Why? Thriftique Showroom!

Cleveland’s oldest thrift store, which has been open for 83 years, just got a beautiful facelift! Thriftique Showroom just completed five months of remodeling on their 9,100 square foot space, with new paint (including a fabulous mural), new carpet and an open, easy-to-navigate floorplan.

What hasn’t changed at Thriftique Showroom is the impressive selection of gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; home goods; furniture; toys; artwork; and more.

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Jeffrey and I had a chance to visit last week and both found some great items. Jeffrey couldn’t resist these jerseys…

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…as well as a Grady Sizemore bobblehead!

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I snagged two pairs of shorts perfect for the hot summer days. But my biggest find with this Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress for under $40! Wow!

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Thriftique Showroom is not just a place to snag great deals. It’s also a place to support a great cause! Thriftique proceeds benefit the NCJW Cleveland‘s philanthropic efforts, including building libraries for underfunded schools, supporting victims of sexual assault, and delivering comfort items to hospitals and homeless shelters.

You can shop at Thriftique Showroom on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am-5pm. You can also donate items to be sold at Thriftique at either the NCJW offices in Warrensville Heights or call 216-378-2264 for free furniture donation pick-up. Your shopping and your donations all support your community!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW Cleveland to help promote Thriftique Showroom. I received compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy, fun, outdoorsy weekend (yes, this is the right blog and I said outdoorsy). Let’s get right to it…

Camping

Matthew, Jeffrey, and I embarked on an overnight camping adventure with Matthew’s siblings and cousins and their kids. As you know (or can probably surmise), camping is a bit outside my wheelhouse. But Jeffrey was excited to go and I ended up having a really great time!

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We spent the weekend on Matthew’s cousins’ property in Thompson. We made a bonfire and roasted hot dogs and s’mores…

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…we took a creek walk and went waterfall sliding…

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…we went canoeing…

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…we watched fireworks…

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…and just generally had a good time with family in nature. Tobey even joined in the fun!

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Being that we’re not big campers, we needed some supplemental gear, which is where CampRents came in.

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CampRents is a local company that rents backpacking and camping gear and can get you outfitted for everything from backyard camping to hiking the Appalachian Trail.

We rented a one-person tent (to add to our three-person tent), sleeping bags and pads, and a headlamp. Everything came cleaned, packed, and ready to go.

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When we were done camping, we just packed everything back into the bag to return. This is an easy, cost-effective way to try out new gear or get yourself ready for an adventure that might not happen often enough for you to buy your own supplies.

All in all, I survived the great outdoors and even enjoyed it!

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***Disclosure: I received complimentary rental items from CampRents. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Yoga + Beer at Platform Beer Co.

On Sunday, after returning to civilization and showering, I headed to Platform Beer Co. for an hour-long vinyasa flow with a beer chaser taught by Alicia.

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Alicia’s accessible, but still challenging, teaching style was the perfect thing to wake me up on Sunday morning (and get out some of the sleeping-on-the-ground stiffness). Plus, it’s always fun to practice outside, especially on such a beautiful morning!

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After class, we stayed to chat and enjoy a beer. I highly recommend the Passionista Wit!

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Plus, the whole event was a fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. What a win!

If you’re interested in starting your Sunday with a little detox to retox, Alicia is teaching another Yoga + Beer event at Platform on Sunday, August 18. Cost is $20 and includes an hour-long class plus a beer.

You can also trade your beer for wine when Alicia teaches Yoga on the Viaduct on Wednesday, July 31, with incredible sunset views and a social at Luca Italian Cuisine to follow. Cost to attend is $25 and includes an hour-long class, glass of wine, and appetizers. Both events benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

Splash Park

Sunday afternoon, we cooled off with friends at the Lyndhurst Spray Park.

This is one of our favorite places to go in the summer, because it’s always bright, clean, and has a lot to keep all ages entertained.

It was the perfect end to a fun summer weekend! How was your weekend?

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Why? Zoo Clues and Brews!

On Wednesday, August 21, the Cleveland Zoological Society‘s The Herd (the young leaders group) is hosting a super fun, after-hours scavenger hunt through the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Team Ostrichological Signs!

Zoo Clues and Brews, presented by Great Lakes Brewing Co., allows teams to join in a friendly competition of finding the answers to clues by exploring animal exhibits and interacting with Zoo staff. Through the Scavify app, teams can upload answers and photos and see in real time how other teams are progressing through the scavenger hunt.

There are prizes for the winning team and most spirited team, so think of a fun team name, as well as costumes or tshirts, hashtags, and real time posting throughout the event to show your enthusiasm.

