All posts by Amy Scalia

Review: Cincinnati Juggle

Ok, parents. I’m about to make your life a little … ok, no, a LOT, easier.  It’s called JUGGLE and you need to download it and start using it asap.

JUGGLE is an app that takes the hard work out of finding good people to help busy families juggle life’s everyday demands — everything from kids to pets, and housework to homework – JUGGLE can help.

The process is simple. You download the app, create a profile, post a job for what you need and the applications start coming in. You can see all the reviews, background checks, and bios of everyone applying so you can pick the best person for the job. You can even connect your Facebook account to it to see if any of your friends have used any of your applicants!

Much different than finding out you need someone, contacting the one or two people you know and trust to do the job, waiting to hear back, and before you know it, it’s down to the wire and you’re scrambling.

Instead, I posted a job before I went to bed and had several applications to choose from when I woke up. Easy peasy.

After reading all her reviews and bio, we booked a sitter who we felt like we knew when she walked in. And because she was such a perfect fit, the kids took to her immediately and had SO much fun.

She kept us updated throughout the night so we felt good knowing they were happy and in good hands. Then when we came home, you just process payment through the app after they go home so there’s no awkward fumbling for cash or a checkbook at the end of the night. It’s all a set hourly rate based on how many kids they’re watching, and you can tip through the app too.

I can’t tell you how much easier this makes life, and I’ve only used it for their babysitting services so far. You can also book what they call a “juggler” for pet-sitting, party assistance, tutoring, errands — lots of little things that make a BIG difference when you don’t have to worry about who can help with it!

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Review: Parker’s Sunday Brunch

I finally did Sunday Brunch at Parker’s this past weekend with a bunch of my friends!
It’s funny, everyone in our group had heard Sunday Brunch at Parker’s was amazing but none of us had ever been yet. So we decided to change that this past Sunday… and OH MY goodness now we know why there’s such hype about it!
It’s seriously one of the most amazing brunch spreads I’ve ever seen before. Everything from a carving station with the chef’s selection for the day — they had a DELICIOUS prime rib when we were there — and a cook-to-order omelette station to a huge seafood spread with fresh salmon and shrimp cocktail. Oh, and speaking of seafood, they had a seafood Mac n Cheese that was AMAZING. They also had all your favorite traditional breakfast options… like house-made waffles, biscuits and gravy, sausage, breakfast potatoes, bacon and eggs… plus an incredible dessert station with little cheesecakes, pastries and warm gooey chocolate chip cookies.
On Sundays, they also host events such as after wedding brunches, first communions, birthdays, baby showers, and anniversary celebrations. Several different size rooms for that, and I know they’re awesome to work with and can help you plan that something special without the stress!
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Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Spring Launch Event

We’re hosting our annual Eco Chic Fashion Show at Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams (their beautiful high-end furniture is all sustainably made!) so I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the space, and got a little bonus surprise to find out they just got in LOTS of exciting new arrivals for their Spring Launch Event.

With it, they’re introducing classic modern and new traditional silhouettes, boldly punctuated by a vivid and uplifting mix of colors, textures, patterns, and prints.   I got a chance to chat with Mitchell before the Spring Launch and he said inspiration for all of this came from their travels… so you’ll find unconventional forms and sculptural shapes, as well as familiar designs updated for today’s living.

This season, they also bring you more ways to take their signature style and make it your own.  While most of their upholstery is available in 300+ fabrics and leathers, enhanced custom options for their beloved classic icons now include pieces without welt to emphasize clean lines, and bench seat cushions for an even sleeker aesthetic and continuous comfortable sit.

They also have a Comfort Club customer loyalty program that gives you 20% savings every day, with exclusive access to special offers and services, including complimentary in-home design.  It’s free and easy to join!

Click here to learn more about our Eco Chic Fashion Show we’re hosting at MGBW: and learn more about them at

Like Wine? 2018 Cincinnati International Wine Festival Coming March 8-10!

