Holiday Inspiration and Decorating Trends and Tips from Karen Sacksteder

How to create a Winter Wonderland Window Box withBret Schneider

Holiday Fashion trends and tips – Thanksgiving through New Years Eve with Arlene Aranzamendez  

How to look great for the Holiday’s in less than an hour from Dr. Jon Mendelsohn

Get organized for the Holiday’s with Stephanie Denton

I shared my Inspired Idea tip and recipe - Brined and Deep Fried Turkey

From my table to yours –  Wishing you a delicious Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah!


We CelebrateJoin Laura Powell for the “We Celebrate” Women’s Business Awards Breakfast on Thursday, December 5th, at 7:30am at Horseshoe Casino.  Laura is emceeing the celebration of the contributions and inspirations of the women leaders in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Honors women and women-owned businesses for their achievement, innovation, social responsibility, and mentoring.


Buy 3 Annual Passes, Get 1 Free Limited Time Offer.

Looking for a new way to create lasting memories this holiday season? Keep the wonder and excitement of the holidays going all year with an Annual Pass to the Newport Aquarium!

Start a new tradition this holiday season that will last all year long – get a full year of family fun with Sweet Pea, Scooter, Mighty Mike and all their friends at the Newport Aquarium! And right now, when you buy three Annual Passes, you’ll get one free! (Limited time only; now through December 31.)

Come visit Scuba Santa® for his magical dive show! Santa, his elf and even some friendly fish spread Christmas cheer to Aquarium guests, plus, he’ll even read a special underwater version of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas!


Be mesmerized by shark rays, sea turtles and sharks in the 385,000 gallon Shark Ray Bay.

And who doesn’t love penguins? Watch the antics of the Aquarium’s lovable penguins as they waddle, wiggle and interact with each other. Or take advantage of an additional experience to touch an African Penguin in a Penguin Encounter, where you’ll go inside The Penguin House, talk with an Animal Experience Specialist and take up-close pictures!


Mighty Mike – The biggest, baddest gator outside of Florida.

Did you know you can actually pet a shark in Shark Central? That’s right – you can reach out and pet a California Leopard Shark or a Port Jackson Shark! But if sharks aren’t your style, visit the tide pool where you can touch a horseshoe crab or sea star and learn more about these shallow water dwellers.

All of these amazing opportunities and more are available to Annual Pass holders all year long, making this deal the perfect gift for the holiday season! And you can have four passes for the price of three whether you are a new or renewing pass holder now through December 31! The best part is that the Annual Passes allow you to enjoy the Aquarium as much as you’d like and it pays for itself in less than two visits.

Besides unlimited year-round visits to the aquarium, you’re also giving the gift of exclusive pass holder benefits that include discounts on guest tickets, invites to special pass holder-only events and so much more. Click here for all the details.


Surrounded by Sharks Exhibit at the Newport Aquarium.

For more information, please call 1-800-406-3474 or visit


JonLe-300x300Heating and cooling expert Greg Leisgang shares his knowledge and expertise on how to improve your indoor air quality. Greg has been the president of JonLe Heating and Cooling for over 25 years and has the dedication, commitment and knowledge to guide you in the right direction when it comes to your HVAC system.

Here, Greg shares his knowledge on your to improve your HVAC results.

One of the best methods to achieve lower HVAC bills in your Cincinnati home is to seal it up nice and tight. The only problem with a tightly sealed home is that pollution and moisture generated indoors get stuck there. This leads to poor indoor air quality and worsened allergy and asthma symptoms. The solution to this problem is a heat recovery ventilator.

Sometimes called an HRV, a heat recovery ventilator is essentially a balanced ventilation system that uses the heat from stale, outgoing air to preheat fresh, incoming air. Balanced ventilation is the best type available, since it keeps your home at the same pressure as the exterior.

