Hope Uncorked

More than 200 generous guests joined Marian Hope on November 10 at The Stanley for Hope Uncorked. Guests enjoyed a wine-tasting reception, auction and inspiring program while making a difference for children.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

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.

Lee’s Summit Readers’ Choice Awards

Lee’s Summit Lifestyle recently honored the best local businesses at The Readers' Choice Award Ceremony. Hosts Shelly and Mark Neighbors of Platinum Realty and Starr Homes graciously opened their model home to accommodate local business owners. Awards were presented, food and drinks were provided by The Portable Chef and entertainment was provided by pianist John Hardesty. 

Deconstructed Salads

 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

Top Trendy Workout Breakdowns

For many of us, the new year is the perfect chance to improve our health and fitness after the indulgences of the festive season. But for some, starting an exercise program with all the choices can be overwhelming. To simplify things, we have broken down some popular workouts to help you find the best workout for you. Some of these can be done…

Life Threw Madison Cannon a Curve, Yet She Shines Brightly

High school is a challenging time for many, and 2010 Lee’s Summit High School graduate Madison Cannon understands that far more intensely than most. Madi, as her friends know her, has a positive, can-do attitude despite adversity.    

Establishing a Tranquil Space in Your Home

W hen we were building our home 10 years ago, I had a dream of incorporating a sunroom porch after realizing that the homes I loved included them. I have always loved the character, the mix of rustic brick and large open windows letting in tons of natural light. Most importantly, I loved the idea of basking in the warm sun and…

Healthy Eating Resolutions

We’ve swept away the sugar cookie crumbs, Googled healthy recipes galore and vowed to make a fresh start with clean eating in the new year. But let’s talk sustainability, and I don’t mean how thoughtfully our organic fruits and vegetables are sourced. Exactly how long are we going to stick out this healthy eating plan of ours?

Brain Balance Center Brings Hope to Lee’s Summit Families

Roxanne and Aaron Evans’ son, Ryan, struggled his way through elementary school. Nearly every school day brought new relational distress with other students and another trip to the "focus room" for discipline. Years of counseling sessions seemed to have little to no effect. The family had reached an impasse at helping their son when Roxanne heard an advertisement for Brain…

Letter from the Editor

The holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There are so…

December 2017 Around Town

On July 31, two Blue Springs South students, Grant Wall and Ryan Dykhouse, played 54 holes to raise money for The Stephanie Vest Foundation. This event was created by Grant, a junior on the Blue Springs South golf team, as a way to create community awareness for his favorite charity. In one day, more than $3,790 was raised for this…

Fashion for the Holidays

 Style Edit - All that Glitters  Shine bright this holiday season in gold, silver or just about anything that glitters. Metallics are all the rage at the moment, so electrify your look with these flashy statement pieces. 


Dick and Kay Biery have long enjoyed life in Kansas City—the arts, the culture and the architecture. Now that they are retired and ready for new adventures, keeping up their large home near the Plaza has become increasingly time-consuming.

Four Ways to Manage Holiday Expenses

From gifts to food to seasonal events, holiday spending can add up quickly. It can be hard to stay on top of a budget in the flurry of holiday celebrations. But it is possible to celebrate and give generously without going into debt. Here are four ways to plan for this year's holiday season and avoid those last-minute impulse purchases…

Little Warrior Princesses

It’s still difficult for Robin Wahrenbrock to talk about her twins' birthday without tearing up. The Lee’s Summit resident remembers doc tors coming into her dark hospital room when they thought the babies might arrive at 22 weeks and talking to her about statistics, trying to be comforting, but not offering much hope. When the babies did arrive via emergency…

Bringing Santa to Seniors

The holiday season is the time of year when families draw closer, warmth is shared and smiles blossom into memories and love. For many seniors, this time of year shines brighter due to the giving spirit of Home Instead Senior Care. Alana L. Titus, licensed clinical social worker, licensed master social worker, is director of operations, and in 2003, the…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved, 
stems and ragged outer leaves removed*
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
Chopped pecans—optional

Victorian Gardens 

Winter blues do not have to get you down. Brighten up with crisp greens, soft cotton whites and cool blues. Keep it simple. To decorate your centerpiece, use the scents and smells of the season. A nix of woodsy evergreens, refreshing eucalyptus and boxwood can be picked up at Christmas tree farms or anywhere local that sells fresh trees. We…

Fun and Functional Decorating Brightens Lake Home

On a quiet autumn day, Joan Walker’s family home is beautifully reflected in the serene waters of Lakewood in Lee’s Summit. But on any given summer afternoon, the lake is alive with family and friends enjoying their backyard liquid playground. It is that fun and lively spirit that Joan wants to be reflected inside her home.

