More and more people are shopping online. Often I hear it is out of convenience. The big question is does that convenience have a negative effect on our local economy?
The simple answer is YES. For every hundred dollars you spend in your local independently-owned stores and restaurants $68.00 will remain in the community. That is huge!
Why shop local?
Strengthen your local economy
Invest in your community
Conserves energy and resources – less fuel for transportation
Know the people behind the product or service – personalized service
More money stays in the community
You invest in creativity and entrepreneurship
You make your community count and thrive
In the past 17 years, 65% of new jobs created are from small businesses. We are talking about 77 million jobs. As individuals, we make a much larger impact in our communities than most people are aware of when we choose to shop local.
Our Featured Local Business – Yellow Dog Marketplace
It happens every year, the colors change and the temperatures drop. The trees are a magnificent explosion of color. Before the holidays are in full swing lets connect and embrace with the local health-conscious community and set our selves up for success.
With the cooler weather, we tend to stay inside more often. Grab a friend or come as you are to meet new connections and improve your health.
From cooking classes to exercise, meditation and everything in between, choose an event in the area that meets your needs!
Organic Stepping Stones is regularly updating the best health-related events that Michigan has to offer. This November’s list has a variety of options. Which one is calling you?
Culinary Kisses – Auburn Hills
A hands-on Asian cooking class. Menu: smoked salmon sushi, vegetable sushi, potstickers, and miso soup. Asian cuisine is heavily centered around heritage and family. The simplicity of the food mirrors the ease of the lifestyle. The complete experience includes food and music.
Ballroom Sensation Ballroom Dance Studio – Troy
Come and join us for a fun-filled evening of dancing to contemporary and ballroom dance favorites at the First United Methodist Church of Troy in the gymnasium!
Once autumn is upon us it’s time to embrace the fall harvest by crunching into a sweet/tart juicy apple. Maybe it is time to bake up some apple crisp or traditional apple pie. Just writing this post has me imagining the scent of apple drifting through the house, now my mouth is watering too.
Recently I had the honor of meeting Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon. The team she has created has made a difference in over 4000 children’s lives. WOW, that is huge! All these children were helped by receiving a custom made wig at no cost to the child or family. Adult wigs don’t fit kids and are not styled for children.
It is unfortunate that health insurance companies will not help cover any of the cost for these children to receive a wig (but here is how you can help change that). Most of the children Maggie works with have cancer and other patients that have lost their hair and are battling for their health. By receiving a wig, it is one less obstacle they have to deal with. Hair loss can be devastating for anyone and for a child it is one more social and emotional issue to deal with daily. Continue reading Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan
When is the last time you actually thought about what happiness is? Recently I have given some serious thought to it.
When you really ponder the idea of happiness, it can represent so many things. Ask anyone you encounter and you will be surprised by the variety of different answers you will receive.
Happiness could mean………………..
Food to eat
Being able to walk
A bed to sleep in
A hand to hold
This list just scratches the surface. We have all been raised in different environments, different ways, and in different parts of the world. We are all unique, let’s celebrate that.
Together we are a powerful force. We need to make the time to celebrate ourselves and each other. Imagine the joy, laughter, and happiness we could create and share. Continue reading What is Happiness?
Did you know that herbs can help with inflammation?
Herbs and spices can be anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbs have been used by Ayurvedic and Chinese medical practitioners for centuries. They are used in preparing food, brewed in the form of tea, taken internally, and used in balms to apply to the body.
Using these herbs and spices on a daily basis it can make a positive effect on your health.