Get 50% off Foodie Cincy Deck!

If you like food, I have a secret to success! It’s called Foodie Cincy, and it’s a deck of cards – gift cards – with 52 restaurants (technically 54 because there are two bonus ones this year). They’re gift cards to locally owned, awesome restaurants all over town. So, I’m going to give you all the details and show you how it works! Small family business, husband and wife team are going on their seventh year, rolling out the 2020 Foodie Cincy Deck for foodies to drool over! For $20, normally they’re $40 but use the code CINCYCHIC20 for half off to make them only $20! The new 2020 Foodie Cincy deck includes a great discount of $5 & $10 off of a $25, $30 or $40 food purchase at 54 of the area’s best chef-driven locally owned restaurants. From downtown to Middletown, Dayton to Northern Kentucky, Blue Ash to OTR, Foodie Cincy has done the work for you to find all the best local restaurants to visit across the region.

Included in the deck are a few hidden gems, some of the newest eateries in town, along with some of the Queen City’s most established restaurants. They can be used for over a year until Dec 31, 2020. It’s fun to use for great date night ideas throughout the year, corporate gifts, stocking stuffers, or hostess gifts during the holidays. I also actually like to stock up on them for birthdays and little gifts to have handy to give throughout the year! A minimum purchase of $25 or more is required to get the discount. It can’t be used on alcohol, tax or gratuity, but it’s good for everything else! You just see the individual restaurant card for any special exclusions.

Each card can only be used once, and only one card per bill. They’re easy to use too. You just give the server your card when you’re ready to use it! Remember to use the code CINCYCHIC20 at to get half off the $40 retail price to get the deck for only $20!

Recreations Outlet Black Friday Sale!

Recreations Outlet is having an AWESOME Black Friday Sale this Friday! Some of the specials for Friday include 12 months no interest financing on everything, $100 cash and carry discount on all products of $1,000, a free 6 punch play pass with a Black Friday purchase of $99 or more, and a FREE accessory for the 13d Turbo Original Fort that’s on sale for $2,999 (reg. $6,199).

We LOVE Recreations Outlet – we got the littles a play set from there nearly 4 years ago and they are seriously awesome to deal with.

We love visiting their showroom and letting the kids play. When we decided to get a play set for our house, it was great to see what they liked playing with at the showroom because there are so many options to choose from with play sets! They even helped us custom design one for what the kids wanted on it and where it would fit in our yard.

Recreations Outlet worked out easy financing with us and installed the play set SO well. The kids love our play set now more than ever! We’re even looking at hot tubs/spas there to maybe get for enjoying some summer nights out on our patio! So excited!

Recreations Outlet is located at 7900 E Kemper Rd in Cincinnati! Learn more about their Black Friday specials at

Chic Review: Persist Fitness

A runner friend of mine told me about Sarah Buckley, owner of Persist Fitness and recommended her to me. I got back into running a couple years ago, but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I really wanted to hit my goal of running a half marathon in 2.5 hours or less. I’ve run a few in the past couple years and haven’t been able to get over that hump, so I decided to enlist in Sarah’s help. 

She starts all new clients off with a Persist Fitness Signature Running Assessment. It’s an opportunity for Sarah to get to know you better — where you are coming from, where you are, and where you want to go from a wellness lens. She learns about short term and long term goals, and then you talk about best plan forward. 

Her RUN STRONG CINCY program that you can do after your assessment is a group strength class for runners and walkers. Any experience level is welcome. This program is designed for reducing injury and preserving joint health, hip and core strength, muscular endurance. The best part is that they have on-site and remote options available. As a mom of three who travels a lot for work, I loved the online plan to follow and all the video examples of each exercise that she provides. 

It’s exactly what I needed to … drum roll… accomplish my big goal! Yes! I ended up running my last marathon several minutes faster than my 2:30 time goal and I can’t help but credit all the training and help I got from Sarah and the RUN STRONG CINCY program. If you’re a runner wanting to improve, reach a goal, or avoid injury — or if you’re wanting to get started and don’t know where to begin — this is the place to go! 

Check out their website to learn more!

Give the Gift of Goldfish Swim School!

This holiday season, my hubby and I decided to give more gifts of experiences than just “stuff” they lose interest in and then it just sits around the house! We’ve done swim lessons and family swims at Goldfish Swim School for years, so they’ll be SO excited to get memberships for next year!

I love Goldfish because they provide the confidence and skills that last a lifetime — all while having fun and making friends! Winter is a great time to start the kids on lessons because it’s requires time and consistency.  So starting in the winter is the best way to ensure progress by summer. It’s also a fun winter activity to keep your kids involved and active when it’s cold out! The pools are always 90 degrees all year long!

