Why? Weekends!

It was a relatively quiet weekend around these parts, which was really nice! It gave us time to enjoy the beautiful weather and recharge our batteries a bit.

Friday evening, Matthew and I attended a gala at John Carroll University to celebrate the close of the Forever Carroll Campaign, a tremendously successful campaign that raised over $104 million for the university.

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Held on campus, the gala took place in a large tent on the main quad, which of course provided a great location for photos!

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The dinner was catered by Aramark and I have to say I was surprised at how spot-on the food was. We enjoyed appetizers ranging from caprese skewers to mini shrimp and grits, dinner of filet and scallops with rosemary risotto, and dessert of chocolate torte and key lime cheesecake.

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We also enjoyed live music from the Tom Fries Orchestra. But beyond the food and music and great company, the gala was a wonderful chance to celebrate what John Carroll means to alumni and what the successful Forever Carroll campaign will mean to the future of the university we love.

On Saturday, I spent the morning getting a little fall makeover at Illusion Unlimited. I’ve gone to the salon forever and love being able to just show my stylist a picture and have my hair turn out exactly like I want. And this was the result:

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It’s a big change but I really love it! As you can tell from the picture, I took myself for a little treat at Lilly Handmade Chocolates afterwards. I love their selection of candies, as well as the great craft beer selection for pairing.

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I got a mixed box of six chocolates. Matthew and I agreed that our favorite was the Red Planet, with red wine and strawberry ganache topped with raspberry powder in dark chocolate. But I also loved the very fall-like Mandy Apple Truffle with apple cider caramel with ginger and cinnamon in milk chocolate. This one is only available through October, so get on it!

On Sunday, we took Jeffrey to a family picnic at his school. It was a great way for families to get to know each other and for the kids to have even more positive associations with the school. There was an ice cream truck on hand, with classic treats to enjoy.

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The weather was perfect for the picnic and we all had a wonderful time!

So, that was our quiet little weekend! How was yours?

***Disclosure: I am the president of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter and was invited to attend the Forever Carroll Gala because of my involvement with the chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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