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    A group of local ladies is relaunching with more dedication than ever to forming new friendships, having fun and impacting the community. Read on for all the details!

    Sometimes, busy lives and schedules leads to a falling out among friends. It’s not uncommon for women to feel as though they no longer connect with the other women around them.

    That’s how Andrea Khoury, founder of Housewives in the City, felt after she graduated college. She no longer had her group of girlfriends and felt that there was a need for adult women to have a social group.

    What started in 2011 has since expanded to more than 30 cities across the country – including the Cincinnati Housewives in the City. 

    The group hosts monthly happy hour-style events that take place at local restaurants, bars, or spas while also featuring local businesses. 

    “Housewives in the City offers women opportunities to support each other both online and at our free monthly meet-ups,” says Cincinnati Housewives in the City’s new Director Sash Thoen. “You’ll find an amazing group of women to connect with that you’ll soon call friends.”

    The group is currently in relaunch mode, after hosting their official relaunch at the beginning of July. 

    Thoen says that she wanted to connect with the recruiting team for Housewives in the City after moving back to the Tri-State from the Carolinas in April.

    “I’m taking this new opportunity to get out there and meet new people and help grow a community of women who support each other,” she says.

    Thoen says that what makes the group unique is that it’s able to bring together the community at monthly Ladies Night Out events and Networking Socials while also supporting great causes including local non-profits. Additionally, the group gets to shine the spotlight on locally-owned businesses and thrives to be the go-to social media spot to find out what’s going on in and around Cincinnati. 

    Currently, Thoen says, the focus for the Cincinnati Housewives in the City chapter is to grow the community. 

    “I have two ladies night out events scheduled. One on August 20 at Ameriano Burger Bar called ‘Rompers and Cocktails’<> and another on September 12 called ‘Red Hot Party’<> at Fire at Rivercenter.”

    To learn more about Housewives in the City, check them out here<> or on Facebook<> or Instagram<@cinhousewives >.

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      Read about a local farm that’s hosting a fundraising dinner that’ll take you out of city life for a night and down on the farm for food and fun!

      Gorman Heritage Farm is hosting its annual Row by Row dinner to raise funds for its educational programs.

      Gorman Heritage Farm host an annual event to support their mission of offering education about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment. Called Row by Row, the fundraising dinner highlights the bounty of the farm while giving guests the chance to learn more about it while also having a great time. 

      “The 2019 dinner is August 24, beginning at 6pm at Gorman Heritage Farm,” says Tricia Watts, Executive Director at Gorman Heritage Farm.

      When you purchase a ticket for Row by Row you’ll receive a dinner made with food that was grown and raised on the farm, beers from MadTree, a variety of wines, live music, and the chance to bid on silent and live auction items.

      “VIP tickets also include our happy half hour with live music, specialty cocktails, appetizers, and the chance to meet some of our favorite farm animals,” Watts adds.

      Tricia Watts, Executive Director at Gorman Heritage Farm

      Watts says that what makes this event unique is that the food featured in the dinner is grown and raised on the farm. “The dinner takes place in a beautiful setting to benefit our nonprofit farm’s educational programs,” she says. 

      In addition to its annual dinner, Gorman Heritage Farm is bringing new programs to the farm to help with educating guests. 

      “We are super excited about our new Farm to Classroom program,” she says. “For schools that can’t make it to the farm for various reasons, we take the farm to them.”

      Additionally, the Farm has upcoming adult and family classes and programs for the public to participate in to learn more about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment, which can be found on their website and Facebook page.

      You can be a part of the fundraising for Row by Row Dinner by participating in the event, sponsoring a table, or by making a donation of cash, goods, or services for the silent and live auctions. 

      “We also love hosting events on the farm, like birthday parties, weddings, family reunions, civic groups, and corporate events,” adds Watts. 

      To learn more about Row by Row Dinner or Gorman Heritage Farm, visit or “like” them on Facebook. You can also contact Watts directly via email with any questions or to be added to the farm’s mailing list.

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        An emerging fashion designer with Cincinnati roots is changing the dress game one customized fit at a time. Click here to read more! 

