Last night I hosted my very first networking and vendor event with Housewives in the City. The venue, Myrtle's Punch House, was fantastic. It is in the most adorable little area of East Walnut Hills. The vibe was so laid back with the lounge seating and the beautiful fireplace on the first floor. The food and drinks were eclectic and delicious. They even created a gorgeous signature drink for our guests! I can not thank them enough for opening their doors and allowing me to use their space.
I also want to give a super special thank you to our vendors!
Jenny Pleiman with Stella & Dot was there with all of her amazing accessories. Did y'all know that Stella & Dot sold clothes now?!! I was pleasantly surprised. The tops she had displayed were so cute and she had the perfect accessories to dress them up or down. You can check out everything she has to offer on her website: stelladot.com/jennypleiman .
Lipsense by Senegence was in the house!! Being represented by lovely Emily Blanton. She had the most adorable table display and I have to say, her products can sell themselves. Lipsense is amazing and once you try it you will be instantly addicted! My lipstick stayed flawless even after hours of chatting it up and sipping hibiscus spritzers. You can join Emily's group, Blissful Beauty with Emily Blanton, on Facebook to find out how to get your hands on this long lasting lipstick
The dynamic duo, Ashley Ballman and Kelley Conner, joined us to tell everyone about EVER skin. It is a new company that boasts clinical grade, botanically derived skin care products. The products are clean. They follow European regulations meaning they are free of toxins and harmful chemicals that you may find in some other skin care regimens. The samples of the Lavish body butter that they included in the swag bags is heavenly! Kelley will also be joining us next month so if you missed them this time around, be sure to stop out!
Last but certainly not least, is our charity partner. Carly Lagory and Lisa Neff were front and center last night bringing awareness to their organization, Operation Blessing Bags. OBB collects items such as; new socks, toothbrushes, crayons, and coloring books. They put these items into nice backpack style drawstring bags and the bags are donated to local children's services agencies. They are handed out to kids who have been displaced from their homes and are being moved into foster care. Many times, these children come in carrying their belongings in garbage bags or plastic shopping bags. Carly is building this organization on the hope that these blessing bags will bring a little joy to the children as they go through what is likely a tough transition. I have never met two women more passionate about helping other people. They were an amazing addition to the evening. If you would like to learn more about Operation Blessing Bags and ways that you can help visit: operationblessingbag.com
I had a great night for my first event. I met some wonderful women and made some lasting connections. Be sure to check us out next month Tuesday, November 14th at Cantina Laredo in the Liberty Center. You can RSVP here! tacotuesdayatcantinalaredo.eventbrite.com
I FINALLY got to see Fiona!!! Well at least part of her…
Unless you have been living in a cave with no access to social media since January, chances are, you know exactly who I am talking about.
Fiona the hippo instantly became famous when she was born on January 24th, six weeks premature. She overcame the odds and is now doing great and gets to hang out in her enclosure with her parents most of the day. She still has to take some afternoon breaks. So if you do go to see her, try to get there early!
We have been experiencing some unseasonably warm weather this fall, and Saturday was the perfect day for a trip to the zoo. This time of year is great because almost all of the animals are out roaming around their habitats. It must have been a little too warm for my favorite, the polar bear! He was not out to play this time. But this just gives me an excuse to go back in December for The Festival of Lights!
Unfortunately, we were ill prepared for HallZOOween and didn’t have costumes. That didn’t stop little man from hitting up every treat stop and catching a sufficient sugar buzz!
My favorite part of the day was getting to feed the giraffes. They are such gentle beautiful animals.
People probably don’t think of the zoo as a place to find good food. If you are ever there and get the munchies be sure to head over to The Outpost and grab a Queen City Burger! It is a huge juice patty topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato and a sweet smokey bacon jam. My mouth is watering just writing about it!
We had such a great day and I can’t wait to head back soon to see the beautiful twinkle of The Festival of Lights.
What is your favorite zoo exhibit?
I have a confession to make…
I HATE vegetables!!!!
Shocking, I know.
Growing up in the Midwest, we were definitely a meat and potatoes kind of family. Actually, I can’t remember a single meal from my childhood where there was broccoli involved.
As a parent, I know my son should be eating his veggies and that I should be leading by example.
So what better way to eat those nutritious, not so delicious, cruciferous vegetables than to disguise them as something else?!
I was beyond excited when I found something new in the freezer at my local grocery store!
One of our favorite meals is chicken teriyaki with fried rice. I decided to try my hand at fried rice cauliflower and it was a huge hit! I wanted to share the recipe with everyone so that if you struggle to get yourself or your kids to eat their veggies you might try this fun new way to sneak them in!!
I started off by sauteing chicken breast cut into bite sized chunks. I used a non-stick pan so I didn’t need to add any oil or butter. Once the chicken is cooked through you can add your favorite teriyaki sauce. I also add a little sezchuan for an extra kick!
In a separate pan, scramble one egg with a little salt and pepper to taste. Set the cooked egg aside in a bowl.
Then saute half of one onion and 2 cloves of minced garlic in a small amount of sesame oil. When the onions are translucent add your riced veggie mix, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce. Stir often until everything is warmed and combined.
Mix in your eggs and your veggie fried rice is done!!
I topped it with the teriyaki chicken and we dug right in. We didn’t even miss the rice!
Jace even went back for seconds.
*Parenting Pro Tip* Your kids will eat anything if you give them chopsticks!!
Give this recipe a try for an easy nutrient packed dinner. Let me know how you like it!
Hey ladies! I know I have been MIA for quite a while. This summer has been pretty crazy and I’ve had to deal with things I hoped I never would have to at this age. I will touch on that subject later.
My son, Jace, started 3rd grade this week!! Can I pause for a second to cry about how old that makes me feel?!
During the months of July and August, we do quite a bit of traveling sans child. It can be difficult at times, especially once school starts. This ends up leaving me with quite a bit of what I like to call “mom guilt”.
Typically, this guilty feeling results in me trying to spoil my child to make up for not being home. Say what you will, but it’s how I deal with things.
This was the first weekend that I was home and had absolutely NOTHING planned. It was amazing!!
Friday, we had a pool party and Jace invited his best buddy from up the street. I love living in a neighborhood full of kids! They always have someone to play with and it helps to keep them out of the house and away from the Ipads and video games.
Later that evening we all piled in the car and headed over to our favorite little chicken wing place, called Gina’s Italian Kitchen. Afterwards, we decided to stop at Flubs. It is a small little ice cream stand that is famous around town. The lines were each at least 20 people deep and the drive thru had cars backed up into the street! The boys got their favorite, blue raspberry sherbet. They were both a sticky mess by the time they finished.
Saturday morning, we woke up and decided to head to our local amusement park, Kings Island. I bought season passes at the beginning of the summer. Again, we travel a lot, so we had only used them once so far. The weather started out perfect. We rode a few roller coasters, had lunch, and visited the petting zoo. Then, as the temperature crept up on us, we decided to head to the water park.
The wave pool was absolutely packed with people trying to escape the hot humid Cincinnati air. We floated there for a few rounds of waves and then Jace decided to try his hand out some boogie boarding! Luckily, he still thinks it is fun when you wipe out!
When we got home, we ended up with a house full of boys for a sleepover. They swam more and stuffed their faces with pizza before finally crashing from all the fun!
Sunday was filled with more great weather and swimming with friends. We ended the weekend with some grilling and relaxing on the couch, snuggled up watching a movie.
We had such a wonderful weekend together. It helped ease my “mom guilt” just a bit. We leave again tomorrow for our last long trip of the summer so I’m sure more spoiling will be in order when we get back!
Have your kids started back to school yet?
How are you spending your last few weekends of summer?
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
I thought it would be fun to share a few random facts to tell you more about myself. ENJOY!
1 - I was born and raised in a tiny little town. As of 2014 the population was around 716 people! I still live in the same that we moved into when I was 10, 19 years ago. I get the urge to move to the beach every winter!
2 - I have never learned how to dive or do a cartwheel. My parents always used to tell me if I fell I would break my neck. That pretty much ruined it for me.
3 - I went from kindergarten all the way until I graduated without ever missing a single day of school! I never did finish college though.
4 - I played the clarinet in the marching band up until my senior year. I still regret quitting.
