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Emma Schmidt & Associates 

Emma Schmidt & Associates is all about restoring relationships for people wanting a stronger bond with their partner; it’s a positive and uplifting environment as they help you work through whatever relationship issues you’re facing.

Emma has been in practice since 2011 but has had this particular group practice for the past year and a half.

The team consists of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselors, Pastoral Counselor and Integrative Health and Wellness Sex and Relationship Coach, who work together to help guide individuals, couples and families through sexual and relationship difficulties to experience the best versions of themselves.

This is actually the only group sex therapy practice in the tri-state area with 5 clinicians on the team and an office manager who schedules clients and connects them with the best clinician for them. One of the clinicians is actually a male sex therapist, which is only the second one in the area! They also have a sex and relationship coach who works online, which is a great option for clients who travel or for people who need a session after their kids go to bed.

Through guided conversation and exercises, your time together will help you develop a stronger relationship and a renewed connection with your partner.

They see clients with a wide range of  concerns. Therapy may focus on sexual disorders, sexual performance anxiety, desire discrepancy, affairs, addictions, conflicts over sex, and sexual pain, to just simply wanting a stronger connection with your partner.

They also offer free seminars and Q&As to the community, in-house and also partnering with local organizations like Crossroads Community Church.

They have two locations, this new one in Hyde Park and one in Ft Thomas Ky. They also keep an active Facebook Page, Instagram, YouTube Channel and blog where they provide really interesting and helpful info.

The new Hyde Park office is located at 3665 Erie Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45208.They’re also hosting an open house at the Hyde Park location to give you a chance to check out the practice and learn more about what they do. To learn more, visit

Review: Zeel On-Demand Massage App

I read the recent story we did in Cincy Chic about Zeel, an on-demand massage service now available in Cincinnati through a free app, so I decided to check it out for myself.

Here’s a little excerpt from the article that sums it up well: “Zeel is the leading and largest on-demand massage provider with over 10,000 licensed massage therapists serving over 80 US cities, explains Public Relations Director Jillian Sanders. “With best-in-class security protocols, Zeel offers on-demand, at-home massage in as little as an hour, 365 days a year, with start times as early as 8 am and as late at 10:30 pm.”

At 9 months pregnant, everything hurts right now, so a massage sounds amazing. But with two kids and a husband with a weird schedule (he has to be at work really early so he goes to bed at 6pm and gets up at 1am), getting out of the house for a massage at a spa is getting increasingly more difficult.

Knowing I was going to have a long day at work the other day, I decided to download the Zeel app and see if I could get a massage therapist to come on my lunch break. It was super easy — you just put in some basic info about yourself, and then select the day, time, location (office, home, friend’s house, etc), type of massage (deep tissue, prenatal, couples, etc) and gender preference for your massage therapist and then you confirm it. It took about 15 minutes and then I got a notification that a massage therapist had been booked, gave me her name, and some details to prepare my space for the massage. Easy peasy.

A few minutes later, I got a text from my massage therapist introducing herself and giving me her contact info in case I needed to reach her for anything prior to the massage, and also letting me know when she’d be there to start setting up the room for my massage.

Come lunchtime, my therapist arrived, I got an amazing massage and felt like a new woman for the rest of the day. It was seriously awesome. Plus, I really liked that the tip and everything is included in the original booking price that you pay through the app, so there’s no trying to awkwardly find cash at the end of your massage.

I actually just ordered another Zeel massage a couple nights ago to my house — after the hubby went to sleep and I got the girls down for bed, my massage therapist arrived and I got another amazing massage. I feel like I’ve cracked some mom code where I figured out how to get my beloved (and much-needed) spa days back! haha!

Highly recommended! To learn more about Zeel Massage, visit or you can download the app in your phone’s App Store. You can also use code CINCINNATI for $20 off your first massage.

Review: Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School West Chester

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to do as a family, check out Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School West Chester. It’s a great way for families to spend time together in their shiver-free 90-degree pool.

What is Family Swim? It’s a time to bring everyone to the pool for swimming and water fun! There’s no structure, so you’re free to do as you wish. If your little one is struggling with lessons, it’s a relaxing way to get used to being in the water. And, for the kids who are enjoying themselves during their weekly swim lessons, they can show off all cool stuff they’re learning with you, the proud parents, there to celebrate!

