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Want to look put together but don’t have the time or know-how (or just want a really great gift idea)? We found just the beauty pro for the job.

We all have that forgotten drawer full of cosmetics and skincare we have no idea how to use. What if there was a simplified, curated combo of products that’s easy to use and take on the go? There is, and it’s called Woosh Beauty.

Andrea Abraham, Founder and CEO of Woosh Beauty

“I created Woosh for the women we affectionately call the ‘makeup underachiever.’ She likes makeup, wants to look good, but doesn’t have a lot of time as she is busy doing things that are more important to her, like family, work, fitness…you name it. While some women enjoy watching YouTube makeup tutorials and following the latest trend, many women don’t have the time or patience,” says Andrea Abraham, Founder and CEO of Woosh Beauty. “Rather, they want a natural face or to do a little more with their makeup, like perfect their eyeliner, contour their face, fill in their brow and enjoy a natural eye shadow look without having to watch social media and buy 20 items. Our curated product line offers women easy makeup and tools so they can get their makeup on effortlessly and beautifully and get on with their life!”

With the help of a team of 10 people plus agency help for about five years, Woosh Beauty is making a name for themselves. The inspiration behind starting the business came from Abraham’s passion for makeup and wanting to make high quality products. “I wanted to put everything I loved into one place to make life easier. Makeup palettes are always just eye shadows or just blush and lip gloss and I wanted a palette that had everything for a full face of makeup and to put it in a slim book that I could take with me in my purse easily vs. a bulky makeup bag -so we named it the ‘Fold Out Face,’ as the book folds out to have s generous-sized mirror and 13 full-size pans of makeup,” she says. “This led to developing application tools to help women get their eye makeup on flawless- my favorite is our Corner Brush Eye Stamper where you can just stamp on your eye shadow and line your eyes in three easy steps.”

The name, Woosh, was inspired by the way they want people to do their makeup. “You can do your face in under five minutes with our Fold Out Face and woosh! You’re done,” Abraham says. “You can stamp on your eye shadow and woosh! You’re done!”

There are a variety of products offered through Woosh and they include:

• Fold Out Face Palette: Comes with six shades that match every skin tone. 
• Corner Brush Eye Stamper: “Dual-ended to provide gorgeous eye looks that you can just stamp, blend and line all-in-one brush,” she says.
• Even Eye Stencils: “Made of medical grade silicone to be gentle under eyes to capture eye shadow fall out and line eyes perfectly,” Abraham says. 
• Spin-On Lip Glosses: “We made them in eight perfect nude shades so they provide a pop of color that is never sticky, since we formulated them with shea butter to glide on and moisturize. And they are vegan as well,” she says.
• Flex and Curl Mascara: “Has a bendable wand that helps you coat each and every lash,” Abraham says. 
The Woosh Beauty “Fold Out Face” is designed to be easy to take on the go.

There are also deals that Woosh Beauty has for the holiday season. “On our website,, we have some amazing holiday bundles at a great value, as well as fun stocking stuffers like our Secret Brush Set (four brushes that nest together and fit into your purse easily), or our Mascara Shield(so that you never end up with smudged mascara on your lids),” she says. “We are also doing a fun daily giveaway of these bundles from 12/2-12/8, on our Instagram.”

For the holidays, there are new products that Woosh Beauty are going to be offering. 

“One of my favorites is called The Minimalist, as we all have a friend or family member who is a makeup minimalist and just wants the basics -in this bundle, we sell our Fold Out Face Palette, Mascara and Lip Gloss, so that you can give the perfect gift to the woman in your life seeking simplicity,” Abraham says. “She can throw those three items in her purse, suitcase, makeup bag and be done! Our Bloss Gloss set is an amazing value as well, featuring all eight shades of our Spin-On Lip Gloss at 25 percent discount.”

