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Imagine this: You’re in a room, exhausted and surrounded by people who won’t stop screaming. You can try to hold conversation, but it’s often a futile attempt. When the shrieks subside, it’s time to act as personal chef, chauffeur or nurse before the howling commences again. This chill-inducing scene isn’t straight from a horror blockbuster—it’s a very possible, isolating reality for stay-at-home moms. The International MOMS Club, with its new suburban St. Louis chapter, is here to end the seclusion.
The work-life balance: Every professional knows the phrase, and every employee tries to find that harmonious level of give and take to somehow manage it all. For parents, this may be an even bigger challenge. But at the law firm of Carmody MacDonald, the support is there for employees to thrive in the courtroom, as well as at home.
Throw a full-time job on top of being a mother, and women these days are busy. We spotlighted three working moms who balance high-profile jobs and motherhood with ease and style.
Smiling and giggling babies are a common sight at a Baby Boot Camp session in St. Louis. That’s because their moms are thrusting them into the air for shoulder presses, balancing them during yoga poses and swiftly pushing them in strollers through the park.
We asked for submissions of moms with doppelganger daughters and spitting-image sons, and LN readers did not disappoint. After careful consideration--and a little help from your Facebook votes--we've selected St. Louis' best Mother's Day Look-Alikes. Coming in at first place is Kirk Day School fourth-grade teacher and mother of three, Lisa Engel, and her 8-year-old daughter, Reagan Engel, of Webster Groves. For winning, Lisa will receive a full-service package at Dominic Michael Salon, including a haircut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure and makeup application. Below, we have included some of our other favorite look-alikes, with many so similar it will leave you wondering 'Which is which?'
Admiring abstract art. Analyzing articles in The Wall Street Journal. Researching the Dead Sea Scrolls. Not the usual activities for an older adult, but for Henrietta Freedman and other local retired professionals, it’s all in a day’s coursework. As co-founder of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University, Freedman has given area seniors the gift of being in college again. And it’s a pleasure, not a chore, this time around.
Most women juggle busy schedules filled with demanding careers, motherhood and managing a household, often leaving their own health issues on the back burner. Amid these hectic lifestyles, doctors say the lesser-known symptoms of a heart attack can go untreated. “We commonly have women come to the emergency room who are stunned to learn they are having a heart attack,” says Dr. Linda Stronach, an interventional cardiologist at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap).
Story: Dorothea, an eccentric, 75-year-old free spirit, has suffered a stroke and is unconscious. Her precocious granddaughter, Echo, continues to talk to her, however, convinced that Dorothea continues to communicate.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m getting sappy in my old age. Reviews of this film dangle words like ‘overly sentimental’ and ‘thinly scripted.’ To me, the words that come to mind are sweet and magical. I was reminded of the wildly underrated film, Big Fish. This is just an endearing story about a couple desperately wanting a child and miraculously getting their wish.
It doesn’t take much to light up a child’s face, but it’s even better when there’s a good cause behind it: The FRIENDS OF THE KIRKWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY is bringing back its ‘Letter from Santa’ tradition this year to raise money for the library. For only $6, Santa’s elves will ensure that a child (or an adult!) receives a personalized letter from Kris Kringle. Order forms, which will inquire about things like the child’s favorite class, a recent accomplishment and the family pet, are available for download at kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org/ content_uploads/Santa.pdf. Letters received by Dec. 7 will be postmarked at the North Pole. Requests received after that date will be postmarked locally. All letters must be received by Dec. 17.
On Brandi: Top, Motherhood Maternity, $29.98, Destination Maternity Leggings, JW, $48, 9 Months in Style Shoes, Tom’s, $69, Cha Boutique… On Beckett: T-shirt, Tea, $19, City Sprouts Cargos, Tea, $29, City Sprouts Shoes, Converse, $30, Laurie’s Shoes
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Colombian handbag designer Nancy Gonzalez made a special appearance in St. Louis recently at Neiman Marcus. The petite, personable designer was wearing a black leather Junya Watanabe jacket and black pants, and carrying one of her own bags in black suede and crocodile. LN spoke with the designer and learned all about what it takes to run her 12-year-old business, one that has her designing some of the most coveted handbags in the world.
Okay, I want to say for the record that I loved the TV show. And the first movie was a charming, fitting conclusion to the series. Of course, no one in Hollywood has ever heard the expression ‘too much of a good thing,’ which brings me to the sequel: This movie is atrocious, pointless, offensive, vulgar and dizzyingly vapid. In short, two and a half hours of drivel.
A former maintenance worker and his wife have given ST. JOHN’S MERCY FOUNDATION a $2.5 million estate gift. The estate of ROBERT and HELENE HOFFMANN donated the money following Helene’s death in 2009. Robert, who worked in the hospital’s maintenance department for more than 15 years, passed away in 2001. In recognition of the gift, the hospital will name the pediatric emergency department in the couple’s memory. St. John’s Mercy expects to see more than 22,000 children in the Helene and Robert Hoffmann Pediatric Emergency Department this year.
It’s often one of the first sacrifices a woman makes for her baby—the loss of a smooth, firm and unmarked abdomen. Stretch marks, clinically known as ‘striae,’ are a common badge of motherhood.
Finding out you’re expecting is exciting, and nothing compares to the feeling of finally holding the new baby in your arms. But caring for a newborn has its challenges too. We asked two new moms to share their experiences and advice.
As any mom will tell you, motherhood, with all its joys, is also fraught with challenges. Potty training and sibling rivalry are expected, but families raising special needs children face obstacles for which there is no preparation.
In her office at Haven of Grace, a residential and aftercare program for homeless, pregnant women, new executive director Marissa Paine keeps two photos on her desk. One shows Paine at 19, holding her firstborn son. A native St. Louisan, Paine had her first child unmarried and unplanned. Looking at the photo, she says, “I didn’t have a clue.”
I’m feeling philosophical. If one reviews a movie that nobody is going to see, does the review count? I guess we’ll find out. I went through a huge serial killer phase, to clarify, a huge serial killer movie phase. My law school roommate and I rented every gory killfest from Copycat to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. I don’t know if it’s maturity (no, that can’t be it) or desensitization or motherhood, but I completely burned out on them. I went down in a blaze of glory with Silence of the Lambs and never looked back. The point being that this is a good movie, it’s just not for me.
Over the years, the story of Sharon Rohrbach and the Nurses for Newborns Foundation (NFNF) has been well documented by local and national media outlets. Rohrbach, the registered nurse who co-founded the organization in 1992, has since retired, passing on the torch to Melinda Ohlemiller, the Foundation’s new chief executive officer.
It has been said that motherhood changes everything. And for most women, everything includes the breasts. But the effects of pregnancy and breast-feeding on breast size, shape and firmness are not irreversible.