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Small gatherings are making a comeback and one local company is here for it with beautiful foodboards. Read on for the delicious details.

Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now. They’re delicious and the perfect snack to have when you’re hosting a party. Even though gatherings are limited for the time being, the boards are ideal for small groups as well. 

After months apart, isolation has taken a toll on many. Inspired by the idea of bringing people together for meaningful conversations, well before COVID-19, Aida Ramusovic launched GoodBord, crafting foodboards with sourced and curated local and international foods.

There are currently four different food boards available from GoodBord, including The Montenegrin, The Mediterranean, The Tristate Picnic, and For the Love of Green. 

Ramusovic says The Montenegrin is the most loved and flavorful board. “It’s a delicious board with a variety of European-inspired cheese from goat, sheep, and cow milk, along with the best European and American meats, local jams, fruit, pickles, and nuts,” she says. “It’s also available as a meat or cheese-only board.”

The Mediterranean offers specialty cheese, dried and pickled vegetables, dried and fresh fruits, nuts, jams, and truffle spread. 

The Tristate Picnic is curated with all local meats, goat, sheep, and cow milk cheeses, pickled vegetables, dried fruits, and jams. “It’s a Midwestern board with an international vibe,” adds Ramusovic.

For the Love of Green is a board that’s made of vegetables and fruits, house-made hummus, and a seasonal dip. “It’s nature’s gift of greens,” she says.

When customers order the boards, they can choose to have GoodBord set things up for you or do it yourself. “Usually, for boards up to 12 people, we would set up enough food and deliver it ready for you to uncover and enjoy,” says Ramusovic.

The boards, which are made from recycled materials like bamboo and palm leaves, are left for the customers to keep after their gathering. Gluten-free and nut-free options are also available for those with dietary restrictions. 

Ramusovic says that the safety and well-being of her customers and their guests are essential. GoodBord employees wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect, they wear masks at all times, surfaces are cleaned using biodegradable, organic disinfectants, routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, and increased cleaning frequencies overall.

To learn more about GoodBord, visit https://www.goodbord.com

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A husband and wife duo needed to replace lost income during lockdown, so they launched a personalized home decor business and now it’s taking off. Read on for more!

Cincy Chic: What is RedFeather Designs?
Danielle Smith, Founder of RedFeather Designs: We are a husband and wife team that creates custom home decor pieces. Currently, we are selling Custom Door Signs, Plant Stands, Custom Food Trays, and Custom Signs. We are fairly new, having just started creating pieces a few weeks ago. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Smith: I have always had a knack for re-purposing old furniture and making my own crafts. The name is a take on my Red Cardinal Feather, symbolizing the memory of my mother, who passed away In November 2018. In lieu of the Coronavirus, I lost a part-time job  that I had and wanted to supplement that income and for it to be fulfilling. My husband and I decided to make a Plantstand and then the popular Door Hanging a sign and they were a huge hit! Needless to say, we had to drive around the city looking for specific materials. It hasn’t slowed down since. 

Cincy Chic: What types of products do you create?
Smith: Custom and Personalized Home Decor. 

Cincy Chic: What makes RedFeather Designs unique?
Smith: Each piece is designed a little differently. I love taking an idea that a client has and bringing it to life. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Smith: We are always looking for new ideas or designs to add to our collection. Stay tuned-we are HUGE Halloween fans. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Smith: Currently you can find us on Facebook or Instagram.

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Share Cheesebar: Have you jumped on the trend of cheese boards yet? I can personally say I am slightly addicted to them! @sharecheesebar is Cincinnati’s first cheese bar located in pleasant ridge! They create both beautiful and delicious cheese boards, grilled cheese, and more!
They will be closed July 1st-8th BUT opening back up on the 9th! Make sure to head to their website and get your order in!

Colonial Cottage: Breakfast for dinner? Sounds delicious to me! @colonial.cottage.1933 offers omelets all day! PLUS they also have their delicious fried chicken, cookies, pies, and so much more!
Order ahead to take your food to go or stop in to enjoy! PLUS click the link in their bio to vote for them for us weekly!

Full Body Fitness & Yoga: Happy #treatyourself Tuesday today! Rather than treating yourself to something unhealthy, treat yourself with the gift of endorphins! Every time you workout, your body releases endorphins giving you energy, strength, and happiness!

