Category Archives: design love

  Family fourth fun. Sponsored by Wayfair

Happy Fourth of July week friends! It’s been a crazy, fun, busy last month for our little family. We traveled to Nashville for one of our friends’ weddings, we have had tons of family visiting for birthdays and celebrations. We have taken time off to get outside and enjoy this magical time of year to live in Cleveland. We have cooked and baked and grilled and entertained and now I am currently loving all things take out, HA!

For the holiday week, I wanted to make something special for our family that was both festive and simply low calorie. We have had Mitchell’s ice cream cake living in our freezer for the past few days and while I love me some mint chocolate chip; dairy doesn’t agree with me like it used too. Enter “superhero, layered sugar-free Jello” to the rescue!

If you’ve ever wanted to make a layered jello treat but thought it might be too time intensive or even challenging, let me assure you it’s so simple you can’t go wrong. I bought three Jello flavors (blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry) which were perfect for red, white and blue holiday fun.  I made one flavor about every three hours, making the Jello and simply pouring it over the other flavor and popping it back in the fridge to obtain the different color layers.

For the adults, we made the dessert treat in fancy wine glasses and for the little ones we opted for smaller, low profile glass bowls. We served the treat with fresh blueberries and strawberries for our guests to decorate their own dessert masterpiece with. The kids LOVED them and the adults appreciated the simple, low-calorie fun. Next time you are looking for a simple, but super festive and fun dessert I highly recommend a fancy Jello treat!

Side note: Our little ninja turned four last week…he loves celebrations, making dinner and having friends over. He had the best time with this festive fourth of July dessert…and loved that we were all eating them together!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair for including my story about a simple 4th of July dessert as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

 

 

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  Our Indian Adventure!!!

Warning, this is probably my LONGEST post I have written in the eight years I have been writing this blog. I wrote it for those of you who may be interested in our trip, but I also wrote it so that I personally didn’t forget any little travel details as a  journal for myself. I hope you enjoy!

Today is exactly a month from our return from southern India. It seems like only just yesterday I had butterfly’s of excitement deep down in my belly as we landed in Bangalore around midnight on a warm spring evening. So many friends have asked me to tell them about our trip that I thought I would write a few fun stories down. While this isn’t a true Cleveland-centric post, it’s about an experience that has provided me a new perspective on the world and I hope you enjoy it.

You see…in 2008; just a bit over ten years ago, I was a proud Cleveland Bridge Builders participant. If you don’t know what “Bridge Builders” is, it’s basically a young-professionals, leadership organization where you have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a handful of other passionate Clevelanders for a solid year of programming. In this group I met a friend, he was an undergrad student at CASE and we were placed in the same small group project. I am happy to say that while the project wasn’t super successful our friendship has endured for just about ten years.

Last year, around Christmas I got a phone call from my friend who had since moved to NYC and it was kinda odd he was calling me since we typically text nowadays. I answered immediately worried something was wrong; but just the opposite…he was engaged and wanted to personally invite me and Mr. C to his wedding celebration abroad and just like that…we were going to India! MORE! →

  KP Photo Show & Sale

Hello, friends and happy Easter & Passover week to all who celebrate! Today was a gorgeous sunny day, don’t you think? I had busted out some springtime style and was super inspired by all of the Easter candy and baskets currently found everywhere. With that said…it looks as if it might rain for the rest of the week so I am totally working on my fashion plan of attack, complete with raincoats, wellies, and cute umbrellas. It’s almost April and what do they say? April showers bring May flowers…I don’t think anyone will complain about a plethora of flowers as we roll into a Cleveland summer…so we continue to wait for more sunshine and warm weather.

Today I am here to give you a fun PSA on one of my favorite, biennial arts events, the KP Photo 2018 Fine Art Show. The weekend of April 27th-28th, join the entire team of artists at KP, for the 7th biennial Fine Arts Show. For these two nights see KP’s studio turn into a chic, city gallery exhibition that will feature more than 400 fine art creations for sale, including photography, paintings, illustrations, and installations. Plus, a portion of the sale will be donated to Flashes of Hope so you for sure want to attend and purchase!

