October 2021

“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends.” —Unknown

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As a little girl, I had many feminine Halloween costumes: A princess. A witch. A Barbie. Although I gravitated toward more pink, girly costumes, I also geared toward a few that are just outside the box: A mouse. A lion. A yellow M&M.

Broken Class

Each month, we feature a photo from our Focus on Woodbury photo contest. This month, we asked Laila Masoud to tell us about Broken Class, which took third place in our City Landmarks category in 2020.

Overnight Savory Oats

The old adage, and once popular book title, Chicken Soup for the Soul, is no joke. Turns out chicken broth truly is a restorative food. Dieticians claim that broth can help keep you hydrated, clear congestion and ease cold symptoms.

Woodbury Community Expo

Hosting 175 business vendors, live entertainment and food, the Woodbury Community Expo offers excitement and use for the entire community.

ashley wolf and family

Three young mothers in Woodbury, all diagnosed with the most aggressive type of breast cancer, will mark their individual anniversaries this year for completing treatment for triple-negative breast cancer.

Vintage and Farmhouse Dream Kitchen

Mary and Dan Webb had always wished for a larger space to entertain guests, friends and family. Perhaps a larger kitchen, a bigger living room or a more spacious entryway would fit the bill.

kitchen with state of the art appliances

The past year, we’ve spent much more time at home, making kitchens even more of a focal point. This year’s kitchen is more intuitive, cleaner and a greater reflection of who we are.

Rosie costume

From Mary Poppins to Rosie the Riveter, Woodbury local Elizabeth Kriel has designed, thrifted and found DIY Halloween costumes for her daughter Lilly for over five years now, all without touching a sewing machine.

talking with a parent about aging

Adult children between the ages of 30 and 50 can find it daunting to navigate the conversation minefield that is end-of-life care with their parents.

Anna Hagen and her sister Nikki Hollerich

Woodbury local Anna Hagen says she and her sister Nikki Hollerich have always been crafty; “We like to joke that we’ve made every craft in JOANN Fabrics,” Hagen says.

in the kitchen with kids

For me, a great kitchen doesn’t require a pot filler, built-in griddle or a beverage drawer. Above all else, a true chef’s kitchen is efficient, organized and functional.


How do we come to these decisions about beliefs when tied to such towering concepts as a meaning for life?

dog sniffing the grass

Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.

things you save in a fire

Cassie Hanwell is not a damsel in distress. She’s a quick-witted, athletic, driven firefighter in Texas and she worked hard to earn a top stop in the ranks. She doesn’t take grief from her male colleagues and will be the best.

Halloween cocktail

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party, inviting the neighbors over or staying in for a frightening movie night, this bewitching cocktail adds to an unforgettable experience. Prefer a shot to a cocktail?