Can you believe it is already March 1st?!! The last two months have been a complete whirlwind and I have so much to update everyone on, but I want to get the most important thing done first!
This past Tuesday, February 27th, the Back Porch Saloon in West Chester was host to our ladies’ night networking and happy hour. We could not have asked for a better evening. We don’t get too many sunny 65 degree days here in Ohio so I was super thankful we were able to enjoy it with some cold beverages, delicious food, and even better company.
Emily Martone Ferrer was there with some adorable wooden signs that you can design yourself from Charlee Jack Designs. You can visit Emily’s website at; http://www.mycharleejack.com/EMILY to customize your own sign kit. You can do them yourself at home, but a more fun option is to have a group of friends get together for a party and Emily can come show you how it’s done! The best part is, everyone at the party can pick their own designs.
Randie Stone is a consultant with Beautycounter. Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer personal care products into the hands of everyone. The line of products ranges from makeup and skin care to diaper rash ointment for babies. There is something for everyone. If you are interested in learning more about how Beautycounter is trying to make personal care products safer, you can visit Randie’s website at; www.beautycounter.com/RandieStone.
I was happy to welcome back a couple of familiar faces to our featured business line up!
Lisa Harris was back with her line of anti-aging skin care from Nerium. You have got to check out the firming lotion that Lisa was telling me about. The results that she showed me were out of this world! I’m fairly certain that whatever ingredients are in this stuff, they had to have come from the fountain of youth!! Visit lisadharris.nerium.com to learn more about the firming lotion and the rest of the product line.
Jeanne DeBord was also one of our repeat vendors with Senegence! Jeanne is so much fun and loves sharing her love of Lipsense with people. But lipstick isn’t all that she has to offer! There is an entire line of cosmetics with Shadowsense, Lash Extend, and ever anti-aging Makesense foundation. Jeanne also told me that she had started using the cleansers and moisturizers from the skincare line and I have to say, her skin looks flawless!! You can search for Jeanne’s group on Facebook under; Lips on Point! Jeanne DeBord Senegence Consultant
I also had the pleasure of meeting Rosemary Olgesby from the non-profit organization, Rosemary’s Babies. Rosemary and her team are working hard to bring awareness and support to teen parents and their families. They are caring out their mission by providing virtual and face to face mentoring to help and encourage these teen parents to make the best out of the situation. The support these young mothers and fathers are given increases likelihood of graduation, increase in potential income, and an overall better life for themselves and their babies. To find out how you can help, check out; www.rosemarysbabies.co.
I can not thank everyone who came out enough. Your support at these events means the world to me and I hope to continue to build and grow a community of strong women in the area. I look forward to seeing everyone next month!!
I usually don’t like to brag, but I just received one of the greatest honors of my entire life…
BEST WING MAKER…EVER!!!
The judge, my 9-year-old son, may have been a little biased but he definitely knows a good wing when he eats one!!
With the Super Bowl tomorrow, I’m sure you are curious about how you can make these award-winning wings yourself. While I would love to keep this secret to myself, that would just be selfish. So here it is, in all it’s glory!!
The best part about this recipe is you still get that crispy browned skin with out having to fill your house with the smell and mess of a deep fryer!
This time around, I made 13 wings. There was still some left-over seasoning, so if you needed a few more it would be fine. Also, the original recipe called for all purpose flour. My grandma mentioned that rice flour would offer a crispier breading, and who am I to argue?!
Start by rinsing your wings and cutting off that extra little phalange! Then use paper towels to pat the wings dry. Set your oven to 450 degrees while you prep the rest of your ingredients!
For the breading I used:
¼ cup of rice flour
1 tablespoon of baking power
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of chili powder
½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon of black pepper
Mix all your dry ingredients, then coat your chicken wings thoroughly. Place them on a baking sheet with a rack to allow them to bake evenly. Set your timer to 30 minutes. It may be totally unnecessary, but I still flipped mine half way through.
While the wings were baking I mixed Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Wing Sauce, and some minced garlic. I’ll be honest, I didn’t measure any of it. I started with half and half then just added a little more of whatever until I reached the flavor I was after!
Once my wings were finished baking I dished them out to my “non-biased” judges. Eric couldn’t believe that they had been baked. The wings turned out so crispy and juicy the texture was just like restaurant wings. Personally, I felt like I could have added a little extra seasoning to the flour mixture. The wing sauce concoction was definitely the star of the show! I poured a little onto the finished wings and everyone gobbled them up in minutes.
Next time, I think will toss the finished wings in the sauce and then put them under the broiler for a few minutes to make them extra crispy!
If you are looking for the perfect snack for your Super Bowl party I would totally recommend trying these crispy baked wings.
After a 16-year career in the corporate world, Amanda Marsh decided that she was done playing it safe. With a little encouragement from a very special birthday card, Marsh took a leap of faith. It took hard work, long hours, and an incredible amount of determination but from that came Blume, an eclectic home décor shop full of vintage and hand-made goods. Located in historic downtown Lebanon, Ohio Blume has all of the personality and charm you could need for your home.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
I had always wanted to own a business of my own and work for myself, however, when I was younger, I didn't know what that might be. To prepare, I pursued a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. My father had always told me that knowing the numbers was the most important piece to any business, so I took his advice. For about sixteen years, I worked in the corporate accounting field. It felt safe and secure and seemed like the right thing to do to keep our family financially stable. About five years ago, I got the creative itch, went part-time at my accounting job, and started doing things on the side to fulfill that artistic void. I had always loved home decorating. Friends and family would always tell me that I had "missed my calling". I started to think more and more about how I could have "missed" my calling and, in my late thirties, had already given up on my dream of owning my own business. With much encouragement from my husband and three children, I started to get serious about working on my business plan. On my 37th birthday, my daughter gave me a card that said that she believed in me and that "I was just as good as Joanna Gaines". It seems funny now, but looking back, this was the first of many "signs" that it was the right time to take the leap of faith.
Describe yourself in three words.
Ambitious, Dedicated & an Old Soul
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Turning a 200-year-old building that was in ruin into a beautiful space that brings others so much joy.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Working on my website and gaining more of an online presence where customers could purchase online. I would also like to do more at home decorating consultations for customers that need help rethinking their current space(s).
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
My husband and I have always wanted to get into flipping houses. I think our focus would be on older homes that have been let go over the years or been stripped of their original character and charm. I would also love to incorporate floral design and/or event planning into my current business plan.
How do you maintain a work life balance?
In retail, there are always times that are busier than others. So, I have learned to take advantage of those slower times and make the most of them. Fortunately, over the past six months, I have also been able to hire more employees with a few of them being very like-minded to myself. I feel comfortable taking a day off and trusting that when I come back, all will be in order. The first year is always a challenge though as you may not have the staffing to take time off. I have found it advantageous to be closed one day a week to recoup, run errands, take my kids to appointments or just have some downtime. If you love what you do though, it doesn't feel like work and you enjoy life more regardless of the hours. Our business is truly a "family business" so there are some Friday nights when our whole family is there late eating pizza and listening to music while I work to get ready for a busy weekend.
What websites do you visit every day?
My top 3 are probably Etsy, Pinterest and my banking website. I have found a lot of great vendors through Etsy Wholesale that I currently have stocked in my shop. If I have an idea for a product for the shop, I can always find someone that makes it on Etsy Wholesale. Pinterest is great to get inspired for shop displays. We are also building a custom home right now so much of my recent time on Pinterest has been searching for house ideas. Being my own bookkeeper, I find that I like to keep up with my books almost daily, so I am always on my banking website.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I love finding hidden gems in the city whether it be an eclectic boutique or a cozy coffee shop or bakery. My absolute favorite restaurant in Cincinnati is Wildflower Cafe. They have a "farm to table" menu that changes every season and the charming setting is right up my alley. I also love spending time at floral and garden centers for inspiration. My two favorites are Morning Sun Flower Farm in College Corner and Greenfield Plant Farm in Maineville. My family and I also spend a lot of time in Loveland along the Little Miami River and Bike Trail. It has a similar charm to Lebanon but is a pleasant change when we are looking to get out of our hometown for the day. Anytime I am near the Kenwood Mall, I must stop in Anthropologie. It's my "go-to" shop to unwind and get inspired.
What is your goal for retirement?
I would love to purchase and fix up a run-down beach cottage where my husband and I could spend a lot of time during the year with our children and grandchildren.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own business?
