Why? Tom + Chee!

As fall settles in, there’s nothing quite so comforting as a grilled cheese sandwich and soup for lunch. And it’s one meal that Jeffrey and I can always agree on. Which is why we both left very happy campers after our lunch at Tom + Chee in Broadview Heights on Monday.

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I tried both the Flying Pig and the Pep + Chee sandwiches. The Flying Pig has smoked Gouda, hand-carved turkey, applewood smoked bacon, and housemade pickles on sour white bread.

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The turkey was really tender and flavorful and the pickles made this a top-notch sandwich!

The Pep + Chee has mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, marinara sauce, and parmesan-crusted sour white bread.

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To take this delicious sammy to the next level, dunk it in Tom + Chee’s creamy basil tomato soup!

Aside from creamy basil tomato, Tom + Chee offers classic tomato soup, chicken noodle, and a soup of the day, all perfect for dipping. They also offer a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, along with build-your-own options.

Jeffrey got to experience Tom + Chee’s Kid Pack, which lets a group of kids build their own grilled cheese and fruit cup, decorate their own sugar cookie, and complete a craft.

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Jeffrey selected classic white bread, American cheese, and ham for his sandwich and had so much fun putting it together.

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He also loved the craft and decorating the cookie (whew, that’s a lot of sprinkles)!

The Kid Pack is a great choice for a birthday party or school group!

Tom + Chee also offers catering, as well as great daily specials like $1.99 Kids Meals on Sundays and Mondays; $2 grilled cheese with a beverage purchase on Tuesdays; 1/2 priced donuts on Wednesdays; $1 off salads on Thursdays; and $2 of shareables on Fridays.

Wait, donuts, you say? Yup, Tom + Chee offers a variety of grilled cheese donuts that are decadent and delicious. We took home a box of the classic donut bites, with peanut butter, vanilla, and chocolate dipping sauces.

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Yum!

For comfort food that tastes delicious and will make the whole family happy, check out Tom + Chee!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary lunch at Tom + Chee with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, so let’s get right to it!

Designer Dress Days

On Friday, I attended the preview day for the Designer Dress Days sale, put on by the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland.

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This is the 50th anniversary of Designer Dress Days, which offers new and gently worn designer dresses, suits, jackets, handbags, athletic wear and more at ridiculously great prices.
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I scored 2 cashmere sweaters, a Burberry dress, a Burberry skirt, and a Bergdorf Goodman dress for under $300!

The event is volunteer-driven and supports the NCJW/Cleveland’s community service and advocacy initiatives. The sale continues today from 12pm-8pm and tomorrow from 10am-7pm, so check it out and score some designer duds for a great price and for a great cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked to by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I received complimentary access to the Preview Day, as well as compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Northeast Ohio Parent Blogger Meet-Up

On Friday evening, Jeffrey and I headed to Café o’Play for a meet-up with fellow Northeast Ohio Parent bloggers and their families.

We love Café o’Play because it’s a fun, safe indoor play area with lots to do, but still the ability to keep an eye on your child no matter where they might be (and the coffee and food are legit, too.) Apparently, Jeffrey had so much fun I didn’t even get a picture of him!

I really enjoy blogging for Northeast Ohio Parent and try to focus my blog posts on things to do with your kids around town or ways to incorporate Cleveland into your parenting, play dates, and whatnot. You can check out my latest post here.

Best of Cleveland Party

I had never been to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party before, which made me feel like I was missing out on one of the best parties of the year. After Saturday night, I know I was right to feel that FOMO.

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Held at the Rock Hall, the party was three levels of amazing Best of Cleveland winners with everything from beer to burgers to books.

I finally got to try Mama Mary’s Hummus and it was just as amazing as everyone says it is! Try the seasonal pumpkin hummus with a cinnamon graham cracker to achieve peak fall.

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The Gimme S’more mini beers from Boss Dog Brewing were a total win, especially because they took the time to do the sugar rim and toasted marshmallow at the event!

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Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream…I mean, you know my love for them is so deep.

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Polpetta deserves to be at Best of Cleveland because their table featured two of my great loves: meatballs and Kevin Love (holding a meatball.)

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And I got so excited to see The Pompadour, one of our new favorite spots, honored for Best Tapas!

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And from mascots to friends, there were so many of the best people to get to see, too!

 

We danced to Billy Likes Soda and DJ E-V and just generally celebrated these restaurants, breweries, businesses, and people who are making Cleveland the amazing place it is!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

We also threw into the weekend a birthday party for one of our nieces, some yoga, and some time at home…phew! How was your weekend?

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Why? The Macaron Tea Room!

Yesterday, three generations joined together to raise our pinkies and enjoy a delightful spot of tea!

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Mom, Jeffrey, and I enjoyed lunch at The Macaron Tea Room in Broadview Heights. Mom and I marveled at their large selection of teas, from specially-blended black teas, white teas, traditional black teas, and fruit teas.

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I particularly enjoyed the Blueberry Wildchild. I also love the adorable cups and teapots at The Macaron Tea Room. Even Jeffrey’s lemonade came in a teapot!

