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Cincy Chic's 2020 Greater Cincinnati Women's Health Expo is going virtual! See how you can participate this Saturday from the comfort and safety of home -- plus, how to get in on all the swag and prizes!

Cincy Chic is going virtual for its 2020 Greater Cincinnati Women’s Health Expo.

We’ll be taking you on virtual tours through the Tri-State’s healthiest hotspots and learning from local experts along the way on August 8 from 10am-12pm. Registered attendees will receive a virtual swag bag, healthy recipes, entry for several door prizes, and access to a live women’s health panel with physicians from The Christ Hospital. The event also supports Melanoma Know More, which you can donate to during registration. 

Learn more about the sponsors for this event:

Melanoma Know More: Melanoma Know More strives to reduce the impact of melanoma through awareness, education, support of medical research, and assist those affected.

Queen City Tans: Queen City Tans offers expertly-applied, natural spray tans to keep your summer glow year-round without sacrificing the health of your skin. They also offer other beautification services, such as teeth whitening and a hydrating skin rejuvenation. 

The Christ Hospital Health Network: For more than a century, The Christ Hospital has been dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate care to the Greater Cincinnati region. The Christ Hospital is an extensive network of physicians and healthcare providers, with a new location in Liberty Township, to provide even more outstanding patient experiences with unique facilities and offerings, such as a Family Birthing Center featuring: Spacious, home-like rooms with kitchenettes; Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms; Region’s only Cesarean section viewing rooms; Natural childbirth amenities, including extra-large showers; Breastfeeding support, including lactation store; Special care nursery rooms.

Performance Lexus RiverCenter: Led by one of the only female dealership GMs nationwide, this team at Performance Lexus RiverCenter is located in Covington and works with clients to find the vehicle – new or pre-owned – they want at a price they can afford.

Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate: Ron Erdmann and his team at Guaranteed Rate helps customers with low cost home purchases and refinancing mortgages through great service, fast closings and a streamlined, online experience.

Togather Moments: Togather Moments offers stickers to help spark family conversations around the dinner table.

Pharm CBD: Pharm CBD is a family run business based in Trimble County, KY that has combined strengths in agriculture, pharmacy, chemistry, quality, and engineering to provide superior CBD oil where they control the process from seed to shelf, soil to oil.

Elevate MD: Elevate MD was opened by Dr Franzese to do what’s right by you. Offering women’s health/gynecology, cosmetics, and hormones for men and women, Elevate MD has the most up to date and advanced protocols in the Tri State area.

Rapid Results Cryo: Rhapsody by Fyrh Hanz Wellness Studio offers professional wellness services to help you look and feel your best. All of their health and wellness services are administered by their professional staff, who work to ensure that you get the most out of each session.

Stella & Dot with Alice Lin: Stella & Dot offers jewelry and other women’s accessories — effortless pieces made for your multitasking world. Alice Lin is also passionate about selling the EVER Skincare line, which is touted as transformative skincare and high performance beauty for all.

Hamall Oils and Wellness: Hamall Oils and Wellness offers doTERRA essential oils to help experience the power of essential oils. 

Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon: Mary Kay has a long history of offering beauty and skin care products, but they’re always on the forefront of current demands — from the hottest seasonal colors to eco-friendly packaging and practices. Plus, learn about their nine products now with added sun protection. 

Paparazzi with Bonita Harrison: Paparazzi offers affordable, customizable jewelry — most under $5!

DeGroot Handbags: DeGroot Handbags, are locally-designed but celebrated nationwide as unique statement pieces, with a timeless, modern edge. They are bold, yet sophisticated; unexpected, yet elevated.
“We believe that our customer possesses an ageless attitude and so do our designs – an exceptional design does not have an expiration date and should be considered as relevant in ten years as it is today,” says designer Missy DeGroot. 

Ann Phillips Color Street: Color Street nails are at-home manicure and pedicure sets with pre-painted polish and designs. These 100% nail polish strips provide base, color, and top coat in every strip with the bonus of no drying time!

BeautyCounter with Kate Flaig: Formulate, advocate and educate. That’s the mission at BeautyCounter, a company dedicated to offering the cleanest beauty and skin care products with sustainability top of mind.

Green Bee Ohio: Green Bee is a line of skincare and cosmetics created in Cincinnati, Ohio and proudly made in the USA. Our skincare products are 100% Vegan, formulated without gluten, parabens, or dyes, and always cruelty free. We are proud to donate a portion of every sale to preserving and protecting pollinators and their habitat. Green Bee encourages conscientious living in the Queen City and beyond.

Slate + Vine: Slate + Vine is a women’s clothing boutique featuring trendy, affordable fashions.

Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography: Through cutting-edge thermography technology, they map, measure and monitor breast and body disease-causing inflammation followed by individualized and doctor-recommended next steps, using no radiation or compression.

Stretch Lab Mason: StretchLab is a unique wellness concept, offering customized assisted-stretch sessions.

Spa Melissa Allen: SPA Melissa Allen is a premiere day spa in Cincinnati. Services offered include: facials, relaxing waxing, microdermabrasion, led light rejuvenation, microcurrent and relaxing massage.

Witchy Woman Boutique: Witchy Woman Boutique focuses on unique hand-selected items from bold and edgy to rock and boho chic. Come shop our magical mix of new, handmade, and second-hand finds.

Harbor Hood: Get some quiet, personal space for napping, meditation, or just some time away from it all with these locally-designed quiet neck pillow hoods.

You can watch the virtual event on the Cincy Chic Facebook page. RSVP for the event here.

 

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An Ohio-based event that’s raised $211 million for cancer research is going virtual with a star-studded, custom experience. Read on for more!

Pelotonia is so focused on its mission to end cancer, not even a pandemic can get in its way. This year this world-renowned event that’s raised millions for cancer research is launching a virtual concept to continue engaging supporters and raising funds that get us closer to a cancer-free world.

“Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund innovative cancer research at the OSUCCC James in Columbus, Ohio. Pelotonia is known for its three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism and has raised more than $211 million for cancer research to date,” says Emily Smith, Pelotonia Marketing and Communications Manager. “This year, due to COVID-19, we can’t host our traditional ride weekend, however, we have redefined Pelotonia this year and have created ‘My Pelotonia.’ My Pelotonia has completely removed all barriers to entry and allows each participant to set their own fundraising and activity goals for this year.” 

The My Pelotonia platform allows people to experience their event in a brand new way, despite everything going on with the pandemic, by allowing the participants to personalize their goals. “You can set up to five different activity goals at a time and check them off as you complete them. There are no registration fees, age limitations or fundraising minimums,” Smith says. “Participants also have the chance to earn Pelotoniaswag through different fundraising milestones.”

Along with app participation, there will be a live broadcast hosted by Pelotonia on August 7 at 7pm, called Legends Live! ”This 60 minute broadcast will be packed with stories from legendary community members and special guest appearances and will highlight why cancer research matters more than ever. You can learn more about Legends Live! on Pelotonia.org/RISE.” Smith says. There will be celebrities appearing on the broadcast and they include: Sheryl Crow, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Robert Smith, who will be the host of the event; Ethan Zohn and Kristina M. Johnson, PhD.

The My Pelotonia platform works by users cresting an account or logging in with their same username and password as last year. “All participants are guided through a process to choose a fundraising goal and up to five activity goals. There is no registration fee and no mandatory fundraising minimums,” Smith says. 

There is an option on the My Pelotonia platform to be part of the pivoted event concept this year. It is “a team that fundraises together and can help with training and motivation. Once a My Pelotonia profile is created, you can write a profile story and choose a photo. Participants can then easily share their profile with potential donors through the ‘Share My Profile’ link on their page,” she explains. “A full tutorial on the My Pelotonia platform can be found in our informational video.”

