Spooky Halloween fun in the CLE

Hey friends. Are you totally loving this amazing fall season in Northeast Ohio like I am? Yesterday was SO COLD but somehow our family layered and bundled and braved the outdoor fall festival at Mapleside Farms.

It’s been a fun spooky season at our house with a 4-year-old and the infinite possibilities of choosing a Halloween costume. One day he wants to be Flash, the next an astronaut and currently we are planning to be the Incredible Hulk…let’s not hold our breath. (see above half Superman, half Hulk)

Speaking of Halloween…there are SO MANY fun, fall, family activities to do over the next few weeks…pick 1 thing or pick a few, but make sure whatever you choose to do make sure to dress warm and bring plenty of snacks…candy corn for the win!

Today I wanted to share a few things that sound like a blast when it comes to Halloween festivities…I’m sure there are a ton more so feel free to add to my list in the comments below. Enjoy!

• Tarot card readings in a Speakeasy : Ever been to the secret speakeasy in Cleveland Heights? Ring the doorbell, then follow the back staircase of Cleveland Heights barbershop Quintana’s until you reach the second-floor intimate cocktail bar.  Grab a stiff bourbon drink and have your cards read by Stephanie Ginese on Tuesday, Oct. 23 &
Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• Spooky Fest at Mapleside Farms : It’s a weekend of family-friendly fun at Mapleside Farms. Kids can show off their Halloween best in an afternoon costume parade. They can play in Pumpkin Village, filled with activities like hayrides, pig races, and a corn maze. PLUS they have delicious donuts, warm cider for the kids and a beer garden for Moms & Dads! Oct. 27-28th.

Cedar Point Halloweekend – It’s an obvious stop on the festivities trail but a great one at that. Pre-toddler, we used to love to visit for a spooky, date night while now we enjoy the characters at The Great Pumpkin Fest. There TRULY is something for all levels of spooky aficionados to the little goblins in your life.

• Pinecrest Pumpkin Palooza – Do you keep meaning to go explore the east sides newest shopping and dining destination? This afternoon would be a great excuse to throw your kids in the car for some trick-o-treating and then you can also hit up Shake Shack too! Sunday, October 28th from 1-3pm.

• “Night of the Living Dead” – The Cedar Lee Theatre is honoring the 50th anniversary of this original zombie flick with two evening screenings. Wednesday, Oct. 24th at 10 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 25th at 7 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo – If you have little ones that love searching for animals and candy this is the Halloween event for you. Bundle up, this event tends to be a cold one! Also, get your tickets in advance, this weekend will be a busy one.

• Twist Social Club : All I can say is if you are looking for an elaborate, over the top fun holiday then look no more, Twist is the place to go. They have a bunch of fun things planned so get dressed up and head out to Twist!
Oct. 26 – Hallo-Queen drag queen show
Oct. 27 – Halloween horror soiree
Oct. 31 – Skaryoke costume karaoke

Spooktacular orchestra concert : Have a music lover in the family? Dress up and head off to Severance for an afternoon of exploring music and spooky beats! Tickets available on their site. Sunday, October 28, 3pm.

So…I hope I’ve given you a few fun and oh so spooky Halloween ideas for you, your ghouls and your little goblins. Happy Halloween Cleveland. I heart ya!

  I’m presenting at Alt Summit, join me! (Discount code below)

Yep…that is me and my yellow pants, front row & center at @altsummit in 2015. The woman in the white shirt speaking to the crowd of female entrepreneurs, creatives & makers is the one & only @marthastewart. To say I left that day inspired an understatement.

I have a huge respect and admiration for what the @altsummit conference organizers do, year after year. Designing a conference for those of us who are constant creative dreamers & doers is not an easy feat. If you’ve always wanted to attend but weren’t sure it’s for you…it’s for everyone!!!

What’s even more fun is that next March I am going to be representing & speaking at #altsummit on the “Relevance of the regional influencer; why big isn’t always better.” Get excited! If you’ve been thinking about attending but need a little push. I have a code for $50 off registration…code “CHARITY” get your ticket & let’s plan to hang out in Palm Springs…while the rest of Cleveland is bundled up in the snow!

A few notes on ticket pricing. The current individual ticket price is $849. With the $50 discount, the price for you is $799. On November 1st the new price for individual tickets will rise to $949 and will continue to rise each month. Reserve your spot today!

Last year I set a personal goal to try & so more public speaking. Whether about design, entrepreneurship or blogging. Here’s to making goals happen, stepping out of our comfort zones & taking a risk. I hope you will join me, I’d love to see some familiar insta friends in the audience. Clevelander’s are the best.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions. The link to the conference is in my bio! Happy Thursday everyone.

