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    Who has time and patience for restrictive, time-consuming diets? That's why these local ladies launched a resource full of 30-minute workouts, quick meals and recipes, and grocery lists that make healthy living actually attainable.

    Fit Mama In 30 is a program of 30-minute workouts, quick meals and recipes, and grocery lists to help you achieve your goals.

    There never seem to be enough hours in the day – no matter how much coffee we drink. Between work, volunteering, having a social life, and being a parent, it can be difficult to keep up with your health.

    That’s where Fit Mama In 30 comes in. It’s a program of 30-minute workouts, quick meals and recipes, and grocery lists to help you achieve your goals.

    “By following this program, you will see it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle while still having the time and energy for your children, family, and friends,” says Cari Oschma, Co-Founder of Fit Mama In 30. “Fit Mama In 30 is realistic, affordable, and time-friendly to fit your needs. No counting calories, weighing food, or cutting out specific food groups – just balanced and simple recipes to follow.”

    The inspiration came from founders Cari Oschma and Bailey Oschma experiencing their fair share of unhealthy diets, restrictive eating habits, and countless hours of cardio.

    “We quickly realized how difficult it was to fit our typical hour-plus sessions in the gym every day, and also find the time to cook nutritious meals for our families – and it’s what we do for a living,” says Oschma. “We know that if we were struggling, it’s no wonder why moms out there were also having a tough time meeting their goals, so we set out to develop a program that moms can easily follow and experience amazing results.”

    Both Cari and Bailey are personal trainers. Cari works as a nutritionist and Bailey is a registered dietician. The sisters-in-law believe in a science-based, balanced diet that doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen.

    Not only are they passionate about fitness, but their careers have made them passionate about your food and wellness journey as well. “We are here to guide you on your wellness journey and are very passionate about building a community of women and moms who inspire and cheer each other on along the way,” says Oschma.

    While there are many wellness programs out there, what makes Fit Mama In 30 stand out is that it doesn’t require you to count calories, weigh food, or cut out specific food groups – only follow balanced and simple recipes.

    “Everyone thinks you have to restrict yourself to see results or follow a complicated plan and it’s just not true,” says Oschma. “Also, all of the workouts are only 30 minutes long and can be broken up into 10-minute segments. Different workouts are posted every month to keep things exciting. We personally have following this program for the last 4 years and admit we are in better shape now than ever before!

    According to Oschma, one of the most invaluable features of joining Fit Mama In 30 is gaining access to their community Facebook group, which was recently made open for all to join regardless of whether or not you are in the program.

    Joining the group gives you access to motivation and support from other moms who are doing the exact same workout as you are that day, and are going through similar #momlife circumstances that you are.

    The Facebook group also gives you coaching by Cari and Bailey themselves. They address topics that come up during conversations while also confronting difficult subject matters head-on by posting personal videos.

    “We broach issues like how to improve your relationship with food, what to do when you hit a plateau, how to stay on track with your goals while eating how, and whether or not you should add supplements to you diet,” adds Oschma.

    There are two different membership options when it comes to Fit Mama In 30 – and you get the choice to decide which one works best for you.

    Both memberships include:

    • Daily 30-minute workout videos (at home)
    • Monthly workout calendars
    • Printable workout sheets
    • Detailed nutrition program
    • 30-day meal plan with recipes, grocery lists, and snack list
    • Weekly recipe updates
    • Bonus on-the-go/travel workouts
    • Access to the closed Community of Mamas that includes daily support, motivation, live discussions, and more

    Now that they have their monthly programs down, Fit Mama In 30 will soon launch a 14-day program. It will be an ideal way for others to get a jumpstart on their wellness journey, giving them access to all community features while having a little fun along the way.

    The program is $14 and participants will be able to use that $14 to put toward an annual or monthly membership program if they choose to continue after 14 days. The program, Oschma says, will start on January 7. She also encourages you to sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know when enrollment opens.

    To learn more about Fit Mama In 30, visit https://www.fitmamain30.com/. You can also see a variety of recipes on their blog and workouts on Instagram.

    Fit Mama In 30 also offers a free 7-day program for others to try out. Simply enter your email address on their homepage. Additionally, there is a closed Facebook community available for others to join!

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    Get ready to dream, Chic'ers as you get a peek inside this $3.35 million 10,944 sq. ft. luxury Coldstream home for this week's Listing of the Week!

