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  A new baby (cocktail) sprinkle!

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Hey friends! The Cavs game was WAY too STRESSFUL so I decided to edit photos from a recent party and share a few with you instead of solely watching the game! A few weekends ago my friends Danielle, Shibani and I hosted “a cocktail sprinkle” for our friends and soon-to-beparents; Reena and Jody.

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It was great weather and so we tried to have most of the party on our patio…keeping the bar outside helped encourage everyone outside too. We made one signature bourbon cocktail, had rosé and bubbly as well as fancy beers and waters. For snacks we did a large charcuterie table consisting of cheese & crackers, veggies & green goddess dip, Falafel-chicken wraps and pita & hummus from Nates, so good.

Sprinkle_03Sprinkle_06 We didn’t do shower games, craft projects…heck, we didn’t even open any gifts that were brought for the Mom, Dad and little baby; instead we wished the couple well, made a few toasts and enjoyed spending time together on the gorgeous summer evening.

Sprinkle_05The desserts were seriously one of the best part of the evening. From the cupcakes from Luna to the macarons from Whole Foods to many of the tiny party details, it was such a sweet ending to the night. After the cocktail party we sent each guest home with their own baggy of girly-hued, french macarons. I think everyone left happy and full.

Sprinkle_04Reena and Jody, you guys are gonna be rocking cool parents. Your little babes is so lucky to have landed with some of Cleveland’s best parents around…super lucky little one. We love you! Thank you for allowing us three to plan your entire shower/sprinkle, we were honored! Happy “sprinkle.” Happy new CLE baby. Happy summer parties outside! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
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  Free SODA for LIFE!

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Hey CLE friends! I don’t know about you, but every now and then I still crave a diet Coke circa 1998. I know, I know soda is so bad for us…but every now and then I totally crave the sweet, bubbly drink; and I know this sounds crazy…but I often want it after a really hard workout. Weird.

For those of you out there who also have this “soda once in awhile craving”…I encourage you to enter the Circle K “Free Polar Pop for Life” Sweepstakes. Circle K is giving one CLE soda drinker the chance to fill their Polar Pop Cup free for life by joining the sweepstakes.

To enter, share a photo of your Polar Pop Cup with the hashtags #polarpopcup4life #sweepstakes (you must include both hashtags to enter). Facebook entry: for valid entry, you must go to Circle K’s Facebook page, locate the sweepstakes post, then post your photo as a comment, and include both hashtags. A new winner will be selected every day to win a year’s supply. The Grand Prize winner will receive a lifetime supply.

Not to worry if you don’t win, I have a $50 Circle K gift card to give away to one lucky winner! So start posting those fun family and friend pictures of you and your soda and then remember to tag #polarpopcup4life. Winner to be selected by June 7th! Gift card to be shipped directly to the winner from Circle K. I can’t wait to see your pics of you and your soda cravings.

So happy soda drinking long, Memorial Day, holiday weekend to all of us! Cheers!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Circle K who invited me to share their contest as part of their social outreach. I received a $50 gift card to give away to one lucky diet Coke enthusiast. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  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!