Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Gigi’s Cupcakes!

Valentines Day is coming up, so if you’re looking for a Valentines Day gift, party treat, or a yummy little way to treat yourself, Gigi’s is the place to come! I love that you can either carry out or dine in. They have a cute little cafe area. I’ve brought my girls in before to enjoy some sweets after shopping — it’s right down the street from Kenwood Towne Center so it’s super convenient.  

And Gigi’s actually has a special going on for the holiday! Their mini bon bon box, & mini sweetheart box, and mini cakes are all decked out and on special for Valentines Day.

Tons of different flavor options. They also have brownies and cheesecakes! And don’t forget, they have lots of gluten friendly and vegan options if you’re looking for sweet treats for someone with dietary restrictions. My husband is gluten free and he LOVES Gigi’s.
They also do custom cakes for special events or weddings so keep that in mind too!

Learn more at https://gigiscupcakesusa.com/pages/kenwood-cincinnati-ohio or like them on FB to be the first to see their new arrivals and specials.

Chic Review: Watson’s

Boy am I glad it’s 2020! For the last half of 2019, our family of five lived in a hotel room for six months while our home got rebuilt from a bad wind storm where two trees fell on our house. Luckily everyone made it out ok (which is amazing since we were all home when it hit), but it decimated our roof and pretty much everything in it. We had to replace pretty much all our furniture, but with three little ones and our busy schedule, we didn’t have much time to shop.

I knew Watson’s had a huge, brand-new showroom with everything we could need for indoor furniture, rugs and decor, plus everything outdoor. So we got a sitter and in one afternoon we found everything we needed for the house.

Their staff was incredible about listening to all the rooms we needed items for, they looked through pictures of our space and Pinterest boards of items we liked to get a feel for our style, and then made recommendations for us. We loved their suggestions, and then we were able to customize it to our space and needs (we swapped the fabric it came with for a pre-treated, kid-friendly fabric and flipped the layout of our couch — it was no extra cost to customize those things, by the way). We had a very small window between when our contractors would be done with the house (when things could be on our new floors again) and when we were moving back in (when we’d need all our furniture). They went out of their way to make sure everything was made-to-order just right, and delivered right on time.

It seriously couldn’t have been a better experience. We are SO happy with the furniture we got, and we can’t wait to go back and pick out everything we need for outside once warmer weather arrives! I highly recommend you check out Watson’s new showroom in Sharonville if you’re in the market for anything home-related (or if you just love decor ideas!). They’re definitely not just pools, spas and pool tables any more! They had so many great furniture/decor options to choose from, and even better, their staff made what could have been a time-consuming, stressful, overwhelming process SO easy for us that we can’t wait to come back!

Check out Watsons.com for more!

Clothes Mentor Review: Cleaning Our Your Closet

If you need to clean out those closets and make room for new, Clothes Mentor is THE place to bring it.

They pay cash on the spot, 7 days a week, and the wait time is usually 20 minutes or less. They carry sizes 0-26, maternity, petites, business and casual, so they look to buy a wide range.

The first step is to clear out your closet:

If you haven’t worn it in 6-12 months, you probably aren’t going to wear it again, so make it time to sell! Make sure all items are clean and in good condition, and current styles — think things you’ve seen in stores within the last few years.

Then bring it in!

Bring your items in a laundry basket or storage bin. The they register your items with your ID, so make sure you bring it. One you’re checked in, you can either stay and shop or leave and come back — they text you when your items are done being assessed. I love that you never need an appointment to bring items in and they buy EVERY DAY.

I stayed and shopped while they reviewed my items. It only took them 15 minutes and they offered me $300 for the items they wanted to purchase! You can take back the items that they didn’t buy from you, or Clothes Mentor will donate them to Matthew 25: Ministries for you if you’d like!

To learn more and see which of their area locations are closest to you, visit clothesmentor.com!

JumpStart theatre application now available!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s applications for JumpStart Theatre are now available. Schools with grades 5-8 can apply for services and materials valued at $12,000.

All Cincinnati tri-state area middle schools and schools with grades 5-8 may apply to participate in JumpStart Theatre. Applications can be completed and submitted online beginning today, January 6, through February 15, 2020. Selected schools will be announced in the spring and will begin implementing the program in their school in the fall of 2020.

Participant schools are chosen through the online application which is now available at: https://thechildrenstheatre.com/2019/12/jumpstart-theatre-program/.

New Year, New You This Friday!

THIS FRIDAY is the big day for our 2020 New Year, New You event! Complimentary champagne toast, light bites, swag bags, photo booth, beauty trends fashion show with Omega Beauty, and TONS of fun! Did we mention General Admission is FREE? 🎉 Hope to see you there! And as a sneak peek, here’s a few of our amazing Women of the Year who will be in attendance! Nancy Dawson, founder of brideface and Transform (our event beneficiary!); Ray Ball, founder of BallR Media and Nike shoe designer; Rachel Felous, founder of Simply Zero; Emily Hoskins, founder of Green Bee; and Mary Delaney, executive director of Education Matters. RSVP & learn more at www.cincy.live/events/2020NYNY

Chic Review: Ahimsa

Make a resolution for less plastic in the new year? See why we’re loving this super chic, mom/pediatrician-approved, stainless steel dinnerware by Ahimsa!

Developed by a board-certified pediatrician mom, Ahimsa was created when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a report in 2018 discussing ways families can limit exposure to certain chemicals at mealtime. Dr. Mantravadi and her parents are from India, where stainless steel dishes have been routinely used at the dinner table for generations. When grandchildren entered the universe, Grandma was on a mission: replace all plastic at the dining table with traditional stainless steel dinnerware that they themselves had used for decades.

My kids (5, 3, 1.5) all love them because they’re really pretty — they come in two different colors, rainbow and an iridescent blue. Don’t worry about the color peeling off — they use a special process that allows the colors to naturally occur within the metal. I love them because it’s less plastic around the kids, they’re easy to clean (no staining from that spaghetti sauce, holding on to food smells, or taking forever to dry like plastic), dishwasher safe, and no worries of breaking or chipping (like if we gave them our “real” plates to eat on).

They have regular sets that include a plate (with a three-part divider, which I love because it always reminds me of portioning and to fill each spot with different colorful options), bowl, fork, spoon and cup. They also have an infant set that includes a bowl, smaller spoon and smaller cup. I believe they’re coming up with separates too.

Keep watching my review video and visit https://ahimsahome.com to learn more or order yours!

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 https://www.foodiecincydeck.com 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 https://www.recreationsoutlet.com/form/specials.

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic