Tag Archives: @TouchedbyCancer

  Spring notes!

Hey CLE friends. Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend, especially with all of our recent hot, summer weather. I personally love it; the sky is blue, the trees have bloomed, I am able to head outside without being bundled in a coat, I’ve even busted out my sandals…everything is good.

I must apologize for being MIA as of late. I have been juggling so many things and something just had to give. Hence my lack of regular postings here on my little place in the social world. So…you might ask what I’ve been up to these last few months? Lots of fun and exciting things I assure you…but here are few things, reviews & reminders!

First off, my husband and I have been spending our weekends truly putting our blood, sweat, and tears into updating and refreshing our Cleveland house..which will soon be hitting the market for sale. The home is located on West 116th, up the street from both the Clifton Ave, Starbucks drive-through and the new Lucky’s market (more to come on that below!) It is a 5 bedroom, 2 bath home and is perfect for someone looking to be close enough to Lakewood, Edgewater and Downtown but is looking for an affordable city option. I will post more details in the coming weeks, I can’t wait to share photos once we have it all set to sell!

These last few weeks have also been filled with new Cleveland, business openings; always a fun time to explore new places. I was invited to attend the opening of Lucky’s Market and it did NOT disappoint. Founded in Boulder, Colorado this grocery store is really cool and super smart. I loved all of their affordable, private labels brands as well as their prepared foods department. I can just imagine, this summer, heading down to Edgewater Beach with a quick pit stop at Lucky’s for “grab and go” picnic supplies. Go check out this new food hub, it’s really nice.

Have you ever been to The Capital Grille at Legacy? OMG! How have I not known about their happy hour until now? A few weeks back I visited for the launch of their new happy hour menu and honestly I was blown away. Not only were the menu selections, the craft cocktails and the wine pairings delicious…it is VERY well priced. Available Monday-Friday in the bar area, the team at Capitol Grille offers bottles of craft cocktails for $10; perfect for sharing! Pair one of these with their “Butcher Boards” of either Mini Tenderloin Sliders ($12) or Korean Fried Chicken Sliders ($10) (both delicious favorites!) and you can honestly have an entire meal for around $25 which is quite the steal for anywhere. Grab your girlfriends and plan to head over to Capital Grille for a solid happy hour feast…did I mention they also a handful for $8 wines? I mean…so GREAT!

Next weekend marks the annual Flyways not Highways benefit for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. I attended last year and I gotta tell you…SO GOOD! I attend a lot of social functions and fundraisers but this might be my favorite of the entire summer. We can actually walk from our house over to the Nature Center so the walk over starts the fun. The event has a serious cocktail hour, followed by dinner and then a dessert bar and dancing! Oh, and last year we all walked home through the woods…Blair Witch-style…I hope we do that again this year. If this sounds like fun to you, I think they have a few tickets available. Get yours today!

Quick PSA…I went to the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square last weekend and they have locally-grown, FRESH strawberries. Go early as they were sold out by 9:30!

Have you ever heard of the fast-casual chain, “Hello Bistro?” Mr. C. and our little Ninja stopped by for their opening event and were pleasantly surprised with all of the healthy options. They have many different salads for when you are feeling like eating healthy and a variety of burgers for when you want a treat. If you are like me you will order a big salad but then snack on a few of their REALLY good fries. It’s all about balance; HA! This new restaurant is located in “Beachwood Place” (La Place) next to a new Orange Theory fitness destination. One fun thing about Hello Bistro is that you can do all of your ordering online and swing in to pick it up..the perfect way to eat from home but not have to cook…or even better…an incredible beach picnic! Give them a try this summer and welcome them to CLE!

As summer approaches I always want to do lots of updo’s and wild, crazy braids to keep my hair out of my face. Over the winter I volunteered to let my long hair be done-up and photographed for a stylists portfolio. I’m so glad I did because Haley at Lather Salon in Rocky River literally does incredible, creative updos & braid crowns that everyone needs to know her. We were having some family photos taken the other night and she gave me the coolest braid crown..I wish I could do that to my hair every day! Thanks, Haley, I can’t wait to come see you again!

