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 Give.childrensmercy.org/northlandfriends.

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.