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Ways to keep your kids entertained this summer
June 18, 2014
Consider this your “I’m bored” troubleshoot guide for when your kids just need a few ideas to make the most out of the summer free time, complete with a few event suggestions to put on the calendar.
Mrs. Mass.: Hot Box home to freshly baked goodness
June 18, 2014
You know those days when nothing goes quite right, and all you need is a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie to turn it all around? But because you don’t feel like baking cookies from scratch, you resort to eating the uncooked dough? (Or is that just me? … don’t answer that.)
Family Adventures: Strike up the band
June 18, 2014
I met Sweet Husband while we were both playing in our high school band. He was a smart-aleck trombone player who loved jazz; I had fairy-tale dreams of playing my flute on street corners for a living. We were band nerds, through and through, which is probably why — even though neither of us has touched an instrument for over 10 years — the Lawrence City Band’s summer concerts are one of our favorite parts of the season.
The Fashion Column Twins: Farmers market style
June 18, 2014
Getting up early and going to the farmers market is one of our favorite things to do on Saturday mornings. Whether we are browsing around the one in downtown Lawrence or opt to venture out to the City Market in Kansas City’s River Market, we try to keep our style intact despite the early rise.
Style Scout: Michelle Amarin Rose Metzger
June 18, 2014
What would you like to see more in Lawrence? Where are the men? Truly, the men, not the boys!
Style Scout: Pedro Julio Tovar Ballagh
June 18, 2014
Fashion influences: I usually get my influences when I go out to a bar to listen to music. If I see a band that looks cool, then I appreciate their style and make note.
Garden Variety: Strawberry yields forever
June 18, 2014
The taste of a vine-ripened strawberry is like the first taste of summer to those who grow them and those who relish fresh local fruit. Their sweetness and flavor is well worth the labor to produce them, yet I often hear reports from gardeners who have limited success. The secret, I suspect, is that strawberry plants need care right now, as the picking season ends.
Fix-It Chick: Install side mount drawer slides
June 18, 2014
Installing side mount drawer slides into an existing cabinet is a bit of a challenge. Follow these steps to make the job a bit easier.
How to throw an outdoor party
June 12, 2014
Repeat after me: I do not have to be Martha Stewart to throw a fabulous outdoor party. In fact, summer is the perfect time to mix and match what you have to throw a laid-back gathering in your backyard. Paper plates and lace tablecloths, card tables and squirt guns­ — top it all with good food and a few bunches of fresh flowers, and it’ll be a good time for all!
Mrs. Mass.: South Park the heart of downtown
June 11, 2014
The best way to experience Mass. Street, in its totality, is to start at Sixth and Massachusetts and walk south. The walk will take you past the shops, restaurants and outdoor patios, until you end up in a dreamy green space known as South Park.
Celebrity Fashion Fusion: A fashion love story
June 11, 2014
Taylor Swift continues to make waves in the fashion world with her fun, fresh look. It’s one that can be replicated with a trip to Envy, 911 Massachusetts St., in downtown Lawrence for under $40.
The Fashion Column Twins: Picking out the right swimwear
June 11, 2014
We’ve come up with a list of swimsuits and accessories you’ll need to step up your style game in the rising temps.
Style Scout: Danielle Brooks
June 11, 2014
Describe your style: I would just call it “eclectic chic.” Hairstyle-wise, I love the natural look.
Style Scout: Connor Barnes
June 11, 2014
Whom do people say you look like? Captain Kirk
Garden Variety: Garden repair after a storm
June 11, 2014
Many portions of Kansas have received heavy rains and/or severe weather, including high winds, hail and, in a few cases, tornadoes. Our small garden ecosystems may have seen some damage as well, although not as bad as others or even our next door neighbors. So how can we help our gardens recover?

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