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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: 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 Marriott North

Cincy Chic is going to be hosting our annual Women’s Health Expo May 12 at the Marriott North in West Chester this year, so we wanted to give you a little sneak peek of this amazing space and its recent facelift!

This property just recently completed a $10 MILLION renovation in August 2017. The renovation included all 302 guest rooms, featuring new carpeting, wall vinyl, all new guest baths, refrigerators and safes. All the public spaces have been renovated, too, featuring a stunning redesign of their lobby and outside of their expo rooms. There’s a brand new M Club Lounge – which is a premium concierge lounge for their Gold and Platinum Marriott Rewards Members. Here, they can enjoy 24/7 access to a private and exclusive space with free high speed Wi-Fi… It’s a nice private and quiet space to prep for their day over complimentary breakfast, work and recharge with snacks throughout the day, or relax over a drink and hors d’ouevres in the evening.

Oh! And there’s also a brand new restaurant and lounge, Butler’s Bar & Kitchen, featuring hand-crafted cocktails, and small plates made with locally-sourced ingredients. It’s going to be SO nice having this on site for our events coming up here so people can enjoy a drink or something to eat before or after their event, or if they need to recharge in the middle of it!

To learn more, visit

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: Parker’s Sunday Brunch

I finally did Sunday Brunch at Parker’s this past weekend with a bunch of my friends!
It’s funny, everyone in our group had heard Sunday Brunch at Parker’s was amazing but none of us had ever been yet. So we decided to change that this past Sunday… and OH MY goodness now we know why there’s such hype about it!
It’s seriously one of the most amazing brunch spreads I’ve ever seen before. Everything from a carving station with the chef’s selection for the day — they had a DELICIOUS prime rib when we were there — and a cook-to-order omelette station to a huge seafood spread with fresh salmon and shrimp cocktail. Oh, and speaking of seafood, they had a seafood Mac n Cheese that was AMAZING. They also had all your favorite traditional breakfast options… like house-made waffles, biscuits and gravy, sausage, breakfast potatoes, bacon and eggs… plus an incredible dessert station with little cheesecakes, pastries and warm gooey chocolate chip cookies.
On Sundays, they also host events such as after wedding brunches, first communions, birthdays, baby showers, and anniversary celebrations. Several different size rooms for that, and I know they’re awesome to work with and can help you plan that something special without the stress!
Learn more at

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Spring Launch Event

We’re hosting our annual Eco Chic Fashion Show at Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams (their beautiful high-end furniture is all sustainably made!) so I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the space, and got a little bonus surprise to find out they just got in LOTS of exciting new arrivals for their Spring Launch Event.

With it, they’re introducing classic modern and new traditional silhouettes, boldly punctuated by a vivid and uplifting mix of colors, textures, patterns, and prints.   I got a chance to chat with Mitchell before the Spring Launch and he said inspiration for all of this came from their travels… so you’ll find unconventional forms and sculptural shapes, as well as familiar designs updated for today’s living.

This season, they also bring you more ways to take their signature style and make it your own.  While most of their upholstery is available in 300+ fabrics and leathers, enhanced custom options for their beloved classic icons now include pieces without welt to emphasize clean lines, and bench seat cushions for an even sleeker aesthetic and continuous comfortable sit.

They also have a Comfort Club customer loyalty program that gives you 20% savings every day, with exclusive access to special offers and services, including complimentary in-home design.  It’s free and easy to join!

Click here to learn more about our Eco Chic Fashion Show we’re hosting at MGBW: and learn more about them at

Like Wine? 2018 Cincinnati International Wine Festival Coming March 8-10!

