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Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and another little one on the way, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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When you hold your fuzzy friends tight, don’t you just want to give them all the fancy things you wish for yourself?  There are so many ways to celebrate the special bond between you and your four-legged family members.  See if any of these are suitable for you.

Customized Crafts

Your pet likely already has their own bed, toys, and blankets.  How about taking it to the next level by customizing it just for them?  Monogramming their name on their bedding and food bowls is a fine way to set their things apart.  While they may not be able to read, they will know you care. They may be able to recognize themselves in pictures, so your legged friends may enjoy having their face printed on a shirt that you wear or throw pillow for the couch they love sitting on.  Portraits of your pretty pet to hang in your home are a classic choice if wearing your pet’s face seems too co-dependent.  Even if you are a crazy cat lady, not everyone has to know it.

Four-Legged Foodies

Chowhounds unite!  Gourmet treats for pets are becoming more popular with pet bakeries offering dog cupcakes and cat cookies. They look good enough to even tempt the humans and are a great way to spoil your hound or feline. If you don’t have a pet-friendly bakery in your area, the ubiquitous Starbucks offers your canine pal a puppachino, with no caffeine kick but plenty of whip cream.

Home-made treats are also a great idea. Make human recipes for the doggo by following the canine-friendly substitutions grated carrots for sugar or peanut butter.  No chocolate, but shredded beef is a better choice to add flavor.  Dogs can eat many of the same grains and vegetables that we do, cats not so much.  Notoriously finicky, treat your cat to the freshest seafood experience. See if they turn their little-whiskered noses up at sashimi grade raw fish. If you expect more for your pet, they can become foodies with a taste as refined as their owner. Read more articles on Your Pet Land if you want to learn more.

Quality Time Together

Simply being with you is a treat for your pet, so why not do something special together?  Try doing yoga together.  As a quadruped, your pet has a natural ability do to moves that are more difficult for us humans. We have much to learn from our four-legged friends. They don’t call it a downward dog for nothing! Treat your furry friend to a spa day with aromatherapy and massage.  Hire a specially trained animal masseuse to use similar relaxing techniques as on a human or go slow and gentle working those movies yourself.

Our pets do so much for us.  Dogs love to follow us and it’s only natural to spoil them.  Cats already know they deserve superior treatment.   Show your care with customized gifts, tasty treats or quality time and your animal will know they’re special.

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We're down with stripes in this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy! Keep watching to learn more about why you should have this classic staple in your closet this season!

 

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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As every woman out there can attest, nothing can beat a strong female friendship. You can be closer than sisters, and you support each other through your ups and downs. Celebrating together, of course, is one of the highlights of your friendship, which is why you should do all you can to surprise your best friend this year with her best birthday bash yet. Follow these tips, and you can be the ultimate party planner in no time:

Coordinate with Her Friends

Unless the plan from the start is to have a celebration between just the two of you, it will always be nice to coordinate with her other friends. If you are all in the same friendship circle this will be easy, but it doesn’t have to be limited to only the people you are friends with as well. Contact her work friends or her old school friends and get them involved as well. That way not only can you surprise her with a big birthday bash, you can also surprise her with everyone that loves her.

Budget with Everyone

By budgeting with everyone who is attending you can work out what you can do to make her birthday a surprise. At the very least try to get everyone to pitch in enough or to agree to splitting the bill for the birthday girl, so that she can enjoy the day and not worry about anything. This could mean paying for her meal, or it could mean pitching in together to book a fun event. Either way, it is important to talk about this before the party so that no one feels sour when the bill comes up.

Be Creative

The biggest surprise of course would be to organize a party around something she loves, but has never thought of herself. This could be something as classic as, say, afternoon tea at a hotel, or it could be booking a slot at Escape Room Oklahoma City. The point is to surprise her with an activity that suits her perfectly that she has never done before. That way you can give her the gift of a new experience on top of whatever you wrap up.

Tips on Documenting the Big Day

We all love taking pictures. A great photo of ourselves makes us feel better in the moment, but more importantly pictures can capture moments in time. This means that even though our memories fade over time, we can simply look back over a photo and be instantly returned to the time when we first took it. That is why photos are so important, but you should aim to do more than simply take posed photos together. Take candid shots and videos and open a shared folder on Facebook or even simply through iCloud and share all your photos together. Try to balance being in the moment and capturing it.

Party planning is easy, what is more difficult is choosing the right theme. The specific event choices you make should depend on what your best friend loves, but by coordinating with her friends, budgeting in advance, and by being creative with what you choose you can throw her the best birthday yet.

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We're sharing a variety of fashion trends you can expect to see this spring! Keep watching for more.

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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