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Get all the delicious details about a local chocolatier that’s set to open a second location in Oakley Square this month.

 

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Ruby’s Chocolates! 
Melinda Mueller, Owner of Ruby’s Chocolates: Ruby’s Chocolates is a local family owned chocolate company that has a signature product of “Truffle Cakes.” However, Ruby’s is way more than just chocolate. We thrive on providing exceptional customer service, making our customers feel like they’re our one and only customer, while creating unique chocolates. Our goal is to provide happiness to others around us whether that’s our employees or customers.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the business?
Mueller: The inspiration is to create a product that tastes better than it looks. While at the same time the product is affordable for all demographics. We want the customers to feel the passion we put into our business! The love I have for my family (two boys) continues to drive my passion for my business and story.  

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Ruby’s Chocolates?
Mueller: I’m the owner behind Ruby’s. I’m also the lead chocolatier coming up with the signature truffle cake and other unique creations. My oldest son, Ali Sina Danesh, is the managing director who wears whatever hat is needed. My youngest son, Tommy Mueller, is a chocolatier who helps create the delicious treats and adds creativity to the business.

Cincy Chic: What kinds of chocolates do you create in-store?
Mueller: Our signature chocolate product is called a truffle cake. A truffle cake is similar to a cake pop, but more elegant and filled with a distinctive flavor. We offer the truffle cake in +20 flavors so we can cover everyone’s sweet tooth. We also offer so much more from no bake cookies, joysticks (chocolate covered pretzels wrapped in caramel), phatty cakes, fudge, turtles, buckeyes, chocolate covered bacon, brittle, bark, and much more. We can customize any order for any wedding, corporate event, bridal/baby shower, and birthday parties.  

Cincy Chic: Where is your new storefront located?
Mueller: Our new location is in Oakley Square at 3923 Isabella Avenue in Cincinnati. Our flagship shop in Hamilton is focused mainly on production and retail, while our Oakley location will offer a more cafe-like atmosphere, where guests can sit and enjoy their treats together. 

Cincy Chic: What makes Ruby’s Chocolates unique?
Mueller: Ruby’s is unique because all the chocolate is handmade with love. Everyone has had a truffle and cake, but how often can you say you had a truffle cake? We provide a chocolate experience like no other because not only is the chocolate amazingly delicious, but so is the ambiance! Ruby’s is a place where there will be many Instagram-worthy pictures! We want everyone to say “have you heard of the new chocolate store in town?”

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Ruby’s Chocolates?
Mueller: We actually are introducing a new line at our new shop called phatty cakes. These are simply two small cakes layered together by our delectable icing. The phatty cakes will be offered in carrot cake, chocolate, cinnamon, red velvet, and possibly a few more flavors. The purpose behind the name is for people to love their body regardless of size. You can have your cake and eat it to.  

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Mueller: Readers can follow us on our website, Facebook, and Instagram. We also would love to see them in our new location enjoying chocolates, coffee, and our company!

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Our life coach columnist has a special message for all the working mamas out there, and three things that helped her most when she was in the thick of it, too.

All the emotions that come with being a working mom from “am I doing enough, how can I juggle all of the needs of my family, or how can I show up fully in my greatness?” among other things running rapidly in your mind on a daily basis.

For my family, I’ve always worked. Even when I enrolled in college at age 30 to earn my teaching degree, I worked full time, went to school full time, and attended all my boys’ school and sporting events. Challenging and fulfilling because I created a plan so I would be fully emerged in each moment.

Here’s what allowed me to focus and manage the role as mother, wife, businesswoman, home and finance manager daily:

Quality Over Quantity

You know that feeling when you lose track of time because you are so engrossed in the moment that time stands still? Children want that feeling when they are with you. Even if it is for a brief moment be sure to fully engage in the moment as if time stands still.  The other things can wait, promise.

Schedule Non-Negotiable Time

You know your work schedule and what needs to be done, so block time in the schedule for the kids including things like play dates, outings, or just sitting in their room reading and playing.Allow them to choose what they want to do and just go with it.Have fun and laugh often.  

Love Unconditionally by Filling Your Own Cup

Refuel and rejuvenate your own energy.  Again, plan for time to get that bath, a trip to the spa, out with girlfriends, or taking a nap (when they nap).  Filling your cup brings calmness and love which is spilled over into your child’s life. They just want you to hear them and see them so taking care of you first will open your eyes, ears and heart to be fully connect with them.

