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  my holiday gift guide…a few suggestions!

Hello & Happy holidays friends! Can you even believe it? Time for turkey and pumpkin pie, visits to Santa and cookie swaps. It’s time for making your own lists and checking them twice making sure to be less naughty and to be way more nice.

For the past six or seven years, I have approached fellow small business owners for a gift donation to my yearly “twelve days of giveaways”…and while it was fun to feature some of my favorite businesses, this year I thought I would start by encouraging you to shop local with some of the best in town! Don’t worry…there will be a giveaway too..but just one…and closer to Christmas…stay tuned for more on that.

But for today and in the spirit of a small, local gift guide here are a few things I would recommend as the perfect gifts for your CLE friends around town. Let me know if I missed anything.

For your mom, sisters, best friends or gal pals around town.
• I found the best knit sweaters, hats and blanket-throws last week at Whiskey Grade. While I typically wouldn’t think of them as a destination for women’s apparel and housewares, this store has so many awesome girly gifts, I promise you will check someone off your list there.

• Have you been by the new GrooveRyde studio downtown or the original Woodmere location? A gift certificate to this new hot spot would be welcomed by any one of your fitness-loving friends. I love their spinning studio but I’ve really been wanting to try my hand (ha ha!) at their fitness boxing classes. Get your gal pal a few gift cards and the two of you can keep each other accountable to fitness during the holiday season.

• It’s cold outside and during these winter months it is really important to give our skin extra attention. With that said, I LOVE the facials that Leia at Flower Power Skin Studio in Lakewood offers. Not only is her studio super retro-chic, all of her products are organic and good for you! Don’t think you need a facial, then swing by on her special retail days to shop her moisturizers, soaps, fragrance and makeup lines that are too good to be true. For hours and information visit her instagram account…it’s so good!

• I do love a good candle at home during these chilly months. For some reason when there is a candle glowing in the kitchen it makes everything better, warmer, feels more like home. I would say, hands down the women of Sweet Dish & Darling Candles are my absolute favorite candle makers in town. My favorite scent? I LOVE Sunday Brunch but keep wanting to try the Pumpkin & Coconut.

• An incredible manicure! Every lady loves a good fancy-mani for the holidays, am I right? A bit of gold glitter, something more traditional like a clean red polish, perhaps each nail illustrated as Santa and his reindeer? Whatever your fancy, the ladies at Stella & Shay have been killing it with my monthly manicures as of late. I’ve received so many compliments and inquiries that I have my appointments scheduled out a few months in advance. Looking for a gift certificate for one of the best manicures in town, look no further than Stella & Shay!

For your better half, your man friend or your little brother.
• I recently discovered an incredible line of cocktail mixes made in Columbus, OH called Root 23 cocktail mixes. You can find them at a handful of boutiques around town including Natures Oasis in Lakewood and Happy Hour Collection in downtown CLE. I love their Vanilla Ginger with a shot of Maker’s…makes the perfect Manhattan.

• What man-friend doesn’t love a piping hot bowl of fresh ramen noodles? Have you had the chance to get out to the new Noodlecat at Crocker Park yet? I went last week with a group of work friends and it was seriously so good. I had something totally spicy and then a fried shrimp steamed bun and I honestly can’t wait to go back with my honey to try out a few other dishes. A gift certificate would be an awesome gift to use as an excuse for a great date night night out!

• The talented duo over at Room Service had a few things that I would TOTALLY pick up for my Mr. including a new crazy-cool line of military-inspired watches (above) as well as some gorgeous, custom-made backpacks and leather goods. (below)

For your little ones!
• Have you been to the new Children’s Museum of Cleveland? Wouldn’t that be an incredible gift to anyone with small Cleveland kiddos? I know at our house it’s more about experiences than things, so I would welcome this fun gift! $80 for a family membership sounds pretty reasonable for the entire year for 3 people. I think this would be close to the top of any family wish list this year. Get your new memberships here.

• I think that gifting a camp experience is a wonderful gift for any CLE kid. Become a member of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and you can register for camp early before the open registration rush that happens in early January. I am so excited that our little one will be old enough for a camp experience this upcoming summer and so is he. Give the gift of nature camp…your kids will never forget it!

