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Chic Review: Goldfish Swim School

My two girls and I headed to Goldfish Swim School West Chester the other day to check it out after a mom friend of mine recommended it. Goldfish Swim School West Chester provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (there’s a max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), 90-degree pools — so no shivers or blue lips, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot.

I have a 3.5 year old and an 11 month old, and they had great options for both ages. I loved that even in their first lesson, they both learned great skills and basics for how to swim, safely get in and out of the water, all while having a ton of fun.

In addition to swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School of West Chester offers weekly family swims (for both members and non-members) and party packages.

And the facility is awesome and not just because its tropical décor makes me feel like I’m on vacation in the tropics. But there’s a viewing gallery for parents to watch lessons, with fun things to do for any siblings who aren’t in the water. The shower area right there in the pool to wash off all the chlorine was super convenient. They have a spacious family dressing area with tons of huge/clean/private changing rooms too. They even have a little tiki hut for all the hairdryers so no one leaves with a wet head! We stopped by their snack bar for a sweet reward after the lesson, and you can also get coffee/hot chocolate/soft drinks there too.

Located 7058 Ridgetop Drive, Goldfish Swim School of West Chester offers an amazing range of swimming classes for all ages and skill levels at times that make it convenient for any family’s schedule. You can register for lessons by visiting the website or calling (513) 857-1700. Connect with the Goldfish Swim School West Chester Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Child Auditions for WAITRESS Musical!

The Tony-nominated musical WAITRESS is coming to Cincinnati January 9-21 and they’re looking to add a little girl to its lineup of actors!

The show is searching for “Lulu” for its Cincinnati performances. Check out this description of Lulu:

The character of “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree 4 to 5-year-old who appears in the production’s finale scene. Qualified young girls should be shorter than 4’2”, weigh less than 35 lbs and be no older than 5 years and 3 months. Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Space is limited to the first 40 applicants to sign up at Lulu Audition Sign-up.

Auditions will be held Tuesday, November 28 from 10am to 2:30 pm! The search for Lulu will be held at the Aronoff Center. Only children who are signed up and confirmed in advance will be seen, there are no walk-in applicants who can audition. Those trying out for the part will need to recite two lines from the show. Parents are encouraged to bring a head shot and resume for each child, though a headshot, resume, and prior acting experience are not required!

Children who are selected will need to be available for all performances from January 9-21, and available to be at the theatre until as late as 10 pm on weekdays and 10:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

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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:


Chic Peek: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is one of the nation’s largest Chambers, representing the interests of nearly 4,000 member businesses.

A few years ago, they moved into a new office space downtown right on 4th St. and it’s beautiful! You have to see it in person, but I’ll take you through a bit of it and show you my favorite parts.
Once a month, Cincy Chic hosts lunch ’n’ learns with different speakers here in their Learning Center. Using their amazing spaces like this is just one of the perks I love of being a member.
But in addition to that, the Chamber provides a ton of helpful services, including business programs and events, member benefits to improve members’ bottom line, retention and attraction, government advocacy, and more to create and sustain a thriving business culture for our community.
I love working with the Chamber’s super friendly, talented, and professional staff of 60 people. They work with thousands of engaged member companies, volunteers and partners in an effort to create and sustain our region – which is, fun fact – 15 counties located in three states. Another fun fact, the Chamber’s member businesses and organizations represent approximately 300,000 employees throughout southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

WAITRESS Pie Recipe Contest

With the arrival of Broadway in Cincinnati’s “Waitress” musical, the organization is also hosting a  pie recipe contest!

Pie is a key ingredient to the storytelling of the show, and so Broadway in Cincinnati and Local 12 WKRC are requesting creative pie recipes that mimic the show’s whimsical pies like the “Almost Makes You Believe Again Pie” or the “Key (lime) to Happiness Pie.”

To enter, bakers, professional and amateur alike, must send their creative recipes to Entries will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, November 10 with three finalists announced on-air Monday, November 13, by the Local 12 Morning Team. The three chosen finalists will appear with their pies on the Local 12 Morning Show during the week of November 13-16 with a winner chosen live on the air Friday, November 17.

The selected baker/bakery will be honored as the official pie of Waitress in Cincinnati, which includes:

  • Winner will receive 4 opening night tickets and a copy of The Waitress Pie Book. The winning recipe will also be posted on the WKRC and Broadway in Cincinnati’s social media sites, and on-air.
  •  Two runner-up winners will receive a pair of tickets to opening night on January 9, 2018.
  • Winning recipe featured as an insert in the official Waitress cookbook available for sale to audiences during each performance.

Contest rules/Requirements of the baker/bakery:

  1. Submissions must be received by 5 pm on Friday, November 10
  2. Recipes must be something you can actually bake
  3. Bakers must be available the week of November 13 to appear on the WKRC Morning News

And don’t forget to mark your calendars when Waitress heads ot the Aronoff Center for a limited two week showing from January 9-21, 2018 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati 2017-2018 season presented by TriHealth.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at, or by phone at 513-621-ARTS.

$5 Canvas Painting Brunch ‘n’ Learns at Nov. 4 Holiday Showcase!

Join us for our 2017 Seasonably Chic Showcase Nov. 4 at The Phoenix where we’re hosting $5 (yes, only FIVE dollars) Brunch ‘n’ Learns with Painting with a Twist! These include breakfast, canvas and art supplies, so you can enjoy a yummy brunch and leave with a custom creation on canvas! Plus, shop with 40+ local boutiques/vendors, enjoy refreshments, an interactive ornament decorating area for kids, and a freeze modeling fashion show! Oh, and we’re giving away more than $3,000 in prizes throughout the day to attendees! Bring a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank to get FREE entry, swag bag and gift wrapping! RSVP: