health educator. She says she has witnessed firsthand a significant problem with how some local African-American and other minority populations tend to seek treatment and support when they are diagnosed with a serious health problem. ...
Think pink: A sampling of items that support cancer research and resources (10/10/14)
Knots for Hope ties benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, available at J.C. Penney. Made for Life charcoal gray sweats, available at J.C. Penney. Made for Life pink and black T-shirt, available at J.C. Penney. Sephora Collection "The beauty of giving back" face palette with cream and powder blushes, bronzers and highlighters. $2 from the sale of this product is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at Sephora inside J.C. Penney...
The Five of Clubbs 360 (09/24/14)
As I was beginning work on my next Flourish column, I was trying to find inspiration. It had been a rough month for our little family. We had just set up our schedule to accommodate my mom having knee replacement surgery when Bob's mom was admitted for an extended stay in the hospital due to a diabetes complication. ...
A blended family: Sometimes, marriage involves not just the bride and groom, but their children, as well (09/12/14)
In many marriages, one or both spouses may be bringing children into the new union. Are there ways to ease into the transition of being a new family? Beth Statler, licensed clinical social worker and owner of One Accord Counseling in Cape Girardeau, says the first key is to honor the roles of mother and father...
Out of the (storage) box: Ideas to give your gown life beyond the wedding (09/12/14)
If you have ever been a bride, you probably spent countless hours searching for the perfect wedding dress. But after the big day has come and gone, does your beautiful bridal gown have to be wrapped in tissue paper and boxed away forever?...
Secondhand savvy: How to shop for gently used wedding items (09/12/14)
Brides-to-be who want to cut expenses but still have a beautiful wedding might want to consider shopping secondhand for some of their necessities. "It's definitely a 'do,'" says Dale Humphries of Cape Girardeau, who works with a friend to organize estate and yard sales. "You can check with any resale shop, or scan the newspaper for yard sales featuring wedding items like bows, ribbons or Mr. and Mrs. pillows."...
Calm, cool and collected: Keep energy up and stress down as you prepare for the wedding (09/12/14)
Your wedding may be one of the best days of your life, but it's also going to be long, tiring and perhaps stressful. Here are some tips to keep your energy -- and your mood -- on the up and up. @Body Copy :...
Co-ed parties before the wedding: Are they a do or a don't? (09/12/14)
When it comes to bridal showers, they're not just for the brides anymore. "Lots of engaged couples choose to include the men in the fun, too," says Amanda Lukefahr of Lukefield Special Events in Jackson. Sometimes the groom makes an appearance at the end of the ladies' shower, while other brides and grooms hold a "couples party" where guests also bring their significant others...
Hiring a wedding planner? Find a pro who matches your style, personality and budget (09/12/14)
Wedding planners can help with everything from choosing your florist and photographer to taking care of last-minute details on the big day. "It totally depends on what they want done, and some brides bring in a planner toward the end [of the planning process]," says Nancy Moreton of Weddings by Nancy in Cape Girardeau. "But it's very helpful if you can have a planner at the beginning to help choose vendors."...
The beat of the music: Hire a band or DJ that suits your wedding style (09/12/14)
Ever sat through a bad band? Or someone with questionable taste at the helm of a jukebox? Anyone who has knows exactly how fast the wrong soundtrack can sour a party's vibe. Music and dancing are what receptions are for, but a little planning goes a long way when choosing the right music and master of ceremonies...
Lean on me: Photo ideas for the ones standing up with you on your big day (09/12/14)
The bridesmaids and groomsmen are assembled. Everyone looks great. Now for the important part: making sure your wedding party pictures are Pinterest gold. Love in the age of planking and cat-breading has gently drifted away from the moorings of the more traditional everybody-line-up-and-smile photo-ops. Today's young couples are footloose and fun; they're breaking rank and coming up with some eminently share-worthy wedding day photo trends...
Put a ring on it: A guide to wedding bands for you and your sweetheart (09/12/14)
When shopping for wedding bands, one of the first things couples need to consider is the type of metal used. Linda Crosnoe, owner of Crosnoe Gold and Silver in Cape Girardeau, says 14-karat white gold is the most popular option, but many men are now choosing alternative metals such as titanium, tungsten and black zirconium...
Travel in style: Unique ways to hitch a ride on your wedding day (09/12/14)
Whatever's waiting for you at the end of the rice-throwing tunnel of loved ones inevitably says "Just Married" on the back, but it can also say something about you and your new spouse. Why not make a statement with the means of that first voyage as a wedded couple?...
Kid zone: How to make the wedding fun for young guests (09/12/14)
For adults, your wedding may be a romantic event with tears of joy, glasses of champagne and hours on the dance floor. For kids, however, it often means a long day in an uncomfortable outfit, and no naptime...
Finances a major factor in deciding whether to go to work or stay home with the kids (08/05/14)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a Pew Research Center report released in the spring...
Meet Kyra: A winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (08/05/14)
ABOUT KYRA ... Name: Kyra Nikkole Jones Birthday and age: Feb. 4, 2008 -- she is 6 City of residence: Cape Girardeau Family: Mom and Dad, big sister Kyndrid, big brother John, baby sister Kynleigh, two dogs, Maggie and Rocky; a cat, Houdini; and three fish named Frank, Ralph and Dorathy...
Spotlight on the Cape Marketeers Club (08/05/14)
As someone who lives, breathes and eats organic farming, Emily Scifers has learned a few things about healthy eating and sustainable living. She worked with kids on farming while she lived in Minnesota, and she brought this emphasis back with her to Missouri via the Cape Marketeers Club...
Five of Clubbs: This one's gonna hurt (08/05/14)
My daughter, Lily, is starting kindergarten. I have been down this road twice before, but this go-round is different. When I sent Eva off on her first day, I was holding Eli. And when Eli left, Lily probably needed a diaper change. This time, I'm on my own...