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is celebrating its 28th year of giving back to local charities with wine tastings, gourmet dining, education sessions, silent auctions and more. The festival, set for March 8-10, has options for every palate, style and preference. One of the largest of its kind in the country, the festival is recognized as a premier destination in the Midwest. The popular festival features more than 700 domestic and international wines from more than 200 wineries. Thousands of people attend each year. 
The festival kicks off with winery dinners the evening of March 8, where guests will simultaneously experience the best of fine wines and fine dining at 18 of Cincinnati’s most prestigious restaurants. One price covers each multi-course dining experience with exclusive wine pairings presented by winery representatives. The festival continues March 9 and 10 with a variety of wine tasting and educational opportunities where guests will sample new and fascinating wines from around the world, paired with delectable bites. A charity luncheon and auction will feature limited-release and rare wines coaxed from the cellars of notable Cincinnatians, chef’s table dining opportunities at exclusive Cincinnati homes, fantastic trips, wine cellar tours and more. 
This year’s honorary festival chair is Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in Southern Napa Valley, California.  Courage, commitment, and an entrepreneurial spirit best describe Darioush, who left behind a successful engineering career in his native Iran and emigrated to the United States seeking opportunity, freedom and personal liberty. Together with his wife Shahpar, he founded his namesake winery in 1997. Darioush is the realization of his American dream.
Win this wine basket with a giveaway on the Cincy Chic Facebook page!
“I have a lifelong love and passion for producing wines that celebrate individualism and craftsmanship,” Darioush said. “And the Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a fantastic showcase of the finest wineries in our industry. I feel privileged to be representing the wine industry here in Cincinnati as the festival’s chair this year, and I am proud to be part of an international event that gives back locally.”
Each wine festival ticket purchased directly benefits 36 local charities with programs dedicated to the arts, education, health and human services. The festival has given more than $5 million to local charities since its inception in 1991 thanks to the support and patronage of the Greater Cincinnati community.
“Our goal at the wine festival is to keep giving back locally, one glass at a time,” said Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director, Debbie Dent. “There truly is something for everyone here, at nearly every price point. Whether you’re looking to enjoy an exclusive dinner at one of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, or you want to just taste wines and learn about their origin, you are invited to join us March 8-10. Come explore and sample our vast array of wines, all for a great cause. Not only will you have an incredible time, you will be helping us support the charitable needs of our community.”
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a Cincinnati-based, charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds for local charities through the celebration of the wine industry. This year’s festival features 700 wines from more than 200 wineries across the globe. Kroger is the presenting sponsor. Festival proceeds benefit 36 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky arts, education, and health and human services charities, distributing more than $350,000 in grants in 2017. The festival has donated more than $5 million to local charities since its inception in 1991. The patronage and support of the Greater Cincinnati community enables the festival to continue giving back locally, one glass at a time. Learn more and purchase tickets at
Watch my exclusive interview with the Executive Director Debbie Dent as she explains how to prepare for the Festival to get the best experience and also offers some helpful tips for how to properly taste the wine when you’re there. Oh, and check out our Cincy Chic Facebook page — — for a chance to win a FABULOUS wine lover’s gift basket valued at $200!

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.

Private Event Spaces at Parker’s Blue Ash

I love coming to Parker’s for business meetings, a quick lunch, or even dinner with the family. The food is always awesome – a really good variety – drinks are yummy, service is super friendly, and they have everything from sunny al fresco to cozy cuddle-up-by-the-fireplace dining. So when I learned that they host all kinds of events here, I was all ears! They do everything from intimate weddings to rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers, corporate lunches and dinners, seminars, lunch ’n’ learns, you name it.
There are four private dinning rooms, accommodating groups of 12 to 60 people for sit-down functions and 12-100 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The Trotter Room holds 12-20 people for sit-down functions. It has a gorgeous fireplace on one side of the room and a rustic bookshelf on the other.
The Paddock Room holds 12-20 people for sit-down functions and has lots of natural light.
And talk about natural light, the Triple Crown Room holds 22-36 people for sit-down functions and features three walls of windows and then the fourth that’s an exposed brick wall.
The Lexington Room holds 40-60 people for sit-down functions and up to 100 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This room is their largest and it features a fireplace and lots of different seating arrangements. It’s also their most private event space so it’s great for those super special events like a wedding where you need that additional privacy.
They have a range of food and drink package options set at different prices per person, which really helps you budget. They also have AV equipment that you can rent from them, which makes it nice to not have to coordinate that with another company. You can just get everything from them. Plus, Parker’s itself is really convenient for all your guests to get to — it’s right in the heart of Blue Ash, with easy access from all the city’s major highways.
I’m already thinking of different events I can host here! If you have an event you’re planning but need a “home” for, definitely check this place out! You can find menus, testimonials and a contact form for special events on their website –