5 - I CAN NOT STAND ranch dressing!! My boyfriend thinks I'm an alien, but even watching other people eat it grosses me out. I also hate for my food to touch. Divided plates are the best things ever.
6 - I drive a car with a manual transmission. It's an anomaly these days. I learned how to drive a stick in an old Geo Metro named "The Red Rocket"!
7 - I can't go more than a day or two without seeing or talking to my grandma. This is most of the reason I still live in the same tiny town. She is literally the greatest!
8 - I used to own a motorcycle. It was a Kawasaki Ninja 500. I rode it for about 2 months before I found out I was pregnant. I ended up trading it for a mom mobile.
9 - I am terrified of cats. It is honestly one of my biggest fears. I once cried when some tried to force me to hold their cat!
10 - I got pregnant when I was 20 years old. I developed preeclampsia and my son was born at 29 weeks. He weighed 3 pounds and was in the NICU for 28 days. It was one of the hardest times in my life. He is now 8 and the biggest kid in his class!
11 - I worked in a financial advising office for 6 years. I am licensed to sell mutual funds and life insurance. I recently left that job to pursue self employment and spend more time with my family.
12 - I am crazy about things being evenly numbered so I am adding #12 just for that reason!! Unless of course it is a volume setting. Then 5's are okay too.
Now that I've displayed some of my quirks, what is the most interesting fact about you?!
Yesterday’s weather was less than desirable. I’m pretty sure Cincinnati is the only place on Earth where the humidity can reach 110%. Top that off with the occasional monsoon, I knew we needed to find some indoor activites!
Just south of the border, in Northern Kentucky (which is basically just an extension of Cincinnati) is the Newport Aquarium. My son, Jace, had gone once without me and loved it. So, we decided we would go again and he could show me around.
The first exhibit you go through is the World Rivers. It was interesting to see how many varieties of creatures there are! Also, a little nerve wracking considering I swim in rivers sometimes! EEK!!
There are a few pools that allow you to actually touch some of the animals. There were starfish, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, and even a tank with sharks you could pet!! Being a boy mom, I was forced to touch a few slimy sea critters.
One of the newest features is the Stingray Hideaway. It is a pool full of fun and friendly stingrays. I mean seriously, these guys swim right up to you and wait for you to stroke their smooth fins. The neatest part is a tunnel underneath the tank where you can pop your head right up into the middle of the action!
I attempted to get an underwater picture of Jace in the tunnel. I didn’t realize that the touch screen wouldn’t work when wet and that I needed to use the side button feature. Technology and I don’t always get along.
We saw a parade of playful penguins. One even came right up to the glass to show off a little.
You can walk through a tunnel and be surrounded by a tank full of sharks. And at the end you can even walk across the Shark Bridge. A 75’ rope bridge suspended directly over the shark tank!!!
We had such a great time and I was even able to sneak some summer learning in without the kid noticing! We managed to make it to our car just in time before another torrential downpour hit. Overall, I’d say we had a wonderful adventure at the aquarium.
I could not be anymore excited to join this wonderful group of women at Housewives in the City to bring you everything you need to know about Cincinnati!
I want to start by introducing myself. My name is Erin. I was born and raised just north of the city and have always been fascinated with everything there is to do and see in the area. I have an 8 year old son who is constantly keeping me on my toes. We love to visit our local amusement park, King's Island, the Cincinnati Zoo, or one of the city's amazing restaurants for a yummy lunch. I have never met a kid who is such a foodie!! I love traveling and try to do it as often as possible. We are some serious boaters and between May and September we spend most of our time on the water.
One of my favorite things to do is meet people. That is why I can not wait to plan the first Girls' Night Out event for Cincinnati. We will get together one night a month where we will feature vendors and local businesses, enjoy delicious cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and meet other lovely local ladies!
If you are interested in more information about the events or opportunities to get your business featured please email me at Cincinnati@housewivesinthecity.com . Be sure to check us on social media and follow us for updates!
I am the mother to one wild child and 2 fur babies. I have lived in the Cincinnati area my entire life. It is unbelievable the amount of things there are to do and see in this city and I can't wait to share them with you! Stay tuned for announcements about our monthly Girls' Night Out events and opportunities to showcase local businesses.