Why? It’s Not too Late to Get Heart Healthy!

As I’ve shared before, my family has a history of heart disease. This spring, seven weeks before he passed away, my grandfather suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered. Having seen firsthand the impact that heart disease and stroke can have, I am even more committed to staying heart healthy and doing what I can to counteract the hand that genetics has dealt me.

But even knowing what I know about my need to be heart healthy, there are days when I feel like I’ve missed the boat or like I’m  not doing enough. Here’s the thing, though: you can start today and start small toward making changes to improve your heart health. Whether it’s improving your eating habits, becoming more physically active, or quitting smoking, it’s not too late for you to make positive changes that will impact your heart health.

Speaking of it not being too late, the Cleveland Heart Walk takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 22. You can still register to walk and take literal steps toward a healthier future for both yourself and those affected by heart disease and stroke.

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There are so many parts to the Cleveland Heart Walk, with so many ways to improve your heart health:

7am – Sunrise Yoga from GrooveRyde and Barre from Pure Barre

8am – Healthy for Good Festival

8:45am and 9:30am – Spin Ride by CycleBar

10am – 1 mile and 3 mile walks

My biggest message to you is to start today to improve your heart health. It’s not too late, not only to register for the Cleveland Heart Walk, but also to make positive changes in your life!

***Disclosure: I am a social media ambassador for the Cleveland American Heart Association. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Birthday Girl!

It’s my birthday and I’m feeling pretty darn excited. Like any year, this last one has had it’s challenges; it’s ups and downs; it’s moments of joy and sadness.

But overall, I honestly feel like each year is getting better and better. So here’s my plan to make sure that continues into year 37:

More love, less hate.

More gratitude, less expectation.

More slow down, less speed up.

More laughter, less grief.

More yoga…OK, it might be hard to do more of that.

More ice cream…yeah, same thing.

More dedication, fewer commitments.

More unplugged, less disconnect.

More trust, less doubt.

More breath, less anxiety.

More us, less them.

More self-love, less guilt.

Thanks for your readership, your support, and being here for another year!



Why? Hudec Dental!

You guys know how much I love working with local businesses, so I am thrilled to share that I am the new brand ambassador for Hudec Dental. The company started with a single office on Pearl Road in Cleveland in 1977 and has grown to over 100,000 patients seen across the Cleveland area at various locations.

Hudec Dental prides itself on offices that are convenient and dental services that are caring and professional.


Recently, I went to the Middleburg Heights location for my sixth-month cleaning and X-rays. Not only did my teeth feel great afterward, but the hygienist and dentist, Dr. Geiss, were efficient, friendly, and down-to-earth. Dr. Geiss and I chatted everything from teeth to our children!


The Hudec Dental offices are bright and inviting; the equipment is modern; and the overall experience is not only painless, but enjoyable.

You have to get your teeth cleaned, but you can choose where you have it done. So why not choose a company with a ton of locations; professional, friendly staff; and a commitment to the Cleveland community?


As the year goes on, you’ll learn more about Hudec Dental and their community involvement, but it all starts with the dental services, which I have to say from my experience were top notch!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Hudec Dental to promote their services and events. In exchange for this post, I received a complimentary cleaning and X-rays. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***



Why? Weekends!

This weekend still felt like summer to me! So, despite the appearance of pumpkins later on in my post, I’m hanging on to the end of summer…


On Friday morning, while the kids were in school, I went with my friends Mariah and Ashlie to Brewnuts for their Harry Potter-themed donuts that were available this weekend only.

Brewnuts not only makes gigantic, creative donuts, but they come up with lots of fun theme days to sprinkle even more magic on the donuts. I opted for a Sorting Hat donut, whose yellow buttercream filling told me I was a Hufflepuff.


Add in a Butterbeer latte…


and the cute, tiki-themed decor…


and you have the makings of three very happy moms!

Bloggy Con

On Saturday, I attended Bloggy Conference, a conference for bloggers. Held at Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers, the location was perfect for soaking in a bit more of summer.


We heard speakers on everything from SEO to brand ambassadorships and had a chance to connect with other bloggers from around the country.

This was my first blog conference, despite how long I’ve been doing this, and I really feel like I came away with some valuable insights into things I can implement with the blog, as well as things that I don’t want to change.

Small City Taphouse

Since we were spending the night in Sandusky, I had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants out that way: Small City Taphouse.

This restaurant boasts 80 beers on tap, which obviously means you have to get a flight because it is impossible to choose just one.


