My favorite part about participating in 3rd on Third may have been getting a chance to stock up on some seriously amazing bath and body products from local vendors.  When I realized what a treasure trove I had put together for myself, I knew I had to have a spa day!

Sugar Hy – Body Scrub

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This body scrub is serious business!  I love that it stays gritty long enough to really work on the dead skin cells that need to go.  I used this all over my skin and I can definitely tell that I’ll be relying on this scrub all winter long!  I bought the Breast Cancer edition and the combination of lavender, orange, and jasmine is so very relaxing.  The natural oils are hydrating and knowing it doesn’t have all the chemical junk found in most drugstore body scrubs is wonderful!  This scrub and a vanilla version are available on Sugar Hy’s Etsy page.

Comet Vomit – Nail Polish

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I love love love Comet Vomit’s colors and that I know the person making them!  While Tiffany is no longer making her amazing products here in Dayton (as of this week she’s a Nashvillian) I was so happy to be able to stock up on some new colors in her last time as a vendor at 3rd on Third.  These colors are Galactose Intolerance and Cosmic Wreck.  You can still buy Comet Vomit products via her Etsy page.

Dirty Mouthed Hippy Soap Co. – Lotion

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After a scrub and a mani, nothing is more important than moisturizing and this white tea & ginger lotion is amazing.  Keep up with Dirty Mouthed Hippy Soap Co. by following them on facebook!

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If you’re like me, eating healthy is important but can be hard when it comes to dessert.  When you have a sweet tooth, it’s almost impossible to find something as good as ice cream (which despite packing a lot of calcium, also contains a ton of fat and sugar).  Luckily, Fronana has you covered with their delicious whipped frozen bananas.

This stuff is every bit as good as ice cream except it’s actually completely good for you.  Their flavors are sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, and therefore guilt free!

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I had a chance to enjoy two of the flavors during 3rd on Third – peanut butter and chocolate.  The combination is absolutely delicious!

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My husband tried the pumpkin pie and it was the perfect autumn treat.

Follow their facebook page for updates on where you’ll find them next!

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firmoo blue glasses

If you’ll recall, I love online shopping – even for eye wearFirmoo makes it really easy to try new frames because they let you preview them on their website using your photo and then by having some amazing deals that make trying something new a little less scary.

I decided to get some new glasses and have thought about blue frames.  Firmoo had a great pair of blue glasses and after checking to make sure they would look good on my face shape, I snapped them up.

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I think they were a solid bet!  You would not believe how many compliments I get for wearing these glasses.

If you’re thinking about freshening up your eye wear look, try Firmoo!

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Having tried Yellow Springs Brewery beers around Dayton, I was absolutely thrilled to finally get a chance to visit the brewery and try some brews at the source.

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Yellow Springs Brewery is on the bike trail so it’s convenient for people biking around Glen Helen to stop in and grab a drink before hitting the road again.

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I stuck with the Starmosa, which is a blend of their Captain Stardust Saison and fruit juices – perfect for a hot day like the day we visited.

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I’ll definitely be stopping in at Yellow Springs Brewery when I visit Yellow Springs from now on!

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Yellow Springs Brewery
305 Walnut St
Yellow Springs, OH  45387
(937) 767-0222
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playground theatre

Dayton has what some may call an embarrassment of riches when it comes to our theatre scene compared to most cities of our size.  The newest theatre group to gain momentum is The Playground, and they are on a mission to give Dayton a fresh perspective.

The Playground was founded by Chris Hahn and Jenna Burnette who both share a passion for the performing arts and approaching life with wonder and excitement.   My favorite line of their statement of purpose is to “tell honest and resonant stories, with the stage as our playground.”

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Their first play will be The Breakfast Club at Rosewood Arts Center in December.  Until then, they will be rehearsing and raising funds via their Power2Give fundraising site.  Donating is easy and has its perks – for a pledge of $25, you get a social media shout out and your name on their donors poster at the show!

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I’m so excited to see what The Playground does next!