Lastly, remember, no matter how tired and frustrated you feel, this too shall pass.  Time moves quickly and before you know those children are adults and they will only remember how their working mom was there when they needed her most.

PS – If no one has told you lately — You rock, Working Momma!

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It’s a feminist, uber-conscious update of the spy story and 1970s TV series, but is it worth the watch? Our movie critic has the scoop.

 

“Hey, what’s over there – is it the music video shoot we’re supposed to be in for the soundtrack?!” Townsend Agency agents Elena (Naomi Scott) and Sabina (Kristen Stewart) peer over into enemy territory with their newfound on-the-run client Jane (Ella Balinska) in a scene from writer/director/co-star Elizabeth Banks’ take on CHARLIE’S ANGELS. Credit: Nadja Klier © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:


 

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Nat Faxon, Jonathan Tucker, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Sam Clafin, Djimon Hounsou and Sir Patrick StewartDIRECTOR(S): Elizabeth Banks

 
THE BACK STORY: The product of a screenplay from and directed by Elizabeth Banks (who also co-stars), the 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels stars Ella Balinska as Jane Karo, a developer at an energy company owned by Alexander Brok (Sam Clafin). Her invention could help revolutionize energy as we know it, which is why her boss Peter Fleming (Nat Faxon) can’t wait to show it off despite the fatal flaw that could allow the project – codename Kalisto – to become weaponized. You see, Kalisto could be hacked to release a devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP for short) in the wrong hands, which is why Jane wants to stop the project from going forward. Peter, however, has his own ideas and wants to get the product to market as soon as possible.

Jane, however, is about to have a bigger problem on her hands when in attempting to meet with a man named Bosley (Djimon Honsou), an assassin (Jonathan Tucker) tries to kill her. This leads to Jane meeting up with the rebellious Sabina (Kristen Stewart) and no-nonsense Elena (Naomi Scott), two female secret agents who work for the Townsend Agency – the same agency that employs Bosley … the soon-to-be-retiring Bosley (Patrick Stewart) … And the woman Jane will also come to know as Bosley (Banks). 

Confused? Well, you should be – it’s about to get a lot more complicated from here. And that’s why Jane’s guardian angels are about to try to save not only her life, but the world, too.
 
THE REVIEW: In the era of “woke” and “cancel” culture in the wake of the #MeToo movement, one might be inclined to see Charlie’s Angels as an example of empowerment in the action comedy genre. It could be taken as an attempt to show women being just as strong, sophisticated and stylish as their male counterparts with modern women in control of their careers, their bodies and life in general. There’s just one little problem with that, however, as it pertains to the film.In the quest for empowerment, Charlie’s Angels lacks a lot in the entertaining department and nearly ends up becoming at best a caricature of what it wishes to destroy in terms of the cinematic patriarchy and at its worst, an unmemorable movie.

Now, before one accuse yours truly of a blatant case of mainsplaining, let me simply point to the film’s opening scene as an example of empowerment run amuck: Stewart’s character is literally explaining to the audience why women are underestimated, unappreciated and generally taken for granted as underachievers. This is balanced out, of course, by a male antagonist so taken with her beauty, he must then via his substandard, terribly over-the-top dialogue explain why everything she is saying is basically wrong – only of course to get his comeuppance because Stewart’s seductive agent has been setting him up. Of course the audience knows it, but the film makes sure to spell it out for them because it wants to drive home the point of the entire 80 minute-plus experience: Women can do whatever and they’re gonna do it loud, brash and however they want.

Unfortunately, as the heavy handed scene also shows, in the case of Charlie’s Angels, they’re gonna hit you over the head with it at every possible turn.

Charlie’s Angels wants to be the ultimate badass female movie: It attempts to feature Stewart as a wise-cracking rebel who’s quick with her one-liners, the Rihanna-esque Scott as a … Rihanna-esque no nonsense agent (who is by far the most believable character) and Balinska as an awkward, fish out of water just trying to do the right thing. Problem is, Stewart feels like she’s doing her best imitation a female action movie hero and it’s never believable, Balinska’s fish out of water is so out of water it’s almost like a live-action cartoon a la The Simpsons and Scott feels like she’s overcompensating for the other two. None of the three characters are really developed beyond a simple explanation (“She grew up rough!” “She’s smart” “She’s smart and nerdy and awkward!”). The timing of the sexualization of their characters comes off a bit misplaced (“Let’s infiltrate this mansion … With a fully choreographed dance routine as part of our cover!”), the fight scenes are comical when meant to be serious and just silly when they meant to be comical and the heavy-handed storytelling makes sure to guide the audience instead of letting things play out more naturally.