My two favorites from my flight were the Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing and the Haunted Hayride Pumpkin Ale from Masthead Brewing.

Small City Taphouse also has a full sushi and Asian cuisine menu. The TNT roll, with tuna and jalapeno was a great choice, as was the spicy egg noodles with beef.


If you find yourself in Sandusky, definitely check out Small City Taphouse!

Cedar Point Halloweekends

On Sunday, my best guys joined me at Cedar Point for Halloweekends.


From trick or treating through Kiddie Kingdom…


…to trying out the new-this-year challenge course…


….to catching the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown parade…

…there was so much to do on top of the rides that Jeffrey always loves. It was a fall festival in summer-like weather!


Halloweekends continue every weekend through October 28, so don’t miss this chance for some family-friendly thrills and treats!

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?


Why? National Cheeseburger Day at Kalahari Resorts!

It seems there’s a day to celebrate just about everything nowadays. This Tuesday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! To celebrate this all-American classic meal, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is offering a special promotion.

If you order an adult entree burger at B-Lux Grill & Bar at Kalahari this Tuesday, September 18, you will receive a free waterpark pass to return for a future visit of splashtastic fun! This offer is valid for the first 500 customers at the Sandusky Kalahari Resorts location.

Matthew, Jeffrey, and I went to Kalahari last weekend and enjoyed some tasty burgers at B-Lux Grill & Bar. Matthew had the Black & Bleu Burger, with bleu cheese and stout steak sauce.


And I had the Frenchie burger, with Brie, caramalized onions, bacon, and dijonnaise.


Also, don’t skip the boozy milkshakes. It’s a drink and dessert all in one! I love me some multitasking.


Jeffrey chose the cheese pizza and giant pretzel, which just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be a cheeseburger meal at B-Lux (but it IS a great spot to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day).


Then we headed down to the waterpark for a ton of fun! Jeffrey is tall enough now to go on a lot of the slides, including the Zip Coaster, which is essentially a roller coaster and water slide combined.


We all had a great time splashing and sliding the day away! And we definitely can’t wait to go back!


So, head to Kalahari and grab a cheeseburger at B-Lux Grill & Bar to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, so that you not only get a tasty meal, but a chance to return for even more family waterpark fun!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Kalahari Resorts’ National Cheeseburger Day promotion. In exchange, I received three complimentary waterpark day passes and a gift card to B-Lux Grill & Bar. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Western Reserve Distillers!

While Cleveland has a reputation for producing a lot of great craft beer, it’s also gaining a reputation as a home for craft spirits too.

The newly-opened Western Reserve Distillers in Lakewood has entered the marketplace as the only organic spirits produced in Ohio, with a commitment to organic, non-GMO grains from family-owned, local farms. The superior grains make for a superior product.


We had the opportunity to taste-test Western Reserve Distillers’ vodka, gin, and spelt vodka against major competitors’ brands like Tito’s, Bombay Sapphire, and Grey Goose. Western Reserve’s spirits were cleaner, crisper, and just better tasting all the way around!

The production facility in Lakewood is impressive and will be producing not only vodkas and gins, but also bourbons and whiskeys.


See their full product line here.

You can buy a bottle of spirits to take home and enjoy, but you can also sip some in a lovely handcrafted cocktail at Distill Table, the restaurant portion of Western Reserve Distillers.



Helmed by Chef Eddie Tancredi, the restaurant features brunch, dinner, and of course handcrafted cocktails. From the bar, we enjoyed the Aviation and the Johnny Kilbane, but I also couldn’t pass up the Pope of Slavic Village, which tastes like a spicy orange creamsicle!


We also nibbled on delicious hummus, curry chicken salad sandwiches, and pork rinds made in house and to die for!

Craft spirits, inspired cocktails, and delicious food? Seems like a trifecta to me! Don’t miss the chance to check out the new Western Reserve Distillers and Distill Table. Stay for dinner and take a bottle of spirits home too!

***Disclosure: I was invited with a guest to attend a complimentary media tour of Western Reserve Distillers and Distill Table. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Giveaway!

Is your kid as nuts for LEGOs as Jeffrey is? From DUPLO to LEGO Junior, we have tons of LEGO sets at our house. Which is why we’re so excited about the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center opening in Columbus in a couple weeks!


LEGOLAND Discovery Center is geared for families with children ages 3-10 and includes tons of fun attractions like 2 LEGO-themed rides, 10 LEGO play zones, a 4D Cinema showing the latest LEGO movies, classes with Master Builders, and a DUPLO and Soft Play area for younger children.

