A Story of Comfy Cozy Delight That Will Inspire!

A Story of Comfy Cozy Delight That Will Inspire!

So excited to sit down with my friend and author, Peggy Alberda, to discuss her delightful new children’s book, “Hugo Makes Bread with Grandad.”

The warmth and coziness is captured in every picture!

Here is what people are saying about this delightful book!

To read all about Peggy, her incredibly talented illustrator, Mary Coons, news articles and fun details on the “birth” of Hugo’s story, click here.

If you listened to the podcast, here are the pictures from Peggy’s bread baking class that we talked about! Her book reflects that same extraordinary attention to detail!

For any of you interested in publishing a book, and the lessons Peggy learned along the way, you might enjoy this YouTube interview from “The Ready Writer”:

Click on the links below to order this DELIGHTFUL book! And don’t forget to use the code for

FREE shipping!

(It can be ordered on Amazon, but it helps Peggy if you order directly from her book site.)

If you have any questions or comments for Peggy, feel free to contact her at: Peggyalberdaauthor@gmail.com

For more information on Restored to Glory Dance Ministry, click on the photo below!


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.”

Are You Aware of Sex Offenders Living in Your Area?

Are You Aware of Sex Offenders Living in Your Area?


On this episode of the Forti-fy podcast, Heather and Ann sat down with Detective Michael Smothermon who heads up the Sex and Violent Offender Registry in Allen County.

Mike gives a very thorough overview of the program. He also provides an incredibly helpful tool to help you track offenders in the area of where you live, work or go to school.

Listen in to hear all about it!

Click to listen:  

Click HERE for the link to sign up for email alerts,

The page will look like this:


If you have any further questions, all contact information can be found HERE.

Thanks Mike!


The Perfect Gift for Family, Friends and Pets!

The Perfect Gift for Family, Friends and Pets!

Do you love to give and receive REALLY useful gifts?

Then you will love my friend Susan’s homemade Sage Berry Soaps, Salves, Whipped Body Butters, Lotion Bars and Lip Balms! Susan makes all of these by hand and she is one of those very “natural” people, so you know you will never find “junk” in any of her products!

If you have kids or pets, you NEED the ultimate

Sage Berry Herbal Salve!

We have used Susan’s Herbal Salve for years – on EVERYTHING! Cuts, scrapes, deep gashes, dry skin, insect bites – you name it  – that includes on cows, horses, pigs, dogs and cats!!!! (Although, use on animals is just what we do – not sure if that was Susan’s intent!) We just wipe off the affected area with a little tea tree oil and then apply Sage Berry Salve.  Always. On Everything.  And we’ve been doing that for a lot of years with a lot of kids – and a lot of animals!

Many years ago I stopped buying store bought triple antibiotic ointment and replaced it with this  salve. When you look at the ingredient list in this powerful medicinal salve, you will see it is a POWER HOUSE chock-full of healing properties – comfrey, plantain, yarrow root, lavender, rosemary, tea tree – – it would take me pages to list all numerous benefits of all these herbs and oils! These are all known for healing damaged tissues, helping external wounds, minimize the risk of infection, killing bacteria, activating blood platelets to form protective layer of skin, reducing pain and inflammation, increase cell growth causing the wound to heal faster, decrease the appearance of scars, anti-septic, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal action!


Herbal Salve:
  • 1 ounce – $6.00
  • 2 ounce – $9.00
  • 4 ounce – $13.00
Herbal Salve Ingredients
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Beeswax
  • Comfrey leaf
  • Plantain leaf
  • Yarrow leaf
  • Echinacea roots & tops
  • Lavender flowers
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Tea Tree essential oil
  • Rosemary oil extract
This aromatic salve is made by infusing the herbs in a base of olive and coconut oils. After straining out the herbs, beeswax is added to provide a more solid texture. Lastly, I combine it with essential oils and rosemary oil extract (to help prevent rancidity in the coconut and olive oils). This is a favorite for families with many active children, who also share living space with mosquitoes ☺.

And I just love the fragrances of the Sage Berry Natural Soaps.

Eighteen scents to choose from!

Some of the oils used in soapmaking: Olive, palm, coconut, palm kernel, shea butter, beeswax, avocado, jojoba.

Current Soap Scents: ($3.75 each + tax, unless indicated otherwise)

  • Blueberry Butter
  • Lemon Sweet Tea
  • Spring Lilac
  • Pumpkin Spice – $4.00
  • Peach
  • Vanilla Spice
  • Lavender Mint
  • Cracklin’ Birch (masculine)
  • Fruit Medley
  • Japanese Cherry Blossom
  • Flower Shoppe
  • Spice
  • Peppermint Lime
  • Lingonberry Spice
  • Lavender Fir
  • Raspberry Truffle
  • Pink Peony
  • Pink Gardenia

And then there are the luscious Sage Berry Whipped Body Butters!

Dry winter skin motivated Susan to try this “whipped body butter” that she’d read about. The texture is reminiscent of marshmallow cream.She generally does not use it on hands  during the day because it is somewhat greasy – it’s not a lightweight lotion. But highly recommends this as being great for legs and body after a shower or before bed!
  • Mango butter
  • Avocado butter
  • Fractionated coconut oil (MCT oil)
  • Vitamin E
  • Fragrance – combination of essential oils & fragrance oils
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Jasmine Green Tea
  • Lavender Mint
  • Peach
  • Peppermint
  • Vanilla Mint
  • Vanilla Spice
Whipped Body Butter: 1.75 oz of whipped body butter in a plastic tub ($7.00 each + tax) Please give 5 – 7 days advance notice, as these are made to order.

And Don’t Forget the

Lip Balms and Lotion and Salt Bars!

Lip Balm Ingredients:
  • Lanolin
  • Jojoba oil
  • Beeswax
  • Castor oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Vitamin E
Lip Balm Flavors:   ($2.00 each + tax)
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Vanilla Mint

Lotion Bars:

1.3 oz of solid lotion in a tin ($4.00 each + tax)

Please give 5 – 7 days advance notice, as these are made to order.

  • Cracklin’ Birch
  • Fruit Medley
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Jasmine Green Tea
  • Lilac

Salt Bars:

Coming in 2020

            These are bars of soap with a large portion of salt added to the soap batter just before pouring into the mold. The final bar is smooth and hard and does not turn to mush in the soap dish. The lather is creamy. I always keep one of these at the bathroom sink.

A little history on how Susan got started:

In the mid 1990’s I read an article in Country Woman magazine about a woman who made and sold soap. That idea so intrigued me that I immediately searched the library for any books on soap making. I found two, at the most. Nevertheless, I plunged right in after reading all I could find. I was so excited when my first bars actually lathered – real soap! I kept right on learning, experimenting, and having mostly successes. I gradually found more resources in book form, and then, exponentially, on the internet. Now, there is an abundance of information in books and online for any level of soap maker. There was no way that we could use up all the soap I made. Friends and family could only be gifted so much soap. So, I began selling. I expanded to lip balms, salve, and other products as I learned new things. I thoroughly enjoy learning about soap and other personal care products. I make various products for my family that I do not offer for sale. It would not be unusual for me to walk around to family members with a batch of soap in hand, saying, “Smell, smell.” ☺ I’m happy when they like my products and ask me to make something to meet a particular need.”

Check out Susan’s Website Here!

The information on Sage Berry Soap products has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.

From Fort Wayne, New Haven and Auburn, to Waterloo and Angola – there are an abundance of activities to enjoy this weekend!

Click on each photo for further information on each event.

In the Auburn Area