Self Care

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What is self-care?
Self-care is any activity or mindset that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety.

What isn’t self-care?
Knowing what self-care is not might be even more important. It is not something that we force ourselves to do, or something we don’t enjoy doing. As Agnes Wainman explained, self-care is “something that refuels us, rather than takes from us.”


We were shocked to hear that the majority of you who answered our self care questions, did NOT practice self care! Some of the reasons why were because of time, didn’t know where to start, or money. We hope that after you read this, you will know some ways to include self care in your everyday routine, because it’s so important!

So, let’s talk about ways to practice self care.. we found this chart pictured below and thought it would be a quick visual helpful way to see some ideas! Self care does not have to cost money, it can be going on a walk, listening to a Spotify playlist, getting enough sleep, journaling, drinking enough water… There’s so many different ways for each of us to feel refreshed and renewed, you just have to figure out what works for you specifically.

Some of you let us know some amazing, helpful ways to include self care in your routine, here’s a few we like…

  1. Yoga / meditation (or any form of exercise)

  2. Taking a bath / facial mask

  3. Eating well and drinking enough water

  4. Massage

  5. Ladies night out

  6. Hallmark channel or your favorite movie / show

  7. Lighting a candle and reading a book

  8. Gardening

  9. Set aside your phone, ipad or computer and unplug

  10. Marie Kondo (purge unwanted items in your home and donate them)

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Here’s 3 helpful tips we found that is worth a share!

Tips by Jessica Michaelson, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist and certified coach for adults and couples who want to find more joy and meaning in their busy lives.

Rethink self-care.

The first step to prioritizing self-care is to revise your views on it—to realize how powerful and vital it is. Taking care of ourselves is a “basic human need, it’s not weakness,” Michaelson said.

It’s also not selfish. To the contrary, self-care makes us more available and open to others, she said. We have more to give when we’re not exhausted, sleep-deprived or overwhelmed. Plus, “self-care is an ongoing, daily practice, not an every-once-in-a-while splurge.” 

Learn to pay attention to your needs.  

This is a skill you can sharpen. Because, again, many of us weren’t taught to identify, acknowledge and respect our needs. Rather, unfortunately, we’re often taught to dismiss or judge them.

Michaelson suggested setting a timer to go off every hour to check in on how you’re feeling physically and emotionally. “Are you hungry? Are you stressed? What does hunger and stress feel like in your body? How are they different?”

Take small action.

Michaelson noted that self-care is taking small actions that serve our well-being. For instance, if you’re hungry, eat. If you’re tired, take a break. If you’re upset, talk to someone you trust. Don’t be afraid of therapy if needed.

Self-care also is individual. It is “based on the specifics of what works for you to be well in your body and mind.” How do you know what that is? You experiment, she said.

Again, self-care isn’t some empty, meaningless term. It isn’t defined as spoiling yourself. “Self-care means paying attention to yourself, understanding how you work and taking action that serves your personal needs,” Michaelson said. It “means not living only to please others or fit into assumptions about what you’re supposed to think, feel and do.” Self-care is vital for each of us, and it is something we can learn to do.

Do you practice self care? Let us know below your tips on how to feel refreshed and renewed!

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Benninghofen Home in Hamilton

Did you know this historic home is right here in Hamilton? Located in the historic Dayton Lane neighborhood in Hamilton, Ohio,  the house was built by Christian and Anna Benninghofen in 1892. It features intricate woodwork, beautiful fireplaces featuring Hamilton tile, amazing stained glass windows, Lincrusta wall coverings, a grand porch, and lush backyard.

The Benninghofen House has seen a variety of owners over the years, and was purchased by Michael and Bekki Rennick in 2015. Their family resides in the first 2 floors of the home. The upper floors feature 3 rental apartments, 1 that is occupied by long-term tenants, and 2 that are available to rent for short-term vacation/work trips.  Stay in The Tower Apartment or The Garden Apartment the next time you visit Hamilton!  You can book the entire third floor for larger groups. Here’s the AIRBNB link if you want to stay here! Only 40 minutes from Dayton and Cincinnati!

In addition to participating in neighborhood events like the bi-annual Dayton Lane May Promenade, and yearly Ghost Walk in the Fall, they are open our home up to host events such as yoga, painting parties, photo and video shoots, and  Murder Mystery Dinners. They just completed their outdoor kitchen/pizza oven in the backyard to host pizza nights and bake fresh bread for the community, YUM!


We were able to have a styled shoot right in their upstairs apartment and OH MY, what a perfect place!

Below are a few of our favorites items in the store right now. See something you like ? Call us to order (513-668-6789) or stop in today (254 High Street in Hamilton, Ohio)!

Salvage Saturday with Cincy Book Bus

It may not be for everyone, but if you’re a lover of industrial carts, pocket doors, barn wood, antique medicine cabinets and pretty much anything cast iron or metal, you’re a lover of salvage. As I write this blog I look around my home and see corrugated metal walls, a 120 year door acting as facing for our kitchen island and a giant light up arrow; that once hung at amusement park, now hanging from the ceiling in our family room. If you’ve ever looked up while driving west on High Street perhaps you’ve seen it thru our window. Our house is layered with texture and fabrics. I love plants and fresh flowers and how it all pairs up with touches of eclectic and modern. But underneath it all, you’ll find a pretty solid foundation of salvaged goods.

A couple of years ago we hosted our first Salvage Saturday. We invited some favorite vendors and collectors to set up outside the shop and brought out a few of our own finds as well. This month we are so excited to have the Cincy Book Bus joining us! If you have never seen a vintage bus in pristine condition pull up and instantly transform itself into a little book store you’re missing out! Once again we’ll be pulling out antique ceiling tiles, old doors, windows, furniture and miscellaneous great items from our workshop. Between the Book Bus and our collected treasures, the sidewalk outside our shop should look pretty inviting! Speaking of that, you’re all invited to join us, Saturday, July 13th, 10 to 4pm for Salvage Saturday!

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Salvage Saturday!

Join us for another Salvage Saturday at Sara’s House. We will fill the sidewalk on high street in Hamilton with some amazing, one of a kind finds! We’ve hosted this event a few times now, and there’s always new, unique items to bring out. We will have a pop up with Donna Hansen, a local pottery maker. The Hamilton Flea will also be going on that Saturday, so don’t forget to walk two blocks towards the river and shop the flea!

Here’s some photos of past Salvage Saturday items…

We have clothing!

We started to carry women's clothing this past month! One of our featured brands is FashionABLE

ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. We manufacture directly in the communities we wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency.

We also carry some other clothing brands, so stop on in and see what's new! Open Monday- Friday 10-6 & Saturday 10-4.

Check out our Facebook Live video debuting our clothes HERE