Born to read: New policies encourage parents to read to children as soon as they're born (08/05/14)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat. When he became a dad, he was curious how best to foster a love of books in his newborn daughter...
The empty nest: When kids fly the coop, it can be difficult for parents to adjust (08/05/14)
For most adults who have ever been parents, the first 18 years or so of their child's life were spent nurturing and caring for their child, and usually becoming involved in their child's activities and interests. But once their child is grown and heads off to college or moves away from home, what's next?...
Dear Mom: College stinks and I want to come home! (08/05/14)
It seems like only yesterday you were dropping off your son or daughter for the first day of kindergarten. In times like this, I always remember the old saying, "The days go slow, but the years go fast." How true is that? Just as the transition to kindergarten brought new, unique challenges, so does the challenge facing many parents and teens in the coming weeks. ...
Get floored: A guide to shopping for area rugs (08/05/14)
The right rug can really tie a room together. The wrong one could permanently stain your floors. Knowing what to look for is key to landing the right rug for your space. The first thing to do is decide how much money you're comfortable laying down for a rug. High-end rugs can run as much as several thousand dollars...
Slow and steady: Busy day? Throw these recipes together and let your slow cooker do the rest (08/05/14)
**Slow cooker beef stroganoff Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds top round steak, cut into strips Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 onion, chopped 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (8-ounce) can canned mushrooms 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon dried chives...
Paws & Effect: Wise words from the store cat (08/05/14)
Hello! Howie here. I'm the store cat for Busch Pet Products. I consider myself to be pretty famous. It's recently come to my attention that there are a lot of people out there who don't know enough about the feline persuasion. I mean, really, it's not like we put ourselves out there like dogs do, so I can see why we are not more understood. So, for all you out there who don't understand cats, I will graciously fill you in on some important feline facts...
The power of space: Rocio Romero has designed and shipped her prefab homes all over the country, but she makes her own home right here in Southeast Missouri (08/05/14)
Rocio Romero's vacation home is far from any exotic island with palm trees and turquoise water. It's in rural Perry County, tucked in a lush wooded area and surrounded by a symphony of chirping birds and crickets...
Heeding the whisper of intuition: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - here's a look at the disease, which arrives so quietly the cancer is often diagnosed far too late (08/05/14)
The symptoms of ovarian cancer, if they exist at all, are so subtle the disease has its own slogan: "It whispers, so listen." Regina Randolph listened, but it was too late. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, she endured a full hysterectomy and a few rounds of chemotherapy. She entered remission, and everyone thought she had the cancer beat. But the cancer came back, and she died on July 29, 2010. She was 58...
The teaching artist: Kelly Hughes teaches a wide range of arts, from comic book drawing to fashion sketching (08/05/14)
No one is too young or too old to create interesting works of art at Open Window Studio in Jackson. "I teach all ages, from preschool through adult," says Kelly Hughes, business owner and teaching artist. She remembers vividly when her passion for art began...
Spinning a new yarn: With two new yarn shops in downtown Cape Girardeau, a friendly knitting community has taken hold (08/05/14)
Knit, purl. Knit, purl. It's a mantra of sorts for knitters like Dawn Flickinger. They knit for the diligent repetition, the patient creativity and the soothing rhythm that emerges as the yarn slowly caterpillars from one needle to the other and back...
Street Style: Strutting the cyber catwalk (08/05/14)
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are a few of the ways people communicate with one another and express their individuality. "Outfit of the Day," "Photo of the Day" and "Weekend Wear" are phrases used in social media by users showing off their fashion sense or unique digs for a special event or just a regular day. I found three Cape Girardeau residents who strut their stuff on the cyber catwalk often enough to catch my eye. Check them out!...
Beauty bag rehab: When's the last time you cleaned out your makeup stash and started fresh? (08/05/14)
Even if you can make your favorite eyeliner last a year or more, it doesn't mean you should. Makeup has a shelf life, and time and temperature cause the ingredients to break down and lose effectiveness. Makeup also can be a breeding ground for bacteria...
The Beauty Counter: Answers to your beauty questions (08/05/14)
How do I keep my foundation looking fresh all day long? To get the most out of your foundation, it is absolutely crucial for you to prepare your face. By that I mean you need to clean, moisturize and prime your skin. Use a deep-clean facial cleanser to get the days' worth of dirt off your skin. ...
Brace yourself: What you need to know about getting braces as an adult (08/05/14)
Angie Davis wasn't so sure she wanted to be wearing braces at age 40, but when her teenage daughter began seeing an orthodontist, Davis decided she might as well get her own teeth taken care of, too. She'd always had crooked lower teeth and an underbite that caused her teeth to grind together, but when she was a teenager herself, she didn't want to go through the painful, complicated process to correct her underbite...
Life beyond the plate: Cape native Whitney Gaffari started a business to help others form a healthy relationship with food (08/05/14)
Where do you turn after a bad breakup or stressful day at work -- a pint of Ben & Jerry's? A giant order of french fries? It's called emotional eating or stress eating, and Whitney Gaffari has been there. It's what inspired her new business, Soul Nutrition, and led her to help others form a healthier relationship with food...
Preserving a history of architecture: Rebecca Ward has handled projects all over the country, including a redesign in downtown Cape Girardeau (08/05/14)
Architect Rebecca Ward has earned the right to boast about her part in the complete transformation of the A.C. Vasterling building, a previously abandoned and foreclosed structure built in 1903 on the corner of Broadway and Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau. Still, she remains humble and is not a fan of the attention...
