Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake

Marly McMillen, a local Kansas City resident and author just released her cookbook, The Everything Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook. It includes everything from super-indulgent treats to whole-food recipes written to make it easy to get dinner on the table.

Anna Sarol

When she speaks it is easy to forget that Anna Sarol is only 18 years old. When she eloquently recalls the moment her life changed, there is not a note of sadness in her eyes. Instead they have a vivacity that only come with confidence, gratitude, and faith that her journey is exactly as God intended.

Teaching couple puts more qualified drivers Behind the Wheel.

As parents to five children, Fred and Amy Elliott know the importance of safe driving.

Up to the Challenge 

Wanda Winters, founder and director of Pythons Drill Team, has led the team for more than 30 years. In this time, she directed the program toward growth, competitions across the country and giving back to the community. 

Let The Kids Play!

As you drive through the suburbs these days you don’t have to look very hard to notice the culture shift between today’s generation and those of the past. There simply aren’t as many kids out and about in the local parks and playgrounds. 

Designing From the Soul

Kimberlie Rice, owner of R. Designs, says she falls in love with every interior design project she completes as she works on them at all stages from color consultation to space planning, customization and staging.

Letter from the Editor

Before having kids of my own, I thought parenting was going to be a piece of cake. As the second oldest of 10 kids, a classroom teacher, and former nanny, I had years of experience with children—and I knew I was good with kids. I was sure that my “expertise” was going to make parenting seamless. … Continued

Stems: A Garden Soiree

Stems: A Garden Soirée was hosted at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 22. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed tasting bites from a variety of restaurants and sampling wines and beers, as well as listening to the sounds of Funk Syndicate and the Greg Clinkingbeard Trio, and watching a fireworks display.  Photos by … Continued

Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs, a dog-training service founded by Corey Engmann, focuses on family involvement and a personalized approach to add fun and enjoyment to the process. 

A Place of Their Own

When these homeowners decided their daughter needed to transition to a more grown-up space to call her own, they decided a DIY makeover was the way to go. Creating a space where their tween daughter could enjoy hanging out with her friends and also have a space to study was top priority.

Family Photo Session Tips

Photos are a great way to document stages of life—family milestones, growing up, having babies, getting married and growing older. Janie Jones, one of our Lifestyle photographers, has a gift with capturing personality in her portraits. Jones emphasizes, "Time goes fast, so it is important to capture life as you’re going through it.” 

The Battle Within

Local U.S. Army veteran Justin Hoover enjoyed playing soccer and running cross country while growing up in Olathe, Kansas. After graduating from Olathe South High School in 2002 he began studying marketing at Kansas State University.

Farm-to-Table Entertaining Al Fresco

Spending time outdoors and enjoying friends and family over good food and drinks is a great way to usher in summer. This gorgeous farm-to-table dinner is set in the breathtaking Timber Barn space at Weston Red Barn Farm. From the fresh flower arrangements to the locally sourced produce and herbs, this earthy spread is brimming with character and flavor. The earthy ceramic and clay vases give the perfect…

Take the Hassle out of Summer Travel

When choosing a vacation there are so many options out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. By using a professional vacation advisor, you will learn about the often overlooked vacation option that truly has something for everyone: the All-Inclusive Luxury Resort Experience. Found all over Mexico and the Caribbean, all-inclusive luxury resorts provide the most value, no matter your budget,…

Dish Beautiful

Lindsey Bishop of Dish Beautiful is sharing some of her favorite easy recipes to break out on those hot summer nights. Both colorful and flavorful, these are sure to be a hit. 

