Fostering in Oklahoma

A family is where children should feel safe, wanted and worthy. When a family must be separated, for just a short while or longer, it’s difficult for everyone involved and, too often, the children are left feeling unloved and alone.

Buying a House?

If you’re in the market for a custom home that’s guaranteed to have the highest quality of materials and workmanship, 1st Oklahoma Homes may be your answer. The company constructs homes around the Oklahoma City metro area, primarily in south Oklahoma City, Moore and Norman. It owns multiple subdivisions, with the largest being Apple Estates in Moore and Rio del…

Norman’s ‘Time Machine’

Cleveland County has a rich and vibrant history. The Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum preserves and shares this history with the community.

Beautiful Bathroom Remodels Start With the Shower

Today’s upscale bathrooms are a far cry from those of yesterday. They’re generally larger and airier, with more attention to comfort and aesthetics. But perhaps the most eye-catching change in this private domain is the shower.

Change an Entire Space

1. Beekman Small Table Lamp by Kate Spade New York, $669, available via

Home Sweet Home

As I write this, we’re experiencing a couple of days of moderately warm temperatures before sliding back down into the usual, chillier winter pattern. But when this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle hits your mailbox, spring—in all its colorful, tumultuous glory—will be here. It seems only appropriate that the theme for this issue centers on … Continued

Explore the Mysteries of Peru

It takes more than epic views and colorful landscapes for a truly memorable journey to Peru. It takes grand experiences. From unraveling the mysteries of Machu Picchu to experiencing a ceremony performed by a local shaman; from flying above the enigmatic Nazca lines to visiting a local Peruvian food market, your South American adventure awaits.

March 2019 Around Town

Lewis Jewelers Associates Named Forever Carat Club Winners Maggie Rogers and Heather Gomez of Lewis Jewelers in Moore have been named winners of the prestigious Forevermark Carat Club. Reaching this goal means they finished in the Top 10 in selling these diamonds in the entire country. They have earned spots on an upcoming trip to … Continued

The “Forever” Home

When looking to build their “forever” home, Anthony McDermid, AIA, RIBA, a principal at TAP Architecture, and his wife, Aubrey, had a lengthy “must” list. First, they wanted it in the heart of Oklahoma City, where they could get a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. They wanted it to comfortably accommodate both family and guests. He wanted plenty of…

Celebration Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Norman Philharmonic, with the OU and Norman communities, honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during a special performance Jan. 21 at Sharp Hall, Catlett Music Center. Guest speakers included George Henderson, prominent local advocate for ethnic diversity and interracial understanding. The MLK celebration featured the OU Combined Choirs, Norman Philharmonic and performances of several forms … Continued

South Oklahoma City Chamber Honors Outstanding Individuals

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 Annual Banquet Jan. 10 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center, presented by AT&T. The event served as the installation for the South Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2019 Board of Directors. Outstanding individuals in the community also were honored for their work … Continued

DIY Gift Basket

Expecting house guests? Why not present them with a gift basket that will make them feel welcomed and serve as a reminder of their stay?

Sit Back & Relax

They may not always know your name here (at least on your first visit), but the management and staff of The Winston, a restaurant specializing in American cuisine that opened its doors in April 2018, wants its patrons to feel welcome from their first step inside.

Gift Locally

Shaneé Newville is the creator of these lovely and fanciful works of art. Want to learn more? Visit Le Café Boutique, her coffee-themed shop located at Showplace Market, 2001 S. Broadway (off 19th Street) in Moore or check out her Facebook page for announcements on pop-ups, give-aways, specials and upcoming shows. Shaneé's work also will be on display at An Affair of the…

Drawing Creativity From Faith, Cherished Memories

[Editor’s Note: This month’s Parting Thoughts is written by Shaneé Newville, daughter and former partner of Crimsy Photography with her mother, Linda Irie. Linda, sometimes with her daughter, shot the majority of photos that appeared in Cleveland County Lifestyle its first year of existence (2017). She, and Shaneé’s young son and daughter, tragically died in an automobile accident caused by…

A New, Inclusive Community

A new community is springing up on the south bank of the Oklahoma River. But the developers of Oklahoma City’s latest urban neighborhood aren’t taking a cookie-cutter approach to this project.

