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Our Soft Spot for Soft-Serve


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Creamy whip. Whippy dip. Soft serve. Whatever your family calls it, we know you have one nearby, and if you’re like us, you’re at the walk up window far too often. Even though Cincinnati is having a hard time deciding to warm up, (seriously. It snowed AGAIN this week) that hasn’t stopped our little ice cream shops from firing up their ice cream machines. So who’s ready for some ice cream? (does anyone really ever say, “not me?”) Take a little drive and try out someone else’s little ice cream joint. Try out a few in one day if you feel like it. Warm weather is on the way and you’ll need plenty of options.

  1. Flub’s – Flub’s is a staple in our hometown. With 3 locations (Ross, Hamilton and Fairfield), homemade flavors and more Cyclone options than you could ever dream of, Flub’s is a tough one to beat. Go often. Get Crunch Kote. Go back in the fall for the best pumpkin ice cream that has ever graced your lips.
  2. The Cone – The Cone not only has great ice cream, they have rides and games for the little ones. That means parents can eat their own ice cream before it melts. Win.
  3. Lil Goodie Shoppe – This place probably knows Em’s husband by name because he was there practically every day when she was pregnant. Reese cup flurry for us, please!
  4. Zip Dip – Zip Dip has everything from ice cream to chili dogs! Which means you can feed the family and then stick around for dinner.
  5. ______________ – We’re whippy dip junkies. Tell us your favorite spot so we can pay them a visit!

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Saving Grace Boutique Giveaway


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A couple weeks ago we met Kristy for coffee to go over some ideas she had for a promotional giveaway. She is a local realtor and pop-up boutique owner who has a dream to assist adolescents who are struggling with addiction and to increase awareness for the importance of mental health, especially among young people. This dream led her to open Saving Grace Boutique.

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Kristy hopes that her hard work and passion will give her the means to create a college scholarship specifically benefitting students who have battled and are recovering from addiction and mental health disparities.

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Kristy does all the buying herself and we love the clothes and accessories that she has available. She has been generous enough to offer our readers an exclusive giveaway in honor of Sincerely, Doris Jane’s 1st birthday! We’ll be announcing our winner next week!

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Below you’ll find the rules for this giveaway and how to enter. We hope that even if you don’t win next week, that you’ll consider shopping small as much as possible in 2018.

Good Luck!

How to Enter:

  • Tag a friend in the comments on our Instagram and like the post.
  • Follow @SincerelyDorisJane Instagram
  • Follow @SavingGrace513

Rules (and other legal stuff we have to say…)

  • Winners must be at least 18 years old and live within the continental United States.
  • Winners will be notified prior to follow up announcement for permission to post their name as our winner.
  • There will be one winner.
  • Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash
  • Our sponsors reserve the right to determine expiration dates for any promotional codes or gift cards/certificates that are given away.
  • Our giveaways are not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook or WordPress. We are solely responsible for the promotion and execution of our giveaways and reserve the right to enforce all applicable rules.
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What We’re Reading


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Birds are chirping, temperatures are slowly creeping up and the worst of the winter is (hopefully) over. We think it’s finally safe to say this … SPRING IS ON THE WAY! It’s so close we can practically feel the sunshine, but before we get to enjoy those May flowers, we first have to get through those springtime dreary, wet days.

One of our favorite ways to pass the time on rainy days (other than double the length of our Dad’s to-do/make/repair/build list of course) is to curl up on the couch with something to read. Whether it’s a book we picked up at the library or a great new blog we’ve stumbled upon, you’ll find us being bookworms for the next few weeks. So in the spirit of waiting-for-spring solidarity, we thought we’d tell you what’s sitting on our nightstand or in our inbox.

Blogs:

Breakfast with Nick – Nick, of Breakfast with Nick, was one of Jess’ professors at The Ohio State University. His blog equips you with travel guides, restaurant reviews and recipes from St. Louis to the Outer Banks. Stick with Nick’s advice and leave your mediocre out of town dining experiences behind.

Fleamarket Insiders – If you’re a flea market junky like we are, you need to subscribe. Right now. Not only does this site give you a map of the best flea markets around you based on your location, they’ll teach you what to sell, how to get the best deal and hot items to look for during your next trip.

Off The Clock Nurse – here’s another recommendation from Jess, our very own nurse. Off the Clock Nurse is a chronology of “adventures of a 30-something, single nurse who just needed a damn vacation.” She’s been to Seattle, Greece and everywhere in between and her photos are amaaazing.

Books:

How to Raise a Gentleman – Em has a 20 month old who is a wild little guy, but underneath the rough-and-tumble attitude, sticky hands and dirty face, theres a little boy who’s as sweet as honey. Determined to raise a well mannered little boy, Em started reading How to Raise a Gentleman by Kay West.

