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Our Editor in Chic writes a letter to her daughter to share some big news and explain why she’s the best… big sister!

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Today, your “Big Sister” shirt shares some big news to friends and family! A short time ago, this was actually surprise news to us as well. No IVF or fertility treatments this time. A one in a million chance happened. To us. A few years after we thought we had the worst luck. I can’t help but think that you, our sweet little girl, and all the joy you’ve brought us over the past 22 months has something, if not everything, to do with it. That’s why you’re the best and I wrote this for you.

Lola shares news that she's going to be a big sister!
Lola shares news that she’s going to be a big sister!

“I whisper “you’re the best” as you sleep,
This is the meaning my heart will keep.
You bring out the best in me,
A person I never knew I could be.
A selfless love, deep with devotion,
All so effortlessly put into motion,
Because you’re the best.

I sleep less but dream more,
Wanting to give you what I never had before.
A hand to hold through every trial,
Or even carry you for a while.
Your laughter warms my every cell,
And pride so pure when you do well,
Because you’re the best.

I now see your daddy with different eyes,
As he comforts you to calm your cries.
You did the same for him not long ago,
Placed a seed of hope for his soul to sow.
To be the best father he could be,
Didn’t want frailness for you to see.
So he found strength at his weakest point,
even with pain in every joint,
Because you’re the best.

Life is so full now that you are here,
Hard recalling time before you my dear.
You were the missing piece all along,
Two songbirds without a song.
Now we are three,
soon four we will be.
Bringing sunshine when skies were grey,
You showed us the way,
Because you’re the best.”

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From high-end art shows and wowing weddings to summer camps for kids and jewelry workshops, keep reading about the local art center that’s hosting all these events and more.

The Kennedy Heights Arts Center is host
The Kennedy Heights Arts Center offers a variety of events and showcase a number of artists.

The Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) prides itself on the variety of events they offer and the array artists that help make it all happen. Dominque A. Springs, Events and Marketing Manager at KHAC, says the galleries speak for themselves in how truly different they are and how closely it ties in with their overall mission. “As an organization we are truly living up to what we believe in,” says Springs. So what is that? And how are they achieving it?

According to Springs, the KHAC aims to add to their community, which they are doing by holding new events and new artists each week. Springs tells us that neighbors of the community are so impressed by what was a former empty parking lot partnered with an abandoned building.

The KHAC offers gallery show openings, summer camps for children, knitting classes, jewelry workshops, drawing classes and more. Their main focus right now, Springs tells us, is a new program called Celebrations with heART that is being made possible through a grant from Artswave. This program will focus on one-of-a-kind, hand-on activities created and led by artists that will vary from signature arts experiences in visual art, dance, theatre or music. More information on their new program can be found at www.kennedyarts.org.

While Springs is still getting her feet wet at KHAC (she’s been with the organization since October 2015), that hasn’t stopped her from diving in. Spring says she loves coordinating all events, from corporate to kid-focused, that come through the doors at KHAC, but gallery show openings have been her favorite to produce thus far. “When we have a new exhibit opening we invite the artist or artists whose work is being showcased along with their friends, family, and we also invite the public,” says Springs.

The next exhibit Springs is looking forward to helping open is the Annual Student Art Show: Visions of Creativity which will open March 12 from 2-4 p.m.

KHAC plans to grow even further than the large amount of artistic responsibilities they have already undertaken. Springs says they owe a large amount of their ability to do so to the generosity of donors, their artists and instructors, along with anyone else who makes what they do possible. “We are very structured in what we offer and create and I believe this is why we are also so great. Being the anchor of a diverse, creative community is not easy but we make it possible,” says Springs.

KHAC is located at 6620 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit www.kennedyarts.org. You can also get a sneak peek of the venue when Cincy Chic hosts its annual Night in White event at KHAC on April 8.

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    It’s tough to always come up with something fun and unique for date night. That’s exactly why this local resource launched. Keep reading for all the details on this date night-focused local publication — just in time to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day excursion.

    Date Night Cincinnati is a local publication that shares reviews on date night spots such as restaurants, wine bars and events.
    Date Night Cincinnati is a local publication that shares reviews on date night spots such as restaurants, wine bars and events.

    You’d love to check out new places and try unique things for a date night. But, honestly, who has the time? Wouldn’t it be great if someone else did all the homework for you, and wrote reviews to see if you’d like it first? That’s what Date Night Cincinnati does.

    Date Night Cincinnati is a local resource you can turn to for local date ideas, and reviews from their staff of dedicated date night experts who try everything out first-hand. Their content features romantic restaurants, fun date experiences, unique events and anything else you can think of when it comes to date night.

