Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Cincinnati Bell’s Connect Cincinnati Fioptic Free Wifi

Designed by Cincinnati Bell, the Connect Cincinnati app is the first city-wide, free mobile app that connects consumers, businesses and the community. It has has TONS of information about things to do, discounts on fun stuff all over town, PLUS it has a amazing additional feature: it tells you where all the fioptic free wifi is all over town!

And these hotspots are in the most popular and vibrant locations of the Greater Cincinnati area like Fountain Square, Riverbend, Washington Park, US Bank Arena, Findlay Market, and Newport Aquarium- just to name a few.

This app and its hotspots are a dream come true. Whether you need to hop on to do some work between meetings, share some video at a concert, or look up recipes at Findlay Market, you’ll have the speed of the incredibly fast fioptics internet at your fingertips.

Download the free app now to check it out for yourself and learn more about it at cincinnatibell.com

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Review: Cincinnati Microblading

If you haven’t been to Cincinnati Microblading inside Salon Lofts on Montgomery Road, you should!

Microblading is all the rage among Hollywood stars, and now it’s come to Cincinnati and it’s going to make your brows fabulous. 

Microblading is an eyebrow-enhancing technique done with a natural feathering approach that makes your brows appear fuller and thicker. It’s a dream come true for those of us who want perfect eyebrows without any maintenance. The process actually started in China, then caught on in Europe, and now it’s huge here in the US. All the celebs and beauty magazines are loving it, and now microblading has made its way to Cincy, which is super exciting!

Katy, the owner of Cincinnati Microblading, is one of the only certified artists in the area. When you come in to see her, she matches the pigment color with your natural brow color and skin tone. Then you sit down together to sketch out and decide a shape that’s perfect for you.

Katy uses what is called the Phibrow procedure to guarantee the most natural and realistic-looking brows. Using a super fine blade, she deposits pigments into the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, unlike tattooed makeup which goes deeper and is permanent. By adding the color so close to the surface of the skin, the strokes appear crisp and very fine to make it look really natural. The results are semi-permanent and usually last around 1 to 3 years. And that’s the true beauty of microblading — you don’t have to commit to permanent makeup but you also don’t have to apply makeup every day to get them looking perfect.

After about three hours of microblading with Katy, you’ll be good to go! Then, after 4-6 weeks of healing you’ll come back here to add any final touches you might need to get the perfect result!

Learn more about them on their website, CincinnatiMicroblading.com!

Review: Lindale Golf Course

So I recently visited the Lindale Golf Course and it was AMAZING!

The course is a beautiful 18-hole course that offers much more than just golf. It’s open to the public year-round and is also an ideal place to host an event, have fun with friends, and do some  golfing — even if it’s for the first time!

Actually, Lindale Lounge is an AWESOME place to grab food and drinks with friends any time of year. With both indoor and outdoor spaces, you can cozy up to the fireplace on a cold day or enjoy the views on a pretty day. You can do food and drinks with just a couple friends or you can rent it  out for graduations, birthdays, retirements, business events, and more! They recently added a bunch of  new menu items like  pizza, quesadillas, and wings (yum!). They even have live music throughout the summer! So fun!

The Par-Tee room is another great available space at Lindale, and can hold up to 75 people! This newly remodeled space has a beautiful view overlooking the golf course, and it opens up to an outdoor space too. But the Par-Tee room isn’t just another space at the course, it frequently plays host to a number of activities including yoga, painting classes, and bridal showers to name a few.

Whether you’re here to golf or host an event, Lindale has something for everyone. Golf workshops and lessons are available and they really cater to us  women, so don’t be shy ladies! The course is open 7 days a week year-round, weather permitting. Learn more at www.lindalegolf.com.

Check out our review of Lindale Golf below!

“Elevate Your Environment” with Jane Scott


Earlier this month, I told you about my friend Jane Scott at Borcherding Buick GMC and did a video so you could virtually meet her. And I thought I’d just revisit it after thinking about it. It’s National Women’s Health Week this week, and I just went to our Cincy Chic Women’s Health Expo where we had 40+ health and wellness businesses set up.

There, we had a speaker, a cardiologist, talk about heart health. She didn’t just talk about the “eat right and exercise” stuff that I was expecting. She talked about “elevating your environment,” which she explained means the people you have in it — positive, helpful, uplifting, stress-reducing, kind people. She went on to say that we as women need to help other women in this. At work. With friends. With family. With those we do business with.

I don’t know why but I kept thinking about my friend Jane when the speaker was talking. Actually, I know why. It’s because she IS that positive, helpful, uplifting, stress-reducing, kind person. I wish I could clone her and put a person like her in all aspects of my life because that would certainly elevate my environment.

I mean, dealing with anything car-related is scary and stressful. Finding a car that’s a good fit for you, your family, and your budget (and looks good is a plus) is tough. Then figuring out the finance part is tough. Then keeping it running is tough. I know it sounds cliche, but Jane truly does make all of that easier.

