The sunshine is an invitation from Mother Nature to join her outdoors this summer whether it be to run on the St. Joseph Parkway or to bike at Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area. After hunkering down at home last month, it’s an invite we can’t decline.

Exercise and physical activity should be a year-round habit and routine, said Laurie Shadwick, a personal trainer.

Finances can be a common New Year’s resolution for millions of Americans. Some choose to focus on getting out of debt or putting money aside for a vacation. This year why not focus on managing your wealth.

I was having my hair done for a winter formal the first time anyone noticed a silver strand. The stylist announced its presence and plucked it out, and I assumed it was some sort of fluke — because who starts going gray at 15?

My grandma should be the model for the socks that say, “If you can read this, I’m watching Hallmark movies.” I can picture her all snuggled up with a blanket and a hot cup of coffee, and not just in the winter, because she is always cold.

The holiday season has a certain taste to it, doesn’t it? Fortunately, two local bars in Downtown St. Joseph are spreading winter cheer in a delicious fashion.

Change has a way of creeping into all areas of life — even close-knit family traditions.

PetCakes helps make your pet's birthday special. The U.S.-based company creates mixes out of organic ingredients for both dogs and cats.

Julie Silliman says her last pair of glasses were definitely more reserved. But when she started trying on glasses at Wink eyewear in St. Joseph, the unique frames took her by surprise.

I'm what you might call a "junk food vegetarian." I don't eat meat, but I don't eat a lot of fruits and vegetables either. Plus, I'm not much of a cook. Chickpea salad sandwiches are an easy, tasty way for me to have nutritious lunches at work. The recipe is as follows:

The right makeup on your wedding day is key. Not only do you want to look your best for family and friends but for pictures, too.

This book is no secret — being a New York Times Best Seller — but for anyone who hasn’t already read it, I’d recommend “Educated” by Tara Westover. It’s a memoir in which 30-something Westover shares her experience growing up in an isolated survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho before…

You’ve been dreaming of a day on the beach – just you and your significant other – with sand on your feet, wispy hair blowing in the wind and sunshine on your faces. Then your travel agent presents you with a hefty potential price tag. Don’t let cost get in the way of the day you’ve been dre…

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The weather outside is frightful, and it can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren’t careful. The biting wind and bitter cold can make our faces less agreeable when it comes to wearing makeup during the winter.

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A St. Joseph nurse has decided to hang up her stethoscope, pick up a hammer and open her own business teaching others.

When it comes to picking out bed sheets, thread count is important to consider, but it’s not the only thing. According to, thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch.

It’s often tempting to ride a wave of ambition into the new year, hoping this feeling will be enough to fuel whatever resolutions strike your fancy.

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They’re long-lasting, they don’t evaporate and added fillers like water or alcohol aren’t included. Perfume oils are the basis for department store perfumes and colognes, but without the markup.

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Few other products have the versatility of coconut oil, from health and beauty aids to practical uses in the kitchen. New studies warn against the classification and use of coconut oil as a "health food," but there still are beneficial uses from taming frizzy hair to greasing muffin pans.

Knowing how to navigate garage sales can ensure a Saturday morning's efforts don't go to waste this spring and summer for those on the hunt for a bargain.

Now that spring is here and summer is on the way, you may want to spice up your look with nail art. While the occasional small flower on your big toenail is still cute for the pool, there are lots of other popular ways to show off your nails.

It just turned spring and I'm already thinking about throwing on some flip flops. And with open-toed shoes, comes a desire to run out and get a pedicure.

When it comes to hair removal, there are many options, but many believe waxing works best.

Botox, a neurotoxin used for years to help soften fine lines and wrinkles, is now being used to help migraine headache sufferers and stroke and cerebral palsy patients.

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Raising a family, supporting a struggling partner or dealing with the aftermath of a relationship all can be difficult times to see the importance of loving yourself.

Unless you can claim Margaritaville as your permanent ZIP code, dealing with stress is a part of life. But just as calories can creep up and add extra pounds, chronic stress also can cause health problems.

Wine Enthusiast magazine says “wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor.”

Happiness is a focus for BK Taylor, assistant director of wellness services: prevention, outreach and education at Northwest Missouri State University. In this role, he helps students develop tools they need to succeed, including a positive mindset.

Understanding one’s chakras can open a person to an uncharted state of health and wellness.

Why wait until spring to clean out the clutter? Take advantage of the winter months and get yourself organized and storage savvy!

When you smile, do you see a mouth filled with less-than-pearly whites? If so, you may have contemplated teeth whitening.

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It wasn’t exactly wanderlust that spurred her to set out for Malaysia, then Thailand — with plans to hit several other spots around the globe over the following year.

We all want to save the world and hope for peace. One woman thought she could do that. Jena Lee Nardella was young and invincible when she set out for Africa. The young twenty-something had just earned her college degree and $1,000. With nothing more than a dream, Nardella teamed up with the…

Transitioning from day to night doesn’t always call for a total hair and makeup redo. Two stylists from Polished & Pampered offer a couple tricks to help you create a going out look that takes only a few minutes.

Deep within all of us lies the yearning to be accepted. For all our flaws, seen and unseen, we wish to be bonded to those around us. For Elsa, that warm embrace of feeling welcome comes from her “crazy” grandmother. In this New York Times bestseller, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s…

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