Why? Little Legacy!

Raise your hand if the first weeks of summer break have you searching for fun, outdoor activities to enjoy with your kids? That’s where Little Legacy at Legacy Village comes in!

Three Wednesdays this summer, the Lawn at Legacy Village will be filled with fun activities specifically geared for children pre-K and older.



Legacy Village’s Little Legacy will provide a fun and unique experience for kids with crafts and games provided by Cleveland Monsters, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, jHUB, L.L. Bean, Playground World, Rescue Village, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Studio Go, and the Little Gym of Shaker Heights. There will be on-stage entertainment from Mercury Theatre Co., The Real PopFusion, Jungle Terry, and UH Rainbow Safety Squad.

Little Legacy is free, open to the public, and takes place Wednesday, June 12; Wednesday, July 10; and Wednesday, August 7 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.***




Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

One of the biggest parties of the summer is coming to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Friday, August 2. Of course I’m talking about Twilight at the Zoo!

Photo Credit: Dale McDonald Photograpghy


Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Twilight at the Zoo brings together a wide array of local bands scattered throughout the Zoo for a wild good time! From Almost Famous to Faction Cleveland to Run Avril Run, the bands cover lots of different genres of music and will all get you dancing through the night.

All of the fun is for a good cause, too! Proceeds from Twilight at the Zoo benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society and their work not only caring for the animals in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but also their educational and conservation programs.

Tickets for Twilight at the Zoo are now on sale online. General admission tickets are $75 in June and $85 in July and August and include beer, wine, small bites, and all the music you can take in.

VIP tickets are $150 and include all of the above, plus priority parking, full open bar, and food samples from local restaurants. The VIP party runs from 6-9pm and you can join the general admission fun anytime after 7pm.

You don’t want to miss the roaring good time!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I will receive 4 complimentary VIP tickets for the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend of celebrating the start of Jeffrey’s summer break and our seventh anniversary. Here’s how we acknowledged those special occasions:

Cedar Point

On Friday, Jeffrey and I kicked off his summer break by taking a trip to our favorite summertime spot: Cedar Point.


This is the third year we’ve gotten season passes (Jeffrey has the awesome Pre-K Pass, which is such a good deal). I love the ability to go up there as many times as we want, stay as long as we want without feeling pressured to do everything in one trip, and save on food and merchandise purchases and parking.

Jeffrey loves the spinny rides and I did my best to hang in there with him!


We also checked out the special Monster Jam Thunder Alley area, which is happening through June 30.

You can climb up into some of the trucks and even take a ride in a monster truck!

It honestly felt like summer as soon as we arrived and we can’t wait for lots more trips to Cedar Point this season!


Art in the Village

Saturday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with friends to check out Legacy Village‘s annual Art in the Village.

We strolled through all the talented vendors from Northeast Ohio and beyond, listened and danced to live music, and let the kids run around the lawn. All in all, a pretty nice way to spend a couple hours!

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

An Evening in Coventry Village

On Saturday, Matthew and I had a date night in Coventry Village. We started with dinner at Pacific East. We shared the massive and delicious Sushi Bridge, with sashimi, nigiri, a California roll, and a spicy tuna roll.


We also shared the roti canai appetizer. Pacific East has a huge menu with both Japanese and Malaysian cuisine, so everyone can find something to suit their tastes.

From there, we headed to Grog Shop to hear my dear friend Melissa and her School of Rock classmates rock out in an awesome performance.


Melissa started taking drum lessons at School of Rock earlier this year and she’s already a total pro on the drums! I was so proud of her for learning a new skill and totally killing her gig.

And if you haven’t been to Grog Shop, it is such a cool, funky place to see live music (with a killer local craft beer selection), so check it out!


Seventh Anniversary

On Sunday, Matthew and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.

Photo Credit: New Image Photography

We spent the day doing yoga, playing with Jeffrey in the backyard, and making dinner at home, so it was pretty perfect!

I made this delicious paella (recipe here), which was packed with everything from chorizo to chicken to shrimp to clams to lobster.


It was a lovely, relaxed day and a wonderful way to celebrate seven great years!

How was your weekend?


Why? Distillata!