Letter from the Editor

So many moments happen around a kitchen. It is a gathering place for families and friends to eat, drink and talk about life. For my family, it’s the spot we always seem to congregate in, and food is the central part of almost every get-together. Food was important to both sides of my family growing up, and the gourmet dishes…

November 2017 Around Town

Massage Envy, a national massage and skin care service provider has opened a new location in the popular Summit Woods Crossing Shopping Center off of Chipman Road between Justice and Lane Bryant. The locally-owned franchise will offer customized massage, total body stretch, facials, chemical peels and microderm infusion by licensed therapists and estheticians. The owner, Jennifer Meents, is grateful to be…

Sunset Valley Elementary 
Second-Graders Focus on Spreading Kindness

Second-graders at Sunset Valley Elementary are focusing on spreading kindness. Over several weeks in late September and early October, students in Krista Hall’s classroom donated items to the residents of Summit Grove Senior Living Apartments in Lee’s Summit. They delivered gift bags, visited with residents and read them Halloween books.

Get Your Curve On Bridal Fashion Show

All My Heart Bridal hosted Kansas City's first ever Get Your Curve On Bridal Fashion Show, an event specifically for the curvy bride. Showcasing the latest trends in bridal, bridesmaids and accessories while promoting women with curves on the runway, it was the perfect event for inspiration and meeting the best professionals in the industry. 

Chef Roundup

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.

Burnt Finger BBQ’s Bourbon Brie 

 Makes 10 to 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes, grill or smoke: 25 minutes  1 13-16 ounce Brie cheese wheel
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup bourbon
1 cup chopped walnuts
Crackers, toast, or apple slices for serving. Tip: Ask your local baker to run bagels through the bread slicer for perfect little dippers.  Recipe by Megan Day


On the professional barbecue stage, Lee’s Summit’s Megan Day is reigning queen, bringing Kansas City-style barbecue to national TV audiences. Together, she and her husband, Jason Day, comprise the husband-wife competition team Burnt Finger BBQ, whose barbecue and business savvy have propelled the couple to the forefront of the industry and Megan to Food Network stardom.

How to Pick a Good Wine at different Price Points

There are so many different wines, how do you know what to choose? Depending on how much you want to spend, follow these tips to find the perfect wine that fits your budget and satisifes your taste buds.

Summit Christian Academy Gives Back

While most high school students were filling their summer with jobs, sports, vacations and social activities, the senior class at Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit was reserving a week in July for something different. Together with faculty and staff, these students were preparing to travel to Camp Blessing for a mission trip.

Drink in the Ambiance of Stonehaus Farms Winery

There is a popular gem in Lee’s Summit where plump, flavorful grapes are lovingly grown, harvested, pressed and filtered into luscious wines to tempt even the most discerning palate.

Letter from the Editor

My oldest child started his freshman year of high school this fall and is running cross-country. I have always enjoyed cheering him on and watching him run, but I have such a deeper appreciation and love for this sport after experiencing what it means to be part of a high school cross-country team. The sportsmanship, camaraderie, encouragement from upperclassmen and…

Lee’s Summit Symphony Crystal Reflections

The Lee’s Summit Symphony, in partnership with John Knox Village, celebrated the beginning of its 15th season, Crystal Reflections, with a special concert event. More than 600 patrons attended the special performance where the symphony reprised many of their favorite pieces over the years.

Students Witness Solar Eclipse

Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic School took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the eclipse on August 21. 
The teachers added extra safety measures for the students which included face covers made from paper plates.