Meet Emily Scifers (08/05/14)
If you spend much time in Cape Girardeau, you've probably seen Emily Scifers selling organic vegetables at the Cape Riverfront Market or delivering them around town through her community supported agriculture business, Laughing Stalk Farmstead. She grew up reading her mother's gardening magazines, and as an adult, she began working on and managing organic vegetable farms. ...
Buy the River: Summer skin-care products available at Annie-Em's (07/16/14)
Winter always gets the bad rap for beating up on our skin, but actually, summer does its fair share as well. The sun's intense rays can cause premature wrinkles and, more seriously, cancers. In addition, high humidity can increase the skin's oil production, resulting in aggravation, acne and heat bumps. ...
Wardrobe essentials for your summer trip (07/16/14)
Summer vacation is here, and with it, the frustration of packing a suitcase to cover a trip's worth of activities. But with careful planning and reuse of key items, it's easy to look fashionable no matter where your travels take you. "First of all, don't fall into the trap of thinking that black has to be your neutral," says Meagan Glasco, academic director of fashion at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University. ...
Seven strategies of White House fashion: How first ladies have remained frugal yet fashionable (07/16/14)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sure, living in the White House has its perks. But a clothing allowance is not one of them. First ladies feel all sorts of pressure to project a fashionable look, and over the decades they have tried a range of cash-saving strategies to pull it off without going broke...
Look for bold colors, metallics and sporty styles in summer swimwear (06/18/14)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Expect bold colors, metallic materials and sporty styles on beaches this summer in, surprisingly, more one-piece silhouettes. A quick guide to this season's swim looks: ------ __THE FASHION__ Patterns, prints and colors: Look for bold, solid colors as opposed to pastels or jewel tones...
Buy the River: First Fridays are downtown's hottest day of the month (06/18/14)
June 6 was a First Friday with the Arts in Cape Girardeau, and the night debuted two new shops on Main Street: Lattitudes Fair Trade World Market and Ophelia. Both shops offer unique apparel and gifts to add to the eclectic mix of our downtown shops. The streets were full for First Friday, and Lattitudes featured a fine artist installation and a man spinning pottery in front of the store while passersby stopped and curiously looked on...
Delicious Reading: A 'Zen of Slow Cooking' take on Julia Child's Coq au Vin (06/09/14)
When my oldest daughter, Eva, was 3 years old, I read her "The Little Red Hen" one night before bed. As I finished the story of the chicken who gets no help growing, harvesting, milling or baking, so she chooses to eat the bread all herself instead of sharing, Eva hugged me and said, "I'm glad you're not like that, Mommy." I asked her what she meant and she replied, "You cook and then say 'Supper's ready! Come on, everybody!'"...
Baby Steps: What no one tells you about breast-feeding (06/09/14)
"Breast is best" and "Breast-feeding is best feeding" are just a few of the popular slogans used to promote breast-feeding by nurses, lactation specialists, bloggers and breast-feeding groups. They are encouraging to breast-feeding moms, but they are also discouraging for those moms who either can't or chose not to breast-feed...
Frugal fun: Tips for saving money on a theme park visit (06/09/14)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that summer is here, several theme parks have raised their ticket prices. But don't let that put a damper on your plans. Here are several ways to control the cost of a theme park visit. TICKETS It's usually cheaper to buy tickets online than at the gate. Printing tickets out at home also means less time wasted at the park waiting to buy tickets...
Summer scent tips: How to keep your scents light and sensible this summer (05/21/14)
The seasons affect everything we wear, eat and feel -- including the scents we choose. When weather warms, Americans turn to lighter scents in everything from body lotions and perfumes to clothing fabric softeners. "Annual American perfume sales are around $5.2 billion," notes Sue Phillips, founder and president of Scenterprises Ltd., a custom perfumery. ...
Subscription sample boxes shake up beauty routines (05/21/14)
CHICAGO -- It's a beauty product fan's dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes. The trend started a few years ago with companies like Birch Box charging between $10 and $15 a month for subscriptions. But it's recently taken off with dozens of options. There are high-end boxes, fragrance-only boxes, even vegan boxes...
Street Style: A colorful spring (05/07/14)
Spring is officially here, and what better time to hit the streets to find Cape Girardeau's own take on classic and trendy looks? As the saying goes, "Fashion changes, but style endures." Own your style and express it every chance you get. I spotted Lillie Johnson and Patriona Spates doing just that as they made their way through their work and school days...
Spotlight on the Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University (05/07/14)
The Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University is near and dear to Jessica Estes' heart. It's where she finally healed from the loss of her father and restored her faith in Christ. She didn't attend the local university, but she was accepted there with open arms, and she encourages others, whether students or not, to visit the campus ministry. Mass is held on weekdays and weekends and is open to the public...
Benefits of keeping a summer routine (05/07/14)
With the coming summer break, now is a good time to develop a well thought-out summer routine to keep the children active and engaged throughout the long, hot summer months to come. Sure, a little downtime following the busy school year is in order. ...
Keep a peaceful house while the kids are home from school (05/07/14)
With summer coming, school will be out and the kids will be home from school. But what do you do when summer days turn into constant squabbling among siblings? @body copy-9pt:"Try to keep kids entertained and active," says Elizabeth Statler, a licensed clinical social worker and owner of One Accord Counseling in Cape Girardeau. ...
Making room and letting go (05/07/14)
Two days before Christmas, my husband and kids took a donation of pet food out to the Humane Society. My husband and oldest daughter had volunteered regularly that summer and never came home with more than cellphone pictures of the animals they cared for. But this time was different...
Know your dog park etiquette (05/07/14)
Let's face it, dogs are a part of the family. We live with them, we work with them, we have fun with them, so why not give them the same opportunities for activity and fun like we give ourselves and our kids? To keep your pet happy, healthy and safe, you need to find activities to keep them active and engaged. One fun activity is the dog park in Cape Girardeau...
