Thanks to all who came out to the GNO Rusty Bucket Easton...had such a great time!!
All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Oct.6-30, Ohio Expo Center
The largest single-breed horse show in America takes place in Columbus each year, stretching for three weeks and welcoming more than 725,000 guests. Find the best riding gear, and watch fun competitions like barrel racing.
Fashion Week Columbus, Oct. 9-15, Around Columbus
Columbus is a fashion capital and there’s no time it shows more than at Columbus Fashion Week. See runway couture from our best local designers, meet the fashion cognoscenti and shop for your next look to make heads turn at this full week of events and shows.
Italian Festival, Oct. 7-9, St. John the Baptist Church
Columbus’ Italian Village is undergoing its own renaissance right now, booming with new condos, hip bars, fun live music venues and cozy cafes. See the roots of this neighborhood at the Italian Festival and join in the music, food and parades.
HighBall, Oct. 21-22, Short North Arts District
Fashion is at the forefront at HighBall, a costume couture party that closes down High Street for two nights. The local fashion scene is on full display with eight local designers presenting runway shows. There’s a high bar for the public costume contest, so bring your best.
Not sure what to do this month in Columbus? Check out the below event going on around town!
Columbus Greek Festival, Sept. 2-5, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
From souvlaki and baklava to traditional singing and dancing, this festival brings the best of Greek culture to Columbus. Don’t miss the free cathedral tours.
Fashion Meets Music Festival, Sept. 3-4, Arena District
Join us as this year’s lineup will include a collaboration of Music and Fashion that will not only attract and bring together the local Columbus community but will position Columbus as a Labor Day weekend destination.
Country Living Fair, Sept. 16-18, Ohio History Center’s Ohio Village
Buyers and sellers come from three states away for this marketplace of modern handcrafted treasures and stylish vintage pieces. Get tips on home decor and gardening from HGTV stars.
Independents’ Day, Sept. 17-18, Franklinton
The Independents’ Day festival has a mission “to celebrate and develop independent culture, commerce and creativity.” This is showcased perfectly in their two-day event filled with local live music, art, food and business.
Columbus Oktoberfest Sept. 23-25, Ohio Expo Center
Put on your dirndls and leiderhosen, pump up the polka and raise your beer stein. Columbus’ German heritage is on display at this fun annual celebration, which fills two giant beer gardens and a lot more. The city’s best German food purveyors also bring their A-game. www.columbusoktoberfest.com
The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day Sept. 25, New Albany
A unique day-long event featuring a myriad of family-focused activities including a USEF/FEI-sanctioned equestrian event with Olympic-caliber athletes, a concert featuring top pop touring acts from around the world and a large-scale carnival atmosphere. www.thenewalbanyclassic.com
The Bexley Market District Express has all your wants,needs & everything in between. This unique shopping location has high-quality foods, meal solutions for the stay at home home with ready to create meals! With an array of traditional. Specialty,kosher and local organic items, customer can expect to find everything they need to complete their full weekly shopping list as they explore the 30,000 square foot, two-story location. From fresh produce and artisan cheeses to robust prepared foods selection, customers will enjoy a world-class grocery assortment featuring items sourced from local Columbus purveyors, and those around the globe!
They Bexley Market District Express is also home to the newest addition to the thriving central Ohio food scene- table by Market District, Making its Ohio debut, Market District's signature restaurant will offer diners a full-service restaurant experience complete with dedicated restaurant seating for 155, and a menu inspired by fresh, local ingredients and the Bexley community!
Customers can also enjoy 18 craft beers on tap, order wine by the glass for $5.00 or select from a bottle of wine from the 1,200 selections available in-store for selling price of the bottle for a $10.00 corkage fee!
