Things that matter: Old school mentalities. Elizabeth and I were reminiscing earlier, about growing up during a time when we would play “cops & robbers” in parking lots and run barefoot in neighborhoods.  But, that all seems lost nowadays. Back then, (I can’t believe I’ve started saying that) kids were always outside.  Kids were meeting other kids, exploring the world, and they weren’t afraid. Children were learning how to be independent and apply critical thinking, engage in more imagination…I mean the list goes on. My favorite “old-school mentality” is allowing children to enjoy more freedom, with less hovering critical parents.  What’s your favorite old-school mentality?...

Food By Bel provides grocery shopping, custom meal plans, meal delivery, and in-home meal prep services. Isabel, or Bel, also provides her custom meals plans worldwide. Her business, based in Westerville, had its start earlier this year and has been rapidly growing since. Serving clients throughout the larger Columbus area and on the web, she has begun to establish herself as one of the competitive meal delivery services in the area. For the past two weeks Isabel has been coming to my house dropping off our groceries. It has been a game changer. It’s the same as Amazon Prime but better, because it’s a thousand times...

TELHIO CREDIT UNION IS a lot LIKE THE “SHOP-LOCAL” VERSION WHEN IT COMES TO SHOPPING FOR a BANK. TELHIO  IS MORE THAN A BANK. IT’S A CREDIT UNION THAT EMBODIES A STRONG PHILOSOPHY FOR GIVING.  AND WHEN YOU’RE A MEMBER OF TELHIO, YOU OWN IT. YOU REAP THE BENEFITS. But, that’s the thing with credit unions–they have the ability to make banking more personalized based on the individual.  “EACH STORY AND EVERY PERSON IS DIFFERENT, WITH A DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCE.  SO, BEING ABLE TO BE FLEXIBLE AND RESPOND WITH VARIOUS OPTIONS IS CRITICAL.” Since Telhio is a credit union, they are a not-for-profit organization–which basically enables them to keep the members their top priority. Unlike...

We’ve actually touched on this before, but figured we could revisit.   Quality time. This past weekend, my husband and I spur of the moment (kind-of), decided to go out of town.  And, it made me extremely anxious to leave the girls for the first time.  Also, extremely anxious to do something spur of the moment.  I’m a “Type A-plan ahead” kinda gal. The last time my husband and I went away together out of state was when I was 5-months-pregnant.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast and played  the board game Life far too many times. And, I complained the entire way up a mountain. We...

There's no question that when you think of barbeque, you think of City Barbeque. How could you not, really? The beef brisket (my all-time favorite), the pulled pork, baked beans, corn pudding, I could go on. The barbeque is so good that it's been given many awards, countless times, in local and national articles, competitions, and festivals. How did this place get so good?  Why is it so good?  And, who makes it happen? There's definitely a story behind it. It all started almost 17 years ago in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rick Malir, one of the Founders of City Barbeque, quit his day job at John Deere & Co....

[caption id="attachment_9052" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Devon Albeit[/caption] He’s small in stature but mighty in fight. When we were dating and David hadn’t made it as a Columbus fire fighter yet, I was pressuring him hard for a back-up plan. He pushed back with all he had, saying this wasn’t just A plan, it was THE plan. And sure enough, this December marks his 13thyear as a Columbus fire fighter. As a fire fighter’s wife, your worst nightmare is having a station vehicle pull up in front of your home, pausing before delivering the news that something is terribly wrong.He’s not coming home. The second worst nightmare, which I’ve lived, is receiving...

I've been reflecting on heroes that have impacted my life (since this month is dedicated to sharing the stories of heroism), but I stumbled across something in the process.  A definition of a hero. he·ro ˈhirō/ noun a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. "a war hero" For some reason I couldn't shake how wrong I felt this definition was.   Not wrong as in none of it was true, but wrong in that it just didn't feel right when I read over it.   For a couple of reasons actually. First, I disagree that heroes are typically men.  And, I don't...

The moment he was brought home, wrapped in towels, and cold to the core was a moment I will never forget. Zachary was surrounded by neighborhood children that were helping him walk his frozen body home.  I opened the door to see his tear stained face and listening to his sobs, “I am so sorry. I was so stupid. I am so sorry. My curiosity got the best of me. I am so sorry.” It was like the entire sky broke into a million shards of glass and came crashing down around me. My greatest fear was realized. Our sweet child had not heeded 6...

When is a good time to panic? Today I had a couple moments where panic manifested itself, in short order. The first moment, was hearing of an ‘active shooter’ at The Ohio State University.  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a 20 mile radius of anything like this, have you?  (And this was my thought when we were first hearing the news). Sure, we’ve heard about incidents in various other states-- and have prayed for those families, or changed our Facebook profile pictures.   But never has an incident like this been so close to “home.”  The Ohio State.  That’s our “home-base.”  Right? Elizabeth and I were driving down...

Fleurish Home is an ideal store for any creative enthusiast.  It’s a store dedicated to all things “home”–entertaining, painting, decorating, etc.  It’s filled with endless DIY project ideas, because when it comes to Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®, anything is possible. And, that’s what sets Fleurish Home apart from any other place–they are one of the very few retailers in America that actually sell Annie’s paint. Debra is the owner of Fleurish Home. After studying fashion in college, Debra started her retail career in visual merchandising and through that discovered faux finishing.  Always wanting to do something creative in the arts, this became her passion and after several years in the industry she decided to...