A Large Sampling of Yum and Fun to Give – and Receive – As You Help the Livelihood of Local Businesses!

A Large Sampling of Yum and Fun to Give – and Receive – As You Help the Livelihood of Local Businesses!

Wow! We provided quite a list in our recent podcast episode on so many local places – and people –  that you will enjoy checking out, for gift ideas for family, friends – or yourself!


Click on each photo for website or Facebook page to see scrumptious photos of all their menu offerings!

Joy Taylor

1507 Spy Run Ave. Suite 102, Fort Wayne, Indiana


Conjure Coffee

701 Columbia Ave., Fort Wayne, IN  46805




819 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN


Utopian Coffee

118 W Columbia St Suite 201, Fort Wayne


This is the sign for Common Grounds and the store is in the back as you drive in.

Common Grounds

13531 Main St, Grabill, IN 46741-2002, United States Grabill, IN 46741


FireFly Coffee



Old Crown Roasters



Mocha Lounge

4635 E Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Mocha Lounge

 6511 Covington Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804



618 Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN


Hugh’s Bakery and Coffeehouse

229 W Market St, Bluffton, IN (260) 353-1477


Crimson House 

304 N Jefferson St, Ossian, IN 46777


A  recommendation from Heather’s and my friend, Jan:

Tea Room and Restaurant

1397 N US Highway 33, Kimmell, Indiana

Amazing Donuts and Baked Goods

Click on each photo to access website or Facebook page to see their yumminess!

Order for In-Store Pickup

Our full menu is available to you for in-store pickup at Junk Ditch Brewing Co. Some quantities sold at a minimum of a half-dozen.



915 Lincoln Hwy E New Haven, IN 46774


Photo of 375 Degrees Donuts & Sweets - Fort Wayne, IN, United States. 375 degrees


They offer an even greater variety than what you see here!

4382 Bluffton Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809, (260) 747-1973



6731 W Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804


Favorite Restaurants

Click on each photo to access their website or Facebook page to see all their delicious menus and pictures of each venue.

1509 West Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


10350 Coldwater Rd. Fort Wayne, In 46825


6417 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804


614 S Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802






On the Landing
126 W Columbia Street, Fort Wayne, IN — 46802


898 S. Harrison St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802



4820 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


203 East Berry St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Bird and Clever

1603 N. Wells Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana


8802 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825



3235 North Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805


6420 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815





4411 Cold Water Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


1125 E Dupont Rd #1571, Fort Wayne



2006 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802



3809 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


131 W Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802


A few recommendations from Heather’s and my friend, Jan:

100 E Ensley Ave, Auburn, IN 46706


101 S Main St, Wolcottville, IN 46795


If you are on Facebook, be sure to check out 2GoFW!

This is a great resource for all things Restaurant related!

Ice Cream

In the future we will do a more comprehensive list on the ice cream shops in the area. These were the 3 mentioned in today’s podcast episode.

Click on picture to access website or FB page to see all the yum!

West Central Microcreamery and Cafe

725 Union St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802



6422 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815



10105 Auburn Park Drive, / 5608 Coldwater Road/4110 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fort  Wayne, IN 46825

Plants, Anyone?

Click to see all the Folliage!

Honey Plant

1436 N Wells St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


The Nurses’ Nursery 

6316 Winnebago Ct
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815, 260-715-5207

4412 S Harrison St
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807, 260-227-0459


The Plant House

9825 Lake Shore Drive, Unit B Leo, IN 46765

*It is a house! Call us at (260) 494-4383

Painting, Any One?

These look so fun! Click to get more info!

6425 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804


Click on each location to go to website:

Painting Fun Spot
W Jefferson Blvd STE K-9, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

7605 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

A Few Boutiques and  – love that Mud Love!

A few more Forti-fy’r recommendations from Alaina

Click to see all the Goodies!

Smiley’s  Joy

503 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Lane 201
510 Broadway St, New Haven, IN 46774
The Find
133 West Wayne Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Mud Love
122 S Buffalo St, Warsaw, IN 46580

Gift Certificate/Membership Ideas!

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808


The Embassy Theater

125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


4901 Fuller Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46835



The Clyde Theater

808 Bluffton Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809


Other Great Gift Ideas

Some great gift certificate ideas mentioned in today’s podcast!

Click on each image to access website or Facebook Page to see all that each company offers!

