Alex Katz at the CLE Museum of Art

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Hello & Happy Friday friends. What a yucky day, so chilly and wet…Let’s just say it wasn’t the best day for my open-toed, suede booties…brrr! Looks like it supposed to stay around the 50 degree temps pretty much all weekend which means finding activities for the family indoors…enter Cleveland Museum of Art to the rescue.

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Not only do they have an incredible area for the kiddo’s, they just opened “Brand-New & Terrific” an exhibit of the work of Alex Katz from the 1950’s. Let’s just say, I am a bit of an art geek and this exhibit might be one of the best I’ve seen in some years.

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His work is so totally relatable almost 70 years later. The color combinations are bright and very friendly, you can’t help but smile. I very much enjoyed all of the abstract florals and can even envision them on a skirt or the perfect summer sundress…for the Summer Solstice! I can’t wait to go back to the exhibit and take in more of his work, it is just so cheery. I promise you will love the exhibit and it is going to be the perfect weekend, weather-wise to be indoors. Enjoy & Happy FridYAY!

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  Summer Celebrations : Lawn Games Sponsored by Wayfair

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Hello friends! With last weekends 80 degree temps, it’s truly feeling like summertime is quickly approaching. We have started doing a few yard projects around our new home, pulled out the patio and pool furniture and even planted a handful of flowering spring perennials to add a few pops of color to the yard. What about you? Have you felt the urge to style and prep your yard for all of your summer, outdoor entertaining events?

When I was younger my sisters and I were always tasked with the job of picking up sticks around the yard as part of spring cleaning. Needless to say we didn’t love working in the yard as teenagers but somehow the knowing we would get our allowance always kept us coming back. Flash forward almost thirty years later  a day of working in the yard, mowing the grass, trimming the trees and picking up sticks sounds luxurious to me.

As kids when we were finished with the yard work we used to totally love playing outside. Do you remember pogo balls? We could spend hours on them. We also loved jumping rope, a touch of hopscotch as well as a proper game of croquet. My parents had a vintage game set and a large front yard so it was the perfect place to spend hours on this retro lawn game…just me, my sisters and the clicking of the wooden balls as we tried to steer them with our wooden mallets. I also always had to be green (sometimes yellow) like the color even mattered…we were all still pretty bad. As I have grown up, anytime I see a croquet set I truly enjoy giving the ball a little whack and remembering all the fun we had outside on the lawn. Ahh..the old days.

Wayfair_CroqA few years ago while scouring a flea market I happened to pick my own croquet set…so how about we plan an evening of lemonade (or sangria!) on the lawn, we can all wear our vintage summer dresses, big sunglasses and straw hats and enjoy the best summer lawn game…croquet. Let me know who’s in!

Thanks to Wayfair for encouraging and sponsoring this post which had me actually sit down and put “pen to paper” of some of my favorite summer fun memories. I just happened to be on their site and they have so many fun things that would make for a perfect croquet party…here are just a few ideas, but you should go explore for yourself!

Croquet Set / Chaise Lounge Chair / Outdoor Umbrella / Plant Arbor / Plant Stand

Happy spring…almost summer everyone. My wish for you is the gift of time…make some time for you and your friends to connect and create those special summer memories. It truly is worth it to step away from technology every now and then and get outside to play. Happy croquet everyone!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to walk you down memory lane as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Feeling like summer with Chill Pops!

IMG_8262Hey Cleveland, how has your week been? I’ve had a busy one but super productive and filled with lots of fun possibilities for the Cleveland-summer horizon. Between new design projects at studio Chartreuse and a handful of spring home projects it’s been an exciting few weeks around here. Spring is for sure in the air, the trees are blooming, the skies are blue…if you have allergies you are probably feeling them by now and if you are a popsicle lover you are probably jonesing to fill your freezer with all sorts of summer flavors…enter local foodie makers, Chill Pops!

IMG_8298If you haven’t tried these real fruit popsicles you should run to any one of their retailers for the most perfect, sweet, spring treat. “Toddler Ninja” loved the Watermelon Lime flavor while I was more partial to the Lemon Ricotta…a bit sweet & sour! Lately we keep a few varieties in our freezer so when we are craving something sweet and sorta “bad” we always have “Chill” on hand…and to be honest, they aren’t that “bad!”

