Hit the Sauce

A good Barbeque sauce is comprised of a variety of the same six components. The key is to discover what style you enjoy most, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Oh, and taste often during the preparation process to adjust if so desired.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Portion Size Matters

While what you eat is important, the amount you consume plays a greater role in your quest for good health. Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes when eating out, the plate arrives, and there's enough food for two or even three people on it. Food manufacturers increasingly package foods and drinks in…

Steps of Faith

For Billy Brimblecom music has been an essential piece of his existence. It has become a melody played on a continuous loop -- giving him comfort during personal storms, opening doors that seemed perilous, and providing him with an irreplaceable tool that has helped him to live out his wildest dreams.   

This group of volunteers is going to the dogs!

When Danielle Reno, CEO and owner of Unleashed Pet Rescue, began rescuing dogs in her garage in 2011, she knew she had found her calling. At that time, she was fostering multiple dogs and saw the need for another rescue team in the area. She decided to lease the space in Mission to further her dream of saving as many…

A Healthy Resolution for Weight Loss

Maintaining healthy eating habits all year long is hard, so you promise yourself to start over in the new year. If healthier eating habits and weight loss are part of your New Year’s resolutions, the hard part is actually sticking to it long term. Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

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…

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…

Get the Look

This midcentury modern dining room is inviting and fresh. You can obtain the same look with these pieces.

Travel Edit

Pack your bags with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as the borders open to the beautiful and mysterious Havana Cuba.

Meet the Maker: Anna Runa

I started making ties while I was still in college, in the spring of 2010. A few fashion-forward friends asked me to make a couple bow ties to wear in their style blog they ran. I set up an Etsy page with a few ties. I went on vacation, and upon returning home found out they were all sold out.…

DIY Wooden Wine Crate Coffee Table

When the party's over, what do you do with all the empty wooden wine crates? Well this fun project will solve your problem. A trendy coffee table is one such piece of furniture that can transform the look, feel and style of a whole room. Let's face it, building a coffee table may not be at the top of your…

DIY Photo To Canvas In A Snap

This is one of my constant “go to” DIY projects. It’s fast, it’s easy and it looks oh so professional. I love displaying photos, but I don’t necessarily love a lot of photo frames. These canvases create a crisp, clean look…. All in about 30 minutes! Let’s get started.

An Eye on JoCo Sports History

Growing up in Suffolk County on Long Island, I never dreamed I would spend most of my life in Johnson County, Kansas. Sometimes things happen that are difficult to figure out 57 years later. I decided to attend the University of Kansas because--since my dad was an airline pilot--I only had to pay 10 percent of the fare, a long-since…

A Room That Nourishes The Mind & Soul

When Meggan Newland and Jon Henry moved into their home in Old Leawood, they faced a unique challenge in a narrow room—with quite a storied history. “The room was originally the office of the late scholar Rabbi Morris Margolies,” Newland recalls. “It was wall-to-wall books; a vast private collection of texts in eight different languages, which was renowned in his…

Not Even One is Okay

Last spring, Sherrie Balmer thought she had a great idea. Marillac, a psychiatric residential treatment facility in Overland Park, received a $2,000 grant from The Kansas Suicide Prevention Center to develop a program to reach young people. The concept was to promote awareness about suicide, to provide support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and tools for those whose friends…

BVNW Teacher Receives Milken Educator Award

When Kansas English language arts teacher Bill Smithyman walked into a recent schoolwide assembly at Blue Valley Northwest High School, he had no idea he would be walking out an hour later a Milken Educator Award recipient and $25,000 richer. In front of his principal, colleagues, students, staff and distinguished community members, Smithyman was given the surprise of his life…

Leawood Troop Recognizes 19 New Eagle Scouts

It may take a village to raise a child, but a group of 19 local teenagers have spent the past year giving back to their community. Together, these members of Leawood’s Troop 10 have donated thousands of volunteer hours and much-needed items to KC-area parks, shelters, schools and other organizations. They were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements with the…