Holiday cards + Minted.com $250 giveaway

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Hello friends. I’ve heard that some of you have actually started to decorate for Christmas while Thanksgiving is just a few days away. I think the early snow put all of us in the holiday mood for sure. The other night while the white stuff piled up outdoors I was snuggled on our couch designing this years first family photo holiday card from Minted.com. It was such a hard decision to choose which card we would send as Minted has so many gorgeous card layouts even this graphic designer was impressed.

While I typically wouldn’t share a card that I am just getting ready to send off in the mail to my family and friends (what’s the point right?) my friends over at Minted.com are offering one lucky iheartcleveland.com reader $250 towards their holiday card order, so I couldn’t help but share. MORE! →

  Cooking for Fall

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Hello & happy Thanksgiving week to everyone. Did you get your grocery shopping done this weekend? Are you all prepped for the big turkey day holiday? We spent our Saturday afternoon/evening gathering all of our Italian (Gallucci’s,) Filipino (Nipa Hut) and traditional Thanksgiving (Giant Eagle & Heinen’s) ingredients for the big feast this week. I love to food shop for a holiday dinner, so much better than the day to day grocery shopping.

A few weeks ago Mr. C and I were out and about and decided to swing into Longhorn at Westgate. Not our standard “go-to” we were pleasantly surprised to explore their new fall menu. Besides the Breaded-Chicken Tenders, we also indulged on the Four-Cheese Pasta and the Napa Grilled Chicken, all very filling and cured the fall, comfort food cravings.

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  An Ode to Cleveland.

Hey Cleveland friends, happy Friday!

Last night we got to experience a wonderful yoga party/Cleveland celebration at the Q with Believe in CLE and the team from Innerbliss Yoga. Truly, if you ever have the opportunity to practice with a large group of yogi’s (in our case over 600 yoga lovers) run don’t walk, it was both inspiring, challenging and it filled my heart even more love for our city and the people in it. Check out the hashtag #BelieveinCLE and #AllforOne for some pretty awesome pics.

Have you watched the video above? Another fun example of how proud we are to be Clevelanders. Thanks Mr. Symon for sharing your voice with us, with the world.

This weekend you’ve got to check out the November installment of the Cleveland Flea. Plan to pick up a few holiday gifts, grab a yummy treat, shop for some new/old ornaments, of other glittery fun additions to your winter home. The Holiday Market is located at 6555 Carnegie.

Cleveland Flea – November Holiday Market from The Story Is on Vimeo.

To put yourself in the “Flea spirit” check out their very cool video. Nice work Flea-team. Keep up all the great creative you bring to the city.

Have a great weekend everyone. Hope you find something to make you happy this weekend.

  The Metropolitan at the 9

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The other evening I had the pleasure of experiencing Cleveland’s newest hotspot, The Metropolitan at the 9.  A destination for tourists visiting our city to locals looking for a luxury living opportunity; this new building is something to be seen.

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While it was a chilly evening we were guided to the rooftop bar and patio for the initial meet & greet part of the evening’s agenda. From there we were able to see stunning views (see below) of the city while learning more about the architecture and history of the building. MORE! →

  Happy Wednesday!

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Nothing too crazy to report on. I mean we all know about the cold weather outside, the potential for more snow out east and then the possible weekend warm up, right? So much for hosting Thanksgiving outside right?

I was recently trolling through my phone looking at pictures of summer when I came across this gem. I remember sitting at the light at 117th and Franklin and this mural just seemed to jump off the building and scream…”sunshine, kitties, Cleveland and puppies in the summer!” It made me smile for sure…how about you?

Have a great day, stay warm and smile bright Cleveland!