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08/27/12

A Promise of Comfort

  “We’ve been where you are.” It’s a comforting promise for the countless women who come to Cincinnati's Eve Center seeking freedom from life’s daily struggles. It’s also the slogan of the faith-based nonprofit whose growing numbers, appealing events, and international presence are capturing the attention of area donors, investors, and volunteers who want to support a worthy cause. The Eve Center was founded in 2003 by Cinny Roy, MA, LPCC-S, a licensed professional clinical counselor and counseling supervisor. Her vision was simple: to give women a safe, confidential, and loving place to be heard, heal, and grow from any of life’s struggles—at no cost. Many common struggles women seek help for include post-abortive...

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Charlie and Sherry Blu Proposal Story

04/27/12

Charlie and Sherry Blu Proposal Story

Our proposal story is that there was no "proposal".  My husband and I met when we were Seniors in different high schools (I had dated his best friend).  After 5 weeks of dating, on our way home one evening in February 1968, during our conversation he said "when we get married". . . . .I told him he must be crazy and, to that, he said "you are the girl I have decided to marry, so when you get ready, just let me know". After graduation, 4 months later, I took him shopping at a jewelry store, pointed at a ring and said "that is the one I want", which he bought.  So there was no asking or answering, it was just understood and meant to be.  He gave it to me a few weeks later when he was leaving for the...

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Je suis une touriste américaine!

04/13/12

Je suis une touriste américaine!

Having the opportunity to travel and see the world is an opportunity that everyone should take advantage of. Weather it is traveling to a different state or traveling to a new country, each destination will offer an experience unlike any other. When traveling, you get to experience sites, sounds, and cuisines that are specific to that destination. These, among many others, help to define the culture of that area. While the culture may be specific, what each person takes away from it is not. The differences in taste and style of each person helps to bring a special aspect to your traveling. One person may like the food, while the other hates it. One may like the local museums, while the other would like to wonder around exploring the new area. These differences are what make traveling...

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Paul and Kayla Winner Proposal

04/02/12

Paul and Kayla Winner Proposal

  With school and work hours taking over much of our time my sister Leah, her fiancé Dan, my now fiancé Paul and I decided to enjoy a nature getaway at Hocking Hills State Park. After booking our cabin and eagerly waiting for the day to come we packed our bags and made the trip down. The weather was not looking good with a forecast of scattered showers and cooler temperatures. So a massive tub of chili and hot tub time were in order. Paul and I arrived first and scoped out our beautiful wood cabin. Walking through the door brought an immense smell of the outdoors and fresh cut wood. It was everything we expected and more. The views around the cabin were just as spectacular, with the woods as far as we could see and a little wildlife occasionally peeking...

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Kristina and Ryan Laker Proposal Story

03/28/12

Kristina and Ryan Laker Proposal Story

I had no idea that after eight years, Ryan had a ring and was going to propose when I got back to Cincinnati after being on a business cruise with my mother. Sadly, my beloved grandmother unexpectedly passed away that morning, so I rerouted my trip to accompany my mom to Chicago. Ryan later joined me, but naturally I was consumed with grief and helping the family with funeral arrangements. After the funeral dinner, Ryan stood up and asked if he could say a few words. He talked about how much he loved my grandmother and how he saw a little bit of her in all of us: my mother, my three aunts, my sister, and me. He told us how impressed he was with the way we all supported each other during such a difficult time, especially with the way we took care of my developmentally disabled...

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Schmidt Proposal Story

03/14/12

Schmidt Proposal Story

  Here is our first proposal story of the week for our facebook wedding contest! If you enjoy this proposal story then visit us on facebook to 'like' this story and help Margaret and Mark win a $500 gift certificate to James Free Jewelers.    Mark, Meggie, Kristin and I decided we needed to make a trip to Lake Cumberland for two days of serious ‘lakin’. The plan was to spend the afternoon wakesurfing and wakeboarding.It was mid-afternoon and I had just finished a very long wake surfing session where Mark was the one who pulled me and Meggie was snapping pictures of my awesomeness. As I climbed in the boat, Meggie set down the camera and started to prep for her turn. As she was digging out her life jacket, Mark stood up from the...

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It's a Look

09/29/11

It's a Look

Today, my youngest daughter decided she was going to wear all of her hair bows in her hair to school.  We’re talking 10-12 barrettes and bows in this child’s hair.  All down the sides and all different colors.  Ducks, butterflies, sparkly, big, small, striped, checkered.  Each side of her head was covered in a plethora of hair accessories.  At first I tried to talk her out of it but then I realized the only reason I was trying to talk her out of her accessory binge was because I didn’t want to be embarrassed.  I was worried about what the other parents would think, not so much what the other children would say to my daughter.  Thankfully, it was a fleeting thought.  I shut my mouth other than to tell my daughter to go...

Posted at 03:31 PM | Permalink

Everything You Wanted to Ask a Plastic Surgeon, Part 2

09/26/11

Everything You Wanted to Ask a Plastic Surgeon, Part 2

If you read my interview with Dr. Donath a few weeks back, this is part 2. You may wonder why  a makeup artist interviews a plastic surgeon, or a facialist. My clients expect me to be an expert on all things beauty and want to know where to turn when concealer just isn't enough anymore. I firmly believe in aging gracefully, but that doesn't mean I am anti-procedure. These hands have touched many an over-surgerized face, and I feel very strongly that Dr Donath's work is tasteful, subtle, and not overdone. See for yourself! (We plan to do an open house with his office in November; details to follow)

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Maybe Childbirth Doesn’t Have To Hurt

09/07/11

Maybe Childbirth Doesn’t Have To Hurt

I read this fascinating article a few weeks back on hypnobirthing.  Seeing the term “hypnobirthing” immediately conjured up images of a doula swinging a large pocket watch in front of a laboring mother. This couldn’t be right so I did some investigating.  I met with a lovely woman named Sharon Said from the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. Hypnobirthing is a childbirth philosophy that uses relaxation to create an empowering birth for mothers and babies.  Sharon explained that “hypnosis just means the deepest form of relaxation”.  To prepare their minds for childbirth, moms and dads-to-be attend a 10 week course and are instructed to listen to daily recorded meditations.  Sharon goes on to explain that hypnobirthing is based...

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Death Is Not Smurftastic

09/02/11

Death Is Not Smurftastic

I took my girls to see The Smurfs movie today.  It was during a particularly tense moment when none of us were sure if Papa Smurf was going to be able to escape Gargoymle's vicious grasp that my 4 year old, Evie, had a meltdown.  “Papa Smurf is going to die!” she cried.  “Oh no, Papa Smurf is in trouble!” she went on.  It was at that moment that I had a mini-meltdown because I realized my 4 year old was beginning to understand the concept of death. A few months ago my father passed away.  Evie and her Granddaddy were close and she loved going to visit him and Grandma.  He would sneak her M&Ms out of the glass candy jar that always sat by his chair.  He watched hours and hours of Dora and Calliou.  He loved her and my...

Posted at 01:20 PM | Permalink

ONE Singular Sensation

08/05/11

ONE Singular Sensation

In a previous life I was a teacher, grades 1 through 12. It was, how should I say this….an experience. Most of the students were a delight to be around but some made me want to pull out my hair. It only took me a few years to realize I was not cut out for teaching. It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher. A person with a lot more patience than I will ever have. There were one or two students that really made an impact on me though. I caught up with one of them recently (Facebook is so awesome). Her name is Tamara Shaya. She has accomplished some amazing things and had some great adventures since her days in my class.Here is an interview I did with Tamara last week. (She has probably had 100 fabulous experiences since then.)What have you been doing since high...

Posted at 01:17 PM | Permalink

Shopping Local is Easier Than I Thought!

07/22/11

Shopping Local is Easier Than I Thought!

Becoming a small business owner has opened my eyes to the whole “shop local” movement. I honestly never paid much attention to it until it was my bottom line on the line. Shopping local has really made me aware of all the fantastic shopping available in Cincinnati. Before I made the commitment to buy from local business owners whenever possible I complained about having only the mall and Saks for shopping. I was completely wrong. There are wonderful locally owned businesses all over the city.For clothes shopping, I always hit Monkee’s of Madiera, Camargo Trading Company, and my new favorite Amy Kirchen. I can pop in to any of these boutiques and find the perfect outfit. There is also Trend boutique in Oakley stocked with super cute clothes and accessories....

Posted at 01:17 PM | Permalink

People are in our lives for 1 of 3 Purposes

07/15/11

People are in our lives for 1 of 3 Purposes

There will never be a sign hanging on my door, “Gone Quilting.” I am not one for fine detailed motor skills and really dislike sewing. I think it is so cool when someone hand sews anything. Everything about a quilt communicates comfort to me. If I don’t care for one block of pattern it’s ok, because when I look at the whole it all fits. I imagine and think of every patch as a chapter of life. Humor me. I close my eyes and travel back to 1st grade and see my teacher, Miss. Sattler scolding me in the hallway. That patch was a bit tattered from the start. Nonetheless, it is a part of the fabric... I travel forward to 4th grade I learn from Holly K. on the playground that certain people are better than others depending on what they wear. I still resent that...

