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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…

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…

Cover Story: Carrie Rigney

Changing the world, one person at a time Carrie Rigney woke one morning with a feeling she couldn’t shake. Earlier that week, she had met Laura, a longtime resident of Eagle Cliff Manor, a nursing home where Carrie once worked. The old woman had never been able to see, hear or speak, and she had…

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…

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