Instead of the initial March 8 re-opening plan, Billings Public Library shifts gears to a February 1 re-opening to the public (with some restrictions still in place).
MSUB's 2021 Power of One week focuses on mental health awareness. January 18-22.
Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter has the purrrfect solution to your Valentine's Day gift giving conundrum!
Plan for your big day with the Hometown Bride Wedding Fair, showcasing 2021 spring wedding designs from all the top designers, plus vendors for every detail, expert presentations (with Q&A), and ...
We're more committed to local than ever, and we hope you will be too. We are so fortunate to call South Central Montana home. Let's actively love our community, love our neighbors, and hope for a brig...
Our honor at Simply Local Magazine is to continue providing our readers with thought-provoking, encouraging articles to help you live your best lives right here (no matter the circumstances). Thank yo...
In today’s world, how can we design a laundry room to best suit our needs? To me, four things stand out as the foundation for creating the best space possible: location, utility, storage, and (of cour...
For those in real estate, buying and selling homes is all in a day’s work. Armed with firsthand knowledge and expertise in the industry, local realtor Alicia Donovan and husband Quinn share their...
Ever wonder what's happening beneath the frozen surfaces during winter? Like, where did everybody go? Turns out, not far.
This creamy and fragrant soup is the perfect comfort food.
Lucky’s Ramen Noodles in Shiloh Commons invites Montanans to discover the glory of Ramen as it was meant to be served, while also serving many different types of noodle dishes.
In late 2017, François Morin followed his passion and opened Le Fournil, an artisnal French bakery.
With a crunchy crust and a chewy, soft crumb, this French baguette will have you saying more, please, as soon as you taste it.
Motherhood can be lonely, even though moms are almost never alone. The camaraderie of other moms is the perfect medicine to make it through the hard days.
How does a Montana parent locate a passionate, reliable, honest, carefully-vetted person to watch their kids? This is where your Big Sky neighbor, Karissa Erickson of Four O Six Nannies, comes into pl...
Though 2020 might have come through like a wrecking ball, there were some changes that were ultimately for the better; hindsight is 20/20, after all.
There are lessons to be learned in every age and stage, skills to be taught that will ultimately prepare our precious beings for life out in the world. Along the way, before they leave the nest, these...
Model >>> Engage >>> Exercise Independence
What good is a healthy body without a healthy mind? While you think of ways to build your strength, build your endurance, build healthy physical habits, here are five ways to guard your heart and ment...
Just when you think that a waterfall couldn't be any more magical, it freezes. Experience this awe-inspiring beauty at Palisade Falls.
Your crash course in Enneagram Personality Tests.
Getting to know local author KJ Backer who has published three books in her popular, adult fantasy series.
Pick up your copy of '84, Charing Cross Road' and let's discuss! (In the meantime, see what Lindsay has to say and peruse her gift guide for the bookworms on your gift list!)
More than twinkling lights and tradition, Christmas Wreath Lane in Billings offers a beacon of hope in a challenging year. It has managed to be a holiday mainstay for 60 years and brings joy and comfo...
Keep cabin fever at bay this winter with this guide to experiences and memberships in and around Billings.
Though neighbors have come and gone, Christmas Wreath Lane has managed to shine bright for 60 years.
As we reflect on a year filled with major challenges, each of us has been deeply impacted in one way or another. But sometimes, in the darkness, the light shines brightest.
When Tracy Stanaway's mother Jerrine (nicknamed Jelly Bean Dean) passed away in 2019, she was inspired to write a book centered on her mother's beloved nickname.
Imagine a December filled with slow. With heart-awakening activity. A December whose gentle, beckoning winds invite us to beauty and majesty that enrich our days. Consider a long-observed Christmas...
As if you were stepping right out of a Hallmark movie, check out these ideas for celebrating the holidays old school!
Let’s journey our way through a few of life’s stages and look at how to create – not perfect – but memorable, perfectly imperfect Christmas experiences at every stage along the way.
