Hi! I'm Amy Scalia, co-host here at Star64! I'm starting a new blog for the station's website, and I couldn't be more excited about it!
I love to write… it's in my blood… my grandma was actually one of the first female newspaper reporters in Ohio! After falling in love with writing as a Harrison High School student, I went to Miami of Ohio on an English scholarship. I got a BA degree in Mass Communications with a specialty in electronic journalism.
When I'm not hosting for Star64, I'm running an online women's publication in town called Cincy Chic. I started it about five years ago, and it now has more than 22,000 subscribers! Check it out at cincychic.com.
I also love to run (I've run three marathons!), cook, garden, make jewelry and crafts, shop for shoes (it's an addiction), and play with my Vizsla "Dino." So, here on the blog, I plan to post a variety of useful info that'll range from yummy recipes and gardening tips, crafting ideas and inspirations, as well as fashion trends, sales and events going on you'll want to know about.
So, bookmark this page and check back often! I'll be posting at least once or twice a week!
Awesome Ohio Products at A Village Gift Shop in Glendale! 07/30/15
I love Ohio. More specifically, I love Cincinnati. I’m from the cornfields of Harrison, went to college in Oxford, and I even started a business with “Cincy” in the name! haha! So, when I find cool things to let me show my city pride (in a chic, non-cheesy way of course), I’m on it!
That’s just one of the reasons why I love A Village Gift Shop in Glendale. I know, I know, you probably thinkI’m obsessed with this store (which is completely true). But I write about it so often, and all the cool things I find there because it never fails, whenever I wear something from there, I get several compliments and people always ask where I got it (check out a few of the pieces pictured that I’ve gotten there!)
But in addition to cute jewelry (and house wears like we wrote about in this week’s feature story on Cincy Chic), they also carry a ton of great Ohio products.
The store went all out getting decorated (check out the pic!) for the All-Star games and have started to stock a ton of products to celebrate Ohio and the Cincinnati area.
Chart necklaces and bracelets are made in Maine and are wonderful maps of our hometown or the town your heart is in. Lots of people wear chart necklaces for the city or state their child now lives or that they love to vacation or grew up.
Cat Studio makes hometown-proud home goods! I have given to lots of my friends or family that have moved away. They love them! Kids love them too because there’s so many fun things to look at and hidden gems to research and explore!
Rookwood Pottery is also a classic, Cincinnati favorite that’s carried at A Village Gift Shop (they carry the tiles and vases). Tiles have scenes of Cincinnati and they even carry the Cincinnati reds tiles. Check out the pic below — even better check them out in person at the shop! (3 Village Sq Glendale, Ohio)
Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati Attempting TWO World Records July 31 07/28/15
Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati is hosting an event this Friday night at their campus in Sharonville, in attempts to break TWO Guinness World Records: Tallest Hairstyle and Hairstyle with the most drinking straws! By attempting these records they hope to raise money for many local and national non-profits (details below). Stop by and support them this Friday any time between 6-9PM at the school- 11956 Lebanon Rd Cincinnati, OH. $10 Adult $5 child entry fee for their charity efforts.
Two Upcoming Bridal Events! 07/27/15
I cannot believe that Pete and I are coming up on our SEVENTH wedding anniversary soon! It seriously seems like yesterday, but in reality I know it wasn’t. Especially when I hear my younger friends (ack, that makes me sound old!) talk about using Pinterest to find all kinds of great ideas, and going to fun bridal shows to find the local vendors who will make their big day dreams come true.
Back in the day (yup, definitely old), there was no Pinterest and the bridal expos -- the one or two a year that existed -- were boring and held at the convention center downtown. So, all you ladies with wedding bells in your future, soak it in because this is a great time to be engaged! GO to these fun expos! GO with all your Pinterest boards created. Meet, greet and enjoy planning that super special day! Here are two expos coming up (one for all you gals up north closer to Dayton, and another one is downtown at the casino… yes, you can plan your wedding while visiting the casino… hey, win big and it’ll pay for it! haha!)
