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The Bane & Blessing of the Garden Zucchini

4 Ways to cook up this plentiful garden gourd What garden vegetable is the most popular here in the U.S., low in calories, easy to grow and great raw or cooked in both savory and sweet dishes? The zucchini, of course. This summer squash, believed to have originated from Central America and Mexico, has been…

Can you Retrain your Brain?

Navigating the Neuro Revolution As you work and go about your day, do you ever stop to consider what’s going on in your body’s own command center? You have 100 billion neurons in your brain, give or take, with 100 trillion connections. Trillions of synapses communicate through an electrochemical process, releasing neurotransmitters to the body….

Go With ‘The Flow’

The connection between your mind & wellness pitfalls Imagine for a minute that you’re driving down a busy street. Suddenly, a car darts out in front of you. You jam the breaks, swerve, and barely miss oncoming traffic. Everyone’s safe. You’ve avoided an accident. You continue on your way, but the close call has your…

From Sea to Shining Sea

Billings woman conquers 50 Half-Marathons in 50 States When Denise Lampi-Kok crossed the finish line at Hawaii’s Aloha Series Half-Marathon on the island of Kauai, she wrapped up much more than a 13.1-mile race. With the crowd cheering, electricity in the air and her ‘glam rock hair band’ music pumping through her ear buds, this…

Catching Dreams

Look What We Found: A Sweet Kind of D.I.Y. In days gone by, Native American legend from the Ojibwa tribe tells the story of the dreamcatcher, a hoop made from willow tree branches adorned with horsehair, feathers, and beads. With prayers woven in, it was designed to serve as a kind of magical web with…

Crafty, Caring & Delighful = Gia

Teen longs for ‘Forever Family’ With a huge smile on her face and wearing a unique black tulle dress with purple accents, 16-year-old Gia posed for the camera knowing memories would be made as she headed off to her very first High School prom. Instead of her mom or dad snapping off the photos, it…

‘Reel Women’

And their fly-fishing adventures “Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”~ Henry David Thoreau On a quiet stretch of river, late in the day, the light is magic on the water, and the water, with a magic of its own, releases a hatch of tiny mayflies….

Campfire Fixins!

Fan the Flames, Feed your Family Whether it’s a weekend in Woodbine or ‘roughing it’ someplace in the Paradise Valley, summertime is synonymous with camping in our family. We can enjoy everything Montana has to offer during these long sunny days. Sitting around the campfire means time with friends, memories made and, of course, sharing…

Creating Curb Appeal

6 Ways to add a little exterior ‘Wow Factor’ Does your home send a positive, inviting vibe to friends and family when they stop by? Does the exterior reflect your personality? When people drive down your street or walk past your house, do they do a double-take? Then, surely, the yard looks well-groomed, the walkway…

Nice Accent!

Goodbye to boring, hello to bold wall design   Transform one wall in any space in your home and it magically adds a touch of drama and makes a statement, becoming the focal point of the room. Whether you embrace an industrial look, get a kick out of country or have a penchant for something…

Healing Bodies, Changing Lives

Michelle Berger promotes wellness through Pure Pilates With slow, graceful movements, Michelle Berger glides across her classroom floor, keeping a close eye on her students. Her t-shirt says it all, “Show up, Roll up & Push Through,” underscoring the can-do spirit she shares with every one of her students. Each detailed command she shares comes…

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Scouting for Scones

Tastings Team savors deliciously crumbly delights The scone conjures images of romance and good manners. A teacup held at the cup’s handle with an extended pinkie presents an air of refinement and exquisite taste. The scone has always been one of the mainstays served for British high tea. The American versions that our Tastings Team…

Gooey Goodness

Brownies take a twist with sweet new flavors Here’s to you, Mrs. Palmer! Just in case you didn’t know it, Bertha Potter Palmer, a wealthy Chicago socialite had a desire for something different for lunch box fare. Thanks to her and an unknown pastry chef at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, we have an…

Tied Up In Knots

The macrame plant hanger comeback! Love it or hate it the décor of the 1970s is sneaking its way back into our homes. Design trends these days includes neutral wood tones and plants in all shapes and sizes. Don’t forget macramé. This knotty craft is also making a comeback. Instead of shunning this 70s vibe,…

A League of Extraordinary Women

On and Off the Greens What is it that excites people to chase a little white ball over hills, through trees, and across water only to land in a pile of sand? Do you wonder how this equates with fun? Have you been asked to join a golf league when you don’t know a driver…

The Wonder of Motherhood

Q & A with ‘Valley’ Moms about the challenges and rewards Being a mom is a wonderful and rewarding job. It is also one of the most challenging jobs any woman can undertake. Balancing work and home life can be daunting. That’s why we asked five incredible moms for some tips on how they manage…

Pampering Mom!

6 Gifts to shower her with thanks this Mother’s Day Mom. She’s that special lady in your life who gave you life. When it comes to honoring her on Mother’s Day, nothing says pampering more than beautiful scents, a day off from the daily duties, or buying a little something that feeds a passion in…

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