A product that Abraham suggests are the Spin-On Lip Gloss shades. “They look beautiful over lipstick to provide a little shine and moisture and they are gorgeous alone, providing a nice pop of color. My favorite shade is Glam Peach, but I also like to mix it with Pink Natural too…makes a rich pinky peach,” she says. “Our Fold Out Face is a great gift as it’s a unique gift, since no other palette has coverage and color and people get hooked by the amazing coverage of our concealers and the rich and smooth pigments of our shadows and blushes.”

The Fold Out Face comes in six shades

Woosh Beauty is different from other brands out there. “Woosh is different as we created never before seen items — Most are patented or patent-pending — that exist to help women with makeup, not scare or complicate things. Each of our products come with simple to understand instructions and tutorials,” Abraham says. “Unlike most brands, we launch new products constantly with very little differentiation , which leads to consumer confusion, we curated our line to be simple and understandable.”

Abraham says she loves that the product makes lives easier. “We hope to bring people more time to do what’s important to them and to not stress when they travel or go to the gym, that they forgot one piece of their makeup routine – the Fold Out Face has everything you need in one place so you’ll never forget anything,” she says. “You can focus on what is really important each day and less on makeup.”

What gets Abraham to come back to work every day is the fun she gets to have. “Our work is really fun, so I am always psyched to come back to work each day. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial drive to me and I like solving problems (and there always seems to be a challenge or two with a small business), so I find I’m constantly challenged in that way,” she says. “I also really like the creative side of the business and enjoy developing new ad campaigns and videos for our website.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Woosh Beauty, follow them on FacebookInstagram and you can subscribe to their emails on their website. “We are very choiceful about when and what we email to our subscribers, so I promise you, no spam,” Abraham says.

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Learn about Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa’s new pedicure that brings more comfort and relaxation to the senses than ever before.

Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa is offering a brand new pedicure product with Hemp in it. 

“Our new Pedi in a Box 4 Step Deluxe is infused with Hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and Organic Virgin Olive Oil to deliver an intense dose of moisture and instantly soothe irritation and calm skin, bringing comfort and relaxation to the senses,” Wendy Wesley, Nail Department Manager, says. “Hemp Relax contains non-intoxicating Hemp Seed Oil mixed with Natural extracts and Organic Virgin Olive Oil that give this pedicure a unique signature scent to enhance the calming experience. Hemp Relax is non-psychoactive and does not contain THC.”

Voesh New York is the brand that the product is. “Voesh is the innovative creator of the single use pedicure packets,” Wesley says. “The products are individually packaged to let our guests choose which aromatherapy scent they would enjoy most during their pedicure service.”

The Voesh product contains CBD. “Cannabidiol is a compound ound in cannabis plants,” she says. “Although CBD is a compound that is found in cannabis, it does not contain the THC compunds that will get you high.”

There are health benefits for this product. “The health benefits from having pedicues alone takes care of your feet abd keeps them in optimal working shape because they are overused and abused,” Wesley says. “CBD-infused products have become popular to promote relaxation. Many people say that the aromatherapy properties of the CBD pedicure improved their mood.”

This Voesh product is unique. “The clients get to experience aromatherapy in the most convenient and thoughtful delivery system in spa service,” Wesley says. 

Wesley hopes that her clients get to feel relaxed with this new product. “In this crazy, busy world, we just want to help our guests relax, even if it is only for an hour,” she says.

If you want to keep up with what Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa is doing, follow them on Facebook and check out their website.

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Read on to learn about a non-profit organization that wants to help support and empower women through their breast and gynecological cancer journeys.

If you need support after being diagnosed with breast and gynecological cancer, there is an organization that‘s here to help. 

“DayOne Matters of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one support, trusted resources and generous assistance to breast and gynecological cancer fights, survivors and caregivers,” says Amy Darrah, Co-founder and President. “Through our IMPACT Giving Foundation, we provide Chemo and radiation bags, healthy meals and medical bill assistance to fighters and survivors when they are in need.”

Launched alongside Co-founder Brenda Walton, DayOne Matters began three years ago, but it officially launched last month. “DayOne Matters is volunteer-run and we currently have 13 volunteers and are growing,” says Darrah. 

