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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Flourish

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...
The first look (03/11/13)
Capturing a private moment between the bride and groom before the wedding has become quite popular with couples and their photographers, and for good reason. "It's a really intimate time. It also really helps out with the timing on wedding photography," says Stephanie Goddard of Goddard Photography in Jackson...
Dress for less (03/11/13)
On a budget or simply not interested in traditional wedding gowns? More brides are choosing white and ivory bridesmaid dresses, instead.
Lasting a lifetime: Tips on preserving wedding mementos to last through the years (03/11/13)
After the last click of the camera and final cut of the cake, all that remains are the precious memories made on that very special day. Yet, with all of the modern advances in the world today, shouldn't there be a way to literally hold on to all the special mementos from a wedding?
Frugal florals: You can still have your dream wedding flowers on a budget (03/11/13)
From decorating the church to centerpieces for the reception and, of course, the bride's bouquet, flowers can be a large part of your wedding budget. So, we've got some tips on how you can get the most for your money.
ido March 13/staff inspiration (03/11/13)
Our staff spends a lot of time thinking about and researching all things wedding while we're working on iDO. From dresses to venues and flowers to food -- we cover it all. Naturally, in the process, we all think about how we'd want our dream wedding to be...
No longer mere accessory, shoes move center stage (03/01/13)
NEW YORK -- Shoes are having a 21st century moment as they've pushed from mere accessory to the center of the fashion stage. Sexuality, social status, fashion IQ: The reasons for our shoe obsession are many, but one thing's for sure: more -- and more avant-garde -- designers are taking on the feet...
It's not too late to make heartfelt Valentine's Day gifts (02/11/13)
Don't worry if you've yet to find something special for loved ones this Valentine's Day. You can easily and inexpensively add extra heart to gifts by making them at home. Popular homemade gifts include aromatic candles and bath salts, personalized photo frames and customized scarves. Jo Pearson, an expert with the national arts and crafts supplier Michaels, says vintage lace and traditional red hearts are trends this year, and can easily be applied as stamps, stickers and appliques...
Going grain: How to work these superfoods into your diet (02/04/13)
Quinoa and kamut may sound like new and exotic foods, but they've been diet staples all over the world for centuries. Janet Anders, registered licensed dietitian at Fitness Plus, says most American diets are deficient in whole grains, but adding some of these "superfoods" to your diet will pack a powerful nutritional punch...
Running together: Weekly club brings West Lane Elementary girls together (02/04/13)
Once a week during the school year, approximately 55 fourth- and fifth-grade girls from West Lane Elementary School in Jackson gather with several teachers to train for a 5k run. The program, called the We Run Club, was started in September by Laura Skelton, a teacher at West Lane...
Tool time: The basics every woman needs (02/04/13)
Whether you've got a man in your life or you're a single gal, every woman should have her own set of tools. We're not saying you need a whole shop full of tools: Just the basics so you can hang photos and do simple repairs. Tammy Elias of Elias Ace Hardware says getting a prepackaged tool kit is a good place to start. "Stanley puts together a really nice one that covers everything," she says...
Five of Clubbs: In the mood for love (02/04/13)
Dec. 18, 2012, was my 13th wedding anniversary. On Jan. 5, 2013, my husband and I had a date to celebrate it. Considering we finally got to take the cruise to Cozumel we had dreamed of for our 10th anniversary when we had been married 11 1/2 years, we were OK with the two week delay...
Show your true colors: Tracey Glenn explains how personality testing applies to business (02/04/13)
There's more to personality tests than choosing "mostly As" to find out what kind of flirt you are. True Colors, a personality testing program started more than 35 years ago, is one option designed specifically for use in the workplace. The program helps individuals identify with one of four personality colors -- gold, orange, blue or green -- and apply that information to work better with people...
Day to night: Transition your makeup from the office to happy hour (02/04/13)
It's happened to most working women: After a day at the office, you go straight to meeting friends for a night on the town. But the makeup you applied at 7 a.m. may not be fresh, or dramatic enough, for cocktails at 7 p.m. Charlsie Hethershaw of Sephora inside J.C. Penney gave us some tips to transform your daytime makeup for a night out:...
Fresh florals: Tips to make your own flower arrangement for home or work (02/04/13)
1. Start with fresh flowers from the florist or grocery store. Tammy Ahlvin, owner and floral designer at Rose Madder Weddings in Cape Girardeau, likes roses and lilies because they have a lovely aroma and they also tend to last longer than other flowers. ...
