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    Learn about the one-day conference coming up that provides you with resources to enhance your happiness, freedom, and prosperity through the lens of personal finance.

    The American Dream looks drastically different than it did a few decades ago. That’s the idea that Diania Merriam wanted to explore when she launched EconoMe, a one-day conference that provides attendees with resources to enhance their happiness, freedom, and prosperity through the lens of personal finance.

    “Provocative speakers will explore the idea of a ‘new American Dream,’” Merriam explains.

    With roots in the FIRE movement (financial independence, retire early), the EconoMe Conference has its sights set on helping people join the lifestyle movement of FIRE with the goal of financial freedom.

    “I was motivated to start a conference after the pursuit of FIRE changed my life,” says Merriam. “After I discovered blogs like Mr. Money Mustache and Frugalwoods, as well as books such as Your Money or Your Life and The Simple Path to Wealth, I used my new-found knowledge to get out of $30,000 in debt in 11 months.”

    After getting herself out of debt, Merriam was able to negotiate a remote working relationship with her employer as well as a two-month unpaid sabbatical to walk the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile trek across northern Spain).

    Now she’s planning to the EconoMe Conference on March 7, 2020 at the University of Cincinnati’s Great Hall at Tangeman University Center.

    Those who attend the event can expect a full day of programming that includes two sessions of speakers, an opportunity to screen a new documentary about the FIRE movement calling “Playing with Fire,” and an after party.

    Once the conference is over, Merriam says that she hopes attendees are inspired by the ideas shared through the speakers and leave feeling that they learned something valuable.

    “I also hope the content expands their understanding of what is possible when it comes to their finances and creating more freedom in their lives,” she adds.

    To learn more about the EconoMe Conference, visit Merriam says she is working on getting early bird tickets available for next month, but you can sign up for the mailing list on the website to be notified when tickets go on sale.

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    We're taking you to an exquisite estate just outside of Anderson Township for this week's Listing of the Week!

    Exquisite estate with spectacular views of golf course and lakes, nestled on five-plus acres in a private enclave of 9 homes, minutes from Lunken Airport and Downtown Cincinnati, 1/8 of a mile from Anderson Township. Lovely architectural details throughout, ornate crown moldings, coffered ceilings, elegant antique fireplaces imported from Europe, solarium with interior fountain. 1600 sf Great Room for entertaining with a 20 ‘ diameter stained-glass, backlit ceiling dome. Laundry with heated floors, gift wrapping station and office. Exterior Haddonstone fountain and planters adorn the landscaped estate which also boasts a nine-car garage. Located minutes from Lunken Airport and downtown Cincinnati, tucked away on a private, gated drive. Recently extensively renovated with many custom features.

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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    Read on for a peek inside this first-ever event that will inspire and empower you personally and professionally.

    Noni Banks (center), founder of The Diva Movement, is one of the many professional resources featured at the Aug. 24 Greater Cincinnati Women in Business Expo at 21c Museum & Hotel from 10am-2pm.

    Cincy Chic is hosting its first-ever Greater Cincinnati Women in Business Expo on August 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

    “We wanted to create event that inspires, connects and empowers women who want to launch a business or even take their career to the next level,” says Cincy Chic publisher Amy Scalia, “but of course in a fun, chic way. So we are thrilled to have 21c as the beautiful backdrop to our event as hundreds of local ladies come to invest an afternoon in themselves, personally and professionally.”

    The event will feature brunch ‘n learn sessions, access to a variety of professional resources, and the opportunity to shop women-owned businesses, from health and personal development experts to fashion boutiques and beauty gurus.

    Want to upgrade your headshot? Cincy Chic photographer Twin Spire Photography will be there offering free headshots and Lush from by Mehreen will offer makeup touch-ups to help you look your best. Need to relax? The Spa at 21c will be on-hand to offer complimentary chair massages and lactic hand treatments throughout the day. 

    The event is free to attend and those interested can RSVP at

    The event also features four breakout sessions ($10 per session) with a variety of topics.

    10:15am Session – 3 Keys to You Success with Melissa Kirkpatrick, founder of Find Your Own Drive. Are you ready to bust through your glass ceiling to grow your business AND make money? Learn these foundational keys to take life to the next level. 

