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  Get your backyard summer-ready on Mother’s Day weekend!

Sponsored by TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel

May is here! Otherwise known as “prep-your-yard-for-summer-month.” If you are anything like me the first weekend in May, also known as Mother’s Day weekend, is the weekend we used to help do yard work and plant flowers for my mom. In turn, it has actually become quite the tradition around our household as well.

We make a big pot of coffee, pack up our travel mugs and head to the garden center for a few loads of mulch, flowers and impulse yard accessories (because its Mother’s Day of course). Can we say TIKI Brand torches and new throw pillows?

Then we spend a good chunk of the weekend prepping our outdoor summer-living space for summer for great entertaining success. I love being outside enjoying the spring air, spending time together as a family and being active (mulch = loads of steps!). Our son plays in the dirt and climbs the trees, running out his 4-yr old extra energy, making bedtime super easy.

Looking for the perfect gift for your mom? Wouldn’t an afternoon prepping her yard for summer be a great way to show her how much you love her? Check out the tips below and I promise your mom will be as happy as a little garden gnome.

1. Light up & deMosquito! Mother’s Day weekend is a great time to fill up your mom’s TIKI Brand Torches with their TIKI Brand BiteFigher Torch Fuel. Not only does this product help keep the mosquitos away from mom and the whole family, but it also lets the whole gang hang outside without the uninvited guests who buzz and bite! TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel’s citronella and cedar formula has proven mosquito repellency and comes in an Easy Pour bottle for fewer spills and less mess. It’s ideal for use with all TIKI Brand torches and tabletop torches and comes in a variety of sizes.

2. Clean out old man winter. Spend a few hours raking, blowing leaves and sweeping up any lingering fall or winter debris. At our house this consists of fallen leaves, branches and acorns…lots of acorns.

3. Pull out the patio furniture. Wipe it down, hose off the cobwebs, give it a new coat of spray paint. Whatever it needs to make it feel new and refreshed for the summer ahead.

4. Shop till you drop. Buy a few, fun outdoor accessories. Remember, summer in Cleveland is a relatively short season. Therefore, everyone is working for the sunshine-filled, summer weekends. Don’t wait until 4th of July weekend to pick up your throw pillows, trays of acrylic pool-side drinkware and glittery beach floats. Get them this weekend…your mom will love it!

5. Prep for planting. While it still might be a little too cold for planting impatiens and zinnias, you can prep all your planter boxes with fresh potting mix making sure to remove any of last summer’s plant root debris and leaves. Then, when the sun finally warms up the ground, plant away!

I hope these 5 tips give you a few great ideas of how to spoil your mom on Mother’s Day while also getting a few home chores done in time for summer outdoor fun.

We got a jump start on our yard prep last weekend and ended the day reading books outside on our back patio. While I am normally concerned about mosquitos biting my little guy, with our TIKI Brand Torches lit the mosquitos stayed far away. I especially loved the new matte black and gold torches that we put around the patio. They felt very mid-century in style and matched out outdoor patio furniture nicely. I also loved the smell of the TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel, it wasn’t super overpowering but just enough so you knew the mosquitos would get the point to stay far away! 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 here. Happy summer, happy Mother’s Day, happy yard prep and almost summer fun!

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

  Neue’s Winter Auction; sneak peek! (sponsored)

(Bridget and I talking all things art! I am in love with some of these pieces for my home and excited that some of them are affordable and attainable for even my budget)

Hello & happy Monday to you! I hope most of you have the President’s Day off and are able to spend extra time with family and friends.

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the rather new-ish auction house in town; Neue Auctions. The team behind this fierce auction house and gallery has been at the forefront of the Cleveland art world for decades, but for the first time are collaborating together as one team. The powerhouse behind this new auction destination includes Cynthia Colling Maciejewski of Aspire Auctions, Ron Greenwald and Ricardo Bernabe of Greenwald Antiques and Bridget McWilliams of WOLFS.

(At the next auction, Neue has a large collection of Cleveland Athletic Club sterling silver trophies going to the highest bidder. I’d love one to use as a vase for tulips or as an ice bucket for champagne. Let the bidding begin!)

I love buying unique pieces of art at auction for our home. Each piece comes with its own unique history which I love…so much better than buying artwork at any big box store.   Currently, I am collecting mid-century portraits and color studies that I hang throughout our home.

(At Neue they also have an extensive collection of estate jewelry. I tried on a strand of jade beads that were so pretty and the clasp was super intricate…I can’t stop thinking about them)

The four experts have assembled their next auction filled with fine art and antiques and we can begin previewing it online on  Saturday, February 23rd with the actual LIVE ONLINE auction going down one month later on March 23rd, at 11am on neueauctions.com. Get yourself registered and plan your bids now!

(Interested in African Art? This collection comes from a private collector from Northeast Ohio and has some highly collectible pieces that are expected to excite many collectors.)

Neue is proud of their new approach to antique collecting and wants to better reach women and our younger generations through hands-on educational events, visual storytelling and the use of social media. Through making the world of vintage and antiques more accessible, Neue hopes to make the passion of collecting more accessible to everyone not only in Cleveland but around the globe.

What goes around, comes around…it is the perfect saying when talking about auctions, estate sales, and flea markets. For those who are curious about collecting items of artistic and historical significance but aren’t sure if it is for them or where to start, this free evening is for you. Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30-8 pm, Neue Gallery Presents: Collecting 101 where co-founder Cynthia Maciejewski will talk about what people like to collect and why, the most popular art and history items that people are collecting now, and she’ll share great items for first-time collectors to look for to integrate into more their own home design and style. Wine, nibbles, antiques, and design…sounds like a perfect night out to me, who will I see there?

