Category Archives: Health

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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Review: Dr. Bartlett at Somi Javaid & Assoc.

Call me high-maintenance, but there are two things I love: saving time and feeling special.

That’s probably why I LOVE Dr. Bartlett at Somi Javaid MD & Assoc. so much.

I found out about this place a little over a year ago. First for their aesthetic services – they carry my favorite makeup line Jane Iredale there, plus they do facials, microderms, Botox, fillers, etc. Then on the other side of the business, they have all their gyno services. Earlier this year, they brought on Dr. Sarah Bartlett to take these services to the next level and supply the demand (I mean, how great that you can get all these things done under one roof, at a place that feels like a spa and not a hospital… saving time AND feeling special!)

Dr. Bartlett actually told me she spends about twice as much time with her patients here versus her previous places of practice. I know I’ve felt just like a number before, being shuffled in and out like cattle. As much as I love saving time, time talking with my doctor isn’t a place I want to cut corners. So, this is a nice change of pace where you walk in, everyone knows your name (cue the Cheers jingle), the doctors take time to truly listen, plus, because everything’s connected (for example, if you’re like me and have a hormone imbalance that not only affects reproductivity, but also your skin) everything can be handled at one place! It’s really a great concept.

Dr. Bartlett provides the full spectrum of gynecologic services (covered by insurance!!) including annual exams, adolescent care, menopausal care hormone therapy, infertility evaluation and treatment, as well as all forms of birth control. She provides ultrasounds, on-site lab services, and minor surgeries in the comfort of the office, as well as major gynecologic surgeries at several area hospitals. Because of the unique focus and setting of the practice, she is able to offer additional services including sexual health issues and weight management. Plus, there’s all the aesthetic on the other side of the business, which I told you about and LOVE!

Named one of Cincinnati’s “Top Docs” by Cincinnati Magazine, Dr. Bartlett provides state-of-the-art gynecologic care with a comfortable and welcoming touch. She also offers evening hours to accommodate the lives of busy women. Learn more about her and Somi Javaid MD & Assoc. at http://drsomijavaid.com and check out the virtual tour I made of the place below!

Review: Barre3

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Now that I’m expecting, I can’t do my usual runs (especially not in this heat!) so I’m trying to find other effective ways that I can keep in shape.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Barre3 classes — from some of my friends who I used to cheer with, and also a friend who has no dance experience at all. The concept is rooted in three fitness disciplines—ballet barre, pilates and yoga–and it’s designed to lift, lengthen, and tone your entire body.

I checked it out and it’s not only an AMAZING workout, it’s fun too! Because you’re incorporating so many different types of exercise, you’re always doing something different, challenging your body in a new way, and somehow calming your mind too. Definitely recommend it. Below is a little info I grabbed from their site, which you can check out for yourself here (even better — visit them at their location on Montgomery Rd.!)

OUR CLASS
Finding balance is at the core of everything we do at barre3. It starts with our workouts: Every barre3 class works strategically to build strength and flexibility for optimal body balance and improved posture.*

OUR APPROACH
Exercise is just one part of the equation. Exercise, nourish, connect: these are the 3 pillars of the barre3 approach. It’s not just about how hard you work out or the numbers on the scale. It’s about nourishing your body and making connections in order to lead a balanced and happier life. By focusing on whole-body health, we empower you to feel your best from the inside out.

OUR STORY
Sadie and Chris Lincoln are on a mission. After 20+ years in the corporate fitness industry, they decided to seek more balance in their lives and help others do the same. They quit their jobs, sold their house, and moved to Portland, Oregon, with two small kids in tow. Together with their mentor, Mark Mastrov, founder of 24-Hour Fitness Worldwide, they pooled their experience and resources to found barre3—a new brand of fitness melding exercise, nutrition, and community.

They opened their flagship studio in Portland, Oregon in 2008, creating an innovative studio workout and a culture of whole-body health. Today, the barre3 community reaches across the country with nearly 100 studios, led by passionate studio owners and instructors who share the barre3 vision, and to an online community that extends around the world.
Barre3’s mission is to make the world a happier, healthier place. As hands-on leaders, Sadie and Chris work every day to grow their company, spread their passion, and help others get fit, feel good, and lead happy, healthy, balanced lives.

OUR TEAM
We empower people to find careers they love at barre3. Our commitment to a standout studio experience starts with hand selecting franchise owners who are passionate about barre3 and embrace our philosophies. At every barre3 studio, not only will you get an incredible workout, but you’ll also witness firsthand the power of the barre3 community.

 

I Have Wings Spring Bling – Event Preview!

I know I blogged about the upcoming I Have Wings Spring Bling event a couple weeks ago, but I found out a few more fun details and just had to share!

First off, if you like Maroon 5, you’re going to LOVE this raffle item they’ll have up for grabs (only $10 per chance to win!)

A Night on the Town – Tuesday, September 29, 2016
…to include: A Chauffeured Ride for four in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz to Ruth’s Chris Steak House where you will have $200 toward your fabulous dinner! Following, you will be chauffeured to US Bank Arena where you will enjoy four, Club Level Seats for the MAROON 5 Concert

Janet Chambers, founder of I Have Wings
Janet Chambers, founder of I Have Wings

How AMAZING does that sound?! I’ll definitely be putting my name into the hat a few times for that one…

Plus, I’m also really excited about their “Bling Bling Jewelry Exchange.” Attendees are encouraged to bring in a fun piece of jewelry that they’d like to exchange for something else. Janet  Chambers, the founder of I Have Wings, said this is a fan favorite of the attendees each year because they think of the event each time they wear their new piece! She said many people use their exchanged jewelry for proms​, ​crafts, embellishments, wedding bouquets, repurposing – new jewelry, dress-ups, gifts, etc.

Just as a little backstory, the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 2002​ by Janet Chambers. This is the 12th Spring Bling Razzle Dazzle Luncheon, and it’s one of their big annual fundraisers that helps fund their efforts throughout the year. Some of the highlights include:

  • Laugh with ER nurse Terry Foster (you can’t make this stuff up)
  • Emcee Liz Bonis
  • Free gift for all breast cancer survivors
  • Tables and tables of $1 jewelry – Tons one of a kind pieces
  • Celebrate the 2016 WINGS Award Nominees

Tickets are $50 and you can register at www.ihavewings.org. It includes a delicious hot lunch, swag bags, silent auction, Chinese auction, entertainment, shopping, jewelry exchange and lots more!