Fight Human Trafficking in Columbus One Delicious Brownie at a Time

Fourteen Twenty Nine is a Central Ohio bakery with a vision for social enterprise and a heart for survivors of human trafficking! 

Thanks to Fourteen Twenty Nine for sponsoring this post!

Amanda Caldwell grew up baking with her grandma every Friday night. Her grandma made all the birthday cakes for her family and the whole family got together to bake on “Cookie Day” each Christmas season.

Baking is the one thing that comes naturally to Amanda and when she came to a crossroads in her professional life, she stepped out in a new direction, believing that her calling was to start a bakery. And not just any bakery, a bakery that will support, train and hire women who are survivors of human trafficking and who don’t have easy  access to traditional avenues of employment.

Amanda baking brownies

Amanda and her husband Aaron have been married for five years and started their business, Fourteen Twenty Nine, this past December. The name Fourteen Twenty Nine comes from the Bible verse Deuteronomy 14:29, “so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”

Fourteen Twenty Nine Baking Brownies

Little boy licking spatula

Amanda and Aaron partner together, shifting their work schedules to juggle caring for their 22 month old, Judah, while Amanda bakes brownies from her home kitchen and ships them out or delivers them in person within 48 hours!

Bowl of Brownies

Amanda keeps things simple with a focus on brownies: Cake Batter Brownies, Snickerdoodle Brownies, Buckeye Brownies, Cookies and Cream Brownies, Nutella Brownies – and my personal favorite, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie, to name a few!

Cookies and Cream Brownie


In the coming months, Amanda will begin working with a local agency to teach at-risk women things like baking skills, how to build a pantry and how to make healthy meals with their kids. In her spare time, she collects toiletries and gently used purses to put together packs of supplies to hand out to women she meets on the streets of Columbus while volunteering with Reaching for the Shining Stars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie

These are just a few of the ways she has set to work building relationships with community organizations, looking for ways to partner together to battle human trafficking and help survivors find dignity and meaning.

Brownies on table

How can you help? The number one, super tasty way? Buy some brownies!

Order here! All proceeds from the sale of brownies will go towards procuring a commercial kitchen space where Amanda can bake her brownies and begin to accept women who want to volunteer to learn baking skills. As the business grows, Fourteen Twenty Nine will be able to hire women to work in the kitchen space!

brownie on a plate

Amanda also accepts women’s toiletries including toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. as well as gently used purses to hand out to women through her work with Reach for the Shining Stars.

You may also be able to help by connecting Amanda with other community resources in Central Ohio, passing on ideas for an affordable kitchen space, and any other resources that will help her dream become a reality! Connect with her through her Instagram and Facebook Pages or send her a message through her website!

mom and son baking

Brownies can be ordered anytime of course, but if you’d like to try a Sample Box, a limited time offering just for Valentine’s Day, you need to order by February 12, 2018! If you need your brownies mailed, make sure to order this week! Order here!

Plate of wrapped brownies


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ICYMI: 3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Lisa Armitage

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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Lisa Armitage

Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus!

Thanks to Lisa for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

Disclaimer: I am a Goldfish Swim School partner.

1. Friendship Cross-Fit

The best thing about Friendship Cross-Fit is the fact that they get the whole family involved! They do an amazing job of focusing on the overall well-being for kids, teens and adults. This is one of our favorite things to do together as a family!

2. 101 Beer Kitchen

This restaurant is wonderful! They do a great job accommodating our son’s life-threatening food allergies. Not only that, but their food is always top-notch!

3. Mad River Mountain

Always a fun time hitting the slopes with our favorite people! Mad River Mountain is a fun little day trip filled with fun and good times for the whole family!

Lisa was a stay-at-home mom to three young children in Michigan, and while her kids were taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School, she fell in love with the program. Swimming is a life skill and water safety is a huge priority for Lisa and her husband, Steve, and she loved that water safety is incorporated into every class at Goldfish from babies to 12 year olds. Leveraging her business and marketing education background and inspired by her mother who was a longtime business owner, Lisa opened her first Goldfish Swim School in Dublin nearly four years ago, a second location in Westerville two years ago and will be opening a third location in Lewis Center in 2018. The business continues to grow and thrive here in central Ohio.

