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November/December 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide Odyssey of a Little Black Dress KC Symphony Guild’s Homes of Note Tour

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10:00 am - 8:00 pm $15 IN ADVANCE $20 AT THE DOOR

Tour three beautifully decorated homes in Staley Farms Golf Community (Located In Kansas City, North)

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THE premier magazine for Kansas City’s Northland

November/December 2015 Volume 3, Number 6


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Snow days up North HOMES TOUR

Homes of Note tour FASHION FORWARD

Odyssey of a little black dress FEATURE

Holiday Gift Guide


7 | Editor’s Note 8 | Northland Events 10 | News & Notes 17 | Pet Care: Arthritis 18 | Book Club 20 | Kallie’s Kitchen: Sweet dreams 22 | Homes of Note tour 27 | Nutrition: Holiday weight gain 28 | Bean Baron: On mentoring 29 | A bit farther North 38 | Marketing: Business books 40 | Home Design: Christmas decor 42 | Fitness: Holiday exercise 44 | DIY Diva: Homemade holiday 46 | Real Estate: Homes tour 48 | Movie Reviews 50 | Closing Thoughts


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Counting our blessings


e all have cherished traditions during the holidays. A favorite of mine involves a beloved movie from 1954 – “White Christmas” – a visual spectacle of sequins, snow, and dance steps that takes me back to a simpler time. Every year, I crawl into bed and watch the movie with my kids, the beautiful dresses and holiday classics a perfect opportunity to pause amidst holiday chaos and lose myself in the magic of it all. If I could wrap up a quiet moment of reflection as a gift for all of you, I would; perhaps the next best thing is to create Tiffany Westphal Killoren an issue full of the spirit, hope, and joy of Editor-in-chief OF ENVISION® PLAN the season. 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Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30-11 a.m. North Kansas City Hospital Cost: $20 per person Register at nkch.org or call 816-691-1690 Calling all gentlemen! Before holiday activities start, come join healthcare professionals from North Kansas City Hospital for health screenings, including a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood draw.


Sunday, Nov. 15, 3-6 p.m. VIP Special Events in downtown Parkville Admission: free; 816-517-8834 Visit local awesome vendors at our fall bridal show with great appetizers, cakes, drinks, music and more.


Monday, Nov. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. North Kansas City Hospital Cost: free; registration is required Register at nkch.org or call 816-691-1690 Get through the holidays with joy, peace and love by doing what you love to do, connecting with people, eating good food and monitoring your health with Jennifer Ozick, registered dietician.


Friday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m. Historic Downtown Parkville Admission: free This 23rd annual holiday celebration is sure to create lasting memories for everyone in the family. Enjoy live entertainment including Park Hill School District children’s choir, fun things to see and do, delicious dining and treats, plus the famous holiday fireworks.


Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m. Zona Rosa Town Square Admission: free Zona Rosa will kick off the 2015 holiday season with a special lighting ceremony to spotlight the large crowns hung above the streets, as well as the featured 50 foot Christmas tree in Town Square. Includes the official arrival of the holiday Fairy Princess & Santa Claus!


Friday, Nov. 20, 6-9 p.m. VIP Special Events, downtown Parkville 816-517-8834 Tickets: $5 per person; ages 2 and under free (cost for a photo and a ticket is $15) While checking out Parkville’s Christmas on the River that Parkville offers; come meet Olaf and friends. Warm up at a hot cocoa bar and get a professional picture with Olaf and friends. We have an awesome face painter as well before you head back out into Christmas on the River.


Saturday, Nov. 28, 2 p.m. www.historicdowntownliberty.org Come down to Historic Downtown Liberty for an afternoon of family fun featuring photos with Santa (2–4 p.m.), horse-drawn wagon rides (2–4 p.m.), s’mores and refreshments, crafts for kids, live music and the annual tree lighting ceremony.



Saturday, Dec. 5, 8-11 a.m. American Legion Post 318, Parkville, MO Admission: $6 per person/child Bring the little ones to Historic Downtown Parkville for a special treat – breakfast, music, crafts, merriment and Santa Claus.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Shoal Creek Living History Museum Admission: $5 per person (ages 5 and under free) 816-792-2655 shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com Take a break from the present and experience a 19th Century Christmas. Join us for a walking tour through our holiday decorated homes and log cabins of the 1800s. Re-enactors bring the village to life while you see how Swedish immigrants celebrated Santa Lucia Day.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Penguin Park, N. Vivion Road, KCMO Experience the wonder of the season at Kansas City’s holiday tradition, Santa’s Wonderland! Gather friends and family and spend an evening celebrating the holidays with festive live music, entertainment by the Starlight STARS of Tomorrow, the Rockin’ Rob Show, light displays and, of course, a visit from Santa and his friends. Free and open to the public.


Thursday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. VIP Special Events in downtown Parkville 816-517-8834, www.vipspecialeventsllc.com Bring in the new year in style and get dressed up with your mask and come celebrate with a champagne toast and balloon drop.




Adorn Style Show promotes local boutiques


ith a theme of “Timeless Beauty,” the 2015 Adorn Style Show & Brunch fused fashion, fun and philanthropy. Emcee Michelle Davidson, host of KSHB-TV’s Kansas City Live, welcomed more than 600 guests attending the event Sept. 19 in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall. Hosted by the Harvest Ball Society, the show featured the latest clothing from Kansas City area boutiques, as well as creations from emerging designers. They included: Alaskan Fur, Alicia Janesko Caftans & Resort Wear, Alysa Rene Boutique, Amelia’s, Croquet, CW Boutique, Design in the City, Dillard’s, Finishings For Her, Gown Gallery, La~de~da and Tip Top Tux. Legacy Sponsors for Adorn were Saint Luke’s North Hospital, Senior Star at Wexford Place and Wexford Place Assisted Living & Memory Support by Senior Star. Haute Couture sponsor was Landers’ Visions, LLC;

Photography by Lai Xu – Bokeh Story Photos.

Glitterati Sponsor was HERLIFE Magazine; and Bijoux Sponsors were GreenTie.com Internet Marketing and Kendra Scott Jewelry. “Proceeds from the Adorn Style Show & Brunch help the Harvest Ball Society fund

grants to 30 local charities that primarily serve people in need in the Northland,” said Christine Evans, 2015 president of the Harvest Ball Society.

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Featured artists Holly Ann Schenk and Jeffery C. Porter

ArtsKC announces chairmen & artists


rtsKC – Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce Terry and Zulema Bassham as Honorary Chairs for the 13th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon to be held on Feb. 25, 2016, at the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom. Event Co-Chairs Rachel Merlo and Dale Trott are leading this effort with a bold move to a new location, on a new date, and featuring new award categories to align with ArtsKC’s strategic focus to support, promote and advocate for the arts.    “Our event theme this year is amplify, and we are committed to filling our larger venue with diverse performances and an art-infused program,” says Rachel Merlo, Google Community Impact Manager.  ArtsKC has selected Holly Ann Schenk and Jeffery C. Porter to be the featured artists for the event. Their collaborative work will be the focus of a pre-event exhibition. They will create unique works of art to be presented as awards to local businesses and individuals honored at the event for exemplary leadership in the arts. Schenk and Porter will also create coordinating table décor for the luncheon. Schenk was an art director at Hallmark Cards for many years, and teaches art to students of all ages and skill levels. Her current passion is painting, especially with acrylics and pastels.  Porter is the owner of Furniture Solutions, LLC in North Kansas City. His extensive background in furniture design, restoration and repair has enabled him to produce modern wood-based sculptures of unique and enduring character.  For more information about the luncheon or to purchase tickets, visit artskc.org/awards. For more on the artists, visit hollyannschenk. com and kcfurnituresolutions.com.