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Mom and I shared the High Tea for Two, which included three tiers of delicious nibbles.

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The first level included tea sandwiches: cucumber with cream cheese and chive; tuna salad; shredded egg with garlic spread; roast beef; and avocado and bacon.

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It’s hard to pick a favorite of the sandwiches! All the breads were delicious. I really liked the horseradish on the roast beef sandwich and you can never go wrong with avocado and bacon!

The next tier included a scone with clotted cream and fresh jam, a petit four (ours had apple butter), a Victoria spongecake, and a tea biscuit.

The top tier included a Nutella waffle cake (yum), a mini pecan pie (yum), and a macaron (yum).

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Jeffrey got the Nursery Tea, with grilled cheese and ham and cheese sandwiches cut out like airplanes (so cute), grapes, and a macaron.
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We had fun with the dress-up corner and the paintable cookie, too!

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We all just generally enjoyed a lovely and relaxing lunch! The Macaron Tea Room takes time and care creating delectable, delicate food that is perfect for a ladies’ (and small gentleman’s) day out!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary lunch at The Macaron Tea Room with guests. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

We had lots of family-centered fun this weekend! Let’s get right to it:

Birthday Party at Greater Cleveland Aquarium

On Saturday morning, Jeffrey and I went to a birthday party for one of his school friend’s at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

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We’ve been to the Aquarium several times, but never for a birthday party. I was really impressed with everything the party included. There was a party room with a submarine the kids could play in, crafts for the group, pizza and cake, and even a visit from a turtle!

The party also included admission to the Aquarium for the kids to check out all the sea critters. What a fun morning!

Fall Flyer

On Sunday, we hopped aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for their Fall Flyer trip.

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The Fall Flyer is a two-hour, non-stop ride that takes you though the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to take in the beautiful fall foliage.

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We rode on the Silver Lariat, one of the new California Zephyr cars. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad recently added four cars from the California Zephyr line which have dome seating; luxurious seats; tables; and more amenities.

 

We enjoyed taking in the fall sights, including changing leaves, the Cuyahoga river, lots of bikers and runners on the Towpath, and tons of people visiting Szalay’s pumpkin patch. We also enjoyed tasty snacks like hot dogs and popcorn from the dining car.

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Every time we take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, I’m so impressed with the volunteers who work as Conductors, Trainmen, and more. They truly make the experience so enjoyable!

The fall colors will only continue to become more striking, which makes the Fall Flyer a perfect choice for a fall weekend activity. The Fall Flyer runs every Saturday and Sunday in October at 9:45am and 1:30pm from the Rockside Station and 11:30am and 3:30pm from the Akron Northside Station. Tickets start at $25 per person. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was invited to take a ride on the Fall Flyer and received three complimentary tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

That was our weekend, aside from watching lots of Cleveland sports, of course! How was yours?

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Why? Legoland Discovery Center!

On Friday, Jeffrey and I took a road trip down 71 South for the grand opening of the Legoland Discovery Center in Columbus.

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Located in Easton Town Center, the Legoland Discovery Center is an immersive LEGO experience, with something for every age of LEGO enthusiast.

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You begin your experience with a LEGO factory tour and a chance to make your own virtual mini LEGO.

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From there, you enter the Kingdom Quest area, where you can go on the Kingdom Quest ride and help rescue the Princess and protect the dragon. Jeffrey found parts of this ride a little scary, but he was delighted with the cute baby dragon made out of LEGOs at the end.

We spent a lot of time exploring MiniLand, which features LEGO versions of Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

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From the Rock Hall to the Free Stamp to A Christmas Story House to the Terminal and Key Towers to the Fountain of Eternal Life, the LEGO version of Cleveland hit all the high points.

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There was even one of the iconic Cleveland script signs!

We could also check out the Horseshoe and watch a LEGO version of a Buckeyes game.

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Many of the elements of MiniLand featured movement, sound, and lights, from the football game to a concert to a dragon boat race.

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The lights in MiniLand also went from day to night and back again. What a cool room and a testament to the amazing things you can build with LEGO!

From there, we checked out the building areas, with places to build and race your own LEGO race car,

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tables to test your building’s earthquake stability,

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and specialty LEGO Friends and DUPLO Farm areas.

These areas were Jeffrey’s favorite and he easily could have built and tested cars for hours!

We also went on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride (twice.) This ride spins you around and you can control the height of your car by how fast you peddle. Considering Jeffrey could barely reach the pedals, I got a good workout from this ride!

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There is also a LEGO City play area with slides and climbing challenges…

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…and a LEGO 4D theater screening the latest LEGO movies.

There is also an amazing birthday room, which kind of makes me want to invite everyone to drive 2+ hours for Jeffrey’s next birthday party!

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Speaking of that, it’s obviously a drive from Cleveland to check out Legoland Discovery Center. But, there is a ton for families to enjoy both there and in Columbus (check out our trip there from last summer), plus Easton Town Center itself has great shopping and restaurants you can enjoy without even leaving the Legoland Discovery Center’s immediate area.

