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Learn about a local law student who started a social account that shares all things book-related with her followers.

Cincy Chic: What is Read Along with Nat?
Natasha Rulason, Founder of Read Along with Nat: Read Along with Nat is an bookstagram account, which is an Instagram account specifically for discussing all things book related.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Rulason: I used to post about the books I was reading on my personal Instagram page, but I found that I didn’t receive much engagement from my friends on those particular posts. I started my bookstagram to have a place to talk about books with other folks who love to read. I also use my bookstagram for accountability to reach my reading goals. Over the past few years, I had read maybe 10 books total, but I really wanted to return to reading more often, so I set my 2020 goal at 30 books. Thanks to quarantine, I have surpassed that and my second goal of 60 books. My latest goal is 150 books, but I am currently at 144, so I will be increasing my goal again to 200.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Rulason: I’m Natasha, but most folks call me Nat. I am originally from Michigan, but have called Cincinnati home for the past eight years. I work in the manufacturing industry as an accountant and am also pursuing a master’s in taxation at the University of Cincinnati. My partner and I live in College Hill with our two cats, Gilda and Osito.

Cincy Chic: What are some of your favorite books?
Rulsason: This is such a hard question for someone who reads so many books! Some of my favorites that I have read in 2020 are Running by Natalia Sylvester, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong, and The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. 

Cincy Chic: What makes Read Along with Nat unique?
Rulason: My followers know me for my graphic novel recommendations. There is a lot of talk in the book community and beyond about whether graphic novels (and audiobooks, for that matter) count as books. Both of these book formats make reading more accessible for folks who may have difficulty reading a typical physical book. I especially like to read graphic novels that are about historic events because they offer a more approachable view of what are often difficult stories. Some of my favorite graphic novels are New Kid by Jerry Craft, Good Talk by Mira Jacob, Displacement by Kiku Hughes, and the Check, Please! series by Ngozi Ukazu.

Cincy Chic: Why do you enjoy sharing what you’re reading with followers?
Rulason: This account has been especially fun to have during the COVID quarantine. It has been pretty hard to be home so much and not see folks in real life, but my bookstagram has been such a fun escape during this time. One of my favorite parts of this community is when I share a book review and my followers suggest other similar books that I may enjoy. The list of books that I want to read has grown exponentially this year!

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for you?
Rulason: My partner and I have started working on plans to build a Little Free Library in our yard. I was inspired by Sarah Kamya’s Little Free Diverse Libraries initiative and look forward to offering more diverse book options to my neighbors of all ages. We hope to have it up and running by spring 2021.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Rulason: Folks can find me on Instagram at @readalongwithnat! I don’t share reviews for every book I’ve read on bookstagram, but I do review all books on Goodreads. Just search “readalongwithnat” in the member search box and my profile will pop right up.

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See how the co-owner and doctor behind Performance Health Chiropractic + Acupuncture sought the help of a local life coach to double client traffic to her new business.

Dr. Kristen Wood, co-owner of Performance Health Chiropractic + Acupuncture, opened her own client-centric chiropractic practice last year in West Chester.  
Dr. Wood, co-owner of Performance Health Chiropractic + Acupuncture
The practice offers a unique blend of services, ranging from traditional chiropractic care and massage to acupuncture, dry needling and cupping.
“I knew the medical side of the business but not the behind-the-scenes side, the marketing, business strategy, goal setting,” she recalls. “Luckily, I met my life coach Melissa Kirkpatrick with Find Your Own DRIVE right before I launched the business and it’s made a huge difference.” 
Dr. Wood says she first worked with Kirkpatrick through a group coaching session. “I wanted to test out what it was like to be coached, learn from others in the group, and see if it made a difference,” says Dr Wood. “Turns our, it made an immediate difference and I knew after the group coaching I needed more, so I hired her for one-on-one coaching.” 
Dr. Wood says Kirkpatrick helps her with stepping back from the everyday grind to see the big picture, set goals and the steps to reach them. “For me, it’s the accountability,” she adds. “Normally, I wouldn’t be setting these goals — they would just be vague ‘one day I want to do’ kinds of goals, but Melissa makes me get specific on what, when and how, and then checks back with me every week on the progress. It keeps me very focused and motivated.” 
So motivated, in fact, Dr. Woods says her business has more than doubled – almost tripled – since working with Kirkpatrick. “It’s unbelievable, especially in the middle of a pandemic,” Dr. Woods says. “I highly recommend Melissa to anyone wanting to get clear on their vision and goals and actually accomplish them.” 