        Photo: JLaj Photography

        Ever wish you could take the length of a certain dress and pair it with the neckline or sleeve length of your favorite top? That’s the idea behind This One Dress, an innovative dress line that gives women the power to have personalized, made-to-order fashion.

        “Why buy off the rack when you can create your own look?” asks CEO Diane Lausche Bean, adding that This One Dress currently offers three dress silhouettes that complement every body type, and even your mood.

        “Each one is fully personalized with a choice of a neckline, sleeve, hem length, and color,” she explains. “The dresses are offered in solid colors so they can become the wardrobe foundational pieces.”

        The dresses can be styled as desired by the one wearing them, whether it’s with accessories, jackets, scarves, boots, heels, or sandals, the options are limitless.

        Lausche Bean, who graduated from what is now Winton Woods High School and Miami University, says she was inspired to launch a company like This One Dress while watching a cultural event. She noticed the woman on stage didn’t look comfortable and the clothing wasn’t flattering, but after a costume change later in the product, she was wearing a dress that perfectly fit and flattered her figure. That prompted Bean to begin drawing styles and a light bulb went off when she realized that she could create something that was customizable and flattering to any woman’s shape, and was in style as well.

        Lausche Bean runs the company alongside her COO Michele Bergamesca, together they are not only passionate about fashion but also advocates of women’s rights and women’s issues.

        Items from This One Dress are made to order and personalized, something that isn’t very common in the fashion industry.

        “You personalize your smoothie, your coffee, your technology, and now you can personalize your dress just the way you want it to make you feel your best,” says Lausche Bean. “It’s about time.”

        To bring the experience to you, This One Dress is a fashion show sponsor at Cincy Chic’s Cincinnati Fashion Night on July 12 at The Spot on West Fifth.

        “We will be bringing all 3 of our styles to the Cincinnati show in three different variations to show how the dresses can be customized,” says Lausche Bean. ”We are excited to have people be able to see and touch the fabric because pictures just cannot do it justice – it really makes an impression when you can see how soft it is, see how wrinkle resistant the fabric is and know how comfy you are going to be in the dress all day.”

        Lausche Bean and Bergemesca will offer information on This One Dress as well as measurements so customers can know which style will complement their bodies and which features they want in the dress.

        “Perhaps their office is always cold and it’s a great idea to get the 3/4 sleeve since they anticipate wearing the dress to the office a lot – so much to consider and we love to chat about it with people,” she says.  

        To sweeten the deal, event attendees will have the opportunity to order a bespoke dress at the event.

        The website for This One Dress will guide you through the design process. Shipping for the dress is always included and returns are free. “We want our customers to love their dresses,” says Lausche Bean. “If not completely satisfied, a full refund can be made on an unworn dress with tags on within 30 days of receipt. Exchanges are also happily made on all unworn dresses with tags on within 30-60 days.”

        If you can’t attend the event, you can create a dress of your own at, with expected delivery between 2-3 weeks. Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to know about their new website launching soon, where you can view new photos and styling ideas, as well as sign up to receive promotions and special offers.

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          You’ve heard of caricatures but have you heard of a car-cature? For our annual men’s issue, we chat with a local artist who blends his love for art and everything engine-powered with these supercharged customized cartoons.

          Image: Danny Wise

          Danny Wise is all about cars and art, so when he combined the two into a new creative project he came up with Car-Catures. 

          “Car-Cature, or ‘car’ toons, as they are being called around car shows, are one-of-a-kind works of art,” says Wise. “Caricatures are cartoon versions of you, but Car-Catures are cartoon versions of you car.”

          Wise knows that each car has its own personality and attitude, and that’s exactly what he tries to capture in each piece that he creates for customers.

          “I love cars and I love talking to owners about their rides and the history of the car,” he explains. “The owner and I talk about what kind of background they would like to have and I draw it.”

          And while Wise loves all things cars, he’s not limited to just drawing caricatures of cars,  he will also draw planes, trains, boats, and bikes. “If it’s gasoline powered, or battery powered for that matter, I draw it,” he adds.

          Wise’s art experience goes back to the Art Institute of Colorado, where he graduated from in 2008. Since then he’s worked on project with Big Grin Productions as well as freelance work – including his Car-Catures.

