Why? Thank You!

In the last less-than-24 hours, I don’t even have words to express how loved, supported, understood, and cared for you all have made me feel. From real-life friends to online ones, you have reached out and I am beyond grateful.


At the risk of sounding like a Facebook apology advertisement, this is really what the online community was created to do. To some it may seem weird, sharing a difficult family moment online. But I’ve let you all into my life for seven and a half years now. And I’m truly glad that I have, never more so than in times like these.

This blog was started on December 13, which was my grandfather’s birthday. While he has no idea what a blog is and called Facebook, “that Spacebook thing,” he was a lifelong Clevelander who embodied so much of what I love most about Clevelanders: he was strong, loyal, and real.


Thank you for letting me be real with all of you and for being loyal and strong for me now.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon, I promise.

From the bottom of my heart and always from Cleveland that I love, thank you.



Why? Ohio & Sonoma County Wines!

Ohio is becoming a hot spot of wine production and now the Ohio Wine Association is pairing up with Sonoma County’s Wine Road to present Sonoma & Ohio Wines: Unplugged, Uncorked & Unforgettable.

This event will take place on Sunday, June 24 at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, providing an iconic backdrop for a fabulous night of wine tasting.

The Grand Tasting Experience takes place from 7-9:30pm and includes passed appetizers, live music from Stan Miller, and wine tastings from both Sonoma County and Ohio wineries.

There will also be “Just a Taste” 20-minute tasting intimate seminars from Marianne Frantz of the American Wine School, focused on Rhone varietals, Rose, and Pinot Gris, Gruner, and Gewurztraminer. These seminars are limited to 20 people each.

The Sonoma County wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Christopher Creek Winery, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Notre Vue/Balverne, Viszlay Vineyards, and more. The Ohio wineries include Ferrante Winery, Gervasi Vineyard, M Cellars, South River Vineyard, and more.

There is also a VIP Experience that includes valet parking and a seated winemaker-led tasting featuring 8 Sonoma County wines, as well as admission to the Grand Tasting Experience.

The event will feature a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the Wine Road Family Fire Fund, helping 60 families and their employees along Wine Road who were impacted by the wildfires in Sonoma County.

Tickets are currently on sale for $150 for the VIP Experience and $65 for the Grand Tasting Experience. You can also save $5 on your Grand Tasting Experience tickets by using code WHYCLE. Click here to purchase tickets.

This is sure to be a fabulous night of local and national wines in an amazing venue!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Ohio Wine Association to help promote Ohio & Sonoma County Wines. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP Experience tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? United Way Heroes Unite!

There’s a superhero in each of us and on Wednesday, June 27, the United Way of Greater Cleveland wants to celebrate that!


Heroes Unite will take over Public Square to celebrate the United Way of Greater Cleveland’s 2017-2018 campaign. Headlining the Heroes Unite event is Welshly Arms, a Cleveland-based band that has risen to national prominence.

There will also be superhero-themed activities for all ages, including appearances from caped crusaders, a photo booth, games, and a video game virtual reality simulator.

Heroes Unite takes place on Wednesday, June 27 in Public Square from 4-8pm. The event is free and open to the public, but the United Way of Greater Cleveland is requesting RSVPs here.

The United Way of Greater Cleveland helps people in need with education, health, basic needs, and financial stability, with services ranging from emergency shelters to mediation programs to substance abuse treatment to childcare centers. Find out more about the United Way of Greater Cleveland and how you can help here.

There is a superhero in each of us and we can proudly let our capes fly with the United Way of Greater Cleveland’s celebration!


Why? FRONT International!

Cleveland has a booming arts and culture scene, which will only be enhanced this summer with FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

Image Source: https://frontart.org/

“An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises” in collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, will showcase an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater. With a roster of national, international and area-based artists at all points in their career, FRONT will examine the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

FRONT International’s venues include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Cleveland Public Library, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, West Side Market, Playhouse Square, Oberlin College, and Case Western Reserve University.

There will be events ranging from an Opening Gala to info sessions and lectures throughout FRONT’s exhibition.

There will also be three new public art installations as part of FRONT, which you can read more about here.

Image Source: https://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2018/05/front_announces_3_new_public_a.html

FRONT International runs July 14 through September 30 and will bring several different forms of art to shine in Cleveland. Click here to stay up-to-date on all the things planned with FRONT, as Cleveland’s cultural presence continues to grow!

***Disclosure: I will receive media VIP access to preview FRONT International. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Swings-n-Things Giveaway!

I always love taking Jeffrey to places that I went as a kid and reliving my childhood through his eyes. Which is why I had so much fun taking him to Swings-n-Things last week!