To learn more about Performance Health Chiropractic + Acupuncture, visit To learn more about Kirkpatrick and Find Your Own DRIVE, visit

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Two con artists have spent 26 years training their only daughter to swindle, scam and steal at every turn. Read on to see if this far-out flick conned our movie critic into a good review.


“Now, just remember, if anyone asks, we went grocery shopping BEFORE it was mandated you had to wear a mask in public!” (Gina Rodriguez) and Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood) go out for a non-grifting grocery trip in a scene from writer/director Miranda July’s KAJILLIONAIRE. Credit: Matt Kennedy / Focus Features © Focus Features. All rights reserved.


DIRECTOR: Miranda July
KEY CAST MEMBERS: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger

 Old Dolio Dyne (Evan Rachel Wood) is a 26 year-old Los Angeles resident. Her home, however, is unconventional as it is an office space next to some sort of industrial park where a pink liquid oozes into the room. Joining her in this most unconventional of living spaces are her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins), grifters by trade who are always on the lookout for their next scheme or heist. It’s not a good life, but it’s the only one Old Dolio knows.

Then Melanie (Gina Rodriguez) comes into the picture. 

Meeting her by chance on a flight as part of their latest scheme, Melanie seems excited at the prospect of getting into a new line of work and comes up with a plan of her own to pull off a new heist. But, as Melanie’s love of life – and other circumstances – start to open up her mind to other aspects of the human experience, Old Dolio starts to question her current existence and what could lie ahead in the future.

Who knows – becoming rich in her own spirit might be the most rewarding prize of all.

THE REVIEW: “Quirky.” “Abstract.” “Weird.” 

Sometimes you watch a film and appreciate it for what it is, even if it’s not something you really enjoyed, so to speak, yourself. In the case of Kajillionaire, you likely will find yourself wrestling with that same emotion due to the committed performance of Wood against a story that essentially can be viewed in one of two ways: (1) This is a (insert one of the three adjectives above) story about broken people and someone trying to find what many of us inherently do (or at least, believe we should enjoy) or (2) This is a (insert one of the three adjectives above) that is just (insert one of the other two remaining adjectives above). 

Earlier this month, Wood gave a rather revealing interview to The New York Times in which it was revealed she uses many of her roles to heal herself from past trauma. That in turn should help explain her (1) connection to Old Dolio and (2) portrayal of the character, a woman who has never felt any real (or, if you prefer, “normal”) emotions to or from anyone, including her parents. She is essentially – like many of the personalities on her HBO series Westworld – a near-robotic humanoid life form who knows her role and her function in the functioning disfunction that is her family’s business. You get to watch a young person (Wood may be 33, but she pulls off 26 with a way that makes her character feel even younger) coming to grips with her concept of the world around her and trying to deal with deprogramming herself in the process. Whereas as Rodriguez gets to play an upbeat, bouncy young woman who seems very eager to get involved in something she sees as exciting, Wood’s character is a solitary, introverted one growing desperate to escape her reality. 
If you enjoy the films of Wes Anderson, you’ll likely like Kajillionaire, which are the first type of things that come to mind in terms of the humor (which is SPARSE). If you simply enjoy a deep dive into a character (even if the others aren’t characters aren’t explored enough as you’d hope), you’ll probably enjoy Kajillionaire.
Then again, if watching people who are essentially without redeeming qualities do nothing to change your opinion of them over the course of 100 minutes, are weird seemingly for the sake of it and/or are the type of people you’d see in Walmart, report to an employee and then leave, this is not the movie for you. What will find intriguingly unconventional, others will find annoying. Whereas some will be drawn to Wood’s performance of a shy, sheltered introvert, others will see the weirdo in their high school class they one day figured would end up on the local news for less than stellar reasons. If you start to watch the movie, you’ll likely watch it to the end to see what will happen, only to probably be either elated or deflated by what happens. 
In much the same fashion that very few are destined to become millionaires and billionaires, Kajillionaire is likely only for the select few. But those select few will really enjoy it no matter what the rest of us see.







