While I was adopted very shortly after birth, I’ve always known that I was adopted, so it was never a huge surprise to me. My dad always told me that I was a blue light special from Kmart and he was going to trade me in for a goldfish. It’s true--I've always wanted to find my birth mom. I knew she was young when she had me, around 16 years old, and that she had no family support. I was born in Toledo, Ohio through a Catholic charity. My family was told that whenever I wanted to find my birth mom all I had to do was...

My name is Mackenzie (Kenzie) Carlson and I'm a 17 year old senior at Pickerington High School North. My favorite color is blue. I love to sing, read, be around friends & family, and volunteer. I started Angel Kisses Blankets (a charity) at the age of 15. I have depression & anxiety and I needed something to keep me and my somewhat troubled mind, busy. I named the charity Angel Kisses Blankets, because I wanted each blanket to be a reminder of love, grace, and knowledge of someone who loves you, and is there to protect you. I raise money using my go fund me account and I...

Meet Todd and Duke: they are the guys behind the one-of-a-kind handcrafted supplement company Propello Life.   Propello Life is a story of brotherhood and true compassion for living. [caption id="attachment_8895" align="aligncenter" width="277"] Todd & Duke[/caption] Propello Life has been in business for all of three months now and everything along the way they've taken in stride, like a true family does. Their kickoff event was at Sweat Local Columbus' first 5K and Fitness Expo event back in July. But, their real journey began long ago, because they're brothers.  Two out of five brothers actually.  It was in their basement, where they would take turns spotting each other on the work-out bench getting ready for...

Yes, it's that time of year again---where we travel home and rejuvenate our need for connection. Some of us travel from far away, and others travel right next door.  But, we all reconnect with family and friends to break bread and give thanks. Usually we start talking about gratitude and listing off what we're thankful for.  But, the true heart of Thanksgiving, is about connection and cultivating that with one another. Who are you reconnecting with? Perhaps it's relatives you haven't seen in years, or your beloved in-laws.  Maybe it's simply your mom & dad, or your two moms.  Possibly a friends family, or just and all out #Friendsgiving. As I'm sure you...

My wife Addie and I are both from Central Ohio. We married in 2006 and started trying to have children soon after we were married. In 2007 we decided to move to California. My wife went to college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and spent most of her 20's living up and down the coast of LA County. I never imagined I would move out of Columbus, let alone out of the state.  After spending the first year getting settled into our California life, we then turned our focus back toward starting a family. After months, and then years of no...

Husband and wife, Navin and Rebecca are the dynamic duo behind Trucking Delicious, a scratch made gourmet food truck serving Columbus.  Yes, the name is supposed to be comical.  Navin likes joking around and believes a food truck should be fun.  And, I couldn't agree more. Together they are two corporate finance and IT gurus-- turned into street food geniuses. "She's the rolling pin and I'm the knife."  With Navin's Caribbean background and worldly experience, he's able to infuse lots of west indian flavor profiles into their food, without overwhelming your tastebuds.  Trucking Delicious gives traditional dishes an upgraded taste.  Their focus is on providing made from scratch creative dishes...

"With parenting, we never want our kids to grow up, but it's this inevitable part of the process." The truth of that statement is what helped to inspire the naming of the shop Never Grow Up Boutique.  That and, Andrea's daughter's obsession with Peter Pan Live.   They would watch it on rerun. Her mother-in-law even loves TinkerBell!  It just magically fell into place. Andrea created Never Grow Up Boutique as a store dedicated to providing families with modern, natural, eco-friendly, and chemical free products to guide family life with ease.  They actually just had their grand opening last month!  So, it's safe to say that Andrea has been very busy.  But, how did this all fall into place? Well,...

The list of things we're not allowed to say is getting long.  Honestly, I'm not sure what is and isn't PC anymore.  And, I don't know about you, but growing up my parents encouraged passionate debates and open conversation.   Especially those topics, like politics, race, and religion.  Remind me, why they are taboo again?  Is it just because people are passionate about them? My parents encouraged these types of debates for a couple of reasons.  The main one being that, they wanted to educate and empower me.   But, they also believed they would be the most important conversations I would have in my life.  And, guess...

"Lately, there seems to be nothing, but sad and depressing stories on the news and in social media.  I thought I would share, what I consider an incredible story with you. As many of you know,  I have been remodeling a number of properties in the downtown Columbus area.  While "gutting" on of my properties, one of my workers mentioned that he found a couple of old books lodged inside one of the walls. No. Not the bag of cash we were looking for. After reviewing the books, we realized that we had a young mans diary from 1944. He was 16 years old at that time.  In this...

PCE Studios (Permanent Cosmetic Effects) opened back in 2003--when there really were only a couple places around doing permanent cosmetics in Columbus.  Erica saw that need, and created PCE Studios.  And, If you remember, they were one of our sponsors for all our breast cancer stories in October. Erica comes from a large family. Her father alone has 18 brother and sisters, and her mother has 13 siblings.  Erica attended DeVry University for her degree in business.  Her family is originally from Puerto Rico. She grew up in Lorain, but before opening up her business, Erica knew there was not a lot of money to be made in Lorain, Ohio.  She wanted to be successful,...