Self-care at J Bellezza at Pinecrest

Happy Wednesday you guys! Hope everyone is settled into this week and enjoying the holiday countdown. If you are anything like me you still have a list a mile long of things-to-do, gifts to buy, people to see, etc before the 25th. I’ve seriously got to start crossing off my list!

One thing I try really hard NOT to miss during this busy holiday season is anything self-care related. I try not to skip a workout or back out of my hair color or manicures. Self-care is always something that typically gets brushed aside in my life, but not now, not during December. It’s also my birthday month so I am kinda partial to looking and filing my best as I tack on another year!

The other day I had the privilege of checking out the new J Bellezza salon at Pinecrest for a visit to their infrared saunas and have a luxury hair blow out..what a treat! The infrared sauna visit was super relaxing and almost put me into a meditative state. I didn’t necessarily sweat a bunch but the women at the salon assured me when I come back my body would start to recognize the warmth of the infrared and automatically sweat a bunch…releasing toxins. I loved being in control of the color remote, choosing the perfect shade of pink, green and bright blue, the various hues hugged my soul and overall made me feel very relaxed and centered. I for sure want to go back, especially during the long, very gray, Ohio winter days. You’ve got to try it out.

My hair blow out added to the relaxation afternoon. It’s always the best to have someone else give my scalp a little rub a dub dub and then spend the time to lovingly blow dry hair. I have A TON of hair and it takes a pretty good chunk of time to give it the best love. Hence you see me with my hair up in a top knot 50% of the time. My stylist Dena really spent the perfect amount of time to give me a great ‘do, mostly full and straight with a touch of a wave on the ends…perfection.


Not only does J Bellezza have relaxing infrared saunas and special stylists, but they also have a great retail store filled with lots of different beauty products. Hair masks, gift sets for new mothers, teas and more. Next time you are at Pinecrest make a stop into J Bellezza for any gift-giving needs.

Now that I am done writing this little ditty, I think I need to make a call and schedule a few appointments for the next few holiday weeks… happy self care everyone!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to J Bellezza for inviting me to explore their new salon and spa. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Holiday decor outside!

Is everyone prepped and ready to roll into the final countdown for the holidays? We are hosting the holidays this year which calls for attention to all the decor details around our home. We’ve decorated trees, set up a shimmery holiday village, the Elf on the Shelf has moved in with us and we are fixing up the guest bathroom in preparation for family visits.

Last weekend we took to decorating our side door entrance where we do most of our coming and going; it’s amazing how little holiday touches make the season merrier.

We walked around the yard and pruned back a few evergreen trees producing a few pine boughs for our wire basket. That in and of itself was an adventure with our little guy walking the perimeter of the yard all bundled up in snow pants and boots…you’d think we were chopping down a tree or something.

I pulled out a few vintage finds including the wooden, Santa cut out that I bought from a Parma estate sale over 15 years ago. I also dragged out my grandfathers vintage, Thermos, ice-fishing cooler, it’s a great place to store snowballs!

I made a real holiday wreath at a workshop. Harder than it looks. I love coming home and the aromas of fresh pine and boxwood as you enter the home.

We also bought some Edison-bulb, swag lights (like these) and some outdoor green garland to add the final touches on our holiday entryway. It is very friendly, a nod to the past, filled with old holiday memories and an afternoon of playing in the snow, making new memories.

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Wayfair for inviting me to share my family, holiday decorating. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Healthy holiday cookies : Carrot Oat Cookies – sponsored by Heinen’s

Hello friends and happy holiday season to all of us! Wasn’t yesterdays warmer weather simply divine? We finally got all of the leaves up from our front yard it was awesome. We also got most of the house decorated this weekend which is a pretty awesome considering that decorating with a 4-year-old means decorating and then decorating again once he goes to bed…haha! We also hopped around to some of the holiday, maker sales including the awesome show at Lake Effect Studios, the studios at the Art Craft Building and it wouldn’t be a holiday without the annual Hot Toddy Party at the Banyan Tree in Tremont. Let’s just say, I got a great jump on checking off my shopping list!

Yesterday I also did a bunch of my weekly meal prep while the guys were watching the Browns game in the living room. Typically I make ahead, hard boiled eggs, I cut up and roast a bunch of veggies for mid-week salads and I grill chicken breasts also for salads. I always feel so accomplished when these basic prep things are done as I enter a busy week.

This week with the holidays just around the corner I decided to try my hand at a healthy, holiday cookie. One that I might be able to bring with me to friends parties, school gatherings and even grab for a breakfast treat…enter the Carrot Oat Cookies.

This cookie is not that sweet, super moist and tastes almost like you are eating a slice of carrot cake, minus the frosting. It has the standard, gluten-free chewy consistency which I personally really enjoy… fewer crumbs for my car commute to work.

