Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 attended the 26th annual Kindest Kansas Citian awards, a benefit for Synergy Services. The celebration of kindness makes it possible for Synergy to offer anti-violence programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

Summertime. . . And the living is easy

Well, at least the living is warm! As the heat wave set in early this year, know that I'm suffering right along with you, dear readers, as I baste in the heat at seven months pregnant. July in Kansas City is a serious undertaking and sometimes you just need to escape!

Cheers for Charity benefitting the Parkville Police Commission Assistance Fund

Wolfe~Sweeney & Courtney hosted the event at Parkville Reece Nichols office on April 27th raising over $700 for the Fund. Founder and Chief of Police Kevin Chrisman was the guest speaker. Through the local schools, Chief Chrisman finds out which children and families are in need of financial assistance.

Green Dirt Farm’s Creamery Brings the Farm to Market

Follow the dog-leg bend eastbound on Welt Street in Weston and just before the intersection with 45 Highway, there’s a delicious reason to pull off the road at Green Dirt Farm’s Creamery. The sheep farm, founded by Sarah Hoffmann and known for its award-winning cheeses, opened a retail space and tasting room in early June. Inside, the Creamery is home…

Local Smile Expert Uses His Expertise to Brighten the Lives of Others

Kansas City dentist Michael Byars, D.D.S., is committed to smiles. Whether it’s through application of his dental expertise, his extensive work in the community, or by engaging his staff in cheek-retractor bubble blowing, you won’t find anyone who has more fun taking his job seriously.

GO Project Family 5K

The Global Orphan Project teamed up with CarePortal this year to raise awareness for hurting children and families in Kansas City. CarePortal is an initiative of The Global Orphan Project connecting local churches and state to meet the needs of children in the foster care system and at-risk families.

A Summer Vacay to the Beaches of North Carolina

If “Little Shop of Horrors” is one of your favorite movies, or if you are old enough to remember the TV show “WKRP in Cincinnati,” you have a basic, if not inaccurate and comedic, familiarity with the Venus flytrap. If you’re a nerdy flower geek, like Rick Moranis’ character Seymour or if you just like soothing walks in the forest…

Event Space and Chapel at Piropos

In Argentina, when a compliment is given to a woman, it's called a piropo. First opened in 2001 in Parkville, Piropos Restaurant moved to the Northland's Briarcliff Village in 2006 with the Parkville location remaining as a banquet facility.


Fern Brashear says that everyone who knows her knows her story. One major part of that story: at 81, she’s one of approximately 4,000 older adults raising grandchildren in the Kansas City area.

Go North to Eat, Drink and Explore in St. Paul, Minnesota

As summer heats up, the cooler climes of the Upper Midwest make St. Paul, Minnesota, an enticing summer destination for families or a couples’ getaway. The 6.5-hour drive from Kansas City is a road trip that can be accomplished in one day. En route, stop at Van Dee’s Ice Cream Shop in Johnston, Iowa, north of West Des Moines and…

The Sunroom

This is not a story about travel. It's a story about the things that we put off in order to travel and what happens when we focus. My husband is a builder. He's one of those people that sees visions of greatness where none currently exist. That's how he bought his house in the Northland. He chose a home that…

On the Road with Lani

For some artists, the impetus to create comes from the outside. Such was the case with photographer Lani Odell. Odell has been one of the primary photographers for Northland Lifestyle for several years now but she does much more than just portraits. She's a traveler, a wanderer with an eye for color and the yearning to see the parts of…

Packing up Some Sunshine

Before we know it the Dog Days of Summer will officially commence and it’s time for fireworks, family, friends, and franks on the barbie! I was inspired by our recent Home Edition because it conjured up thoughts regarding the organized chaos my family is currently undertaking. We just moved to Weatherby Lake and so begins another leg in the life…