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Learn about the annual bluegrass concert taking place in September at Sawyer Point that provides local families with greater resources for their children’s health.

Bluegrass for Babies 2015 will be held at Sawyer Point on September
Matt and Anne Schneider, Co-Founders of Bluegrass for Babies Inc., with their two boys.

 

Cincy Chic: What is Bluegrass for Babies?
Anne Schneider, Founder of Bluegrass for Babies: Bluegrass for Babies is a family-friendly bluegrass concert that benefits infant and children’s health in our community. Ticket sales and donations help provide families in Greater Cincinnati with more integrative infant and children’s health resources through organizations including Cradle Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Center for the Prevention of Preterm Birth.

We are passionate about “raising the bar” for infant and children’s health care in our community, and their goals align with our mission of providing families with the knowledge to make the best choices to raise healthy children right from the start, which is why it’s such a great partnership.

Cincy Chic: Who does the concert benefit?
Schneider: The event is a fundraiser, but is also, at its heart, a bluegrass concert with great music. We’re excited to welcome Pennsylvania Band Cabinet as this year’s headliner, and welcome back regional bluegrass acts including Hickory Robot and the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. While parents and their children can enjoy the music out on the lawn at Sawyer Point, there are also plenty of activities for kids including a special performance from Jennifer Ellis.

Cincy Chic: What can guests expect at this year’s benefit?
Schneider: This year’s attendees can expect plenty of great food from Mazunte, Dewey’s, Eli’s BBQ and Green BEAN Delivery. Overall, it’s a great day for the family with outdoor activities and music from talented bands, that also benefits great local organizations.

Cincy Chic: How much does it cost to attend Bluegrass for Babies?
Schneider: Advance tickets for adults at $15 and $20 at the gate. Kids age 12 and under are admitted free. Adult group tickets are $12 in advance, with a Special August Sale through August 31 when group tickets are $10. The Family Package is $100 and includes two adult tickets, a parking pass, two kids t-shirts, VIP perks and website recognition.

Cincy Chic: Where is the benefit concert taking place and where?
Schneider: Bluegrass for Babies is being held Saturday, September 19 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sawyer Point.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to purchase tickets?
Schenider: Visit www.bluegrassforbabies.com.

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Face it. Bad things are bound to happen. Our life coach columnist explains the five ways to become a more resilient person when they do.

Eventually, bad things happen. You’ll lose your job, get passed over for the promotion that you were counting on or botch that humongous deal that was going to change your life.

You will be miserable and think that life is over.

Yes, you will be incredibly disappointed and sad— that’s to be expected. However, your response to this life disappointment will greatly impact what comes next. Your resilience in the face of disaster will determine your success.

The bottom line is that your sense of control in each life event greatly influences the eventual outcome. Do you see life in a reactive mode? Do you feel like things happen to you? Or do you have a strong sense that you can control and manage life in a proactive manner? Do you live your life making things happen? This mind-set makes the difference in your ability to face adversity.

I have developed some questions that might help you take more control in your life and positively change your direction when bad things happen.

Ask Yourself:

1. How does it serve me to stay where I am right now? For example, say you just found out that your boss didn’t take responsibility for a mistake, but instead, blamed it on you. You are angry, hurt, devastated and disappointed. You are wondering why this happened to you and why you are so unlucky. However, how does it serve you to stay in these feelings right now? How will you benefit in any way? Sometimes when we’re hit with bad news, we can get stuck in the feelings, and those feelings can spur us on to make some really bad decisions.

2. What can I control in this situation and what is beyond my control? This is an important question to ask yourself because it gets you out of a victim mentality and into a more positive, proactive frame of mind. You can’t control what just happened, and you certainly can’t make the whole situation disappear. You have no choice but to accept that this has taken place. Now give some thought as to what you can control. You can control what plays out next in the storyline. You can control what action you decide to take next.

3. How can I improve the current situation? Now is the time to brainstorm. I want you to write down all the possible ideas that come to your mind. Don’t leave anything out just because it sounds crazy or not realistic to you. Be creative and write every type of ending you can think of for your storyline. Try not to judge or evaluate these ideas for now— just let your mind run wild and come up with scenarios. For example, remember the previous situation with your boss? You can have a talk with your boss and calmly ask why. Or, you can confront him and demand answers. Or, you can immediately start looking for another job. There are many, many choices you can conjure up in your mind.

