Welcome Harlow’s Pizza!

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Hey CLE friends. How has your week been? The weather has been incredible and they say it’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend. We have big plans to grab hibachi with some friends for a birthday celebration on Friday. On Saturday I’d love to swing by the opening of the new Océanne Boutique in Gordon Square, in the afternoon we plan to head over to the high school football game to watch the marching band..that plus a ton of raking…it’s gonna be a good one.

If there’s time, I also haven’t stopped thinking about the pizza that we recently discovered at the new, Harlow’s in Lakewood. I already really want to go back!

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We stopped by Harlow’s on opening night to celebrate this chic, neighborhood restaurant. I actually used to live right down the street from this pizza destination..it’s probably a good thing I moved or I might have been there every night.

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From what I remember, the physical building has changed hands a few times over the last twenty years but all I can remember it being; before it was a gorgeous, Cali-infused pizza shop was a small karate studio. Chop Chop! The exteriors once mustard are now a vibrant white with black trimmed, windows that open up to the street. The interiors of the space are beachy in hue but with a twist of hip & cool. I especially LOVE the tiled bar facade and the salmon-pink walls, they did SUCH a great job on the interior design.Harlows_2Harlows_1 Plus, the PIZZA is incredible!!! I’m craving it writing this post right now. Personal-Pan style, extra hot out of the oven. You could easily eat one yourself or order a few to share with friends or take home leftovers! I also enjoyed a glass of Rosé but they also have some unique cocktails including Horchata with tequila…I totally want to try it when I go back. 
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If you are looking for a weekend pizza destination, head over to Lakewood’s newest and for sure most beautiful spots, Harlow’s at 14319 Madison Ave, between 140 & 150th!

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  Falling in love with VNTG Home

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A few weeks ago I was exploring this warehouse space filled with eclectic chairs, tables and armoires. It had rows of one-of-a-kind artwork and cozy sitting nooks with couches and coffee tables. There was a room filled with vintage china as far as the eye can see and another room with exquisite Parisian fabrics all meticulously lined up and ready to dress the seat of a chair, bench or occasional ottoman. Was I dreaming? Where was this mecca of all things vintage? Had I died and gone to home decor heaven? Nope, I was at Cleveland’s newest vintage furnishings marketplace called VNTG Home.

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When you first step inside visit VNTG Home you will feel as if this special design destination has been there forever, but in reality, owner Megan and her team have done an incredible job filling the space with different styles and offerings to make our adventure in home decor a super awesome experience. It was like I was on a big treasure hunt and I was ready to get my hands dirty.

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Not only does VNTG Home sell one of a kind vintage pieces that also pride themselves at being able to upcycle anything from old to new! Something as small as your broken chair that you’ve been hoarding in your basement (thats me!) to your family heirloom couch that you would really like to give new life too, the creative and talented designers on their team will help you choose the best fabrics, trims, paints and more to make your upcycled piece one-of-a-kind.

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I was so excited to have brought along my old chair for a fall makeover. I needed another accent chair for the corner of our grown up living room area and I knew VNTG Home could help. I have been moving this chair around for year. I love it’s modern lines, brass details and mixture of metal and upholstery. I knew I wanted it to look pretty and sophisticated, to be “weighty” but delicate in feel. I met with one of the designers and she helped me go through all the fabrics until we came upon a sweet, almost paint splattered looking tone on tone fabric. We added a detail of a slate blue, linen piping to both sides of the seat cushion and planned to paint the chippy black metal a nice shade of natural white. The entire process of upcycling my old chair was so easy because I had someone their guiding me through the creative, fun process. It wasn’t scary or overwhelming, it was really a great way to take something you have (although you could also choose something they have) and make it new and relevant again.

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I think in today’s world we each want furnishings in our homes and apartments that reflect our own personal style. Being able to make something that speaks to you or that matches with something you already have is really cool. Everyone can have a big box store chair or dining room table but none else would have a chair just like one I made with them and I was pretty pumped about it.

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(our “new” chair…I’ll have more photos soon when I have it really nice and photographed but I couldn’t wait to share!)

If you haven’t been to visit VNTG home, take advantage of all the excitement this Saturday at Tyler Village during the Cleveland Flea and go explore the marketplace upstairs. They have a whole new section of throw pillows that would take your couch or bed from plain to glam in no time, don’t miss out. If you can’t wait unit tomorrow, their online shop is open 7 days a week and they do a great job with updating the new pieces as they hit the showroom floor. I can’t say more good things about this shop other than I’m in LOVE!!!

I’m going to be visiting VNTG Home over the next few months and sharing some more exciting projects and offerings so stay tuned. In the meantime, save the date for their spooky, eco-chic evening soirée on Wednesday, October 25th where you will have the opportunity to win some great prizes including a gift card to the store. Register here. I can’t wait to celebrate tricks and treats at VNTG Home. See you there!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to VNTG Home who invited me to share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  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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