Experts say that play based learning is the best way for kids to learn, and you really see that with the Goldfish Science of SwimPlay® curriculum. It’s so much more than swimming — I’ve seen emotional growth, creativity, problem solving and more after years of taking them to Goldfish!

Goldfish has LIMITED holiday packages available at both area locations, in Anderson and Goldfish West Chester, so now is the time to look into these! The package includes: 2 months of group lessons, Annual Membership fee, 5 Family Swim passes, FREE Goldfish towel, Bubbles book and dry bag. It’s valued at $319, but only $199 until 12/31/19 while they last! Click here to learn more! 

The Children’s Theatre: Holiday Shows

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is showcasing not one but TWO holiday treats on its Showtime Stage: Bah Humbug: A One-Man Christmas Carol and Mrs. Claus Saves The Day.

Bah Humbug is a 45-minute production that’s performed by ONE PERSON – from Scrooge to Tiny Tim!

These performances will take place on Saturday, November 30, at 2PM and 5PM as well as Sunday, December 1, at 2PM.

Click here to purchase your Bah Humbug tickets!

Then, just before Christmas, TCT will put on Mrs. Claus Saves The Day on Saturday, December 21, at 2PM and 5PM and on Sunday, December 22, at 2PM.

This show is all about how Mrs. Claus saves the day when we severe outbreak of the North Pole Pox strikes just before Christmas!

To get your tickets for Mrs. Claus Saves The Day, click here.

Review: Gigi’s Cupcakes – Holiday Treats

Gigi’s Cupcakes in Kenwood is all geared up for Halloween and Thanksgiving right now! 
Last year, I brought home a “Boo Box” and the kids LOVED it, so I had to get them again now that they’re back.
It’s a box full of Halloween-themed mini cupcakes! You get 3 of each: Wedding Cake, Midnight Magic, Scarlett’s Red Velvet, and Confetti fun — all decorated super cute like ghosts, Frankenstein and candy corn. 

While I was there picking up my “Boo Box” I saw they have Halloween cookie decorating kits you can get too! Such a fun activity idea to do with the kids! 
And for Turkey Day, they have a Thanksgiving themed mini cupcake box you can pre-order. Perfect if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year or want to bring a fun hostess gift to someone who is.  
Speaking of holidays, I know Gigi’s does a fabulous job with catering desserts for holiday parties and special events or even business gift ideas!
And they don’t just do cupcakes either! They can do holiday themed cakes, special occasion cakes, custom order cakes and even write any message you’d like on it!
You can check out their website for a full menu including their every day flavors, allergy friendly options, and seasonal favorites — you can order online too if you’d like. And also be sure to like them on Facebook for all the latest on new flavors, specials and more! 

JDRF Bourbon & BowTie Bash Sets New Fundraising Record

Cincy Chic loves working with and supporting JDRF, especially when fun drinks and fashion are involved! That’s why we were so excited to have a table at this year’s Bourbon & BowTie Bash this past weekend! Check out the fun details of their new fundraising records below!

On Saturday, October 19, JDRF hosted its 6th annual Bourbon & BowTie Bash, billed as the hottest party in Cincinnati, and set a new fundraising record of $350,000 raised for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. With nearly 2,000 guests, the sold out event featured 10 bourbon tastings and food and cocktails from over 25 of the area’s best-loved bars and restaurants. Local 12’s Bob Herzog served as emcee and auctioneer, and the evening’s Fund a Cure programming featured the story of Caroline (Callie) Boyce-Jones, who was diagnosed with T1D four years ago at the age of 25. Contrary to what many people think, T1D is not just a disease that impacts children, and it can strike anyone at any age and at any time. T1D is an autoimmune disease that has no association with dietary or lifestyle choices.

At the event, guests voted on their favorites, and the winning bar and restaurant partners were: Best Sweets, Tres Belle Cakes; Best Restaurant, Taglio; Best Up-and-Comer, Soleil Kitchen; and Best Cocktail, made by Jacob Trevino with Lonely Pine. Celebrity judge Molly Wellmann helped select and announce the 2019 Best Bartender recipient, which was Catherine Manabat with HomeMakers Bar. Also recognized at the event were the 17 young professionals who served as 2019 BowTie Barons & Baronesses, each of whom helped personally raise corporate contributions for JDRF. Also instrumental to the event’s success are the JDRF Emerging Leaders Council, which is a group of young professionals who helped with event planning in partnership with JDRF Senior Development Coordinator Jackie Oney.

“The Bourbon & BowTie Bash is one of our favorite events of the year,” said JDRF Southwest Ohio Executive Director Melissa Newman. “It’s exciting to host a fundraiser that has such a reputation as being such a fun party, but what’s most important is that it also serves the purpose of raising money for a critical need. We’re incredibly grateful to the community for rallying around the Bourbon & BowTie Bash and making a difference for everyone impacted by type 1 diabetes.”

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic