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Many older people whether never married, divorced, or have lost their spouse are finding it complicated trying to meet other people. Providing a few tips will help you to stay away from mistakes and get the results you are looking for. You will discover that dating online for seniors can be a pleasant experience.

Many older single men are going online using dating apps and sites to meet older women. This older generation has become very familiar and more comfortable with dating apps which, as of late, have dramatically risen in popularity. A lot of the increase in popularity was brought on by social distancing that was in place for quite some time. In turn, this led to more people being more comfortable using apps to meet people.

There really is little to no reason why you shouldn’t give these apps a try. Just give it a shot with a clear mind and enjoy the experience. 

We have listed a few tips to help you out and make the most of your dating experience.

When you know the kind of relationship you are looking for, it will be so much easier to match up with singles who have the same goals as your own.

Maybe you want to date casually or are looking for a partner. There are so many seniors available for you to get in touch with. Once you know what you want in a relationship, you will avoid misunderstandings and save a lot of time. You will be able to focus on people who share your own goals. For example, if you’re not looking for something serious, you can try to browse sugar baby profiles on specialized online dating sites, and get a chance to build relationships you’ll like and enjoy.

If dating online is a new concept to you, please be sure to take safety precautions. One example is your online profile. Some people provide far too much information about themselves in their profiles. This can be dangerous. Never give out your home or work address or your phone number in your profile. Never use photos that a complete stranger can figure out where you are located. Do not post photos of your kids or grandchildren. These photos should not be accessible to strangers.

Also, during personal interaction with online singles, avoid offering this information through instant messages and emails. Be aware of warning signs like people asking you to visit them or asking you for money. Keep in mind, that there are people on dating sites who are not what they seem to be. Always exercise caution in all interactions

Another important point – always stay safe when you find someone you would like to meet in person. Make sure you meet in broad daylight and choose a location where many people will be around. Keep your cell phone with you in case of an emergency.

When you are on a dating site, you will have the chance to meet a lot of singles. If you take the first step, you will increase your chances of meeting singles you will really like. You will find singles in your preferred age group who have the same interests as you. 

When browsing profiles, learn all you can about them before you make contact. You will discover their hobbies, their likes, and dislikes, how much you have in common and so much more.

If you see someone you would like to contact, send a message and introduce yourself. Don’t get discouraged, some people get a lot of messages and it might take a bit to get back to you.

For many seniors, it’s much easier to meet people online than in their community. Possibly many seniors in your location are married, have different interests from your own, or have experienced unpleasant encounters. Joining a dating site is your best avenue to meet like-minded people. You can get to know them before you ever meet and decide if it seems like a good match. The bottom line, no matter what your age is, you will have a good time!

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Spread a little bit of positivity everywhere you go with these affirmation stickers!

Cincy Chic: What is Tangibles?
Diana Yates, Owner & Founder of Tangibles: Tangibles is an online gift shop that creates positive affirmations for everyday spaces, so you never feel discouraged again. We also partner with coaches, youth empowerment groups, and other like-minded organizations to create custom affirmations for their clients and communities.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Yates: The idea for tangibles came from a personal story. Through a battle with eating disorders years ago, I would stick post-it notes with hand-written encouraging notes in my most triggering spaces – mirrors, refrigerators, cabinets, etc. These simple affirmation notes, like ‘you are loved’ and ‘you are enough’ helped to give me pause before my once-systematic binge. These messages gave me encouragement, even subliminally, and helped me check in with myself. These simple but powerful words were a turning point in my recovery journey. 

And then it hit me one morning around 4:30am a year later. If a tangible message of love and encouragement – that I could see every day – helped me, could it help others? And that’s what we’ve set out to do with tangibles.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Yates: Tangibles is proud to be a woman-owned and operated business run by me, Diana Yates.