Letter from the Editor

With summer in full swing and four kids at home, it feels as if I have spent most of my time in the car chauffeuring the kids to and from activities. Baseball fields, swimming pools, summer training programs and camps have consumed our days, and as constant and busy as it is, I know that … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

The Audi E-Tron is available now at Audi Shawnee Mission What’s it like to drive? Take ours home and find out for yourself. Schedule your 24 hour test drive with Audi Shawnee Mission.   Get all of your questions answered. Feel how it preforms and see how it fits in your life.   Call now to … Continued

Big Slick

More than $2.5 Million was raised for Children's Mercy hospital at this year's Big Slick event.  Celebrities gathered to play games and visit with the true heroes, the patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. Proceeds from the Big Slick benefit the Cancer Center.

DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Blood Orange Aperol Spritz

Refresh your palette this summer with this signature drink from Brandon of Cordial Craft. Enjoy a playful twist on an Italian classic.  Blood orange juice adds a nice touch of acidity and sweetness. 

KC Guitar Trio

For many, music is a part of their identity. It illustrates who they are, adds meaning to what they do, and personifies everyday monotony. Music is the whimsy of the piccolo, the urgency of the trumpet, and the serenity of the violin. For Lucas Bingham, the versatility of the guitar is as central a part of his life as instruments…

Out of Office

Kansas City Bone & Joint is one of 240 companies to participate in Kansas City Corporate Challenge this year. The event provides an opportunity for co-workers, alongside employees from other local companies, to get to know each other through friendly competition.

A Journey to Forgiveness

There is a calm and gentle spirit about Darryl Burton. He is both self-assured and reassuring, confident and unassuming. He wears the smile of a man who is steadfast in his faith, and the gleam in his eyes hints of an awe-inspiring future. He tells a story so awesome its weight is too heavy for him not to share with…

Explore the Great Alaskan Outdoors

Doctors, retired NFL players, commercial airline pilots —you never know who you will be sitting next to at the Salmon Venture Cabins evening campfire. It’s hard to believe that with all Alaska has to offer recreationally that the evening campfire always gets mentioned as a highlight.

Garage space has climbed the ladder of importance when buying or upgrading your home.

A popular trend is converting the garage into an added living space, showcasing personality and passions. Banner Garage began in 2011 when owner, Ed Jenkins, decided to upgrade his own house and make the garage more like part of his home.

Lessons in Life

It has been 30 years since he ran his first marathon, 15 years since he added trail running, then ultramarathons distances of 31, 50, 60 and 100 miles were added to his physical repertoire. Add to this skate skiing and most recently gravel bike riding, and it is clear that Dan believes in writing his own prescription for good health.…

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.

Letter from the Editor: Lessons from a Father

The lessons that I have learned from my dad throughout my lifetime are endless and invaluable and have shaped me at the core of who I am.  At an early age, I knew I had a very special father who stood out among men.  I remember thinking the entire city knew who he was because of … Continued

Nick Shigouri’s woodworking skills are the product of his life’s journey

Wood creations built by Nick Shigouri, Shigouri Woodworking, are pieces of art holding personality and individuality in each nail, screw, hinge or slab of wood.

June 2019 Around Town

Stems: A Garden Soiree Enjoy this year’s Stems: A Garden Soiree at the party of the year. Sip wine, taste delicious food from 24 top restaurants and caterers and enjoy art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings and more. Proceeds from Stems: A Garden Soirée ensure that The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park can continue to … Continued

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant and Bar

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant and Bar believes traditions are just as important as trends. From hand-cut steaks, street tacos, craft burgers, salads, pastas, award-winning wings and 100+ whiskeys, there’s something for everyone.

A Family Affair

Local distillery Union Horse began in 2009 as an idea the four siblings in the Garcia family discussed around their parent’s kitchen table. Initially, they considered starting a brewery. But later, while touring a craft distillery—their business plan changed.  

Giving to Grow

Amid the intensity of a Kansas City winter, complete with icy roads and (too many) inches of snow, one can only imagine an evening spent outside enjoying their green, lush surroundings. On June 22, Stems: A Garden Soirée is the (perhaps long-awaited) opportunity to not only savor warm weather and explore beautiful gardens but to also participate in a fundraiser.…

Inspirational Women

These women enrich the lives of others through their unique passions and efforts and encourage people to do the same. We sat down with them to find out a little bit about what inspires them and keeps them going. 