    11:15am Session – The Secret to Prioritizing Health In Your Busy Lifestyle with Cari Oschman from Fit Mama in 30. Sharing the top 10 techniques used to help hundreds of busy women become fit, confident and healthy despite their jammed packed schedules. 

    12:15 pm Session – Mastering the 3 P’s of Work Life Brilliance with Cherylanne Skolnicki from Brilliant Balance. Cherylanne Skolnicki believes every woman can reach her full potential once she’s equipped to remove the things standing in her way. With her 3 P’s of Work Life Brilliance, she will challenge our cultural norms around success as working women and invite you to get clear about what it will take for you to step into a life of significance and meaning. 

    1:15 pm Session – Fairytales, Failures and Creating Your Future: 3 principles to break the comparison cycle, stand in your worth and create the life you love. Presented by Wendy McGlaun, Juice Plus National Marketing Director and Professional Speaker.

    There will also be a woman-owned business pop-up shop area, where you can shop with and support more than 20 locally-based woman-owned businesses. Sponsors for the event include the following: 

    Supporting Sponsors: Performance Lexus RiverCenter, Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate

    Photobooth Sponsor: The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center of Cincinnati

    Cocktail Sponsor: Diverse Events

    Speakers: Find Your Own Drive, Fit Mama In 30, Brilliant Balance, Wendy McGlaun

    Professional Resources include: Find Your Own Drive, Valere Studios, and more! 

    Vendors: Gigi’s Cupcakes Kenwood, BeneYou Katie Kramer, Ever Skincare with Leslie Young, Pure Romance with Nikki, HempWorx Becky Wagers, Paparazzi by Anna Forte, Lipsense Suzanne Goodpaster, Beautycounter with Kate Flaig, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound, Bruetta, Cute Pieces, Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Mercy Bracelets, Wonderfully Made Beautique and Glam Parties, Scentsy with Lacy Perkins, Green Bee Ohio, Five Capitals with Cory Carlson, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, The Diva Movement

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    A new versatile experience venue on The Banks is a multi-functional space that can be customized to bring any idea to life. Read on for more.

    Any idea can become a reality if you set your mind to it. That’s the inspiration behind Sample Space, a versatile experience venue that features a multi-functional space that can be customized to bring any idea to life.

    “Sample Space provides an opportunity for companies, brands, and creators to get closer to their target audience through authentic human experiences,” says Josh Heuser, Founder of Sample Space.

    Sample Space is part venue, part event space, and part gallery that operates as a reimagined platform to transfer ideas and knowledge through experiences and storefront retail by utilizing vacant or un-used properties.

    Heuser says that he launched a concept like Sample Space because of today’s digital world. 

    “As the world moves more and more digital, the value of the human experience inherently increases,” she says. “This is especially true as consumer shopping behaviors and their information gathering actions evolve.”

    Through Sample Space, Heuser is able to offer a fresh, unique way for business owners to work hand-in-hand with those evolving shopping behaviors. 

    “Sample Space helps to create a buzz and economic impact for emerging communities and markets,” he says. “Through Sample Space, we have a unique opportunity to imagine forgotten spaces, create for communities, and bring energy and commerce to historically underutilized spaces.”

    Sample Space is located in The Banks but Heuser says he sees the opportunity to expand this idea across the United States.

    “Through programming unforgettable experiences at Sample Space, we look forward to helping create commerce and growing culture in Cincinnati and beyond,” he says. 

    To learn more about Sample Space, visit

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    Inspired by the booming CBD industry, a local mom decided to launch an all-natural product to help women unwind at the end of the day in a healthy way. Read on to learn more.

    Everyone needs time to relax, but with busy mom schedules it can often be difficult to find that time. To help you manage daily stress and anxiety and unwind at the end of the day in a healthy way, Lindsey Hogan founded Relax Mom, a CBD gummy company made for mamas.

    “At a high level, we’re hoping to reinvent self-care for all mamas by providing simple, daily additions to their self-care routines and reminding women that self-care is essential to being their baddest selves,” she says.

    Part of what inspired Hogan to launch her company, other than finding a healthy way to unwind at the end of the day, is the notion that women are constantly told to relax. 

    “Point blank, it’s infuriating,” she says. “All women are out there accomplishing so much, asking for so little, and, at the end of the day, often putting their own needs last. Being told to relax is a slap in the face, which is where the name, Relax Mom, came from; we’re taking back the phrase and putting a positive connotation on it and actually providing a way to relax daily.”