My last tidbit of fun stuff (besides the new West Elm opening in Pinecrest!!!)  is a reminder for all of you runners out there to sign up for Cleveland’s 18th Annual Race for the Place next Sunday, June 3rd to support the Gathering Place;  a place for people who have been touched by cancer. In celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day, the event offers a one-mile and chip-timed 5K for walkers and runners alike. I am looking forward to hitting up the course with my little runner for a quick run and a longer afternoon give-back celebration! For race details and sponsorship opportunities visit their site.

So…that’s what I’ve been into! Looking forward to summer-half-day Fridays in our design studio as a fun way to truly embrace all that Cleveland summers have to offer. Fingers crossed you have a great weekend. Happy kick off to summer to everyone!


  GatherPalooza + giveaway

Hey CLE friends! How has your week been? I am slowly creeping back to the land of the living from a horrible case of the flu. You know the one…the one that keeps you in bed for days, drinking gingerale by the 2-liter, while wearing sweaters on your teeth because you can barely lift your head up from the pillow? Yep…that one. I guess I should go crawling to my local pharmacy for my flu shot…I couldn’t take another bug. So glad to be feeling on the up and up.

Today I wanted to tell you about a wonderful event hosted by a very important Cleveland nonprofit and the good news? I have two tickets to give to one lucky reader.


GatherPalooza, hosted by The Gathering Place will feature a battle of the bands competition made up of four bands including talented musicians from all over our city. These professionals-by-day, musicians by night will compete to raise money to support mission of The Gathering Place as they celebrate 15 years of service to our community. GatherPalooza is expected to draw over 600 people and 100 percent of the proceeds will support the FREE SERVICES offered at The Gathering Place for those touched by cancer, including support groups, programming for children and teens, art therapy, nutrition and exercise classes, lectures, lending libraries, a wig salon and more.

This community-based, cancer support center with locations in Beachwood and Westlake provides programs and services to address the social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals with cancer and the people around them. One time I attended a yoga event at their Beachwood campus and I remember feeling a sense of peace and joy from everyone who was there, a true destination for hope and healing. Recently our family lost a very special person to the side effects of cancer treatments and for that we will be forever saddened. Knowing there are organizations within our community right here in Northeast Ohio gives me a such a sense of pride at how many wonderful human beings make up our community, this is one of those organizations that is well worth all of our time and talents.

This celebration and music extravaganza will be held at the historic Grays Armory (1234 Bolivar Road) in Cleveland on Saturday, October 17th from 6:30-11pm. General admission tickets are available for $75 or VIP tickets are available for $150. General admission includes food stations along with two complimentary drink tickets. VIP tickets also include complimentary valet parking, a seat at a reserved table and open bar access. Get your tickets to this very impactful event here.

Want to win a pair? Tweet me at “@iheartclev I’d love to attend the GatherPalooza fundraiser for @touchedbycancer.” Winner will be drawn by next Thursday, October 15th. 

Feel well Ohio, make sure to wash your hands, drink your OJ and breathe the fresh fall air. much love.

  Compassion for Fashion ticket giveaway!

Happy Wednesday everyone. Hows your week going? Love the sunshine today.

Are you starting to get the pretty holiday catalogs, direct mail pieces, coupon codes and shopping incentives in your inboxes and mailboxes? I swear…so many great shopping opportunities this time of year. It’s so dangerous for me not to only want to shop for myself. Ever feel that way? One for them, one for me kinda thinking?

Anyhow today I have the opportunity for you and a friend to win an evening out at Beachwood Place to support your choice of either The Gathering Place or University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital at the 5th annual Compassion for Fashion on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013.

CFF 2013 Logo

Sponsored by Microsoft, tickets went on sale already and are selling pretty quickly. With the purchase of a ticket, you will receive great discounts at many of the stores, some treats and a $10 Beachwood Place gift card. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $25 or at the door the night of the event for $30, and attendees will choose which charity they wish to support when purchasing their ticket.

You can buy tickets to the show at their website  OR….win a pair of tickets from me! Just tweet me“@iheartclev I’d love to shop for a great cause at #CompassionforFashion ” The winner will be drawn by noon on Wednesday, November 20th. Good luck!

*I was asked to help promote Compassion for Fashion. In exchange for this post, I will receive 2 passes for myself. Thanks for supporting this event that allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!