"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,...

D&W Elements is a Columbus, Ohio based company dedicated to the fusion of modern design with vintage inspiration.  But, their beginning wasn't typical.  It all started from a bathroom vanity. "We know the passion and local pride you have for your city, and we are proud to help you show your support." Art has always been a part of Dan Wisniewski's story--the man behind D&W Elements. His grandfather was a woodworker by trade, and his father attended CCAD right here in Columbus.  Dan attended OSU for his degree in mechanical engineering.  Late into his undergrad degree he realized he wanted to pursue the creative side of engineering and focus on...

We love providing opportunities to help each other connect on a deeper level, and we hope that our personal stories do just that.  But, it's not just about helping connect the people of Columbus, it's also about educating each other too.  So, through our personal stories on adoption this month, you'll get an insight into different perspectives on the topic. One out of 25 U.S. families have an adopted child. If you're looking for a good read on foster care,  New York Times bestselling author Regina Calcaterra wrote a critically acclaimed book Etched in Sand.  It's a powerful memoir about her struggles and survival as a child in foster care.  Did you know Jamie...

We met at a bar in Washington, DC, in April 2006. [caption id="attachment_8750" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tom & Rick [/caption] Being 40ish, we dispensed with niceties fairly quickly, and soon found ourselves talking about what we did and didn’t want in a boyfriend. Smoker? No and no. Drug or other addictions? No and no. Rural, city, or suburban? City and city. Pets? Yes (Tom) and no (Rick) – we couldn’t match up on everything. And kids? Yes and yes. That conversation didn’t mean that we were necessarily going to get together – we had just met, after all – but it was nice to know where we stood. As...

Good Deed Rags is definitely one of Columbus' hero organizations.  Below you will find a Q&A with them, where you'll learn what they do, why they do it, and the two seminal events that kickstarted the whole thing.   And, you can read my notes at the very end as to why they are some of Columbus' true heroes (and it's not because they giveback to the community--although that's amazing). How did Good Deed Rags come to fruition?       "Gosh, I could spend forever on this one. So we spent much of the past 15 years working in the clothing business for some of the major...

Who would have thought that three little lines could be so life changing? The result window on my pregnancy test showed a total of three lines, the plus sign being the most significant. My husband was in the bathroom with me that night, per my request. And as nervous as I was, he was excited to see what the results would show. I had a little reservation, as we have three children between us, and my incredible husband sacrifices a great deal of time from home to be able to provide for us. In short, I am home with the kids and he has to be...

Catie Mehl is one of the owners of Columbus Birth & Parenting, a business dedicated to providing the utmost care, support, and guidance to families (and each individual within that family) through the journey of parenthood. For the month of November we are focusing on adoption. The process---the feelings---the different perspectives---and, of course, the stories. Columbus Birth & Parenting (CBP) is one of our sponsors for the month, not only because they have a personal connection to the topic of adoption, but also because they're educational experts while providing non-judgmental support and concrete direction. So, maybe you're expecting parents, or maybe you're an adoptee, either way Catie and Leah...