Well, my night was awesome (and delicious!). To prep for being homebound with a newborn again soon, I decided to take the “7 skills of a highly effective cook” cooking class tonight at Out Of Thyme Kitchen Studio and it was incredible! In two hours, I learned everything from knife skills and mincing like they do in the cooking shows, to blanching/shocking, searing, and making homemade whipped cream/mousse. There were people there by themselves, couples, best friends and a mother/son — all different levels, but everyone learned something and then ate together at the end! So fun! Oh and don’t worry Pete, I’m bringing home lots of leftovers! Haha!
At 8 months pregnant, EVERYTHING is starting to ache and hurt. So, I’ve made a few trips to my second home (Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound) for some soothing spa services and it’s made all the difference! My favorite thing to get there right now is a massage… it just loosens up everything and takes the pain level down a few notches. Check out the video I took when I last visited for virtual tour through the new Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound space and learn what makes their massages unique, compared to other places that offer pre-conception, pre-natal, and postpartum massages! Learn more http://becomingmom.com.
Oh! And head over to our Facebook page to see how you can WIN a FREE 50 minute massage at Becoming Mom! Woohoo!! Free is for me, right?! 🙂
I recently got a VERY cool 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. Not only do I love going there for the “I can’t wait” package where you get to learn the gender a whole month earlier than at your doctor, but they also have the latest imaging technology where you can see your baby’s face in 4D for the first time! Watch for a virtual tour and video as I take you along for the special experience!
As you can probably tell from me posting a million times about getting different spa and ultrasound services while I’ve been preggo, I love love love Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound.
Just in case you need a refresher though, they offer pregnancy safe spa and ultrasound services that you just can’t get anywhere else under one roof. From finding out the gender of my babies at 16 weeks – a whole month earlier than at your OB – and also coming in with friends and family for a HD ultrasound using the latest in imaging technology, I absolutely love it here.
Their ultrasounds are amazing, and so is the spa, which offers massages, facials and nail services using all pregnancy safe products. Their massage therapists and estheticians all have additional certifications to work with moms before, during, and after baby so it’s my safe zone because I don’t have to worry if the products or techniques are going to be safe for me and the baby, plus I love chatting with all the other moms who are clients and work here!
Becoming Mom is my go-to even when I’m not pregnant, too… I mean, if products aren’t safe to use while pregnant, why put them on you when you’re not? Everything they use is safe, healthy, natural, and good for you, pregnant or not. Plus it’s a great place to come for gifts! They have a boutique area with awesome products and gifts for moms and babies… I love shopping there!
Besides being a wonderful place for moms to be pampered and get special sneak peeks at their little ones, Becoming Mom recently started to franchise their concept for national expansion. They have a mission to empower and support women and moms to become their best personal and professional selves – not just at the spa, but also through franchise business ownership. For some women that might be rejoining the workforce after taking time out to start a family. For others, that might mean a new career track that can help juggle the demands of starting or raising a family paired with autonomy and control of your time that owning a franchise business can provide professionally. Women with a passion for supporting moms, drive, and leadership are the perfect fit to join the Becoming Mom franchise family. If you are great at leading a team, active in your community, enjoy connecting with people, and are looking to take the next step in becoming a new you, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound franchise ownership could be the perfect fit for you or someone you know!
Get more details at http://becomingmomfranchise.com!
Last week, we did a story about Inside Out Beauty. It sounded like SUCH a unique place that I had to check it out for myself. Think of it as your spa being best friends with a psychologist, nutritionist and yogi… a place women can go to improve their health, beauty and wellness from the inside out!
Dr. Laurie Little took her 15 years of experience as a clinical psychologist helping people with issues like self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, emotional eating, anxiety and depression… and then became a certified esthetician at the Aveda Fredrics Institute… all so that she could open an amazing new concept called “Inside Out Beauty.”
It officially opened in April 2016 with the motto of “looking good on the outside starts with feeling good on they inside.” It’s essentially a wellness center that empowers women to connect and live healthy lifestyles offering everything from traditional therapy, parenting/relationship/business/life and even nutritional coaching and yoga classes to amaaaaazing spa services like facials, relaxation massage, hair removal and makeup using all Aveda skin care. They also offer classes, workshops, support groups, and book club to help women learn new things and restore balance to the mind, body and spirit.