@fullbodyfitnessandyoga is back open to help you find those endorphins and reach your fitness goals! They have created a safe and healthy space for you to workout by taping off personal sections in their studio to ensure social distancing! PLUS: they are having HUGE deals right now! Click the link in their bio to see how you can receive 50% off as a new member, and other great discounts!

Pangaea Trading Company: NEW ARRIVALS! @pangaeatradingco just put their new arrivals put just in time to spruce up your July wardrobe! Head into their shop or shop online to discover adorable clothes, skincare, stickers, and more!

PLUS: when you visit their website, click on their first 2 tabs to see how you can continue to help the BLM movement!

Open:
Sunday: 12-6
Tuesday-Thursday: 12-6
Friday-Saturday: 11-8

Honey Child: Happy July first!! You know what that means…it’s almost the Fourth of July! Celebrate this holiday weekend with @honeychildpops delicious red, white, and blueberry pops!
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All pops are made plant based with no cane sugar or dairy! This makes for a great healthy and natural sweet treat guaranteed to put a smile on peoples faces!
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Order online to have these delivered right to your doorstep or find them at Clifton Market!
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Ampersand Home & Gallery: Looking to add some uniqueness to your home? @ampersandhomeandgallery is here for you! When you step into their shop you can find a unique collection of handpicked housewares, furniture, and more! They also have a collection of repurposed pieces!
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Located in Bellevue, stop in or shop online to find your perfect new house piece unique to your style!

Revolution Rotisserie & Bar: Come get your chicken fix with @revolutionrotisseriedelicious chicken! Not in the mood for chicken? Try their loaded hash browns or try their Mac and cheese! Plus don’t forget to top it off with a delicious beer or mimosa!

Stop in for bottomless tots during happy hour, a boozy brunch, lunch, or dinner!
They are now open for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery!

The Living Room: Working from home can be a very stressful and daunting task! That’s why @hellolivingroom has created a space for you, your team, and other hard workers to get creative, collaborate, and work in!
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PLUS right now they are having a HUGE deal of buy one meeting, get one free! From now until October 1st, with a purchase of meeting space, you’ll receive another meeting free!
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They also have just opened up their rooftop deck for a fun and safe event next Wednesday! Bring your family, friends, coworkers, and more to enjoy free food and games!
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Check out their page for more details on how to get in on this amazing space and how to rsvp for next Wednesday!

16-Bit Bar + Arcade: How fun does this Hulk Hogan bomb pop cocktail look for the 4th tomorrow 😍 @16bitbar is back open for you to come over for some delicious cocktails and fun games!
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They are taking all safety precautions to keep you and staff safe! Face masks are highly recommended for you to wear when not sipping on one of their famous cocktails! Their staff will be wearing masks and cleaning off the arcade machines and the bar after usage!
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Open:
Wednesday-Thursday: 4-11
Friday: 4-12
Saturday: 2-12
Sunday: 2-11

Kentucky Botanical Co: The 4th can be a very stressful holiday for both us and our furry friends with all the loud noises going on! Help relax and relieve stress with a little help from CBD oil! @kybotanicalco creates CBD infused products from oils to cleaning products to help bring calm and peace!
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plus right now for the 4th they are having a SALE! Use code “JULY4” at checkout to receive 20% off your whole order now until the 6th!
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Click the link in their bio to get your order started and check out their page to learn more about all the benefits of using CBD!

Milkman Ice Cream & Doughnuts: Happy Sunday everyone! Keep the holiday celebrations coming by treating yourself to @milkmancincy 😍 They offer delicious ice cream, shakes, and doughnuts! Plus did I mention they have BOOZY SHAKES! That’s right…boozy milkshakes!

They just reopened today so go show them some love!
Open:
Sunday’s: 9am for doughnuts
Saturday-Sunday: 10:30-10

Alba Organic Beauty Studio: It’s officially waxing season and @albabeautystudiohas a special you definitely do not want to miss out on! For all of July they are offering $10 brow wax and 20% off bikini waxes! How could you say no to such a good deal🤩
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Call today to schedule your appointment: (513) 631 2522! Their studio is dedicated to providing organic, natural, and non-toxic services and products!

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We adapt to constantly changing seasons and unexpected weather well, while other inconveniences and disruptions aren't as easy. Our life coach columnist shares tips on weathering life's storms as well as the real ones.

Is it just me or do you find weather to be fascinating? Or perhaps you find it annoying. The hot sun, the cool rain, brisk breeze, wild winters – all the seasons and if you are lucky enough you may have experienced them all in one day, especially in Cincinnati.  

This article is not about weather. The message is allowing you to open your mind up to realize how you navigate weather conditions is how you navigate your life. 

For example, when it is raining you grab an umbrella, when it is cold you grab a coat, and when it is hot, well, less clothing is best! Weather is weather, you just dress differently. These decisions are made unconsciously. You just know what to do. You have been taught by others, you have made your own assumptions, and now you are able to navigate the weather with ease.

Oh, I get it, it doesn’t always make you happy, and sometimes it’s even frustrating, especially when you have plans that can be affected by the weather, and times weather will disappoint and spoil your plans. That is when you pivot and adjust the plans.

I am sharing this because I realize that how you listen to the weather forecast, react, and dress, accordingly, is a match in how you navigate the thoughts in your mind. Bottom line is, at any given moment the weather can change – just as your thoughts can change. 

As with weather, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just turn the dial at any given moment to set the weather according to what you want to experience? Now although you cannot do that with the weather, you certainly can do that with your thoughts. Your thoughts become things, and the more that you can focus on the positive changes, desires, and the vision, the more that dial is at your fingertips. 

Learning to control that dial of the mind and your thoughts is key and as you learn to dial it up you will begin to create new thought patterns, a new process in making decisions, and a whole new way of stepping into a different version of you. As the weather changes you dress differently, so when life changes you think differently.

Sending love and light, 

Melissa

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Learn about a Kenwood bakery spreading happiness across the Tri-State with DIY cupcake and cookie kits, gluten friendly options and lots of seasonal new flavors that kids and kids-at-heart will love.

A local bakery is spreading joy during these trying times one tasty treat at a time. Gigi’s Cupcakes is a full-service dessert bakery in Kenwood. The bakery is named after Gigi Butler, who was the founder of the bakery. “Gigi’s began in Nashville in 2008,” Amy Jones, Owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes in Kenwood, says. “My husband and I had visited a bakery nearby and knew we needed to bring this bakery to Cincinnati.” Now, the bakery has been open in Kenwood for 7 ½ years.

Gigi’s Cupcakes offers many options for customers to choose from, including cupcakes, cheesecakes, stuffed cookies, brownies and cakes.There are seasonal creations that include: Hummingbird, Pineapple Right-Side Up Cake, Orange Dreamsicle and Margarita. 

“We use the finest ingredients and all are made in our kitchen with much love and care. We also offer delivery,” Jones says. The business is unique because “our cupcakes are topped with a special swirl of delectable frosting and we have made over 200 flavors in our years of baking.”

They also sell DIY kits for families to make signature Gigi’s Cupcake creations at home. The kit comes with cookies or cupcakes, frosting and sprinkles. These kits allow kids to create their own sweet creations. “We’ve been doing this for a few years now at a parent’s request,” she says. “However, with the pandemic, many are looking for activities at home or during a virtual meeting so we wanted to assist.”

Along with the kits for kids, there are also gluten friendly options. “We make three flavors daily. Currently, we are making wedding cake, triple chocolate torte and orange dreamsicle,” Jones says. “Many people have gluten allergies and/or choosing to remove gluten from their diet. They deserve a treat like everyone else and we enjoy making it taste as good as it looks.”

Jones’ favorite part of running the bakery is celebrating with customers. “Whether it’s a graduation, wedding or birthday, it’s always fun helping someone plan for their special day,” she says. 

Jones defines success by “seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they walk in our door, hearing people say how good it smells and how they love coming to visit,” she says. “We bring joy to those who visit or receive our special green box filled with goodies.”

Gigi’s Cupcakes is located at 7940 Hosbrook Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243. Follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Give your kids a well-rounded education all year long with STEAM programs from this local learning center.

In today’s technology-driven world, the importance of STEAM programs has never been more pertinent. Snapology is here to help your children with a well-rounded education year-round.

“Snapology is the premier partner for STEAM programs, offering year-round programs in schools, community facilities, homes, and in our community,” explains Co-Founder Lisa Coe. “At Snapology, we understand that children are meant to learn through play. When children are actively engaged in hands-on, interactive learning activities, their creativity flourishes and they show a greater interest in school.”