Building a unique home experience

Over the last two decades, Matt Adam has earned a name for himself as a developer of quality upscale neighborhoods in Johnson County who looks to meet the needs of his customers. 

Hometown roots and values make Robert Brogden

The team at Robert Brogden Buick GMC in Olathe treats each customer as if a family member were making a purchase or needing service. Managers, sales staff and service technicians have lived and worked in the same community as their customers for more than a quarter century.

Letter from the Editor

This month we are celebrating women, and I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful women in my life who have left their mark on me. However, sometimes people come into our lives who inspire us so greatly that it changes who we are and who we strive to be. For me, that person is … Continued

Mother’s Day Gift Finds

Mother's Day is day to honor the women in our life. When selecting the perfect Mother's Day gift, bigger isn't always better.Thoughtfulness can go a long way, and we are sharing some of our favorite gift ideas. If you are buying for a busy mom who could use a break, there are some great meal delivery services available. Hello Fresh,…

Crudité anyone?

Not to be confused with its not-too-distant cousin, charcuterie, crudité highlights fresh produce--it is a French term that translates to “raw things.” The produce featured in crudité can be sliced or whole, typically assembled on a board or platter, served with complementary dips.  

100 + Women Who Care

There is no shortage of organizations in the Kansas City Metro area doing great work in the community. However, one group, known as 100+Women Who Care Southland KC, stands out with its unique approach to giving back.

Design with Zing

Bright, bold color is making a comeback, and Melissa Rodgers is up-and-coming for her punchy, eclectic styling.

“Refillable, Love Mom”

Respect the fact that back in the ‘70s when good coffee liqueurs were still a gleam in the eye of bean mixologists, Judy Nelson was brewing her small batches on her stovetop and bottling it for loved ones with handmade labels marked, “Refillable, Love Mom.”

Sweet Streams

Farming lavender would most likely not be a consideration for most entrepreneurs thinking of starting a business in Kansas. For one local family that was not only a consideration but a dream, they have now watched become a reality.

Botany and Bliss

There is joy in every Midwest season: bourgeoning blossoms of spring; plentiful sunshine of summer; impressive foliage of fall; and the serene snow of winter. But with each season comes moments of monotony where days are strewn together in endless repetition. So, what is there to do when the clouds are infinitely looming, and moods begin to mimic this same…

Red Door Grill

Since 2013, Red Door Grill has been known to welcome their guests with the freshest, most flavorful food and excellent service, all while feeling right at home.  

Eco- Friendly Must Haves

1. Allbirds Wool Runners: By wearing a pair of Allbirds wool shoes you can wear a pair of comfortable shoes from a company that found a new use for naturally existing materials, rather than relying on cheaper synthetics. Allbirds.com

Nature’s Art

Flower arrangements are the perfect way to freshen up your space and add a pop of color to the room. Learning to arrange flowers is a fun way to add personality and artistic vision to your home. Here's a simple step-by-step guide for how to arrange flowers. 

Letter from the Editor

Spring is finally here! I think I can speak for most of us and say that warmer temperatures, budding trees, green grass and the sunshine is a welcome friend after the long winter we all just endured. I can’t remember a year where I yearned for spring to come quite like I did this year. … Continued

Dish Beautiful

Leawood Native. Creator. Culinary Storyteller. Home Entertainer. Recipe Developer. Lover. Friend.

Porch 2 ways

Erica Krzykowski and design assistant, Angela Wedekind are the masterminds and the creative forces behind Prairie Home Designs. With their attention to detail, eye for innovative design and limitless creativity, this duo packs a powerful punch to transform any space. Principal designer Krzykowski makes it her personal mission to make each client’s space feel beautiful and reflect their unique and personal style.