The inspiration behind starting the organization came from the feeling of Darrah and Walton had during their cancer journeys. “Our inspiration was born out of the isolation and frustration we felt, coupled with the lack of available resources, at the time of our diagnoses and throughout our cancer journeys. Professional programs and products that are specifically needed by women dealing with cancer were not conveniently available to us,” Darrah says. “As we began talking with other women who had dealt with cancer, their stories were quite similar to ours. We decided that we could do better. By empowering women to take charge of their journey, providing trusted resources, caring friendships, consistency and reasons to be positive, we’ve created an organization that is changing how to deal with a cancer diagnosis.”

The name of the organization is so important for the mission of DayOne Matters. “We determined that Cincinnati area women dealing with breast and gynecological cancer, whether a fighter, survivor or caregiver, should be uplifted in a positive, holistic manner and that no matter where they were in their journey, support would start now. This would be their DayOne,” Darrah says.

DayOne Matters provides different services to women going through their cancer journey, so they don’t have to stress. These services include:

• Sol Sisters: “One-on-one support where a fighter is matched with a Sol Sister mentor who shares her same diagnosis, but has attained survivor status. A Sol Sister is a ‘girlfriend who gets it,’” they say. “She is a partner who walks alongside a fighter to support, listen and cheer on her new friend. Sol Sisters are also available for survivors and caregivers who need support and encouragement.”
• Local Resources: “Trusted resources who have been vetted by DayOne Matters. It is a one-stop-shop of professionals, places, classes and products that we feel are sensitive to and can be beneficial to someone dealing with cancer,” they say.
• IMPACT Giving Foundation does the following:
o Chemo and Radiation Bags: “Bags filled with healthy and organic items that are helpful to women during chemo or radiation treatment. Smaller bags are given to local oncology offices for their patients and deluxe bags are given to women in Sol Sister partnerships,” Darrah and Walton say. “People get excited about our bags because they are filled with thoughtful items that make you happy.”
o Healthy Meals: “For women undergoing chemotherapy and who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and/or their families, DayOne Matters provides healthy and delicious meals. Daily optionsare available to choose from and are delivered to homes by our volunteers,” they say. 
o Medical Bill Assistance: DayOne Matters provides financial help for bills related to cancer for fightersand survivors. 

The organization defines success through the support and encouragement felt by the people. “For every woman we empower, support, encourage, uplift, connect and cheer on through any of our programs, we claim success,” Darrah says. “We are women supporting women in every stage of their cancer journey. We build friendships that can last a lifetime.”

DayOne Matters is a unique organization that is authentic and relatable. “We ‘get it’ because each of us has a cancer journey. We know what type of support is truly needed and we have created extremely successful, tailored programs that work,” they say. “We’ve also created extensive lists to serve as a one-stop-shop for positive cancer-related information. From service providers, products and programs, these continually updated lists contain a wealth of information for the woman dealing with cancer.”

The organization is a big part of the community of Madeira because they educate and empower people. “We are the fighters, survivors and caregivers and we are connecting women like us and helping them thrive through adversity because we know that positivity helps heal the mind, body and soul.”

DayOneMatters is located at 6911 Miami Avenue, Madeira, Ohio 45243. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Learn about a Montgomery-based dentistry practice that provides unique services in a boutique, concierge setting.

Eleanor Endres, DMD, Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry

There is a practice in Old Montgomery that takes a different approach to dentistry. Endres Gateway Dentistry is a “General dentistry practice in a boutique, concierge setting that focuses on family, cosmetic, comprehensive and sleep/snoring dentistry, wellness and facial esthetics,” says Eleanor Endres, DMD-Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry. 

The practice located in Olde Montgomery, immediately off of Ronald Reagan Highway, has been opened since August of 2007. With the help of six employees and a therapy dog named Finn, Endres Gateway Dentistry offers a wide variety of services. The name of the practice comes from the fact that they are in the Gateway Building of Montogomery. “A Gateway has an obvious analogy to the mouth,” Endres says. “Our motto is: ‘Oral Health is the gateway to healthy living.’”   