          The supercharged cartoons of cars allow Wise to not only work as an artist but to work around something he loves – cars. 

          To learn more about Wise and his work, visit You can also “like” his Car-Catures Facebook page.

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            After a fire destroyed their previous location, a Loveland-based boutique is back and better than ever. Keep reading to see how the owners triumphantly turned tragedy into opportunity.

            Alley Boutique is a women’s fashion store located in the heart of historic downtown Loveland.

            Janel Thompson, Debby Walker, and Ann Marie Toney are the founders behind Alley Boutique, a Loveland-based clothing store that specializes in all things women’s fashion.

            It hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows for the trio behind the boutique, however. In May 2017, a fire ravaged the store in the Bishop Building, then known as Cincy Fashion Wheels, and everything about the business was put on hold for more than a year.

            “It was disheartening to have to put the store on hold for so long,” says Thompson. “However, through tragedy came a new window of opportunity to move into our current location.”

            That new location meant an exciting redesign, readjustment, and more possibilities than the team could have imagined – many thanks in part to the faith they upheld throughout the storm they never thought possible.

            “We are faith-based, and I truly believe everything happens for a reason,” says Thompson. “What you give in life is what you get back. Sometimes it takes a long time and sometimes you get things you don’t deserve. I have to say we were given back way more than we’ve ever given.”

            The former Cincy Fashion Wheels was destroyed by a fire and rebranded as Alley Boutique last year.

            The rebirth of the store inspired a change in name, too – Alley Boutique. The new store is located in an alleyway adjacent to Plaid Records and Montgomery Cyclery, in space owned by the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.

            “We came to the decision to rename our store to better fit our new location,” says Thompson. “We are in love with our new location and are looking forward to the future.”

            That future really came to light on June 8, 2018, when they officially reopened and were able to celebrate with former customers of Cincy Fashion Wheels.

            At Alley Boutique, you’ll find unique women’s clothing, accessories, signature jewelry, and affordable prices. “We want it to be affordable,” says Thompson.

            In addition to keeping prices affordable at the store, they also work hard to keep a revolving inventory. “We don’t order the same things,” she adds. “You won’t see yourself walking around in Loveland.”

            Alley Boutique is located at 201 West Loveland Avenue, in Downtown Historic Loveland, near the Loveland Bike Trail. To learn more about Alley Boutique, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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              The Ferrari brothers recently opened a new kind of wine, coffee and sandwich shop, inspired by their own family and aims to be welcoming to all. Read on for all the delicious details.

              Mom ‘n ‘Em is a coffee, wine, and sandwich shop in Camp Washington.

              “Hey, how’s your mom ‘n ’em?” This question was often asked by Tony and Austin Ferrari’s father and has become an inside joke among their family.

              The two brothers decided to take their love of family and combine it with their love of food and drinks to launch Mom ‘n ‘Em, a Euro-style cafe.

              “Mom ‘n ‘Em is inspired by and for our mother who loves coffee and being around people,” says Co-Owner Tony Ferrari. “We have an inside joke with our family that started from 700 WLW when Gary Burbank started the show off with ‘Hey, how’s your mom ‘n em.’ My dad would ask us that everyday and still listens to that station all day.”

              According to Ferrari, Mom ‘n ‘Em is a place you could spend all day eating, working, drinking, or just hanging out.

              “We are a coffee shop with a full liquor license, bottle shop to go, and safe place for everyone,” he says. “We have a unique selection of tinned fishes from Spain and Portugal, our own espresso blend ‘bro spro’ roasted by Deeper Roots, and our Pinot Noir Rose ‘Brose’ we make in Santa Barbara with Graham Tatomer.”

              Mom ‘n ‘Em is an idea that the brothers love and want to share with everyone – and it just so happens to be in a renovated old house in Camp Washington, a community that is close to the brothers’ hearts.

              While the Ferrari brothers are not new to the entrepreneur scene in Cincinnati, Mom ‘n ‘Em is brand new to the community, opening its doors on Mother’s Day. “That means every year we can celebrate our anniversary on Mother’s Day along with all the wonderful moms out there,” says Tony.