4. Now evaluate these choices and number them in order of best ideas. Consider the outcomes for each idea. If you are proactively controlling the situation, you will have a number of action steps that you have created on your list.

5. What have I learned from this experience? Be sure to not skip this step! Is there something that you would like to do differently next time? There is always a lesson that you can glean from every situation. Do some soul searching and be honest.

Becoming truly resilient is a process. The more you practice, the more resilient you become in riding the waves of life.

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Our Editor in Chic shares a letter to her daughter as she reflects on her first birthday, and the second “birth” she wasn’t expecting.

Our Editor in Chic shares what she's learned in the first year of motherhood.
Our Editor in Chic with her daughter, Lola, the first day after family went home.

One year. Tomorrow marks one year since your beautiful, happy, bright light entered this world.

I remember this day last year. It was filled with so much worry and so many unknowns. Would you be healthy? Would I be a good mom? Would I be able to balance everything ok?

You were fashionably late, so we enjoyed the convenience of a scheduled induction, which was nice (thanks!). The family didn’t have to rush into town. They got there the night before, we had a nice dinner together, and then got up super early to head to the hospital.

Although that part wasn’t stressful and I had our family surrounding me, I was absolutely terrified of labor. Especially when being induced — it wasn’t my body’s natural timing to have you, science was getting involved. Was that ok?

Oh, and the labor pains you always hear about. “The worst pain you’ll ever feel.” Would I be ok?

I just kept thinking, get through the birth and things will get back to normal. At least, that’s what I thought.

But eventually, after your daddy and I headed home with you from the hospital, and our family all went their separate ways, there we were. Alone. Brand new parents. Brand new baby. Brand new life. Brand new normal.

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Everything all the sudden seemed new, different, and foreign. I was re-learning my life, my work-from-home-mom schedule, my breast-feeding body, my everything as I knew it.

From that point forward, you became my number one priority. This was very different for someone who quite frequently put myself first. I remember feeling guilty the first time I took a long shower. The first time I exercised. The first day I went back to work. It was like I was borrowing myself from you.

Over the past year, I’ve watched you become more independent. With every step, sippy cup, and word-like sound — you need me a little less and you’re becoming your own little person. Yes, your increasing independence means I need to “borrow” myself from you a little less each day. But now, it feels less like borrowing and more like I’m becoming someone new.

I think back to the person I was 365 days ago, and it’s a very different person from who I am today. Because I didn’t just give birth to you. Over the past year, I also gave birth to the new me: the mother. I learned how to push out that selfishness to make way for great sacrifice. Great love. A love deeper and more whole than I’ve ever known.

So, when we blow out the candles at your first birthday party this weekend, and you dive into your cake face first, I’ll also celebrate the mom I became a year ago. Because I’m raising her, just as I am raising you.

It’s not perfect. There is no manual. We’re both still a little wobbly. We’ve each taken a few tumbles. But even so, I’m proud that we always get back up and keep taking more steps toward the exciting new people we’re becoming.

Happy birthday, baby girl. (You too, mom)

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Our business guru tackles the topic of networking. Read on for his tips on how to make the right connections, find your core, and organize the rest.

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When asked about the greatest challenges faced by female business owners, Carolyn Leonard, CEO of DyMynd, told Business News Daily, “One of the biggest challenges for a female entrepreneur is not understanding how important it is to have networks and trusted advisors.” Networking is vital to any form of career success, and it’s especially important when you have your own business. By following through on introductions and referrals and being open to new meetings, you will always gain new knowledge and possibly gain new connections that will help you grow your business. Expanding your current network can happen organically, but it’s important to take steps to meet people who can help you out.

At a high level, there are many resources to help small businesses get off the ground, from government associations to trade groups to academic institutions, and it’s the people you’ll meet through these organizations that will make all the difference. Dr. Deborah Osgood, president and CEO of Knowledge Institute for Small Business Development (KISBD), recently put together a list of groups that can help you establish new connections and obtain assistance and information. As an expert in small business development, Dr. Osgood has contributed to many small business success stories. She recognizes that there are bumps in the road for any business and advises “don’t try to do it alone.”

There are many national and local organizations that focus on providing resources and information to help women-owned businesses, in particular. For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration offers resources and advice on finding a mentor for women who are starting a business. But what if you find that there isn’t a group that suits a specific need or niche, or there’s something lacking in the network you’ve established? While it is a lot of work to start your own networking group, it can be accomplished with passion and focus. The fact that you recognize the need for a new kind of organization means you’ve done the informal research to get one started, and it’s likely you’ve found other women in the same boat.

