Vietnam War Hero, Wilburn Meador

Wilburn “Bud” Meador was born in 1946 into a hard working farming family who hailed from rural north central Tennessee. It was from those roots that Bud would learn many of the traits that helped shape him into the man he is today.

From the Recipe Box of Amy Rosa

Preheat grill to medium heat. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and grill each side until lightly browned, roughly 1-2 minutes per side. OR Preheat oven to 350° F. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove bread from grill (or oven) and rub cut side of garlic clove on 27 slices.

Big Slick

Big Slick Press Conference at Children’s Mercy Hospital with hosts Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, David Koechner and several celebrity friends. Photography Janie Jones


“A colorful, fun take on classic” This is how Georgia Jones, lead designer for Overland Park’s locally owned and operated A&M Home Furnishings describes the aesthetic of this Mission Hills home, a downsizing operation that recently underwent both a stylistic face-lift and a kitchen remodel. Georgia collaborated with the homeowner to select fabrics and furnishings that would convey the look…

Local Veterans Snapshot

Tales of jumping out of planes and a fascination with the outdoors and adventure initially piqued Dave Tiehen’s interest in the military. But it was the intense training, leadership opportunities, and the real world mission of the war on terrorism that gripped him and took him around the world as a military officer serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Letter from the 
Creative Director

I am thrilled to be joining the Lifestyle family as the Creative Director, and as a lifelong resident of Kansas City, I am even more excited for the opportunity to bring a taste of our community to your doorstep. Our neighborhoods and the surrounding area have so much to offer, and the rich diversity of talent, culture, life experiences and…

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 attended the 26th annual Kindest Kansas Citian awards, a benefit for Synergy Services. The celebration of kindness makes it possible for Synergy to offer anti-violence programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

Project Perserverance

The Project Perseverance Hall of Fame, supported by Sun Life Financial, honors individuals who’ve overcome adversity and use their experiences to help others. 2016 inductees:Jeffrey Owen Hanson, visually impaired artist whose artwork has generated over $2 million for charity; Kylee Bliss, who started the HeadsUp Foundation for PCS after suffering concussions playing high-school basketball.

Exploring Costa Rica: A Kansas City Family’s Relocation

Lindsey Wade, part owner of RW2 Productions and The Guild in the Crossroads, and his wife, Jennifer, a 25-year apparel industry veteran, did what many of us only dream of doing and moved to their favorite vacation destination—Costa Rica. They have always had a passion for travel and adventure, and their love of surfing is what originally drew them to…


Rye is often defined as a wheat-like plant, while the state of Kansas is often described as the Breadbox of America. It therefore seems fitting to marry the two into a union in which patrons’ palates are left feeling fully satisfied to a point that they are convinced there is no other place that merges the flavors of the Midwest…

July 2016 Our Contributors

Adriane Taylor is an educator in the Olathe School District. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, son, and twin granddaughters exploring all the great places and events in the Kansas City area.

Around Town

Start the school year off with confidence by jump starting next year’s math course this summer. Club Z! In Home Tutoring will make math seem easy by exposing your child to 1st semester’s curriculum in just 10 one hour sessions, 5 weeks before school starts. A diagnostic test will be given prior to the start to expose any holes in…

Cori Jo Hawkins

Between the sounds of the fiddle and the amazing stacking layers of four part harmonies, bluegrass music has been winning hearts around the world since the 1940’s. The sound of bluegrass music has been growing exponentially over the past 25 years, and there is a whole generation of young musicians coming up because of this musical movement. Bluegrass music is…


Amy Appleton Dreyer is a Kansas City native whose blog and carefully curated Instagram, @stepsofstyle, is a mixture of fashion, food and travel. Dreyer graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Marketing and is currently a model for local talent agency, Voices, and, mom to 2 year old fashionista in training, Stella, and stepmother to 3 amazing teenagers.…


Hello there! I’m Angi, renovator, design lover and incurable DIYer. I’m excited (and honored!) to share my do-it-yourself adventures with you!

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.

July 2016 Healthy Lifestyle

Improving health and fitness is a journey not a destination. We all have to create our own route, and mine has never been a straight path. I was a beginner as well as an athlete and everything in between. My imperfections and struggles have become my strength and my passion is helping people get started. I hope my tidbits of…

Seth Smith

After graduating from KU, I was spit out into the world with no real sense of direction or clear path to making this life “work”. They don’t teach you that. They just don’t. I think that might be one of the reasons I was able to land on my feet a bit. I sought out mentors and stubbornly pursued what…


White sands and turquoise waters. Salty sea air blowing refreshingly against your skin. Counting the stars in the uninterrupted night sky from your balcony. Watching a dance troupe perform to an assembly of accordions and bagpipes while you enjoy a local brew. This is what a vacation is all about – enjoying the extraordinary sights, sounds, and smells of new…