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Marlena Renner

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Marlena is mom to 5-year-old Joshua and has been married to her husband, Andy, for 10 years. They reside in Alton, Il where he is the head athletic trainer for Alton High School. Her parents both grew up in Kirkwood, and even though she spent most of her childhood in Montgomery City, MO, she had a feeling she would end up in St. Louis someday. She worked in minor league baseball after college, eventually landing for a season with the River City Rascals. She worked for the St. Louis Blues, Stifel Theatre, and Enterprise Center for 13 years before the pandemic stopped so many things. Today she is the email specialist for St. Louis Community College, which allows her to maintain the work/life balance she thought was an enigma. 
Produce in vegetable bags, with UnPaper Towels, fruit huggers and a bowl with a silicone cover.

Small Steps to a Sustainable Kitchen

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How sustainable is YOUR kitchen?   For my resolution last year, I decided I would make a conscious effort to try and reduce some of our waste and plastics. My goal was to replace one thing...
an Open sign in the window of a small business

My Shop Small Holiday Guide

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  This year, my mission was to do most of my holiday shopping through small businesses – and I have largely been able to stick to that mission. Here are a few of my favorite local...
a cooked turkey on a wooden table with side dishes in the background for Turkey Day

Don’t Be Afraid to Tackle Turkey Day

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  After a few years of spending more time in a vehicle than time with families at Thanksgiving, Andy and I decided to take the plunge and host.   It made sense. We were the halfway point...
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A Riverbend Haunted Fall List

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I am not originally from Alton, but it has become my home over the last 13 years. And thinking back on it, this is a great place for my family and me. We love...