Category Archives: Health

Hair4Harmony 5k Walk/Run

This Saturday is going to be a GREAT day! Not only because it’s my birthday (woohoo!) but it’s also when the Harmony of Hope Foundation is hosting its Hair4Harmony 5k Run/Walk!

The event will start June 10 at 9:00 AM and benefit the Harmony of Hope Foundation, Inc., a Non-Profit 501 c(3) organization that raises awareness of children suffering from hair loss caused by cancer, alopecia, chemotherapy, and other serious illnesses. They also strive to encourage, empower and support families and loved ones thru this time in their life by providing free wigs, hats, wig care and support FREE of charge up to the age of 21. They are the only Non-Profit in the US that supports all hair loss and can support up to the age of 24 if the child is a full-time student!

When you sign up for the race, 100% of your Registration fee will be donated to this non-profit organization! Not many races can say that!

I’ve attended several Harmony of Hope events, and met many of the people — of all ages — who have been positively affected by this unique organization, so I always love supporting what they do.

The walk/run will be held at Armco Park in Lebanon. Early registration fees are $25 and $30 after June 6 (eek! That’s tomorrow, so hurry!!) Click here to RSVP!

8 ways to boost your confidence immediately!

Check out this super fun blog from my intern, Alexis, on eight ways you can boost your confidence – NOW!

1. Put on those jeans that fit

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There is absolutely nothing more uplifting than your favorite pair of jeans. You know, the ones that are skinny enough that your booty looks super cute but not so tight that your bladder is crushing. A good pair of jeans can be just as comfy as your leggings without the desire to pair it with your high-school boyfriend’s XXL t-shirt that you painted the house and rescued a dog with.

2. Listen to rap

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I promise, it’s scientifically proven! Make a playlist of your favorite rap songs; whether it’s Tupac or Iggy Azalea, that song with that kick-ass beat that you love being injected directly into your brain will have you walking like Tyra Banks.

3. Take a long shower

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Hot showers themselves can already relax and rejuvenate yourself, but getting out with clean hair, shaven legs, and exfoliated skin that smells like berries can have you feeling like a whole new person.

4. Read inspiring mantras

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Having to always lift yourself up alone can be exhausting, but reading one-second blurbs from powerful women who want to lift you just as high isn’t. It’s a great pick-me-up and just as easy as scrolling through Twitter.

5. Call someone who loves you

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Nothing boosts an ego like someone who loves you. Whether it’s your dad, your nana, your cousin, or your partner, you know they will hype you up and give you every bit of strength and confidence you need to get through whatever it is you need to get through. Think about it, have you ever called someone who loves you that much and felt worse after it? Probably not.

6. Put on matte lipstick

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We don’t wear makeup for men, we wear makeup for ourselves, but even then, there’s nothing more annoying than lipstick smudged all over your face. Matte lipstick gives you that bold statement you’re looking for without compromising your lip liner and keeps people mesmerized all day long.

7. Power Pose

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Power posing is the up-and-coming trend to boost confidence. Pick a pose, any pose, that makes you feel powerful – if you were on a billboard, what would it look like – and do that pose in the mirror for 30 seconds. Feel that feeling of power sweep over you and when you’re ready, go out and conquer the world.

8. Do something kind for someone else

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There’s always a sense of internal gratification that comes from doing something nice for someone else. It was unprecedented, unasked for, you just did it because you’re an awesome person. Whether you held the door open for the person behind you or bought a homeless person lunch, no one asked you to do it, you just did it out of the kindness of your heart. That’s pretty awesome, take the awesomeness through the rest of your day.

The Barre Code Opens April 22!

A few months ago, we caught wind of (and of course wrote about) an exciting new fitness studio would be making its way to downtown Cincinnati… The Barre Code!

Essentially it’s a one-stop shop for cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and restoration. The Chicago co-founders, Ariana Chernin and Jillian Lorenz, developed a full-bodied program six years ago, determined to change the way women perceive their own strength: the focus is always placed on what we have to gain, not lose. And women are loving it! In fact, it was named by Self Magazine as one of the best workouts in the country!