There is a wide variety of services offered through the practice. They offer the traditional dental services, including: fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, hybrid dentures, implants, cleanings, gum treatment, braces, veneers, teeth whitening, sedation and more. 

They also offer unique services like TMJ Treatments, which include: guards, therapy, massage, trigger point injections and E-stim. There are Facial Esthetic Services: Botox fillers for wrinkles, lips, PRP for dark circles under eyes, Kybella for dissolving fat under the chin, threading to minimize facial scarring, heavy wrinkles and sagging skin, and jaw line enhancement. They also provide snoring appliances and Sleep Apnea appliances. 

Advanced technology and boutique comfort is what makes Endres Gateway Dentistry unique

Endres Gateway Dentistry is different from other practices, Endres says, because they have “a boutique environment, large variety of services, ability to treat TMD, comprehensive care — which means we help educate our patients on how the health of their mouth relates to their whole health — and high level of customer service with a gentle touch,” she explains. “We have a therapy dog, Finn, for our patients with dental anxiety. He is a two-year-old Bernedoodle and cute as can be.

According to Endres, the vision of the practice is “To always be offering the latest and most advanced dental and facial esthetic treatments through evidence-based care,” Endres says. Endres Gateway Dentistry provides joy and education to the community. “Not only do we help people smile and help them enjoy life, we can educate the public on healthy lifestyles,” she says. “That raises the health and happiness of the whole community.”

Endres loves the field that she is in and is passionate about it. “I really love dentistry and facial esthetics,” she says. “I have always enjoyed a job where I work with my hands, creating a product through an artistic eye that is useful to people.”

Keeping up with industry is also important to Endres, as she and her team often adapt the practice with new technology, techniques and services. “We want to meet the needs of our patients as the science of dental medicine and facial esthetics advances,” she says. 

And while she loves the science and artistry of her job, Endres says it’s the people she enjoys the most. “My team and my parents that I see every day allow me the privilege to impact their lives in positive ways,” Endres says. “I love helping people achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.”

Endres Gateway Dentistry is located at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204, Cincinnati, OH. To learn more, visit on FacebookInstagram or their website

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Health and community come together at a Northern Kentucky hot spot for all things healthy.

A local lady’s personal journey through weigh loss, health and wellness inspired a new business.

Healthy Hangout is health and nutrition business based in the Florence area that wants to promote healthy living, but also a place for people to come together.  “Healthy Hangout is a Nutrition Club where people can come get a healthy meal smoothie and energy combos customized to everyone’s nutritional needs,” says Kim Blatt, Wellness Coach and Owner of Healthy Hangout. 

The business is located across from Boone County High School at: 7220 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky. In November, Healthy Hangout is going to be celebrating their one-year anniversary. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from Blatt’s personal weight loss journey. “Thirteen years ago, I went from 42 percent body fat, a size 14 to an eight, in six weeks (29 percent body fat). Today, 13 years later, I am between a four and a six,” she says. “It’s amazing that after a lifetime of dieting, I found out how to use food to maintain normal body weight and muscle integrity.”

There are a variety of different services and products offered through Healthy Hangout. The business provides a Saturday morning walking club, spa parties, weight loss challenge, both on-site and these challenges take place in other businesses as a wellness program as well. “It all starts with a Wellness Profile, which guides us towards developing a meal plan to help each person hit their unique goals,” Blatt says. “We help people track changes in their body mass and learn to use fuel to increase the results of exercise and diet.” 

Other than wellness programs, they sell nutritional products to customers as well. “We offer a full line of Natural Sports Nutrition, vitamin-based energy drinks, natural metabolism boosters, immunity booster, protein-based snacks, including a wonderful protein-based coffee,” she says. “Our company (Herbalife Nutrition) uses state of the art procedures to develop the most effective combinations of herbs and botanicals.”

Healthy Hangout defines success by “helping others reach their goals, whatever that may be for them,” Blatt says. “We are focused on delivering healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks that taste amazing and since we use Herbalife products, we also love teaching people to be independent of us as well and think of healthy eating as a delicious way of life.”