-It can be very overwhelming when you are just starting out. I had kept an "inspiration journal" for about ten years before I opened with these ideas but didn't really start putting a game plan together until about a year before I opened. I spent the first three months researching potential locations. Your location is probably the key factor that will determine how successful your business will be. I preferred to be closer to home and luckily for me, Lebanon was "up and coming" in terms of similar businesses in the area and they seemed to be thriving. You have to ensure that you can differentiate yourself from other competitors which means that you need to know what they have to offer in order to set yourself apart. It can also be challenging to be the first one to take the risk if the location is not ideal. -If you are just starting out with your concept, it is advantageous to talk to other business owners to see how they got started and what they learned in those first few years. When I was still in my planning phase, I had stumbled across a similar shop to the one I wanted to open when I was out of town. I then later contacted that business owner and made a trip to meet with her and discuss how she got her start just general questions on day to day operations and financial projections. The SBA also offers free sessions with retired professionals to guide you through the process. -Perhaps one of the most important things about owning your own business is that you need to know how your business is performing financially. If you do not have a business or accounting background, take a few general classes. This will be helpful both in the planning phase as you need to ensure that your concept is profitable before you begin, and ongoing in day to day business activities. -My last piece of advice would be to spend money on advertising your business well before it is open. Spend advertising dollars where it counts and where your core target market will see it. This will ensure a strong sales start as customers will be aware of your opening date and start to get familiar what your business has to offer.
Any final comments?
There is a quote on a sign I have hanging in my shop right now that I adore and always gets me thinking...."When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have one single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"-Erma Bombeck Entrepreneurship is not easy. It will push you to limits that no other boss has ever pushed you to. There are times when you are exhausted but have to keep going because if you give up, your business will suffer or fail altogether. Although I have had a few regrets along the way, there are no second thoughts that I should not have taken this leap of faith two and a half years ago. I have a true passion for what I do. The more passionate you are about your work, the more dedicated you will be in making sure that you succeed.
Well I have finally recovered from the plague that was going around town and survived the “blizzard” of 2018 so now I can update all of you on how wonderful our first ladies’ night of the year was!!
Matt the Miller’s Tavern in West Chester was our host this month and I couldn’t have asked for a better venue. The restaurant offers a small banquet room that was perfect for mingling and meeting all our wonderful vendors. The $5 happy hour specials were perfect and offered a little bit of everything and it was all delicious. And the staff was incredibly attentive and made sure that everyone was very well taken care of. If you are ever looking for a place to host a small get together, whether it is for business or pleasure, you should give the manager, Michael, a call. He was a gem to work with!!
This month I really tried to focus on pampering the guests and helping everyone start the new year off on the right foot. Some of the ladies from Lunatic Fringe Salon were there offering a complimentary braid and curl bar. The salon is located on Yankee road in Liberty Township just a hop, skip, and a jump from the highway. Their signature is the “stress relieving shampoo experience”. You get a relaxing shampoo, a scalp and neck massage, and a make-up retouch with every service. That is something all of us could use after the holidays!!
Karly Danos from Pure Romance brought some of the products from the amazing bath and beauty line. If you haven’t had a chance to check out everything that Pure Romance has to offer you can hop into Karly’s VIP Facebook group, PR by KD VIP Status, to learn more. And if you are ever looking for girls’ night out ideas Karly is so much fun to host a party with!!
Jeanne Debord was there to give all the ladies lips that don’t quit with all her wonderful Lipsense colors! Senegence has an entire line of long lasting cosmetics and you can find all of them in Jeanne’s Facebook group, Lips on Point by Jeanne Debord. You can even message her directly to order!
The newest addition to the West Chester community is REVolution smoothie bar and supplement store. They had their grand opening Monday, January 15th! Owner, Sammi Baumgartner, joined us with tons of yummy samples and information on how to fuel our bodies with the nutrients we need. Be sure to check out the store. It is located at 7324 Kingsgate Way Drive in West Chester.
Did you know that you could get better more youthful looking skin by working from the inside out?? Lisa Harris with Nerium introduced us to Youth Factor, a two-step system with a delicious berry flavored drink that helps to boost your body into an optimal state of well-being. Lisa’s website (http://lisadharris.nerium.com) has tons of valuable information on the Youth Factor system and all their other skin care and wellness products.
