As children, our imaginations were the key to our childhood. We were able to be anything we wanted to be--pirates, teachers, astronauts, a tree, anything we could think of, really. As adults, we tend to lose that imagination, and we are faced with reality--bills, raising our own children, addiction, marriage, jobs, the list is never ending. But, not Courtney. This {young}  adult, 20 years old to be exact, is keeping a bit of her childhood alive each day and sweeping adulthood under the rug. How? I have to know. Well, she gets to be a princess whenever her heart desires, or whenever a child's heart desires.   Courtney's business, Not Just Make...

Jodi Attar is passionate about food, "my philosophy is--eat good things that taste good."  She's even more passionate about her Gotta Eat Muffins. She grew up in Akron, but moved to Columbus for a pharmaceutical sales job.  Her first masters degree was in Health Administration, but as Jodi said it best, "it just didn't feel right, like Goldilocks and the Three bears, trying all the porridge."  Her husband is a Cardiologist at OSU, so she had the opportunity to stay home for a period of time with her first-born son, Ashton. "After a year, I felt under-stimulated and needed something to do." She got back into the job force working at...

Intentional. That's the word that resonates with me after our visit to Sacred Earth Wellness Spa. You can look at it a few ways. The setting surrounding the spa--intentional in the fact that you become connected to the natural world around you with the wooded ravine, calming fountain, and bridge that leads you to the woods. The massage--well, this was intentional at it's best. Every touch, rub, and part of the body massaged was chosen for a specific reason. And, that's part of Autumn's story. There's a reason behind her intentional work. And, it's pretty amazing. Who is Autumn, by the way? She is the owner of Sacred Earth Wellness Spa. The spa...

As creatives we’re always finding inspiration in others' work and figuring out who we are as artists. I tend to get stuck in emulating what I see others do and where the trends are headed. These trends have told me to prepare a much needed cup of coffee that takes at least 4 minutes to brew, wrap in flannel and don moccasins, to hike the pine-rimmed summit of a western mountain. Cue the cinematic music and we’ve got it made. While I do, in fact, enjoy every last one of these things (especially as I just shared photo evidence while cheesily posing with our Chemex), I just...

My wedding day was June 4th, 2011. It was a very hot and humid day. Finally, after months of planning, the big day was here. I was excited, nervous, and broken hearted all at the same time. My husband was a sailor in the United States Navy and was being shipped out a few days later. I had planned this party to be the most fun of days. Cotton Candy, Elephant Ears. Popcorn.  Even strongman cutouts and a Photobooth!  All around me were my friends and family. It was incredible and to be honest, I felt sick. The man to whom I had vowed my love and...

Meza Wine Shop is a quaint little "mama n' pop" shop, which is just slang for saying, it's a small business independently owned and run.  And, that hard working owner is Tatjana Brown. She grew up with her father homemaking all kinds of wines, on the east side of Cleveland.  Her parents actually immigrated here from Serbia,  so she speaks fluent Serbian. I mean, her families traditions date back generations and generations. "The culture and lifestyle is embedded in me and the store, because it's important." A central component to Serbian culture is food and wine.  "Meza" actually means "pre-meal," like cheeses and small bites to eat. The shop was established back in...

There is really only one question to ask yourself—are you a foodie?   People tend to know this about themselves. It’s a simple yes or no, because there is nothing in between. And even if you say, “no” that’s fine—continue reading anyways, because this story is still for you.  Columbus Food Adventures is for you. Have you heard of Bethia Woolf yet?   This woman has blown me out of the water. I spent at least an hour preparing for my interview with her, researching and reading articles---and I’m tellin’ you---there’s not a whole lot she hasn’t done! She’s kind of a legend here in Columbus. Well, she...

We are a young family handcrafting goodness. We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide a creative way to eat fruits and vegetables -deliciously.  What type of goodness are we crafting, do you ask? Let me tell you. We started Too Good Eats in June of 2016, but our vision was inspired by our SONShine, little Ali who is 2 1/2 now. As all moms know, we have to be creative, and I was determined to get our son to eat all sorts of vegetables. Some things he was into, and other things he just wasn't. I'm sure you can relate. I began to make Popsicles for our son...

Yesterday we shared Sarah and Ben’s story. And, that mattered. My heart was overwhelmed with awe.   So today, for things that matter, I wanted to touch on the lightness in our hearts.   That is, the child inside all of us.   The parts of ourselves that want to have fun. The part of us that’s eager to relax and play. Eager to say whatever comes to the mind. And, eager for freedom to explore and engage. “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche But, as adults—we just don’t have that same freedom, do we?   There are high expectations for us to behave...

I have to tell this story. I know I have to tell it for two main reasons. There has been a voice inside of me saying, "just do it already!" for months. My friend just happened to start this blog entitled,Columbus Stories, which I took as a sign that it needed to be done. What better reasons to tell a story, right?  You want to tell it, and someone wants to hear it. And so, here it is: Our Story I keep trying to think how to summarize us. In a few paragraphs?  How?  We lived a lifetime in sixteen years together. So fast. Too fast. I decided that even though many...