Ushabu, the new Shabu Shabu hot (s)pot

IMG_1204

Hey CLE! Hope you are having a great week. Today, just a quick review here on “Iheart” of one of Tremont’s newest dining destinations, Ushabu; a Japanese fondue restaurant.

IMG_1206

The interior is chic, almost intoxicating with simplicity. The dim lighting welcomes you as you find your way to your own table. From the moment we were seated I felt transported somewhere important…somewhere exciting and new.

IMG_1213

Traditional shabu-shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables. Dinner was really fresh and healthy, perfect for all those new years wellness goals. The concept of the new restaurant is that everything you order is raw and you cook it in one of their three broth selections. We ordered a little bit of everything to check it out and I gotta say it was all incredible.

IMG_1214You choose your protein and broth (Ginger Chicken, Spicy Miso or Kombu) and then they bring you a big bowl of vegetables to swirl, slowly cooking in the hot broth. Word to the wise..be careful, you don’t want to burn your tongue. :)

IMG_1212IMG_1209

Ushabu is a wonderful dining experience, you should for sure go check it out next time you are looking for a place to go to dinner. Make sure you call for a reservation, the tables fill up fast! Ushabu.com

  Family holiday photo fun!

072

hello friends. Wanted to quickly share some fun family photos we took over the holidays. My entire family is pretty spread out, Cleveland, Seattle, Virgina, London and we don’t all get together super often so when we do, we try and snap a few group shots…and these were too fun not to share!

Where can you go in the winter, with great light, awesome cocktails and the BEST wallpaper backdrop in town? You guessed it…the Plum Kitchen! Thanks to the kind staff for letting our crew come in, grab a handful of cocktails, move the furniture around a bit and hog the pinball machine for hours, you guy are great! Thanks to my friend Katie A. for agreeing to hang with our crew and capture our silly family fun, we love the images, Thank you!

family_4family_3family_2family_1
101

110Cheers to family photos…and while I didn’t get around to a holiday card this year (gasp!) I am proud to still have accomplished these.

  My new weight loss “bestie!”

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. —
Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!

JC_!
 (I love all the end-of-the-day treats, this one is a little lemon cake!)

So okay, it’s the beginning of a fresh new year and I’ve set some great goals for myself. (See previous post) We all know the standard “I need to loose a few pounds” types of goals but this is some serious “I need to seriously loose some weight for the sake of my health and for the sake of taking care of my family.” PLUS I LOVE CLOTHES and I have a closet full of fun vintage finds, bold pattern dresses and colorful numbers that I chat with each morning about when we are gonna hang out together…”real soon” I keep telling them.

Before I had our darling toddler, I was able to get to the gym, yoga studio or run outdoors most days. I also spent hours lamenting over healthy meal planning and new recipes which made eating-healthy exciting. Nowadays the evenings are full with negotiating toddler life and all those fun things that go along with it…and let’s face it, my time is now not only MY time. SO, long story short, when I was thinking about how to attack the weight loss battle I knew I needed something super easy, something that I hadn’t tried before, something that could keep my interest and honestly something for someone with little time to invest in meal prep, etc. Enter Jenny Craig…my new personal in-home chef and bestie!

JC_2
(breakfast scramble & a chocolate protein shake; a great way to start the day!)

So far, so good! This program has been designed to provide a plan to people like me who don’t want to spend hours thinking about a menu but still add interest into my day to day “diet” choices. I have also been checking in with a consultant to approach my potential hurdles, she’s been great, just like a gal pal talking about food, fitness and family life. The program takes a holistic approach to weight loss/management, focusing on food, body and mind. I am actually really enjoying how simple it’s been so far. PLUS the food selections have been right on point, they have over 100 things on their menus created by 40 different chefs to choose from, it’s pretty yummy. Loving the morning chocolate protein shakes, anything Tex-Mex is great, the open-faced sandwiches cure my grilled cheese cravings and evening treats have been a decadent way to end the day…everything has been pretty tasty thus far. I actually am also loving the daily reminders to eat fruits, salads and even my own greek yogurt in addition to the Jenny Craig selections.

Currently I am following their weekly meal plan but in a few weeks I hope to take their thinking and begin adding in my own meals because I actually DO love to cook…and my family enjoys it too.