10 things Stacy Busch-Heisserer can't live without ... (02/04/13)
Stacy Busch-Heisserer has made animals her business, and that makes her the perfect cover model for our special pet issue. Her parents were kennel owners, and her dad showed beagles. Now, she owns Busch Pet Products and serves on the board of Safe Harbor Animal Shelter/Silverwalk Hounds...
Helping children cope with the loss of a pet (02/04/13)
Handling grief or loss is hard for all ages, but it is especially hard for children who may not be developmentally able to fully understand the concept of death. Unfortunately, nearly all children are forced to deal with a loss of some type during their young lives. Whether it is a close family member or a beloved family pet, dealing with the emotional and behavioral challenges of children following a loss can be a trying time for any family...
Meet Hatilyn A winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (02/04/13)
Meet Hatilyn Laura Valerie Holmes Hawthorne, a winner in our Cutest Kid Contest
Healthy pet, healthy you: Owning a pet has many health benefits for humans (02/04/13)
Add this to your list of pros for getting a pet: Animals have been shown to have mental, emotional and physical health benefits on their humans. First, the most obvious: Pets increase our activity level, whether we're walking a dog multiple times per day or playing with a cat. Taking care of a pet also helps us feel worthy, useful and less lonely, says Dr. Shelly Daume of Deer Ridge Animal Hospital in Jackson. Even simple actions like petting or talking to an animal have a calming effect...
Emerald green is Pantone's top color of 2013 (02/04/13)
Emerald is no longer green with envy. The rich, vibrant shade is Pantone LLC's Color of the Year for 2013, beating out all the other shades of the rainbow.
Kids and pets: What you need to know before adding a pet to your family (02/04/13)
Every kid who wants a pet will beg, plead and promise to take care of that pet, but for parents, the decision is a little more complicated. "A pet is a big commitment and requires a genuine interest. There are no hard and fast rules to let us know when the time is right," says Dr. Kelly Smith of Dogwood Veterinary Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
At home with ... The Brune Family (02/04/13)
Shea Brune shares what attracted her and her husband, Jef, to their home in the Walden Park neighborhood: How long have you lived in your home? We have lived here for three-and-a-half years; it will be four years in July. What attracted you to the house?...
Cooking with ... beer (02/04/13)
Cheers! Beer isn't just for drinking: It can also be a star ingredient in everything from soups to desserts. We've compiled a menu of beer-based dishes. (And, in case you're worried about serving beer to youngsters, the alcohol cooks out of most of the dishes listed below.) Enjoy!...
Getting a good night's sleep is key to mental and physical well-being (02/04/13)
Just because you can function on little to no sleep doesn't mean you should. We get it -- you're busy, and sometimes sleep takes the backseat to work, family time and other commitments. But doctors say it's just as important to schedule some shut-eye as it is your next business meeting...
Women and wellness: Regular health screenings can detect diseases in early stages (02/04/13)
Every woman should make time for healthy habits such as getting plenty of exercise, eating healthy and finding a comfortable balance between work and life. In addition, all women should schedule routine health screenings that help detect a variety of diseases in their early stages. When it comes to staying healthy, a proactive approach is best. Here, a list of the health screenings women should have regularly:...
Pet-friendly places (02/04/13)
We quizzed local animal lovers and pet professionals about the best places to hang with our furry friends. Do you know of other places? Spread the word on our Flourish Facebook page!
The cat (and dog) ladies (02/04/13)
Roberta Beach, Kelly Goff and Alice Wybert have a common goal: Finding good homes for animals without one. The three women, who lead local shelters, talked to us about their own pets and why they love animals. Kelly Goff, director of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri...
Can you hear me now? Getting through to kids distracted by texting and social media (02/04/13)
With the advent of the smartphone and social media, it would seem kids have found a whole new way to be rude. Rather than roll their eyes during one of dad's long stories at the dinner table, they silently check Facebook status updates on their phones. But, experts are finding that there are also whole new ways for kids to develop addictions and experience physical complications. And parents are discovering they need to respond...
Spotlight on ... Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary/Silverwalk Hounds (02/04/13)
Considering Stacy Busch-Heisserer owns a pet-based business, it's not surprising she also gives back to to local groups helping animals. Busch-Heisserer serves on the board of Safer Harbor Animal Sanctuary/Silverwalk Hounds. "Since I can't volunteer due to my schedule, I give back by donating some of the profit from my store to both Safe Harbor and the Humane Society," she said in an interview with the Southeast Missourian...
