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…

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Natalie Fieleke is a freelance writer and editor living in Lee's Summit. She is a part-time kitchen experimenter, foodie and health and fitness junkie and a full-time mom to her two kids.

4th Annual St. Jude Golf Event

The 4th Annual St Jude Golf Event hosted by Rob Ellerman Team and Summit Custom Homes was another huge success! The golf tournament included 144 players and many wonderful sponsors. A total of $35,000 was raised this year with all proceeds going to St Jude Research Hospital. No family treated at St. Jude ever pays for treatment, housing, travel or…

“Investing In Our Youth” Fundraiser

Rotary Club of Lee's Summit hosted its invitational golf tournament at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club. Nearly 20 teams competed in a spirit of fun and camaraderie to raise funds for scholarships given annually to students at Lee's Summit high schools.

MCC-Longview Arts in Bloom

Alumni and Supporters of MCC-Longview Cultural Arts gathered to view stunning floral arrangements inspired by works of art and designed to interpret the diversity in paintings on display provided by local artists. This inaugural fundraiser featured a silent auction of the floral arrangements, and the artwork was available for purchase.

Exploring Costa Rica: A Kansas City Family’s Relocation

Lindsey Wade, part owner of RW2 Productions and The Guild in the Crossroads, and his wife, Jennifer, a 25-year apparel industry veteran, did what many of us only dream of doing and moved to their favorite vacation destination—Costa Rica. They have always had a passion for travel and adventure, and their love of surfing is what originally drew them to…


Tales of jumping out of planes and a fascination with the outdoors and adventure initially piqued Dave Tiehen’s interest in the military. But it was the intense training, leadership opportunities, and the real world mission of the war on terrorism that gripped him and took him around the world as a military officer serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Local Veterans Serve

May 24, 1965, was graduation day for Bud Meador, and he enlisted in the Marines that very day. He had known virtually his whole life that he wanted to serve his county and do so in the Marines. He hails from a long line of relatives dating back to the American civil War who also served, and Bud said, “My…

The W

 Elderflower Tonic 
Key Lime
Sage Flowers
Smoked with cherrywood 
Lemon juice
Black Pepper Honey
 St Germain

Cori Jo Hawkins

Between the sounds of the fiddle and the amazing stacking layers of four part harmonies, bluegrass music has been winning hearts around the world since the 1940’s. The sound of bluegrass music has been growing exponentially over the past 25 years, and there is a whole generation of young musicians coming up because of this musical movement. Bluegrass music is…


Diane and Jeff are known to their eight grandchildren as ‘DD’ and ‘Papa Jeff.’ Right away, they make young visitors at home by engaging them in lake life and all their home has to offer. Take a ‘green boat ride’ – sit on the dock and reflect on the water. You’ll save some gas not taking the boat out.


Amy Appleton Dreyer is a Kansas City native whose blog and carefully curated Instagram, @stepsofstyle, is a mixture of fashion, food and travel. Dreyer graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Marketing and is currently a model for local talent agency, Voices, and, mom to 2 year old fashionista in training, Stella, and stepmother to 3 amazing teenagers.…


Hello there! I’m Angi, renovator, design lover and incurable DIYer. I’m excited (and honored!) to share my do-it-yourself adventures with you!

July 2016 Healthy Lifestyle

Improving health and fitness is a journey not a destination. We all have to create our own route, and mine has never been a straight path. I was a beginner as well as an athlete and everything in between. My imperfections and struggles have become my strength and my passion is helping people get started. I hope my tidbits of…

The Perfect Match

Developing Potential Inc. believes in respect and placing value on others. They are an innovative company that is working to help others find their niche in life, giving some ,whose gifts and talents might be otherwise overlooked ,opportunities for employment that fits their skill sets and interests.


Dental implants are becoming a more frequent means of tooth replacement. There is some confusion, however, in how quickly they can be done. Some Dental offices advertise implants in one day. How is that possible? Why do some implants take months to complete?

Around Town

The Lee’s Summit Rotary Club presented seven $1,000 scholarships recently to local seniors planning to attend Metropolitan Community College. The scholarship program is called the E. Claud Shaffer Scholarships.


White sands and turquoise waters. Salty sea air blowing refreshingly against your skin. Counting the stars in the uninterrupted night sky from your balcony. Watching a dance troupe perform to an assembly of accordions and bagpipes while you enjoy a local brew. This is what a vacation is all about – enjoying the extraordinary sights, sounds, and smells of new…

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.

DIY Photo To Canvas In A Snap

This is one of my constant “go to” DIY projects. It’s fast, it’s easy and it looks oh so professional. I love displaying photos, but I don’t necessarily love a lot of photo frames. These canvases create a crisp, clean look…. All in about 30 minutes! Let’s get started.