Category Archives: Health

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?! 🙂

Shop for a Cause THIS FRIDAY at A Village Gift Shop!

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Need to spruce up your home or wardrobe for fall? Join us Oct. 21, 5-8pm, at Agricola Redesign LLC and A Village Gift Shop for Shop for a Cause! We’ll have complimentary refreshments and Cincy Chic swag bags, plus a portion of all sales goes to the Pink Ribbon Girls! It’s going to be SUCH a fun night! We hope you’ll join us! 🙂 A Village Gift Shop at The Century House is located at 3 Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246. Learn more and RSVP at www.SFAC16.eventbrite.com!

 

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound Franchise Opportunities

As you can probably tell from me posting a million times about getting different spa and ultrasound services while I’ve been preggo, I love love love Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound.

Just in case you need a refresher though, they offer pregnancy safe spa and ultrasound services that you just can’t get anywhere else under one roof. From finding out the gender of my babies at 16 weeks – a whole month earlier than at your OB – and also coming in with friends and family for a HD ultrasound using the latest in imaging technology, I absolutely love it here.

Their ultrasounds are amazing, and so is the spa, which offers massages, facials and nail services using all pregnancy safe products. Their massage therapists and estheticians all have additional certifications to work with moms before, during, and after baby so it’s my safe zone because I don’t have to worry if the products or techniques are going to be safe for me and the baby, plus I love chatting with all the other moms who are clients and work here!

Becoming Mom is my go-to even when I’m not pregnant, too… I mean, if products aren’t safe to use while pregnant, why put them on you when you’re not? Everything they use is safe, healthy, natural, and good for you, pregnant or not. Plus it’s a great place to come for gifts! They have a boutique area with awesome products and gifts for moms and babies… I love shopping there!

Besides being a wonderful place for moms to be pampered and get special sneak peeks at their little ones, Becoming Mom recently started to franchise their concept for national expansion. They have a mission to empower and support women and moms to become their best personal and professional selves – not just at the spa, but also through franchise business ownership. For some women that might be rejoining the workforce after taking time out to start a family. For others, that might mean a new career track that can help juggle the demands of starting or raising a family paired with autonomy and control of your time that owning a franchise business can provide professionally. Women with a passion for supporting moms, drive, and leadership are the perfect fit to join the Becoming Mom franchise family. If you are great at leading a team, active in your community, enjoy connecting with people, and are looking to take the next step in becoming a new you, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound franchise ownership could be the perfect fit for you or someone you know!

Get more details at http://becomingmomfranchise.com!

Cincy Chic Review: Inside Out Beauty

Last week, we did a story about Inside Out Beauty. It sounded like SUCH a unique place that I had to check it out for myself. Think of it as your spa being best friends with a psychologist, nutritionist and yogi… a place women can go to improve their health, beauty and wellness from the inside out!

Dr. Laurie Little took her 15 years of experience as a clinical psychologist helping people with issues like self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, emotional eating, anxiety and depression… and then became a certified esthetician at the Aveda Fredrics Institute… all so that she could open an amazing new concept called “Inside Out Beauty.”

It officially opened in April 2016 with the motto of “looking good on the outside starts with feeling good on they inside.” It’s essentially a wellness center that empowers women to connect and live healthy lifestyles offering everything from traditional therapy, parenting/relationship/business/life and even nutritional coaching and yoga classes to amaaaaazing spa services like facials, relaxation massage, hair removal and makeup using all Aveda skin care. They also offer classes, workshops, support groups, and book club to help women learn new things and restore balance to the mind, body and spirit.

It’s a safe zone for women to become a better version of themselves, inside and out… whether you’re looking for a way to pamper yourself, get rid of unwanted hair, learn which lip color looks best on you… or get coaching to become a better parent or partner, work on your health and nutrition… it’s all here under one roof.

They’re located at 9553 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140. To learn more, visit www.myinsideoutbeauty.com.

Cincy Chic Review : 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound

I recently got a VERY cool 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound (aka my second home when I’m preggo). Not only did it allow me see our beautiful baby’s chubby cheeks for the very first time, but their big viewing room allows for the whole family to come see too! Watch for a virtual tour and video as I take you along for the special experience! Learn more at http://becomingmom.com.

Oh, and don’t forget to register for our FREE event at Becoming Mom THIS Thursday where we’ll have complimentary refreshments, swag and spa services. This event is great for moms and moms-to-be, as well as women who love getting pampered with all-natural products! Click here to learn more about the event and RSVP!

Bras with Flair Oct. 7: 45% Store-Wide Discount at Macy’s!!!

WOAH! Exciting news for our Bras with Flair on the Square event! As a ticket holder, you automatically get 20% off store-wide. And now, if you buy an exclusive Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Fund bracelet for $5 at the event, you’ll save an ADDITIONAL 25% off storewide! Yes, that makes a 45% discount! Hope to see you on Oct. 7 at Macy’s downtown! RSVP and learn more here: www.2016BWF.eventbrite.com 

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