If you have never been to “KP” let me tell you a bit about this very cool and super talented group of individuals. KP is predominantly a commercial photography studio, who also excels in CGI (computer-generated imagery,) retouching, and video production serving clients locally and across the country. My role as a creative director and designer first brought me to KP for a client photography project and the rest was history, I’ve loved them ever since. The photography team is so helpful in bringing our designer/client ideas to life, their support staff ensures the project goes smoothly from beginning to end and the team doing the post-production work makes my job of actually using the photos so dreamy.

So now that you know a bit about them…one thing you might not know is while I am bragging about their role as a design partner, these creative individuals also have additional artistic interests outside of their daily work routine. Not only are they photographers but they are also printmakers, painters, sculptures, collage artists and more.

For exact event details and images of the 2016 show, visit their site. I really can’t wait to attend. I promise it is such a good time…and for those of you not really into gallery openings, I have three words for you…Unlimited. Photo. Booth! Hope to see everyone there. Happy art opening KP friends, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

 

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  The remodeled Ritz Carlton Cleveland

It isn’t every day when us Moms & Dads have the opportunity to slip away for even one night and experience luxury accommodations, fine dining and all of the fun amenities so close to home. So when The Ritz Carlton dropped me a note to come and experience their newly renovated hotel we could not pass up the night away.

Mr. C and I met downtown after work to a very warm welcome from the valet, the hostess, and the front desk staff. Their warm and genuine hospitality seemed like we were their old friends who we hadn’t seen one another in years. The newly remodeled lobby has more of an open concept design than the previous, more compartmentalized floorplan, giving it a more cool and fresh vibe. When you exit the elevators to the lobby you are immediately immersed into a very special atmosphere including a hopping lobby bar, their new fine dining restaurant called TURN, the concierge/check-in area and last but not least many little chic conversation seating areas. I especially love how the new bar is surrounded on three sides with plenty of space to meet friends and enjoy their creative craft cocktail menu selections; we will come back to that later!

Our room was on the club floor which included access to the club lounge. The longe is seriously the perfect place to hang out without actually have to go out. I can envision staying on this floor in the future for the perfect girls night away or perhaps for an overnight during the upcoming film festival. Their lounge was stocked with really great snacks and drinks and in the morning we even were able to have breakfast before we headed home. The staff was so pleasant and took the time to tell us all about their local offerings including beef jerky from the West Side Market, fresh local cheeses, chocolates and other local maker treats. They taught me how to use the help-yourself wine dispenser (dangerous, HA!) and how I could sample a few varietals or enjoy a full glass depending on the button I selected; it was super cool. The new club lounge is filled with some vibrant pieces of contemporary artwork and overstuffed; but with great lines, new upholstered pieces made specifically for relaxing.

After a glass of wine and some snacks, we went back to our room to get ready for dinner at Turn. The newly remodeled rooms feature marble-laden bathrooms including a no-fog mirror in the shower (perfect for shaving!) and some killer travel bath supplies by Asprey. I love the new bedding and furniture and applaud whatever designer chose the nightstands complete with charging stations built into the sides, next to the beds. I also loved their small directional reading lights tucked into the headboards for when you feel like doing a bit of night reading… when you can’t sleep. Speaking of sleeping..we haven’t slept so well in almost 3 years and I attest it to the fluffy Beautyrest For the Ritz Carlton Mattress which Mr. C stripped away the sheets to find the brand of the mattress for when it’s time for us to get a new one …it was that good.

We got dressed and headed downstairs where Monic and Jim walked us through the actual new TURN menu. We started dinner with fresh, micro green salads…I swear I’ve been craving more and am considering stopping down for lunch next time I am downtown to enjoy this salad. For dinner, I had the scallops paired with fresh Ohio City Pasta ravioli and Mr. C had the glazed short ribs, both really great dishes. We also had the brussels sprouts to share and I would highly recommend them if you love them as much as we do. Instead of dessert, we enjoyed their signature “Smoking Man Manhattan” which is infused with cedar-chips smoked tableside. and topped with some Luxardo cherries…a bit of sweet and a touch of smoky…SO GOOD!