Cincy Chic: What will readers find when they shop online?
Yates: When visiting our online shop, you’ll find multiple ‘kits’ of affirmation vinyl stickers, which is our main tangibles product. Each kit includes 3-5 stickers, each with their own simple affirmation, and all flow together under one theme. For example, our best-selling (and first-ever!) tangibles kit titled ‘you are loved’ includes five stickers with the messages ‘you are loved,’ ‘you are radiant,’  ‘you are strong,’ ‘you are brave,’ and ‘you are enough.’ You’ll see affirmations that we’ve tagged great for women, great for kids, social justice-themed, and more, to help you find the perfect gift.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about your custom orders and how they work!
Yates: We would love to work with you to create custom affirmation stickers! Some of our favorite collaborations are with coaches, community-driven companies, inspirational events, fitness + wellness businesses, recovery groups, and youth empowerment organizations. Custom tangibles also make great party favors and swag bag add-ons. Once we receive an inquiry, we’ll set aside time to learn more about your vision for these, and then dive into creation mode to come up with your simple, powerful affirmations. Custom colors, fonts, graphics, and even packaging for the stickers are all possible as well.

Cincy Chic: What do you hope to accomplish through Tangibles?
Yates: Through Tangibles, we want to encourage more people on an individual level, with simple but powerful words they need to hear right now. We want to be the first gift you think of for a friend, family member, child, or colleague who’s going through a tough time or a big life change and needs some consistent encouragement.

We want to be a fun and meaningful way that coaches reach their clients, organizations empower their teams, and teachers inspire their students.

Cincy Chic: What makes Tangibles unique?
Yates: While there are other affirmation stickers and products out there, tangibles is unique because our products are simple, versatile, and customizable. To dig a little deeper, our products are created to be simple in both words and design, so you don’t miss the message. Second, tangibles work great in so many spaces, so they’re even more useful for our customers – or your gift recipient. And finally, you have the opportunity to create your own affirmations with us, whether you’re a coach, team leader, teacher, or just looking to send unique affirmations to your inner circle!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Yates: Yes, yes! We’re currently developing new products – beyond our vinyl stickers – that embrace the tangibles mission. We’re also working on new partnerships with local businesses so you can find tangibles in more of your favorite places! And, we’ll be launching a fun giveaway in May, so be on the lookout for that, too.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Yates: Head to or follow along on Instagram


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Our business and life coach shares how being both a doer and a learner empowers you to accomplish more.  

Are you the type of person who is a jump all in and hopes you can figure it out along the way? Or are you someone that needs to be provided an in-depth explanation and information about the process before doing the work? Maybe you’re a little of both.

For me, I’m constantly learning new things, and honestly, I get so overwhelmed I don’t know what to do first, so I jump, hoping I will figure it out.

I especially like the hands-on training; however, after the presentation, being left on your own to implement can often lead to not following through or completing the task.

Sound familiar? You are not alone!

Here’s a couple of ways to effectively use content to take you to the next level:

Listen first, then take notes – Often, when you are learning something, you feel the need to take notes. That is what becomes your focus, often missing out on hearing the process. The key is to listen for understanding and visualizing the instruction in your mind’s eye as a learner. Taking notes is a disconnect from that vision. Try dropping the pen and listen to learn, then write notes 

later. And if that doesn’t seem possible, ask permission to audio record the instruction to reference later. 

Be an Action Taker – Following anything you’ve learned, be sure to repeat it right away so you can see how the pieces fall together – the “doers” mindset! The delay in taking action will only allow you to forget key points and steps for doing the task.  By taking action, you see the results and understand the process, which encourages you to keep taking action. 

Once you begin to see how learning and doing is one of the same, you will soon discover how quickly you will want to learn more. You feel empowered and can accomplish more. Learning is vital when leveling up. You don’t know what you don’t know, so go out there and learn. Embrace the journey and watch all the opportunities that show up for you to expand your knowledge and power so you can live your best life!

Here’s to creating the life you deserve!


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Learn about an urban flower-florist located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine.

Christina Matthews, Founder of The Flower Lady

Looking for some beautiful blooms to celebrate the warmer months approaching?

