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Learn about an upcoming event in Hyde Park designed to be the premiere resale opportunity for moms, by moms.

A few years ago, Amanda Fitzpatrick found herself desperately searching for an outlet to sell her name brand, gently-used children’s clothing and toys in the Cincinnati area. 

She turned to a local Facebook page dedicated to mothers in the area, presented her idea for the business, and asked if anyone was willing to help. That day, Second Chance Outfitters was born. With Fitzpatrick, and friend Alicia Haughaboo, taking the lead, they set out together to create this one-day event that now has hundreds of local moms clearing their calendars.

The thing that makes Second Chance Outfitters unique is the business model. The moms pay a small fee for the booth, configure and set it up how they please, set their own prices and keep 100% of what they sell. It is like their own pop-up shop for the day, something unheard of in this area. No prep work, no hassle, no crazy fees – just them,” says Fitzpatrick

The pop-up shop will have over 50 booths set up selling children’s items. “The sellers during our spring sale blew me away with the quality and types of items they brought. Name brand and gently-used clothing, shoes, carriers, bassinets, maternity clothes, etc. If you have a need, you can come to the sale and 100% find exactly what you need,” Fitzpatrick says. 

This will be the second pop-up shop produced by Second Chance Outfitters, with some new additions. “This year, the Blue Manatee is our door sponsor, we are so excited to have them! They have recently undergone new ownership and will be bringing really fun surprises with them. We will also have gift cards from local shops to raffle as well,” Fitzpatrick says. “We also have a new partnership with Parental Hope, an organization dedicated to raising infertility awareness and providing financial support to hopeful couples battling it.”

The resale event will be September 14, 8:30-11:30am in the Withrow High School gymnasium. “The space is huge and the parking is ample. We had over 350 attendees during our April sale and hope to grow that in the fall,” Fitzpatrick says. 

Withrow High School is located at 2488 Madison Road in Cincinnati. To learn more and see sneak peeks of merchandise, follow their Facebook page or email Fitzpatrick with any questions at amanda_rey@ymail.com.

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Learn about the new coloring book launched by a local artist that features hand-drawings of your favorite Cincinnati landmarks.

Cincy Chic: What is Color the Queen City?
Keli Spanier, Founder of Colette Paperie and Author behind Color the Queen City: It is a coloring book with hand-drawn Cincinnati landmarks, and lettered headings that you can also color in. It also includes a Cincinnati-themed crossword puzzle.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Spanier: It’s simply a love for all our city has to offer. I’ve taken a liking to learning more about Cincinnati and it’s really such a fascinating city to live in. It was so enjoyable for me to draw the iconic landmarks and learn a little more about them at the same time.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Spanier: I am, Founder of Colette Paperie.

Cincy Chic: Which landmarks are featured in the coloring book?
Spanier: Everything I could think of that was an important landmark here- The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Flying Pig Marathon, Fountain Square, Union Terminal, Cincinnati Zoo, Carew Tower, Ault Park, Findlay Market, and even Cincinnati Chili. Lots more – there are over 25 illustrations.

Cincy Chic: What makes this book unique?
Spanier: I consider this to be a great gift item for anyone that loves the Queen City. It’s easy to find interesting coloring books, but it’s harder to find them closer to home. And you know you’re supporting a small business in your own community.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Spanier: Always. I’m constantly drawing and lettering, and have a very long idea list! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Spanier: Visit www.colettepaperie.com, Instagram, and Facebook. And I’ll also be selling it at the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market on Nov 8-10 at Duke Energy Center downtown. They are also being sold at Joseph Beth Booksellers. Amazon author page & Direct link to buy on Amazon

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Feel like you're stuck in a career rut? It might be time to realign with your childhood dreams. Our life coach has some advice.

What is the career you thought about when you were a young child? Does it match or align with what you do today? Do you feel like you are in a dead-end job? Maybe you are satisfied in your job but feel like there is something you missed out on or wanted to do “more.”

As a woman who has up leveled her careers and life every 10 years, I can say that you know when it’s time If you allow yourself to take that first action step towards something you deeply desire and quiet the voice that tells you it’s not possible.

My career path has aligned perfectly every decade and builds upon each other. I went from a waitress in high school, to an administrative assistant/office manager, into high school teacher, golf course owner/operator, and now being the voice of motivation and support! 

Why did I make these changes? What was the problem? Why did I feel so unfulfilled? 

Really, it was timing. When I felt I had achieved all the gold stars and check marks, I wanted to do more.