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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:

Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa: Happy treat-yourself Tuesday! Pamper yourself with @mitchellssalonanddayspa haircuts, facials, nails, and more! Perfect just in time to switch it up for fall!

PLUS: they are hiring! Click the link in their bio to see if you qualify to apply for one of their jobs today!

Curated Shopping Cards: Shop local and save! offers a deck of cards giving you 20% off at local participating shops in the greater Cincinnati area! Just click the link in their bio to order your deck today!

Beneath the Lily Pad: Only a couple days into fall but we are LOVING all these fall inspired goodies! @beneaththelilypad now has some beautiful fall pieces up on their site for you! Just click the link in their bio to get your order started!

PLUS: check out their #RBG inspired line! All proceeds go towards the #AmyMcGrath campaign!

Busy Bee Cleaning: Looking for some help when it comes to cleaning? @busybee.clean is here for you! They offer services from regular cleaning to deep cleaning! PLUS: all their supplies used are eco friendly products!

Click the link in their bio to see more details on services offered! ALSO: make sure to check out their page for a giveaway and helpful tips!

PLUS: receive 10% off your first cleaning 🤩

Kentucky Botanical Co.: GRAND OPENING‼️
@kybotanicalco is having their grand opening in Covington today! From 11-8 stop by, celebrate, and get your hands on products like CBD, essential oils, and more!

PLUS: see their latest post and keep an eye out for details on how you can win this bundle in a giveaway today!

Hoppin’ Vines: Calling all my football fans! Watch the games today with @hoppinvines Sunday NFL specials! Swipe to see all their amazing deals!

Starting at noon, grab your favorite people, drinks, and get your watching on!


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Get in a socially-distanced workout and then cozy up to a mimosa and brunch with this upcoming event with a native Cincinnati fitness guru.

If you want to work on your fitness, safely, and enjoy a good meal, Bootcamp and Brunch was made for you.

Bootcamp and Brunch is a unique way for a fitness company to support another local business, while giving the public a safe and effective workout followed by a socially distanced event,” explains Kelly Amshoff, Founder of ImwithKelly, a virtual fitness company. 

Amshoff got her start in Chicago when local restaurants wanted to bring her workouts to their establishments and offer a brunch afterward.

“Being a Cincinnati native, I wanted to come ‘home’ and host this event at a local restaurant to help support during these stressful, COVID times,” she explains. “In the process, I created an exclusive partnership with MadTree Brewing.”

Amshoff has owned ImwithKelly for over three years now and following a move to the Windy City in November 2019, she decided to launch virtual classes, allowing her to continue her offerings for those in the Queen City.

The premier event for Bootcamp and Brunch is on Saturday, October 3. The Bootcamp begins at 8:30am and the Brunch starts at 9:30am. 

Amshoff says that what makes this event so unique is that everyone wins. “As a venue that has gone through the closures of COVID, MadTree is benefitting by hosting a large group that has already pre-purchased their brunch and drink tickets,” she says. “As an instructor, I’m able to gain incredible exposure and see old clients while teaching in a beautiful space. As a city, we are completely supporting local businesses by having other Cincinnati-owned companies sponsor. Whirlybird Granola and Thirty Drink will be in attendance.”

