Eat the Rainbow!

If you've ever slaved away at the stove to create a tasty dinner for the family only to have them turn their noses up at the sight of vegetables, I feel your pain. Healthy food can be a tough sell some days, but growing kids need nutrients from plants to thrive. So how do you get them to eat some…

Northland Animal Welfare Society

If you told Goldie Arnold in 2010 that she would be neck deep in feral cats most Saturdays, she would have laughed at you. This realtor turned animal activist never anticipated becoming the spearhead in a community effort to offer spay and neutering services to low-income families, but since 2012, that's what she and the Northland Animal Welfare Society (NAWS)…

What’s in a Name?

Parenting is no easy feat. The decisions start immediately--do you find out the sex? Drugs or no drugs? Homebirth or hospital? And of course, one of the most important questions of all--what are we going to call this kid? 

My Reasons Why

Dear friends and neighbors,  I hope that August finds you well! Our kids and pets issue is one that is near and dear to my heart, especially since every day brings me closer to meeting my new addition, a little brother for my three-year-old son, Coy! Now that we are welcoming a new little man to the house, I'm outnumbered.…

August 2019 Around Town

Fall Parade of Homes Kicks off Sept 28 The Fall Parade of Homes returns to Kansas City Sept. 28-Oct. 13. The Parade features homes by some of the area’s finest builders and includes townhomes, villas and single-family homes with a variety of floor plans featuring the latest design trends.  Presented twice a year by the Home Builders … Continued

Pure of Heart

Kids and pets–both capture the feeling of innocence that adults grow out of so quickly. If you want to witness pure joy, find a splash pad on a hot day or visit the dog park when someone has extra treats. As we head back to school, we want to take a moment to celebrate our future … Continued

Children’s Mercy event from Frank

The Friends of Children’s Mercy Northland, an auxiliary of Children’s Mercy, hosted the second annual Pickleball Classic on May 16, at Chicken N Pickle. The lively tournament raised more than $23,000 to help find answers for the patients and families of Children’s Mercy Northland. Learn more about how you can get involved at

Orange Easel School of Art

Imagine if Lionel Messi had never run conditioning drills or if Ed Sheeran had never practiced his scales. Would we have one of the greatest soccer players or most talented singer/songwriters right now? No. Because practice makes better. (Who wants perfect anyway?) 

Oakhill Day School’s Fully Charged Summer

Oakhill Day School (Gladstone) was home to the revamped Oakhill Fully Charged Summer program over the 2019 summer months. From early June through August, campers from ages 2 through 8th grade participated in many offerings that range from daily swimming and water activities to field trips all over the greater Kansas City area. 

The Littlest Yogis

Om, om, ommmmmmmm. That sound represents destressing and focusing on our inner selves for many practitioners of yoga. What do children have to destress from? Plenty! As their bodies change and grow, yoga-inspired exercises can help youngsters stretch and learn to utilize their bodies in healthy ways. That's one reason by instructor Niki Larrea started the Kids Kula. 

Get Away From It All In Comfort

If you're fascinated by tiny homes, we've found your perfect vacation: an RV trip across the U.S.! Today's RVs offer luxury and opportunity to see the country and bond with your travel mates.  Instead of lugging yourself to a location, let the journey be the destination in a Kodiak by Dutchmen. 

Dancing in the Streets

Live music is a magical thing. While anyone can jam on their AirPods alone, the energy that connects a live crowd turns a song into an anthem. So when the weather heats up, the Northland's public spaces become a stage for some of the most talented musicians in the area. 

Hometown Girl

Everything really is up to date in Kansas City, as proven by Northland Lifestyle's Publisher, Jeron Traphagan. The former Chiefs cheerleader has always loved repping her hometown and found some of her favorite locally made products at the Made in KC store. You can find them online or at their Northland location at Briarcliff Village. 

July 2019 Around Town

Northland Non-profit Offers Free Dementia Caregiving and Virtual Dementia Course Memory change can affect seniors in a wide variety of ways. Learning how to communicate with those with dementia and how to manage unexpected behavior changes is essential to maintaining quality of life for both the senior and their caregivers. Dementia care courses are offered … Continued

I Heart Summer

Dear Readers,  It’s the time that we’ve all been waiting for–summer! And this isn’t just any summer; no, this is a unicorn of a summer, one that warmed up slowly and gave us a long spring to soak in the beautiful temperate weather before July’s blazing hot days took over. I’ve lived in my backyard … Continued

GO Feed

GO Feed is a family-friendly service event hosted by The Global Orphan Project where Kansas City rallies to pack meals for kids. These power-packed formulas contain all the right nutrition a child needs to grow and thrive. This year, 1,500 volunteers packed 279,936 meals, an entire shipping container of food!

