Cleveland is for Lovers!

Hello friends and happy hearts week to you! I’m loving all of the pinks and reds in my Instagram this week and can’t wait for even more in the upcoming days.

My London sister-Rebecca is hosting a fashion challenge called #shadesoflove2019…basically dress in red, pink or purple for the next week, hashtag your pics and be entered to win a prize! I’ve been playing along and amazed by all the clothes I own that actually are these girly, lovely hues. I hope to see a bunch of Clevelanders playing along this week!

A few days ago I got together with a few friends to celebrate the new-ish holiday we’ve all come to know as “Galentines.” We sipped champagne at the new Flight Cleveland Wine Bar and enjoyed a small charcuterie platter paired with cupcakes and macarons by Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes. The afternoon highlight was having our Tarot cards read by the lovely Shibahni of Bombay Taxi Boutique, complete with surprise gifts of bling-bling and makeup treats from Kimberley of Smitten in Cleveland! It’s so fun to have gal pals like these two who are always ready for a quick afternoon party. I just read a stat (or was it a Pinterest post? ha!) that said women live longer when they spend quality time with their girlfriends two times a week. Cheers to spending more time with your girlfriends in 2019!

What is everyone doing for Valentines Day this week? Me and Mr. C have a long-standing tradition of going to lunch on the holiday to avoid the night time extravaganzas. We meet up; typically in Tremont and have a nice lunch date to celebrate the holiday and then spend the evening at home and relaxing with our little family, super casual and sometimes over take out.

This year, along with our day date,  we are doing something special with another couple, not actually on the actual Valentines Day but the 15th; Friday. Last year, before the holidays we bought tickets to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; Dinner on the Train with Spice. Dinner will be served on their newly acquired California Zephyr silver Solarium and Silver LariatVista Dome train cars. I am really looking forward to being on the train for the evening, spending time with our good friends over great food and cocktails. Spice does not disappoint so I am sure this will be no different. Winter-spring dinner on the train tickets are currently sold out, but look for the summer tickets going up for sale soon!

So in case, you didn’t get it from my posts above, I really HEART Valentines’ day, I love girly evenings out with friends, I love special lunches with my main squeeze and spending time at home is great too. Have a wonderful Valentines Day week everyone. I LOVE you!

 

 

  Explore CLE : an afternoon in Old Brooklyn

Hello & happy snowstorm weekend to all. Did you enjoy your snowy Sunday? Were you snowed in and binge-watching Netflix for most of the weekend? Did you get some cooking and “tidying up” completed? Did you brave the snow and go out and play? All in all, it was an incredible weekend, the snow made it magical and I hope we get more soon.

While we weren’t doing a ton of driving around town this weekend, LAST weekend we enjoyed playing tourist in our own city. Destination? Old Brooklyn!

Can you believe I truly haven’t spent any time in this hip, up and coming neighborhood? Me neither! I’ve heard so many great things about the area and I see every foodie blogger hanging out in that hood…I had to check it out myself.

Stop #1 • We started the adventure at the new Lilly’s Chocolates; on W. Schaaf Rd. It has a new, lovely corner spot, with an adjacent parking lot making it easy to get in and out quickly. The store is a bit smaller than their last location in Tremont but it is extra chock full of chocolate creations, making it just as SWEET! This new store offers some extra special treats that weren’t available at their other location, including their fruit jellies which are delicious. Anyhow, I was so excited to go explore this new store, same Lilly’s Chocolates exquisite in every way!


Stop #2 • After chocolate-tasting it was time for a cup-of-joe so we headed to the most adorable part bike shop, part coffee destination…Coffee. Coffee. Coffee! The shop was hoping and the barista was whipping out creative coffee offerings in record time. The space is adorable, reminds of a coffee shop I used to go to in college in Syracuse. It has high ceilings, loads of great light and the coffee counter is someplace I could spend an entire afternoon hanging out at. Next time Mr. C. & I are headed home from a visit to the zoo, we will FOR SURE swing by Coffee. Coffee. Coffee., for my favorite; an almond milk latte.

Stop #3 • Last stop that afternoon was at Old Brooklyn Cheese Company. We sampled a bunch of cheese, learned more about their cheese making process and also had some really yummy, homemade mustards. The cheesemakers at 4138 Pearl Road are producers of cave-aged, non-GMO raw cow’s milk cheese’s…simply delicious. For the last year, I haven’t been eating dairy but with all of these local, artisan cheeses I had to buy one and it didn’t dissappoint…everything in moderation. If you are looking for an interesting cheese to add to your next cheese board or to bring as a hostess gift head on over to the cheese specialists at Old Brooklyn Cheese!

