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...

We've all experienced that moment. The moment when you are on Pinterest, looking for the perfect DIY (fill in the blank) present. For Steph, it was a Mother's Day present for her mom. I should first tell you that she used to be an art teacher, so mess doesn't scare her, and neither does paint, or trying anything new. And, she's obviously very creative. Okay, back to the project. Well, it was a complete fail. I mean, an art teacher mom failed a Pinterest project? Good luck to the rest of us! In a scramble to find another present, she thought, I can make a portrait of her instead. We're not talking about just...

The Center for Wholeness was the very first yoga center in Columbus. Did you know that? I’m serious. The very first one. And it’s all thanks to a small group of passionate individuals who were dedicated to empowering the community.  And see, now Columbus is bustling with yoga studios at every turn.   But, The Center for Wholeness remains the heart of the scene—because it’s home for where many yogi’s started their journey.  It's actually the only non-profit organization designed for outreach programs in this type of wellness. So yes, they are also a non-profit organization.    Janice was one of those keen founders. She has been...

Deluxe Door Systems is more than a garage door company. I mean, of course it's a company that fixes garage doors, but it's also a story of an owner, Jeff. Jeff's a good guy, and one that has built this business from the ground up, and has built a solid team to join the ride. If your garage door is broken, he'll fix it. Believe me--they came out to our house a few weeks ago. If you don't like your garage door, he'll help you get a new one up in no time. He still has his hand in fixing the doors-- you can even find him working on Saturdays....

Hear me out. I know this sounds trivial, but why is it so easy for us to blow off regular yearly check ups??  I know I'm guilty of it. Are you too?   Between the kids dance recitals---dinners out with friends---and Clipper's games---we've got so much going on and never enough time.  I'm sorry, but I'm too dang tired. Let's face it, we have all the reasons in the world to get out of our mundane doctor appointments, and I don't know about you, but I much rather go to the zoo and see my kid's face light up.  Besides, usually people go in for appointments when...