As parents, and formerly school-aged children, we know that it can be hard to keep your children educationally engaged throughout the summer months. That’s why Snapology wants to help create a thirst for knowledge in children. 

Snapology is made for children ages 2-14 and uses LEGO bricks, K’Nex, and technology. “While the kids are having fun, we sneak in the educational concepts,” explains Snapology’s second Co-Founder Laura Coe. “In most cases, kids don’t realize how much they are learning.”

Because children are more interested in learning when it’s fun, Snapology wants to provide STEAM enrichment programs that are just as fun as they are educational.

The Coe sisters say they were inspired to launch Snapology after observing the love that their children had for creative play using building blocks and other materials that snap together. “The idea of offering enrichment classes and camps to teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art and literacy concepts excited us, given both our backgrounds in mathematics and science,” says Laura. 

There are thousands of hours of curriculum available through Snapology that allows for a wide variety of STEAM and Theme programs. “We offer classes, workshops, camps, birthday parties, field trips, and special events like helping Girl or Boy Scouts earn STEAM and/or Engineering badges,” says Lisa. “Our programs are designed to enhance childrens’ learning of STEAM concepts in a way that makes learning fun. Additionally, creativity, teamwork, and presentation skills through sharing, are incorporated in all of our classes, workshops, and camps.”

The classes from Snapology range from 1-1.5 hours and are often offered in a series via an after-school program for 6-12 weeks. Through these programs students are taught about different science learning concepts each week and last for 3 hours and include additional activities.

Since the onset of COVID-19, Snapology has been in a position to offer virtual classes. “This has been very successful and allowed us to bring our programs to some kids that may not have been able to participate in our in-person programs,” says Laura.

Snapology has also provided free daily and/or weekly building challenges for littles since March, which are posted to the Facebook page and allows children to post pictures of their builds. 

“We also began offering virtual LEGO build classes, birthday parties, and playdates for a fun, interactive learning experience for kiddos that have their own LEGO bricks,“ says Lisa. “And we are currently also offering virtual 3-hour LEGO build camps.”

Come July, however, Snapology will resume in-person programming and kick off in-person summer camps at The EDGE Teen Center in Liberty Township.

“Our in-person programs have been restructured to ensure the safety of our students and teachers,” says Laura. “Students will be socially distanced and have their own work space and supplies. Teachers will wear masks and students are encouraged to wear masks. Frequent cleaning of contact surfaces, frequent hand sanitation and washing, and fresh air ventilation of the camp space, a 45-60 minute drop off/pick up window, and contactless check-in are among the safety protocols we’ll be implementing.”

The Coe sisters say that Snapology is always looking to add new programming content. “And down the road we will be looking to bring an Activity Center where kiddos can come and do hands-on STEAM activities that include building with LEGO bricks, virtual reality, play games, and many other fun and enriching activities,” says Lisa.

To learn more or to receive updates, visit westchestertwp.snapology.com and follow along on Facebook. For 2020 Summer Camp info, readers can visit www.bit.ly/snapcamps. Those interested in bringing Snapology to their school, dayare, homeschool, preschool, elementary school, or middle school can send an email to westchestertwp@snapology.com

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Big kids can have fun, too! Click here to read more about a local puzzle-fueled bar crawl that you can now do from home, too!

Cincy Chic: What is The Puzzle Crawl?
John Bromels, Supreme Galactic Overlord at Puzzle Crawl, Ltd.:The Puzzle Crawl is a one-of-a-kind bar crawl with pencil puzzles (like crosswords, wordfinds, and mazes) that occurs every month in Cincinnati. Players visit the first bar on the route and solve a themed puzzle that reveals the location of the next bar. They visit 4-5 bars over the course of the evening, solving a puzzle at each one. Players can also embark on “side quests” along the crawl route for extra points. At the final bar, we tally the scores and award a prize package, usually valued at $200 – $400, to the winning team, and a few mystery prizes to other lucky players. The theme changes each month. Past themes have included movies, pirates, and comic book superheroes. We also offer private Crawls and puzzling experiences for birthday parties, corporate retreats, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more! Puzzle Crawl received a “Best of the City” award from Cincinnati Magazine in 2018.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Bromels: Solving puzzles and mysteries has gotten popular in recent years, with escape rooms and mystery-in-a-box delivery companies popping up across the country.