Meet Jada: A winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (05/07/14)
__Name:__ Jada Liang Nicole Ayars Birthday: Feb. 9, 2003 -- she is 11 years old Lives in: Perryville, Mo. Family: Two brothers, Jack and Sam, and parents Angie and Todd What she likes to do for fun: I love to dance, hang out with my friends, read and color...
Smoothies and frozen cocktails for any occasion (05/07/14)
__FOR A MEAL-ON-THE-GO ... Stay-Young Smoothie__ This smoothie is packed with antioxidants, omega-3s, calcium, probiotics, protein and fiber -- all essential for women's health. The recipe makes one 14-ounce smoothie...
DIY ways to store your jewelry (05/07/14)
Looking for a unique way to store your jewelry? You can do a lot of cool things with old picture and window frames. Here are a couple of ideas: Idea No. 1: Paint an old picture frame in a fun color. We just use spray paint. You will need jute twine (find it at a craft or home improvement store) and a staple gun...
Deep clean: Don't miss a spot with your spring cleaning this year (05/07/14)
The season of spring cleaning is upon us! Judy Steck, owner of Squeaky Clean Cleaning Service, shares the best tips she's learned in 15 years on the job: @Subheading-bold-10pt : Prepare an arsenal of cleaning supplies...
A beginners guide to gardening and landscaping (05/07/14)
Once you've bought the house, moved in and gotten the furniture settled, you may be wondering where to start with the yard. Beth Preston, co-owner of The Plant Lady in Cape Girardeau, says many new homeowners are interested in planting flowers and vegetables, and her best advice is to do your research and be realistic -- a garden is an investment of time and money...
Kim Nightingale finishes first year of teaching, signs on for another year at Blanchard (05/07/14)
Since we last checked in with Kim Nightingale, she's been busy preparing her fourth-grade students for MAP testing, which was to occur the last two weeks of April at Blanchard Elementary. "I think the kids will be excited for the end of the year once testing is over," she says. "MAP is all we talk about, so I don't think they realize the year is almost over!"...
Rebuild and recover: Mending Hearts helps women recover from substance abuse (05/07/14)
Most women arrive at Mending Hearts Recovery with nothing but the clothes on their back and a small box of paperwork. They've hit rock bottom, completed stints in the Missouri Department of Corrections or a substance abuse treatment program, and come to the Cape Girardeau housing facility to focus on living clean and sober while easing back into everyday society...
Expert tips on creating a melt-proof, shine-free makeup look for summer (05/07/14)
You know how your makeup looks perfect when you leave the house, but takes a turn for the worse once you step out in the Southeast Missouri heat and humidity? We've got a solution (or at least, we know people who do). Anne Hudson, a Cape Girardeau makeup artist, and Connie Dement, senior education consultant manager at Sephora, shared their best tips for staying fresh and pretty all summer long:...
Buh-bye, body hair: A look at hair removal options (05/07/14)
With summer coming soon, we're all ready to trade in our layers of heavy winter clothes for swim suits, shorts, tank tops and flip flops. But, after taking inventory, we may discover an "unwanted friend" has appeared on our bodies during the long winter months: body hair...
Shop for sandals that combine style and support (05/07/14)
Let's face it -- flip-flops are mainstream, and not just because they're stylish, easy-to-wear and cooler when the weather warms. For many of us, flip-flops are the equivalent of comfort food for the feet. Slip into a pair and you feel like summer really has arrived...
Reflexology uses pressure points on feet to correspond with other organs, provide health benefits (05/07/14)
The human body's organs are not only under our skin and behind bones their counter-parts also take up residency on the bottoms of our feet, according to the theory behind reflexology, an ancient form of massage therapy...
Work it: How to approach tough issues on the job (05/07/14)
Women in the workplace must overcome some obstacles that men never have to worry about, such as pregnancy and perhaps discrimination. The recurring advice Diane Howard, attorney at Limbaugh Law Firm in Cape Girardeau, gives to career women is to use the values of honesty and trust. "Trust is the foundation of every relationship we have," whether they are relationships with family, friends or employees, she says...
A look at osteoporosis: How to keep your bones healthy for life (05/07/14)
Bones break. But as women grow older, breaks become more common because of osteoporosis: a disease of the skeletal system identified by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, also called "porous bone." Bones become soft or brittle and break more easily...
Meet Jessica Estes, a real go-getter with a great big heart (05/07/14)
Jessica Estes, practice manager at Leet EyeCare in Cape Girardeau, was raised in Scott City and recently built her own home in nearby Jackson. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, she also earned her MBA from McKendree University in December. ...
Pretty in pastels (05/07/14)
Summer 2014 photo shoot Photos by Laura Simon Styling by Brandon Whitaker and Robyn Gautschy Hair and makeup by Brynna Downing of Colour Couture Salon Modeled by Taylor Miinch and Nicole Rich
Spring fashion: Crop tops, high waists, wide legs (04/16/14)
It's still chilly in much of the country, but stores are clearing out coats and sweaters to make way for spring's bright colors and lighter clothing. And if you're looking to update your wardrobe this season, you'll need to know about a few key trends: crop tops, high waists and wider legs in pants...
Street style: Winter wear (02/06/14)
Welcome to another edition of Cape Girardeau Street Style! This edition features two young ladies sporting fall/winter trends in bold ways. We caught up with Emilie while she was out and about doing some shopping. She is wearing functional and stylish color block racer leggings with an on-trend lace-trimmed blouse. ...
Third quarter: Checking in with first-year teacher Kim Nightingale (02/06/14)
Kim Nightingale has made it through her first semester of teaching fourth grade at Blanchard Elementary, and she's starting 2014 with a new set of goals: preparing for MAP testing, working on her organization skills and teaching new levels in math and science...