4202 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Georgetown Bowl/Crazy Pins
6770 E. State Blvd.Fort WayneIN 46815
3 Rivers Food Co-op and Natural Grocery
1612 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company
3127 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Summit Sports, Comics and Games
4240 W Jefferson Blvd #8, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Summit City Bicycle & Fitness
3801 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

The Olive Twist

6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 7

203 N Main St. (NW corner of 6th and Main St.)
Auburn, IN 46706

So many great gift ideas here!
Blessing Moon Herbs
2805 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
This was not mentioned in the podcast but comes highly recommended!
Therapeutic Massage
Again, not mentioned in the podcast, but highly recommended!

Support Local Business Coaches and Product Consultants

These are friends and “Forti-fy’r” FB members that love what they do and love teaching others! 

Give someone – or yourself – the gift of health!

Donna Reish is a powerhouse of energy and information!

She and her husband have lost over 220 pounds, combined! You can read about her story here and here.

I have greatly benefitted from being one of her life-coaching students!

Click on the photo to check out her website and all she offers!


Looking for some help with exercise? Trisch Richardson is a Master T-Tapp Trainer and can find a workout that works for you!

Click for her website and Facebook Page to see all the ways she can help!

Local Soap Maker!

Our friend, Susan Stombaugh, makes the most wonderful soaps and healing salves! We have used them for years!!!

I wrote a blog post you can read HERE and check out her website here:

Check Out Shopping in Auburn!

There are so many great little shops in Auburn! Take some time out and enjoy all it has to offer!

This site will link you to all the shoping and restaurants in the area!

We hope we have offered you some great ideas to support your local community – and enjoy yourself!

Radical Biblical Hospitality

Radical Biblical Hospitality

Safe Families For Children – So Flexible – Everyone Can Do Something!

Have you ever desired to help out families in crisis in your community but didn’t really know how to do that?

Or you liked the idea of serving, but thought you might not have the time?

Well, Safe Families might be just the opportunity that you have been looking for!

Listen in as Northeast Indiana Regional Director, Bonnie Doolittle, shares all about this much-needed ministry and how you can help!

The basic premise of Safe Families for Children was born out of the need to keep children safe, keep families intact, and reduce the need for foster care.

You heard us talk about it in the podcast – a super easy way to start supporting this

much-needed ministry… 


Donate At No Cost To You Just By Shopping! Find Step-by-Step Directions Here:

You can also make a donation for

GIVING TUESDAY! (Or anytime!)

December 1, 2020

Click HERE to make a donation!

Everything you need to know starts here:


For additional specific information, please check out my previous post on Safe Families Click HERE:

My son, Kyle, was always encouraging people to just “show up” and do something – anything – to make a difference in the lives of  those around you who are in need.

Safe Families is an opportunity where you can all do just that! 

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

A Journey of Adoption

A Journey of Adoption

A Journey of a Couple’s Heart to Adopt

In this episode of Forti-fy, you will hear the heart of Ashley Kellogg who chronicles her family’s 10-year journey to their first adoption – and how their ever expanding family now includes the addition of 5 special needs children, in addition to their biological 6, making a very lively and bustling home!


Be sure to check out the plethora of helpful resources listed below that Ashley has provided!

Resources Discussed in the Episode:

Adoption Resources


Gateway Woods is a local agency in Leo that works with foster care and international adoptions providing homestudies and other adoption services



Hand in Hand is a local agency in Albion that provides domestic and international homestudies and other adoption resources



Children’s Bureau is an Indianapolis based adoption agency that works with foster and adoptive families for homestudies and other adoption services



Special Angels Adoption is an agency that provides services for special needs adoptions.



The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network provides support for birth and adoptive families of children with Down syndrome



Reece’s Rainbow advocates for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs by raising funds for adoption grants  



Empowered to Connect website has a podcasts, a blog and training resources for foster and adoptive parents



Facebook Pages: 

Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents

Parenting with Connection

China Adoption Questions



ReplantedConference.org is a virtual conference providing hours of training for working with children from hard places

TapestryConference.net is a virtual conference for foster and adoptive parents

EmpoweredtoConnect.org runs yearly conferences for foster and adoptive parents


Books: (This is a great list for ALL parents!)

The Connected Child by Purvis, Cross and Sunshine

The Connected Parent by Qualls and Purvis

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel

No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel

Love Me Feed Me by Katja Rowell

Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray

You Can Adoption Without Debt by Julie Gumm

Feel free to reach out to Ashley at: mommykellogg@hotmail.com 

She would be happy to answer your questions!

