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  (sponsored) Winter prep at home with Wayfair

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Hi friends. It’s here…SNOW!!! First snow of the season last night and lots of excitement in our home. We LOVE winter sports; everything from sledding and snowshoeing to skiing and snowboarding…we have a closet of gear just waiting to be pulled out for the season.

It’s the time of year when I pull my boots out on a daily basis and pack my heels and flats for work. There is nothing worse than damp suede shoes all day, yuck!

IMG_9926I have also been making a few changes around our house to prepare for old man winter. I pulled out a few velvet pillows, we put away our outdoor furniture and I added a few utility-like (but very fashionable) rugs to our entryways. No soggy socks for this household. HA!

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I really love this rug I found on Wayfair by Elle Decor Collection. It is chic but very utilitarian and super affordable. It’s these little things that we bring inside during the winter months that not only visually keep our homes dry but adding a rug like this to your entry is pretty stylish as well. Happy fall/winter decor updates everyone, have a great weekend.

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to share my “Beautiful Utility” story as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to their store in exchange for my review of their products. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  (sponsored) Harvest with Wayfair

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Can you believe it’s just about fall? Time for apple picking and pumpkin pie. Time for fall festivals and tricks & treats. I love everything fall, the change of outdoor colors, the new scents of spice and campfires, burnt orange and mustard yellow and rich chocolate brown…it’s all so warm and friendly.

The one thing I don’t love is the the notion that with the beginning of fall comes the end of summer. Sigh. My garden is finally in full bloom…SO MUCH oregano…we’ve picked handfuls of many tomatoes and feasted on caprese salads for dinners..but the harvest is just about at the end.

IMG_7300One of the best purchases I made this year was our portable, raised bed. You can find similar ones here on Wayfair.” It was great to be able to move the bed around to the spot with the most sun. It was so fun to watch my son pull up a step stool and give the herbs a water or to spontaneously pick a tomato to snack on. If you aren’t ready to commit to where to physically put a garden, these portable reissued beds are a perfect purchase for you!

So back to our “harvest,” let’s just say we had a very successful herb year. We had plenty of basil, rosemary, oregano and mint. Our tomatoes were so-so, but our carrots and cucumbers were a bit lackluster, I actually think we put too many seeds in and they kinda suffocated one another…note to self, pinch back the smaller plants next planting season. I’m planning on picking most of the herbs and saving them for fall/winter cooking adventures. I might dry the oregano and rosemary but I will for sure make some pesto cubes with the basil…so good.

So “cheers” to you and whatever harvest you may have this fall, and remember it’s never too late to start saving seeds and planning next years garden!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to share my First Harvest story as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to their store in exchange for my review of their products. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  (sponsored) It’s SOLSTICE week!!!

Summer_SolsticeHey CLE friends. Hope you all had a great Father’s Day weekend with all your fun, adventurous and loving Dad’s out there. We enjoyed some welcome down time at home (long walk to the bakery, big homemade breakfast, lots of play and best part, no house chores!) and then visited family later in the day, all in all a good day. How about you? Did you do anything extra special for your Dad’s?

Not to change the subject at hand but can we even talk about how excited I am for this week knowing it is solstice week? Seriously my favorite time of the year when summer is officially here, days are long, the lighting bugs are roaming the backyard and staying up late seems totally necessary. PLUS it’s the biggest party of the year at the Cleveland Museum or Art, seriously not to be missed. Sunset on the 21st won’t come until 8:25 in the evening, meaning we will have a long 16 hours and 38 minutes of sunlight! It’s SUMMER… let the fun begin.

A couple of fun things we have added to our house in preparation for summer entertaining and having friends over for the next few months and those long summer days from our friends at Wayfair

Summer rugs : I love switching out our warm winter rugs with a few brighter and lighter ones for summer. It’s kinda like bringing the beach indoors. This one is from the Novogratz Collection and would look great in any room.

Outdoor Drink Dispenser : This chic pink and gold dispenser looks stylish both inside and out. It keeps summer fruit-infused waters as well as the perfect summer cocktails chilled and ready to grab and go. Plus this one is just so pretty I would leave it on my countertop all summer long.

Toddler-friendly pool floats : I am very drawn to these new versions of “noodles” and they are fun for both toddlers and adults. I have to admit I sorta LOVE the big jellyfish one, it’s so sweet it “stings!”

Pouffs : Summer is a time for lounging and entertaining at home. The more pouff’s in your place the better for kicking back and relaxing summer style. Currently I have a bunch of “global and bohemian” pillows around so this pouff will fit in nicely without being too matchy matchy!

