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Does this flick deliver everything fans of the series have come to expect and love, or did it crash and burn? See what our movie critic has to say.

 

“OK – Luther the Movie vs. “The Rock” vs. “The Transporter” in a biggest box office draw wins triple threat match!” Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, left in t-shirt) sits chained with his unlikely partner Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) while Brixton (Idris Elba) watches front and center in a scene from Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Credit: Universal Pictures © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. 

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eliana Sua, Cliff Curtis, Eddie Marsan, Lori Pelenise Tuisano, Eiza González and Helen MirrenDIRECTOR(S): David Leitch

THE BACK STORY: The Fast & The Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw centers around two men who could not be more polar opposites: Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is a hard-nosed, meat and potatoes, truck-driving badass who splits his time working for the DSS and being a father to his 9 year-old daughter Sam (Eliana Sua). Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is a suave, suit-wearing former Mi6 agent with skillful hand-to-hand fighting skills to go with his beloved sports cars. His imprisoned mother Queenie (Helen Mirren), however, wishes he would reconcile with his sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) so she could see her kids together before she possibly gets out of jail.

As luck would have it, Queenie may get her wish because Hattie, who is currently a top-level Mi6 agent, just got framed for murdering the rest of her crew by Brixton (Idris Elba), a cybernetically-enhanced worker for a mysterious corporation named Eteon that looks to speed up the next step in human evolution … By releasing a super virus inadvertently created by Professor Andreiko (Eddie Marsan) with a 100 percent fatality rate. But guess who stole the virus and injected into her body before Brixton could get his hands on it, leaving her only 72 hours to live unless those capsules get taken back out of her body first?

Now with Hobbs and Shaw commissioned by their respective agencies to go recover the virus and save the world – and if they can in the process, save Hattie, too – these two dudes are going to have to learn to get along before they kill the bad guys … Or each other.

THE REVIEW: After eight Fast & Furious movies, you could say that the series pretty much has its formula down pat: You get a bunch of guys (and girls) who are equal parts pure sex and testosterone who in turn exhibit traditional values of family over everything, staying faithful to those faithful to you … And forgiving people who have been coerced into seemingly turning against only to find out they had good reason to do so and/or never did. Hobbs & Shaw continues this tradition, pausing only to add two big name comedic stars in roles that could have long-term implications, a precocious child in Sua’s Sam and another female lead that proves she can more than hold her own.

In short, if you’ve liked the last say three or four Furious movies, you’re going to love Hobbs & Shaw which does everything in its power to prove the old adage of “too much of a good thing” never applies when you’ve got insane driving sequences, rampages of hand-to-hand combat and gunplay and a group of Samoans ready to throw down.

Evoking a strong “I hate you/No, I hate you more” vibe not seen working this efficiently since the days when Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte were also paired up against a clock, Hobbs & Shaw focuses on everything Johnson and Statham are good at: Kicking asses while dispensing quick one-upping one liners before turning to show the classic “badass with a heart” mode with their respective family members. Each actor makes all three elements of their characters work in a genuine fashion, never once feeling forced, out of place or silly in a way that would make an ever-so-tight-lipped Dominic Toretto smile.

Elba hits all his marks as the bad guy who doesn’t really view himself as the bad guy yet know why everyone thinks he’s the bad guy (besides all the killing), making his Brixton the baddest black Brit since Lennox Lewis was winning heavyweight titles. He fares well as a matchup for Hobbs and Shaw, playing his antagonist well in much the Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger vein of black supervillains. Likewise, Kirby more than holds her own as the tomboy girl all young boys would want to hang with before growing up into the girl next door you’d love to date … If she and/or her older brother didn’t beat you down first with their fighting skills.

Throw in a final showdown in Samoa that pays homage to both The Rock, er, Johnson’s wrestling roots (complete with a signature move by his cousin Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i) and the Fast & Furious longstanding foundation of family and you’ve pretty much got everything you need to make Hobbs & Shaw a worthwhile spinoff. (The three well-known comedic actors who also lend their talents to the film also carve out great comedy niches in their abbreviated screen time, making their roles more effective in the brevity.)