All of the safety guidelines regarding COVID-19 are posted on the website when you purchase your tickets, so that you have all the information you need to participate safely. 

“The entire workout will be held outside with 6 feet of distance between every participant,” says Amshoff. “Each person is asked to wear a mask any time they are not on their mat – walking to or from, using the restroom, etc. After the workout is completely, masks are put back on until you are taken to your table and seated. Tables are also limited to 8 people or less.” 

Should the event need to be moved indoors due to weather, MadTree’s lofted space has enough room to safely host participants.

Bootcamp and Brunch will be quarterly events, done very three months. Amshoff says that she already has other local Cincinnati vendors asking to join the fun for the Spring Event.

To sign up for the event, click here. If tickets are sold out, you can follow along on Instagram to hear more about upcoming events, workouts, celebrations and more. You can also see a list of other upcoming events at

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Learn about a new, locally-based refillery that provides all the everyday essentials with zero waste.

Cincy Chic: What is Zero Waste Refillery? 
Gabrielle Lauren, Founder of Zero Waste Refillery: A zero waste refillery is a business that provides everyday essentials like shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, and more without plastic packaging! When shopping with us you can bring in your clean bottles and jars and fill them up with the essentials you need! 

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Lauren: I was inspired by the lifestyle I was pursuing. When I started Fill More Waste Less (FMWL) I was just getting started on my road to zero waste. I kept running into issues with finding plastic free products that worked for my household when I learned about zero waste refilleries. I knew it was something I wanted to bring to my community.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? 
Lauren: I am Gabrielle Lauren the founder of Fill More Waste Less and myself along with my team (my partner, mother, and father) have made FMWL what it is today. We are a family business. 

Cincy Chic: What products do you sell in your store? 
Lauren: We sell a wide variety of home and body refills and will be expanding our inventory when our store front opens next month! You can expect to find something for everyone on the family! 

Cincy Chic: What makes this concept unique? 
Lauren: FMWL is unique because of its holistic focus. I am wanting to make sure we have an option for everyone. Zero waste living can be attainable regardless of where you are in life and FMWL is here to help with that. We carry a variety of affordable zero waste products that will help you cut out waste from every aspect of your life. We also value community and welcome open communication. 

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon? 
Lauren: We will be opening our storefront next month in Madisonville! We will be adding a lot more zero waste products to make it easier for our community to live with less waste and look forward to connecting with everyone in our community from our space! 

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Lauren: We regularly post on our Instagram and always try to respond quickly to you DMs. You can check out our shop at our website where we have our online shop, and the blog where you can find useful tips for living with less waste. 

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See how one local woman turned her passions into a profession that gives her the time and financial flexibility she and her family needs — especially now. 

Four years ago, as a special educator, Emily McNamara thought her lack of energy and poor sleep was just part of the job. A friend recommended using Shaklee products to help her feel better, so she did.  Little did she know, that would be a life changing decision in more ways than one. 

“When I took care of myself and got consistent, I was able to give more of myself to the things that were important to me — my family, my students, my friends, and my coworkers,” McNamara explains. “This made me even more passionate about my health and wellness journey. As a teacher, my professional passion has always been educating. I realized I could merge those two worlds by becoming a Shaklee distributor.”

Emily McNamara

At first, she started small, with just the goal of getting her own product paid for. “I immediately knew I wanted it to be more than that. I was enjoying it so much and it was growing quickly because it was truly helping people,” she explains. “I had aspirations of running a full-blown health and wellness coaching business ‘one day,’ but I didn’t know how to get there. Then I met Melissa Kirkpatrick and everything changed.” 

Kirkpatrick is the life coach, author and founder of Find Your Own DRIVE. She began coaching McNamara to get clarity on her goals, discuss strategy, and set weekly meetings to stay accountable to the progress. “Before I knew it, I was in a position where I not only launched that health and wellness company of my dreams, but I was now in a position where I could replace and exceed my teaching salary with it,” she says. “I took the leap, put in my notice, and my business is thriving more than ever.”

