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Making a new year’s resolution? Our life coach columnist explains how to visualize your aspirations and actually make them happen this year.

While the celebrations will be more casual this New Year’s, the optimism going into the new year is still the same.

A new year signifies a time to reboot, reframe, and recall the thoughts and ideas in your head that you want to accomplish, be, do, and have.  

Resolutions and vision boards allow you to get really clear on what you do want and what you no longer want.  Identifying these will allow you to align with a plan to reach and crush goals with speed and rapid results in the new year.

Yes, you may be saying, “I remember setting those resolutions that would only be broken a few weeks into the new year and the vision board became a thing hanging on my wall that didn’t get any attention.”

Or maybe you did not do either but set intentions for letting go of what you don’t want and calling in more of what you do such as losing weight and make more money.  

Whatever you desire, the key is creating a clear and solid plan and being supported by having accountability.

Do you have those things in place? If you are struggling and need help — ask — there is no shame in being supported.

Even if you have not created a vision board or set a resolution, consider how these tools will support you moving forward.

Navigating life can be challenging. Staying motivated and focused to live life by design, filled with passion and purpose, iswhere the magic happens.

I encourage you to take the next three days to get excited, make a plan, get focused, and ask for accountability so 2021 will be your year to “Find Your Own DRIVE”.

Follow this link below to receive the FREE training on Vision Boards I presented earlier this year:

www.findyourowndrive.com/vbw-presentation

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A local woman makes creative confections almost too pretty to eat. Keep reading for all the delicious details about her unique, dipped chocolate creations.

Since 2017, Dipped Sweets, LLC has been providing delicious sweets for any occasion across the Tri-State area. Their business specializes in treats that are equally aesthetically pleasing and tasty. 

Over the years, Dipped Sweets, LLC has perfected their craft to match any taste bud for all occasions. “We use rich milk chocolate-white or dark for each sweet,” says Dipped Sweets founder and owner Tiana Bailey. “We are proud of the incredible creativity, variation, color coordination and topping that spans across our products.” It was their perfectly dipped creations that led to the company’s name, Dipped Sweets.

The company offers a variety of chocolate-dipped sweets including pretzels, Oreos, cake pops, strawberries, and candy apples. To top it off, customers can choose from options such as Oreo crunch, nuts, graham cracker crumble – just to name a few. “Our sweets company has been set apart since the beginning because of our creative spin,” says Bailey. “We offer smash hearts, strawberry towers, and delicious seasonal cocoa bombs that are very popular among our customers. I am sure to add an extra touch of creativity through decorations and style as well.”

For special events, such as graduation or baby showers, Dipped Sweets, LLC not only has dipped treats, but a whole spread of color-coordinating candy.” How can you get a taste of the action? Dipped Sweets, LLC can be enjoyed during various events, craft shows, holidays, gatherings, or by placing a personal order directly. The company offers vegan and sugar-free sweets for customers. 

While Dipped Sweets, LLC offers many yummy options, a crowd favorite remains to be chocolate covered strawberries. Let’s explore the creation step-by-step process:

1. Pick the freshest, ripest strawberries. 
2. Soak the strawberries in apple cider vinegar and water to remove all pesticides and toxins.
3. Rinse berries in cold water and air dry. 
4. Heat up the chocolate and temper to ensure the strawberries have a smooth, glossy glow. 
5. Dip the strawberries and decorate. 
6. Enjoy!

“Seeing the excitement on my customer’s faces when they receive their goodies is the most rewarding part of the business,” says Bailey. “I have regular customers who order from us each month – they are the heartbeat. The love and support that this community has given me has been nothing less than heartwarming.”

Each year, Dipped Sweets, LLC chooses to give back to the community by offering free sweets to customers during their customer appreciation month. Throughout 2020, Dipped Sweets has provided many small business and families gift cards. During this unpresented time, sweets can always be of comfort.

To stay connected with Dipped Sweets, LLC, you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook. It is on Facebook where customers can view the latest creations cooking up. You can also email them at dippedsweets01@gmail.com.

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This foodie and animal lover blended her two passions to create a cookbook for your four-legged friends that supports a good cause.

