Father's Day looks completely different than last year. My Dad and I are vaccinated and ready to spend some time in person and around the city. These are all things my Dad and I like to do together, I'm hoping you and your father/dad figure can do the same!
Treat Dad to His Favorite Meal
My Dad loves him some Frisch's - so I decided to take him to try some of their new menu items. My Dad is a big fan of buffalo, anything and luckily they have new buffalo popcorn shrimp. He even shared a fry with me :)
Cool Off At The Pool
The weather is warming up and the cicadas are disappearing. My Dad has always loved swimming and he made sure all his children were strong swimmers. Schedule some time at a local community pool and spend some quality splash time with Dad. You can book times at your local CRC or Downtown at Zigler pool. Pack some snacks or purchase there!
My Dad loves to dance. So the perfect thing for us to do is take our talents down to Fountain Square for Salsa on the Square on Thursday nights. My Dad competed in Cincinnati Dancing with the Stars, so he was teaching me some of his Tango moves before we hit the square. This is the perfect thing to do if your Dad loves to dance. They always have great music, food and if nothing else, great people watching.
Keep Dad Healthy
We've been through enough this last year with a pandemic. We all were in the house and not moving as much. Let's get those Dad active! Take Dad on a Hike, Walk, Go to the Gym and even take him to get vaccinated if you have not already. There are so many beautiful Parks around Cincinnati you can take him too, explore new hiking trails you may not have known about before. We want our Dad's to be around for many many more Father's Day.
This post is sponsored by WHIMZEES®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Does your Dog Child Brush his teeth? Well if they don’t, then they need to start. Did you know, Dental disease is the #1 health issue for dogs. In fact, 80% of adult dogs have dental disease, which could mean other health issues down the road. But a lot of dog owners aren’t aware of this. If you’re like me, my dog Ralph is like my child. I want to make sure I’m keeping him happy and healthy to live his best life. I’m so glad I discovered WHIMZEES® Brushzees.
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Father’s Day is right around the corner! Have you gotten your Dad the perfect gift yet? If you are like me, then no. For me, getting a gift for my Dad can be very challenging. I’ve decided to switch up the usual gifts of ties and gift cards. Here are some quick and thoughtful gift ideas that will make Dad’s of all ages and styles happy.
Mobile Car Detailing - Isome Detailing
If your Dad is like mine, then he loves his cars. Give him the gift of taking care of his other babies with a mobile car detailing gift. This is a local small Black owned business that you can support, Isome Detailing. These amazing guys come to you, so it takes taking your car to a car wash a thing in the past. Just schedule an appointment, sit back and relax for them to come to you. They did an amazing job and this would be the perfect Father's Day surprise! Find out more information and contact them here
Beard Facial - Grace + Grit Spa
Let's keep those Beards healthy and clean (and connecting). My good friend Crystal, owner of Grace + Grit Spa offers an life changing beard facial for men called: The GentleMan's Beard Facial.
The GentleMans' Beard Facial will leave your beard and face feeling clean, nourished, and soft with a deep pore cleaning, exfoliation and hydration. Bacteria that causes breakouts can hide in the beard. We will use a High Frequency comb to kill the bacteria and help alleviate ingrown hairs. Relax and enjoy a neck, shoulder, facial and scalp massage to de-stress the entire body.
Book him an appointment or buy a gift card here.
Plan a Trip
Take Dad up the street to Indy for a quick getaway. Indy has a lot of great attractions, restaurants and more that Dad would enjoy! Personally, I would check out the Bottleworks Hotel, Khora restaurant and Fashion Place Mall.
You can read more about my visit to Indy here for more ideas!
Premium Whiskey with a History
Does your Dad like a nice whiskey? What about a whiskey with a rich historical background? Then Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is the perfect gift for him.
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is inspired by the best whiskey-maker the world never knew, the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States, Nearest Green. The Uncle Nearest brand, wholly owned by Uncle Nearest, Inc., encompasses a premium aged whiskey, an 11-year-old single barrel product, and a 7-year-old small batch offering, all distilled, aged, bottled and hand-labeled in Tennessee.
To find where you can purchase find out here.
Every now and then a Boss Babe has to recharge her batteries. What better way than taking astaycation in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Now, I know what you may be thinking - “Morgan, you travel to so many places - why Cincinnati?” To that I say, “Why not!” Cincinnati, especially downtown has so many amazing businesses, hotels, restaurants and more that you will feel you are on a getaway.