To keep up with Healthy Hangout, follow on Facebook and Instagram, or call at: (859) 534-1682.

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A new Newport-based practice that wants to help people relieve stress and heal through two unique kinds of tension-melting services. 

It’s a busy world out there, but Tina Kreidler opened a wellness practice in Northern Kentucky to help you find the stillness within. In fact, Stillness Within Healing is the name of her new business.

The name, Stillness Within Healing, comes from the feeling of zen, she says. “When you are able to quiet the chaos of the world and get quiet and still, you can balance the nervous system and heal. I am not a healer, I like to hold space for people so that they can awaken their inner healer,” she adds. “Some of the most common imbalances that people seek out holistic healing for are: anxiety, stress, acute illness, auto immune disorders, painful joints, sleeplessness, depression, emotional healing and mental fog. It’s complimentary to Western Medicine.”

Kreidler loves to help people and has brought that passion to her practice. “I hope to offer a place where people can truly relax and I can walk with them on their journey of wellness,” she says. “We live in such a fast-paced world and people are really starting to understand that self-care needs to be a priority, finding that balance for the body, mind, spirit and emotions.”

Reiki and Reflexology are the two main services currently offered at Stillness Within Healing. 


“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive,” Kreidler says. “The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words- Rei, which means ‘universal’ and ki, which is life force energy, so Reiki is ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’”

Reiki is something that has really been growing in popularity because of its success and how easy it is to use. “Many hospitals, clinics and offices have implemented Reiki as a practice to reduce stress and increase natural healing for employees and patients. Reiki is used to aid the natural healing within your body. It can be combined with other modalities to speed the body’s ability to heal.”

During a Reiki session, each client is fully clothed and are wrapped with blankets so they can be comfortable. “Reiki can be practiced with touch or by holding hands slightly off the body. The practitioner gently holds their hands in positions on the body to increase the energy flow to that area for several minutes and then moves the hands slowly to the next location, she says. “A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.”


“Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. It is not massage, but a particular method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate reflex areas,” Kreidler says. “As a reflexologist works the reflex areas on your feet or hands, the patterns of tension held in your body are interrupted, which then allows your body’s own healing wisdom to emerge. Reflexology is like hitting a reset button inside your body.”

A Reflexology session starts out with a conversation with Kreidler about your medical history, physical symptoms and figure out where they want to begin on their body. “During a session, some people stay awake and alert, asking questions or chatting with the practitioner,” she says. “Other people may stay awake but prefer to close their eyes and gently relax, while others go deep inside and totally relax to the point of falling asleep or choosing a lucid dream experience.”

Science has proven that stress is a huge cause of pain, illness and disease. “People turn to Reflexology for the relief of all kinds of symptoms, everything from back pain to digestive issues to infertility and depression, the roots of which are all exacerbated by stress and tension,” Kreidler says. “By relieving tension in the body’s reflex areas on your feet and hands, stress is alleviated and the healing wisdom inside the body can begin working to bring you back to wholeness.”

Along with Reiki and Reflexology, she also uses crystals, hot stones and aromatherapy. 

Stillness Within Healing is located at 821 York Street in Newport, Kentucky. To learn more, like them on Facebook, contact through email or call (859) 907-4296.

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Learn about a West Chester-based women’s fitness studio that brings fun and unique ways to enjoy Pilates for all ability levels.

There is a fitness facility in the West Chester area that wants to help people experience exercise in a unique and fun way. “Club Pilates is a Reformer-based Pilates classes that use a modern approach to classical methods. Reformer Pilates is energizing fun and low-impact,” Laura Harris, Studio Owner of Club Pilates, says. “It’s for anyone looking to build strength, increase flexibility and improve range of motion.”

Club Pilates is a national franchise, but their club location opened on April 4, 2019 in West Chester at: 7554 Voice of America Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Currently, there are six instructors, three sales associates and one general manager. 