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is celebrating its 28th year of giving back to local charities with wine tastings, gourmet dining, education sessions, silent auctions and more. The festival, set for March 8-10, has options for every palate, style and preference. One of the largest of its kind in the country, the festival is recognized as a premier destination in the Midwest. The popular festival features more than 700 domestic and international wines from more than 200 wineries. Thousands of people attend each year. 
The festival kicks off with winery dinners the evening of March 8, where guests will simultaneously experience the best of fine wines and fine dining at 18 of Cincinnati’s most prestigious restaurants. One price covers each multi-course dining experience with exclusive wine pairings presented by winery representatives. The festival continues March 9 and 10 with a variety of wine tasting and educational opportunities where guests will sample new and fascinating wines from around the world, paired with delectable bites. A charity luncheon and auction will feature limited-release and rare wines coaxed from the cellars of notable Cincinnatians, chef’s table dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes, fantastic trips, wine cellar tours and more. 
This year’s honorary festival chair is Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in Southern Napa Valley, California.  Courage, commitment, and an entrepreneurial spirit best describe Darioush, who left behind a successful engineering career in his native Iran and emigrated to the United States seeking opportunity, freedom and personal liberty. Together with his wife Shahpar, he founded his namesake winery in 1997. Darioush is the realization of his American dream.
Win this wine basket with a giveaway on the Cincy Chic Facebook page!
“I have a lifelong love and passion for producing wines that celebrate individualism and craftsmanship,” Darioush said. “And the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a fantastic showcase of the finest wineries in our industry. I feel privileged to be representing the wine industry here in Cincinnati as the festival’s chair this year, and I am proud to be part of an international event that gives back locally.”
Each wine festival ticket purchased directly benefits 36 local charities with programs dedicated to the arts, education, health and human services. The festival has given more than $5 million to local charities since its inception in 1991 thanks to the support and patronage of the Greater Cincinnati community.
“Our goal at the wine festival is to keep giving back locally, one glass at a time,” said Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director, Debbie Dent. “There truly is something for everyone here, at nearly every price point. Whether you’re looking to enjoy an exclusive dinner at one of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, or you want to just taste wines and learn about their origin, you are invited to join us March 8-10. Come explore and sample our vast array of wines, all for a great cause. Not only will you have an incredible time, you will be helping us support the charitable needs of our community.”
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a Cincinnati-based, charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds for local charities through the celebration of the wine industry. This year’s festival features 700 wines from more than 200 wineries across the globe. Kroger is the presenting sponsor. Festival proceeds benefit 36 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky arts, education, and health and human services charities, distributing more than $350,000 in grants in 2017. The festival has donated more than $5 million to local charities since its inception in 1991. The patronage and support of the Greater Cincinnati community enables the festival to continue giving back locally, one glass at a time. Learn more and purchase tickets at
Watch my exclusive interview with the Executive Director Debbie Dent as she explains how to prepare for the Festival to get the best experience and also offers some helpful tips for how to properly taste the wine when you’re there. Oh, and check out our Cincy Chic Facebook page — — for a chance to win a FABULOUS wine lover’s gift basket valued at $200!

Review: Arkadiance

A few months ago, I met Ami, a local woman who is the founder of Arkadiance. As a former P&Ger and med student, she’s a beauty industry guru and science geek, but she’s also fashionista. So she loves looking her best, and perfecting the science behind it.

That’s what led her to create Arkadiance, which sells “nutraceuticals,” such as Omega-3 capsules, probiotics and antioxidants, along with Skincare, body care, and a line of natural teas. It’s all designed to work together to make people like you and me feel better on the inside and look better on the outside.

At first, I thought this was a network marketing skincare company, but then I realized no, SHE created this business and formulated these products from SCRATCH. Over the past several years, Ami has collaborated with formulation scientists and labs that are all specialists in their fields to create the most potent formulas and ingredients for her products.

For me personally, after a few months of taking the Arkadiance rainbow antioxidants (which make sure you get all the nutrients of superfoods and come in this really cool container that keeps them separated and easy to take on-the-go) plus the omega-3 radiance capsules, and probiotics— while also using the facial cleanser, tonic and face cream — I feel like my hair, skin and nails just have an absolute glow to them, but I also truly FEEL better too.

