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  Moving into March!

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Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!

With all this change of weather coming through town I stand behind the March saying…“In like a lion and out like a lamb!” That 72 degree day really messed me up…not only did I want to pack away coats, tights and sweaters, my poor tulip and daffodil bulbs are already blooming (I planted at least a 100 when we moved in) and I wonder what will happen to them next? Anyone know how I can protect and save my pretty someday-flowers?

I love the beginning of a new Month. A time to set new goals, plan a few fun things with friends and check back in on those goals we set together at the beginning of this new year. I think overall I have been pretty mindful of taking care of my skin, changing into pjs, trying to get a tad more cardio each week…and let’s talk about my friend “JC” (her real name is Jenny Craig.)

IMG_2637(breakfast scramble with an orange & coffee was one of my favorite morning staples!)

So when JC approached me I was at first a bit hesitant about trying this wellness, weight loss program. The idea of only eating what they provided me for two months scared this chef home cook out of her mind. How will I only eat what they pack me? What will my family eat? How will I still maintain a bit of social-ness? Well, it’s been two months and almost 20lbs down (*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration) and I can honestly say it was pretty simple, as a foodie it was yummy, I still managed to cook from time to time just in moderation, my family didn’t starve and honestly, I still managed to be social. I am very pleased.

They say anything big in life takes a village and while at first it was weird to sit down with a stranger and talk about my weight journey, this girl has heard it all. Amy was able to think about each week, identify those special occasions and treats and learn to navigate all those sticky areas that made loosing weight often difficult for me. We confided in each other about the darn baby-weight and how it actually does get harder to loose the pounds after the ripe age of 40…but it can be done. She was great, Thanks Amy!

IMG_2656(Healthy cheese curls & a club soda spritzer were there perfect afternoon snack!)

Back to the food…just a couple of “high-fives” to a few of the menu items…Chicken Street Taco’s you were pretty darn good and if I added a touch of salsa you almost passed for a trendy taco restaurant lunch. Chocolate Lava Cake, you made those days when you didn’t think you could stay with it really worth it, so decadent. Lasagna and Ravioli, you did a great job being there for this Italian lady who loves her carbs and pasta…but in smaller portions than my grandmother would often serve. Have everything pre-portioned and in a daily menu form made this really easy for me. I didn’t have to think about what the day had in store but rather, just pack up the various elements and follow along and I started to se a change.

They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit and this 60 day experience has really drilled down a few important ways for me to approach eating moving forward. WATER…OMG, we must drink a lot of water. Moderation, you can eat what everyone else is having within moderation and planning. You can have a treat now and then…just plan for it and then enjoy it. Vegetables are great…the more vegetables…the A) better you feel and B) the less you are going to eat junk. Serious habits have been formed, with JC you seriously always have someone there to cheer you on, motivate you & keep you on track!

So while I was hesitant at first, it ended up to be a great experience. My clothes fit better and I’m excited for spring fashions…so what’s not to love about that? Thanks “JC” you were a pretty good gal pal to hang out with these last two months! Peace.

Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

  7 Weeks to Bliss CLE Edition + 10% off registration

rockbliss_1Hey friends! How has your 2017 been so far? I know earlier this year we talked about some of my own personal goals and believe it or not, I am still working towards them every day. I gotta say, I manage to get out of my yoga clothes and into real pajamas 2 or 3 days a week…baby steps I tell you.

Rock_Bliss3A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an evening with my friends from Groundswell and the dazzling duo from Rock Your Bliss during an evening yoga & soul practice at the 78th Street Galleries. I had met Jacki from Rock Your Bliss a few years ago and through the power of social media and she and I have remained in touch. When she and her business partner Mary Beth founded Rock Your Bliss, I knew I wanted to jump on board and follow their practice to a more blissful experience…enter 7 Weeks to Bliss CLE Edition.

Rock Your Bliss is a yoga-inspired coaching movement for the mind and body. Their signature blisscrafting program, Seven Weeks to Bliss, was created as a way for others to experience some of Mary Beth and Jacki’s favorite tools, insights and inspiration from their own life practices and learnings in addition to serving as a platform to support one another. This Spring, in order to create an even greater sense of community + connection, they will be offering a special {CLE} edition of  Seven Weeks to Bliss.

RockBliss_2During the 7 weeks, GroundSwell Collective will provide you with an additional program bonus, a weekly opportunity to connect with local bliss crafters as we deepen our experience. From sweat sessions (spinning, yoga & more!) to coffee talk and everything in between, this program looks to be an incredible way to connect with other Clevelanders who are passionate about new ways to connect and find bliss in the everyday.

So what’s exactly included in the program?
• Weekly, local meet ups’ with some of CLE’s best wellness & yoga enthusiasts
• A digital bliss workbook with weekly fun-work to cultivate and craft your bliss.
• Weekly Rock Your Bliss videos in your inbox to share each week’s content.
• A private Facebook accountability group for resource sharing, community building and connection.
• Weekly recorded conference calls on Monday evenings with Jacki & MaryBeth LIVE to go through the material…but not to worry if Mondays don’t work, you can always listen on your own time.
• A 1 month access code to Mary Beth’s yoga classes on YogisAnonymous.com.
• A new set of tools and perspectives to rock your bliss, your way.

Wanna join me? Register for 7 Weeks of Bliss CLE style, here on their eventbrite page. Make sure to enter code “IHEARTCLE’ for 10% off your registration fee as a little way for us to make our social space and ourselves a bit brighter and lighter….full of bliss!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Jacki, Mary Beth and the team at Groundswell for inviting me to be part of their program as part of the programs social outreach. Thanks for supporting this group of talented women, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  All About the Bag! + giveaway

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Hey Cleveland! Happy (faux) Spring! Wasn’t this weekend weather wild? We rode bikes, cleaned out the garage, played at a few playgrounds, went for a run and had the windows and doors wide open letting the fresh spring-ish air flood our home. I hope you enjoyed the weekend and cheers to the week ahead.

This week is filled with so many wonderful events around town…but today I want to tell you  (and I have TICKETS to giveaway!!!) about a fashionable, fundraiser event happening THIS WEDNESDAY; the 4th annual All About The Bag, to benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

I had the privilege of attending this incredible evening event last year and I gotta say, it was truly an awesome night out filled with fashion shows, a silent auction of many chic handbags, some great cocktails, food and tons and might I add, incredible people watching…everyone was dressed to impress!

The good news is there are still a few tickets left (this event will for sure sell out) and you can go snag yours their website here. For one lucky fashionista I have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Just tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to attend the 4th #allabouthebagCLE for @HungerNetworkGC…winner will be chosen by random by Tuesday evening at 5pm!

Don’t miss the All About the Bag event this Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:30-10:30 at Landerhaven. It’s seriously gonna be amazing! Good luck to one lucky winner!

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to share about the fashionista fundraiser in exchange for a pair of tickets as part of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland’s social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local organization while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Happy Valentines Day (Brunch)!

IMG_5230Happy Valentine’s Day all my fellow CLE lovers! I hope you are embracing this day filled with love, chocolate and flowers. Congrats to Laura Hood on winning the Valentine’s Day prize package and thanks again to all of the incredible businesses who participated in the prize including Blair Ritchey, Revive Spa, Bombay Taxi Boutique, Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes & Lovely Paperie & Gifts!

Over the past weekend I had a few friends over for a little “Galentine’s Day” get together and brunch. There is nothing I love more that lots of pink decorations, balloons, roses, chocolate, bubbles and lots of great conversation with some gal pals.

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When my guests arrived we had a bit of bubbly, a few carafes of coffee, some chocolate dipped strawberries and fresh croissants from On the Rise Bakery. 

IMG_1914IMG_1903IMG_1905bFor lunch I made a homemade tomato soup, a bubblegum-pink-hued raspberry vinaigrette tossed spinach salad and an open-faced, fried egg, avocado, tomato and cheese tartine topped with a toasted bread heart crouton. It was the perfect balance of healthy and decadent as a mid-day treat.

IMG_5214For dessert there was a plethora of sweets to choose from…and more bubbly of course. It really was a great way to spend a Saturday and catch up with some of my friends. If you are ever thinking of wanting to entertain, I gotta say brunch is a great excuse to get some friends together for a casual get together…give it a shot.

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Happy Valentines Day friends. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to swing by this online brunching place, I heart you! (Merci Shibani for some of the pretty photos!)

  CLE “HEARTS” Watershed!

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Planning for your weekend parties? Perhaps a small gathering with friends that you love? Looking for a couple of creative Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes? Do I have a few yummy creations for you!

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While doing a bit of brainstorming for the February holiday I was also bantering with a friend of mine that works at Watershed Distillery. We were sorta just going back and forth on the day happenings when all of a sudden we had planned a photoshoot of fancy cocktails for you guys. It’s one of my favorite things about Cleveland, the ability to collaborate and enjoy each other’s talents and treasures…and so these recipes were born!

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If you are not familiar with Watershed Distillery these guys are based out of Columbus but you can find their products all around Northeast Ohio…thankfully so! Watershed Distillery was built to make exceptional spirits. Firmly rooted in the belief that success doesn’t happen overnight and certainly not by chance, Watershed seeks to create and celebrate change within the community and beyond. I have had the opportunity to get to know this company over a few years and you can count on everything they make being both delicious and the best quality spirits found around.

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Please enjoy these incredible cocktail recipes responsibly, with friends and loved ones! Go find your pretty glassware, throw in a few cherries, berries or candies and make these drinks extra special…Cheers!

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Thanks to Watershed Distillery for agreeing to collaborate and give these drinks a shot. I look forward to sipping on a few of these real soon!