Luna Bakery : Toddler morning out in Cleveland (part 1)

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Good morning Cleveland!! Happy May!!! While I typically don’t mind the rainy days, I think it’s time for the sun to come out and warm up the ground a bit. I have a few new pairs sandals and I am psyched to be able to wear them…it’s this time of year that I find so challenging to dress…as much as I want to wear black tights, I resist every morning with a pop of brights colors instead…trying to dress for what’s ahead. Bring on summer!

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In honor of Mothers’ Day week, I’m sharing a recent special morning that “Toddler Ninja” and I had on the east side of town. While I typically don’t post “mommy posts” Dad was out of town so I had the little guy all to myself…the morning was truly magical I had to share!

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We kicked off our Saturday morning adventure with breakfast “eats” at Luna Bakery. “Luna” is nestled into the side of Fairmount Hill in Cleveland Heights and is seriously one of my favorite places in town. From their light-as-air macaroons to their amazing savory crepes this bakery is one of Cleveland’s finest. Recently they added another dining area so there is plenty of space for everyone, lots of high chairs and even a runway for toddlers to explore…if you catch my drift.

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From the outside of Luna we enjoyed watching the bakers dip strawberries in chocolate, create special cakes and we even walked up and down through their outside seating area…what you won’t do for your toddler to keep them entertained. :)

022019We ended our visit with some special sugar cookies one for each of us. he chose a Cavs jersey cookie (GO CAVS!) and I couldn’t resist the Ohio love cookie.

I’m loving this stage of toddler that we are in. Everything is so new and exciting. Everything is a story and needs to be explained. While I don’t love the toddler “negotiations” it is fun to see his brain literally working before our eyes…the kid is persistent, I gotta give ‘em that. He is running and jumping and climbing and talking in almost full sentences…he is so fun.

We had a great morning at Luna just toddler and me. Next time you are looking for an incredible brunch experience give it a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

  Welcome Cirque Du Soleil!

1256_IMG_5072_R_ORIGINALHey Cleveland. Such a pretty day today with a blue blue sky. Today I get to tell you about an incredible show coming to Cleveland TONIGHT…’OVO,’ Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring show will be opening tonight at The Wolstein Center and running through this Sunday, May 1st.

1288_IMG_7902_R_ORIGINALThey tell me that “OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.” It’s gonna be insane!

1217_246V0062_R_ORIGINALI’ve always been a huge fan of their creative display of personal strength and acrobatics. The colors, the costumes and the creative sets are so fascinating and hands down stunning.  I am really looking forward to seeing this show this weekend and slipping away into a world of creativity and imagination.

I can’t wait to see Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring show ‘OVO’ at the CSU Wolstein Center.  It’s running April 27 – May 1.  Get your tickets at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center Homepage

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to attend the OVO extravaganza in exchange for a post here on the blog as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting this arts organization as they spend time in Cleveland this weekend and allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards + ticket giveaway

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Every year there are a handful of amazing fund raiser events throughout the city that are the MUST-get-a-ticket-to parties and this is for sure one of them!

This year you won’t want to miss the annual Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoons Awards Party at the Crawford Auto & Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center on Wednesday May 4th, 2016. The evening celebrates great chefs and restaurants in Northeast Ohio as guests get to sample various creations from such great dining destinations. All participating restaurants are 2016 Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Award finalists.

Speaking of Cleveland Magazine…go grab the latest May issue as I believe it dropped this week! Lots of great stuff this month!

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Anyhow, back to the event…this year the event proceeds will benefit local Arthritis Foundation programs throughout the community.

Want to make sure you get a ticket to this fun party? I’ve got a ticket discount code for 10% off your tickets to all iheartcleveland.com readers. Just go here to buy your tickets and enter “HEART” for a

With that said I do have TWO TICKETS to giveaway to this years Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoons Party. To enter to win, tweet “@iheartclev I’d like to enter to win tickets to this year @silverspoonCLE celebration!” Winner to be drawn Friday April 29th, good luck! MORE! →

  The Plum Café & Kitchen

Plum_2From the moment we arrived at the newly opened The Plum Café & Kitchen I knew I was madly, deeply in love. From the gold shiny logo that welcomes guests to the incredible cheery pattern on the entry’s statement wall, the owners have truly put their heart and soul into designing this new dining destination in the CLE.

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plum_1We ordered some incredible sandwiches (Ploughman’s lunch..so yummy!) and wine and found ourselves seats in the sit down dining area. Right now The Plum is serving bakery & coffee for breakfast, a full lunch menu and creative craft cocktails at happy hour with plans to expand their menu and offerings. Personally I can’t wait to visit again and try out more of their creative menu!

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Plum_7The dining room features a series of clean-line tables, sleek glassware and incredible blush-hued leather sofas. It is just so pretty I can’t stop thinking about it!

Plum_9My ploughman’s lunch included a delicate ham and runny egg with a white grain bread and half a granny smith apple. Everyone loved their lunch, we all were gaga over the interiors and we couldn’t be more thrilled for the owners, let’s just say all of their hard work and their eye for exquisite details has really paid off.

This weekend, go check out The Plum Café & Kitchen, I promise you will be “wowed!”

 

  Market at the Food Bank

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What an incredible weekend? The weather was just amazing! We charged ahead at the flea, ate outdoors on a patio, took bike rides and ran outside…so I think it is official…it’s spring in Cleveland! With spring comes some incredible ways to give back to our Cleveland community through amazing non-profit celebrations. Everyone wants to get out and give back and I’ve got some great events to tell you about.

Today I want to share with you about Market at the Food Bank in support of Harvest for Hunger. Market at the Food Bank is on May 1 from 6-8:30pm. Join them for an evening of fine food and drink accompanied by fun entertainment – with all proceeds benefiting the 25th annual #HarvestForHunger campaign.

For every dollar raised at this party, Harvest for Hunger can provide enough food for four nutrition meals at a local hunger center. Previously the event raised $242,000, which translates to more than 968,00 meals to Clevelanders. This year they are expecting to surpass that, so awesome!

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Would you and a friend like to attend? I have two tickets for one lucky reader! To enter to win tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to support #HarvestForHunger and attend Market at the Food Bank on May 1.” Winner will be drawn Wednesday, April 27th! If you don’t win, don’t worry tickets can be purchased online here…http://bit.ly/1NkYAXp.

So good luck everyone. Try and get outside and enjoy the sunshine, this week is going to be amazing!

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to attend the Market at the Food Bank party in exchange for a post here on the blog as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting this organization as they support so many Clevelanders and allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!