Cincy Chic: Tell us about your new culinary canine bookbook Brunch & Bitches!
Melinda Kirk Stenger, Founder of I Love PetCakes and Author of Brunch & Bitches: After 10 years of dreaming about it and 3 years of talking about it, I finally completed my first culinary canine cookbook, Brunch & Bitches. I created 14 healthy brunch inspired dishes for your dogs that look exactly like the human version, but completely healthy for your pooches. There is no salt, processed sugars, wheat, corn or soy in any of the recipes. Each recipe has a glamour shot so you know what the final version looks like along with step by step photos of how to make it. The prep and cook time is included along with a section of “what you need.” It’s so easy to follow that kids can make them. In fact, I asked a local 12 year old to make each and every recipe in the book and some of her creations were even better looking than mine!

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Kirk Stenger: I love to cook and I love my animals, so I started cooking for them years ago. I have always humanized my fur babies. For example, at our home, treats are called “cookies”, we “potty train” instead of house break and I have always wanted my dogs to go everywhere I go and enjoy the same foods that I do. So, what started out as a trick, turned into a passion. Brunch happens to be my favorite meal. I wanted to see if I could create waffles that were for the dogs but looked and smelled good enough to fool my husband and step-daughter into eating them. And it worked, but without salt and sugar, all of my dishes are too bland for our taste buds, but the dogs go crazy over them!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the cookbook?
Kirk Stenger: Two years ago, I started working on these recipes and got an idea.  I partnered with local high-end restaurants that had pet-friendly patios to create one-of-a-kind events that I called Bone Soiree Brunches.  The restaurants catered to the 2-legged guests and I catered to the 4-legged guests with my Canine Quiches and Woof Waffles. Since the pandemic hit, I had the time to create more recipes and complete this book.  However, there were many supporters along my journey, but none more helpful than my husband, Jerry Stenger.  

Cincy Chic: What is included with the purchase of a Brunch & Bitches cookbook?
Kirk Stenger: Presale includes a free Brunch & Bitches calendar, $1 per book donated to SAAP, 50% off coupon code for iLovePetCakes.com online store.

Cincy Chic: What types of recipes can be found in the cookbook?
Kirk Stenger: All of the recipes use healthy ingredients you probably already have in your pantry that are safe for dogs.  In fact, most of them are gluten-free.  You can find Woof Waffles, Canine Crepes, Mutt Muffins, Barktown Biscuits with Tail Waggin’ Turkey Gravy and many more with fun furry names.  I had as much fun naming them as I did creating them.  Always remember, if your dog is sensitive to certain foods, then you need to consult with your veterinarian before making them.

Cincy Chic: What makes your new cookbook unique?
Kirk Stenger: There have been many dog themed cookbooks.  They all use similar ingredients as mine, but no one has created recipes for dogs that are meant to look exactly like human food and none have had a human theme like Brunch.  Can dogs have cinnamon rolls or smoothies?  They can if they use my Cinnamon Roll-Over or Furry Fruit Smoothie recipe! Another very unique concept about this book is how we plan on promoting it.  I will partner with nonprofits across the country every weekend in 2021 to create COVID safe “drive-through” book signings and donate 50% of those sales directly back to the charity.  

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for you?
Kirk Stenger: I have already started working on my next culinary canine cookbook to be launched in Fall of 2021.  In fact, I am working on a complete series of cookbooks for dogs and children’s books about dogs.  I have always wanted to write but didn’t think I could do it.  I am so blessed to be able to do something I love and give back at the same time. I feel like I am finally living my dream life!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Kirk Stenger: To buy the book, visit www.brunchandbitches.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Want more good in the new year? Our life coach columnist explains how to mindfully make space in your life for it.

When you create space, you allow for more. As we move into the holidays and gear up for the new year, take time to open your space mentally and physically. Opening space means you are preparing to receive more of what you want and easily let go of the old. Are you ready?

Let’s start with your thoughts.  Setting your goals and desires, begin by creating the vision and believing in infinite possibilities. Begin to use “I am” mantras that include abundance and prosperity. Journal all the details of what you desire to get you excited and free up your thoughts from lack.

As for your physical environment, wherever there is clutter or unorganized chaos, find ways to clean it up, organize,or pitch it. Trust it no longer holds value or importance in your space, and it is just keeping you stuck in a low vibrational frequency and your intention is to be on the high vibrational frequency tapping into the Cosmic Kitchen of the Universe. 

