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  Dining Alfresco!

Sponsored by TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel  

It’s summertime! The month of June is perfect for taking your weeknight dinner routine outdoors. At our house, we have a tray that hangs out in the kitchen. The tray is filled with stacks of melamine plates, outdoor cutlery, and acrylic drinkware…basically, everything we need to take dinner alfresco.

As a working mom, I pride myself on doing a bunch of meal prep on Sundays which help make weeknight dinners easy-er. However, with the addition of the summer grilling season, it only gets better. Throw on some chicken burgers and locally-grown veggies to your hot grill and voila…dinner is served. Easy peasy. Don’t forget summer popsicles for dessert! Our little guy’s favorite part of eating outside…popsicles with no bowls…drips encouraged.

One thing we are always very conscious about when eating outdoors is ensuring we keep the mosquitos at bay. My 4 yr old and I are pretty prone to be eaten by mosquitos (we must be extra sweet) and so anything we can do to repel mosquitos for dinner time is also a plus. Enter the stylish TIKI Brand Torches and TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel. I received a few of these sleek, white and gold Table Top Torches which when filled with the TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel keep the mosquitos far away. The slight scent of cedar is a pleasing outdoor smell and doesn’t get in the way of the barbecue grill smell wafting through the backyard.


Another thing I love about these new, chic Table Top Torches is their easy, adjustable flame knob on the side of each torch. The little knob allows me to easily adjust how high the flame is at dinnertime when we all sit down to eat.

There is something about eating outside in the summertime. It automatically feels like vacation, relaxed, simple, fresh. Dinnertime outside should be spent without mosquitos. With the addition of TIKI Brand Torches and TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel to any alfresco table, there is proven mosquito repellency that will help keeps mosquitos far away even after all the hotdogs are gone.

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Happy alfresco dining everyone…except the mosquitos!

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with TIKI Brand.

  Stephen M. Tokar Closing Up Shop & Moving to Europe

You guys! Do I have a SALE for you!

Like to throw parties? Always in need of extra seating, table cloths, candle holders and floor-to-ceiling painted, mid-century-inspired backdrops? (HA!) You MUST attend the decor sale-of-the-century hosted by Stephen Tokar of Tokar Events.

Stephens career has spanned over 40 years here in Cleveland. From a young, flower-shop helper to designing events for influencers like Martha Stewart and Gloria Vanderbilt. Tokar was the official event designer of the Republican National Convention and he also regularly partners with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians for many events needs.

I had the opportunity to walk through his warehouse of amazing things and to say I was “WOWED” is an understatement. From floor to ceiling there are gorgeous urns, candlesticks, chandeliers, pillows, and artwork that could be integrated into your next party or forever in your home. Don’t even get me started on the mid-century tables or faux boxwood hedge walls (I’m trying to find a reason I “need” one!) everything looks like it could have come from a gorgeous design magazine.

Why is Stephen liquidating, you might ask? Well, he is truly doing something we’ve all dreamed of…packing up and heading abroad to start something new and fresh. Having Hungarian roots, Stephen has decided to move to Budapest with plans to open a boutique, clicks-and-mortar business that sells international religious accessories, relics, and collectibles. Best of luck Stephen, you will be missed by the Cleveland events and party scene but we all admire you for following your “second life” dreams!

The sale takes place at Stephens midtown Cleveland studio at 7029 Euclid Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 30-31 and June 1, 2019. Prices range from $5 for designer pillows and candlesticks to $2,500 for Italianate room-sized garden pergolas and gorgeous Grecian statuary.

Thanks for sharing a bit of behind the scenes of your collection with me Stephen. Cleveland you MUST get to the sale as soon as it opens…there are so many treasures you won’t want to miss! Happy treasure hunting…and even better, happy new adventures to all!

HOSTED POST : Thank you to Tokar Events Design for inviting me to explore their incredible pre-auction. Cleveland, thanks for supporting this business at it changes and grows, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Currently Loving in CLE • May


Hi friends! What a gorgeous weekend to live in the CLE! I don’t know about you, but we spent most of the weekend outdoors attacking yardwork and putting some finishing touches onto #thecrawfordclubhouse. HUGE thanks go out to our friend Sasha for his love and his expert craftsmanship skills that went into building the coolest kid clubhouse I have ever seen. I can’t wait to post more details once it is all said and done, stay tuned!

For now, here is my monthly “Currently loving in the CLE” May edition!

Flower (& strawberry) Weekend at the North Union Farmers Markets
That’s right…it’s just about strawberry season at the markets. This weekend at Shaker Square and Crocker Park farmers markets get there early and you might be able to score some fresh pints of natures little, red “candies.” If the berries aren’t ripe enough (or if they sell out too early) not to fret you can pick up plenty of flowers to plant in your summer pots and beds. It’s time for FLOWERS (& strawberries!) Happy gardening to all.

