Tattoo Collective – giveaway

Good morning CLE! Hope everyone is having a great day returning from a long holiday weekend. Yesterday was a bit rough getting back to business but I have a feeling today is going to way better, so many fun projects on the horizon.

This morning I was up early trying to get caught up on all of my contests and giveaways and I want to congratulate those of you who won Tri-C Jazz Fest tickets and the $50 gift certificates to Door 2 Door Organics. Lots of good stuff happening here in my little blog world….including today’s treat!

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Today I want to introduce you to a cool creative partnership between four Cleveland designers and illustrators in the form of a temporary tattoo set called the “Tattoo Collective.” Artwork from Seaworthi, Shore Society, Patu Phan and Fizz Creative make up this stylish, Lake Erie love set of temporary tattoos. These “tats” would make the perfect summer accessory with any sundress or chic summer shorts…time to show some skin and get your (temp) tat on CLE this summer. …read on…

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The fun news is, I have three sets that I am giving away to my readers, this week! To enter just tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to win a pack of the #tattoocollective temp tattoos” winners will be drawn at random by the end of the week. In case you don’t win, you can find the set on Etsy here or at the is weekend’s Cleveland FLEA! Good luck and happy tattoos to you!

I was provided three sets of tattoos to giveaway on iheartcleveland.com as part of the collectives public relations efforts. Thanks for supporting these creatives that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Summer Style at Lovely

Happy July 6th! Hope everyone had a great long weekend. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to check out Lovely Paperie & Gifts in Rocky River. Check out some of their fun summer swag I chose for their July newsletter…they have the most darling hostess gifts for your next summer party. Thanks Kate for always letting me swing by to chat and explore all the new products. Happy summer shopping everyone!

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  Five Star Sensation

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Hey Cleveland. Happy Monday to you! Happy short work week! Happy almost 4th of July!

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Hope you managed to stay dry and enjoy the weekend. While Saturday was a complete wash out, Sunday ended up being a pretty nice summer day. During the storms we stayed in, took naps, did a ton of housework, even began to clean out the garage for summer play space. As soon as the clouds broke we ran over to Crocker to pick up a few things that I needed to grab, baby Ninja loves being out and about…just like his Mamma. On Sunday we were busy prepping for some company, going for a long walk and enjoying dining alfresco. Ah summer.

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While Saturday was a busy “home day,” I was able to get away Saturday evening for probably the most amazing foodie event I had ever attended in the CLE…the Five Star Sensation; a Celebration of Food and Wine, benefitting UH Seidman Cancer Center.

IMG_2840The premise of this event is that vintners and chefs from all over (both local & national) volunteer to cook for over 2,000 guests along with live music, silent auctions and more, this was one heck of a fundraiser. There was truly something for everyone, from the well known Michael Symons pork belly pierogie to fancy desserts like spoonfuls of cotton candy and sorbet.

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While we were there we ran into some of our local favorite’s including Karen Small of Flying Fig. Her dishes are always so delicious and flavorful. Here she was explaining about her burrata toasts and frenchie-inspired baguettes. (Thanks for posing for a quick pick Karen!)

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One thing I need to share about this event that I just think is too cool (besides the amazing tent, the rentals, how organized and friendly all of the volunteers were and the bands) is that it is a 0% waste event. EVERYTHING get’s mulched, composted, recycled, reused…for such a big event that is a huge feat. Congrats guys, keep up the wonderful work.

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AND…of course I had to share my picture of me and French Chef Hubert Keller! There were many foodie-celebrities around for the extravaganza…all of them super friendly and willing to pose. So in wrapping up this post I just want you to know…if next year you get the opportunity to purchase a ticket to this event…it is SO worth it. Not only do the funds go towards a a very worthy organization, it was a magical dining experience I will not soon forget!

I was invited to post on behalf of the Five Star Sensation as part of their public relations efforts. I was also provided two pairs of tickets in exchange for behind the scenes and during the event coverage. Thanks for supporting this organization that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  New Eats at Progressive Field

IMG_2731Hey Cleveland, happy friday! Hope your week was amazing and that your weekend plans are shaping up nicely. We have sort of a light commitment weekend, although our house is in desperate need of a good cleaning including a good scrub down of some of our outdoor living space. Power washing here we come!

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The other day, I had the opportunity to go to a Tribe day and it was  the perfect day for a game. Not too hot, not too windy, just right. Last summer I was  tending to our newborn-Ninja Max and not able to get to any games, this was my first one at the renovated stadium.

Upon arrival, I was pretty impressed at all of the new dining options avilable. In “The District” there are a handful of small stands offering everything from mini hotdog trios to tacos and grilled cheese. The options were so much more than the standard hotdog and nachos options…of course you could still enjoy these too.

IMG_2729We actually split a L’Albatros burger from Dynomite Burgers and honestly it was a really good burger. Way better than I had expected it to be, I was impressed. Of course as a Zach Bruell restaurant I wouldn’t expect anything less, he always “hits it out of the park!”
(sorry, I couldn’t help it! Ha!)

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Next time you have the opportunity to catch a game and want to get something good, don’t worry about having to stop somewhere first, there are plenty of new options available at the park. Everything from tacos and nachos to gourmet burgers and homemade ice cream, you won’t be disappointed!

Have a great weekend everyone. Go Tribe! Go weekends!

  Mama Jo Pies

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Hi friends. Today we are talking about pies. Not just any pie, but the handcrafted, made with love, Mama Jo Homestyle Pies  kind, made close by in Amherst, OH.

IMG_2502Over the weekend we had the opportunity to sample an Apple Pie (Mr. C’s pick) and a Coconut Cream Pie (a favorite of ours) and I can honestly say I haven’t stopped thinking about them since.

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Both crusts were so light and flaky, seriously, to me the crust is what makes a pie great. The apple pies filling was rich without being too much, each bit a new chunk of fresh apples and cinnamon. The coconut pie was a tropical delight, each morsel filled with shredded fresh coconut pieces and rich cream.

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These pies were an amazing addition to our first Father’s Day celebration. Even our little ninja may have had a taste of the crispy, sweet crust. He loved them!

Thanks Mama Jo Pies for the weekend treat. I was invited to experience the Mama Jo Homestyle Pies as part of their marketing efforts. Thanks for supporting the Ohio small business that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!