What about staying safe? Absolutely! You can be responsible, safe and still go have a great time in the city. A lot of Downtown restaurants, businesses and hotels are ready for their customers with updated safety precautions. Also, a lot of these businesses would love to have the support, especially after a crazy year we all had.
We all have different meanings of what a “staycation” is, but to me a “staycation” involves staying at a chic hotel, pampering myself, treating myself to a little luxury shopping and of course eating a great meal - solo. Yes, decided to leave my dog child Ralph with his Grandparents this time around. I needed to enjoy some ‘me time”. I personally recommend all these places below where I stayed, play’d, pampered and indulged at below:
My Stay: Renaissance Hotel
This hotel is nestled in the heart of downtown on 4th street. The hotel itself is beautiful, it reminded me of a modern Art Deco. The room was very spacious, clean and perfect for my single oasis. The Renaissance offers an array of amenities such as a fitness center, pool - but I took the time just to enjoy finishing up some writing, watching tv and enjoying the big plush bed all to myself :)
I felt very safe as there were hand sanitizers and safety precautions throughout the hotel – even the remote was sanitized. Honestly, this is the best way to social distance because you’re in a complete clean room by yourself.
To book your stay at the Renaissance or check it out for more details click here:
Where I Played: Saks Fifth Avenue
If you know me, then you know - I love everything about Saks Fifth Avenue. My earlier memory is going to Saks as a little girl with my mother and falling in love with all the beautiful shoes, bags and clothing. When I arrived at Saks I was greeted by one of my favorite associate friends, Guy who pulled me into a private shopping room so I could have some extra one-on-one attention looking at the newest arrivals. Even if I am just window shopping, I still love the experience and service I get at Saks. They are always patient and attentive to my needs - even if I don’t make a purchase.
I also enjoyed checking out the beauty section and seeing what the latest Spring/Summer trends are - after all, it’s what I do - right? :)
Make sure you pay Saks a visit, even if it’s just to check out the latest styles/fashions or beauty products.
Treat Yo Self: Umber 86
Umber 86 is a black owned business located Downtown on Walnut Street. It is an eclectic wax bar curated and dedicated to your healing and rejuvenation through body wax & vinyl. How cool is that!?
I decided I needed a quick underarm wax; the service was very fast and friendly. The ambiance was nothing like I have seen before from a “wax bar” it definitely felt like I was in another place for my “staycation.” They have other full services ranging from pretty much anything you can think of to get waxed for both women and men.
Make sure you support this woman owned/black owned business in downtown by booking a wax appointment here:
Treat Yo Self: Face it Spa/Lioresurgical
I paid a visit to one of the best kept secrets in downtown Cincinnati, Face It Spa owned by Giovanni Finocchiaro. It is a chic – urban spa bringing beauty to Downtown Cincinnati. If you follow me, you know I LOVE my skincare and getting facials regularly. The goal is to be pampered and I knew Face It Spa would not disappoint. I got a customized facial that I wanted to help with my hyper-pigmentation, glow and just to keep me looking youthful. Gio’s spa is so cute and intimate and allows you to get the right one-on-one pampering that you need. Check him out here
Dr. Gina joined Face It Spa with her newly opened Medspa, Lioresurgical. After my facial I decided to get a little refresher on my Botox - win/win! She also specializes in other services to keep your skin looking tight and right!
If you want to keep your skin glowing, make sure you book a customized facial with Gio here:
If you’re interested in wrinkle relaxers, fillers and other Medspa services make sure you check out Dr. Gina here:
What I Ate: Nada
This is my all-time FAVORITE Cincinnati restaurants. Every time I step inside, I feel I am transported to another country. The ambiance and décor is so chic, upbeat and fun – it’s the perfect place for me to end my “staycation” night and treat myself to an amazing meal all to myself.
Here is the rundown on what I ate:
This four-cheese devil is so addicting! It’s creamy and just the perfect bit of spice. I love putting my queso on anything I order from Nada – it’s that good!
Now, my mama makes a pretty great guac, but Nada is my second favorite. The name and pictures explain it all. If you are a guac fan, this is for you!
This beer can roasted chicken is two words: DA BOMB. Oh my goodness, words can’t even describe how juicy and satisfying this chicken is. Now you can get a whole chicken or half order – I really think I could eat a whole all by myself – but kept it cute. It comes with fries aka “papas fritas” and two amazing sauces to dip everything in. It’s a must try!