The normal lane dividers are gone, but the swimming platforms (which are easy to move around) are still set up for the kids to show off their skills. Plus, all those cool swim toys you’re not allowed to bring to the community pool? You can play with them all! Oh, and there are life jackets, too, so you don’t have to feel like you have to constantly hold the little one who hasn’t mastered the big swimming skills yet. Splash around, swim or even float — as long as you’re all having fun together!

Don’t have a kid in swim lessons at Goldfish? No problem. Families who aren’t currently enrolled in Goldfish Swim School lessons are more than welcome during the Family Swim times. Just call ahead to make sure to reserve a spot, bring your suit and towel and jump in!

Every square inch of this super cool and unique facility is designed to enhance the learning, fun and safety for every child and parent who walks in. Some of my favorite things about it include:
– Did I mention it’s 90 degrees year-round?
– They have a state-of-the-art water purification system to keep the pools clean and sanitary
– There’s an air conditioned viewing gallery for parents to relax, work, read, socialize and watch their kids swim while they’re in class
– Modern training equipment and tools that support their proprietary curriculum
– Individual family changing huts
– Fun blow dry station
– Private space for parties and events to accommodate groups up to 50 attendees
– An experienced staff of trained and certified swim instructors
– Intimate class sizes
– Year-round swim instruction for kids 4 months to 12 years

Plus, Goldfish Swim School West Chester offers these lessons at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule. Check out their site to contact them with any questions and see how you can enroll your kiddo in a FREE TRIAL class! Weekday and weekend Family Swim hours are also listed on their site! Learn more at

Review: Cincinnati Juggle

Ok, parents. I’m about to make your life a little … ok, no, a LOT, easier.  It’s called JUGGLE and you need to download it and start using it asap.

JUGGLE is an app that takes the hard work out of finding good people to help busy families juggle life’s everyday demands — everything from kids to pets, and housework to homework – JUGGLE can help.

The process is simple. You download the app, create a profile, post a job for what you need and the applications start coming in. You can see all the reviews, background checks, and bios of everyone applying so you can pick the best person for the job. You can even connect your Facebook account to it to see if any of your friends have used any of your applicants!

Much different than finding out you need someone, contacting the one or two people you know and trust to do the job, waiting to hear back, and before you know it, it’s down to the wire and you’re scrambling.

Instead, I posted a job before I went to bed and had several applications to choose from when I woke up. Easy peasy.

After reading all her reviews and bio, we booked a sitter who we felt like we knew when she walked in. And because she was such a perfect fit, the kids took to her immediately and had SO much fun.

She kept us updated throughout the night so we felt good knowing they were happy and in good hands. Then when we came home, you just process payment through the app after they go home so there’s no awkward fumbling for cash or a checkbook at the end of the night. It’s all a set hourly rate based on how many kids they’re watching, and you can tip through the app too.

I can’t tell you how much easier this makes life, and I’ve only used it for their babysitting services so far. You can also book what they call a “juggler” for pet-sitting, party assistance, tutoring, errands — lots of little things that make a BIG difference when you don’t have to worry about who can help with it!

To learn more, visit

Review: Arkadiance

A few months ago, I met Ami, a local woman who is the founder of Arkadiance. As a former P&Ger and med student, she’s a beauty industry guru and science geek, but she’s also fashionista. So she loves looking her best, and perfecting the science behind it.

That’s what led her to create Arkadiance, which sells “nutraceuticals,” such as Omega-3 capsules, probiotics and antioxidants, along with Skincare, body care, and a line of natural teas. It’s all designed to work together to make people like you and me feel better on the inside and look better on the outside.

At first, I thought this was a network marketing skincare company, but then I realized no, SHE created this business and formulated these products from SCRATCH. Over the past several years, Ami has collaborated with formulation scientists and labs that are all specialists in their fields to create the most potent formulas and ingredients for her products.

For me personally, after a few months of taking the Arkadiance rainbow antioxidants (which make sure you get all the nutrients of superfoods and come in this really cool container that keeps them separated and easy to take on-the-go) plus the omega-3 radiance capsules, and probiotics— while also using the facial cleanser, tonic and face cream — I feel like my hair, skin and nails just have an absolute glow to them, but I also truly FEEL better too.

A lifted mood, better sleep, more energy, and less nausea — not just because I’m pregnant — the fish oil horse pills I was taking before would always make me feel sick to my stomach. The Arkadiance omegas are smaller, no fishy aftertaste — they actually have a hint of lemon — even though they’re much smaller than the horse pills, they’re WAY more effective because it’s pharmaceutical-grade oil harvested from fish in the wide open Norwegian Sea instead of raised in unhealthy fish farms.