There are a wide variety of different Pilates classes offered and the include:

• Club Pilates Intro Class

“The Club Pilates Intro Class is the perfect way to experience Pilates and our studio! Enjoy a 30-minute, full-body session with one of our talented instructors- each of whom are certified with over 500 hours of comprehensive Pilates,” Harris says. “This session is a great intro to our equipment, the studio and our amazing staff. Experience the Pilates Reformer and more. Find your local studio to book your complimentary Reformer session today.”

• Full-Body Reformer-Based Pilates

“Our signature contemporary Reformer class with strengthen and lengthen your entire body,” she says. “Creatively  flow from the Reformer to the springboard, EXO-chair, barre, TRX and more-ensuring you never take the same class twice. Experience the benefits of classical Pilates with a twist.”

• Club Pilates Cardio Sculpt

“This high energy, low-impact class is perfect for the cardio junkie. Use the Pilates jump board to facilitate plyometric movement against spring tension (rather than gravity) and experience an aerobic workout that won’t stress the joints,” Harris says.

• CP Center + Balance

“CP Center + Balance involves light movement and deep stretching to leave you feeling long, loose and ready to take on whatever the day brings,” she says. “A regular stretch routine will help reduce soreness and muscle fatigue, improve performance, decrease risk of injury and increase blood flow to your muscles.”

• CP Control

“Sculpt and tone your legs and glutes as you learn to use the barre in a whole new way,” Harris says. “Gliding discs, fitness balls and free weights are used to keep your body guessing! Strengthen your entire body from the feet up. Talking your Pilates moves to the barre is guaranteed to increase balance, stability and control in ways that will enhance your everyday life.”

• CP Suspend

“Defy gravity with Pilates and suspension training. A Reformer/based workout that combines your Pilates work with the incredibly effective TRX suspension training system,” she says. 

• Private Training Sessions

There are a also three different levels of the classes offered: Level 1, Level 1.5 and Level 2.0.

Harris says Club Fitness is unique because it has such a range of classes to keep it fresh, fun and welcoming to a variety of abilities. “We offer our clients a full-body, low-impact workouts along with providing high-impact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core,” she says. “Unlike the mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings, Club Pilates offers classes using an array of specialized equipment, including the Reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu Ball, TRX Suspension Trainer Springboards and more.”

Club Pilates is located at 12088 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a blogger and Instagrammer who wants to spread positivity through blogging.

Food and adventure. Those are two of Aditi Rao’s greatest loves and she now shares them on her blog, Food Times Infinity.

“I am a foodie at heart. I was always up for trying different cuisines and experimenting with different places and food. If I liked anything, I’d introduce my friends to the same and when they appreciated it as well, I’d be happy,” says Rao, an IT Analyst at a locally-based healthcare company. “Over the years, I’ve noticed that there’s no bond between two people, greater than the love for food. Food is almost the only standard topic everyone resorts to, to have a good conversation. That led to Food Times Infinity, my little love for food, in summation. It is my small way of recommending and celebrating all the delicious food, from different places and cultures that I enjoyed.”

Her adventures inspire each blog post idea for Food Times Infinity. “I try different cuisines, places and my travel experiences help in trying different types of food,” she says. “I try to document all of that in my posts.”

Along with the Instagram account, Rao runs a blog called My Boundless Thoughts. “My name, Aditi, means boundless- and the only boundlessness I identify with is the boundlessness within my mind,” Rao says. “That led to My Boundless Thoughts. I started out with a Wordpress account with the same name, and this year, took a leap of faith to own my own.”

There are five categories of posts with My Boundless Thoughts: 

• General: “Where I write about life and current events around the world,” Rao says.
• Reviews: “Here I attempt to review books, movies or shows I liked,” she says.
• Travel: “This space is a complete jot down of my travel itineraries and experiences, with photographs taken by my DSLR,” Rao says. 
• Miscellaneous: “Where I jot down my ramblings or thoughts that don’t fit any category,” she says.
• Stories: “Here are presented the short stories I’ve written,” Rao says. 

