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    Want to up your cooking skills or introduce your little ones to your love of cooking? Check out these inspiring classes that encourage even the littlest of chefs to be hands-on in the kitchen.

    Whether you have a little one who’s interested in cooking and being in the kitchen, or you want to learn how to up your cooking skills, Cook Inspired is here to help. 

    “Cook Inspired offers cooking classes for kids ages 8 and up, teens, and aspiring cooks of all ages,” says Cook Inspired Founder Kim Tepe. 

    Classes from Cook Inspired focus on practical, basic concepts and techniques, rather than just following recipes. 

    “This allows students to easily go home and use what they’ve learned,” says Tepe. “We cook with whole food ingredients, a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and very minimal sugar to create meals that are beautiful, healthy, and delicious.”

    Tepe finds joy in cooking and sharing wholesome meals, and find that it’s become a lost art in the new normal of busy schedules and lifestyles that seem to surround fast food and other convenience foods that can lead to health issues. 

    “Learning to cook efficiently and creatively can transform cooking from a chore to an enjoyable and relaxing activity, making it easier to create and enjoy healthy meals,” says Tepe. “And for kids and adults alike, it’s a good, clean fun – mixed with a little science, a little math, a little art, lots of teamwork, and no screen time.”

    All of the fun found in the classes at Cook Inspired are due to the hands-on activities that end with a meal. “My goal is to inspire new cooks of all ages – and with that, make the world a little bit healthier and a happier place,” she says. 

    The Kids Cooking Series for Cook Inspired is for kids ages 8 to 10 and is a set of four 1.5 hour classes. There kids will learn safety rules, knife rules, and how to work in the kitchen. They’ll learn how to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals over the four weeks of the class. 

    The Beginner Cooking Series is for older kids ages 11 and up, consisting of five 2-hour classes and covers a wider range of basic cooking concepts and techniques. The class begins with safety, knife skills, and prep/organization. Each week also has a meal theme, such as Mexican Fiesta, while learning to work with proteins, fruits and veggies, pasta, and grains using techniques such as sauteing, roasting, steaming, and boiling. 

    There are also two new classes offered by Cook Inspired – High School/College Holiday Bootcamp and Adult Beginner Cooking School. 

    “High School/College Holiday Bootcamp is a set of three 2.5-hour classes over holiday break when older kids might have some free time to learn to cook so they can eat healthier and save money,” explains Tepe. “Adult Beginner Cooking School focuses on even more techniques for adults who want to start cooking more confidently, efficiently, and creatively.”

    Students who take classes with Cook Inspired are given copies of each recipe they make and includes ideas for using the recipe as a template to create new dishes of their own.

    Upon completion of Tepe’s Cook Inspired classes, she hopes her students, no matter their age, leave with the ability to use practical skills, simple ingredients, and basic equipment to eat better and healthier every day.

    Cook Inspired classes are held at Tepe’s Terrace Park home. In the future, she says she’d like to take the adult cooking school, or a version of it, on the road to better reach young adults who have limited free time but would like to learn to cook so they can eat healthier and save money.

    “They can ultimately build on these skills to be creative and have fun in the kitchen,” she says.

    Tepe is taking a break from offering classes during the month of December, but she is working on the curriculum and recipes for intermediate level classes for kids or adults who want to continue beyond the beginner level of cooking.

    To learn more about Cook Inspired, visit them on Facebook. There you can find full class descriptions and menus and see photos of the aspiring chefs in past and current classes. You can also contact Tepe through her page or at cookinspired513@gmail.com to schedule a class. 

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    We're heading to a sprawling estate in Loveland for this week's Listing of the Week! Read on for a look inside!

    Cincinnati’s most premier property! Custom build estate has it all! Located in loveland, private setting, outdoor kitchen, fully stocked pond, infinity pool, hot tub, 5 car heated garage with guesthouse above. This 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom home is listed at $2,950,000.

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

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    A local jeweler‘s Black Friday Sale features big discounts (hello, 75% off!) with portion of all sales going to charity. Read on for more.

