Category Archives: everything CLE

  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!

  2 must-see art exhibits!!!

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Hello CLE! Hope you had a great weekend and an even better Monday. We had a pretty chill weekend checking out a new art exhibit, time at home, a fun visit with friends and their new baby, great thai food and lots of family time…

Today I want to share with you about two big art exhibits that are incredible and not to be missed. The first is the Basquiat show at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the second is a new show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch. Both inspiring, both full of energy and passion…you’ve got to make time to go check them out.

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Basquiat; The Unknown Notebooks is an intimate look into the life of Brooklyn-based Jean-Michel Basquiat and his series of notebooks. Filled with sketches, notes, daily thoughts this exhibit is thought-provoking and will make you think about the art, the artist and the time period in which it was created. Make sure you get to the exhibit soon, it closes on April 23rd and you won’t want miss out.

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The second exhibit is is super family-friendly show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch by Jay Croft, Erin Guido & John Paul Costello and Jordan Elise Perme & Christopher Leese (also known as Horrible Adorables.) You guys!!!! This show was SO MUCH fun…for both adults and toddlers alike. I HIGHLY suggest you pack up the car and head down to Akron to see this show, you have some time it runs until mid July!

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IMG_2983(Erin & JP, NinjaMax LOVED your work, especially your interactive color/shape wall. You should be so proud of your work, CONGRATS!)

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(WE LOVE horrible adorables! These mystical creatures are paired with magical riddles that are fun for the whole gang. SO FUN Jordan and Christopher, CONGRATS!)

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So…if you like art, the morale of this story is to go check out BOTH of these shows…I promise you will be thrilled you did! Have a great week everyone….and happy Spring!

  March is reading month & Girl Scout cookie season!

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Hey friends in CLE! How was your week? Can we just talk for a second about the crazy winds we had the other day? I honestly was concerned that we were all going to get swooped up and carried away…kinda Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, but minus the twister. Sorry to hear some of you guys are still without power, I know how rough that can be and fingers crossed it comes back soon.

We lost power recently and one thing that did make the happening kinda fun was the ability to shut down our technology and go a bit “old school” back to books and board games for entertainment. Speaking of…did you know that March is National Reading Month? During these chilly, spring months there is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good book (or magazine!,) a great blanket and a warm cup of coffee.

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With our little guy starting to finally sit still and appreciate some of the awesome books in his bookshelf I’m really enjoying sharing stories, discovering incredible illustrations and of course, snack time together. Some of our favorite books right now are Pool by Jihyeon Lee, Max the Brave by Ed Vere and This is New York by Miroslav Sasek. Am I missing any incredible early reader/toddler type of books, what are you guys reading with your little ones?

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Besides being National Reading Month…did you know that March is also a time to buy your Girl Scout Cookies for the year? This year actually marks the 100th year of the cookie sales supporting so many Girl Scout adventures both in our own communities and across the country. To find Girl Scout cookies in your neighborhood just visit their website, type in your zip code and you’ll see many options; there are a ton of cookie buying options for this weekend; so get out there, support and stock up on your cookies.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, stays warm and hopefully the power will come back on for those missing it. Happy reading, Thin Mints and Samoas for all!

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(Thanks K. Ardner for the great photos of my little reader.)

  7 Weeks to Bliss CLE Edition + 10% off registration

rockbliss_1Hey friends! How has your 2017 been so far? I know earlier this year we talked about some of my own personal goals and believe it or not, I am still working towards them every day. I gotta say, I manage to get out of my yoga clothes and into real pajamas 2 or 3 days a week…baby steps I tell you.

Rock_Bliss3A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an evening with my friends from Groundswell and the dazzling duo from Rock Your Bliss during an evening yoga & soul practice at the 78th Street Galleries. I had met Jacki from Rock Your Bliss a few years ago and through the power of social media and she and I have remained in touch. When she and her business partner Mary Beth founded Rock Your Bliss, I knew I wanted to jump on board and follow their practice to a more blissful experience…enter 7 Weeks to Bliss CLE Edition.

Rock Your Bliss is a yoga-inspired coaching movement for the mind and body. Their signature blisscrafting program, Seven Weeks to Bliss, was created as a way for others to experience some of Mary Beth and Jacki’s favorite tools, insights and inspiration from their own life practices and learnings in addition to serving as a platform to support one another. This Spring, in order to create an even greater sense of community + connection, they will be offering a special {CLE} edition of  Seven Weeks to Bliss.

RockBliss_2During the 7 weeks, GroundSwell Collective will provide you with an additional program bonus, a weekly opportunity to connect with local bliss crafters as we deepen our experience. From sweat sessions (spinning, yoga & more!) to coffee talk and everything in between, this program looks to be an incredible way to connect with other Clevelanders who are passionate about new ways to connect and find bliss in the everyday.

So what’s exactly included in the program?
• Weekly, local meet ups’ with some of CLE’s best wellness & yoga enthusiasts
• A digital bliss workbook with weekly fun-work to cultivate and craft your bliss.
• Weekly Rock Your Bliss videos in your inbox to share each week’s content.
• A private Facebook accountability group for resource sharing, community building and connection.
• Weekly recorded conference calls on Monday evenings with Jacki & MaryBeth LIVE to go through the material…but not to worry if Mondays don’t work, you can always listen on your own time.
• A 1 month access code to Mary Beth’s yoga classes on YogisAnonymous.com.
• A new set of tools and perspectives to rock your bliss, your way.

Wanna join me? Register for 7 Weeks of Bliss CLE style, here on their eventbrite page. Make sure to enter code “IHEARTCLE’ for 10% off your registration fee as a little way for us to make our social space and ourselves a bit brighter and lighter….full of bliss!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Jacki, Mary Beth and the team at Groundswell for inviting me to be part of their program as part of the programs social outreach. Thanks for supporting this group of talented women, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!