Meritas and Hy-Vee launch express care clinic in the Northland


executive vice president, chief administrative officer and vice chairman. Meritas Health Express clinics will be staffed by advanced nurse practitioners with medical oversight provided by primary care physicians from Meritas Health, the largest network of providers in the Northland. Open seven days a week, the clinics will provide non-urgent care services for adults and children 18 months and older. Services include immunizations, physical exams, wellness screenings, and treatment for minor illnesses, injuries and skin conditions. “Through our electronic medical record system, Meritas Health Express is connected to North Kansas City Hospital, Meritas Health and other providers, allowing for seamless patient referrals when necessary,” said Coventon. “We are proud to announce our first clinic with Hy-Vee, a company whose values and community spirit align with our own,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO at North Kansas City Hospital. “As the Northland continues to grow and we announce additional locations, these clinics will enable us to provide additional healthcare services to the community.”



eritas Health, a subsidiary of North Kansas City Hospital, is announcing it will open five express care clinics in the Northland over the next two years. The first Meritas Health Express walk-in clinic will open in the Liberty HyVee, located at 109 N. Blue Jay Drive, in late November. “Our goal with Meritas Health Express is to provide convenient and affordable non-emergency care to people who live and work in the Northland,” said Linda Coventon, Meritas Health network executive. “We want to be responsive to the changing needs of healthcare consumers by offering a complementary and supportive supplement to traditional doctors’ offices. Hy-Vee is a natural fit for our first clinic as they, like Meritas Health, are focused on improving the health of the communities we serve.” “Hy-Vee’s top priority is taking care of its customers. With the new Meritas Health Express walk-in clinic, our customers will not only have access to our in-store dietitians and pharmacists, but now they will be able to seek health, wellness and preventive care services all in one stop,” said Andy McCann, Hy-Vee’s

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Caring for hospice patients’ pets


orthCare Hospice, a local not-forprofit hospice agency, will begin offering in-home volunteer pet care services for people who may be struggling to care for their beloved animals, while they are coping themselves with a life limiting illness. The agency is partnering with Banfield Charitable Trust and has received a grant to implement the Pet Peace of Mind program, which offers assistance to people who are unable to maintain routine health care and nutrition to their pets because of their own financial or physical limitations.  The assistance may come in the form of pet food, exercise and play time, transportation to veterinary and grooming appointments, vaccinations, or boarding and may also assist with permanent placement if and when the patient can no longer care for their pet.  “Pets are often times the forgotten family member when end of life care is occurring,” says Pam Barrett, Executive Director of NorthCare Hospice. “When someone knows their pet is being cared for and will be taken care of in the future, this truly brings peace of mind to the owner so they can focus on their own needs.”  For more information, visit northcarehospice.org.

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Synergy Services helps people overcome violence


here does the child rescued from an abusive home, the teen running away from violence or the woman desperate to escape her abuser turn? In our community, the answer is often Synergy Services. The non-profit agency opened its doors in Parkville more than 40 years ago as Synergy House, the only shelter for runaway and homeless youth in western Missouri. In the years since, the organization’s reach expanded to include young children and women victimized by abuse, and to address a range of issues that contribute to and result from family violence. Now serving metro-wide with multiple facilities throughout the Northland, Synergy provides a full range of services to give victims of family violence safety, support and the strength needed to change their lives. The agency also works to prevent violence by teaching healthy relationship skills to avoid bullying and teen dating violence, by supporting young parents and struggling families, and by holding abusers accountable to change their behavior through long-term mental health focused treatment. “I think we really live up to our name with the blend of services we provide,” said Robin Winner, Synergy’s executive director. “The synergy that happens here as we address the entire continuum of family violence enhances the quality of each service we provide and is truly unique in our community.” So much so that Synergy’s approach was

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hailed as a model for agencies nationwide in a recent visit from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials who also declared Synergy’s state-of-the-art programs “among the very best in the United States.” BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE Unfortunately, the need for those programs often outpaces Synergy’s capacity. A heartbreaking example is Synergy’s Children’s Center, where more than 300 children had to be turned away last year because there was no room at the shelter. To address this gap, Synergy broke ground on a new children’s center campus in October with plans to open in October 2016. The agency is in the midst of a growth campaign that will not only allow the construction of the new campus dedicated solely to children who have experienced abuse, trauma, or a serious family crisis, but also to

renovate SafeHaven, the agency’s shelter for battered women and their children. Liberty resident Timothy Laycock, is a partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP and Chairman of the Board for Synergy. He is passionate about Synergy’s impact on the lives of people who have experienced trauma that most can’t even imagine. He described the growth project as transformative for the agency. “By relocating our children’s center from SafeHaven to a dedicated facility, we can utilize the space formerly occupied at SafeHaven to also expand and improve our services for the women and children housed there,” said Laycock. “Just as Synergy is giving people the ability and power to transform their lives, this campaign gives Synergy the capacity to build on successes and strengthen programs even further.” For more information, visit www.synergyservices.org.

Lewis and Clark award winner


orthlander Dan Sturdevant received a Lewis and Clark award at the national convention of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (www.lewisandclark.org) at the Argosy Hotel in Riverside. Dan received the award on Aug. 3 for distinguished service in promoting the American history and sites of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Presenting the award is Pres. Harry Truman impersonator Neil Johnson. Dan, who lives with his wife Mary Lee in the Northland, has worked for many years, traveling from East to West coast, to promote Lewis and Clark, such as the June 1804 expedition camp at Kaw Point in Kansas City. 14 | N O R T H M A G A Z I N E | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5



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Snow days Ice skating

Tree farms

Skiing & snowboarding

FULK FARMS 23400 Hwy 92 Platte City, MO 64079 816-858-2467 Opens the Friday after Thanksgiving at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Friday (noon- 5 p.m.) / Saturday & Sunday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

THE RINK AT BURLINGTON CREEK 6109 NW 63rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64151 (816) 249-2600 Opens Thanksgiving Day LINDEN SQUARE 602 NE 70th Street Gladstone, MO

SNOW CREEK Snow Creek Drive, Weston, MO 816-640-2200 www.skisnowcreek.com

Sled hills

WATERWORKS PARK Waterworks Road & N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO

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Holiday lights & activities ZONA ROSA HOLIDAY LIGHTING CEREMONY Zona Rosa Town Square Nov. 21 (~6 p.m.) KRUG PARK 3500 St. Joseph Ave. St. Joseph, MO Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 (6-10 p.m.) HYDE PARK 8th & Hyde Park Ave. St. Joseph, MO Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 (6-10 p.m.) SANTA’S WONDERLAND: PENGUIN PARK N. Vivion Road & N. Norton Ave. Dec. 5 (5:30-7:30 p.m.)



hether you’re the person who hopes that the snow never comes, or the one who still likes to catch the flakes on your tongue and start snowball fights, there is one thing for certain – winter is just around the corner. No matter your views on Old Man Winter, make the most of the season by taking in one of the many family-friendly activities and events in the Northland.


What to do about your pet’s arthritis


ith our pets living longer comes the inevitable wear and tear on the joints that lead to arthritis. Osteoarthritis leads to chronic pain that can significantly diminish a pet’s quality of life. Animals hide discomfort and may suffer in silence outside of an occasional limp or decreased desire for active play. So it is important to be on the lookout for signs of discomfort and discuss any changes you notice with your veterinarian. Osteoarthritis is a chronic and progressive disease. It is not “cured,” but rather managed and its progression can be slowed. The first and possibly most important management tool is to keep your pet’s weight down to minimize stress on the joints. The next step is to control pain and inflammation that result from the arthritis with a combination of good nutrition, supplements, as well as non-invasive treatments such as cold laser therapy and acupuncture. And, of



course there are many medications designed specifically for controlling the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. There is no single treatment that will work on all patients and often the best results are achieved with a combination of the above options. Each patient is different and the best combination is often the result of trial and measured response. In our practice, we have the most consistent success with the use of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (Metacam or Rimadyl) used in combination with a quality joint supplement containing



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Jim Sparks, DVM, is a lifelong Northlander working at Eagle Animal Hospital, Inc. Dr. Sparks has always practiced at Eagle and in 1995, he became the third owner of the practice. Dr. Sparks and Eagle Animal Hospital have received multiple awards including Holt multiple “Best in the Northland” and the “Pro Patria Award,” the highest honor given to civilian employers by the U.S. Department of Defense.