Often, you may identify this with “living on purpose” and “living with passion.”

This can be possible for you if you are willing to drop the story of what your life is supposed to look like according to others and finding your way with what you truly desire.

Sound too difficult or impossible for you? I challenge you to really get clear on what you desire and focus on your career in particular. You’ll notice opportunities will begin to open and magically they work out in a way that will allow you to stay on course and achieve your goal. 

What is your desire? Where do you see yourself a year, five, 10 years? Will you be happy or still wishing you would have taken the chance and made the career change?

Maybe it’s time to really look at your career path and decide if it is in perfect alignment with your heart and soul.  Is it time to move forward? 

I’ll leave you with this: If not now — then when? Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. Live your dreams. And if you need help to DRIVE you towards your desire and plan, let’s connect. No time like the present.

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Learn about the new flick that our movie critic says uses heart, not clichés, to share an inspiring, entertaining and relatable journey.

 

“I gotta keep running … It’s the only way to avoid hearing that blasted ‘Old Town Road’ song anymore!” Brittany (Jillian Bell) takes to the streets in a scene from BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON. Credit: © 2019 Amazon Studios. All rights reserved.


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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Micah Stock, Micaela Watkins, Lil Rel Howery, Kate Harrington, Patch Darragh and Alice Lee

DIRECTOR(S): Paul Downs Colaizzo

THE BACK STORY: Brittany (Jillian Bell) is a hard-partying late 20-something who is living it up in New York City with her roommate/bestie Gretchen (Alice Lee). With her sister (Kate Harrington) and the brother-in-law who basically helped raise her Demetrius (Lil Rel Howery) back in Philadelphia, Brittany isn’t too concerned that she’s late to work all the time, she drinks too much and her place is a mess, but she’s too busy living her best life to care. 

Then she goes to see a doctor (Patch Darragh) to try to score a prescription for Adderall only to receive some bad news: One, she’s not getting it and two, she needs to lose 44-55 pounds for health’s sake.

Inadvertently befriended by her upstairs neighbor Catherine (Micaela Watkins) and the wanting-to-do-better-for-his-child-Seth (Micah Stock), Jillian decides to try to join their running group to get into better shape. But as she is soon to find out, running outside isn’t going to be the only challenge in her life since she’s been running away from all the other problems that have manifested themselves into who she is today.

THE REVIEW: Inspired by true eventsBrittany Runs a Marathon is a very good movie. It’s doesn’t provide a revelation in terms of its story, how it arrives to its final destination or contain some element of its cinematic presentation that is so overwhelmingly unique that it propels it to something resembling classic status. What it does do, however – thanks to a very fine leading performance by Bell that many will understand and find more relatable than many of us will care to admit if the numbers are true – is present a story that makes you root for the main character will in turn examining your own shortcomings (and potentially inspire you to do better, too).

Leaving out the more over-the-top elements one might find in a Amy Schumer or Rebel Wilson picture, Bell – best known for her comedic turns in films such as 22 Jump Street and Rough Night – makes Brittany a person (let alone woman) you know. In a culture where many publicly either body shame the overweight or crucify those that do, Bell’s performance digs just a little bit deeper into tackling issues like how our bodies make us feel about ourselves as a whole, the complications that come with perception of the types of lives overweight people have resigned their selves to and dealing with setbacks not just with exercise, but life as a whole.

This emotional depth exhibited by Bell, Watkins, Stock and Utkarsh Ambudkar as Brittany’s annoying co-worker is what keeps the film from feeling and being formulaic. Not everything is wrapped up nearly with a bow, the characters aren’t so cookie cutter you could simply replace them with others from another movie and there’s no over-the-top, that doesn’t make sense EXCEPT to make “x” happen moment. Instead, you get a woman trying to change her life while fighting demons that many of us face, working through them as best she can and coming to a place where she can be happier than she is not.

Seeing Brittany Runs a Marathon may just do the same for you … Or at least New Balance hopes so given all the product placement in the movie.

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A love for baking turned into a booming business for one local lady. Read on for all the delicious details.

Blue Sky Bakeshop sells cakes, cookies, and specialty sweets.