The Five of Clubbs: Thanks for the memories (02/06/14)
When I was in high school, I began putting newspaper clippings about school plays, track meets and honor roll into magnetic photo albums. By the time I spent a semester in London during my sophomore year of college, I knew I wanted to step my memory-keeping up a notch. I heard about Creative Memories scrapbooking and became very concerned about things being acid-free and buffered. I continued to keep very basic but high-quality albums throughout college and graduate school...
10 things Tameka Kyles can't live without (02/06/14)
As college access coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University, Tameka Kyles serves as a liaison between the university, local high schools, and students and their families. She's passionate about helping underserved and first-generation students meet their goals, be it through motivational speeches, coordinating job training and mentorships or working one-on-one with young people. ...
Sofa shopping tips: Expert advice on style, size and quality (02/06/14)
What's a living room without a good sofa? If you want a piece that will withstand years of use, and style, local designers say to keep it simple. "You can go neutral with the sofa and accent it with brighter colors that are easier to switch out," says Kendra Holzum, an interior designer at Patrick Furniture in Cape Girardeau. "I love pillows -- it's a very easy way to add color to the sofa and make it look brighter."...
Hormone replacement therapy can ease some symptoms of menopause (02/06/14)
Menopause is something every woman will eventually face, usually in her late 40s or early 50s. And while menopause is part of the natural process of life, some of its side effects can make going about your daily business uncomfortable. That's where hormone replacement therapy comes in...
Children and social responsiblity: A how-to guide for parents (02/06/14)
Have you noticed a disturbing trend with many children today? Something that you've probably heard repeated 1,000 times by grandma and grandpa or others of the "old school" parenting mindset? What I'm referring to is how so often children today seem to feel like the world revolves around them. I'm not saying all children feel or behave this way, of course, but our society does seem to inadvertently promote this in movies, television and other areas of everyday life...
Cruise Control: Program encourages parents, teens to work together on safe driving (02/06/14)
There's a lot for teens to learn when they start driving -- and plenty for their parents to learn, as well. State laws, safety guidelines and parent-child expectations should all be discussed before letting teens behind the wheel. Cruise Control, a program coordinated by the Cape Girardeau law firm of Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz, aims to improve communication between teens and parents when it comes to driving, resulting in safer driving habits for both parties...
A makeover at home (02/06/14)
Giving yourself a professional-looking beauty makeover can be as simple as looking around your house. Whether it's in your bathroom or your laundry room, all sorts of products already in your home can be re-purposed to easily and quickly help you create this season's on-trend looks from head to toe...
Color story: Tips from local designers (02/06/14)
We asked three interior designers to share their favorite color palettes and how you can use them in your home.
On the floor: A touch of creative in flooring trends (02/06/14)
The recovering U.S. housing market has led to increased demand for certain luxury items, including hardwood flooring. Exciting trends are influencing the marketplace and for today's consumers, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever before...
New year, new trends: What's in style for 2014 (02/06/14)
With a new year come new trends in home design and decorating. Among them: paler walls contrasted with colorful furniture, and plenty of personal expression, design experts say. COOLEST COLORS Whisper-soft, ultra-pale shades of pink -- described by designers as "blush tones" -- are back. But the '80s haven't returned, says designer Brian Patrick Flynn says, at least not entirely...
Tax time: 6 common mistakes and how to avoid them (02/06/14)
Tax time is a stressful time, even for the most prepared filer. And for the many people who aren't perfectly prepared when the season rolls around, each commercial, ad or sign that mentions tax preparation can be a painful reminder that the daunting task still lies ahead...
SPOTLIGHT ON ... Being a mentor (02/06/14)
Tameka Kyles has devoted her career to helping young people meet their educational and career goals: She works with the Southeast Missouri State University College Access Program, where she helps students and families from Cape Central High School prepare and plan for post-secondary education...
The gift of giving back: Three young women put talent to work helping others (02/06/14)
While many think of the years of childhood and youth as a time to be self-indulgent and carefree, several kids in the Southeast Missouri area devote a lot of time, passion, and energy to causes that serve others. Meet three local young women who are doing their part to improve their community and the world:...
Losing it well: Meet six women who lost weight through diet and exercise alone (02/06/14)
Meet six women who lost weight through diet and exercise alone
Simple ways to improve your finances this year (02/06/14)
Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You're not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can start you on the right financial path, and some of them only take a few minutes to complete...
Meet Xavier ... a winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (02/06/14)
Name: Xavier Mason Williams
Home office gathering dust? Consider other options (02/06/14)
The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine. Interior designers say families are finding more inventive uses for their homes' extra little rooms -- optimistically called "bonus rooms" by real estate agents. With the spread of wireless Internet and portable devices such as tablets, it's common now to send spreadsheets and emails from any room in the house, not to mention the nearest coffee shop. ...
Cooking through Pinterest with Claire Watson (02/06/14)
Claire Watson of Cape Girardeau has no shortage of recipes to try. She subscribes to several cooking magazines, has a hefty collection of cookbooks and recipe cards and even gets recipes daily in her email. "I needed another source of recipes like I needed a hole in my head," she says -- but when she discovered Pinterest about a year ago, she was captivated by the photos and recipes for food...
Order, please! Professional organizer Cathy Dietl shares some tools of the trade (11/12/13)
Organizing is not high on the list of favorite activities for most people, but for Cathy Dietl, it's a way of life -- both personal and professional. She'd always had a knack for de-cluttering, and when her insurance job was outsourced after 15 years, she enrolled in QC Design School to learn more about organizing...