Each class is unique, routines change weekly, and new formats/classes will be introduced throughout the year. Core classes, all 50mins in length, cover all of the body’s needs in a holistic exercise regimen:

  1. The original “Barre Code,” is a total-body workout of isometric holds, heavy repetition, and deep stretching
  2. The “HIITRestore” class empowers clients to reach beyond their physical, mental, and emotional limits on a three-dimensional ride of plyometrics, speedwork and agility training, paired with extensive stretch
  3. The “TBC” or bootcamp class focuses on full-range-of-motion strength training, in addition to HIIT movements

But even though the concept was started in Chicago , it’s still very much locally owned and operated! TBC Cincinnati is owned by downtown Cincinnati resident Michelle Ziegler. She has more than 15 years of dance experience and discovered The Barre Code while living in Chicago in 2013. She quickly felt at home, loved the classes, instructors and wide range of formats. In 2015, she auditioned and was selected to train as an instructor. Since as early as she can recall, aspiring for what she “wanted to be when she grew up”, Michelle has always had a strong desire and passion to run her own business one day. That one day is now!

It wasn’t until she became part of The Barre Code family that she recognized the unique opportunity to join the franchise network and make her lifelong dream a reality. She’s mom to a 6-month old daughter and is extremely proud to be raising her family in Over-the-Rhine.

So, make sure you check out TBC Cincinnati soon to open, located at 615 Main Street, just a few blocks from Fountain Square and on the streetcar line. It’ll be perfect for downtown residents and professionals looking to sneak in a workout before work, during lunch or after a busy day!

To learn more about The Barre Code, click here. You can also follow the Cincinnati studio on Facebook.

Three Tips for Cruelty Free Living!

My intern Alexis Piascik and I were talking about this topic and it was REALLY interesting! So, I asked her to wrote this as a guest post! Thanks, Alexis!


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Food

Cruelty free eating is essentially going vegan; it just sounds less intense, and can actually be really easy! Substitutions are easy to find and often come with tons of benefits. Meatless meat generally has more protein than regular meat, dairy-free milk doesn’t have to be refrigerated, and going cruelty-free simply requires more consumption of fruits, vegetables, and other organic foods, which all have immense health benefits. And if the inhumane treatment of chicks, pigs, cows, and turkeys isn’t enough, the environmental impacts of the meat industry are no joke either. The extensive water consumption, CO2 emissions, and land use have contributed greatly to global warming.

However, if going vegan is too intimidating, there are tons of other ways to save a few animal lives and live cruelty-free.

Make-up

Make-up is something most of us use almost every single day and essentially pay for every day causing the industry to bring in more than $50 billion dollars annually in the U.S. alone (according to statisticbrain.com). Why would you put that kind of money towards testing on bunnies, mice, and guinea pigs when it’s so easy to pick up a different brand? It may be disappointing to find out your favorite products have caused a rabbit to lose its vision or a mouse to lose its leg, but there are tons of popular and reliable brands that don’t test on animals including Urban Decay, NYX, elf, Bare Minerals, and Wet ‘n’ Wild. A more extensive list can be found here [hyperlink to http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/list-of-cruelty-free-brands/ ] but simply googling your favorite brands works just as well. Most brands will advertise if they’re cruelty-free, and if they’re staying silent, it probably isn’t good news – MAC, Maybelline, and L’Oreal are just a few.

Clothing

What do you use more frequently and more regularly than your clothing? For some of you fast-fashion and bargain shoppers, some good news may be ahead; both polyester and cotton are cruelty-free fabrics! And there are plenty of other plant fabrics and man-made materials that are cruelty-free such as denim, rayon, and jersey but some pretty common cruel fabrics include wool, cashmere, silk, leather, fleece, suede, and anything that includes the animal and/or the word ‘skin’: alpaca, camel hair, snake skin, etc. The good thing though? There are vegan alternatives for practically anything: faux fur, faux leather and Soysilk are just a few of the alternatives. Modern Technology has even allowed us to create fabrics out of things like wood, seaweed, and soybeans to create more cruelty-free fabrics. Read more about the different kinds of alternatives and where to find them here.

Living cruelty-free doesn’t mean you’re snobby or “crunchy,” it just means you’re being a little more intentional about your decisions to help out your health, the health of others, and even the environment!

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!

Inside Out Beauty: Memberships, Coaching, Spa

Laurie Little, Founder and Owner of Inside Out Beauty
Laurie Little, Founder and Owner of Inside Out Beauty

We wrote about Inside Out Beauty a couple months ago in Cincy Chic, and then I went and visited to personally check it out in person for this review/virtual tour I posted last month! Since then, I got to talking with a few of the Inside Out Beauty gals who were at our most recent Cincy Chic event, and I learned even MORE about what they do/offer.