Being one of 13, all adopted, I have had the chance to embrace love, passion and encouragement from all walks of life! I was adopted at the age of 6, and can still remember that day like it was yesterday. I got out of the car, walked near the park, and as I looked up to my foster mother’s face , she smiled and told me "this is going to be your new family" new family...what powerful words to a young girl who thought she had nothing to live for and no one to have love her! I was told that I was a quiet little girl and would not come out of her shell. I was told that I couldn't even climb a fence or walk down our red carpet staircase to see my new dad’s face! I loved having so many brothers and sisters and as we all began to get to know one another, the fear of not being loved by a family began to melt away! As the years went on, my parents adopted more and more till we had 13 kids in the family. I grew up learning to share and not to judge a person on the color of the skin or the content of their character! Sure, we have had our shares of ups and downs like most family's do, but growing up with so many siblings can put a smile on your face and warm the heart. Now as I look back on the past 20 years of my life and I embark on a new journey turning 40, I can’t help but think how blessed and lucky I was to be a part of such a wonderful family and a story of “The Cyphers”.
Even though I am still single and there are days I wish I were married and had my own children I get to stop, smile and look at all my 23 nieces and nephews around me that make feel alive, thankful and blessed!
Oh my, July’s event at bd’s Mongolian was such a success. I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you! Thank you for all coming out and don’t forget about our next Girl’s Night Out at Bar Louie on August 18th.
I am also so very thankful for the partnership with A Mother’s Love Photography, who spent the evening capturing moments for our event. The owner, Ashley Ball, started her photography business in 2015 and has been pursuing her passion ever since. She does more than event photography, but also family, newborn, senior, birthday, maternity, boudoir, engagement, wedding, and much more to fit your needs. Not to mention, her pricing is reasonable since we all know photography is not cheap! Visit her website to learn about her or her Facebook page to view some of her work! I promise you will not find a friendlier and professional photographer at this price!
I am also thankful for Nothing Bundt Cakes who brought in some tasty deserts as well as our other vendors who joined us for a wonderful night! Not to mention, the food at bd's Mongolian is hard to beat! I would love for you to come meet us at our next Girls Night Out! RSVP today below!
I began my journey to a better health at the end of June, I guess you get to the point of your life when you get sick and tired of having to take medication just to make it through your everyday life. I have struggled with high blood pressure and high cholesterol along with being over weight for half my life. I have been on some sort of medication it seems like for a lifetime.. I had to decide that this is my body, my journey and if I am going to live to see 40..let alone 50 then I needed to make some changes in my life.
I will be 40 this September 1st 2016! So I began my “journey to 40” On this journey I am taking a hard look over my life in all aspects from eating, working out, even my emotional and spiritual health!
Not only am I doing 40 minutes of heart health exercise a day I am learning to eat healthier and really be mindful of what I put in my body. I have now been gluten and sugar free for over 30 days...not going to lie it has not been an easy journey but one that is doable if you put your mind and heart into it. There were some days I just wanted to punch everybody and go eat a big box of Krispy Creams and a bunch of chicken fingers...lol But I didn’t and pushed though and continued on my juicing journey and drinking lots and lots of water a day! I even add peppermint oil to my water that helps cool down my system and curve my cravings!
I am blessed to be sponsored by Samba Fresh and owner Kit Dos as he guides me on the life changing journey. With his guidance I am able to start to understand the importance of what i put in my body and knowing the power of starting over with a cleanse and allowing your body to heal,restore and renew. They empower, educate and inspire others to be mindful of what they put in their bodies, the juice is always cold pressed, allowing a minimum mixing of air with the juices which results in very slow oxidation or decomposition. Using relationships with over 30 local organic/pesticide-free farms, we source all our fresh ingredients from farmers right here in Ohio.
***Check them out at- (http://www.sambafresh.com/)***
Already I have began to start to feel my body begin to heal and not crave the things I used to. I now crave raw veggies, fruits and water...not to mention loosing 20 pounds and my blood pressure returning to normal!
Whats next you ask? Well I am going to continue on my “journey to 40” and will embark on a raw diet and enjoy my new outlook on life and embrace the RAW truth about they way I have been treating my body the past 20 years of my life!
Here is to a new found... Health, Body and Spirit!
