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  about last year…looking ahead!

Hi blog world & happy 2019! I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to head into this new year happy and healthy.

I was reviewing my 2018 goals the other day and to be honest…I only got to a handful of what I had hoped to accomplish completed last year. It’s not that we weren’t productive; we were. Our year was just thrown a few curve balls which were all-encompassing and downright crippling at times.

2018 was a different year at that. We remodeled my husbands old home (which was a rental for some time) and then sold it by owner; which was lots of hard work and included me getting a bad case of poison ivy. We also lost a family member to a long battle with cancer, the closest experience I have ever been to see a human life leave this earth. Sad.

With that said, two great things that DID come out of last year were that Mr. C and I found the Whole 30 way of eating and invested in a Peloton Bike. We kicked off Whole 30 strict last March and continue to carry 90% of the guide to eating even today. We found that the food prep added family fun in the kitchen. The clean way of eating also helped regulate sleep and provide additional energy that was often lacking. Having our Peloton in our home makes grabbing a spin class or working with weights simple and huge time savings. Don’t feel like rushing to get to a yoga class on time? No problem Peloton also offers so many wonderful new yoga opportunities. Health & wellness took a front seat in our home last year, so that is pretty cool.

So while my hopes for a new blog homepage, pushing my followers closer to 5K, adding a flower garden to my yard and learning how to weave a wall hanging didn’t quite happen…here’s to a new year filled with new possibilities. If last year taught me nothing else, it taught me how to slow down and define what is really important in life. Family, your health and good friends…everything else is just a bonus!

Happy 2019 you guys. I can’t wait to tackle new goals and check off a list of “to-do’s” together this year. Life is filled with possibilities, make sure you grab on and enjoy the ride. Cheers!

(Thank you Suzanne Price of  http://suzuranphotography.com for capturing me and my family one spring evening down by the lake. Suzanne your talent is pure magic. Thank you!)

  Giveaway : Minted gift certificate


Happy Tuesday Cleveland! Hope your week has been both productive and festive. Personally, my weekend flewby prepping for old St. Nick as well as wrapping up some fun work projects before our holiday break. I don’t mind being busy this time of year, everyone seems to have a bit more spring to their step perhaps it’s because we all know we get a bit of a break once Christmas rolls along.

Are you guys enjoying all of the holiday giveaways? It’s been so fun engaging with many of you about all the prizes. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Congrats to Melanie Bauer (@melaniemakes) for winning the Urban Farmer, dinner for two, holiday giveaway! Congrats @Sarahberridge, she won the @PatCatans gift certificate. Lastly, Congrats to @stace_monster who won the Just-A-Buck Holiday Fun Pack!

So, many of you were bummed you didn’t win the previous Minted.com holiday cards giveaway…have I got another fun one today. Did you know that Minted.com offers MORE THAN CARDS? They have a wide selection of party goods, notebooks, art prints and now they even offer a very pretty line of fabrics.

Check out the “Ohio Love” print  that I recently made for our parents – lovely photography by Suzuran Photography.  Minted prides themselves by supporting many independent artists as makers of their many product lines, this design was made by talented artist Heather B.

Would you like to make prints for your loved ones for the new year? Or perhaps check out some of their other art prints? Enter to win a $150 gift certificate from them! To win, tweet me “@iheartclev I’d love to win the @Minted gift, I would buy_____.” Winner to be drawn by Friday December 26th!

Have a wonderful week everyone. Enjoy your weekend and good luck.

  Holiday cards + Minted.com $250 giveaway


Hello friends. I’ve heard that some of you have actually started to decorate for Christmas while Thanksgiving is just a few days away. I think the early snow put all of us in the holiday mood for sure. The other night while the white stuff piled up outdoors I was snuggled on our couch designing this years first family photo holiday card from Minted.com. It was such a hard decision to choose which card we would send as Minted has so many gorgeous card layouts even this graphic designer was impressed.

While I typically wouldn’t share a card that I am just getting ready to send off in the mail to my family and friends (what’s the point right?) my friends over at Minted.com are offering one lucky iheartcleveland.com reader $250 towards their holiday card order, so I couldn’t help but share. MORE! →