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  Currently Loving in CLE • June & July

Hi friends. Happy SUMMER!!! It was such a wonderful 4th of July, long-weekend holiday…don’t you agree? To be honest, we didn’t leave the neighborhood much; but instead, we stayed around home and just hung out, swam, rode bikes, went to the farmer’s market, hit up an estate sale and watch a ton of Stranger Things! It was pretty incredible.

Since it’s summer… I have a long list of things I am currently LOVING so I thought I would combine my June and July list here. Just a bit of this and that but a few fun things you might also enjoy…here we go!

The Nautica Queen
A few weekends ago my family spent a few hours on a Saturday cruising the Cuyahoga and Lake Erie on the Nautica Queen. While the water was still a bit muddy from all of the rain, the ship was shiny from port to starboard. We had a bit of lunch downstairs and then after made our way up to the top deck to take in the views and get a bit of sunshine. Everyone seemed to be having a blast. There were balloon artists for the kids, a DJ mixing “yacht rock” for those of us who love the 80’s and plenty of servers to quickly bring you a corona or Moscow Mule…everyone wins! I would love to get a group of girlfriends together for a brunch cruise before the end of summer…mimosas on top deck anyone? Thank you to Nautica Queen for inviting us to cruise around and explore all that the ship offers, we had a blast.

Si Jolie; French fashion in Cleveland
Just in time to celebrate Bastille Day join the talented curators at the Cleveland History Center as they celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit…Si Jolie; French Fashion in Cleveland. This new exhibit highlights how Paris fashion motivated Clevelanders to travel abroad, influenced local fashion, inspired the golden age of department stores, and how significant fashion was socially. This Sunday they are having a Bastille Day party in the historic Hanna-Bingham Mansion & Garden and I’d love to see you all there. Show off your best garden party attire while you sip champagne and enjoy this exhibit that showcases French fashions in Cleveland from early 1900’s until today. Get your tickets today! 

Lilly Pulitzer for summer!
Speaking of fashion…if you are craving a touch of pretty with a pop of pattern head over to Lovely Paper and Gifts in Rocky River to get your Lilly Pulitzer fashion fix. Last month I had the privilege of getting glammed up and walking the runway in Lovely’s second annual Lilly fashion show. I wore three different Lilly-looks including a casual blouse with white jeans, a maxi sundress, and a work-friendly tank and sweater combination..all of which I loved and could easily wear every day. Kate and her “Lovely team” welcome all of us to come by and check out this summer’s looks including clothes for your little girls, athleticwear, dresses for summer parties and casual work attire. Bring on all the bright colors…happy Lilly summer.

The Lakehouse Inn
If you are looking for a getaway that is both close to home and feels like a world away, look no further than The Lakehouse Inn at Geneva on the Lake. Last year I visited the Inn with a few friends and to our surprise, it was simply delightful. First off the FOOD…so good. We had dinner at Crosswinds Grille and everything that chef Nate served was truly delicious. Our room was adorable and would make a great girls-weekend escape complete with two bedrooms, a living room and a tiny kitchenette perfect for serving up some of their wine and local cheese at happy hour. Along with boutique accommodations and gourmet food offerings, the Inn also has an on-premise day spa perfect for mani’s, pedi’s, massages and more. Best part? The Lake Erie sunsets as you have dinner down by the water, truly magical. Check out their website for more info on this Inn on the Lake, it’s such a gem. Thanks again to the team at the Inn for hosting our group, we had such a good time and can’t wait to come back.

So just a few great things, finds, events, destinations all happening in the CLE this summer. Hope you all have a great week!

  Dining Alfresco!

Sponsored by TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel  

It’s summertime! The month of June is perfect for taking your weeknight dinner routine outdoors. At our house, we have a tray that hangs out in the kitchen. The tray is filled with stacks of melamine plates, outdoor cutlery, and acrylic drinkware…basically, everything we need to take dinner alfresco.