The Playground Theatre
The Breakfast Club
Rosewood Arts Center
December 11  & 18 @ 7:00pm  December 12, 13, 19, 20 @ 8:00pm

 

The following is an official press release:

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Oregon District restaurant continues seasonal menu changes

Lily’s Bistro opened in May, 2013 with a commitment to serving “fresh, fun, seasonal food + drinks.”  Since then, they have offered a changing menu of eclectic American food and beverages to accompany each season.

Executive Chef Mariah Gahagan says this menu has more of a focus on comfort food.  “To me, a big bowl of ramen is just as much ‘comfort food’ as chicken noodle soup, and the idea of expanding the notion of comfort food to regions outside of the Midwest influenced our new menu quite a bit.”

However this doesn’t means favorites from last fall aren’t returning. “We decided to bring back some of the most popular, hearty plates from last year, like the duck breast with savory bread pudding, the bone-in pork chops, and the meatloaf with mashed potatoes—foods that are very much traditional ‘comfort foods.’  But we also added snacks like crab rangoon and calamari, as well as entrees of pork ramen with bacon dashi and Cajun red beans and dirty rice,” said Gahagan.

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“With every menu, we change the produce and the proteins to reflect what is locally-grown and available fresh.  We also change the cocktail program, beers, and wines to fit with the dinner, lunch, and brunch menus,” says General Manager Emily Mendenhall.  “But with this menu change more than any other, it was about creating items that encapsulate what you want to eat and drink as the days turn cool and we approach holidays.  My favorite new cocktail is the Santa Muerte, which is like a spiced-pear margarita, perfect for fall. We’ve also expanded our red wine selection to include bolder reds.”

Lily’s Bistro offers their seasonal lunch menu Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-3pm, and their full dinner menu Tuesday-Saturday from 5-10pm.  Dinner entrees range from $15-23.  On Friday and Saturday they also have a full bar featuring unique cocktails until 1am.  On Sundays, Lily’s serves their brunch menu from 11am-3pm, and has “Family Style Fried Chicken Dinner” from 5-9:30pm, a more casual dinner menu focusing on local, free-range fried chicken and assorted southern-influenced sides and snacks.

Lily’s Bistro is an independent, family-run Eclectic American restaurant offering seasonal food and drinks in a casual-upscale atmosphere.

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flyboys deli

On a recent Friday, my friend Tina and I decided it was a perfect day to try Flyboy’s Deli in Oakwood for lunch.

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I absolutely loved my experience here:  the food, service, and prices are great!  Seriously, the servers are hilarious – they were cracking us up!

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I tried “The Chisel” veggie naan sandwich, which had marinated, roasted asparagus, onions, and fresh mozzarella.

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Tina got a yummy quesadilla!

I remember a brief time when this was a great coffee shop, so I’m really glad that Flyboy’s Deli also serves coffee (not to mention beer, wine, etc.).  They also serve breakfast sandwiches so I’m definitely planning a morning visit!

Flyboy’s Deli
2515 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH  45419
(937) 723-6135
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Nothing makes me happier than getting a chance to merge some of my favorite things:  Shopping while eating frozen yogurt, drinking wine and talking with good friends, etc.  So I was extra, super happy to merge my love of writing about Dayton with my love for nerding out over Ancient Native American culture (which I studied in my undergraduate education).  I loved writing this article for Dayton Local:

Ancient Native American Sites of South Western Ohio

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I loved getting to write this great piece on the Oregon District for Virgin Atlantic‘s blog!

Discover Dayton:  A Guide to the Oregon District

gate to the oregon by beth weeksIt’s nice to know that, thanks to Virgin Atlantic, Dayton has fans all over the globe!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Weeks

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The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is this weekend on Saturday, October 18!

If you’d like to join, but don’t know anyone who has started a team, feel free to join mine using this link:  Making Strides Dayton.  The team name is On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

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I’m also selling these pink ribbon hair ties to raise money to donate to the Making Strides walk:  Girl About Town – Breast Cancer 5-Pack.  Use coupon code MAKINGSTRIDES for free shipping.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – Dayton
Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location:  Fifth Third Field  (Map view of Fifth Third Field)
Walker Check-in/Rolling Start:  8:00am-10:00am