Why? On the Rise Artisan Breads!

If you follow my Instagram stories, you know that you can usually find me at On the Rise Artisan Breads on weekday mornings. They have seriously the best flat white I’ve ever had: it’s an amazing combination of fantastic coffee, Hartzler Family Dairy milk (no fat-free here), and Ellen the barista’s gorgeous latte art.


It doesn’t hurt that On the Rise is filled with the most glorious smells of baking bread, croissants, the signature Jennifer cookie…even when I don’t indulge in a treat, just the smells of them make me happy.

On the Rise is offering some delicious holiday specialties to help you celebrate the season with local, artisan pastries.


The Panettone is the On the Rise take on a traditional Italian sweet bread, packed with candied citrus, raisins, and vanilla bean.


The Panettone is $13.50 and is the perfect hostess gift or additional to your Christmas breakfast table.

And the Buche de Noel cake is a gorgeous, decadent dessert centerpiece (and dessert should always be the centerpiece, if you ask me). Vanilla chiffon cake is wrapped around chocolate mousse, then topped with swiss chocolate buttercream, meringue “mushrooms” and “trees,” and a chocolate pistachio truffle.


The Buche de Noel is $50 and serves 10-12 people.

Beyond these signature specialties, the On the Rise holiday menu also includes Cranberry Walnut Levain, Chocolate Cherry Bread, Cranberry Open-Faced Croissant, Chocolate Ganache Pecan Tart, Caramel-Poached Apple Bread Pudding, and Pear Frangipane Tart.

For all your holiday treats, from an individual nibble before a day of shopping to a perfect addition to a party to a delicious breakfast for the family, head to On the Rise Artisan Breads. I’ll be there, with a flat white in hand!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote On the Rise Artisan Breads’ seasonal offerings. In exchange, I received a complimentary Panettone and Buche de Noel. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Blogiversary!

Hi there, guys! This is one of my favorite blogging days, when I celebrate the anniversary of Why CLE?

This year, it’s my 8th blogiversary. And I say something like this every year, but I honestly can’t believe I’ve gotten to do this for so long. I am so grateful for those of you who have been reading since the beginning and for those of you who just started reading and for those of you in the in between.

I’ve gotten to explore so much of my favorite town and show it off to strangers!

I’ve deepened my love for Cleveland and it’s amazing people!

I’ve written 1,610 blog posts!

I’ve (sort of) figured out Twitter and Instagram!

I’ve met some of my best friends and just incredibly cool and engaged folks through social media!

I’ve had incredible experiences with this city’s institutions, makers, and organizations doing fantastic work in the community!

I’ve eaten a lot of food!

I’ve gotten to be on TV (bonkers)!

I’ve gotten to be a small part of your Cleveland life and you’ve been a huge part of mine!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for these past 8 years; for growing with me, supporting me, and choosing (because what you read on the Internet is 100% your choice) me. I adore you, I adore this city, and I adore celebrating made-up holidays!

To thank you for 8 great years, I am giving away a $25 gift card to the Cleveland-area restaurant of your choice and a $25 gift card to the Cleveland-area boutique of your choice. There will be two winners: one for the restaurant and one for the boutique.

To enter to win, just leave a comment here letting me know which restaurant or boutique you’d choose.

Ooh, and hop over to Instagram for an additional chance to win!


Why? Disney on Ice Giveaway!

As you may know, we recently got back from a magical trip to Walt Disney World. But we can actually keep the Disney magic going right here in Cleveland when “Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party” skates into Quicken Loans Arena.


The show will include favorite characters undertaking daring and exciting quests and rescue missions. Characters will include those from CoCo, Moana, Frozen, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Aladdin, along with Mickey Mouse and pals.

“Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party” opens on Friday, January 11 and runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 20. Opening night tickets start at $15 and kids tickets for all performances start at $15.

For the first time ever, you can add on a special 45-minute character experience: “Storytime with Belle.” You’ll hear Belle tell the story of “Beauty and the Beast,” meet Belle and Mickey, get photo opps and a keepsake photo, and more. “Storytime with Belle” tickets are $60 per person and require a corresponding event ticket.

We attended Disney on Ice last year and it was a truly magical and fun evening! These tickets make a great holiday gift for the little ones in your life!

Tickets for “Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party” and “Storytime with Belle” can be purchased online, at the Quicken Loans Arena box office, by phone at 888-894-9424, or at Discount Drug Mart locations.

Or you can enter to win 4 tickets to opening night on Friday, January 11 at 7pm right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries right here, just leave a separate comment here for each entry):

1.Leave a comment here letting me know which character(s) your kid will be most excited to see on ice.

2. Visit Disney on Ice and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Hop on over to my Instagram page for additional entries.

