the new rock & dock


This has been a unique summer…I mean besides having a baby…it seems to me that it’s been a pretty mild summer weather-wise. Not too hot, (we’ve only turned our AC on twice) sorta cool and a ton of rain. In the  sixteen years I have lived in the CLE this is the FIRST summer I have not been a beach bum. In fact I haven’t been to our sandy shores or out on the Lake even once! Can you tell I am totally ashamed and super bummed out? I am.


The other day while playing tour guide around town I was psyched to see a new addition to our lakefront, the new Rock & Dock; a North Coast Harbor Marina. What a genius idea someone had to fill the empty waterfront space with docks perfect for renting kayaks, paddle boards, jet ski’s and even paddle boats…super awesome. MORE! →

  Baby Ninja’s Nursery


Happy Monday everybody! Hope your weekends were great, don’t they fly by a bit too fast?

I’ve been meaning to share some pics of our little Baby Ninja’s nursery so here we go. It isn’t a big room but perfect for snuggles, reading books, lego building and lots of smiles. It’s a blend of my obsession of vintage globes, local artwork and a touch of modern baby style.


Nursery_7 MORE! →

  Sharing the CLE

Hello & happy friday everyone. Hope you have enjoyed your week and have lots on the agenda for your weekly holiday. This weekend, I’m gonna hit up the Weapons of Mass Creation Festival tomorrow to hear Ms. Grace Bonney of Design Sponge speak and maybe try and swing by the Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy for some authentic Italian food. I also might try and finish up a few home projects and get outside to enjoy this almost fall-like weather. What are you guys up too this weekend?

Last weekend was a whirlwind one for me. I’ve sorta been a bit of a hermit since Baby Ninja was born; just trying to get a grip on motherhood as it pertains to “4th trimester” style, personal freedom and let’s not even talk about sleeping…time’s are a changing. However when I was approached by Positively Cleveland about hosting a fellow blogger from Chicago for a weekend I thought it was the perfect segway into getting back out on the town and boy did we ever.

Friday night I met Lauren of Lion and Maven, at the new Urban Farmer for cocktails and and charcuterie. The new hot spot was rockin and there were lots of guests enjoying the patio.  I have to say, it was the perfect place to kick off the weekend and get to know my out of town guest. From there we had dinner at Chef Michael Symons’ East 4th establishment; Lola’s. Dinner included wonderful salads, oysters, beef cheek pierogies, halibut, pork chops and dessert to share. After dinner we wanted to check out the new Red Steakhouse rooftop bar which showcased wonderful views of that part of the city; it’s gonna be one busy bar once the Cavs start up again. Then it was time to go home…I was beat to say the least.

lola_1lola_2lola_3(Friday dinner at Lola’s – beet salad & halibut)


  Summer Grilling + giveaway

I had a wild weekend and I can’t wait to play catch up and fill you all in on my “around-town-adventures”…but first I have a few recipes and a giveaway to share with you today!

With summertime in full swing, produce at it’s peak and your grilling skills perfected it’s time to whip up a dinner alfresco-style. Recently I had the opportunity to partner with Heinen’s  for a summer grilling celebration. Since I am still getting used to cooking with an infant in the house (aka…not really cooking much yet) I decided to make something that would be quick to assemble and grille; I hope you like my recipe finds.

photo 3Shrimp Skewers with Lemon-Honey Figs : serves 4 (from my August issue of Oprah Magazine)


  Big Weekend!

photoHi friends! Just a little check in from over here in newborn-land. It’s been a busy week for me. Starting to slowly creep back into work…which I am so thankful for. I love my job, my clients and the people I get to be creative with every day…I am happy to get back to the daily routine. I am also back to a few DIY home projects including finishing our sunken patio off the back of our home and a few gardening projects. While I can’t get back to working out just yet, I am focusing on healthy meals and understanding it took nine months to put on the baby weight, it’s gonna take that much time to take it off. I am accepting I may not fit into last season’s summer clothes, but instead trying to be creative with accessories…a baby in a front carrier is VERY in this season…also covers my belly, sneaky.

Anyhow, let’s chat Cleveland shall we? This weekend kicks off the highly anticipated Gay Games, a celebration of open minds, open hearts, inclusion and good sportsmanship. It’s all getting started Saturday at the Q with the opening ceremonies. Tickets are needed for this event as well as most of the individual sporting events, there are still limited tickets available so get yours today. Did you know Boy George and the Indigo Girls will also be performing throughout next week? Super fun! For the detailed games and party/performance schedule check out their site.

Besides the Gay Games there is also the incredible light installation “AHA!” that both visitors and locals can come downtown to enjoy. Head to Mall B for a concentration of colorful light fun. If you are heading down there tonight, plan to be “wowed” by the participants of PechaKucha Cleveland, Want to practice yoga under the disco lights? You won’t want to miss a celebration of yoga and community at Believe in Cleveland on Friday. Just feel like enjoying the spectacle? Grab your blanket and a few snacks and head downtown for an evening light show picnic…it will be spectacular!

This weekend I am going to be the personal tour guide to a fellow blogger who is visiting from Chicago to come and see what our city is all about. Lauren from Lion and Maven and I have a jam packed weekend ahead of us including lots of great eats, museums galore, some shopping and cocktailing and more. Did I mention I am going to be baby-free? It’s gonna be a wild weekend in town for sure. Have a great rest of your week everyone and I will check in with you soon. Cheers!