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It’s Greek to Me: Teaching a Toddler Foreign Language

07/15/11

It’s Greek to Me: Teaching a Toddler Foreign Language

There is only one phrase I know how to say in Greek really well and that is “Signomi, ala then milao elinika”. This phrase translates in to “Sorry, I don’t speak Greek”. I have always wanted to learn the language. More importantly, it would be great if my children would learn the language. You would think it wouldn’t be too hard for us since I’m married to a Greek that speaks the language fluently. Alas, my two girls know how to count to ten and say “good morning”. We’re working on getting them familiar with the language but it’s a lot of work. It’s hard enough trying to teach them proper English (Lord knows, I have a hard time with that one myself). Now, we’re trying to add on one of the hardest foreign...

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The Pettigreed Housewife

07/08/11

The Pettigreed Housewife

Dynamic: a : marked by usually continuous and PRODUCTIVE activity or change <a dynamic city> b : ENERGETIC, FORCEFUL <a dynamic personality>Every time I think of my friend Adia Molloy the word “dynamic” instantly pops in to my mind. The woman never stops, physically or mentally. I’ve only known her for a short time but something tells me her dynamic personality is a lifelong trait. We recently got together to discuss her latest project “Reader Roundtable”. It’s a fantastic website for real bookworms. I’m super excited about it because I’ve always wanted to be in a book club. Actually, I’ve been in a few book clubs but they were more like wine clubs. We had a great time talking and drinking a few glasses of vino but...

Posted at 09:24 AM | Permalink

A Ph.D. in Joy

06/29/11

A Ph.D. in Joy

I have a goal of earning my Ph.D in joy. I was on track to have it by the time I was 40 but recently I’ve misplaced the syllabus. Just today the following joy-stealers crossed my path quickly into the day: no coffee creamer in the fridge, (seriously, it’s a biggy for me) favorite cute summer skirt still too tight, precious baby girl restless with a fever, dog injured her knee and needs surgery, challenging phone call with husband, opening bogus bills and dealing with customer service…enough already. Time out! In the midst of this there was a gnawing voice inside me saying, “Where’s your joy—find it, it’s near” When I was a kid I learned a song, “I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart. Down in my heart. Down in my...

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A Charming Place to Sweat

06/29/11

A Charming Place to Sweat

I loathe working out. I do not run, play tennis, hit the elliptical, lift weights, or Zumba. By the way, this is something I absolutely dislike about myself. It would be fantastic to be fit and work up a sweat a few times a week. To see the results of good workouts has to be very rewarding. Yet, for some reason every day of the week I make some excuse not to work out. Now, to be fair, I do run my own business and run after two little toddlers. That in itself is a workout but I could definitely be doing more. Luckily, Candice Peters crossed my path.Candice owns Hyde Park Body Boutique (HPBB for short). As soon as I walked in to HPBB I felt like it was a place I could workout. Some of you know what I mean by that, right? The bright fluorescents of the large warehouse gyms do...

Posted at 06:51 AM | Permalink

Let’s Hear It for The Boy

06/24/11

Let’s Hear It for The Boy

I threw out a question to all my gal pals on Facebook this week: What is the greatest thing your guy does for you? There were a lot of great responses that came back. I decided to ask the question because I think it’s very easy for the husband, father or father-to-be to get glanced over. When we get married it’s all about the bride and when we have a baby it is pretty much all about the mom-to-be. I thought it might be nice to steer some attention the men’s way. My sister, Jessica, gave a very loving response about her husband Paul:“He loves me unconditionally. Be it happy, sad, mad, glad, bitchy, nice, covered in baby barf or whatever, it doesn't matter. He makes it a point every day to tell me how beautiful I am & how much he loves me.”I know,...

Posted at 07:52 AM | Permalink

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self….

06/24/11

Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self….

In today’s ever pressing, busy and demanding world we rarely get silent time. No, not the time that you spend laying in front of the TV or doing something alone. What I am talking about is that real silent time when you are alone with no task to do and no thoughts churning away taking over your brain. Silent time to breathe and be present is when we get in touch with our authentic self. What are we trying to tell ourselves? These times of quiet solitude, in which the outside world is excluded, are vital to our personal growth and happiness. This is when we can really ask ourselves questions such as, “how am I doing?” or “what do I really want?” In the quiet space within you are the answers to a lot of important questions. By allowing yourself regular...

