All posts by Amy Scalia

Support the Heart Mini March 10!

“I didn’t think I’d be able to do that… but wow, I just did.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that to myself in my 20+ years (how am I old enough for that?) of long-distance running. It’s honestly what keeps me coming back, and I reference it a lot in other parts of life. Between the weather, work, kids, knee/IT band issues (and, and, and) I’ve had every excuse to throw in the towel on my big goal of running three 1/2 marathons in the next three months. I’ve just been doing elliptical for the past couple weeks so I was nervous about whether or not I’d be able to do the 10 mile run I needed to do this week (let alone find the TWO hours, daylight and decent weather). Yesterday it happened. It started off great, but after having to take a few stretch breaks I was starting to feel disappointed in myself and my body. On that last stretch break though, I realized I was just about done with this big long run that felt impossible to plan, let alone physically do. I looked around at my favorite stretch of farmland on my route and I was absolutely overcome by gratitude. I was saying it again, “I didn’t think I’d be able to do that… but wow, I just did.” ❤️

Here’s my Heart Mini page if you’d like to learn more about why I’m running & support:


Enjoy a Springtime Celebration March 14!

Join us at Watson’s on March 14 for a Springtime Celebration!

Enjoy “Grill + Grape” pairings with wine tastings & al fresco cooking demo, centerpiece-building and wreath-making stations, and color/fabric pairing workshops led by a Watson’s certified interior designer! Plus, the first 100 guests will receive a Watson’s gift card!

When: March 14, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: Watson’s – 2721 E Sharon Rd Cincinnati, OH 45241


Brought to you by: Watson’s and Cincy Chic

Here’s a sneak peek inside the new showroom at Waton’s! We’re SO excited to host this Springtime Celebration there! They’re going to have designers there doing Design 101 mini sessions, we’ll have “Grill & Grape” food and wine pairings, and DIY decor stations so you can leave with something beautiful for your home. Oh! And did I mention the free Watson’s gift cards to the first 100 attendees!?

A Check-In With Dr. K

Watch as we chat with national wellness expert, Dr. Magdalena Kerschner of Victory Wellness & Medspa!

We’re talking reactions to appearing on the NYC Times Square Jumbotron with her new book “Get Your Mojo Back,” her latest interview on 700WLW radio discussing male menopause with show host Scott Sloan, and her upcoming invitation to present at the Health, Beauty & Wellness Conference by Mantra Meetings on topics including laser treatment Thermiva in Downtown Nashville at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

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

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

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