The Oak Barrel

Good morning CLE. Looks to be another nice day and an even better Easter Weekend. So excited to bust out my Easter bonnet. Are your baskets all made and ready to be delivered by the big white bunny? Time for a Target trip? Myself, I love assembling a basket…Cadbury Creme Eggs anyone?

The other day at lunch, I was down near Rockside/Independence and had the opportunity to check out The Oak Barrel (in the former Hoggy’s space…thanks Roger!)

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I have to say I was SO pleasantly surprised at not only the food (former Deagan’s chef) but the interior space was actually really welcoming. I loved the openness of the floor plan, the skylights which allowed natural light to stream throughout the entire space and don’t even get me started about my favorite pendant lights that hung above the bar…Tom Dixon’s Beat line.

photo 2The menu was great, from the expected gourmet hamburgers to the not-so-expected lobster roll and interesting taco combinations…I can’t wait to go back and try something else.

photo 3Have you visited The Oak Barrel? What did you think? It truly is a little gem hidden between the towpath and the movie theatre. You’ve got to check it out!



  a bit of baby décor

Hi friends, hope you are having a great week, all good here, just happy that spring looks like it finally arrived.

I’ve had a few friends inquire as to what I am going to do with the impending nursery design and decor and so over the weekend I actually sat down and started planning. Don’t get me wrong, from the moment we found out there would be a little person living under our roof, I had an overall idea as to visually how it might play out. Now that we counting down on our days, we needed to actually pick out a few things that the little person might enjoy too.


While I wouldn’t say there was a “theme” per say, I do collect vintage globes and want to keep as many of them in the nursery as we can comfortably fit. I love the retro turquoise shade of blue and the idea of “Adventure awaits” or “Oh the places he’ll go” makes us super happy. So above are a few of the pieces we are planning on spending lots of time with as this little man grows up in a bright and happy space.

1 : Themis mobile : MOMA Store 
2 : Turquoise ombré curtain panels : Target
3 : Vintage Globes : personal collection of various sized globes
4 : Changing Table / Dresser : IKEA, Mandal
5 : Floor Bin Storage Basket : Land of Nod
6 : Birdie wall print : Land of Nod
7 : Je’taime pillow : C Wonder
8 : Luca Glider : Land of Nod 
9 : Crib : Target
10 : Flokati Rug : Land of Nod

I can’t wait to share some pics once we get going on the project but for now I need to clear out a few of my own “treasures” to make way for the wee one décor!


  Uber & Lyft come to the 216

Last week was a big week for new, alternative transportation services in the 216. With both Uber and Lyft entering the Cleveland markets there is now no excuse for not getting yourself to dinner or a Tribe Game on time.


What makes Uber and Lyft special and different from other transportation around town? Both car/cab services run their businesses utilizing apps. The apps allows you to contact a driver and virtually track them as they get closer to your pick up location. Your credit card is kept on file so there is no exchange of money at the time of transport. Uber is similar to a traditional car service providing passengers a typical black town car and in some cases there is bottled water and magazines to make your rides even more pleasant. Lyft is more of a ride-sharing program where you ride in the drivers actual car accessorized with a pink mustache; you can even signup to be a driver..what a fun way to meet other like-minded Clevelanders!

lyftThe fun thing is, both services are offering Clevelanders FREE RIDES in order to check out their cars, drivers and explore their overall customer services. For details on the free week of rides from Uber, visit their blog. Sign up for the Lyft Pioneer Program and new users get two weeks rides FREE, for more info check out the details here.

I think both companies are going to be a great fit for Cleveland. Next time you need to call a cab to get downtown (think Browns Opening Day, St Patricks Day, or Taste of Tremont) think about exploring Uber or Lyft! Should be pretty fun.

  Springtime in the 216

freebie_hip_hopI love this Easter print by snfontaholic! It brings a smile to my face for sure.
You can download her Easter basket tags with the same artwork here.
Fun for the kiddos but even better for the “Easter Bunny!”

Happy Monday everyone. Wasn’t this weekend just stunning? Everyone in my neighborhood was out and about running, riding and catching up on yard work…it was awesome to see such activity after our long winter.

We actually had a flurry of activity this weekend with family and friends in town to celebrate our leap into parenthood. Friday we went out to dinner with some family to Stino Da Napoli in Rocky River; great authentic Italian. Saturday we celebrated the impending little man with so many of our wonderful friends at Mahall’s 20 Lanes Bowling Alley in Lakewood and Sunday we did a bit of shopping at Crocker Park to enjoy being outdoors and exchanging some of the new bambino gifts. It was a fun-filled weekend for sure.

This week we celebrate Easter, egg hunts, little bonnets and coordinating glove sets and don’t forget those mini Cadbury Creme Eggs…delightful! If you are planning your week and trying to infuse a bit of Easter fun I have a few ideas for you…

The Cleveland Botanical Garden is celebrating “Big Spring” until April 27th which includes an enchanted, larger than life, fantasy garden. PLUS, this Saturday April 19th is their Annual Easter Egg Hunt remember to call ahead and register as this family event sells out every year.

Malley’s is stocked and ready to fill all your baskets with dark chocolate coconut eggs…I’m just saying.

Get your brunch reservations for this weekend…I’m thinking some great places to get your eggs benedict on might be Luxe Kitchen, Flour Restaurant, and also Press Wine Bar in Tremont.

Just a few little springy, Easter thoughts for your week. Happy Monday everybody. Let’s all get together and wish the cold weather and April showers away.

  Westwood AMC Theatre makeover


Good morning everyone. Happy Thursday to you. Today truly feels like spring. I’ve got the windows wide open and the birds are chirping outside. I think everyone is ready for a little bit of spring.

Last weekend we had lots of “to-do’s” on the weekend list. On Saturday we had our one day, “just-the-facts” parenting class and it literally took everything out of me. Talk about a stream of emotions, yikes! Anyhow, after class we thought we deserved a treat and decided to hit up the newly remodeled Westwood AMC Movie Theatre in Rocky River to see Wes Anderson’s visual delight, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Have you heard about the theatre’s remodel? It is awesome!

You can go online and choose your seats prior to your arrival. This way it guarantees you the aisle or that special, center row selection. The seats are reclining leather chairs with a center armrest that lifts up in order for you to snuggle down next to your movie date.



They didn’t just put in new seats, they remodeled the lobby too..including putting in a bar.  While I couldn’t truly enjoy the cocktail options I do know they are serving beer, wine and mixed drinks. A dirty martini, some twizzlers and a good flick sounds like the perfect night out to me!

movie_2The only downside to this great movie theatre remodel is that the seats are SO COMFY…I slept through a good chunk of the film and need to go back and see it again.  Go check it out…seriously it is a luxurious movie watching experience.

Enjoy this spectacular day, try and get outdoors for lunchtime, roll down the windows in your ride and feel the sun on your face. Cheers!