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!

  Cedar Point Brews & BBQ!!!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! Hope you all got to enjoy the unexpected sunny weekend and enjoyed the three day holiday with family and friends. With Nanna and Pappa in town, Mr. C and I decided to do an overnight away and took our talents up to Sandusky and Cedar Point for their Brew and BBQ; craft beer and barbecue tasting event…It was seriously a blast!

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I gotta say, I was so impressed with everything about this “Point” special event. From the moment we walked through the gates (this year they have added a metal detection entrance which adds another level of family safety to the park..Nice job CP!) we were overwhelmed with the excitement in the air. The park was so clean and shiny, ready and waiting with open arms for the exciting season ahead.

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The Brew & BBQ event is being held at the far end of the park in Frontier Town; really close to the newly opened Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. You buy a ticket for this special event and you receive a bracelet (saying you’re of legal drinking age) and a handful of tickets which can be used for sample beers, full beers, sample food or full sized food…and desserts! I typically am not a fan of beer tasting events, but honestly this event was the perfect mix of cold brews, incredible food (pulled pork nachos!) and some honest to goodness, Blue Grass Music…the whole event seemed perfect as a summer kick off.

IMG_1613I was excited to see some of my favorite breweries included in this years lineup…such as Market Garden Brewery, Rhinegeist (they had their latest invention “Bubbles” on hand..a blend of rosé, bubbles and cider…so awesome!) and Shock Top; which always has great summer brews. We ate some great BBQ including some with more sticky sweet sauces and others more vinegar based; all of them more delicious than the next.

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Overall we had SO MUCH FUN just the two of us out for an evening of adult fun…and beer. From the games…we tried to win a big stuffed dog for “you know who” – but $20 later we still couldn’t get the ball in the red cup…to the shows; my show choir past draws me into the various theaters like a fly to the buzzing blue light. We waited in lines for our favorite coasters, the Millennium Force and my personal favorite; the Raptor. We ended the evening with a sunset trip on the vintage Sky Ride; built in 1962. It seriously was a perfect evening at the Point!

The Brews & BBQ event runs through June 11th. If you love beer, bbq, roller coasters, rides, games and shows…you should FOR SURE, HANDS DOWN get yourself out to the park to enjoy this awesome summer event that Cedar Point is hosting to get summer started!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Cedar Point who invited me to share their event as part of their social outreach. I received two park tickets in exchange for my review of their rocking event. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

 

  Free SODA for LIFE!

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Hey CLE friends! I don’t know about you, but every now and then I still crave a diet Coke circa 1998. I know, I know soda is so bad for us…but every now and then I totally crave the sweet, bubbly drink; and I know this sounds crazy…but I often want it after a really hard workout. Weird.

For those of you out there who also have this “soda once in awhile craving”…I encourage you to enter the Circle K “Free Polar Pop for Life” Sweepstakes. Circle K is giving one CLE soda drinker the chance to fill their Polar Pop Cup free for life by joining the sweepstakes.

To enter, share a photo of your Polar Pop Cup with the hashtags #polarpopcup4life #sweepstakes (you must include both hashtags to enter). Facebook entry: for valid entry, you must go to Circle K’s Facebook page, locate the sweepstakes post, then post your photo as a comment, and include both hashtags. A new winner will be selected every day to win a year’s supply. The Grand Prize winner will receive a lifetime supply.

Not to worry if you don’t win, I have a $50 Circle K gift card to give away to one lucky winner! So start posting those fun family and friend pictures of you and your soda and then remember to tag #polarpopcup4life. Winner to be selected by June 7th! Gift card to be shipped directly to the winner from Circle K. I can’t wait to see your pics of you and your soda cravings.

So happy soda drinking long, Memorial Day, holiday weekend to all of us! Cheers!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Circle K who invited me to share their contest as part of their social outreach. I received a $50 gift card to give away to one lucky diet Coke enthusiast. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  CLE Rising : THIS Friday at Magnolia

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Hey CLE! I am honored and excited (& a tad nervous!) to be part of this friday’s distinguished panel of fierce, female entrepreneurs at this Fridays, second GrooveRyde + Magnolia CLE Rising event, co-hosted by Zosimo Maximo and Bobby Rutter.

Myself, Shelley Pippen (Co-Owner of Brewnuts,) Anjua Maximo (Co-Owner of GrooveRyde + Pure Mvmnt,) and Tammy Lyons (Owner of Inner Bliss Yoga) will be on hand for a candid conversation of all things business, balance and more! I will be talking about my path from agency designer to 14+ years business owner and blogger…I can’t wait to hare with all of you!

$30 admission includes one cocktail and entrance into Magnolia for the evening. Plus a goodie bag from lululemon. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Presentation to begin around 7pm…following it up with a CAVS watch party at 8:30pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Tickets can be purchased here!