PULSE CHECK: Becky Towe, personal trainer with the City of Cape Girardeau and owner of The Anatomy Studio (02/04/13)
Becky Towe is a certified personal trainer in strength, fitness, aerobics and nutrition
Ready to adopt checklist (02/04/13)
Are you ready for a pet? Ask yourself these 10 questions before taking the plunge.
Shady fashion: Finding the right sunglasses for you (02/04/13)
Want to make a bold fashion statement in 2013? Just reach for the shades. "Dramatic, bold and colorful frames, cat eyes and geometric lens shapes are going to be the most popular trends in 2013," says Shannon Kutz, optical manager at Leet EyeCare. "Vintage-style sunglasses were very popular in 2012 and will continue to be popular in 2013."...
A breath of fresh air: Houseplants are a lovely way to improve your indoor air quality (02/04/13)
By Robyn Gautschy What kind of air are you really breathing at home? Surprising data from the EPA shows that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Common pollutants include furnaces, fireplaces, gas stoves and even your vacuum cleaner. With the average American spending as much as 90 percent of their lives indoors, improving air quality should be a priority...
Pet care 101: Regular exams, vaccinations help pets live long, healthy life (02/04/13)
Most of us go to the doctor for annual checkups and other health screenings (and if we don't, we know we should). We get regular teeth cleanings. Preventive care can help avert more serious medical issues -- and the bills that go with them. The same is true for your pets. Dogs and cats make great companions -- you want to keep them around. We've put together a list of basic health guidelines for your four-legged friends. Contact your vet for further information...
Diaper debate: Cloth vs. disposable? (02/04/13)
The decision of whether to use cloth or disposable diapers is not one that new moms take lightly. There's cost to consider, as well as environmental factors, what kind of materials you want touching your baby's bottom, and what kind of work you're willing to do when it comes to the diapers themselves...
Love actually, not virtually: Finding love without online help (01/29/13)
NEW YORK -- Nicole Buergers and Brenden Macaluso are both 32. They struck up a conversation about hipster eyewear over free beer and cheap eats at a Houston hangout one Sunday afternoon and Macaluso recalls the evening ending this way:Her: "So how do we do this?"...
Drinking on a diet? Those calories can add up fast (01/09/13)
The first rule of drinking on a diet is: Don't. Surely you've heard that Americans get way too many calories -- and nutritionally empty calories at that -- from alcohol. But the second rule of drinking on a diet is that since you probably will ignore Rule No. 1, find a way to enjoy alcohol without letting it swamp your healthy intentions. Here are a few suggestions on how to go about that...
Mom goes viral with son's phone code of conduct (01/07/13)
NEW YORK -- Janell Burley Hofmann honored her 13-year-old son's "maturity and growth" at Christmas with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached. Eighteen strings, to be exact, in a written code of conduct that placed the mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens, especially younger ones just entering the frenetic world of social networks and smartphones...
Does 2013's style trend spell the end of trendy? (01/04/13)
NEW YORK -- The biggest trend in fashion for the new year might just be that there isn't anything especially trendy. Based on runway and retailer previews, the must-have look in 2013 could be menswear-inspired and tailored, or ladylike chic. Colors are bold and bright, or graphic black and white; fabrics are slinky and silky, or textured and tough...
Crafters send mittens with a message to Newtown (12/21/12)
"Chester Raccoon stood at the edge of the forest and cried. 'I don't want to go to school,' he told his mother. 'I want to stay home with you. I want to play with my friends. And play with my toys. And read my books. And swing on my swing. Please may I stay home with you?'" -- "The Kissing Hand," by Audrey Penn....
There's detective work to do for party dress codes (12/10/12)
NEW YORK -- The holidays are often a highly social season that provide a good reason to wear the things you might not often have the occasion to pull out of your closet: sequins, a fancy red dress, the sexy black one. But should you? Or will everyone else be wearing their cozy cashmere sweater and favorite riding boots?...
10 things Lauren Jones can't live without ... (12/05/12)
It was by chance that Lauren Jones began studying yoga. At the time, she was a young, single working mom and student in New York City. She was taking a dance class, and when it was canceled one day, she decided to try a yoga class instead. "I've never left the mat since," says Lauren, who now owns The Source -- Yoga 'N More in Cape Girardeau. "Yoga has enabled me to learn how to get through the tough times in life and to enjoy the day-to-day, the here and now."...
Home away from home: How to make your guests feel welcome, cozy (12/05/12)
When you have overnight guests, be they friends or family, it's important to make them feel welcome and comfortable -- otherwise, they could just stay at a hotel. We talked to interior designer Whitney Reed of Hutson's Fine Furniture and Pat Rappa, owner of the Wine Country Inn bed and breakfast, about how to make a guest room a cozy place for your visitors to relax and feel at home...