But for a franchise now nine films deep with at least two more on the way, brevity is not something Fast & Furious fans are going to have to worry about – at least not while Hobbs & Shaw has anything to say about it.

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

 

 

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Read about a local home builder that makes the custom home building experience one that’s actually enjoyable.

Cincy Chic: What is Sterling Homes?
Casey Longbottom, Project Coordinator at Sterling Homes: Sterling Homes is a full custom home builder serving the Cincinnati area. We are an award-winning full-service firm dedicated to quality master craftsmanship. As our portfolio grows, Sterling Homes is becoming more synonymous with innovative design and an impeccable building experience.

Cincy Chic: What is the inspiration behind Sterling Homes?
Longbottom: The Sterling Homes team is inspired by the creative potential of each project. Never building the same home twice, the Sterling team focuses on original designs and breaking through the artistic ceiling of typical home building.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Sterling Homes?
Longbottom: The Sterling Homes team is a carefully assembled group of professionals who share the same vision as the founder, Brad Olinger. Integrity, honesty and a hands-on approach to building a one of a kind home. The team at Sterling truly enjoys working with their clients to not just create a house to live in, but to help pull a dream off a sheet of paper and make it reality.

Cincy Chic: What types of homes does Sterling build?
Longbottom: Sterling Homes takes pride in building impeccable custom homes. Whether the home is nestled on a hillside inside the city limits of Cincinnati or on the rolling green fields of a golf course in Anderson Township, Sterling strives to design and build the perfect fit for all of our clientele.

Cincy Chic: How do you work with homebuyers on creating the perfect home?
Longbottom: Our team knows that with each buyer, comes a new opportunity to be creatively different and even in some cases challenged. We like to spend quality time with our buyers in the beginning phases of their project discovering who they are and what is ultimately their dream home. We let them meet with our designer during the initial planning session and then select one of our architects who will work best with their vision. Our process stands out from the rest as it starts with creating a personal relationship between the buyer and the Sterling Team. This relationship has been found to go past the move in date, and we call many of our homeowners’ family!

Cincy Chic: What makes Sterling Homes unique?
Longbottom: A home built by Sterling Homes may be hard to point out. And that is a wonderful thing! Specializing in capturing the architectural surroundings of the neighborhood have become something that Brad and his team work diligently at achieving. A Sunday drive around the Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park neighborhoods can show how fluid a Sterling home can look against a backdrop of old oak trees and historic sidewalks. Details are incorporated every step of the selection process from flickering gas lights to custom hand molded brick.

Cincy Chic: What is new on the horizon for Sterling Homes?
Longbottom: Sterling Homes will always continue to search for creative and fun projects to work on. While building single family custom homes will always be the heart and soul of what Sterling does best, there will never be boundaries placed on what the team can achieve. Coming in the fall of 2019, Parkland View, seven single family attached homes in Mt. Lookout Square will start to take shape. A picturesque timber-frame dream home will emerge from the country hills of Clermont County. The ground will break on the City of Cincinnati’s first ever Homearama show and Sterling will be there, quietly standing out, authentic and genuinely honored to be part of it all.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Longbottom: Visit www.sterlinghomescincinnati.com

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Our life coach columnist explains what you need to do each morning to start feeling like the best version of yourself.

Why is it so much easier to focus on the negative then it is on the positive? Like being asked is the glass half full or half empty? Why can’t it just be a glass with liquid inside and that’s enough. Does it really matter?

Labeling things as full or empty (good and bad) will often lead you to feeling like you are less than or not enough. When all along you are more than enough –you may have just stopped believing in yourself. 

Let’s shift that belief now.

The easiest way I find to shift my energy from a low vibrational level (not feeling enough) to a higher one, is to stop and be in gratitude for the things I have.  

The act of just saying the two words “thank you” has an energetic exchange in being a good feeling (higher vibration) and will change the way you feel.

Being thankful can cover a large span of things including those out of the blue opportunities, relationships, your body and mind, your home, your family and much more. When you can express gratitude for really anything in your life that brings you joy and happiness you will raise your vibration (I am enough energy) and be open to receive more.  

