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…

January 2017 Around Town

An additional area of therapy has been added to services offered by Brain Builders Pediatric Therapy. The addition was precipitated by the increasing demand for assistance with learning strategies and tutoring of dyslexic students. Researchers have found that the learning of four out of 10 American children are effected by some degree of the symptoms prevalent among those diagnosed with…

Travel Edit

Pack your bags with Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as the borders open to the beautiful and mysterious Havana Cuba.

Introducing Lauren Korte| Lauren”s Fitness Finds

Hi there! I'm Lauren, a lover of all things fashion, beauty, fitness, travel and freakishly cute dogs. I am a wife to my best friend, Zack, and a mother (or teacher) to 17 first graders. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and am currently pursuing a masters degree.

Fresh Catch

Growing up outside of Portland, Oregon, Brian O’Neil spent his summers on the sea, fishing for salmon in the waters of the Pacific Northwest with his father and grandfather. Brian came to attend college in Warrensburg, met his wife, Lisa, and eventually settled down in rural Missouri, but salmon fishing remains a way of life for the O’Neil family.

Now is Your Time. Get Healthy.

January is my favorite time of year for health & fitness. This is the time of year that I most commonly get to work with clients that are fresh, raw & usually extremely nervous. These are people that have unwillingly found themselves in a place where they are simply unhealthy, out of shape & overweight. They are apprehensive, intimidated &…

Yoga with a Twist

Kristi Sealer opened Good Life Yoga and Tea in downtown Lee’s Summit in April 2016 as a marriage of her two interests that contribute to health and wellness of mind and body. Studio classes at Good Life are pure yoga, a relaxing flow of breath, movement and meditation. The studio also offers tea classes that instruct students on loose leaf…

Tips from a trainer

Staying active and keeping fit through the holidays and winter months has proven to be a challenge for most people.  Even for personal trainers it can be a struggle some times.   People ask us all the time; what should I do when I go to the family’s house for the long weekend, how do I stay away from all the…

Paul Versluis

Director of Photography for Lifestyle Publications, photographer at 8183 studio, 8183studio.com

Raise a glass to wine’s health benefits

Health fads and foods may come and go, but for many, an evening glass of wine is an enduring habit whose benefits extend beyond enjoyment and relaxation.

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…

11th Annual Carnival for CASA 

More than 700 people enjoyed an incredible array of special carnival activities plus unlimited access to Paradise Park’s fixed attractions, lunch, snacks and much more, and funds raised will go to Jackson County CASA. Photo credit: Alex Jinks Photography and DigitalPhotoJoe.