Newborn Mama Products I’m Loving!

Our little Sofia Mae is two weeks old this week… can’t believe it! In some ways it’s flown by, and in others it feels like the past two weeks has been one big long day. Mostly because I’ve been up with her every couple of hours for her to feed. Sofia isn’t latching as well as Lola did (and she falls asleep SO easily — takes after her daddy! haha!) so I’m doing everything I can to help my supply keep up with her needs.

I ordered a bunch of things online (because what else do you do when you’re up all hours of the night with only a phone to keep you entertained) that had good reviews for helping moms increase their milk supply. I wanted to tell you about the two things in particular that I tried that are working really well for me (other than staying hydrated and sleeping more… that last one is easier said than done).

All the specs about the products are below, but in general, I love the Milkflow drink because it really did help me to increase my milk production, and it’s DELICIOUS! I like it as either a hot cocoa or putting it into my morning coffee for a cafe mocha. The Milkies are great because it helps me to preserve every drop that I’m trying so hard to create! So when Sofia is feeding on one side, it’s saving what I’m “leaking” on the other (sorry, TMI). With Sofia only drinking about 4oz at each feeding, being able to save 2oz that would have otherwise been lost is a big deal!

Brand: Milkies by Fairhaven Health

Product Name: Milkies Milk-Saver 

Product Description: Easy to use, simply slip the Milk-Saver into your bra-cup on the non-nursing side before you breastfeed. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when your breast milk lets down. You can store this milk and save it for any time it’s needed.
Product Features + Benefits: 
·       Patented* design allows you to save every drop of precious breast milk 
·       Holds a little over 2 oz. of breast milk
·       Slim and comfortable – no more nursing pads or milk-stained shirts 
·       Comes with a convenient carrying case that also serves as a stand for the Milk Saver 
·       Tested to ensure zero chemical leaching; contains no BPA or phthalates
·       Made in the USA
Price: $27.95
 
Brand:  UpSpring 
Product Name: Milkflow™
Product Description: Milkflow™ is the new, all-natural, great-tasting drink mix alternative to traditional lactation teas and capsules for breastfeeding moms. Whether establishing milk supply or pumping after maternity leave, Milkflow can help with its easy to use and convenient packets of concentrated herbal blends that have been used for centuries to naturally promote healthy breast milk supply.
Product Features + Benefits: 
·       Fenugreek powdered drink mix to help stimulate milk production*
·       Chocolate-flavored all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO 
·       Concentrated formula
·       Great, hydrating alternative to fenugreek pills, elixirs or teas
·       Contains fenugreek, blessed thistle and anise
·       Mix with 6 oz hot or cold milk, or add to a smoothie
·       Lactation Consultant recommended
·       Also available in Berry flavor
Price: $14.99

Success in the Queen City: Rana Schiff

(This is a guest blog post by my fabulous editorial intern Kelly Crotty)

Rana Schiff with her husband, who she says is a huge support of her career and success.
Rana Schiff with her husband, who she says is a huge support of her career and success.

You know what I love more than anything? I love a success story.

Being the bold, empowered and successful women Chic’ers are, I know you’re familiar with how challenging yet rewarding it can be to build a life and career you love.

Which is why I sat down with local corporate talent Rana Schiff who has risen through the ranks at Cincinnati’s favorite grocery retailer, Kroger, and is now the general manager of Kroger’s Center of Recruiting Excellence. She has revamped the candidates hiring experience while managing over 200 employees.

Read on as we discuss work life balance, challenges working women face and the career risk she took to fulfill her passions. 

Rana, from what I understand you had a wonderful childhood but there were challenges as well.

I am proud to have immigrated with my family to the United States in the late 1980’s from Persia. When I moved here I didn’t speak English and had to learn the alphabet in the second grade, which put me at a disadvantage against my peers. With time I picked up the language and learned my way. Since then I am proud to have completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Do you think anything in your youth prepared you for success?

My background helped shape who I am today as an individual as well as a leader in an organization. 

What obstacles have you faced as professional woman navigating career success?

Similar to many others who came before me I have faced obstacles along the way. Some I would relate to being a woman and others just simply being a professional. Overall, my challenges are not any different from others. Work life balance, building my leadership skills and managing my image. The list goes on and on.

Your career started in risk management but that didn’t stop you from taking risk in your own life.

I sure did! After being in Risk Management for over a decade I made the transition to Human Resources. I’m grateful to work for a company who saw potential in me and gave me the chance to make this move. I have loved every minute of it.

My advice to others thinking about making a career change is to GO FOR IT! What do you have to lose?

What advice would you give professional women as they navigate their careers?

  • Do what you love and love what you do!
  • Don’t be afraid to take a chance. It’s good to be uncomfortable with the role you are going to take and challenge yourself.
  • No matter what the feedback is or the source of the feedback, consider it a gift. See what you can take from it.
  • Own your career, no one else will!

What are your thoughts on work life balance? How do you manage it?