As you speak with more people in your business circles, start thinking about who can help and how they can contribute. One fellow business owner may have a space where she can host group events, while others may be the perfect speakers on topics like taxes or small business loans. You’ll find that when you ask for help, your fellow business owners will be willing to pitch in to connect with other entrepreneurs and share the lessons they’ve learned. It’s certain that your new network will grow as others join you to expand their connections and share information that can be difficult to get otherwise.

Frederique Irwin had that realization and established Her Corner to expand “access to other motivated and ambitious women business owners.” By establishing a resource to organize events, share information, and facilitate locally-organized group meetings, Frederique has brought together like-minded female business owners to collaborate and expand their businesses. Building new communities isn’t easy, but her advice to find experienced partners, build a core group, and keep your focus on your members will help you make new connections for yourself and for the rest of your business community. With dedication and connections to the right people, you can build a core team that will establish a wider network and help you and your business grow.

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    Learn about a local lady who isn’t just an interior designer - she’s a redesigner. As in, she rearranges, repurposes and reuses the furnishings and decor you already own to make your space look and feel like a million bucks without having to spend it. Read on to learn more about her redesign business, design education courses, and Glendale-based boutique with lots of fab finds for your home and wardrobe.

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    Agricola Redesign takes what you already own and gives new life to your home.

    Diane Agricola is Cincinnati’s design guru. She’s the owner of Agricola Redesign and is a certified master trainer for the Association of Design Education (ADE) and the Decorating and Staging Academy (DSA). Additionally, Agricola is an active member of the American Society of Interior Design and the Real Estate and Staging Association.

    For the last 15 years, Agricola and her team at Agricola Redesign have been providing clients at their full-service design firm. Today, she specializes in design, redesign, staging, color and design training.

    “[We’ve] been breathing new life into homes and offices while serving residential and commercial clients in the Greater Cincinnati area,” explains Agricola. “Agricola Redesign’s unique design process creates highly functional spaces in a way that is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.’

    When you join forces with Agricola and her award-winning team—comprised of Agricola, Ramona LaChapelle, Amy Euller and Sherri Margraf— they carefully listen to not only what you need, but take your wants into consideration as well in order to tailor a design that incorporates your existing furniture and accessories to give you a space that’s HGTV-worthy.

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    The Agricola Redesign Team: (L-R) Ramona LaChapelle, Diane Agricola, Amy Euller and Sherri Margraf

    “If you’re looking to create the home of your dreams or a welcoming and productive workplace, we have the resources available to fit your needs,” she says. The goal for Agricola and Agricola Redesign, she says, is to discover the home you’ve always wanted inside the home you already have.

    Agricola does what she can to ensure that her clients are satisfied with the redesign of their homes or offices. To read about how happy her customers are, click here.

    In addition to her design studio, Agricola Redesign’s Agricola Redesign Training Specialist (ARTS) training offers two unique design classes at the Glendale training facility. Agricola says the three-day course gives students time inside the redesign firm to work with other students. “This course provides students with the opportunity to work in the homes of actual clients with me,” Agricola explains. “Our class size is limited to an exclusive group of four adults for each session.”

    Following the completion of the three-day course, students walk away with knowledge and inspiration for their future design projects. For those who want to go a little more in-depth in their training, there’s a five-day training program to provide fundamental knowledge regarding the process and principles of interior redesign and home staging.

    The knowledge is gained through a combination of classroom sessions, hands-on application, visual aids and student interaction, says Agricola. “The ultimate goal is to enable you to establish your own redesign and staging company,” she adds.

    Just like the three-day program, the five-day course is also limited to an exclusive group of four adults for each session.

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    Diane Agricola, ASID, RESA, IDS, ADE

    Both of the programs taught by Agricola include not only the lessons learned, but one-year memberships to the DSA and ADE as well as continued mentoring with Agricola herself.

    As if it didn’t seem like Agricola was busy enough, she runs A Village Gift Shop at the Century House. Agricola says Century House allows her to bring a fresh design eye to the exclusive products sold at the store.

    Featured brands at A Village Gift Shop at the Century House include local and national names such as Alex and Ani, Chart Metal Works, Cloister Honey, Ella B, Fashionable, Hobo, La Crema Coffee, Maruca Design, Pomegranate Moon, Rookwood Pottery and Swan Creek Candles.

