February 2018 Lifestyle Letter

When you think of the word “maker,” what comes to mind?

CMSA of Eastern Oklahoma Hosts Christmas 
Charity Fashion Show at Tulsa Country Club

The Case Management Society of Eastern Oklahoma (CMSA) raised $4,486 for The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges during its annual charity fashion show and Christmas luncheon in December. Over the past seven years CMSA of Eastern Oklahoma has raised more than $19,000 for nonprofits with the charity fashion show.

February 2018 Around Town

Native Juice Co., a new juice bar at 121st & Sheridan, is serving fresh juices, smoothies, acai bowls, oatmeal, and Cirque coffee. Owned and operated by father/son duo, Steve and Michael Area, their drinks are freshly prepared using whole fruits and vegetables, making a delicious snack or meal replacement. A beautiful and comfortable space designed by interior designer, Christen Heath, is complete…

The Head And The Heart

It’s February, which means it’s Heart Health and Gum Disease Awareness Month. The reason we acknowledge these two diseases in the same month: heart health and periodontal (gum) disease are linked. Although we don’t have a definitive understanding as to exactly how one affects the other, we do know that gum disease can exacerbate existing heart conditions and increase the…

With Hope Life Tastes Better

It is with Hope that one can taste the sweet flavors and delicate textures that bring a warm smile to the palate and a fulfillment to all of the senses. Poetry…? Perhaps, but not in the way you might think. Behold, it is not the words of enlightened poets to which I refer but the desires within and actions of…

The Mystery and Beauty of the Natural World

Honored by the National Park Service and Photographer’s Forum magazine, Tulsa photographer Michael McRuiz combines nature and surrealism to create beautiful and mystical images. “I love shooting and creating art because it is magic,” said McRuiz. “The digital arts have opened a new vista for me, allowing me to create images and scenarios that were difficult or impossible in the…

the mansion at woodward park

Nestled in the gorgeous gardens of picturesque Woodward Park, a beautiful Italianate Villa sits facing the westward sunset. The Mansion, built in 1919, boasts ornate ceilings, Palladian style windows, and a stunning, original stained glass skylight. For over 50 years, the building has been home to Tulsa Garden Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a variety of…

Made in Oklahoma

I love Oklahoma. I was raised in Tulsa and returned after graduate school to this beautiful state. I was made in Oklahoma and I’m going to raise my children here. I find it humorous when I visit the coasts and I tell people that I’m from Tulsa. There’s a mix of exclamation and surprise in their response, “Oklahoma?!” Apparently they’re…

Candy Castle

Nestled away in dreamland, children and most adults have an idea of what candyland looks like. It begins with a candy lined path to a beautiful, colorful castle made of … you guessed it, candy! Upon entering, there is candy of all kinds; bulk candy, gourmet chocolates, retro candy, gummi candy and an old-fashioned soda bar and ice cream parlor…

Modern Lifestyle for a Growing Family

I have always loved real estate and interior design, which led us to purchase Luxe Furniture & Design in 2013. We had been living in our home for a few years, which was built over 30 years ago, and had always hoped to one day update its 80’s style. After a seven month remodel last year led by Cobblestone Homes,…

Say it with a Sign

Gardenia Mercantile began as a manufacturing company and has since turned into a full blown creative outlet, creating artwork for the home, workspace, or any space with walls. Business partners Kayla Norris and Brent Nicholson started Gardenia Mercantile in 2017 over a casual date night with their spouses. The dinner turned into a brainstorming session and quickly turned into a…