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Chic Review: Persist Fitness

A runner friend of mine told me about Sarah Buckley, owner of Persist Fitness and recommended her to me. I got back into running a couple years ago, but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I really wanted to hit my goal of running a half marathon in 2.5 hours or less. I’ve run a few in the past couple years and haven’t been able to get over that hump, so I decided to enlist in Sarah’s help. 

She starts all new clients off with a Persist Fitness Signature Running Assessment. It’s an opportunity for Sarah to get to know you better — where you are coming from, where you are, and where you want to go from a wellness lens. She learns about short term and long term goals, and then you talk about best plan forward. 

Her RUN STRONG CINCY program that you can do after your assessment is a group strength class for runners and walkers. Any experience level is welcome. This program is designed for reducing injury and preserving joint health, hip and core strength, muscular endurance. The best part is that they have on-site and remote options available. As a mom of three who travels a lot for work, I loved the online plan to follow and all the video examples of each exercise that she provides. 

It’s exactly what I needed to … drum roll… accomplish my big goal! Yes! I ended up running my last marathon several minutes faster than my 2:30 time goal and I can’t help but credit all the training and help I got from Sarah and the RUN STRONG CINCY program. If you’re a runner wanting to improve, reach a goal, or avoid injury — or if you’re wanting to get started and don’t know where to begin — this is the place to go! 

Check out their website to learn more!

Give the Gift of Goldfish Swim School!

This holiday season, my hubby and I decided to give more gifts of experiences than just “stuff” they lose interest in and then it just sits around the house! We’ve done swim lessons and family swims at Goldfish Swim School for years, so they’ll be SO excited to get memberships for next year!

I love Goldfish because they provide the confidence and skills that last a lifetime — all while having fun and making friends! Winter is a great time to start the kids on lessons because it’s requires time and consistency.  So starting in the winter is the best way to ensure progress by summer. It’s also a fun winter activity to keep your kids involved and active when it’s cold out! The pools are always 90 degrees all year long!

Experts say that play based learning is the best way for kids to learn, and you really see that with the Goldfish Science of SwimPlay® curriculum. It’s so much more than swimming — I’ve seen emotional growth, creativity, problem solving and more after years of taking them to Goldfish!

Goldfish has LIMITED holiday packages available at both area locations, in Anderson and Goldfish West Chester, so now is the time to look into these! The package includes: 2 months of group lessons, Annual Membership fee, 5 Family Swim passes, FREE Goldfish towel, Bubbles book and dry bag. It’s valued at $319, but only $199 until 12/31/19 while they last! Click here to learn more! 

The Children’s Theatre: Holiday Shows

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is showcasing not one but TWO holiday treats on its Showtime Stage: Bah Humbug: A One-Man Christmas Carol and Mrs. Claus Saves The Day.

Bah Humbug is a 45-minute production that’s performed by ONE PERSON – from Scrooge to Tiny Tim!

These performances will take place on Saturday, November 30, at 2PM and 5PM as well as Sunday, December 1, at 2PM.

Click here to purchase your Bah Humbug tickets!

Then, just before Christmas, TCT will put on Mrs. Claus Saves The Day on Saturday, December 21, at 2PM and 5PM and on Sunday, December 22, at 2PM.

This show is all about how Mrs. Claus saves the day when we severe outbreak of the North Pole Pox strikes just before Christmas!

To get your tickets for Mrs. Claus Saves The Day, click here.

Queen Bee Half!

Amy and Iris Simpson-Bush, executive director of Queen Bee Half and Flying Pig Marathon

“Remember when you thought you couldn’t do this?” I read that on a spectator sign at this year’s Queen Bee Half Marathon and I immediately teared up. Yes, I do remember. Lola was 9 months old, Pete was recovering from hip and knee replacements, and I was at my unhealthiest (emotionally and physically – about 30lbs heavier than I am now and hadn’t exercised in over a year). I hadn’t showered in days, I was backlogged with work, bills, insurance/disability paperwork. Finding time to run with all this? “IT‘S TIME TO FIND THE TIME,” I thought and signed up for a half marathon on the spot. I went to the gym almost every day, progressed really well and felt healthier than ever. I was about halfway into training when I found out I was pregnant with Sofia (I still did the half marathon, just walking). Fast forward to Nico coming along a year and a half later… I’m rocking our third (!!!) kiddo to sleep this spring, thinking how I need to carve out some time for myself because I was pouring from an empty cup, so I signed up for the Queen Bee Half. A month later, the storm hit our house and we’ve been displaced to a hotel since. I don’t have my country roads and favorite running routes around our hotel, so I had to do a lot of “dreadmill” runs. I honestly opted out of some training because I couldn’t bring myself to hamster wheel it for two hours. I felt so unprepared and incapable right before this race, I almost bailed. But running and training always teaches me so much. I knew just showing up would be a reminder that I will show up for what is important to me no matter what gets in my way. My goal when I initially signed up was to run it in 2:30, but I had lost hope for that when I laced up yesterday. Once I started running, though, a fire burned inside me and that sign around mile 10 just IGNITED it. “Push” I thought. Push past the pain, the hurdles, your comfort zone, and reach that goal you had when you started! I BEAT my goal by four minutes, finishing in 2:26. I know it’s not record-breaking, but it’s a big deal for me. I’m so thankful to be able to run again, to learn these big life lessons with each race. Because, yes, I remember when I didn’t think it was possible. 💕

Chic Review: Goldfish Swim School – Anderson

Goldfish Swim School is the BEST! It’s a learn-to-swim facility for kids ages 4 months to 12 years. They have The Science of SwimPlay® approach that builds life skills both in and out of the water using play-based learning in a fun and safe environment.
I’ve been bringing my kids to Goldfish for years now and I can’t tell you how much of a confidence booster this is for them. And it puts my mind at ease knowing that they have such great swim skills at such young ages. My favorite things about going to Goldfish is that it’s a shiver-free, 90-degree pool, they have a max 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio for the classes. They have flexible class times and free make-up lessons. Tons of options too. They do free intro classes, a jump start clinic, technique clinics, swim lessons, family swim time, parties and events and even a competitive swim team! They now have these TWO locations, this beautiful brand new location in Anderson and the West Chester location which we’ve loved going to for years! 

Definitely check them out if you have kids who might be interested! The free trial is the perfect way to see how they’ll like it, so give them a call to learn more about it or go online to get more info and sign up at

Vintage Chic with Down to Mars!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Vintage Chic Fashion Show on June 21 at 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati!

Get ready for bold colors, big fun, and yesteryear’s fashions styled for today. Plus, sipping, shopping, mixing, photobooth, art and more!

This year’s fashion show sponsor is Down to Mars, a super chic vintage fashion boutique that recently opened a storefront in Cincinnati!

Read more about Down to Mars on Cincy Chic and RSVP for the event at