    To learn more about Agricola and her business Agricola Redesign, as well as the ARTS training classes, visit www.agricolaredesign.com. You can also call the store at 513-771-3927.

    Agricola Redesign is located at 3 Village Square in Historic Glendale. Additionally, Agricola owns another store, A Village Gift Shop at the Century House, also in Glendale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch Agricola as she goes between appointments with clients.

    To learn more about A Village Gift Shop, visit http://avillagegift.com. For design tips from Agricola, check out her past articles on Cincy Chic by clicking here.

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    A local catering service is making waves at events large and small, corporate and residential, casual and refined. Read on for all the delicious details!

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    Current Catering by Bensons
    . It might be a new name on the local catering scene, but they certainly aren’t beginners.

    Bensons Catering was founded by the Bernstein Family in 1981. Over the decades, Bensons was selected to cater in some of Tri-State’s most prestigious homes and venues, such as the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Music Hall, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and The Western & Southern Open.

    But after three generations in the business, it was time for Benson’s Catering to get current — quite literally. “Current Catering by Bensons is a new and updated version of Benson’s Catering,” says Current Catering owner Terri Bernstein. “The third generation of the Bernstein family has now taken over the daily operations.”122214SOCIAL

    While Benson’s Catering saw much success, Bernstein says that they wanted to take those 33 years of experience and incorporate the fresh, new ideas of today. According to Bernstein, the business plan for Current Catering by Bensons was finalized in March 2014 and implementation of that plan got off the ground in October 2014.

    From corporate dinners and business boxed lunches to weddings and galas, or even family picnics and household holiday parties, this full-service catering business offers services to a variety of customers. “We do many small house parties all the way up to the Great American Insurance Christmas Party every year for 7,000 people,” says Bernstein, adding that they’re always looking to expand. “We have a whole team out and about looking for new ideas and business.”

    According to Bernstein, the team at Current Catering by Bensons will design a menu to fit nearly any taste, occasion or price point. Breakfast starts at $8 per plate, lunch starts at $10 per plate and a dinner menu is created starting at $14.95 per plate. And if you want to pair with your food with beverage service, Current Catering by Bensons also holds a Kentucky catering liquor license!

    Each year, Bernstein says Current Catering by Bensons, as well as their other family owned business BB Riverboats, always gives back to the community that supports them. In fact, she adds, when they consider the donations they provide, they’re giving tens of thousands of dollars to many local organizations.

    To learn more about Current Catering by Bensons, visit www.current-catering.com or send an email to info@current-catering.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

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    Want to get into shape, but don’t want to join a gym? Learn about a local expert who began as a mom with back pain, and now helps others lose weight, build strength, and feel great again through individualized instruction.

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    Put down your grocery list and exit out of those e-mails. Head on over to Reform Your Core where Jessica Heizman, owner and instructor, gives women the opportunity to clear their mind by focusing solely on what they’re doing at the moment.

    “At least 90 percent of my clients at this point are women, many of whom are either working inside or outside the home,” says Heizman. “Many times making an appointment to take the small class or private session with me is literally the only time they have to themselves that day. It’s a wonderful workout, but it’s also mind body work.”

    Heizman’s personal journey with pilates started nearly 15 years ago when she was a news reporter working with not great form and having a lot of back pain from wearing high heels. It wasn’t until her physical therapist recommended pilates that she began taking classes where she was living. Upon moving to Cincinnati, Heizman decided to get certified to teach with the equipment and with mats.

    “After I had my second child about five years ago and left the news, I started teaching pilates full-time,” says Heizman. “Then I opened my own studio four years ago in January. It started as just a little home business with clients coming to see me at my home—and it’s grown from there.”

    “Today, my business is focused on equipment pilates small group sessions,” Heizman continues. “I’m currently expanding and adding pilates chairs, arcs and other pieces of equipment that can supplement what the reformer can do in a small group setting. A lot of people that can’t do pilates mat classes find that they’re able to do equipment classes. I can accommodate different physical issues whether that be back, head or shoulder problems.”

    The price point usually ranges anywhere from $20-$30 a class depending on how often you come and the size of the package you buy. “The reason my classes tend to be a little more expensive is that I only allow three clients at a time right now, which is much smaller than most group fitness classes,” says Heizman. “You get a lot of individual attention and everyone has their own set of equipment.”