Pelotonia is important for the community because it encourages and challenges the community to take action against cancer and unifies the community. “Over the past 12 years, thousands of participants have gotten to experience the spirit of Pelotonia, whether it’s through the Ride experience, utilizing our PULL app, listening to the stories of those impacted by cancer through different mediums, such as the One Goal podcast, blog posts, our Opening Ceremony experience and social media,” Smith says. “I know that personally, I have made friendships from events that I have participated in for Pelotonia that I may have never had the opportunity to; had it been for this organization. Pelotonia does a wonderful job of engaging the community and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Pelotonia also provides opportunities for education on cancer research and developments due to funding. “Overall, Pelotonia brings the community together around a common cause and allows us all to have an opportunity to help those who are impacted by cancer every day,” she adds.

To learn more, sign up or follow along, visit their websiteFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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A boutique fitness studio in Columbia Tusculum recently launched on-demand workouts and live virtual classes. Keep reading for all the heart-pumping details! 

Knowing the importance of physical activity and social connection, one local fitness boutique is launching on-demand and live virtual classes to keep their community engaged, healthy and happy.

It’s Working Out is a “Boutique fitness studio with TRX, Water Rower and Foam Rolling Classes, personal training and a year round Golf Fitness Program led by Titleist Performance Institute Certified Trainers,” says Kristen McAuliffe, owner of It’s Working Out. 

There are a variety of different classes offered through It’s Working Out and they include: TRX, Stretch and Foam Roll and Golf Fitness. People can experience the fitness classes online, as well as in person. “We have over 40 weekly classes in person at our Columbia Tusculum Studio,” McAuliffe says. “Our members also have access to over 60 On Demand workouts from our website and we have live virtual classes as well, that can be accessed by reserving via our schedule page. A link is sent to join the class one hour before class begins. Zoom is the platform we use.” They have been having the online classes since the studio was forced to close down due to statewide restrictions. 

The inspiration behind starting the online classes came from a desire to keep the community engaged in the midst of quaratine. “We know how important exercise is for health, both physically and mentally, and wanted to make sure we were there for our members when the studio needed to close for 10 weeks,” she says. 

It’s Working Out defines success by whether or not they are working out safely. “Are the participants having fun, while completing safe and effective workout that can be modified for various fitness levels and orthopedic limitations? Are they achieving the goals they set for themselves from coming consistently to the three modalities we offer (strength, cardio, strength) for a complete fitness routine,” McAuliffe says.

To learn more about It’s Working Out, follow along on FacebookInstagram, as well as their website.

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A decade as a wedding planner led one local woman to pursue a new career in mental health. Learn more about her Montgomery-based business and how it can help you live your best life.

You personalize the default settings on your phone and apps, so why not your mind as well? That’s the idea behind Mindsettings, a Montgomery-based life coaching business.

“Mindsettings is the name of the life coaching business. It came from the idea that there are default settings on all electronics we use and we’re very comfortable going in and changing the settings so the device is helpful to us. But sometimes we forget to do that with our thoughts,” says Rachel Schwartzman Murphy, life coach and owner of Mindsettings. “If you don’t actively set-your-mind, life will continue to operate on default settings.”

Starting at the beginning of 2020, Mindsettings has office space in Olde Montgomery, “but I coach most of my clients virtually from all over the country,” she says. 

Rachel Schwartzman Murphy, Founder of Mindsettings

The inspiration behind Mindsettings came from her working as a wedding planner for more than a decade. “I was a full-service wedding planner for over 10 years and while I was working with my wedding clients, I would get very close with them and help them through the inevitable drama that would bubble up from wedding planning. Family tension, relationship conflicts and overall life changes were common conversations alongside choosing cakes and caterers,” Murphy says. “I found myself enjoying helping the families through those dilemmas more than the actual planning, so I started my life coaching certification. So now, not only do I coach on overall life matters and personal development, but I have a specialty program, Wedding Settings, created especially for brides.”

