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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 http://parkersblueash.com/.

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 http://bigdaddywalkerproductions.com

Cincy Chic’s “Cocktails & Couture” event at the Cincinnati Art Museum

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Connect Cincinnati’s “Lunch Club”

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 TONS of information about things to do, discounts on food/drinks/events and activities all over town, plus it even tells you where all the fioptic free wifi is across the city!
I’m loving all the discounts on the app. They have several different categories for you to find what you’re looking for faster, like dining, shopping, sports, family fun, salon & spa… things like that. But I just noticed this “lunch club” category and I’m loving it because it has a ton of places on there I love going – like Prime, Taste of Belgium, and The Anchor – and LOTS places I’ve been wanting to check out too!
After a delicious lunch at Prime today where I got $5 off, I hopped over to Sweet Petit in OTR and got a free dessert when I bought two! All you have to do is show them coupon on your app and your discount is applied! Easy peasy! Definitely recommend it!
You can download the Connect Cincinnati app for free in Google Play or the Apple App Store.

My Cincinnati Bell App from Cincinnati Bell

Between being a busy mom of a two, running a business and planning all our events, I’m on the go constantly. I’m actually rarely in front of a computer any more — I mainly just work from my phone. I love all my different apps and notifications. So that’s why the new My Cincinnati Bell app is awesome. It gives you access to your most important account and services information. You can access and manage your Cincinnati Bell phone, Internet, and Fioptics TV accounts with your Apple or Android smartphone.

You can pay your bill in a super quick three steps. You can view billing and payment history, check your current services and available services for your address, and even setup and manage Autopay through the app. You can also setup customized notifications for billing, payments and special offers including upcoming promotions and events. There’s also a great Help Center on the app that helps you find quick answers to your billing, payment and service questions. You can view frequently asked questions and even troubleshoot basic service issues in real time. There’s also an interactive map so you can see the Cincinnati Stores and Payment Centers closest to your location.

It’s really helpful for someone on the go who lives on their phone like me! It’s a free download on Google Play or the Apple App Store if you’d like to learn more or check it out for yourself!

 

NYR Organic Now MADE SAFE Certified

I told you about my friend Gina Jonson who introduced me to NYR Organic a few months ago, and I’ve been loving their products (their foaming bath and body oil are so dreamy!) I’ve been looking into possibly switching over some of my lotions and cosmetics to NYR, but I was confused when I started comparing. Some of my lotions say they’re “all natural” or even “organic” but NYC just recently stepped it up a notch and got a third party involved to verify the safety and purity of some of their products. Currently, five of the NYR Organic products are now Made Safe certified with more products undergoing the certification process as we speak. I know that definitely helped me when I was comparing to know that a third party was fact checking the ingredients and putting their “made safe” stamp on things!

If you haven’t checked out NYR Organic, definitely go online and learn more about them and look through their online store. They’ve been leading the way in organic since 1981… before organic was even “cool”! 🙂 It’s actually the #1 selling skincare in the UK and Japan! Like I mentioned, I love their foaming bath and body oil, and I’m about to start trying out their baby line because it’s winning all kinds of awards! I’ll check back in with you in a couple months to let you know how it is! In the meantime, feel free to call or email (her contact info is at the top of this page) my friend Gina if you have any questions or want to try anything out!

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