Through her blog, she doesn’t define success the way other people might. “I avoid looking at numbers- likes, follower counts, shares. These are discouraging,” she says. “If I post something and if someone sends me a text or a message saying- my piece made them feel better or helped them in anyway; I consider that a win. That’s my success.”

The mission of her blog is to help people. It could be a simple topic like mental health or a difficult one like life decisions,” she says. “From my stories to travel blogs, I want to address at least some need that people have.

Whether it is her website or food blog, Rao wants to spread happiness and positivity to the community. “My blogs areversatile, in my opinion and respectful towards most sentiments. Everyone can find something useful for themselves.”

To follow her food blog, check out on Instagram. Also, visit her blog at:

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A local organization is helping to heal negative body image through the power of yoga and community. Read on for more.


They say your vibe attracts your tribe. That’s where one local organization, the Good Vibes Tribe Cincinnati, aims to help.

“Good Vibes Tribe Cincinnati is a yoga outreach organization that offers free community gatherings each month in an effort to heal negative body image through the power of yoga and community,” says Katie Wagner and Jessica Smith, Founders and Facilitators of Good Vibes Tribe. 

Good Vibes to Wagner and Smith means acceptance. “Being fully present even when the vibes aren’t so good,” they say. “Tapping into that mindful awareness creates a shift which leads to self-acceptance and eventually self-love.”

In November, Good Vibes Tribe will be celebrating three years of community gatherings. As of right now, Good Vibes Tribe doesn’t have a specific location. “Our tribe is nomadic in nature as we travel to a different location in the Cincinnati area each month,” Wagner and Smith say. “As a non-profit organization, we use donated space from local businesses to host our gatherings.” 

Wagner and Smith are both survivors of eating disorders and found recovery through yoga. “Yoga allowed us to reconnect to our bodies in a way that was thoughtful and gracious, while community circles allowed us to listen to the stories of others and then share our own,” they say. “There’s a unique power in combining the elements of mindful awareness with the safety of speaking our truths.” With the name, ‘Good Vibes Tribe,’ “It is our goal to spread positive awareness and let others know there is a brighter side to the darkness of negative body image.”

The gatherings of Good Vibes Tribe have included a variety of different offerings. “At each monthly gathering, we begin with an hour of yoga followed by an hour of discussion with our guest speaker. Topics of discussion have previously included: Acceptance with a Certified Yoga Therapist, Stress Management with an LPCC and Spectrum of Emotions with a Certified Body Talk Practitioner. We also partner with other non-profits such as NEDA, The Giveback Yoga Foundation and Project  Heal to help increase awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health,” Wagner and Smith say. “In addition to our community gatherings each month, we offer several workshops relating to self-care and mindful eating, both being terms we are seeing more frequently in our culture. Rather than how-to guides, our workshops offer space to dive deeply into the self and discover what it is that our bodies and souls are actually craving.”

The organization defines success through people going for themselves. “If you are new to the practice, it can feel intimidating coming to a yoga class because our society has created an unrealistic image of what it means to have a ‘yoga body,’” they say. “It’s also challenging to show up for yourself in our culture because there is such pressure to be in constant motion…we are always doing and not necessarily for our own well-being. In effect, we aren’t taking the time for ourselves to actually address our physical or emotional needs. We offer that space. All you have to do is show up.”

Good Vibes Tribe wants to be a safe place for the community of Cincinnati. “There aren’t enough safe spaces for people to gather, connect and share their truths without fear of judgment or shame, especially for those who might not have the financial means to participate otherwise,” Wagner and Smith say. “We are out in the community each month offering a service that is completely free and accessible. We’ll even lend you a yoga mat if you need one.”

The organization holds gatherings that meet once a month, but they work on a daily basis. “We work daily because we are passionate about what we do. Because we’ve been there,” they say. “We’ve both suffered with our mental health and well-being but have learned how to reconnect to ourselves through yoga and community. This is what inspired us to become instructors and facilitators… to show others there is a door, all you have to do is knock.”