Additional areas to open space include:

• Remove clothes from your closet that are no longer your style, too big, too tight or you just don’t wear.
• Clean out one junk drawer, you know the one in the kitchen that collects everything from rubber bands, pieces of paper, ink pens, nail clippers, and such.  Organize or pitch. 
• What’s the inside of your car look like? Could it use a little cleaning out of “stuff” or a good wash and vacuum?
• How about those relationships? Those that no longer fill your cup, begin to distance, or limit time together. You will know who this is because you feel an “energy leak” when you spend time with them.

This is only a few areas in your life that might be weighing you down. Look around and see where else you can release what no longer brings joy.  When you can open to receive both in your mind and physical environment, the Universe can deliver more.

If you’re holding too much space for all the unwanted things in your life you’ll find it a struggle to get the things that you do want in your life. Make the exchange: release what you don’t want and be excited about what you do want is on its way to you. 

And to really ignite the magic, go outside and lift your arms high into the air and say “I am open to receive” feeling the cosmic energy conspiring on your behalf! 

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This empowerment fantasy film of a woman who steamrolls male egos is as stylish and fun as its portrait of gender relations is dire. See if our movie critic says it’s worth venturing back into theaters for.

 

Carey Mulligan stars in Promising Young Woman
“You know, with my reading a book like this, you’d think the male characters might realize something is up …” Cassie (Carey Mulligan) takes a break from work in a scene from writer/director Emerald Fennell’s black comedy/revenge thriller PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN. Credit: Courtesy of Focus Features. All rights reserved. 
 
 

WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:

 

 

DIRECTOR: Emerald Fennell

KEY CAST MEMBERS: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Chris Lowell, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Jennifer Coolidge, Clancy Brown, Sam Richardson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Adam Brody with Connie Britton, Molly Shannon and Alfred Molina


THE BACK STORY:
 Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas (Carey Mulligan) leads a very interesting life. Working at a local coffee shop under her boss Gail (Laverne Cox), she still lives at home with her parents Susan and Stanley (Jennifer Coolidge and Clancy Brown) despite being on the cusp of her 30 birthday and seemingly has no friends. Well, she did have a friend in Nina, her medical school colleague who suffered a very unfortunate incident that contributed to her untimely demise.

Be that as it may, Cassie has found a new hobby: Going to night clubs and acting highly intoxicated, waiting for an unsuspecting male suitor like Jerry (Adam Brody) … or Paul (Sam Richardson) … or Neil (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to pick her up to take her home. Then she teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget so that they don’t try and do something like that ever again.

So, when Ryan Cooper (Bo Burnham), another former medical school colleague, strolls into the coffee shop to ask her out, she is obviously reluctant to do so at first. But while Ryan continues his pursuit of her, Cassie learns of some news about another former college colleague, it sets in motion a series of events that will show hell hath no fury like a Promising Young Woman scorned …

 
THE REVIEW: The type of movie that women will rally behind and make more than one man reconsider apologizing for any and all past misdoings, Promising Young Woman has some moments that might feel a tad over-the-top … But the payoff of writer/director Emerald Fennell’s work is definitely worth the price of admission.
 
Mulligan’s diligence to making Cassie a character you understand the motivations is what drives Woman from start to finish, even at times when some characters could seemingly be forgiven for their actions. But, in the tradition of films like Who’s Next?, Peppermint and Gone Girl, Mulligan’s total commitment makes you forgive any of the films flaws and/or exaggerations necessary to make the film work. Credit should also go to Fennell – who was nominated for two Emmys during her time as the showrunner for Killing Eve – however, for making every one of her lead’s actions both understandable, relatable and much more sympathetic than the alternative. Cassie prefers to prevent instead of punish in most instances, keeping her character’s female machismo from reaching the cartoonish levels of that plagued the most recent Charlie’s Angels film from start to finish.

To say much more will ruin some of the surprises that lie ahead in the film; all you need to know is the film’s trailer gives you just enough information to let you know the promise of the film deserves your interest.

 
If nothing else, it’ll be a good conversation starter if you suspect you have a significant other with whom you wish to talk.
 
