Valentines Gifts + GIVEAWAY!

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Hello CLE friends! How is your week been? I can’t believe it is February already! Don’t you just love the start of a new month? I love how it gives us a clean calendar, a sense of a fresh start, the ability to set new goals and start again. When February rolls around, it is a good time to check back in on the goals we set in January. Are you working towards those new goals? Have you already forgotten about them? Come back, revisit, start again….and if all else fails there is always Valentines Day candy!!!

I LOVE, heart, ADORE February. I love celebrating those I love, my man, our toddler, my sisters, gal pals, design team and more, Valentines Day is always one I love to make special. We don’t have exact plans for the holiday yet, but I am sure there will be pretty flowers and some yummy chocolate involved. We typically don’t go to dinner on cupids holiday, opting instead for a movie and cocktails or something like that instead…what are your plans for the “lovely” holiday?

If you are looking for a gift for someone you care about I have assembled a few recommendations from local Cleveland businesses. (Plus read though this post because there is a killer giveaway below!)

A new spa in Gordon Square; REVIVE SPA is an intimate, skin-wellness destination. Located within the arcade (behind Honeycomb Salon), this new spa offers various massages, the best facials…and even couple massages! I love the owner Chrissy, and I swear she is one of the best in town. Give her a shout, let her know we sent you and she will take 10% off on your gift certificates for your honey…mention promo code iheartcle.

For all your stylish friends, BOMBAY TAXI has an incredible selection of unique earnings and many other indian-inspired accessories that would make awesome Valentines Day gifts. I love these graphic, gold square earnings…they go with everything making them a go-to for an everyday luxury fix. For these and other pieces make sure to shop the site and place your orders by February 7th.

Does your bestie have a sweet tooth like mine? If so, a Valentines Day cookie bundle from KELSEY ELIZABETH CAKES would be a “sweet” holiday gift! Kelsey and her team have a special holiday sweet treat menu available on their website, go take a look and place your orders today! trust me, you can’t go wrong with a gift from one of Cleveland’s best bakeries around. PLUS they now have a Rocky River location, it seriously is adorable. Go swing by, say hi, grab a cookie and wish them “Happy hearts Day” from me.

If your lady friend has incredible style and outstanding taste, a hand crafted, leather bag from local designer BLAIR RITCHEY would be an amazing surprise. I have a few “Blair bags” and I can honestly say, they are seriously my favorite. The leather is so soft, their silhouettes striking and her sense of color is just perfect for these drab Ohio days. Isn’t this Pak Mini in the two-tone snake skin killer? It would go really well with a hot pink dress I have…perfect for a night out on the town with my girlfriends…I might just have to buy it.

Lastly, when all the holiday indulging is over and you want to revisit your resolutions, pick up this bright, happy Swell water bottle from LOVELY PAPERIE & GIFTS. You can’t go wrong with a new water bottle and a gift certificate for a long walk, holding hands with your love to make Valentines Day the perfect way to rekindle good health in this new year. Also, if you are looking for the perfect Valentines Day card for your honey, friend, sister, teacher, etc Lovely has an incredible selection of the most chic paper goods designers around. They have the perfect card for any need you may have, plus this month buy two cards and get a free third card…to celebrate them turning 3 yrs old. Happy birthday Lovely, we love you.

So now that I have shared these fantastic gift destinations…have I got the best gift for one lucky winner. Each of the generous small business owners above have offered to give one lucky winner a gift, in the spirit of love. This “I Heart CLE Valentines Day prize package consists of an hour massage from Revive Spa (valued at $80), A pair of gold earrings from Bombay Taxi (valued at $15), six sugar cookies from Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes (valued at $20), a $125 gift certificate to any bag on BlairRitchey.com and last but not least, a hot pink Swell water bottle from Lovely Paper & Gifts (valued at $45.) To enter follow the rafflecopter below! Good luck & thanks to all the vendors who provided fun swag to all of my readers!

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  NEW running shoes from Second Sole

IMG_1466Hey friends! Hope you are having a great weekend. These gray skies are sorta getting to me, how bout you? I am so ready for the white powder stuff…bring it! I have a killer new set of snowshoes from “Santa” that I am dying to take out for a spin…or a hike!

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The good thing of having no snow is that I have been hitting the pavement for a run here and there which is sorta a treat in the middle of January.

