Thursday, April 27, 2017

Easterseals | Romancing The Grape

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families living with disabilities. Throughout all life's moments, from extraordinary to the ordinary and everything in between, Easterseals exists to help people and families realize and reach their full potential.

Across the nation, Easterseals strives to remove physical, cultural, attitudinal and legal obstacles so people with disabilities have every opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives, on their own terms. Easterseals exists to provide the best service and opportunities for people with disabilities in communities nationwide.

Easterseals serves people and families who face a wide range of disabilities, including physical, emotional, intellectual, social and educational.

Today and every day, Easterseals offers indispensable resources to more than a million people and families living with a disability annually. Their best in class, inclusive services are provided through a network of 75 local Easterseals in communities nationwide along with four international partners. 

Easterseals offers distinct support areas: Live, Learn, Work, Play and Act.

Disability is a part of life, and at some point, will touch each of us and those we love. At Easterseals, they're working towards better support for the 56.7 million Americans who live with disability and their families.

The issues facing people with disabilities has become increasingly complex in the 21st century. But together, we can work to seek a society in which everyone is included and valued for who they are, free to strive for what they want, educated to pursue the career they want and encouraged to follow their dreams.

Seeing the Columbus Easterseals center first hand and being able to meet a family and hear how Easterseals has impacted their life in so many positive ways really exemplified the spirit and importance of Easterseals. I am so honored and excited to support Easterseals and everything they do here in Columbus and beyond by attending their annual fundraising event, Romancing the Grape

Together we can change the way the world defines and views disability.

This Saturday, April 29th you can help support all of the wonderful Easterseals accomplishes by attending their annual benefit event, Romancing the Grape.

Some of the Blogger Gals you will be seeing at Romancing the Grape....

The Spiffy Cookie
What Should We Do Today Columbus?
Midwest Foodfest
a City Explored
Sweetly Cbus
The Beard & the Baker
Food for Foster
The Little Localista

Central Ohio's premier wine tasting benefiting Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio isn't just for wine lovers, so if you need last minute plans this weekend, I've provided the perfect solution! Join in on an evening of fine wines, culinary delights from Columbus' finest restaurants, silent auction, and live entertainment from InnerVision.

Sip on wine and enjoy a view of the Ohio State Buckeye football field from the exclusive Huntington Club of Ohio Stadium.

Dino & Stacy from Sunny95, big supporters of Easterseals will be emceeing the VIP event.

VIP Tasting 6-7:30PM
Main Tasting 7-10:00PM

A Team Rahal Race Car will be located on the sidelines of the football field.

Participating Restaurants:

The Guild House
Eddie Merlot's
Murray's Cheese
The Refectory
J Gilbert's Fired Steaks & Seafood
Edible Arrangements
Gallerie Bar & Bistro
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Inn
Final Cut Steak & Seafood

Wine, Beer & Spirits Provided By:

North High Brewing
Middle West Spirits
Heidelberg Columbus Wine
Wine Trends

Do NOT miss Romancing the Grape, Central Ohio's Premier Wine Tasting Event!

Proceeds from Romancing the Grape benefit the programs and services provided by Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio.

Romancing the Grape is attended by over 650 patrons annually!


Connect with Easterseals 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Your Pie | Grandview

There's a new pizza shop in town, bringing it's own Italian flair to central Columbus with pizza, paninis, salads and authentic gelato.

Right in the heart of a booming and evolving Grandview you can't miss the newly opened, Your Pie Pizza!

Just like in Italy, family and food come first at Your Pie. They hand toss their dough, hand select fresh vegetables, and cook everything to order in the brick oven to ensure the finest quality experience for all their customers.

Your Pie Grandview offers a wide range of wine and beer including local craft beer!

Your Pie has embraced the future and is blogger friendly. 

Also known as they have outlets and USB plugs built in to every table!

Matt, the owner of the fine Grandview establishment was kind enough to gather us gaggle of gal bloggers and graciously stuff us with good food and booze.

When I walk into a blogger event {late} and the owner greets me right off the bat with, beer or wine? I know I have found my new favorite hangout.

Speaking all my love languages.

If you go for nothing but the cheesy bread and homemade ranch, you will not be disappointed. But nobody escapes without a beer and gelato to accompany.

Thirsty Thursdays 

$3.14 {Pie, get it?} Beer & Wine ALL DAY!

Nailed it, Lydia!

Sunday is College Night

$5 Pizza with a Student I.D.

If you're feeling lazy and don't want to build your own pizza, Your Pie offers six signature pizzas, each with it's very own unique pizzazz!

The Nat
Southern Heat
Great White
BBQ Chicken

Brick oven 'za.


Marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian Sausage, red onion, black olives and green peppers.

Thanks to Nichole Reese Photography for all the drool worthy photographs!

Connect with Nichole 

If you didn't know how serious I am about sauce, ranch specifically, but no sauce goes untried, consider this a public service announcement. I love dipping things, thus the dipping sauce. It's a no-nonsense business.

Your Pie has one of the best homemade ranch dressings in all the 'bus. I realize that is a bold statement and I am prepared to back it up. Your Pie makes all of their wide variety of sauces in-house.

Good 'za. Good sauce.

Southern Heat

Buffalo sauce, mozzarella, chicken, red onions, jalapeno, served with ranch or blue cheese.

Southern Heat was easily my favorite signature pizza.

I've been to Italy, twice. I have tasted the real deal. Your Pie delivers credible Italian gelato.

