Passion project: Amanda Trotman carves out a beauty niche with Spark On Bluff in Dubuque

Upon setting foot into Spark On Bluff, one might be able to draw an unlikely comparison to the famous sitcom watering hole, “Cheers.” It might boast barbers instead of bartenders. And for what Spark lacks in sudsy brews it more than makes up for in hair care products. However, one key similarity is clear: Everybody […]

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Turning from trauma to advocacy: After suffering a traumatic birth, Jade O’Connell becomes a voice for maternal health

DURANGO, Iowa — Jade O’Connell knew from an early age that she wanted to be a mom. Even when her son, Finnian, arrived 16 days ahead of schedule on Sept. 1, 2019, the 26-year-old Durango native could not have been more elated. “I already had names picked out when I was in high school,” O’Connell […]

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Galena Center of the Arts to honor Women’s History Month with virtual offerings

GALENA, Ill. — In honor of Women’s History Month, the Galena Center for the Arts will host its fourth annual Broad Ideas, with virtual events scheduled throughout March. Zoom links for all events are available by visiting www.broadideas.org. Schedule March 1-31: Broad Intentions Weather-grams. The activity will be done at home to decorate trees throughout […]

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6 books featuring transformative female friendships

C.S. Lewis wrote, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” Life without a friend would indeed be life but such a sad one that it would barely count as life at all. Of course, some friendships are […]

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Year of the wedding: Many who postponed in 2020 are booking ahead

Despite all of the challenges that 2020 brought, Ally O’Rourke will always a have a reason to be happy when she reflects on 2020. The Dubuque resident got engaged to her fiancé, Adam Goerdt, in July, and the couple is now planning a wedding for November 2021. The occasion will serve as more than just […]

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Reframing the big day: Microweddings

Last year, Makayla Bellis got engaged to her best friend. It was an exciting moment for the 25-year-old Dubuque resident and her partner, Matthew, 26. “We got engaged at the end of February, right before all the lockdowns started,” Bellis said. As the couple began planning their wedding, they realized that it would be a […]

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As Chrystina Morteo forged her way into the entrepreneurial realm, it became clear that she wasn’t cut from the same cloth as many others in the business community. Morteo said her Mexican-American heritage set her apart, especially in a small community. On top of that, being a woman only complicated efforts to get her foot...
For Dubuque resident Anna Schuster, finding the time to volunteer is part of a broader effort to strike the proper balance. Schuster, a mother of two, already has her hands full with family and work obligations. However, she finds the time to give back to an organization she has come to appreciate immensely as a...
We all have our sense of style. The way we dress is one of our basic rights and privileges. We know what we look good in, and our compass tells us what looks and feels right for us. If you are familiar with Marie Kondo’s philosophy, she guides us to only wear clothing that “sparks...
Feeling the urge to purge? Then it’s time for some spring cleaning. With a few simple tips and tricks, your home — and mood — can be refreshed and revitalized. For the biggest payoff for your efforts, focus spring cleaning in the areas of the home that are used most: The kitchen and bathroom. Clear...
Spring is such a happy and inspiring time, you’d think we’d always know what to wear. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Despite the mental reset the season can bring, we all get stuck. But we don’t have to stay that way. Here are 5 cute spring outfit ideas to get you started on what to wear...
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