Purses with Purpose

Posted on May 26th, by Melanie

Imagine having a special needs child who could not go to school alongside their siblings and peers; try to understand how devastating that would be. For many families who go to Catholic schools across the US this is the case! Most parochial schools do not have the funding to provide special educators, paraprofessionals or the technology they need in the classrooms to provide the adequate tools they need for children with significant special needs.


In the St.Joseph Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri we are SO fortunate to have the FIRE foundation. Started by a group of parents who had a dream that their special needs children would be able to attend Catholic school, and to be able to have an inclusive education, FIRE (Foundation for Inclusive Religious Eduction) was born.


Within the past two decades FIRE has provided more than 2.5 Million dollars to their partner schools in Missouri. Donor gifts provide these schools with the ability to hire special educators, paraprofessionals and the opportunity to purchase learning materials and technology.… Continue Reading

Shopping Scout: Summer Shoe Must Haves

Posted on May 25th, by Melanie

It’s no secret that I love a neutral shoe. If you looked at my shoe selection, you would probably wonder how/why can someone have so many pairs of tan colored shoes? For me it’s all about functionality. Who wants to buy a pair of shoes you can only wear once in a while? I want to get my money’s worth!


 I feel like I can spend a little more on great shoes in a neutral color because I will wear them so many different ways. They are always a good investment! This season, trends in shoes will be lace up styles, block heels, flat slides and the return of the “mule”.

Here are some of my favorite neutral sandals of the moment; everything from flats to heels!


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Our Weekend

Posted on May 23rd, by Melanie

The weekend just breezed by; too quick in my opinion! It was a  gorgeous weekend in KC ! My parents came into town this weekend, which was so much fun and SO helpful. It was kind of a crazy weekend juggling work and kids activities; and I am so thankful that they were able to help us out.

Friday we went to lunch at Bella Napoli in Brookside. I was excited to finally try it for lunch, since we had just been to dinner there. We had the Bresaola to start which was just shaved parm and salad with olive oil and lemon over dried prosciutto. It was delicious. I really splurged and tried their mushroom calzone, which was a recommendation from a friend. It was great, and you can just tell by the flavors and quality of the food that it is all handmade.

Saturday we had our Health House team shoot.… Continue Reading

Scout Beauty: Hydrafacial giveaway!

Posted on May 19th, by Melanie

I splurge on products and cosmetics, but the one thing I don’t do enough of is facials. I forgot how wonderful they make your skin look and feel. It is a refresh your skin needs multiple times a year to keep it hydrated and looking youthful.

I recently had a facial and a few other treatments done at Radiance: Beautiful Skin (located at College/Roe) in Leawood. Tara; the owner and aesthetician was referred to by a friend and I was anxious to meet her and check it out! The entire experience was wonderful. The room was relaxing and warm, and she talked me through each treatment we were doing as well as the benefits.

If you aren’t familiar, a hydrafacial is a resurfacing procedure that provides cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and hydration, including Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. It’s not painful, and it just feels like a rough brush sort of moving over your skin.… Continue Reading

Scout Style: Cutouts + Bandanas

Posted on May 17th, by Melanie







photo cred: Amy Dreyer @stepsofstyle

This spring is all about the shoulder; whether you do an off the shoulder or cutouts. It’s definitely a trend we are seeing everywhere. I fell in love with this top immediately; I love that it is on trend with the cutouts mixed with classic stripes. LNA makes amazing tee shirts, and this ranks up there as one of my faves. It’s super soft, has a great cut and you can really dress it up or down.

I accessorized with this season’s (least expensive and must have) accessory; A vintage bandana, some distressed cut offs and my new white Birkenstocks. I debated this purchase, but I am so glad I did it. I forgot how truly comfortable they are! They are the “white magic galaxy” style, that has a touch of sparkle.

Top: LNA, Shorts: Rag & Bone, Shoes: Birkenstock, Sunglasses: H&M, Necklace: Jennifer Janesko, Bandana: vintage but similar HERE, Earrings: Stella and Dot 

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Our Weekend: Celebrating 11 years!

Posted on May 16th, by Melanie

I hope you all had a great weekend! We had a wonderful (kid free for a night) weekend in Kansas City. Saturday morning we packed our bags and dropped our kids off with the babysitter. Thank goodness for friends that you love and trust who will take your kids for an entire day and night!

After a light lunch at McCormick & Schmick, we checked into Hotel Sorella on the Plaza. I have stayed there with girlfriends before, but never with Jon. So I was excited for him to experience the hotel. We took advantage of their “Shopportunity” package which includes one night, a $50 Country Club Plaza giftcard, 2 complimentary drinks at Bar Rosso and complimentary breakfast in Francesca’s Greenhouse Louge (rates start at $249 a night).

I love their Lobby; which is white and bright with this amazing art piece as the focal point.

Beautiful Lobby Floors


The rooms are simple, and pretty with nice spacious bathrooms


After checking in, and enjoying some time on their outside terrace we had to run to Health House for our special workout with Synematix (the Fit Mix and EDM DJ’s from TheMix 93.3).… Continue Reading

FITNESS FRIDAY: 30 Day Challenge progress

Posted on May 13th, by Melanie

Happy Friday everyone! Friday has new meaning, since going “dry” Monday through Thursday. I find that I am definitely craving a drink by the end of the week! Out of everything that I am challenging myself on; this has been the hardest. I also think sometimes when you can’t have something, you want it more.

I have been by no means to the book perfect on this challenge. We have had things come up where celebrations are in order, desserts are being served, cocktails are being passed and it’s just hard to say no. Today I caved and had a drink because it was gorgeous outside and I just wanted a cocktail (insert guilt here).

Clean eating is not hard for me, because of the things I have cut out of my diet for the past 2 years. So, I have been great on sticking to the eating plan portion of it during the week.… Continue Reading

Kid Style: Bonheur Du Jour Paris

Posted on May 11th, by Melanie

“Bonheur Du Jour” means “Daytime Delight” in french. I can’t think of a better way to describe this gorgeous brand of children’s clothing.

The Little House just brought this french line into their store this season, and I am so excited about it! Just as you would expect with French fashion, the line has lovely details and is made beautifully. You will find the colors of your favorite french macarons accented with a touch of neon and metallics. I love the mix of gauzy cottons, tulle and lightweight chambray perfect for summer.















You can shop this line (which starts in baby sizes!) at The Little House. * Vivi’s shoes are by Saltwater Sandals from The Little House *

In the Fairway Shops
2808 W. 53rd St.,
Fairway, KS 66205
Phone:  913.236.9861

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