Our new Container Store!

So many fun new places to explore around town this summer! As a somewhat new east-sider I am still very much enjoying discovering local restaurants and galleries, music hot spots and quiet coffee shops. One thing I have really come to love is being so close to Beachwood Mall. As a west-sider for over 15 years, Beachwood was always my “fancy” mall for when I wanted to make a shopping “outing.” Now with it being only 4 miles from home it is dangerously close for that new pair of sandals or perfect summer accessory. Last week one of my ULTIMATE favorite stores of all times opened close to Beachwood…the CONTAINER STORE!!! Let me give you a little sneak peek.

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As an office supply junkie, I can’t be more thrilled to see the selection of high-style organizational products they offer. Some of the brands stocked are Russell+Hazel (my fave!) and Poppin… both are stylish, modern office-decor product lines. I also must get my hands on those gold large-format envelopes to hold all my “old-school pinterest” project tears…does anyone still do that or am I the only weird one who still loves paper?

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The new store has a large area devoted to closet transformations. So many different closet styles and finishes, they seriously have the perfect organization solution for any home. I really enjoyed the sleek modern designs and perhaps down the road would love to have them come out for a consultation…I love a good closet design.

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Last but not least was their extensive selection of kitchen gadgets. Can we talk about how sweet these cheese and butter savers are? I kinda need them. I am planning on picking up a few gadgets for summer entertaining needs, from dish covers (to keep out bugs when dining alfresco) to plastic drinkware and kids outdoor dining needs (Gotta have a new cute thermos for the pool!)

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(Cute picture of all the other luncheon attendees!)

Thank you to the Contain Store for inviting me out to your social influencers luncheon to show and share all of your exciting offerings. I am thrilled you are so close by my new home, I’m sure we will be seeing a lot of each other in the coming summer months. Happy Container Store, happy organizing to all!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to The Container Store who invited me to share their grand opening as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to their store in exchange for my review of their new store. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Lovely Paperie & Gifts in Rocky River

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The other day I took a quick detour from going directly back to the studio to swing into the new Lovely Paperie & Gifts located across the bridge in Rocky River. This new boutique is stocked floor to ceiling with every gorgeous greeting card know to man. From glitter to neon, letterpress to gold foil, this store has hundreds of beautifully designed greeting cards for every occasion…I couldn’t decide who to buy for first.

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This new store is also the westside destination for everything Lilly Pulitzer. Her bright-patterned shift dresses are the perfect summer wardrobe staple. They have all types of dresses and beach coverups and so many accessories with her well-known tropical prints. Plus, the section of the store is painted bright pink and so so pretty…I kinda wanted to move in.

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One of the best parts of the new store is my friend Blair Ritchey’s wall of bags! Her one-of-a kind leather bags are my personal favorite around town. The leather is so soft and her color combinations are so on point. Did you know Blair cuts each of her bag tassels by hand? Yep! Each one a work of art. I am so glad you can go into Lovely and buy a Blair Ritchey bag up close and personal.

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So next time you are looking for a card, a dress, perhaps a new handmade leather bag, look no further than the new Lovely Papery & Gifts in Rocky River. You might also want to check out their site as they host regular events at the store. So many fun vendors, specials and parties you won’t want to miss out! Have a great day & happy exploring everyone!

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  Home Decor destination…Legacy Village

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Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed a bit of downtime with your family and friends. It was a great weekend at our home, just doing house stuff, playing outside and enjoying a low-commitment weekend with my two guys and some great friends. We did some typical house stuff; you know, laundry, groceries, meal prep, yadda yadda. But we also took a trip to Legacy Village to see what was new and exciting over there. Honestly I haven’t been there in awhile and I didn’t realize what an awesome concentration of home decor stores they have in their “Home District.”

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I LOVE Crate & Barrel…you can’t go wrong with their seasonal decor, their kitchen gadgets and glassware. I also love their table linens and candles; they make great hostess gifts. I also really enjoy Ethan Allen, Arhaus and Restoration Hardware as they all offer incredible, quality furniture pieces. RH has an huge selection of more modern, stream-lined furniture, lighting and decor options. While in my opinion Arhaus and Ethan Allen tend to offer more traditional selections of fine furniture and accessories. I actually like all of these stores as I think there is a place for modern and traditional to live together in a home in harmony!

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You can also find Z Gallerie and Pier W in the Home District…both great stops for nice summer accessories including umbrellas, pillows and stylish patio furniture, you really can’t go wrong.

So…the moral of this little story is that if you need something for your home…anything from modern furniture to a pretty candle for your dining table…Legacy Village is a great destination for all things HOME! If you haven’t been out this way in awhile, I recommend you go check it out, they have a great selection of home decor stores for all tastes.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Legacy Village who invited me to share their Home District as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to Legacy in exchange for my review of their Home District selections. Thanks for supporting this group of businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  A new baby (cocktail) sprinkle!

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Hey friends! The Cavs game was WAY too STRESSFUL so I decided to edit photos from a recent party and share a few with you instead of solely watching the game! A few weekends ago my friends Danielle, Shibani and I hosted “a cocktail sprinkle” for our friends and soon-to-beparents; Reena and Jody.

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It was great weather and so we tried to have most of the party on our patio…keeping the bar outside helped encourage everyone outside too. We made one signature bourbon cocktail, had rosé and bubbly as well as fancy beers and waters. For snacks we did a large charcuterie table consisting of cheese & crackers, veggies & green goddess dip, Falafel-chicken wraps and pita & hummus from Nates, so good.