If you want to keep up with what Good Vibes Tribe is doing, follow the organization on Facebook and their website.

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Learn about a non-profit organization that provides community and experiences through tasty treats, unique ingredients and powerful training opportunities.

A local organization makes dog treats that make a difference for the next generation of our community. 

“BrewhausBakery and Dog Bones is a 501c3 non-profit bakery organization dedicated to providing vocational training and work opportunities to area young adults with disabilities. We have a collaborative model to work with bakers of all abilities and interests and support and foster growth in each of our food industries,” says Lisa Graham, Founder and Director of BewhausBakery and Dog Bones. “Specifically, Brewhaus Dog Bones is our social enterprise where we make healthy all-natural dog treats from local craft brewing grains (malted barley).” 

The organization is located at 6927 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, in Madeira. “All proceeds of baked goods, whether for pets or people, help us create a substainable non-profit platform to provide jobs and opportunities for young adults with disabilities,” Graham explains. 

The Brewhaus Bakery and Dog Bones started in 2014 and has 16 people on their payroll, but throughout the seasonal months, they have added about 20-30 people to the roster. “I started the non-profit July of 2014 and launched at Listermann Brewing’s Octoberfest , October 10, 2014,” Graham touts. “We are almost five years old!”

The inspiration behind starting the business came from her daughter, who “has a rare genetic abnormality resulting in some developmental disability,” Graham explains. “We’re a cooking family; she lives to bake and loves animals; especially our three dogs and two cats. We have not been able to figure out a good cat treat yet! The craft beer community has been greatly supportive of our mission and purpose, which adds to the fun of our product!”

The name of the organization came from a survey of 400 people and Brewhaus happened to be the most popular decision. “Brewing up good things to help people in our bake ‘haus,’” Graham adds, “which is a nod to our German roots here in Cincinnati.”

Brewhaus Dog Bones are healthy and all-natural treats. These dog treats are “made from locally sourced spent brewing grains. We only use malted barley; we work collaboratively with other bakers who bake treats for people in our bakery too, giving us additional revenue and helping us to be a substainable non-profit organization. So in our brick and mortar location in Madeira, we have something for everyone, people and/or pets,” she says. “We used to bake at Findlay Kitchen, an incubator contract kitchen space and met others who shared our passion for having a food-based business; once we grew to a point and needed our own space, we recruited others to join us in Madeira.”

Brewhaus works closely with brewers. “We work closely with brewers to get spent grains right from the mash tuns and turn them into healthy, tasty dog treats! We use all-natural ingredients and never add any artificial flavorings, colorings or preservatives. Our treats are always handcrafted and slow baked,” Graham says. “We have two wonderful veterinary advisors from Family Animal Hospital in Batavia, Jenny Bard and Alfred DuBois, who review our recipes and advise as needed. Doggies love our treats!”

Along with making delicious treats, the organization provides training for individuals with a variety of disabilities. “We work with many area educators and job coaches to provide an instructional, project-based learning model, to help build skills and employability to those young adults transitioning from school-based programs to the adult world,” she says. “We provide our program at no charge to have an additional , creative, hands on, start to finish business and teaching tool in an educator’s toolbox. Most people learn best by doing.”

The most rewarding part of working for Brewhaus, according to Graham, is giving opportunities to young adults. “The most rewarding part is knowing we are living our mission and providing jobs and opportunities to young adults with disabilities who face so many barriers to employment and traditional opportunities,” she says. “It gives us an authentic platform to engage with our community and have fun!”

The organization is an important resource in Greater Cincinnati, Graham says. “At some point in anyone’s life, you can personally be affected or touched by someone with a disability, whether from birth or acquired through illness or accident. Having an opportunity to interact, learn and grow from each other, regardless of ability, helps us all be better human beings and more compassionate and understanding,” Graham says. “Everyone has strengths and a unique contribution to make. So hopefully when we’re out at an event or someone comes into our bakery, we can help promote understanding and inclusion of individuals of all abilities!”

To keep up with what Brewhaus Bakery and Dog Bones, follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter and their website.