A summer splash indeed! As July hits, it seems like it’s been summer for years already but that won’t dull my enthusiasm! Our summer issue is all about what matters–our veterans, our families, and the places where we can enjoy them. 

This issue also marks the seventh anniversary of Northland Lifestyle Magazine! It’s hard to believe that it has been that long but I’m happy to say that its true. As we come into our seventh year, I’m excited for what the future holds. Our new publisher, Aaron Blair, has brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the magazine and it’s great to have a partner in crime. Aaron is also a veteran, so we celebrate his service along with our other vets in this issue! 

After seven years, I’ve really come to love and cherish the Northland. When I started as editor for Northland Lifestyle, I was newly married and new to the area. I’ve learned so much–where to eat, the best parks for playing and best trails for walking, and the secret spots where you can feel like you’re out of town even when you’re still a mile away from the highway. There’s quiet beauty to our neighborhoods, filled with nature, good neighbors, and lots of opportunity for growth. I’m so happy that I’m building my family here in a place where we have room to explore. 

Happy Fourth of July, everyone and happy seven years! I hope for many more!