Botanical Brewfest

The fourth annual Botanical Brewfest was held October 14 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a 
fun-filled evening with more than 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser 
to support the Train Garden at the arboretum.

Help From the Heartland

Melissa Schroeder, a full-time attorney and mother of three in Shawnee, is used to a high-energy lifestyle, but of late she has been up to her ears in piles of diapers—diapers for a good cause.

Letter from the Editor

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving and serving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There…

Five Tips for Creating Great Family Portraits

It’s that time of year again ... 
the dreaded family photos sessions. And while family photo shoots are kind of the norm in this family, they haven’t gotten easier. However, I have learned many tricks and tips for keeping the kiddos and the husband happy—and on point–to capture that “moneymaker shot” that makes the holiday card each year. Follow these…

From the Horse’s Mouth

There are hospital wings across America dedicated to it. We see it covered by local news each night. It’s the ultimate gut-wrenching scene in the latest theater release. Trauma drives the plot. It gets us to pay attention and then look away just as quickly. As dramatic as trauma is made out to be, it is more common than we…

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

Photography Janie Jones

Sunflower Bank Gives Back

Sunflower Bank is a proud sponsor of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Youthrive, both local charitable organizations with a focus on giving back

The Snow Globes

Take the Christmas songs you know and love. Mix in lilting vocals and folksy instrumental stylings of the banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonium. Make giving the goal. And each holiday season, you have the Kansas City-based trio, The Snow Globes.

Holiday Wreath

Create a simple holiday wreath for 
the hearth of your home or to welcome your friends and family.

Letter from the Editor

So many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together.Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes that…

Golfing for a Cause

If you love golf then you have probably heard about the Digital Ally Open in Overland Park that attracts thousands of golf fans and enthusiastic spectators each year, but you might not know that giving back is the focus of the golf tournament held each year in July at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate in Overland Park.

Chef Roundup

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

November 2017 Around Town

This November, believe in your beard for a great cause. K.C. Beard Balms' second No Shave campaign will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital. They collaborated with Charlie Hustle Clothing Company on a limited edition T-shirt with 25 percent of the proceeds from each shirt sold benefiting Children’s Mercy for cancer research, prevention and education.

How to Improve Your Golf Swing

Whether you are a new golfer or have been playing for decades, we all want the same thing: to be a single digit handicap or better. As an attorney, golfing with clients is a must, and slicing off the tee box can kill the deal. So, I dedicated the last two years to improve my handicap from a 30 to…

Moon Shine on the Farm

On August 26, guests enjoyed Moon Shine on the Farm - It's a Barn Raiser! held at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. The night featured dinner, drinks, live music and entertainment. Proceeds from the event helped raise funds to build a Draft Horse and Discovery Barn.

Picking the Right Wine

There are so many different wines, how do you know what to choose? Depending on how much you want to spend, follow these tips to find the perfect wine that fits your budget and satisifes your taste buds.

Cool Guy Foods

Handmade caramelized energy. These are the words used to describe the harmonious flavors Cool Guy Foods infuse to create the most unimaginable and distinctively gourmet food, reminiscent of the smorgasbord equivalent of Billy Joel and Elton John. What makes these culinary mechanics stand out is that they truly understand what it means to provide a hands-free, comprehensive complement to an…

Letter from the Editor


My oldest child started his freshman year of high school this fall and is running cross-country. I have always enjoyed cheering him on and watching him run, but I have such a deeper appreciation and love for this sport after experiencing what it means to be part of a high school cross-
country team. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, encouragement from upperclassmen and…

Best of Johnson County

 3 Women and an Oven
14852 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
913.681.7672 | 3WomenDesserts.com  A boutique bakery with beautiful and delicious desserts, all made from scratch with love! From cakes, cookies and bars to jaw-dropping custom cake creations, 3 Women and an Oven loves being there for weddings, birthdays and all the special occasions in between. With two weeks' notice, your imagination's the limit, and…

