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Trick or Treat insights

Posted by Robin Abel on

How do you celebrate Halloween?  Is it your favorite holiday or your worst?  Do your kids love it or are they on the phasing out age?  Did you learning anything this year from the holiday? ;)    Our kids still, for the most part, have fun picking costumes and going out for Trick or Treat.  The week before the holiday is filled with costume changes, questions on where we go candy hunting, who is going with whom...  This year, I walked around with just one of my kids which was a first since usually we have at least 2 with...

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Yeah Zelie!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Small towns across this great country are all in motion whether they realize it or not.  They have to decide if they want to move forward, how exactly to move forward, and whether forward is good or staying put (ultimately moving backwards) is their desired direction.  It is a hard dynamic to balance, difficult to discern which way is best, and what will ultimately be the outcome.     In the few months we've been part of the Zelienople business community, I've seen leadership from many areas continue to push people to move forward.  Our streets have been torn up so lines...

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Be intentional this season

Posted by Robin Abel on

We're entering into a very busy and sometimes overwhelming season.  Family gatherings, holiday parties, school concerts, and gift giving can drive anyone crazy.  Honestly, I struggle this time of year with all the money being spent and all the bustle that doesn't always equal my expectations of magical moments.   How do we make this season memorable and enjoyable without loosing our minds?  Before everything really gets crazy this year, stop for a few minutes and think about what's important and what do you intentionally want to add to the list this year.  Here are some things I've learned the...

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Well that didn't work

Posted by Robin Abel on

Many years ago, a friend of mine told me to only use real cane sugar in cooking.  Her husband has crohn's disease and they made major dietary changes which was simply eating real, non processed food.  She surprised me saying that lots of sugar is processed from beets, not a "real" source of sugar.  Since opening a local product store, I am continued to be amazed at how different locally produced food is.  In a time in history when so much of what we eat is processed, it can sometimes be a struggle to eat real food.  I always use cane sugar but am on the lookout...

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Living the simple life

Posted by Robin Abel on

The day after a holiday is relatively slow at the store.  Today, people are getting over their sugar induced haze from last nights Halloween activities.  That actually works out well because my lovely son gave me his cold and a slow day allows me to infect less people.  While these days typically drive me nuts, I'll be happy for this one so I can eat my chicken noodle soup in peace.   I'm grateful to live in a town where trick or treat is so much fun and we need a day to recoup from it!  Our family loads up the kids and...

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