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Child Safety Tips, My Personal Story

Watch as our Editor In Chic Amy Scalia shares her personal message about child safety

About a year into being a mom, I joked that I could write a book about all the things mom-to-be books don’t tell you. That was before my daughter could walk, so now I feel like I could fill an entire library!

Here’s one of my biggest lessons learned, and I hope sharing my story helps you, too…

Like I said, I read all those mommy-to-be books, and I thought I had my house prepped for Lola’s arrival. But once she took those first steps, everything changed. She was all the sudden getting into things I never dreamed she could reach or open yet.

Thank GOODNESS, right after she started getting mobile, I saw a commercial that was my “a-ha” moment. The commercial was about everyday dangers in a home, and one of them were laundry pacs. At first, I thought “well, duh, who would just leave those sitting out in front of a baby?” And then I realized that I was essentially doing just that.

My laundry room door was closed, but Lola can now open doors. If she did, all my products – including laundry pacs – were on a shelf she could probably reach, and the container was opened because it was easier to not have to fuss with opening it each time I needed one. Holy. Cow.

Like I said, this was my “a-ha” moment to make it safe if she ever did get in there (which you know she eventually would). I made a promise to myself to always keep all my laundry and cleaning products up and closed from this point forward. But, of course, with style. I took to Pinterest to find some cute DIY shelving that keeps everything out of reach for her but still within reach for me to grab-and-go when I need it.

I feel a MILLION times better with that little afternoon shelving project, and now, I want to spread the word so other parents can do the same. When it comes to laundry pacs, keep them up and keep them closed to keep your kiddos safe!

Watch the PSAs below I recently did on Star64 with an Injury Prevention Specialist from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and then please share this page with parents, grandparents, caretakers, and anyone with little ones at home! Click here to learn more great safety tips.

Daddy Daughter Braiding Class

Holy cow, if only Lola were a little older, I would TOTALLY sign her and Pete up for this event. He loves beer and she has tons of hair! Haha! 

How cute would it be for Pete to help do her hair a few times a week and teach ME a few beauty tricks?! Plus, what girl doesn’t love getting her hair played with and hanging out with her daddy? 

So for those of you with daughters and hubbies who might enjoy, here’s the invite! It doesn’t say the location or address on the invite, but it’s at Blown Blow Dry Studio, 8060 Montgomery Road Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45236 and you can just call to RSVP: 513.791.1234


Win VIP Tickets to TRAIN with Hello Parent!


Calling all parents! Hello Parent (a cool new site launched by two momtrepreneurs here in Cincy that helps parents find each other and plan events/play dates) just announced an awesome giveaway that I wanted to let you know about. You just have to “like” them on Facebook, and post on their wall with 140 characters or less explaining why you deserve to win a night out! Partnering with Mommy’s Dream Team, Hello Parent is giving away 4 VIP Tickets to Train with The Fray and Matt Nathanson on July 2nd at Riverbend Music Center along with a Nanny for the Night from Mommy’s Dream Team (includes access to the Members ONLY RSViP Restaurant & Club open before, during, & after concert​ and ​VIP Parking​)! Pretty awesome, right? Hope to see you at Train (because of course I entered and am hoping to win too! haha!)

FREE Pamper Event for Moms Aug. 21!

I’m not officially a mom yet, but boy could I use some pampering. Making a human is NOT easy!! haha! 🙂

But I know my job isn’t going to get any easier… from around-the-clock feedings and diaper changes to (in just a few years!) bustling them around town for social and school activities.

Moms do a lot for their little ones and that’s why my team at Cincy Chic and I host an annual “School’s Back, Moms Relax” event to give moms the opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy a night with their other mom friends (or just themselves!) for once now that the kids are headed back to school!

This year, we’re hosting it at the Elements Event and Conference Center, which is owned by my friend Nidhi (she does Afterhours Bridal shows I’m always telling you about). We’re holding it there this year because it can house SO many more vendors (better to pamper you with!) and showcases the runway fashion show so much better! This year, the fashion show is going to feature the latest fall trends from Pink Tulip Club and the hair/makeup will be by The Blowdry Bar…. so excited to see it!

We actually had our first event there (New Year New You – check out the pics here) in January and it was a HUGE success… more than 50 vendors and 600 attendees!

Check out all the info below and RSVP here! This will be my first event back from maternity leave, so I hope to see you there! 🙂


2014 School’s Back, Moms Relax!
Thursday, Aug. 21, 6-9pm
Elements Conference and Event Centre
11974 Lebanon Road Cincinnati, OH 45241
RSVP at: www.2014SBMR.eventbrite.com

The kids are back to school, so grab your momtourage for an evening of fun! Enjoy complimentary salon/spa services, wine provided by Fancy Pants, light bites, shopping with local boutiques and vendors, meet and greet with local mom bloggers, and enjoy a runway fashion show to see the latest fall trends. Plus, all attendees will receive a free reusable tote bag filled with swag!

Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankCors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLCSt. Elizabeth Healthcare,Elements Event & Conference Centre

Fashion Show Sponsors: The Blowdry BarHeyman Talent

Booth Sponsors: It Works! with Shrink Wrap Me SkinnySzwajkowski’s ShoppeThirty-One with Talia AlexanderMary Kay by Crystal BerberichCherish Jessup Damsel in Defense Independent Pro,Busom BudsIdeal Image Laser Hair RemovalNerium with Katja BarkerEverybody’s HealthGreen BEAN DeliveryPremier Laser SpaStella & Dot – Amanda SnyderWildtree with Dawn Palazotto,Champion WindowsPure Romance by Amy Emerson and Rodan + Fields Dermatologists with Rebecca Noss

Media Sponsor: True Artists Studio

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

2014 School's Back, Moms Relax!

Mom Pampering Event, FREE Code!

The kids are headed back to school soon (if they haven’t already!). So, grab your momtourage for this upcoming evening of fun that my Cincy Chic team and I are hosting! Enjoy complimentary salon/spa services, wine and hors d’oeuvres, shopping with local vendors, networking with local mom bloggers, and get hair/makeup tips from style experts. Plus, all attendees will receive a free tote bag filled with swag! Use the code GUEST to be my guest at the event (free tickets for you and your friends) as a big thank you for reading my blog! 🙂 Check out all the details and I’ll see you there!

School’s Back, Mom Relax!
Friday, August 23, 6-9pm
Mi Salon Spa 7535 Burlington Pike Florence, KY 41042
Click here to RSVP – $10 ticket to benefit March of Dimes

Choose from two services at the event (first come, first served):

  • Polish change on fingers
  • Eyebrow shaping makeover Eyebrow Tinting
  • Moroccain Oil Hair Masque Nioscope Scalp Analysis
  • Nioxin Scalp Dermabrasion Treatment Casual Style
  • Fringe Trim
  • Seated Massage Hand Treatment (with Paraffin)
  • Color Makeover Consultations Braiding Lessons
  • DIY 10 minute Braids N Buns style
  • Chemical Exfoliation Consultation
  • Airbrush Makeup Touch up Hair Extension Consultation
  • Eye Lash Extension Consultation

Sponsors Include:

Presenting Sponsor: Meridian Bioscience, Inc., Illumigene Group B Strep

Supporting Sponsors: PNC BankSt. Elizabeth HealthcareA Bride’s Mafia, and Cors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC

Fashion Show Sponsors: Pink Tulip ClubMi Salon Spa

Booth Sponsors: Live Well Chiropractic CenterStella & Dot with Courtney Shannon and Kim Powers,Miche Bags with Mindy RichardsVein Clinics of AmericaOrigami Owl with Heather Zimmerman,Merle Norman featuring Lisa Robin JewelryRose Gynecology LLCArbonne with Deana MillerPatty Hagood Rodan + Fields Independent ConsultantTrue Artists Studio

Media Sponsor: Local 12

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati

2013 Schools Back Mom Relax

Common Sense Parenting Classes

We just had our “School’s Back, Mom Relax” event last week, and a lot of the moms I talked with were experiencing some serious back-to school-stresses. They’re dealing with a whirlwind of new schedules, friends, and challenges – for the children and parents.

I told the moms that they should check out The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. They are now offering new Parent Consultation services featuring Common Sense Parenting® curriculum. Parents can enroll in a six week series coming up this fall, starting Sept. 12, which will help parents learn how to:

  • avoid power struggles and better control emotions
  • balance discipline with affection and give positive attention
  • prevent negative behaviors

The cost for each series is $325, which includes the six classes, course materials, and a copy of the “Common Sense Parenting” book. They even offer childcare if you need it. If you’d like to learn more about the series, or to register, email Jennifer Powers at JPowers@thechildrenshomecinti.org or call 513-272-2800 x3626. Should you be interested in more one-on-one specialized services, they also offer individual parent consultation at your home, on campus or over the phone for an hourly rate.

I first found out about the The Children’s Home of Cincinnati through my work with Star64. We did a shoot there where I got to meet faculty, students and their families. It was such an eye-opening experience for me to see how The Children’s Home of Cincinnati was truly making a difference for the kids and bringing peace to their families.

One of the stats that stuck with me the most from the shoot is that 100% of parents who have experienced group consultation thus far would recommend it to another family – that’s pretty impressive! To learn more about The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, go to www.thechildrenshomecinti.org.