We enjoy escape rooms a lot, but one drawback is that because of the time limit, everyone has to spend all their time focused on escaping the room: there’s no time to socialize and just hang out with your friends because you’re “on the clock.” Some of our friends who aren’t hardcore puzzle solvers have confessed to us that they just stand around feeling like a fifth wheel in an escape room because they don’t know what to do. Plus, there are no drinks!

So, we wanted to create a puzzling experience that would be fun for puzzlers and non-puzzlers alike, and that allows people time to enjoy each other’s company and have a few drinks while also playing an entertaining game. We often say that the Puzzle Crawl is “for nerds who like to drink and drunks who like to think.”

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Bromels: The Puzzle Crawl’s two masterminds are Supreme Galactic Overlord John Bromels and Puzzler-in-Chief Jeremy Dubin. We met while both working at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) in 2005, but we’ve been puzzle enthusiasts for much longer. We should have seen this coming: when John got married in 2007, he created an original crossword puzzle for his wedding…and Jeremy was the only one who solved it! Our creativity doesn’t just extend to the Puzzle Crawl: Jeremy is the Director of Creative Education at CSC, while John was the winner of the 2020 Red Bull Mind Gamers Creativity Challenge. John’s were also the brains behind Professor Lorenzo’s Carnival of Mysteries at the People’s Liberty Globe Gallery at Findlay Market in Spring 2019, for which Jeremy provided numerous puzzles.

Because great minds think alike, John and Jeremy each had the idea for a progressive puzzling experience independently of one another in early 2017. When they happened to mention their ideas to one another, the Puzzle Crawl was born! We did our first public Crawl in September of 2017, and we’ve offered a monthly Crawl almost every month since, until COVID-19 put a stop to our shenanigans.

Cincy Chic: How are you doing Puzzle Crawls now due to COVID-19?
Bromels: Unfortunately, our usual format – bar crawls – doesn’t work so well without the bars. We tried asking folks to just crawl along the pavement while solving a wordfind, but surprisingly got no takers. So instead, we’re working on providing online content. We launched our first “Virtual Bar Crawl” on our website, puzzlecrawl.com, in May, and expect to have more online “Crawls” available soon.

Cincy Chic: Do you know when you’ll resume in-person events?
Bromels: We take the health and safety of our players seriously, so we’re not going to start up again until we can be confident it’s safe to do so. With conditions constantly changing, we have no idea when that will be.

Cincy Chic: What makes this a fun event for “big kids?” 
Bromels: The biggest thing that makes it fun is that the competitive aspect is only a part of the evening’s activities. Teams’ scores are only based on the time they spend solving puzzles (which have a par time of 10-15 minutes each). When you’re not solving puzzles, you’re off the clock: you can sit and enjoy time with your friends instead of feeling like you have to guzzle down your drink and race out the door. Plus, the evening always includes a storyline and additional “off the clock” material, so even if you don’t solve a single puzzle, you should still be able to have a fun time.

A lot of players have told us they like having the opportunity to sample bars they otherwise wouldn’t have visited. We vary the bars and neighborhoods we use so it’s a different experience each time. And for those “big kids” who are just here for the drinks, many of the bars create specialty themed cocktails for our players, offering another chance to try something new.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, sign up, and follow along?
Bromels: Readers can visit our website at puzzlecrawl.com to find out about upcoming events and to play our online puzzles, including our Virtual Bar Crawl. You can also find us on Facebook. We’re also on Instagram. Trust us, we were as surprised as you are to find out that domain name wasn’t taken!

