All posts by Amy Scalia

Essentials for Moving to New York City

Moving anywhere can cause a lot of stress and pose a few challenges. Since New York is a city that is so large and so different, millennials moving to the big city may have a few extra worries, and rightfully so. Here are a few essential things you will need to make your move to the Big Apple a piece of cake. 

 

1. Packing Cubes 

 

New York City apartments are comparable to shoeboxes. You might not have a ton of extra space in a budget apartment for storage. In the most fashionable city in the world, clothing is one thing New Yorkers don’t skimp out on. If you are a sharp dresser who doesn’t plan on downsizing your wardrobe, packing cubes are your best friend. Not only do they make moving and traveling a breeze, but you can also easily store clothing without worrying about dirt or damage. 

 

2. Smaller Furniture 

 

If you are moving from a house to a tiny New York apartment, be prepared to sell or store most of your furniture. It just isn’t going to fit. Depending on the dimensions of your apartment, some pieces may be too big and look awkward in your apartment. Smaller, “apartment-sized” pieces will likely make living in New York City much more comfortable. It will also make moving much easier. This is definitely a great time to update your taste in home decor and a very bad time to become attached to things. 

 

3. A Minimalist Mindset 

 

New York City will require an overall mindset shift, but one aspect of your mind that will need to change is how you view your stuff. As mentioned before, now is not the time to hold onto things. If you try to bring everything that you’ve owned since you were a baby with you to the Big Apple, you should expect to feel very cramped and uncomfortable very quickly. Store it or get rid of it! Think of your move as a fresh start. The less you bring with you, the easier it will be to decorate your new place in a way that matches your brand-new city lifestyle. 

4. A Knowledge of Budgeting 

 

It can be very easy to spend money in New York City. Vendors, shops, and restaurants at every turn will be vying for your attention and your hard-earned dollars. While it’s okay to splurge a little when you first move to the city, you are going to need to know how to budget effectively so you can afford everything each month. 

 

5. Loftey

 

Speaking of budgeting, one of the biggest expenses you have while living in New York City will be your rent. By apartment hunting through Loftey, you will be able to score your ideal pad at a below market rate, all at no additional charge to you and without the hidden fees. Loftey has significant expertise with Chelsea apartments; when starting your search consider narrowing down your options by neighborhood. It’s a valuable tool that will save you money, so you have more to spend on experiencing all that New York City has to offer.

 

Chic Peek: Mardi Gras for Homeless Children

Get your beads and bling ready, Chic’ers! Mardi Gras for Homeless Children is coming up March 5 and it’s a do-not-miss, SUPER fun event! Watch as we chat with the planning committee about what’s new this year and why supporting its mission is more important than ever!

The event is coming up March 5 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. It benefits Homeward Bound Shelter, Bethany House Services, and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky.

The night will be full of fun while supporting homeless, runaway, and in-crisis teens who have nowhere else to turn!

Get your tickets here.

A Peek inside the All-New Watson’s!

I am LOVING this all-new Watson’s. It’s no longer just pools, spas and game room must-haves. It’s now a carefully curated collection of everything for your home — inside and out.

If you haven’t been since Watson’s remodeled their showroom last year and rebranded, here’s what you’ll find now:

  • They now have an expansive selection of indoor furniture, both in-stock and custom options. Want to change the layout? Get a different fabric? No problem. There’s NO fee for doing that.
  • There’s also a huge emphasis on fashionable, stylish, and on-trend.
  • Lots of pieces you won’t see anywhere else! Watson’s has several relationships with manufactures who make exclusive designs for them – like this modern metal pool table! Love it!
  • Home accessories are now available  – so all the great decor and accessories you see on display that you need to put the personal touch and finish your space are also for sale! Lamps, end tables, rugs, even the barware is for sale!

I am loving this “new” Watson’s — really rounds it out — making it everything you need for your home, inside and out.