It’s a safe zone for women to become a better version of themselves, inside and out… whether you’re looking for a way to pamper yourself, get rid of unwanted hair, learn which lip color looks best on you… or get coaching to become a better parent or partner, work on your health and nutrition… it’s all here under one roof.
They’re located at 9553 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140. To learn more, visit www.myinsideoutbeauty.com.
I love telling stories behind area businesses and the ways they help local women. That’s why I wanted to start the Storyteller series on Cincy Chic. The next one up hits home for many reasons. Not only is Peggy, the founder of BabysitEase, a personal friend of mine, but her concept also LITERALLY hits home.
As a working mama who runs a business, I know what it’s like to need a babysitter unexpectedly but you don’t want to ask the flaky teenager down the street just because you’re in a bind. There’s also a lot of other things (especially now that I’m preggo and about to have another little human running around soon) I just need help with to keep the house together and my mind somewhat sane.
That’s where BabysitEase can help. They’ve already done all the background checks and all the other vetting a parent wants to do when they have more time to do their research. And there’s a database of babysitters and home helpers just waiting to lend a hand when you need it.
That’s right, BabysitEase isn’t just for babysitting. For parents that need help with running errands, getting the house tidied, spaces organized, laundry run or grocery shopping check off their list- they have a team of organized, clean obsessed women that know how to make life easier for active families. For $12-20/hr you can get projects completed, and make some good headway on that never ending to-do list. Register at BabysitEase.com or call 859.442.7487 to find out how they can make life simpler for you.
I recently got a VERY cool 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound (aka my second home when I’m preggo). Not only did it allow me see our beautiful baby’s chubby cheeks for the very first time, but their big viewing room allows for the whole family to come see too! Watch for a virtual tour and video as I take you along for the special experience! Learn more at http://becomingmom.com.
Oh, and don’t forget to register for our FREE event at Becoming Mom THIS Thursday where we’ll have complimentary refreshments, swag and spa services. This event is great for moms and moms-to-be, as well as women who love getting pampered with all-natural products! Click here to learn more about the event and RSVP!
With all the things that have to be done before they re-enter those school doors, plus all the normal mommy stuff you handle on a daily basis, it’s overwhelming to say the least. So, if you’re now wishing you could clone yourself, there’s a less-sciencey option… BabysitEase!
My friend Peggy (click here to learn more about her) owns BabysitEase, Cincinnati’s go-to for household help that’s easing the burden of busy family schedules could use help with. It’s seriously BRILLIANT because you can use their database of awesome BabysitEase’ers not just for babysitting but just ANYTHING you might need help with… from after school childcare, driving kids to activities, pet sitting, tutoring, household help, regular weekly sits, watching the kiddos during your date nights, and even last minute emergencies.
Their team of fabulous babysitters have several years of childcare experience, have been personally interviewed, background checked and are all over 18. BabysitEase is SUCH a life-saver for thousands of families in Cincinnati!
Learn more about them at http://www.babysitease.com
Lola and I checked out Splash Cincinnati and the newly revamped Ramada Plaza (it was Coco Key Resort) in Sharonville. Check out our virtual tour in the video below and click here to learn more on their Facebook page.
Attention, my mommy and auntie friends! The new Hanna Andersson store opens at Liberty Center this weekend! I’ve been getting a ton ofHanna Andersson for Lola lately and now it’s my favorite stuff for her to wear because it’s always SUPER cute and trendy, but it’s also made really well so it holds up to all her daily adventures! I can’t wait to see all the new things they have for spring and summer!
I’ll actually be checking out the store tomorrow (Thursday) for a special night they’re having for press, so I’ll be live tweeting from @CincyChic and posting some pics here on the blog of the new store and my fave finds! Below is a promo for their Grand Opening event they’re having Friday-Sunday with all the details about their sales and giveaways! Click here to RSVP!