Burning River & Carlos Jones & Harry Potter

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Happy Friday everyone. Such a wonderful few summer days we’ve had yesterday and today, sunny and pretty but not overly steamy. Perfect for a lightweight, linen cardigan.

I am still planning the weekend agenda for my sister’s visit, we can’t wait till she gets here. While there will be lots of “Baby Ninja” time, we are going to make it a point to get out of the house and get social again. Looking forward to perhaps a cocktail or two as well…hip hip hooray!

I found a couple more fun weekend happenings around town that you might feel like hitting up, check them out.

Burning River Fest is this weekend at the historic Coast Guard Station (near Whiskey Island.) Since 2001, people from all over Northeast Ohio have gathered together to celebrate the river that was, the river that is and the future of our Great Lakes. It’s a celebration of our environment, music and beer…LOTS of beer…Great Lakes Brewing is a festival partner so there is no shortage of brews for the evening (Christmas Ale in July!) The festival runs from 6-11pm on the 25th & 26th, try and carpool or ride your bike, parking is always tight.

Another fun happening is Saturday evening at Sunset Grille (also on Whiskey Island) Carlos Jones is performing at 8pm. So grab a Red Stripe, wear your best tie dye and plan for an evening of summer Reggae tunes on the water.

Lastly, Saturday night is the second weekend of the Summer Movies Series on Playhouse Square at the US Bank Plaza featuring Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone! Movies are free to all and are projected onto a large 17×10 outdoor movie screen for all to enjoy. Bring your friends, blankets and chairs (coolers are a “no no”) and enjoy an evening downtown with friends.

I hope you have some wonderful weekend plans, it’s gonna be a great weekend to be in the CLE! Happy friday to ya.

  Summer Market & Ice Cream for Gigi

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Happy Monday everyone. Did you have a great weekend? Saturday was the perfect rainy day to stay in and chill while yesterday was a spectacular day to go and celebrate summer…Taste of Tremont anyone?

While we didn’t hit up the “Taste” this year (probably not a go idea to take a newborn) we DID go for our first walk up the street which was equally exciting in my world. Getting out as a family was both thrilling and refreshing because to be honest with you, being home so much is starting to take it’s toll. While it may not have included pasta from Dante and a Sunday afternoon cocktail, it was MY perfect Sunday afternoon.

This week we have a few fun things on the agenda, including a weekend visit from my Seattle sister. While I am trying to balance baby-down-time, I still want to ensure she has a good time in the CLE and therefore have done a bit of searching for some events that could work WITH the babes.

Friday kicks off the annual Summer Market in Avon Lake and I think this will be a great place to walk around outside, get some dinner and perhaps find a treasure or two. The Summer Market kicks off Friday evening and goes all day on Saturday located on the lake at the Veterans Memorial Park in Avon Lake. A couple of my favorite vendors will be selling  their creations including Océanne jewelry and Shabby Shore home decor…there are going to be so many wonderful vendors, I can’t wait to explore.

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Another fun “baby friendly” event is a fundraiser to support a little “friend of a friend.” Join the community in supporting one families fight with leukemia as Tremont Scoops donates 50% of all ice cream sales to the Gigi’s family this Saturday afternoon. For details check out the Facebook event, otherwise you’ll see us there, baby like ice cream – 1 scoop please!

So this week I am going to try and get out more, walk more and make a fun agenda for our weekend visitor also appropriate for baby. Have a great week you guys, happy summer!

  NG Collective Studio in Domino!

Happy Friday everybody! We made it, my first week at home alone and I’ve driven in the car just me and the babes three whole times by myself; time to celebrate. I know that may seem like nothing, but seriously driving alone with a newborn in the backseat is super frightening if I may say so myself.

I want to end this great week by sharing with you a wonderful bit of press that my friends, stylish sisters and Cleveland-natives; Laura and Kristen of NG Collective Studio recently received in Domino Magazine. I met Laura years ago when we worked  together as designers, then we both went off to do our own thing, but kept in touch over the years. I met her Atlanta-based sister Kristen, through visits with Laura and was immediately smitten with her uber style and warm personality. The two of them are so lovely not to mention they are gorgeous!