The ladies from the Liberty Center’s Kendra Scott jewelry store brought their trunk show to the party and it took some serious willpower to try and not buy every single item! I absolutely love everything they have. Kendra Scott is a Texas based designer and they are slowly making their way across the Mason-Dixon and I couldn’t be happier about it. They offered 15% off all purchases made throughout the evening and they even gave away 10 free jewelry pieces!!
Oh, and I can’t forget our photographer!! Lisa Wilsey from Heart Photography was there to capture all the fun. Lisa specializes in love and works with couples from the proposal until they are walking down the aisle. If you or anyone you know got engaged this holiday season give Lisa a call. She also mentioned to me that one of her goals is to shoot at least one wedding in every single state. So, if any of you readers aren’t from Ohio, don’t worry, maybe she’ll come to you!
We had such a great time this month. I saw some familiar faces and met more wonderful women. I can’t wait to see everyone next time!
I have always loved Christmas. The lights, the cookies, Grandma’s Christmas breakfast, and the presents (duh)! Then, once Jace came along it got even better. To see the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes is unbelievable. It is usually such a fun, stress-free time for me.
This year, it has been hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit. I can’t believe we are less than two weeks away from the big day. I have a tree up and I have ordered a few gifts online, but I’m just not feeling it. I had made so many plans in my head to take Jace to the Festival of Lights, to ice skate on Fountain Square, and to bake cookies for Santa (since this could end up being the last year he believes). So far, we haven’t done any of those things. I just seem to be in a bit of a slump that I can’t pull myself out of.
This will be my first Christmas officially without my mother and my grandpa. Their minds had already gone last year, but at least they were there physically. They had both been sick for quite a while before they passed so maybe I just never really thought about what the holidays would be like without them. Obviously, I had thought about not seeing them, but I think missing the things they did is finally starting to set in. I never really thought that my family had any Christmas “traditions”. We didn’t bake cookies together, or drive around looking at Christmas lights, but looking back on it maybe our traditions were just a little less traditional.
After my parents divorced when I was a kid, Christmas Eve was spent with my mom. She never had a ton of money to spend on gifts, so she always made a big fancy dinner for all of us, and she always got unreasonably stressed out about it!! I told her every year that I would have been just as happy ordering a pizza. After dinner we would move to the living room where we would open whatever was under the tree. She was always so generous with what she did have. I wish I would have been able to give her better gifts, but I really think she was just as happy having us all there. The night usually ended with all of us in the kitchen, drunk, dancing and singing to Elton John or Joe Cocker! Like I said, probably not your typical Christmas Eve, but I’ll never forget it.
Christmas morning, we would go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for breakfast. It might be my favorite meal of the year! Grandpa always sat at the head of the table, but never said much because he refused to wear his hearing aids and he couldn’t hear what any of us were saying!! He was a man of very few words, but for as long as I can remember as soon as it was time to open gifts his whole personality changed. He would light up as he handed everyone the boxes that he neatly wrapped himself. When any of the grand kids needed help getting a toy out of the box, there he was with his little pocket knife. And he always made sure to have the right batteries on hand for anything that needed them. My grandparents didn’t have much when they were raising their kids, so I think Grandpa really took pride in being able to give all of us everything we wanted.
It is hard to think about what it will be like this year without them. I am trying my best to keep things positive for Jace and to make sure that he still has a wonderful Christmas, he deserves that. I am glad that he is old enough that he will hopefully remember holidays with his grandma and great grandpa. For now, it is time for me to turn on some Elton John and dance in the kitchen with my son while we create our own Christmas traditions!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and be sure to cherish the time that you have with the people you love.
November was an absolute whirlwind! Between getting ready for the holidays, my son’s wrestling, work, and a home remodel that seems like it will last forever I completely lost track of time. While putting together the details for my January ladies’ night, I realized I never shared all the fun we had in November!!
Cantina Laredo was our host venue for our Taco Tuesday ladies’ night out on November 14th. I don’t know about y’all but when I plan anything I always get super nervous that something will go wrong or no one will show up. So, when my evening started off with a flat tire, I went into full on panic mode!