Christina Matthews, owner of The Flower Lady OTR has a passion for all things floral. She grows her own beautiful flowers and uses them in her designs straight from the garden to the vase. 

Matthews’ inspiration for her company came from her former career with Paul Mitchells Schools. 

They had a “culture that encourages employees to do more for their community by giving back.” 

From here Matthews and a close friend were able to secure $10,000 worth of garden funding from the CEO of Paul Mitchells Systems, John Paul DeJoria, Grow Appalachia program for the OTR People’s Garden. 

After years of learning how to grow flowers, food, and her own business she resigned from her job and decided to pursue creating The Flower Lady full time. 

She had “hopes of making a positive impact for our planet and community while also earning a honest living that is in tune with nature and my personal beliefs.” 

The Flower Lady has grown into an amazing company, and grows different flowers based on the season:

  • Spring: Tulips, ranunculus, anemones and mint
  • Summer: Zinnias, dahlia, snapdragons, strawflowers, gomphrena, basil, eucalyptus
  • Fall: Sunflowers, dahlia, celosia, amaranth, basil, eucalyptus 

“My most popular arrangement is my newspaper wrapped bouquets during flower season and in the fall and winter it would be my hand-made wreaths,” she says. “Right now, I make eucalyptus and lavender wreaths.” 

The Flower Lady has a strong dedication to give back to the community and has volunteered with Wesley Chapel Mission Center, in OTR that offers different educational programs for the youth living close to the community garden. 

We have developed a garden club called “Grow Your Business” where I teach all about flower farming, we taste the fresh food our community garden grows, and we learn how to make money by designing flower arrangements and making boutonnieres.” 

She is a huge animal lover and even creates floral collars for some of the dogs and cats that are looking for forever homes at the Animal Adoption Foundation. 

The Flower Lady has much on the horizon for her flower business. 

I recently won a grant from the Made for More small business fund created by Newell Brands, the maker of Ball home canning products. I plan to use the money to expand my urban flower business! This fall became involved with the City of Cincinnati’s Urban Agricultural program, and just acquired a 1/3 of an acre lot to grow more flowers for the city I love so much” 

To learn more or place an order visit her website. For daily updates from her garden follow her on Instagram or Facebook

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We're celebrating moms everywhere! Click to hear from our newest columnist and her perspective on Mother's Day!

This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 9th and after the tumultuous and chaotic past year we’ve had, a day to celebrate and love the ones we cherish the most is something I think many of us are looking forward to! Many would find it interesting to know that the history of Mother’s Day wasn’t even founded by a mother. A woman named Anna Jarvis crusaded for a day to honor all Mom’s after the passing of her own. It wasn’t until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that Mother’s Day would be an official holiday every second Sunday in the month of May. 

For many women young and old alike, this day is a representation of beautiful bouquets of flowers, heartfelt greeting cards and bodacious brunches filled with hugs and lots of laughter. However for some, this second Sunday in May isn’t a festive day. In fact, for many women it’s a day they tread and avoid like a plague. You may ask yourself, “Why would someone not like a day that celebrates their own mother?” Well, the simple, yet very complex answer to that is this day doesn’t always hold the same happiness for the masses. 

Women whose mothers may be deceased, those who have experienced miscarriages or the loss of a child or those who cannot conceive, this annual day can be a reminder of what was lost and is missed the most. A study in 2017 interviewed women who shared their own personal experiences and how Mother’s Day can be both emotionally and psychologically difficult, especially for young girls and women who are estranged from their own mothers. 

Each year, social media timelines are flooded with Happy Mother’s Day hashtags and selfies with women most revered, but what happens when that isn’t a reality for you? Just like a child who doesn’t feel like they fit in, it can be an isolating feeling when you don’t have the same experience with your mother as others do. It can feel like a yearly wound that is being reopened and hard to heal back up. 