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Neue Auction for inviting me to explore their new business and check out what is up for auction next. Cleveland, thanks for supporting this new business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Perfect holiday-break fun : Color Me Mine at Pinecrest

What to do with your “littles” over this holiday break? Look no further than the new Color Me Mine at Pinecrest Village. I took our 4-year-old to paint a couple of holiday gifts and it was a ton of fun for both of us.
When you arrive you can pick from hundreds of their blank ceramic pieces. They have everything from modern-facetted vases to superhero hero figurines, to clean dishware, mugs and more. Once you select your piece, the kind helpers assist you in choosing your paint palettes. With piece and paint in hand; you are then free to paint the afternoon away until you have crafted the perfect piece.

“We” made a Cleveland Indians baseball cap bank and a small vase…both for holiday gifts. It was a fun way to do a craft (without the mess at home) and spend an afternoon together while also checking off our gift list. While we were painting, the store was also hosting a private birthday party which personally is a great idea for any special occasion.

We left the painted ceramic pieces to be fired in their kiln and a few days later stopped by and picked up our masterpieces. Again, super fun afternoon and very easy finishing process.

Thank you to the kind staff at Color Me Mine for making us feel like the next Picasso and Warhol around. I would highly recommend you go and explore this new store at Pinecrest on the eastside…so much creative fun!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Color Me Mine for inviting us to explore their new creative, play space. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Holiday brunching and wrapping with Marc’s & Kretschmar (sponsored)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for brunching with some friends while also checking off a “to-do” item like wrapping holiday presents! Last weekend the table was set with lots of wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, and boxes for an early afternoon gathering. The girls brought their holiday presents and we brunched on smoothies, ham, and cheese (gouda!) quiche, an arugula salad, and some festive ham & cheese sandwiches.

To party prep, I headed to my local Marc’s to grab my ingredients (below) as well as some fun wrapping papers, some bubbly and candy canes for all. Check out my recipe for a rich and delicious holiday quiche for your next party.

Ham and Gouda cheese holiday quiche recipe!

Ingredients :
1 pre-made pastry crust
1 cup diced Kretschmar Off The Bone Ham
1 cup shredded Kretschmar Smoked Gouda
2 teaspoons minced onion
5 large eggs
1½ cups half-&-half cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Chives for sprinkling on top

Instructions :
Preheat oven to 400°

Place your crust on a cookie sheet to avoid any spills in your oven.
Then place the ham, cheese, onion in the pre-made pastry crust.
Whisk together the egg, cream, salt & pepper together.
Pour egg mixture over the ham & cheese.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle fresh chives on the top before serving.

I got a bunch of gifts wrapped so the gathering was not only social, but it was productive as well. Have you ever been to, or hosted a brunch wrapping party? It really is such a good time, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are feeling the pressure of the holidays but you still want to spend time with your friends…it’s a great solution all around!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Marc’s and Kretschmar for inviting me to host a
wrapping brunch this season. Using Kretschmar not only elevated the flavor of our
quiche thanks to its quality ingredients, but it also saved me time in the kitchen,
giving me so that I have more time to enjoy my friends during the holidays. To learn
more, please visit http://www.kretschmardeli.com or visit your local Marc’s Cold
Cut Counter. Thanks for supporting Marc’s and Kretschmar, while allowing me to
create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Self-care at J Bellezza at Pinecrest

Happy Wednesday you guys! Hope everyone is settled into this week and enjoying the holiday countdown. If you are anything like me you still have a list a mile long of things-to-do, gifts to buy, people to see, etc before the 25th. I’ve seriously got to start crossing off my list!

One thing I try really hard NOT to miss during this busy holiday season is anything self-care related. I try not to skip a workout or back out of my hair color or manicures. Self-care is always something that typically gets brushed aside in my life, but not now, not during December. It’s also my birthday month so I am kinda partial to looking and filing my best as I tack on another year!

The other day I had the privilege of checking out the new J Bellezza salon at Pinecrest for a visit to their infrared saunas and have a luxury hair blow out..what a treat! The infrared sauna visit was super relaxing and almost put me into a meditative state. I didn’t necessarily sweat a bunch but the women at the salon assured me when I come back my body would start to recognize the warmth of the infrared and automatically sweat a bunch…releasing toxins. I loved being in control of the color remote, choosing the perfect shade of pink, green and bright blue, the various hues hugged my soul and overall made me feel very relaxed and centered. I for sure want to go back, especially during the long, very gray, Ohio winter days. You’ve got to try it out.

My hair blow out added to the relaxation afternoon. It’s always the best to have someone else give my scalp a little rub a dub dub and then spend the time to lovingly blow dry hair. I have A TON of hair and it takes a pretty good chunk of time to give it the best love. Hence you see me with my hair up in a top knot 50% of the time. My stylist Dena really spent the perfect amount of time to give me a great ‘do, mostly full and straight with a touch of a wave on the ends…perfection.


Not only does J Bellezza have relaxing infrared saunas and special stylists, but they also have a great retail store filled with lots of different beauty products. Hair masks, gift sets for new mothers, teas and more. Next time you are at Pinecrest make a stop into J Bellezza for any gift-giving needs.

Now that I am done writing this little ditty, I think I need to make a call and schedule a few appointments for the next few holiday weeks… happy self care everyone!

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to J Bellezza for inviting me to explore their new salon and spa. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!