Explore the Great Outdoors

Lee's Summit and the surrounding Jackson County area is home to some of the best outdoor trails, lakes and parks. Here are some of our favorite spots to explore:

Designer Top Picks

 For your design needs, contact Karin Ross at karinrossdesigns.com

What I am working on

With the start of the New Year I always love to take a pause and come up with a list of dreams and goals to help guide me in the months to follow. 2019 is no exception, and this year is going to be great! Later in the year we are adding a daughter-in-law to the family which is so…


 Article and Photography  Kansas City blogger Annie Austen views her style, and shopping, as an an adventure. Her fashion finds are girly, eclectic and attainable. When she collaborated with Emily Bordner on the new EB accessories line, the two women sought to create styles that would be minimalist and beautiful – adding the perfect detail to every outfit, but with…

Dogs + Kids 

 Article and Photography  1)      They must be the center of your attention.  2)      When you’re on your phone, they want to be loud.

Lea McKeighan Park

 Photography Janie Jones  The newly renovated Lea McKeighan Park is open! Enjoy the many new amenities and cool off in the splash pad, play some pickleball, explore the low ropes course and zip line or play on the musical instruments.   1. Climb on frog sculptures or pose for a fun photo op. 


Ethical, responsible, green, fair-trade. You hear these words all the time and maybe don’t think much of them. But with climate change moving at such an alarming speed, maybe it’s time to learn a little about the clothes on your back—and in your online bag.


Hi, I’m Vanessa, a Lee's Summit mama of three, and the face behind @the.urban.farmgirl. I started my IG feed as a creative outlet to channel my love of design and decor while simultaneously wrangling my kiddos. Here you will find posts of my own home with inspiration from my styling tips, DIY home projects, shopping finds and faves, and even some…

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.

Back-to-School Must-Haves

Back-to-school essentials for a successful and stylish year!

Garth Brooks in KC

After being away for ten years, Garth Brooks returned to Kansas City to perform seven sold out shows at the Sprint Center on his world tour. When asked why Kansas city, Brooks response was "It feels like coming home, and ten years is way too long to be away." Brooks is not only the top selling solo artist of the…

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

My Favorite Things

Top three items you can't live without: Water, phone and dark chocolate. 

Favorite spots in KC: The Plaza, Kauffman Performing Arts Center and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Benefits of Pilates

 How do Pilates and Yoga differ from each other?   A very common question!  Both are great for mind-body connection, balance, flexibility and strength. Yoga is done on a mat using small props. Studio Pilates utilizes an array of specialized equipment which helps people get into and sustain positions they might not be able to do otherwise. Likewise, aerial yoga provides…

My Favorite Things

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Angi’s Design Picks of the Month

Gold Gavin Oval Coffee Table : $999 highfashionhome.com

Meet the Maker: Janet Smith

For Janet Smith, owning and tending to her herd of 200 goats at Borgman’s Farmstead Dairy means maintaining the legacy of her grandmother, Blanche Borgman, who founded the dairy in 1935.

Torn Label Brewing Company

Torn Label Brewing Company is a craft brewery founded in 2014 and located in downtown Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District. The majority of beer produced at Torn Label is distributed throughout the city to bars and restaurants in both Kansas and Missouri, but we also feature an on-site tasting room open to the public during limited hours Thursday through Sunday.…

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…

From the Desk of…..

1. I have a huge variety of brushes. I pretty much pick up a handful every time I go to the art store. 2. Palette knives allow me to mix paint and to smear large amounts of paint on my canvas, and add textures. 3. I make a cappuccino almost every morning--it is my fuel! My favorite mug was made…

From the Desk of… Lisa Harrison

When people learn that I manage the content for three community magazines and that I work from home, they often ask me questions about my home office. Well…. here you go. Our debut “From the Desk of...” is my work space. A window to my world.