Posted at 06:21 AM | Permalink

Ta-Da!

06/10/11

Ta-Da!

As a female business owner I’m naturally fascinated by other female entrepreneurs. I want to know what business practices are working for them and more importantly, which ones are not working. Of course, as a mother and business owner I want to know how they make it all work. I recently had the opportunity to interview Emilie LaRosa. She is a delightful person that owns and operates Broadway Bound Dance in Loveland. She happens to teach dance to my oldest and a few of our friends. Being the nosy gal that I am, I asked her about her journey to becoming the owner of her own dance studio.Emilie started dancing when she was 3 years old at the Dance Connection on Wards Corner Road. I didn’t ask but was dying to know if she was any good at that age. My 3 year old...

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That’s A Lot of Mommying

06/02/11

That’s A Lot of Mommying

Another school year comes to an end. This year my youngest is “graduating” from her early childhood program and heading off to the big school with her sister. Our last year at the place that is affectionately known as “The House”. The Early Childhood House at Cincinnati Country Day is a magical place. Seriously, magical. It’s the place where my girls developed from 18 month old babies drooling on themselves to independent, little toddlers. They learned a whole slew of new vocabulary words and how to pee in a potty. These last few days of the school year have me reflecting on the women, or as I like to call them “saints”, that teach at the program. My daughter’s teacher, Tara McMullen, is a mom herself. I will honestly say there...

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Baby, Heels and Power Suits

05/27/11

Baby, Heels and Power Suits

My adorable little sister, Jessica, recently had an adorable little baby. After twelve glorious weeks of maternity leave, at the end of April she faced the biggest emotional challenge of her life: dropping Hutton off at daycare for the first time. I lost my dog once and that separation about did me in. Dropping a newborn off at daycare for the first time has to be such an emotional time for a new mother. Even if you’re completely thrilled about going back to work, that first day must surreal. You’re happy to be back in the land of adult conversation but miserable to be away from the love of your life. There was never a doubt in Jessica’s mind that she would return to work. She has worked since the age of 16. She is now the Assistant Vice President and Manager of...

Posted at 04:17 PM | Permalink

Mother of All Mothers

05/19/11

Mother of All Mothers

There are days when I pray for silence. Just some peace and quiet. Five minutes is all I ask! There is the constant noise of two toddlers in our home. Sometimes it is the most beautiful noise I’ve ever heard, and other times it makes me want to literally pull my hair out! Right now the four-year-old is dancing around singing “Firework” by Katie Perry at the top of her lungs. It’s so cute . . . for the first ten minutes. I’m sure the moms reading this can completely relate. When my house gets too loud and chaotic, I stop and think about Kathy Hosler. She manages a household of ten children and does it beautifully. I asked her daughter Leah to sit down with her mom and ask her some questions about what it is like to be the mom to ten children and 6 (soon to...

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Somewhere between Carrie Bradshaw & Mother Teresa...

05/18/11

Somewhere between Carrie Bradshaw & Mother Teresa...

It was the nicest compliment I’ve ever received from my husband. And the good news is it happened just last week over dinner. (Trust me- it had little to do with the cooking) “You make me feel alive…” Alive. Awake. Dynamic. Becoming. Not existing. Lifeless. Spiritless. Dull. No one walks down the aisle looking deep into another persons’ eyes hoping to one day soon experience “dull.” Hello…dull happens. I’ve been asked to use this blog to reflect on my professional and personal experiences with relationships and cook up some delicious thoughts that move us towards fresh relationships that say, “I am alive and full of flavor!” Platonic and romantic relationships alike start out flavorful and go flat because they...

Posted at 02:22 PM | Permalink

Rock the Baby

05/09/11

Rock the Baby

The other evening I was curled up on my couch reading the latest issue of a parenting magazine. The article was about how to soothe your crying baby. All the advice was practical: rock the baby, walk the baby, put the baby in the car and drive him around. It got me to thinking about when my girls (now 2 and 4) were babies and the imaginative ways it took to soothe them. My older child cried every night around 6:00. Every night. Religiously. You could set your clock by her. One evening, when she was about three months old, I was in the bedroom rocking her, walking her, getting ready to put her in the car for a drive when Kenny Loggins came on the radio. She shut up as soon as she heard the chorus of “I’m All Right.” Now, I’m not sure if it was the song or the...

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