Uncommon cold: How to tell when nonprescription cold medicine is not enough (12/05/12)
Do you have a cold that just won't go away? The aisle at your local drugstore is overflowing with different cold medicines, and choosing the right one feels like a gamble with your wallet taking the hit at every purchase. Without a cure, the common cold is a treat-the-symptoms illness and that's where the picture gets even more complicated. According to the Mayo Clinic, the common cold is caused by more than 100 viruses, which means signs and symptoms vary greatly...
10 things to do with cinamon (12/05/12)
Of course cinnamon is tasty - but did you know it's also known to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugars, boost memory, provide headache relief and fight bacteria? Once you read these 10 creative ways to use cinnamon, you'll be going out to buy the spice in bulk.
Tipping guide: The ins and outs of tipping for service (12/05/12)
Tipping is standard at most places where services are rendered, but the etiquette factor can be tricky. Sometimes service isn't up to par -- and who hasn't left in a hurry and forgotten to tip at all? Diane Sides has studied etiquette for about 20 years, and she puts it into practice daily in her roles as assistant to the president at Southeast Missouri State University and assistant secretary to the Board of Regents. Here, she explains protocol when it comes to tipping:...
Getting the most out of parent-teacher communications (12/05/12)
Now that the school year is well underway, many parents are attending parent-teacher conferences for their children. I realize the first round of parent-teacher conferences may already be over, but I thought that this topic could be beneficial for many parents as children complete the 2012-2013 school year. ...
The Golden Ticket to financial peace (12/05/12)
I lamented on Facebook last week, "Sometimes I think if I somehow earned an extra quarter, I would get a letter informing me I needed to buy a gumball." Of course, our family is not in dire straits. We are going to have supper tonight. I am typing this on a computer in a house with electricity. ...
A good guest: Follow these guidelines when staying overnight with friends or family (12/05/12)
Yes, it is the host's job to make a guest feel welcome, but the guest isn't off the hook. When you're staying at someone's home, be it family or friend, don't expect to be treated like you're at a hotel. If you want chocolate on your pillow and someone to make up your bed each morning, check into a hotel...
Meet Charley: Online Readers' Choice Winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (12/05/12)
Your pick for Cutest Kid!
Targeting weight loss: Earlier this year, the FDA granted approval for two diet pills (12/05/12)
For the first time in 13 years, the FDA approved medication targeting weight loss.
PULSE CHECK: The 20/20 on healthy eyes with Dr. Laura Evans (12/05/12)
Dr. Laura Evans shares how to prevent eye strain, and new technology to address problems.
Curl up to fireplace facts (12/05/12)
It's a scene straight from a movie: You and your sweetie curled up in front of the fireplace on a cold, dreary winter day. It sounds perfect, right? And it can be if you take the proper precautions with your fireplace. Charlie Robinson of Best Clean Fireplace Shoppe says whether you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace, it should be inspected and serviced once a year. Homeowners who have a fireplace should also have two other things in the house: a carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher...
At home with Cindy Buchheit (12/05/12)
The first time Cindy Buchheit saw her 108-year-old house, the front steps were covered in ice. She and a friend climbed onto the front porch while holding onto the banisters. "Looking inside through the front door I could see into the foyer -- the steps that led to the second floor, the wood paneling and all of the original hardwood flooring," Buchheit says. The interior designer -- she owns Unique Ambiance LLC -- was sold...
Playing the game: Dig For Life founder Cindy Gannon is a longtime advocate for women's athletics (12/05/12)
Cindy Gannon remembers the days before Title IX called for equal treatment of both sexes in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Before Title IX was enacted in 1972 -- and before the NCAA began sponsoring women's athletics 10 years later -- it was not exactly common for girls to play sports, Gannon recalls. ...
Delicious learning: Baking serves up a batch of skills for children, tweens and teens (12/05/12)
When you think of baking, your mind probably goes right to warm cookies, fruit-filled cobblers or pies and savory bread. While those are all the happy results of spending some time in the kitchen, when children, tweens and teens get involved in baking, they'll come away from the experience with a lot more than just happy taste buds...
Cleansing craze: The facts of how cleanses work and their effects (12/05/12)
People are constantly in a hurry. Running through the drive-thru, speeding on the morning commute, popping a frozen dinner in the microwave. So why would things be any different when it comes to the subject of weight loss? The vast amount of health and fitness trends in today's world have created a craze among people to lose weight and do so in a speedy manner...