• Cookies! What little person doesn’t love a good cookie? From Blackbird Baking Company’s chocolate chip cookies to the gorgeous details of Luna Bakery sugar cookies, our city is bursting with talented bakers. They are the “go-to’s” for when you want to give a box of cookies to any kid (or adult) with a sweet tooth. Cookies make everyone happy. :)

• Baseball anyone? Have you been up to the Kids Clubhouse at Progressive Field during an Indian’s game? If you haven’t, gift a few tickets to a game next summer to see this space & the game…of course. It has great seating with awesome views, lots of toys, interactive exhibits and slides for the kiddos, phone charging stations for the parents and the cutest mini restrooms the whole gang will enjoy. While individual tickets aren’t on sale yet, you can pick up a gift card or give your little fan an IOU for summer tickets and a chance to visit the Kids Clubhouse with the Indians! Get your 2018 Indians tickets here.

• Books, Books & more Books! Every kid loves a good book. Whether they are like my 3-yr old toddler who flips through a handful of books at lightning speed or perhaps a more mature kid who can sit and enjoy a chapter book over the holidays…everyone loves a book. I recently took the time to visit Horizontal Books on West 25th in Ohio City. This independent book store has some really useful sections including an entire area devoted to kids books. They have some really unique and different books that you might not find at the bog box stores. Grab a latte and then head over to Horizontal to pick out a few good books for your little ones.

So those are just a handful of  a few holiday gift ideas for you and your loved ones. I hope I was able to inspire you and give you a few creative ideas to make our holiday shopping enjoyable! Remember, stay tuned for a good giveaway as we get closer to the holiday! Happy shopping everyone.

 

 

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  Wine & Design at VNTG Home : 11.15 from 3-7pm

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Hi friends. How is everyone doing with this week with the whole time change thing? It was funny, I picked up #ninjamax216 from childdcare on Monday night and he accused me of picking him up too late because it was dark. HA! Poor kid, how do you teach toddlers about Daylight Savings Time? I mean, I barely understand why we still have it myself…farming? Energy savings? I digress.

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Have you guys been able to visit my friends over at VNTG Home yet? I mean I seriously can’t get enough of that place. Each time I stop by the vintage marketplace (located in Tyler Village at 36th & Superior) there are rows and rows of new items for me to explore and day dream about. I actually have a few spaces around our house that still need furniture and decor accessories, so I really enjoy just browsing and thinking about how I could move pieces around and make the rooms change and evolve both in functionality and style.

VNTG_Wine_7Can you even believe these mid century dining room chairs ? They would be perfect for any Thanksgiving family dinner table…no doubt. I also really loved the orange and brown 1970’s chevron, crushed velvet occasional chair. (see above!)

If you are interested in these pieces, one of the best things about VNTG Home is that they have a very comprehensive website where you can look at the treasures as they come in. Go check it out, but be warned if you are like me…be prepared to get lost in the vintage furniture “aisles,” so much great stuff.

Go visit their online store and sign up for the VNTG HOME Society! By signing up, you will receive early access to promotions and special invites to Society events. INCLUDING their Wine & Design event next Wednesday evening, November 15th from 3-7pm!

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So go visit their site, sign up for the VNTG Home Society than meet me NEXT Wednesday the 15th for a special Wine and Design event where we can shop & drink our gift list away!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to VNTG Home who invited me to share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  (sponsored) Winter prep at home with Wayfair

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Hi friends. It’s here…SNOW!!! First snow of the season last night and lots of excitement in our home. We LOVE winter sports; everything from sledding and snowshoeing to skiing and snowboarding…we have a closet of gear just waiting to be pulled out for the season.

It’s the time of year when I pull my boots out on a daily basis and pack my heels and flats for work. There is nothing worse than damp suede shoes all day, yuck!

IMG_9926I have also been making a few changes around our house to prepare for old man winter. I pulled out a few velvet pillows, we put away our outdoor furniture and I added a few utility-like (but very fashionable) rugs to our entryways. No soggy socks for this household. HA!

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I really love this rug I found on Wayfair by Elle Decor Collection. It is chic but very utilitarian and super affordable. It’s these little things that we bring inside during the winter months that not only visually keep our homes dry but adding a rug like this to your entry is pretty stylish as well. Happy fall/winter decor updates everyone, have a great weekend.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to share my “Beautiful Utility” story as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to their store in exchange for my review of their products. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Happy pumpkins & mums!