    Your dream home awaits at 7855 Ayers Road in Cincinnati’s Coldstream neighborhood. Listing at $3.35 million, this 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom home has 10,944 square feet. Scroll through the photo to see more of what this beautiful home has to offer!

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

     

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    Wardrobe capsules make everyday dressing simple yet stylish. Keep reading as this week's episode of Styling with Amy & Amy offer even more capsule options and ideas.

    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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    Learn about a local microblading studio that one local lady started because she knows her clients' struggles all too well. Read on for more.

    Better Brows is a new Cincinnati microblading studio.

    Alexia Triantafilou has always been obsessed with eyebrows. Even as a kid she was always the friend doing others’ eyebrows. But there was one thing she noticed – there were always others struggling with their brows in some way – including herself.

    “I would research day and night for a solution and that was when I came across microblading,” says Triantafilou. “Instantly I knew it was something I wanted to pursue and achieve. After I took the course, I continued to pursue my dream of helping others wake up feeling beautiful.”

    Today Triantafilou is the owner of Better Brows, a microblading studio that empowers others to be their most confident and elegant selves.

    “Our award-winning process guarantees perfect symmetry and focuses on individual hair strokes to achieve a subtle, natural beauty customized to you personally in a fun and engaging environment,” she says.

    Better Brows specializes in microblading, a form of semi-permanent makeup that gives the illusion of real hair-like strokes. According to Triantafilou, the procedure is done with a manual hand tool where pigment is inserted into the skin, creating very crisp strokes and giving very natural results.

    “On average, it typically lasts about a year depending on your skin type,” she says. “We do use numbing as I know this is a very common question. Most clients describe the feeling as a little scratch.”

    An appointment to have microblading done lasts about two hours and includes the consultation, brow design, microblading, and after care. The microblading part itself takes just about 40 minutes.

    To make clients feel even more sure of their decision to have their eyebrows microbladed at Better Brows, Triantafilou says that she pays extra attention when it comes to safety.

    “Safety is important to us as we use pre-sterilized and disposable tools as well as hospital-grade wipes to wipe down all surfaces and instruments,” she says.

    The ultimate goal behind Better Brows is to make clients feel like their best selves and to customize each service to the person.

    “We have special tools where we measure your natural facial features, where we can show you what the best look for you is as well as a combination of your desired look,” says Triantafilou. “Microblading requires a lot of persistent practice and patience. For this reason, I’ve taken numerous trainings.”

    One of those artists Triantafilou has trained with was featured on Good Morning America and Marie Claire Magazine. Another artist has a  MAster title at the top academy in the world for microblading, Philbrows.

    “Phibrow Artists are top in the industry and produce high quality work,” she explains. “I went through rigorous training, mastering 11 levels in 6 months to ensure that my techniques maintain a high standard from top trainers. Attention to detail requires a lot of dedication and talent. I am now a Phibrows Artist in which I received my own logo within the academy as well as an identification number and am placed on their world map to find the best artists in each area of the world!”

    Triantafilou says that while she’s currently only offering microblading, eyebrow threading is in the works and will be offered soon as well as additional brow services.

    Currently, Better Brows is running a special for the holidays. For $350 you will get you first appointment as well as you 6-week touch up.

    Better Brows is located in the Blue Ash area in Salon Sean at 4169 Hunt Road.

    To learn more about Better Brows, visit betterbrows.net. You can also follow along on Instagram, send her an email at betterbrows.cincy@gmail.com, or give her a call at 513-702-0818.

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    Read on to learn about an annual Thanksgiving themed event that fills bellies, hearts, and wardrobes of those who need it most.

    Fall Feast is a community event where volunteers help those in need on Thanksgiving Day.

    The holiday season is upon us and while that may mean big meals for many, it doesn’t always mean everyone gets that experience. However, a local event is aiming to change that.

    Fall Feast, in its 13th year, is a free, day-long community event that provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal alongside health and practical resources for people in need, particularly homeless and low-income families.

    “Since its inception in 2005 by Give Back Cincinnati, more than 50,000 meals have been served,” according to Michelle Hopewell, Regional Marketing Director at Duke Energy Convention Center.

    Fall Feast was created to help give those from Cincinnati and all walks of life the chance to experience the power of community.

    “More than 1,000 volunteers organize, manage, and staff every aspect of the multifaceted, day-long event,” says Hopewell. “6,000 meals will be served, including 3,000 for Fall Feast to-Go, which delivers meals to 30 different locations.”

