new Bakersfield Taco’s in the CLE

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Hey friends! Happy belated Easter to you and yours. I don’t know about you, but I would say Easter Sunday was probably the nicest day, weather-wise that we have had thus far in 2017. Cheers to many more warm, summery days ahead.

To kick off the holiday weekend Mr. C and I went to the new Bakersfield Taco’s on West 25th (close to Lorain and across from the Rent A Center/Key Bank ATM plaza.) This new hot spot is such a welcome addition to “brewery row,” if you like a stiff margarita and fresh guacamole you’ve gotta go check this one out.

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We each had a cocktail, ordered a basket of the most perfectly salted chips with homemade guac as well as a few tacos for sharing. The service, atmosphere, drinks and food was hands-down summertime fare perfection.

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The interiors are bright, lots of windows to flood the space with light, oodles of artwork, many different textures and industrial touches. It is chic but not fussy, friendly but with an edge. There are many seating options including group seating indoors, picnic tables outdoors and a cozy private dining room for roughly 8-10 people…perfect for the new “cocktail club” night out!

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You will for sure find us Bakersfield Tacos this summer as we love dining al fresco and this place has a serious patio, complete with pretty, strung up lights. I’m fairly certain I must “sample” each and every one of their margaritas especially knowing they make their own sour mix in-house; so yummy.

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(I very much enjoyed the crispy fish taco and a Bakersfield Margarita with salt, while Mr. C had the San Luis and a pulled pork taco, both equally yummy.)

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This post wouldn’t be complete without my new favorite WestSide Market pic I took as we were headed to Bakersfield Tacos…as you can see, it was a perfect CLE day to sit outdoors, sip margaritas, eat baskets of chips and enjoy the holiday weekend with your sweetie at a new spot in town…it almost felt like we were on vacation!  Go check it out!

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  Kentucky Derby Fundraiser + ticket giveaway

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 11.10.17 PMHey Cleveland. How is everyone doing after such a gorgeous Monday? It was great to come home from work, go for a little run and not only have it light outdoors but to have it so warm. Spring is finally here in the 216!

Is everyone ready for a long Easter weekend with family, friends and lots of jelly beans? It looks like this nice weather will continue and it should be the perfect weekend for all your egg hunts…so looking forward to hiding a few treats around the new yard! Must get to Malley’s this week for some special chocolate bunnies to hide.

I’ve been meaning to tell you all about a fundraiser that is coming up that I think you might be interested in, check it out. On Saturday, May 6th the St. Vincent de Paul Society Cleveland is hosting their 17th Annual Kentucky Derby Party – to benefit its multiple hunger centers. St. Vincent de Paul Society, a small nonprofit that has been providing face-to-face emergency help (with rent & utility bills, food, clothing, school supplies, blankets for the homeless and more) to Northeast Ohioans in need since 1865. Last year, SVDP helped more than 250,000 individuals and families in need.

Presented by Community West Foundation, the fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8PM at Cleveland’s own Great Lakes Brewing Company and will feature the “Run for the Roses” on the large screen, horse betting, a hat contest, silent auction, authentic Derby fare, valet parking, mint juleps and Great Lakes Brewing Company beer. Admission is $75 Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 216.696.6525  x2520.

So grab your guys and girlfriends, get creative with those hats and let’s all meet up at what sounds to be a fun evening out for a great cause! Want a chance to win two tickets to the party? Tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to attend the #kentuckyderby party in #CLE” winner to be chosen by April 26th…plenty of time to create a killer derby hat!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to St. Vincent de Paul Society who invited me to tell you guys about their fundraiser as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this nonprofit, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Thredup : 2nd hand first & discount code

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Hey CLE fashionistas! Have you heard about the online thrift shop, THRED UP? I am kinda in love with it. I used to be a huge thrift and vintage shopper but nowadays (with our 2.5 yr old toddler and a growing small business) I don’t have the time to commit to the adventure of the search. Enter this online destination for buying (& selling) the best in second-hand fashions.

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It started when I went to their site and requested one of their free “clean-out bags.” I received it in the mail and just like that I was a closet-cleaning-crazy-lady. Personally I like to hang onto everything, I even still have my high school graduation dress…no joke, but this idea of sending my things off to be consigned on the web sounded both super easy and fun. Plus, once you mail your things in, (in the pre-paid bag they provide) if they don’t accept your item to sell, they will recycle it responsibly, simple as that. Making consigning and donating your old things so simple it’s hard not to do it.

ALSO, since I was learning about this new company I did find myself online “browsing” into the wee hours of the nights, when the babes was asleep and all my work was done of course. I ended up grabbing a few really incredible deals for spring/summer including two pairs of brand new summer slides and gold, chunky-heel sandals, both from JCrew! A new little black dress with tags still on and a sparkly shrug for when I’m feeling fancy. Everything was such an incredible deal, I couldn’t pass it up.

So today, I have great offer for all of you who might have looked at their site, but haven’t actually signed up to consign, donate and shop. The team over at THREDUP have provided me a promo code for all first-time users.  JCREW50 = 50% off first-time orders with a discount up to $50. Seriously, it’s an amazing way to clear out the old things that might not fit and make space for new finds. Thanks THREDUP for the fun collaboration!

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SPONSORED POST : Thank you to the team at THREDUP who invited me to try their site as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this exciting new fashion business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  More Energy with RefreshinQ

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It’s that time of year when I am sorta over winter, spring-ahead-sleep-time with our little guy has been bit of a “challenge” and I am dreaming of summer days when I can throw on my sneaks and head out for a good run.  I love how going for a run not only clears my head but it seriously gives me a good boost of energy, do you ever feel that way? Enter The RefreshinQ Company

The RefreshinQ Co. is all about optimizing health and fitness. They support anyone who wants to maximize their energy in their life. Whether it is a cardio day or day one of a diet, multiple reps or multiple mom tasks, this new Ohio-based company makes products for those of us who never quit. Designed to inspire overall health, this new wellness company offers patches, vitamin packs and their newest RQ program; which identifies exactly what nutrients your body is lacking and advises you on how to make it better… science mixing with wellness! So cool!

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Recently I thought maybe I would give their energy patches a try to see if it might push me through this end-of-winter blahs…and I gotta say, I for sure felt an added spring in my step.  As someone who does NOT like to take vitamins, the patch offers and alternative to vitamins and supplements. The product releases natural ingredients over a 12-hour period, allowing your body to have sustained absorption throughout wear. The feeling isn’t a “Redbull” kinda jolt, but rather a longer sustained feeling of bring a bit brighter and lighter. I really enjoyed it!

You can find their products online and soon you’ll be seeing them available in boutique fitness and wellness studios around town. Currently they are offering FREE shipping so it’s a great time to buy one of their 5-day trial packs and give either the patches or the pre-packaged vitamin/supplements a shot. I think you’ll really like them, go give it a shot!

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So that’s it from me today, more energy and all! Can’t wait to hear what you guys think..I bet you will love it.

MORE INFO ON THIS POST : Thank you to the team at RefreshinQ for the incredible product. In full disclosure, the RefreshinQ Co. holds a special place in my heart because our design firm; studio Chartreuse has had the priveledge of designing branding,  packaging and more, with them.  To all the blog readers, thanks for supporting this successful new Ohio business, they are an incredible group of visionaries and business people!

  2 must-see art exhibits!!!

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Hello CLE! Hope you had a great weekend and an even better Monday. We had a pretty chill weekend checking out a new art exhibit, time at home, a fun visit with friends and their new baby, great thai food and lots of family time…

Today I want to share with you about two big art exhibits that are incredible and not to be missed. The first is the Basquiat show at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the second is a new show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch. Both inspiring, both full of energy and passion…you’ve got to make time to go check them out.

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Basquiat; The Unknown Notebooks is an intimate look into the life of Brooklyn-based Jean-Michel Basquiat and his series of notebooks. Filled with sketches, notes, daily thoughts this exhibit is thought-provoking and will make you think about the art, the artist and the time period in which it was created. Make sure you get to the exhibit soon, it closes on April 23rd and you won’t want miss out.

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The second exhibit is is super family-friendly show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch by Jay Croft, Erin Guido & John Paul Costello and Jordan Elise Perme & Christopher Leese (also known as Horrible Adorables.) You guys!!!! This show was SO MUCH fun…for both adults and toddlers alike. I HIGHLY suggest you pack up the car and head down to Akron to see this show, you have some time it runs until mid July!

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IMG_2983(Erin & JP, NinjaMax LOVED your work, especially your interactive color/shape wall. You should be so proud of your work, CONGRATS!)

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(WE LOVE horrible adorables! These mystical creatures are paired with magical riddles that are fun for the whole gang. SO FUN Jordan and Christopher, CONGRATS!)

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So…if you like art, the morale of this story is to go check out BOTH of these shows…I promise you will be thrilled you did! Have a great week everyone….and happy Spring!