I can remember going to Swings-n-Things as a kid and having so much fun in this wonderland of things to do. When Jeffrey and I walked in, he was immediately excited by all the fun options, from the game room to miniature golf to bumper boats.

We started in the game room, where Jeffrey enjoyed bowling, skeeball, and other arcade games to earn tickets.


I also had a random stroke of luck at one of the claw games and won him this gigantic purple ball (yup, I picked that up with a claw…total mom win).


In the game room, there’s also a Kids Korner with things to climb on and slide down, which Jeffrey loved!


Outside, you can splash on the bumper boats, and, for the bigger kids, try out paintball, the batting cages and Go Karts. Jeffrey and I played a round of miniature golf on one of Swings-n-Things two courses.


And of course, what day of fun would be complete without ice cream?! Swings-n-Things ice creamery features homemade ice cream that is rich and delicious. My favorite is the cappuccino chip!

Swings-n-Things is also nearing completion on a bar area that will feature wine, local craft beers, and great views of the miniature golf courses and batting cages.

There truly is something for everyone of every age to enjoy at Swings-n-Things! And while I have great memories of time as a kid at Swings-n-Things, the facilities and attractions have all been updated to ensure not only the most fun experience, but also the safest.

This family-owned and operated business is a perfect place to spend a summer day with your kiddo and feel like a kid again yourself! And to help you do just that, I have 4 Karts Plus passes to give away! The Karts Plus pass includes unlimited rounds of miniature golf, unlimited Grand Prix Go Kart and Rookie Track rides, unlimited Wet-n-Wild bumper boats rides, unlimited play in Kids Korner, and $3 of game room play.

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1. Leave a comment letting me know which part of Swings-n-Things you’re most excited to experience.

2. Visit Swings-n-Things and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @swings_n_things 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 passes to @swings_n_things from @WhyCLE #swingsnthings #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/06/13/why-swings-n-things-giveaway 

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

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

***Disclosure: I was invited to visit Swings-n-Things and received two complimentary Karts Plus passes, as well as complimentary game room play and food. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***




Why? Weekends!

It was another busy and fun weekend in Cleveland, so let’s dive right in!

Mad for Plaid

The Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society recently opened a new exhibit, Mad for Plaid.


This exhibit takes you through the history of plaid in fashion, starting in the time of Queen Victoria.


Mad for Plaid takes you from the early days of plaid in fashion through iconic UK designers, such as Alexander McQueen and Burberry through plaid in grunge and rock (there are even pieces on loan from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame) through 1970’s fashion to today.


There are even examples from plaid on the silver screen in the form of two costumes from “The Greatest Showman,” which were designed by a local costume designer and worn in the film by Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.


Mad for Plaid is now open and is a visually elegant way to experience the history of plaid in fashion. Also, check out StyleMe Saturdays, with monthly free programming including exclusive curator tours, themed discussion, and hands-on demonstrations from Praxis Fiber Workshop.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary curator tour of Mad for Plaid. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

John Carroll Reunion Weekend

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since I graduated from John Carroll University (probably because I’m still up on campus so often). This weekend, John Carroll celebrated Reunion Weekend, bringing together graduates from class years ending in 3 and 8.


Saturday morning, I attended a yoga class and the family picnic up on campus. The family picnic had great food, as well as face-painting, balloons, a bubble artist, and a sketch artist to keep everyone entertained.


Saturday evening, I attended the Reunion Weekend Mass at Church of the Gesu, then headed to dinner and dancing on the Quad. My friends and I made it a girls night at Reunion and had so much fun reminiscing about people and places from our college days.


We all met on our very first day at John Carroll, when we lived on the same floor in Dolan Hall. To be able to stay friends for all these years and celebrate Reunion together is truly something special!

The dinner, desserts, drinks, and DJ were all perfect! From toasting to National Rose Day to enjoying mini donuts from Donut Lab to catching up with friends, Reunion Weekend was filled with sweetness!


We’re already talking about our 20th Reunion, although no one quite wants to do the math on how old we’ll be for that!

Great Lakes Science Center

On Sunday, we met up with friends for a play date at the Great Lakes Science Center. Since we attended the member preview of TapeScape, Jeffrey has been asking to go back for more sticky, slide-y fun!


In addition to TapeScape, we enjoyed classic Science Center favorites like the Polymer Funhouse and checked out the cool duct tape photo opp, too.

The Great Lakes Science Center always offers something fun and educational that captures Jeffrey’s imagination and attention. It’s a favorite play date spot for sure!

***Disclosure: I received four complimentary tickets, courtesy of the Great Lakes Science Center. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?





Why? Zippity Zoo Doo!

On Friday night, Matthew and I were swept away to the Asian Highlands at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.