You all know I love working with local companies, which is why I was so excited to have the chance to try Distillata‘s products recently.


Distillata is a Cleveland company that has been in business since 1897 (how’s that for longstanding commitment to Cleveland?!) that provides products to both business and residential customers. For the last month, we’ve been enjoying the Stainless Steel Hot and Cold Dispenser.


This dispenser is not only stylish, but it’s also so convenient. We put ours upstairs, so that we can easily have filtered water for drinking or making tea while working in the den or for nighttime refills.

Jeffrey loves using the dispenser, especially making it bubble!


When the dispenser was delieverd, it was easily installed and we received extra bottled water, which can be quickly replenished with Distillata’s recurring deliveries. Our delivery man was friendly, courteous, and helpful!

It’s not just bottled water and dispensers that you can get from Distillata. You can also order sparkling water, coffee products, and water filtration systems.

You can also check out their fun and informative blog, with flavored water recipes, water bottle crafts, tips on choosing your water filtration system, and more helpful hints.

A local company that makes awesome products, with fantastic service? That’s why I’m drinking with Distillata!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Distillata. In exchange, I received a complimentary water dispenser, bottled water, and compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week!

Cleveland is a great town for young professionals, with lots of organizations and activities to take advantage of. Engage Cleveland is a community organization that brings together young professionals and leaders, all of whom are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation.

Engage Cleveland is hosting it’s 6th annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week from June 22-29.

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The week will feature morning, afternoon, and evening events ranging from fitness to networking/mentorship to socializing. You’ll have the chance to get inside looks at Cleveland businesses, meet community leaders, and connect with other young professionals.

Photo Credit: Kamron Khan Photography

Highlights of the week include Rooftop Yoga at Tremont Athletic Club, Fat Head’s Tasting and Tour, Community Service at the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, Beat Box at GrooveRyde, Speed Networking, Lunch with Leaders, Campbell’s Sweets Factory Tour, an address on the State of the YP Community, and much more.

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Photo Credit: Maria Sharp Photography 

You can see the complete list of events and register for as many as suit your schedule and interests here. Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week is a wonderful chance to experience the Cleveland community in volunteering, fitness, professionalism, and friendship.

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

Why? Art in the Village!

Legacy Village is the perfect spot for an outdoor market, which is why you should plan to check out the 29th annual Art in the Village with Craft Marketplace this coming Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 at Legacy Village!

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Admission is free to check out this strolling event with over 100 artisans, including several from Northeast Ohio. There will also be a full craft market featuring live plants, organic soaps, and delicious edibles. Art in the Village is put on by Howard Alan Events and is part of the HAE’s Summer of Art Cleveland Series.

Two of the local artists at Art in the Village will be sharing their discoveries of artistic epiphanies: Kerry Cumpstone of Bainbridge sharing “The Circle of Life” and Trish Zimbalatti of Fairlawn sharing “Photo Sculpture.”

Art in the Village is open Saturday, June 1 from 10am-8pm and Sunday, June 2 from 10am-6pm. Don’t miss this great event at Legacy Village!

***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.***


Why? Weekends!

It was a long holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer, so of course there was lots of fun to be had…

Goldfish Swim School

Crazy early on Friday morning, Jeffrey and I headed to Goldfish Swim School – Cleveland East Side as part of a segment on WKYC on swimming safety.

Jeffrey got to spend an hour taking a swim lesson, while WKYC did various live shots. He had a great time just doing something he enjoys anyway (albeit usually not that early!)


You can see Jeffrey swimming along here and here.

We’ve been so happy with his progress at Goldfish Swim School, not only in swim skills, but also in self-confidence! We definitely feel confident going into the summer season that he is ready for all the pool and water fun the season brings!

Luca West

On Saturday evening, my mom and I met up for a Girls’ Night Out at Luca West.


From perfect cocktails to delicious food, this is a great spot to dine! We started with an appetizer course of the Sacchetti, white truffle and ricotta-stuffed sacchetti pasta with white truffle and aged fig balsamic.


This is one rich dish, but so worth the indulgence! Pro tip: use the bread to sop up the extra sauce!

For our entrees, we both chose veal: grilled veal chop with truffle butter for Mom and veal piccata for me. Both were served with roasted potatoes and asparagus.