So, what does this all mean? Well, it means that as women we have to be cognizant and remain compassionate for those who do not have a mother to celebrate or who may be grieving that they aren’t a mother. It’s simple to give a Happy Mother’s Day shout-out in passing, but it’s important to remember that simple and gracious phrase doesn’t hold the same weight for everyone. It’s important that we celebrate the single, without children, widowed and motherless women as they are the ones who need it the most. 

Reminisce and reach out to those women in your life who’ve been a mother figure to you. How have those women filled the void of “Mom?” What knowledge did these women bestow on you? How has their presence in your life affected you? Ask yourself these questions and pay homage to ALL women that matter to you this year. The gift of birth isn’t the only thing that qualifies you as a Mom. If you’ve ever given life and love through advice, mentored youth, prepared a meal for a sick friend or been there for someone in their darkest hour – you my dear are a MOTHER and we celebrate the love and light that is you.

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On reaching a state of relief.

My version of running is a slow, steady pace, for 2-5 miles. When I start running, the first 10 minutes tends to be the hardest. It is hard because I am shifting my body and lungs into a new state – from slower and passive to active and aggressive. I am pushing all my physical elements to go. There is resistance. My lungs must adjust. My legs need to warm up. My torso and arms are adjusting to the jarring pace as my feet steadily hit the concrete and propel me forward. It is never my favorite part, but always necessary: the least comfortable part of the process. 

That is why, within the first few minutes of my run, I head for the largest hill in my neighborhood. It is about a quarter mile from my house, and about a half mile long. Once I arrive, I run downhill first. Thankfully is the natural order in this process – you have no choice but to start at the top because it is a cul-de-sac. Therefore, it becomes strategic because when I run downhill, it gives my body a little break while it adjusts to the pace. Gravity propels me forward. It prepares me and closes out the warm-up. It is a small victory that provides momentum for the hard part. 

When I get to the bottom of the hill, I always turn around, pause and look up and assess. I pay attention to the cars parked on the side of the street. These objects turn into tickers of progress. I look at the sidewalk – are there any obstructions, like garbage cans or people chatting in the middle of them? I need clearance because I do not want to stop once I start. If you stop in the middle of an uphill run, game over. I need steady momentum. If there are obstructions, and most times, there are, I will start the uphill run on the street. It is a slow traffic street, so it is relatively safe to run when necessary – a calculated small risk, easily mitigated by turning my audio down, and paying attention to the sounds around me as I go. 

When I start my steady climb up the hill, I stay on the street until the obstacles on the sidewalk have been passed. While running up the street, I use the cars as my markers for progress. Each car is only a few feet from my peripheral. I never look too far ahead. Once I pass a car, I focus on the next. Occasionally I glance a little further, and think, wow! Once I get to the silver truck ahead, I will be halfway! I then refocus on surpassing what is right in front of me. Bit by bit. Car by car. Each parked car propels me to the next. By the middle of the hill, I feel winded but able to keep going. It is around this point that I begin to make my way to the sidewalk to complete the latter half of my run, because as I start to get winded, I need markers of progress at a quicker pace to keep my mind present and engaged.

The sidewalk is made up of cement panels. These panels are roughly 2.5 jogging steps long. At the halfway point, they are wonderful markers and a good mind shift. The smallness of them allows me to continue momentum when I am growing especially weary of the trek, because I just remind myself – only 2.5 steps and you are onto the next one! It is so simple to look down and see what is right in front of me, and push forward, checking off another panel. The panels add up much quicker than the parked cars. I surpass one, and then the next, and the next. I glance ahead and find a small marker that shows I am almost there. A street lamp. Once I hit that streetlamp, I think, I will have just a few more yards until I reach the top. The sidewalk panels seem to go faster when I see the end is near. 

When I summit the hill, I am short of breath, sweaty, and in a state of general discomfort, but my mind is filled with something so pure: relief. 

