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  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!

  B+B Cleaning products + giveaway

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Hello friends! Wasn’t this weekend’s weather incredible? I still can’t believe how nice it was. On Saturday, I had the privledge to host the first annual #GatheringForGood; a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. I’m still thinking how we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather for the outdoor event. More to come on the event in a post down the road.

Today I have a fun, locally made product line to tell you about…and a giveaway to get you excited! B+B Cleaners is a line of cleaning products perfect to help with the transition from summer to fall…hold up, it’s time to clean!

Like so many households, keeping stone counters, stainless appliances, and glass cleaned was a challenge for local creator Claudia Crea. From finger prints to splashes  she knew she didn’t have the right products on hand to get the jobs done well. Founded in 2015, and created right in her own home, Crea and her husband tapped into her background as a chemist, and his knowledge from his family’s stone business to come up with products that could clean, restore and leave a pristine finish. They also had to be safe for their family, especially their dogs, Balthazar and Brisco (fun note; a portion from the sale of every bottle will be donated to local animal shelters in honor of the company namesakes, ‘Zar and Brisco)

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  Put in Bay overnight with Jet Express

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Hello friends. How’s your week going? I am so excited that we are headed to a long, holiday weekend ahead. We have our little guys 3rd birthday and are having some family in town so it should be a fun few days. Now, fingers crossed for sunshine and no rain!

Last weekend we had the opportunity to visit Put-In-Bay thanks to our friends at Jet Express. We managed to leave work on time and arrived in Port Clinton just in time to catch the 7pm boat and were welcomed with open arms by their friendly staff! The boat captain tracked down our little guy to make him official co-captain of the ship by “pinning” him with wings… to say he was excited would be an understatement.

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It was a great ride, nice and flat…smooth sailing as we arrived in the Bay. We got off the boat and enjoyed the walk through the town park. Of course we couldn’t resist a stop at the seal statues and the multiple playgrounds. The mayflies were out in full effect but that didn’t bother our guy as he crawled right over them up the slide and down the climbing wall, he loved being free to run and play in the park.

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We finally pried him away from the monkey bars and made our way through town to our home away from home for the night: The Put-In-Bay Resort & Conference Center. The staff was so welcoming and put us up in one their recently remodeled rooms; they were really so nice. Our room had a glass walled shower with a stone floor (felt so nice on my feet!), new beds, stylish artwork and a view of the resorts palm tree water fountains. It was located very central in town, just behind the main drag but also close to the grocery store.

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Once we got settled in we hit up the PIB Candy Store for island sugar rations. I’m not sure who liked this place better, Mr. C or the toddler, HA! This store is great, it’s filled with so many nostalgic sweets from homemade fudge, a collection of Pez and candy necklaces to more modern candy technology including mini m&m’s and nerd ropes! I got a small roll of hard butterscotch candies which I am still enjoying, they remind me of being a kid.

After a few more laps around town it was time to take our toddler to bed. We tried our best to stay up late, watch an in-room movie and have a drink but to be completely honest all three of us crashed by 9pm we were beat.

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The next morning we awoke to the sounds of rain. It was literally POURING cats and dogs outside…we were kinda at a loss as to what we were going to do with our time on the island in a downpour. We had a lazy morning in the hotel room and then the sky opened up just enough for us to go grab a golf cart with a rain cover, so that was awesome. We had a nice breakfast and then swung by the grocery store for matching family ponchos to keep us dry. We drove the golf cart all around the island, exploring the homes and monuments, shops and beaches in the rain. We didn’t let the weather get the best of us and really were having a great morning…dancing and singing in the rain. Too silly for sure.

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We were psyched when we made it over to Perry’s Cave to explore the infamous cave under the island. Perry’s Cave is a natural limestone cave that is full of Put-In-Bay history and folklore. The guys really thought the tour was cool but honestly I felt a little claustrophobic down there. It was also pretty chilly down there which makes it a great place to escape the summer heat and cool off.

