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  about last year…looking ahead!

Hi blog world & happy 2019! I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to head into this new year happy and healthy.

I was reviewing my 2018 goals the other day and to be honest…I only got to a handful of what I had hoped to accomplish completed last year. It’s not that we weren’t productive; we were. Our year was just thrown a few curve balls which were all-encompassing and downright crippling at times.

2018 was a different year at that. We remodeled my husbands old home (which was a rental for some time) and then sold it by owner; which was lots of hard work and included me getting a bad case of poison ivy. We also lost a family member to a long battle with cancer, the closest experience I have ever been to see a human life leave this earth. Sad.

With that said, two great things that DID come out of last year were that Mr. C and I found the Whole 30 way of eating and invested in a Peloton Bike. We kicked off Whole 30 strict last March and continue to carry 90% of the guide to eating even today. We found that the food prep added family fun in the kitchen. The clean way of eating also helped regulate sleep and provide additional energy that was often lacking. Having our Peloton in our home makes grabbing a spin class or working with weights simple and huge time savings. Don’t feel like rushing to get to a yoga class on time? No problem Peloton also offers so many wonderful new yoga opportunities. Health & wellness took a front seat in our home last year, so that is pretty cool.

So while my hopes for a new blog homepage, pushing my followers closer to 5K, adding a flower garden to my yard and learning how to weave a wall hanging didn’t quite happen…here’s to a new year filled with new possibilities. If last year taught me nothing else, it taught me how to slow down and define what is really important in life. Family, your health and good friends…everything else is just a bonus!

Happy 2019 you guys. I can’t wait to tackle new goals and check off a list of “to-do’s” together this year. Life is filled with possibilities, make sure you grab on and enjoy the ride. Cheers!

(Thank you Suzanne Price of  http://suzuranphotography.com for capturing me and my family one spring evening down by the lake. Suzanne your talent is pure magic. Thank you!)

  Perfect holiday-break fun : Color Me Mine at Pinecrest

What to do with your “littles” over this holiday break? Look no further than the new Color Me Mine at Pinecrest Village. I took our 4-year-old to paint a couple of holiday gifts and it was a ton of fun for both of us.
When you arrive you can pick from hundreds of their blank ceramic pieces. They have everything from modern-facetted vases to superhero hero figurines, to clean dishware, mugs and more. Once you select your piece, the kind helpers assist you in choosing your paint palettes. With piece and paint in hand; you are then free to paint the afternoon away until you have crafted the perfect piece.

“We” made a Cleveland Indians baseball cap bank and a small vase…both for holiday gifts. It was a fun way to do a craft (without the mess at home) and spend an afternoon together while also checking off our gift list. While we were painting, the store was also hosting a private birthday party which personally is a great idea for any special occasion.

We left the painted ceramic pieces to be fired in their kiln and a few days later stopped by and picked up our masterpieces. Again, super fun afternoon and very easy finishing process.

Thank you to the kind staff at Color Me Mine for making us feel like the next Picasso and Warhol around. I would highly recommend you go and explore this new store at Pinecrest on the eastside…so much creative fun!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Color Me Mine for inviting us to explore their new creative, play space. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Self-care at J Bellezza at Pinecrest

Happy Wednesday you guys! Hope everyone is settled into this week and enjoying the holiday countdown. If you are anything like me you still have a list a mile long of things-to-do, gifts to buy, people to see, etc before the 25th. I’ve seriously got to start crossing off my list!

One thing I try really hard NOT to miss during this busy holiday season is anything self-care related. I try not to skip a workout or back out of my hair color or manicures. Self-care is always something that typically gets brushed aside in my life, but not now, not during December. It’s also my birthday month so I am kinda partial to looking and filing my best as I tack on another year!

The other day I had the privilege of checking out the new J Bellezza salon at Pinecrest for a visit to their infrared saunas and have a luxury hair blow out..what a treat! The infrared sauna visit was super relaxing and almost put me into a meditative state. I didn’t necessarily sweat a bunch but the women at the salon assured me when I come back my body would start to recognize the warmth of the infrared and automatically sweat a bunch…releasing toxins. I loved being in control of the color remote, choosing the perfect shade of pink, green and bright blue, the various hues hugged my soul and overall made me feel very relaxed and centered. I for sure want to go back, especially during the long, very gray, Ohio winter days. You’ve got to try it out.