Here’s my daily practice to stay in the feeling that I am enough:

Do this before your feet hit the floor in the morning and again when you go to bed at night. Speak the words “thank you”. Then identify three things that you are thankful for.  

Be sure to change it up — don’t use the same thing that you were thankful for that morning or the day before, find something more. Challenge yourself to look for those things you take for granted. Oh, and always be specific!

For example: “I am thankful for running water that provides me with indoor plumbing!” or “I am thankful for waking up this morning”. And it can be as simple as “I am thankful for those green lights and front row parking spots”. 

This daily practice will start providing you with the evidence to see how “full and good” you really are. Anytime you feel like you are not enough pause and say, “thank you” and allow the reset to follow and no longer wonder if you are enough.

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Tarantino is back with a comedy/crime tale featuring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino. Read our movie critic’s review to see if it’s worth the watch.

 

“Hi … We’re also getting paid a ton of money for this!” Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) shakes hands with Marvin Schwarz (Al Pacino) while Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) looks on in a scene from writer/director Quentin Taratino’s wild and wacky ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. Credit: Andrew Cooper. © 2018 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Qualley, Margaret Qualley, Damion Herriman, Emile Hirsch, Mike Moh, Lena Dunham, Julia Butters and Kurt Russell with Bruce Dern and Al Pacino


DIRECTOR(S): Quentin Tarantino

THE BACK STORY: Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a man at a crossroads. His TV career isn’t fulfilling him and his last leading role just got canceled, hence the reason he wishes to transition into films … But he’s having trouble doing so. His longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), however, is just at peace with his lot in life, driving Rick to and from set while hanging out with his loyal pooch in his AirStream trailer home. 

But while Rick laments his falling star and Cliff tries to make him realize the sky isn’t falling with it, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is living the high life as Rick’s new neighbor. Married to hotshot director Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha), Sharon is enjoying a budding movie career and life with her husband … And her ex-boyfriend/hairdresser to the stars Jay Sebring (Emile Hirsch). 

While Cliff is living his life fairly carefree, things are about to change when he picks up a hippie hitchhiker (Margaret Qualley) who can’t wait for him to meet Squeaky (Dakota Fanning), Tex (Austin Qualley) and Charlie (Damion Herriman). But since Charlie is the leader of a “family” that has a very unique view on the world, things are about to change in a way that only can happen in a Taratino-helmed picture …

THE REVIEW: For a movie that’s 2 hours and 40 minutes-plus in length, you would be inclined to hope Once Upon a Time in Hollywood wouldn’t feel a bit (1) disjointed; (2) incomplete; (3) half-baked and (4) have some focus storytelling flair to match its visuals that are writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s homage to the last “golden era” of Hollywood. Instead, what you have are two movies in one: (1) A buddy comedy about an aging film star (DiCaprio’s Dalton) finding his place in the world and (2) a crime fantasy drama about the Manson family and a stuntman’s interaction with them.

If that sounds a bit confusing to you, watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will make it clearer how they are connected … Even though you will likely leave the theater with feelings as mixed as the movie itself.

A man who loves to do things brash and big, there is no wonder why Tarantino would love to explore the world of Hollywood in the 1960s. Likewise, given his penchant for crime tales and revisionist history, there is plenty of source material for Tarantino to utilize. Instead, Once Upon feels more like exploiting all of the glitz and glamour before devolving into a live-action cartoon of South Park-level insanity but with Family Guy-like intelligence. (By the way, I like both cartoons, but let’s be honest: One has gone from frathouse humor to a near graduate studies course on modern socio-political issues while the other will throw out a Conway Twitty clip or a chicken fight when there isn’t a more involved punchline.) Once Upon instead is a hodgepodge of everything that Tarantino wants to cram into a movie; problem is, when you try to cram everything in, a lot of those things don’t get the time they need to develop. And when you have a movie that is trying to essentially be two things in one, it often doesn’t work. Once Upon suffers this fate as the true crime aspects – Tarantino’s take features real people, but isn’t exactly based on a true story – at times feel forced and Dalton’s story was worthy of its own movie, not one in which it shares it with another idea.