    In all, preparing the meals includes more than 1,200 pounds of turkey, 13,000 pounds of green beans, 80 gallons of gravy, and 800 pies.

    “Fall Feast has become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day celebrations in the nation, thanks to the dedication, love and hard work of our volunteers,” says Fall Feast Chairperson, Erin Klotzbach Hyatt. “We are so grateful for the support of our generous sponsors, partners and donors, who help to ensure Fall Feast continues to succeed. Together, we are making a difference and strengthening our community.”

    During Fall Feast, the event partners with several businesses throughout the area to collect coats, mittens, and scarves that are distributed at Fall Feast. With a goal of collecting 5,000 coats, Fall Feast held its one-day coat drive at the Duke Energy Convention Center on November 16 to make that last big push toward meeting its goal. According to Hopewell, Fall Feast was able to collect over 500 coats, mittens, and scarves in just over 6 hours.

    “The centralized location of the Duke Energy Convention Center and the convenience of the ‘drive-thru’ access to donate has made this successful,” adds Hopewell. “The support of our Duke Energy Convention Center partners, the downtown community, and the local Greater Cincinnati residents is heartwarming.”

    Hopewell says that overall efforts for the coat drive are still being tallied, however, the group looks forward to providing warm weather items to many in need on Thanksgiving Day.

    Those interested in participating are encourage the attend and partake in all aspects of Fall Feast. “The event is free and will take place Thursday, November 22,” says Hopewell. “Doors open at 9 am and dinner will be served from 11 am to 2 pm.”

    To learn more about the event, visit fallfeast.org. You can also sign up to volunteer, donate, or simply attend and enjoy the event and help out the cause!

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    An idea to reconnect busy people with nature inspired this business that brings health, wellness and happiness to spaces one plant at a time.

    Planthropy aims to reconnect people with nature.

    The founders of this Ohio-based business turned their passion for plants into a profession. “Planthropy is a plant-based business with a passion to reconnect people with nature,” Jessie Laux, Owner of Planthropy, says. “We specialize in interior plantscape design.” The business is located in Columbus, Ohio and has been around for almost four years. There are currently three employees.

    Planthropy offers a variety of different services. “We offer planting workshops, which are very hands-on,” Laux says. “During our workshops, we teach our guests about the plants they are working with, how to care for them and how to make an arrangement with them.”

    The business also does Interior Plantscape Design. “We have a creative approach to plants in indoor spaces. We like to envision our plants as artwork,” she says. “We create living walls, moss walls and other interesting plant arrangements.”

    Launching on November 23, Planthropy is going to launch a new line called, ‘Nature Frames.’ “Our Nature Frames are a smaller scale version of our full most walls and are perfect for home décor,” Laux says. “Each frame contains a variety of beautiful, lush moss and other natural elements which are real, but preserved so you never have to worry about maintenance. They will stay soft and forever green.” The line will be able to be purchased on: www.Planthropy.co

    Planthropy makes an effort to give back to their community. “Planthropy donates a portion of sales to local nonprofits and other charities. We are also helping to create healthy interior environments by implementing biophilic design,” she says. “We love supporting and partnering with other local businesses for our workshops and events. It’s a win for everyone when you get to share customers!”

    The mission of Planthropy is “to bring the outdoors in and reconnect people with nature,” Laux says. She loves to see her clients get excited about the interior design they do with plants. “I absolutely love transforming a space and seeing the ‘wow’ reaction on a clients face. It is truly priceless and a way we define success.”

    She loves to come back to work every day because she has the such a love for plants and gets to work with them each and every day. “It’s not just being able to work with them, it’s the creative freedom of making ‘plant art’. It’s fun, therapeutic and so rewarding.” 

    To keep up with what Planthropy doing,  follow them on their website , Instagram and Facebook.

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    A downtown foodie mecca announced a tasty new addition, set to open soon. Read on for all the delicious details.

    A new food hall is coming to the Findlay Market District next spring. Image: Findlay Market

    Cincy Chic: What is the new Food Hall opening in Findlay Market District?
    Kelly Lanser, Communications Manager for Findlay Market: The Corporation for Findlay Market, The Model Group, and Hickory Wald Hospitality Group are opening the food hall and bar (name to be announced). It will be Cincinnati’s first food hall. The goal of the food hall is to create an active space for lunch, dinner, and later into the evening.

    Cincy Chic: Where will it be located?
    Lanser: The food hall will be located at 1818 Race Street in the Findlay Market District.

