Lights, Camera, Lakota!

Local actors and actresses are getting ready to sing, dance and act their way into your hearts. Musicals in Lakota Local Schools this Spring offer everything from modern favorites to long-time classics. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Holiday Traditions With the Reinas

Dr. Juan Reina is a physician with Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology, with offices in West Chester, Middletown and Lebanon. Dr. Reina shared with us some of his holiday memories, both from his family heritage and from his years living here in Liberty Township.

Beyond the Bottle

A nice bottle of wine makes a great gift for any occasion. However, if you want to think beyond the bottle, explore our picks for what to buy the wine connoisseur in your life. Visit our Facebook page in October to enter to win some of these items.

The Pets We Love

“Over the last 35 years, working both as an assistant and then as a veterinarian, I have collected many wonderful memories regarding families and their pets. I do have the best job in the world, to witness daily the special and unique bond between humans and their pets... A pet’s unconditional love and interaction truly awaken one’s soul in a…

Trailblazing Troop 1974

Chatter fills the room as Troop 1974 plans a campout. Like any other troop in town, they proudly wear their khaki-colored uniforms tucked and tied with kerchiefs and solemnly hold up three fingers to recite the oath. You have to look a little closer to see what’s so special about this small group of scouts—they’re girls. Troop 1974 is the…


Imagine not having to do a load of laundry at the end of a long day. Cleaned, pressed clothes would instead be sitting on hangers, delivered to your home.

Lights On Lakota

Enter the exciting world of local youth theater with upcoming performances from classic and contemporary musicals at these Lakota schools. Go online or call the schools for tickets and details.

Think Outside The Closet

 Article Mark Moody | Photography Provided    Father’s Day is a time to honor dads and thank them for a job well done. Looking through my closet I see an assortment of ties and t-shirts that my wife and kids have gifted me each Father’s Day over the past decade. While I greatly appreciate the gesture, I have all the…

Home Organization Tips

An organized home is a happy home. I have found that when my kitchen is clean, laundry is folded, papers are filed and drawers are closed, our house (and everyone in it) seems to function better. Unfortunately for my husband, these simple tasks aren’t my second nature. I am a queen of procrastination, and more often choose Netflix® over organizing.

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Trainer Confessions

Even the best of the best have a few vices. Local trainers have stepped up to the plate to share their "confessions," proving that even the experts sneak a cheat meal once in a while.

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

Donate In December

Share a little extra joy this season by donating to one of the many local non-profits in the Tri-state area. Here are six opportunities at the beginning of December.

A Day To Remember

I’m sad to admit that Veterans Day has often come and gone as another day on my calendar. Although I send my veteran father a ‘thank you’ text when I think of it, my Veterans Day does not usually focus on remembering the immense sacrifices that service people throughout our country make on a daily basis.

Summer Hot Spots

The sun is shining, pools are open and grills are smoking. Whether you are a fan of the sun or prefer the cooler air inside, West Chester and Liberty Township offer something special for everyone. We asked readers and our magazine partners to share some of their favorite activities and spots around town to enjoy while the sun’s shining bright…

Mom Knows Best

In May, we honor all the moms who love and support their kids, whether they’re infants, adults or angels. We asked local moms and daughters to share their favorite quote, memory or inspiration about motherhood. This is what they had to say.

Our Favorite Things Of Spring

Brothers Dustin and Damon Mundy share some of their favorite items of spring from their family business, The Turf Tailor.

Moving On Up

Thanks to our supportive families, fearless realtor and copious amounts of wine, my fiancé, Matt, and I just purchased our first home. Liberty Township–here we come!

A Furry Love For All

Roses are red, violets are blue, and homeless animals need love too. As you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day, one local organization wants you to consider sharing love with a new furry friend. My Furry Valentine is a Cincinnati non-profit organization that hosts an annual mega adoption event each February with the goal of uniting potential pet owners with adoptable…

Home Grown Holidays

West Chester and Liberty Township have so much to offer residents, not the least of which are fond memories and family traditions during the holiday season. We asked a few of our partners to share their favorite holiday memories, and this is what they had to say.

Anniversaries All Around

West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle isn't the only one celebrating a significant anniversary this year. Numerous organizations in our area, and a few beyond our region, are celebrating milestones this year. Hamilton, Ohio, turned an impressive 225 years old this year and has been celebrating as the city continues to revitalize itself into a vibrant community through the arts. Read…

Flavor and Fellowship

Cincinnati has long been a place to call home for my family. Three of our four children were born in Cincinnati hospitals. Our youngest daughter is again a resident and a member of the house band at downtown’s Howl at the Moon piano bar. One of the best parts about living in Cincinnati is what USA Today recently called “one…

Band Mom 

I was a band geek. At least, that’s what they called it back in my high school days. On Friday nights during football season, I proudly donned a hat that made me look a lot like a human Q-tip and marched around the field at halftime with a hundred or so other committed musicians.

History Lesson

Several years ago, I loaded up the minivan and drove my kiddos on a tour through my childhood neighborhood. They love a good story (or is it that I love to tell stories?) and enjoyed seeing the places they’d only heard about: the porch of my childhood home where I’d sit to watch storms, the “big” hill where I wiped…

Hidden Treasure

The morning air was a bit chilly, but I was ready to get up. The soil beneath the tent seemed to have turned into concrete overnight. Our day was planned out with fun activities, including a family favorite—geocaching. Geocaching is a grown-up version of treasure hunting and hide-and-seek all rolled into one. Usually, some kind of container has been hidden…

Roots & Branches

Home is where our story starts. I remember playing house when I was a little girl. I started in a fort made of blankets. Mamaw and Papaw’s living room was my kingdom and I was the Queen. As I grew, I moved in to a treehouse. Escaping into the ladder of branches, I settled in between two large limbs under…

Gratitude in a Jar

Last January I saw a great idea on Pinterest that grabbed my attention—a Gratitude Jar. Starting on January first, my family was supposed to write the good things that happen in our lives on small pieces of paper and put them into a decorative container. Then on the last day of the year, it would be time to open the…

Gifts of 
the Season

He was just four when he spotted it. It was like in the comics, when the bubble over a character’s head gets filled with a brightly lit bulb. It was one of those “Aha!” moments mamas love to witness, but I was distracted, digging in my bottomless purse for the keys to the minivan.

November 2015 Parting Thoughts

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…