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Cut Flower Garden – One of Em’s Resolutions was to learn something new this year. So far she’s begun learning to sew and hopes to turn her brown thumbs green by planting (and not killing) a container garden and a few new flower beds. Cut Flower Garden is not only chockful of beautiful photos but plenty of information for the novice gardener.

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Bible / Jesus Calling – Jess made the resolution this year to read the Bible cover to cover. Em chose a daily devotional, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, as an uplifting way to start her day. No matter which version you choose, couldn’t we all use a little more Jesus?

What are you reading? We’re always looking for our next favorite book!

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First Lady Facts: Answers


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  1. I was the first First Lady to wear pants in public. I am … Pat Nixon
  2. I am the only First Lady to give birth to twins. I am … Laura Bush
  3. I won an Emmy award for my television tour of the White House. I am also an SDJ style idol. I am … Jacqueline Kennedy
  4. I was the first First Lady to hold press conferences, write a daily newspaper column and host a weekly radio show … I am Eleanor Roosevelt.
  5. I was the first First Lady to vote I am … Florence Harding
  6. I was the first First Lady to have a Christmas tree in the White House. I am … Caroline Harrison
  7. I hosted the first Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. I am … Lucy Hayes
  8. I was the only First Lady to receive an honorary seat on the floor of Congress. I am … Dolly Madison
  9. I was the first President’s wife to be given the title “Lady.” I am … Martha Washington
  10. I held a degree from Stanford University and spoke fluent Chinese. I am… Lou Hoover

Bonus: Our current First Lady, Melania Trump, speaks 5 languages. Can you name them?

  • Slovenian, Serbian, English, French and German
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Pop Quiz: First Lady Facts


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Happy Presidents’ Day!

Today is a day to celebrate the men who have occupied the Oval Office. Politics aside, we think there’s one thing we can all agree on … that no matter who it is taking the oath on Inauguration Day, there will always be a strong woman standing next to him. These women, the First Lady’s of the United States, didn’t just act as a supportive force as their husbands shouldered the country, both in good times and bad, they took on social issues, charities and, in some cases, even acted as Secretary.

We thought it would be fun to test our First Lady knowledge! See how many you can guess correctly – we’ll post the answers tomorrow morning.

  1. I was the first First Lady to wear pants in public. I am …
  2. I am the only First Lady to give birth to twins. I am …
  3. I won an Emmy award for my television tour of the White House. I am also an SDJ style idol. I am …
  4. I was the first First Lady to hold press conferences, write a daily newspaper column and host a weekly radio show. I am …
  5. I was the first First Lady to vote. I am …
  6. I was the first First Lady to have a Christmas tree in the White House. I am …
  7. I hosted the first Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. I am …
  8. I received an honorary seat on the floor of Congress. I am …
  9. I was the first President’s wife to be given the title “Lady.” I am …
  10. I held a degree from Stanford University and spoke fluent Chinese. I am…

Bonus: Our current First Lady, Melania Trump, speaks 5 languages. Can you name them?

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!


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Drumroll please …. Our winners are:

  • Rebecca G. – Gelato flight from Kee Mo Sabe Espresso & Gelato
  • Emily M. – Younique Splash Liquid Lipstick in Sizzling
  • Ally H. – 1 Dozen bagels and a T-shirt from Five One Three Bagel Co.
  • Ashley R. – Flores Lane Candle

 

Thank you to everyone who entered! Keep an eye out for our next giveaway!

 

Sincerely,

Doris Jane

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Giveaway #4: Flores Lane Candle


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Remember when we first mentioned our favorite little addition to Emily’s dresser makeover? That was our first encounter with Flores Lane candles and we haven’t turned back. We bring up Flores Lane a lot in our posts (and sometimes in daily conversation because we’re that obsessed), and for good reason. We’ve yet to find a candle of hers that we don’t like.

We’ve always been a little candle crazy, constantly searching for the right scent, an awesome jar, the best slow burning beauty to cast that home-y glow around our room. We can honestly say our search is over. Trish, owner of Flores Lane, is an LA based, but Cincinnati born girl-boss.

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She was tired of paying for overpriced candles so she decided to make her own right out of her apartment turned “lab.” Working well into the wee hours hand pouring and perfecting custom orders for everyone from Sincerely, Doris Jane to Jimmy Kimmel (that’s a big gap, friends.)

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Her candles also boast a “clean burn,” so you can enjoy these little guys all day guilt free. Non-toxic, all natural ingredients and sustainable, her soy wax candles are the perfect way to lift your mood or warm your home (figuratively, of course. Please keep your furnaces on, people.)