              Austin and Tony Ferrari, the brothers behind Mom ‘n ‘Em, with their mother.

              The menu at Mom ‘n ‘Em is coffee forward, with signature Franklins cold brew flavored with coconut and a touch of milk. There are about 75 different types of wine, beer, rotating cheese and salami, thick cut toasts, and the already famous “Dirty Nati” egg sandwich.

              “Wash it down with mom’s secret milkshake, a boozy concoction that tastes like Girl Scout Thin Mints, or some of our favorite cocktails,” says Ferrari. “We really do pack a lot into one place and have everything you need.”

              The Ferrari brothers are proud of the space they’ve found in Mom ‘n ‘Em. Ferrari says it’s a space that helps customers feel like they’re hanging out at a friend’s house, drinking good wine, listening to great tunes, and snacking on simple, well done food.

              If you’re interested in expanding your wine palette with Mom ‘n Em, the brothers also offer a wine club. “You’re not stuck with just one wine or winery, you will never get the same bottle in our club,” says Ferrari. “It’s a beautiful mix of great juice from all over the world. We have a monthly pick up of 2 wines for $50, 4 for $75, or 2 bottles for $250 for big ballers that love rare, hard-to-find stuff. Being a member, you receive free monthly tastings on the day of pickup, and free corkage when you come hang out. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

              Ferrari says that currently, the brothers are looking to just enjoy their time with Mom ‘n ‘Em. There are plans for outdoor seating in a well-designed eco-friendly green space with a dog area, bike racks, and nature in mind, as well as bistro nights where everything is cooked on an open fire for a family-style set-up. “It’s a living, growing thing, and we are excited to share it all with the community,” he adds.

              You can visit Mom ‘n ‘Em at 3128 Colerain Avenue at Bates Avenue in Camp Washington, right off the Hopple Street exit.

              To learn more about Mom ‘n ‘Em, visit You can also follow along on Instagram to stay up to stay on events, announcements, and entertainment.

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                A former Clydesdale farm turned open-air, rustic shopping event brings hundreds of businesses and attendees from near and far — all for a good cause. Read on as we get behind the scenes to learn what’s new and exciting for this year’s Charm at the Farm.

                Charm at the Farm is an open-air, vintage market located on a 56-acre farm in Lebanon.

                Amy Doyle and Jayme Kuenkel opened Charm at the Farm on a 56-acre farm that formerly housed award-winning Clydesdale horses in Lebanon. Today, the space plays host to artisans and shops that come together for a unique outdoor shopping experience.

                “The innovative market began in 2017 and features rustic gifts, unique jewelry, vintage furniture, home decor, and more from 115 of the region’s best vendors,” says Doyle.

                Charm at the Farm was inspired by the owners’ passion to unite treasure seekers with those who restore, repurpose, create, and inspire.

                Doyle and Kuenkel want to ensure that all of the 15,000 people who attend Charm at the Farm every year have a good shopping experience. That’s why they’ve upped the ante for the upcoming June event.

                According to the duo, there are multiple new things to expect at the events being hosted this year. New vendors from outside the Tri-State from states like North Carolina, Tennessee, and Illinois in addition to the best local vendors will be there. You can also expect to see more live animals at Charm at the Farm including goats and sheep as well as Charm mascot, Lucy, the miniature pony.

                Amy Doyle and Jayme Kuenkel, Founders of Charm at the Farm.

                The environment at Charm at the Farm is being enhanced for shoppers this year as well and includes upgrades such as a venue-wide sound system, live giveaways during Charm market hours, and an on-site DJ spinning live music.

                Charm at the Farm has developing an affectionate following known as Charmers. The following gathered over the last few years the market has been around is due in part to the uniqueness of the event.

                “Charm’s open-air concept on a magnificently beautiful, sprawling farm and its carefully-curated, eclectic mix of high-quality vendors from near and far make the Charm shopping experience one-of-a-kind,” says Doyle. “It is a girls weekend like no other, where you can sip wine, get your hair braided, meet the makers, shop for the latest trends, and pet some farm animals all while enjoying fresh air and dining al fresco.”