Just as an example, she will HAVE YOUR CAR PICKED UP if you need any kind of service or oil change. How amazing is that? It’s the little things she takes care of that makes the difference between a super stressful or no-big-deal situation (“my car is dinging at me all the way to work that my oil level is low, but how am I going to find time to sit and wait for an oil change when I have kids to pick up from school, activities to take them to and dinner to make??”…. OR “Oh, it’s time for an oil change! I’ll call Jane when I get to my office and she can have it taken care of while I’m at work.” DONE!)

And I’m not the only one singing Jane’s praises. Here’s a testimonial she said she just got from another local lady who she just helped this week: “Jane, I can’t thank you enough for all you did for our family and going above and beyond. You were professional, kind, and very caring. I will be sending all our family and friends your way, because it show you really care for the customer.”

So, if you want to chat with her or know someone who should, here’s her contact info: JScott@borcherding.com or 513-239-2022

Review: Flamingo Air Sightseeing Tours

I recently learned that Flamingo Air – which operates out of Lunken Airport and is typically a flight school – also offers Sightseeing Tours, where you get spectacular aerial views of Cincinnati’s beautiful rivers, rolling hills, and impressive skyline. So, I decided to go on one to see what they’re all about!

During the flight, their professional pilot – mine had more than 30 years experience! – also shares their knowledge of our great city, which I loved. He said a variety of people do the flights – everything from realtors taking their clients to see potential homes, families wanting to take their kids on a fun adventure, friends wanting to do a happy hour high above the city, and even couples wanting to see the skyline as the sun sets.

They have a variety of tours, times, and prices. Here are the different packages:

  • The Queen City Adventure takes you on a breathtaking tour of downtown Cincinnati. Fly over the Carew Tower, Great American Ballpark, Paul Brown Stadium and more.
  • The King and Queen Adventure combines the Queen City Adventure tour of downtown Cincinnati with a tour of Kings Island, the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest.
  • The Grand Adventure allows you to customize your own flight plan through Cincinnati’s beautiful river region. They can even do a fly-by over your house.
  • Realtors and property developers can get a birds eye view of property and projects in the area with our Business Adventure tour.
  • The Romantic Adventure offers a fun date night for two, complete with champagne and chocolates.

Tours start at $200 for Up to 4 passengers, and I DEFINITELY recommend it. It was SUCH a cool experience!

Book your tour at www.flamingoair.net or call (513)321-7465.

Review: Jane Scott at Borcherding Buick GMC

Need a fresh new ride? Then definitely give my friend Jane Scott at Borcherding Buick GMC a call! I just LOVE her and how she goes way above and beyond. Hellooo, she even picks up your car for service!! How nice is that!? She also really, really knows her stuff (been in the biz for over a decade) and explains it in a way I understand. So, if you want to chat with her or know someone who should, here’s her contact info: JScott@borcherding.com or 513-239-2022

Review: Plaine Products

Ok, I’m going to be Debbie Downer for a minute, but I promise this has a happy ending! 😉

Did you know that plastic is designed to last forever? About half of the plastic made is thrown away after only ONE use (hence the term “single use plastic”). In particular, more than 550 million shampoo bottles end up in landfills every year. And unless we make a change by 2050, scientists are saying there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

More plastic than FISH in the ocean. That’s just crazy!

So, what to do about it? Two Cincinnati-based sisters, Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine came up with an idea: Plaine Products. (a little play on words, and part of their last name, I like it!) What they did is create a unique system using aluminum bottles that are returnable, refillable, and reusable and paired it with all natural shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Their company is the FIRST to provide an alternative to single use plastics and it’s going to be biiiiiiiiig! (imagine me saying that in an Oprah voice! 🙂

So, here’s how Plaine Products works: When the consumer buys shampoo, conditioner or body wash online it’s delivered in an aluminum bottle and comes with a pump. When a product starts running low the consumer purchases a refill, or if they sign up for a subscription refills will be delivered automatically. When the bottle is empty they will switch the pump over to the refill and continue using the product. Then they just put the empty bottle in the same package that the refill bottle came in and send it back to Plaine Products – for free! When Plaine Products receives the bottle, it will be cleaned, sterilized, refilled and sent out again.

When I heard about this I was immediately on board. First of all, they have a subscription program where they can just auto-send you new shampoo, conditioner, and body wash on whatever schedule works for you. You don’t have to do the subscription, you can just buy a la carte whenever you want. But the less I have to think about or remember when I’m at the store, the better.

Second of all, not only are these reusable containers good for the earth, but the products are good for YOU. All three products are natural, vegan, non-GMO, sulfate free, color safe, kid/baby safe, hypoallergenic, cruelty free, and biodegradable. I posted the ingredient list below for all three products so you can see what’s in each.