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The event will also include the chance to purchase raffle tickets for additional giveaways. You’ll enjoy complimentary small bites from Driftwood Catering, as well as beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.

Registration is now open for this great evening of after-hours animal excitement! A team of six people costs $240, a team of four people costs $160, and a team of two people costs $80. Click here to register your team!

All this friendly competition benefits the Cleveland Zoological Society and gives you a great chance to interact with members of The Herd, too! Hope to see you on the hunt at Zoo Clues and Brews!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Zoo Clues and Brews. In exchange, I will receive a complimentary 6-person team registration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cuyahoga50!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire, which captured national attention, despite being the 13th documented time the river had caught fire.

This anniversary and the subsequent transformation of the Cuyahoga River are being celebrated by Cuyahoga50, a local nonprofit putting on the largest series of public clean water events in the country, with more than 25 events over 5 days.

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The June 22, 1969 fire was covered in Time Magazine and became a symbol of environmental decay across the country and made Cleveland a laughingstock for years to come.

Both locally and nationally, that fire on the Cuyahoga River sparked an environmentalism movement that created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the Clean Water Act in 1972.

The Cuyahoga River has made amazing strides since then, becoming a clean, beautiful destination for sightseeing, water sports, and more.

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But Cuyahoga50 also recognizes the environmental threats that still exist, such as algal blooms, climate change, plastic pollution, and invasive species. Cuyahoga50 hopes to combat these with local action and strong policy.

Cuyahoga50 is hosting a series of events from June 19-23, including beach cleanups, lectures, art exhibitions, Fred Walks CLE events, a lighted boat parade, free admission at the Great Lakes Science Center, and much more.

Get involved by learning more about how we worked our way from a national joke to a leader in environmentalism and then attend some of the events celebrating the mighty Cuyahoga River!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Cuyahoga50. In exchange, I received a complimentary Cuyahoga50 swag bag. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Fitness Events at Legacy Village!

There’s so much going on at Legacy Village this summer, including some great fitness events!

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On Monday, June 24, barre3 Legacy Village and Brio Tuscan Grille are teaming up to give you multiple ways to donate to American Cancer Society ReasearcHERS.

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The 6:30pm barre3 class will be taught by studio owner Liz and will be entirely donation-based, which means you can register for the class for free right here and make a donation at the studio when you attend.

Then head over to Brio Tuscan Grille for dinner, where 10% of your bill total will be donated to American Cancer Society ResearcHERS when you present the flyer attached in this invite.

If pasta is more your thing than planks, you can just come to dinner at Brio any time between 4pm and 10pm and present the flyer for your donation to be taken.

As you know, I’m an ambassador for American Cancer Society ResearcHERS and I’m so grateful to my friends at Legacy Village, barre3, and Brio for working with me to make this great event happen!

Yoga in the Village

Then, get your flow on with my girl Alicia on the Lawn at Legacy Village with the monthly Yoga in the Village series, which kicks off on Tuesday, June 25.

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Alicia will lead a sixty minute, all-levels yoga class from 6:30-7:30pm on the Legacy Village Lawn. Attendees will also receive a gift bag with a $5 Legacy Village gift card, as well as coupons and goodies from other Legacy Village retailers. Cost to attend is $15 and proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio.

Stay after class and enjoy a special Yoga in the Village drink menu at Bar Louie, where 20% of your bill total will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, as well as complimentary mini spa services from Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa.

Other Yoga in the Village dates are July 16, August 20, and September 17. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming classes.

No matter whether it’s barre3 or yoga, Brio or Bar Louie, there are plenty of opportunities to detox, retox, and do good all at once at Legacy Village!

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

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Why? Weekends!

What a glorious summer weekend! We had so much fun, so let’s get right to it…

Safety Town Graduation

Friday morning, Jeffrey graduated from Mentor’s Safety Town.

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The program was really well put together, with fun crafts and songs each day and great teen helpers. Plus, Jeffrey would come each day last week and be able to tell me exactly what he learned about fire, water, traffic, bus, stranger, and gun safety.

I’m so proud of our little graduate!

Zippity Zoo Doo

On Friday evening, Matthew and I attended the Cleveland Zoological Society‘s annual Zippity Zoo Doo fundraiser.

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The event not only raises money for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo‘s conservation efforts and educational programming, but it also puts a swanky cocktail party right in the middle of Wilderness Trek!

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We were able to explore Asian Highlands and the Rosebrough Tiger Passage while sipping cocktails and nibbling on small bites.