Complicating matters further is the fact the jokes are (1) usually forced (2) usually stale and (3) just not working. The male characters are either complete bumbling morons to the point you can’t take any of them (save for Jonathan Tucker’s heavily tattooed assassin) seriously or so sleazy they might make Harvey Weinstein wince. Charlie’s Angels may go down as Stewart’s worst performance in eons. While his Bullock character on Seth McFarlane’s now exiled to TBS cartoon American Dad! is supposed to be a buffoon, the fact this character is supposed to be taken seriously is cartoonish in and of itself.

It doesn’t make for a great viewing experience outside of its target audience: Young women who want to see young women be heroes, no matter how ridiculous the story and how over-the-top pretty much everything else in the mix may be. In trying to be empowering, it almost comes off as egregious and does the very opposite of what it wishes to do for all audiences. Just like this year’s earlier action detective reboot Shaft (which had slightly better jokes … slightly), Charlie’s Angels just isn’t memorable as much as it is missable.

As a sign of very heavy foreshadowing, the music video for the lead single from the film’s soundtrack – the inane “Don’t Call Me Angel” by polarizing pop stars Lana Del Ray, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – is pretty much an entire encapsulation of the project: A group of artists begging people to take them seriously by exhibiting a ton of “I don’t need your approval” attitude … While falling into every negative trope of using overly and overtly sexual grinding, lip-biting possible in a desperate attempt for approval. Don’t believe me? Check out this lyrical wizardry for yourself:”Uh, don’t call me angel when I’m a mess,
Don’t call me angel when I get undressed,
You know I, I don’t like that, boy,
Uh, I make my money, and I write the checks,
So say my name with a little respect,
All my girls successful, and you’re just our guest”

 
Thus, much like the aforementioned song, Charlie’s Angels whole point seems to exist for the sake of simply extending a middle finger to the cinematic patriarchy … Which would be fine if it has deeper characters (it doesn’t), an interesting, rich story (absent), or just anything that felt original, fresh and inspiring (no dice). Instead, it comes off as maligned as when Poochie was introduced on The Simpsons‘ beloved cartoon-within-a-cartoon “Itchy & Scratchy” and with similar results
 
So, don’t call them angels if you like … But much like the aftermath of a bad date, there’s a good chance you shouldn’t just call, period. 
 
OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN): 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at Cincinnati’s Human Trafficking multi-media art installation coming January 2020.

A new experiential exhibit will shed light on a dark topic. On January 10, 2020, Motel X, a multi-media art installation, will be on exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The purpose of the exhibit is to bring awareness and prevention to Human Trafficking within the Greater Cincinnati area. 

The inspiration behind the exhibit is something very close to creator, Christine Shrum Marque. “I came across the words ‘Human Trafficking’ at 14 years old while I was researching a paper for school. I didn’t understand what it meant and thought it was a type of highway violation. After searching for the definition, I found that it means modern day slavery,” says Marque, “I had no idea as a 14-year-old female in Ohio that I was most at risk for being Trafficked, I had to do some about it. I created Motel X as an interactive experience for visitors to uncover clues and information about Trafficking that happens in our backyards.”

The name of the exhibit derives from both the anonymity and location of Trafficking. The letter “X” has an anonymous feel bringing attention that it can happen anywhere. In 2018, Ohio was reported as the state with the 5th most reported trafficking cases. In 2016 alone, 1,000 were identified in the state of Ohio. Human Trafficking is the highest-grossing industry worldwide, seeing as it has affected 24.9 million people and counting, according to Marque.

When visitors plan to attend, they will be welcomed by a 70’s motel meets Alice in Wonderland visual inspiration. The experience will be unlike anything you could ever imagine. “Motel X will allow participants to touch anything and everything. You’ll look for clues hidden in the furniture following an aggregate story of a sex traffic victim and a labor traffic victim, intended for all ages,” says Christine. Visitors are intended to take away practical information about the Human Trafficking that happens in front of our very eyes, a conversation starter to start the process of preventing this act within our own circles.

