Life Actually is a column that runs in two Birmingham, Ala., publications: Village Living, serving Mountain Brook, and 280 Living, serving the 280 corridor. Together, these publications reach 38,000 homes a month.

Positive and thought-provoking, Life Actually celebrates traditional values in a modern world. Family time…God…connections with others; these gems of existence often get lost in today’s culture. Through insightful observations, Life Actually touches on what matters and speaks to a generation of parents and grandparents who believe in simplicity, relationships, and love.

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Photos by Beth Hontzas Photography