Sprinkle_03Sprinkle_06 We didn’t do shower games, craft projects…heck, we didn’t even open any gifts that were brought for the Mom, Dad and little baby; instead we wished the couple well, made a few toasts and enjoyed spending time together on the gorgeous summer evening.

Sprinkle_05The desserts were seriously one of the best part of the evening. From the cupcakes from Luna to the macarons from Whole Foods to many of the tiny party details, it was such a sweet ending to the night. After the cocktail party we sent each guest home with their own baggy of girly-hued, french macarons. I think everyone left happy and full.

Sprinkle_04Reena and Jody, you guys are gonna be rocking cool parents. Your little babes is so lucky to have landed with some of Cleveland’s best parents around…super lucky little one. We love you! Thank you for allowing us three to plan your entire shower/sprinkle, we were honored! Happy “sprinkle.” Happy new CLE baby. Happy summer parties outside! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
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  5 ways to be safe this summer in Cleveland!

Hey friends…it’s officially June and summer is here! As the weather warms and school lets out, our kids are eager for all-things-summer. It can be easy to blow off safety tips in the excitement of the season’s break, but us parents (and our children) should be aware of a few things before busting out the extra sunscreen and bug spray.

My friends over at Plevin & Gallucci, a Cleveland-based law firm (that handles personal injury and product liability cases,) offers five tips to keep our kids safe this summer:

1. Pack an emergency car kit. Your first thought as a parent during the summer may be centered around your upcoming family vacation. Are you planning a big road trip, or driving to a small getaway for a weekend? You’ll want to make sure you have all the essentials packed in your car.

IMG_1523Consider that just last year alone, Ohio was home to 305,964 traffic crashes, which caused 112,000 injuries and more than 1,100 deaths. Of those, 33 children younger than age 14 were killed and another 8,800 were hurt in crashes.

While there are a number of things you should get checked out on your vehicle before hitting the road — like your brakes, oil levels, fuel, and air filters — it’s also important to pack a few things in case of emergency. The Department of Homeland Security offers the following as top priorities for your car kit:
• Jumper cables
• Flashlights with extra batteries
• A first-aid kit, including necessary medications and diapers or formula, if you have a small child
• Some nonperishable food and water (at least one gallon per person a day for 3 days)
• Extra cellphone chargers?• Blankets or warm clothing for the evening

2. Don’t forget your helmets. One of the most common causes of unintentional injuries and related deaths among children is motor vehicle crashes, but many that occur from May through August also include drowning, falls, pedestrian incidents, and biking.

Each year, about 200 children in Ohio between the ages of 5 and 15 are admitted as hospital inpatients for the injuries they receive while riding a bike, with thousands more are treated in emergency rooms. Like using car seats or booster seats for young kids who ride in the car, it’s important to teach safe bicycle riding tips and to make sure they never leave the house without their helmet.

Head injuries are especially traumatizing for children — they’re much more likely to die from them than adults — and they account for 63% of bicycle fatalities, according to the Children’s Safety Network. Helmets reduce the risk of head injuries by as much as 85 percent, and can cost less than $10.

3. Be careful at the pool. Statistics can be hard to swallow, but they’re deadly even with summer’s most popular activity: swimming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three children die every day in the U.S. as a result of drowning.

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Make sure to always supervise your kids when they’re at the pool or near another body of water, and make it a fun activity to teach them how to swim. The Cleveland YMCA is just one local place for swim lessons, and includes specialty programs based on age or skill level.

Another thing to keep in mind with pool safety is the heat. You’ll hear more this time of year about the devastating consequences of leaving your child in the car — infants and children up to age 4 are at the most risk of heat-related illnesses, according to the CDC. Make sure to never leave your child in a parked car, keep him or her in lightweight and light-colored clothing, and limit your outdoor activities to the morning and evening the avoid the day’s hottest hours.

4. Make sure your favorite products are safe. Product recalls pop into the news seemingly every day. Whether it be pet food or your family’s favorite ice cream, there’s a lot we all need to pay attention to to ensure our safety — from the common peanut allergy warning to something serious for all children, like sharp objects or dangerous medicine. Defective products can surprisingly include some of our kids’ favorite things, too: really cool hoverboards for the teenagers, daily sippy cups for toddlers, or even our baby monitors.

You can sign up for recall alerts from the federal government here, but it’s also just a good idea to read your local newspaper every day or watch or listen to the news to stay abreast of product safety.

5. Consider additional safety training for your family. If you’re going swimming together regularly as a family this summer at any of Cleveland’s public pools, it could be fun to get CPR training together as well. If you have a pre-teen or teenager who is looking to earn some extra cash by babysitting one day, CPR is an invaluable skill to add to their resume.IMG_1200

Check out the American Red Cross’ available classes in town this summer, but remember: mix in some fun with all these safety tips!

Have a happy and healthy summer you guys, and don’t be afraid to contact the great people over at Plevin & Gallucci if you or a family member is ever injured in an accident or by a defective product and need help. Be safe Cleveland!

(Hope you enjoyed a few pics of our little “Toddler Ninja!” he is LOVING the latest warm weather and sunshine!)

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Plevin & Gallucci who invited me to share their summer safety tips as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!