    Koop Diamond Cutters is hosting its annual Black Friday Sale November 29-30. 

    This year is set to be better than ever before with items in-store up to 75% off, and an even bigger mission behind the door busting sales: supporting Fighting All Monsters.

    “Every year my company donates 5% of all Black Friday weekend sales to a children’s charity,” explains Owner Justin Koop. 

    Fighting All Monsters is a locally-based non-profit organization that brings support to families with children who are facing life threatening challenges. 

    “We are here to ease the multifaceted and unique burdens of families facing monsters,” the organization’s website says. “A range off family services have been curated to enable us to stand by families physically, financially, and emotionally. We want to offer dream fulfillment for children in treatment, bill assistance, gift giving, community building, and bereavement support for families striving to elicit some happiness and relief in the midst of dark times.”

    The Black Friday Sale at Koop Diamond Cutters runs from Friday, November 29, through Saturday, November 30. 

    “As always, we will be offering complimentary jewelry inspections and cleanings,” says Koop.

    Koop Diamond Cutters is located at 214 E 8th Street in Cincinnati. 

    To learn more, visit https://koopdiamondcutters.com or https://www.joinourfam.org

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    From reduced anxiety, aches and pains to better sleep, mood and energy, a local OBGYN explains the benefits of CBD and why she now offers it at her practice.

    Dr. Amy Brenner is a board-certified OB/GYN, but she most recently underwent training to obtain another certification in functional and antiaging medicine. It was there that she learned a lot of information about CBD and the many health conditions with which it can potentially help. 

    The new information about CBD and how it’s changed lives only just became legal in the state of Ohio this past summer. That’s when Dr. Brenner began taking CBD for herself to treat chronic sleep issues from delivering babies for the last 15 years.

    “As we know, babies come all hours of the day and night so I think that really messed up my sleep,” says Brenner. “I have taken so many things to help me sleep over the years and none of them really gave me restful sleep.”

    That’s when Brenner was introduced to CBD. “After just one month of taking it it was life changing for me,” she says. “I no longer have to take the majority of the things I was taking for sleep. CBD has helped my mood and I’m also taking it for some things that are occurring on a cellular level that I’ve researched including regenerating neurons in my brain, which is important to me because I have a family history of dementia. CBD has been so life changing for me that I had to bring it to as many people as I could.”

    That’s when Brenner decided to bring CBD to her patients. Not only does Brenner educate her patients on the benefits of using CBD and began offering the Zilis line in her office, but she also teaches them how to find a good, quality CBD product.

    Brenner found that CBD was working for her, and that’s when she took it upon herself to learn more about the potential health benefits of CBD. “There are so many health benefits of CBD but the main reasons why people are choosing to use these products are for mood, sleep, aches and pains, and bowel issues,” says Brenner. “Some patients are losing weight taking these products. It also decreases inflammation, which is the root cause of so many diseases.”

    CBD products offered by Brenner at her practice are unique in that about 90% of the product can be absorbed by the body. “These products are absorbed at 90% whereas other products are only getting absorbed at around 4-6%,” she adds.

    Brenner says that when choosing a hemp product like CBD, you should always make sure that it’s organically sourced. The Zilis products she carries are organically sourced and every bottle comes with a QR code on it so each batch has a certificate of analysis that can be pulled up from scanning the QR code – letting you know exactly what’s in the product.

    “This means there are no unwanted, unhealthy ingredients such as pesticides or heavy metals that have been found in other hemp-based products on the market,” says Brenner. 

    To learn more about CBD and CBG, visit dramybrenner.com or https://zilis.com.

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    Two creative best friends have gone from online boutique to storefront owners. Learn more about their custom, handmade products and women’s fashions.

    If there’s a project they can do on their own, you better believe Haley Kemp and Julie Crowthers are here for it. The duo has a passion for creating – whether it’s building custom furniture, decorating, redesigning, or using their imagination. 

    Combining their love for creating and working together, they launched Jackson | Whitacre, a women’s boutique specializing in the latest fashion and home decor trends.

