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...

"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,...

"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...

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...