Beauty Shoppe | Foyer
If you’ve seen all the lovely, pink interiors floating around in Cleveland IG-land, most likely they were taken in this most gorgeous coffee shop and co-working space; Beauty Shoppe. I had the opportunity to work remotely at Beauty Shoppe the other day and to say it was a productive day was an understatement. Perhaps it was because of the flowing cups of coffee from the baristas at Foyer (all Beauty Shoppe co-working members get complimentary coffee!) but probably more so, it was the bright creative space which allowed me to relax and attack my to-do list. Looking for a place outside your home office to tackle your project list or maybe outside your larger office for working on a special project, go talk to Kyle at the Beauty Shoppe for co-working office space opportunities. I LOVED my time at this perfectly-pastel, Ohio City co-working destination.

Annual Larchmere Street Sale : Saturday, May 25th
Last year I stumbled upon this street sale and this year it is bolded on our family calendar. The street is filled with different and fresh vendors than ones we typically see at other street sales around town. The sale is mixed with makers and vintage vendors and there really is a treasure for everyone. Sale starts around 9am, but I recommend visiting around lunchtime for some of the delicious, food vendors. Looking to sell? You can still apply to be a vendor, details can be found on their facebook event invite.

Blossom Balloon Glow : Thursday, May 23rd
When we first moved to the east side of Cleveland, we had no idea what to expect from the Blossom Festival in Chagrin Falls over Memorial Day Weekend. We packed up some blankets and a few snacks and headed out to the field to enjoy an evening of launching hot air balloons and boy, was it magical! Besides the carnival rides and hometown parades that Blossom is famous for, I vote for the Balloon Glow as my ultimate favorite event over Blossom time!

Feather Leather Designs earrings 
The artists over at Feather Leather were so kind and sent me a few pairs of their handmade leather earrings to try out a few weeks ago. Thanks, ladies! I love how light, bright and versatile their designs are. PLUS, they are made locally in Twinsburg. Looking for a fun gift? Perhaps you want a handful of custom earrings for a special outfit or bridal party fashions give the artists behind the Feather Leather brand a call.

Modern Musings
Last but not least on this “Loving in CLE” May post…don’t miss my friends newly designs blog; Modern Musings. Congrats Kim on your new design and blog format…we all need a bit of you in our lives. Thank you for sharing your ideas, insights and best of all your incredible sense of style!

That’s it for this month. Next up….SUMMER IN CLEVELAND!!!

 

 

  currently loving in CLE…EARLY April!

How is it possible that it is already April 1st? I mean March totally flew by. Last month I spent the evenings (the few weeks leading up to my time at Alt Summit) working on my workshop talk, sewing a mod-inspired dress and strategically packing my outfits for the conference. Then I was away for a whole week attending my 4th Alt Summit spending time with other creative entrepreneurs, visionaries and influencers. This past weekend we basically spent quality family time playing in the snow, lots of laundry and a bunch of weekly food prep..no more vacation treats for me! Anyhow, long story short …where did March go?

I am going to kick off April with a few things I am LOVING…hope you enjoy!

With the exception of Saturday night, for the most part, the snow and ice have melted and at our house, we can see the tiny tulip shoots just starting to peak above ground. I am totally starting to daydream about our outside spring plantings; including figuring out what old, overgrown shrubs I can take out and what will go in its place. If anyone has an uber-green thumb or knows any landscapers who might be interested in a collaboration…send them my way! I just want to make sure I am not literally pulling out a hydrangea that currently looks like dead weeds. Besides plants, I am also dreaming up ways to make out outdoor patio furniture POP this spring. Can you say…spray paint and new upholstery? Bring on the warmer temps…bring on the Rustoleum!

With all the dreaming of summer, It’s becoming pretty obvious, we still have a few more weeks of cooler temps and winter coats. It’s okay though, today I am going to tell you about some great INDOOR spring fun you can take advantage off while the weather is still a bit chilly.

Have kids that are dying to run around and get out of the house? I have two fun ideas for you!

First, you’ve GOT to check out the newest exhibit at the Great Lakes Science Center called Zoom! We took our little Ninja there one evening and were pleasantly surprised by how fun it was for both kids and us; the parents. The exhibit highlights the various aspects of cars and everything to do with driving, engines, and aerodynamics. Everything from how gasses produce energy (to move cars) to how to build & race your own cars, to faux-working on cars (our little guy somehow instinctively knew how to slide under the hood and install a muffler, What?) and even teaching the idea of streamlined aerodynamics to toddlers…the exhibit is awesome! I believe it runs until the end of the summer so go now while it is still a bit chilly or put it on your rainy day, play destination list. It’s really fun for everyone, promise.