For the past three years, Christine has been pouring her heart and soul into this exhibition and she is very excited to see it come to life. Along the way, she has received a lot of support from many partners in the Cincinnati community. “We have been lucky enough to partner with the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center since the beginning. We have also worked with Kim Belew, The Freedom Center, US Bank Haile Foundation, Deerfield Construction, and so many more to allow the exhibition become what it is today.”

January 10, 2020: The sponsor-inclusive Premiere Night event will be at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 

January 14, 2020 – April 4, 2020: Open to the public during Freedom Center’s operational hours. 

If you would like to snag opening tickets or donate to Motel X and the mission, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themotelx/motel-x. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or visit their website for more information.

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Wish packing lunches could be easy, healthy AND something they’ll actually eat? Check out this new option now locally available.

Local hairstylist and fashion blogger, Kandace Walters, shares a candid of her kids enjoying Freeli

Cincy Chic: What is Freeli Foods?
Jennifer Eagen from Freeli Foods: Freeli Foods are healthy, convenient grab-and-go meals that kids love and mom can feel good about. Freeli Foods contain no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors, no added sugar, with less sodium and saturated fat than traditional pre-packaged lunches. They are nutritionist-optimized for sustained energy throughout the day.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the brand?
Eagen: Freeli foods are hunky goodness kids can sink their teeth into—real foods, not purées in four flavors kids love: Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Pasta & Meat Sauce, Noodles with Chicken & Veggies, and Fiesta Bowl… beef, rice, beans, and cheese.

Cincy Chic: What makes Freeli Foods unique?
Eagen: Freeli Foods are wholesome, yummy grab-and-go meals for lunch, after school, or anytime. They are ingeniously packaged in convenient grab-and-go pouches (the first ever!), ready to eat in 45 seconds with no cooking and no mess. No utensils needed and they are BPA Free and microwave safe.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers find Freeli Foods meals? Are they in stores near Cincinnati?
Eagen: Freeli Foods are available in Kroger stores in Cincinnati, Dayton, Lexington, Louisville and Nashville. Click here to use our store locator.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Eagen: Visit https://www.freelifoods.com. Freeli Foods is also on Facebook. Click here for a look at coupons and promotions. 

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Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Melissa explains how to bring your goals (and energy to get started on them) out of hibernation.

As we are officially moving into the holiday season so let the festivities begin. With Thanksgiving right around the corner and quickly followed by Christmas and New Year time begins to slow day. For many, it’s the time of year for reflection. The colder weather and darkness falling earlier you may find yourself in hibernation mode. No need to do anything and just begin thinking about your new year’s resolutions and what you have or have not completed or accomplished over the past 11 months.

Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today was a statement that took me time to really understand. I get it do it now but why can’t I wait until tomorrow? 

A couple of reasons! One you may not be here and two you want to start now creating your future. By waiting you are only delaying what you truly desire and want. You keep putting it off to where months have passed, and you still can’t understand why you’ve not received what you said you wanted.

How can you begin to start today towards your goals rather than waiting until tomorrow and why?

Here’s my best advice:

– Setting the desire in motion today will allow you to reap the benefits and results faster.  Like the seed being planted in the ground.  The earlier it is planted and nurtured with sunshine and water the faster you will reap the harvest.
– Excitement builds when you know that every day in every moment you are working towards a goal that is going to change you and/or your life for the better.  When those tiny wins show up daily it will keep you moving forward and looking for the results knowing they are building upon one another. Before long you’ve gotten the results and thrilled with the outcome.
– Course correction is important when putting things in motion.  Much like a plane or a boat having to course correct constantly otherwise it will veered off into the wrong direction and miss its destination, your course correcting allows to see daily what’s working and what’s not.  If you feel things need to change you can make those decisions now rather than getting months into your goals and realize it really isn’t going as planned.  Having the opportunity to course correct can get your there faster and get the results you desire.

And when you learn to start each day by feeling into your heart what you truly desire and want to have, you can create a business and life that you love by design.  It’s like magic and feels so good to the system. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner! So, I challenge you not to put off until tomorrow what you can do today!