Pop out of town or browse the city limits to discover Southeast Montana treasures close to home!
Did you know that gift giving is actually an act that can strengthen bonds and relationships?
There’s no place like home for the holidays and that tune has never rung truer than now.
Mac Leffler’s stunning 2020 Parade home located in Billings’ upscale subdivision The Nines, is nothing short of a work of art.
This is a very simple recipe requiring only three ingredients. You can make the cookies sweet or savory.
Scrumptious food is synonymous with the holidays and the staff at Simply Local gathered up some of our favorite appetizer, dessert, and drink recipes to share with you.
Taking care of your mental health, particularly when this season might feel less than merry, is critical. Scientists, physicians, and therapists know that repeated stress can...
College students, frustrated with textbook costs? Discover how PageLess can help!
Introducing Simply Local Marketplace, a retail boutique featuring the works and goods of local makers and artists. Shop local!
Get in the spirit of supporting local businesses every day with Billings Chamber's Keep the Cheer Here campaign!
At the November 16, 2020 meeting of the Billings City Council, Mayor Bill Cole delivered the following statement regarding COVID-19:
Can you help fill the shelves of CLDI's 2020 South Side Christmas Stores?
As record numbers of families turn to home school and distance learning this year, many parents and caregivers are working their way up the steep learning curve of teaching around the kitchen table. S...
Try Mercy Vannett's recipe for Pork Sinigang. Find all the ingredients for this delectable dish at Isabela Asian Market!
We all love stories of success originating from humble beginnings, those rags-to-riches tales that inspire us and energize our spirits. One such story began in war-torn Southeastern Asia and ended rig...
With resources of all kinds seeking to fill the gaps in times of difficulty, the Youth Empowerment Program strives to help young people participate in the things that they love most.
Ban Construction’s 2020 Parade Home doesn’t disappoint. Clean lines, angles for days, and numerous textures collide to provide a striking first impression of this modern-rustic masterpiece.
During the pandemic it's become glaringly apparent that schools are not just a place for academics. Schools provide students a place that supports mental, physical, and emotional health, which is at t...
"Social isolation is as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day." As coined by researchers, this "Loneliness Epidemic" can be even more deadly than the pandemic that continues to dominate our lives, 8 m...
Once upon a dream...Let Boxdrop Billings help you find the mattress that will deliver you to the sweetest of dreams!
Get out of Billings and explore the far Southeastern corner of Montana!
Like the overloaded washing machine, sometimes we have to remove a few things from the cycle to regain balance.
Discover the differences between Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, and Therapy Animals.
Learn about Adaptive Performance Center, a gym and organization with a mission that includes serving disabled veterans to help them improve and maintain as much independent, active living as possible....
Britney and Sammy Higgs founded the HER Campaign in 2016. It is a local organization dedicated to the growth of safehouses and healing for women that have been victims of sexual exploitation.
Rock Creek Soaps is more than a female-owned, Billings success story, this is a business actively making a difference in our community.
Welcome your guests with some fresh fall style!
Hot tubs, they offer far more benefits than just being a nice place to relax and unwind.
Making delicious pizza at home doesn't have to be complicated. All you need is a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, a bit of planning, and a very hot oven. In this s...
Imagine a dining experience where every member of your family is happy. There are no arguments as to which pizza toppings make the pie—they all do. This dream-like, family-friendly atmosphere is a rea...
Take a step inside this 2020 Parade home by Image Builders.
Montana and her breweries have an on-again off-again relationship. Luckily, we're on again and with a vengeance. If you are an avid fan of this timeless beverage, our state is one of the happiest plac...
Around this time of year, spiders start making their often unwelcome appearance inside as the weather turns cooler. But before you reach for the shoe, it’s important to know how beneficial these anima...
Here are 5 ideas to make this the BEST Halloween yet, pandemic and all!
Allowing "sweet" to coexist in the face of "bitter."
The teen years are brimming with ALL the emotions, so let's talk tips for helping parents understand them AND help their teen handle all of the BIG emotions.