Work like balance is an interesting topic. It means something different to everyone and everyone manages it differently. I have found that I am the only person who knows my own balance in life and I need to manage to what is appropriate for my life and circumstances. Unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all model. I encourage everyone to understand their lives and make the adjustments necessary to be happy at home as well as at work.

It’s not easy to make a name for yourself in a large company especially one that is rich with talent and innovation but Rana saw that Kroger is also full of opportunity and she has established herself as a leader while making a career change. Rana is a bonafide Chic’er, she’s bold, empowered and successful!

 

Nine Nifty Look for Less Ideas!

A few weeks ago, I did a post about hosting a Miss Em’s Virtual Party and how fun it was to see all my different friends buying pieces, and thinking about how differently they’d style them. I had so much fun putting together those looks that I’m doing it again this week! So here are three sets of earrings/necklaces (which are brand NEW arrivals!) that you can buy on MissEms.com and three different ways to style them — casual, business casual, and dressy! Oh, and if you use the code CINCYCHIC at check out, you’ll get an amazing 40% discount from now until December 10th!

  1. Gold and Black Leatherette Necklace & Earring Set $22.00

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2. Light Blue Teardrop Necklace Set $20.00

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3. Gold Oval Long Necklace Set $22.00

Miss Em’s Look for Less: New Arrivals!

I always love doing these Look for Less blogs using Miss Em’s pieces! It always reaffirms why I love shopping with Miss Em’s so much! You can really update your wardrobe with SO many items for the price of just one or two of the designer versions!

Miss Em’s JUST got in some new pieces so I wanted to do another Look for Less post using a few of them! Enjoy (and click here to start shopping!) 🙂

Amber Flower Necklace
Miss Em’s – $24
Designer (Bozena) – $560

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Turquoise Silver Wrap Bracelet
Miss Em’s – $14
Designer (Chan Luu) – $240

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Silver Chunky Swirls Necklace
Miss Em’s – $24
Designer (Terapeak) – $179

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Plaid Scarf
Miss Em’s – $24
Designer (Madewell) – $58

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Boy Scout Fundraiser Dec. 3!

Every year, Miss Em’s hosts a fun shopping event that benefits the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)! This year’s event is coming up Saturday Dec. 3, 11am-3pm at 5767 Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Rd. This is the Milford Trinity United Methodist Church and chartered home of Troop 468. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will help offset cost of monthly campouts, events, and other misc. expenses such as equipment, propane, troop trailer and cooking supplies. The Scouts and their families appreciate this support and hope to see you on Dec. 3! Click here for more event details!

I chatted with the Troop Leader of Troop 468 (based at Trinity United Methodist Church in Milford OH) to learn more about BSA and how much each troop helps their local communities. Here’s what the Troop Leader had to say about his group: The Boy led Troop is over 50 years old and current has 52 boys on charter with the Boy Scouts of America. The scouts range in ages 10 through 18, as they progress through the ranks in hope of reaching Eagle Scout, the highest scouting rank. We are a service driven troop that participates in many events to help local organizations and its people. Some of which include the following:

  • Milford Miami Ministries – Food Collection and 5K fundraiser support
  • Tender Mercies
  • Senior Saturday (Miami Township) breakfast event
  • Built 22 tables for kids affected by Downs Syndrome
  • Honor Flight
  • Provided 75 summer lunches for Milford Students
  • New Life Furniture drive participation
  • Giving Tree for Holidays
  • Flag Retirements
  • Miami Township Fire Tower
  • Finley Ray Park clean up
  • Trinity United Methodist Clean up Fall and Spring

Check out the event flyer below for more details (or click here), along with pics of fun we’ve had in the past supporting the Boy Scouts! Miss Em’s will have amazing pieces for everyone to choose from — ALL jewelry will be $20 or less! And don’t forget about all the awesome baby and kids items Miss Em’s now carries!

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Cincy Chic Review: Occam Dining

Occam Dining… The name comes from Occam’s Razor, a problem-solving principle where – when considering different hypotheses – you choose the one with the fewest assumptions.

So it makes sense that their concept would be simple and uncomplicated. It’s like the fancy restaurant comes to you. And they create seasonal menus that highlight each ingredient in a simple and elegant way.

Each unique menu is designed to not repeat any highlighted ingredient throughout its entirety. They also keep track of each client’s menu, so if you hire them more than once, you’ll always get something different but delicious. Unless you fall in love with a dish (which we definitely did … their butternut squash soup was AMAZING… so we’ll ask for that when we hire them again!)

The entire experience is tailored to the client and their guests’ needs… we just gave them a list of dietary and allergy restrictions, likes/dislikes, things like that, and then they created the menu and wine pairings from there! They even printed out a customized menu with personalization of our dinner party theme at the top… such a nice touch!

The best part – other than the DELICIOUS food of course – is that they brought everything … from the food and wine to the plates, glassware, and cloth napkins. They only request some fridge space. That part was SO nice because the host could be enjoying their time with us instead of shopping, prepping, cooking, serving, cleaning up and never getting to enjoy their guests or the party they’re hosting.