Italian gelato is made differently than ice cream, with milk instead of cream. Its decadence comes from the rich flavor of all-natural ingredients, not added butterfat. 

You would never guess it was 93% fat-free. Are you drooling yet?


Connect with Your Pie 

1011 W. 5th Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43212


Sunday 11AM-8PM | Monday-Thursday 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM

My Gaggle of Gal Influencers.

Pizza is Life!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Etc.

It's been a while since I've done a weekend recap with all of our most recent places & faces visited. So I thought I'd do the past couple of weekend happenings in one quick recap. And by quick I mean a lot of pictures...

For the most part it has been pretty low key, but we have bi-bopped to a few places I wanted to share. I've also eaten some really good food, duh, so that must be documented and shared as well.

My thirst for good craft beer lately has been unquenchable. 

There is a popular local hashtag, #drinkupcolumbus. I am switching it to, #drinkuplindsey.

Flights are my favorite.


The highlight of my first trip to CBC, their nachos! One of the reasons Jesus rose again was for these nachos, they were that good.

After declaring my love for nachos, over and over again while consuming these puppies, the above beauties got me thinking about conducting a Columbus nacho tour this summer....!

How interested would you be in me scientifically documenting this venture?

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

The fries are a notable mention.

We celebrated Easter a week early due to schedules. Evelyn and I headed up North to Canton, Ohio to visit our Nanoo. My maternal Grandmother and Evelyn's Great Grandmother.

When you get on 30 West and hit Dalton, Ohio you will pass a true hidden Ohio treasure, Dalton Dari-ette. I have been stopping to get ice cream here for 33 years and was excited it was a warm enough day for Evelyn and I to stop and enjoy their soft serve.

There's nothing really exceptional about this roadside ice cream stand. They do have the best french fries, and other assorted fried foods, although I've never met a fried food I don't love and quickly devour.

 Since Evelyn and I were already on a walk down nostalgia lane, when we got to Canton I decided to introduce her to another childhood staple, the President William McKinley National Monument.

The McKinley Monument, a landmark in the City of Canton, is the final resting place for the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley. Residents of Canton pass by the Monument or run up and down the 108 steps everyday. Traveling on Interstate 77, the Monument towers well above the trees.

The 108 steps had nothing to do with the reason why I brought Evelyn. Lying through my teeth.

The interior dome measures 50 feet in diameter and is 77 feet from the floor to the highest point. At the top of the dome is a red, white and blue skylight. The skylight has 45 stars in its design representing the 45 states in the Union at the time of President McKinley's death.

These steps hold so many memories for me.

Since I can remember I was brought to these steps, probably for the same reason I brought Evelyn.

My Great Grandparents, would bring cardboard boxes and we'd slide down the wide, stone railings that line the long staircase. So many memories, so much history on these steps.

I remember the Monument feeling so much bigger than it did that day. I wondered if it felt monstrous to Evelyn's four-year-old frame, like it used to when I was a child. 

Taking in Canton atop the McKinley Monument.

It was a beautiful evening. 

If you are ever in the Canton area, the Monument and park are worth a visit.

Celebrating Easter with our Nanoo.

Huck, the posing Puggle.

My two Easter Chicks.

Love my little Family so much.

We followed the Easter Bunny around all morning. Literally. 

I could feel the, not this girl again, coming from the Bunny after our 7th or 8th hug.

It wouldn't be Easter without a purple, butterfly balloon.

Coveting all the Easter egg hunt booty!

The weather has finally turned in Columbus and I think Spring is here to stay and Summer is close on its heels. I need this time of year that brings more sunshine and the warmer temperatures so bad and have been so happy to be getting outside and also to be back to patio sitting.

Harvest Pizzeria in German Village has been on my must try list for quite some time. We finally got there and it did not disappoint!

Pimiento Cheese Appetizer. Order this.

It could have been the sunshine and near 80 degree temperatures but this cute local spot, connected with Curio is my new favorite 'za in Columbus. 

Hydration. Alcohol. Caffeine.

I'm so needy. Or these are the essentials to a good day.

I still don't even know if I believe that it was actually gluten free pizza, but they claim it is! 

We had the Spicy Yuma, but every single house pizza looked incredible!

There has also been a lot of Ohio sports viewing lately. Between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets, it has been  an exciting playoff season in these parts.

Not looking good for the Jackets, still holding out hope for a Cavs repeat performance.

Bye Ayesha!

This went in my butt.

If you have somehow managed to avoid my Insta-stories, the universe officially hates me and I have suffered through my very first hemorrhoid. Thrombosed hemorrhoid if you want to get into medical terms. It's basically a clot in my butthole and it's been painful without getting into anymore detail.

I pondered whether or not to go public with all of this information but I do pride myself on being honest, transparent and not making this little life I have created look like a sugarcoated dream. So I shared, overshared and shared some more in true Lindsey fashion and here I am talking about it again,

I found, you people love a hemorrhoid story! When I overshared on Instagram I got more messages from followers in response to my hemorrhoid than I have received in a full year of blogging. I have been to the Doctor and after an incredibly humbling experience on my knees with my pants around my ankles, and being told, you're going to feel some pressure

YOU CALL THAT PRESSURE?!?!?! I have a few other descriptive words to add.

I have been informed it can take up to three months to go away, if it returns after hopefully leaving, there will be some more evaluation. I'm hoping we don't have to further "evaluate."

As always, I'll keep you fully updated.