Got to have something to wash all this good food down with right!? Me and the Nadarita have been besties for years. Unlike most margaritas – the nadarita is very smooth. I will warn you; you’ll forget there is alcohol – so pace yourself and call an Uber ☺
To get your nada on’ make sure you book a reservation, even though not needed - but I would recommend, here:
There is something for everyone in this wonderful city! It may not look like mine, but you can find your new favorite things to do at CincinnatiExperience.com. So, get your mask on and get your Cincy on! (And tell em, Morgan sent you :))
As we close out May, I also wondered about health issues my mother and I should be working on together. I mentioned previously my Mom is in her 60’s and I am in my 30’s. Are there any women’s health needs we both should be focused on together to support each other? I asked Samantha Sinclair, MD from @thechristhospital Obstetrics & Gynecology and she gave some great tips such as:
What health issues should we work on together? Preventative care varies from age to age, but here are some good places to start:
What health issues differ at our ages (60s and 30s)? It varies person to person and with age, but the big things women don't seem to be prepared for are :
Vaccinated and ready to GO! I've been traveling a lot lately for work, still safely and still masked up! However, traveling these days I've made sure I bring some beauty/lifestyle necessities to help me navigate traveling and keeping my skin and lifestyle routines healthy and happy.
With wearing Mask's don't forget to take care of your skin, especially before and after flying. Here are a few skincare travel products I always pack and why:
I get it from my Mama.
On Mother’s Day this year, my mother and I had a very transparent and important conversation about our health as Women. As we get older, I feel like health related conversations need to take place so we all can maintain and take preventive care of our bodies. I sat down with her and asked her some questions about her health history with the help of my good friends at @thechristhospital. My mom is in her 60’s (and girlfriend looks GOODT) and I am in my 30’s (I know, I know). I asked Samantha Sinclair, MD from @thechristhospital Obstetrics & Gynecology what top 5 questions I should ask my mom about her health history.
Top 5 questions I should ask my mom about her health history: (my mom is in her 60s and I’m in my mid-30s):
So, I’ve talked about this before. Credit has always been a battle, personally. It started in college, credit card and store cards where being offered to me like candy. My parents warned me about them but as a broke college student, “free money” that I would only need to pay back monthly (in a little minimum payments) seemed like a dream to me. I had no clue about APR rates, how paying the minimum payment does nothing to help or monthly fees add to the bill. Let’s also add in that I did not have job over than being a student. All I saw was clothes, food and other frivolous things I can’t even remember getting.
My credit really took a hit. This is what always prevented me from getting a car, I thought it was best to just let my father handle these things. When speaking with William Parks at SVG, he told me to not let my credit score/history scare me into not buying a car. Lets get into some Myths VS Facts.
Still time to make Mother’s Day Sweet, save this recipe.
Do you like Pineapple Upside down Cake? What about pineapple coconut vodka? I had the brilliant idea to pair these two delicious thing into one! Phoenacolada vodka + Cupcakes = Phoenacolada Upside Down Cupcakes. Get ready for your mind and taste buds to be blown away. Phoenacolada is a black owned pineapple coconut vodka brand that just made its way into OHIO - I am so excited that all my hometown friends can now purchase this so easily.
Check out the recipe below and Also, find out where you can purchase a bottle of Phoenacolada for yourself and support a Black Owned & Woman Owned business here
Would you eat these? Shout out to @nikstate For helping me baking this recipe!
So, what’s the first step in buying a car? I asked, William Parks from SVG Motors his top 3 things you should keep in mind when/if you are ready to buy a car. Those are:
Knowing what it is you are looking for. What sort of mileage, brand, and price range you are looking for.
Do not just think cheaper is better. You may be wasting money by constantly looking for $5000 cars or less which typically will be quicker to break down and need to be replaced more often. Having a more expensive car usually means having a more reliable car.
Often times customers find a vehicle that they like or fit every portion of their needs but will not pull the trigger thinking that they might strike lightning twice. But what oftentimes happens is they leave and look for another vehicle which typically isn't available anymore then they come back to the original vehicle only for another person to have made the decision and the indecisive customer misses out on both vehicles. As well as wasted a few hours and will have to waste a few more hours to get back to the point they had previously already been in. If you like the car and it checks your boxes buy the car. Don't cause yourself that extra stress.
These are all great tips and will help me tremendously in my car buying journey! Stay tuned for more of my journey and great car information from SVG Motors.
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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