    When talking about the initial launch of Jackson | Whitacre, which started as an online boutique before moving to a storefront, Kemp says they joked around about initially opening their own boutique. 

    “We didn’t know exactly what it entailed, but no matter where we were or what we were doing, the subject always came up,” she says. 

    The store officially launched in 2016 and offers a variety of women’s clothing and accessories as well as custom-made furniture, trendy home decor pieces, and a wide range of products made by local artisans ranging from hand painted signs to handmade jewelry. 

    “We also make our own all natural, hand poured soy candles and wax melts, BubbaRub, natural bath and body products, and handmade jewelry,” adds Kemp.

    Jackson | Whitacre has a lot to offer customers, but wants to keep evolving and expanding. “We are in the early stages of expanding our candle line, in hopes of branching out and becoming a vendor to other small businesses,” she says.

    Jackson | Whitacre is located in the heart of Old Milford at 223 Main Street. 

    To learn more, visit www.jacksonwhitacre.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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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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    See how a local organization is helping children afar with an upcoming gala that’ll be filled with fun, food and fundraising. Keep reading for details.

    Great food, delicious drinks and supporting a good cause…name a better way to spend your Saturday night. Infinite Chance, a local nonprofit, 501©(3) organization, is hosting their first ever MasquerAID to celebrate their success and work towards their goal of building a trade school in Guatemala. 

    In early 2011, founder Daniela Weaver traveled to Guatemala after college and after a life-changing trip, decided to relocate her life in the country. After falling in love with the people and discovering a deep need of education in the country, Daniela established Infinite Chance. 

    “The organization is dedicated to providing infinite chances to Guatemalan children, through education,” says Infinite Chance’s Rachel Atkinson. “By means of our many ongoing projects and future plans, we are able to provide long-term opportunities for children to escape poverty. We strive to create sustainable programs that ultimately provide much brighter futures for Guatemalan children, all thanks to our donors and sponsors.”

    MasquerAID is the inaugural fundraising event of Infinite Chance, the first large scale fundraiser of the organization’s kind. Guests can expect live music, delicious food and open bar, exquisite auctions, entertainment by the Cincinnati circus, the founders of Hogar Miguel Magone in Guatemala and emceed by Paola Suro of WCPO 9 On Your Side. All aspects of the night will serve as a celebration of Infinite Chance’s success to date and the impact that both Infinite Chance and attendees can have across the world. 

    Funds raised will assist with ongoing projects. “The money will go towards our computer and English programs and the future goal of establishing and building a trade school in Guatemala,” says Atkinson. If individuals want to become involved in the organization, other than the MasquerAID, they can join the team, travel with the team to Guatemala, or sign up for the DARÉ program by pledging $20 a month. Infinite Chance is expecting between 150 to 200 people to be in attendance. 

    “We want all of our attendees to leave the event with knowledge of how big of a difference they can make in a child’s life, and also Infinite Chance as an organization.”

    MasquerAID will take place on December 7, 2019 at 6pm at the Manor House in Mason. To learn more, or purchase tickets online, visit the Infinite Chance’s website.

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    A new venue in historic Newport features a beautiful space for events and creative productions, as well as a staff with decades of experience. Click for a peek inside.

    Cincy Chic: What is Garage on York?
    Laura Chenault, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Garage on York: Garage on York is a 3,000-square-foot, open, versatile space available for rent by the half-day, full-day, or week. Its modern/industrial vibe has been designed to accommodate: professional photo shoots, video, and commercial productions; corporate events, off-site meetings, brainstorming sessions; and professional development workshops. Garage on York offers a blank “palette” and flexible space ideal for production companies and creative agencies to work from.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Garage on York?
    Chenault: Ron & Monica Pies (creators of studio821 in Newport) & Laura Chenault (creator/owner of the former Pallet23 in Northside) teamed up to create the Garage on York concept. Although Ron and Monica own the business, they lean on their partner, Laura Chenault, (who brings her 20+ years of experience) to manage day to day operations bringing in her past clients and marketing to new ones. 

