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Those who know me well know that I am a Midwestern suburban girl, through and through. When I visit other parts of the country and get a whiff of the eccentricities that make for regional differences, I’m only reminded that I crave the Midwestern values on which I was raised. And when I visit friends or family who live in…

Around Town

Dr. Chip Mladenoff spent his much of life being as an athlete, but when his hockey career came to an end, he decided to do something that would help others perform at their best. Chip recently graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City and already he has found his place working in his father’s Overland Park clinic. Additionally, Mladenoff…

Cristo Rey’s Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

A thousand guests recently gathered for the 10th Anniversary of Dancing with the Kansas City Stars. Honorary Chairs John and Marny Sherman welcomed guests for the celebrity dance competition. Proceeds open the doors to a private, Catholic, college-prep education for high school students with economic need. Photography Keith Gard

Leopold Gallery Unveils Royal Art

Leopold Gallery recently debuted a painting by local artist William Rose that captures the essence of the Royals’ World Series championship. The 6’ by 8’ canvas combines the player celebration after the final win and the city's parade. The piece hangs in the lobby at Kaufman Stadium. Photography Susan Motley

CASA’s Promise of Hope Event

A record-breaking crowd of over 900 attended the Promise of Hope luncheon, a benefit for CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. The event raised funds to help recruit and train more volunteers desperately needed to advocate on behalf of abused/neglected children under court protection. Photography by DigitalPhotoJoe

Seniors Honored for Service and Leadership

The KC chapter of the National Charity League, a mother/daughter service organization, recognized 20 students who comprise the 2016 senior class. Between 7th and 12th grades, they completed a program of community service, leadership development and cultural activities. The chapter performed more than 9,500 service hours for area charities this year.

Ask the Designer

Question: We have lived in our home for 30 years and the kitchen cabinets are worn and dated. I love the look of white cabinets that are popular now, but will they date my kitchen in a few years? Answer: We are asked this question frequently. White cabinets are like a breath of fresh air, but many older homes will…

Bio-Identical Hormone Pellet Therapy

In women hormonal imbalance may cause symptoms such as night sweat, sleeplessness, lack of energy, forgetfulness, anxiety, depression and lack of libido. Bio-identical hormone therapy seeks to return women to natural hormone balance. Hormone pellet dosage is individualized for every woman. At his south Kansas City office Dr. Michael Barnthouse personally places the hormone pellets under the skin using a…

Two Problems, One Solution

One in 42. Some statistics show that’s how many kids will sleep somewhere other than their own bed tonight in the Kansas City metro area. Every year, approximately 20 million mattresses and box springs—nearly 50,000 every day -- are dumped in American landfills. Each takes up about 23 cubic square feet and, because most mattresses and box springs are built…

Creating the Happily Ever After

When a recently married area couple decided to make Old Leawood their new home, they quickly realized that building would be their best option. They enlisted Scott and Molly Koenigsdorf from Koenig Home and Design to turn their dreams into a reality.

Honoring Mothers with Stunning Keepsakes

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you are celebrating and honoring her first or her fiftieth, our friends at VanBrock have an impressive variety of lovely heirloom pieces she’ll be delighted to wear and you’ll be proud to present.

Personalized Patio Dining & More

Started by a Johnson County mom, La Plates is an online boutique of customizable pieces, the perfect place to add style to your summer entertaining. From melamine to acrylic, you can pick designs, colors, monogram or customize text. La Plates makes the perfect personalized twist to any event. Clients can design a single item as a hostess gift or personalize…

The Leader In Me

This is the premise that The Leader in Me schools are built on. The Leader in Me, a FranklinCovey program, is a self-described transformation process that teaches leadership and life skills to students in more than 2,500 elementary and middle schools throughout the world. There are several The Leader in Me schools in the Metro area, including Olathe, Parkville, Independence,…

Exceptional Homes of Johnson County

As we celebrate our homes in this issue, it seemed the perfect time to spotlight just a few exceptional area homes that are currently on the market. We reached out to a few of our neighbors and thank them for allowing us a glimpse of their homes, all of which are currently on the market.

Light Fixture Regret is Real

If you have trouble making decisions, and you need a new light fixture in your house, dark times might be ahead. The sheer number of choices you’ll have to muddle through will make you wish you could just throw a dart and not care. But that’s not an option, is it?

My Secret Weapon for a Happier Home

A little background: I’ve lived in the same townhome for 12 years. We moved in when my kids were little. Now my oldest is away at college and I have two teenagers at home. There’s enough space for us all to peacefully coexist, but, as so many built-about-30-years-ago homes are, the layout is outdated and choppy.