Hello friends! Wasn’t this weekend’s weather incredible? I still can’t believe how nice it was. On Saturday, I had the privledge to host the first annual #GatheringForGood; a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. I’m still thinking how we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for the outdoor event. More to come on the event in a post down the road.
Today I have a fun, locally made product line to tell you about…and a giveaway to get you excited! B+B Cleaners is a line of cleaning products perfect to help with the transition from summer to fall…hold up, it’s time to clean!
Like so many households, keeping stone counters, stainless appliances, and glass cleaned was a challenge for local creator Claudia Crea. From finger prints to splashes she knew she didn’t have the right products on hand to get the jobs done well. Founded in 2015, and created right in her own home, Crea and her husband tapped into her background as a chemist, and his knowledge from his family’s stone business to come up with products that could clean, restore and leave a pristine finish. They also had to be safe for their family, especially their dogs, Balthazar and Brisco (fun note; a portion from the sale of every bottle will be donated to local animal shelters in honor of the company namesakes, ‘Zar and Brisco)
OMG you guys, where did summer go? It was like one minute it was sunny and we were hanging by the lake and then Labor Day weekend came and Mother Nature flipped her switch and it was instant fall. I don’t know about you…but I like the more gradual approach to seasonal changes. I like to try and squeeze in my last wear of my white pants and summer blouses. I like to sleep with the windows open. I LOVE to drink margaritas outside somewhere on a patio. Summertime, you will be missed because I feel like it is officially fall in Cleveland.
Just a few weeks ago I met up with a friend downtown at our gorgeous Public Square for an drinks & snacks at one of my favorite “healthy” dining destinations; REBoL. We sat outdoors and took in the warm sunshine and summer evening sounds of people laughing, playing music and hanging outdoors. We watched the kids play in the fountains and I even jumped in and splashed around with them…I just couldn’t resist.
I had one of the best maple and limeade cocktails I have ever experienced and summer felt complete. It’s like we knew that any day now the seasons would change and while we were enjoying strappy sandals and straw bags we would soon be in suede booties and big fall scarves.
Over this past weekend I did my officially closet switch and brought out all of my fall sweaters and cozy boyfriend jeans and coats…I LOVE good coats. I packed away my summer prints…although you might see this incredible “camel coat” pop up with a black turtle neck underneath it this fall, for the most part all of the spring/summer stuff has been put in the way back of my closet until next year. Boo hoo.
If you haven’t been downtown to check out REBoL, you should totally plan a visit. Morning, noon and night, they have a very tasty menu and it is for the most part pretty healthy but always delicious. I actually really love their breakfast menu and always suggest to clients we meet there for project meetings. So yummy.
Hope everyone had a great week back to work after a long holiday weekend. It is supposed to be kinda yucky weather-wise over the next few days, so bust out those rain boots and warm sweaters and stay dry.
Please also keep all of those affected by the recent storms in Texas, Florida and the Islands in your thoughts and prayers, their weather has been nothing like I can even imagine. Have fun packing up your summer duds and pulling out your sweaters…WELCOME FALL in the CLE!
Pandemonium 2016: The Fire Within from Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) on Vimeo.
Ever since I have moved to Cleveland I have been a HUGE fan of the creative team over at Cleveland Public Theatre. While I love their unique theatre/drama/musical performances, I LOVE the history and uniqueness of each of the individual buildings on the CPT campus. From the moment you walk into one of their spaces you just KNOW you are in for the best visual treat ever. I gotta say I am NEVER disappointed with anything this bunch does. So this is why I am SO SO SO PSYCHED that I am going to be attending this years 15th annual theatrical Pandemonium spectacular and all-inclusive, incomparable, choose-your-own-adventure benefit, next Saturday, September 9th.
All guests enjoy pulling up to the party with complimentary valet, drinks and delicious food from some of Cleveland’s top chefs, alongside breathtaking entertainment in every corner of CPT’s campus. Named “Fundraiser Event of the Year” (Connectors Choice Award 2013 & 2014), Pandemonium is a uniquely immersive “choose-your-own-adventure” style event, featuring nearly 300 Northeast Ohio artists premiering over 50 original works and musical acts on 20 different stages and in unexpected places. The Pandemonium 2017 lineup includes bands, DJs, contemporary dance, short plays, comedy, cabaret performances and more.
This year’s theme is “UNLEASH” and I can’t wait to let my hair down (totally more in the sense of the words than actually wearing my hair down because you guys know…I am more of a side bun girl!) and party with some of the most creative people Cleveland has to offer, SO EXCITED!!!
The good news is that there are still a handful of tickets available online at www.cptonline.org or by calling (216) 631-2727 ext. 501. Proceeds support CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and education programs. I hope you all can make it but if not you can always make a donation to this incredible organization, just give them a call.
I am already looking forward to trying my hand at LIVE instal-storying that evening and if nothing else just sharing with you and insiders look at this incredibly creative event of the year! See you next Saturday!
SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Cleveland Public Theatre who invited me to experience Pandemonium as part of their social outreach. I received tickets in exchange for my social reach. Thanks for supporting this local arts organization, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!
I am SOOOO excited to share with you about this years Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Taste of the Browns event coming up on Monday, September 18th! I mean, these pre-season Browns games have really been getting our household in the fall-football-spirit and what could be better than meeting a few players all for a good cause? It’s been a few years since I have attended the fundraiser celebration and I can’t wait to see how the party has grown and evolved.
The two best parts of the event is the ability to mix and mingle with actual Cleveland Browns players as well as alumni AND sampling dishes from some of Cleveland’s best restaurants and chefs. At this years #TasteoftheBrowns on Monday, September 18th, 2017, join Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, Alumnus Josh Cribbs and event chef Rocco Whalen as they help in the fight against hunger here in Northeast Ohio.
Not only will there be great food & cocktails as well as real live FOOTBALL Players at the party…they always have an awesome silent auction as well. If you are like me, you kinda love the idea of getting a deal at a silent auction all while supporting a great non-profit. Let the bidding begin!
So I hope to see everyone at this exciting fall fundraiser for a great cause. It’s gonna be great…GO BROWNS! GO #TasteoftheBrowns! Now go grab your tickets here before they are all gone!
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of trying one of Cleveland’s newest meal delivery services called Fresh Meals by Café Avalaun. The team at Fresh Meals prepares healthy, farm-to-table, 100% gluten free food customized to meet your dietary needs.
I try my best to make good, healthy choices when it comes to meal planning and eating out…sometimes better than others. When the chefs at Café Avalaun approached me to give their weekly subscription a try, I jumped at the opportunity. With each subscription you get three meals for two people made up of a locally sourced protein and a few yummy sides each week. The menus change monthly featuring in-season produce and seasonal pairings…pumpkin spice anyone?
We ordered a few incredible salads which were so helpful when the “after work lazys” crept in and I would have otherwise made (or ordered) something probably much less healthy. We also had toddler-approved chicken fingers and sautéed zucchini strips, so much healthy flavor for an easy weeknight family meal. With back-to-school on the horizon this easy and healthy dinner solution would be a great service to try out in the next few weeks!
Wanna give these guys a try? Use the promo code found on their site “GetFresh” for $25 off your first weeks order! Check out this month’s menu and get more details on their awesome service here!
SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Café Avalaun who invited me to try their food for a week as part of their social outreach. I received three meals in exchange for my opinions in this post. Thanks for supporting this local business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!