Category Archives: Health

Review: G-Loves Workout Gloves

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Loving my new G-Loves weight lifting gloves!!!

The hubs and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year for the very first time. So, I consumed 80 million calories on Thanksgiving Day like every other red-blooded American. Then, because I had so many leftovers at the house, I consumed that much on a daily basis for the next two weeks as well. Oof.

Yeah, so, my New Year’s Resolution to fit back in my jeans came a month early. I’ve always been a cardio girl, but I read that muscle increases your metabolism, so I’m now adding some light weights into the mix. Of course, for any fashionista, cute workout wear can make any activity fun. So, I stocked up on some new gear!

Since weights are new to me, I had to get some weight lifting gloves. And I found the BEST site for them… they’re called “G-Loves” weight lifting gloves and they come in all different patterns, from plain jane to patterned and pretty in pink. Of course, I love everything pink so that’s what I got.

They’re about $45 for the women’s G-Loves workout gloves, and they also have wrist wraps, men’s gloves, and workout apparel. Pretty cool site full of functional fashion to keep you lookin’ and feelin’ good in the gym! Click here to check out their site!

Meet the Expert: Mi Salon Spa’s Debra Wilson

Every day for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to introduce you to a new team member at Mi Salon Spa in Florence Kentucky! Why? Well, a few months ago, we held our “School’s Back, Mom Relax” event there and I learned so many fun tips and tricks from  the experts I met that night that I decided to go back and interview them, see what inspires them, what they specialize in, and learn some helpful tips along the way! You can click here to follow along with all the posts in this series, and check back often for these daily posts so you can meet the whole team!!

Today’s interview is with Debra Wilson. She just celebrated her 11th year with Mi Salon Spa, and she is SUPER unique because not only is she a hair stylist, but she’s also licensed to do nails, waxing, facials and more on the spa side! So, if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop in the salon and spa world, Debra is your gal! To learn more about Debra and/or Mi Salon Spa, or to book an appointment, check out www.misalonspa.com or call 859.647.2566. Check out my interview with Debra below!

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Meet the Expert: Mi Salon Spa’s Darleen

Every day for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to introduce you to a new team member at Mi Salon Spa in Florence Kentucky! Why? Well, a few months ago, we held our “School’s Back, Mom Relax” event there and I learned so many fun tips and tricks from  the experts I met that night that I decided to go back and interview them, see what inspires them, what they specialize in, and learn some helpful tips along the way! You can click here to follow along with all the posts in this series, and check back often for these daily posts so you can meet the whole team!!

Today’s interview is with licensed massage therapist Darleen. She’s been doing massage for more than 20 years, and has experience with all types of spa services… from deep tissue, Swedish, and hot stone massage to accupressure, body wraps and body scrubs. Just about anything you need to help you relax and feel refreshed, Darleen can help! She especially loves doing Swedish massage, and adapting each service to the needs of each client. To learn more about Darleen and/or Mi Salon Spa, or to book an appointment, check out www.misalonspa.com or call 859.647.2566. Check out my interview with Darleen below!

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Meet the Expert: Mi Salon Spa’s Tonya

Every day for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to introduce you to a new team member at Mi Salon Spa in Florence Kentucky! Why? Well, a few months ago, we held our “School’s Back, Mom Relax” event there and I learned so many fun tips and tricks from  the experts I met that night that I decided to go back and interview them, see what inspires them, what they specialize in, and learn some helpful tips along the way! You can click here to follow along with all the posts in this series, and check back often for these daily posts so you can meet the whole team!!

Today’s interview is with Tonya. She’s been a licensed massage therapist for 9 years, and has worked at Mi Salon Spa for 8 of those years! She does all different types of massage from hot stone, Swedish and prenatal, but she enjoys doing the deep tissue massage because it’s more therapeutic. For this type of massage, coming in every two to four weeks is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. To learn more about Tonya and/or Mi Salon Spa, or to book an appointment, check out www.misalonspa.com or call 859.647.2566. Check out my interview with Tonya below!

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The Great American Smokeout on November 21!

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My dad, like many people 20 and 30 years ago, was a smoker. I remember telling him that the smoke burned my eyes and made it hard to breathe. So, he’d smoke outside of the house, or drive with the windows down (even in the winter!) so I didn’t breathe it in. But eventually, the family and I talked him into quitting for good.

 

He actually attended a Great American Smokeout Retreat in Cincinnati hosted by The American Cancer Society. It was a whole weekend dedicated to helping smokers quit for good, and it was even on the news! Funny story — when we called him the first day into the retreat, he said it was a draining, painful experience going through the withdrawals, and then on TV he was shown laughing and dancing with everyone! haha!