Ok, so good for the earth – check. Good for you – check. But do they work? YES! – check!!! My daughter has SUPER long curly hair, so a good conditioner is a must. But I’m weird about putting any kind of chemical on her (I’ve read too many Dr. Google articles during all those midnight feedings! haha!) But I couldn’t, for the life of me, find an all-natural conditioner (seriously, look around in the “crunchy” aisle at Kroger and you’ll find all kinds of shampoos and washes, but they don’t – at least mine doesn’t – carry natural conditioner).

We’ve been using these products for the past week, and I’m seriously in LOVE. My hair is super soft and bouncy. My daughter’s thick curly hair is finally brush-able (and the essential oils make it smell AMAZING – I think we all are sleeping better after smelling this in the shower every night!) Oh, and to know that the products are good for us and the earth are huge bonuses.

As for pricing, I know we got the bundle of a 16oz shampoo, conditioner, and body wash for $80 (you can get each separately for $30 each if you want). That’s about what I was paying before, but now there are all these added bonuses where I feel really really good about using these (seriously, I kind of geek every time I use them – I feel like I’m earning tons of good karma just for washing my hair! haha!)

Lindsey and Alison said they’re going to expand their line soon with more scent options and additional chemical free products like chemical free lotions and hand wash. So, I’m excited to be on-board now and see what else they add on. I definitely love the idea, and I’m loving what we have been using so far!

To learn more about Plaine Products check ‘em out at www.PlaineProducts.com! They’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you’d like to keep up with new offerings!

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Ingredients:

Shampoo: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Saponified Oils of Coconut and Safflower Seed, Guar Gum and Irish Moss (Red Algae Extract – Carrageen). Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Ricebran Oils. Extracts of Chamomile and Quillaja Saponaria. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts. Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.

Conditioner: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Emulsifiers and Glycerin, Alpha Hydroxy Acids from Sugarcane and Fruit Extracts of Bilberry and Olive. Shea and Mango Butters, Guar Gum, Irish Moss (Red Algae Extract – Carrageen), Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Jojoba Seed Oils. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts, Hydrolized Wheat and Silk Proteins, Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.

Body Wash: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Saponified Oils of Coconut and Safflower Seed, Guar Gum, Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Ricebran Seed Oils. Chamomile, Sage and Quillaja Saponaria Extracts. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts. Bamboo Silk, Jojoba Beads and Silk Amino Acids. Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.

Review: We Olive & Wine Bar


Late last year, we wrote a story about We Olive & Wine Bar coming to downtown Cincinnati. I love love love cooking with extra virgin olive oil, which is what they specialize in there. I also love olive oil for my skin/hair/nails, but that’s another story! Oh, and of course I love wine, too! So, I’ve been meaning to check this mecca-for-me place out for a while now.

I *finally* got the chance to last week and it was uh-maze-ing! When you walk in, it feels like you stepped into a European/Californian grotto. Their big patio for al fresco dining (and downtown people watching) is nice, too. Then they have a bunch of olive oils for you taste and learn about, and the staff is awesome about explaining everything and giving tips on how to use it.

But the best way to learn how to use it is by seeing and tasting how the oil gurus themselves cook with it. They have a delish menu with everything from light bites (artisan cheeses, olives, breads, charcuterie, hummus and other dips) to salads, paninis, flatbreads, and even gelato — all of which (yes even the gelato) use their variety of oils, vinegars, balsamics, dips and spices that you can find in-store!

Oh and the wine… the wine the wine the wine. They have a great selection of wines, and they do a fab job of pairing the wines with the different flavors of your dishes.

You can rent the place out, too. I think it’d make for a really fun and unique space for anything from a bridal shower to a corporate after hours event.

They have specials and events all the time (like a cool dinner series, live music on the patio, half-price wine days, lunch specials, etc) so make sure you sign up for their newsletter and like them on facebook to stay updated!

If you’d like to take your tastebuds on a trip to the olive fields and wine country of California (and get everything you need to do it at home too!), I definitely recommend this place!

Click here to learn more about them: http://weolive.com/cincinnati/

Review: SOZO “Miracle” Hair Product

Well, I found out why it’s called “Miracle”! Watch my review below to see how SOZO Hair by Bajon Salon‘s Miracle product gave me some seriously healthy shine, and cuts through tangles like butta. 😉 Click here to order/learn more about it: www.sozoproducts.com

Here are some of my favorite things about it:

  • MIRACLE is a Leave-In and Conditioning Treatment for youthful, ageless hair!
  • MIRACLE saves, heals and protects your hair with intense botanicals.
  • It adds moisture and protein to the cortex (inner layer of the hair), which strengthens, then seals the cuticle which protects the inner layer and hair color molecules. By sealing the cuticle the hair is more reflective which adds shine, diminishes frizz and fly away’s, mends split ends, protects from sun and heat damage, gives light control/hold and….. smells amazing!
  • Makes hair incredibly soft, silky and shiny!
  • Best value on the market today.
  •  It only costs about 15 cents per use!
  • Buy the 7oz Luxury Bottle get the 2oz Travel Bottle free, a $10.00 Value!
  • Made in America! Unconditionally Guaranteed!