Category Archives: family

  Dining Alfresco!

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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.

If you are interested in these torches or TIKI Brand Bitefighter Torch Fuel, I am happy to offer 25% off and free shipping if you follow the link http://www.tikibrand.com/signup?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=iheartcleveland

Happy alfresco dining everyone…except the mosquitos!

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

  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.

  family : Happy Mother’s Day

Hey CLE, It’s FRIDAY! My first full week of work after returning from vacation. It totally flew by but I have to admit, I’m ready for two free days of summer at home. Just a few things, tonight the monthly Tremont Art Walk and it looks to have great weather for it, go check it out. Another thing to note is while Great Gatsy hasn’t gotten totally stellar reviews, it is out and I really want to see it this weekend. Plus, to all the Moms out there, Sunday is YOUR day so whoop it up and enjoy a day with your family or totally just for yourself. Happy Mother’s Day!

Now, onto my friend, “i heart cleveland families” as she offers a few tips from her perspective with regards to the weekend holiday. Happy weekend everybody!

“Hello CLE! What incredible weather we are having! And it looks like Mother’s Day on Sunday will be equally shiny and bright. I want to extend a big shout out to all you fabulous moms! You work hard, and deserve a beautiful day.

Many of my friends prefer going out to brunch or dinner, and after perusing some of the fabulous CLE eateries websites, almost all had a Mother’s Day offering. Some other friends prefer planting flowers on their day and right now the garden centers are bursting with color. Petitti’s Garden Centers never disappoints, and I recently came home from Dean’s Greenhouse in Westlake with this little gem. A succulent arrangement that’s almost impossible to kill :)  MORE! →

  Guest Post recipe : Carrot Cake

Every now and then you come across a blogger who makes you smile. Today I get to introduce you to Courtney a fashion student, chef and fellow CLE-lover. I hope you enjoy the recipe she has “whipped” together for you, perfect for Peter Rabbit who might be hopping down your bunny trail for Easter weekend. Thanks Courtney & happy baking weekend to ya!

Hi Friends! My name is Courtney McCrone and I post my musings at 23 Skidoo Blog. I am a Cleveland-lover (what classy lady isn’t?) currently completing my fashion design degree in L.A.; upon graduation this June, and will quickly hustle back to the CLE to live the dream! This summer I will be working on launching some of my designs, so look out world!

Easter is just around the corner, so I am really excited to share a great recipe with you to enjoy with your friends and family–perhaps even some little bunnies that might stop by for brunch!

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  family : Goldfish Swim School : giveaway

Today I am thrilled to introduce a longtime friend of mine and new contributor to this blog. She will be posting from time to time on all things fun & different to do with your family in the CLE. Welcome “iheartcleveland families!”

“Hello CLE! I am super excited to be the new iheartcleveland “families” contributor; I’ve been friends with “iheart” for over ten years and am thrilled to be part of this community. When she asked me if I might be interested in rounding out the CLE blog by adding my own family activity and experiences to the mix (I have a 6, 7 and 9 yr. old) I couldn’t resist…

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