Cincy Chic: What is Blue Sky Bakeshop?
Katie Re, Owner of Blue Sky Bakeshop: Blue Sky Bakeshop is a bakery that created beautifully handcrafted buttercream cakes, royal icing decorated cookies and specialty sweets. My focus is not only on design but on delicious treats.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the shop?
Re: I’ve always had an interest in the kitchen but when it came time to go to college, I switched my major 3 different times. I decided to take some time and found a job at a small local bakery. I loved writing on the cakes so I decided to enroll at The Midwest Culinary Institute. I worked my way up to a main wedding cake decorator at a top bakery here in Cincinnati but when I had my daughter in 2014, I decided to stay at home with her and do cakes on the side. At that time, I had a silly little business name and nothing really felt “official.” It was around the time my daughter was just learning her colors and would LOVE telling us the sky was “BLUE!” in late 2015, I decided it was time for a new name: Blue Sky Bakeshop! At first, I offered so many options, flavors, and combinations but over the last few years, I’ve paired down and really found my focus. My sugar cookie side of the business entered in the fall of 2016 and has quickly become an equal match for the buttercream cakes I offer. I have found that if I stick to a smaller menu I am able to keep my quality up and produce what truly makes me happy! I love being able to create edible works of art- because at the end of the day, it is beautiful but delicious!

Cincy Chic: What makes Blue Sky Bakeshop unique?
Re: I work with my customers one on one and aim to create something custom for them and their event. From invitations, script, photos they provide, party themes etc. I find such a joy in creating sweets for each person and party! I am constantly taking in inspiration from everything from paper products the Target dollar spot! Of course, there are so many cookie moguls on IG that are constantly providing insight and new techniques.

Cincy Chic: Where is Blue Sky Bakeshop located?
Re: I work out of my home! I offer pick-ups every Friday and work with customers to arrange specific times to pick up their orders!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, follow along, or place an order?
Re: Orders can be placed on my website at http://www.blueskybakeshop.com/. I’m also on Instagram and Facebook.

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As summer comes to a close and we head into fall, our life coach columnist the three things you need to make this your best year yet.

Hoodies, pumpkin spice, and the turning of the leaves on the trees all imply fall is just around the corner. And it also means there is only four months left in the calendar year. As you enter the month of September have you created and received all that you intended thus far in 2019?

In this moment, pause and look back over the year, and connect the dots and see how your year is going and include all the good, the bad, the not so good moments. If you find that you have little or no success with your new years’ resolutions, maybe it’s time to start a new trend and allow yourself to change your routine in how you set your goals.

What I realized with my new year’s resolutions is they usually are failing a few months in or maybe even don’t ever get started.  From this awareness, I made a change.  I just course correct the way I normally do things and find that taking the time at the beginning of each month to look over how well I’m doing or not doing, I can control and pivot from things that aren’t serving me moving forward. 

Here’s what you can do.  First, take a look at all areas of your life including your career, home, family, health, finances, and relationships to see how well all of these areas are thriving or not. Then adjust those areas that need attention.

Here’s how this works:

If any area is lacking what you desire, then you can align yourself with what you want to be, do, have, and change moving forward utilize these three tools as a guide:

1. Be realistic with your intention and practice “slow and steady” for lasting results.

2. Review what has or hasn’t worked in the past and pivot accordingly.

3. Do something totally out of your comfort zone by shaking things up a bit.

From the place of seeing what you really desire, knowing what has or hasn’t worked before, and steeping into something totally different will offer a NEW perspective on achieving your goals and offer a lasting result.

Doing this practice quarterly, monthly, or weekly even, will give you more control of what you want to create for your life rather than setting all your intentions at the beginning of the year to come to the end of the year and discover nothing changes.

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Angry Birds 2 touts to be full of enjoyable animated lunacy for kids and adults alike, but click to see if our movie critic says that flies.

 

 

“Look – that’s all the parents laughing at the jokes the little kids aren’t getting!” L to R: Bomb (Danny McBride), Chuck (Josh Gad), Silver (Rachel Bloom), Red (Jason Sudeikis), Courtney (Awkafina), Garry (Sterling K. Brown) and Leonard (Bill Hader) in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS 2. Credit: © 2019 Courtesy of Sony Pictures. All rights reserved. 

 

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KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Beck Bennett and Brooklynn Prince

DIRECTOR(S): Thurop Van Orman

THE BACK STORY: Following the events of the first movie, Angry Birds 2 once again stars the voice of Jason Sudeikis as Red, the town outcast turned hero when he – along with help from Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Terence (Nolan North) – ended up saving Bird Island from the green pig egg-stealing invasion led by Leonard (Bill Hader). Now happily enjoying his role as the leader of the island, Red is enjoying life with little anger these days …

And that’s when Leonard returns to inform him of a third island where Zeta (Leslie Jones), the leader of the eagles, is plotting to take out both of their homes.