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glucosamine and chondroitin (Dasuquin). We have also seen many patients benefit from the use of our cold laser therapy equipment to specifically target the painful joints. Where appropriate, we will add additional supplements like the fatty acids DHA and EPA, as well as an injectable product like Adequan to improve overall joint health. The list of treatment options available is too great to cover here, but if you have a pet over 8 years old, it is likely to have some Lathrop degree of arthritis present, so consult with your veterinarian.


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Books to curl up with ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE By Anthony Doerr


All the Light We Cannot See, is a compelling coming of age story for a boy and a girl in Western Europe during WWII. Werner is a young German boy who grew up in an orphanage and overcame his outcast status through his phenomenal engineering abilities. While still a teenager, Werner was recruited by the Nazis to serve as a radio technician, and his life is subsequently shaped by his exposure to the Nazi methodology and his military service. Werner will have the opportunity to stand up for his beliefs on his final assignment, where he is asked to locate enemy radio signals and silence them in the seaside village of Saint-Malo. Saint-Malo, a quiet French village, serves as the nexus for Werner, Marie-Laure, and the Allied victory over the Nazis. Marie-Laure is a blind French girl who is raised by her widowed father in Paris. As the Nazis move toward Paris, Marie-Laure and her father are forced to flee to SaintMalo. Marie-Laure comes of age while living under Nazi occupation in Saint-Malo and her engagement in covert activities to assist the Allied forces steers her in the direction of Werner while he is looking to uncover subversive radio signals in the small coastal town. Doerr is able to weave together a complex network of events that combine to form an intricate tapestry of the lives of a young boy and girl and how they are able to cope with the circumstances that they encounter in war torn Europe. The underlying message for the story emphasizes doing what is morally right, even when there are consequences. This tragic historical novel unravels the life stories of Warner and Marie-Laure with the message to readers to follow your conscience.

Murder on the Champ de Mars is the latest book in Black’s popular Parisian mystery series, Aimee Leduc Investigation. In this novel, Aimee appears to have it all, the looks and fashion sense of a Parisian model, and the crime fighting ability of one of France’s premiere detectives. Aimee’s investigative abilities and her detective agency are both legacies from her father, a former police detective who was killed under questionable circumstances shortly after his retirement from the force. Aimee’s latest case is connected to her father’s murder and leads her down a trail of corruption within the Paris police force, while juggling the care of her infant daughter, Chloe. She is faced with trouble on all fronts as she attempts to rescue an elderly gypsy woman and her son who have ties to her father’s murder. And if that was not enough, Aimee’s former lover and Chloe’s father pops back into her life, married to another woman, and seeking custody of Chloe. Aimee’s inquiries into the cover-up of her father’s murder will lead her to a killer that is closer to home than she ever realized. Black reveals her prowess as a top-notch mystery writer with this fast-paced, Paris centered saga. Readers will be kept on the edge of their seats as they follow Aimee on her latest investigation through many of France’s well known landmarks. As always, Black delivers a captivating tale with some unexpected twists and an ending that will keep readers wanting more.


LynnDee Wathen is a librarian by day and a grad student/blogger by night. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and is currently studying to get her Master’s in Library Science. LynnDee has worked in libraries for the past seven years and currently works at the Parkville Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. Her favorite genres are historical fiction, young adult (YA) dystopian, women’s history and mysteries. For more information about the Mid-Continent Public Library: www.mymcpl.org 816-741-4721

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Sweet dreams for the holidays By Kallie Schaefer


o matter how much we plan, it seems we always run out of time to shop, bake, and take those moments to enjoy the magic of the holiday season. My solution? Combine all of those things by giving loved ones a gift that will be savored (while avoiding all mall lines). The recipes below are perfect for gift-giving – you can

package the mixed nuts in a mason jar with a festive ribbon, the white cranberry pistachio bark in a cute holiday themed bag, and bake the brownies in a disposable pan with personalized holiday card attached. Because the holidays are really about expressing an appreciation for the loved ones in our life, consider giving them a gift from the heart this year that will give them the sweetest of dreams.

WHITE CRANBERRY PISTACHIO BARK l ½ cup pistachios l ½ cup dried cranberries l ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt l 24 oz. white chocolate chips Place the pistachios inside a small, sealed plastic baggie. Using the back of a rolling pin, smash them a few times to break into smaller pieces. Place a pot with 2-3 inches of water on the stove and bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Set a glass bowl on top of the pot, being sure it doesn’t touch the water and pour in the white chocolate chips. Stir frequently, until the chips have thoroughly melted and are smooth. Working quickly, spread the melted white chocolate evenly onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the pistachios, cranberries and sea salt evenly across and lightly press down with your hands to make sure they are secure. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the white chocolate to harden. Remove from refrigerator and cut or break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature. 20 | N O R T H M A G A Z I N E | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5


Kallie Schaefer is out to inspire people to get back in the kitchen to start cooking. She is a wife, a dogmom, a barista at a local coffee shop and a food blogger. She wants to show that you don’t need a culinary degree or any formal training to be able to put a delicious, homecooked meal on the table. www.kallieschaefer.com www.facebook.com/kallieschaeferrecipes

CINNAMON SPICED MIXED NUTS l ½ teaspoon cinnamon l ½ teaspoon ground ginger l 1 teaspoon sweet paprika l ½ teaspoon salt l ¼ cup brown sugar l ¼ cup butter l 1 cup salted peanuts l 1 cup unsalted whole almonds l 1 cup unsalted pecan halves l 1 cup unsalted cashews Combine the spices, salt and brown sugar and set aside. In a large dry pan, over medium-low heat, add the nuts. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted. About 5 minutes. Add the spice mixture and butter and stir thoroughly to coat all of the nuts evenly. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is mostly absorbed. About 4 minutes. Spread the nuts evenly on a parchment lined baking tray and allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.



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Brownie batter for a 9x9 pan, prepared according to package directions or homemade 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup powdered sugar ½ tablespoon flour 2-3 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies

Preheat oven to 350°F Pour the brownie batter into a lightly greased 9x9 baking dish and set aside. Combine the cream cheese, egg, vanilla, powdered sugar and flour in a bowl with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter and swirl together using a knife to create a marbled pattern. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies. Cool completely and then refrigerate.


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2015 Homes of Note Tour Kansas City Symphony Guild Showcases Three Homes in Staley Farms


ansas City Symphony Guild will host the 41st annual Homes of Note Tour at Staley Farms Private Golf Community on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three fabulous homes will be lavishly decorated for the holidays. The tour also includes the Holiday Boutique, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, at the Staley Farms Golf Course Club and Fitness Center, located at 10310 N. Olive, Kansas City, MO 64155. Products available this year include Bozzetta’s hand-woven fabric apparel, Carolyn Henson artwork, and Jane Howard’s Santas. Other

featured vendors are India Hicks, Inc., Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and Adventures with Tea. In addition, the Guild will host its own Christmas ornament shop. Lunch is available for purchase at the clubhouse the day of the tour. There are several convenient ways to purchase tickets for the tour. Tickets can be purchased for $16 online at www.kcsymphonyguild.org, or for $15 from Price Chopper, Hy-Vee, and Hen House grocery stores in the Northland. Tickets are available at the door the day of the event for $20. All proceeds from the Homes of Note

Tour benefit Kansas City Symphony.