On a positive note, DiCaprio does DiCaprio things which prove his worth as one of modern Hollywood’s best actors with Pitt smiling and charming his way as only he can through his scenes. Problem is, that’s pretty much all Pitt does save for the film’s twisted final 20 minutes. His interaction with the Manson Family is a bit like a pro wrestling character: You either buy it or you just kinda go “meh.”

The real tragedy may be Robbie’s performance, or rather the lack thereof of it. Robbie does very little as Sharon Tate other than laugh, smile, giggle and hug – that’s it – but it’s not her fault. There’s really not much else to her role nor is she given any opportunity to showcase why she could have been a compelling person other than a tragic footnote in real-life Hollywood history. With so much that could have been done with the character, Tarantino’s tribute to her feels more like a caricature of her, needless to say it does not achieve the desired result.

The main thing that will stick with audiences, however, is that outside of the Dalton tale, the film feels grandiose, long as its runtime and just a really potluck of stories and storytelling. If Tarantino’s plan really is to retire after 10 films, he’s going to need a dynamite exit piece to atone for the Once Upon. For this is the equivalent to New Coke, Kanye West’s 808 & Heartbreaks, the last season of Game of Thrones and LeBron James leaving Cleveland to take his talents to South Beach. Sure, there will be plenty of die-hard Tarantino fans that will laud it as the greatest thing since his last greatest thing, but the causal fan may simply go “I get it … But was it really worth getting?”

For a film that attempts to entertain by celebrating and then exploring Hollywood’s Golden Age, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be fortunate to settle for anything close to bronze.

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

 

 

 

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Personal development while parenting isn’t easy. See how a local woman launched a resource to help you genuinely thrive while being a mom, too.

Joyanna Grace

Cincy Chic: What is Happily Mom?
Joyanna Grace, Founder of Happily Mom: Happily Mom helps moms move beyond survival mode so that they can be themselves and genuinely thrive while being “Mom” too. It’s classes and workshops that help you navigate all the crazy of mom life while providing a space of encouragement where you can grow personally & in your role as a mother.

It’s all about Mom, her story, her needs, her journey. Every class provides space for you to process, reflect, and connect with other moms while learning amazing tools, truths, and tricks for your success. We talk about how to navigate ALL the things we experience like fear, comparison, perfection & guilt in motherhood— as well as discuss all the questions of “Am I doing a good job?”, “What’s normal?” and “How do I still be me?”

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Grace: That’s me. Joyanna Grace!! (Hey there!) I love laughter. I love learning and most of all LOVE educating and empowering women! I’ve been encouraging & equipping women for the last 10 years through mentorship, education, really every chance I can get. It’s who I am, and I’m passionate about moms because I’ve walked through the struggle myself & can’t wait to show other women how to find victory too.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Grace: Well, honestly it was my own struggle that woke me up to the realization that there weren’t resources out there like this. I started teaching Childbirth Education after I had my oldest son. I’d been an intensive care nurse for years before that but became totally transfixed by the mom world when I went though all the birth & baby care classes while pregnant.

Then I started teaching other new moms and realized they were headed into this journey without honest insight into how massively their lives were about to change! Support for moms transitioning to life after birth just wasn’t there. But need for tools and help understanding our own needs reaches far beyond the new mom. It’s all of us. We all need it, so that’s why I created these classes for moms in every stage.

Cincy Chic: What makes Happily Mom unique?
Grace: Well, there’s a lot of classes that teach about how to take care of the baby but what about how to take care of mom? What about classes that speak specifically to the struggles and challenges we face uniquely as well as collectively as mothers? That’s what makes Happily Mom unique. We’re bringing the conversation back to Mom. 

Cincy Chic: What services do you provide to new moms?
Grace: Mom life is hard. 