Have a great Solstice everyone! I hope you are able to spend some quality time at home this summer with your loved ones. Also, I hope to maybe run into you this Saturday night at the party…I can barely wait!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to share my solstice home picks as part of their social outreach. I received a gift certificate to their store in exchange for my review of their products. Thanks for supporting this businesses, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Summer Celebrations : Lawn Games Sponsored by Wayfair

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Hello friends! With last weekends 80 degree temps, it’s truly feeling like summertime is quickly approaching. We have started doing a few yard projects around our new home, pulled out the patio and pool furniture and even planted a handful of flowering spring perennials to add a few pops of color to the yard. What about you? Have you felt the urge to style and prep your yard for all of your summer, outdoor entertaining events?

When I was younger my sisters and I were always tasked with the job of picking up sticks around the yard as part of spring cleaning. Needless to say we didn’t love working in the yard as teenagers but somehow the knowing we would get our allowance always kept us coming back. Flash forward almost thirty years later  a day of working in the yard, mowing the grass, trimming the trees and picking up sticks sounds luxurious to me.

As kids when we were finished with the yard work we used to totally love playing outside. Do you remember pogo balls? We could spend hours on them. We also loved jumping rope, a touch of hopscotch as well as a proper game of croquet. My parents had a vintage game set and a large front yard so it was the perfect place to spend hours on this retro lawn game…just me, my sisters and the clicking of the wooden balls as we tried to steer them with our wooden mallets. I also always had to be green (sometimes yellow) like the color even mattered…we were all still pretty bad. As I have grown up, anytime I see a croquet set I truly enjoy giving the ball a little whack and remembering all the fun we had outside on the lawn. Ahh..the old days.

Wayfair_CroqA few years ago while scouring a flea market I happened to pick my own croquet set…so how about we plan an evening of lemonade (or sangria!) on the lawn, we can all wear our vintage summer dresses, big sunglasses and straw hats and enjoy the best summer lawn game…croquet. Let me know who’s in!

Thanks to Wayfair for encouraging and sponsoring this post which had me actually sit down and put “pen to paper” of some of my favorite summer fun memories. I just happened to be on their site and they have so many fun things that would make for a perfect croquet party…here are just a few ideas, but you should go explore for yourself!

Croquet Set / Chaise Lounge Chair / Outdoor Umbrella / Plant Arbor / Plant Stand

Happy spring…almost summer everyone. My wish for you is the gift of time…make some time for you and your friends to connect and create those special summer memories. It truly is worth it to step away from technology every now and then and get outside to play. Happy croquet everyone!

SPONSORED POST : Thank you to Wayfair who invited me to walk you down memory lane as part of their social outreach. Thanks for supporting this business, while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!

  Baked with Love! (sponsored)

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Happy almost the weekend everyone! Are you prepping for all the Valentines Day love and fun the next few days? I’m prepping to host a “Galentines Brunch” this weekend and trying out a bunch of new recipes. Thought I would share one of my favorite creations today…A Chocolate Zucchini Heart Cakes.
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I discovered this recipe on a Clotilde Dusoulier’s French cooking and lifestyle blog way back somewhere in 2004. I’ve made it in various shapes, from the standard bread loaf to fancy little tarts, for everyday indulgences to entertaining friends, this recipe is one you will want to come back to time and time again….plus it is perfect to make when you have too many zucchini and don’t know what to do with it all!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup : unsalted butter (at room temp or 1/2 cup olive oil for a savory taste, plus butter for the pan)
  • 2 cups : all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup : unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp : baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp : baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup : packed, light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp: pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp: instant coffee granules
  • 3 : large eggs
  • 2 cups : unpeeled grated zucchini, from about 1 1/2 medium zucchini
  • 6 oz/half a bag : good-quality bittersweet chocolate chips
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Directions!
• Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 10-inch round springform pan or a 8 1/2-inch square pan or in this case I used a mini heart shaped silicone pans. (You can find a fun selection of heart bakeware on the Wayfair site…I had to pick up a few pieces myself!)

• In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of a mixer (or by hand in a large mixing bowl), beat the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla, coffee, and eggs, mixing well between each addition.

• In a large mixing bowl, combine the zucchini, chocolate chips, and about a third of the flour mixture, making sure the zucchini strands are well coated and not clumping too much.

• Add the rest of the flour mixture into the egg batter. Mix until just combined; the batter will be thick.

• Fold the zucchini mixture into the batter, and blend with a spatula without overmixing. Pour into the prepared cake pan, and level the surface.

• Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer onto a rack to cool for 10 minutes, run a knife around the pan to loosen. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or a chocolate glaze if desired.

I really enjoyed making these little cakes. Ninja Toddler & I wrapped each one up in cellophane, tied a bit of bakers twine on them and brought them to school as an early Hearts Day gift for teachers and friends. It is a great recipe, promise!

SPONSORED POST : I was invited to share a Valentines Day baking recipe in exchange for some baking swag as part of Wayfairs social outreach. Thanks for supporting this online resource while allowing me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!