Old Brooklyn has a lot of cool things happening and it was fun to play tourist in my own city. If you haven’t gone exploring through that part of town, make a date with a friend and go hungry…there are so many foodie businesses, I will for sure be craving chocolate, coffee, and cheese real soon. :)

  currently loving…in CLE

Hi & happy “there is finally SNOW!” I know you all know how much I love a good snowfall…so let’s just take a moment to do a little happy dance, bust out your snow clothes and plan to head outside for a bit of winter fun.

This year here on I Heart Cleveland I want to use this place to share some of the fun things that I find, that get emailed to me or that friends recommend…that I LOVE! I’m going to try and post once a month about two or three things that I enjoy and hope you will too.

 

#1 : Modern CLE : Have you checked out the newest, digital magazine sweetheart; Modern CLE? Not only is it well designed and has great photographs but best of all it features some amazing women from right here in Northeast Ohio. Each week the team at Modern CLE will share with us a story about a woman who is marching to the beat of her own drum. Last week they featured my friend and fellow entrepreneur; Reena Goodwin of Fracteur PR, make sure you go check it out. Also, they just updated their site, so make sure you sign up for their newsletter to get the weekly GO GIRL stories! Modern CLE you are killing it! Keep up the great job.

 

#2 :  Georgia O’Keeffe at the CMA : As a once art student and now a professional graphic designer, I am a huge art enthusiast. Mr. C and I are members of the Art Museum and we try our best to see most of the feature exhibits that come to town. Currently, I am loving on the Georgia O’Keeffe show which was originally organized by the Brooklyn Museum and runs through March 3rd. Not only do I appreciate Ms. O’Keeffe’s paintings of florals, abstracts, and imagery from the desert, but this exhibit really is so much more than that. This show covers who the artist actually was as a person, what she liked to do when she wasn’t creating art and my personal favorite..what she liked to wear! It isn’t a huge show, but I think everyne should for sure go check it out. It’s totally kid and family friendly too, in case that had crossed your mind.   ;)

 

#3 : Brewellas : This Lakewood destination for delicious coffee and crepes has me tickled pink. From the hand-painted wall mural to the opposite wall of curated, vintage mirrors for sale and let’s not even talk about the custom neon…this new spot is a must see. You’ve probably seen pics of this adorable, Lakewood crepe shop popping up in your insta feed but you really should go see it for yourself. Looking for a great Brewellas lunch? I typically order a plain crepe with egg, bacon and a touch of Gruyere plus an almond milk latter…perfect for a Friday treat! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

So hooray for my first “currently loving” January post! I hope you guys get out and enjoy some of these fun finds!

If you have any ideas for the February post…I am always open to sharing, shoot me an email to editor@iheartcleveland.com

  about last year…looking ahead!

Hi blog world & happy 2019! I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to head into this new year happy and healthy.

I was reviewing my 2018 goals the other day and to be honest…I only got to a handful of what I had hoped to accomplish completed last year. It’s not that we weren’t productive; we were. Our year was just thrown a few curve balls which were all-encompassing and downright crippling at times.

2018 was a different year at that. We remodeled my husbands old home (which was a rental for some time) and then sold it by owner; which was lots of hard work and included me getting a bad case of poison ivy. We also lost a family member to a long battle with cancer, the closest experience I have ever been to see a human life leave this earth. Sad.

With that said, two great things that DID come out of last year were that Mr. C and I found the Whole 30 way of eating and invested in a Peloton Bike. We kicked off Whole 30 strict last March and continue to carry 90% of the guide to eating even today. We found that the food prep added family fun in the kitchen. The clean way of eating also helped regulate sleep and provide additional energy that was often lacking. Having our Peloton in our home makes grabbing a spin class or working with weights simple and huge time savings. Don’t feel like rushing to get to a yoga class on time? No problem Peloton also offers so many wonderful new yoga opportunities. Health & wellness took a front seat in our home last year, so that is pretty cool.

So while my hopes for a new blog homepage, pushing my followers closer to 5K, adding a flower garden to my yard and learning how to weave a wall hanging didn’t quite happen…here’s to a new year filled with new possibilities. If last year taught me nothing else, it taught me how to slow down and define what is really important in life. Family, your health and good friends…everything else is just a bonus!

Happy 2019 you guys. I can’t wait to tackle new goals and check off a list of “to-do’s” together this year. Life is filled with possibilities, make sure you grab on and enjoy the ride. Cheers!

(Thank you Suzanne Price of  http://suzuranphotography.com for capturing me and my family one spring evening down by the lake. Suzanne your talent is pure magic. Thank you!)

  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!

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