We both cleaned our plates! The veal was tender, the piccata sauce was bright and citrusy, and the sides were the perfect compliment.

For dessert, we went with a trio of traditional choices: crème brûlée (so smooth and creamy), cannoli, and tiramisu (light and fluffy perfection). All were delicious and left us with something to take home to our husbands, too!


I am always so impressed with the food and the service at Luca West…truly a fabulous place to enjoy an Italian feast!

Tremont Greek Fest

On Sunday, we crossed another item off my 2019 Blog Bucket List at the Tremont Greek Fest.


The festival offers lots of traditional Greek food prepared from family recipes, from gyros to souvlaki to lamb shank. You can grab a gyro to go or stay and enjoy a full dinner platter.

Matthew had the jumbo gyro and I had the souvlaki pita. Both were so flavorful!


Of course, we couldn’t skip the pastry table. The baklava was nutty, sticky goodness!

There are also vendors, Greek music and dancing, and a couple carnival-style games.


Festivals always say summertime to me, so it was great to spend the unofficial kick-off to summer at a festival that I’ve always wanted to attend!

Jeffrey’s Birthday

Monday brought Jeffrey’s 5th birthday!


Since we had his big party last weekend, we spent the day with our parents and him, playing in the backyard, exchanging presents, and of course eating.


I made grilled garlic tequila lime flank steak (recipe here), street corn (recipe here), guacamole, and salsa, so we could all build our own perfect platter of Mexican-style deliciousness.


For dessert, we went with our go-to Mitchell’s Ice Cream for a build-your-own-sundae bar.


It was a lovely, relaxed afternoon celebrating our favorite young man!

How was your weekend?


Why? Happy Birthday, Jeffrey!

Happy birthday, Jeffrey! I can’t believe you’re five! A whole hand that holds my whole heart.

Thank you for all that you’ve taught me, all the fun, all the adventures, all the love of the last five years. I love you to the moon and back!

This next year will be filled with so many new explorations. I can’t wait for all that it brings. I know you will meet them with your trademark smile, enthusiasm, and heart.

But for now, just enjoy this moment. Enjoy being five!



Why? Lilly Pulitzer Summer Fashion Show!

It’s finally starting to feel like summer, which makes me start to wonder if my summer wardrobe is ready for all the outdoor fun to come. Luckily, Lovely Paperie and Gifts has just the event to get everyone ready for summer garden parties and afternoons outdoors: the Lilly Pulitzer Summer Fashion Show and Shopping Event!


Taking place on Thursday, June 20 from 4-8pm at Lovely Paperie and Gifts, this event will get you set for the summer season! There will be special event promotions and giveaways; express gel manicures for $30 from Stella and Shay Beauty Bar; and a fashion show with the latest pieces from the Lilly Pulitzer summer collection.

Who will be walking the runway? Well, yours truly, along with other fabulous Cleveland influencers: @bombaytaxiboutique, @charity216, @coffeepancakesdreams, @emilyoandbows, @modernmusings.co, and @theclebucketlist.

Plus, you’ll get to hang out at Lovely Paperie and Gifts, which is one of the prettiest (and most dangerous – I want to buy everything there) shops in town. If you’re interested in one of the express gel manicures, you need to call 216-767-5277 to reserve your time and come with bare nails.

Nothing says summer like Lilly Pulitzer, so come get ready for the season!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Lovely Paperie and Gifts to participate in the Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show. In exchange, I will receive complimentary hair and make-up from Stella and Shay Beauty Bar for the show, as well as one of the outfits I wear in the show. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Garage Creative Studios!

Last week, I had the chance to chat about writing, blogging balance, and Ohio wines with the super cool team at Garage Creative Studios.


They are a local company that does everything from creative design to production to sound. Their studios have all the modern technology they need, but still feels homey and fun. Plus, they have this sweet patio where we got to do our interview.

You can watch us chat about the creative process, plus my favorite Ohio red, white, and rosé wines here…

The wines are Laurentia Vineyard and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Ferrante Winery Golden Bunches Dry Riesling, and M Cellars Winery Brut Rosé.

Thanks to the team at Garage Creative Studios for inviting me! Enjoy the interview!