Thankfully, my grandmother, who has an air compressor, lives nearby and Eric was able to Facetime and walk me through how to use it!! I added some air to the tire and went on my way. *sidenote, I later found out that the tire had a huge gash in the side and it was flat again by the time I left the event.*
Nevertheless, I made to Cantina Laredo just a few minutes later than I originally hoped.
Once I started setting up everything else started to fall into place. Our featured photographer for the night, Judy Gehrlich, was there early and was sweet enough to help me put together the swag bags. These adorable personalized totes, that were filled with some really great stuff, were provided by the guys at PGM Custom Apparel in North College Hill and I could not be happier with how they turned out!! Their customer service was phenomenal, and I will definitely be calling them up next time I need anything customized.
Guests started rolling in a little before 5:30 and in no time the staff at Cantina Laredo had the drinks flowing and the Top Shelf Guacamole being served up with their table side prep stations. Everyone was sat at a large “community style” table which was a great for conversation and meeting new people.
Melissa Bauman was there from Le-Vel Thrive sharing information about the Thrive three step system. Thrive is a nutritional supplement that is great for people who are looking for increased energy, focus, and overall well-being. If you would like more information about the products you can find her on Facebook or visit her website at SMbaum.le-vel.com
Emily and Kelley Conner with EVER Skin were back for their second ladies’ night. After getting a sample of their Lavish body butter and finding out how amazing it was, I asked for a sample of the Revive intensive eye treatment. Let me tell you, I never really thought I had a problem with under eye wrinkles and bags until I used the Revive on one eye and not the other to see the difference. It is amazing!! You can see all of their products on their websites, Everskin.com/with/Kelleyconner or Everskin.com/with/Emilyconner.
It was so wonderful greeting all of the women as they came in and seeing how many of them brought items for the food drive that went to benefit the Shared Harvest Foodbank in Fairfield. Jerome Nelson, the resource development coordinator with Shared Harvest, was very grateful for everything we collected. Jerome also shared information on other ways people can help feed the hungry. If you are interested in doing any volunteer work in the community, give Shared Harvest a call and find out how you can help. 513-874-0114.
By the end of the night, a group of ladies that started out as strangers all sat around the table talking and laughing like old friends. I had a lot of people excited and asking about the next event. I have finally worked out all of the details and I hope you all can join us on Tuesday, January 9th 2018 from 5:30-8:30pm at Matt the Miller’s Tavern in the Streets of West Chester. You can register at https://cheerstothenewyear.eventbrite.com. If you have any questions or would be interested in having your business featured at the event, please email me at Cincinnati@Housewivesinthecity.com.
My favorite part of running Cincinnati Housewives in the City is discovering amazing new places in the tri-state. This area has so much to offer and I love that there are so many different small businesses to choose from. Clothing boutiques, spas, bakeries, jewelry stores and more all owned by local men and women that truly care about their customers!
Small Business Saturday is right around the corner, November 25th. Let’s show some love and support this holiday season to all of these hard working people who turned their dreams into reality and #ShopSmall this weekend!!
*There's still time to showcase your small business.
Email me at Cincinnati@housewivesinthecity.com for details!
Are you looking for the perfect center piece for your holiday table? Or maybe you need an adorable chalkboard sign welcoming guests for your entry way! Whatever you need to decorate your home, you are bound to find it at Blume.
Blume is an eclectic home decor boutique located in historic downtown Lebanon. They focus on a mix of vintage-inspired and handmade goods. Blume carries a variety of home decor pieces including rustic and repurposed furniture as well as antiques. In addition, they offer a variety of women's clothing and accessories.
Vintage & Handmade Home
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513-934-7629 | 9 S. Broadway Lebanon, OH 45036
How great would it be if you could customize a beautiful piece of jewelry to gift to someone special without ever leaving your couch?! It is totally possible with KEEP Collective. Designer, Sarah Varda, would be happy to help!
As a sister company to Stella & Dot, KEEP Collective creates MEANINGFUL jewelry to help you tell your UNIQUE STORY. I would love to help personalize KEEPSAKES for you! We share a deep belief that living a happy life comes from always keeping in mind what truly matters: LOVE, FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP & ADVENTURE. Each of our KEEPSAKES is a wearable touchstone, an instant reminder of the little things, the big things, and all things that make you unique.