As we were wrapping up our dinner experience the lobby was transforming before our eyes featuring a younger, more stylish crowd to groove the night away with the live DJ who was in the house. We hung out with some friends for a final nightcap and then headed up to our room to sneak in a bit of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from the comfort of our bed.

All in all, I would highly recommend the newly remodeled Ritz Carlton as the perfect Cleveland staycation away from your daily routine. I think they did a wonderful job at the renovations and while I am a bit of an old lady at heart, I appreciate all of the updates and improvements…especially all of the new contemporary art hung throughout the hotel. Thank you to the Ritz for inviting us to experience all of the awesome changes you have undergone. You really did a wonderful job and didn’t miss a detail. We can’t wait to return and enjoy that club lounge a bit longer next time!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to The Ritz Carlton Cleveland for inviting me to explore their remodeled hotel and share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

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  Our Peek n’ Peak weekend

Hello Cleveland friends. How did you enjoy last week’s tropical heatwave of 30+ degrees? I mean really; last week’s sub-zero temps were kinda out of control. How many layers could I put on and still not get warm? (4…plus mittens & slippers.) I’m glad to see it is warming up a bit…perfect for playing outdoors!

Speaking of playing outdoors; I am still coming down from last weekend’s family trip to Peek n’Peak Resort. If you’ve never visited, the resort was built in 1964 and is located in Clymer, NY…a quick a two hour drive from Cleveland. It has everything from skiing, snow tubing, swimming, “spa-ing” and many options for dining and family fun.

We woke up on Saturday morning and took our time packing up snacks, ski gear and swimsuits. We left Cleveland around noon and arrived to check into the hotel around 2-ish. Our room was ready so were were able to check in early and unload the car. It was literally so cold outdoors so we made the decision that Saturday would be a family fun day spent in the pool, having a nice dinner and in-room movies; who doesn’t love that? Our room was located slope-side which was entertaining in and of itself.  We all enjoyed watching the skiers and snowboarders as they braved the cold to shred and swoosh. Our Ninja Toddler was amazed by the ski lifts as they swooped in and captured snow enthusiasts to ship them to the top of the mountain!

We spent most of the afternoon in their pristine, mid-century pool mecca. The water was warm and between games of “shark” and chase we all had good afternoon swim. As parents, we took turns dipping into the indoor/outdoor hot tub while the other half swam and raced from one side of the pool to the other with the little. After pool time we quickly changed our clothes and enjoyed some time at their indoor playground to further run out any existing energy. The playground was filled with lots of other mini hotel guests just running around and being wild while all us parents just kinda enjoyed catching a bit of chill adult time.

After we played our hearts out we went back to our room, changed our clothes and went to have dinner in the resort restauraunt. The service was amazing and the food was just as good. Post dinner it was time for some family movie time (Lion King!) and then early to bed to prep for our ski day ahead.

Sunday we woke up and had a good breakfast buffet followed by a tad more pool-time prior to heading to the slopes. Once we got to the ski school our little guy was whisked away by his instructor Ms Karen to get fitted for his ski & gear rentals. Myself and Mr C. had a free hour to ourselves to take a few runs on the slopes before we had to meet up with our little snow bum. The snow was great, plenty of it. The sun was out so we weren’t complaining and instead spent that hour enjoying being outside with mother nature, being active and knowing all along that our little guy was being well-taken care of. It was a glorious afternoon on the slopes.

After his ski lesson we met up with him and “Ms. Karen” to get the full lesson report including the stories about his “noodle legs.” He had a lot of fun on the magic carpet and even took his first ride on the chair lift; impressive. After lessons it was time to go inside for a warm up and a snack. We took a break in the lodge to enjoy a soft pretzel and a warm cup of cocoa and then it was time to head home.

Our overnight at Peek n’ Peak was everything I imagined and more. It felt like we were gone for way longer than just one night, yet it was nice to go up and back in one weekend with plenty of time to get home and prep for the week ahead. Thank you to the team at the resort for hosting my family for a post-holiday vacation, it truly an amazing escape!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Peek n’ Peak for who invited me to share my experience as a guest to their resort as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this snow businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

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