Watson’s still has your pools, spas and outdoor furniture. Actually, they now have an entire showroom of indoor furniture! It’s BREATHTAKING! But now have more than 40,000 square feet of in stock furniture, and no fees for any customizations you want to make. They have several certified interior designers on staff who can help you build those custom options. Actually, Watson’s said more than half their customers are choosing that route! And it’s all still covered under the low price guarantee — meaning if you find a lower price anywhere else, Watson’s will match it.

I’ve been to a LOT of furniture stores. This is not what I’m used to. It’s different. It’s cooler. It’s on trend. It’s beautiful and you have to see it in person for yourself!

To learn more, visit Watsons.com.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Gigi’s Kenwood


Valentine’s Day might be Feb. 14, but it’s a week-long celebration at Gigi’s Cupcakes!

“We do Valentine’s Day gifts all week long,” says Amy Jones, owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.  “Our treats are made daily in our Kenwood shop with lots of love and care.”
The in-store menu offers a selection of both classic and seasonal cupcakes, minis and cakes. Each cupcake is topped high with those Gigi’s Signature Icing swirls. Always gluten friendly options too! “We’ll have a lot of flavors to choose from,” Jones adds, “even if you forget to order ahead of time.”
They have several different Valentine’s Day themed cupcakes you can pre-order that come in a 4-box or a dozen. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day party or just bringing home to surprise the family!
Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 7940 Hosbrook Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm. Learn more by visiting their website or checking them out on Facebook.

This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cincinnati.

 

Wine & Dine at Parker’s Blue Ash

From sipping on some wine, enjoying fireside dinner and decadent dessert to Sunday brunch with the girls — however you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Parker’s is the place.

At Parkers, they specialize in All-American Fare with an amazing selection of beef, seafood and specialty entrée salads. They even a wine list honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

They offer as much variety of dishes as they do dining experiences, too. Stay cool in the summer dining on the newly remodeled Tap Room patio and warm in the winter as you cozy up to one of their wood burning fireplaces. It’s the perfect place to meet friends for a drink, do a business lunch, grab a meal to go, kindle romance or celebrate special moments.

They have a newly remodeled main dining room and also private dining rooms – seating 12 to 60 or cocktail up to 100 – so your event can have the perfect setting for things like rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary parties and business functions.

The Tap Room hosts Happy Hour six days a week (Monday through Saturday) from 3:00pm-6:30pm. Happy Hour includes half off all 17 drafts and 25% off all liquor, wine and bottled beer! We also have a special bar menu where guests can find small bites for snacking to our delicious half pound cheeseburger.

They host live music regularly. Then, on Sunday, they have their famous brunch that people drive from all over to enjoy! It’s from 10am-2:00pm which includes a complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, screw driver or a glass of champagne.

Parker’s is located at 4200 Cooper Road Cincinnati, OH 45242. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been lately, come check it out for yourself! Like them on Facebook to stay updated and learn more about them at http://parkersblueash.com.

Photos: Twin Spire Photography

Want a ME Day for V-Day?

Hey mamas! How’s a spa day sound? (amazing, right?) Check out @becomingmomspa on FB — they’re giving away a spa treatment a day for dropping a hint that you’d like a ME-day for V-day! 😍 My friends who work there said they still have a few day-of appointments available on Valentine’s Day, and you can get gift certificates there in-store (they have a new NKY location don’t forget) or you can print them asap online! So easy, love it! More info at https://www.becomingmomspa.com.

Sneak Peek: 2019 Cincinnati International Wine Festival

“Giving back one glass at a time,” is the idea behind the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, coming up March 7-9. It’s a blend of supporting the community and appreciating wine. 

The 29th annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a charitable, non-profit organization founded to promote the wine industry and raise funds for local charities.

This year, the weekend of wine kicks off with an exclusive Winery Dinner Series held simultaneously at more than a dozen of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, ONE NIGHT ONLY – March 7. Enjoy a chef-selected, multi-course dinner at your favorite restaurant, complemented by a unique wine pairing chosen exclusively by that restaurant’s featured winery!