Enjoy… Ya young whippersnappers!
#8or8 Pantene Beautiful Lengths Event Aug. 3! 07/26/15
8or8. That's the new theme of this year's Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, and I love it! It's easy -- just donate either $8 or 8” of your hair for the event coming up on Monday, August 3! The hair and monetary donations will be used to help create free real-hair wigs for women with cancer. A new non-profit fund has been created in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in which 100% of monetary donations are used for wig-making: www.gcfdn.org/pantene. Learn more about the August 3 event below! Hope to see you there!
Pantene Beautiful Lengths 4th Annual Hair Donation EventMonday, August 3rd, 1-4:00PM Procter & Gamble Tower Gardens -- 2 Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Donate $8 or 8” (#8or8) Challenge will be the Pantene Beautiful Lengths theme this year as P&G employees, family, friends and members of the Cincinnati community donate their ponytails and dollars to Pantene Beautiful Lengths on Monday, August 3rd. After the ceremonial cut, hair donors will be treated to finished cuts and styling by local hair professionals.
Also, this just happened -- local Girl Scouts can actually now earn a Pantene Beautiful Lengths badge! Girl Scouts of Western Ohio just announced a new partnership with Pantene Beautiful Lengths to educate girls about hair, cancer, and community action. The goal of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Girl Scout Patch program is to teach girls about healthy hair, inspire them to take action in their community, and show how much a generous and selfless act, such as a hair donation, can mean to a person in need. You can learn more about the new Badge:http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/home/badgeexplorer/
Baby Bodyguards = Best Idea EVER 07/20/15
I feel like I live in a completely different house now that my daughter is mobile. I look at every piece of furniture, edge, and light socket to see if Lola will either try to eat it, climb it, or accidentally split her head open on it. And, unfortunately, I don’t realize which one of these options every.single.thing. in our house will be until Lola goes ahead and shows me.
That’s why I felt like the skies parted, rays of sunshine poured out, and angels started singing when I learned about Baby Bodyguards. They are literally just that — bodyguards for your baby — providing safety services for families with babies and small children. This includes home babyproofing, certified car seat installation, and in-home CPR classes.
Parents have enough to do without worrying about how safe their home environment is. They just come in, walk through the home with the parent, and install any necessary devices.
I told them what their goals are when they come into a house and they said these three things:
Safety without too many restrictions. Kids should be free to explore, learn, and have fun. It’s their home, too.
Education. It’s not just about installing safety equipment; we teach parents about what to watch out for and how they can easily identify and remove potential hazards. Every aspect of our service includes teaching parents new skills.
Thoroughness. We know what small children are likely to get into, and we know how to take care of the things that are threats. Putting in a few outlet covers or cabinet latches is a false sense of security. We don’t want parents to say “I wish I had known about this danger” after an accident happens.
The owners of the business credit their son for being their inspiration. But he’s not the crazy, increasingly-mobile toddler you’re probably envisioning. Dylan Weidlich (their son) was going to school in Chicago and became an EMT for Loyola University. He began working with several Chicago firefighters–providing CPR classes for expectant parents, becoming certified and installing car seats, and consulting with Chicago Children’s Hospital on car seats for post-operative children and children with other special needs. When he returned to Cincinnati, he wanted to continue working with families on safety issues. Dylan’s mom and dad joined him, and they found a family in Brooklyn that was doing this work as Baby Bodyguards. This Cincinnati-based business became their first location outside of New York City.
To learn more about them, visit www.babybodyguards.com and/or like them on Facebook at Baby Bodyguards of SW Ohio. Lots of great info â" and new moms and grandparents (or friends and family, this is a great gift idea!) definitely look into this! Such an amazing idea if you have a little one whoâs more mobile every day!
Iâd write more but I have a crazy toddler to catch! haha!