Holiday budgeting: Some ways to keep your holiday spending under control (11/12/13)
The holidays are approaching, which means it's time to plan parties, shop for gifts and deck the halls. It's a fun time of year, but it's also expensive! Financial advisers say it's essential to set a holiday budget and stick to it, before you find yourself with an empty wallet and buyer's remorse...
Me time: Taking a few minutes for yourself makes you happier, more productive (11/12/13)
Feeling on edge? It's important to take small breaks throughout the day, even on your busiest and most stressful workdays. You'll likely return refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge. "If you step back and relax, you get a different perspective and a different view," says Dr. Dora Weaver, assistant professor of psychology at Southeast Missouri State University. "What you thought was a catastrophe is not really a catastrophe."...
10 things Andrea Cunningham can't live without (11/12/13)
Get to know Andrea Cunningham, our Flourish cover model
Street style: Fall in style (11/12/13)
Hello Southeast Missouri! Fall is here, and it's time to tuck away the summer dresses and pull out those long sleeves and boots. I love this time of year because by summer's end I'm not only excited to change my wardrobe, but I get to see everyone else embracing the change of season with their own take on how to fall in style...
Spotlight on ... Melaina's Magical Playland (11/12/13)
One of the main things kids like to do is go to the playground, says Andrea Cunningham. But for Andrea and Jeff Cunningham's daughter, Melaina, going to the playground wasn't easy. Melaina was born with nemaline myopathy, a neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness...
Meet Ava: A winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (11/12/13)
Meet Ava ...
Second quarter: Kim Nightingale settles into life as a fourth-grade teacher at Blanchard Elementary (11/12/13)
When we last checked in with first-year teacher Kim Nightingale, she was preparing to move from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau, where she would start her first job as a fourth-grade teacher at Blanchard Elementary. She was a little unsure what to expect from her first job out of college, but felt good about her student teaching experiences and education at Mizzou...
Style 'at home': An interview with Emilie Stephens, owner of Annie-Em's At Home (11/12/13)
Emilie Stephens is not just another pretty face. She is busy running the shop her mother built. Annie-Em's At Home, a home decor boutique that opened in 2001, was the dream of Emilie's mother Karen Stephens. The former elementary school principal named the store after her two daughters, Emilie and the younger Annie. After Stephens passed away in 2012, Emilie adhered to her mother's wishes and took the reins as shopkeeper...
Winter garden prep: Follow these tips in winter for a successful garden come spring (11/12/13)
Even though gardening season is over for the year, there are plenty of things that you can do in the cold winter months to prepare your garden for spring planting.
Winter blues: Feeling down? Seasonal affective disorder could be the culprit (11/12/13)
You're not imagining it: The cold and darkness of winter can bring you down in the dumps, even resulting in a type of depression called seasonal affective disorder. "We all feel some of that with the change in seasons, but it's different for some people," says Elizabeth Statler, a licensed clinical social worker and owner of One Accord Counseling in Cape Girardeau...
Help! My child has a case of the 'gimmes' (11/12/13)
With the holiday season fast approaching once again, you have undoubtedly already been bombarded with elaborate television commercials and print advertisements for the latest big name toy for this holiday season. And your children are most likely counting down the days until Christmas morning, when they can tear into the latest electronic gadget or video game system that they "can't live without." But the holiday season can, and should, be about so much more than just the material items that our society seems to now focus so heavily on. ...
Teens not as cyber savvy as parents might think (11/12/13)
While some parents may not know a gigabyte from Google, they still need to help their kids stay safe and protect personal information online. A new survey by LifeLock finds that some of today's young people don't understand the dangers of their tech-heavy lifestyles...
Minding the 'thigh gap': Social media fuel dangerous weight-loss goal (11/12/13)
BALLWIN, Mo. -- Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together...
Cooking with ... kale (11/12/13)
This trendy green is as versatile as it is good for you
A different labor: Water births see increased interest from soon-to-be moms (11/12/13)
Although it's less traditional, the rising interest in water births is more than just a fad. According to medical experts, women who choose to have a water birth see plenty of extra benefits. Joann Falcon, a certified professional midwife who assists women in the Cape Girardeau area with at-home water births, said the water helps take the edge off the labor pains and makes it easier to move around. The water also induces a chemical and hormonal change, she said...
Meet Lucas: The Readers' Choice winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (11/12/13)
Meet Lucas ...
The rules of self-marketing: How to position your business and get your name out there (11/12/13)
1 Identify your target audience and where they can be reached, says Elizabeth Shelton of Write Results Marketing in Cape Girardeau. Are you selling to women? Consider sponsoring or buying a booth at a local event that attracts women, like the Boas & Bling fundraiser for Lutheran Family and Children's Services. Looking for young people? Try social media. Seniors? It may be worth it to invest in print products...
A healthy 'condition': How to keep hair shiny and healthy as you get older (11/12/13)
It's sad but true: Our bodies break down as we get older, and that includes our hair. In fact, many professional and drugstore brands, from Redken to Pantene, are introducing anti-aging products for the hair -- and local stylists say they're actually worth a try...
Spring forward: Use accessories to incorporate spring trends into your look now (11/12/13)
NEW YORK -- Inspired by the spring collections designers showed on the runways in New York, London, Paris and Milan? Not all of us can afford to update our wardrobes every season. But accessories tend to be more widely available and affordable -- although that's a relative term -- and, more often than not, they fit...
Think pink: Events and fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (10/10/13)
Share Day Popeye's Chicken and Burger King (Route K and Broadway locations) in Cape Girardeau will donate 10 percent of today's revenue to Dig for Life. Pink Up Friday Sampler In addition to its usual "quilt-o-gram," The Golden Needle will host a nurse from Saint Francis Medical Center who will speak on breast cancer awareness from 9 to 9:30 a.m. ...
