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Review: Baby Zala

Pre-kids, I always considered myself stylish. But then maternity clothes and nursing tops entered my wardrobe, and baby stuff galore entered my home… slowly but surely, I didn’t feel so stylish any more. 🙁

Then I found out about Baby Zala and I feel like I’m a card carrying Fashionista again! These days, I’m wearing lots of cute shawls and leggings (comfortable, and easily able to nurse) and little Sofia loves lounging on her stylish “Baby Cloud” pillow (not the same cookie-cutter Boppie every.single.other baby has!)

I love the fleur-de-lis print on her pillow, and all the colors that my shawl comes in! Plus, the fabrics are REALLY nice and everything is put together really well. Definitely worth the extra $$ and it’s actually easier to go to their site to buy instead of going to a big box baby store and sorting through all the picked over stuff.

Highly recommended! Tell all your fashionista mom friends!

Click here to visit https://www.babyzala.com.

Review: WashClub CincyDay

As a mom of a toddler and newborn (with a husband who loves working on his car and in the yard), I feel like I’m LIVING in my laundry room… constantly washing, drying, folding, sorting, putting away, repeat. I was joking with one of my mom friends a couple weeks ago about how I wish there was a laundry fairy that would visit my house and take care of it all so I could finally have my life back… and she said such a thing actually exists (WHAT?!?)

Come to find out, it’s true (well, except they don’t have fairy wings! haha!). There’s a service called Wash Club, and it’s a full service wash, dry, fold, dry cleaning and tailoring service via an easy and super convenient pick-up and delivery service which they do for individuals, schools, clubs and businesses! It’s an on-demand service based on two daily pick-up and delivery windows serving all of Cincinnati, Dayton and NKY. Typically it’s a one day turnaround, but you can get same-day turnaround if you need it!

I personally love how they’ve leveraged technology to make it all so easy. You get started by going to their awesome app or website (or you can give them an old fashioned phone call too) to place your order. You have your choice of detergents, fabric softeners, and deep fabric cleaners. Their technology provides instant communication on the status of your order, notifications on where it is in the process, and you can track the driver so you know exactly how far away they are.

It’s more than just laundry and dry cleaning though. They have tailoring, suede and leather cleaning and garment preservation for special items like wedding dresses and military uniforms.

My favorite part has to be that they not only pick up, deliver, clean and fold, but they also SEPARATE everything out by family member so I don’t have to sort it once it arrives! SO amazing! HIGHLY recommended. To learn more about it, click here!

Miss Em’s Baby Items You’ll Go Ga-Ga For!

I went to Miss Em’s Holiday Open House last weekend, and saw SO many cute things! With me being 9 months preggo, I especially loved that she added baby items to her site this year! I got a few things, like a really cute little handprint and footprint set that I can create with our new little one and hang in her new room once she arrives! Yay! Baby’s first craft project is already planned! haha!

I also bought a really cute “Tickle Monster” book (comes with a furry “monster” glove with holes for fingers to do some good tickling!) for my older daughter, which she’s going to just LOVE.

I saw a bunch of other cute things I now wish I had just bought, because I now either want them for one of my girls or I’ve thought of who they’d make the perfect gift for! So, I’m about to go check out her new  “Baby” page on her site to order more!

To check out the pics below I snapped at her last event to see some of my favorite items I found!  If you’re looking for holiday gifts, need a gift for a baby shower coming up, or just want some fun new items for your little one, make sure you check out her website for more items, or stop by the Lawrenceburg Holiday Market November 20th – 22nd to get some wonderful gifts!img_7622img_7623img_7624img_7625img_7626img_7627

BabysitEase for the Holiday Season!

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and all the running in between right around the corner, I wanted to suggest a little “holiday hack” for all you parents out there! It’s not easy juggling every day responsibilities as a parent, and then you add all the holiday shopping, work parties, family get-togethers, prepping, end of year doctor appointments, etc., and life gets a little overwhelming. But a little planning and asking for help goes a LONG way, so I suggest calling BabysitEase because they not only help with babysitting, but they can also do things around the house, run errands, help with your kids’ homework, etc… all the little things that will add up to help you keep your cheer this year during what can be during a crazy season.  Happy Holidays! (And yes, it’s officially Nov. so I can say that! haha!) I included a video below about BabysitEase that features the owner (my friend Peggy!) and one of her happy clients so you can learn more about them. You can also visit their website at babysitease.com!

Cincy Chic Review: 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound

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!

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound Franchise Opportunities

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!

Cincy Chic Review: Inside Out Beauty

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.

Review: Babysitease


It’s officially August. Yes, you read that right. Somehow, summer dwindled down to its final days and we’re entering the month that kids go back to school.

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!

Peggy Murriner, BabysitEase President
Peggy Murriner, BabysitEase President

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

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