It's hard to believe it's officially been a year since COVID-19 affected almost every facet of life. More unbelievable is the number of lives the virus has impacted and taken — more than 27.8 million cases and 489,000 deaths in the United States and more than 100,800 cases and 690 deaths in …

The Sundance Film Festival went virtual this year and featured seven days of premieres, events, artist talks and cutting-edge XR exhibitions. Bakersfield Life Magazine's Ema Sasic got a front row seat to some of the year's upcoming films and has the ones you should put on your watchlist.

» It’s hard to believe we’re approaching a year of COVID-19 restrictions, shutdowns and fatigue. It’s definitely been a rollercoaster of a ride.

At age 25, after graduating from Stanford University, Judy Jordan launched J Vineyards with some help from her father, Tom, founder of Jordan Vineyard and Winery. Beginning as an early Sonoma County sparkling wine producer, Jordan spent nearly 30 years building the impressive J Vineyards por…

For more than a decade, school art teachers from around Kern County choose artwork made by their students to be exhibited in the Panorama Invitational at Bakersfield College's Jones Gallery. These young artists see their work in a professional venue and the artwork their peers are making fro…

When you enter Thai House in southwest Bakersfield, you immediately get the sense that you're walking into someone's home. It makes sense after all — mothers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins all make up the staff, and family trinkets and dishware are featured in a…

If you’re nuts about appetizer foods just as much as I am, these hasselback waffle potatoes are the perfect dish to share with your friends or family. It can also easily be a side dish to any fancy meal for any occasion. I promise you, these potatoes will change your life — they’re crispy, b…

If you are wishing away all the countless cooking and endless cleaning, and find that you feel worn down by the monotony of routine, you might need a little more creativity in your life. You are not alone if you are sick and tired of boredom.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life can change dramatically, seemingly overnight. And for many survivors of heart disease and stroke, they have another point in time they can circle on a calendar where they experienced a life altering change. Fortunately, there is hope and wisdom …

According to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, making healthy habits makes a difference in one’s life. With their data, individuals who maintained a healthy diet, drank alcohol moderately and did not smoke lived longer than those who didn’t make changes in their lifestyle.

“Night Stalker” (Netflix): If you’re a true-crime junkie, this documentary series has to be added to your must watchlist. This limited documentary focuses on the efforts to catch serial killer Richard Ramirez in California during the 1980s. Ramirez was convicted of 13 counts of murder, in ad…

Do this, do that, hack this, hack that and then let’s see if it all pans out to leave you feeling happy and whole. Sometimes the advice and opportunity for personal physical improvement can be overwhelming. Where does one start in order to become happy and whole? The abundance of tips and tr…

JJ's Legacy has served our community through education and outreach about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation since 2010. The organization inspires people to sign up to save lives and comforts local families touched by donation.

Sometimes you want all the sweetness that comes with a dessert but not all the calories and added sugars. Lucky for you, you get the best of both worlds with this mango chia pudding. Blending sweet mangos with creamy coconut milk gives you a tropical flavor explosion that makes you forget it…

The 2020-2021 school year is certainly one for the history books, and while students face the challenges of school via Zoom, one thing that has not changed is the care and determination of teachers to rise to the task of this recent reality. Although Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated i…

Date night might look a bit different this year, especially with ever-changing restrictions on indoor dining and entertainment venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean all hope is lost. You can still get glammed up for a romantic evening, even if it might be at home. After …

Graduation season can be an exciting time for college students. As their time draws to a close, students may be anxious to put their education to use and enter the workforce.

Educators will likely remember 2020 for the rest of their lives. It was the year when they had students in classrooms one day and had to transfer everything online the next. Many thought distance learning would last for a few weeks, but school reopening dates continued to be pushed further b…

Dehydrated skin is among the many causes of facial wrinkling, which also can be caused by smoking, environmental factors and UV exposure. Aging skin doesn't produce as much collagen and elastin, which allows skin to spring back into place, as it once did. Treating dehydration and dryness may…

“Someone Great” (Netflix): “Someone Great” stars Gina Rodriguez as Jenny, a music journalist who lands a big job at Rolling Stone that requires her to move across the country, which leaves her boyfriend of nine years, Nate, to break up with her, rather than pursue a long-distance relationshi…

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t have to cancel romance. In a time of uncertainty, it's important to find an escape and feel a moment of relief and fun. It can be difficult to find date ideas that allow for social distancing and fun activities with most businesses closed. Whether we’re going…

"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things…

Love is in the air, plastered all over the stores, but love truly lives in our hearts. There are different kinds of love but all true love is rooted in you — it begins with you. Love may look like respect, acceptance, honoring one’s self and all things, curiosity and faith. What words come t…

If you’re single, there’s a chance that you’ve either tried online dating or you haven’t convinced yourself enough to sign up. There are a number of popular dating apps available, such as Bumble, Tinder, Plenty of Fish and Hinge, but there’s always a common factor when you’re swiping for you…