Every Mother Counts with Minted

Hey CLE, having a great week? While we just celebrated the Easter holiday and happy Earth Day to ya, I am already thinking about the next celebration; Mother’s Day! While I’ve always loved the holiday, being an expectant Mom this year is even more special.

This year while I was at Alt Summit I had the pleasure of hearing Christy Turlington Burns super model and founder of Every Mother Counts and Mariam Naficy of Minted give a luncheon keynote talk. They spoke about the importance of the organization which helps to decrease maternal mortality across the world. I mean I don’t know if it was all the hormones I have rushing through my blood or actually how stunning their film was, but it for sure brought tears to my eyes.


You might ask “why I am telling you about this?” Well, have you ever shopped the indie art prints available on Minted.com? I have a few of them integrated into my local art collection and I just love how they come framed and ready to hang. Plus, you can personalize most prints as gifts for friends, babies and yep…you guessed it MOM’S!

What better holiday to celebrate all Mom’s and to make an impact worldwide than shopping on Minted.com for the gift of art for your Mom. For Mother’s Day 2014, Minted has pledged to donate 20% of all of their art sales to the Every Mother Counts organization, a wonderful partnership and promotion.

What I thought was pretty cool is that they have offered you an exclusive “I Heart Cleveland” donation code (HEARTCLEVELANDEMC) that we can use when we purchase our mom’s some cool artwork (now through 4/28) then, after the holiday we will receive a follow up that will include how much we actually donated through our purchases to Every Mother Counts.

Big Heart by Jorey Hurly and I Hearty U by Precious Bugarin Design

If you use the code from the April 22nd to the 28th you will also receive a downloadable card to let your Mom’s know that a donation to Every Mother Counts was made in her name.

Minted is a great company that promotes independent artists. Every Mother Counts is a wonderful world-wide organization that supports the health of Mom’s. Clevelanders are a passionate group of engaged, creative, givers and doers and I just thought this might be a fun offering/post to share with everyone. Happy shopping everybody!



  Lovely Paperie & Gifts

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The other evening I had the pleasure of exploring a very special, paper and gift boutique rightfully named “Lovely.”  The store is filled with tons of natural light, wonderful style, beautiful treasures and greeting cards aplenty.

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If you are like me and love a good letterpress or gold foil this is the mecca of delightful social expressions perfect for any birthday, graduation, shower or everyday/anytime greeting. MORE! →

  Happy Dyngus Day!

photo 1Good morning, happy Monday, happy Patriot’s Day/Boston Marathon Day and most of all happy Dyngus Day!

What is Dyngus Day you might ask?  Dyngus Day, or Wet Monday is the name for the Monday after Easter. Historically a Polish tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the observance of Lent and the joy of Easter. In Cleveland specifically, the goal is to not only make this a Polish Cultural festival; they also want to celebrate Polka Heritage as well as the other Eastern European cultures still thriving in Cleveland.

2014 marks the festival’s 4th year here in Cleveland. During the festival in 2013, it is estimated that roughly 7,500 people were in attendance in the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood, celebrating at over 7 venues as well as an Accordion Parade. The festival includes lots of music (Polka anyone?),  an accordion parade (starts at 4pm at West 58th & Detroit,) lots of authentic food (Sokolowski’s for perogies!) and a few Monday brews!

For the neighborhood schedules and various holiday menus visit their website here. Have a great sunny spring Monday to you. Looking forward to a wonderful spring week with you here in the 216!



  The Oak Barrel

Good morning CLE. Looks to be another nice day and an even better Easter Weekend. So excited to bust out my Easter bonnet. Are your baskets all made and ready to be delivered by the big white bunny? Time for a Target trip? Myself, I love assembling a basket…Cadbury Creme Eggs anyone?

The other day at lunch, I was down near Rockside/Independence and had the opportunity to check out The Oak Barrel (in the former Hoggy’s space…thanks Roger!)

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I have to say I was SO pleasantly surprised at not only the food (former Deagan’s chef) but the interior space was actually really welcoming. I loved the openness of the floor plan, the skylights which allowed natural light to stream throughout the entire space and don’t even get me started about my favorite pendant lights that hung above the bar…Tom Dixon’s Beat line.

photo 2The menu was great, from the expected gourmet hamburgers to the not-so-expected lobster roll and interesting taco combinations…I can’t wait to go back and try something else.

photo 3Have you visited The Oak Barrel? What did you think? It truly is a little gem hidden between the towpath and the movie theatre. You’ve got to check it out!



  a bit of baby décor

Hi friends, hope you are having a great week, all good here, just happy that spring looks like it finally arrived.

I’ve had a few friends inquire as to what I am going to do with the impending nursery design and decor and so over the weekend I actually sat down and started planning. Don’t get me wrong, from the moment we found out there would be a little person living under our roof, I had an overall idea as to visually how it might play out. Now that we counting down on our days, we needed to actually pick out a few things that the little person might enjoy too.


While I wouldn’t say there was a “theme” per say, I do collect vintage globes and want to keep as many of them in the nursery as we can comfortably fit. I love the retro turquoise shade of blue and the idea of “Adventure awaits” or “Oh the places he’ll go” makes us super happy. So above are a few of the pieces we are planning on spending lots of time with as this little man grows up in a bright and happy space.

1 : Themis mobile : MOMA Store 
2 : Turquoise ombré curtain panels : Target
3 : Vintage Globes : personal collection of various sized globes
4 : Changing Table / Dresser : IKEA, Mandal
5 : Floor Bin Storage Basket : Land of Nod
6 : Birdie wall print : Land of Nod
7 : Je’taime pillow : C Wonder
8 : Luca Glider : Land of Nod 
9 : Crib : Target
10 : Flokati Rug : Land of Nod

I can’t wait to share some pics once we get going on the project but for now I need to clear out a few of my own “treasures” to make way for the wee one décor!