Relief is a powerful because it grants us freedom. When we push through something hard, we gain freedom. Freedom sets us in a place of neutrality, and neutrality puts us in a place to receive. As I continue my run, which has only just begun, what tackling that first hill does for me is shift my body from resistance to reception. As I hit the top of the hill, my body is now neutralized while in a state of motion. When we’ve neutralized ourselves, resistance dissipates, and we are conditioned to receive. The relief is enjoyable and subconsciously reiterates what I am capable of. What has happened is, my body has aligned to the new state of motion because it has completed something hard. In other words, I have grown or expanded in my capability. When my body aligns to my mind, the rest of the run becomes fluid. Not easy – because I am still in a state of motion and still pushing – but fluid. I no longer feel resistance. I caught the current going in the right direction and am letting it carry me, instead of paddling upstream. Even on other hills, I propel with much more ease. I have done this before. I can do it again. No hill is harder to clear than the first hill, because showing up from a rested state is the hardest part.

Getting to the top of that first hill and beginning again on flat surface is a powerful reminder that we can do hard things, as Glennon Doyle would say. We can do hard things and find relief at the end. It does not mean we stop, it means we are fully capable of carrying on. 

Marks of progress are important. They keep us going when we are amid the hard things. Celebrate those marks of progress. The sense of joy raises your vibration and carries you forward. What parked cars or sidewalk panels can you look for that tell you, you are on the way, when you are in the midst of a challenge? Find them – they are little universal hints that the divine has your back. Reinforcement of your power. 

And remember – I made the choice to run that first hill. I brought that first hill to myself. When we become a part of a challenge, it is because we invited that situation in. We have it into our lives to prepare us, and to use it as a tool to gain freedom. Our subconscious is powerful. We may not realize we have run ourselves to the hill, but believe me, nothing else brought us there but our mind and our own two legs. Do not deny yourselves the hills. Summit them and grow. Allow the relief you are capable of and deserve, to propel you. 

Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram where you can find all of her Enneagram series interviews and other comings and goings.

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National Nurses Week is here and we're chatting with the Chief Nursing Officer at The Christ Hospital Health Network. Click here to read more.

As we approach National Nurses Week (May 6th-12th) we’re excited to celebrate an incredible woman, medical leader and mentor, Julie Holt.  Julie is the Chief Nursing Officer of The Christ Hospital Health Network and, if I’m being honest, one of the most approachable, genuine leader’s I’ve ever met.

If you have ever been afforded the opportunity to meet Julie Holt, you will understand that she is not only a fierce advocate for wellness but an incredible servant leader.  Her appetite for personal growth and self-reflection can only be described as “voracious” and her effervescent personality, contagious. She takes nothing for granted and her gratitude is evident in her daily commitment to lead by example.  

“I am privileged, honored, and proud to be a nurse leader at The Christ Hospital” Julie shared, and it’s easy to see why.  Christ Hospital is ranked the #1 hospital in the region by U.S.News & World Report and is Magnet recognized for providing the highest quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

Julie started her career, clinically, over 30 years ago.  After several years of practicing in neurosciences Julie began in her first formal leadership role of Assistant Nurse Manager.  She later went to achieve her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration, which she attributes to truly preparing her for a formal leadership role. 

Julie is one of the most highly regarded nursing leaders in the region and is respected by so many.  “I am grateful to have practiced nursing and leadership at 7 local hospitals.” 

Nurses inherently give so much of themselves to others, but as the US continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, Holt has had to dig deeper to find renewal and personal wellness. 

“I have incorporated wellness into my life by finding joy in the everyday moments. As I have aged, I have learned that the happiness is found by living each moment, by being present.”  

Julie also acknowledges that physical wellness is crucial for fulfillment and living a healthy lifestyle. Julie enjoys walking and spending time in nature- something I recently was able to personally share with her through Trek Executive Leadership’s Outdoor Coaching Program.

In part 2 of Julie’s story she will share her strengths and opportunity areas of personal wellness to inspire other leaders and nurses to invest in themselves.