    The gummies from Relax Mom allow you to de-stress and take a deep breath when you need it the most, without feeling guilty. 

    The journey to launching her own CBD gummy company wasn’t something that Hogan wanted to do just for those around her, but it became part of her own self-care plan. 

    She’d heard about CBD helping children with seizures and then another benefit – CBD helps with the management of stress and anxiety.

    “It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life but, due to personal preference to eliminate prescriptions and stick with more natural methods, I never took anything for it,” she says. “Until I heard about the correlation between CBD and anxiety. I began taking CBD daily and couldn’t believe the difference. It was so subtle that I didn’t even truly understand how it was helping until I stopped taking it and realized without it how much quicker I was to feel that elephant on my chest in high-stress professional and personal situations.”

    After she experienced the pros of CBD herself, Hogan decided that she needed to do something to introduce other women to these benefits. 

    “Experiencing first-hand what an incredible, simple addition this could be for so many people, especially women who accomplish so much and often focus little on self-care, I knew this was something I wanted to share with them and anyone else who needed it,” she adds.

    Every jar of CBD gummies from Relax Mom features an assortment of 5 flavors – pineapple, apple, orange, strawberry, and grape. And the flavors are what have made the product stand out against competitors. 

    “We constantly get reviews and compliments on how delicious they are and how they’re more a daily treat because of the overall taste, size, texture and consistency compared to all other CBD gummies that are usually small, single-flavor, hemp aftertaste, soft texture and consistency,” she says.

    CBD gummies also aren’t as available on the market as other CBD products, such as CBD oil. Plus, the gummies from Relax Mom are third-party tested, vegan, organic, all-natural, and created through a high-quality CBD extraction process to provide the highest-quality CBD and gummy. 

    Hogan says that she’s currently working on a monthly subscription plan to make adding CBD to your self-care routine more effortless. “We already know many mamas are looking forward to this,” she says. 

    To learn more about Relax Mom, visit You can also follow along on Instagram.

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    An upcoming event in Mariemont celebrates a decade of raising awareness of mental health with a walk and family-friendly after party.

    Those battling mental health conditions, and the people who love them, are true warriors. That’s what inspired Nancy Eigel-Miller, Director of 1N5, to create The Warrior Run: The Race for Life, a 5k run/walk and a one mile walk with a family friendly after party.

    On October 5, 2019, The Warrior Run will hold their 10th annual event with a variety of activities. “There is a one mile untimed walk through the lovely village of Mariemont that starts at 5:15pm. Shortly after that, at 5:30pm, the 5k begins. This USATF-sanctioned race begins and finishes at Dogwood Park,” Eigel-Miller says. “The race and walk are followed by a night of music and food from local restaurants, including 50 west, Pontiac Barbecue, LaRosa’s Pizza and UDF ice cream. The food options also include home-made chili, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and plenty of desserts. There is a short Fun Run for children under eight at 7pm and then a family-friendly movie outside at dusk.”

    There is also a High School and College Challenge where different schools compete against each other to raise the most money for mental health. “Every dollar raised by the high school team will be reinvested into their school for mental health, mindfulness and suicide prevention programming. The scoring is based on a number of participants, volunteer hours and total amount raised and takes into account the enrollment size of the individual schools,” Eigel-Miller says. “The winning high school team and the winning college team receives a traveling trophy, a $1,500 scholarship and a Skyline Chili Cheese Coney Party.”

    The inspiration behind the event comes from Eigel-Miller losing her husband in 2008. “I lost my husband, Jim, to suicide and the run was started in his memory,” she says. “He was an avid runner and the race was a way to honor him.”

    She wanted to highlight the people who are battling mental health conditions. “The Warrior Run raises funds for 1N5 to help accomplish our mission of optimizing mental health in youth in Greater Cincinnati. That is why it is ‘The Race of Life,’” she says. 

    The event is important for the community. “Our youth are in crisis and need our help. One in every five youth, ages 13 to 18, have, or will have, a mental illness and suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth,” Eigel-Miller says. “The Warrior Run: The Race for Life raises funds so that we can combat these statistics and promote optimal mental health for youth in Greater Cincinnati through though stigma reduction and customized, evidence-based education so that we can live in a world without suicide.” 