Survivor stories: Tina Riehn (10/10/13)
Age diagnosed: 44 years and 3 months. How long did you battle breast cancer? About a month, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, 2008. They did a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy as they call it and took it all out. Due to the tumor's depth, around 9 centimeters, I was a perfect candidate for the new Mammosite radiation (where they treat just that breast area to keep it from coming back in the future). ...
Support system: Kim Bunger and Holly Lintner forged a friendship through breast cancer (10/10/13)
Kim Bunger and Holly Lintner have much in common. They are both high-energy, faith-filled women who are married and busy raising three boys. But what brought these women together was breast cancer and a shared goal to fight the disease. Both women were diagnosed with breast cancer in April. Bunger's cancer was found at her yearly mammogram, while Lintner suspected something wasn't right and scheduled a mammogram to have things checked out...
Survivor stories: Ellen Henderson-Bigham (10/10/13)
Age diagnosed: 43 How long did you battle breast cancer? I was diagnosed July 13, 2011 and have been in remission since April 2012. What was the hardest part? Some women would say the hardest part was the treatments or the surgeries. ...
'I kicked cancer's butt': Breast cancer is not just a women's disease (10/10/13)
Leonard "Lynn" Campbell had no family history of cancer, so it was quite a shock this year when he became the first one in his family to be diagnosed with cancer -- and it was breast cancer, at that. Fortunately, he and his doctors caught the cancer early enough to stop the disease in its tracks...
Survivor stories: Shirley Michelsen (10/10/13)
Age diagnosed: 64 How long have you been battling breast cancer? Since July 2013 What was the hardest part? Accepting the diagnosis. I have yearly mammograms and everything was clear in October (2012). What advice would you give to other women? Be aware of any changes in your breasts and contact your physician immediately for follow-up...
New options for breast cancer surgery (10/10/13)
CHICAGO -- Treating breast cancer almost always involves surgery, and for years the choice was just having the lump or the whole breast removed. Now, new approaches are dramatically changing the way these operations are done, giving women more options, faster treatment, smaller scars, fewer long-term side effects and better cosmetic results...
Cancer treatments: 6 things you might not expect (10/10/13)
You expect your hair to fall out. But no one tells you what it's like to lose your eyelashes or battle depression. Here are some things you may not know about the effects of cancer treatment -- and how to deal. 1. You might lose your eyelashes, eyebrows and pubic hair, in addition to the hair on your head. And, it might grow back in a new style, color or texture...
Survivor stories: Tammy Pleimann (10/10/13)
Age diagnosed: 37 How long did you battle breast cancer? Five years What was the hardest part? Telling my boys. I was scared, and didn't want them to notice how scared I was. I had to trust, and believe God was in control! I was constantly reminded by my sweet, supportive husband to stop thinking the worst, focus on the positive and that we would get through this. I remember he hid my mammogram films because I kept looking at them, over and over again...
Survivor stories: Verna Eaker (10/10/13)
Age diagnosed: I was 69 years old when diagnosed with breast cancer. How long have you been battling breast cancer? It has been one year and 11 months since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. What is the hardest part of the cancer treatment/disease? Not knowing the diagnosis between the time of testing and the conference with my doctor. ...
First pre-surgical breast cancer drug gets FDA OK (10/10/13)
WASHINGTON -- A biotech drug from Roche has become the first medicine approved to treat breast cancer before surgery, offering an earlier approach against one of the deadliest forms of the disease. The Food and Drug Administration approved Perjeta for women with a form of early-stage breast cancer who face a high risk of having their cancer spread to other parts of the body...
Survivor stories: Norma Welch (10/10/13)
Age diagnosed: 71 How long have you been battling breast cancer: Less than one year, since Dec. 21, 2012 What was the hardest part? Waiting to get results from the tests prior to surgery. What advice would you give to other women? Be sure and do the monthly self breast exam and do the annual mammogram...
Shut the front door! Ways to make your front door stand out (08/02/13)
As the owner of Design Exclusive in Cape Girardeau, Linda McKinnis has learned a thing or two about making a statement with home design and decor. The front door is one of the first things people notice about your house, so you might as well make a good first impression, she says. It's also an easy, inexpensive way to give your home a new look...
Pep up your diet: Cooking with peppers (08/02/13)
From sweet and mild to hot and fiery, peppers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and flavors. Not to mention the variety in the heat they pack. A pepper's heat is indicated by its place on the Scoville index: bell peppers come in below zero, but habaneros top out around 350,000. Jalapenos fall in the 3,500 to 8,000 range...
Smile! How to get your teeth white -- and keep them that way (08/02/13)
If you're smiling, it's probably for a really good reason -- but do you also find yourself worrying about your teeth? With all the options for teeth whitening available, there's no reason to let discolored teeth spoil your fun. "People of every age can benefit from tooth bleaching. ...
Skin care through the years (08/02/13)
You know you should use a sunscreen every day, but do you do it? Or, ever think about how your fast-food habit affects your skin? "The skin is the largest organ of the body, so what you do, externally or internally, affects it," says Nicole Landgraf of Aura Skin and Body Care in Cape Girardeau. "Your diet and exercise are going to make a difference. If you eat fast food all the time, needless to say, your skin is not going to put its best face forward."...
Mind over money: Start early to teach kids smart money habits (08/02/13)
If you want your kids to be smart with money, you have to start teaching them early -- and be smart with your own money. "Teaching at a young age is a valuable life skill lesson that makes them wiser consumers and financially responsible adults," says Wendy Hayes, Kid's Club coordinator at Montgomery Bank in Cape Girardeau. ...
Get smart quick about your money (08/02/13)
How can you safeguard and grow your family's financial health? Everyone worries about money regardless of his or her net worth. Here's the secret: Knowledge is power. A smart fiscal roadmap begins with understanding your finances, terms and options. Unfortunately, Americans trail behind Brazil, Mexico and Australia in financial literacy according to the 2012 Global Financial Barometer...