Introducing Cardsetter, an innovative local startup that is here to make it easy for you to build (and update) a website unique to your needs, without being confined to a restrictive template.
Beautycounter’s products are truly for the woman or man who is health-conscious, eco-conscious, and is willing to invest in all aspects of their health.
Let's talk about 'Dear Edward,' by Ann Napolitano. The storyline and the book’s overarching themes of survival, friendship, hope, and learning to love again after heartbreak are powerful and have stuc...
Experience the unique sounds around town with these Billings-based podcasts!
Get the details on Wise Wonders matching gift challenge!
Kate Stevens of Salvage Designs also has a gift for seeing the treasure in unlikely places. Her shop, located off of Moore Lane in Billings, is filled with home decor, repurposed furniture, and gifts,...
I recently read an article about home trends that should go away, and one person noted that no one has time for open shelving. It's a dream, not a reality, he said. Having lived with it now, I say tha...
Get a sneak peek inside four of the 2020 Parade Homes!
From the moment your foot crosses the threshold at Candy Town USA, your senses sizzle with everything from the sights and delectable scents.
Past the hustle and bustle of Montana Avenue, just as the street starts to quiet, Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill awaits you with its giant doors, gorgeous atmosphere, great food, and a glass or two of c...
There’s nothing quite like the aroma of fresh baked apples filling your home on a crisp fall day. This family recipe is a fall favorite that can easily be modified for our gluten-free guests.
Despite brief summers and challenging weather conditions in the Big Sky state, Montana has its fair share of beautiful, productive apple orchards producing around 70 different varieties each fall.
It’s arguably one of the best offerings of fall: tree branches exploding with color in the delightfully crisp air. But why do leaves change color this time of year? We all know that it happens, but wh...
A mom's thoughts on sending her "baby" to school.
Our words have more power than that little sticks and stones rhyme gives credit. Words can be world wreckers or healing balm.
Whether it's breathing new life into antiques or appreciating an antique in its original form, there is something to be said for creating a marriage between old and new in your home decor.
The things that people can collect vary greatly and those "things" that are so much more than that to the collector almost always have a story to tell. Discover the stories behind these local collect...
Give back to our community by participating in Billings Public Library's SOS: Send Our Seniors Mail program.
Don't throw out those kitchen scraps...Re-grow them!
When the pandemic made school closures necessary, Sarah Moyers sprung into action to help fill the gap for students who were dependent upon school lunches. #projectlovebillings
Instead of using the term “healthy eating,” I prefer a lifestyle of “eating well.” This means the quality of the food on the plate is good and nourishing, but it also means...
The Billings Family YMCA, one of the largest youth programming providers in Yellowstone County, recently completed an extensive renovation project on the Mary Alice Fortin Youth Center
As another school year begins and many young children (and their parents or guardians) face significant transitions, here are some tools and resources that may help you and your little navigate what c...
As plans are finalized (in flux) for the return to school, there are things families can be doing to ensure a safe return to school.
The last three months of the 2019-’20 school year were like none other that we’ve experienced before, and Billings Catholic Schools adapted well amid the upheaval.
Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma; Dad, Daddy, Pops, Pa…Like the plethora of monikers our kids might bestow upon us, our parenting styles can be just as varied and diverse.
Quell the Sunday night boulder of dread by using the strategy of directed thought planning, which makes us feel like we are not victims of our schedule and puts us back in the driver's seat.
With the school year approaching, a quick escape is a great way to say good-bye to summer and hello to fall! Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend stay, Big Sky Country offers the best of the best in l...
Go inside the hive and get the buzz on honeybees.
In this issue, we find inspiration in the stories of local makers and artisans. They are exceptional examples of adaptability and perseverance; things we all need in these days we're living.
Enjoy the stories of these local makers; come discover the connection they bring to our community.
Navigating back to school in 2020, an interview with Superintendent of Billings Public Schools, Greg Upham.
Beginning in the Fall of 2020, Montana National Guard members will be able to attend MSU-Billings tuition-free.