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  Designer Dress Days – This week!

Happy Designer Dress Days week to everyone! Do you know what this exciting event is? It’s almost as good as the holidays and your most favorite birthday party wrapped into one high-fashion, for-a-good-cause, estate sale meets boutique shopping extravaganza.

This year, join the volunteers of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Designer Dress Days here in Cleveland. The 2018 sale boasts beautiful new and gently worn designer and well know clothing, purses, fine & costume jewelry, scarves, furs, leathers, coats, dresses, etc. Over 250 volunteers help make this 4-day sale both fun and successful.

The NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers & advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms through advocacy, community service projects, programs & education as well as their Thriftique and Designer Dress Days events!

The other day I had the privilege of doing a bit of behind the scenes browsing at some of this years, for-sale-fashions…let me just say I was BLOWN away by all of the high-end designer name brands at such affordable pricing. From Chanel to Escada and Tory Burch to DVF there is literally something for everyone. Personally, I love more of the older vintage pieces including coats…if this weather ever cooperates…and they had lots and lot of vintage too!

The sale kicks off this Friday with the preview event ($20 entry) and then picks back up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for some serious shopping. Join me at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S Woodland Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. Looking forward to seeing everyone…time to shop till we drop…fashion for a great cause!

Shopping days & times!
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Preview day ($20.00 Fee) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018– 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018– 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to NCJW for including my story about Designer Dress Days as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this organization and this incredible sale, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Still feels like summer!

Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend…minus our Browns loss…Grrr. It was so gorgeous outside today, felt like summer for sure. We spent most of the day packing up patio furniture and putting away pool toys to prep for fall…but the hot temps and bright sunshine had me craving a few more days of summer. Enter…Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

Have you ever been down to the new “Margaritaville” in the Flats East Bank? It literally is summer there 365 days a year. We went down the other day for margaritas and fish tacos…so good. Our little guy loved all the fun nautical decor…did you know you can literally eat on a boat inside the restaurant? Mr. C. enjoyed all the big screens and noted that this place would be a great destination for meeting up and watching the Browns next win; we are so optomistic.

The fun team down at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville would like to welcome Cleveland Browns fans for Sunday FUNday to the restaurant. They have brought back their famous WINGS especially for big game days. More in the mood for a burger? I hear their “Cheeseburger in Paradise” is really good as well. Their patio has plenty of space and so many tv’s, make a great place to enjoy these last few summer-like Sundays. Next time you are looking for a place to gather your team you should for sure check them out. I gotta say…my fish tacos were delicious, made me feel a bit like I was on vacation.

(water looking floors had this toddler entertained for a few solid minutes!)

Head over to my Instagram account (@charity216) where I will be doing a $50 gift card giveaway to this beachy-keen restaurant this week; details on the page.

Cheers to the end of summer but the beginning of a gorgeous fall…complete with fish tacos and margaritas! Best of luck to all!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. for including this blog as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall Cocktail!

With only a handful of summer days left, I’ve started to feel the onset of fall in Northeast Ohio…and I love it!

From planning our pumpkin patch visit and apple picking adventure to new boots and sweaters, this is MY SEASON. Personally, I also LOVE all fall food and flavors and don’t even get e started on pumpkin space everything…the best.

It’s also the time of year when my summer drink of choice does a bit of an overhaul. It typically goes something like this…Rosé’ to Red and vodka soda to bourbon ginger…overall richer, deeper, warmer. Then I discovered this drink, a Rosemary Maple Peach Bourbon Cocktail or what I like to call “Goodbye Summer…Hello Fall!”


I had a few friends over for an officially cocktail tasting and I think it was a smash hit! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Here is the recipe…give it a shot this Saturday when fall is officially here! Enjoy…CHEERS.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Cocktail
(Makes 1 cocktail)

• 1/4 of an over-ripe peach, plus a few slices for garnish
• 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary maple simple syrup (below)
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 cup Bourbon (I HEART Watershed!)
• tiny pinch smoked sea salt
• ice
• rosemary sprig for garnish

Muddle together the chopped peach, rosemary maple simple syrup, lemon juice, bourbon and salt in a measuring cup or glass. Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with ice, pressing on the fruit pulp to get out all the good stuff. Garnish with the peach slices and rosemary sprig.

Rosemary Maple Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 cup, enough for 10 drinks

• 3/4 cup lightly packed rosemary leaves (from about 10 sprigs), roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup (5 3/4 ounces by weight) maple syrup
• 1/2 cup water

Combine the rosemary, maple syrup, and water together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cover and steep for at least 15 – 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the rosemary to extract all the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Chill the syrup until cold, 1 hour (or mix your drinks right away if you just can’t wait). The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for at least several weeks.