Living

Managing the crazy: Some tips on parenting 2 kids under 2
March 17, 2015
Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting two kids under 2 be a soul-draining, tear-inducing experience for them like it sometimes is for the rest of us? Unlikely, but their cushy highnesses aren’t completely immune.
Retiree attraction effort launches marketing campaign
12:00 a.m., March 16, 2015 Updated 09:16 p.m.
Lawrence and Douglas County’s long-term plan to attract and retain retirees now has a catchy name, glossy brochure and colorful website. After mobilizing community partners and choosing amenities to highlight, ReINVENT Retirement recently launched a marketing campaign.
Fix-It Chick: Proper care for granite countertops
March 15, 2015
When it comes to the proper care and maintenance of granite countertops, there is a lot of misinformation floating around. Follow these simple steps to keep countertops shiny and bright.
Kansas City Connection: Upcoming events with a spring in their step
March 14, 2015
Here are some of the season’s most interesting and eclectic events to give you several incentives to visit the Kansas City area in the next couple of months.
Garden Variety: How to help out honey bees
12:00 a.m., March 14, 2015 Updated 08:43 p.m.
Anyone who likes to eat should care about honey bees.
Off the Beaten Plate: Chorizo Sloppy José at Global Cafe
March 12, 2015
For this week’s Off the Beaten Plate, we decided to try out another Latin American-inspired twist on a popular American dish: the chorizo sloppy José (get it?) at Global Café.
Style Scout: One-Jea Lee
March 12, 2015
Tell us a secret: In the past 10 years, I flew more than 2 million miles.
Style Scout: Meg Schwend
March 12, 2015
Fashion trends you hate: The saggy diaper pants that Justin Bieber wears. That’s the only thing that I can’t handle.
Delicious/Nutritious: Kumquats a little fruit that packs a punch
March 10, 2015
Sweet, sour and possibly the tartest fruit this side of a lemon, the kumquat is a bite-sized, seasonal winter citrus.
Cooking from Scratch: Homemade SpaghettiOs
March 10, 2015
All the same, I couldn’t quite commit to serving up a can of SpaghettiOs for dinner-proper, as my son requested soon after learning the jingle. Instead, I decided to try to make SpaghettiOs from scratch.
Double Take: Legislation would ignore reality of teen behavior and needs
March 10, 2015
Teens are going to have sex, and the opt-in model of sex education does not address the realities of teen behavior. Dr. Wes proposes a multi-level education model that gives teens a choice.
Fix-It Chick: Seal a pipe joint with oakum
March 9, 2015
Oakum is a loosely twisted rope-like material made from oiled jute or hemp fibers. Traditionally manufactured in prisons or workhouses by disassembling old rope lengths and rubbing the strands with pine tar or oil, oakum was a staple in boat building and pipe assembly for many years. In some situations using oakum to seal a cast-iron pipe joint is still a viable option.
Kansas City Connection: Sorting through the hoopla of the Big 12 tournament
March 7, 2015
March Madness begins in earnest next week in downtown Kansas City, as the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament returns to the Sprint Center from Wednesday through Saturday.
Garden Variety: Garden plot preparation
March 7, 2015
With spring right around the corner, the upcoming warmer days are a great time to start a new garden or get an old one ready for planting.
Lawrence Libations: Poached-pear mulled wine at John Brown’s Underground
March 5, 2015
There’s nothing like a hot, literally steaming glass of wine on a chilly winter day.
Style Scout: Qing Tian
March 5, 2015
Describe your style: In high school, I used to wear a lot of sports styles. But since I’m at the university now, I try to dress like a young lady.
Style Scout: Dhari Alanazi
March 5, 2015
Describe your style: I love the color blue, all shades of gray as well as khakis and jeans in general. My style is quite colorful, classic and simple.
KU Dining director wins ‘Academy Award’ of collegiate foodservice
01:53 p.m., March 3, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Nona Golledge credits staying on top of dining trends and “leading from the heart” with making her Kansas University Dining Services team a forerunner in university dining. Golledge, KU Dining director since 2006, was announced on Tuesday as the winner of the 2015 International Food Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award in the Colleges and Universities category. By Sara Shepherd
Double Take: Senate bill stands in the way of education
March 3, 2015
This week, Dr. Wes and Kyra discuss the Kansas Senate’s SB 56, which charges with a class B misdemeanor any teacher caught teaching things that lawmakers or parents consider salacious.
Fix-It Chick: How to repair a toilet’s closet flange
March 1, 2015
Beneath the bathroom toilet, covered with a layer of wax, lies one of the more important pieces of the plumbing puzzle: the closet flange.