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Finally Home

Felicia Burg overcomes homelessness to lend a hand to others facing the same struggles Trudging across freshly fallen snow, 36-year-old Felicia Burg walks to a place that pulls her back to a dark spot in her past. “No one could see you,” Felicia says as she points out the 3-by-3-foot landing perched on the backside…

The Holiday Helper

Busting through the hustle & bustle The holidays are upon us and these winter celebrations with their many traditions can leave us feeling stressed and downright frazzled. With both the end of the year creeping up on us and the endless to do’s that never seem to ease up, it’s a time of year that…

Don’t Fall for Fad Diets

Why a healthy lifestyle brings benefits for life It’s the time of year when people tend to eat, drink and be merry, only to wake up on New Year’s Day with a holiday food hangover and a strong desire to shed the pounds they gained since Thanksgiving quickly. We’re bombarded by ads and marketing gimmicks…

Dressed in Holiday Style

5 ways for your wardrobe to rise to the occasion The holidays are all about gathering to celebrate — whether it’s for cocktails after work, that office gift exchange or more formal festivities. What are five fashion staples you need to properly ring in that holiday cheer? We’ve found five foundational pieces you can easily…

Thank You Kindly

Sharing the gift of gratitude We call it the “Fall with Jesus,” the night my husband, hanging an 8-foot-tall crucifix for a friend, fell 14 feet to the ground, landing with shattered ribs, a head injury, and Jesus in his arms. When I got to his side, 20 hours later, he was already a legend…

A Handful of Holiday Cheer

DIY Ornaments to add that Farmhouse Christmas Flair When the holidays roll around, there’s nothing like a family-friendly ornament party to have all hands on deck to add a little homespun charm to your tree. I have not one, not two, but three ornaments that are quick and easy to assemble and most of these…

Creating a Legacy of Love

Billings Family adopts assisted living facility as “extra” grandparents As Julie Mavencamp knocks gently on Jim Bertrand’s door, she calls out, “Hi, Jim, we’re here to see you!” As the 95-year-old makes his way to greet the Mavencamp family, Julie’s sons, Kayden, 9, and Peyton, 7, are already jumping up and down, barely able to…

Simple Elegance

This holiday is all about decorating with nature in mind If you’re wondering what’s trendy when it comes to holiday décor this season, you’ll appreciate the nod to what designers call “simple beauty.” With natural elements from the backyard, things you may find around the house, or a few items picked up from the craft…

Giving Local Writers a Home

This House of Books writes its own story in downtown Billings When you shop at This House of Books in Downtown Billings, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a local author or two. Perhaps they’ll be browsing alongside you, or they’ll be at the counter, hands wrapped round a steaming cup of tea. But more…

Giving From The Kitchen

Recipes that are sure to please this holiday season This is a busy time in the kitchen for many of us. We are creating homemade goodies to give to friends and family. We are hoping to share a little from our home to each hostess who entertains us. It’s also a time we find ourselves…

It’s a (Wo)Man’s World

Taylor Vollum’s family history sparks a career as an electrician You might say Taylor (McCabe) Vollum is drawn to electricity. A class in high school sparked her interest, but Vollum, 24, comes from a long line of electricians. The first woman in her family to join the profession, she’s following in the footsteps of her…

All Boxed Up

Clementine Lindley delivers craftiness right to your door Clementine Lindley hopes that when you hear the name Rita and Betty you think of a couple of housewives from the ’50s, perhaps sitting together at a kitchen table, talking and laughing. Given the era, they’re probably working with their hands while they chat, knitting, mending, or…

Cover Story: Dr. Pat Coon, Research Pioneer

Mentoring women, improving healthcare for all For just shy of three decades, the research arm of Billings Clinic has — with minimal fanfare and perhaps not enough recognition — done much to improve health care delivery in Billings, in the state of Montana and across the country. And for most of its history, the Collaborative…

“My House is Me”

Major overhaul puts a modern touch on living This home feature is brought to you by Freyenhagen Construction – let Freyenhagen Construction put the pieces together for you! If you were to ask retired elementary school teacher Barb Dornfeld what she did on her birthday five years ago, she’d happily fill you in. It was the…

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