There are a couple services offered through Mindsettings, They include:

• One-On-One Coaching: “I meet clients once per week for an hour, virtually, and we work through whatever my clients are struggling with that is keeping them from living their best life,” she says. “That might mean working through anxiety, strengthening a relationship, making more money or just better self-care.
• Wedding Settings: “This package is designed around the most common stressors I saw brides deal with during wedding planning (family drama, budget, overwhelm, etc.) but often times we talk about beyond the wedding day and how to plan for dream life,” Murphy says. “With this specific program, I still meet weekly for hour-long sessions, but there is a workbook that clients can work through in between sessions and on their own that helps them with decision making, future planning and relationships.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, her services are needed more than ever. “In many ways, COVID had people turning toward life coaching. With all of the uncertainty, rapid changes and fear, people are looking for additional ways to take care of their mental health and mindset,” she explains. “A healthy mindset is an awareness that we have control of our lives! That doesn’t mean that we’re always happy; I believe in an equal mix of positive and negative emotions to fully experience life. But, knowing that we can actually take ownership and direct our emotions and therefore, what our lives look like…this is an amazing mindset.”

Murphy says she hopes to see more businesses like hers in the future. “All communities need more mental health services. People think they need to have a major event or tragedy or diagnosis to seek out mental health support, but it’s just not true,” she explains. “When each of us can take ownership of our own mental state, we can then start taking care of one another at a much higher level.”

To learn more about Mindsettings, follow Murphy on FacebookInstagram and her website

 

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One local company is making meal planning and preparation an easier process. Read on for all the tasty details.

With closures, canceled plans and lots (and lots) of extra time at home, it’s easy to get a little stir crazy. But for Christina Karam Painter, Owner and Personal Chef of Stir Crazy Cuisine, she aims to make meal preparation easy, too. 

Stir Crazy Cuisine is “a personal chef servcie specializing in customized menu planning and cooking weekly meals, as well as dinner parties, and in-home cooking classes,” says Painter. 

The business has been around since 2013 and provides service to the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. “We service anywhere from Mason, Ohio to Florence, Kentucky,” Painter says. “At any given time, I have one to two additional chefs who work with Stir Crazy Cuisine. I value the personal aspect of having a small company.”

The inspiration behind starting the business came from Painter’s passion for cooking that comes naturally to her. “I knew that when I was a sales rep in the plastics industry that I wanted something different,” she says. “I wanted to make people happy with my food and connect on a personal level because food can be a very personal thing. 

The thought process behind the name of the service came from wanting to have a name that everyone can relate to and a fun food pun. “Everyone has been stir crazy at some point and when I cook, I do a lot of stirring! Voila,” she says. 

The services offered through Stir Crazy Cuisine are customized meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, clean up, food storage and labeling,” Painter says. “We also do dinner parties and in-home cooking classes.” The kind of food that she makes is based off of a client’s preference, but she loves making Lebanese food. “I have Lebanese food running through my veins as this is my heritage. However, over the past several years, we have learned to cater to specific dietary restrictions ans even picky eaters. It has been such a fun challenge,” Painter says. “I almost never say “no” to a client, when it comes to a menu item. If people are paying me to cook for them, it should be something they enjoy eating! That being said, I have a lot of clients who come to me wanting to eat healthier.” 

Stir Crazy Cuisine defines success by how satisfied their clients feel. “Obviously, the number clients indicate success, but we see it as going further. Receiving a text or email about how much the client enjoyed the food or how easy we made their week is success in my book,” she says. “It’s why I do what I do. It gives me such a great feeling to know that I can share something I love with people and that they enjoy it!”

The mission of the service is to not compromise. “We believe that people don’t have to compromise when it comes to having a delicious home-cooked meal. Our motto is ‘making eating fun, easy and positively delicious…one meal at a time,’” Painter says. “The chefs I hire have to have strong communication skillsbecause I believe that when people allow us in their home to cook, we need to be respectful and make the experience of having a personal chef as a whole enjoyable. It’s easy to find someone who can cook. It’s more difficult to find someone who will make the client feel understood, connect with them and be professional in their home.”