McNamara put these plans in place shortly before the pandemic began. “Especially now with COVID, I’m so happy I made this decision to make my health, family and passion for wellness education a top priority,” she says. “I’m literally living my dream life and I wouldn’t be here without the guidance, focus and accountability that my weekly coaching sessions with Melissa gives me.”

To learn more about McNamara, visit To learn more about Kirkpatrick and Find Your Own DRIVE, visit

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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:

Britton Boards: I think if possible I would eat Charcuterie boards for every meal! Luckily, @brittonboards makes boards for every occasion! Even kids boards with candy😍 (don’t worry adults can get their hands on these too!) PLUS: Looking for a smaller option, grab their single serving snack boxes!

DM or email them to get your order started! ALSO: delivery is available!

Hope Esthetics: In need of a treat yourself day? Head over to @hopeesthetics !! They offer services like microneedling, lash extensions, cosmetic tattoo, and more! Click the link in their bio to head over to their website and see more details, prices, and book your appointment today!

Dead Low Brewing: Calling all my singers! @deadlowbrewing has brought back their fun SINGO nights starting tonight! Every Wednesday, head over to play a fun game of socially distanced bingo with singing highly encouraged!

It is family friendly and free to play! Tonight from 6:30-8:30!

Oddfellows Cincinnati: Looking for some Friday night happy hour plans? @oddfellowscincinnati has you covered! Head over to their bar and enjoy all your favorite cocktails! PLUS: looking to sip from the comfort of your home? Check out their cocktails to go!

Japp’s Bar: Just because the weather has started too cool down doesn’t mean you can’t sip the taste of summer! Get your hands on @jappsotrPapa Doble and join @mollywellmann for the next 5 O’clockTails!

For only $13, you’ll get a kit to make this yummy cocktail right at home! PLUS: it comes with this awesome tiki mug! Stop in to grab a kit and grab a drink at the bar!

Aladdin’s Eatery + Lounge OTR: Need some Saturday night plans? Head over to @aladdinseaterylounge tonight! Sip on their new flights like drafts and buzzed juices! PLUS: if you go between 4-6 check out their DAILY happy hour specials!

Monday-Thursday 11-8
Friday 11-9
Saturday 12-9
Sunday 12-8

Yee Mama: Happy Sunday! @yee.mama online ordering is NOW OPEN for the week! Get your hands on their delicious handmade wantons by clicking the link in their bio! Curbside pick up will then be this Wednesday from 4-7!

Village General Flower Farm + Florist: Stock up on these beautiful autumn flowers! @village_general is a flower farm and florist providing beautiful arrangements for weddings, wholesale, bouquet subscriptions, and more!

Click the link in their bio to get in contact and get your orders started today!


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Bourbon lovers, head to Covington to check out this new spirits and bottle shop featuring rare and vintage finds and a one-of-a-kind tasting bar.

Photo: Catie Viox

Calling all bourbon lovers! Revival Vintage Spirits & Bottle Shop is a retail and bottle shop located in downtown Covington, Kentucky specializing in rare and vintage bottles. 

“Revival Vintage Spirits & Bottle Shop is a destination for the bourbon curious and longtime bourbon collectors,” says Co-Owner Shannon Smith. “We are home to a collection of rare and vintage bottles and a one-of-a-kind bourbon tasting bar.”

The staff at Revival is made up of approachable bourbon experts and in the store you’ll find hundreds of bottles representing over a century of rectifying and distilling in Kentucky. 

The inspiration behind Revival is the desire to build community. “Revival is filling a niche in the spirits industry where the stories behind each unique bottle can be shared and rare and/or vintage dusties can be bought, sold, and exchanged to be experienced and enjoyed,” adds Smith.

Alongside Smith at Revival is also Brad Bonds and Katie Meyer, together they are able to bring expertise, passion, and high-quality customer service to everyone who walks through the door.