My hair blow out added to the relaxation afternoon. It’s always the best to have someone else give my scalp a little rub a dub dub and then spend the time to lovingly blow dry hair. I have A TON of hair and it takes a pretty good chunk of time to give it the best love. Hence you see me with my hair up in a top knot 50% of the time. My stylist Dena really spent the perfect amount of time to give me a great ‘do, mostly full and straight with a touch of a wave on the ends…perfection.


Not only does J Bellezza have relaxing infrared saunas and special stylists, but they also have a great retail store filled with lots of different beauty products. Hair masks, gift sets for new mothers, teas and more. Next time you are at Pinecrest make a stop into J Bellezza for any gift-giving needs.

Now that I am done writing this little ditty, I think I need to make a call and schedule a few appointments for the next few holiday weeks… happy self care everyone!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to J Bellezza for inviting me to explore their new salon and spa. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Holiday decor outside!

Is everyone prepped and ready to roll into the final countdown for the holidays? We are hosting the holidays this year which calls for attention to all the decor details around our home. We’ve decorated trees, set up a shimmery holiday village, the Elf on the Shelf has moved in with us and we are fixing up the guest bathroom in preparation for family visits.

Last weekend we took to decorating our side door entrance where we do most of our coming and going; it’s amazing how little holiday touches make the season merrier.

We walked around the yard and pruned back a few evergreen trees producing a few pine boughs for our wire basket. That in and of itself was an adventure with our little guy walking the perimeter of the yard all bundled up in snow pants and boots…you’d think we were chopping down a tree or something.

I pulled out a few vintage finds including the wooden, Santa cut out that I bought from a Parma estate sale over 15 years ago. I also dragged out my grandfathers vintage, Thermos, ice-fishing cooler, it’s a great place to store snowballs!

I made a real holiday wreath at a workshop. Harder than it looks. I love coming home and the aromas of fresh pine and boxwood as you enter the home.

We also bought some Edison-bulb, swag lights like these and some outdoor green garland to add the final touches on our holiday entryway. It is very friendly, a nod to the past, filled with old holiday memories and an afternoon of playing in the snow, making new memories.

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Wayfair for inviting me to share my family, holiday decorating. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Healthy holiday cookies : Carrot Oat Cookies – sponsored by Heinen’s

Hello friends and happy holiday season to all of us! Wasn’t yesterdays warmer weather simply divine? We finally got all of the leaves up from our front yard it was awesome. We also got most of the house decorated this weekend which is a pretty awesome considering that decorating with a 4-year-old means decorating and then decorating again once he goes to bed…haha! We also hopped around to some of the holiday, maker sales including the awesome show at Lake Effect Studios, the studios at the Art Craft Building and it wouldn’t be a holiday without the annual Hot Toddy Party at the Banyan Tree in Tremont. Let’s just say, I got a great jump on checking off my shopping list!

Yesterday I also did a bunch of my weekly meal prep while the guys were watching the Browns game in the living room. Typically I make ahead, hard boiled eggs, I cut up and roast a bunch of veggies for mid-week salads and I grill chicken breasts also for salads. I always feel so accomplished when these basic prep things are done as I enter a busy week.

This week with the holidays just around the corner I decided to try my hand at a healthy, holiday cookie. One that I might be able to bring with me to friends parties, school gatherings and even grab for a breakfast treat…enter the Carrot Oat Cookies.

This cookie is not that sweet, super moist and tastes almost like you are eating a slice of carrot cake, minus the frosting. It has the standard, gluten-free chewy consistency which I personally really enjoy… fewer crumbs for my car commute to work.

Thanks to Heinen’s for asking me to participate in their holiday cookie bake-off. Cheers to shopping local and supporting Cleveland’s local grocer in your holiday shopping needs! If you were looking to make them even sweeter I might add a cup of the Nestlé mini chocolate morsels…I bet our little guy might like them even better…next batch! I hope you enjoy the recipe below, happy holiday baking!

Ingredients
– 1 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
– 1/2 cup brown rice flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 2 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– a pinch of sea salt
– 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (you could substitute melted unsalted butter if you don’t like to cook with coconut oil)
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
– 1 cup freshly grated carrots

Directions
Preheat oven to 350º and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer or KitchenAid, use the paddle attachment and mix together the coconut oil, vanilla, egg, and maple syrup. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, brown rice flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Fold in the carrots. Place your bowl of batter in the fridge for 20 minutes or more. This will help your cookies from melting too fast and becoming too flat. Scoop dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 15minutes or until they are golden brown. Allow to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Heinen’s for inviting me to explore healthy holiday baking. Thanks for supporting Heinen’s, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!