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Blaming the Elf

Finding the spirit of Christmas I really cannot be held responsible for the decisions I make, or the words that come out of my mouth during the holidays. I blame candy canes, hot cocoa and the elf that enters my head around Thanksgiving and doesn’t leave until Jan. 2. This little elf, delirious on a…

Moody Floral

Deep, dark blossoms sweep fashion trends It’s a trend that’s sweeping both fashion and home décor, crossing all areas of life and delivering a rich punch of glam. It’s the moody floral — blossoms set on rich, dark shades of burgundy, black or navy. This fresh and modern approach has attracted an incredible following across…

Sharli Ziebarth’s Limber Tree Yoga Studio

A Lesson in Bending, not Breaking When Sharli Ziebarth first unrolled a yoga mat at the Billings YMCA, she was 22 and looking to relieve some pain she’d been experiencing during her pregnancy. That day, she had no idea she was starting a journey toward self-discovery, healing and entrepreneurship. Eleven years later, Sharli is the…

Family’s Mission to Fight Opioid Addiction

Remembering Mary Kate Carol and John Keenan always considered themselves somewhat private people. A series of events in the fall of 2016 changed that. It started with a powerful obituary, a call from a news reporter, and the realization that their 22-year old-daughter, Mary Kate, wouldn’t be coming home after an opioid overdose took her…

Motivated to Move

Four women take a journey toward healthier living Many women experience it. As the years go by, the number on the scale creeps higher. Hormonal imbalances kick into gear, making the struggle to lose weight and keep it off even harder. One pound turns into five and then into 10, 15 or even 20. After…

Brain Cancer Can’t Stop Her

Lisa Demarais is a Workout Warrior On any given day, you might find 36-year-old Lisa Demarais strapping on her rollerblades to hit the sloped trails on the Rims. Other days, she might be front and center at the YMCA taking a Cardio Kickboxing or Boot Camp class. She loves when instructor Jackie Claunch makes her…

Half Her Size

One Billings woman cut flour and sugar to trim the fat Today when Jan Iverson picks up her one-time favorite pair of black dress pants, she can fit both feet through one leg. It’s a picture that’s worth a lifetime of words and underscores a weight loss journey 40 years in the making. “I have…

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Making the cut for American Ninja Warrior Junior

“Queen Beezy” is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse! Her heart was racing. The clock started the countdown to competition and just before the bell sounded to throw her body into action, Brooklyn Sittner looked down to see her parents ready to cheer her on in the highest-profile competition of her 11-year-old life. Out of thousands of entries,…

From Fromberg to Edgar

Six miles of separation By most standards, Fromberg typifies small-town Montana. But if Fromberg is small, that would make Edgar a mere dot on the map. Situated a few miles apart along the winding Clarks Fork River, the “cousin communities” are defined by much more than their relative sizes. Both take pride in their deep…

Raiding Grandma’s Recipe Box for Savory Flavors

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when a family depended on the produce from the summer garden and the chickens and other fowl that populated the yard to feed everyone. Money was scarce and trips to the grocery or general store were carefully planned — not something you did on your way home…

Leave No Woman Behind

Preserving the memory of Montana’s WWI Servicewomen On Memorial Day seven years ago, retired Army Lt. Col. Edward Saunders was placing flags at the white marble gravestones of fallen veterans in Mountview Cemetery in Billings. Each flag was carefully and properly placed, centered one foot in front of the headstone, not touching the ground. After placing…

Firing Up Pie & Friendships

Throwing a Neighborhood Pizza Party Making pizza and later enjoying the fruits of your labor is one of the best ways to connect. Knowing this, I gathered some of the neighborhood women — Jane McCracken, Haven Stuart and Erica Bruen — who did not know each other. My sister, Jana Morrison, was visiting from out…

DIY puts personal flair on display

Creating your own Gallery Wall The gallery wall. You’ve seen this trendy look burning up Pinterest and you know you don’t want to miss out on the fun in designing your own. No matter your style of home or design personality, you can make this project truly one of a kind. If lining up art…

The Perfect Pitch

Asked to fill in as executive director of the Billings Symphony, how could Leslie Blair say no? When Leslie Blair graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in instrumental conducting more than 40 years ago, she thought she’d pursue a career in music. That wasn’t quite how things worked out. Instead, she got…

Changing Course

Celebrating the best you there can be This is such a lovely time of year. The pressure is off, at least for a moment, as swimsuit season is past, giving the perfect gift is still a ways off, and we can hide our hair under a warm hat if we’re having that kind of day….

Heart Gallery: Meet Jon

A teen who has been searching far too long for a forever family Imagine being put in foster care before you even hit kindergarten. Imagine multiple placements over the years, several of which turn out to be group homes. Eight years pass and you’re still falling asleep at night wondering if you’ll ever find a…

10 Tips for a Cozy Living Space

The living room is the heart of every home. It’s a warm and inviting space to gather and enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s a space we can get cozy in when chilly days and cold nights approach. How can you create a cozy place in your home that you’ll never want to…

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