Photo: Catie Viox

“Brad is one of the largest vintage ‘dusty’ spirits collectors in the country,” says Smith.
A vintage bourbon curator, he has been hunting antique bottles for more than 10 years. Brad left his 9 to 5 in 2018 after Kentucky enacted a vintage spirits law, and turned his passion into a business opportunity by helping the legendary Cork N’ Bottle start a vintage spirits division, establishing himself as a leading authority in the rare bourbon community.”

At Revival you’ll find Brad sharing his expertise as an appraiser and libraring, guiding collectors and tasters alike through the differences of bourbon then and now.

Katie is the history guru and can tell you all about Kentucky’s historic Main Streets and the spirits that have made the Bluegrass famous. “In addition to being co-owner of Revival, Katie is the Smart City Policy Advisor at Cincinnati Bell,” says Smith. “Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of Renaissance Covington where she spent nine years working with the City, community and small businesses to support the revitalization of the downtown.” 

Katie has also co-authored “Walking Cincinnati: 35 Walking Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Stunning Riverfront Quarters, and Hidden Treasures in the Queen City.”

Smith says that her love for bourbon started on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, and only grew from there. “As the sole owner of Smith Law and a member of the Distillate Committee for the Cincinnati/NKY Chapter of Bourbon Women, I bring a wealth of entrepreneurial experience and community connections to Revival.”

In the store, you’ll find not only a selection of Covington and Kentucky handmade products and merchandise, but you’ll also find a bottle collection that includes rare bourbons, scotch, brandy, tequila, rum, and gins for purchase as well as tasting.

The inventory at Revival is constantly changing, so no visit is ever the same. “Not only are we selling, and soon assisting with exchanges, we’re also on the hunt for new bottles to add to our collection,” says Smith. “So if you have old bottles in your basement, give us a call – we’d love to check them out!”

Revival is looking forward to the holiday season as they launch a subscription membership program, providing bottle samples each month to promote the discovery of spirits. Smith says to keep an eye out on the details regarding this new membership soon!

Revival is located at 5 E. 8th Street in Covington. 

To learn more about Revival, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, which are updated regularly with new inventory and behind-the-scenes fun. 

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A Cincinnati native turned Hyde Park momma wants to provide other moms with the resources, information, and inspiration they need to be the best moms they can be.

Cincy Chic: What is Hyde Park Moms? 
Meggie Brennan, Founder of Hyde Park Moms: Hyde Park Moms is a website and social platform that helps keep moms in Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods in the know. I love providing a trusted space for Moms to find resources, information and inspiration.  

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Brennan: As a Cincinnati native who moved away for 12+ years after college, coming back home looked a little different as a Mom. I was relying on recommendations from other Moms, but there wasn’t anywhere to store this information. Hyde Park Moms website is the hub for all of these amazing recommendations I receive from friends and Moms in our community.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? Can you share your story with us? 
Brennan: Just me 🙂 I run the local Hyde Park Moms website and social media platforms, but HPM is part of a larger network of Moms like me. The local Moms Network is my parent company that has helped us set up our websites and we all collaborate together on different content and partnerships that will serve all Moms.

Cincy Chic: What topics/places do you cover and visit?
Brennan: All things Motherhood! I like to post recommendations and  resources Moms need, a calendar for events and a blog to inspire and build community. I mostly cover Hyde Park, but I honestly cover anything that’s recommended by Moms in the area!

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy the most about running Hyde Park Moms?
Brennan: I love interacting with other Moms on social media and meeting them outside of the internet (HA)! It makes my day when Moms say hello and we get to chatting about all things #momlife. I also love helping businesses see growth from working with me. I thrive on being the match-maker between a local business and Moms.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Brennan: The calendar is about to get updated with a slew of new events and the newsletter will be hitting your inboxes again this month. There are always new, local partnerships happening and exclusive Deals & Steals for Moms – tune into @hydeparkmoms and the blog!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Brennan: Check out the blog at I’m also on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter for exclusive deals and content!