Stir Crazy Cuisine is unique for two main reasons, Painter says. “We provide customized menu options to each client as opposed to offering a general, limited menu. We truly value the opportunity to cook food for our clients in their homes,” she explains. “We see it as an honor and that we’re even part of their family. We’ve had clients we’ve connected with and some that we’ve never even met before, if we cook while they’re at work. Either way, we’re connected through the meals we cook them. That’s a special thing.”

Painter says her business is important for the community because it helps bring people together. “Dinner parties are a great way to socialize and connect with friends while experiencing a delicious menu. Cooking classes offer a learning experience all while connecting with either the chef or those around you and the weekly meals are ways to make people’s lives more manageable and delicious,” Painter says. “A personal chef service is exactly that personal. I think some people forget just how personal the experience of cooking for someone and eating can be.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Stir Crazy Cuisine, follow them on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

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We chat with the founder of a local pediatric therapy network to learn what sets them apart and how they get results for children with special needs. 

 
Children progress faster through play. That’s the idea behind ABC Pediatric Therapy.  
 
“We work with a range of children — those who just need a little extra help to medically fragile children, all diagnosis or no known diagnoses,” says CEO and founder, Diane L Crecelius, PT. “ I created ABC because I believe our special children are typical children stuck inside bodies that have not yet learned how to work. I believe every child has a voice. We must figure out how to hear it. I believe all our special children can be mobile, and we are challenged to give them wings. I believe every child can be confidently independent. We have to believe enough in them to let them have successes and failures.” 
 
Crecelius says there are four main features that make ABC Pediatric Therapy unique:
 
1. Multidisciplinary approach – all therapists work coherently to accomplish the greatest level of achievement for each child. Whether the child is receiving one discipline or all disciplines, our experience across therapies will promote overall improvements in the gross motor, fine motor, and communication areas. 
 
2. Home programming – therapists assist parents/care-givers in developing successful strategies and exercises that are useful and meaningful in each child’s everyday environment to encourage greater independence and participation in all areas of functioning. 
 
3. Innovative treatment approach – therapists integrate positive components of traditional therapeutic methods with innovative and creative treatment techniques and equipment. 
 
4. Five convenient locations: 
West Chester
7591 Tylers Place Blvd
West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: (513) 755-6600
Fax: (513) 755-3762
 
Red Bank Road
4325 Red Bank Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45227
Phone: (513) 271-2419
Fax: (513) 271-2425
 
Western Hills
2039 Anderson Ferry Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45238
Phone: (513) 922-5437
Fax: (513) 922-1530
 
Miamisburg
3449 Newmark Drive 
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Phone: (937) 281-1286
Fax: (937) 281-1298
 
Beavercreek
3817 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Beavercreek, OH 45431
Phone: (937) 427-9200
Fax: (937) 427-9203
 
For a free interactive screening tool to track and identify areas of improvement early in your child, click here to access ABC Pediatric Therapy’s online checklist: https://checklist.abcpediatrictherapy.com/. To learn more about ABC Pediatric Therapy, visit abcpediatrictherapy.com. 

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The lockdown cannot last for long. Many psychologists and sociologists agree that this was an excellent time for many people to understand themselves better and to harmonize communication with family members.

In fact, this was also the time for people to try something new or to grow professionally within individual spheres through online courses and projects. Statistics claim that the number of people applying for a class on, say, Coursera came up. Those who were not interested in getting theoretical knowledge applied for numerous pieces of training and courses. 

One of the most popular requests was cooking. Newcomers aimed at learning how to make each dish delicious, more experienced ones tried to improve their knowledge.

Dishes from foreign countries and recipes with unusual ingredients became popular as people had more free time to look for some unusual foods like cbd wax on the Internet. Moreover, this has become a kind of entertainment for them, but cheap products were the priority.

In fact, it would have been strange if a person wanted to buy not very cheap cbd wax when the whole world is suffering from crisis, the unemployment rate is springing up, and many companies are getting closed. Also, most of the dishes are made for personal consumption and people try not to overshoot the budget.

