Too much time swiping, liking, clicking and snapping?

It might be time to break up with your Smartphone How often do you pick up your phone and unlock it for one reason or another? The answer might surprise you. Apple, the maker of the iPhone, conducted a study recently that shed some light on just how attached we are to our phones. It…

Trends in Outdoor Living

Creating a staycation in your own backyard Gone are the days when patio living meant adding a few plants and a few plastic lounge chairs to a small concrete slab off the back of a home. Today, people are choosing to invest in their outdoor spaces, creating a little peace and tranquility in the process….

Small town has a big heart for veterans 

Nearly 500 local veterans honored in roadside display in Roberts There’s something to behold in little Roberts, Montana. Twice a year, around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, hundreds of white crosses line the highway. American flags wave above the names of deceased local veterans printed on each marker, a solemn tribute to those who gave…

Mom Invents Life Saving ID

Giving parents peace of mind & keeping kids safe one tag and bag at a time Inspiration is a spark that’s not easily extinguished. Lisa Cords, founder and CEO of Medikids, found her spark in the middle of a snowstorm on Interstate 25. Ten years later, her inspiration is still aflame. Lisa remembers the day…

The Grotto

Three Sisters & The Kombucha Bar Sisters Katie, AshIey and Allison Klaus believe in healthy living. They talk the talk and walk the walk every day while serving delicious vegan fare and kombucha at their downtown restaurant. The Grotto Kombucha Taproom and Eatery, located on Montana Avenue, is, according to the trio, the “first and…

Backing the Blue

Wife of injured Billings police officer takes fight for injured officers to our nation’s capital The silvery scars that run up and down Ladd Paulson’s legs serve as a faint reminder of the not one but two near-fatal motorcycle crashes he suffered while on the job as a Billings police officer. The first happened in…

FOODERTAINMENT

When food becomes the life of the party Foodertainment. It’s a clever way to teach and feed guests. It’s a chance to try new flavors and having a hand in creating it all together. Stella Fong, Yellowstone Valley Woman contributor, cookbook author, and host of the monthly “Flavors Under the Big Sky” on Yellowstone Public…

It’s a (Wo)Mans’ World: Letting the Dirt Fly

Sisterhood formed with women-only dirt bike Club   If you picture the dirt flying off-road, accompanied by the unique sound of a dirt bike revving its engine on the way to tackling the next challenging hill, you might not think the rider under that blacked-out helmet is a woman. Bobbi Jo Massic, a veterinarian by…

A Friendship to Last a Lifetime

What 60 years of friendship taught these women (and can teach you too) Experts say that if you have a friendship that’s lasted longer than seven years, there is a good chance it will last a lifetime. Forever friends are a rare gem. They are few and far between. They are priceless when they last….

Lessons from Mom

  On the day my mom turned 59, about 1,200 Southwest Airlines employees sent her cards, wishes, flowers and gifts. The one and only Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines’ C.E.O., called her, and his lovely assistant, Carolyn, sent Mom a one-of-a-kind glass heart that still hangs in Mom’s window, almost 20 years later. This is not…

Artsy & Kind

The Heart Gallery’s 10-year-old Kenzie If you sit down with 10-year-old Kenzie, it doesn’t take long for her personality to shine. “If someone has a pencil, I’ll just start drawing,” she says as she flips open an empty page on her favorite sketch book. “I like drawing. I like drawing cats that are people.” After…

Feel Good Fashion

Slip them on, support a cause When it comes to fashion, buying from brands that align with our values is a trend that’s been simmering for more than a few years. Today, in addition to some tried-and-true favorite brands that publicly support great causes, there are some smaller players hoping to make a philanthropic splash….

Healing from the Trauma

Human trafficking survivor has Her Refuge to thank for her life Tucked inside a booth at midtown coffee shop, 54-year-old Marie* tugs nervously at her sleeves and shifts a bit in her seat. Her eyes scan the room as she starts to recall a painful snippet of time that she’s tried for more than 40…

The Face of a Human Trafficker

Terrance Edwards, sentenced to 30 years for sex trafficking What started as an apparently innocent connection on Facebook led one woman into almost two years’ bondage in a statewide sex trafficking ring. Ultimately, her bravery led to the arrest and conviction of Terrance Edwards, 36, a pimp with connections to Missoula and Billings. In their…

A Refuge for Her

Couple sells everything to shelter victims of human trafficking Above the rustic fireplace in the home of Sammy and Britney Higgs, the words on a hand-painted wooden sign pretty much sum up their work these days. It reads, “Perfect love drives out fear.” They have had to drive out their share of fear over the…

Doggone Good!

Give your pup some treats baked up with love I will admit it. I’m a dog person. I grew up with dogs. My husband grew up with dogs and we have always had one or two by our sides. Our dogs are family. Years ago, I started making my own dog treats after finding a…

Salute Celebrates 35 Years

YWCA’s Major Fund and Friend-raiser sparks community spirit At 85 years old, Maria Beltran-Jensen still spends time in the courtroom, legally representing those who may not otherwise be able to afford a lawyer. Most of her work as an attorney is pro-bono through Montana Legal Services. Each case reminds her a little bit of her…

A Heartwarming Tale

Max the Prison Paws pup is now larger than life After spending 20 years in front of an elementary school classroom, Donna Cochran always loved reading stories to children. As a teacher, her favorite activity was helping students write and illustrate their own books. But, over the course of all of those years, she never…

Hopping Into Easter

DIY candy dish is as sweet as the treats it holds If you’re looking for an easy way to bring a little spring into your home décor, thanks to a few figurines and some chalk paint, you can have an inexpensive project that is just as sweet as the treats it will hold. You may…

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