Giveaway : $50 to Pat Catan’s


Tis the season for holiday crafting, decorating the home, making candy and cookies and don’t forget to frame up all your little kiddo’s school art for Grandma…it’s time to get to Pat Catan’s.

This year I spent some “quality-time” in the glitter and little woodland creatures aisle finding just the perfect sparkly additions to my holiday table and tree decorations. Pat Catan’s seriously had so much holiday swag, it was hard to decide just how much I could responsibly decorate with and still have room to navigate around our home.

Not only is “Catan’s” a crafting destination, it’s a cookie, cakes and candy making supply mecca. I’m headed to a cookie making afternoon this weekend and stopped by for cute cookie-swapping bags and little holiday sprinkles for the perfect sugar cookie masterpiece.

Looking for some last minute gifts or stocking stuffers for the little ones? They have a new section in their stores called “Great Create” that offers many creative activities and make & take projects for the little elf in your life.

Love exploring Pat Catan’s for the perfect sheet of paper to wrap your honey’s gift with (image above)? Look no further. One lucky winner will win a $50 gift certificate to indulge in new art supplies, last minute gifts, candy making molds, hot glue guns…it’s up to you and your creativity!

To enter to win tweet me and tell me what you might buy if you had that $50 gift certificate! “@iheartclev if I won the @PatCatans cash I would buy…!” Good luck, winner to be drawn by Monday the 22nd.

Oh and I almost forgot, CONGRATS to Brenda from @TheHippieHut who won the Frozen Sing-A-Long DVD. Give her a few weeks and she will know every word to every song in the film…sing away Brenda!

*I was provided this gift certificate for this holiday giveaway as part of Pat Catan’s marketing efforts.  All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this local retailer that provides Northeast Ohio with anything and everything creative and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Giveaway : Brunch for 2 at Pier W

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 8.15.03 AM

Good morning friends. Hope your holiday fun is in full swing. Our tree(s) are up and the house finally decked. Planning on making cookies with my gal pals this weekend. I still have some last minute shopping to do, but overall I’m feeling pretty good.

At work we are counting down till holiday break, looking forward to rejuvenating our creativity for the new year ahead. During break, I have lots of time to meet up with friends and connect as we wrap up 2014.

One of the places I like to get my gather together a group of friends for a yummy brunch is Pier W. Seriously, this tried and true Cleveland on-water, dining destination has alway been one of my personal favorites. I tend to go there for special occasions, for an amazing happy hour, this past summer I experienced their new patio (the view is gorgeous on a nice summer night) and don’t even get me started about their Sunday brunch.

Speaking of brunch, today I have a treat for one lucky reader, Brunch for 2 (valued at $76) at Pier W. What a holiday treat for one of you!

To enter to win, tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to win your giveaway and go to brunch at @pierwcleveland !”  Good luck everyone, winner to be drawn Tuesday the 23rd.

Don’t forget you have till end of day today to enter for the Frozen sing-a-long DVD. Enter now.

*I was approached to share this giveaway as part of Pier W’s marketing efforts in exchange for brunch for 2.  All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this great restaurant on the lake and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  giveaway : Urban Farmer Dinner for 2

UFHappy Friday CLE…we made it! Another holiday week behind us and I am heading into the weekend ready to mix and mingle in the spirit of the season, how about you guys?

Last night our studio went out for our annual holiday celebration, such fun. We kicked off the evening with cocktails at Velvet Tango Room; the “VTR Manhattan” was my drink of choice. From there we headed over to Lollita’s for a lovely dinner and even better conversation. The holidays give us the excuse to go out and enjoy some of the areas’s best restaurants…but we really should do this more often.

Speaking of going out, have you been to the new(ish) Urban Farmer? The last time I dined there we started with selections from their roaming cheese cart, then indulged in a twice baked fingerling potato tart and finished with a delicious ribeye steak, seriously foodie stuff. Not only is the food amazing, next time you are there try and sneak a peek of the private dining room, stunning interiors.

For today’s holiday giveaway have I got a treat for you. Dinner for two at Urban Farmer (worth $100) is what the “blog elf” has in store for one lucky reader. To win this dining opportunity tweet me “@iheartclev I’d like to win dinner at @UrbanFarmerCle”  Winner will be announced Wednesday, December 17th. Good luck!

Have a great weekend enjoying all of the holiday cheer in Northeast Ohio. I think we are going to try and hit up the Cleveland Bazaar and the Gordon Arts Square holiday fun on Saturday, hope to see you there.

*I was offered this reader giveaway by Urban Farmer as part of their holiday marketing efforts. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this restaurant that makes good food and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland! 

  Giveaway : Frozen Sing-A-Long DVD

FrozenGood morning Cle. Happy holiday countdown to you. Did everyone have a great holiday weekend? Perhaps you put up your tree or finished your holiday shopping, maybe even baked a few cookies? Don’t you agree, December in the CLE is the most wonderful time of the year?

Before I tell you about today’s giveaway, I wanted to Congratulate reader Kristen Dodd as the winner of the Minted gift card. Just in time for those last minute holiday cards. Congrats Kristen!

For those of you who have been checking in over the years,  it’s that time again, time for holiday giveaway fun. A little Santa fun right here at iheartcleveland starts today!

Kicking off the giveaway fun is your chance to win the new Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long DVD. Make any holiday party better by inviting your friends Princesses Elsa and Anna to lead your party crowd in the movie’s best tunes.

I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good night out of Karaoke (Tina’s anyone?) so if you like to belt out “Let it Go” this DVD makes a great gift for you and your friends this holiday season. Join the cast of the #1 Animated Film of All Time and relive the magic and majesty of this sparkling masterpiece with the Sing-Along Edition of FROZEN.

If you’d like to try out a bit of karaoke fun right now, take a look at the you tube clip and belt your heart out…let it go, let it go!!!

Enter to win this sing-a-long DVD by tweeting me “@iheartclev I’d like to win Disney’s new #Frozen sing-a-long DVD.” Winner will be announced Monday, December 15th. Good luck!

Stay tuned for a handful of other giveaways coming up over the next few weeks. I have a handful of really great items to share with everyone. Happy “Giveaways for the Holidays” everyone.

*I was approached to offer the Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long DVD as part of Walt Disney’s Home Entertainment marketing efforts. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this company that made “Let it go” a household go-to tune and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Experience GiftGram

Hi Cleveland and Cheers to Friday!

Have you started to shop for those special holiday gifts yet? I’m sure a handful of you have purchased some of this years special-somethings online; whether over the Thanksgiving weekend, Cyber Monday or from any of this week’s extra special sales we are crossing those gifts off our lists.

A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful experience when trying out the latest online, patent-pending, personalized greeting app called GiftGram. Launched by a team of Cleveland, techie entrepreneurs this site truly has changed the game when it comes to sending any special gift-worthy package while notifying the recipient a gift has been delivered to them.

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.22.27 PM

As many of you may realize my out-of-town parents have been coming to visit me more as of late…well not me, but the grandson to be exact. I can’t tell you how thankful I am when they are here offering additional sets of hands to help out and keep the little guy entertained, fed and so forth. The last time my Mom came to visit we had all intensions of swinging by Crocker Park to pick up a new pair of flats for her. While we never made it out there, the sassy leopard flats made a great “Thank You” gift…enter the site GiftGram.

There is no charge to use GiftGram to send a message along with all of your gifts. All you need is your gift recipients email and your package tracking number, simple as that. Film a greeting on your cell phone or on your computers webcam, upload it to the site and when your gift is delivered the recipient immediately receives and email to notify them of the gift and the video message.

My own personal tiny glitch was getting my Mom to check her email around the same time I knew the gift was delivered…but we aren’t talking about someone who checks her email very often…it’s true. Sorry Mom. :)

Don’t love those gift messages that get printed on the shipping labels of your loved ones packages? This new web greeting truly is a game changer…time to start making a little video for  everyone on your list.

giftgram_babyninjaMy Mom did finally check her email and discover that Baby Ninja and I sent her a pair of the flats as a huge “thank you.” She loved seeing us in the video and she LOVES her new shoes as well. Needless to say I WILL be using this new app more as I start my holiday shopping (yes, I am a little behind this year). I’m telling you, making little videos whether of yourself, your kids, you adorable pets or get creative…your gift recipient will thank you!

To learn more about GiftGram and the team behind it, check out this article from Always so inspiring to read about cool Clevelanders bringing new and interesting technology to the world! Keep up the amazing job guys.

Happy shopping, sending holiday gifts, making videos and sending them using GiftGram!

*I was approached to share this new gift messaging app  as part of GiftGrams’s marketing efforts. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this company that makes sending video notes with your gifts fun and that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!