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From tobacco to gardenia, Trish has a little something for every candle lover out there. Our personal favorites are Palos Verdes from the LA line, and East Side from the Cincinnati line, but we’ve yet to find one we don’t love!

TO WIN:

  • Tag a fellow candle lover
  • Follow Sincerely, Doris Jane on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Follow Flores Lane on Instagram and Facebook

 

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Giveaway #3: Five One Three Bagel Co.


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One of our favorite things about small businesses owners is their willingness to give back to their community. Five One Three Bagel Co. is a great little bakery in Over the Rhine with an even greater back story.

Five One Three Bagel Co. owner, Kim Hoover found her business inspiration while recovering from alcohol addiction. She wanted to create a company based on courage, transformation and philanthropy.

Kim hopes to help others who suffer from addiction by sharing her story, and her gourmet bagels. She plans to donate a portion of the company’s process to local addiction recovery services. She hopes to help others experience the gifts that a drug and alcohol free life has to offer.

Five One Three Bagel Co. operates out of Findlay Kitchen in Over-the-Rhine. Their bagels are made from scratch using a preferment dough that is hand-rolled and allowed to proof overnight.

With Specialty Flavors like Blueberry Lemon, Apricot Pistachio and their Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Bagel Bun as well as Classic Flavors, you really can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose!

One of our readers will win a Five One Three Bagel Co. t-shirt, and a gift certificate for a bakers choice dozen bagels!

All you have to do is:

  • Tag a friend who can’t pass up a great Bagel.
  • Follow Sincerely Doris Jane on Instagram and Facebook
  • Follow Five One Three Bagel on Instagram and Facebook

Interested in placing a specialty order or catering? Click here!

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Giveaway #2: Younique Splash Liquid Lipstick


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Do we have any fellow cosmetics junkies? We have boxes of lipsticks, baskets of bronzers and blushes, a drawer of eyeshadow palettes. We have a problem.

One of our favorite looks is a red lip. Matched correctly to your skin tone, a bold red lip is as classic as your favorite little black dress. Our friend, Kendra, gave us this Younique lipstick to share with our readers! This lipstick can also be used as a blush when you need a pop of color on your cheeks (who else here has used their lipstick as a blush when they’re in a pinch and need a little color? This is one of our favorite save-the-day tricks.) 

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Our winner will get a tube of Splash Liquid Lipstick in Sizzling, ($27 value) completely FREEEE from our girl Kendra Thomas. (click here to place an order with Kendra!) Kendra is a yellow status presenter and would love to help you find your perfect products. (Have questions? Click here to e-mail Kendra) This sassy red shade is a must for your makeup bag, and it’ll only cost you a couple clicks. Tag a friend, then follow our Instagram/Facebook pages (@sincerelydorisjane). That’s it!

We’ll announce our winner on January 8, 2018 so check back soon to see if you’ve won!

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4 Days of Giveaways!


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Take a peek at our Sentimental Journeys page and you’ll see why we care so much for small businesses. Our grandparents always told us of a time when people not only helped their neighbor, but they really knew their neighbor. Everyone was connected by the simple fact that they belonged to the same neighborhood. They shared a sense of pride and adoration for their hometown and their country, and there’s something romantically nostalgic about that kind of inherent kindness, isn’t there?

We’re passionate about supporting small businesses because we believe that is the first step to bringing back that sense of community. We thought the beginning of a new year would be a perfect time to encourage our shop small initiative. We wanted to introduce our readers to some really special small businesses by giving away some of their great products all this week. So we teamed up with Kee Mo Sabe Espresso and Gelato, a Younique Cosmetics rep, FiveOneThree Bagel Co. and Flores Lane candles to give back twice; we give our loyal readers a little love, and then also do what we can to help get our readers through the doors of some of our favorite small businesses.

Below you’ll find the rules for these giveaways and how to enter. We hope that even if you don’t win next week, that you’ll consider shopping small as much as possible in 2018.

Good Luck!

How to Enter:

  • Tag a friend in the comments on our Instagram/Facebook and like the post.
  • Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Follow the Facebook/Instagram pages of our giveaway sponsors

 

Rules (and other legal stuff we have to say…):

  • Winners must be at least 18 years old and live within the continental United States.
  • Winners will be notified prior to follow up announcement for permission to post their name as our winner.
  • There will be one winner per day.
  • Winners for Kee Mo Sabe and FiveOneThree Bagel must live in the Cincinnati, OH area.
  • Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash
  • Our sponsors reserve the right to determine expiration dates for any promotional codes or gift cards/certificates that are given away.
  • Our giveaways are not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook or WordPress. We are solely responsible for the promotion and execution of our giveaways and reserve the right to enforce all applicable rules.