What often happens, specifically in life with little ones at home or after just giving birth, is we get tunnel vision and can only see what’s in front of us and all the demand. At Happily Mom, we help expand the realm of what’s possible opening up your mind to see the full spectrum, healthy ways of thinking, and processing.

Motherhood 101 is specifically for NEW moms, pregnant, adopting, fostering- all new moms. It’s everything you wish someone had told you about & then how to navigate it like a pro.

The other classes are designed for ALL MOMS: Victory on the Emotional Journey, The Art of Mothering Well, and an interactive workshop titled Thriving On Purpose which helps you build a roadmap to living a life you love, starting now not later. That one’s offered as both a one-day or a 3 wk-series.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Grace: Gosh! I’m so ambitious I have to contain my ideas so they don’t run away with me! But yes, we’ve got some awesome partnerships brewing behind the scenes and Mom events in the works too. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Grace: You can sign up for upcoming classes and workshops at happilymom.com. As well as follow along on Facebook & Instagram – Come on over and you can meet me and my newest tiny addition: baby Solomon, who is just 12 weeks old at this time. 🙂

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Our life coach columnist explains how to remove barriers that holding you back from exciting new opportunities and experiences.

Are you the person who turns down invites to do something so radical and out of the blue because you feel afraid and scared to say yes? Do you have a desire to be adventurist but can’t seem to move past the excuses of it’s not a good time, I can’t afford it or maybe it just seems impossible?

As for invitations, I’m not talking about those vacations and celebrations you share with your family and friends, I am talking about a full-blown adventure that is way beyond the norm.

My moment was in the fall of 2017 when I made what seemed impossible, possible.  It was a big stretch for me in so many ways, but my desire to have an adventure of a lifetime was on aspiritual journey. To my surprise, I was not expecting it to be in Peru. I had to dig deep and let all the fear and doubt go to know if this was what my soul desired.

Learning to move past fear and use the internal guidance system is how I was able to release the resistance and set out confidently to Cusco Peru.

Here’s how that works: Be fully present in the moment when you are considering the adventure. No distractions. Almost a meditative state. 

How do you feel physically? Any uncomfortableness in your body? What is the energy in the thought of saying yes–excited? Do you feel a surge of tingles, heart racing, or see a clear vision you being there? 

This is the inner compass that will serve you when making big decisions that scare you and lead you to a solid “no” or a big “hell yes.”

And once you know it’s a yes leading with this feeling will allow all other things to fall into place.

What radical and out of the blue adventure do you want to experience?

Start imaging and see what comes up. Then get fully present and see if this lights you up in a way that you will do whatever it takes to move forward with the plans and have the experience.

On the other side of fear is the fun, joy, ease and happiness. Isn’t it time you start playing full out in your life with adventure! Get present and go with in. The inner compass is ready to answer.

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We’re taking you outside city limits for a bite to eat in a small town restaurant that’s all about local food and features handcrafted cocktails and 48 taps of craft beer.

Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen is located in Sidney, Ohio, just north of Dayton.

Nestled just off Interstate 75 is the small town of Sidney, Ohio. In this emerging community embracing the #eatlocal trend is the newly opened restaurant Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen.

Murphy’s is owned by 22-year-old restauranteur Rocco Catanzarite. Although young, he’s motivated to create something great in his hometown.

“Being born and raised in Sidney I know there isn’t really much to do here,” he says. “I found that all age groups kind of twiddle their thumbs on Friday and Saturday nights.”

He wanted to change that with the opening of Murphy’s. Thanks to his start at the family business called Karoc Marathon, a convenience store and gas station that has become known as one of the largest beer and wine boutiques in the state of Ohio, Catanzarite was able to spread his wings and his network.

He worked off the theory of “it’s all about who you know” and began reaching out to as many people as he could. Over time he was able to establish relationships to breweries and get his hands on hot new releases coming to the state and limited release beers.

After months of preparation, planning, and continuing to reach out to contacts, Catanzarite opened Murphy’s Craftbar + Kitchen in downtown Sidney, offering big city vibes to a town of 20,000 people.

“We pride ourselves on being the first to the party and doing fun things like putting popsicles in our cocktails and infusing bacon into vodka,” he says. 

