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  celebrate Bastille Day!


As a local CLE Francophile I thought it was my duty to recognize a few of this weeks Bastille Day celebrations around town.

Tartine Bistro : While the official Bastille Day holiday is Thursday, July 14th…the team at Tartine is hosting a Bastille Day Festival Sunday July 17th from 11am-3pm. French foods, “adult lemonade,” and a petite street fair to celebrate the holiday!

An American in Paris : Nothing says summer like a picnic with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom. This Sunday night, July 17th at 7:00pm enjoy the tunes of our own orchestra as they perform An American in Paris with works by Frenchman Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland and many others. So pack your pretty, picnic blanket, wear your navy and white stripes and chill your bottle of Rosé…I’ll see you on the lawn.


Quiche & Macarons : If you are looking for a sweet indulgence this holiday, swing by the adorable bakery in uptown; Coquette Patisserie. This french destination will have you hooked on jewel-toned macarons from the moment you walk through the door.

Le Petit : Last, but certainly not least I would be remised if I didn’t mention the original Cleveland creperie, Le Petit Triangle Cafe nestled in an adorable, Ohio City neighborhood. I love going to Le Petit with my girlfriends for Saturday mornings for brunch, but don’t forget to get your is a hot spot for crepes, omelets and of course mimosa’s.

Happy Bastille Day Cleveland! Vive la France! Vive la Cleveland!
(photos from our trip to Paris last year!!! When can we go back?)

  Common Threads + giveaway


Hey Cleveland! Did everyone have a great long, holiday weekend? So much fun spending time with our family and friends and exploring time around the city. Plus, we got our keys to our new house! I am a bit superstitious so we were keeping things on the down low for the most part. Long story short, this unique home found us last winter, it would not let us forget about it and kept popping up. We loved it but were hesitant about switching sides of town…but we are making the leap to try something new and explore another AWESOME part of the city! East side here we come. LOTS more to come on our new house soon…I can’t wait to share lots about the new pad with everyone, stay tuned.

So, with all that excitement…today I gotta tell you about a truly INCREDIBLE thrift shop in town! Common Threads is resale done right, a true destination for high quality thrift treasures set in an engaging retail space, located in Fairview Park. Seriously this thrift shop is unlike I have ever experienced before. Stylish window displays with a very “anthro” feel, a little coffee bar selling fresh roasted beans and rows and rows of resale clothes, housewares and toys for the little ones.



I stopped into Common Threads the other day to explore the new store and found a handful of treasures. From a yellow, metal Tonka Truck for Toddler Ninja to an incredible marble-based, mid century table lamp and killer yellow swing coat for me…this shop was seriously filled with tons of treasures. I especially enjoyed how they collaborated with area designers, architects and visual enthusiasts to create such a retail friendly approach to shopping second hand.




Would you like to explore Common Threads with a free $30 to explore the new store? Enter the giveaway below by liking me (@charity216) and @CommonThreadsThrift on instagram and then letting me know! Contest closes 7/14. Good luck! I can’t wait to see what treasures you find!

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SPONSORED POST : I was invited to visit the new Common Thread Thrift and provided gift certificate to giveaway as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting the organization that promotes stylish second-hand resale while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Mabel’s BBQ



A few weeks ago I grabbed a quick happy hour at the new Michael Symon hot spot; Mabel’s BBQ. The moment I walked through the front doors I was in awe of the spectacular interiors…no detail untouched. From the larger-than-life, neon welcome sign…to the artwork in the restroom hallway made from individual matchsticks (see dawg illustration below) this place is a hands-down, Cleveland summer dining destination!



When we were there we had a shareable plate of J.W. Potatoes which were basically more like a chunky french fry. Add a few glasses of Malbec, two fun gal pals and a helpful bartender and it was an awesome way to explore the new place in town.



I gotta say, I’m excited to go back for ribs one of these days…who’s with me? Happy good Barbecue in Cleveland! Happy weekend everyone. THANK YOU CAVS!

  Good Sam Roadside Assistance & Summer Sizzle


Hey Cleveland. How is everyone feeling after the big CAVS win? I swear I am still on such a high it’s awesome!

With these incredible summer temps, next weekends 4th of July family celebrations and let’s not forget a certain toddlers second birthday…it’s a busy time of year. I feel like I have been all around town as of late. If it’s not stopping by a basketball watch party or shopping for an ice cream social birthday party or even cruising with the top down to our reoccurring Sunday morning trips to Huntington Beach…I feel like I’ve been relying on my car a ton recently.

(Note : someone loves to play in the car when we are parked. He is still in his car seat, locked in for driving!)

Did you know one of the busiest weekends of the year for travel is next weekends 4th holiday? Are you going somewhere fun or sticking around town? What happens if your cute little convertible gets a flat? What happens if you are towing your shiny, little travel camper out to the islands and something doesn’t feel quite right? Do you know who to call to keep your holiday travel on schedule?


Today I’d like to introduce you to a hip, young motor club that can help with any roadside assistance need you may encounter. Good Sam Roadside Assistance not only offers better value and benefits than its competitors, it also provides unlimited distance towing to the nearest service center. As someone who has used a tow truck before (poor little Airstream had a rusty underside that needed some welding love before we could tow her safely!) this is HUGE as other companies limit tow mileage to 4 miles, Good Sam Roadside Assistance will go the distance, regardless of the number of miles!

Not only is this peace-of-mind, summer service good for you as the car/RV driver, it will also cover your honey and any children in the house at no additional cost. We all know kids cost a lot, no need to add another summer expense to the budget…other companies often charge up to $75 per additional driver.

Alumapalooza 2012

Having roadside assistance really puts my mind at ease as I am running around town from yoga, to brunch, to play dates or even towing a camper in and out of a crowded campground…I think it is one of those things everyone should have…especially as we enter the summer busy driving season.

Right now Good Sam Roadside Assistance is hosting their once-a-year event, the Summer Sizzler. This event offers new members a really good deal on their roadside assistance package. To explore their site and learn about all that they offer, check out their site HERE.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Good Sam Roadside Assistance in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

  Cleveland Botanical Gardens : Toddler morning out in Cleveland (part 3)


Good Monday morning Cleveland. Hope you enjoyed this gorgeous weekend and were able to spend some time outside with your friends and family. I had really great Mother’s Day with Mr. C and my little ninja, thanks to an incredible brunch at Punch Bowl Social, a sunny Tribe game and a homemade dinner at home. The weekend literally flew by, sometimes don’t you wish we could press pause and fit in a few more hours of family fun on the weekends? Me too!


Today I’m gonna wrap up my little series about the time when me and ninja spent a morning together on a little east-side adventure with our last stop being at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. We had a blast exploring the glasshouse, the rainforest and the various little-people exhibits (isn’t that stage, dress up area so sweet?) throughout the museum. The CBG is the perfect destination for spending a morning with your little one and butterflies, and birds, a waterfall and so many wonderful learning opportunities; I highly recommend it.


This month the museum kicks off their big summer exhibit called “Branch Out,” where a series of architecturally, innovative treehouse will be installed throughtout the gardens. Sounds like the perfect excuse for another adventure to the museum this summer!!!



So that wraps up my little “Toddler morning out” series. Cheers to new adventures both big and small to all of us. Hope you have a great week!