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“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…

Filling Cole’s Pantry

Cole Pelican’s memory lives on to help feed the hungry By all accounts, 8-year-old Cole Pelican — with his blond, tousled hair and a sparkle in his eye — was a larger than life kid who loved youth rodeo, enjoyed riding horses and spending time on his family’s farm. He was a ranch kid through…

Melissa Fuller

Woman Advocate ‘Makes it Happen’ The exam rooms hum with activity at Fuller Family Medicine Center. Through the chorus of patients, nurses and office staff, Melissa Fuller talks medical lingo as she whisks into her office just in time for our interview. It’s been scheduled over her brief lunch break. The Scandinavian blond ponytail she’s…

Spunky & Social

Meet 11-year-old Maleaha It takes less than a minute for 11-year-old Maleaha to warm up to folks she doesn’t know. But be warned, she could be mid-sentence and if she sees someone across the way who she knows, she will stop everything just to say, “hi.” As we visit about what feeds her soul, she…

Inspired Learning for 25 years

A walk through Home Science Tools history Walking with a visitor through the front office of Home Science Tools, a Billings-based business she co-owns with her husband, Debbie Schaner pauses just inside the entrance to their 26,000-square-foot warehouse. “It still amazes me every time I come in,” she says. “I’m just amazed. Like, how did…

The Little Black Dress

Rethink this timeless treasure Today’s trendsetters are proving every closet needs a little black dress. This timeless piece of fashion doesn’t need to be used only to express sympathy or be set aside only for ultimate glam. The LBD — as fashionistas call it — doesn’t have to be simplified or paired with stilettos to…

Creative ways to boost girls’ interest

Girls-n-Science, annual STEM event for girls moves to October 12 If you’re looking for hands-on learning to help girls get a glimpse of what it’s like to have a career in STEM, check out the popular Girls-n-Science event, sponsored by Montana State University Billings. Now in its 10th year, the fall event will feature 40-plus…

Are you a slave to your calendar?

Ways to create more time & more freedom This is the time of year when moms and business owners everywhere have to kick life into high gear. With a new school year and the more structured life that comes with fall, we’re forced to flip the switch to planning mode. With added structure, stress isn’t…

At Your Service

DIY Beverage Cart With fall approaching, most of us love to try to soak in as much of the nice weather left before the snow starts to fly. Sitting outside one night, I thought it would be nice to have a beverage cart to keep stocked when our family wants to hang out on the…

Struggle with your relationship with food?

Maybe Intuitive Eating is the answer By Karli Bies, RDN We live in a world full of diet messages, telling us what we should and shouldn’t eat, what’s “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” and to “love your body, but only after you’ve lost weight.” A coworker is doing Whole30. Your mom is trying Weight Watchers, and your…

Teaching Boundaries, Empowering Kids

Anti-bullying program reaches kids in creative ways “Duck!” a boy yells as a bright orange wiffle ball flies across the room and bounces off a desk. Another wiffle ball barely misses the teacher, who doesn’t seem concerned in the least. The whole class is throwing wiffle balls across the room, and that’s just what the…

The Twists & Turns of an Entrepreneur

Billings balloon artist creates a niche for herself The line of children and parents snakes out from Violet Scott’s colorful stand. The sound of their laughter surrounds them. As mothers work to corral the kids eagerly awaiting their turn, a captivated crowd watches as Violet places a deflated balloon over the end of her air…

Cooking Together

Nourishing & Nurturing Lives “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”  ― Marvin J. Ashton Kim Hauptman possesses all the ingredients for nourishing, nurturing and understanding. For nearly three decades,…

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