    Cincy Chic: What was the inspiration behind opening the food hall?
    Lanser: The Corporation for Findlay Market is focused on creating opportunities for food entrepreneurs to start, grow, and scale their food businesses. Building on the success of Findlay Kitchen, the food hall continues the mission of creating opportunity while also activating and supporting a strong and vibrant Market District.

    Cincy Chic: What makes the food hall such an exciting venture?
    Lanser: We are looking to continue to expand our operations and bring new and exciting concepts to Cincinnati. The opportunity to develop something near Findlay Market and add to the expanding district is amazing.

    Cincy Chic: When will the food hall open?
    Lanser: Construction is set to begin later this year and the target for opening is in Spring 2019. The name of the space will be unveiled in 2019.

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    Our new interior design columnist shares four enlightening ways to light up a room.

    Who doesn’t love when you walk in a room and are impressed with the lighting choices and the atmosphere it creates. It’s all planned that way to excite your senses and say something about the style of the space. Here are 4 ways that lighting can really make or break your interiors!

    1. Staying on Task

    Task lighting helps you perform tasks like cooking a meal or reading in bed. Your notice if there isn’t enough light in a room or if it’s not placed exactly where they need it!  Use undermount lighting in the kitchen, puck lights in bookcases, pharmacy lights near side chairs in living room and table or floor lamps next to your furniture.  And don’t forget that it’s ideal that it coordinates with your décor or creates that pop of color in the room.

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    2. Setting the Mood

    Ambient lighting is important in every room.  Table and floor lamps with a shade (especially darker shades) softens the lighting effect creating calmness and a sense of comfort. Layer your rooms with overhead task lighting, accent light from puck lights or rope lighting and lamps.  You even have options of colors red, blue, green, yellow, or white in LED strip and can be controlled with your smart phone to blink or fade in and out.  Have fun with creating a mood for your rooms and watch how it transforms your life.  Imagine and ask yourself what does “My happy place” feel like?  Warm, or bold, calm or wild? 

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    3. Adjustable Settings

    Dimmer switches are one of the best inventions for setting the moodThere is beauty in the function of being able to set the brightness of the room by a switch.  So whether you want to work from home or host a dinner party in the dining room the lighting will be perfect.  If you can I’d put this upgrade in every room of the home.  It’s just a little thing that adds to the experience of daily life. Why you’re at it… upgrade to outlets with USB.  

    4. Color and Warmth

    Pay close attention to the color of the bulbs especially now that LED is so in demand. LED can be specified as daylight and tends to shine with a blue tint or lean more yellowPeople like the efficiency of LED and the brightness it provides. Certain tasks such as a daylight experience in the kitchen but in the bedroom or theater room it may be better for warmer light that creates a cozy glow. Each room should only have one color temperature. Test out a few light bulbs to see which you prefer.  

     

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    Our bridal columnist shares some of the biggest wedding trends you can expect to see next year!

    Bridal Fashion Week is a whirlwind of wedding dresses, champagne, and lots of glam!

    Luckily for brides shopping for wedding dresses in the upcoming year, the bridal gowns that debuted during Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week brought a fresh batch of trends to the runways.

    Whether you are a classic bride, boho bride, modern or glam bride, there was a little something for every bride this season.

    While a few of the wedding dress trends that have become classics still remained, such as, the off-the-shoulder necklines, 3-D floral appliques, long illusion lace sleeves, and sheath styles dresses, there were definitely new, fabulous trends that emerged. And, while we know that our Cincinnati bride is still more romantic and classic, the trends you will see fit right in with our timeless aesthetic.

    Obviously, with the royal wedding last Spring, Meghan Markle mania reigned supreme as we saw designers reinterpret the Duchess of Sussexs wedding dress and reception dress for 2019 brides.

    From feminine bows from our beloved designers, Sareh NouriAntonio Gual, and Anne Barge, to bold geometric patterns at Nicole Spose and Berta, there’s something that any bride, with any type of personal style, would love. 

    Here is a short list of the new trends you will be seeing in stores very soon.

    BOWS! This season, watch out for larger-than-life-bows that act as trains, sweet loops that make the prettiest straps, and metal versions that (literally) tie entire looks together. Bows were seen in every variation on the runways. Making simple gowns look extremely couture, and couture gowns to seem very demure, bows are always an adornment we love. 

    The next big trend to hit the runways this season are the bold, geometric patterns.  Many designers had played around with patterns and textures that were different from the usual lace.  Nicole Spose is one designer who always had her own take on the geometric pattern which has become a huge hit in the past seasons.  If you are a more modern bride who wants to step outside the box, this trend may be the perfect one for you.