Driftwood Catering did a great job with the food, with everything from corn soup shooters and mini chorizo tacos passed around to lamb chop with couscous and chicken nachos to sit and enjoy.

The cocktails were delicious too…this Bourbon-y Arnold Palmer was my favorite!

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We also got to feel like a kid again with Art of Sucre‘s delicious and fun cotton candy cart (I had the pink lemonade and champagne flavors combined into light, fluffy goodness).

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From food to friends to fun to philanthropy, Zippity Zoo Doo had it all!

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***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Zippity Zoo Doo. In exchange, I received one complimentary and one discounted ticket. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

LaureLive

On Saturday, we met up with friends for some fun and music in the sun at LaureLive.

I was a little apprehensive about taking Jeffrey to a music festival, but he had a rockin’ good time! Check out this awesome “air guitar” from the local Original Air Guitar!

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They had a promo giveaway at LaureLive and I don’t think Jeffrey has put the guitar down since.

The weather was perfect for sitting outside and listening to a lot of great local and even international bands. I was impressed with how the festival switched from stage to stage so there was almost no break in the music and you could easily hear and see all the acts.

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The food selection was awesome, with lots of food trucks and vendors to pick from. I grabbed lunch from Wok on the Wild Side and it was so yummy! And who can resist Luna Bakery and Cafe‘s macarons?!

When the kids got fidgety, there were bounce houses, face painting, and balloon artists to keep them happy.

And while we started too early in the day to make it all the way to Hozier, we did have an awesome time and were really impressed with the whole LaureLive experience!

Cedar Point Shores

The summer fun continued on Sunday with our first trip of the season to Cedar Point Shores, where Jeffrey went on water slides and I worked on my “mom tan” (you haven’t been laying out in the sun, you’re just outside chasing after someone).

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All in all, it was a busy, perfect summer weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Dancing Wheels!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal as the Dancing Wheels company prepares for “Reverse*Reboot*Reveal” on Friday, June 14 at the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square.

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Dancing Wheels is the nation’s first and foremost physically integrated dance company that pairs disabled dancers with non-disabled dancers.

“Reverse*Reboot*Reveal” will feature four world premiere pieces by internationally-acclaimed disabled choreographers. I got a glimpse at these pieces at the rehearsal and was amazed by the beauty, grace, and haunting emotion of the company’s performances.

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Dancing Wheels also provides in-studio classes, K-12 in-classroom education, and a summer Youth Arts Camp, so the organization is truly in the community creating greater understanding and acceptance of those with disabilities and fostering integrated partnerships with the non-disabled.

Dancing Wheels’s founder, Mary Verdi-Fletcher, is world-renowned as a wheelchair dancer and has a passion not only for the art form, but for the organization she founded in 1980.

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Attending “Reverse*Reboot*Reveal” will not only provide an evening of entertainment, but will support the Dancing Wheels mission and programming.

Tickets are $40 for general admission, which includes the performance and after party. VIP tickets are $125 and include a Gala Celebration with pre-performance hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction, prime seating for the concert, and meet & greet dessert and champagne after party.

Join Dancing Wheels for an inspirational night of dance on Friday, June 14!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Dancing Wheels to help promote Reverse*Reboot*Reveal. In exchange, I will receive compensation for this post. I declined two tickets to the show due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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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!

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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.***

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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.

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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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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? Silver Spoon Awards Party!

On Wednesday, Cleveland came together to celebrate its best restaurants at the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party.

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Over 50 restaurants were represented, serving delicious small bites that prove why they made this acclaimed list of dining winners.

Some of our favorites included the fish tacos from Pier W (those wonton crisp shells)…

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…the sticky mango rice and potstickers from Thai Thai

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…the prosciutto and artichoke from Humble Wine Bar (which I gobbled without getting a picture)…

…the Salerno family meatballs from Lago East Bank

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…the goat cheese and Brussel sprout crostini from Distill Table

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…and the skirt steak with chimichurri from Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill (the way to my heart is a good chimichurri).

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We also found some amazing cocktails in the VIP Lounge, with special offerings from Porco Lounge and Tiki Room and Western Reserve Distillers.

The VIP Lounge also featured amazing food from Mabel’s BBQ, Luca Italian Cuisine, and Saucy Brew Works.

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Plus, the evening benefited the Arthritis Foundation Ohio, so we stuffed ourselves with the best food in town for a good cause!

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Cleveland has so many fabulous restaurants and it was fun to celebrate them and to see these talented folks all come together for charity!

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***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Silver Spoon Awards Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets and two general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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