Hey Cleveland friends! SO so so wonderful to be slowly coming out of the “new-mom-fog” and back with you here at “iheartcleveland.” Thank you so much to so many of you who have wished us well on this new adventure into parenthood. It really meant a ton to get your kind words during the last few weeks.
After a pretty intense, four-day birth story (ask me about it some other time when we are out for cocktails) Little Baby Ninja was born into the 216 on June 29th. We stayed in the hospital for a few days before going home to further hibernate with our new family member. I now TRULY have a bigger appreciation for a quick run to Target, an impromptu manicure with the gals or a last minute spin class…these last few days I literally have been surviving one hour to another. This mom thing is NO JOKE!
While I have been “away” seems like so much has happened with you and around town. The Fourth of July was a stunning weather weekend and from what I could tell you took full advantage of the beach, rooftop fireworks, boating and boozing. Then there was the overwhelming display of love for our city and our yoga practices at the second annual Believe in CLE at the Rock Hall; did you see the aerial shots? Then there is all the Lebron “decision” which I feel like I knew nothing about until YESTERDAY (how is this possible?) and last GO CLEVELAND, Congrats to everyone who was involved in getting the GOP Convention to our city! So much fun happening around town.
Before I slipped away for these two weeks of “rest” I was working on getting us all packed up for the “hotel” (aka hospital) and thought I would share a few of the fun things I packed to take with us. While I promise this blog will in no way become an “all about baby” blog, I may from time to time slip in a bit about the Baby Ninja..because he is too cute not to share if I may say so myself…proud mom!
So while I may be home, recovering from the whole fiasco here is what we packed for me, for dad and for baby to entertain, soothe, style and make bringing baby into the world a whole lot better than the standard issued hospital garb. Enjoy!
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FOR ME : I knew I’d be living in the DVF Designed Clinic hospital gown but I had to add my own little bling so I brought gold flip flops to accessorize. I packed my favorite little bottle of coconut body spray that we bought last year on vacation in Hawaii to pretend this was just another tropical hot spot. My sister and new Auntie sent me a fancy chocolate bar from her home town of London and while I couldn’t eat solid foods pre-baby, or chocolate post-baby, I shared the sweet with any visitors and my lovely nurses. I packed lots of magazines and brought my computer but didn’t really have the mental focus to enjoy them so have been catching up on them at home. I brought my own Ms. Spade water cup which I picked up at Lovely Paper & Gifts in Rocky River as well as a big thing of Bonne Bell Lipsmackers to keep myself hydrated. My mom said Oprah swears by these cooling body wipes so they came along as well. Last, I also love the little sound box that was gifted to me from Loop Cafe it makes wonderful background soothing sounds perfect to soothe any stressful situation. Lots of goodies to make the “visit” more like home.
So the other day someone tagged me in a liebster; which can best be described as chain mail for bloggers. Sharing a list of answers to questions assigned to you from the sender. While I often don’t participate in these types of posts, Kate Hardy’s email was too sweet not to play along, so here goes nothing.
I didn’t choose all of her unique questions, instead picking up some of her original topics, I still think it is a good little representation of me for this chilly Tuesday; enjoy.
Now it’s my turn…I nominate Allison, Danielle and Reena to answer either some of my answers above or a few of these new questions…
1. Wine, Craft Beers or Bourbon?
2. If you could jet set tomorrow, where would you go?
4. What is your St Patricks Day tradition in the CLE?
5. Have you been to Tina’s and what was your karaoke song?
Hey Cleveland and happy Friday! Looks like we are in for a lovely Labor Day weekend weather wise…perhaps a bit of a drizzle here and there but overall a great one for beach, barbecues, football and those final few summer cocktails!
Yesterday I the pleasure of lunching at Flour. I always forget what a wonderful place it is and the bar set up; to die for. Plus, they have these deep fried goat cheese stuffed olives…you’ve got to try them some time. I sorta want another plate right now.
Lots of fun things happening in the 216 this weekend…but just a few reminders. Tonight is the big yoga, music and everything CLE event “Believe in CLE” hosted by Innerbliss Yoga, Lululemon and the Rock Hall. The event kicks off at 7pm with the actual yoga flow at 8pm. Be there early as they are expecting hundreds of yogi’s from all over Northeast, Ohio. I am psyched!
Tomorrow kicks off the first Buckeyes football game of the season. Kick off against Buffalo at noon. O.H.I.O. Go scarlet & gray!
This weekend is also the perfect time to get out and explore the area beaches one more time. My favorite? I like them all for different reasons….Huntington when I only have a few hours to spend in the sun as it is close to home, Edgewater when I want to meet up with friends and spend the day enjoying the beach PLUS all the incredible people watching and if I want to feel like I am going on a mini vacation…Mentor Headlands, they have the best sand! Bust out your sun screen & beach towels it’s one more time!
Oh…and don’t forget about those white pants and shoes…you’ve GOT to wear them this weekend…HA! Who really follows that rule anymore? White jeans look fantastic with a chunky cable knit sweater and jean jacket in the fall…while you are picking pumpkins of course. :)
Have a fantastic Labor Day everybody. Don’t forget to enter the Land of Nod giveaway from my previous post. Winner to be drawn on Tueday!
Hey there and happy Thursday! Today I’ve got to tell you about a wonderful collaboration between Innerbliss Yoga, Lululemon and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Believe in CLE is a celebration of music, yoga and connection to the city, to your friends and to yourselves.
Kick off your Labor Day holiday weekend, Friday night, August 30th with a good stretch at sundown on the plaza of the Rock Hall. Experience yoga stories from cities leaders and fellow yogi’s as we take time to connect to one another as agents of change for the 216. Best part, this event is FREE and open to the public, so grab your friends and make an evening yogi date!
To prep yourself for this fun evening event, Innerbliss has provided me a 3 class pass to attend any of their yoga classes at either their Rocky River or Westlake studio to giveaway to one lucky reader. To enter to win, tweet me @iheartclev “I Believe in CLE & would heart the @InnerBlissYoga1 class pass! Namasté!” Winner to be chosen by random, Monday, August 26th! Good luck.
For more information on the Belive in CLE event, check out their facebook event page!