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Fall Into Fun!

6 easy, breezy ways to celebrate the season Love the changing leaves and the crisp autumn air? Why not get out and seize some of fall’s bountiful beauty? We’ve got some ways for you to kick-start a celebration of the season before it fades. GET LOST Grab the family and set out on a mission…

Girl Power!

Amazing kids doing amazing things Kids are changing the world. Did you know that five out of every ten children (ages 12 to 18) volunteer their time for a good cause? Each year, they give more than 1.3 billion community service hours to make a difference in the lives of others. Here in the Yellowstone…

Layer Up Your Style

YVW”s Fall Fashion Hit List! It”s almost that puzzling time in Montana when we aren”t sure when the first major cold snap will hit or if we will still have a generous supply of glorious short-and-sandal, rocking, sun-filled days ahead.  Never fear. We”ve asked some local fashionistas how we can all stylishly transition from summer…

Ready for a Glamp Out?

Mother & Daughter put a new spin on nature-loving getaways Shari Nault has officially left city living in Billings behind to “camp out” with her daughter, Heidi Martincic.  Nault, however, isn”t roughing it, sleeping on the ground or crawling into a tent. She”s taken up “glamping” instead. What”s glamping? It”s glamorous camping and Shari and…

Learning From Home

One family proves that educating at home = success From the quiet, lush, still-wide-open prairie of rural Ballantine, 25 miles east of Billings, there lives a modern-day family who could easily be the mirror image of one living 100 years ago. Their faith and values are traditional. They take care of their neighbors without hesitation,…

Bringing Home the Spirit!

Billings gym puts competitive cheer on the Magic City map In an unassuming gym situated off Grand Avenue, you can hear the base thumping and shouts from coaches and kids as you walk up. “One and two and three and four….” can be heard with a military-like cadence. Walk inside and you”ll see kids as…

The Educational Fast Track

Why 2- or 3-year degrees might be a wave of the educational future There”s an educational trend that has been brewing across the nation and it is one that is very alive here in the Yellowstone Valley. It”s one that gives students a deep focus in their field of study. On the average, the cost…

Back to School (Health) Check List

One school nurse sounds off on getting your kids ready The fall wardrobe is in. The pencils are sharpened and your kids are waiting with anticipation to see who their teacher will be. The back to school shopping lists might be crossed off, but are your children mentally and physically ready to be launched into…

Girl Scouts Looking for Leaders!

Do you have time to be a positive role model? Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is in need of volunteers and troop leaders in Billings! Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming covers over 245,000 square miles, 79 counties and in our council area there are over 128,000 girls that need a positive role model…

Tastings: Savoring Summer

Why not taste a few “beginnings” on the patio? Editor’s Note: Tastings is a brand new column based on the discovery of food and drink by women who find flavor in life and living. Each issue, Stella Fong and her Tastings Team will search out new flavors that will hopefully bring you joy and satisfaction in…

Keep Those Memories Close

Create crafty kids with these capture the moment coasters Summer is the perfect time to bring out the creative sides of your kids. This project not only keeps them busy, but helps keep those summer memories close. When you snap that picture-perfect moment, don’t keep the image on your camera or stuff the copies in…

Billings’ First Women-Only Motorcycle Club

Hitting the open road with the Tenacious Dames As the engine roars on the candy apple red Harley-Davidson Softail Slim, you can see the flaming skull emblazoned on the bike’s oil pan.  Silver flowing hair hangs out from beneath the rider’s black skullcap. You probably wouldn’t think this is the dream ride for a woman…

Calming the Wanderlust

Grace Hines is an unassuming adventurer, avid opportunist Grace Hines would hardly describe herself as an adventurer. Nor would she consider her life anything extraordinary. But, how many 79-year-olds would take off, alone, to drive down the Baja? Or spend Montana winters, in a cabin, with no running water? From “manning” a fire tower on…

Steering Your Teen In the Right Direction

Keeping them safe behind the wheel How many times have you driven down the road, only to see a distracted teen behind the wheel texting, talking or checking messages? It’s commonplace. It’s one of the main reasons why teen driving remains a risky business. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “per…

Fashion After 50!

Bring out your inner fashion goddess at every age Timeless and Effortless — that’s how you could describe fashion fit for the mature woman. Throw out the so-called fashion rules from days gone by. Never before have mature women looked so classic, put together and appropriately trendy. Whether you are spending your free time with…

Fighting a Hidden Disability

Keeping an eye out for undetected vision problems Can a bright child struggle in reading, writing, spelling and math?  Can a bright child spend hours attempting to complete school assignments?  Can a bright child feel he/she is “stupid” and have low self-esteem? Can a child be smart in everything but school?  The unfortunate truth is…

Preventing the Summer Reading Slide

Encourage your child to pick up a good book… or two Summer has finally embraced Montana after a record-breaking, bitterly cold and snowy winter. No doubt about it – we won’t drag our flip-flopped feet in search of some very-welcomed, sun-kissed R&R. Books might not be the first thing to toss into the beach bag…

Fire Up the Grill!

No kitchen needed for this family friendly dinner! It may seem premature to talk about grilling but with all the winter weather we”ve had, my family is sure ready to fire up the grill! We take in the warm weather to the fullest extent and are constantly on the go. When the weather turns nice,…

DIY Herb Garden

Bottle up some windowsill fun with this “green” family project On April 22 of this year, millions from far and wide will celebrate the earth and look to sustainable ways to live each and every day with Earth Day. To pay homage to this day, we decided to cultivate green thumbs far and wide with…

Cultivating Conversation

Talking with your kids in a “yep” and “nope” world We’ve all been there. You pick your child up from school or an after school event and as soon as she steps foot in the car, there’s nothing but the hum of the engine or light sounds coming from the radio. You try to spark…

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