I found my face getting heavier. It was becoming difficult to lift the corners of my mouth into a smile. It had been too long since I’d laughed, or really had fun. So, the weekend came and we did our usual “What do you want to do today?”  We opted for the park, to let the kids run off some steam and somewhere in the midst of that typical monotony, I found my smile. I’m the type of mom who usually sits on the sidelines watching the kids. It seems the more energy they have, the less I do. Until I see the youngest teetering toward the...

Sometimes you come across a brand and it has a clear message and purpose.  One of those brands is Bend, Bend Active.  It's a brand intentionally designed for woman, a brand that gives back to the community, and a brand that has a meaningful message---bend, don't break.  Because in life, there are moments we feel like we're breaking, right?  But, it's important to remember to bend and be flexible with the changes life brings us. Bend is a fitness and performance clothing company for women that's fashionable, comfortable, and wearable for everyone.  They've found that utilizing an eco-friendly material, bamboo, has been most fitting for their brand and product.  Not...

I'm not usually one to be political.  But, this year, seems like a big political decision. What I mean by 'not one to be political,' is that I'm not typically interested in debating the subject.  Partially because I got my fill in college.  Yet, I'm fully aware of the fundamental importance of discussing government and politics, because it drives so much of our industry and culture.  Though, it seems someone always gets upset (in these conversations).  And, I don't like that part of it. The part that segregates us--creates animosity between us--and turns us into judgmental pushy people. It can really bring out the worst in ourselves, and put a stopper...

Throughout her 15 years in youth ministry, Pam Lozano has heard countless stories from teen girls about their lives. Some of these teen girls came from amazing homes and supportive families, yet still faced normal teenage challenges of insecurity and self-image issues. While others faced more difficult situations and did not have support from home. Instead, they had parents who were too busy, too distracted, or unable to give their kids the time and attention needed.  Stories surfaced of girls who had faced sexual abuse from relatives, struggled with eating disorders, or engaged in self-harm through cutting. But, what they all seemed to have in common---...

Our story of Puptown Lounge, a few months back, told the story of Cliff and Sarah, co-owners of the doggie daycare, kennel, and grooming business in Upper Arlington. We heard the story of how they opened, the struggles they went through, and their deep appreciation for their employees. What we didn't really hear was how the idea really came to be. Why did they decide to open a doggie daycare? Why dogs? Why this path? There's always a "why" to a story, and this story starts with Cliff and Sarah's mom, Cheryl. It all began with her, really. As long as the two can remember, there were dogs in the house. The...

Sara Hudgens let us in on a secret.  Okay, she actually let us in on a couple secrets, but you have to read the whole story to find them out.   She told us the difference between a 50 minute massage and a 60 minute massage is critical.  Most places charge and arm and a leg for 50 minutes, but an extra 10 minutes can be crucial for massaging those "target" areas. Massage therapy has always been her end goal.  Even when she was at The Ohio State University in her third year still undeclared.  I think her mother had dreams of her becoming a teacher, but Sara...

"You are, without a doubt the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life, and I don’t know how a guy like me ever got so lucky to get a girl like you." My husband reminds me that he loves me daily.  It was a part of our wedding vows. He posts it on Facebook and he looks me in the eye and repeats that same quote when he thinks I need reminded of how beautiful he thinks I am. I smile and say thank you, because I don't know how to take a compliment.  We have been through some crazy ups and...

Over My Head is a unique company specializing in accessories for woman who are undergoing breast cancer treatment, or in recovery.  They offer a comfortable and relaxed environment, with personal consultations and private fitting rooms.  They actually opened back in 1998 in Upper Arlington.  Over My Head is a beautiful space to help women look and feel a little more normal---when they need it the most. Bethany Golden purchased Over My Head in January 2007, after being inspired by her late mother, Bonnie Ritchie.  Bonnie had cancer for 11 years, but it wasn't until the last 3 months of her life, that she became very ill.  During that time, Bethany was finishing up her last semester...

Shirley's Popcorn. Yes, there was a real Shirley, and yes, she's the idea behind the popcorn business. Shirley was the lady who took the tickets at the movie theater in Bluffton, Ohio. She was well known and a familiar face in town, mainly because those who were regulars at the theater, loved her. Everyone loved her. She handed out free books to the kids and read to them while they were waiting for their movie.  She loved people and everything was "to die for." Shirley was the face of the theater.  Soon, people would stop by with their buckets of popcorn just for a refill--and to see Shirley, of course....