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After the cave we visited the Butterfly House. Built in 2004 this greenhouse is home to over 50 types of exotic butterflies. There were seriously SO MANY gorgeous species, and they seemed so happy to be living it their own little Put-In-Bay paradise. We loved this place as it was warm and smelled so fragrant from all the gorgeous flowering plants. Our little guy ran circles around the pretty butterflies while we enjoyed a few minutes of rest on the inside gazebo. It was a great spot to explore with a little one.

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Once he had finished running around it was my turn to pick what was next so we went across the street to one of the islands two wineries, Heineman’s Winery for a wine sample and a cheese break. The wine was very good, not sweet /dry, just how we like it. The cheese plate was a great sharing option for the whole gang. They even had straight up grape juice for the kids to try. It was super family friendly and welcomed everyone from in out of the rain. Check out how pretty their geranium window boxes are…at least something was benefitting from all of the rain. :)

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From there we decided we were actually really hungry for lunch and so we took our golf cart back downtown to the Boardwalk Restaurant for lobster rolls, fries and a cold beer to cap off the adventure. I wish I had a picture of this to share…but I was so excited when we got them that I ate them before I could snap a pic. But even without a picture to share I can tell you they were DEELISH!!! I highly recommend them.

So after all the morning fun we decide to escape the rain and hop on board the next Jet Express out of town and head back to land. We sat down below to stay dry and enjoyed the roll of the waves below. It was a great overnight and the perfect amount of time to have your toddler with you on the Island. before we left he kept asking if we were going to ”Adventure Island” and boy OH BOY was it an adventure..but so fun! We will for sure bring him back some other time…but maybe next time we go, it will be just me, Mr. C and Mojito Bay!! HA HA! Happy Summer trip to the Islands everyone. I hope my experience excites you to go explore!

SPONSORED :: Thank you to Jet Express who invited me to share and overnight at Put In Bay with my family as part of their social outreach. I received Jet Express tickets, an overnight at The Put In Bay Resort & Conference Center, entry into the cave, butterfly house, wine samples, our golf cart and a few other fun things in exchange for my review of the island happenings. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  (sponsored) It’s SOLSTICE week!!!

Summer_SolsticeHey CLE friends. Hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend with all your fun, adventurous and loving Dad’s out there. We enjoyed some welcome down time at home (long walk to the bakery, big homemade breakfast, lots of play and best part, no house chores!) and then visited family later in the day, all in all a good day. How about you? Did you do anything extra special for your Dad’s?

Not to change the subject at hand but can we even talk about how excited I am for this week knowing it is solstice week? Seriously my favorite time of the year when summer is officially here, days are long, the lighting bugs are roaming the backyard and staying up late seems totally necessary. PLUS it’s the biggest party of the year at the Cleveland Museum or Art, seriously not to be missed. Sunset on the 21st won’t come until 8:25 in the evening, meaning we will have a long 16 hours and 38 minutes of sunlight! It’s SUMMER… let the fun begin.

A couple of fun things we have added to our house in preparation for summer entertaining and having friends over for the next few months and those long summer days from our friends at Wayfair

Summer rugs : I love switching out our warm winter rugs with a few brighter and lighter ones for summer. It’s kinda like bringing the beach indoors. This one is from the Novogratz Collection and would look great in any room.

Outdoor Drink Dispenser : This chic pink and gold dispenser looks stylish both inside and out. It keeps summer fruit-infused waters as well as the perfect summer cocktails chilled and ready to grab and go. Plus this one is just so pretty I would leave it on my countertop all summer long.

Toddler-friendly pool floats : I am very drawn to these new versions of “noodles” and they are fun for both toddlers and adults. I have to admit I sorta LOVE the big jellyfish one, it’s so sweet it “stings!”

Pouffs : Summer is a time for lounging and entertaining at home. The more pouff’s in your place the better for kicking back and relaxing summer style. Currently I have a bunch of “global and bohemian” pillows around so this pouff will fit in nicely without being too matchy matchy!

Have a great Solstice everyone! I hope you are able to spend some quality time at home this summer with your loved ones. Also, I hope to maybe run into you this Saturday night at the party…I can barely wait!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to share my solstice home picks 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!