Michaela is Alive's graphic designer, and she's been dreaming up page designs and illustrations here for a little over four years. Soon she'll be lending her creative talents to Columbus Parent magazine as well.


Relax Riesling

Slightly sweet and delightfully crisp, there's no better way to, well, relax on a hot summer's night.


Lydia Brownfield, "Feels Like This"

Finally! A music CD for kids that doesn't suck. My pile of really awful kids music was growing faster than my 10-month-old - until I discovered this gem from Brownfield, a Columbus singer-songwriter. It's been on repeat since I picked it up.


Bluescreek Farm Meats, North Market

I'm a very picky meat eater - if I eat meat at all. But after I tried the locally grown, naturally fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats from Bluescreek Farm, it's all we serve at our house. Trust me, after grilling one of these steaks, you'll never buy meat from a grocery store again.


Honey Grove Botanicals Candles

The fresh floral scents of these locally made soy candles make the inside of your house smell just as summery as the outside.


"True Blood"

Season premiere 9 p.m. Sunday, June 13, HBO

It's sexy and dangerous. Think of it as "Twilight" for adults (violence and nudity included).