 

The Smokeout was truly life-changing for him because the experience not only helped him quit smoking that weekend, but gave him the information, willpower and tools he needed to remain a non-smoker for the rest of his life. He hasn’t picked up a cigarette since the Smokeout — how amazing is that!?

 

So, as you can imagine, I was very excited to hear that my friend, Sherri Warshaw, RDH, CTTS, and her company Smokefree Steps, LLC is doing a HUGE push to get the word out about The Great American Smokeout this year.

 

Sherri started out as licensed Registered Dental Hygienist in Ohio and Florida and later received her certification as a tobacco treatment specialist at the Mayo Clinic. Through her company, she works with smokers and nonsmokers to educate, treat, and advocate for a nonsmoking and healthier lifestyle. She’s now been working with smokers for more than 40 years to help them become smokefree!

 

So, I hope you’ll join Sherri in her efforts on Thursday, November 21, 2013 as she celebrates The Great American Smokeout across the USA. She can help individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, and schools in their efforts to become tobacco/nicotine free and educate them about the devastating effects and the toll it is taking on many levels. So, please contact Sherri and talk to her about a plan for you, your employees, or pass her information on to a smoker you love. You will contribute to saving and prolonging their life!

 

Sherri Warshaw, RDH, CTTS

Smokefree Steps, LLC

P 513-696-9759

F 513-891-5679

sherriwarshaw@gmail.com

www.smokefreestepsllc.com

 

And, in case you’re curious, here’s a little info about The Great American Smokeout: It first began in San Francisco in 1977 as a day to raise awareness about smoking and its effects. On this day, the American Cancer Society makes a huge movement to urge smokers to use this day as an opportunity to stop smoking, make a plan to quit, or spread the word about how to fight nicotine addiction.

 

Some USA statistics:

  • 96 Billion dollars a year are spent on smoking related health costs
  • 43 million Americans smoke cigarettes, 13.2 million smoke cigars
  • 1 in 3 cancer deaths are related to smoking
  • every smoker that dies is replaced by 2 young smokers starting,
  • every day the equivalent of three 747 jumbo jets crashing is the daily loss of life to smoking in America.

Evening of the Giving Hearts Event Benefits Local Breast Cancer Patient!

Two friends of mine just launched a new online boutique with FABULOUS clothes and accessories called Harlow & Liv. As part of their launch, they’re partnering up with a few local businesses to do a fundraiser to help support a local family in need!

The event is to support Tasha Muhleisen, a 31-year-old wife and mother of two who is battling Stage 4 breast cancer, and her family. The event is called “Evening of the Giving Hearts.” It will be held Friday, November 15 from 7:30-10p.m. at Baker Chiropractic in West Chester. You can RSVP to KMESSER27@yahoo.com

For each attendee, Baker Chiropractic and Karaman Jewelers will donate $1 to the family. Harlow & Liv will donate 10% of all proceeds from the evening while basket and food donations will be provided by Busom Buds and other local businesses.

The evening will include complimentary food and wine and a health talk by Dr. Patrick Baker on cancer prevention.

This sounds like an amazing event to benefit a great family! I hope you can attend!

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This Lovely Life – Upcoming Event Oct. 10!

Maybe it’s that I’m trading in bathing suits for chunky sweaters, but there’s something about this time of year that makes me crave all the bad-for-you foods and drinks. A few extra pumpkin spiced lattes and pecan pies a week really add up…  That’s why I was excited to learn about this upcoming event held by local expert, Zarleen Watts. She’s a Certified Holistic Health Coach who has been studying holistic health and cooking for more than 20 years.

After being trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, she decided to become a health coach, and start This Lovely Life, to fulfill her passion of working with people who want to enjoy healthy, happy, balanced lives, but understand that they need guidance and support to achieve their goals.

Today, Zarleen is certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and she leads workshops on health and offers one-on-one health and food coaching, as well as shopping tours and in-home natural cooking classes.  She said she works with anyone with an interest in getting healthy, but she specializes in people who suffer from allergic reactions, including skin issues, food intolerances, emotional imbalances, fatigue, digestive issues, weight gain, and other allergic manifestations, as well as those who struggle with unhealthy food cravings and emotional eating.

Speaking of combating food cravings… she’s actually hosting an event on Oct. 10 to help you do just that. Check out the info below to learn more and get RSVP info! See you there!