4. Follow @DisneyonIce 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 @DisneyonIce tickets from @WhyCLE #giveaway #disneyonice https://whycle.com/2018/12/11/why-disney-on-ice-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 Saturday, December 15 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote “Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party.” In exchange, I will receive three complimentary tickets to opening night, a meet and greet dinner, and Disney on Ice swag, as well as four opening night tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

I was able to get out and about a bit this weekend to enjoy some holiday events with Jeffrey. I’m definitely still taking it easy, but especially at this time of year, I don’t want to miss things with my best little buddy!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

On Saturday, Jeffrey, Mom, and I went to see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at Playhouse Square.

Our morning started with a festive breakfast at Hofbrauhaus, with a breakfast buffet with reindeer pancakes…


…Mrs. Santa Claus leading Christmas carols…


…donut decorating with Jack Frost Donuts


…and a chance to see Santa himself!


Then it was time for the show, which was adorable and fun and engaging! Jeffrey loved it and came home with his own stuffed Bumble.


I always love how beautiful the theaters look at the holidays and it was wonderful to see Jeffrey’s excitement at seeing the show!

John Carroll University Breakfast with Santa

Then on Sunday, we had another audience with the big guy of the season at the John Carroll Alumni Breakfast with Santa.


The event is an annual holiday tradition that includes a Mass, a toy collection for Bellefaire JCB, and a breakfast with crafts and Santa, too.

My favorite part of this event is getting together with friends from college and seeing our kids have fun together, too!


What a fantastic tradition!

The rest of the weekend was spent in comfy pants, which is just generally a good idea for everyone. Balance, y’all! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?


Why? Goldfish Swim School Giveaway!

This holiday season, skip the toy store and give the little ones in your life the gift of swim lessons instead! While supplies last, Goldfish Swim School is offering discounted holiday packages for the little swimmers in your life!


The Goldfish Swim School Holiday Package includes 2 months of group or advanced swim lessons, Annual Membership fee, a limited-edition Goldfish towel, a Bubbles bath toy, a Bubbles storybook, Goldfish goggles or an iPlay swim diaper, and 3 family swim passes. This $290 value can be yours for only $195.


Swimming lessons provide essential skills and confidence that last a lifetime. Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence and learning life lessons. Kids love Goldfish’s fun, tropical environment and 90 degree pools. Parents get the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are learning an essential life skill based on our proven curriculum. There’s no better gift than that!

Which is why Goldfish Swim School (with locations in Northeast Ohio in Fairview ParkCleveland EastHudson, and North Canton) is giving away one of the above-mentioned holiday packages right here!

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 with the age of your little swimmer who would be using the holiday package.

2. Visit your Goldfish Swim School of choice (Cleveland EastFairview ParkHudson, or North Canton) and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @goldfishswim 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 a holiday swim package from @goldfishswim and @WhyCLE #giveaway  https://whycle.com/2018/12/07/why-goldfish-swim-school-giveaway-3 

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

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Winner will be chosen at random. Note that lesson dates and times are subject to availability.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Goldfish Swim School to help promote their Holiday Gift Packages. In exchange, I will receive holiday gift package of the winner’s choice to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Legacy Village Wildroots Holiday Market!

Are you looking for original, handmade, local holiday gifts? Then you need to get to Legacy Village on Saturday, December 15 for the Wildroots Holiday Market.

Wildroots Holiday Market - Clicks Cookies

From 10am-4pm, you can peruse lots of talented vendors such as Everleigh, Cleveland Pickle, Heartwood Coffee Roasters, Reclaimed Ohio, CLE by SAP, R&J Crafts, Wild Foot Studio, and many more.

Wildroots Holiday Market - Wonder Lust Concepts

The Wildroots Holiday Market will be indoors in two storefronts between Banyan Tree and LOFT on Main Street. Between the over 30 Wildroots vendors and the 35 local merchants represented at Merchant’s Mrkt, this is your perfect opportunity to shop local this season!

Add to the mix that Banyan Tree will be hosting their annual Sip & Shop that day from 12pm-9pm and you have all the makings of getting all your holiday shopping done in one stop!

So, don’t miss the Wildroots Holiday Market at Legacy Village on Saturday, December 15!

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


Why? Anne Cate Giveaway!

You know how much I love promoting local makers. I already had and loved an Anne Cate skyline wristlet clutch, when the talented lady behind Anne Cate products reached out to work on a giveaway.