    Cincy Chic: What the inspiration behind it all?
    Chenault: Ron always says, “The space itself was inspiring to build from. It’s not often one gets to create from a large open 2-story space which happens to have designers coming and going right next door.” 

    As it turns out, Ron, Monica, and myself all came together as a team from various studio backgrounds. Ron and Monica have a background in hourly/daily rentals of creative portrait photography studios and I came from a studio rental for production teams, agencies, and creative off-sites. Together we formed our own team and strategically put a plan together. I was inspired to fill an industry need while being able to raise the bar after seeing opportunity with this project and Ron and Monica were inspired to add to what they already offered close by. Inspiration turned to execution and the final results surpassed their expectations. As we were recreating the space we were also developing our business plan. It’s all come together at the end with the guidance of so many.

    Cincy Chic: What does Garage on York provide to its users?
    Chenault: Garage on York offers an open, flexible footprint that allows users the freedom and flexibility to work in many different ways. We do not require preferred vendors or caterers, so clients can better control their costs. We also offer room darkening ability to control light; 20-ft ceilings; a kitchen; conference room; green room; open loft for talent holding or client lounge; a 12×13-foot garage door off the front; and can accommodate groups of up to 50 guests sitting down or 80 guests open-house style.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Garage on York unique?
    Chenault: Production companies and their clients can pull right up and unload with ease which starts each project off well. The location is simple to get to and our parking is onsite and free. Garage on York is adjoined by a collaborative Italian kitchen design showroom. Garage On York manages the shoots/corporate events (5 custom kitchen vignettes) there as another rental option or lounge for creative agencies and their clients. Our studio821 partner also has a variety of shoot spaces available to choose from close by. We have confidence that we can accommodate the needs of most of our clients with the highest of expectations. 

    Our managing partner has years of production industry experience so when an agency has specific needs we already speak the language and can ask the right questions to ensure your project is properly prepared for on our end. 

    We offer designer finishes, which for a garage is like no other. There are many spaces to choose from but if you want an inspiring atmosphere that is unique, memorable and functionable… Garage on York is it.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
    Chenault: Garage on York is expanding into the property’s recently vacated back space  – There is a lot more info coming in the next few weeks but what we can reveal right now as we prepare to grow: We’ll be adding approximately 3,000 square feet attached to the back of our existing space; 13-foot ceiling; entry off parking lot; kitchenette; and some other details we will share soon! In the meantime we are working to launch a variety of catering packages from local partners in January 2020 for clients who prefer these details be handled for them. 

    Cincy Chic: Where is Garage on York located?
    Chenault: We’re located at 706 York Street in Newport, Kentucky, a newly added local historic district in the heart of Newport.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Chenault: Readers can visit www.garageonyork.com or follow along on Instagram and Facebook

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    Our life coach columnist shares three tips to manage the awkwardness when spending time with family and friends during the holidays – or anytime throughout the year.

    The holiday season is upon us, and I frequently get requests for extra coaching from my clients who want a strategy and plan to get through the holiday season. 

    Yes, it’s time to spread our thanksgiving and gratitude for the season and spend time with others.  However, some gatherings, especially during the holidays, can be challenging and daunting, especially if you only see certain friends or family members once or twice a year, and have nothing in common.  

    You may also encounter family gatherings that are stressful because some type of fall out among the family has occurred. This makes it really challenging to put on a bright smiling face and enter the room without feeling awkward and uncomfortable.

    Sound familiar? You’ve been there? I have as well, which is why I’m providing you three tips you can practice during the upcoming holiday season (or, actually, anytime) to help release the anxiety and stress associated with gatherings.

    1. Aren’t they cute – when you are listening to someone and they are sharing a story or talking about something that doesn’t interest you, or maybe it triggers you, simply think inside your head, “Isn’t she/he cute”, and smile. This is a simple but very effective way of deactivating the lack of interest or trigger.  It gives you a different perspective and can offset your desire to say something you might regret.
     