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Grass Roots Nutrition

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Holly Larson, the registered dietitian and blogger behind Grass Roots Nutrition

This week in Cincy Chic we featured a gal named Holly Larson who recently launched her business and blog, Grass Roots Nutrition, to inspire people to eat good food that’s also good for you. I first learned about Holly through my friend Nidhi at A Bride’s Mafia. Apparently, Holly just joined “The Mafia” and Nidhi thought we should meet since I’m always posting pics of my garden and food on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The "banana ice cream" Holly taught me how to make!
The “banana ice cream” Holly taught me how to make!

So, we got in contact with each other, I went to her office in Oxford (which is actually a super cute apartment that she set up to feel like a home to help her clients better picture implementing her tips and tricks in their home) and I just had the BEST time. She’s so full of helpful info, a very talented cook, and — this is the best part, I think — she’s really dedicated to healthy and delicious, but also inexpensive, food.

For example, you can get bananas that are on special because they’re a little past their prime… freeze them… and then, when you need a sweet treat, throw a frozen banana in a food processor with some cinnamon and voila you have banana ice cream that truly tastes like ice cream! (I made it for my husband the other day and he had no idea that he was just eating a frozen banana. He thought he was eating ice cream! Brilliant!)

Until I spent a few hours with her, I didn’t realize how truly easy it is to be healthy on a budget. Holly does grocery tours as well, and I definitely want to go on one of those. You can learn about all the services she offers — and her awesome blog — here in the story we just wrote about her in Cincy Chic or you can contact her at the contact info below. I also decided to bring her on as our new “healthy living” columnist on Cincy Chic because she’s so full of great info, so look for her columns in the near future! (If you’re not subscribed to Cincy Chic, click here!)

Phone: 740-707-6101
Email:  halarson@gmail.com

Owl Be Sweatin’ Supports Milford Alumni Charity Soccer Event

On August 25th, K.C. and Mallory DeBra, owners of Owl Be Sweatin’, are honoring a great cause and celebrating the beautiful life of Connor Martin. Connor was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and fought long and hard for a year until he passed away on June 5.

The Milford community wants to come together to show local support of the Martin family and to raise awareness of this rare condition. Owl Be Sweatin’ is a corporate sponsor of the event and will have their adjustable headbands displayed and ready for purchase! A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Martin Family. In honor of the Milford Family-both mom and dad being Milford High School Alumns- they are supporting the Milford Alumni Soccer Games that will take place at Milford High School.

Being athletes themselves, K.C. and Mallory are excited to provide headbands that ACTUALLY work! They have put their needs and ideas together to come up with a great adjustable headband with various patterns and colors for all ages! Mallory stated in a recent press release, “Our Customers are the reason we design our headbands and we are thrilled to provide them with headband solutions that K.C. and I have been seeking for years!” 

Milford Alumni Soccer Games Coordinator, Carissa Smith also added,“We are very excited about this year’s alumni games being hosted as a benefit for the Martin Family..We appreciate the generosity of the school, the soccer program, and the community for helping us pull this off. We look forward to the entire community joining together for a great day of soccer to support such a wonderful cause.”

The women’s game will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by the men’s at 5:00 p.m. All the proceeds from the event including split the pot, games, food, company sponsorships, etc. will be donated to the Martin Family.

We hope to see everyone coming together August 25th to show support and help a local family in need!

If you want to check out the Owl Be Sweatin’ Headbands, click here to read the Cincy Chic story we wrote about them, or visit www.etsy.com/Shop/OwlBeSweatin! 

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Obagi Day at Dr. Kurtzman’s!

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Even though it’s rained a crazy amount this year… the sun is still in full effect. I’m personally IN LOVE with my skin after starting to use the Obagi Lotion with SPF 50, so I just had to write and tell you about it.

I recently got a facial at Dr Kurtzman’s office, where the esthetician said I was starting to get some sun damage on my forehead. I immediately wanted to make a change, so I got the Obagi SPF 50 lotion that I can use as my daily lotion and still protect against UVA and UVB. Since I have used the Obagi Lotion, I have not burned or broken out at all (which can sometimes happen with sunscreen products). I even used it on my face with several re-applications the entire two weeks I was at the beach recently, and I still have more than half a bottle left! So, it goes a long way, it works really well, and I HIGHLY  suggest this product!

Plus, I just found out about an event the Kurtzman Plastic Surgery Group is having where all their Obagi products will be on sale! Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23rd, you can experience instant rejuvenation with their Obagi Blue Peel Radiance chemical peel during their popular Obagi Day! For one day only, appointments will be first come first serve, and customers will receive their Obagi Blue Peel Radiance for a discounted price of $60… that’s 50%  off regular price!

An Obagi representative will be available all day at their office location to explain the benefits of Obgai products for your skin. And you’ll get 20% off all Obagi products!

For more information, call (513) 891-4440 or visit their office at 5050 E. Galbraith Road.

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