A lifted mood, better sleep, more energy, and less nausea — not just because I’m pregnant — the fish oil horse pills I was taking before would always make me feel sick to my stomach. The Arkadiance omegas are smaller, no fishy aftertaste — they actually have a hint of lemon — even though they’re much smaller than the horse pills, they’re WAY more effective because it’s pharmaceutical-grade oil harvested from fish in the wide open Norwegian Sea instead of raised in unhealthy fish farms.

The Skincare is amazing too. I was nervous to try something new — especially the cleanser because it wasn’t the exfoliating kind of scrub I’m used to using. I didn’t think this would clean and slough off everything I needed it to. But it has a citrusy, surprisingly rich lather that cleans away all the dirt, make-up, and bacteria really well without being abrasive or stripping. And with its main ingredients being green and white tea, it not only leaves your skin super clean but also feeling nourished and refreshed.

Oh and the moisturizer is amazing. A lot of face creams have parabens, petroleum and a lot of gunk in them that give the illusion of hydration but the aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter easily absorb and don’t leave you greasy. Oh and the essential oils in it smell like a day at the spa, so that’s always a nice way to end the day.

But the best thing is knowing that I’m getting these great results because it’s truly nourishing my body from the inside out. Using the most pure and potent ingredients that give you real results that you can see and feel.

You buy directly through the website — they are not a networking marketing company — plus they do free shipping on all orders and offer a 100% product love guarantee with a full refund with returned products. Pretty impressive.

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Upcoming Event: A Marriage of Art and Lace February 15

This is a guest blog from Lace Bridal Couture’s Kelly Hill!

What better way to spend the day after the most romantic day of the year than to enjoy a much needed girls night out and work on your wedding plans at the same time? Join us on February 15th from 6pm-9pm at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati for “A Marriage of Art and Lace!”

Wedding planning is filled with so much excitement, joy, and sometimes stress! You’ve already made the most important decision of your life. The rest should be easy, right? We would hope so, too. Conquer your wedding planning woes with premiere wedding vendors by your side. We’ve partnered with some of our favorite vendors in Cincinnati, OH, to bring you a fun filled evening of art, food and fashion. These rock-star vendors will make your wedding planning easy and fun!

Lace Bridal Couture

Your big day revolves around you and your fiancee . . . and your Wedding Dress!! Kelly and Allen Hill have been helping brides make their wedding dreams come true for almost 7 years in their stylish and modern bridal boutique, Lace Bridal Couture. As soon as you step foot into their beautiful, airy and bright boutique, you will feel as though you are the most important person in the world. The customer service you receive is personal and professional. You will have your own private dressing room and your guests will have their own private viewing area so that it makes your dress buying experience intimate and special. Not to mention the amazing bridal designers that you have to choose from for your wedding gown. Located in the heart of the Reading Bridal District, you will certainly want to make your first bridal appointment at Lace.

Dana Renae Designs

The master planner and excellent floral designer, Dana Renae Propes and her expert team work closely with you to create a stress-free (and fun!) planning process that culminates in making your wedding day dreams come to life. Dana is a creative genius and planner. When it comes to the nitty gritty of hiring this dynamic planner, she will create a personalized full-service wedding planning package to fit every need and budget.

True Artists Studio

Storytelling is a passion of Shane Peregram and his team of nationally and internationally award winning videographers. With a love of capturing some of the most intimate, beautiful moments of life, the team works to create a truly unique and authentic perspective of your wedding day, both from an editorial and documentary perspective. Plus, they have the flexibility to capture weddings of all sizes with individual photographers or the full production team.

Ben Elsass Photography

For Ben, it is vital for him to get to know you in the weeks and months leading up to the photo shoot. When taking pictures, regardless of whether it’s an engagement session or wedding day, his goal is always to capture a natural and true representation of you two, as the couple you are. Before snapping a single picture, he tells every couple: Be yourselves and show each other the love and affection that brought you to this point today, and I promise the images will turn out beautiful.” Some couples are very romantic and serious in front of the camera, while others are super goofy and light-hearted, because every couple is different. Ben will ensure that he will capture your special day exactly the way you had envisioned.