    “Many of my clients are people who have done a lot of physical activities throughout their lives and for some reason they have an injury that they’re working through or they’re trying to get their body backs after just having a baby—so they feel it’s worth the little bit of extra costs to get the individual attention,” Heizman continues. “They want to know what they’re doing and that they’re doing it right.”

    What truly makes Reform Your Core unique is their skilled instructors. “A lot of places will just plunk in instructors on the fly—but I don’t feel comfortable having somebody teach for me that I don’t know has a lot of experience,” says Heizman. “We’re very hands on with the clients we have and 90 percent of the classes we have are taught by myself and one other instructor.”

    On the very near horizon for Reform Your Core is moving to a larger space, which Heizman is very excited about. “It’s a beautiful loft space in West Chester on the corner of Cincinnati Dayton Rd. and West Chester Rd.—a building rehabbed by Sozo HAIR that has a lot of character and feels very urban,” she says. “We’re growing by leaps and bounds, so it’s hard to say where we’re going to be in five years.”

    To learn more about Reform Your Core, visit www.reformyourcore.com or call (513) 831-2600.

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    Learn about the upcoming event where you can either donate $8 or 8” to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a wig-making program helping those in need.

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    Pantene Beautiful Length’s 8or8 event on August 3 will help create free real-hair wigs for women with cancer.

    8or8. That’s the new theme of this year’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. It’s easy – just donate either $8 or 8” of your hair for the event coming up on Monday, August 3. The hair and monetary donations will be used to help create free real-hair wigs for women with cancer.

    According to Roth Brauntz, communications manager for the Procter & Gamble brand, there are other new developments this year, too. For example, a non-profit fund has been created in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in which 100% of monetary donations are used for wig-making.

    Another development this year, according to Brauntz, local Girl Scouts can now earn a Pantene Beautiful Lengths badge. “Girl Scouts of Western Ohio just announced a new partnership with Pantene Beautiful Lengths to educate girls about hair, cancer, and community action,” Brauntz says. “The goal of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Girl Scout Patch program is to teach girls about healthy hair, inspire them to take action in their community, and show how much a generous and selfless act, such as a hair donation, can mean to a person in need.” You can learn more about the new Badge here.

    Today, Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene® and the American Cancer Society®, the largest nonprofit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease.

    The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and to provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 34,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country. To learn more about the wigs available in your area, please call the American Cancer Society’s Wig Bank Line at 1-877-227-1596.

    This year’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths 4th Annual Hair Donation Event will take place Monday, August 3rd, from 1-4pm at the Procter & Gamble Tower Gardens, located at 2 Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For the event, you can choose to donate $8 or 8” (use the hashtag #8or8 when posting on social media). After the ceremonial cut, hair donors will be treated to finished cuts and styling by local hair professionals. Fill out this form to apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PBL_2015

    For more information on Pantene Beautiful Lengths, visit: www.Pantene.com/beautifullengths.

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    The Milford Street Eats Food Truck Rally is back for their third annual food truck and entertainment festival. Find out what they’re serving up new this year.

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    Sampling gourmet foods from unique food trucks is a growing trend here in the Tri-State area and Milford knows how to impress their community.

    Recognized in 2014 as the third largest food truck event in the state of Ohio and featured on Channel 9’s “The List,” the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the return of Milford Street Eats.

    “The ever-increasing popularity of food truck festivals with their eclectic variety of culinary treats draws increasing numbers of visitors from around the Tri-State,” explains the Chamber of Commerce. “Food truck fans, as well as those new to the food truck craze, have a chance to enjoy their favorite cuisine or sample new, sweet, and savory creations.”

    The Milford Street Eats Food Truck Rally and Music Festival started in 2013. Chris Hamm, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce, states, “Each year we have been able to make it a bigger and better event.”

    As the third annual rally and festival, attendees can expect this event to have more food and entertainment than previous years. There will be 20 of the area’s most popular food trucks at this year’s event. Instead of having a more typical food fair with vendors set up in booths, the city of Milford takes pride in hosting a one-of-a-kind event for foodies.

    “Food trucks have grown and changed over the past 5-7 years in Southwest Ohio,” Hamm says. “They have focused on fresher ingredients, more unique flavors, and a lot of passion. We felt that the ‘food on wheels’ concept was unique and allowed us to bring many of these [trucks] to one place for many to enjoy for a one-day event.”

