April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside playing.

Letter from the Creative Director

This month we are featuring beautiful homes in the area that reflect different styles of design. Whether it be modern, contemporary, farmhouse, vintage or traditional, interior design is multifaceted and can change the feel and mood of a space. The clean, sleek lines of modern feels fresh and professional, whereas a vintage or farmhouse style gives a feeling of warmth,…

Letter from the Creative Director

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a person who likes to come up with new ideas. I am a bit of a dreamer and a problem solver, and I constantly find myself thinking up new business startups, inventions or ways to make products better. I can’t help it, and I have a hard time turning…

January 2017 Lifestyle Letter

I am not always the best at making New Year’s resolutions. It may be because I tend to reflect on changes and goals at the beginning of a school year. As a former teacher, and then after having four children of my own, a fresh beginning to me always seemed to fall in August at the beginning of a new…

Letter from the Creative Director

Even though I don’t love frigid temperatures, December is by far my favorite month of the year. The excitement and magic of watching my kids experience all of our family holiday traditions is so much fun, and the anticipation of Christmas morning makes me still feel like a kid. I absolutely love every part of it, and I think I…

Letter from the Creative Director

I love everything about fall in the Midwest. The leaves changing colors, the crisp evenings with a bonfire and the rich fall foods on Thanksgiving are some of my favorite reasons I look forward to this season.

Letter from the Creative Director

When I was a child, I believed my dad could make absolutely anything. He was a contactor and electrician by trade, and growing up in a large family, he often was knocking down walls to build on another room or remodel the existing structure to accommodate more people. If my mom could dream it up, my dad could build it.…

Letter from the Creative Director

Craft beer has deep roots that go back centuries in time, and its increasing popularity is being called a 'beer revolution' by many. Recipes are created and refined by master brewers until they are perfect, and consumers are preferring a wide variety of flavorful, quality ingredients. There are so many variations of grains, hops, malt and process that it literally…

Letter from the 
Creative Director

August, to me, signifies the end of summer and squeezing in last minute plans. The relaxed schedule of summertime is coming to a close, and what starts to sink in is the realization that hectic mornings of rushing out the door to get all four of my kids to school is in my near future. It’s a time for new…

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…

Thank You to the Men in My Life!

I grew up in a large family here in Kansas City, and am one of 10 children. As you can imagine, we were constantly on the move as we were all in many different activities. My father made it a point to never miss a single one of our activities. No matter where it was, he was always there. From…

There’s no place like…

I grew up on the movie The Wizard of Oz... back in the days when it was on TV once a year, and we’d make a whole neighborhood affair of the viewing. It holds an especially dear place in my heart because the little Kansas town I grew up in designated itself as Dorothy’s official hometown (never specifically named in…

Spring Sprang Early!

Since my crocuses poked their golden and purple blooms through the soil on February 29 and my daffodils were blooming on March 6, I feel like we’ve enjoyed the earliest spring on record and the (very limited) color in my gardens peaked far too early. But either way, it’s got me in the mood for gardening. And by that, I…

A Performing Arts Bucket List

On occasion I like to challenge myself to see more of this great city of ours. I plan field trips and insist that we leave “the bubble” for a dinner out. In honor of our arts themed issue, I create this handy dandy check-off list. Go ahead and cut it out. Use it as a bucket list of sorts...a list…

Happy 5th anniversary to us!

Anniversaries tend to sneak up on me. At the Harrison house, we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the evening, when everyone is home from work and school, giving me one more day to go out and get a gift and a card. As organized as I’d like to think I am, I was never going to be that wife or…

Imagine the possibilities.

I love new beginnings. The turn of the calendar to a new year always excites me for the opportunity it offers to begin again, to start anew. There are so many ways to view the New Year. I have tried many. Most often I’d ascribe to the athlete's approach: setting goals and going for them with initial gusto (especially with…

Editor’s Letter

I recently attended a series of classes to help me work through a bit of the grief I was feeling after the sudden loss of my only brother last year. I took so many gems of wisdom away from the book we read as well as from the room full of folks who quickly felt like old friends.