OVERALL RATING (OUT OF FOUR POSSIBLE BUCKETS OF POPCORN):
 

 

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Celebrate the holidays or National Cupcake Day (yes it's a thing) in style with Gigi's Cupcakes. Read on to see what's new at this local sweet spot.

Cincy Chic: What is Gigi’s Cupcakes?
Amy Jones, Founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes Kenwood: We are a full service bakery that specializes in cupcakes, mini cupcakes, custom cakes, cookies and more.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Jones: Gigi’s was founded in Nashville, TN in 2008.  Since then, it has grown into one of the largest cupcake bakery franchises in the United States.

Cincy Chic: When did you open your Kenwood location?
Jones: We opened our bakery November 15th, 2012.

Cincy Chic: What makes Gigi’s Cupcakes unique?
Jones: It’s all in the swirl, as many of us say.  Gigi’s cupcakes are piled high with our signature swirl of frosting.  We offer over 15-20 flavors daily and have a unique seasonal menu that is enhanced with many holiday options.

Cincy Chic: When is National Cupcake Day and what will you be offering in-store to celebrate?
Jones: National Cupcake Day is Tuesday, December 15th. We will be offering our gourmet sized cupcakes for $3 each, all day in-store with a limit of 12.

Cincy Chic: What are you looking forward to the most on National Cupcake Day?
Jones: It’s a great time to celebrate our business and the joy it brings to our community.

Cincy Chic: How can readers purchase from Gigi’s?
Jones: Stop into our shop at 7940 Hosbrook Road in Cincinnati. We are open from 9a-7p.  Guests can call ahead at 513.985.4440 or order via our online site.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Jones: We’re on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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If 2020 has you spiraling, read on as our life coach columnist shares how to move from the feeling of being out of control into a controllable energy space.

People don’t resist change; they resist being changed. And the harder you push against the grain, the harder it pulls you back to a place where you are out of control. 

This year has taught you that when you think you’re in control, you quickly realize you actually have no control. Here is one way you can move from the feeling of being out of control into a controllable energy space.

First, give yourself permission to go within and bring yourself back to you. The one thing you always have control of is YOU! Managing you requires the balance of your body, mind, and spirit—your energy field.

When external circumstances hit you out of the blue and you have no control over them, but you try desperately to gain control because you don’t like how it makes you feel, the quickest way to gain control is to adjust your energy field.  

When you feel like you are spiraling out of control, stop, breath, and think or say CENTER – shifting back into the positive energy field known as the center (or grounding). 

Begin by repeating the mantra “out of any situation only good will come; all is well” over and over until you can feel your body release any tension that has built up. Now don’tget me wrong, sometimes you have to look hard for the good or wait patiently and trust, but the good rise up.  Your intention with this practice is to:

Keep an open MIND for favorable possibilities,

Dropping the negative energy out of the BODY,

and Process from a loving heart of SPIRIT.  

You’ll be amazed how quickly things will begin to turn around when you learn to find your center and shift the energy field in your favor.

This will take some practice. Stay with it.  I discovered on my journey that inner peace is something you work on often. 

And shifting negative energy to positive starts by going within.  

Fill your cup first, as they say. And from there you create more of what you desire and less of what no longer serves you (or maybe doesn’t trigger you as much).

When you are in a situation where it’s no longer possible to manage think CENTER and begin with the mantra to reset your energy field.

Sending you love and light! All is well.

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Read about a local nonprofit giving focus to women’s health and hygiene products.

Cincy Chic: What is Girls Health Period?
Brittani Gray, Founder of Girls Health Period: We are a new 501c3 non profit organization, Our mission is to eliminate girls’ absenteeism in school due to their menstrual cycle.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Gray: I wanted to continue my volunteerism in an area many forget about. I donated period and hygiene products to one school and within the same week, I received 10 calls to donate to other schools within the district.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Girls Health Period?
Gray: I am the founder of Girls Health Period and I work with a board of 5 Fantastic Black Women also known as the “Fab Five.”

Cincy Chic: What makes a donation to Girls Health Period a good idea for the holidays?
Gray: It fills the most basic necessity for our menstruating students, creating a clean, safe, and comfortable time during their menstrual cycles which is a gift that is priceless.