Club W: Comedian Amy Barnes

Club W welcomed women of all ages to the Improv in May to enjoy the comic stylings of Amy Barnes. Barnes' stand up touched on the trials and successes of motherhood after a successful career in engineering. Club W events offer a chance for women to learn and laugh together. 

Second Annual TeamSmile Golf Classic

The 2nd Annual TeamSmile Golf Classic in Memory of Ted Reese was held on May 20 at The National Golf Club in Parkville.  The event was sponsored by NKC Dental and featured K.C. Wolf, the Chiefs Rumble, appearances by current and former Chiefs players, a concept shop by Callaway, and a silent and live auction.

Second Annual “Big Dill” Pickle Ball Tournament

MA Financial Services hosted its Pickle Ball Tournament in May to benefit the IMA Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters at Chicken N Pickle. A portion of the funds were donated to BBBS and the remainder will be distributed to other deserving nonprofits in Kansas City through the Foundation. This event raised more than $40,000.     

DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Farm Fresh

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

Blackberry Lemon Sangria

Looking for something sweet, tart, and slightly boozy? Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery's Chef Pete Dulin has just the thing--blackberry lemon sangria. Using a blackberry concentrate inspired by last summer's harvest, this tipple is balanced and pairs well with patios and friends. 

Gentlemen and Scholars

 Rev. Steven D. Graves III  Kansas City Fire Department, Youth Coordinator at Pleasant Green Baptist Church, KCKS  What was your first job? 

On My Bookshelf

As the senior pastor at Linden Baptist Church, Terry Webster pulls inspiration from everywhere. While the Bible may be the touchstone for his sermons, he often incorporates more contemporary writers in his messages as well. When he has a break from studying the Bible, he enjoys other perspectives, such as The Book of Joy by the Dalai Llama and Desmond…

The 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty AT4

When you're a car and truck connoisseur, like the staff at Reed Buick GMC, it takes a lot to excite you. Seeing a truck like the 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty AT4 roll on the lot is one of those things. As a continuation of the towing capability of the 2019 GMC Sierra light duty, this workhorse makes heavy lifting look…


Happy Father's Day, gentlemen! I'm out numbered in my house right now, with my husband, Zach, and our son, Coy. I'm a proud #boymom especially because I have a great partner and example for him to look up to on what it means to be a man. Zach is as rambunctious and energetic as Coy is--he's a chip off the old block! 

Up Close and Personal

From designing the space to intentional selection of furniture, brand director, Lucy Rieger, considered no detail too small while her team planned for the company’s expansion.

June 2019 Around Town

Chicken N Pickle’s Alldredge Wins KC Dancing With the Stars The 8th annual Dancing with The Kansas City Stars brings in local celebrities to compete and raise money for needs-based tuition assistance for students at Cristo Rey. This year Chicken N Pickle Charity and Community Coordinator, Kelli Alldredge, took home the mirror ball trophy. On … Continued

The Hangar Party

On April 27th, the Airline History Museum was the scene of the largest fundraiser of the year for the Northland Early Education Center, a 510(c)(3) that provides early education and therapy services to children with special needs and typical needs. The event raised more than $75,000 for projects including a $3.7 million expansion and renovation to be … Continued

Eagle Animal Hospital Open House

On April 27, Eagle Animal Hospital opened their doors and invited people to see why pets are happier at Eagle! Tours were given to pet owners, including the surgical suites, training area, and pet resort. Attendees enjoyed raffles, giveaways, BBQ and cookies and the main event–Weiner Races. The staff of Eagle Animal Hospital is already … Continued

Marian Hope’s Trivia Night – Prom Edition

Friends of Marian Hope and trivia enthusiasts came together to create a memorable night of impact and totally awesome fun. With a theme of “Trivia for the Decades – Prom Edition”, all the classics were relived. It was a winning night for children in our community!