Secondly, it’s been a while since we’ve been to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium but we went last Saturday and it was super fun for us and our 4-year-old. Mr. C and I visited the Aquarium way back when it first opened but this trip was different, A) because we now have a 4 yr old who relishes in any museum-like opportunity but B) because everything seems to have grown up and settled into their own fish-tank-home. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is a super fun place to visit on those gray days between now and CLE Spring when you want to feel like you are at the Lake or at the coral reef (you choose!) its truly a “refreshing” destination. We especially enjoyed the live presentation of the scuba divers and the stingrays that you were able to touch as they swam on by.

What else am I loving right now? I am always excited about the annual Cleveland International Film Festival! You might even see me in some of this year’s festival creative… thanks to the team over at Type 27 for including my mug in the signage and trailer to the festival! Besides being part of the creative assets of this year’s festival, I am already planning out my viewing schedule, with cocktail breaks in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton (Turn!) penciled in! The Cleveland International Film Festival brings the BEST on new indie/artistic films to Cleveland for us to enjoy. Make sure to get your tickets today!

Speaking about cocktails…and springtime events…have you bought your tickets to this years Down and Derby party, hosted by Boys Hope, Girls Hope yet? Mr. C and I attended last year and as someone who gets to attend many not for profit happenings in town, this event was hands-down one of the best. I am super excited about it being hosted at Tenk; I’ve been wanting to see this space.

Last but for sure not least…GO, TRIBE! Looking forward to the sun coming ut and warming up our city for an afternoon, baseball home opener. To everyone going downtown for the game, dress warm and have so much fun!

So this is basically my March favorite picks and such…since I was so busy last month. I promise to check back in with a few more awesome things happening in and around the CLE this April. Cheers!

  currently loving…in CLE • february

Hello from the skies above Montana! How cool is it to be able to write and stay connected while flying across the country on our way back home? I spent the first part of the flight getting myself and little Ninja all settled into our seats with snacks, games, movies and more. Then I decided to be “brave” and check out what the wifi was like and honestly, it’s pretty seamless here on Alaska Airlines.

As some of you may know, one of my goals is to check in every month with a few things I am currently loving and share them here with you guys. I hope you enjoy my February selections.

#1 : Good Company CLE : A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of a special girls night out at the new Good Company CLE. It was a Thursday night and the place was hopping with all ages looking to explore this new CLE hot spot. Created by the team behind the darling Plum in Ohio City, this new location is their equivalent but with a sports bar twist. That evening we were welcomed by their friendly team and sat at a good table in the back. We shared a tray of local french fries and chicken sandwiches along with hand-crafted, specialty cocktails. To say it was delicious was an understatement. If you are looking for a stylish place to catch your next Cavs game on the telly, plan to meet up with your pals at Good Company, nestled within Battery Park.

#2 : Perfectly Imperfect Produce : Have you seen all the not so perfect, but totally edible produce popping up in your local Instagram feed? OMG! I am in love with the new(ish) company Perfectly Imperfect Produce. Founded in 2016 by Ashley Weingart, a  fourth generation wholesale produce expert, this visionary set her sites to reduce food waste and improve healthy food access for all. What’s not to love about that? It works something like this…you go on their website and order a box of perfectly great produce that for one reason or another wasn’t purchased by area grocery stores. Once your box is prepped it will be delivered directly to your home, ready for you to use in recipes or to just to enjoy raw. The group just launched their organic boxes and soon they will be offering a juicing box with supplies every juice enthusiasts needs. If you find yourself buying lots of produce from week to week, this service is a great way to support your community while also getting a great deal on produce; boxes range in costs from $12 for a mini box all the way to $30 for a large box. Not sure you want to sign up for a repeat box membership? Give them a try with a one-time trial box for $20…I promise it is totally worth it! Happy produce, happy Cleveland! Congrats on your business success Ashley, what an incredible idea.

@perfectlyimperfectproduce#3 : Brite Winter Fest  : Last but certainly not least is this weekends upcoming annual Brite Winter Fest from 3pm-1am. Where else do people get bundled up and stand around outside in the middle of winter to celebrate music and art, then in Cleveland? While their might be extra snow this year the concert lineup is sure to keep you dancing and warm all afternoon into the evening. The afternoon is a great time to get the family involved with the various kid-friendly activities while getting a babysitter for the evening and prepare to rock out with the best from around town. I can’t wait!

#4 : The Oscars! : Real fast, while it isn’t necessarily taking place IN Cleveland, I’m sure there will be many of us tuned into the tube on Sunday night to watch this years Academy Awards Ceremony. I am SO looking forward to seeing all the silver screen stars dressed to impress. I’m having some gal pals over to watch the festivities and currently in full party prep mode…Happy Oscars everybody!

Hope you enjoyed my February “loving it” post. Chat more next month!