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Coffee Cup Overflowing: Happy Monday everyone! Kick off your week with a delicious caffeine pick me up from @coffeecupoverflowing today! Treat yourself to one of their delicious bakery items and grab your favorite coffee! Open: Monday-Friday 6:30-6:30 Saturday 7:30-4:30

Fleurs Events: How beautiful are these flowers😍 whether for a wedding, house arrangements, or just some simple greenery… @fleurseventsky can do it all! Check out the link in their bio to head over to their website and see all they have to offer! You can also stop in their shop! Open: Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm Saturday 8am-1pm

OTR Bagel Bar: Calling all my bagel fans! @otrbagelbar is back delivering their delicious bagels right to your doorstep! Swipe all the way or check out their page for order instructions! Delivery open: Wednesday: 12-3 Friday: 9-12 Storefront open: Tuesday-Sunday (carryout): 7-3

Shred415 Red Bank: Looking to get active this summer? @shred415redbank is here to help! They are currently running the most amazing special for you! A 30 day guarantee! That’s how confident they are in their workouts! If you decide it isn’t for you after 5 workouts during the first 30 days of opening, you’ll receive 100% REFUND of your initial payment! With an offer like that what’s stopping you from signing up? Shoot them an email or DM to sign up today and join them at their grand opening July 11th!

Kidd Coffee Co: The 4th of July is approaching quickly! Get a delicious taste of this holiday with @thekiddcoffeeco new drink special! To help celebrate the 4th, they have created this amazing drink consisting of the perfect mix of cherry, blueberry, and vanilla! 🇺🇸 Stop in to enjoy this fun new drink or grab some of your favorite coffee today! 🇺🇸

Toko Baru on Ludlow: How amazing are these quirky little air plants🤩 @tokobaruonludlow offers crystals, essential oils, plants, candles, and so much more to fill your home! Head over to their shop located on Ludlow to discover all the amazing products they have to offer! Open: Tuesday-Thursday: 12-6 Friday-Saturday: 11-8 Sunday: 12-6

Rollin’ Bowls: An all vegan food truck? Yes please! @rollinbowlstruck is the first truck rollin in plant-based meals to cincy and northern Kentucky! They create mouth watering creations that are COMPLETELY plant-based and will change your perception of healthy! Click the link in their bio to see where you can find them next!

Bold Friend Co: In need of a new planner, wallet, tote? @boldfriendco has it all and is here to help! They create beautiful leather goods ALL hand stitched! Head over to their website to start your order on these beautiful and quality leather goods today!

Velocity Bike & Bean: Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy a delicious coffee from @velocity_bikeandbean this morning to kickstart your weekend! PLUS for everyone wearing a mask, you’ll receive 10% off your coffee this week! Discounted coffee and protecting ours and others health? Sounds good to me! Stop in to grab one of their delicious coffees and more to receive your discount!

Artichoke: Started by husband Brad and wife Karen, @artichokeotr has become the cookware store for everybody! Whether an experienced chef or just starting out in the kitchen, they offer the tools for you! They also have a demo kitchen in their shop to prove the quality and effectiveness of their products! They also offer a number of special services for their customers like cooking demos, knife sharpening, gift registries, and more! Vamp up your kitchen tools and your kitchen skills this weekend by stopping by their shop!

Mile 42 Coffee: Happy Saturday everyone! Kickstart your weekend with a refreshing drink or coffee from @mile42coffee this weekend! Make sure to try one of their summer flavors like coconut vanilla cold brew or iced pomegranate green tea 😍 Stop in to enjoy their indoor patio seating or grab a drink to go!

Mariemont Farmers Market: Anyone else always down for a little Sunday farmers market🙋‍♀️ @mariemontfarmersmarketis open every Sunday until October to bring you fresh produce, baked goods, and more! Stop by from 10am-1pm to stock up on all their goodies! Open: Every Sunday 10-1pm until October 11, 2020

Trendy Tags Boutique: NEW ARRIVALS! @trendytagsboutique has just stocked up on adorable new arrivals just in time for summer! They are dedicated to “empowering women/moms to look & feel their best self in effortless, everyday styles!” Shop by: – Tapping their on their Instagram post! – Join their Facebook group to get free shipping! – Visit their website in bio!

Ink & Co Made in Ohio: Support your local homies! @inkandco_madeinohiocreates shirts, wall art, coasters, and more! Check out their page to see all their amazing sayings and products! Click the link in their bio to get your order started and support local❤️

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It’s not easy to navigate today’s uncharted waters, especially with little ones. Our life coach columnist share four important tips for smooth sailing ahead.

I read a meme the other day saying “August – we buying school clothes or more alcohol” and although it offered a chuckle my heart was feeling the impact of what schools will look like if they do open back up this fall.

Watching parents on social media sharing their day-to-day and how they are navigating the situation of quarantine has many being challenged beyond what they ever imagined.