Redrock Canyon Grill’s

Let's face it. When the north wind blows and the local TV station meteorologists crack out their special winter weather jargon (think ice quakes), it may take more than just the promise of good food to force many of us out of our warm, comfortable homes.

Night Out With the Arts

Among the city’s other monikers, Norman is known as the “City of Festivals” for its plethora of arts festivals, including the May Fair, Medieval Fair and 2nd Friday Art Walk, as well as other fun and arts-related events, such as the Norman Music Festival, Groovefest and Chocolate Festival. With the help of Erinn Gavaghan, executive director of the Norman Arts…

Children and Education Focus of Newest Assistance League

Most people are familiar with all the good things the Assistance League™ (founded in 1919) does for communities nationwide. Things like Operation School Bell, which provides clothing for students, some of whom have never owned an article of new clothing, while also building self-esteem, improving school attendance and raising grades. Things like establishing thrift shops in which no- or low-income…

Hello, Cleveland County!

I cannot believe we concluded our third year in January and are beginning our fourth this month! It has been my honor to serve you these past three years on the pages of our magazine! Our mission is simple: we hope to play a small role in helping the community flourish by producing a quality … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Event Planned Native Spirits Winery in Norman invites area couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a celebration of Oklahoma-made wine, gourmet cheese and local chocolate made by Apple Tree Chocolates. The event is set from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the winery at 10500 E. Lindsey St. … Continued

Royal Bavaria’s Christkindl Market

Santa Claus delighted children at Royal Bavaria’s first Christkindl market, a community-based Christmas market to raise money for area schools and other nonprofit institutions. Children sold arts and crafts and several local artists took part to help raise money for the local community. And of course, everyone enjoyed Royal Bavaria's authentic German food.

Holiday Concert Raises Scholarship Funds

Women of the South teamed up with Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famer Justin Echols and OCCC for a Holiday Concert that raised enough money to award six scholarships at the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Annual Education Banquet, set for spring 2019. Visit for more information or to apply for a scholarship. 

Client Appreciation Christmas Soiree

Guests danced to live music performed by A Perfect Body, great food and drink, and more at Guard Property Inspectors’ annual Client Appreciation Christmas Soiree 2018. 

South Oklahoma City Chamber Activities

The South OKC Chamber kept up a whirlwind schedule during December. Events included the Legislative Luncheon, City Connection, South OKC Chamber holiday party and ribbon cuttings.

Attention to Detail

A growing family and a desire to make their home into a more warm and welcoming gathering space for family and friends served as the main impetus behind Norman residents Paige and Dusty Tedesco’s decision last year to hire a designer to make that dream come true.

For Your Honeymoon or Anniversary

Anyone can go to a beach for their honeymoon or anniversary. Why not make yours’ one that is unique and full of romance and smashing sights—in Britain?

From Hip Hop to Big Band

Music is a very personal form of expression that can help carry a message and connect people. Music brought Kizzie and Adam together, and they use their love of music to interact with and teach within their community. Read below to learn more about this unique duo, the message they carry and their impact in the community.

Muirfield Homes’ New Digs

From its sharp angles and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, Alan Cheshier is proud of Muirfield Homes’ new digs in Norman.

January 2019 Around Town

Norman Chocolate Festival Set for Jan. 26 The Norman Chocolate Festival, an annual fundraising event with a rich history of bringing the community together to support education, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave. Partnering restaurants and businesses will offer samples of delectable … Continued

Welcome to 2019!

Happy New Year!  During this time of reflection and hopes for the new year, I recently found myself pondering happenstance, specifically regarding my experiences as a freelance writer and editor. A little over three years ago, as I was heading to OKC to interview for a position as editor of a trade magazine, a friend called to tell … Continued


Finding a loved one a safe and caring place to live, when staying at home is no longer an option, can be overwhelming. There are so many questions and unknowns. However, there are options close by that can make the decision easier.

