Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Abby DelaMotte (Comment #5), randomly-selected winner of two tickets to see the Cleveland Centennial Tribute to Robert Lockwood, as part of Tri-C Jazz Fest. Please check your email for details. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase Festival Passes or tickets to individual shows online.***

What a fun weekend, with a great balance of family, friend, and kiddo time! I love it when that happens! On Friday, Jeffrey and I met up with a friend from Kindermusik and her mom at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland.

Both kids had a great time in the Big Red Barn, an exhibit filled with stuffed farm animals, tractors, and more; the Bridges to Our Community and Safe Rides for All Kids, where they could get hands-on in things like an RTA bus and a grocery store; and Splish! Splash!, which is pretty self-explanatory.

PicMonkey Collage

After all this play, everyone had worked up an appetite, so we headed to Mama Santa’s for their classic pizza and capped off the afternoon with delicious sweet treats from Presti’s Bakery.

PicMonkey Collage

It was a great afternoon, not just enjoying two of my favorite neighborhoods in Cleveland, but also building friendships and watching Jeffrey have so much fun!

Saturday morning, I met up with Alicia and Amanda for brunch at Johnny Mango World Cafe. Before we could even dive in to our tasty meals, we were served three super strong cups of coffee in the best and perhaps most appropriate coffee mugs for us.

Photo Credit - instagram.com/poiseinparma
Photo Credit – instagram.com/poiseinparma

In between lots of conversation and coffee, we enjoyed the breakfast quesadilla, the chorizo and potato omelette, and the cashew chicken salad (much like the mugs, I leave it to you to figure whose was whose).

PicMonkey Collage

Flavorful, well-priced food, great coffee, and friendly service make Johnny Mango a wonderful brunch option. Plus, it’s less crazy to find parking even just a few blocks down from West 25th Street!

Saturday afternoon, Matthew, Jeffrey, and I went to the Kirtland Strawberry Festival. There were lots of carnival rides and games, but our main focus was getting a strawberry supreme sundae to enjoy.

Jeffrey throwing some major shade

The sundaes were delicious, reasonably-priced ($4.50), and benefited the Kiwanis and their many service projects in the area. Plus, I love me a summer festival!

Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day with my side of the family with a cookout at my parents’ house. It was a relaxing day filled with lots of good food. I was tasked with bringing dessert, so I was pretty excited when Mama Jo’s Pies reached out to offer two complimentary pies for our Father’s Day celebration.

After a lot of time spent pouring over their many flavors, I chose caramel apple walnut and cherry pies, which were delivered freshly-baked on Saturday. I paired them with Mitchell’s Ice Cream Vanilla Bean for a totally local and completely tasty dessert! Definitely check out Mama Jo’s for your next special occasion!

IMG_3413More important than the food was celebrating my dad, grandpa, and Matthew. I am so lucky to have them in my life and, even more so, Jeffrey is so lucky to have them in his life. This picture from Sunday pretty much says it all:


That’s it. My whole heart, in one picture. Matthew, I hope your day was as special as you make every day for us!

How was your weekend? How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

***Disclosure: I received two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away to the Tri-C Jazz Fest concert of my choice. I received two complimentary pies courtesy of Mama Jo’s Pies. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


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