    The concept of Date Night Cincinnati was developed by the team at ReachUSA, the parent company of Reach Magazine, and who realizes how important relationships are. The website officially launched in Spring 2014 and the first print issue was released last summer.

    Currently, Olivia Cassidy serves as the Editor alongside Publisher Ric Welker, Sales Manager Florence Murphy and Bob Slattery, the owner of ReachUSA. “Whether you are looking to impress on a first date, want to reignite the flames with your better half or anything in between – we’ve got you covered,” explains Cassidy.

    The Date Night Cincinnati website is always being updated with fresh content including fun date ideas, reviews, date-worthy events, contests and more. In addition to date ideas, you can also find local restaurant and attraction reviews from Date Night Cincinnati.

    “We not only consider the quality of the food or experience, but also to speak to the ambiance and romance value from the perspective of a date,” says Cassidy.

    Cassidy says that Date Night Cincinnati also started hosting their own events, which were hugely popular among its audience. In order to accommodate the overwhelmingly positive feedback, she says they’ve added several more events to the 2016 calendar.

    Cassidy says that Date Night Cincinnati features anything date-worthy. “We are always looking for unique ways to help keep relationships fun and exciting,” she adds. “There are different stages of dating, and we try to provide spots to accommodate them all.”

    To continue to help local couples find great date night spots, Cassidy says Date Night Cincinnati is redesigning and relaxing its website, and expects it to go live on March 1. “With the relaunch of our website, we’ll be offering a ‘premium membership’ – details to be determined – but it will focus on providing year-round information and discounts to couples looking to do more fun activities together in and around the wonderfully adventurous Greater Cincinnati area,” says Cassidy.

    According to Cassidy, there are multiple events where you can find Date Night Cincinnati in the coming months, including Cincy Chic’s Eco-Chic Fashion Show at the Krohn Conservatory on March 4.

    Date Night Cincinnati will also be at the FC Cincinnati Soccer event where they’ll cater to couples who don’t know much about soccer but want to learn by hosting a “Soccer 101” presentation before the game. They’ll also be partnering with their sister company, 50 West, at a summer beer tasting event where couples can learn about the beer making process and how to properly taste beer.

    According to Cassidy, Date Night Cincinnati released the winter edition of the quarterly print magazine. They’ll also be putting out another issue in April so you can keep your eyes open for it. She adds that readers will want to look out for more events to come from Date Night Cincinnati.

    You can read the digital issue of Date Night Cincinnati here. Don’t forget to check out their recommendations for romantic dining spots, indoor date ideas and local wine bars.

    You can learn more about Date Night Cincinnati at datenightcincinnati.com. You can also subscribe to their weekly newsletter of date ideas and local happenings here or follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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    Save money. Look your best. These popular New Year’s resolutions can be stylishly satisfied at this upcoming event at Clothes Mentor that’ll make both your wallet and wardrobe happy.

    Kate Paynter, Owner of Clothes Mentor Hyde Park.
    Kate Paynter, Owner of Clothes Mentor Hyde Park.

    Look like a million bucks without spending it. Shopping spree and a girls night out. You have can have the best of both worlds thanks to an upcoming event.

    On Thursday, January 28, Clothes Mentor in the Hyde Park Plaza will be hosting a “Sip, Shop and Save” event. “Women are invited to spend the evening with us while shopping, mingling and sipping on refreshments,” says Clothes Mentor Owner Kate Paynter.

    Clothes Mentor is a women’s resale store that buys and sells gently used, current style apparel and accessories for women sizes 0-26 as well as maternity. Paynter owns the Clothes Mentor franchise stores in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel and Anderson in addition to the Once Upon A Child locations in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel, Anderson, Colerain and Western Hills.

    “Unlike consignment shops, we pay cash on the spot for the items you are no longer wearing,” says Paynter. Plus, she adds, they have a helpful staff who will help with styling or finding that perfect piece you’re looking for.

    During the Jan. 28 “Sip, Shop and Save” event, Paynter says Clothes Mentor will be offering 20% off regular-priced merchandise, which includes clothing, shoes and accessories. Their designer purses – with brands ranging from Michael Kors to Louis Vuitton – will be 10% off.

    Not only is the event free to attend, Paynter says, but all attendees will enjoy a Swag Bag, complimentary wine and refreshments, and door prizes will be handed out throughout the evening.

    “I’m most excited about showing current and new customers the selection of gently-used, current style women’s clothing and accessories that can be found at our store,” Paynter says, adding that she always loves how shocked people are when they shop at Clothes Mentor for the first time and see how much they save on trendy, designer pieces.

    The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 28 at the Clothes Mentor Hyde Park store, which is located at 3880 Paxton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209. To get future event invites and sale alerts, “like” Clothes Mentor Hyde Park on Facebook. To RSVP for the event, click here.

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