Blood Orange Aperol Spritz

1oz Aperol  1 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice 4oz prosecco  A playful twist on an Italian classic.  Blood orange juice adds a nice touch of acidity and sweetness. 

It’s a New Year

 Natalie Fieleke, Writer  As someone who struggles with insomnia, my goal for 2019 is to get more, better-quality sleep! When I'm well-rested, I'm more able to be a joyful mom to my two kids and to energetically pursue my goals as a writer and small-business owner.   Allison Swan, Writer


I love the holiday season—the sound of bells ringing, the scent of fir trees, the sight of holiday lights strewn in trees, and the taste of that special meal shared with close friends.  But above all, my favorite holiday tradition is the fact we gather in revelry to celebrate family and friendships old and new, and to express our gratitude towards…

Roasted Hatch Chile Shrimp Sauté and Coconut Quinoa

Tamara Wise’s kitchen emits delicious, tantalizing, inviting aromas every hour of the day. Depending on the event or occasion, she is preparing food to serve. Whether grating garlic, sautéing shrimp, roasting peppers, drizzling salad dressing, or creating magic on a cake plate, she performs each step effortlessly. Cooking to her is almost like breathing. She is quite humble, and everyone who…

Elevate Kindness Challenge

 Article and Photography    The winners of our final student round of Elevate came from Prairie Trail Middle School. These four girls created a Positivity Wall in their school that the entire student body could choose to participate in to create a more positive environment.


 Photography Janie Jones    Our newest Elevate Kindness Challenge winner, Mikey’s Meals, comes from Indian Trail Middle School. Mikey’s Meals started as just a discussion between Mikey and his mom. After noticing that several kids at his school were not able to pay for a school lunch, he wanted to do something to help. He did his research and discovered…


Elevate, Lifestyle Publications' monthly 
kindness challenge in the Blue Valley and Olathe school district middle schools is intended to encourage and motivate students to find creative ways to spread positivity and kindness in their school. Students in both districts are invited on a monthly basis to come up with an idea that spreads positivity. They can create a video showing their project in action.


This month’s winner of our kindness challenge comes from Chisholm Trail Middle School. This young man created an area in his middle school lunchroom called The Buddy Table for students who may be having a bad day, need a friend or someone to talk to. All you have to do is sit at the table and, when others notice, they will…


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. 

Colby and Megan Garrelts

Colby and Megan Garrelts are the husband-and-wife chefs and owners of Rye and Bluestem restaurants. Both chefs are proud to be from the Midwest, with savory and sweet recipes reminiscent of generations around the kitchen table.

The Best Apple Crumb Muffins

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease muffin pan. 
In a small bowl, make the crumb topping. Combine both sugars, cinnamon and melted butter. Fold in the flour until it’s all coated. The mixture will be thick. Set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Apple Cider Autumn Sangria

Mix up a classic fall favorite, apple cider, with a delicious sangria recipe that is sure to bring on the taste of autumn.

DIY Vanilla Orange Sugar Scrub

Create your own DIY sugar scrub for a perfect Mother's Day gift for the women in your life.

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.


Utilize this fall to get ahead of your health & feel great BEFORE the holiday season. How many days away is Thanksgiving? Check your calendar & commit to making the most of each week. I feel better when I eat right & exercise regularly. I also feel better when I comfortably fit into all of my favorite jeans & dresses.…

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.

Stuff Happens On Dad’s Watch

Call me either sexist or a keen observer, but I have a notion to blurt: When men are solo supervisors of kids, dust is more likely fly off the first aid kit. This is neither good nor bad. There isn’t enough room here to share all evidence of this Fiasco Theory. But here’s an anecdotal glimpse, from my life, of…

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?

Gardening Success 
is a Fluid Situation

All along I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then, and best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every…

Skipping Away From Adult Coloring Books?

While hunting down a birthday gift for a creative friend, an enthusiastic boutique clerk introduced me to coloring books for grown-ups. “People love these,” he told me. “We’ve sold out quite a few versions!” I thumbed through what was left and thought: no. I wondered. How did this happen? Adult coloring books? Did the late Georgia O’Keefe once have a…

Food Ruts Can Happen Anywhere

Imagine an early evening in the 1970s, somewhere in Provence, France. The late Julia Child is at her vacation home, taking inventory in her kitchen. Fresh, hand-picked ingredients, ever so abundant in the local markets, are heaped on her counters. Culinary confidence emanates from her heart and mind, straight to her fingertips. Alas, it’s close to dinner time. But Julia…

A Grown Up Christmas

Christmas is for children. We know that, and we believe that, because we were children, and we remember. We remember that giddy feeling of the last half day of class before two weeks – two weeks! – of vacation from school. We know the delicious torment of walking slowly by the ever-growing pile of presents under the tree, wondering what…

Remodeling a Room is a Form of Time Travel

With every shower I took, I experienced the sensation of stepping into a time capsule. When we bought our relatively not-old house, I realized the master bathroom had curious touches of early 80s aesthetics. For instance, it was wrapped in ugly accent tile. I convinced myself the room had enough classic elements, but when I showered, the offending ceramic stripe…

When Fetching Beer Gets Complicated

Wait. That doesn’t sound right. I don’t even drink this popular beverage—never acquired a taste—but I am indeed going through a beer-related crisis. It all started at a fundraising event, too many months ago. An item at the silent auction table caught my husband’s eye—a gift certificate for his favorite local brewery. It offered the ultimate temptation: “A Special Four-Case…

Birds on aWire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Government Jam

I’m an avid gardener. Avid, meaning ‘enthusiastic,’ not ‘successful.’ I shouldn’t say that. I’m great with herbs and this year, my squash and tomatoes are all blooming nicely. The wait for fresh produce became a bit too tiring and I stumbled upon something to make the time pass more quickly.

Traveling Light is a Heavy Task

I’ve always been one of those “travel light” snobs. Nothing beats that free feeling of weaving briskly through airports with a dainty spinner grip in one hand, and a feathery boarding pass in the other.

Mike Brady: The King of Groovy Dads

Several years ago, our daughters became hooked on episodes of The Brady Bunch.  


“When was the last time we’ve been to a family wedding, on my side?”