Lemonade Stand

Cruz Ruoff, age 10, wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He was able to raise close to $200 at a lemonade stand with the help of Lee's Summit's finest.

Lee’s Summit’s Newest High School Now Open

Three hundred and two ambitious high school students walked down the blue carpet for the first day of school at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School. Students are empowered to discover and discern in a 21st-century learning environment rooted in the Catholic faith's culture and values. Photography by Carlos Moreno

October 2017 Around Town

The Lee's Summit community has diligently supported the fight against cancer, and this year, the Lee’s Summit West Titan volleyball team will host its 10th Annual Dig For The Cure event October 9 to continue the battle against all cancers. Together with Lee’s Summit North and Lee's Summit West high schools and community sponsors, the event will benefit Turning Point:…

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.

Lake Living Inspires Serenity

For many area residents, living on a lake provides the tranquility of home combined with nature. Whether the house is at Lake Quivira, Smithville or Lake Lotawana, these residences often offer a slice of splendor. Over the decades, structures originally built for weekend getaways have been remodeled. Or, owners raze their homes to make room for more permanent living. In…

Reader’s Choice

Kansas City-based designer Megan Gensky has a huge passion for people and love for beautiful interiors. Her desire to help clients create the space that speaks to them is what eventually pushed her to start her own business. After having the honor of working for Magnolia Market, she returned home to Kansas City to work for a local builder. During…

The Summit Church Grand Opening

The Summit Church celebrated the grand opening of their new, flagship main campus the weekend of June 10-11. The new campus provides updated space to meet the needs of a growing community. The Summit Church is located at 3381 NW Chipman Road. 
Visit ReachingTheSummit.com to learn more.

September 2017 Around Town

All My Heart Bridal, the boutique with curves, celebrated one year in business on August 1! Owner Sarah Bronso, created Kansas City's first bridal salon for curvy brides sizes 14+, and has helped more than 100 brides find their dream gown since opening. A proud member of the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, All My Heart Bridal is excited for…

Stephanie Vest Foundation

Stephanie Vest was the quintessential stay-at-home mom who took pride in caring for her children and husband. She was a woman who embraced life with zeal and passion and loved her family more than could be measured. An authentic, stylish and vivacious woman, she found joy even when completing seemingly mundane tasks such as laundry, which she made more pleasant…

Letter from the Creative Director

Now that fall is upon us, the city is bustling with festivals galore, schools are back in session and hopes for a Royals postseason are high. Some of my favorite parts about this time of year besides the amazing weather include enjoying a bonfire on a crisp night, pulling out my fall sweaters, all desserts related to apples and cinnamon…

Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

If your dog has a wheat sensitivity, you can switch out the flour to an oat, rice or coconut flour. The consistency may just be a little different.

Jet Couture

I am Mary Burger, and I am the designer for Jet Couture Jewels. Jewelry designing is a creative process that involves imagination and visual artistry, the product of which can tell a story, evoke an emotion or offer a glimpse into the past that words cannot express.

Cella Jane

Leawood resident Becky Hillyard is Lifestyle Publications' newest monthly fashion contributor and the woman behind Cella Jane, a lifestyle and fashion blog which showcases her personal style on a daily basis. Thousands of followers both local and global go to Hillyard for fashion, beauty, motherhood and fitness advice; she offers inspiration to the everyday woman on the latest trends.

Jungmeyer and Suresh Dental Enterprises LLC

Growing up in Eldon, Missouri, Shelia Jungmeyer, D.D.S, worked alongside her father in his heating and air conditioning business all throughout high school and watched her mother manage her own real estate brokerage. When it came time for her to branch out on her own, Jungmeyer knew from her early experiences that she had the business acumen as well as…

Nickel & Suede

Nickel & Suede creates lightweight leather earrings and accessories designed with the active woman in mind. These handmade, modern and casual statement pieces were founded on the belief that jewelry should be both comfortable and stylish.

August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Inspire comes from the Latin word that means to “enflame” or to “breathe life into.” Doing things that inspire us energizes us and makes us feel more alive. Inspiration doesn’t always have to stem from natural talents and abilities but instead is something that motivates us and is about connecting with what we are passionate about deep within.