Learn more about The Christ Hospital by visiting  Join us for The Motherhood Journey on May 4th to hear from mothers across the country about how Christ is supporting moms through all aspects of motherhood, including fertility support, incredible delivery experience and postpartum care. 

Bag spill photography & styling by Jerin McIntosh.

Content, left to right: Ray Ban Sunglasses, Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint w/SPF, Vital Proteins, a piece of amethyst & quartz crystal, The Christ Hospital mask, Crunchmaster Crackers (Kroger), Boom by Cindy Joseph,  Aquaphor (Kroger)  Batiste Dry Shampoo (Kroger), Apple AirPods, The Heart of a Leader by Ken Blanchard, Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud face spritzer, Alastin Restorative Skin Complex, Bag by Patricia Nash, WISe Wellness Guild waterbottle.

“A Leadership Style” is a column authored by WISe Wellness Guild founder Stevi Gable Carr and powered by Crunchmaster Crackers aimed at celebrating female leaders who have advanced in their careers because they have integrated work and life through whole-self wellness. 

Glossary of terms: 

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As we enter the month of May, we want to say Happy Mother’s Day. This week our business & life coach columnist shares about the number on human condition when it comes to receiving compliments.

The one thing we all have in common is we arrived here through our Mother!  Relax, we are not going to talk about our Mothers. The intention for this message is to offer you the reflection on how you can best take care of YOU when it comes to receiving compliments.

You have probably heard and know the value in filling your cup first.  You plan to rest, relax, and take time to smell the roses. And you also plan to exercise, eat right, and get plenty of sleep. You know these things to do but often find you aren’t doing them. Why is that?

One of the most felt human condition is “not being enough”.

An example of this is when you receive a compliment such as “wow I love your shoes” or “your hair looks great”. You often will deflect a compliment with a response like “these old things” or “yea, I washed it today.” This response is indicating you aren’t feeling good enough to accept the sweet and kind words (compliment) someone took the time to offer you. 

Point is they didn’t have to say anything; but they did. 

By you not receiving/hearing the compliment, you are cutting off the energetic feeling of good and replacing it with the energy of “I’m not enough.”

What would be a better response? 

“Thank You so Much!” (and stop there). By adding anything more, you are aligning with the “not enough” mindset.

Perhaps you remember your mother saying, “you can get more bees with honey” – and it’s true. The sweeter you are in receiving, the more you attract into your life.

So, the next time someone compliments you:

  1. Reply with Thank you so much!
  2. No additional words are needed. Feel the feeling
  3. Don’t replace their compliment with a compliment back
  4. Pay it forward knowing how good it feels by offering someone else a compliment 

And expect more! That feeling of “I am enough” can come often, raising you into a high energy receptive mode of feeling good, which leads to more goodness. 

Don’t allow deflecting words to cause you to miss out. You are enough, and those compliments are all in service to reminding you of that.

Here’s to creating the life you deserve!


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Inspire your littles to grow up and be anything they want - even a future President!

Today, you can be anything you want, even a future female president. 

That’s the message Ohio-based author S.R.D. Harris is portraying with her new children’s book “Future Miss President.” 

“‘Future Miss President’ is a book inspired by this past election and our first female Vice President,” says Harris.

The book, she says, features a minority girl with a positive message of hope, inspiration, and dreaming.

“It was really important to us to have very beautiful illustrations, and also send positive message that can resonate with people of all ages,” she says.

To boost the aspirations of those who read the book, Harris says the book offers daily affirmations thought the book to help make it even more unique.

“Children and adults can recite the affirmations to encourage themselves, and build their self-esteem, on a daily basis,” she says. “We know how hard peer pressure can be, so we wanted to include a useful tool to inspire greatness in children. The book inspires children of all ages to dream really big dreams!”

Harris, as a mother to three girls, wanted to create and publish stories that kids can relate to, learn from, and grow their love for reading.