TICKETS ARE LIMITED! RESERVE YOUR TABLE NOW!  CLICK HERE!

Then, for those looking for some fun, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s Grand Tastings are – one price, one place, one weekend only – so get your plans in place now! (click here to see the video I did last year to learn tips for how to prepare for the show!)

Grand Tastings are March 8-9 at the Duke Energy Convention Center! Enjoy more than 700 wines from 200 wineries.

Your ticket includes unlimited wine tastings, a Riedel wine glass, unlimited food by-the-bite, a tasting guide, a complimentary coat check and more.

Tickets to a variety of Education Sessions and a Special Tasting Room are also available prior to each Grand Tasting.

Lower-priced tickets are available on FRIDAY NIGHT for the BEST HAPPY HOUR IN TOWN!

UNLIMITED ACCESS weekend passes are available as well.

So grab your gal pals now, and don’t miss this incredible weekend of wine!

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS!

42nd Heart Mini

The American Heart Association will host its annual Heart Mini and accompanying events March 9 and 10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

“The Heart Mini is Cincinnati’s largest single-day fundraiser and hometown favorite of more than 40 years,” explains Lori Fovel, Communications Director of the Cincinnati American Heart Association. “Each year, close to 30,000 registrants come together to participate in a heart healthy exercise and raise lifesaving funds to fight off the No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke.”

According to Fovel, the theme this year is “Mini not Mini,” meaning that the impact of the Heart Mini is anything but mini with its 30,000 participants and $3M fundraising goal.

The Heart Mini is a two-day event that features activities for guests of every age, including the ½ Marathon, 15k race, 5k race, 2k kid’s race, 5k heart walk, 1k Steps for Stroke, a health and fitness expo, and a kid’s fun run.

Festivities for the Heart Mini kick off at 9 am on Saturday, March 9, at the Duke Energy Convention Center with the Health and Fitness Expo presented by Worldpay. This time frame is also when runners and walkers can pick up their packets.

Then, at 12 pm, is the Kids Fun Run for little ones ages 7 and under presented by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Everyone will be getting down to business on Sunday, March 10, in downtown Cincinnati. At 7:30 am starts the Medpace 15K Heart Mini and St. Elizabeth Heart ½. The UC Health 1K Steps for Stroke starts at 9:15 am and the Ohio National Financial Service 5K Heart Race starts at 10:30 am. The 2K Kid’s Race begins at 11:30 am and the Mercy Health 5K Heart Walk is at noon.

Fovel says there are a lot of events supporting the American Heart Association leading up to the Heart Mini in March. To learn more about those events and to register for any of the races or walks for the Heart Mini, click here.

Watch below as I train for the Heart Mini and share a little about “my why” for choosing to compete in this race!

Nutrition for the Brain February 25!

We’re all about health – and a healthy brain is just as important as your physical health!

Mark your calendars for February 25 for “Nutrition for the Brain” at The Center for Wellness Education.

This 90-minute class by Dr. Pam Lockwood is an introduction to nutrition for a healthy body and brain. Basic concepts will be introduced to allow participants to understand the relationship between foods and healthy brain function. Food is Medicine and we will discuss dietary modifications to address sleep, anxiety, depression and ADHD. Samples of healthy food will be a tasty treat for participants.

The class will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Monday, so don’t forget to RSVP! The cost to attend is $15.

Learn more and register at: https://www.centerforwellnesseducation.org/.

Chic Recap: Florence Becoming Mom Grand Opening!

The new Becoming Mom location in Florence officially opened its doors – so I just HAD to stop by and check it out!

Let me tell you – it’s AMAZING! I’ve been a long-time client at the Mason location and now having this new location for everyone on the Kentucky side of the river is perfect!

Check out the photos from the Grand Opening event and get a sneak peek of all the fun that happened below!

Becoming Mom Florence is located at 7715 Mall Road (next to Old Navy!).

Check them out on Facebook for updates, deals, and much more!