So, first let’s hear from Anne herself about her brand…

1. Tell me about Anne Cate. How did you get started?

Designing, sewing, and creating have been apart of my life for as long as I can remember; I started my first small business when I was 13 on Etsy, selling canvas purses and hot melt glue gunned jewelry. It wasn’t much, but I loved the thrill of running a business, with a passion for creating at the foundation of it. Running my small little Etsy store was the most exciting adventure; so exciting, that I pursued a degree in fashion merchandising and entrepreneurship at Kent State University in hopes of living out a dream of running my own business one day. Fast forward to my sophomore year of college; I was redecorating my dorm room and created some “cute” throw pillows of my favorite city skylines. My mom shared my handmade skyline silhouette pillows on her Facebook and everyone could not stop talking about them and requesting orders. I began prototyping and testing the product out on my Etsy; one thing led to another and before I knew it, I had a major retailer selling my skyline products! One skyline design led to now 70 different city skyline designs and major product expansion. This glimpse of success was a dream come true and one that encouraged me to transform my 13 year old Etsy store into a strong, simple, meaningful, and quality brand: Anne Cate. 

Founded in 2016, the Anne Cate skyline collection, which now features 70+ hand designed skylines, animates your adventures of cities around the word! At Anne Cate, we believe there is beauty in simplicity.  Each of our unique and classic skyline designs is ensured to bring out the best meanings, memories, and moments from your favorite city. All products are completely handmade in small batches in Cleveland using sustainable and quality materials, all sourced in the US. Quality and community are most important to us. Every product is more than just a purse or pillow: it is a story. 

I was lucky to be a student-entrepreneur at Kent State (as everything I learned I applied directly to my business), but since graduating I was ever more fortunate to have the opportunity to work on Anne Cate full time out of college. Being able to pursue my dream so young in my career has been rewarding and exciting. I am so grateful for the endless support, specifically from the Cleveland community, who has believed and encouraged me every step of the way. We are growing steadily and have exciting things to come in 2019!

2. What are some of your most popular items?

Our most popular item by far is the Skyline Mini Purse

Simple, practical, and only $10. The mini purse is wonderful to hold all the loose ends in a big tote; loose coins, credit cards, lipsticks, or cash fit perfectly in the mini. Not only is it a popular choice, it makes a great gift too. Throw in a gift card and transform your unexciting gift card to a meaningful and unique gift! 

Our Skyline Wristlet ($25) is also a best seller. The wristlet is a great clutch purse and night-on-the-town purse. Lined and made with a padded interfacing, the wristlet holds great structure! Throw in your ID, phone, and lipstick and make the most of your night out, while representing the city that has your heart. 

Our post popular city? Of course Cleveland! As we are Cleveland raised and Cleveland based, our humble skyline speaks for itself; there is so much beauty and strength in simplicity! 

3. Where can we buy Anne Cate products?

Anne Cate is an online accessories boutique and you can find our largest assortment, with all 70 different skylines at: www.annecate.com.

We are so lucky and in love to be selling in some wonderful boutiques around the Cleveland area as well. 

Destination Hudson // 27 E Main St, Hudson, OH
Hallmark Shop Gold Crown Stores // All Cleveland Stores
Intro Boutique // 530 Euclid Avenue Suite 34 Cleveland, OH
Knuths Boutique // Landerwood Plaza, 30619 Pinetree Rd. Pepper Pike, OH 
Lovely Paperie and Gifts // 19275 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, OH
Milo and Me // 18117 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH
Royalton Gifts // 6556 Royalton Rd, North Royalton, OH
Banyan Tree //  2242 Professor Ave, Cleveland, OH

4. Tell me your Cleveland story. What do you love about the city? Favorite places to go, things to do?

I have been a Clevelander my entire life and adore this city. Although I am completely on the Cleveland obsessed – Millennial  bandwagon, my love for Cleveland is genuine. As a Cleveland business owner, I cannot emphasis enough how blessed I am (and all Cleveland businesses) are to be surrounded by an endlessly supportive community. The amount of customers who have give my small brand a chance, who have gifted their entire friends and family my product, who are so passionate about supporting my story, motivates me and moves me to provide the best possible experience for my customers. Clevelanders support Clevelanders through and through. That’s why I am so proud to be Cleveland based and to be providing this city with a product that captures the unique meaning so many of us uphold for Cleveland. 

Aside from the amazing community, I find something new everyday to explore and I LOVE that about CLE! A unique and eclectic-feel good experience always awaits. You can find me frequently Tremont, Mitchell’s, and Porco often (with my Cleveland skyline Wristlet Purse in hand, of course)!! 

5. What’s next for Anne Cate?

One of the most rewarding things about developing our skyline product has been the realization that there are so many cities that impact people in special ways. We are truly gifting a different story to every customer.

2019 is going to be a big year for Anne Cate. I can hardly wait! We are scaling our skyline product faster than we can produce it…so we plan on moving out of our home studio and scale Anne Cate in our very own manufacturing studio. Staying handmade in America has been so important to us, but being able to stay handmade in Cleveland is a dream come true! We are also in the process of scaling our brand; new simplistic and classic products are in the works and we are so excited about it. Stay tuned for more unique products from Anne Cate!