IMG_1477So the other day I was thinking about my running kicks…they are an awesome pair of New Balance but I’ve had them for over four years…too long. I had picked up a more recent pair at one of the fitness big box stores, but honestly I never liked how they felt when I was running, they even sometimes put my toes to sleep. So with that, I had to go check out the new(ish) Second Sole.

IMG_1469Have you been to the new Second Sole in Lakewood yet? It’s incredible! From the latest in apparel, to all sorts of shoes options, to the bars and the gu’s…if you like to run this is your new hot spot.

IMG_1474IMG_1476I started with New Balances, ran around the store in Mizuno’s, did a few (baby) sprints in Brooks and even explored Saucony’s. The staff at Second Sole was super helpful, only recommend shoes to support my stride and even humored me when I wouln’t even try on a pair because the looked lime “Nemo” shoes. Long story short…I ended up with a raspberry, mint, lime pair of Brooks! They are pretty snazzy and I am convinced I am going to run faster and farther. ha ha!

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(so much fun running-shoe-shopping! New shoes not shown above.)

So next time you are in the market for some new sneaks and are looking for some great recommendations and shoe fitting knowledge, go visit the team at Second Sole. I promise you will find something for any walking and running fitness abilities and goals!

 

  Our afternoon at Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden

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What a gorgeous weekend weather wise…it seriously felt like it was spring. We had the windows and doors open to let the sweet fresh air fill the house, it was incredible. We stayed in on friday evening binge watching Shameless, then Saturday we went to the WestSide Market to get all the ingredients for having friends over for dinner that night and then yesterday we explored the new Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It was a great weekend.

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Let’s just start by saying, if you haven’t been you’ve got to put it on your list of VERY cool places to visit. With or without kids, this new extension of the Natural History Museum is a breathe of fresh air…literally. The entire exhibit runs in a boardwalk-like loop outdoors…perfect for the little ones to run and the adults to enjoy some time with nature…and the ANIMALS!!

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From raccoons to red fox to falcons and otters, this habitat is full of the so many interesting animals. The exhibits are engaging, the design is clean and fun and the entire structure is one of a kind. Located in University Circle this outside museum also has a wonderful play area for nature lovers young and old. PLUS, the family membership is only $90 per year so it is the perfect place to stop by for an hour to visit with the animals, not having to worry about admittance fee’s PLUS you get free tickets to the planetarium! Get your membership today!

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Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Looking forward to more winter-spring fun ahead…and yes, as of late I can’t get our little ninja to go anywhere without his cape. It’s sorta adorable and hilarious at the same time!

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  Ushabu, the new Shabu Shabu hot (s)pot

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Hey CLE! Hope you are having a great week. Today, just a quick review here on “Iheart” of one of Tremont’s newest dining destinations, Ushabu; a Japanese fondue restaurant.

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The interior is chic, almost intoxicating with simplicity. The dim lighting welcomes you as you find your way to your own table. From the moment we were seated I felt transported somewhere important…somewhere exciting and new.

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Traditional shabu-shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables. Dinner was really fresh and healthy, perfect for all those new years wellness goals. The concept of the new restaurant is that everything you order is raw and you cook it in one of their three broth selections. We ordered a little bit of everything to check it out and I gotta say it was all incredible.

IMG_1214You choose your protein and broth (Ginger Chicken, Spicy Miso or Kombu) and then they bring you a big bowl of vegetables to swirl, slowly cooking in the hot broth. Word to the wise..be careful, you don’t want to burn your tongue. :)

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Ushabu is a wonderful dining experience, you should for sure go check it out next time you are looking for a place to go to dinner. Make sure you call for a reservation, the tables fill up fast! Ushabu.com

  Family holiday photo fun!

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hello friends. Wanted to quickly share some fun family photos we took over the holidays. My entire family is pretty spread out, Cleveland, Seattle, Virgina, London and we don’t all get together super often so when we do, we try and snap a few group shots…and these were too fun not to share!

Where can you go in the winter, with great light, awesome cocktails and the BEST wallpaper backdrop in town? You guessed it…the Plum Kitchen! Thanks to the kind staff for letting our crew come in, grab a handful of cocktails, move the furniture around a bit and hog the pinball machine for hours, you guy are great! Thanks to my friend Katie A. for agreeing to hang with our crew and capture our silly family fun, we love the images, Thank you!

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110Cheers to family photos…and while I didn’t get around to a holiday card this year (gasp!) I am proud to still have accomplished these.