Springfield is THE weekend getaway Springfield, Ohio? Yes, it's a weekend trip for sure. No, it's not Disney, but the small town feel will give you the opposite of Disney. And to be honest, I'd rather have that these days. Here's our top FIVE when visiting Springfield with the family. Trust me, it was difficult getting it down to only 5. NUMBER ONE: ALL THE FOOD: With so many cafes, bakeries and unique places to eat, it was difficult to choose just one. So, we chose a few ;) Seasons Bistro and Grille was the perfect dinner. The setting was small, quaint, but it felt like a fine-dining experience....

A few weeks ago our family had the awesome opportunity to test out an electric vehicle! Our version was hybrid, which means it runs on both electric and fuel. This was perfect for an “electric car newbie.” When I got to the dealership the van--yes, van {GASP!} was waiting for me. Gabe walked me through the entire car and showed me how to work each nifty gadget inside and out. It’s pretty amazing how much vehicles have transformed since the last time we purchased, which was 10 years ago. I didn’t need insert the key to turn on the car, there was a knob to put the...

After graduating college in 2013, armed with a degree and A LOT of ambition, I was ready to make my mark. I started out working as an Exercise Physiologist for a Columbus-based healthcare organization and spent the next several years helping people improve their lives through exercise. It was the perfect job for me… but the truth is, I always felt like something was missing. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was meant to do something more… I wanted to do something that would impact the health and happiness of other people in a BIG way. I just didn’t know what it might look...

Sometimes I get to do really cool stuff because of Columbus Stories. The most recent experience was a mix of exciting and scary. When I was invited to hop on a DRIVERLESS shuttle, my first thought was as expected-- "Am I going to die?" After I realized I was going to make it out alive, my train of thought quickly moved to how freaking cool this was. Have we really evolved that much already? Are we really looking at a world where cars will be driving themselves? Are The Jetsons going to become reality?! Important pieces of information you'll want to know: It's FREE!Each shuttle can hold up...

If you haven't heard, there's a Donut Trail taking over Butler County. This Donut Trail is legit with the very best donuts. Before we get started on my donut indulgence story, let's get some Donut Trail facts under our belts. There are 12 spots to visit Once you visit all 12 spots and complete you Passport, you receive a t-shirt! The Donut Trail passport can be downloaded, picked up from the Butler County Visitors Bureau, or collected in any donut shop! Each donut shop on the Donut Trail has varying days of operation and hours. Please be sure to check the shop’s website or Facebook page...

Let me begin by saying this trip was fully compensated for. Every last part of it, but as always, that doesn't change the way I tell my story. Guys, don't you know me by now? Okay, so on to the important stuff--our little weekend getaway to Butler County. I'll be honest, like most of you, I was like, "Where and what is Butler County?!" The Donut Trail is what first enticed me, but I'll admit, there was so much more to Butler County than the Donut Trail! I'm going to give a run down our entire trip with some information about each stop--what we liked, didn't like...

Columbus is pretty incredible--in so many ways. We have: the BEST library in the country the best zoo in the country the best science center in America and America’s largest University. We have also been recognized as one of the 7 Smartest Cities in the World-pretty cool, huh? So, it really should be no surprise why we won the U.S. Department of Transportation $40 million Smart City Challenge. As Mayor Ginther said, "Stop acting surprised." It's true. Columbus really is the place to be and I'm darn proud of that. Because we won the Smart City Challenge and we were awarded a $40 million dollar grant, we are taking great strides to connect...

Weekend Getaway: Cincinnati You have kids and a vacation becomes more like a trip. There's no vacationing with kids around, if we're being honest. Because my kiddos are so young, the thought of a long drive or spending a ton of money on a huge trip doesn't seem worth it. Instead, we decided to create memories inside our very own state. If you didn't know, Ohio has some amazing places to visit, one being Cincinnati. A short 90 minute drive is all it takes and it's the perfect two-day getaway. In fact, you could even extend that a day or two to be honest. I've outlined the perfect trip to Cincy...

I was fortunate enough to have an amazing opportunity. I was able to go behind the scenes at Raising Cane's Hamilton location, where their G.M. Gaige McNutt graciously showed me around and gave me the “ins and outs” of this truly amazing company. Everywhere you look and turn there are stories. Stories behind what's hanging on the walls.  Gaige decided to hang framed jerseys of all the schools in his area that they have partnered with in the past by donating their time, food or funds.  And the stories are meaningful. Intentional. And full of rich tradition. Take this hard hat here. After working at Raising Cane’s...

My son was born in 2013 and we didn’t know there was anything wrong.       I had a completely healthy pregnancy and then he was born premature. When he was born he was jaundice—which causes yellowing of the skin and eyes. No one was worried about it because that’s pretty normal in premature babies. A couple days later they sent us home, but they wanted to watch him closely. We were getting blood drawn every three days for his first two weeks of life, and then it got a little bit better and we thought, “Oh great he’s getting better—we’re good to go. It was just a premature thing.” But...