Being forced to work with Leonard – as well his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina) and his tech pig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) – would be bad enough for Red, but add Bird Island’s own Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) and Chuck’s whiz kid sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) to the mix and you’ve got everything you need to make Red one very angry bird. Again. 

THE REVIEW: In a world where superhero movies have gone from pitiful to (usually) fantastic, the original Angry Birds movie was an OK adaptation of a video game to animated big screen adventure. It established the worlds of its pixelated counterparts where a story could be told, delivered enough family-friendly adventure and set the stage for future iterations of the franchise if it did well. Well, it obviously did well enough to result in The Angry Birds Movie2, which for many people would seem to be easily dismissible as another unnecessary sequel probably best saved for little kids or anyone who really liked the first movie or the mobile game it was inspired by … And if you are in the former camp more than the latter, you’d likely be forgiven for your decision to ignore adding no. 2 to your watchlist.

Once you see it, however, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised to learn that Angry Birds 2 is a throwback to the days when Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs dominated 90s animated programming – for this Looney Tunes on acid affair features enough entertainment to make even the angriest movie goer laugh repeatedly.

Angry Birds 2 is one of those movies where everything nuance and detail clicks; whereas the first movie felt a little predictable and more about telling the story, Angry Birds 2 finds its vocal actors injecting each character with distinct personality, playing well off each other and walking the line between “did they just say that in a kids’ movie?!” to the point adults where the film feels entertaining enough for kids, but really made for adults. Jones shines as Zeta, delivering in your face quips that strike a good balance between traditionally cartoon silly and effective with the rest of the cast following suit as well. Director Thurop Van Orman keeps things moving along quite efficiently, his storyboards coming to life in a fashion where each scene feels like its own Saturday Night Live sketch in the frame of one giant story. Then again, that should come as no surprise given all the SNL alumni in the cast; whoever picked the film’s musical soundtrack should win some sort of award (or at least be given a bonus) as each song is placed in perfect accordance with the scenes, setting moods and/or enhancing jokes.

Throw in the Despicable Me/Minions-like B story involving the Hatchlings from the first film and one of them’s desperate, almost like Scrat in the Ice Age franchise-like pursuit to retrieve their baby sisters and you have a near perfect balance of entertainment for those 8 to 12 years old with those 18 and older. It all helps make Angry Birds 2 the funniest animated movie thus far in 2019 and one of the more entertaining to boot.

Just don’t get angry at anyone but yourself if you choose to skip it in favor of that app you keep playing with on your smartphone instead.

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Check out how the region’s largest volunteer platform is expanding their horizons with a convenient and effective training for nonprofit board leadership.

For nearly two years, Cincinnati Cares has matched, connected and supported volunteers and nonprofits across the region. Expanding that support, they are now offering nonprofit board member training.

“We start with the region’s most comprehensive guide of organizations that engage volunteers, which has now become the most popular way for Greater Cincinnatians to find a way to help,” says Douglas Bolton, president and CEO of Cincinnati Cares. “For leaders in our community, we operate a platform that matches volunteers to nonprofit boards using innovative matching technology. All of our platforms are free to both volunteers and the nonprofits.”

Cincinnati Cares recently announced that it now also offers the region’s first-ever digital nonprofit board training. “This training is a one-hour, inexpensive training that allows volunteers to become familiar with what it takes to be a nonprofit board member,” says Bolton. “The training also includes instruction on how to use the newly rebuilt platform to find a board position that is right for them. This platform will allow for a connection to be made between volunteer leaders and the specific nonprofits looking to recruit. This webinar-style program introduces people to different ideas and carries out part of Cincinnati Cares mission of inspiring people, and leaders, to volunteer.”

The process for the training will go through different sections that allow the individual to fully immerse themselves in what is expected of them by nonprofit boards as a volunteer. “Some topics covered will be Why Board Service Matters, Board and Legal Responsibilities, Executive Director’s Perspective and How to Find and Choose a Board,” Bolton explains.

The nonprofit board leaders and volunteer board members are reacting very positively. The training will lessen the burden of the organizations in the long run with the on-boarding and recruiting process. 

“In this new venture, I am most excited to have the ability to expose so many people to the possibilities of board service,” he adds. “The existing trainings in our region require a commitment of time and significant money. This option allows you to make sure board service is right for you, in a brief amount of time and expense.”

To learn more, visit the Cincinnati Cares website to find a way to help the community or attend the training.