Halloween is officially over, Christmas music is playing on the radio, and I know a few of us are chomping at the bit to bust out our decorations! I am currently tearing walls out in my house so until the remodel is finished my beautiful faux douglas fir will have to wait. Lucky for me (and all of you happy little elves) in just a few short weeks our city will be covered in twinkling lights, gingerbread houses, and holiday cheer. Here are a few different things going on in the area this holiday season!
Fountain Square has already kicked off the festivities with O'Keefe's ice skating rink sponsored by Fifth Third. The rink is open daily until February 19th! Admission is $6 and if you don't own your own ice skates you can rent a pair for $4. Santa will be on the ice every weekend in December. You can check out myfountainsquare.com for operating hours and to see who will be making special guest appearances.
November 4th, the Macy's tree will be making its arrival in Fountain Square. Head down for the tree trimming party from 10am-noon to make your very own ornament! It is free with admission to the skating rink.
They light up Macy's massive tree on November 24th. Santa will make an appearance at 6pm. Head back on November 25th, December 2nd, & 9th to watch Santa and his elves rappel down a 20 story building landing on the Macy's rooftop!
The Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo is always a must for the Holidays. The lights come on November 18th and you have until January 1st to get in on the fun. New for 2017, they have added a light wall outside of the 4D theater. Clips from classic holiday movies will be playing every night. There will also be life sized animal shaped Chinese lanterns throughout the zoo. You can pick up discounted tickets at any local Kroger.
Back for the first time since 2005 is King's Island's Winterfest! Select nights from November 24th - December 30th the theme park will be transformed into a winter wonderland. You can skate on the fountain below a eiffel tower that has been transformed into a giant Christmas tree.
Something I definitely plan to check out this year is the Christmas Ranch in Morrow. It has been featured on HGTV, Good Morning America, and many more. The Ranch displays over 350,000 lights throughout 5 acres. They have shops, a bakery, train rides, and of course Santa! It runs from November 17th - December 23rd. They will be closed for Thanksgiving to spend time with family.
For some FREE fun, check out these holiday happenings!
As a gift to the community, Niederman Family Farm sets up a walk through Christmas display nightly from November 24th - December 30th. *Donations are accepted
Light up Middletown is a drive through option located at Smith Park. Beginning Thanksgiving - New years Eve.
Hamilton will light up their tree downtown by the courthouse on November 18th at 5pm
December 3rd Historic Lebanon hosts their famous Horse Drawn Carriage Parade.
Washington Park turns into Santa's workshop every Saturday from November 25th - December 23rd.
If you are looking to get some Christmas shopping done and celebrate Cincinnati's prevalent German heritage, stop by Germania Park November 17th-19th for Cristkindlmarkt.
Hopefully these local events can hold you over until the big day!! Do you have a favorite holiday adventure that isn't on this list? I would love to hear about it!
As I am sure y'all have notice, Fall seems to have skipped right over those of us in the Queen City. Old man winter has already started to rear it's ugly head.
The last thing I want to do is go trick or treating tonight when it is only supposed to be 40 degrees outside! I would rather go to the store tomorrow and buy every bag of discounted candy they had. But, good luck getting my 8 year old on board with that idea!! So instead, I have to come up with ways to stay warm.
As much as I despise cold weather there has always been something that makes it a little more bearable...Hot Chocolate!!
I called my grandma up to ask her how she used to make us hot chocolate when we were kids. It was always so much better than the powdered box mix! Here is the recipe she gave me. Straight off of one of those little 3x5 index cards.
In a large pan pour in:
6 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 - 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 - 12 oz pack of chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of vanilla
and just a tiny pinch of salt
stir all the ingredients together until the chocolate chips are melted and everything is warm and creamy!
You could also make this in a crockpot if you needed to keep it warm for a little while.
For tonight, I think I'll add a little splash of peppermint schnapps to help warm me up!!
Let me know if you decide to try this recipe. It would also be perfect for the upcoming nights if you go out to drive around to see the neighborhood Christmas lights!!
Happy Halloween everyone :)
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’m very excited to be bringing Cincinnati Housewives in the city back!
I will be hosting monthly girl’s night out events across the tri-state area, sharing delicious recipes, teaching you all of my tricks on saving money and introducing you to my favorite travel spots. We will get together at a different venue each month to hang out and have a great time!