Category Archives: family

  Emails. Mom-friends. FREE babysitting!


I know a big audience for blogs are the tried and true heros of the world…Mom’s. As a way to connect with “outside world,” to stay up on trends, news, recipes, family stories blogs are a wonderful way to connect with others in Cleveland to the other side of the world.

This blog (iheartcleveland) was actually really inspired by some of my “mom-friends.” You see as many of my friends left the corporate world to raise their families, I took it upon myself to write to them elaborate emails about the happenings of the social scene, making sure they weren’t left out. Fast forward a few months and I heard someone talking about how they had been forwarded “this email about fun things happening around town”…MY EMAILS had been forwarded, I was thrilled!

This email, then turned itself into a blog for not just mom’s but also artists, non-profits, hipsters, tourists, creative like-minded Cleveland cheerleaders and many more. So first and foremost to those of you who forwarded on my emails…thank you.

Now onto the “free” childcare. I have this friend (who was one of those email forwarding mom-friends) who is just delightful and very smart. She and a handful of friends came up with this idea of a babysitting co-op, where you trade points in exchange for a babysitting time.

These ladies of the “co-op” don’t miss a social beat, they are movers and shakers, they attend MANY of the events I write about, never EVER complaining about paying a sitter. Their babysitting co-op allows for my friends to sneak away to a lunchtime yoga class, a few film festival flicks, a wine tasting with the girls or dinner out with their special someone. Check out the nitty gritty details (how it works, starting your own, etc.) about the co-op here from an article the Plain Dealer did on them back in 2007.

It’s 2011 and I can’t believe I have never actually A) thanked all my mom-friends who follow this blog and B) ever taken the opportunity to gush about how creative parenting and babysitting co-ops TOTALLY ROCK! You ladies always amaze me, you should be very proud of yourselves…I’m proud to know great groups like yours exist in Cleveland.

(illustration by CSA images)

  Day 12 : Ohio City Pasta

Well, here we are just a few days until the end of 2010 and begin our exciting trip on 2011. I have a feeling this next year is gonna be HUGE! Lots of change, tons of excitement, bike rides in the sun, weekend excursions, perhaps a triathlon and a trip abroad? Have you started planning your new year? What’s on your list of “goals?”

Today’s final giveaway is from my favorite Tuesday-night dinner ingredient…Ohio City Pasta. Last year I set out to try all of their ravioli flavors and while  I can’t say I ate everyone, nearly a dozen different combinations (at least one a month) were consumed at my place usually during glee my Tuesday go to night!

The winner of today’s $25 gift card can go to the West Side Market and purchase a few dozen of the special, hand crafted pasta delicacies. From asparagus, to goat cheese, to crab and mushroom, there is sure to be a raviolis for everyone. AND, if you go on Monday’s it is often Buy One Get One, so you can DOUBLE your certificate!!!

To enter to win today’s LAST giveaway, friend Ohio City Pasta on fb and then return back here and tell me what pasta (it doesn’t have to be ravioli necessarily, they have other awesome stuff!) you would purchase if I sent YOU the $25 certificate! (please include your email, winner will be drawn “next year!”…Monday)

(photography by Blaze Photography)

  Day 1 : To Be A Kid Photography

First up on the 12 Days of Giveaways is compliments of the lovely and oh so talented Colleen, owner and photag from To Be A Kid Photography.

Originally from Cleveland, Colleen Chrzanowski spent a handful of years working as a photographer in the big apple. Coming home to Cleveland not only gave her a better sense of life balance, but it also allowed for her to spread her wings and dive into the world of portraiture photography, hence To Be A Kid Photography was born.

With a focus on babies, children and families, her on-location approach allows for the subjects to feel comfortable with Colleen allowing her to capture those everyday special moments.

From the daily routines like a simple lunch or a short walk, to the fresh but more formal set ups each image that Colleen captures is a stunning representation of personality. Her work is unique, casual and calm, not posed or contrived it’s what portraiture of today should be.

With that said To Be A Kid Photography wants to offer iheartcleveland the opportunity to win a 45 minute in-home (greater Cleveland area only please) photography session for up to two kids in the same family along with a high resolution CD containing 10 images for your personal to use. (upgrades such as a longer session, canvas prints, etc available) This giveaway is valued at $150 but could also be put towards a larger opportunity if so inclined.

There is still time to get those adorable photo holiday cards in the mail. Wouldn’t a special shot of your little loved ones be so great on a 2011 New Years card?

To enter to win, visit To Be A Kid, “LIKE” them on facebook, and then come back here and tell us which photo is your favorite and why. (please include your email, winner to be drawn on Friday December 10th, 2010)

Moms…please forward this contest to your other Mom pals. I’d really appreciate it. :)

  Be thankful.

This year YOU have a lot to be thankful for.

You wake up, you get on facebook or twitter or email or the like. You take a shower, you get your morning cup of coffee. You go into work, (which also allows for more internet usage.) You enjoy the warmth around you, your work pals; your lunch buddies. You close up for the day and head home to your family (or pets). Maybe you hit the gym or a meeting at the library. You eat dinner, watch a little telly and then do it all over again.

We might get caught up in the mundane, but today PLEASE stop and take a moment to realize these incredible everyday acts are truly such a priveledge and for the little things, we should be thankful.

This year I have so much to be thankful for. A wonderful family. An incredible network of friends. The opportunity to do what I love, graphic design. A roof over my head. My adorable friend Franklin (dog) and his new BFF Amelia (camper). And without a doubt, this blog.

I’m thankful for this opportunity to be able to write a little each day. I’m also super grateful for you (the reader) to give me a chance to share my daily thoughts with you.

May you, your families and friends have a wonderful holiday. Be thankful for living in a pretty darn cool city, i heart Thanksgiving…we heart Cleveland!

  Winter fun @ the stadium

I kept hearing the rumors…Did you hear Progressive Field is repurposing the stadium for winter play on the field, in the bleechers and even on home plate? This is no rumor…it is SO true.

Get your tickets today as this event will surely be a sell out. The event, featuring snow tubing, ice skating, a special kids-only area, walking trails and a firepit will open this Friday. Check out the schedule as I see some happy hours scheduled on the calendar and I must know more!

For more details and to buy your family fun tickets visit the Tribe Snow Days site.