What is CBD, and why is it popular?

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of the elements of the cannabis plant. In the plant, it is combined with other active and inactive ingredients, the collective effect of which can be either positive or negative for a human body. CBD is said not to be psychoactive, though its interaction with the brains has not been totally studied yet.

The fact is that CBD does not make a person high, which means it can cause no psychological addiction as THC – the other cannabis element – does. In addition, its relaxing, anti-inflammatory, calming, and pain-relieving properties make it a great tool at struggle with side effects of such serious diseases as cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and more.

Firstly, CBD has gained its popularity after doctors started using it for therapeutic purposes. However, only with the rising popularity of vaping devices, cbd wax – the substance for vaping that includes CBD has become popular. As a result, the Internet reeks with advertisements like ‘cbd wax for sale’ and ‘cbd wax legal’ nowadays.

Cannabis-infused foods are not popular nowadays, but its fame is rapidly growing. In fact, CBD manufacturers have understood the threats of vaping and know that the more people change to a smokeless lifestyle, the fewer they will buy cbd wax. Simultaneously, they know that people seek relaxation tools in this ‘rat race’ life, so CBD-infused food is about to go over big.

3 Top CBD recipes

1. Guacamole

Nowadays, guacamole is one of the most popular dishes worldwide. The reason is that its main component – avocado – is rich in lean fats. Lean fats are essential for proper body metabolism. Besides, the recipe is quite easy, and even inexperienced in cooking, people can prepare this dish. CBD-Infused Guacamole is a new trend for those who are eager to try something new and choose to use CBD in order to relax and get calm. For an average portion, you will need:

 

  • One medium ripe avocados,   

   

  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt

  

  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ small onion
  • One small tomato
  • ½ garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ jalapeno pepper
  • 1 mL of CBD Oil

 Step 1. Prepare the ingredients. Peel, halve and seed an avocado. Dice an onion. Seed and dice a tomato. Mince garlic clove. Chop fresh cilantro leaves and jalapeno pepper.

 Step 2. Mash an avocado in a bowl with a pestle and add the salt, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, cilantro, onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, and lime juice.

 Step 3. Stir everything so that it looks like a smooth paste and top the mixture with CBD oil.  

 Step 4. Stir again.

 Step 5. Cover the bowl with a plate and let it draw for 2 hours at room temperature.

 Note!  Even the best cbd wax for vaping cannot be used instead of CBD oil used for food.

 

2. Banana Cream Pudding Parfait

 

 Banana Cream Pudding Parfait infused with CBD is the sweetest position in our rating, but not less savory as the others. Banana is a universal sweetener. The majority of people are tolerant of bananas. Therefore plenty of dishes include this fruit. Pudding is one of the best desserts that a person can prepare in half an hour. The ingredients include:

 

  • 1/3 cup flour

  

  • ¾ cup of sugar

 

  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 large egg yolks

 

  • 2½ cups milk

  

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. banana extract
  • 3-4 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Banana Flavored CBD Oil

Step 1. Put all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, and salt) into a bowl.

Step 2. Whisk in lightly beaten egg yolks with the milk.

Step 3. Put the bowl on a medium fire and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Heat until the substance starts boiling. Slowly whisk while heating until the substance gets thick and remove from the heat.

Step 4. Whist in banana and vanilla extracts. Add CBD oil as well.

Step 5. Layer banana slices with pudding. Repeat until the serving dishes are full.

Step 6. Cover with wrap and chill for 2-3 hours.

Step 7. In case you want. Decorate pudding with chocolate, heavy cream, wafers, or any other topping.

3. CBD Coconut Water Ice Cubes

Coconut Water Ice Cubes infused with CBD gets the first place because this can be a constituent of so many cocktails and refreshing summer drinks, which is extremely topical today. The second point is that it is the easiest recipe ever. All you need is:

  • pure coconut water of the amount necessary to fill your ice cube tray or trays
  • CBD Oil as desired to dose the ice cubes

Step 1. Add a few drops of CBD oil into coconut water.