The major difference between a standard balanced ventilation system and an HRV is the heat-exchange core. This effectively transfers heat the same way your car’s radiator transfers heat from the coolant to the outdoor air. It’s essentially a box made up of narrow alternating passageways. Incoming air passes through half of these passages while outgoing air passes through the other half. As the air streams flow next to each other, they never mix, but up to 85 percent of the heat from the outgoing air is transferred to the incoming air.

The ability to recover heat is what makes an HRV such a better solution than simply opening a window, especially on a bitter cold winter day in Cincinnati. In this way, an HRV lets you save energy and gives your HVAC system a break.

Typical heat recovery ventilators for residential applications move up to 200 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air, but you can customize the airflow to meet your needs. The important thing to consider is that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) suggests at least 15 cfm per person and .35 air changes per hour. At that rate, everyone inside is breathing brand new air every three hours.

To learn more about how heat recovery ventilators improve indoor air quality and boost HVAC results, please contact the professionals at JonLe Heating & Cooling.

You can visit the JonLe website by clicking here, or check out their Facebook page!




November 11, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH – Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located at 11060 Kenwood Road in Blue Ash, is preparing shipments in response to the devastation left behind by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category-5 storm and one of the most powerful ever recorded, reached the central islands of the Philippines on Friday. Three days later, people are struggling to grasp the enormity of the devastation. Thousands of houses are destroyed and many areas are still cut off. As many as 10,000 people may have been killed. Hundreds of thousands of survivors lack food, water, shelter and medicine. Contaminated water is creating escalating health hazards; many areas lack power; roads are blocked or washed out; hospitals are incapacitated or overcrowded; airports destroyed.

“This is a disaster of major proportions,” says Tim Mettey, CEO and Disaster Relief Coordinator of Matthew 25: Ministries. “The damage and loss of life is comparable to the Southeast Asian Tsunami in 2004. This will be a long-term relief effort for us. We are working with several partners in the Philippines to get critical aid to the victims as quickly as possible.”

Matthew 25: Ministries is preparing shipments and working with partners in the Philippines to arrange for shipments of disaster relief for the victims. Matthew 25 is accepting the following donations for disaster relief:

  • Monetary Donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 or text CARING to 50555 to make a $10 donation.
  • Non-Perishable Food: PULL TOP canned vegetables, fruits etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerkies, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
  • Personal Care Products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves etc.
  • Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels etc.
  • Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion etc.
  • First-Aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs etc.

For ongoing information on Matthew 25: Ministries’ response to this most recent disaster, please visit their website at

Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. All designated funds are used for the purpose intended. Text CARING to 50555 to make a $10 donation to disaster relief. For the most up-to-date information about Matthew 25: Ministries’ humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts please contact Joodi Archer at (513) 793-6256 or visit their website at Follow Matthew 25: Ministries on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

ABOUT MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES: Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 14,000,000 pounds of corporate discontinues, misprints, overruns, off-spec, slightly damaged, returned and past season products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 15,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. More than 99% of Matthew 25: Ministries’ cash and in-kind donations go toward programs. Matthew 25 is top-ranked on Forbes’ list of the Most Efficient Large Charities in the US. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked of more than 2,000 four star charities on Charity Navigator. Matthew 25: Ministries appears in The “Philanthropy 400″ listing of America’s Top Charities and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the “Wise Giving Alliance Standards”. For more information, contact Joodi Archer at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit


light up the square rotatorJoin Q102 at Macy’s “Light Up the Square” on Fountain Square, Friday, November 29 at 6pm.  The event is hosted by Q102′s JonJon and Sheree Paolello of News 5. Bring your family down to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree, enjoy live music from Archer’s Paradox, and see appearances by Mayor Mallory and Santa Claus!! The skating rink is open and fireworks go off at 7:30pm. Light up the Square is a family tradition that unites the young and old and kicks off the Christmas season.  If you can’t make it down to the Square, the event can be seen live on Channel 5 at 7pm!!


Brian and Laura here…We just wanted to thank all of our veterans, past and present, for serving our country. You are respected and remembered!