The menu at Murphy’s features popular items like the Nashville Hot Chicken, Braised Short Rib Poutine, Murphy’s Wings, and the Hangover Burger, which use local ingredients in their recipes. The restaurant also features weekly appetizer and burger specials so that there’s always something new to taste.

There are 48 taps at Murphy’s as well, featuring Cincinnati beers like Rhinegeist and MadTree. But what makes the taps at Murphy’s unique is that they rotate out the beers, so the beer menu is constantly changing and new options are always available for craft beer lovers to try out. The cocktails at the restaurant are handcrafted and include favorites like the Pineapple Habanero Margarita, the Brown Derby, a French 75, and more like the draft cocktail and crowd favorite the Dreamsicle.

“My goal at Murphy’s is to create an experience, from the moment that customer pulls the handle on the front door I want them to feel as if they are a part of something, something that when they leave they can’t wait to go back,” he says. 

The experience he and his team of millennials offer at Murphy’s is something he hopes to continue to expand upon with future endeavors.

“For the future there are many plans, a couple we are actually working on currently and plan to open within the next year and a half,” he says. “The goal is to really round out all our brands into one hospitality brand; customers will eat at our restaurants, grab a bottle of wine and some gas at Karoc, shop in our retail store, and stay in our hotel.”

You can learn more about Murphy’s on Facebook and Instagram.

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Read about the trio that’s making art for your yard to celebrate a variety of occasions.

Yard Art Girls create art for your yard for a variety of occasions.

Cincy Chic: What is Yard Art Girls?
Michelle Evans-Reynolds, Owner of Yard Art Girls: Yard Art Girls is a local business that provides people with signs and decorations for their yards for special occasions, from weddings and birth announcements to birthdays, even promposals, we have a sign for every occasion. 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Evans-Reynolds: We got inspired by our youngest Yard Art Girl, Sydney, and her up coming 16th birthday. We knew we wanted to do something special for her, and once we found yard art, we thought “how fun would it be to bring this to other people for their special moments!”

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Yard Art Girls?
Evans-Reynolds: We are a mother and daughter team, Michelle and her two daughters Taylor and Sydney.

Cincy Chic: What type of yard art do you create?
Evans-Reynolds: We are just starting our business but we can create almost anything that people ask for! Some of our most popular ones have been for birthdays and graduations, but we’ve also gotten to be a part of some really exciting moments like a wedding and some really crazy ones like some friends “yard bombing” each other with wacky signs this summer. 

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
Evans-Reynolds: We love creating and sharing special moments with the people we design for. Setting up a sign for a surprise birthday or getting to share a sweet moment with a bride and groom and their on their wedding day are moments that make this fun job even more special!

Cincy Chic: How far do you travel to create yard art?
Evans-Reynolds: Right now we’re only located on the east side of Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: What makes Yard Art Girls unique?
Evans-Reynolds: Right now there really isn’t another place in our area like Yard Art Girls, especially not a local business! We also like to consider ourselves unique to be a mother and daughter team. We love working together as a family and we love getting to bring something special to every yard we visit.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Evans-Reynolds: This is all very new to us since we just created our business this spring! While we can only imagine things will continue to grow and change, right now we are super happy with where we are at and are looking forward to what we’ve started and watching it blossom.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Evans-Reynolds: Readers can find more information by following us on Facebook and following us on Instagram.

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Our life coach columnist explains how to discover - and eliminate - what’s secretly holding you back from reaching your full potential.

What’s holding you back? What obstacles are limiting you from the ultimate success in your health, wealth, work, and love?

Often the struggle is overcoming barriers.  There are two barriers that I find causes you to not reach your full potential is fear and an upper limiting problem.

When fear shows up it is to protect you.  Or so it thinks. You may find you have a fear of change, a fear of failure, or maybe a fear of taking a chance.  Whatever the fear is find the source.  I use this phrase to tap into my fear so I can understand where it is coming from and quickly release it.

