My mom took her own life when I was six years old. She was 31. As I am quickly approaching the same age she died, I am fighting daily to make sure my story doesn’t end like hers. My name is Nikki. I’m 29 years old, a graduate from Grandview Heights High School, and a stay at home mom. I work at home by filming and editing videos for my YouTube channel (NikkiLeighLifestyle) where I have almost 60k subscribers and over 20 million video views. I’ve had this channel since 2010 and have received letters from all over the world and of all races and age...

"I am a scrappy activist and advocate. The seeds of my activism were planted and have bloomed in and out of seasons and pushed me ever closer to my purpose. Season One: Childhood I was born into a family of educators who spent their careers educating children in large urban school districts. Growing up I heard stories about children who were poor, lived in marginalized communities, and often did not have enough to eat.  Of the many stories that I heard there is one that stands out. My mother was an elementary school principal.  One morning my mother was called to the cafeteria because a first grade student...

Dr. Phing Saurer's story is one of focus, resilience, and loyalty. It's a story about overcoming and working hard. Like all of us, Dr. Saurer's story begins with her parents. In this case, her parents' quest to America in search of opportunity. "My parents came to this country, leaving behind their entire family and everything they knew to give their kids a better life. They knew no one and barely spoke any English, but giving us a brighter future was the most important thing to them. I am in awe of their selflessness and sacrifices." Dr. Saurer's parents faced many obvious challenges in their journey, but no hurdle...

DESIGN, ENTER & WIN CHIPOTLE BURRITOS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR! It may be obvious, but we're obsessed with Chipotle.  OBSESSED.  As in, we literally eat there once a week.  But, that's not the point. We have good news. If you have an obsession too, than your dreams can become a reality, because they've partnered with one of our favorite local FitFashion apparel brands, Bend Active to bring you an "Avocad-ohhh Active Wear" design contest. But, it's much more than just a contest.  You know we can't hold back from a good story. Well, in this case, the story is one of you.  Local creatives are being asked to design an "Avocado"...

Every snow day needs to end with a sweet treat, right? Ours ended with ice cream--seems a bit crazy with this cold weather, right? This ice cream was a bit different, though. Our ice cream was made with the snow (yes, the fresh white kind). With four simple ingredients, we had our very own ice cream that the kids were able to help make. Here's how we made it: 8 cups of clean snow.  1 cup of milk (we used 2 percent). 1/3 cup of granulated sugar. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. In a large bowl, whisk the milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Pour milk mixture into bowl of snow. Stir together. Put in bowl and add...

Meet David Moeser: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Grandview {3/3} [caption id="attachment_9677" align="aligncenter" width="200"] {Photo From CapCity Website}[/caption] David Moeser is the General Manager at Cap City Diner’s Grandview location, but he didn't start there.  He is starting his 16th year with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR). He started training in 1999 at Cameron's beloved Ocean Club.  Moeser's first management role was at Martini's and he shifted to Cap City in 2002, at the Gahanna location.  Then, he spent time working at the Fish Market.  Let's just say, he knows hospitality inside and out. So, what keeps someone working in the industry for so long? Moeser said, "It's...

Meet Alexis: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Grandview {2/3} Alexis is a new associate at Cap City Diner's Grandview location.  And, if you don't already know-- the language that's used in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant industry-- is very "person first" focused.  So instead of "servers" or "waiters" you hear words instead like, "Associates."  Because, similarly to law firms, the idea is to build careers and encourage promotions within the company. Which is why, you'll find lots of individuals who have worked for years with Cameron Mitchell. Alexis was previously managing a garage company, but came back to serving.  She actually heard of the open position...

 A story of Fighting Blindness "When I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at age 14, I was told by my retina specialist that I wouldn’t have trouble with vision until I was “much, much older.” Apparently, late 20’s was “older.” At 28 years old, I started noticing that I couldn’t see my 6-month-old daughter’s face very well. If I stared at her eyes, I couldn’t see her nose, let alone the rest of her body. I then started realizing that if I looked at my mom on the couch, I couldn’t see my dad sitting directly next to her. I was missing handshakes, curbs, and wet...

A Story of Grief @jessfpetersen "I am a married mom of three kids - Sadie, Colin and Elise. My husband Brian and I have been married for 11 years, but have known each other since we were kids. I work in media relations for Lifeline of Ohio and consider it a privilege to work in the field of organ, eye and tissue donation. I am also the #1 Button Artist in the state of Ohio...