Nutcracker Tea Party

Friends and families celebrated the Nutcracker Tea Party on December 2 and 3 at the Ritz Charles. This annual holiday tradition delights young and old as guests enjoy a tea party and ballet performance by Crescendo Conservatory. Look for tickets sales for the next event in July. All four performances sell out early!

Letter from the Editor

Happy 2018! It’s the start of a new year, which, for me, always means considering what changes or goals I have for myself. I usually have several house projects on my list (which, unfortunately, tends to carry over sometimes from the previous year’s list), and I always have a few personal goals as well.

January 2018 Around Town

Health House has been a part of the Kansas City fitness community for the past four years. But, they have taken their rowing and strength-
training experience to the next level with their new location at 3924 W. 69th Terrace, in The Village Shops at Prairie Village.

Holiday Luminary Walk

Record-breaking crowds attended the annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More than 2,800 hand-lit candles lined the paths and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorn the gardens. Guests visited with Santa, sang Christmas carols, listened to entertainment and enjoyed refreshments.

The OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K

The sixth annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K took place this past October. As usual, the day did not disappoint. The OVERRUN is a day of fun, support and hope for those touched by ovarian cancer, as well as those just learning about it. Save the date for October 21, 2018!

Firefighter Fitness

Due to the physical nature of the profession, most fire departments require their personnel to maintain a certain level of fitness. Many departments go as far as requiring yearly physical fitness assessments, and most allow crews time to work out while on duty. The Olathe Fire Department has both of these things in place, and have now extended some of…

The Remedy is Faith

A n intrepid eagle is said to symbolize courage and strength. A gracious dove suggests hope, while a gallant nightingale denotes love. And it is the daring red cardinal that exemplifies faith. Poppy Zurcher has much in common with each of these birds as she is a woman who has defined her life’s trials with courage, strength, love and, most importantly,…

Move Right KC

Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been writing this. I was happy being paid a very nice salary to travel around and personally train one person. But then, that all changed. It’s a long story that I’m happy to go into detail about in person, but it starts with a car accident and me realizing I didn’t know as much…

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.

Rex Hudler

It is not easy to exude excitement, energy and passion simply through spoken word, and it is even more challenging to make a successful career doing so, but for Rex Hudler, this linguistic gift is second nature. For six years, Hudler has been one of the most spirited color commentators for the Kansas City Royals, and it is this same…

Fuji Apple Salad

 Serves 12  Ingredients
1 12-ounce bag spring mix
1 6-ounce bag chopped cabbage
3/4 cup glazed walnuts
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup tart dried cherries
5 Fuji apples cored and cubed (Cut and toss right before serving.)  Ingredients for the poppy seed dressing 
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon dried mustard or Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt


We at Lifestyle Publications are excited to unveil a project that we have been working on called Elevate that promotes kindness, thoughtfulness and positivity in our area middle schools.