Cincy Chic: How else can readers support Girls Health Period?
Gray: Readers can support GHP with monetary donations or physical donations. You can visit us online at www.girlshealtperiod.org. Most importantly, spread the word so we can get the products in the hands of those that need it most. We’ve gotten this far with a huge push from our community.

Cincy Chic: What makes Girls Health Period unique?
Gray: We go directly to schools to donate not only menstrual products such as pads and tampons, but we also donate underwear. During this pandemic we have donated directly to families as schools became remote. We also have educational webinars for the whole family to understand the importance of menstrual health and awareness. A period doesn’t stop pandemic or not. 

Cincy Chic: How many girls have you helped thus far?
Gray: We have donated enough products to service thousands of students at 36 Cincinnati Public Schools (elementary & high school, 3 colleges, 2 group homes, several community organizations and menstrual safe locations; such as coffee shops. 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Gray: Visit www.girlshealthperiod.org or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Our life coach columnist explains why an accountability partner is the secret to success for bringing your goals into reality!

Accountability is when you are willing to answer for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions. You know what you want and how to get there, you just lose focus and drive. You’re not alone. 

You set the goal 

You make a plan

You take a deep breath 

…and nothing happens

Why does this keep happening? Perhaps, you:

– allow the excuses to outweigh your desires
– lose motivation and excitement over time
– think giving up is easier than finding a way to plow through 

Being committed to change and taking the necessary action doesn’tcome ease when starting something new. Whether you are up leveling your business, building better relationships, losing weight, or a career change, they all require goals with a vision, strategy, and most importantly accountability!

What would it look like if you had daily accountability by having to share your progress? 

I know personally it is a game changer.  Having someone track your results, offer daily inspiration, celebrate your wins, and keep you focused on your vision is the motivation that will allow you to stay committed and accomplish your goal!

Here are a few ways to get the accountability you need to leap into the next version with confidence and clarity in all area of your life.

– Stop trying to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Write out what you are doing to accomplish the goal and take inventory to see if it’s working or how you could adjust your action plan.
– When you get derailed, one of the biggest challenges with any goal, find your way back by saying up until now I would have failed, BUT today I press on.
– Make a committee with a friend or family member (or a coach) to have a daily check in. Share your intentions and desires each day with someone who can allow you see your progress and keep you focused on your vision. 

The big “why” for being accountable for your actions is to create a habit of valuing your work, increase your skills, and grow your confidence.

Personal accountability will eliminate the time and effort you spend on distracting activities and other unproductive behavior, while keeping you jazzed and excited to keep working towards your goals. 

Ready to be held accountable and crush those goals!? Join the 2021 Vision boarding workshop December 17th to kick off your vision and learn how to include personal accountability opportunities for rapid results.

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Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Paolo: A Modern Jeweler: It’s cyber Monday! Get your holiday shopping started with @paoloamodernjewelertoday! Give the gift of beautiful jewelry to someone you love this holiday season! PLUS: they make custom pieces!

Enjoy free shipping and local delivery! Just click the link in their bio to book your appointment or to get shopping today! 

Rohs Street Cafe: Anyone else super excited for the snow🙋‍♀️ Warm up after the first snowfall of the season today with @rohsstreetcafe !! Order online or stop in and enjoy the community atmosphere!

Open:
Monday-Friday: 7am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-7pm
Sunday: 2pm-7pm 

Co-Op on Camargo: Getting your holiday shopping done early AND supporting local? Doesn’t get much better than that! @co_op_on_camargois having an OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW! From 5-8pm, enjoy shopping, drinks, food, and a makeup bar!

PLUS: when you spend $50, you’ll receive $10 off your next visit! When you spend $50-100, you’ll get $20 off!! Happy shopping!

Wildfire | Hygge Goods: Happy Friday! Get your holiday shopping on this weekend with @wildfirehyggegoods 🤩 They are open Monday-Saturday from 11-4 so make sure to stop in and get your hands on their amazing goodies! PLUS: not looking to get out of the house? Click the link in their bio to shop online!! 

The Overlook Lodge: A Christmas themed pop up bar? Sounds like the perfect place to enjoy a Saturday night!! @overlooktheridge is a bar dedicated to all things holidays! From the decor to the drinks, you will definitely feel the Christmas spirit🤩

Click the link in their bio to reserve your spot at this magical place today! They have limited walk-in seats to make that reservation! 

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