    2. Interesting – this is one word that can end a conversation without having to explain or defend yourself. It has no positive or negative indication; just neutral. When someone says something that triggers you, and you want to blast back, pause and simply say, “Interesting”, and stop at that. Nothing more to say.  If they ask, “What does that mean?”, you can repeat, “I just find it interesting –that’s all.” Then, exit the conversation by going for another bite to eat or seeing someone across the room you want to speak with and excuse yourself.
     
    3. Eat the popcorn (metaphorically) – often when you are around a group, you will hear others  gossiping. If you’re not able to move away from the conversation and you don’t want to be included but don’t know how to be removed, envision yourself in a movie theater watching the big screen and eating popcorn.  What you’ll discover, is that listening is more powerful than adding to the conversation. You won’t create an abrupt departure that could cause additional gossip but you won’t be caught up in conversation in which you’d rather not participate.

    There you have it. When you find yourself in the middle of holiday gatherings, these three ways will help you interact with folks during those awkward holiday gatherings with more ease and confidence. Give one or all three a try. And, if you feel it’s just too much to even go, give yourself permission to decline the invitation unapologetically. Happy Holidays!

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    Elsa and Anna return for Frozen 2, but is it as magical as the first? Read on for our critic’s review.

     
    “This winter, it’s personal – no, it really is!” From left to right: Olaf (Josh Gad), Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel, center), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Sven return for FROZEN 2. Credit: © 2019 Walt Disney Pictures. All rights reserved.
     

    WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:


    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel WoodDIRECTOR(S): Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck

     
    THE BACK STORY: Following up on the events of the first film, Frozen 2 finds the magical Elsa (Idina Menzel) living happily in the utopian Arendelle with her sister Anna (Kristen Bell), her wanting-to-pop-the-question-but-unsure-how-to-do-so boyfriend Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his beloved reindeer Sven and everyone’s favorite one-liner cracking snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). But not everything is as peaceful and happy as it seems.

    As a flashback will reveal, the sisters’ parents told them of Northuldra, a forest where the people of Arendelle were enjoying a nice time with the natives until something happened and the two groups found their lives forever changed. And now, as fate would have it, a mysterious voice is calling Elsa, who has become more and more curious about the origin of her powers. Could the voice have something to do with her powers? Could there be a connection to Northuldra? 

    There’s only way Elsa, Anna, Sven and Olaf are going to find out … Looks like a new adventure awaits! 

    THE REVIEW: Sometimes a sequel is better than the original. Sometimes it’s worse. And then there are times where the sequel looks to deliver pretty much everything the first film had that made it successful … even if the second go round, while solid, lacks the magic of the original.The last option is the one that describes the collection of jokes and songs collectively known as Frozen 2.

    Frozen 2 is not a bad movie. But if you are not a major fan of Disney’s princess collection of films, the plot is not likely to hook you in. Likewise, while some will undoubtedly find the collection of songs – especially Kristoff’s somewhat hilarious homage to 80s power rock ballads – entertaining, others may find them to be a bit repetitive in both tone and execution. (If you are not an opera fan, some of the jokes may feel a bit long in the ear, er, tooth.) Gad’s Olaf character gets to take center stage for much of Frozen 2 in terms of delivering a much needed levity to the affair, which is balanced by the cuteness factor of Bruni, the salamander representation of fire in the enchanted forest.

    Frozen 2 adheres to the longstanding adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” by making sure that if was in the first film, try to wedge it into the second film. While Elsa and Anna’s sibling rivalry has subsided, there’s still plenty of bonding in the story, as well as the idea of self-discovery, teamwork … and of course, good ol’ Olaf. Frozen 2 isn’t here to break new ground as much as it is to keep it nice and chilled as fans sing the songs long after they leave the theater. Whereas the first Frozen felt special and unique, 2 is like a slice of pizza from your favorite restaurant: satisfying but extremely familiar.

    Thus, while it might be better suited for young children and Disney die-hards only, those two groups will love it … Even if everyone else might be happier if they just let it go and stopped before there is a part three.

    OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):

     
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