To learn more about them, visit their website www.occamdining.com, “like” them on Facebook or follow all their foodie adventures on Instagram! Or, even better, you can contact them to schedule a foodie adventure of your own with them! Highly recommend it!

Miss Em’s Baby Items You’ll Go Ga-Ga For!

I went to Miss Em’s Holiday Open House last weekend, and saw SO many cute things! With me being 9 months preggo, I especially loved that she added baby items to her site this year! I got a few things, like a really cute little handprint and footprint set that I can create with our new little one and hang in her new room once she arrives! Yay! Baby’s first craft project is already planned! haha!

I also bought a really cute “Tickle Monster” book (comes with a furry “monster” glove with holes for fingers to do some good tickling!) for my older daughter, which she’s going to just LOVE.

I saw a bunch of other cute things I now wish I had just bought, because I now either want them for one of my girls or I’ve thought of who they’d make the perfect gift for! So, I’m about to go check out her new  “Baby” page on her site to order more!

To check out the pics below I snapped at her last event to see some of my favorite items I found!  If you’re looking for holiday gifts, need a gift for a baby shower coming up, or just want some fun new items for your little one, make sure you check out her website for more items, or stop by the Lawrenceburg Holiday Market November 20th – 22nd to get some wonderful gifts!img_7622img_7623img_7624img_7625img_7626img_7627

Holiday Glam Fashion Show Dec. 2 with Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs!

Even though temps have been pretty mild lately, it’ll be winter soon here in Cincinnati. And when it does, the best thing to wear to weather the cold, or snuggle up with in front of a fire is something cozy and furry.

That’s why I love Donna Salyers Fabulous-Furs. Here’s a story we did a while ago about how she got her locally-based empire started… and more stories we’ve written about her over the years… but in a nutshell, she started her business almost 30 years ago when she heard how real fur items were made. She made it her mission to create pieces that looked and felt as fab as real, but were faux.

Now, she travels the world, selling millions of units a year, getting featured on national and international media outlets… and she’s still based here in the Tri-State after all these years!

We’ve never done a fashion show with her clothes, coats and accessories before, so that’s exactly what we’ll be doing on Dec. 2 with our Holiday Glam Fashion Show! I can’t wait to see her newest designs rock the runway! I hope you can make it! Details are below!


2016 Holiday Glam Fashion Show
When: Friday, Dec. 2, 6-9pm
Where: Performance Lexus RiverCenter – 633 W 3rd St, Covington, KY 41011
Tickets: Register at www.2016HGFS.eventbrite.com
$25 Front Row VIP. $15 VIP {includes fashion show seat}. $10 General Admission. All tickets include swag bag.
Enjoy: Enjoy a red-hot winter trends fashion show with Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, refreshments and light bites, swag bag, photo booth, fun fundraising activities, and an exclusive shopping experience featuring a variety of local businesses and pop-up shops! All proceeds benefit JAR of Hope.

Supporting Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Photobooth Sponsor: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Fashion Show Sponsor: Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs

Hair/Makeup Sponsor: Blowout Z Bar

Swag Bag Sponsor: Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal

Light Bite Sponsors: Occam DiningOut of Thyme

Booth Sponsors: LeiMarie Limited, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, NOVE Home & Body Decor, LuLaRoe with Sherri Cornett, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, Mary Kay with Emily Stalf, California Closets, Rodan + Fields with Jessie Bertsch, Amanda Phipps – Thirty-One, Krave Jerky, Victory Weight loss and WellnessClassic Prep Monograms, Collar Up ShirtsInfinity Indoor Flowers, Jamberry with Sarah Nelson & Gina Parsley, Blue CloverWashClub CincyDay

Venue Sponsor: Performance Lexus RiverCenter

Floral Sponsorship: Wimberg Landscaping, Inc

Models: Loft Talent

Photographer: Glossy Pixels

Philanthropy: JAR of Hope

Hosted by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

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Recap: “Shop for a Cause” at A Village Gift Shop

On Oct. 21, Cincy Chic hosted a “Shop for a Cause” event at A Village Gift Shop in Glendale to benefit the Pink Ribbon Girls. My friend Diane owns the store and she’s AWESOME to work with.

She’ll host a shopping event with anyone who’d like to, where she provides refreshments and a fab shopping experience (she has the BEST gifts and accessories!). You provide the people, and then she gives a portion of all sales from the night to a charity of your choice at the end of the night! It’s so easy!

We did something similar last year and it was a big success. This year, we wanted to do something that directly helps local breast cancer survivors during breast cancer awareness month. So, Diane and I put together this idea to partner with PRG (a great organization if you don’t know about them already — they provide house cleaning, meals… all the necessities of life… to local breast cancer survivors and their families, while they undergo treatments).

From the event, we were able to raise $350 for PRG and they got some GREAT exposure, too! Not only did they get to share with all our attendees some info about their organization, but they also got to promote on Q102, who was there at our event!

Make sure you “like” A Village Gift Shop on Facebook so you can find out about other fun events they’re hosting in the future! And give them a call at (513) 771-3927 if you’re interested in holding a charity shopping event with them! I definitely recommend it!

Check out some of the pics from our event below!

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