Why? Weekends!

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It was another fun and busy weekend! On Friday morning, Jeffrey and I went to a program called Toddlin’ Towards Nature put on the by the Lake Metroparks. These programs take place in various parks on different nature themes. This one was “Beach” and took place at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park.


The program included a story, snack, craft, and the chance to explore the beach by digging in the sand and learning more about the animals that live in the water and near the beach. It was a really fun morning!

Toddlin’ Towards Nature programs are only $5 and always provide an enjoyable nature experience. Click here to search and register for upcoming programs.

Friday evening, Matthew and I headed to the John Carroll University reunion weekend Friday Night Fiesta. The Friday night of reunion weekend is open to all Cleveland-area alumni, which gives you a chance to return to campus and visit with friends who might not have been in your class year.

The Friday Night Fiesta featured tasty Mexican food and a complimentary sangria bar, which was pretty popular with our table.


Add in live music and perfect weather and you have a great evening!

The next morning, I was back up at John Carroll to practice a complimentary yoga class on the quad. While practicing on the grass can be a challenge, especially in balancing poses, I always love seeing the sun and trees while doing sun salutations!


Alicia taught the class and did a wonderful job not only with the poses, but with incorporating a thoughtful meditation that focused us all on our time at John Carroll.

After class, Alicia, Jeffrey, my mom, and I headed over to Sweet Melissa in Fairmount Circle for brunch. I couldn’t resist the peanut butter pancakes. So fluffy and delicious!


And the ranch sauce on the breakfast potatoes is so good. I could have eaten a whole plate of just the potatoes and sauce!

Saturday evening, we had friends over for dinner at our house. The kids ran around the backyard and the grown-ups had fun catching up. I made a recipe perfect for summer patio dining: chicken and vegetable kabobs (recipe here).


On Sunday, we hosted our families for a Father’s Day celebration. I made flank steak with a garlic lime tequila marinade (recipe here). So yummy! For Matthew’s present, Jeffrey got him a puzzle from Portrait Puzzles that features a picture of the two of them from our recent Disney trip.


Portrait puzzles definitely make for fun and unique gifts. And I got Matthew a piece of decor with a favorite quote from Destination Tree. It was a great day celebrating our favorite dads/granddads!

How was your weekend?

***Disclosure: I am the president of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


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