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  Happy Valentines Day (Brunch)!

IMG_5230Happy Valentine’s Day all my fellow CLE lovers! I hope you are embracing this day filled with love, chocolate and flowers. Congrats to Laura Hood on winning the Valentine’s Day prize package and thanks again to all of the incredible businesses who participated in the prize including Blair Ritchey, Revive Spa, Bombay Taxi Boutique, Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes & Lovely Paperie & Gifts!

Over the past weekend I had a few friends over for a little “Galentine’s Day” get together and brunch. There is nothing I love more that lots of pink decorations, balloons, roses, chocolate, bubbles and lots of great conversation with some gal pals.

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When my guests arrived we had a bit of bubbly, a few carafes of coffee, some chocolate dipped strawberries and fresh croissants from On the Rise Bakery. 

IMG_1914IMG_1903IMG_1905bFor lunch I made a homemade tomato soup, a bubblegum-pink-hued raspberry vinaigrette tossed spinach salad and an open-faced, fried egg, avocado, tomato and cheese tartine topped with a toasted bread heart crouton. It was the perfect balance of healthy and decadent as a mid-day treat.

IMG_5214For dessert there was a plethora of sweets to choose from…and more bubbly of course. It really was a great way to spend a Saturday and catch up with some of my friends. If you are ever thinking of wanting to entertain, I gotta say brunch is a great excuse to get some friends together for a casual get together…give it a shot.

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Happy Valentines Day friends. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to swing by this online brunching place, I heart you! (Merci Shibani for some of the pretty photos!)

  CLE “HEARTS” Watershed!

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Planning for your weekend parties? Perhaps a small gathering with friends that you love? Looking for a couple of creative Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes? Do I have a few yummy creations for you!

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While doing a bit of brainstorming for the February holiday I was also bantering with a friend of mine that works at Watershed Distillery. We were sorta just going back and forth on the day happenings when all of a sudden we had planned a photoshoot of fancy cocktails for you guys. It’s one of my favorite things about Cleveland, the ability to collaborate and enjoy each other’s talents and treasures…and so these recipes were born!

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If you are not familiar with Watershed Distillery these guys are based out of Columbus but you can find their products all around Northeast Ohio…thankfully so! Watershed Distillery was built to make exceptional spirits. Firmly rooted in the belief that success doesn’t happen overnight and certainly not by chance, Watershed seeks to create and celebrate change within the community and beyond. I have had the opportunity to get to know this company over a few years and you can count on everything they make being both delicious and the best quality spirits found around.

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Please enjoy these incredible cocktail recipes responsibly, with friends and loved ones! Go find your pretty glassware, throw in a few cherries, berries or candies and make these drinks extra special…Cheers!

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Thanks to Watershed Distillery for agreeing to collaborate and give these drinks a shot. I look forward to sipping on a few of these real soon!

  Our afternoon at Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden

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What a gorgeous weekend weather wise…it seriously felt like it was spring. We had the windows and doors open to let the sweet fresh air fill the house, it was incredible. We stayed in on friday evening binge watching Shameless, then Saturday we went to the WestSide Market to get all the ingredients for having friends over for dinner that night and then yesterday we explored the new Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It was a great weekend.

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Let’s just start by saying, if you haven’t been you’ve got to put it on your list of VERY cool places to visit. With or without kids, this new extension of the Natural History Museum is a breathe of fresh air…literally. The entire exhibit runs in a boardwalk-like loop outdoors…perfect for the little ones to run and the adults to enjoy some time with nature…and the ANIMALS!!

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From raccoons to red fox to falcons and otters, this habitat is full of the so many interesting animals. The exhibits are engaging, the design is clean and fun and the entire structure is one of a kind. Located in University Circle this outside museum also has a wonderful play area for nature lovers young and old. PLUS, the family membership is only $90 per year so it is the perfect place to stop by for an hour to visit with the animals, not having to worry about admittance fee’s PLUS you get free tickets to the planetarium! Get your membership today!