Step 2. Shake the container to mix.

Step 3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and put it into the freezer.

To sum up, CBD consumption becomes quite widespread throughout the world. The majority of CBD consumers are those who use cbd wax for vaping devices. Usually, it is one of the ways people find the opportunity to use CBD in their private lives. However, some have heard about CBD because of some illness or even used it as a part of therapeutical treatment.

CBD is effective against some side effects caused by severe illnesses such as epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, and more. Also, some people look for the opportunity to consume CBD after they come back from travels to the countries where CBD is legal. One of the most famous countries with free legal access to CBD is the Netherlands.

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Learn about a woman who pivoted her catering business due to COVID to spread joy and happiness through family comfort foods.

There is a business in Anderson that wants to help people experience joy during the trying times we are in. “Oink! Is a craft service and catering company that was established to meet the food needs of feature filmmakers. That has all changed,” says Pamela Ford, Owner of Oink. The business is located at 1119 Sutton Road, Anderson Township, Ohio 45230. “The catering component and the LLC was established January 2020,” she says. “The craft service side has been in place for over seven years.”

The business name came from prior work experience that Ford has. “When I was the media coordinator for Jack Rouse Associates, I enjoyed all of the creative one verb names of our clients and thought that Oink fit well for a Cincinnati food-based company due to our relationship with pork product processing,” Ford says.

Oink has been offering Daily Meal Pickup throughout this time of COVID 19 pandemic. “Oink started offering family comfort foods for pick up each day. Customers place their orders by 8pm the night prior and can pickup after 4pm the next day. They text when they’re on their way and I set items out on a table in my front yard or in the back of my car in my driveway for a contactless pickup experience,” she says. “Oink has been able to alleviate the stress of shopping and meal preparation for my clients who were concerned about their elderly parents contracting the virus. Instead, they opted for meal pickup Oink! Pickup provides the opportunity for people to get out of their house and have some contact with a friendly face. Oink! offers affordable food for unemployed and employed alike.”

During the pandemic, they have also done so much for the community. Along with their Daily Meal Pickup service, they have “partnered with Sadie Blossoms to offer floral Fridays. $25 mason jar floral arrangements to spread happiness. With the sale of each cookie dozen, we also purchase masks from CriKettCreations out of Brooklyn for anyone who needs them,” Ford says. “Panda foods, a local produce company, delivers produce for us every two weeks, which we offer for cost and one week- a sponsor covered that cost so we offered free produce. In one week, Oink! raised $350 to feed three families in need of food. 

Additionally, an anonymous supporter asked if they had pets and provided pet food for these families as well. Oink! sees a need within the community and responds to that need. It’s a daily call and response and it feels guided by spirit.”

If you want to know more about what Oink does, check out their website and follow what they’re doing on Facebook.

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It’s a new community of custom homes built among a working organic farm. Learn more about Ohio’s first agri-community that’s sprouting up in South Lebanon.

A neighborhood in South Lebanon is offering Ohio’s first agri-community. Aberlin Springs is a family farm that was built in 1996, but started building homes on the property back in 2018. There are 41 homes that have currently been sold or are under construction in the community and that is located in South Lebanon at 71 and Route 48. 

“There is one lot left in phase 2, a decorated model for sale $950,000 and a ranch market home under construction, available in October for $599,000, and opening 38 new lots in phase three this summer,” says Leslie Aberlin, owner of Pendragon Homes. “There is a waiting list for lot holds, which are processing now. 138 homesites total for the community.”