    Each of the 20 food trucks is exactly as Hamm says: unique. They all offer a broad range of variety in terms of types of foods, styles, and flavors—and, ultimately, allow each truck to have a successful day as people support local businesses. No two trucks will be the same. Although most trucks will not have free sampling and haven’t in the past, that hasn’t stopped people from making their way to the Street Eats.

    “Last year, we had about 7,000 [attendees] throughout the day. Depending on weather, we expect even more this year,” Hamm says. As far as expected pricing goes, he continues, “We have established a price point of around $5 for most items that will allow people to sample many different items from the different trucks.”

    In addition to the food trucks, local craft breweries will also be at the Milford Street Eats Food Truck Rally.

    “This year we will have our largest beer lineup to date,” Hamm mentions. Mt. Carmel Brewing Company, MadTree Brewing, Old Firehouse Brewery, and Budweiser of Cincinnati will all have a wide selection available for every beer lover out there. This event will be incredibly fun for not only adults, but for children as well. The Street Eats and Music Festival is a no admission charge, kid-friendly event.

    “We are fortunate to have the characters from Picture Party Place back again this year. This is a group of [fairytale/storybook] characters that all kids will know and enjoy,” Hamm states. The actors will be around for meet-and-greets after their performance at 4:30pm.

    Fit4Kidz Gymnastics will also have performers at both 4pm and 6:30pm in front of the main stage. Music will be playing all day from a line-up of local bands, and as Hamm proudly claims, “[It will be] great music, indeed.”

    Quest Band performs from 3:15-4pm, The Fathead Davis Band goes on from 5-6:30pm, and the headliner, The Flipcup Allstars, will finish round out the music from 7-10pm. When asked what makes this event so enjoyable for him, as well as the rest of the Board of Directors, Hamm states, ”The ability to bring so many passionate foodies to one location each year and provide an atmosphere of fun and excitement.”

    The Milford Street Eats Food Truck Rally and Musical Festival will be held on Saturday, August 1, from 3-10 p.m. at 701 Chamber Drive in Milford. Rain or shine, this event will be sure to impress foodies, beer and music lovers, and families alike. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, Lykins Energy Solution, for helping make this rally a reality.

    To learn more, visit their website and like their Facebook page.

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    When Erin Flynn’s life after college didn’t go as planned, she had to find her own path. Now she helps other college graduates discover theirs.

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    Erin Flynn, Founder of Post Grad Co.

    Erin Flynn, founder of Post Grad Co., does not consider herself a life coach or an expert, but she does know about life in the real world. Like many young people, her post graduation story didn’t go quite as she planned and she abruptly learned that she would have to make her own path to follow. She also discovered that she wasn’t alone; many successful people had bumpy paths to success.

    With that in mind, she founded Post Grad Co. as a sort of class for those who have already graduated college to figure out whether the path they are taking is the right one for them and to learn how to define their own lives.

    “Post Grad Co. is a little corner of the inter webs that inspires women who are looking to design their own path, while simultaneously confirming and encouraging the many doubts, first hand lessons, and experiences that we all have along the way,” Flynn explains. “By creating this space, I hope to hear from fellow post grads, helping them to seek purpose, meaning, and overall happiness. It’s all about “not following the way things have always been done, and instead, celebrating your own journey towards personal happiness.”

    Post Grad Co. encourages others with a class-like curriculum, with “lessons” in subjects such as path, career, and style, reminding readers that the people they compare themselves to are also looking for their own paths and that one can find one’s own path in life at any time. Flynn also gives out weekly assignments, such as figuring out priorities and eliminating distractions, via e-mail to help readers focus on their goals.

    The inspiration to create a company devoted to helping others find their path was Flynn’s own search for her path in life and her realization.

    “I learned early and abruptly that one, I wouldn’t be getting my dream job by climbing a corporate ladder and two, a path worth taking wouldn’t be one that resembled the smooth black pavement left by the summer construction workers,” Flynn says. “It was important to me to create a sense of community and a space where I could share past experiences and stories that others could relate to. The goal is for readers to feel welcome and inspired on their own unique journey, with the encouragement and support of others! By openly discussing my own experiences, I’ll hopefully be encouraging and helping others to grow and learn in a positive way.”

    To learn more, visit postgradco.com and sign up for weekly assignments.

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