  • For example, I didn’t know they offer a monthly membership so that people can have better/more consistent access to their services.
  • These services not only include their spa side of things, but also the coaching side. In coaching Dr. Laurie Little helps people:
    • lose weight, make healthier lifestyle choices, reduce stress eating or binge eating, get people unstuck from any pattern of self defeating food related behaviors
    • Become more assertive, set better limits with others at work, at home, be a more effective parent, have clearer communication with their spouse, employees, boss, etc.
    • Improve self confidence, self esteem, self care, better understand the self defeating thoughts that lead to self sabotage in relationships or at work
  • The other services such as facials, massage, Reiki/energy healing, yoga are all additional ways that people can utilize the membership benefits each month.

Pretty cool, huh? I personally love the concept because it’s like a one-stop-shop for self improvement, which us women don’t allot much time for but we all need it. So, it’s nice that it’s all under one roof to make it as efficient and comprehensive as possible for the time/resources we do allow for a little “me” time… which isn’t just for that outer beauty, but inside too!

Check out the review/virtual tour video I did below of their space in Loveland last month. Or, even better, check them out for yourself at 9553 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140. More info at www.myinsideoutbeauty.com.

Review: Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio

Good news for foodies {especially busy ones}! I just visited Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio to check out their new space on Montgomery Rd., which Chef Jaime Carmody (who we recently featured here in Cincy Chic) just opened!

By the age of 14, Jaime developed two passions: A love of food and a desire to help people. In high school, she started working in commercial kitchens, she eventually graduating from culinary school with honors and laded herself in some pretty impressive Executive Chef positions across the nation.

But she wanted to help people more. She knew she could make a difference for people who wanted to eat well, but didn’t necessarily have the time or skills to cook regularly. So in 2005, she launched her Out Of Thyme Personal Chef Services right here in Cincinnati, specializing in preparing in-home meals for busy people, private catering, dinner parties and cooking classes.

Then, she took her successful personal chef business a step further with the 2016 opening of Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio, a full-service, commercial kitchen and event space located on Montgomery Rd. in Symmes Twp. The studio offers freshly made take-home meals, call-ahead ordering, baked goods, personal chef services, monthly cooking classes and private culinary events.

I attended one of her cooking classes and it was SO fun and informative. In just two hours, I learned everything from basic knife skills and mincing like they do in the cooking shows, to more advanced things like blanching/shocking, searing, and making homemade whipped cream/mousse. There were people there by themselves, couples, best friends and a mother/son — all different levels, but everyone learned something and then ate together at the end! And there were LOTS of leftovers to take home to the family.

I also grabbed some extra meals to take home from their a la carte fridge. You can actually stop by any time when they’re open Monday thru Friday to grab freshly made take-out meals… breakfast, lunch, sides, dinners, appetizers… or you can call 24-48 hrs ahead with any custom order. Meals are individually packaged but can be packaged for a family. Ready to heat & eat, also most are freezable — so they’re great for people like me who will need an easy meal to grab from the freezer for a while. Their website homepage always have an updated list of what’s in the fridge, which is helpful.

My husband has a food allergy, so I asked about that and I was happy to learn that their kitchen is safe for a wide variety of allergies. They offer customized menus for chef services; Menus for any diet, regardless of restrictions or allergies.

The commercial kitchen can also be used as an event space for parties, private classes, and sit down dinners. It’s perfect for hands-on or demo style team building events for businesses

Make sure you check their Facebook page for news, events, special offers and updates on all the fun — and YUMMY – things Jamie and her team are up to. And of course, lots of info on their website too. Check it out at www.outofthymechef.com.

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound: Massages

At 8 months pregnant, EVERYTHING is starting to ache and hurt. So, I’ve made a few trips to my second home (Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound) for some soothing spa services and it’s made all the difference! My favorite thing to get there right now is a massage… it just loosens up everything and takes the pain level down a few notches. Check out the video I took when I last visited for virtual tour through the new Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound space and learn what makes their massages unique, compared to other places that offer pre-conception, pre-natal, and postpartum massages! Learn more http://becomingmom.com.

Oh! And head over to our Facebook page to see how you can WIN a FREE 50 minute massage at Becoming Mom! Woohoo!! Free is for me, right?! 🙂