The first annual Gathering for Good!

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Today I am so proud to share with you guys the story about the first annual Gathering for Good; raising funds for children’s pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

A few months ago my dear friend Meg Nowlin invited me and my other friend Kim Crane for coffee. I showed up a few minutes late and in my gym clothes and was welcomed by a table full of executives from the Cleveland Clinic…I was in shock. Had I somehow missed that this meeting was a business affair on the text invite? Nope. Meg actually forgot to let Kim and I know we were meeting to brainstorm a new type of fundraising for “Children’s” all together. After the initial shock of yoga pants in professional mode (Kim showed up casual too!) we all jumped at the opportunity to get on board and help in whatever manner Meg and the development team needed us for.

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My friend Meg and her family have been so impacted by the work at the clinic, we all knew it was so important. The oldest of the Nowlin family, seven-year-old Maisie is exceptionally inquisitive, bubbly and caring. As the oldest of five children, she is the center of the Nowlin family. Shortly after Maisie’s sixth birthday, her world was turned upside down. Maisie received the diagnosis of a rare bone marrow failure disease called Very Severe Aplastic Anemia (VSAA).

VSAA is a life threatening illness affecting the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells and requires serious medical intervention and treatments. In September 2015, it was determined that none of Maisie’s four siblings were a bone marrow match, so in October of 2015 Maisie had to undergo immunosuppressive therapy treatment. Unfortunately, the treatment was ultimately deemed a failure, so the next hope for Maisie was to find a bone marrow donor. In early 2016, Maisie received what her family calls a “miracle”– a match had been found. Maisie underwent a bone marrow transplant, but experienced rare complications that left her requiring more platelet and blood transfusions, and in a hospital bed for weeks to months on end.

We are thrilled to report that today, because of research and experimental opportunities Maisie is attending school and loves hanging out with her friends and family just like any other healthy kid.

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I’ve known Meg and Kim for over 12 years and I am honored and humbled to have co-chaired this years Gathering for Good event along with them. It took us about five months from an idea to one of the best summer soirée events I have ever attended. Oh, and did I mention we raised around 40K  for pediatric cancer research initiatives? To say we were proud is an understatement.

11782The weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky or even a touch of wind. We had the most beautiful clear tent, stunning vintage furnishings and delicious food and drinks. A steel drum, music man welcomed everyone to the party and then another talented musician took over half way for a variety of party tunes. There was a silent auction filled with unique CLE experiences of everything from a birthday party at Mitchell’s to a Flats East Bank, rooftop cocktail party for 40 guests.

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There are so many people to thank for helping us make the event a huge success but I will give it a shot. Thanks to Meg for coming to Kim and I to help with her vision. Kim & Ryan thank you for hosting the event at your lovely home. Thank you to my creative team at studio Chartreuse for developing such playful and fun creative to support the event. Thanks to Laura for all the behind the scenes work, we know those cookie bags were no joke! Thanks to Ruth and Ann for their party planning expertise, we don’t know what we would have done without you. And for all the attendees who believed in us and the cause, we couldn’t have pulled off such a successful fundraiser without you. Thank you for showing up and bidding on the evenings auction items.

Gfg_4125127Gfg_511986If you weren’t able to attend this annual fundraiser but would still like to make a donation to our cause, please donate here. We are hopeful we will do this event next year so keep an eye out next summer!

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Last but not least, to Mother Nature for providing us the most gorgeous evening to celebrate raising funds to support new opportunities for pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. (Thank you for the gorgeous photography K. Ardner!)

  (sponsored) Harvest with Wayfair

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Can you believe it’s just about fall? Time for apple picking and pumpkin pie. Time for fall festivals and tricks & treats. I love everything fall, the change of outdoor colors, the new scents of spice and campfires, burnt orange and mustard yellow and rich chocolate brown…it’s all so warm and friendly.

The one thing I don’t love is the the notion that with the beginning of fall comes the end of summer. Sigh. My garden is finally in full bloom…SO MUCH oregano…we’ve picked handfuls of many tomatoes and feasted on caprese salads for dinners..but the harvest is just about at the end.

IMG_7300One of the best purchases I made this year was our portable, raised bed. You can find similar ones here on Wayfair.” It was great to be able to move the bed around to the spot with the most sun. It was so fun to watch my son pull up a step stool and give the herbs a water or to spontaneously pick a tomato to snack on. If you aren’t ready to commit to where to physically put a garden, these portable reissued beds are a perfect purchase for you!

So back to our “harvest,” let’s just say we had a very successful herb year. We had plenty of basil, rosemary, oregano and mint. Our tomatoes were so-so, but our carrots and cucumbers were a bit lackluster, I actually think we put too many seeds in and they kinda suffocated one another…note to self, pinch back the smaller plants next planting season. I’m planning on picking most of the herbs and saving them for fall/winter cooking adventures. I might dry the oregano and rosemary but I will for sure make some pesto cubes with the basil…so good.

So “cheers” to you and whatever harvest you may have this fall, and remember it’s never too late to start saving seeds and planning next years garden!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to share my First Harvest story as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to their store in exchange for my review of their products. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  B+B Cleaning products + giveaway

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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)

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  Summer, REBoL & the closet switch!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

  The “Party of the Year” with CPT…PANDEMONIUM!

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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.

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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!