The Best Apple Crumb Muffins

 THE BEST APPLE CRUMB MUFFINS  â…“ cup brown sugar 
1 tb granulated sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon 
¼ cup unsalted butter (melted) 
⅔ cup all-purpose flour  ½ cup unsalted butter (softened) 
½ cup dark brown sugar 
¼ cup granulated sugar 
2 eggs, room temperature 
½ cup sour cream 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 
1 tsp baking soda 
1…

Johnson County Designer and Builder Share Their Own Custom Home

This breathtaking Johnson County home is packed with charm and functional style. Built in February 2017, the owners, Scott and Molly Koenigsdorf, chose this 1-acre location because it sits on the same street as Molly's childhood home. Brimming with nostalgia, this home feels welcoming and ready to make a lifetime of memories in.

Where Function Meets Aesthetics

What began with a desire to update a family room turned into an entire first-floor remodeling project. After Arlene Ladegaarrd, owner and principal designer of Design Connection Inc., met with the owners of this Leawood home to discuss the project, she assessed the family’s needs were not being effectively met with the current first floor plan and came up with…

Letter From the Creative Director

Now that fall is upon us, the city is bustling with festivals galore, schools are back in session and hopes for a Royals postseason are high. Some of my favorite parts about this time of year besides the amazing weather include enjoying a bonfire on a crisp night, pulling out my fall sweaters, all desserts related to apples and cinnamon…

September 2017 Around Town

Restoration Emporium, a curated boutique of farmhouse, urban chic, vintage-inspired gifts and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines furniture and accessories line opened their new location at 4704 Wyandotte St. on the Country Club Plaza.

Let’s Get Jazzed!

An evening of live jazz, chef-selected buffet dinner and unique auction offerings at Arrowhead North Club. Event sponsors enjoyed a 
VIP party with KC sports legends. Event hosts Cramer Capital Management and Mid-America Contractors graciously donate all proceeds 
to Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter in Kansas City.

Strayboots

There is a new, innovative way for your company or group to bond and learn to problem-solve with one another. It involves going on a scavenger hunt together to explore, discover and enjoy a city. “Strayboots is a leading provider of mobile scavenger hunts and team-building activities that bring happiness and collaboration to groups and organizations,” Ido Rabiner, founder, CEO…

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

DEBRA SMITH

Growing up in Hannibal, Missouri, Debra Smith was surrounded by creativity. Both her grandmother and mother provided material inspiration that would ultimately lead Debra to her career as a textile artist. Smith's grandmother wove rag rugs and her mother wove textiles using a traditional Navajo loom. It was no surprise that when it came time to go to college that…

Baked Stuffed Apples

Enjoy a healthy breakfast in the morning or a delicious treat later in the day. Slow cooker stuffed apples will give you all the fall feels.

Nickel & Suede

Nickel & Suede creates lightweight leather earrings and accessories designed with the active woman in mind. These handmade, modern and casual statement pieces were founded on the belief that jewelry should be both comfortable and stylish.

Easton Koch-Brand Designer

Easton Koch believes in individuality, embraces distinctive style and promotes personal truth. Strongly influenced by artists such as A$AP Rocky, Jimi Hendrix and Anthony Kiedis, Koch pulls fashion inspiration from their ability to represent themselves with 100 percent honesty. Simply because they are not wearing clothes for the masses, but rather dress based on whatever style they have developed, this…

Letter from the Creative Director

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.

Stems: A Garden Soirée

Guests enjoyed Stems: A Garden Soirée on June 24 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. More than 2,000 guests attended the 10-year celebration. Proceeds allow The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Arboretum and city art installations.

The Greeting Committee

If you've never heard of 
The Greeting Committee, 
you're about to. The 
local powerhouse indie pop group based in Kansas City, Missouri, has 
recently been busy on tour selling out venues across the country, 
recording and releasing new music, and graduating from high school.