Build it 'Wright': Tom and Judy Holshouser designed and built their Cape Girardeau home in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright (08/02/13)
When Tom and Judy Holshouser chose the site for their dream home, many said there was no way they'd be able to build in that swampy area. But Tom, an architect, had a plan for a Frank Lloyd Wright-style home that he could share with his wife through their retirement years. It involved diverting a stream and jack-hammering a rocky area to make way for a screened-in porch, but he did it -- and the naysayers loved it...
MEET JUSTIN: A winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (08/02/13)
Name: Justin David Alcorn Birthday: Feb. 17, 2000 -- he is 13 Lives in: Cape Girardeau and Advance, Mo. Family: Son of Angela and David Alcorn of Cape Girardeau and Advance; grandson of James and Madonna West of Cape Girardeau and Bill and Wendy Alcorn of Sikeston, Mo. Justin has four brothers, ages 21, 19, 16 and 7...
Storing the harvest: Enjoy garden-grown veggies and herbs through the winter (08/02/13)
During the summer months, gardeners typically have a bounty of vegetables and herbs to choose from their gardens -- sometimes more than they can eat or give away. But with these freezing and storing tips, you can enjoy your garden-grown vegetable and herbs right through the winter months:...
Trailing nature with Candice Davis (08/02/13)
Candice Davis says some of her earliest and best memories have to do with nature. She didn't exactly plan on a career with the Missouri Department of Conservation -- she has a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology and spent nine years as a U.S. Navy journalist -- but when a media specialist job came available in Cape Girardeau, it was meant to be...
Bring your personality into your workspace (08/02/13)
We focus so much energy turning a house into a home, we sometimes forget to aim our decorating genius in another notable direction: the office cubicle. Home often expresses who we are, filled as it is with accumulated treasures and trinkets. But skip on over to the office cubicle -- and it can be a different story...
First quarter: First-year teacher Kim Nightingale prepares for first job, new town (08/02/13)
Editor's note: I don't know about you, but fall always feels like back-to-school time for me -- nevermind the fact that I'm five years out of college. As the days grow shorter and the air gets cooler, my psyche tells me it's time to start fresh, to stock up on office supplies and new clothes. Or maybe that's just the back-to-school sales talking to me. Whatever the case, I will be going back to school this fall, in a sense -- not as a student, but as a journalist...
Work on a midsection miracle: Say goodbye to belly fat (08/02/13)
Have you been doing sit-ups and crunches but still can't get a six-pack? Turns out, while those exercises are building abdominal muscles, they aren't burning the fat on top of them. So burning belly fat is what you need to focus on. "Genes determine where you lose fat when you exercise," says Dr. ...
Gala fashion: Step out in style at the 'Cure for Cancer' gala (08/02/13)
The annual American Cancer Society Gala is one of Cape Girardeau's biggest benefits in terms of size and money raised. And after meeting with co-chairwoman Victoria Moon, I quickly discovered that the people on the guest list are deeply invested in the cause and the people it helps...
10 things Jessica Richardson can't live without (08/02/13)
1 First and most important, my relationship with God. To be honest, I have been on both sides of the spectrum. I have been angry with God for personal reasons and this was after having a relationship with Him, but my brother brought me out of that and I can honestly say, life is so much better and happier with God in my life. I thank Him for His grace and I'm glad I'm back...
Spotlight on: Real Hope for Haiti (08/02/13)
A girl in a red coat changed Jessica Richardson's life. In April 2011, Jessica joined a group of other women on a mission trip to Haiti. "We went down there for a maternity clinic, but one day we went to Real Hope for Haiti," she says. Real Hope for Haiti is a not-for-profit organization in Cazale, Haiti, founded by Davis Zachary 18 years ago. Today, the mission has three parts: a medical clinic, rescue center and cholera center...
Model citizen: VintageNOW cover model Hayley Keith's future plans extend far beyond the runway (08/02/13)
Hayley Keith didn't know her life was going to change three years ago when she walked into Pastimes Antiques in downtown Cape Girardeau. "I always watched 'America's Next Top Model,'" she says. "And because I'm tall people always told me to be a model or a basketball player. But I'm not coordinated at all, so basketball was out."...
Hawn and Hudson talk mother-daughter beauty (05/09/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
Full name: Annabelle "Annie" Elizabeth Duffield
Reading role models: A summer reading list to inspire your kids (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 ... (05/06/13)
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 (05/07/13)
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 (05/06/13)
Jennifer McCoy of MediCenter Pharmacy in Cape Girardeau shares tips on having a healthy summer.
Spotlight on ... Hoops for Life (05/06/13)
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 (05/06/13)
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 (04/04/13)
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 (03/19/13)
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 (03/11/13)
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 (03/11/13)
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 ... (03/11/13)
Tips to figuring out the newlywed financial game
Winemaking a growing industry in Southeast Missouri (04/30/12)
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. ...
Tradition of worship: A look at some of the historic churches in Southeast Missouri (04/30/12)
A look at some of the historic churches in Southeast Missouri
On the trail: Explore the area by foot, wheel or hoof (04/30/12)
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 (04/30/12)
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 (04/30/12)
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 (04/30/12)
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 (04/30/12)
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 (04/30/12)
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."...
Get in the swing of things: A guide to public golf courses in Southeast Missouri (04/30/12)
A guide to public golf courses in Southeast Missouri
A great place to ... Locals tell us what they love about their community (04/30/12)
Locals tell us what they love about their community
Wedding workout (03/11/13)
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 (03/11/13)
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 (03/11/13)
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 (03/11/13)
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 (03/11/13)
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...