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How we became a dynamic dining duo

Twin sisters and restaurant owners Alisha Nuttall and Angela Wilson are two sides of the same coin — one likes whimsy, one likes boldness. One owns a bakery, one owns a bistro. But the Pleasant Grove pair combined forces to win “Cupcake [...]

How I Earned the Miss Utah Crown

Win, lose, win, lose, win, win. Throw in a strict workout regimen and a haircut, and you’ve got a peek into Lauren Wilson’s jeweled journey to being crowned Miss Utah 2016. She competed for the title three years in a row and finally found [...]

7 things Michele Carnesecca wants you to know about American Fork

American Fork is home to Michele Carnesecca’s life story. She attended American Fork Junior High, and in seventh grade heard a name called over the intercom — Chad Carnesecca. “I remember thinking, ‘Carnesecca … now that’s a fun [...]

Salutation to the fun: Brittany Andrews guides yogis at her rule-bending yoga studio

This is one of a five-story series, “Empower Hour,” for Utah Valley Magazine. “Can I see myself waking up happy every day saying, ‘I’m so excited to be a lawyer’?” That’s the question Provo’s Brittany Andrews asked herself [...]

Where the rubber meets the road: First female UDOT region director gives confidence the green light

This is one of a five-story series, “Empower Hour,” for Utah Valley Magazine. When Teri Newell steps into her weekly staff meeting, 10 employees stare back. Eight of those are male. She’s used to it by now. Teri is the Region 3 director [...]

Don’t stop believing: Kathleen Lopez overcame abuse and loss to become a wife, mother and CEO

This is one of a five-story series, “Empower Hour,” for Utah Valley Magazine. Late one night more than 30 years ago, Kathleen Lopez found herself living a nightmare. The man she was engaged to marry in California had become physically [...]

The Queen of Clean: Vicki Winterton encourages organizing for progress, not perfection

This is the first of a five-story series, “Empower Hour,” for Utah Valley Magazine. The junk drawer, the hall closet, the entryway table that accidentally evolved into the burial ground for receipts, bills and permission slips — [...]

Tidy Tips from professional organize Vicki Winterton

Professional organizer Vicki Winterton shares two mistakes to avoid when tackling a rowdy room or cluttered closet. Mistake #1 Box-buying “Don’t buy containers before you know what you’ll be storing,” Vicki says. She recommends assessing [...]

Adoption: Two families, twice the love

When a couple adopts, they’re not just opening their hearts and homes to welcome one new family member. Birth parents and their families often become a part of the new family equation. Lauren Andrews, a social services worker at Utah Adoption [...]

2016 Summer Fun Map to Summer Adventure in Utah Valley

Ditch the compass — this flowchart maps out 40 ideas to get your summer started off with a bang. High Adventure Adventure is out there, and your presence is requested. Pack up for a day or weekend trip for these four high adventure experiences. Breathe [...]

3 tips for families considering a multigenerational home

Dr. Jeremy Cottle, licensed social worker and CEO of Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital, knows that achieving kumbaya status in a multigenerational household takes work. Here are his top three tips for families considering making the transition. 1. [...]

Let’s Live Together: Choosing to have 3 generations live under one roof

When sisters Kysliann, Kyneisha and Kyliani Semidey are choosing shoes to pair with an outfit, they don’t just dig through each other’s closets for the perfect match — they head downstairs and raid Mima’s closet, too. “We share shoes, [...]

It’s about love: Eagle Mountain family extends love to adopted sons’ birth moms

On the back patio of the Wilsons’ home in Eagle Mountain, Melanee watches her 4-year-old build an invisible machine, Branden looks after their crawling 1-year-old and Kalina Hudgins bottle feeds the 6-month-old. After finishing the bottle, [...]

Non-LDS, former BYU professor defends the Honor Code

In the wake of student protests calling for changes to Brigham Young University’s Honor Code, Damon Linker, former BYU assistant professor, who isn’t LDS, came to its defense. In Linker’s opinion article, published Friday [...]

7 things Ryan Radebaugh wants you to know about Orem

Elementary school teacher Ryan Radebaugh moved to Orem when he was in second grade. After graduating from Orem High School, he took a short venture down south to BYU to get his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s in educational [...]

Say what? ‘UVMagLib’ contest winners fill in the blanks for prizes at CVX Live

At the CVX Live convention March 25-26, Utah Valley Magazine employees turned the pen to the people in a Mad Lib competition called “UVMagLib.” Convention goers and YouTube enthusiasts grabbed the “UVMagLib” form (above) [...]

16 magical outtakes of Utah Valley Magazine’s Fab 40 photo shoot

With a “magic” theme, this year’s Fab 40 photo shoots involved three 10-week-old bunnies, a magic wand and oversized playing cards. In addition, most participants brought props that helped tell the story of their fabulousness. (No [...]

7 things Ann Rowan wants you to know about Provo

Ann Rowan was in a groove in Boston, where she earned her master’s in museum education at Tufts University. She and her husband, Jamin, who was working on his English master’s and Ph.D. at Boston College, loved the city bustle and daily [...]

Made in UV: Suitcase shelves, ViDi People’s Action Camera and more

The talent and creativity of Utah County residents is limitless. Here are five locally founded and created businesses that brighten Utah Valley. Have shelves, will travel Mike and Nevia Wright were still designing Luggashelf when they were [...]

First Comes Love, Then Comes Trials: A devastating car crash pulled this newly engaged couple together

“Every time I see you I can hardly breathe; all the world could crumble, I’d never leave.” Those are lyrics to the song Bailee and Taylor were singing together at the piano in Bailee’s apartment when Taylor got down on one knee, pulled [...]