I have been on a journey to juicing to a better health! Thanks to my juice sponsor Samba Fresh located in New Albany and Upper Arlington, Ohio. I began my journey June 24th, and I am not going to lie..the first week was rough as I took away eating sugary foods and gluten by the end of 7 days I wanted to rip someones head off! This is truly a journey of will power and a mind set, but when you put your mind set to "this is going to better my health and I will feel better..." I began to see a difference of the way I feel and look. Now 20 days later not only do I feel energized, I have lost 12 pounds and have been told I have a "glow" to my face! So exciting to see the difference and it is a motivation to keep juicing and eating healthy. I have always struggled with weight issues and hormone imbalance and have tried every diet known to man, but I have never stuck with a program. I now have a mission for my life to be more heart healthy so I am able to get off my blood pressure medication and hopefully soon my high cholesterol medications. I am going to continue this a part of my "journey to 40" this summer and will keep you all posted on the progress! Learn more about juicing and Samba Fresh at www.sambafresh.com or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
What have I been up to for the last month you ask?
I have been busy getting to know the Columbus Housewives and developing new networking ideas and venues! I also had the chance to go back home to my home town in Mansfield, Ohio. While I was at home I had the chance to spend some time with my brothers one of whom is a Marine Veteran. I had the chance to just embrace his conversation and be encouraged at his strength to keep moving forward and embracing the fact that until we want and create change in our lives we will remain stagnate! Different things motivate different people and with opportunity come risk! As we were returning back to our car, I saw a crown of people gathered around a water fountain in the town square area, It was a group pf volunteers from our small town community giving back and serving our homeless vets and families! What a humbling act of service to witness and served as a reminder that we all have our struggles in life and not to forget to pay it forward and lend a hand.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a Get Motivated business conference in Columbus, It felt good to sit back and hear all the encouraging lectures and motivating stories that came from the stage. A few of my favorite speakers were Dr. Clarice Fluitt, Dr. Keith Johnson and Les Brown. I think my most valuable takeaway from this conference was about making space for positive change in your life, and learning that changes don t often stick because we have not created space in our consciousness for them, we tend to keep ourselves so busy that our minds get trapped in a circle pattern that we cannot escape from. I am learning I need to devote more time to openness and take time to stop and smell the fresh air, get rid of the negative and Toxic people and influences in my life! Work, Life, Balance has been a goal I have set for my Journey to 40 this year, learning that its OK to say NO and to start tracking my time that will better serve others and myself!
So for me June will bring new skills, new vision and most important learning to be patient with myself as I go along the way as it will bring fuel to my JOY in life! Breathe & Exhale....
Rainy day May.....Saturday Review!
This morning.....(while waiting on my oil change at Monro)
I found myself on an adventure back to the "Farm"...
I had breakfast at Bob Evans, an original Ohio born staple that started in 1962 in Southeast Ohio.
I walked in... it was a journey down memory lane of when my parents would take all 13 of us to breakfast on the weekends, funny...I find myself eating alone reflecting on this....but I as i sat there embracing my surroundings I couldn't help but hear all of the conversations that took place around me! There was one however that stood out the most, it was a round table of "Grandpa's"... they have been coming to this Hamilton Road location for years..the server new everyone's name by heart and what every person wanted already...she greeted the table by name and the signature "coffee" she had such joy about serving others! While sitting near this table I could not help but listen in on the "seasoned" conversation beside me.
It was a conversation about "LIFE", how everyone's week was, how their wife's were doing and the countless grandchildren's life adventures, even a few graduating this month!
I can only hope that when I am at that age beyond my years I have developed such relationships with others around me that I to can find myself at a round breakfast table of memory's of such to cherish and enjoy a hot breakfast from Bob Evans!
My breakfast was amazing! I enjoyed a hot cup of coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice (well...at least it looks like it...lol) I enjoyed the amazing "Sunshine Skillet" with fresh buttermilk pancakes, warm local maple syrup and crispy bacon. I am learning that.. It's okay to enjoy a good hot home cooked breakfast that feeds your soul every now and then!
Thank You...Bob Evans for such a wonderful reminder to stop and enjoy the "FARM".