The Skincare is amazing too. I was nervous to try something new — especially the cleanser because it wasn’t the exfoliating kind of scrub I’m used to using. I didn’t think this would clean and slough off everything I needed it to. But it has a citrusy, surprisingly rich lather that cleans away all the dirt, make-up, and bacteria really well without being abrasive or stripping. And with its main ingredients being green and white tea, it not only leaves your skin super clean but also feeling nourished and refreshed.

Oh and the moisturizer is amazing. A lot of face creams have parabens, petroleum and a lot of gunk in them that give the illusion of hydration but the aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter easily absorb and don’t leave you greasy. Oh and the essential oils in it smell like a day at the spa, so that’s always a nice way to end the day.

But the best thing is knowing that I’m getting these great results because it’s truly nourishing my body from the inside out. Using the most pure and potent ingredients that give you real results that you can see and feel.

You buy directly through the website — they are not a networking marketing company — plus they do free shipping on all orders and offer a 100% product love guarantee with a full refund with returned products. Pretty impressive.

Learn more at

Goldfish Swim School: Mini Classes

Not only is swimming an important life skill for your kids from a safety standpoint, but there’s a TON of emotional, developmental and physical benefits to getting babies in the water at an early age. It’s such a great bonding opportunity to spend time splashing and smiling with your little one.

That’s actually why I started bringing mine to Goldfish Swim School West Chester. They offer swim classes for kids starting as early as 4 months! Kids ages four to 35 months-old can enjoy a weekly 30 minute class in the water with mom or dad working on basic water and swim safety skills with the help of an instructor. Their pool is kept at 90 degrees to make the water inviting and comfortable for all swimmers all year round.

The classes are fun and interactive for babies and their parents. You’re holding them and guiding them through the various swim skills the entire 30 minutes. It’s actually a really good arm workout — I count it for my exercise of the day!

Mini Class activities include singing group songs, practicing tummy time, and getting little ones comfortable in the water. Babies practice their grasp reflex, move on to holding onto the wall and eventually inching their way down it. With the help of mom or dad, babies work on their pulling paddle, “Superman” glides, sea otter floats and kicks. As babies progress through the Mini Program, they work on crab walking, getting out of the pool safely by climbing up using the “fin, belly, flipper, flipper” technique and breath control.

In addition to weekly Mini Classes, Goldfish offers family swim several times a week so parents can spend time together in the water with baby practicing the water acclimation skills they learned in class.

And the facility is awesome too. There’s a viewing area for parents and siblings and a cool play area to entertain kiddos when they aren’t in the pool. And there are a ton of showers, changing rooms, and even a hair dry station that makes it fun for kids to get ready to go home.

I definitely encourage you to check out Goldfish Swim School West Chester. Both my girls LOVE it there. And I love it too — especially these Mini Classes. They have them at times that are convenient for every family’s schedule, so contact them for more info and see about enrolling your baby in a FREE TRIAL Mini Class! Hey, you can’t beat free!

Go to to learn more.

Knee Pain? Check Out itBandz

Happy New Year! As my first post of 2018, I thought I’d start with a resolution-themed tip about something that helped me a TON.

Last year, just a few months after having my second daughter, I made a resolution to get in shape again. Yes, I know, join the club, right? Well, I took it a step further and signed up for a full marathon (the Columbus Marathon) in October 2017!

Things were going great as I got ramped up. Started with walking and elliptical, eased my way into running a few minutes with some walking breaks, and then got to running several miles non-stop. But once I got into some serious mileage (15-20 miles a week), I started to have some really serious pain in my knees. I was worried that it was going to put my whole marathon on hold, so I immediately did research on what could help.

After digging through LOTS of potions and products online with mixed or dismal reviews, I found that people — especially runners — were raving about these itBandz. They looked easy to use and weren’t expensive (about $20), so I decided to try it out.

I couldn’t believe it. This little band, worn right under my patella (knee cap), took my pain from a solid 9 to a mere 2 or 3. It works by stabilizing the knee, and it’s made with a moisture-wicking, stay-in-place material so there’s no rubbing or chafing, even on the longest runs. I can honestly say it single-handedly helped me to continue my marathon training as planned!

Turns out, there’s a reason my knees were suddenly hurting, aside from more mileage. I found out this summer that I’m pregnant and hormones are loosening my ligaments in preparation for baby #3!

So, now, even after my marathon, I’ve continued to wear my itBandz because of these crazy hormones and loose tendons. Definitely helps to ease joint pain and keep me moving, which is a MUST keeping after two kiddos and preparing for one on the way! (Due April 1!)