Now, to the giveaway! You can enter to win a Skyline Wristlet Clutch in your choice of city, perfect for holiday gift-giving or for you. 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 here letting me know which skyline you would want to win.

2. Visit Anne Cate and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Head on over to my Instagram page and complete an additional entry there.

4. Follow @shopAnneCate 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 letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win a skyline wristlet from @shopAnneCate and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/12/04/why-anne-cate-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 Saturday, December 8 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Anne Cate. In exchange, I received a complimentary Anne Cate item of my choice and a skyline wristlet to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? United Way of Greater Cleveland!

The United Way of Greater Cleveland is doing so many amazing things in our community, which is why I’m proud to share that I will be working with them as an ambassador to share their good works.


The United Way of Greater Cleveland is addressing poverty and need in our community in several categories, including financial stability, health, emergency food and shelter, and education.

Today, I wanted to focus on sharing the United Way of Greater Cleveland’s education initiatives.


The United Way of Greater Cleveland has programs in place to take children from preschool to grade school to high school.

  • Kindergarten Readiness – Programs increasing the quality of local early education providers through the State of Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program and enhancing the knowledge and skills of childcare providers.
  • Grade Level Reading – Programs working with students in Kindergarten to Third Grade to prepare for and pass the Third Grade Reading examination for successful promotion to Fourth Grade.
  • After School and Mentoring – Programs providing out-of-school activities that build positive relationships, confidence, academic and leadership skills.

The organization is investing $2,200,000 in educational programs. You can read about the programs in which the United Way of Greater Cleveland invests here.

These initiatives help prepare children to succeed, since we know how important education is to future success. So, how can you help? You can donate to the United Way of Greater Cleveland, you can join the United Way advocacy network to advance the public policy agenda, or you can volunteer with the United Way.

Education is the key to helping children succeed and the United Way of Greater Cleveland is working to make sure they have the tools and programs to achieve.


Why? Punch Bowl Social Putt Club!

So, it’s officially become “we don’t go outside” season in Cleveland. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorite activities. Punch Bowl Social just opened an indoor miniature golf course that will keep you swinging through the winter months.


Punch Bowl Social Putt Club is the only one of it’s kind across all the Punch Bowl locations nationwide. Manager Mike Mauser told me that the reason for that is twofold: Cleveland’s weather is the perfect testing ground for indoor activities (but we love CLE anyway) and Cleveland boasts the largest Punch Bowl square footage across the country.


The course is 1,800 square feet of miniature golfing goodness on the first level of Punch Bowl Social. The course features 9 holes of fun, with a Nordic Woodland theme. The decor is spot-on and features local artists Charley Francis and Cleveland Blacksmithing.


We tried out the course and found it to be both challenging and fun! Jeffrey loved it, but Matthew and I found it tricky enough to make for a good game for us too.


There are drink stations at each hole, so you can properly secure your delicious Punch Bowl beverage while you play (the Orchard & Oak is my forever favorite there).


After our round of golf, we grabbed dinner. Matthew and I were both feeling the fried chicken vibes, with the Chicken ‘n Waffles for him and the A La Bama Chicken Sandwich for me. We also shared the Sriracha Peanut Fries with pork. So delicious!

Punch Bowl Social Putt Club is open daily and does not accept reservations. Stop in to add a little breath of summer to your winter months!


Why? Listen to Your Body!

So, this is a bit of a departure from our usual Cleveland rhetoric, which we will get back to in short order. But I am again finding myself in the unique position of facing something big in my life and feeling compelled to share it with all of you. Social media really does become an outlet, a soap box, and an incredible community of support in such times.

For the last six months or so, I’ve been seeing a series of doctors and going through a series of tests because, to put it in the simplest terms, I just didn’t feel right. And for a long time, the tests came back showing nothing was wrong.

I felt tired and discouraged, but I also kept listening to my body. They tell you that in yoga all the time, right? Listen to your body. It’s not just when you’re on your mat. My body was talking to me and I knew that I needed to listen.

Eventually, I found out that I had a couple of conditions: adenomyosis, which is a benign uterine condition, and the early stages of cervical cancer.

Yeah. That one hit pretty hard. I am lucky that it was found early and had not spread. But I’m still reeling from finding out that I had cancer and from thinking about what could have happened if we hadn’t found it when we did.

My doctor is confident that she was able to remove all the cancer, but in an abundance of caution and considering the adenomyosis, I’m having a hysterectomy today.

Why am I sharing all this with you? Well, as I said before, you have always been an incredibly supportive community and I’m feeling like I could use some of that. Also, you’ll see a bit of downturn in my out-and-about life for awhile as I recover and I wanted you to understand why.

But mainly, I want to say to you that you need to listen to your body. If you don’t feel right, ask the questions. If you feel dismissed or like the answers you’re getting aren’t right, get another opinion. You are your own best advocate for your health. And we need you to be OK. Just like I know I will be.