The Cleveland Zoological Society‘s annual Zippity Zoo Doo fundraiser celebrated the newest exhibit at the Zoo with a party filled with Asian food and décor. We nibbled on delicious crab Rangoon, salmon poke bowl, crispy noodle salad, and firecracker chicken, prepared by The Driftwood Group.


There were also fun, summery drinks like Moscow mules and “frose rose” (frozen rose).

This year’s event was set up to meander through part of the Zoo, allowing you views of many different Zoo animals as you walked between food stations.


Of course, the highlight was a sneak peek of the new Asian Highlands exhibit, which opens to the public tomorrow, June 12. Asian Highlands is beautifully designed, with an open feel and overhead animal pathways, similar to the Rosebrough Tiger Passage.


Asian Highlands is home to the Zoo’s red pandas, snow leoapards, and Amur leopard, which is one of only 40 left in the world!


The Amur leopard was quite active on Friday night and showed off the new animal pathways, as well as how close you can get to the animals in this amazing new exhibit.


Zippity Zoo Doo is also a fundraiser for the Cleveland Zoological Society, so there were opportunities to contribute to the Zoo’s conservation and educational missions through silent auctions (check out my girl Alicia‘s awesome donation, which quickly was bid out of my price range)…


…a wine pull with the most amazing wine bags…


…and Giving Tree donations.

We also had a chance to mingle with the Ambassadors Circle, the young professionals group of the Cleveland Zoological Society, and hear about some of their fun upcoming events, including their Zoo Clues and Brews Scavenger Hunt.

From the theme to the event set-up to the new exhibit, Matthew and I agreed this was our favorite Zippity Zoo Doo yet! Be sure to check out the new Asian Highlands exhibit opening tomorrow on your next trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Zippity Zoo Doo. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week!

Cleveland is a great town for young professionals and this is never more evident than during Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week.


From June 23-30, Engage Cleveland will present daily events encompassing learning, fitness, networking/social, and community service. There are events before work, at lunch, and after work that fit every schedule and interest.

Cleveland Young Professionals Week has everything from Bootcamp with the Cleveland Browns to Volunteering at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank; from Common Ground: Young Professionals Edition to Beatbox with Grooveryde; from Lunch with Leaders to a Wine & Cheese Pairing Experience.

These events will connect you with other young professionals, allow you the chance to network with community and business leaders, and let you explore more of the amazing city of Cleveland.

Check out the complete schedule here and register today for something that’s in your wheelhouse and maybe something that’s not, too!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Engage Cleveland to help promote Cleveland Young Professionals Week. In exchange, I will receive complimentary registration to two events of my choosing. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? The Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Festival!

The Cleveland Orchestra, which marked it’s 100th anniversary, is celebrating Blossom Music Center‘s 50th anniversary with a special season of The Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Festival.

Franz Welser-Most by Roger Mastroianni
Franz Welser-Most by Roger Mastroianni 

The Blossom Music Festival will include a Salute to America over the Fourth of July; Opening Night: Pictures at an Exhibit conducted by Franz Welser-Most; Audra McDonald Sings Broadway; The Little Mermaid – Live; Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach; and Star Wars A New Hope in Concert – Live.

Yo-Yo Ma_ by Jason Bell.jpg
Yo-Yo Ma by Jason Bell 

For the second year, The Cleveland Orchestra will host the Blossom Picnic Contest, happening on July 15 with the Schumann’s Spring Symphony concert. Concertgoers can set up their perfect Blossom lawn picnic to be judged by local celebrities and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Winners will be judged on presentation, taste, and creativity.

Blossom Photo Credit: Roger-Mastroianni

Of course, even if you’re not competing or attending that particular concert, attendees to all the Blossom Music Festival shows are welcome to bring their picnic baskets to enjoy on the lawn.

The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom is one of Cleveland’s best summer traditions and this season, celebrating Blossom’s 50th year, is sure to be especially wonderful!

***Disclosure: I will receive two complimentary tickets to the Blossom Music Festival concert of my choice, courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Little Legacy!

Summertime can be lots of fun, but also leave you searching for things to do with your kids. That’s where Little Legacy at Legacy Village comes in!

LVLittleLegacyAdSpecialLogo2018FinalThree Wednesdays this summer, the Lawn at Legacy Village will be filled with fun activities specifically geared for children pre-K and older. There will be on-stage entertainment from Jungle Terry, The Real Pop Fusion, and Mercury Theatre Co.



There will also be crafts and games provided by Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Cavaliers, L.L. Bean, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Snickers Juggling and Balloons, and more.


Little Legacy is free, open to the public, and takes place Wednesday, June 13; Wednesday, July 11; and Wednesday, August 8 from 10:30am-12pm. I’m sure you’ll see Jeffrey running around the Lawn at Little Legacy this summer!


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