WRC Gala

Over 100 attendees helped raise more than $8,000 at the WRC Gala, held Nov. 9 at the Hall at the Railhouse. The annual event raises money for the Women’s Resource Center, the only certified agency in Cleveland County to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. (See related story, Around Town.) Photography by Ryan Lassiter, Defining … Continued

Fall Fling with the Phil

Supporters of the Norman Philharmonic spent their evening on Nov. 15 listening to romantic music, enjoying dinner catered by Benvenuti's and bidding on unique auction items and experiences at the Studio of the Sooner Theatre. Plans are to make the Fall Fling with the Phil an annual event. Photography by Krystyn Richardson

Solid Rock Training: “Before and After”

Are you ready to transform your health, happiness and fitness in 2019? Join the enthusiastic team at Solid Rock Training to start living your best life! Visit to get started with their exclusive one-week trial and transform your life alongside these amazing people! Hurry, spots are limited!

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

How to Warm Up a Chilly Night

Brrrr! It’s chilly out there. For our “parting thought” this issue, may we suggest you don your warmest and most comfy robe and slippers, build a fire (or light up your gas logs) and make yourself a hot buttered rum cocktail that’s sure to please the taste buds and warm your insides, too? Our recipe calls for SelvaRey Cacao Rum—ask…

Meet OU Coach Lon Kruger

University of Oklahoma Head Basketball Coach Lon Kruger is entering his 33rd season as a collegiate head coach and his eighth campaign as head coach at Oklahoma. After inheriting a program that went 27-36 in the two seasons prior to his arrival, he has coached the Sooners to a 140-91 record and has reached the NCAA Tournament in five of…

Huntington Fine Jewelers

Lisa and Lantz Smith of Huntington Fine Jewelers have always had a passion for supporting teachers. “I remember back when I was on the PTA when my children were in school in Norman,” Lisa recollects. “Back then, our focus was on getting air conditioning in the gym. I remember working so hard to raise money and feeling like it was…


Was one of your new year’s resolutions to travel more? If getting yourself more fit also was on your list, you might want to check out Iceland. This small country is a year-round outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with an abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, lakes and caves, all waiting to be explored and photographed. (Tip: It’s also a warm and…

Dance for Parkinson’s

Recent research has shown that people with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as other movement disorders, can benefit from dancing in areas ranging from motor function to overall quality of life. Kathleen Redwine, lecturer in dance history at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance, is putting this research into practice here. I spoke with Redwine about the program’s inspiration, who…

Orangetheory Fitness

Was getting physically fit on your list of 2019 New Year’s resolutions? If so—and it doesn’t matter your current level of fitness—what if you could find a way not only to gain strength and stamina and increase your energy level, but have fun in the process?

New Year’s Resolutions

Goals. How do we set them, and how do we keep them?

Cleveland County Lifestyle’s

Hate fighting the madding crowd, all scrambling for those last-minute holiday gifts for family, friends and co-workers? Or perhaps you don’t mind the shopping, but just don’t have the time for it, what with planning your or your spouse’s work party or family gathering and attending your children’s or grandchildren’s Christmas plays and concerts? Or maybe you’re just looking for…

What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

This time of year, millions of people set New Year's resolutions. Common resolutions include losing/gaining weight, improving one's finances, spending more time with family, overcoming a alcohol, drug, gambling or other addiction, and improving one's health through an exercise program. Of course, the list is quite extensive.

Many Couples Saying “I Do”

For many, a dream wedding means saying “I do” on the campus beautiful by day and night.

Financial Freedom

 Financial Freedom: Building Wealth to Live the Life You Love  What does financial freedom mean to you? For some, it is synonymous with financial security. But, for others, the definition of financial freedom goes beyond money to include living with purpose, cultivating a healthy mind and spirit or being able to pursue their dreams without fear of the unknown or…

December 2018 Around Town

Libraries Planning Seasonal Activities The calendar is filled with special activities for the holiday season around the Pioneer Library System, with events ranging from themed story times to Holiday Galas. The Norman Central, Noble and Moore libraries each host annual Holiday Celebrations. An avid library lover and hearty holiday fan could attend all if they … Continued

Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of year again! Convenience stores are again offering pumpkin spice-flavored coffee. The department stores are now playing their Christmas play lists and have placed their holiday decorations on the shelves, along with the products they hope will be high on people’s gift lists. Folk are gearing up to throw and/or attend holiday parties.  I know there … Continued