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Still Loving the Hot Wadda

Behind the Scenes at Chico Hot Springs If you’ve lived in the Yellowstone River region for any length of time, you know about Chico Hot Springs. Maybe you have a favorite Chico story or you’ve celebrated a special occasion there with family or friends. Chico Hot Springs got its start in 1900, when Bill and…

Fab, Fit & 40

Resolutions to conquer the challenges and changes of mid life While every season of life brings joys and new discoveries, perhaps no season challenges us more than the decade of our 40s, described by journalist and author Gail Sheehy as “the old age of youth and the infancy of adulthood.” During this season, we might…

It’s a (Wo)Man’s World!

Maranda Ratcliff is on a mission to bring more women outdoors Maranda Ratcliff thought she was going to be an engineer. She worked hard for two years at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and then spent another year and a half at Montana Tech. It was then that she realized her heart wasn’t really into engineering. “I…

All in the Family

Three generations give Marketplace 3301 a special charm   More than a decade ago, Shelly Turk was toying with the idea of starting some kind of business with her daughter, Jennifer Ingraham. They were both lifelong collectors, so Shelly thought maybe they could open an antique store. But they both loved reading, too, so a…

Weathering Life’s Changes

From divorce to death to sudden job changes Fifteen years ago, Lynda Moss lost her husband, Tom, in an auto accident. “I was knocked off my feet,” Lynda says. “I had to redefine myself as a single person. I had new responsibilities.” Intuitively, she knew she needed to reach out to her community, and it…

Winter Warm-Up

Keep the chill at bay with these tasty vegan soups At home, my husband and I embrace a vegan style of cooking and eating. We call ourselves “flexitarians” or “convegans” (vegan when it’s convenient) as we cherish sharing a meal with friends and family who do eat meat and products derived from animals. We value…

Coming Home to Roast

Big Sky Coffee Roasters’ Kelly Cederberg There are at least half a dozen coffee shops on Grand Avenue between downtown Billings and the West End, but there’s only one where you can order a Mikayla. If you do, you’re in for a cinnamon-infused americano at Big Sky Coffee Roasters, a well-kept secret on the 1900…

All that Glitters

Toad N Willow shows off Christmas Trends 2018 It takes only a few moments peering through the front window of Toad N Willow’s new location in downtown Billings to entice you into the holiday spirit. Imagine yourself riding in a one-horse open sleigh on your way to the most extravagantly decorated Christmas party ever. Step…

Motivated to Move

What 8 weeks and new habits mean to 4 Billings women Editor’s Note: In our October/November issue, we introduced you to four women motivated to move toward a healthier life. All four women faced different challenges — hormonal shifts, stress, overworked schedules and a lifetime of unhealthy habits. You can read our first story at…

Planning to Heal

Trauma survivor finds healing through opportunity Sometimes when you need something, there are no good solutions, so you have to just create what you need. That is where Nicole O’Shea was last year, and that was how her company, Sixth and Baker, was born. Sixth and Baker offers a day planner that’s unlike others on…

The Spark behind Mom & Pop Shops

The Power of Shopping Small It didn’t start with the love of flowers, bikes, yarn, cameras or vintage goods. For some Billings entrepreneurs, becoming small-business owners started with a desire to provide the community with a satisfying retail experience and a chance to help build a destination culture in the city. While the shop owners…

Spunky Sarah

Fun-loving kid just wants a forever family Spunky. Loving. Fun. Those are three words used to describe 11-year-old Sarah, a freckle-faced strawberry blonde with smiling eyes who would love nothing more than a stable family life. She’s been in the foster care system for four years and that, social workers say, is just too long….

Stitched from the Heart

Quilters unite to share a little love with those in need For some, scraps of fabric are just that — scraps to be discarded. To others, like Linda Owens, Alice Jagiello and roughly 200 of their Big Sky Quilt Association friends, those scraps are filled with potential. They are the building blocks of something beautiful…

Striving for Net Zero

How to enjoy the holidays without that dreaded weight gain Bring on the eggnog, the sugar cookies, the full holiday spread. Wait. What? Yes, you heard us right. If you ask our Motivated to Move fitness and nutrition experts, the No. 1 way to enjoy the holidays is to truly enjoy the things you love,…

At Home with Carolyn Thayer

Artfully Celebrating the Season of Joy “Come into my Moodio Studio,” says Billings artist Carolyn Thayer as she welcomes you into a world of color. That color begins with Carolyn herself, sporting lavender eyeglass frames and a purple-striped tunic, splotched with bright paint. “This place will change your mood and state of mind,” she continues….

Cover Story: Leading with Heart

Julie Seedhouse’s can-do spirit Pop open the Google calendar on Julie Seedhouse’s phone and you’ll find a down-to-the-minute, color-coded, play-by-play look at her life. There’s the non-profit work, the social events, the Billings Chamber of Commerce board meetings, committee meetings for the Billings Association of Realtors, networking meet-ups, speaking engagements and her cherished family time….

Feeding a Crowd with a Creative Flair

Adding a bit of spice to store-bought goodies What do you do when a crowd is headed to your house and you’ve lost your culinary mojo? Try making something ordinary the base for something creatively fancy. One trip to Costco sparked a whole slew of out-of-the-box inspiration. Spaghetti with marinara spun around a fork, and…

Christmas with the Krafts

Tradition weaves its way through the holidays here At her family’s farmhouse nestled in a rural setting just west of Billings, Lori Stibal-Kraft decks the halls, the front porch, the living room, kitchen, and even the master suite. From jingling sleigh bells and reindeer to elves and tiny houses, it’s Christmas with the Krafts. Every…

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