Creative Invites and Events

A true love of fine design and exceptional paper is hard to come by these days. Creative Invites and Events is nestled in the vibrant and largest bridal district in North America, right in Reading, OH. The charming Stationary and wedding boutique provides personalized bridal and design consultation to help determine what you need to share the news of your big day (and the thank you’s after). Creative Invites and Events also house premiere wedding vendors, from photographers to florists, to make your wedding planning a one stop shop.

Richter and Phillips

For a life-time marriage, you’ll need a life-time jeweler. With over 100 years of experience, Richter and Phillips features top designers such as Gabriel, Tacori, & Simon G. Along with custom designs,Richter and Phillips will ensure that every piece of jewelry, from the engagement ring, to the wedding band, to the anniversary diamond, sparkles as much as you do!

Party Pleasers DJ and Entertainment

Fun. Energetic. Interactive. And we’re not just talking about your rockin’ reception. Party Pleasers is a lively group of DJs who go above and beyond in creating the ultimate experience at your wedding and reception. Jeff and his awesome team will ensure that your reception will go off without a hitch!

Paper Blooms N More

PaperBlooms N More create beautiful paper floral arrangements. Christy Kerly has created over 1000 wedding paper bouquets for brides each made to their liking and needs, from placing parts of their history in it to creating photo blooms to go in the bouquets to carry their loved ones with them.  When you place your order for flowers, Christy will ask a few questions to get to know you so that your flowers are exactly what you had envisioned. Every bloom is made by Christy and her amazing team.

Your First Dance with Bud Walters

Your first dance as a married couple is one of the true highlights of the reception. Your guests love to watch the two of you gaze into each other’s eyes as you are swaying to your favorite song. It is truly a memorable experience. Then why not have a professional dance instructor help you make this very important dance go as smoothly as possible? Bud is an energetic and incredibly fun guy who will show you the ropes of dancing your first dance. You definitely do not want to do it without him!

We knew you would love them!

Wish you could meet them all at once, alongside learning more about 21c Weddings? Join us at “A Marriage of Art and Lace” on February 15, 2018.

Now that’s what we call wedding planning made easy.

Goldfish Swim School: Mini Classes

Not only is swimming an important life skill for your kids from a safety standpoint, but there’s a TON of emotional, developmental and physical benefits to getting babies in the water at an early age. It’s such a great bonding opportunity to spend time splashing and smiling with your little one.

That’s actually why I started bringing mine to Goldfish Swim School West Chester. They offer swim classes for kids starting as early as 4 months! Kids ages four to 35 months-old can enjoy a weekly 30 minute class in the water with mom or dad working on basic water and swim safety skills with the help of an instructor. Their pool is kept at 90 degrees to make the water inviting and comfortable for all swimmers all year round.

The classes are fun and interactive for babies and their parents. You’re holding them and guiding them through the various swim skills the entire 30 minutes. It’s actually a really good arm workout — I count it for my exercise of the day!

Mini Class activities include singing group songs, practicing tummy time, and getting little ones comfortable in the water. Babies practice their grasp reflex, move on to holding onto the wall and eventually inching their way down it. With the help of mom or dad, babies work on their pulling paddle, “Superman” glides, sea otter floats and kicks. As babies progress through the Mini Program, they work on crab walking, getting out of the pool safely by climbing up using the “fin, belly, flipper, flipper” technique and breath control.

In addition to weekly Mini Classes, Goldfish offers family swim several times a week so parents can spend time together in the water with baby practicing the water acclimation skills they learned in class.

And the facility is awesome too. There’s a viewing area for parents and siblings and a cool play area to entertain kiddos when they aren’t in the pool. And there are a ton of showers, changing rooms, and even a hair dry station that makes it fun for kids to get ready to go home.

I definitely encourage you to check out Goldfish Swim School West Chester. Both my girls LOVE it there. And I love it too — especially these Mini Classes. They have them at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule, so contact them for more info and see about enrolling your baby in a FREE TRIAL Mini Class! Hey, you can’t beat free!

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