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Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Looking forward to more winter-spring fun ahead…and yes, as of late I can’t get our little ninja to go anywhere without his cape. It’s sorta adorable and hilarious at the same time!

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  Family holiday photo fun!

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hello friends. Wanted to quickly share some fun family photos we took over the holidays. My entire family is pretty spread out, Cleveland, Seattle, Virgina, London and we don’t all get together super often so when we do, we try and snap a few group shots…and these were too fun not to share!

Where can you go in the winter, with great light, awesome cocktails and the BEST wallpaper backdrop in town? You guessed it…the Plum Kitchen! Thanks to the kind staff for letting our crew come in, grab a handful of cocktails, move the furniture around a bit and hog the pinball machine for hours, you guy are great! Thanks to my friend Katie A. for agreeing to hang with our crew and capture our silly family fun, we love the images, Thank you!

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110Cheers to family photos…and while I didn’t get around to a holiday card this year (gasp!) I am proud to still have accomplished these.

  The quiet after the holidays & goals.

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It’s been sorta quiet these last few days at our house. Our extended families have all gone home from their long holiday visit, I am procrastinating on taking down the holiday decorations and we are still determining where all the new toys should respectfully “live” in our daily home. The quiet after all the planning and holiday magic is always such a bummer…but then I start thinking about my goals for the year and it instantly excitements me at the possibilities that lie ahead.

vest_4I tend to break down my yearly goal into 3 buckets…personal, family & business goals. How do you like to approach goal setting when it comes to looking at the year ahead?

For this year personal consists of everything about “me” and I don’t say that to sound selfish, but in more of the self-care effort. This year is the year I must buckle down and shed my baby weight or shall I say toddler weight. As someone with a family history of high blood pressure I want to get back to my healthiest self and I’ve got to make myself and my wellness a priority. I want to take better care of my skin…including washing my face before bed, (duh.) scheduling more regular facials as well as investing in a few better “over 40” moisturizers…all suggestions welcome.  Lastly I would like to make more of an effort in the evenings to get out of my leggings and sweatshirts and slip into real pajamas before bed. I have a huge collection of pajama sets but never hardly wear them, now is the time! So…not huge crazy personal efforts, but still lots of work ahead.

Family goals…as a working mom-trepreneur I admit I rely heavily on our day to day childcare destination to help infuse our toddler with his daily dose of arts. This year I am vowing to step away from work a few hours a week…or month…and take a class, make a craft, go to (more) concerts, sing, paint, whatever. His time as a toddler is so short, I don’t want to miss out on these formidable creative years and this year I am going to make an effort of being more involved. Travel…we are already talking about a few family getaways that won’t break the bank but would be fun for the whole family and even more fun for me & Mr. C. Looking forward to seeing where the year will literally take us really excites me. Last in this category would be a few more home improvements here and there. We moved into a new home last year and did the bulk of remodeling before we moved in but we didn’t touch the second floor. I want to do some painting, install a few new light and faucet fixtures and spend some time thinking about window treatments and art.

For my last goal bucket, business we have a few goals for our design studio. Nothing super wild but a few tweaks to internal processes, invest additional hours developing our Pinterest space and more creative play as a team…just to share a few goals. To stay on top of all things happening at studio Chartreuse follow us on instagram we have lots of fun things planned for the new year!

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So there you have it…my goals for the new year! I look forward to attacking each of them with you by my side! I’m sure I will revisit them at some point and let you know how things are coming along…wish me luck!

Thanks to my sister @rlkobus for the fun outdoor shots of me and #ninjamax216 as we were checking out the yard, post Christmas snow melt. Max loved the time outdoors with his new Dora ball, his mom & auntie and I loved exploring the flower beds to see if anything was showing any sign of spring..not much yet.

(Chambray shirt & suede booties from Old Navy, Jeans from Gap, ceramic necklace from Anthropologie and wooly sheerling/suede vest from Tobi)