For the kiddos, I felt it was important to share my thoughts about ways you can support them during this time of confusion, uncertainty, and life interrupted: Focus on what they already understand and know to be true.

Talk about what needs to be talked about. Teach them how important it is to have a strong and healthy immune system and how eating nutritional foods, drinking water, and taking vitamin supplements will boost their immune system. Speak about germs, proper hand washing, etc., in a way that can support their personal hygiene practice but not to lead to being a germaphobe.

Encourage the excitement around the “new normal”. You are home together like a vacation.  Discover new ways to entertain.  Clean out closets together, look at photographs, build blanket forts, go outside – spend time being a kid yourself. Let the kids be creative and explore new ways of having fun.

Be a good finder! Sleeping in and getting up late. No rushing out the door for school and work. Doing homework without interruption. Having time to do the things you did not have time to do before. Being happy, healthy, and together.  And during the sit-down meals offer a moment of gratitude – what brings you joy?

Teach and demonstrate faith.  Keeping things as close to normal as possible.  Avoid news and computer time that may impose unnecessary concern for kids to be overloaded with the fear and drama. Monitor your conversations when kids are around.  Remind them this is only for a little while longer and soon things will be back on track.  

Yes, we are living in uncertain times.  As an adult what you are hearing, feeling, seeing, and believing is being projected out and absorbed by your family. You are being impressionable with your actions and body language. The more you can release the fear by replacing it with love, the more you will be able to manage your emotions especially around your kiddos.

Chose love over fear and remember — “All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.”

Sending Love & Light,

Melissa

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Jon Stewart skewers modern politics in this satirical flick but is it worth the watch? Keep reading for our movie critic’s review.

 

“Hmmm … Do you think that the NFL is going to have a season this fall or no?” Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) and Diana Hastings (Mackenzie Davis) ponder their next move in a scene from writer/director Jon Stewart’s political satire IRRESISTIBLE. Credit: Daniel McFadden / Focus Features.

 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Steve Carell, Chris Cooper, Rose Byrne, Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne, CJ Wilson, Brent Sexton and Will Sasso DIRECTOR(S): Jon Stewart

WEBSITE: www.watchirresistible.com

THE BACK STORY: A story of politics and tricks, Irresistible stars Steve Carell as Gary Zimmer. A strategist for the Democratic party, Gary is seeking a candidate that can galvanize the party — and more importantly, the general public – as a potential future presidential candidate.

And that’s when he comes across a viral video shot in Deerlaken, Wisconsin featuring Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper).A retired Marine colonel, Jack’s speech at a local city council catches Gary’s attention as it has everything he could want in a candidate: Passion, emotional appeal and all American values with compassion for his fellow man. Intrigued, Gary heads to Deerlaken to convince Jack to run for office while getting to know his daughter Diana (Mackenzie Davis). Problem is, once Gary sees the opportunity to turn Jack into a star, his Republican strategist rival Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne) arrives on the scene to help the town’s incumbent mayor (Brent Sexton) win at any cost. 

So, what happens when small town America becomes the center of the political universe? A story that, as the events are set to prove, makes politics as unusual irresistible. 

THE REVIEW: Written and directed by Jon Stewart (yes, the former host of The Daily Show), Irresistible is a classic slow build comedy where sitting through the lead up to the payoff can at times feel a little like a chore – until the payoff hits.Carell is much like a smarter, savvier version of his former Michael Scott persona from The Office days with Byrne serving as a very Kellyanne Conway-esque foil to his character. Likewise, Cooper – ever great at playing the older everyman – turns in another solid performance to add to his extensive resume while showing a softer side than he typically gets to exhibit. And Davis is competent enough to do everything her character needs to do in a believable fashion to keep things moving along.

The thing, as alluded to above, that makes Irresistible a solid watch is the film’s last 15 minutes in which the point of the film hits home. Given Stewart’s knowledge (and well-known) critique of the American political system as it stands today, Irresistible sharply skewers everything from cable news, viral videos, the selling of a candidate’s image versus what they actually believe and of course, the two party system as a whole. While not re-inventing the wheel in any sense, Irresistible‘s biggest joke comes in showing how much the current setup is primed to show the joke is on all of us.

In doing so, the film packs enough laughs to show why, without major change, our current political system is quite possibly no laughing matter.

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