The Kansas City Symphony Guild


ansas City Symphony Guild was organized in 1971 as the Philharmonic Guild North, with the purpose to support and promote the Kansas City Philharmonic. In 1983-84 the Kansas City Philharmonic disbanded and reorganized as the Kansas City Symphony. The Philharmonic Guild North subsequently was renamed the Kansas City Symphony Guild. It is one of six volunteer auxiliary organizations that are currently affiliated with the Symphony. The Kansas City Symphony Guild is interested in welcoming women who would like to be part of an organization that has provided strong support for the Kansas City Symphony in Kansas City since 1971. Members enjoy participating in fun and exciting events while making new friends. Annually the Guild hosts two major events. The second Wednesday in November, the Guild welcomes guests to the Homes of Note Tour. Homes decorated for the holiday are opened to visitors. A Boutique filled with a wide variety of offerings

from local vendors is also part of this event that signals the beginning of the holiday season for many Tour guests. The Symphony Guild’s spring event, the Cabaret Concert, is the only time the amazing Kansas City Symphony plays north of the river. This spectacular evening includes silent and live auctions, sit-down dinner and a concert by the full Symphony. It is an event not to be missed. Additionally, one Sunday each December the Guild helps feed the entire Symphony, including the symphony Chorus and production crew. This is a perfect opportunity to meet the musicians in person. Aside from providing support to the Symphony, Guild members have the opportunity to participate in several special events. During the 2015-16 season, Guild members will enjoy a Symphony dress rehearsal, including a luncheon and tour of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a Pre-Party the night before the Homes of Note Tour, a Happy Hour organ concert, a Classics Uncorked Concert and a

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Screenland at the Symphony event. All activities are either free or at reduced prices. Members attend meetings at 9:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, September through May, at Northcross Methodist Church, 1321 NE Vivion Road in the Northland. Programs presented at these meetings promote interest in the Kansas City Symphony and often feature discussion and performance by orchestra members.

The Kansas City Symphony Guild wants YOU! For more information on becoming a member, visit kcsymphonyguild.org or contact Linda at 816.699.6769.



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t’s an unwritten rule, a longstanding play in the fashion rule book relating to certain items that should be in every woman’s closet. One of those items – a little black dress. Most women have a go-to dress in their closet, a certain item that is comfortable, fits well, and appropriate for any number of events. There’s no need for more than one; if you have the right little black dress, you can transform it for any occasion with the right accessories and your unique personality. For our photo shoot, we have chosen a chiffon cut-out sleeve swing dress by mittoshop, available at La De Da’s new Burlington Creek location ($32).

Fashion contributors Models: Jamie Lynn and Olga Kuznetsova Photography by Kenny Johnson Makeup by Shelby Chrisjohn Location provided by Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa

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Pearl necklace with black fringe by East 19th, Kandie Erickson Designs ($128) l Pearl drop earrings by East 19th, Kandie Erickson Designs ($48) l Medallion ring by French Kande ($130)


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Marquise with Pear Shape Drop Emerald color earrings with CZ details, 24 ct ($490) l Pear shape CZ ring, 12 ct ($445) l Pave circle front with round prong set CZs ($799)

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Necklace with beaded accents and tassle by Lizou ($65) “Hot Tamale” turquoise drop earrings with beaded accents by Ayala Bar ($68) l Aquamarine beaded bracelet with cross accent by Johnny Loves June ($65) l Frye Smith Engineer black boots ($378) l

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How to avoid weight gain during the holidays By Sarah Laidlaw



he holidays bring with them festive gatherings, parties galore, and plenty of food -- lots and lots of food. For many, celebrations begin with the first sign of Halloween candy on store shelves and end after the last scoop of dip at the Super Bowl party. Some people dread the holidays because they expect to gain weight, while others approach this time of year with abound – “Calories be damned, I will worry about it in the New Year.” If you want to avoid gaining weight during the holidays, follow these 12 steps to keeping healthy: 1. Do not plan to diet. Dieting makes the holidays less ‘Happy’ and the season more stressful. Set a goal to maintain your weight and stick with it. 2. Stay moving. Set aside time for physical activity at least five days per week to keep the scales in check. Walk the mall once or twice before shopping. Set a date with a friend to exercise and keep it. Exercise helps reduce stress and helps you sleep better. More sleep and less stress equals less stress eating. 3. Stay hydrated. Air in malls and heat in homes can be drying. Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst, so keep a water bottle with you. And, when celebrating, opt for lower calorie and lower alcohol beverages. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and may trigger over eating. 4. Stick to your regular routine. Eat more meals at home, cook from scratch and make healthy dishes in bulk to freeze for times when you need a quick meal or are too tired/busy to cook. Have all ingredients for quick meals on hand – canned no salt tomatoes, tuna or salmon, good olive oil, whole grains, frozen fruits and vegetables. 5. Limit to one-a-day. Do not deny yourself favorite foods, but limit them to once a day. If the food is something that can be frozen, keep one or two servings out and freeze the rest for the party you will be

hosting. If you do not eat that food one day, do not double-up the next, however. If you cannot stand temptation, share with friends or take to work for the break room. 6. Keep healthy snacks around – and with you. Almonds, walnuts, and apples can help stave off hunger. Just remember that more than an ounce of nuts can add up to extra calories quickly. 7. Do not go to a party hungry. One of the easiest ways to go off-course is to go to a party hungry, especially if you know there will be lots of high fat fare. Eat an apple or a small salad and drink a glass of sparkling water. If you are not overly hungry and/or dehydrated, you are less likely to over-do. 8. If you are the host, serve healthier options and ask guests to bring their favorite healthy dish or appetizer. If you are not the host, take your favorite healthier dish to share. 9. If you like to bake, swap out half of the white flour in recipes for whole wheat, top two-crust pies with a healthy mix of oats, chopped nuts, brown sugar and vegetable oil rather than pastry. 10. Take charge of your party choices. Ask for a small plate, peruse the food table

and choose a few foods you would like to try, take one portion, and make only one trip through. Make half of your plate veggies, one-fourth light protein, and one fourth a lower fat carbohydrate. Say “no” to more helpings politely by telling the host, “I am stuffed, everything was delicious,” and change the subject. 11. Focus on socializing. Don’t stand around the food table; move away as soon as you have filled your plate. Talking while eating helps you to eat more slowly, so get engaged in an interesting conversation. 12. Holidays are about spending time with loved ones. Enjoy the company of family and good friends, nourishing foods, and work towards achieving what you sought out for: this will give you one more good reason for Happy Holidays! ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Harding Laidlaw, MS, RDN, CDE, practices integrative and functional nutrition in Western Colorado. She is editor of The Integrative RDN, the newsletter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics practice group Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She is author of numerous articles on nutrition and sports nutrition, as well as consumer and college level publications.







On mentoring By Danny O’Neill


Danny O’Neill is the “Bean Baron” of The Roasterie, Inc., a specialty coffee roaster that services espresso bars and coffee houses, fine restaurants, highend grocers and all coffee lovers.


’ve been privileged to share our story to several groups over the last few weeks and, after each event, we end up in wonderful side conversations. I almost always feel lucky and grateful, but especially when I hear folks talk about our company, which is really talking about our team. And, when I hear compliments about our team, I feel the same pride and joy as I do when someone compliments one of our children. I sat in awe listening to Henry Bloch tell his story to a Rotary group downtown. Aside from Henry’s business success and charitable work, he was an accomplished soldier as well. Henry did more than 31 combat missions during World War II in a B17 and other missions in very dangerous weather, surviving all of them where 58 percent of the men in air missions did not survive. He’s an absolute treasure chest of wisdom and is the most humble man you could ever meet. Henry became my mentor in 1995 through an organization called HEMP (Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentor-

