If you haven't heard, there's a Donut Trail taking over Butler County. This Donut Trail is legit with the very best donuts. Before we get started on my donut indulgence story, let's get some Donut Trail facts under our belts. There are 12 spots to visit Once you visit all 12 spots and complete you Passport, you receive a t-shirt! The Donut Trail passport can be downloaded, picked up from the Butler County Visitors Bureau, or collected in any donut shop! Each donut shop on the Donut Trail has varying days of operation and hours. Please be sure to check the shop’s website or Facebook page...

Let me begin by saying this trip was fully compensated for. Every last part of it, but as always, that doesn't change the way I tell my story. Guys, don't you know me by now? Okay, so on to the important stuff--our little weekend getaway to Butler County. I'll be honest, like most of you, I was like, "Where and what is Butler County?!" The Donut Trail is what first enticed me, but I'll admit, there was so much more to Butler County than the Donut Trail! I'm going to give a run down our entire trip with some information about each stop--what we liked, didn't like...

Weekend Getaway: Cincinnati You have kids and a vacation becomes more like a trip. There's no vacationing with kids around, if we're being honest. Because my kiddos are so young, the thought of a long drive or spending a ton of money on a huge trip doesn't seem worth it. Instead, we decided to create memories inside our very own state. If you didn't know, Ohio has some amazing places to visit, one being Cincinnati. A short 90 minute drive is all it takes and it's the perfect two-day getaway. In fact, you could even extend that a day or two to be honest. I've outlined the perfect trip to Cincy...

My son was born in 2013 and we didn’t know there was anything wrong.       I had a completely healthy pregnancy and then he was born premature. When he was born he was jaundice—which causes yellowing of the skin and eyes. No one was worried about it because that’s pretty normal in premature babies. A couple days later they sent us home, but they wanted to watch him closely. We were getting blood drawn every three days for his first two weeks of life, and then it got a little bit better and we thought, “Oh great he’s getting better—we’re good to go. It was just a premature thing.” But...

We were at our daughter's basketball game. He was on the bleachers and I was sitting on the floor next to the bleachers with a 5-year-old and 2-year-old on top of me. Literally. Almost 10 years married, and this is our life. A life we dreamed of. At one point, he looked down and smiled. The smile was that smile of, "I see you. I see how much you're doing." He knew I had endured a pretty rough day with the kiddos. I had to take them to work with me earlier that morning and it was a complete disaster. He could see it in my eyes. He could...

Growing up I always had a real tree. Always.  When I married Cliff he talked me into a fake one that we put up each year. I didn't mind it at that point in my life because it was just the two of us. I even let it go the first year Delaney was born. Heck, now that I think about it, we had a fake one up until last year. But, last year we went for the experience of cutting our own tree down. And truly, that's what it it's all about...

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...

Meza Wine Shop is a quaint little “mom and pop” shop, which is just slang for saying it’s a small business independently owned and run. And, that hard working owner is Tatjana Brown. She grew up with her father homemaking all kinds of wines, on the east side of Cleveland. Her parents actually immigrated here from Serbia, so she speaks fluent Serbian. I mean, her family traditions date back generations and generations. “THE CULTURE AND LIFESTYLE IS EMBEDDED IN ME AND THE STORE BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT.” A central component to Serbian culture is food and wine. “Meza” actually means “pre-meal,” like cheeses and small bites to eat. Where did...

Mike, founder of School Solutions Network, knew in an ever-evolving world faced with strained resources, growing needs and wide-ranging threats, schools should not be alone in the pursuit of safety, technology and support.   [caption id="attachment_9306" align="aligncenter" width="640"] BLINK BOX Collection[/caption] This belief is what led Status Solutions to create the School Solutions Network. Status Solutions is the pioneering provider of situational awareness technologies for life safety, security, environmental monitoring and mass notification and was founded, specifically with schools in mind, after the events that took place at Columbine High School in 1999. Status Solutions’ involvement in schools rendered Mike all too familiar with the increasing threats impacting schools’...

It's the beginning of August and you realize you've been vacationing through other people's Facebook posts, but not a single vacation was one you actually took. Oops. But, luckily, there are still a few days left for some summer fun. I'm not saying vacations are a must, I'm actually against the planned, yearly trips, but I do think summer is the time where you check off some things on your bucket list. Because our kids are so young and we wanted to keep the spending to a minimum, we decided to do a little staycation. What is a staycation you might ask? Well, my definition is--a little vacation...