Just thought I’d share my story because I know a lot of people are making resolutions this time of year to get back in the saddle and get active again. But that often comes with new aches and pains that can sideline us if we can’t find relief. If this is you, I definitely recommend trying out itBandz!

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Chic Review: Chuck Aardema’s “In My World”

Chuck and his wife, Cindy, live in Blue Ash. They and their four kids have been in Cincinnati for many years.

With his own kids, he considered part of his role was making them laugh, so he’d describe the things they’d see in ways they would know he was kidding. A squirrel in the back yard would become an elephant climbing a tree. That’s when the idea for the book hit him: “what would things look like ‘In My World’ if I could use my own imagination?” he thought…

So, he wrote the first verse of the book over 15 years ago, but never finished it. He grew up with great children’s books because his grandma actually wrote and published several. But his greatest inspiration to finish this book came when his grandson, Nolan, came along. A month after he was born, Chuck finished his “In My World” book.

When I talked with him, he said it was a fun story to write, and it actually turned out much better than he imagined! He said a family friend illustrated it to bring the images to life with amazing colors and so many things on each page that create a conversation beyond the words of the story. She even worked in a picture of Chuck’s grandson Nolan into one of the pages which is fun to find!

I know kids seem to love seeing things that are colorfully different than what they know. My daughter learned the words quickly since it’s a rhyming story, and she loved talking about everything else she saw on each page.

Chuck says one things readers shared about the story is that it’s a great reminder to see things that are different as colorful and fun. It’s ok not to be typical and to use your imagination to share a fun story see how kids react to it.

The book can be found locally in Rookwood at Joseph Beth or the Barnes & Noble in West Chester. It’s also available online on Amazon and lots of other online book retailers.

You can find out more information about the book (and the author) at:


Parkers Blue Ash Tavern

At Parkers, they have all the satisfying stuff like finest prime rib, steaks, burgers and craft beers plus the light and healthy with amazing salads, spectacular seafood and even a wine list honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

But what I love about it here is that they offer as much variety of dishes as they do dining experiences. Stay cool in the summer dining on the newly remodeled Tap Room patio and warm in the winter as you cozy up to one of their wood burning fireplaces. It’s the best place to meet friends for a drink, conduct business, grab a meal to go, kindle romance or celebrate special moments.

They have a newly remodeled main dining room and also private dining rooms – seating 12 to 60 or cocktail up to 100 – so your event can have the perfect setting for things like rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties and business functions.

They host live music regularly, have a Crab Leg night every Friday and then on Sunday they have their famous brunch that people drive from all over to enjoy!

If you haven’t been, or haven’t been lately, come check it out for yourself! Like them on Facebook to stay updated and learn more about them at

Big Daddy Walker Productions – New, More Affordable, Packages for Small Weddings

We’ve been using Big Daddy Walker Productions for our DJ services for all our events this year and I’ve been LOVING them! They’re always on-time, always prepared, and always keep the energy up with our crowds!

We’ve had nightmares before with other DJ services… mic feedback so bad people left, batteries dying mid-presentation with NO backup batteries, speakers dying with no back-up, you name it! So, I of course was nervous about going with someone new this year, but they’ve honestly been AMAZING! Haven’t had one issue all year, and that’s saying a LOT with how complicated our events can be! For example, our most recent event, at the Cincinnati Art Museum, last year attendees said they couldn’t hear me emceeing because of all the echoes in the big marble room we were in. The DJ with BDWP came in this year and tweaked for hours prior to the event to make sure the levels were just right to avoid echos. We didn’t have ANY complaints this year about not being able to hear — I’m SO thankful!

At the event on Friday, I got to talking with the DJ about what’s new with biz and he said that they’re now offering a new, more affordable, package for smaller weddings who just need the basics. I know a lot of my millennial friends (geesh that makes me sound old) are having very intimate weddings now, and are more budget conscious than ever, so I know this is right up their alley! I figured I’d do a blog about it in case any one else out there is planning a small event or wedding where this would be a good fit for them! Here are more details about the package:

For smaller weddings/events of 100 guests or less. $695 BASIC MUSIC SERVICE:

  • DJ only
  • Pre-event telephone communication
  • 4 Hours of Music
  • Top Quality DJ equipment
  • 5 Special Dances
  • Online forms filled out by client
  • Phone consultation
  • Online planning tools for clients use

To learn more, or to contact them, visit

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