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ing Program). Barnett created the organization after years of being mentored by Ewing Kauffman. Barnett told Ewing how grateful he was for his mentorship and advice over the years and wanted to do something for him in return. Ewing told Barnett, “If you want to do something, then help others.” So, Barnett did. Besides hooking me up with Henry nearly 20 years ago, HEMP has paired up hundreds of other entrepreneurs and has served as a model for many other organizations around the country. There have been a lot of folks who’ve come to Kansas City to look at HEMP and learn from it so that they can try to recreate it back in their cities. But so far, no one has quite been able to do that; and I think it has mostly to do with our special culture here in Kansas City. Earlier today, I was meeting with an aspiring entrepreneur and I told them how I got started, and how in talking to people here in Kansas City it almost inevitably went like this: “Do you know who you should talk to? You should talk to ___.” And in my Franklin Planner from 1993, you’d find about 500 names in there from conversations like this. And, of those 500 people, only one person pretty much outright refused to help, seeing me as a potential competitor. And one of the 499 who helped me said “You should donate coffee to the Symphony Gala” (1995 or so). That’s where I met Barnett, who formed HEMP and I was lucky enough to be invited into the first class and lucky enough to be paired with Henry. One of the aspects and attributes that I most love about Kansas City is the willingness of people to mentor others. Each of us can easily name a handful of people who made a significant, transformational impact on their lives. It may have been a coach or professor or a relative, and likely we may not have even appreciated the impact at the time. But certainly as one gets older and reflects back, the mentors stand out clearly. A year or so ago I began to contact these mentors in my life and let them know how impactful they were and what a positive difference they made (I encourage you to do this…it is incredibly rewarding). I’d also encourage you to be there for others, whether in any kind of an ‘official’ mentorship or not. Barnett always says, “If you’re smart, you’ll learn from your mistakes; if you’re wise, you’ll learn from the mistakes of others.” Most of you have valuable wisdom in careers, professions, etc., and there are likely folks in your circles who could benefit from this wisdom. Reach out and offer your wisdom. You might discover a joy, like raising children, that becomes one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.


Introducing .. A Bit Farther North


hances are, you know exactly where it is. If you’ve ever driven north on I-29, you’ve passed it, exit signs for St. Joseph directing you toward the historic town. Chances are good that you’ve driven by, but have you ever stopped to explore? Those of us at NORTH Magazine have made that short trip to St. Joseph and taken the time to learn more about our intriguing neighbor in the Northland. We were excited at what we found, and we think our readers will be, too. In fact, we were so anxious to tell the stories of St. Joseph that we thought a column devoted to the town and its ideal location for a day-trip with friends and family would be a perfect addition to the magazine. Here’s a sneak peek at what St. Joseph has to offer and what you can expect to read more about in our new A Bit Farther North section in future issues of NORTH Magazine. The museums, oh the museums! There are so many amazing museums in St. Joseph that they have come together to create a Museum Crawl “self-driven history hunt” pamphlet that highlights questions to answer at each of the participating locations. The town is home to the Pony Express National Museum, Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, Glore Psychiatric Museum, and National Military Heritage Museum, to name just a few. If you want to lose yourself for awhile walking the halls of history, the opportunities are abundant in St. Joseph and just waiting for you. There is also art to explore at the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, cuisine to sample at the J.C. Wyatt House, martinis to taste at Foster’s Martini & Wine Bar, and desserts to nibble on at the Gothic House Tea and Eatery, among other amazing places to rest, relax, and take in a taste of something as unique as the historical buildings that surround you there. The Remington Nature Center is a family-favorite destination, its 7,000-gallon aquarium, observation beehive, and replica of a wooly mammoth providing as much education as enjoyment. And, the Patee House Museum, with a locomotive on display inside and located next to the Jesse James Home Museum, has been nationally


Some quick snapshots of the unique museums you can find in St. Joseph.

recognized for its historical contribution. Simply put, there’s no other place where you can experience the Chiefs Training Camp and visit a Stetson Hat store on the same day; and, to us, that’s something worth talking about. There’s so much worth talking about. And, talk about it, we will. Whether you decide to make a day-trip or stay at the Whiskey Mansion or Shakespeare Chateau

bed and breakfasts, NORTH Magazine wants to let you in on, what may very well be, the best kept secret of the upper Northland. Through this column, we will tip our Stetson hat to St. Joseph and its valuable role in our area’s history and culture with the hope that you experience the town for yourself. It’s just a short drive and well worth the effort. St. Joseph – just a bit farther north.







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s twinkling lights begin to make our days a bit brighter and cherished song lyrics remind us to take in the magic of this time of year, those of us at Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa are excited to make this holiday season one of the very best for all of our guests and visitors.

Cheers & Celebration

Whether you’re planning a quaint gettogether or a large and lavish holiday party, we have a variety of restaurant and banquet facilities that are sure to fit your needs. With beautiful rooms spacious enough to accommodate up to 600 guests, our on-site catering services can create a tailored menu that adds a personalized touch of holiday sparkle to any corporate or personal event.

Fun & Relaxation

If you want to try your hand at one of our Vegas-style blackjack, craps, roulette, poker tables, or play one of our big-hitting slot machines, we know you’ll have a great time playing some of the newest and hottest games available on our world-class casino floor.


Vice President of Marketing at Argosy Tom Teesdale joined the Argosy Casino Resort and Spa in Kansas City Missouri as the Vice President of Marketing in 2011. Tom has held previous positions in other markets with Penn National Gaming as Vice President of Operations and Director of Marketing. Mr. Teesdale is a graduate of the University of Missouri and has more than 25 years of successful casino operations, management and marketing experience.

ARGOSY HOTEL AND CASINO From all of us at Argosy Hotel and Casino, we want to help you experience all of the magic that the holiday season has to offer. For help planning an unforgettable holiday party, contact our Catering Manager Sarah Brook at 816-746-3149 or sarah. brook@pngaming.com. Space is limited, so please call soon to reserve your date.

Rest & Rejuvenation

If the hustle and bustle of the holidays makes you and your loved ones want to escape for a little while, we have just what you need for a relaxing retreat. From luxurious accommodations in our FourDiamond hotel to spa services that will melt away the stress and let you forget about your to-do lists for a little while, we offer hotel packages, spa gift certificates, and unique gift baskets that are perfect for anyone on your shopping list. And, with a talented team who is ready to help you come up with the perfect employee gifts or surprise for loved ones, you’ll be sure to give the holiday gift that will be remembered this year.

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For the fashionista Ooh-la-lah, a touch of sparkle

Unique designs, timeless style

Argosy Casino is proud to be home to a boutique that brings a special little sparkle to any occasion. Landau is a leading retailer of fashion jewelry and accessories; with pieces inspired by European designers, Landau can provide that finishing touch to any look – from casual elegance to red carpet glamour. www.landaujewelry.com

Spend some time in Missouri Bluffs Boutique and you’ll know why it’s called a “jewel in Weston.” Carrying designers that are hard to find anywhere else – such as Johnny Was, Jane Mohr and Avivit Yizhar – you’ll find that your holiday shopping list takes care of itself. www.missouribluffs.com

Hinged Cuff Bracelet with Pave. $98

Multi-Strand Chain Necklace. $129

Key Pendant Necklace. $89

Pearl collar with cubic zirconian accents. Collar $289 Bracelet $189

Horse Bit Station. Necklace $99 Choker $79

Floating Cubic Zirconian Circle Jewelry. Necklace $79; Studs $98

Panther Link Jewelry. Collar Necklace $119 Bracelet $59

Floating Cubic Zirconian Teardrop Jewelry. Necklace $79; Studs $98

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4 Biya Sharker Hoodie. Long knit cardigan from Johnny Was line with exquisite embroidered detail, available in oatmeal, heather charcoal, and mustard. $439 Frye Smith Engineer Tall distressed black boot. Authentic distressed look, with antique metal hardware details and square toe. $378

Hobo Gardner Hobo Bag. Leather with side zip and hidden magnet closure; brushed nickel hardware. $238 3 Johnny Loves June, Geronimo Cuff Bracelet. Brass leather cuff adorned with hand-painted reproduction of vintage Indian Chief head. $133


For the hard-to-buy-for Classic vintage finds The name etched on the front door reads Cool Vintage Watches, but there’s so much more to this store that sits along Parkville’s Main Street. Although you can find every watch imaginable here, you can also browse antique cameras, vinyl music, artwork, and old steamer trunks among the vintage finds. www.coolvintagewatches.com

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These helpful sources can make sure that your loved ones start the year off on the right foot.