David Beal

David Beal's contemporary and classic oil portraits not only convey a likeness of the sitter, but it’s said his work captures the spirit and character of the individual subject. Beal began his professional painting career while in his teenage years in upstate Ohio. At the age of 16, he was recognized by President Gerald Ford for his large-scale murals, depictions…

Brody Buster

When Brody Buster was 7 years old, his mother, Jan, placed a harmonica in his young hands. He soon taught himself to play and discovered a talent and passion that has blossomed into an amazing musical career. Brody brings the harmonica to life. Listening to him sing and play the blues is pure joy, and his love of performing reaches…

Rhythm Kingz

The Rhythm Kingz have revamped the art of street dancing in Kansas City by putting their own spin on traditional dance styles, offering a glimpse into our city's rich history in the hip-hop community through competitive dance battles. The group consists of Joshie G. Falcon, Stephen "Phamish" Pham, Zen Nguyen, Tyrell "Konfident" Griffin, Michael "Phenom" Smith, Manual "Lukky" Harvey, Donn…

Back-to-School Must-Haves

Back-to-school essentials for a successful and stylish year!

@CellaJaneBlog

Welcome to Cella Jane, a personal life and personal style blog written by Becky Hillyard. Founded in 2012 as an outlet for Becky’s love for fashion and beauty, Cella Jane became a place to showcase and document her personal style on a daily basis. Cella Jane, named after Becky’s grandmother, has allowed her to connect with the everyday gal and…

Children International

Children International is a global humanitarian organization whose vision is to connect lives, creating a poverty-free world for children, where their dreams are unleashed and their hope radiates into their communities. We invest in children, respect their unique beauty and potential, and compel others to join us.

Letter from the Creative Director

With summer in full swing, my house has become a revolving door of neighbor kids and friends coming and going, continual trips to the grocery store, campouts in the backyard (by the way, birds start chirping at 4:00 a.m.) and baseball, baseball and more baseball. It seems like no matter how hard I try to keep our summers from filling…

Exploring Bike Trails in Johnson County

If you are looking for outdoor adventure this summer, biking is a terrific option, and Johnson County has endless opportunities for all types of biking. Whether you are interested in exploring rough trails or blacktop, here is some basic information so you can get out and enjoy the long Kansas summer days.

Summer Eats and Treats

Instructions: Thinly slice meat, and layer remaining ingredients on corn tortilla. Drizzle with avocado sour cream dressing and serve.

Homes That Cook Offers Recipes for Heart and Home

Lettiann Southerland has always known the important difference between a house and a home. As part of a large Italian clan, life revolved around meals shared by generations of family at her grandparents’ sprawling home in Pennsylvania. Yet when she relocated to Kansas City to start her own family, Lettiann found herself desperately homesick. So she set about accomplishing two…

The Day After Amaro

Old Overholt Rye, 
Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth, 
J. Rieger Caffé Amaro, 
Fernet-Branca, 
Cinnamon tonic syrup, 
Cold-brew coffee, 
Angostura Bitters, 
Grapefruit Bitters

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Gala

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 enjoyed a heartwarming evening filled with food, fun and inspiring stories of kindness. The gala celebrates the ripple effect of kindness and benefits Synergy Services' work to stop bullying and overcome violence in our community.

THE SUMMER PUNCH LIST

To see more fashion picks from Cella Jane, visit CellaJane.com or Instagram.com/CellaJaneBlog.

The Historic Elms Hotel

For more than 100 years, The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs has welcomed guests seeking its healing waters. Back in the early 1900s, The Elms offered its soaking pools’ curative powers to guests who drove their Model T's from Kansas City, Leavenworth, St. Louis and Hannibal for rest and reprieve.

Staycation in KC

No need to pack a suitcase—just pack this short list. Be a fan. Be one with nature—or not. Learn the backstory of your favorite summer brew. Be transported to an ancient culture. Meet some cool cats. Indulge in amazing eats—not just barbecue. Kansas City is where it’s at for amazing summer adventures.