IMG_8354Each popsicle is “Made with Meaning” so make sure to share them with the people you care about and love. Not only will you enjoy the taste of each frozen treat but you will feel really good about supporting these local entrepreneurs who are making our city more sweet, more fun and for sure…more Chill!

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“So yummy! Mom can we eat these for dinner?”

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FUN POST, NOT SPONSORED : We love Chill Pops! We bought these three boxes at Whole Foods for a special weekend treat. Thanks for supporting this local business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  new Bakersfield Taco’s in the CLE

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Hey friends! Happy belated Easter to you and yours. I don’t know about you, but I would say Easter Sunday was probably the nicest day, weather-wise that we have had thus far in 2017. Cheers to many more warm, summery days ahead.

To kick off the holiday weekend Mr. C and I went to the new Bakersfield Taco’s on West 25th (close to Lorain and across from the Rent A Center/Key Bank ATM plaza.) This new hot spot is such a welcome addition to “brewery row,” if you like a stiff margarita and fresh guacamole you’ve gotta go check this one out.

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We each had a cocktail, ordered a basket of the most perfectly salted chips with homemade guac as well as a few tacos for sharing. The service, atmosphere, drinks and food was hands-down summertime fare perfection.

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The interiors are bright, lots of windows to flood the space with light, oodles of artwork, many different textures and industrial touches. It is chic but not fussy, friendly but with an edge. There are many seating options including group seating indoors, picnic tables outdoors and a cozy private dining room for roughly 8-10 people…perfect for the new “cocktail club” night out!

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You will for sure find us Bakersfield Tacos this summer as we love dining al fresco and this place has a serious patio, complete with pretty, strung up lights. I’m fairly certain I must “sample” each and every one of their margaritas especially knowing they make their own sour mix in-house; so yummy.

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(I very much enjoyed the crispy fish taco and a Bakersfield Margarita with salt, while Mr. C had the San Luis and a pulled pork taco, both equally yummy.)

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This post wouldn’t be complete without my new favorite WestSide Market pic I took as we were headed to Bakersfield Tacos…as you can see, it was a perfect CLE day to sit outdoors, sip margaritas, eat baskets of chips and enjoy the holiday weekend with your sweetie at a new spot in town…it almost felt like we were on vacation!  Go check it out!

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  Kentucky Derby Fundraiser + ticket giveaway

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 11.10.17 PMHey Cleveland. How is everyone doing after such a gorgeous Monday? It was great to come home from work, go for a little run and not only have it light outdoors but to have it so warm. Spring is finally here in the 216!

Is everyone ready for a long Easter weekend with family, friends and lots of jelly beans? It looks like this nice weather will continue and it should be the perfect weekend for all your egg hunts…so looking forward to hiding a few treats around the new yard! Must get to Malley’s this week for some special chocolate bunnies to hide.

I’ve been meaning to tell you all about a fundraiser that is coming up that I think you might be interested in, check it out. On Saturday, May 6th the St. Vincent de Paul Society Cleveland is hosting their 17th Annual Kentucky Derby Party – to benefit its multiple hunger centers. St. Vincent de Paul Society, a small nonprofit that has been providing face-to-face emergency help (with rent & utility bills, food, clothing, school supplies, blankets for the homeless and more) to Northeast Ohioans in need since 1865. Last year, SVDP helped more than 250,000 individuals and families in need.

Presented by Community West Foundation, the fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8PM at Cleveland’s own Great Lakes Brewing Company and will feature the “Run for the Roses” on the large screen, horse betting, a hat contest, silent auction, authentic Derby fare, valet parking, mint juleps and Great Lakes Brewing Company beer. Admission is $75 Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 216.696.6525  x2520.

So grab your guys and girlfriends, get creative with those hats and let’s all meet up at what sounds to be a fun evening out for a great cause! Want a chance to win two tickets to the party? Tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to attend the #kentuckyderby party in #CLE” winner to be chosen by April 26th…plenty of time to create a killer derby hat!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to St. Vincent de Paul Society who invited me to tell you guys about their fundraiser as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this nonprofit, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!