Generations of Revelations: KC Friends of Alvin Ailey Gala

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey honored their 35th anniversary with a Gala at the KC Marriott Downtown on May 4. More than 700 people came out to support the organization and enjoy an evening of dance, diversity and inspiration. The event featured performances by the Ailey II Dancers, AileyCamp the Group dancers, and story … Continued

Trendy Cuts for Men

The Styles You Want + How to Get Them The Fade + Hard Part HAIR TYPE Straight + Short WHAT IT IS There are many different types of fades, but ultimately a fade haircut is one that tapers in length the further down you go on the back and sides, meaning it isn’t trimmed to just one … Continued

Lunge Toward Fitness

The majority of Americans sit too much. Whether we are on the couch or working at the office, this sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll on our bodies. Jonny Mack, one of the personal trainers and co-owners of Anytime Fitness in Liberty explains how sitting isn't just rounding our shoulders; it's killing our legs too. 

Get My Name Right: Noe Palma

It's Noe, pronounced 'NO E'. There, that's out of the way. It's the question that Noe Palma got so often that he named his debut album, "Get My Name Right," just to clear things up. But this country crooner/trop rocker has his Filipino father to thank for the memorable moniker. 

What Makes A Man?

If you love movies, and I do, you may have seen The Kingsmen a few years back. In it, Colin Firth plays an undercover member of Britains most secret society, the Kingsmen. And in it, he answers this question, “Manners maketh man.”  Manners do make the man but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. … Continued

Hustle and Flow

 Cassie Pruessner  Owner/instructor of Studio 10 dance in Liberty   Who makes up your family?

Imaging for Women

Mammograms: they strike fear into the heart of many women. They are traditionally uncomfortable, and the fear of the unknown can be daunting. But according to the American Cancer Society, all women with a reasonable risk of cancer (that means you) should get a yearly mammogram starting at age 40. Sor when the time comes, choose someone that will make this…


 1. A Good Pair of Shoes!  Ok, spoiler alert, I sell good shoes.  But I wouldn't do it if I didn't believe in what we do at The Running Well Store!  I have seen clients come in with plantar fasciitis, back pain, knee pain – you name it.  I have watched them get fitted for a good pair of shoes…

More than Just Dance

It's May, and we are celebrating the women in our lives--the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends that support, encourage, and challenge us to attain our fullest potential. I've always been passionate about empowering women of all ages and backgrounds. It's kind of a family mandate! 

Strong Enough for a Woman

Remember that old Secret deodorant commercial? The tagline was “strong enough for a man, made for a woman.” At the time, it seemed fearless and edgy; now, it sounds ridiculous. Strength comes in many forms, whether you’re referring to mental or physical strength, but the days of seeing women as the ‘weaker sex’ are coming to … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Documentary to Highlight Jewish Military Members in World War II During the 2018-19 academic year, Park University and the National Archives at Kansas City have partnered to commemorate the University’s Year of Engagement, a year of conversation and action on its Kansas City area campuses and in the community. The Year of Engagement Documentary Series … Continued

Hoops for Hounds

Hoops for Hounds is KC Pet Project’s March-Madness-themed annual fundraiser. It took place on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Boulevard Brewing Co. and featured a raffle, Silent Auction, and Plinko game all benefiting our pets as well as heavy appetizers and desserts by Cupini’s, Boulevard beer and wine, and a commemorative custom pint glass.

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

From Ear to Ear

 "I love you."  That was the last thing that Liberty native and William Jewell graduate Shanna Adamic heard in her right ear--words of love from her husband as she went into brain surgery in January 2018. The surgery was the culmination of a series of divine events that led to her discovery of an acoustic neuroma, a rare brain tumor that…

Whiskey in a Teacup

There's a modern misconception that there's such a thing as 'girly' drinks and 'manly' drinks. The world of spirits is inhabited and enjoyed by both genders. Of course, those making spirits are still predominately men, which the exception of Benay Shannon, the head distiller at Restless Spirits in North Kansas City. Shannon is the only female distiller in Missouri, and…

Your Brain on Travel

We are told to do it while we are young. It makes us richer and endows us with opportunity. Those who didn’t get enough of it might feel remorse in their twilight years. I am not referring to saving money - though saving money certainly helps with the subject at hand.

ReSale Shop

 First Stop  Do you have a donation chair? You know the one--it's typically covered with last year's trends that either didn't fit or just weren't a good idea in the first place. Maybe it's a box for you, one filled with odds and ends that you just can't find a good use for and Marie Kondo says they have to…

Hello Neighbors

Spring is a time of new beginnings and I’m taking that very literally this year! I’m Jeron, the new Publisher of Northland Lifestyle Magazine.

Tru Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen believes delicious dining and conscious nutrition go hand-in-hand. Without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence, their menu was inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse. Shannon Keller, True Food Kitchen's chief marketing officer, is excited for Kansas City to experience their vibrant culture and robust culinary scene at their newest restaurant located…