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Happy (almost) Halloween friends! Are you all prepped with oodles of candy for the little ghouls & gobblins? Have your costumes completed and ready to layer on your winter coats and gloves? Did you decorate your front stoop with jack-o-lanterns and black light floods? It is seriously the most wonderful time of the year.

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This year we bought two pumpkins. One to carve and one to keep pretty, fingers crossed it lasts up to Thanksgiving. With our 3 year old really into the holiday I was pretty excited to pick up a few battery operated tea lights for our carved pumpkins. The batteries actually worked just as good as the traditional tea lights and we all enjoyed the candle-light-like glow. Total toddler holiday hack.

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I really enjoyed picking out pumpkins and mums at Lakewood Garden Center in Lakewood (near St. Eds). They had lots of plants, trees, pots & vessels along with many perennials still hoping to find themselves a good home before winter. They had so many unique pumpkins, they had rows of cornstalks and tables of fall-hued mums. They even let you use their red wagons to pull your selections around the garden center, another toddler treat! LGC_7So if you still need pumpkins, mums or anything garden related before the end of the season, I totally recommend you swing by the Lakewood Garden Center for fall/winter holiday fun. The employees as super helpful and a ton of fun…one even kindly told me I had lipstick on my teeth! HA HA!

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  Falling in love with VNTG Home

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A few weeks ago I was exploring this warehouse space filled with eclectic chairs, tables and armoires. It had rows of one-of-a-kind artwork and cozy sitting nooks with couches and coffee tables. There was a room filled with vintage china as far as the eye can see and another room with exquisite Parisian fabrics all meticulously lined up and ready to dress the seat of a chair, bench or occasional ottoman. Was I dreaming? Where was this mecca of all things vintage? Had I died and gone to home decor heaven? Nope, I was at Cleveland’s newest vintage furnishings marketplace called VNTG Home.

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When you first step inside visit VNTG Home you will feel as if this special design destination has been there forever, but in reality, owner Megan and her team have done an incredible job filling the space with different styles and offerings to make our adventure in home decor a super awesome experience. It was like I was on a big treasure hunt and I was ready to get my hands dirty.

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Not only does VNTG Home sell one of a kind vintage pieces that also pride themselves at being able to upcycle anything from old to new! Something as small as your broken chair that you’ve been hoarding in your basement (thats me!) to your family heirloom couch that you would really like to give new life too, the creative and talented designers on their team will help you choose the best fabrics, trims, paints and more to make your upcycled piece one-of-a-kind.

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I was so excited to have brought along my old chair for a fall makeover. I needed another accent chair for the corner of our grown up living room area and I knew VNTG Home could help. I have been moving this chair around for year. I love it’s modern lines, brass details and mixture of metal and upholstery. I knew I wanted it to look pretty and sophisticated, to be “weighty” but delicate in feel. I met with one of the designers and she helped me go through all the fabrics until we came upon a sweet, almost paint splattered looking tone on tone fabric. We added a detail of a slate blue, linen piping to both sides of the seat cushion and planned to paint the chippy black metal a nice shade of natural white. The entire process of upcycling my old chair was so easy because I had someone their guiding me through the creative, fun process. It wasn’t scary or overwhelming, it was really a great way to take something you have (although you could also choose something they have) and make it new and relevant again.

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I think in today’s world we each want furnishings in our homes and apartments that reflect our own personal style. Being able to make something that speaks to you or that matches with something you already have is really cool. Everyone can have a big box store chair or dining room table but none else would have a chair just like one I made with them and I was pretty pumped about it.

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(our “new” chair…I’ll have more photos soon when I have it really nice and photographed but I couldn’t wait to share!)

If you haven’t been to visit VNTG home, take advantage of all the excitement this Saturday at Tyler Village during the Cleveland Flea and go explore the marketplace upstairs. They have a whole new section of throw pillows that would take your couch or bed from plain to glam in no time, don’t miss out. If you can’t wait unit tomorrow, their online shop is open 7 days a week and they do a great job with updating the new pieces as they hit the showroom floor. I can’t say more good things about this shop other than I’m in LOVE!!!

I’m going to be visiting VNTG Home over the next few months and sharing some more exciting projects and offerings so stay tuned. In the meantime, save the date for their spooky, eco-chic evening soirée on Wednesday, October 25th where you will have the opportunity to win some great prizes including a gift card to the store. Register here. I can’t wait to celebrate tricks and treats at VNTG Home. See you there!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to VNTG Home who invited me to share my experience as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this local businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!