CLE Rising : THIS Friday at Magnolia

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Hey CLE! I am honored and excited (& a tad nervous!) to be part of this friday’s distinguished panel of fierce, female entrepreneurs at this Fridays, second GrooveRyde + Magnolia CLE Rising event, co-hosted by Zosimo Maximo and Bobby Rutter.

Myself, Shelley Pippen (Co-Owner of Brewnuts,) Anjua Maximo (Co-Owner of GrooveRyde + Pure Mvmnt,) and Tammy Lyons (Owner of Inner Bliss Yoga) will be on hand for a candid conversation of all things business, balance and more! I will be talking about my path from agency designer to 14+ years business owner and blogger…I can’t wait to hare with all of you!

$30 admission includes one cocktail and entrance into Magnolia for the evening. Plus a goodie bag from lululemon. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Presentation to begin around 7pm…following it up with a CAVS watch party at 8:30pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Tickets can be purchased here!

  27th Cleveland Clinic Children’s Gala

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Cleveland Clinic’s 27th Annual Children’s Gala. The village of doctors, patient advocates, nurses and community had selected my friend Maisie Nowlin, as one of this years two Courage Award recipients.

You see, over the last two years my friends Meg, Ryan and little Maisie have been in and out of Cleveland Children’s with a very rare disease called Aplastic Anemia. She has had one scare after the next, a bone marrow transplant and so many experimental drugs but all in all Maisie kept the faith, was supported by her CLE community and wore her heart on her sleeve. This girl is a fighter and we were there that evening to celebrate her and her entire loving family.

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Cleveland Clinic Children’s is dedicated to medical, surgical and rehabilitative care of infants, children and adolescents. The staff uses the latest technology and most recent research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Children’s has more than 300 pediatric specialists who are leaders in research for cardiac care, neurological conditions, digestive diseases and other conditions. More than 80 of their staff are annually named as “Best Doctors” by their peers. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is consistently rated among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. I could go on and on…but to us, all that really mattered was that they helped our friends when they were at a loss for how to tackle such an ugly disease for their very sick daughter.

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I am happy to tell everyone that Maisie is doing well. She currently is a typical tween who is into sparkly shoes, her friends and her brothers and sister. She and her parents accepted this award with grace and humility and we couldn’t have been more proud of them and the team at Cleveland Children’s.

Thank you Dr. Rabi Hanna for hosting us that evening and thank you to your team for pouring your knowledge, heart and soul into the health of our friend Maisie. You make us all want to reach for the stars, to do better, to give more and to really see the love and passion for all people. We know that the research you have conducted in order to impact lives of your patients like Maisie would not be capable without your research grants AND without the generosity of individuals and private donors. We hope that the funds we raised that evening will help impact hundreds of other little seven year old girls like Maisie.

In the spirit of working towards curing each child-patient at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital; I invite you to take time to read more about the exciting happenings (can we say new, kids-only building?!?!) and efforts at Children’s here. If you have would like to donate to furthering the research that Dr Hanna and all of the doctors at the Clinic are conducting we welcome you to make a gift here. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

  Alex Katz at the CLE Museum of Art

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Hello & Happy Friday friends. What a yucky day, so chilly and wet…Let’s just say it wasn’t the best day for my open-toed, suede booties…brrr! Looks like it supposed to stay around the 50 degree temps pretty much all weekend which means finding activities for the family indoors…enter Cleveland Museum of Art to the rescue.

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Not only do they have an incredible area for the kiddo’s, they just opened “Brand-New & Terrific” an exhibit of the work of Alex Katz from the 1950’s. Let’s just say, I am a bit of an art geek and this exhibit might be one of the best I’ve seen in some years.

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His work is so totally relatable almost 70 years later. The color combinations are bright and very friendly, you can’t help but smile. I very much enjoyed all of the abstract florals and can even envision them on a skirt or the perfect summer sundress…for the Summer Solstice! I can’t wait to go back to the exhibit and take in more of his work, it is just so cheery. I promise you will love the exhibit and it is going to be the perfect weekend, weather-wise to be indoors. Enjoy & Happy FridYAY!

