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my city life 

with Chelsey Modde

meet Chelsey Derks Modde

Hey, you! I'm Chelsey - a KC momma with a passion for celebrating local stories, sharing experiences, + simplifying whenever possible. A bit of background on me: I started my career in journalism before bouncing into the public relations arena. While I loved my time working with big brands at a global firm, launching a boutique PR agency and getting to work closely with small business owners has been such a wonderful journey. At home, my husband and I are navigating life with a personality-packed two year old + a newborn - so yes, #AllTheCoffee. Aside from a stint in Atlanta, KC has always been home + I'm excited to share with you the people, places, and stories that make this incredible city all it is.

recent entries

Blue Star Awards' Digital Debut

There’s something special about the summer season at Starlight, Kansas City’s premier outdoor theater. During these months, the nearly 8,000 seat landmark is typically playing host to a variety of Broadway shows and concerts. The excitement and energy of each should be spilling out of the theater right now, right along with the whatever music is serenading guests that night.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case these days. The current public health crisis has forced an...

Flights of Fancy at Powell Gardens

Let’s just say it – this summer is strange. It’s marked by cancelled plans and uncertainty. If you, like many others right now, are searching for a change of scenery – Powell Gardens just might have the answer.  This weekend marks the start of the annual 2020 Festival of Butterflies, running through August 9. It’s bright. It’s cheery. And much like the creatures at the center of it all – it’s transformative in the sense it allows you to step out of our “new normal” routine and...

In the Blooms at Powell Gardens

Many of us are seeking a change of scenery these days.  Just a short drive from Kansas City, nestled in the countryside, Powell Gardens awaits bursting with blooms and activities - readily offering an escape and an opportunity to get grounded.The botanical gardens welcome the public to a 175-acre oasis, unfolding across eight sprawling gardens, a three-mile nature trail, stunning architecture, rotating exhibitions and seasonal festivals. A long-time favorite begins this weekend with...

DIY Cold Brew Coffee for the Summer

It's summer and officially cold brew's time to shine. A favorite to sip during warmer months, this brewing technique involves mixing coffee with water and letting it steep in the fridge for 12-24 hours. The result is a concentrate that's more potent, less acidic, and stays good for at least a week. A win-win worth cheers-ing to. If you find the idea of playing barista a bit intimidating - fear not. I'm happy to report it's super easy. (As in so easy you can do it with a toddler crawling up your...

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