I’m looking forward to reporting back in the next month or two on this weight loss goals. Exciting! So, to all of you who might be looking for a very simple, follow-the-leader type of weight loss approach…I am happy to share the details, just drop me a note! (Plus I have a coupon for $25 off, so just ask!)
Advertisement
Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

  The quiet after the holidays & goals.

vest_1

It’s been sorta quiet these last few days at our house. Our extended families have all gone home from their long holiday visit, I am procrastinating on taking down the holiday decorations and we are still determining where all the new toys should respectfully “live” in our daily home. The quiet after all the planning and holiday magic is always such a bummer…but then I start thinking about my goals for the year and it instantly excitements me at the possibilities that lie ahead.

vest_4I tend to break down my yearly goal into 3 buckets…personal, family & business goals. How do you like to approach goal setting when it comes to looking at the year ahead?

For this year personal consists of everything about “me” and I don’t say that to sound selfish, but in more of the self-care effort. This year is the year I must buckle down and shed my baby weight or shall I say toddler weight. As someone with a family history of high blood pressure I want to get back to my healthiest self and I’ve got to make myself and my wellness a priority. I want to take better care of my skin…including washing my face before bed, (duh.) scheduling more regular facials as well as investing in a few better “over 40” moisturizers…all suggestions welcome.  Lastly I would like to make more of an effort in the evenings to get out of my leggings and sweatshirts and slip into real pajamas before bed. I have a huge collection of pajama sets but never hardly wear them, now is the time! So…not huge crazy personal efforts, but still lots of work ahead.

Family goals…as a working mom-trepreneur I admit I rely heavily on our day to day childcare destination to help infuse our toddler with his daily dose of arts. This year I am vowing to step away from work a few hours a week…or month…and take a class, make a craft, go to (more) concerts, sing, paint, whatever. His time as a toddler is so short, I don’t want to miss out on these formidable creative years and this year I am going to make an effort of being more involved. Travel…we are already talking about a few family getaways that won’t break the bank but would be fun for the whole family and even more fun for me & Mr. C. Looking forward to seeing where the year will literally take us really excites me. Last in this category would be a few more home improvements here and there. We moved into a new home last year and did the bulk of remodeling before we moved in but we didn’t touch the second floor. I want to do some painting, install a few new light and faucet fixtures and spend some time thinking about window treatments and art.

For my last goal bucket, business we have a few goals for our design studio. Nothing super wild but a few tweaks to internal processes, invest additional hours developing our Pinterest space and more creative play as a team…just to share a few goals. To stay on top of all things happening at studio Chartreuse follow us on instagram we have lots of fun things planned for the new year!

vest_2

So there you have it…my goals for the new year! I look forward to attacking each of them with you by my side! I’m sure I will revisit them at some point and let you know how things are coming along…wish me luck!

Thanks to my sister @rlkobus for the fun outdoor shots of me and #ninjamax216 as we were checking out the yard, post Christmas snow melt. Max loved the time outdoors with his new Dora ball, his mom & auntie and I loved exploring the flower beds to see if anything was showing any sign of spring..not much yet.

(Chambray shirt & suede booties from Old Navy, Jeans from Gap, ceramic necklace from Anthropologie and wooly sheerling/suede vest from Tobi)

  A visit to Cuyahoga Collective.

img_0907

Hello & happy COLD weekend to us all. I hope you’ve been staying indoors bundled up with your best book or movie and mug of something hot to keep you warm. It is truly SO COLD out there, bundle up before you get out and go exploring all over the city. These temps are not joke!

img_0906I keep meaning to tell you about the most lovely shop I have stumbled into around the holidays…Cuyahoga Collective.  You’ve seen their work in a sleek, black “truck-shop” at the flea but did you know that they now have a brick & mortar store? It is located just down the street from our studio on Madison Ave in Lakewood. The new store was once home to Lakewood Reupholstery but is now a flourshing, bright, half design-clubhouse, half home decor & fashion destination.You’ve got to swing by and check it out!
img_0898

img_0900Besides all of their awesome custom tee’s, sweatshirts and prints, they also offer local artisan, one-of-a-kind pieces and then a few more notable household brands as well. There truly is something for everyone on any occasion and if you need finding the most perfect gift, the team is there to assist you in choosing the best treat for you. I walked away with a new 2017 favorite, the Great Lakes crewneck sweatshirt…I have been wearing it with both comfy joggers as well as a sequin pencil skirt…just goes to show you can always dress things up or down…I digress.

img_0897Next time you are in the neighborhood you should for sure try and make time to discover this new CLE-proud boutique, if nothing else go check out the space; their remodel is stunning, nice work guys!

img_0892img_0904img_0903

For more information about them make sure to visit their page or follow them on their social spaces, you won’t be disappointed! Cheers to exploring (& shopping) new stores in a new year! Stay warm Cleveland!