You’ll also get to see MINILAND Ohio, which includes LEGO models of Ohio landmarks from Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. I can’t wait to see the Rock Hall made out of LEGO bricks!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center opens exclusively for annual pass holders on Friday, September 21. You can purchase an annual pass here. The Grand Opening to the public takes place on Friday, September 28.

And I have a giveaway for a family four-pack of tickets to check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus, good for any day from September 28, 2018 on. Here’s how to enter to win (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me your child’s favorite thing to build with LEGO bricks (Jeffrey’s is a roller coaster).

2. Visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @ldccolumbus and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @ldccolumbus and @whycle on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win tickets to the new @ldccolumbus thanks to @whycle #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/09/13/why-legoland-discovery-center-columbus-giveaway/

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, September 18 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets and a swag bag for myself and 4 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Wildroots at Legacy Village!

On Saturday, September 22, Legacy Village will host Wildroots, an awesome artists marketplace, where you can not only find fabulous items, but also connect with artists and makers.

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From 10am to 6pm, you can peruse over 50 vendors from Northeast Ohio and beyond, with everything from home décor to vintage goods to jewelry to contemporary art.

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The event will also include yoga on the lawn from 12pm-1pm, live music, children’s activities, and more!


Wildroots is a free event and is in it’s first year at Legacy Village. Don’t miss this chance to spend the first day of fall outside, enjoying some great local shopping!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship to promote Legacy Village events, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***



Why? Chefs Unbridled!

On Saturday night, Matthew and I attended one of our favorite foodie events: Chefs Unbridled to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.


This event brings together a collection of talented Cleveland chefs, all of whom prepare delicious small plates to be enjoyed while strolling the big tent on the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club grounds.

The weather was cooler and the chefs were thinking cozy, fall flavors. Chef Scott Kuhn and Chef Chris Hodgson of the Driftwood Group prepared seafood chowder and fried burrata, both of which were warm and satisfying.

Speaking of warm and satisfying, the tomato risotto from the Union Club of Cleveland fit that bill too! And the slightly spicy, totally tender pork ropa vieja from Sol was delicious!


The newly-opened Polpetta was on hand with chicken meatballs with Thai peanut sauce over veggie fried rice. Yum!


And Chef Demetrios Athenos’ stuffed dates wrapped in bacon were the perfect bite-sized nibble.


All of this food and fun (and friends)…


benefited Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which helps children and adults with disabilities, PTSD, and other physical and emotional challenges, connect with horses and find comfort and growth through these relationships.


The live auction, which included two in-home dinners provided by Driftwood Group, raised over $60,000 for Fieldstone Farm!


What a fabulous, fall-like evening for a wonderful cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Fieldstone Farm to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***



Why? Zoo Clues and Brews and Date Night at the ZOOvies!

Last week, we attended two fun, adults-only events at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Both were fundraisers for the Cleveland Zoological Society, which supports the Zoo’s education, conservation, animal care, and capital improvements initiatives.

Zoo Clues and Brews is put on by the Cleveland Zoological Society’s young professionals group: Ambassadors Circle. Teams hunt throughout the Zoo for answers to clues on everything from animals to exhibits to the Zoo’s mission.


It’s a great way to get to know the Zoo better, plus enjoy some munchies and adult beverages!


Plus, teams really get into the team names and costumes! This year, our team was named Ostricilogical Signs. Mariah made these awesome shirts with an ostrich constellation and we added boas for some feathery fun.


Zoo Clues and Brews has become a really popular yearly event at the Zoo, so stay tuned for next year’s scavenger hunt, as well as other great events from the Ambassadors Circle!

Speaking of popular, sold-out zoo events, Date Night at the ZOOvies definitely qualifies. The Zoo is open after-hours for food, drinks, and a throwback movie in the Zoo’s amphitheater.

This year, the Driftwood Group, Great Lakes Brewing, and Vitamix all provided delicious food and drinks for pre-movie munching.


Plus, both Zoo Clues and Brews and Date Night at the ZOOvies were enhanced by the Asian Lantern Festival still being set up throughout the Zoo.


After dinner and lanterns and seeing some Zoo critters…


we headed to the amphitheater to watch the classic “Wayne’s World,” while enjoying popcorn and movie theater candy.

It was a great week of adult fun at the Zoo, all to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote both Zoo Clues and Brews and Date Night at the ZOOvies. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets to both events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***