Lisa is a vocal advocate for year-round water safety in the community, and regularly speaks with community organizations, business groups, scout troops, media outlets and blogs about the topic. Lisa and her team have conducted more than 100 free water safety presentations at local schools, reaching thousands of children. This is a huge passion and priority for Lisa and a primary reason the business is so engrained in the communities it serves. Lisa, her staff and Goldfish Swim School members also partner throughout the year on an array of non-profit service initiatives. Goldfish Swim School was named one of Columbus Business First’s Best Places to work in Central Ohio.


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Mother’s Day Week of Giveaways

This week I am celebrating Mother’s Day with a week of giveaways! Each day I will do a giveaway over social media! I will come back to this post to insert links if I can, but you can always check my Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest postings! All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017!

Here are the giveaways in the order they will be offered!


There’s always so much fun to be had at COSI! Beginning May 27, 2017, there will be a new exhibit called COSI’S Cosmic Summer – all about astronauts and space! COSI is great for all ages! little kidspace is great for babies through kindergarteners, there are events for adults only, like COSI After Dark, and something else for everyone in-between!

I have four Planetarium Plus tickets to give away, meaning free entrance to COSI plus entrance to a Planetarium show! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

TUESDAY: The Blowdry Cafe

It’s hard for moms to take the time to pamper themselves. Sometimes we think we don’t deserve it or we just don’t find or make the time. Let’s just say that my getting ready routine these days does not include time to even dry my hair, let alone style it in any way! Ugh. This past winter I had a fun experience at Blow Dry Cafe with a group of bloggers and I got my first ever blowout. I’ll be honest, I felt pretty good when it was done. Basically, I looked in the mirror and thought – “Wow! This is what I would look like if I actually did my hair!” Correction: This is what I would look like if I let the lovely stylists at The Blowdry Cafe do my hair every day! 😉

Thanks to The Blowdry Cafe for giving away a FREE make up application and blowout to one lucky reader! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

WEDNESDAY: Lily Noelle Jewelry

My friend Heidi is a momma by day and a designer by night!  Lily Noelle is meticulously crafted jewelry designs using hand-cut leather, hand-painted wood, semi-precious stones, hand-wrapped sterling silver & gold, & vintage items.  Heidi personally selects each stone & material, then designs & hand crafts each piece, ending with a curated look of wearable fashion!  Portions of sales benefit at-risk women in the Dominican Republic. You can find Lily Noelle at local craft shows, vendor pop ups and online! See her upcoming schedule here! Lily Noelle also offers an Earring of the Month Club! Each month you receive a surprise pair of earrings in the mail!

I’m excited to offer this giveaway of a leather cuff from Lily Noelle! These leather cuffs are reversible AND the winner will get to choose which color they want! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

THURSDAY: Sitting Made Simple

Babysitting. I’ll be honest, it’s an area we struggle with. We don’t have family here and we don’t know many teenagers or college students. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know where to start when it comes to finding a babysitter we can trust! Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Sitting Made Simple, a professional child care service and meet the owner, Amanda Knapp who is completely passionate about her business and making sure it is run right!

The sitters employed by the agency are college students who are thoroughly interviewed by the agency. Every one of them has a clean background check and driving record and is infant and child CPR certified! The agency handles all of the details. If your scheduled sitter is sick or has to cancel at the last minute, they find a replacement. You don’t need to worry about last minute cancellations or someone not showing up! SMS can get you a last minute sitter, before and after school care, summer care and more!

I’m really happy to partner with Sitting Made Simple to offer one reader a free registration fee ($50 value). Enter on Facebook and Instagram!


I shared last week on Facebook that I had my oil changed while I was sitting on my couch, in the comfort of my own home, while my kids were in Quiet Time! There was a huge response on social media to this brilliant idea! Eric, owner of Oleo, will come to your house (or place of work, or friend’s house, etc.), change your oil, wipe down your car windows and do a quick check on your car while you go about your business! That means no more antsy kids in the waiting room, no more putting off oil changes because you can’t find the time! You can even schedule your appointment online! I can’t think of any way to make changing your oil more convenient!

I’m thrilled that Eric is offering one of my readers a free oil change as one of the giveaways this week! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

A few ground rules:

  • You must be 18 or over.
  • These giveaways are not associated with Facebook or Instagram.
  • Readers can enter on both Facebook and Instagram posts for additional chances to win but there will only be one winner per giveaway.
  • All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017 on the corresponding social media posts!

Whether you’re celebrating a mom or being celebrated, I wish all of my readers a Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for all the hard work you do!


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