Thanks to Heinen’s for asking me to participate in their holiday cookie bake-off. Cheers to shopping local and supporting Cleveland’s local grocer in your holiday shopping needs! If you were looking to make them even sweeter I might add a cup of the Nestlé mini chocolate morsels…I bet our little guy might like them even better…next batch! I hope you enjoy the recipe below, happy holiday baking!

Ingredients
– 1 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
– 1/2 cup brown rice flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– a pinch of sea salt
– 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (you could substitute melted unsalted butter if you don’t like to cook with coconut oil)
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
– 1 cup freshly grated carrots

Directions
Preheat oven to 350º and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer or KitchenAid, use the paddle attachment and mix together the coconut oil, vanilla, egg, and maple syrup. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, brown rice flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Fold in the carrots. Place your bowl of batter in the fridge for 20 minutes or more. This will help your cookies from melting too fast and becoming too flat. Scoop dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 15minutes or until they are golden brown. Allow to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Heinen’s for inviting me to explore healthy holiday baking. Thanks for supporting Heinen’s, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Sweet & Smokey Pizza from Marc’s & Kretschmar (sponsored)

It’s that time of year, time for special nights out with friends, for holiday work gatherings, for school functions and for quick but healthy on the go meals. Enter Kretschmar Deli Meats & Cheeses from Northeast Ohio, locally-owned, Marc’s!
The other day I stopped into Marcs at lunch and what do they say about grocery shopping when you are hungry? Never do it! Ha! Well, I was pleasantly surprised by the great selection of produce, the organic options and the fresh deli counter filled with all sorts of freshly sliced cheeses and meat selections. Needless to say, I ended up with a cart filled with many yummy things for lunch…and beyond.

While I was at Marc’s I bought a half pound of sliced Kretschmar Smoked Gouda, Kretschmar Hard Salami, and Kretschmar Off-The-Bone Rotisserie Style Chicken Breast. Our little guy has just discovered sandwiches and it’s funny because myself and Mr. C. don’t typically eat sandwiches. We think he is being exposed to them at school and it’s so cute when he comes home and asks for bread and sandwiches…hence the stopping at the deli counter!

With that said, last week I wanted to make a quick and easy, made-at-home dinner and I remembered my deli finds that I had in the fridge. I was immediately inspired to use some of them for dinner to make a “Sweet & Smokey Chicken Pizza!”  Want the recipe? I have it listed below.

Sweet & Smokey Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

8 oz. Kretschmar Off The Bone Rotisserie Style Chicken

1/2 c. barbeque sauce
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 bunch freshly chopped cilantro
1 pre-made pizza crust
1 c. shredded Kretschmar Smoked Gouda Cheese
1 c. thinly sliced red onion
1/3 c. crumbled blue cheese
Instructions

Preheat oven to 425ºF.

In a saucepan over low to medium heat, I combined the chicken and honey until it warms to a slow bubble. Don’t let the honey burn but instead watch it infuse the chicken with a touch of sweetness. I spread the barbecue sauce evenly over the crust, then topped with the sweet chicken and the gouda cheese. I finished the pizza by topping it with the red onions, cilantro, and the blue cheese before it went into the oven.

I baked it for around 15 minutes when it turned brown and the crust looks crunchy. It was super delicious and quick for an easy, go-to weeknight dinner. Give it a try!

The crew over at Marc’s has kindly given me a few Marc’s gift cards to giveaway so that you too can grab a few pounds of the Kretschmar Deli Meats and Cheeses and give them a try. To enter to win, head over to my Instagram post, Tuesday morning to find out how to enter.

Have a great week everyone. Cheers to quick family dinners and a busy pre-holiday week!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Marc’s and Kretschmar for inviting me to to simplify my holiday meals this season so that I have more time to enjoy with my family. To learn more, please visit http://www.kretschmardeli.com. Thanks for supporting Marc’s and Kretschmar, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  See you at Hullabaloo!

OMG you guys…just 5 more days until the final Hullabaloo fashion show and celebration presented by Yellowcake! I am so excited to attend as I’ve always been a big fan who loves all of their bright colds, bold styles, and funky aesthetic! This season I am really loving the flirty, feminine styles Valerie and her team have designed and I can’t wait to get a look at them up close and personal.

I LOVE this red, off the shoulder dress! It would be such a fun holiday vacation dress…I can’t wait to see it walk the runway.

Defined as an uproarious occasion, Hullabaloo is a fashion show fundraising event of fantastically colorful proportions. Yellowcake Shop is a local contemporary clothing company run by Project Runway alumna, Valerie Mayen. Specializing in Cleveland made, high quality clothing for women with local roots and quality aesthetic. This years event beneficiary is the non profit; Wigs for Kids.

This Saturday, November 3rd at the new, GORGEOUS event space, The Madison. This year promises to be a “confectionary dreamland of runway-worthy garments inspired by the tastiest sweets & treats this city has to offer.” They had me at “confectionary!”

Have you purchased your tickets? I have a 15% off treat for you using the coupon code HB18TEAM. Enjoy my sweet friends…I can’t wait to see you guys Saturday night!

 

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