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Kids heading off to college? Wondering how you’ll move their stuff there and back? Read about an Ohio-based company that’s here to help.

Cincy Chic: What is Stuff2College?
Michelle Ullery, owner of Stuff2College.comStuff2College is a service for moving just that, “stuff” to college from either home to school or school back to home. We have locations spread throughout the US that serve as drop off locations where you can drop off your boxed up, packaged items, we consolidate them to move as one large shipment, and you can pick them up at the location closest to either your University or Home. It’s that simple! We can even coordinate a pickup or a delivery if it’s an option with the local University.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Ullery: After observing parents struggling with the move across states for their kids going into college, I realized that all of our years of expertise would be put to good use. We had an opportunity to assist a personal friend move her daughter all the way to Arizona from Ohio. She was struggling with how to logistically get all of her daughters “stuff” to Arizona from Ohio. We offered to assist. We picked up her boxes, brought them down to our local facility, consolidated, moved them out to Arizona, and then they were picked up at the local office there and taken back to the hotel for move in day. It was seamless, simple, convenient and way more affordable than the other options that they were looking into.  Even had a couple days to just enjoy the city where she would be leaving her daughter and create even some more memories for them all!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Ullery: Stuff2College is a part of the JNH Logistics, Right Way Logistics family. I founded the business and have been in the logistics profession for over 26 years and led multiple logistics organizations around the globe for many years. This is the third company I lead with my team. With the resources we have, and the relationships we have built, our network is one of the largest in the industry.

Cincy Chic: What types of services does Stuff2College offer?
Ullery: We offer not only the movement of their stuff from city to city, but we also can offer pickup and delivery of their stuff. Along with that, we do have the ability for storage as well. That way students can even store their things over a semester if they are just studying abroad and just need a holding facility for a short amount of time.

Cincy Chic: What makes Stuff2College unique?
Ullery: What makes S2C unique is how we move our things. We have professionals who know how to package up a nice shipment, secure it, and move it as one piece. There is no need to ship multiple boxes with multiple labels and multiple charges! There is only one item to track that’s it. Of course unless you have a lot of stuff and need to book two or more moves. It explains it all on our site about how many boxes you can fit on one of our standard pallets, as well as the approximate size of the boxes used for explanation.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Ullery: Yes, we are working on having the ability to move students from overseas for next year. So we can bring a true Global Solution to all Students around the WORLD! The other exciting thing we have going on is our Ambassador program. We are looking for students to represent us as our Ambassadors in their Universities where you earn money for your referrals! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Ullery: Please go to our website at www.stuff2college.com and check us out. Any questions, there is an email info@stuff2college.com that is monitored 24/7. One of our staff will get right back to you. Of course, you can always call us too at 614-407-9099.

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Our life coach columnist shares three ways to help your kids make this school year their best one yet.

Did you see all those back-to-school pictures on social media this past week? Perhaps you were one posting pictures of your kiddos heading back for another year of school. Many parents celebrate the returning of school being back in session while others are sad to let their little ones go and be independent. 

As a former IT teacher at the high school, I too struggled going back after being off for the summer. Once we got past the first few days, I would slip back into teacher mode and take on the responsibility to provide the students in my class with an education.  

Unfortunately, some students no matter how much time and energy spent in the classroom, if the child didn’t want to learn – they didn’t.

One approach that I found very useful in my instruction, which poured over into my parenting, is providing evidence in how the material being taught will serve them in a positive way once they leave school.

Here are two examples I used to teach life skills during the traditional lessons using Excel spreadsheets.

One was amortization charts for purchasing cars and homes, and the other was on budgeting.  

Students created the formulas, and learned how the interest was applied, along with taxes on income and money being spent just to survive. 

It was mind blowing for most. Seeing how money worked, especially when budgeting expenses and had to include toilet paper, shampoo, and other items they thought magically appeared, gave them a bigger picture to making money. 

As a parent, I encourage you to work with this idea outside of the school. Get engaged with what the student is learning and find ways to show them how it relates to life. For example:

Make the connection.  Offering a better understanding in a real-life situation allows for a longer lasting imprint on the mind and a new way of thinking.

Teach a child about money in a positive manner. Any age can have fun with “money” so begin now to teach ways they can understanding the value of having money and how money is used. Little ones can even practice counting and saving money. Make it fun and add more challenging activities as the child becomes better at the lessons learned.

Learn together.  If you feel you aren’t able to support your child with this knowledge beyond the classroom, then learn it together. The connection will be priceless.