Power polish: Shellac manicures promise to last chip-free for up to two weeks (12/05/12)
In addition to traditional manicures, many salons offer CND Shellac manicures, which promise to last two weeks without chipping, fading or losing shine. "It really does last two weeks. Some people, when they use a lighter color, can possibly even stretch it to three weeks," says Tiffany Mahnken, a stylist and nail technician at Concepts Styling Salon in Cape Girardeau. ...
Women in the great outdoors (12/05/12)
While hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits have always been hobbies of men in Southeast Missouri, more and more women are enjoying those activities as well. "Permits sold to females for deer and turkey hunting, and female deer and turkey hunters have increased a great deal over the past decade," says Candice Davis, media specialist of the Southeast and Ozark regions for the Missouri Department of Conservation...
Chop, chop! What you need to know about buying -- and protecting -- a good set of kitchen knives (12/05/12)
Anyone who's been to a kitchen store or watched late-night TV knows the allure of all those culinary gadgets and tools -- but lifelong foodie Georganne Syler says the best thing you can purchase for your kitchen is a good set of knives. And no, she's not talking about that value pack you found in the dollar store clearance bin...
Playing to learn: Educational games help children develop important skills outside the classroom (12/05/12)
You don't have to be a parent to know that children love to play. Games begin as early as birth, with simple interactions such as "peek-a-boo" or "where is baby's nose." As a child grows, the games can become more involved, focusing on early learning and social skills...
Do you BB? A look at the newest all-in-one beauty product (12/05/12)
What started as a beauty staple in Asia has crossed over to the U.S., first at cosmetic counters and finally appearing on drugstore shelves. BB creams -- the BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm -- promise to prime, perfect, protect, hydrate and control oil. Some have added benefits, like anti-aging ingredients. But are they worth all the fuss?...
New retail stores bringing more shoppers to downtown Cape Girardeau (12/05/12)
There have been some obvious changes in downtown Cape Girardeau in the past months. The Broadway streetscape project was completed, with new paving, parking, lighting and landscaping. Work progressed on the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau ahead of its opening as the casino dominated the view looking north on Main Street...
Transforming your unfinished basement (12/05/12)
Many home buyers purchase a house where the basement is totally unfinished or only partially finished. If finishing the basement is low on the to-do list, there are some inexpensive ways to transform it into an inviting area. "Painting is an inexpensive way to improve the look of any basement area," says Angela Francis of Angela Francis Interiors. "I would advise painting the ceiling and the duct work even if the duct work is exposed."...
Meet Tony, a winner in our Cutest Kid Contest (12/05/12)
Name: William "Tony" Lyle Birthday: Dec. 28, 2010 -- he's 22 months old Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Parents John Lyle and Nicolette Brennan, brother Ryan Lyle, and three pets: Dogs Sophie and Melvin, and cat Lita Tony's favorite things to do are ... play with trains and trucks, climb on Dinky the Train at Capaha Park and use pots and pans as a drum set...
Skinny Minnie: Disney fave gets Barneys makeover (10/26/12)
NEW YORK -- Did Minnie Mouse do a catwalk cleanse? For a brief moment in Barneys New York's upcoming holiday window display, Minnie becomes a long, lean high-fashion model -- and the skinny Minnie is drawing some criticism. The Barneys display puts Disney characters on the runway in front of animated versions of industry bigwigs in a short film that features Minnie's daydream sequence strutting her stuff in Paris in a hot-pink, ruffle-covered Lanvin dress...
Breast cancer awareness events (10/12/12)
THURSDAY, OCT. 11 Friends of Saint Francis Book Sale 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Healing Arts Center lobby at Saint Francis Medical Center, entrance 2 Proceeds will benefit Dig For Life. FRIDAY, OCT. 12 Friends of Saint Francis Book Sale 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Healing Arts Center lobby at Saint Francis Medical Center, entrance 2...
Breast cancer survivor stories: Breanna Munoz (10/12/12)
Age when diagnosed: 31 Years battling breast cancer: Technically, she's cancer-free. She was diagnosed Oct. 14, 2011, and had a bilateral mastectomy Dec. 17. She's still going through reconstruction. The cancer was caught very early, so it hadn't attached to the chest wall. The doctors are 99.9 percent sure it will never come back...
Looking and feeling good: Volunteers help cancer patients cope with changes to their appearance (10/12/12)
When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, her appearance can change drastically. "Look Good ... Feel Better" is a free, national public service program that teaches female cancer patients how to cope with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments...