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  CLE Rising : THIS Friday at Magnolia

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Hey CLE! I am honored and excited (& a tad nervous!) to be part of this friday’s distinguished panel of fierce, female entrepreneurs at this Fridays, second GrooveRyde + Magnolia CLE Rising event, co-hosted by Zosimo Maximo and Bobby Rutter.

Myself, Shelley Pippen (Co-Owner of Brewnuts,) Anjua Maximo (Co-Owner of GrooveRyde + Pure Mvmnt,) and Tammy Lyons (Owner of Inner Bliss Yoga) will be on hand for a candid conversation of all things business, balance and more! I will be talking about my path from agency designer to 14+ years business owner and blogger…I can’t wait to hare with all of you!

$30 admission includes one cocktail and entrance into Magnolia for the evening. Plus a goodie bag from lululemon. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Presentation to begin around 7pm…following it up with a CAVS watch party at 8:30pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Tickets can be purchased here!

  Alex Katz at the CLE Museum of Art

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Hello & Happy Friday friends. What a yucky day, so chilly and wet…Let’s just say it wasn’t the best day for my open-toed, suede booties…brrr! Looks like it supposed to stay around the 50 degree temps pretty much all weekend which means finding activities for the family indoors…enter Cleveland Museum of Art to the rescue.

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Not only do they have an incredible area for the kiddo’s, they just opened “Brand-New & Terrific” an exhibit of the work of Alex Katz from the 1950’s. Let’s just say, I am a bit of an art geek and this exhibit might be one of the best I’ve seen in some years.

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His work is so totally relatable almost 70 years later. The color combinations are bright and very friendly, you can’t help but smile. I very much enjoyed all of the abstract florals and can even envision them on a skirt or the perfect summer sundress…for the Summer Solstice! I can’t wait to go back to the exhibit and take in more of his work, it is just so cheery. I promise you will love the exhibit and it is going to be the perfect weekend, weather-wise to be indoors. Enjoy & Happy FridYAY!

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  Summer Celebrations : Lawn Games Sponsored by Wayfair

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Hello friends! With last weekends 80 degree temps, it’s truly feeling like summertime is quickly approaching. We have started doing a few yard projects around our new home, pulled out the patio and pool furniture and even planted a handful of flowering spring perennials to add a few pops of color to the yard. What about you? Have you felt the urge to style and prep your yard for all of your summer, outdoor entertaining events?

When I was younger my sisters and I were always tasked with the job of picking up sticks around the yard as part of spring cleaning. Needless to say we didn’t love working in the yard as teenagers but somehow the knowing we would get our allowance always kept us coming back. Flash forward almost thirty years later  a day of working in the yard, mowing the grass, trimming the trees and picking up sticks sounds luxurious to me.

As kids when we were finished with the yard work we used to totally love playing outside. Do you remember pogo balls? We could spend hours on them. We also loved jumping rope, a touch of hopscotch as well as a proper game of croquet. My parents had a vintage game set and a large front yard so it was the perfect place to spend hours on this retro lawn game…just me, my sisters and the clicking of the wooden balls as we tried to steer them with our wooden mallets. I also always had to be green (sometimes yellow) like the color even mattered…we were all still pretty bad. As I have grown up, anytime I see a croquet set I truly enjoy giving the ball a little whack and remembering all the fun we had outside on the lawn. Ahh..the old days.

Wayfair_CroqA few years ago while scouring a flea market I happened to pick my own croquet set…so how about we plan an evening of lemonade (or sangria!) on the lawn, we can all wear our vintage summer dresses, big sunglasses and straw hats and enjoy the best summer lawn game…croquet. Let me know who’s in!

Thanks to Wayfair for encouraging and sponsoring this post which had me actually sit down and put “pen to paper” of some of my favorite summer fun memories. I just happened to be on their site and they have so many fun things that would make for a perfect croquet party…here are just a few ideas, but you should go explore for yourself!

Croquet Set / Chaise Lounge Chair / Outdoor Umbrella / Plant Arbor / Plant Stand

Happy spring…almost summer everyone. My wish for you is the gift of time…make some time for you and your friends to connect and create those special summer memories. It truly is worth it to step away from technology every now and then and get outside to play. Happy croquet everyone!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to walk you down memory lane as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  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!

  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!