As a working mom, I pride myself on doing a bunch of meal prep on Sundays which help make weeknight dinners easy-er. However, with the addition of the summer grilling season, it only gets better. Throw on some chicken burgers and locally-grown veggies to your hot grill and voila…dinner is served. Easy peasy. Don’t forget summer popsicles for dessert! Our little guy’s favorite part of eating outside…popsicles with no bowls…drips encouraged.

One thing we are always very conscious about when eating outdoors is ensuring we keep the mosquitos at bay. My 4 yr old and I are pretty prone to be eaten by mosquitos (we must be extra sweet) and so anything we can do to repel mosquitos for dinner time is also a plus. Enter the stylish TIKI Brand Torches and TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel. I received a few of these sleek, white and gold Table Top Torches which when filled with the TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel keep the mosquitos far away. The slight scent of cedar is a pleasing outdoor smell and doesn’t get in the way of the barbecue grill smell wafting through the backyard.

Another thing I love about these new, chic Table Top Torches is their easy, adjustable flame knob on the side of each torch. The little knob allows me to easily adjust how high the flame is at dinnertime when we all sit down to eat.

There is something about eating outside in the summertime. It automatically feels like vacation, relaxed, simple, fresh. Dinnertime outside should be spent without mosquitos. With the addition of TIKI Brand Torches and TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel to any alfresco table, there is proven mosquito repellency that will help keeps mosquitos far away even after all the hotdogs are gone.

If you are interested in these torches or TIKI Brand Bitefighter Torch Fuel, I am happy to offer 25% off and free shipping if you follow the link

Happy alfresco dining everyone…except the mosquitos!

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with TIKI Brand.

  Currently Loving in CLE • May

Hi friends! What a gorgeous weekend to live in the CLE! I don’t know about you, but we spent most of the weekend outdoors attacking yardwork and putting some finishing touches onto #thecrawfordclubhouse. HUGE thanks go out to our friend Sasha for his love and his expert craftsmanship skills that went into building the coolest kid clubhouse I have ever seen. I can’t wait to post more details once it is all said and done, stay tuned!

For now, here is my monthly “Currently loving in the CLE” May edition!

Flower (& strawberry) Weekend at the North Union Farmers Markets
That’s right…it’s just about strawberry season at the markets. This weekend at Shaker Square and Crocker Park farmers markets get there early and you might be able to score some fresh pints of natures little, red “candies.” If the berries aren’t ripe enough (or if they sell out too early) not to fret you can pick up plenty of flowers to plant in your summer pots and beds. It’s time for FLOWERS (& strawberries!) Happy gardening to all.

Beauty Shoppe | Foyer
If you’ve seen all the lovely, pink interiors floating around in Cleveland IG-land, most likely they were taken in this most gorgeous coffee shop and co-working space; Beauty Shoppe. I had the opportunity to work remotely at Beauty Shoppe the other day and to say it was a productive day was an understatement. Perhaps it was because of the flowing cups of coffee from the baristas at Foyer (all Beauty Shoppe co-working members get complimentary coffee!) but probably more so, it was the bright creative space which allowed me to relax and attack my to-do list. Looking for a place outside your home office to tackle your project list or maybe outside your larger office for working on a special project, go talk to Kyle at the Beauty Shoppe for co-working office space opportunities. I LOVED my time at this perfectly-pastel, Ohio City co-working destination.

Annual Larchmere Street Sale : Saturday, May 25th
Last year I stumbled upon this street sale and this year it is bolded on our family calendar. The street is filled with different and fresh vendors than ones we typically see at other street sales around town. The sale is mixed with makers and vintage vendors and there really is a treasure for everyone. Sale starts around 9am, but I recommend visiting around lunchtime for some of the delicious, food vendors. Looking to sell? You can still apply to be a vendor, details can be found on their facebook event invite.

Blossom Balloon Glow : Thursday, May 23rd
When we first moved to the east side of Cleveland, we had no idea what to expect from the Blossom Festival in Chagrin Falls over Memorial Day Weekend. We packed up some blankets and a few snacks and headed out to the field to enjoy an evening of launching hot air balloons and boy, was it magical! Besides the carnival rides and hometown parades that Blossom is famous for, I vote for the Balloon Glow as my ultimate favorite event over Blossom time!

Feather Leather Designs earrings 
The artists over at Feather Leather were so kind and sent me a few pairs of their handmade leather earrings to try out a few weeks ago. Thanks, ladies! I love how light, bright and versatile their designs are. PLUS, they are made locally in Twinsburg. Looking for a fun gift? Perhaps you want a handful of custom earrings for a special outfit or bridal party fashions give the artists behind the Feather Leather brand a call.

Modern Musings
Last but not least on this “Loving in CLE” May post…don’t miss my friends newly designs blog; Modern Musings. Congrats Kim on your new design and blog format…we all need a bit of you in our lives. Thank you for sharing your ideas, insights and best of all your incredible sense of style!

That’s it for this month. Next up….SUMMER IN CLEVELAND!!!



  Get your backyard summer-ready on Mother’s Day weekend!

Sponsored by TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel

May is here! Otherwise known as “prep-your-yard-for-summer-month.” If you are anything like me the first weekend in May, also known as Mother’s Day weekend, is the weekend we used to help do yard work and plant flowers for my mom. In turn, it has actually become quite the tradition around our household as well.

We make a big pot of coffee, pack up our travel mugs and head to the garden center for a few loads of mulch, flowers and impulse yard accessories (because its Mother’s Day of course). Can we say TIKI Brand torches and new throw pillows?

Then we spend a good chunk of the weekend prepping our outdoor summer-living space for summer for great entertaining success. I love being outside enjoying the spring air, spending time together as a family and being active (mulch = loads of steps!). Our son plays in the dirt and climbs the trees, running out his 4-yr old extra energy, making bedtime super easy.

Looking for the perfect gift for your mom? Wouldn’t an afternoon prepping her yard for summer be a great way to show her how much you love her? Check out the tips below and I promise your mom will be as happy as a little garden gnome.

1. Light up & deMosquito! Mother’s Day weekend is a great time to fill up your mom’s TIKI Brand Torches with their TIKI Brand BiteFigher Torch Fuel. Not only does this product help keep the mosquitos away from mom and the whole family, but it also lets the whole gang hang outside without the uninvited guests who buzz and bite! TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel’s citronella and cedar formula has proven mosquito repellency and comes in an Easy Pour bottle for fewer spills and less mess. It’s ideal for use with all TIKI Brand torches and tabletop torches and comes in a variety of sizes.

2. Clean out old man winter. Spend a few hours raking, blowing leaves and sweeping up any lingering fall or winter debris. At our house this consists of fallen leaves, branches and acorns…lots of acorns.

3. Pull out the patio furniture. Wipe it down, hose off the cobwebs, give it a new coat of spray paint. Whatever it needs to make it feel new and refreshed for the summer ahead.

4. Shop till you drop. Buy a few, fun outdoor accessories. Remember, summer in Cleveland is a relatively short season. Therefore, everyone is working for the sunshine-filled, summer weekends. Don’t wait until 4th of July weekend to pick up your throw pillows, trays of acrylic pool-side drinkware and glittery beach floats. Get them this weekend…your mom will love it!

5. Prep for planting. While it still might be a little too cold for planting impatiens and zinnias, you can prep all your planter boxes with fresh potting mix making sure to remove any of last summer’s plant root debris and leaves. Then, when the sun finally warms up the ground, plant away!

I hope these 5 tips give you a few great ideas of how to spoil your mom on Mother’s Day while also getting a few home chores done in time for summer outdoor fun.

We got a jump start on our yard prep last weekend and ended the day reading books outside on our back patio. While I am normally concerned about mosquitos biting my little guy, with our TIKI Brand Torches lit the mosquitos stayed far away. I especially loved the new matte black and gold torches that we put around the patio. They felt very mid-century in style and matched out outdoor patio furniture nicely. I also loved the smell of the TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel, it wasn’t super overpowering but just enough so you knew the mosquitos would get the point to stay far away! If you are interested in these torches or TIKI Brand Bitefighter Torch Fuel, I am happy to offer 25% off and free shipping if you follow the link here. Happy summer, happy Mother’s Day, happy yard prep and almost summer fun!

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with TIKI Brand.

  currently loving in CLE…EARLY April!

How is it possible that it is already April 1st? I mean March totally flew by. Last month I spent the evenings (the few weeks leading up to my time at Alt Summit) working on my workshop talk, sewing a mod-inspired dress and strategically packing my outfits for the conference. Then I was away for a whole week attending my 4th Alt Summit spending time with other creative entrepreneurs, visionaries and influencers. This past weekend we basically spent quality family time playing in the snow, lots of laundry and a bunch of weekly food more vacation treats for me! Anyhow, long story short …where did March go?

I am going to kick off April with a few things I am LOVING…hope you enjoy!

With the exception of Saturday night, for the most part, the snow and ice have melted and at our house, we can see the tiny tulip shoots just starting to peak above ground. I am totally starting to daydream about our outside spring plantings; including figuring out what old, overgrown shrubs I can take out and what will go in its place. If anyone has an uber-green thumb or knows any landscapers who might be interested in a collaboration…send them my way! I just want to make sure I am not literally pulling out a hydrangea that currently looks like dead weeds. Besides plants, I am also dreaming up ways to make out outdoor patio furniture POP this spring. Can you say…spray paint and new upholstery? Bring on the warmer temps…bring on the Rustoleum!

With all the dreaming of summer, It’s becoming pretty obvious, we still have a few more weeks of cooler temps and winter coats. It’s okay though, today I am going to tell you about some great INDOOR spring fun you can take advantage off while the weather is still a bit chilly.

Have kids that are dying to run around and get out of the house? I have two fun ideas for you!

First, you’ve GOT to check out the newest exhibit at the Great Lakes Science Center called Zoom! We took our little Ninja there one evening and were pleasantly surprised by how fun it was for both kids and us; the parents. The exhibit highlights the various aspects of cars and everything to do with driving, engines, and aerodynamics. Everything from how gasses produce energy (to move cars) to how to build & race your own cars, to faux-working on cars (our little guy somehow instinctively knew how to slide under the hood and install a muffler, What?) and even teaching the idea of streamlined aerodynamics to toddlers…the exhibit is awesome! I believe it runs until the end of the summer so go now while it is still a bit chilly or put it on your rainy day, play destination list. It’s really fun for everyone, promise.

Secondly, it’s been a while since we’ve been to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium but we went last Saturday and it was super fun for us and our 4-year-old. Mr. C and I visited the Aquarium way back when it first opened but this trip was different, A) because we now have a 4 yr old who relishes in any museum-like opportunity but B) because everything seems to have grown up and settled into their own fish-tank-home. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is a super fun place to visit on those gray days between now and CLE Spring when you want to feel like you are at the Lake or at the coral reef (you choose!) its truly a “refreshing” destination. We especially enjoyed the live presentation of the scuba divers and the stingrays that you were able to touch as they swam on by.

What else am I loving right now? I am always excited about the annual Cleveland International Film Festival! You might even see me in some of this year’s festival creative… thanks to the team over at Type 27 for including my mug in the signage and trailer to the festival! Besides being part of the creative assets of this year’s festival, I am already planning out my viewing schedule, with cocktail breaks in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton (Turn!) penciled in! The Cleveland International Film Festival brings the BEST on new indie/artistic films to Cleveland for us to enjoy. Make sure to get your tickets today!

Speaking about cocktails…and springtime events…have you bought your tickets to this years Down and Derby party, hosted by Boys Hope, Girls Hope yet? Mr. C and I attended last year and as someone who gets to attend many not for profit happenings in town, this event was hands-down one of the best. I am super excited about it being hosted at Tenk; I’ve been wanting to see this space.

Last but for sure not least…GO, TRIBE! Looking forward to the sun coming ut and warming up our city for an afternoon, baseball home opener. To everyone going downtown for the game, dress warm and have so much fun!

So this is basically my March favorite picks and such…since I was so busy last month. I promise to check back in with a few more awesome things happening in and around the CLE this April. Cheers!