3 Tavannes Swiss Watch (early 1950s) $1,500 6 Omega Watch Silver with black detail; only 2,000 made (1973) $2,900

Halsted Straight Razor. Leather sheath (1940s). $47

Argus Cintar Camera $42 Sunglasses. Early aviator $100


A guide for all things electronic, this book answers your pressing gadget questions. 4 Illinois Pocket Watch. Rare, 19-Jewel in two-tone case; (1908). $450 6 Parker Vacumatic Fountain Pen. Iridescent, two-tone finish. $250

3 Ronson Lighter. $35

Pocket Knife. Antler detail. 5 Falcon Pipe. Metal base with briar wood bowl.

Local spirits to warm the cold nights Made in the heart of Parkville, S.D. Strong’s vodka, gin, and rye whiskey are as unique as the cave in which they’re distilled. Smooth, strong, and one-of-a-kind, these gifts will do away with any chill in the air. www.sdstrongdistilling.com 34 | N O R T H M A G A Z I N E | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5


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For book worms Our friends at the Parkville Branch of the Mid Continent Public Library offer their suggestions for the book lover in your life of any age. With any of these reads, your loved ones will want to let the snow fly as they curl up and lose themselves in a great story.


The Grisha Trilogy, by Leigh Bardugo This trilogy is full of magic and intrigue. Six of Crows, Bardugo’s new novel set in the same world as the trilogy, was released in September.

The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer. This series of books, which take a futuristic spin on classic fairy tales, is wildly popular with readers. The fourth in the series, Winter, will be released in November.


Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent. Released in 2013, this haunting novel is inspired by the true story of a woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.


The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman. Soon to be made into a motion picture by Dreamworks Studios, this novel set in Australia weaves a compelling tale of love and loss.


The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith. Written by J.K. Rowling under pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, this 2013 release is the first in the Cormoron Strike detective series and was followed by The Silkworm in 2014.


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Chateau Ste Michelle, Chardonnay ($8.98) l Kung Fu Girl Riesling ($13.29) l Petit Guiraud, Sauternes ($19.98)

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The Weight of Blood, by Laura McHugh. Set in a fictional Missouri town and written by a Missouri author, this novel is full of suspense and takes readers to dark depths in a captivating story.


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Business books worth reading By Dr. Duane Myer


f I were to guess, I would say we probably all have some variation of “catching up on my reading” or “pick up a good book” as one of the recurring or perpetual items on our to-do lists. For this installment, I wanted to forgo the usual discussion of selected marketing topics as in the previous installments and take a look at the popular books in the business arena that have hit the shelves this year. Whether you’re looking for something to add to your own library, or a gift for someone this holiday season, the below reads are a good place to start. By looking at the monthly list for each of the first six months of the year’s New York Times bestsellers in business, I got a feel for what has been trending in the literary world. As usual, my hope is I will find what is destined to be the next In Search of Excellence or One Minute Manager bubbling beneath the surface, or unbeknownst to me has already rocketed to the top of the best seller list. From The New York Times list, there were several titles making the list of what to look for on my trek to the local bookstore. Here is the list in alphabetical order by title, along with The New York Times description, and a few very brief comments of my own. BECOMING STEVE JOBS, BY BRENT SCHLENDER AND RICK TETZELI How Jobs, who started out as a brash young genius, developed a more mature management style. Nearly four years after his death, Steve Jobs remains popular. THE END OF POWER, BY MOISES NAIM From board rooms to battlefields, why being in charge isn’t what it used to be. Books addressing management and manage-

ment styles are perpetually on the list of best sellers. Although the reasons for their enduring popularity differ, combining management and change is a recipe for success. (Basic Books) OUTLIERS, BY MALCOLM GLADWELL Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent. Like the subject of management, titles addressing success and the reasons why people succeed are also perpetually on the list of best sellers. THINK LIKE A FREAK, BY STEVEN D. LEVITT AND STEPHEN J. DUBNER How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of Freakonomics. I read the original Freakonomics, so if for no other reason, this one made the list. Plus, I stress the importance of problem solving ability and critical thinking skills to students as keys to success in business, so this was of interest from that perspective, as well. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, BY DANIEL KAHNEMAN The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life. See my observation for Outliers. LEAN IN, BY SHERYL SANDBERG WITH NELL SCOVELL The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence. As the father of two

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daughters, I could not pass this one up. TEAM OF TEAMS, BY STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL WITH TANTUM COLLINS, DAVID SILVERMAN AND CHRIS FUSSELL Applying a small-team approach to armed conflict to non-combat scenarios. Once at the bookstore I staked out a seat near the business section and enjoyed a coffee and a chocolate caramel pastry while observing what was most frequently browsed. I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of classics – Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the aforementioned One Minute Manager – attracted a fair amount of attention from the clientele, as did Lean In, and Team of Teams from the Times list. Two other titles not found on the Times list of best sellers – Mika Brzezinski’s Grow Your Value, and an updated edition of The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss – were also popular with the perusers. Upon further inspection, I can say both went well with coffee and the chocolate caramel pastry. ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Myer has returned to his roots here in the Midwest and is now a lecturer and the Faculty Director of the MBA programs at the University of Kansas. He also continues to work as a consultant with firms on the creation of marketing plans, as well as the development, execution, and measurement of an effective marketing strategy. He has earned a B.B.A. with a concentration in small business management from Iowa State University, and an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Kansas. If you have a question or a comment, he can be reached at dmyer@ku.edu.

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One designer’s favorite things Tips for holiday decorating to create a big impact By Shay Edwards

CALL ME GRISWOLD I love to string Christmas lights around garland outlining my front door and in my urns. I bought beautiful wreaths after Christmas one year for $8 each (normally $50). I place them in front of every exterior window and typically use different ribbon on them every year. *Yes, feel free to insert a Griswold joke here – it’s my favorite movie. In fact, every year at Christmas dinner, my Dad says, “Let’s say Grace,” and  I can’t help but say, “Grace died thirty years ago!” It never gets old.


. Love. Christmas. I love everything about it – baking cookies, shopping for the people I love, decorating the house and tree, falling snow, and the memories of my mom teaching my sister and me how to decorate cakes when we were young. This time of year is about the magic of combining new traditions and old, but we all know that there’s a lot of work that goes into making that happen. And, in my family, the spirit of the holidays goes hand-in-hand with multiple birthdays within weeks of each other. That means that, not only is my family’s time at a minimum, but it’s easy for our finances to take a serious hit and take the fa out of our fa la la la la. To make sure that your holiday spirit stays intact despite your growing to-do list this year, here are a few suggestions for how to decorate on a budget and still deliver a huge impact. CREATE THE ILLUSION OF TREE HEIGHT I have 12-foot ceilings and a 7½ foot tree. Would I love a tree so tall that it skims the ceiling? Sure, but that’s not where I want to spend my money. Instead, I simply go into my backyard and gather sticks to decorate the top of the tree, which not only adds a natural element to its design, but also an additional two feet. Depending on the size and weight of your tree, you can also put it in a decorative urn to add some height. KEEP IT REAL Oh, Macy’s Christmas tree display, how I love thee. Is that hand-blown glass ornament display of sequins and coordinating bulbs practical for my family? Um, no, and that’s perfectly fine with me. It’s important for me to showcase my kids’ homemade ornaments, so our tree is an eclectic mix of homemade and store-bought ornaments, which actually reflects my overall design aesthetic. Would I

love six Christmas trees in my house of varying styles? Absolutely, but until I get more storage space, one is all I get! BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO OLD DECOR Old Man Winter can wreak havoc on outdoor decorations, so give them a face lift with a little spray paint or canned snow. For example, I spray painted my wreath last year to give it a fresh new look. Go shopping in your store room with a creative eye before spending money on new decor. EASY & QUICK STYLE If you want a new tree look, but don’t want to splurge on those beautiful glass ornaments that you saw in the store, pick out some ribbon at your local craft store to add to your tree for a festive and fun twist on traditional decorations.