    Separates and one-piece styles were also standouts on the runway. We were blown away by a lacey short and sequined ensemble by Berta, and a glitter-encrusted, lace jumpsuit at Atelier Pronovias. These super stylish looks are perfect for your reception at many of our modern venues in Cincinnati.

    And one last trend that we still absolutely love is COLOR! Many designers have incorporated color into their gowns in the past, however, this season, all shades and hints of color were on every runway.  Some of our favorite designers to incorporate color into their gowns are Chantel Lauren and Catherine Kowalski.  These two designers are breaking into the bridal fashion scene with their bold looks and gorgeous color laces.  Fun fact is that every designer mentioned in this article can be found in Cincy Bridal.

    If you are a bride searching for a gown for your 2019/2020 wedding, you will most certainly fall in love with these new trends for the season! 

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      A Mason-based organization is helping the world see, one eye exam and pair of glasses at a time. For our annual Thanksgiving issue, we take an eye-opening look into how they’re helping others gain access to eye care at home and abroad.

      OneSight is an organization dedicated to giving people access to eye care.

      Mason-based OneSight has one goal: To create a world where lack of access to vision care is no longer a barrier to human achievement.

      Today, there are 1.1 billion people in the world who have no access to eye care, whether it be an eye exam or glasses. And OneSight aims to change that as the leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing access to eye care.

      “We have a proven model that provides permanent access to vision care and glasses, and we are pioneering new ways to deliver quality vision care to the most remote communities,” says K-T Overbey, President and Executive Director at OneSight. “We believe one’s location and circumstances should not stand in the way of one’s potential.”

      And through that, OneSight helps adults find, commute to, and perform better at their jobs, helping them to be as much as 35 percent more product and earn up to 20 percent more each year.

      “This cause is more than just a pair of glasses,” says OneSight. “Clear sight helps students learn two times as much and reduces dropout rates by 44 percent.”

      OneSight is an independent nonprofit that is aided by thousands of donors, volunteers, partners, and sponsors from around the world. According to OneSight, more than 1,300 volunteers from 48 countries help over 60,000 people around the globe.

      In the Cincinnati area, OneSight works closely with the community to provide vision care and glasses to those in need. Whether they’re students or refugees, OneSight has provided access to eye care for thousands of people annually here in the Tri-State.

      OneSight offers clinics and school-based vision centers to help those in Cincinnati.

      In fact, OneSight says that this fall alone the organization has provided vision screenings to 23,000 students at 79 schools in the Greater Cincinnati area school districts; it’s opened two new school-based vision centers – Primary Health in Middletown and the Schiff Wellness Center at the Academy of World Languages (AWL); and to-date has opened 15 school-based vision centers, 8 of which are in the Greater Cincinnati area, and plans to open an additional four by the beginning of 2019, providing access to over 500,000 students and community members.

      These school-based vision centers allow kids to not have to leave school to get the care they need.

      The team at OneSight is comprised of a global team of experts, including local partners, who are working together to solve the problem of access to vision care through two main solutions based on an individual’s needs of every community:

      • Charitable Clinics provide free eye exams and glasses to thousands of adults and children where the needs is greatest.
      • Self-Sustaining Centers provide permanent access to whole communities through local partnerships including schools across the United States.

      One of those Charitable Clinics is here for OneSight. Going on now through November 17 OneSight will be hosting a Charitable Clinic with Xavier University. “Throughout the rest of the United States, we have three additional clinics taking place in December in Sells, Arizona, Chicago, Detroit, as well as our school-based vision centers that run throughout the year,” says Laura Lewis, Director, Global Integrated Marketing at OneSight. “Globally, we are gearing up for our 2019 clinics, which include 100 charitable clinics and the opening of over 20 self-sustaining vision centers.”

      OneSight plans to continue its mission of providing access to vision care and glasses around the world, including to the more than 200,000 displaced people living along the Thai-Burma border by 2020.

      “We will do this by building capacity and empowering local communities to provide self-sustaining care as well as conducting charitable clinics for people who can’t afford a pair of glasses,” says Lewis. “Just this past month, the OneSight team and volunteers traveled to Thailand to provide free vision care to over 2,000 migrants, refugees, and children along the Thai-Burma border with 1,752 patients receiving glasses.”

      To learn more about OneSight, visit https://onesight.org/. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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