    The mission of The Warrior Run is “to gather as a community to champion optimal mental health by raising funds to provide evidence-based mental health programming in local schools,” she says. “Funds raised by The Warrior Run also go toward Supporting Adapting for Life/Surviving the Teens, a CincinnatiChildren’s Hospital Medical Center program.”

    The event is different from other races, Eigel-Miller says. “The race course is beautiful. The after party has the best food. The family-friendly atmosphere is phenomenal,” she explains. “These, combined with the importance of our cause, make this the best race around!” 

    To learn more about The Warrior Run, follow them on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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 and check us out. Any questions, there is an email 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.

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    Tweens walk the line between innocence and debauchery in this good-natured flick but is it good enough to see in theaters? See what our critic has to say.


    “I don’t think that drone is flying to wherever are friends are playing Fortnite …” Lucas (Keith L. Williams), Max (Jacob Tremblay) and Thor (Brady Noon) in a scene from GOOD BOYS. Credit: Ed Araquel/Universal Pictuers. © 2019 Universal Studios.







    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Retta, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis, Josh Caras, Will Forte and Midori Francis

    DIRECTOR(S): Gene Stupnitsky

    THE BACK STORY: Three best friends – Lucas (Keith L. Williams), Thor (Brady Noon) and Max (Jacob Tremblay) – are adjusting to life in 6th grade when they one of them gets invited to a party that could change their life. That’s because the party is a kissing party and Max’s crush Brixlee (Millie Davis) is going to be there. 

    Unfortunately for Max and his two friends a.k.a. “The Bean Bag Boys,” none of them have any idea how to kiss, so they find themselves in a panic of trying to learn on the fly. This leads to the bright idea to use Max’s dad’s (Will Forte) work drone to spy on Hannah (Molly Gordon) and her boyfriend Benji (Josh Caras), who Hannah and her friend Lily (Midori Francis) to show up with the drugs for their road trip to Chicago. So … What happens when the he boys inadvertently find themselves on the run from Hannah and Lily and needing to replace Max’s dad’s work property?

    A whole lot of things that your average sixth grader isn’t prepared to handle, that’s for sure.

    THE REVIEW: A comedy that rides a fine line between showing its trio of leads as innocent youngsters … Who also can be a tad foul-mouthed and too knowledgeable for their own good, Good Boys is a funny, entertaining romp that is more sweet than it is sinful. But when the film is sinful, it’s likely going to be more than the average parent (moreso than their children) can likely handle given the exposure to sex toys, drugs and alcohol and hearing three kids who look as innocent as our makeshift heroes do curse. But therein lies the hook of the film as the boys are not troublemakers out to looking to do foul things; instead, they are more apt to try and do the right thing in the most ludicrous of situations, which is what results in the film’s best moments more often than not.

    Whereas Jacob Tremblay (Room) does a good job of serving as the group’s makeshift leader, Keith L. Williams constant snitching on the trio’s misdeeds (even when they weren’t doing anything that wrong) plays well for comedic effect affect against Thor’s wannabe bad boy (who really doesn’t) act. Thus, you get a mix of kids trying to do what all children do at their age: Trying to become more mature and find their way in the world even though it’s obvious to almost anyone looking they have no clue what they’re doing.

    That strive to maintain the innocence of the characters does restrain Good Boys at times from reaching its potential peak hilarity as there are several moments you can feel that either director Gene Stupnitsky or the film’s producers said “let’s not push further than this.” This creates a bit of a catch-22 for the audience, for once you’ve found yourself laughing at a boy giving his crush a necklace that is NOT a necklace, you’ve pretty much already gone past the “see, we’re not pushing the envelope that far” notion. At its essence, Good Boys is a film about trying to maintain a childlike innocence in a world where that is increasingly hard to do and growing up through and overcoming adversity … Just with more items you’d expect to find in your closet than your kid’s.

    So …. If you’re looking for a comedy with heart and spirit that also will make sure to talk to your kids about staying out of mommy and/or daddy’s drawers when they’re not at home, Good Boys will likely win your heart with laughs a plenty. If you’d rather not look at your young middle schooler and have to have a conversation on the way home in the car, you might wish to sit this one out or – as some of the parents at the advance screening yours truly attended – leave them at home.

    Just don’t say that no one warned you what you were getting into.