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  2016 & holiday giveaway winners!

(New stickers for a new year…SO FUN!)

Happy Monday everyone. How was your weekend? Honestly, I can’t believe it’s mid January already. These last few days have been filled with purging from last year and planning for a year ahead. We’ve been starting to make vacation plans for the year ahead (gotta love having things to look forward too!) We’ve been immersing ourselves in magazines and Pinterest getting inspired with regards to planning for our kitchen remodel. I’ve been trying to stay the course eating well and working out a bunch. So far this year is really shaping up nicely. Isn’t it awesome that at anytime (and especially the beginning to a new year) we can reset and make new goals? Love it!

When it comes to goals I always like to make three lists. I’m a compulsive list maker in general but these January lists are super important in keeping me on track for the entire year. I revisit the lists, rework them, and concede when something needs to adjust to the master. My three lists are Home, Life and Work.

The home list typically involves any home improvements I want to see to our space. Typically this includes painting this or that, remodeling or redesigning a room or maybe it’s as simple as buying a new comforter or towels.

The life list is usually the longest – filled with personal wellness goals, travel goals, and even goals about new hobbies or interests I may have.

Then work goals are just that, since I own our design studio this list is important to making a successful work year. I have lots of input on this list of goals from my staff and we try our best to revisit it thought the year in order to ensure we finish the year with a solid, most creative year behind us.

While it might sound like a lot, my three lists are what make me happy. As a creative person it is very easy for me to get distracted and want to change direction at any given moment, knowing I have mapped out a year filled with goals keeps me engaged and on track.

How about you guys. Have you made your lists filled with goals for the new year? I’d love to be inspired by some of your goals, do share!

Also, today I want to share all of the wonderful winners of my holiday giveaway contests. I was able to collect some great prizes and I loved how so many of you engaged with me during the busy season entering and tweeting to win. Drumroll please…fingers crossed you are a winner below (some of you were already given your prizes but congrats anyhow!)

Day 1 : 2 Tickets to the Cleveland Botanical Garden : won by @cara_clemens (Cara Clemens)
Day 2 : Dinner for 2 by Mod Meals : won by @burritosbubbly (Kerry Bindernagel)
Day 3 : Tickets to see Elf at Playhouse Square : won by @fbpkayla (Kayla Schneider)
Day 4 : Swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School : won ny @McCarthyGarland (Ann Garland)
Day 5 : A gift certificate and hoodie from Market Garden Brewery : won by @danprusha216 (Dan Prusha)
Day 6 : A load of laundry done for your by Wash Club Cleveland : won by @hayescapist (Kate)
Day 7 : A collection of Cleveland books including The Bone Lady biography : won by @kkudro (Kara Kudro) AND @ErikMosley (Erik Mosley)
Day 8 : Tickets to the Cleveland Pops Orchestra New Years Eve Extravaganza : won by @nads30 (Nadine Ezzie)
Day 9 : Water delivery for you from Distillata : won by @Val23G (Valerie Glassner)
Day 10 : Lunch from Bruegger’s Bagels for you & 3 friends : won by @miket2598 (Mike T)
Day 11 : Brunch for two at Punch Bowl Social : won by @kathryn_213 (Katie Ardner)

Winners, shoot me an email (editor@iheartcleveland.com) to coordinate receiving your prize! Congrats & have a great new week!

  Day 1 giveaway : Glow at the Botanical Gardens

10daysofgiveaways2Hey Cleveland. Happy Monday to you! Can we talk about this weather? I mean while it is nice we don’t have to shovel and dodge the slush in our furry boots, I gotta say, I’d really love a white Christmas. bring on the snow! (although I just checked the farmer’s almanac and it predicts 50 degrees for Christmas Day, boo hoo)

IMG_6745Today I gotta say I am really excited to kick off the annual holiday giveaway spree here at iheartcleveland. I am so thankful for all the wonderful donations and giveaways this year, it truly is going to be a fun few days over here in this little blog space. Don’t forget to check back often for lots of great surprises!

IMG_6780So, with that said, to kick off the season of giving I have a family pack of tickets to giveaway to the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s GLOW Festival. This celebration of winter transforms the museum into a magical wonderland filled with one-of-a-kind trees, over 150 creative gingerbread house masterpieces and educational opportunities for kids of all ages….and of course…A TRAIN!!!

IMG_6786This show runs through January 3rd and would be the PERFECT thing to do with holiday family and friends who are visiting during the next few weeks. Glow is free to members of the museum and $16 per adult, $12 per child ages 3-12 years old for non members with children under 3 free. Tickets are available online or at the show.

IMG_6782A few weeks ago myself, Baby (almost or shall I call him Toddler) Ninja and I went to the show along with another Mom/baby pair and it was such a lovely afternoon. From the excitement of the various tree designs to the learning lab filled with amazing crafts and exploratory sensory stations. We especially loved the little jars filled with various pine tree needles and water, it was so fun to see how magnified the different needles looked under the glass and water.

IMG_6802To win todays, Day 1 giveaway to the CBG’s GLOW event tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to explore the magic of Glow at @cbgarden.”  I can’t wait to share this amazing holiday gem with one lucky winner! Good Luck & happy holiday’s you guys!

I was invited to experience Glow as part of the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s social engagements efforts. In exchange for this post I was provided a tour with my family. Thanks for supporting this fun holiday activity that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!