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MAKE IT YOUR OWN Finally, because the holidays are really about cherishing the time spent with family and friends, make sure to add your own personal spin to those evenings by the fire surrounded by loved ones. In my house, we have a disco ball in my living room for dance parties during the holidays. I can’t think of a better way to spend those long winter nights than laughing with my family and creating warm memories that will last throughout the year. ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Owner of Shay Edwards Interiors, Shay has been recognized for her award-winning designs in homes across the metro area. A proud Northlander, she applies her expertise to clients’ personal style to create one-of-a-kind spaces for real living. To see more of her work, follow Shay Edwards Interiors on Facebook. Photo by Heather Morrow.

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nce again, the holiday season is quickly upon us. And so with it comes the social gatherings where food and drink are plentiful, and we can hide away in our warm winter clothes. It’s also a time that many people slide backward in their health and wellness as it takes a back seat to the other festivities. No wonder most people suffer through the winter blues, and feel their summer body slowly become a winter body. If you’ve worked hard at improving your health and changing your body or want to start, this time of year is perfect for making progress! In fact, beginning or continuing to make progress will offer a lot more benefit than you might think. Along with the laundry list of benefits that exercise gives you, during the holidays, it might help even more. Remember, exercise still needs to be a priority, even when times start to get hectic. Here are five great benefits that physical activity will provide: INCREASED ENERGY: When you’re physically active with exercise, your body releases endorphins that help increase energy. The improved blood flow and circulation will help re-energize your system.



BETTER SLEEP: Exercise will allow your body to work harder at burning calories for energy. This results in the need to rest and repair from the day’s work. Sleep is where your body carries out the necessary functions to repair by allowing you to sleep. INDULGE WITH LESS REGRET: Because exercise burns more calories, you can have some of the foods you want to enjoy during the holidays. This doesn’t mean go overboard, however, but it does mean you can have small amounts when needed.


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If you’re looking at ideas on how to incorporate fitness into your daily schedule and just can’t find time to get to the gym or health club, here’s a quick “commercial break” workout I put together for you to try at home. Exercising doesn’t need to be complicated. Try one of these simple ideas during the next commercial break: l

REDUCE STRESS: As I mentioned above, with the exercise-induced release of endorphins, your body will be able to lower and even regulate stress better. This is good because the holidays can be pretty stressful at times. When we keep stress down, we can also control the appetite (from increased cortisol levels) and reduce the size of the belly.


PHYSICAL BENEFIT: Exercise will help improve strength, balance, muscle and bone density, and more. Think about the possible things you’ll need to do – raking leaves, hauling boxes of Christmas decorations, and maybe even shoveling snow. Exercise will make all of those things easier.


So whether you’re a beginner who’s thinking about starting an exercise routine, or an avid fitness addict, you can make it through the holidays a bit easier knowing that it’s possible to not slide backwards, and even make positive steps with your health if you continue to incorporate exercise into you daily routine.

Stand up from the couch and sit down. Stand up and sit down. Continue to repeat for the first commercial. Work your way up to performing through the entire commercial break. l If you have stairs in your house, walk up and down the stairs throughout the entire commercial break. l If you want to make these activities more challenging, put on a backpack with heavy items inside or at least hold something. This can be the first step to changing your body.


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Homemade holiday gifts Make special items to showcase your memories By Leanne Lee

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s Christmas approaches, I can't help but start thinking about those special gifts I plan to make for the special people in my life. Every year I choose a new project to make for the people on my Christmas list. This project doesn't have to be difficult or expensive – it just needs to be from the heart. Here are some of my favorite handmade gifts I have made for my family over the years.

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Picture frame Scrapbook paper or fabric l Spray paint to coordinate with paper or fabric (optional) l Magnetic bulldog clip l E6000 adhesive l

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I don’t display a lot of art in my home. Well, let me rephrase that. I don’t display a lot of purchased art. Almost all of the art displayed in my home was created by my boys. I like to decorate with things that mean something to me – art created by my boys or family photos. These DIY picture frames make it super easy to change out photos, artwork, reminders and more. INSTRUCTIONS 1. Open the back of the frame and remove the glass. Spray paint the frame if desired. I was reusing an old frame that had previously been green so I spray-painted in Rustoleum Heirloom White. Let dry. 2. Cut the fabric or scrapbook paper using the picture frame template that is included in the frame. 3. Place glass back in frame; add fabric or paper and replace the back of the frame. 4. Attach clip with E6000 Adhesive. Let dry.

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This is one of my favorite gift ideas because it’s one of those things you never think to buy for yourself. Add a little personalization and you have a gift for everyone on your list. PRO TIP This project is done on travertine tiles because they are porous. Regular ceramic tile coasters do not work well for coasters because they don’t absorb the “sweat” from the glass or cup.

Coasters using stamps

Coasters using photos



4” x 4” travertine tiles (I usually give sets of 4 coasters) l Stazon permanent ink pad l Rubber stamp or stamp set of choice l Rubber cabinet stoppers

STAMP COASTER INSTRUCTIONS 1. Make sure tiles are free of dust 2. Dip stamp in ink pad and press on to coaster, making sure not to slide the stamp 3. Let dry 4. Add stoppers to the bottom with e6000 adhesive 5. Tie the 4 coasters together with jute

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Photocopies of black/white family photos Mod Podge 4” x 4” travertine tiles Rubber cabinet stoppers E6000 adhesive Jute

PHOTO COASTER INSTRUCTIONS 1. Make sure tiles are free of dust 2. Using photocopies of images, cut to size of tile 3. Paint a layer of modge podge to tile 4. Apply photo to tile 5. Apply layer of modge podge on top of photo 6. Allow Mod Podge to dry 7. Add stoppers to the bottom with e6000







The inaugural artisan home tour



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ansas City’s Home Builders Association (HBA) has hosted the Parade of Homes for 65+ years to promote builders’ new homes throughout the metro area. This year the HBA launched a new home tour to showcase custom builders while giving back to the community by contributing to the Ronald McDonald House. The 10 builders who participated in the Artisan Home Tour illustrated their craftsmanship with some of the finest building materials in their homes. The Northland had three home builders included in this exclusive home tour in September. Award-winning builders Casa Bella Construction, Homes by Chris and Don Julian Builders all built stunning homes for this tour. WHAT IS AN “ARTISAN HOME TOUR?” Well it does not include phrases like price per square foot, architectural guidelines or minimum price or production homes! In fact, each builder submitted plans for review by Scott Bickford, principal designer for R.S. Bickford and Company, who looked for uniqueness in their floor plan, as well as high quality standards. Often builders are relegated to build model homes that are both practical and affordable for the market. “This does not give us the opportunity to show the most upscale offerings in the marketplace today,” says Casa Bella Construction’s President/CEO, Russ Groshans. “However, we were able to throw conventional thoughts about budget out the window and build a home that is truly one-of-a-kind.” WHY BUILD SUCH AN EXPENSIVE MODEL HOME? Groshans loved the fact of working with one of his favorite charities - The Ronald McDonald House. And the icing on the cake was “to be able to showcase what is possible in homebuilding today,” says Groshans. Chris Ragland, home builder and owner of Homes by Chris, says it created an excitement for upscale homes and brought builders together to work with one another to put on a spectacular home tour. With 1,300+ people visiting each home throughout one week, Groshans believes “it shows the community is hungry for new ideas and people are fascinated by new homes.” SO WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THEIR HOMES? Casa Bella Construction’s masterpiece located in Riss Lake, Parkville, nailed the “wow factor” as you entered this home. The entry foyer has a spectacular and calming two-story waterfall, stone feature wall, and custom iron railing accenting the curved stairwell.