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  Summer Celebrations : Lawn Games Sponsored by Wayfair

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Hello friends! With last weekends 80 degree temps, it’s truly feeling like summertime is quickly approaching. We have started doing a few yard projects around our new home, pulled out the patio and pool furniture and even planted a handful of flowering spring perennials to add a few pops of color to the yard. What about you? Have you felt the urge to style and prep your yard for all of your summer, outdoor entertaining events?

When I was younger my sisters and I were always tasked with the job of picking up sticks around the yard as part of spring cleaning. Needless to say we didn’t love working in the yard as teenagers but somehow the knowing we would get our allowance always kept us coming back. Flash forward almost thirty years later  a day of working in the yard, mowing the grass, trimming the trees and picking up sticks sounds luxurious to me.

As kids when we were finished with the yard work we used to totally love playing outside. Do you remember pogo balls? We could spend hours on them. We also loved jumping rope, a touch of hopscotch as well as a proper game of croquet. My parents had a vintage game set and a large front yard so it was the perfect place to spend hours on this retro lawn game…just me, my sisters and the clicking of the wooden balls as we tried to steer them with our wooden mallets. I also always had to be green (sometimes yellow) like the color even mattered…we were all still pretty bad. As I have grown up, anytime I see a croquet set I truly enjoy giving the ball a little whack and remembering all the fun we had outside on the lawn. Ahh..the old days.

Wayfair_CroqA few years ago while scouring a flea market I happened to pick my own croquet set…so how about we plan an evening of lemonade (or sangria!) on the lawn, we can all wear our vintage summer dresses, big sunglasses and straw hats and enjoy the best summer lawn game…croquet. Let me know who’s in!

Thanks to Wayfair for encouraging and sponsoring this post which had me actually sit down and put “pen to paper” of some of my favorite summer fun memories. I just happened to be on their site and they have so many fun things that would make for a perfect croquet party…here are just a few ideas, but you should go explore for yourself!

Croquet Set / Chaise Lounge Chair / Outdoor Umbrella / Plant Arbor / Plant Stand

Happy spring…almost summer everyone. My wish for you is the gift of time…make some time for you and your friends to connect and create those special summer memories. It truly is worth it to step away from technology every now and then and get outside to play. Happy croquet everyone!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to walk you down memory lane as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Feeling like summer with Chill Pops!

IMG_8262Hey Cleveland, how has your week been? I’ve had a busy one but super productive and filled with lots of fun possibilities for the Cleveland-summer horizon. Between new design projects at studio Chartreuse and a handful of spring home projects it’s been an exciting few weeks around here. Spring is for sure in the air, the trees are blooming, the skies are blue…if you have allergies you are probably feeling them by now and if you are a popsicle lover you are probably jonesing to fill your freezer with all sorts of summer flavors…enter local foodie makers, Chill Pops!

IMG_8298If you haven’t tried these real fruit popsicles you should run to any one of their retailers for the most perfect, sweet, spring treat. “Toddler Ninja” loved the Watermelon Lime flavor while I was more partial to the Lemon Ricotta…a bit sweet & sour! Lately we keep a few varieties in our freezer so when we are craving something sweet and sorta “bad” we always have “Chill” on hand…and to be honest, they aren’t that “bad!”

IMG_8354Each popsicle is “Made with Meaning” so make sure to share them with the people you care about and love. Not only will you enjoy the taste of each frozen treat but you will feel really good about supporting these local entrepreneurs who are making our city more sweet, more fun and for sure…more Chill!

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“So yummy! Mom can we eat these for dinner?”

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FUN POST, NOT SPONSORED : We love Chill Pops! We bought these three boxes at Whole Foods for a special weekend treat. Thanks for supporting this local business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!