What Small Steps Can You Take to Live in Harmony with Your Habitat?

What Small Steps Can You Take to Live in Harmony with Your Habitat?

Wait! Before you throw that in your trash can….

Honestly, although we throw our trash in the can and haul it to the curb, there is no magical place where trash goes “away”.

Where should you be throwing your toxic chemicals, light bulbs, batteries, paints, appliances and electronics? Even food?

Is it possible for you to reduce your waste?  Yes! With just a few small changes we can make a big difference in the world we live.

Neil Miller, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Allen County Department of Environmental Management,  provided SO much great information in this podcast episode.

Listen in to hear so many great “trash tips” from Neil; then, check out the rest of this blog post for a truckload of resources!!!

Resources Discussed by Neil

There is so much information on the ACDEM!

Just click! 


Information on Composting

To learn more about where to recycle plastic bags, visit:

Interested in connecting with some local “Zero Wasters”?

Check out this facebook Page:


Neil’s recommendations for “Zero Waste” products:

“A great resource for many zero-waste products including silicone “Ziploc” bags is EarthHero.com – we refer to it as the zero waste amazon! They also carry a fair amount of zero-waste items at Target. A well-recommended brand of silicone bags is Stasher – they can be pricy, but when you consider the reuse and the money you save on purchasing disposable ones, it can be worth it!

Click HERE

Click HERE:

Here are the bamboo utensils and reusable bags that were discussed:

Composting Services

Click on picture for website

Neil provides these sites for further Solid Waste districts in NE Indiana:

Allen County residents can contact us via our website – acwastewatcher.org

Wells County: https://wellscounty.org/solid-waste-districtrecycling-center/

Adams County: http://www.adamscountyswmd.com/

Huntington County: https://www.huntington.in.us/county/department/index.php?structureid=38

Whitley County: https://www.whitleygov.com/department/index.php?structureid=24

Lagrange, Dekalb, Noble, Steuben – http://www.niswmd.org/

Thanks, Neil!



Are You Stuck? How To Start Moving Forward

Are You Stuck? How To Start Moving Forward

Moments in Life

The above picture was taken less than 48 hours after I received the phone call from the Nairobi embassy letting me know of Kyle’s passing, and after viewing the many headlines:

I had flown to Colorado as soon as I was able. The morning after I arrived, Kyle and Hope’s home was filled with kids running to and fro. Hope had invited some former foster kids and their mother over, in addition to some close friends and their children.

Here, I am looking around at all the activity and the Legos all over the floor, my eyes swollen from crying, and my heart in pieces. I was thinking how Kyle would love all the activity – knowing life was still being lived, and how he would appreciate the outpouring of love and support – from flowers to food – by so many faithful friends.

In the early days after a death, you are forced to keep moving due to everything that needs to get done.  But there comes a time when all that activity is over. Life pauses.

This podcast does not specifically focus on life after losing a loved one – that is just where I happened to be when I reached out to Donna.

But at different moments in life – you can find yourself stuck – in any number of areas – for any number of reasons.  Obviously being stuck in weight loss, exercise, or finances does not compare to losing a loved one, however there are still some common steps to moving forward.

In this podcast, Donna and I discuss some of those steps.

Remember:  Give yourself the freedom to give yourself the time, to take the small steps, that ultimately help you to start moving again.


To listen to the part one of this conversation, click HERE.

Resources Discussed In the Podcast

Donna’s Podcast Episode on the Self Coaching Model 

Although Donna’s Podcast is called Think-Feel-Eat, the “Eat” could also be replaced with the much broader context of “Act”.

In this episode, Donna covers this model:




In this Episode Donna Covers:

A. What is the Think-Feel-Act cycle?

B. What are thoughts?

C. How does Think-Feel-Act differ from the Power of Positive Thinking?

D. We can Think ourselves to Action

Donna has taken the principles discussed by these “experts” and incorporates them into her life coaching – which is why she can help you to move forward!

How To Make Lifestyle Changes That Will Last with Dr Rangan Chatterjee and Dr Ayan Panja

This is the podcast episode that Donna had posted earlier in the year, which I listened to, that focused on

“Feel better in 5”:



Donna’s Recommended books:

Donna’s Life Coaching

If you think you might be interested in having Donna help you “move forward”, you can sign up for a free consultation call here: