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Inside Out Beauty: Memberships, Coaching, Spa

Laurie Little, Founder and Owner of Inside Out Beauty
Laurie Little, Founder and Owner of Inside Out Beauty

We wrote about Inside Out Beauty a couple months ago in Cincy Chic, and then I went and visited to personally check it out in person for this review/virtual tour I posted last month! Since then, I got to talking with a few of the Inside Out Beauty gals who were at our most recent Cincy Chic event, and I learned even MORE about what they do/offer.

  • For example, I didn’t know they offer a monthly membership so that people can have better/more consistent access to their services.
  • These services not only include their spa side of things, but also the coaching side. In coaching Dr. Laurie Little helps people:
    • lose weight, make healthier lifestyle choices, reduce stress eating or binge eating, get people unstuck from any pattern of self defeating food related behaviors
    • Become more assertive, set better limits with others at work, at home, be a more effective parent, have clearer communication with their spouse, employees, boss, etc.
    • Improve self confidence, self esteem, self care, better understand the self defeating thoughts that lead to self sabotage in relationships or at work
  • The other services such as facials, massage, Reiki/energy healing, yoga are all additional ways that people can utilize the membership benefits each month.

Pretty cool, huh? I personally love the concept because it’s like a one-stop-shop for self improvement, which us women don’t allot much time for but we all need it. So, it’s nice that it’s all under one roof to make it as efficient and comprehensive as possible for the time/resources we do allow for a little “me” time… which isn’t just for that outer beauty, but inside too!

Check out the review/virtual tour video I did below of their space in Loveland last month. Or, even better, check them out for yourself at 9553 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140. More info at www.myinsideoutbeauty.com.

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound: Massages

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?! 🙂

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 : 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound

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!

New VIP Communities – Jackson Woods and Ambleside Meadows!


Lots of exciting news from my friends at M/I Homes this week! They just announced, not one, but TWO new communities: Jackson Woods in Loveland and Ambleside Meadows in Mason!

You know who found out about them first? Everyone on the M/I Homes VIP list! Click here to make sure you’re on this free VIP list to get all the latest updates on these VIP communities and more!

I did a little digging and put together the overviews below of both areas where the new communities will call home (and you could, too!). Seriously excited for both of these!

Jackson Woods
It’s only appropriate that “woods” is in the name of the new Jackson Woods community because that’s exactly where it’s nestled: a beautiful, wooded setting. The community of new homes is located right off of Wards Corner Road in Loveland, Ohio with easy access to I-275, so you can feel like you’re away from it with easy access to all the amenities the city has to offer. If you and your family love to spend your free time outdoors, this is the place for you because you’re super close to golf courses and bike trails to parks and rivers. Hit the course at Oasis Golf Club and Hickory Woods Golf Course or spend your weekends being active at Lake Isabella Park, the Loveland Bike Trail or even rent a canoe with my friend Dirk over at Morgan’s Canoe Livery.

Better yet, you don’t even have to leave the community to get your fresh air fix, as Jackson Woods community includes a pond with a fountain and a pocket park to enjoy in a suburban setting with 10.6 acres of open space to enjoy. Several lots back up to the woods for privacy and exploration. This beautiful community is located within the Loveland School District that features a Primary School, Elementary School, Intermediate School, Middle School, and a High School.

I learned from their Internet Sales Associate, Laura, that they are offering a gorgeous series of homes called the Premiere Series, which offer a ton of gorgeous options already included in your home. She also mentioned that there are going to be 35 homesites available, with two cul-de-sacs, and they are expecting this community to sell quickly!

Ambleside Meadows
It’s funny, I was JUST in Mason waiting for my Kroger Groceries (the Mason location is one of the few locations where you can order online and pick-up curbside without even having to get out of your car), thinking about how cool of an area it is, especially for young families. In fact, my friend Kristen founded a site called “Masonmetu” a few years ago and it’s filled with things to do, places to go, where to eat, events coming up, etc. in the area. If someone’s full time gig is trying to keep up with all the fun things to do and places to go in your area, you know it’s good!

Ambleside Meadows is a community of new homes is located in Mason just minutes from LOTS of family fun places like Kings Island, the Beach Water Park and Great Wolf Lodge. It’s located off of US 42, so it’s near 741 and I-71, making it easy to get anywhere that you need in and around Cincinnati! You’ll love the convenient location and the proximity to shopping (Deerfield Towne Centre is just minutes away!), dining and entertainment throughout Mason, Ohio. Parks and golf galore, too, as you’re right down the road from Mason Sports Park, Heritage Oak Park and Four Bridges Golf and Country Club. Lots of large corporations call Mason home, too — like Proctor and Gamble, Cintas, Luxottica and Children’s Hospital – so your commute could be a snap! Ambleside Meadows will feature new homes in Warren County that are a part of the Mason School District. With the convenient location, amazing school system and access to everyday needs and amenities, this community is SUCH a fab find!

The Warren County-based Ambleside Meadows will be in a gorgeous community that will include a clubhouse, a community pool, pond and nature trails that run throughout the community. It will feature new single family homes that will include 60′ wide home sites with cul-de-sac homesites available as well. There will be 122 homes available from M/I Homes and are expected to sell quickly! Join the VIP List today to get information about these homes as it is released!

I know these communities really peaked my interest. If you’re interested in learning more about Jackson Woods or Ambleside Meadows, please call Laura at (513) 268-8460 or email her at salescinci@mihomes.com. She’s super helpful and helped answer all of my questions!


4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa!


Wow. I can’t believe in a little over 10 weeks our little girl will be here in our arms. She’s been a few years in the making and it’s just unreal that she’s almost ready to make her big debut!

As you know, I’ve been practically living at Becoming Mom Spa during my pregnancy (LOVE that place) getting everything from pregnancy-safe pedis and prenatal massages to even finding out the gender early there! Well, we chalked up another special experience there this weekend when we got to see our precious baby’s face for the first time through a 4D ultrasound.

It took my breath away to see that black and white blurry regular ultrasound that you typically see on a small computer screen at your doctors turn into a 4D lifelike real-time window into the womb, projected on a big 40inch hi-def screen. For 30 minutes, we watched her wiggle, hiccup, squirm, rub her eyes, suck her thumb and even react when my husband started talking to her close to my belly. Unbelievable. As if that wasn’t great enough, we also got a CD and print-outs of our ultrasound images to take home and a DVD  recording of the ultrasound session so we could share the video with loved ones.

Really, really incredible. Looking back, our times at Becoming Mom have just made the experience and journey of being pregnant so much more enjoyable. From learning the gender early and getting a stuffed animal with the recording of her heartbeat inside, to seeing her face, hands and little movements in 4D… all of these things we wouldn’t have gotten at a regular doctor’s office… not to mention being able to enjoy spa services without worrying what kind of chemicals or products they’re using and if it’ll be harmful to the baby. It’s just been great. So if you know of anyone who’s preggo, definitely send them to Becoming Mom! It  makes “becoming mom” even more special! 🙂

Preggo Pampering at Becoming Mom Spa


Last month, I went to Becoming Mom in Mason for their “I Can’t Wait” Package where they can tell you the gender of your baby a few weeks sooner than you OB typically does. That’s when we found out IT’S A GIRL!! Woohoo!!!

So excited to have a “mini me” on the way! Can’t wait to go shopping and spa-ing with her. Well, technically I don’t have to wait. I already started shopping for her (my first stop after the ultrasound was buying her a pair of shoes! haha!) and I decided to treat myself to one spa service a month for the rest of my pregnancy (these swollen ankles aren’t going to relieve themselves!). I’m officially half-way through the pregnancy as of today, actually! Can’t believe it!

Of course, there are a billion spas in town (many of which I love love love) and some even offer prenatal services. But I didn’t feel like doing the homework on what products they were using and confirming that my service provider was trained in working with pregnant women (even if it’s just a facial — I didn’t want to worry about my facial using chemicals I’m not supposed to have on my skin, or that the esthetician will lay me in a position I’m not supposed to be in.) 

I’m a worry wart about enough these days, so it’s just nice to book an appointment and know that whatever I need — a pedicure, massage or facial — will be with the safest products and people for my preggo pampering!

So, long story short, I booked all my monthly spa services at Becoming Mom as a little light at the end of the tunnel each month to give me something to look forward to! This month was a “Get that Glow” facial where they slough off all the dead skin and revive it with an all-natural pumpkin scrub. They also did a head, shoulder and hand massage, as well as a foot and leg rub. Soooooo nice. Next month? Prenatal massage! Woohoo!


"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." ~Marilyn Monro
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” ~Marilyn Monroe

Last Friday began as a regular day, but ended as one of the best days of my life so far. As I announced a couple weeks ago on Cincy Chic… I’m preggo!! And ever since we found out, I’ve been itching to know the gender so I can start shopping and decorating. A friend of mine told me that Becoming Mom in Mason has an “I can’t wait” package where you can find out the gender as early as Week 16, versus Week 19 or 20 when your OB/GYN typically does their anatomy check where gender is usually determined.

My husband and I in front of Becoming Mom in Mason, about to find out the gender!!
My husband and I in front of Becoming Mom in Mason, about to find out the gender!!

So, because I truly couldn’t wait to know, this was the perfect package for me! I made our appointment for Friday at noon, but I had no idea what kind of special experience I was in store for. We walked in Becoming Mom and it felt like a spa (which it actually is, in addition to a maternity boutique and ultrasound clinic). A welcome change from the cold, sterile ultrasound rooms at my doctor’s office. So, we step into a room that’s decorated like a cozy room I’d find at home, with a big screen up on the wall.

Little did I know that our little bundle of joy would shortly appear on that big screen so that every little movement, finger and toe was larger than life. The sonographer began the screen and immediately confirmed that we wanted to know gender — yes yes yes!! — and apparently our little peanut was ready to share what SHE is! Yes, it’s a GIRL! EEEEEE!!! A mini me!!! haha! So excited!

Then, for the next five or ten minutes, the sonographer continued her scan to show us each little arm, leg, foot, hand, finger and little toe. There was even a point where our little girl stood completely still on the screen except for one little hand bending, looking like she was waving to us through the screen. It completely melted my heart!

Speaking of heart… the sonographer then pressed a button so that we could hear the heart beat. She even recorded it and put it into a stuffed animal we got to pick out . So, now whenever I want to hear our little girl’s beating heart, I just need to give the little bunny they gave me a squeeze and the sound of her heart beating is loud and clear, warming my heart with each little thump.

I couldn’t help but let the happy tears flow watching my little girl squirm around on the screen. It was such a special experience. So, I HIGHLY recommend going to Becoming Mom if you’re a mom-to-be. I’m definitely going to be back to get spa services and visit the boutique when I can no longer fit into “real” clothes!

I’ll keep you updated with any more news about this itty bitty fashionista I have in my belly! For now though, I have lots of shopping and decorating to do!! 🙂



Posh Pup Fashion Show – Nominate Your Furry Fashionista!

We’re hosting our third annual Posh Pet Fashion Show on Sept. 21 and we’d love your pet to be in the show! Check out all the details below about the event, and how to nominate your four-legged fashionista to work the catwa…er…dogwalk! 🙂

The event features complimentary wine/fare/photos with your pup, shopping, and even a fashion show featuring a new boutique in town (The Stash – we just wrote about them in this week’s issue actually!). More event details are below – click here to learn more and RSVP!

Posh Pup Fashion Show

When: Sept. 21, 6-9 pm, Fashion Show at 7:30pm

Where: Performance Lexus, 4328 Kings Water Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45249

Enjoy: Complimentary valet “barking,” puparazzi on the red carpet, shopping, complimentary drinks, and a pupography booth to capture lots of candid moments with you and your canine. Plus, check out the pup-friendly treats, raffle prizes, silent auction and fundraising activities. The event is free to attend – receive a swag bag with a $10 donation to The Humanitarian League of Greater Cincinnati!

Nominate your pup to be featured in the show! Email a photo and name of the dog you’re nominating to pets@cincychic.com. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 24. Voting at cincychic.com/pets will begin Sept. 3 at 10am and end on Sept. 7 at 5pm. (voting link will not be live until Sept. 3)

Sponsors Include…
Presenting Sponsor: The Pet Spot

Supporting Sponsors: Lexus RiverCenter, Performance Lexus, PNC Bank, The Plastic Surgery Group, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Cors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC

Fashion Show Sponsors: The Stash, Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

Booth Sponsors: Mary Kay by Britt Born, Paw Joggers, Positive Paws, Origami Owl with Julia Tudor and more!

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