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...

Meet Andrea: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Dublin {2/3} Andrea is the Beverage Operations Manager for all of Cameron Mitchell restaurants. Pretty cool, huh? But, besides making the tastiest drinks {seriously}, she's my soul sister. Why? Because she loves a good margarita, of course! While in nursing school, she always had a passion for math and science. But, she also grew up in the restaurant industry. So, how did the two collide? "At 13, I was hosting at a restaurant where I was paid under the table. My parents also own The Top in Bexley. I have always been around this type of environment." Being in charge of the...

I've been reflecting on heroes that have impacted my life (since this month is dedicated to sharing the stories of heroism), but I stumbled across something in the process.  A definition of a hero. he·ro ˈhirō/ noun a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. "a war hero" For some reason I couldn't shake how wrong I felt this definition was.   Not wrong as in none of it was true, but wrong in that it just didn't feel right when I read over it.   For a couple of reasons actually. First, I disagree that heroes are typically men.  And, I don't...

My name is Mackenzie (Kenzie) Carlson and I'm a 17 year old senior at Pickerington High School North. My favorite color is blue. I love to sing, read, be around friends & family, and volunteer. I started Angel Kisses Blankets (a charity) at the age of 15. I have depression & anxiety and I needed something to keep me and my somewhat troubled mind, busy. I named the charity Angel Kisses Blankets, because I wanted each blanket to be a reminder of love, grace, and knowledge of someone who loves you, and is there to protect you. I raise money using my go fund me account and I...

We are a young family handcrafting goodness. We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide a creative way to eat fruits and vegetables -deliciously.  What type of goodness are we crafting, do you ask? Let me tell you. We started Too Good Eats in June of 2016, but our vision was inspired by our SONShine, little Ali who is 2 1/2 now. As all moms know, we have to be creative, and I was determined to get our son to eat all sorts of vegetables. Some things he was into, and other things he just wasn't. I'm sure you can relate. I began to make Popsicles for our son...