Category Archives: etsy

  Welcome Mellow Mushroom

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Hello & happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, spent some quality time with friends and family and perhaps even caught some of the Golden Globe fashions last night. SO many pretty dresses…made me start thinking about a dress for this years Playhouse Square Partners – Jump Back Ball…have you got your tickets and your dress yet? SO FUN!

Our weekend was pretty jam packed. After spending last week with the flu bug (sorry for the lack of posts I just couldn’t do it folks) it was time to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air. It actually was the first weekend spent alone just me and Baby Ninja and honestly it was a blast. Let’s just say the kid likes to grab brunch, do a bit of boutique shopping and stroll around the mall. He especially loves hitting up new restaurants around town…enter Rocky River’s newest dining destination Mellow Mushroom!

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Baby Ninja and I met a friend at the fun opening party and it was seriously hopping with many families, kids welcome. We kicked off the evening with a starter of meatballs (above) I liked how they were presented on the cute mini skewers, perfect for sharing. For dinner we had the Holy Shiitake Pizza with salads…so delicious. MORE! →

  Last minute sweetie gifts!

Have you got your special someone a little something for tomorrow’s holiday? I just heard a radio commercial for getting your sweetie a gift at your neighborhood CVS…I almost died inside. I mean, not that I am above a huge box of Dove chocolates, a cheap bottle of red wine, an InStyle or Us Weekly Magazine, some new black liquid eyeliner, an itunes gift card or a few new lipsmackers…However, why would ANYONE shop at CVS for a gift when Cleveland has a plethora of talented creatives, hot spots & activities to support?

Looking for last minute…gifts that you can call an order in for or pick up tonight? Check out a few of my suggestions…

Flowers : Don’t call 1.800.Flowers, but instead support your local florist. Shops like V2V (Lakewood) and Urban Orchid (Cleveland) are two very stylish floral design shops. Give them a call for something unique for your sweetie. Also, there is also Heinen’s (also a local family owned  business) flower department which usually has fun little bouquets and plants, at a much more affordable cost than turning to the web.

Chocolate : This morning I saw a small plane in the air pulling a “CHOC” flag; I knew it was Malley’s right away. There is nothing like a Malley’s Chocolate covered pretzel and we all know they have chocolate covered strawberries for special occasions! besides Malley’s there is also the fine art of chocolate made by Lilly’s Handmade Chocolates (Tremont), a few of these make an impressive gift. Or, you could cure the chocolate craving with a red velvet cupcake from Cookie and A Cupcake or the recent America’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie (by Food & Wine Magazine) at Blackbird Bakery (Lakewood.) Seriously, so many wonderful options.

Jewelry : If you’ve ever been to any of the holiday indie craft shows you know there are so many wonderful jewelers in the area. But just as a reminder….guys…my friend Erica of On the Lookout Jewelry makes such detailed beaded pieces, your Valentine would love a necklace by her! Or “she” also loves Oceanne creations (especially the cupid earrings) (wink wink) Both of these jewelers sell to many of our little area boutiques so check out their websites or drop them an email to find out where you can score a last minute gift.

Food & Drinks : There are so many local places, I can’t even begin to list them all. However, I will say one option  I think is really cool is from Gatherings Kitchen located in Lakewood. Where you reserve your dinner, swing by on the way home and pick it up, reheat and voila a 4-course romantic dinner (including short ribs!) at home with NO clean up! $50 for the dinner feeds two lovebirds. Call NOW and you might still be able to reserve a dinner!

Activities : From the events at the Rock Hall, to a night out with the fish at the Aquarium, you could get all yoga twisty at a hot yoga class together or relax to the orchestra…find something special to do with your friends or honey to celebrate the day together. Get creative!

I hope some of my last minutes ideas were helpful and while I don’t mean to knock CVS…please people, we can do better than that! Happy (almost) Valentines!

  Bridal fun!

While the holiday decorations may be coming down and being packed away for next year, I am sure a few lucky ladies out there are still rocking their new super shiny bling…happy engagement to all of you lovers who said “yes” over the holiday season, let the fun planning begin!

Don’t know where to start? Not to worry I have two free tickets to give away to this years second annual Boutique Bridal Bazaar, Sunday January 20th, 2013!

The girls over at Something White Bridal do such an amazing job organizing this event it truly is the coolest bridal show probably in the midwest! They showcase local photographers, designers, musicians and bakeries that cater to the cool CLE brides (& grooms!) Get your ticket ($5) here ($10 day of)and grab your wedding party…the event is going to be beautiful in the smART Space at the 78th Street Studios.

To win the tickets just tweet me @iheartclev and let me know you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn at random by Friday, January 18th. Happy wedding planning to all!

  OooooH Baby

Hi Cleveland, happy Monday.

So I have these friends who used to live here but moved to California. They are expecting their second baby this week and I wanted to send them a little midwest love from the Land of the Cleve. I turned to Etsy, my go-to gift source for a baby gift of sorts and I just had to share.

I found this one store called LilBurritos, check out these two adorable onesies. I just LOVE LOVE them!!!

I ended up turning to my good friend Small Screen Designs for the perfect Terminal Tower onesie as the final gift selection.

Needless to say, they loved the gift and the baby will wear it proudly…this Wednesday! Congrats you two.

  Local Esty faves!

Every few months I like to spend hours falling deeper and deeper into my ultra fave site, ETSY!

I search for vintage globes, adorable crafty headbands, retreo fashions, chic homegoods, party supplies and more. I always try to shop from local Cleveland sellers and am amazed when I stumble upon great Cleveland shops; there are so so many!

Here are just a few to celebrate, all different but all great at what they do. Take a peak, plan your purchases and shop, shop, shop!
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