Behind the Scenes at Wild Hare Salon 07/19/15
I always love telling the stories behind why an entrepreneur started their business — that’s one of the reasons why I started MY business, Cincy Chic! haha! I recently had a chance to chat with Holly Grove, owner of Wild Hare Salon, about her story!
She opened the doors of her salon in Montgomery six years ago, and she and her staff have been a staple for hundreds of Cincinnati gals (including several of my friends!) ever since. Today they offer a laundry list of salon/spa services, like full cut and color, a manicure-pedicure, facial, spray tan, or even up-dos for an entire wedding party!
With decades of industry experience (without giving away their ages, of course! haha!), Holly and her staff have experience working at several large salons, but they like the win-win of being in an intimate environment of a smaller salon, but still staying on the cutting edge (literally!) with continuous education to continue to refine their craft.
Another thing I love is that all of the salon’s hair stylists are Aveda-certified (have you SMELLED Aveda products… so yum!). And, as you probably know Aveda products are all good for you and the environment, and that’s important because The Wild Hare Salon has a passion for healthy, natural options. In fact, this is the only salon in the area that offers Intelligent Nutrients certified organic products.
They’re located at 9465 Loveland Madeira Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Give them a call at (513) 791-2133. Mention Cincy Chic and receive $10 off a manicure or pedicure, or $15 off a cut and color. WOOT!
Victory Weightloss and Wellness 07/18/15
Tired, overweight, and feeling like you’ve lost your mojo? No one understands more than Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, a board certified Anesthesiologist and board certified Interventional Pain specialist. She understands because she’s been there.
Dr. Kerschner completed her medical school education, at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan and subsequent anesthesiology residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
After many years of practicing traditional medicine and treating illness after it has already developed, Dr. Kerschner realized that preventing disease before it starts results in healthier and happier patients. That’s what inspired her to launch her own business,Victory Weight Loss & Wellness.
“Through my own personal journey, I became very interested in the concept of prevention of illness through weight management and bio-identical hormone replacement therapies as a modern way to promote physical and emotional wellness,” Dr. Kerschner explains. Today, through Victory Weight Loss & Wellness, she offers several services and programs for weight loss and bio-identical hormone replacement — for both men and women.
For weight loss, programs include a Prescription Drug Program, HCG Diet Program, Low Calorie Program and Modified Program, all physician-assisted and directed by Dr. Kerschner.
For the bio-identical hormone replacement, she prevents and treats not only the symptoms, but also the causes of hormonal imbalances in men and women. “By obtaining simple blood test, I know exactly which hormones to put back into your body to feel youthful again,” Dr. Kerschner says. “There is a good reason for all the bio-identical hormone hype on Susanne Summers, Dr. Oz and Oprah: Results!”
Dr. Kerschner holds a certificate of training from Dr. Neal Rouzier – a nationally recognized authority in bio-identical hormone replacement therapies and preventive medicine as well as a certificate of training from Canyon Ranch Health and Wellness Program. Dr. Kerschner is a member of numerous medical societies including American Medical Association, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, Ohio Medical Association, Academy for Anti-Aging medicine, and Society of Bariatric Physicians.
Victory Weight Loss & Wellness is located at 9600 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242. To schedule an appointment, visitwww.victoryweightlossandwellness.com or call 513-936-3065. Watch the exclusive webcast below to learn more about Victory Weight Loss & Wellness as well as Dr. Kerschner’s personal journey with hormone imbalance and bio-identical hormone replacement.
40% OFF Wolford Sale at La Silhouette! 07/07/15
La Silhouette in Madeira is having a big sale on Wolford now through July 14. I’ve written about my love for Wolford before — click here to read — it’s one of my favorite brands! They fit so well and after a million washes, still looks as good as new! Check out details about the sale below!
Cincinnati Named Best Recreation City for 2015! 07/06/15
With July being National Park and Recreation Month and America’s largest cities investing more than $6.4 billion on park and recreation in 2014, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of unset
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