My morning in Ohio City! #myclephoto

IMG_9090_smallSo a few weeks ago I was approached about sharing a fun contest for the new Hilton Hotel and their community art installation contest. The team at the Hilton are looking to gather a collection of images for an installation for the new hotel interior of Clevelanders in the favorite CLE places or doing their favorite CLE things.


When thinking about what would be my favorite place around town I immediately thought about having a morning to myself to just wander through Ohio City. I’d grab coffee somewhere, perhaps some fruit and a crepe from the market. Do a bit of window shopping at some of the adorable boutiques and explore the new public art around the neighborhood. Honestly if I had a morning to my own in Ohio City I would like nothing else than to sit and people watch while soaking up the energy of this constantly evolving neighborhood.


Enter my friend Agnes the photographer. Agnes had approached me about doing some portrait work with her. While it’s not something I typically would do, the #myclephoto contest was the perfect excuse to collaborate with Agnes. As a fellow mom and entrepreneur I had come to admire Agnes for her ability to balance (aka juggle!) her creative side with her appreciation for the daily routine, I was excited to collaborate with her.



Agnes photographs many Cleveland families, children, seniors and does a lot of portrait work. She is kind and gentle to those of us who don’t find having our photos taken a natural daily occurrence. We were laughing how at the start of the shoot I was a bit like a robot but by the end I was just hanging out with a friend who may have been taking a few pictures.

IMG_9029_SmallIt was such a perfect fall day in Ohio City, blue skies above and a handful of pretty summer flowers dotted the neighborhood corners. I really enjoyed taking the time to get out and explore early in the morning while the city was just waking up. If you ever have time I would highly recommend a morning visit it to Ohio City, especially on Market Days when there is so much activity in that neighborhood.

IMG_9164_smallThanks to Agnes Szlapka Studios for so many wonderful images. If you are looking for family photos for those impending holiday cards Agnes will be hosting a holiday mini-sessions for $150 on the December 5th by appointment. Spend :30-:45 minutes with Agnes and she will provide you and your family up to 15 digital field for your use. She really is so talented and kind, I promise you won’t be disappointed. For more information visit her Facebook page.

So with that I am going to take a few days off to spend with my family and friends to celebrate all that I am thankful for. Including these wonderful little nooks and cranny neighborhoods around town that inspire me, excite me and make me proud to call Cleveland home. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thanks again to my Agnes for the very fun shots.


  Skip the Dishes CLE + giveaway

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Hey CLE friends. What a crazy busy holiday week, don’t you think? We are busy at home prepping for the turkey holiday, looking forward to the long weekend. At work we have been focused on wrapping up some client projects and decorating the studio in holiday fancy.

Needless to say the last thing I want to do when I come home is cook a big dinner. I have been trying to do better with meal prep and make ahead meals although not every week is planned out perfectly. Sometimes on those super busy evening we grab take out tacos or a black olive & mushroom pizza…but sometimes don’t you wish you could get take out from someplace not on the regular rotation? Enter the new Cleveland delivery service…Skip the Dishes CLE!

Skip the Dishes coordinates local restaurants for pick up and delivery options. They have curated a collection of unique restaurants  with everything from crepes (Le Petit Triangle Cafe) to peanut noodle bowls (Teahouse Noodles.) Just go on their site, explore all of the foodie partners and place your order for pick up or delivery (they currently have over 85 restaurants for delivery.)

Want to try out their new service and maybe explore a new dining option around town? Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to use on your next “too-busy-to-cook” weeknight at home by entering the contest below!

their Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be notified directly from the team at Skip the Dishes CLE early next week. I can’t wait to see who wins and what you order! Good luck Cleveland. Cheers to an easy family night, weeknight dinner to you!

I was provided a gift card and a giveaway to Skip the Dishes of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting this business that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!


  Our CLE Village Dinner


Happy Thanksgiving week everyone. Are you ready for the festivities filled with family, friends and of course, food galore? This year I am looking forward to spending time with some great friends, relaxing and really being thankful for all that we have, especially our health and the health of our loved ones.


Today I want to share the gorgeous images from our I Heart Cleveland, Spice Acres and The Village Magazine dinner taken by the talented Aster & Olive Photography.


It was the perfect fall evening, the leaves had changed colors, there was a brisk chill to the air and about twenty Cleveland moms had gathered at Spice Acres thanks to our hostess Jackie Bebenroth and her husband Chef Ben.

Spice-21_lrWe gathered among the pines for a cup of  warm spiced cider, some marinated olives and fresh popped popcorn. We toured the farm learning about the piglets, sustainable farming practices and how chickens lay eggs. We talked about why it is important to try and feed our families locally grown produce and locally raised meats and dairy. We acknowledged that each of us were busy moms and that by making small changes in how we feed our families we could feel better knowing our children would grow up appreciating the idea of good food grown locally.

For more lovely images of the evening on the farm, scroll down below.



  “To Dry For!” time to get my hair did!


It’s almost time for all the holiday parties, family gatherings, office happy hours and for me; birthday celebrations. What better time than now to start booking your beauty appointments for all those special fashion festivities, enter “To Dry For” a blow dry, makeup & esthetics destination located in Beachwood.

IMG_6374The other day I had a few minutes between meetings so I stopped in to explore and get my hair blown out for the weekend festivities. My stylist Katie was really friendly and made me feel welcome and very glamourous. It was funny because while the salon is located on the east side, we had many similar friends from the west side, Cleveland is such a big-small town, I love it that way.


From the moment I walked in the warm pink interiors made your skin glow and the sleek white counters and chairs were immaculate. When building this space they thought of all the details one might like, check out this little pull out shelf that held my coffee cup during my blow dry…so I didn’t have to reach that far, loved that. I can/t lie, I also loved a bit of “E!” tv mid day, seems that with my new work/mom balance I don’t get much of the good fluffy tv anymore, so that too was a treat.


When I first sat down Katie asked how I would like my hair styled. I told her that while I loved a bit of body and curl I wasn’t looking for something too formal or dressy. I truly think she gave me the perfect casual, lightly curled style that lasted for a few days; thanks Katie! Next time I have them style my hair for a holiday fete I may even add a little pinterest worthy braid or two to the ‘do as we spent a lot of time talking about all the cool braids that are trending in hair right now.

I very much enjoyed my visit to “To Dry For” and will for sure be back to style my hair in the next month of so. Give them a shout for your special occasion hair…or for a “between-meetings-mid-day-blow-out”

I was invited to visit To Dry For as part of their social engagements efforts. In exchange for this post I was provided an amazing blow dry and style for my long locks! Thanks for supporting this business that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Making Pillow Forts with Ninja & Wayfair


So today I thought I would bring you guys up to speed on my little friend, Baby Ninja! While many of you might see him pop up on instagram, today I thought I would reveal a bit more about what is going down at our house.

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