                The event brings hundreds of attendees, from near and far

                Plenty of new food trucks will be joining the scene at Charm this year and they’re increasing the number of DIY project sessions led by local shops that can only be found at Charm.

                Tickets for the event at $5 and parking is free. The cost of DIY sessions vary. VIP night tickets for the event can be purchased for $15 and include weekend-long admission, wine or beer, plus first dibs on preview shopping.

                To learn more about Charm at the Farm or to purchase your tickets, visit You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook. You can also follow the hashtags #getyourcharmon and #charmatthefarm to see pictures from past events.

                Cincy Chic is also doing a VIP ticket giveaway on Facebook, where you can enter to win a set of VIP tickets to the event.

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                  Social Media connected three strangers from three different states, and one of them calls the Tri-State home. Their mutual passion for all things style inspired them to launch a collaborative blog that celebrates size-inclusive fashion, friendship and lifestyle. Read on to learn more!

                  Bestie Dressed is a collaborative lifestyle and fashion blog run by three best friends.

                  Motherhood brought three strangers together through a Facebook group geared toward children’s clothing called Mini Boden. But these three women aren’t just any strangers who met online, they’re strangers turned best friends who have a passion for fashion. Through motherhood and fashion, the three of them launched the blog Bestie Dressed, a collaborative lifestyle and fashion blog.

                  “We are passionate about sharing easy-to-obtain, affordable styles, promoting self-love, and brunch,” explains Bestie Dressed Co-Founder Emily Zanitsch.

                  Comprised of Zanitsch and her two best friends Kristin and Lauren, Bestie Dressed is not just about traveling in the most current designer styles but also offering up ideas on how to get through your day-to-day looking fashionable while sharing information on deals – all without breaking the bank.

                  And since the three women behind the blog are all located in different states – Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Alabama – they are able to bring different styles, trends, and shopping options to its readers.

                  Not only does the blog pride itself on being able to offer up ideas from different parts of the country, but it’s also able to speak to a diverse group of women because of the differences in the three moms behind it.

                  “One think we think you’ll love about our blog is that we are three different sizes and we aim to make this a body-positive space that welcomes ladies of all shapes and sizes,” says Zanitsch.

                  Whether the blog is sharing the best sales you’ll find on the Internet or showcasing the latest #OOTD, Bestie Dressed is all about celebrating women no matter their shape or size.

                  To learn more about Bestie Dressed, visit or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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                    The arrival of Memorial Day means that summer is almost here! We chat with the local woman who launched a luxury consignment resource about the latest trends heating up the new season ahead.

                    The RealReal Cincinnati is a luxury consignment shop that handles shipping and selling your high-end clothes, shoes, and accessories.


                    Consignment shopping is just one of the latest trends to hit the retail world and there’s one luxury consignment resource — the RealReal — that helps you sell women’s, men’s, kids, fine jewelry, watches, art, and more from the comfort of your own home. 

                    “We ensure that every item on The RealReal is 100 percent the real thing, thanks to our dedicated team of authentication experts, horologists, and gemologists,” says Marisa Gouda, Luxury Manager of The RealReal Cincinnati.

                    Thus far, The RealReal has sold more than 60 million items and more than 11 million customers across the globe.

                    Recently, the Cincinnati market opened for complimentary white glove consignment pickups. “This means my Cincinnati clients no longer have to inventory or schlep items to UPS themselves,” says Gouda. “As Cincinnati’s Luxury Manager, I visit with my clients at their home, where I gather, inventory, and ship all items to our e-commerce for processing.”

                    In addition to Cincinnati, Gouda also covers the Louisville and Dayton markets, which helps to make the consignment process more simple, convenient, and free.

                    Marisa Gouda is the Luxury Manager for The RealReal Cincinnati.

                    The inspiration behind The RealReal comes from sustainability. The luxury retail business is a $1.5 trillion industry and consignment allows items to follow the lifecycle of luxury.

                    “We have a heavy focus on sustainability, even a partnership with Stella McCartney,” says Gouda. “And we know exactly how to tell real from counterfeit, from the quality of the leather to the zipper manufacturer.