There are a wide variety of services and amenities offered through Aberlin Springs and they include:

• Provides “custom homes from $360,000 to one million+with three different types of products and price points,” she says.
• “Working organic farm with professional farmers and two new hoop houses for year long growing seasons,” Aberlinsays.
• There are “Vegetables, greens, sprouts, mushrooms, egg laying chickens, and a lamb,” she says. “Goats and a donkey, which are farm pets.”
• Farm Market and gathering space
• On-site chef Rebecca Denney cooks meals for homeowners, runs the market and provides prepared food from the farm.
• Fishing Pond
• Herb and medicine garden
• Hiking trails and sidewalks for walking
• Chalet available for homeowners to rent space for events. “Three bedrooms with full bathrooms we rent to guests of homeowners and their friends,” Aberlin says.
• Salt water pool and hot tub
• Playground
• Grill room
• Two community fire pits

Aberlin says the farm environment is what makes Aberlin Springs so special and unique. “It is the amenity for the community and the desire for local chemical free food and connecting with the animals and the peace that is present when we slow down,” Aberlin says. The wanted to create an agricultural community to support farmers. The neighborhood “provides food security and provides a way of maintaining a rural environment, while allowing for developmental growth,” she says. 

Aberlin’s favorite part of Aberlin Springs is the environment around her. She loves “the spectacular views from every homesite overlooking the ravines, our farm to table dinners, monthly happy hour with the neighbors and Rebecca’s cooking classes,” she says.

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Aberlin Springs, check them out on their website and Facebook.

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A new fitness facility in Mason provides a fun, unique and full-body approach to fitness. Keep reading for all the heart-pumping details!

A new fitness studio promises to bring a full-body workout and supportive community like no other to the Mason area this summer. “AKT is a full body workout that combines dance cardio intervals with strength and toning,” says Amanda Davis, owner of AKT Mason. 

While doors are opening this summer, building out The AKT has been in the works for a year. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, their opening was postponed. “We had a lot of events planned with local businesses to help spread brand awareness and introduce the Cincinnati market to AKT. Those were all cancelled. We are now starting those back up as we finish construction,” Davis says.

The inspiration behind The AKT came from the passion that Davis has for fitness. “I grew up a competitive gymnast as a child and have always had a love for fitness and health. I have had a corporate career running a technology sales team and always felt like my true passion was in fitness and health. I took the leap of faith and followed my heart. I really wanted to do something that I felt truly made an impact in the community,” she says. “I believe in overall health from a mental and physical standpoint and feel AKT embodies just that. I have four young children under eight and really wanted them to see that you can follow your dreams if you work hard and believe in what you are working for.” The name of the business came from the Anna Kaiser Technique, who is the celebrity trainer and founder of the AKT concept. 

The AKT will offer four different classes at their facility and they will be: Dance, Bands, Tone and Circuit. If you want to know more about the classes, check out their website. Davis says the success of her business will be defined by the attitude of her team. “Success is having a team that comes to work happy every day and excited to train our amazing clients,” she adds. “Having clients who want to come to our because they are getting the results they want and are having fun doing it. We love when members refer friends to join them!”

Davis’ vision for the business is to see her clients get stronger on the inside, as well as the outside. “My vision for the business is to create a space where people can come in and spend an hour sweating, dancing and getting both mentally and physically stronger with a supportive family-like community. “At AKT, we are all about community. We say, ‘Nothing prepares you for AKT, AKT prepares you for everything,’” she says. “I want every member to walk out of AKT feeling like they can conquer their day.”

Davis says AKT brings people together, no matter what circumstances they are going through and community is a major part of their business. “We want to bring every individual, regardless of your circumstance together for one common goal. To become physically and mentally stronger while having fun doing it,” Davis explains. “We want members to support each other, care about each other and create bonds that will last a lifetime.”

Davis says the workout provides variations that always keep you on your toes. “We are a dance-based workout that combines dance cardio intervals and strength and toning into one fully comprehensive workout,” she says.

Davis’ favorite part of the job is her team. “I love working with my amazing team to provide clients with a space they feel they can come to and feel at home,” she says. “I love meeting clients and hearing their stories. Understanding who they are and really getting to know them on a personal level.”

The AKT will be located at 5675 Deerfield Boulevard in Mason in the Deerfield Shopping Center next to Whole Foods. To keep up with what’s going on with The AKT, check out their website or you can email tem at: aktmason@theakt.com.

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