I goes like this: “Hello fear I see you and I know you are False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.) and you want to protect me.  What is it you are protecting me from? Then I just listen to what comes up. Often it is something from the past that I have experienced, and it didn’t work out, so I can shift that belief and understand that this time it will be different.

On the other side of fear is where your greatest desire and dreams happen so what else can be holding you back? An upper limiting problem.

The book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks, is all about Upper Limiting Problem (ULP). The bottom line from this book is if you don’t concur your fear and upper limiting problem you will always stay right where you are. 

How an ULP shows up is when you are feeling good and super happy, then out of the blue you have this manufactured stream of images that are painful and uncomfortable.  

It may appear something like this. You and your friends have an amazing evening enjoying dinner and time away from the kids.  You are feeling alive and blissfully happy.  As you are leaving your friends you begin to have these images of something bad happening. You manufacture in your mind things to sabotage your good feeling because you are not accustomed to this level of fun. You may trigger thoughts of gloom, seeing a loved one hurt, your home catching fire because you left the flatiron on.

When this happens, you manufacture thoughts that make you feel bad. Why, because it brings you back down within the bounds of your limited tolerance. This is the place of safety.  

The shift comes when you are willing to recognize both the fear and upper limiting problem and feel good anyway.  Not allowing fear to run the show and learning to push past those limiting beliefs will provide a clearer path for achieving your true potential and attaining success in all areas of your life including financial, wellness, career and love.

Remember: On the other side of fear and the upper limiting problem will lead to your happiness and fulfillment. You make it happen!

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A Cincinnati-based couple is giving guests the ultimate glamping experience with their pop-up bed and breakfast. Read on to learn more.

Kelly Emilianowicz and her husband Andy are living the dream of traveling the country in a renovated motorhome. As full-time roadtrippers they wanted to give others the same experience they have every day so they launched The Pop Up BNB.

The Pop Up BNB is a luxury glamping experience that procures stylish and fully furnished pop-up accommodations for unique events, getaways, and backyard campouts.

Since they’re always traveling, the Emilianowicz’s pop-up is 100 percent mobile.

“Right now our business travels with us as we travel the country,” she explains. ”We setup, or ’pop-up,’ in a new location every few months. We call these short time periods ’seasons.’ Once we establish an area to operate for a particular season we open up that distance to a 60 mile radius, give or take. Sometimes people contact us wanting to charter our glamping services in a specific area, maybe a future vacation spot they’ve been wanting to discover, and that can sometimes determine our route and location as well.  We are completely bespoke and customize these experiences based on the needs and locations of our guests.”

When you stay with The Pop Up BNB you’ll get a luxurious experience, according to Emilianowicz.

“Included in every stay is a full-service pop-up and tear down of the fully furnished tent,” she says. ”Guests can expect to see luxurious and stylish furnishings as well as many camping items stocked for use during their stay. Each tent setup is completely customizable and items provided depends on the needs and specifications of our guests. While we do have  a plethora of ‘add-on’ items such as a welcome grazing board setup upon arrival or a fun outdoor movie night for the family to enjoy under the stars, we always provide a complimentary breakfast delivered tentside each morning. Which, of course, features hot coffee.”

Emilianowicz says that what makes The Pop Up BNB so unique is that the business is both completely mobile and completely customizable to suit the wants and needs of all their guests.

“If someone is wanting to be setup in a killer location for a family reunion next summer near Yosemite or this fall for a wedding near the ocean, we can feasibly do it,” she says. 

The couple says they love to travel and only need some advance notice to work out the details of a stay for guests.

The pop-up also offers backyard experiences, quite literally.

“We can setup at private residences for people who need the extra space to house out of town guests or people looking for a fun camping experience for the family in their own backyard,” Emilianowicz adds. “There is no one size fits all scenario for our tents, in fact there is not one single size that would fit because every guest is unique and their experiences should be likewise.”

To learn more about The Pop Up BNB, follow along on Instagram. To book a stay, send a direct message on Instagram or check out their Airbnb listing.

“There is no glamping experience too small or too big for us, just reach out and inquire,” she says. “We would love to illustrate your glamping vision.”