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…

Readers’ Choice Award Event

Lifestyle Publications' friends, staff and advertising partners gathered at Longview Mansion to celebrate another great year. Emcee Mark Alford from KC's Fox morning team helped honor our first Readers' Choice Award winners, voted by our readers online. 
Photography Janie Jones

Catholic Schools Week at OLP

Our Lady of the Presentaion recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a number of special school-wide activities and assemblies. They also installed a special Buddy Bench on the school playground

17th Taste of Lee’s Summit

A sold-out crowd of 630+ turned out to support students and schools at the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation’s annual Taste of Lee’s Summit, held at The Pavilion at John Knox Village. The event raised more than $100,000.

Around Town

Summit Christian Academy (SCA) is pleased to announce that senior Carolyn Herrera has advanced to Finalist standing in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. This distinction places her in a group of roughly 15,000 students representing less than one percent of U.S. high school graduating seniors.

Making a Huge Impact on Little Lives

Steve Fitch vividly remembers what it was like to be a child awash in the foster-care system. Even years later, now a successful businessman, Steve acknowledges how his experience helped mold him into the person he is today.

Meet Frances Valentine

Kate Valentine grew up in Kansas City. She met Andy Spade in 1983 at college and they moved to New York in 1986, when Kate started her career as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle. She saw a need for practical, stylish handbags and decided to create a smart, well-edited collection. She and her husband, Andy, began the company kate spade.…

Seeing Clearly

Drs. Kyle and Katie (Hahn) Weeden are a husband and wife team with vision—literally and figuratively. As optometrists, they dedicated their professional lives to helping others see, literally. They’ve spent nearly a decade honing their skills and serving patients around the area. As a couple, they also have a different kind of vision, the type dreams are made of. Their…

Gen X’ers Must Juggle a Variety of Financial Issues

If you’re part of “Generation X” — the age cohort born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s — you’re probably in one of the busiest phases of your life, as you’re well into your working years and, at the same time, busy raising a family. But just as you’re “multi-tasking” in your life, you’ll also need to address multiple…

The Range Rover Sport SVR 
Performs Like a Sports Car

Neck-snapping acceleration and cackling exhaust pipes are the first signs that the Range Rover Sport SVR is a performance car dressed in SUV clothes. The snarling 550-horsepower V-8, borrowed from Jaguar F-Type, is capable of propelling this two-and-a-half-ton rig to 60 miles per hour is 4.5 seconds and has a top track speed of 162 mph. The eight-speed automatic is…

The Best of Lee’s Summit

Thank you, readers! We invited you to go online and vote for the best our community has to offer in our first-ever Readers’ Choice survey and you rose to the occasion. Though there were some close calls, most of the results were quite clear. You’ve got your favorites and you let us know! We counted the votes, held a terrific…

ClutterFree Revolution

Evan Zislis had to live simply because the salary of a seventh-grade teacher in Aspen, Colorado didn’t provide for many housing options. After a frustrated search, Zislis was able to rent a 250-square-foot mining cabin without running water or electricity for $50 a month. The historic cabin was discordantly sandwiched in between two contemporary houses in a neighborhood where the…

A Garden Party

An outdoor setting offers a beautiful backdrop for any kind of spring get-togethers. White linens, tables and chairs create a light, airy canvas for beautifully understated elegance. Notice the hand-made details that set this gorgeous garden bridal shower apart: The simple styling from the hearts and hands of talented long-time friends of the bride to be and her parents. Hand-lettered…

A Garden Tour of Historic Kansas City Homes

On June 4, the Wornall/Majors House Museums, the nonprofit that oversees the historic John Wornall and Alexander Majors Houses, will open the garden gate to six of the most stunning and prestigious garden spaces in Kansas City. The bi-annual garden tour is the organization’s largest fundraiser, which supports the mission of bringing history to life through innovative, hands-on programs and…

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…