                    When you shop The RealReal you’ll find everything luxury. This includes handbags, clothing, shoes, and accessories for women, men, and kids, as well as fine jewelry, watches, and high-end home and art items.

                    Prices from The RealReal are data-driven, based on the 60 million items that have been sold to date. “Pricing is never subjective,” says Gouda. “We price based on what we know the market can bear, and what we’ve sold in the past. I’ve seen prices as low at $13 and as high as $350,000.”

                    While consignment is common, Gouda says there isn’t another online luxury platform that can match The RealReal’s authentication practices, pricing, and storage management.

                    “We take care of everything – from shipping, photography, pricing, and copywriting – and we guarantee all items are 100 percent authentic,” she says.

                    You can book an appointment with Gouda via email at or through her direct booking link. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn or shop the site at

                    BONUS: Anyone that books a 10+ item consignment pickup with Marisa via this article will receive a $100 coupon to shop the site – mention this article when you reach out to Marisa!

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                      Professional fulfillment, personal wellness, and engaged motherhood. Is it possible to have it all? One local lady says it is and launched a program that shows you the way. Read on to learn more.

                      Life is all about balance, and Cherylanne Skolnicki is here to help. She’s the mastermind behind Brilliant Balance, a personal development platform designed to help professional women go after their dreams while balancing their personal and professional lives.

                      “The women we serve get from where they are today to where they want to be by leveraging our proven process, being mentored by experienced coaches, and connecting with an extraordinary community of like-minded women,” says Skolnicki. “Over the course of as little as three months, they reclaim control over their time, improve their mindset, and make shifts that change the trajectory of their lives.”

                      Skolnicki says she was inspired to launch Brilliant Balance because of the cultural narrative that women can’t have it all. “We think we’re supposed to sacrifice our own dreams for a while in order to be good mothers, but we find that the ‘it is what it is’ message doesn’t honor the potential we have to contribute in a multifaceted way,” she explains. “We believe it is in fact possible to be healthy and vibrant, to have a thriving career, and to be a great mother. Settling for anything less is just that, settling. And it doesn’t feel very good when we realize that’s what we’re doing,” she adds. “Instead, when we choose the most important elements from all aspects of our lives, and breathe fire into those, we can have lives that feel exactly right for us – lives that make us feel positively brilliant.”

                      Brilliant Balance is comprised of a team of women helping other women balance their work and personal lives.

                      Skolnicki’s mission to help women live brilliant lives is rooted in plenty of experience professionally and personally. She is the mother of three children and spent 15 years at Procter & Gamble before leaving to launch her own business.

                      What makes the services from Brilliant Balance stand out from other personal development platforms is that it treats women as multidimensional people. “We’re committed to addressing women who have goals that span all facets of life and more, whether it’s health or career or relationships or time management,” she says. “Being able to do that requires a customized approach, with a healthy dose of 1:1 support, and that’s something we’re passionately committed to.”

                      The clientele that Brilliant Balance works with are high-achieving women, those who dominate in their careers and personal lives but may have veered off course without really knowing why.

                      “We show them how to reclaim rock star status so they can feel like themselves again,” says Skolnicki. “Our content is a great starting point, but our coaching programs are where the magic really happens. Breakthrough, our signature program is a game changer for women who want to get control over their calendars and connect with their purpose so they can contribute to their highest potential.”

                      Along with the coaching model of Brilliance Balance, there’s also a podcast to supplement the work it offers women. “The Brilliant Balance podcast launched in October 2017 to talk about balance, business, and getting it all done gracefully,” says Skolnicki. “Topics address the ‘Modern Mom Trifecta’ of professional fulfillment, personal wellness, and engaged motherhood.”

                      Skolnicki says that one comment she often hears is that the podcast gives people words to describe issues or challenges they have been experiencing but didn’t know how to talk about. “Through the podcast they realize we get it, they’re not alone, and that there are actions they can take to move their lives forward,” she adds.

                      You can find the Brilliant Balance podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and all major podcast services, or on the website at

                      You can check out free online training from Skolnicki here. You can also follow her personal pages on Facebook and Instagram, or visit her website at You can check our Brilliant Balance on Instagram and Facebook.