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I was thrilled for them when Domino Magazine featured both of the sisters and their painting/art studio NG Collective in this months magazine. Their combinations of color and texture will make any blank wall sparkle. The touch of fluorescents paired with graphic shapes and swooshes make their artwork one of a kind. I’m telling you this duo make a talented team, I’m always excited to see their new work posted to their instagram feeds.

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If you are in the market for a new piece of stylish art for your swanky pad GOOD NEWS Domino has many of their pieces for sale on their site or you can always contact the artists through their website. Looking for something more custom for your space? The team are constantly designing and creating special work for residential spaces and commercial uses…new salon, boutique or cafe need art?

Way to go friends, I’m so proud of the both of you. PLUS was excited to see a bit of Cleveland creative style infused into one of my favorite national publications. Gotta love Domino!

Happy weekend, happy Sunday Market, happy perfect beach days ahead!

  Veggie U Food & Wine event

Good morning friends. Everyone have a great evening? So many wonderful happenings on Wednesday evenings in the CLE. From the weekly Wade Oval Wednesday music & cultural evenings to the new musical performances at the Ohio City Stages (at the Transformer Station in Hingetown) summer Wednesday’s are the new Fridays!

Last night was my first outing alone with our Baby Ninja or anyone else for that matter. I needed to go into work for a bit and then swing by Target for a few staples and I realized how crazy and liberating the whole experience was. What I once took for granted was now a quiet and mind-gathering experience. While I didn’t stroll through the aisles looking for the new designer accessories or shade of lip stain; instead hit up the baby aisle, grabbed some paper plates (to cut down on dishwashing) and packing tape (for my online shopping returns,) I enjoyed the escape just as much as I used too. Life is evolving in my world and with it comes daily reminders of what once “was” and what now “is.” All you Cleveland mums and dads out there ever feel the same? Such a bizarre feeling.

veggieU Today I wanted to take the time to give a quick push for an amazing event this Saturday night, the Veggie U Food and Wine event happening at Pura Vida  and Hospitality Management Center at Cuyahoga Community College on Public Square. A few years ago we went to this same fundraiser dinner and it completely blew my mind. Multiple chefs, an array of fresh veggies with every course, summer cocktails and even better, we got to take home a bag of locally-grown, unique vegetables as our parting gift. It was the perfect summer evening out. If you don’t know about Veggie U, it is a non profit that encourages raising awareness in school-aged children about healthy food options and awareness as to where their food comes from…grows. It’s a “classroom garden” program grounded in academics with a dash of fun including growing their own plot of veggies. The good news is that there are still a handful of tickets available for this annual dinner celebration for this Saturday night and I encourage you to grab some friends, make a donation to this wonderful organization and enjoy a summer evening out to dinner while making a difference. Get your tickets today! I hear it’s supposed to get warmer over the weekend and while I love snuggling under the covers with this new little one I’m ready to get back into a few summer maxi’s so bring on the sunshine. Have a great rest of your day. Cheers CLE!

  The “taste”

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Hi Cleveland. Such a gorgeous day! I am loving the cooler temps…just a little break from the summer heat and humidity.

All is well over here with me and Baby Ninja. I’m slowly accepting the lack of sleep, frequent diaper changes and feedings round the clock as my new normal. His sweet cuddles, little fingers and toes and his cute little sounds make this time in our life perfect in every way. I can’t wait to see what our future holds with this little man.

I am especially looking forward to re-discovering so many things about our city through the eyes of a child. For example, while I’ve been to the annual summer ADULT bash Twighlight at the Zoo, I bet going to the zoo with a small person is like exploring the best vintage store; an explosive discovery at every turn…I can’t wait.

While I’ve typically gone to The Taste of Tremont (aka The “Taste”) later in the day for a “Sunday Funday;” with little ones in tow, an early “in” and a good escape route “out” ensures everyone in the family has a good time. The Taste is the perfect way to sample many of the unique restaurants this Cleveland neighborhood has to offer.

Personally I love anything from Dante, can’t wait to gorge on sushi from Ginko (haven’t enjoyed spicy tuna in 9 months!) and a piece of chocolate from Lilly’s sounds like a delightful afternoon. Plan to carpool as parking is always at a premium, go hungry and brings cash. As of now the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny, perfect for those sundresses and shades. Hope to see you there…baby temper-tantrum permitting!

Cheers guys, chat more soon.