Lawrence's shopping section.

Fix-It Chick: Patch a cement board
May 29, 2014
Hardie Board, WonderBoard and Durock are all classified as cement boards. These sheet goods are made with a mixture of Portland cement and sand instead of the powdery gypsum that’s used in drywall. The cement basis of the product dictates the use of thin-set mortar to properly repair cracks or holes.
Are we there yet? Making summer travel plans simple
May 22, 2014
Putting together a travel plan that satisfies the needs of over-energized children, and your needs as parents to kick back and actually feel like you’re on vacation isn’t as impossible as you might think. In fact, stop overthinking.
Mrs. Mass: The king of pop
May 22, 2014
Pop, soda, soft drink — no matter what you call it, there’s a new abundance of it on Mass. Street. Mass Street Soda opened last month, and it is truly refreshing the popularity of this carbonated beverage. With over 1,000 varieties of soda, it’s set up to satisfy almost any taste.
The Fashion Column Twins: Hot shoes for summer
May 22, 2014
There are so many amazing and new shoe styles out there for spring and summer, and even some from the past that are making a huge comeback.
Style Scout: Shay Hlavaty
May 22, 2014
Whom do people say you look like? Shaun White, the flying tomato! Maybe that’s not a compliment.
Style Scout: Cecil Keyes
May 22, 2014
Describe your style: I guess it’s like “preppy” slash… I don’t know. I just like J.Crew a lot!
Garden Variety: Time again for annuals
May 22, 2014
Planting annuals for me is hit and miss. There is guidance courtesy of Kansas State University, which has research and a published list of what to plant. A Web search for “Prairie Star Flowers” will get you to that guidance.
Fix-It Chick: Burning weeds with a torch
May 22, 2014
Using a propane flame torch to wilt away weeds is a great alternative to herbicides or other traditional weeding methods. Proper use of a flame torch is safe and easy for gardeners and farmers alike.
Getting the skinny on at-home facials
May 15, 2014
It’s easy to overlook proper skin care when professional facial services can cost more than you’re willing to shell out on what seems like a frivolous pampering. Let two local skin care specialists guide you on the proper practice of an at-home facial, closely resembling a spa treatment and keeping your skin in check.
Family Adventures: Making a summer family bucket list
May 15, 2014
Last year, for the very first time, our family made a summer bucket list. At first, I was unsure if it would be encouraging or if it would just turn into one more list of Things That Must Be Done. Happily, the former was true.
The Fashion Column Twins: Summer’s best trends
May 15, 2014
Elizabeth and I wanted to break down two of this season’s popular trends that we have been embracing with open arms: the cropped top and the woven short.
Style Scout: Molly Connor
May 15, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: Crop tops need to die! Unless you’re like a double zero they just make everyone look so bad! I’ve seen very few people look good in them.
Style Scout: Bret Ivy
May 15, 2014
Describe your style: Normally, I try to appear classy every day. I usually wear a collar, sometimes a tie and dress shoes almost every single day; it’s just something that kind of makes my personal brand, and me, stand out a little bit more.
Garden Variety: high-definition gardening
May 15, 2014
The simplest raised bed is just mounded soil, high in the center, tapering to the edge. Most have a border made of almost any material; lumber, logs, rocks, bricks, cinder blocks, etc., to retain this soil. The goal is to hold the growing media above ground level and truly define a place not to walk.
Fix-It Chick: Refinish a wood floor
May 15, 2014
With the advent of fast-drying polyurethanes, applying finish to a recently sanded wood floor can often be done within a day.

Contact Jon Ralston