We chose to establish S.R.D. Harris Books, LLC to self-publish our books, so they could get to market quickly and into the hands of readers all over the world,” she says. “We are able to partner with schools, children’s groups and charities to spread a positive message very quickly.”

“Future Miss President” has been a hit with parents, educators, and readers since its release. 

We have adopted classrooms at Tussing Elementary and Windsor STEM Academy [in Columbus], where we donate signed copies of the book for each student, as well as their school library,” says Harris. “We have also donated books to Bexley Schools, The Mansion Day School, IPromise School in Akron, and Pickerington Public Libraries.” 

Harris says she has a total of 5 children’s books to be published this year and with painters with CHA Animal Shelter to publish a book about a rescue puppy named Gracie. 

“The book will teach children compassion towards animals and others, and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to CHA, so that they can continue to rescue animals and find them loving homes,” she says.  

You can find signed copies of “Future Miss President” on her website or at many Columbus-area bookstores including Prologue Bookshop, Gramercy Books Bexley, Ice Cream Rollery Reynoldsburg, and Donna’s Delicious Dozen in Gahanna. You can also buy her e-book on Amazon.

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Make your next event lit (as the kids call it!) with these handcrafted marquee signs made by current and former University of Cincinnati students.

Totally Lit Events creates handcrafted marquees for your special events.
Cincy Chic: What is Totally Lit Events?
Alisander Schmid & Krishna Nelson, Co-Founders of Totally Lit Events: Totally Lit Events is a family of like-minded college students who came up with a unique way to bring the light to our city. We are Cincinnati born and bred; the producers of our very own, hand crafted to perfection, marquee letters and numbers!
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Schmid & Nelson: The idea that started it all came as Krishna’s balloon business, USA Balloonatics, grew. He observed the increasing use of marquee letters at various events across the country, but the set ups in Cincinnati were lacking something. Naturally, being the fun loving and enterprising person that he is, Krishna consulted with me (Alisander), aware of my carpentry skills, and we gave the marquee building a try. We soon found that we make some great marquee letters and decided to take the leap! 
We have been having a great time meeting people and getting to share some of the tender moments of peoples lives. Taking part in the marriage proposals and anniversaries continues to inspire us and will always be the best part of this job. through Totally Lit events and USA Balloonatics those connections are made possible. Our businesses have been growing steadily since the beginning and we couldn’t be more excited to continue.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Schmid & Nelson: For a while now Krishna and I (Alisander) have handled the front and back end work for our businesses but we have recruited some killer new additions to the Totally Lit Events and USA Balloonatics teams. Emma Reed, a sharp, multifaceted undergrad student has just been installed as our head of marketing as well as some more great students whose work you’ll be able to see on our social media soon. 
Cincy Chic: What all can customers get with Totally Lit Events?
Schmid & Nelson: Totally Lit Events offers handcrafted, light-up marquee letters and numbers to rent for ANY event, wedding, or special occasion you can dream up. We are so excited to hear your ideas! Our current product selections include both four foot and two foot letters and numbers with the option to customize the color of the light bulbs. With the two different sizes and the complete alphabet and number set, the possibilities are endless! 
Cincy Chic: What makes Totally Lit Events unique?
Schmid & Nelson: Krishna and I (Alisander) grew up in Cincinnati and went to Walnut Hills High School. We have a deep connection to this city and its people. As the builder of the marquees, I strive to put love and effort into each one. I work hard for my customers to help bring to life their beautiful ideas and make their events extra special.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Schmid & Nelson: Since we just got started in October of 2020, we have been growing steadily and we are extremely excited to see what this new year will bring. We are especially excited for the opportunities that the city reopening will give us to truly connect with our customers. The Zoom calls have been great, but a more personal touch is always more enjoyable.
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Schmid & Nelson: We are on Instagram and Facebook for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date with what we are doing and see the creations as we complete them. You can also check out our website to see our work and connect with us by giving us a call or scheduling a free 15 minute consultation with us. We look forward to making your next event LIT!