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Then you head over to the true gourmet kitchen that boasts custom lighted cabinets, with top-of-the-line professional Thermador and Sub Zero appliances—including cabinet-front refrigerator, professional gas range, ovens and griddle as well as a Sub Zero wine refrigerator. A few steps from the kitchen, enjoy the laundry room and mudroom, as well as a special pantry perfect as a caterer’s workstation. You will love the serene outdoor living area while enjoying the spectacular views of the lake and woods. The private terraced patio – part pergola covered, with natural stone walls and built-in seating – is home to an illuminated outdoor dining area surrounded by lush landscaping, stunning outdoor L.E.D. lighted waterfall, and dual fire pit. Homes by Chris created an amazing home near Liberty in Manderley subdivision. Ragland said, “Our artisan home is unique in many ways, and we worked tirelessly to showcase new trends in design and products.” Ragland and her husband, Roy, researched new products in lighting, including new looks in switch plates, square can lights, and light fixtures which can’t even be found in lighting stores yet. The hardwood floors featured a

NORTHLAND REAL ESTATE hand-crafted parquet design, and the house is full of extra touches in its woodwork and barnwood, which truly accentuate the space and the feeling of the home. “The floor plan itself is special because it truly places importance on using all 4,850 square feet to provide enough room for life to happen,” says Ragland. There are four spacious bedrooms with their own private bathrooms. Each closet is a walk-in with ample room for storage. The main level has a spacious and elegant kitchen large enough to cook and entertain, as well as a living room with double slider access to a screened-in deck. The lower level has the perfect set-up for relaxing or entertaining with a full bar and game room. Both builders felt this inaugural home tour was well worth the time, money and effort by their entire team. They look forward to future Artisan Home Tours. For more information, visit http://artisanhome.kchba. org/artisan-homes/

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Briarcliff West Carriage Hill Estates Claymont Claymont North Copperleaf Embassy Park Hills of Monticello Hills of Oakmont Montebella Riss Lake River Hills Shoal Creek Valley Staley Farms The National Thousand Oaks Tiffany Greens Tremont Manor Weatherby Lake Woodneath Farms

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Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 142 min.

In 1974, Philippe Petit (Joesph Gordon-Levitt) attempted to walk a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Working in the streets of Paris, Petit was always looking for the perfect place to “hang his wire” and entertain anyone willing to watch. His team travels to New York to execute his carefully planned – but illegal – walk. It is not easy, requiring the stealthy night time entry into the towers with the required rigging and attaching the wire between the towers some 412 feet apart. All of this before walking on a tight rope strung 110 stories high! We are told about Petit’s youth, growth as an artist and the story of his attempt to walk the towers by Petit himself (i.e. Joseph GordonLevitt) as he self-narrates the entire movie. Unfortunately, the light-hearted and humorous tone of the narration stifles the suspense and trivializes the first two acts of the story. That said, director Robert Zemeckis, redeems himself in the third act as he masterfully recreates this story with amazing special effects and 3D imagery that had me on the edge of my seat.

Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is a construction worker who loses his job and the house he shares with his mother (Laura Dern). The eviction is being handled by a real estate firm owned and run by the ruthless Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Now homeless, Dennis is scrounging for work. Eventually Carver, believing Dennis possesses some attributes that he can use, approaches Dennis about a job with his company. Dennis reluctantly accepts and becomes part of an inflexible body of laws and processes controlled by individuals and commerce corrupted by greed. Dennis is making serious money, but has become part of the establishment that he once despised and is soon morally conflicted. 99 Homes is a brutal look at the corporate greed and corruption that contributed to the housing bubble and its eventual collapse. It is unabashedly one-sided, but delivers a powerful message. Both Garfield and Shannon give strong and riveting performances in this powerful look at one of our country’s most recent and disturbing crises.

A manned mission to Mars goes terribly wrong when a storm forces the crew to abandon the planet. During their escape, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is hit with flying debris. With time running out and unable to find him, the crew presumes that he’s dead and has to leave him behind. But despite serious injuries, Watney is alive and is stranded and alone on Mars. Watney can’t communicate with the outside world and is low on supplies. By his own calculation, it would take NASA four years to rescue him. Watney determines he must “engineer the s…t” out of what supplies and tools he has left to find a way to communicate with NASA. What follows is the compelling story of his efforts to survive and the world’s attempt to save him. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian is packed with sensational special effects that are realistic and convincing. And, surrounded by a strong supporting cast including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Jeff Daniels, Damon gives one of his best performances. The Martian will keep you engaged from start to finish and is the best movie this year thus far.

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While Jim Kline’s occupation is public accounting, his passion has always been movies. He fondly remembers special evenings set aside for his family to enjoy movies together as a young boy. He soon became an avid fan and is known in local circles for his eagerness to go to the theater as often as possible. Jim is often sought out for his opinions on which movies to see and created his own movie review blog. Jim is a lifelong Kansas City native and is looking forward to sharing his opinions of movies with Kansas City in NORTH Magazine.

UPCOMING DVD RELEASES November 3 • Inside Out • Vacation November 10 • Trainwreck • Terminator Genisys • Mr. Holmes November 17 • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. November 24 • No Escape • Ricki and the Flash December 8 • Minions • Ant-Man December 15 • Mission: Impossible 5 • Ted 2 December 29 • A Walk in the Wood

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Celebrate and be grateful, Northland Making my annual list of successes and blessings


By Allen E. Dillingham

t the end of every year, I make it a point to look back and count the successes and blessings. We all have much to be thankful for, from our families and the country we live in to our professional and personal pursuits and the Royals! We Northlanders have much to be thankful for because of the friendly people, the community-centered businesses, the numerous nonprofits and the closeknit community we enjoy every year. I thought I would highlight some of our specific blessings.


Regional development

Allen E. Dillingham is Publisher of NORTH Magazine and President of Dillingham Communications, Inc. He is a seventh generation Northlander, and is grateful to serve on several area boards of directors. Those boards include Kansas City, Missouri Parks & Recreation, The American Royal, Native Sons & Daughters of Kansas City, Friends of the Zoo and The Labor Management Council. He can be reached at allen@ ilivenorth.com.

The Northland is home to the future economic engine for Kansas City. The area now known as Twin Creeks is situated between I-29 on the west, I-435 on the north, 169 Highway on the east and 152 Highway on the south. It encompasses an area of approximately 15,000 acres. The city of Kansas City, Mo., invested approximately $45 million in sewers which will help jumpstart development. With a projected build-out of 20 plus years, 75,000 new residents will call the area home, and this new tax base will create millions of dollars annually for KCMO. Twin Creeks, and the Northland, will be the economic engine driving Kansas City, Mo.

Community philanthropy

We are a community that knows no strangers. We have numerous civic-minded, community-focused individuals who work closely with community-minded businesses to address the social needs of residents. Our many nonprofits like Synergy, Miles of Smiles, Meals on Wheels, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Assistance League of Kansas City, Northland Health Care Access, Northland Neighborhoods and the Harvest Ball Society (to name a few) help treat numerous individuals in need, all through the support of Northland businesses, large and small. We are grateful for their work.

Outdoor treasures

We enjoy wonderful trails, parks, pools, athletic fields, lakes and fountains courtesy of parks and recreation departments in Kansas City, Gladstone, Liberty, Clay County and Platte County.

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Agency assistance

We reap the benefits of strong business and economic development agencies that unite our businesses, individuals and public entities under a common purpose of forward progress. Specifically, the organizations are the Clay County Economic Development Council, the Platte County Economic Development Council and the Northland Regional Chamber.

On the road

We are host to a system of highways and roads that can get us quickly and efficiently to all areas in the metro. Downtown is a short skip across the river and the airport is in our backyard.

The whole package

We have an incredible history, dazzling deciduous woods that deliver incredible fall colors, beautiful wildlife, abundant fresh water, fertile soil, exquisitely distinct four seasons, excellent schools, low energy prices and affordable housing. We at NORTH Magazine are blessed to have you as readers and supporters. This magazine exists to promote the people and businesses of the Northland and to inform readers about information to help them live enviable full lives. We cannot publish without your support and encouragement. We thank you. Greatness and inspiration is all around. Celebrate and be grateful for what we all have.

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NORTH Magazine November/December 2015  

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