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  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!

  Holiday decor outside!

Is everyone prepped and ready to roll into the final countdown for the holidays? We are hosting the holidays this year which calls for attention to all the decor details around our home. We’ve decorated trees, set up a shimmery holiday village, the Elf on the Shelf has moved in with us and we are fixing up the guest bathroom in preparation for family visits.

Last weekend we took to decorating our side door entrance where we do most of our coming and going; it’s amazing how little holiday touches make the season merrier.

We walked around the yard and pruned back a few evergreen trees producing a few pine boughs for our wire basket. That in and of itself was an adventure with our little guy walking the perimeter of the yard all bundled up in snow pants and boots…you’d think we were chopping down a tree or something.

I pulled out a few vintage finds including the wooden, Santa cut out that I bought from a Parma estate sale over 15 years ago. I also dragged out my grandfathers vintage, Thermos, ice-fishing cooler, it’s a great place to store snowballs!

I made a real holiday wreath at a workshop. Harder than it looks. I love coming home and the aromas of fresh pine and boxwood as you enter the home.

We also bought some Edison-bulb, swag lights like these and some outdoor green garland to add the final touches on our holiday entryway. It is very friendly, a nod to the past, filled with old holiday memories and an afternoon of playing in the snow, making new memories.

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to Wayfair for inviting me to share my family, holiday decorating. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  See you at Hullabaloo!

OMG you guys…just 5 more days until the final Hullabaloo fashion show and celebration presented by Yellowcake! I am so excited to attend as I’ve always been a big fan who loves all of their bright colds, bold styles, and funky aesthetic! This season I am really loving the flirty, feminine styles Valerie and her team have designed and I can’t wait to get a look at them up close and personal.

I LOVE this red, off the shoulder dress! It would be such a fun holiday vacation dress…I can’t wait to see it walk the runway.

Defined as an uproarious occasion, Hullabaloo is a fashion show fundraising event of fantastically colorful proportions. Yellowcake Shop is a local contemporary clothing company run by Project Runway alumna, Valerie Mayen. Specializing in Cleveland made, high quality clothing for women with local roots and quality aesthetic. This years event beneficiary is the non profit; Wigs for Kids.

This Saturday, November 3rd at the new, GORGEOUS event space, The Madison. This year promises to be a “confectionary dreamland of runway-worthy garments inspired by the tastiest sweets & treats this city has to offer.” They had me at “confectionary!”

Have you purchased your tickets? I have a 15% off treat for you using the coupon code HB18TEAM. Enjoy my sweet friends…I can’t wait to see you guys Saturday night!

 

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  Designer Dress Days – This week!

Happy Designer Dress Days week to everyone! Do you know what this exciting event is? It’s almost as good as the holidays and your most favorite birthday party wrapped into one high-fashion, for-a-good-cause, estate sale meets boutique shopping extravaganza.

This year, join the volunteers of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Designer Dress Days here in Cleveland. The 2018 sale boasts beautiful new and gently worn designer and well know clothing, purses, fine & costume jewelry, scarves, furs, leathers, coats, dresses, etc. Over 250 volunteers help make this 4-day sale both fun and successful.

The NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers & advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms through advocacy, community service projects, programs & education as well as their Thriftique and Designer Dress Days events!

The other day I had the privilege of doing a bit of behind the scenes browsing at some of this years, for-sale-fashions…let me just say I was BLOWN away by all of the high-end designer name brands at such affordable pricing. From Chanel to Escada and Tory Burch to DVF there is literally something for everyone. Personally, I love more of the older vintage pieces including coats…if this weather ever cooperates…and they had lots and lot of vintage too!

The sale kicks off this Friday with the preview event ($20 entry) and then picks back up on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for some serious shopping. Join me at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S Woodland Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. Looking forward to seeing everyone…time to shop till we drop…fashion for a great cause!

Shopping days & times!
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Preview day ($20.00 Fee) 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2018– 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018– 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

SPONSORED POST: Thank you to NCJW for including my story about Designer Dress Days as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this organization and this incredible sale, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!