Tickets and annual passes are currently on sale online. So, take a road trip and build yourself a perfect day!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Legoland Discovery Center. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to Legoland Discovery Center. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Legacy Village Birthday Staycation!

When I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate my birthday this year, I decided I wanted to do a staycation that included my favorite people and my favorite things to do. So, naturally I landed on Legacy Village.

On Friday afternoon, Jeffrey and I checked in to the Hyatt Place Legacy Village for some swim time. There is nothing Jeffrey loves more than a hotel pool!

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The Hyatt Place Legacy Village is the perfect place to stay for a staycation or for out-of-town friends. The hotel is modern and comfortable, with lots of thoughtful touches (my favorite were the reading nooks in the lobby.) There’s free breakfast, a fitness center, and the aforementioned pool, too!

Plus the staff is very sweet!

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Once Jeffrey was dried off and on his way to Grandma’s house for the night, Matthew joined me for dinner at The Capital Grille, just a short walk from the hotel.

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I’ve written several times about how The Capital Grille’s food is just incredible and this dinner was no exception. Matthew and I shared the pan-fried calamari with peppers with our bourbon cocktails.

 

For dinner, I had the tomahawk veal chop with foie gras butter and Matthew had the bone-in filet. Everything was prepared to perfection.

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Beyond that, though, the service at The Capital Grille is always on point. The servers know exactly when to chat, when to leave you in peace, what wine to recommend, and so on. That made our dinner not only delicious, but utterly enjoyable.

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Saturday was all about the girls at Legacy Village. In the morning, I literally walked across the street to meet up with friends at Barre3 and start my morning with a great workout.

From there, we went to Bar Louie and met up with more friends for brunch.

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From extra boozy mimosas to fluffy peanut butter pancakes, brunch was just the right balance to the workout.

 

We were lucky enough to be at Legacy Village during the Wildroots market, so we got to check out some great local, artsy shopping in addition to all the every day fabulous Legacy Village shopping options.

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Then it was time for some straight-up pampering with manicures and pedicures at Anthony Vince Nail Spa. I love how many color options they have there and with a huge staff and tons of pedicure chairs, the service is always fast (and friendly.)

After grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks to give myself a boost of energy before heading home, I realized that I chose the perfect location for my birthday staycation. From fancy to casual dining, working out to being pampered, and of course, shopping, Legacy Village had it all (and a great place to stay while enjoying it!)

***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. I also received a complimentary one-night stay at the Hyatt Place Legacy Village. The idea for the staycation and, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

This weekend still felt like summer to me! So, despite the appearance of pumpkins later on in my post, I’m hanging on to the end of summer…

Brewnuts

On Friday morning, while the kids were in school, I went with my friends Mariah and Ashlie to Brewnuts for their Harry Potter-themed donuts that were available this weekend only.

Brewnuts not only makes gigantic, creative donuts, but they come up with lots of fun theme days to sprinkle even more magic on the donuts. I opted for a Sorting Hat donut, whose yellow buttercream filling told me I was a Hufflepuff.

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Add in a Butterbeer latte…

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and the cute, tiki-themed decor…

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and you have the makings of three very happy moms!

Bloggy Con

On Saturday, I attended Bloggy Conference, a conference for bloggers. Held at Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers, the location was perfect for soaking in a bit more of summer.

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We heard speakers on everything from SEO to brand ambassadorships and had a chance to connect with other bloggers from around the country.

This was my first blog conference, despite how long I’ve been doing this, and I really feel like I came away with some valuable insights into things I can implement with the blog, as well as things that I don’t want to change.

Small City Taphouse

Since we were spending the night in Sandusky, I had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants out that way: Small City Taphouse.

This restaurant boasts 80 beers on tap, which obviously means you have to get a flight because it is impossible to choose just one.

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My two favorites from my flight were the Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing and the Haunted Hayride Pumpkin Ale from Masthead Brewing.

Small City Taphouse also has a full sushi and Asian cuisine menu. The TNT roll, with tuna and jalapeno was a great choice, as was the spicy egg noodles with beef.

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If you find yourself in Sandusky, definitely check out Small City Taphouse!

Cedar Point Halloweekends

On Sunday, my best guys joined me at Cedar Point for Halloweekends.

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From trick or treating through Kiddie Kingdom…

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…to trying out the new-this-year challenge course…

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….to catching the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown parade…

…there was so much to do on top of the rides that Jeffrey always loves. It was a fall festival in summer-like weather!

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Halloweekends continue every weekend through October 28, so don’t miss this chance for some family-friendly thrills and treats!

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? National Cheeseburger Day at Kalahari Resorts!

It seems there’s a day to celebrate just about everything nowadays. This Tuesday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! To celebrate this all-American classic meal, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is offering a special promotion.

If you order an adult entree burger at B-Lux Grill & Bar at Kalahari this Tuesday, September 18, you will receive a free waterpark pass to return for a future visit of splashtastic fun! This offer is valid for the first 500 customers at the Sandusky Kalahari Resorts location.

Matthew, Jeffrey, and I went to Kalahari last weekend and enjoyed some tasty burgers at B-Lux Grill & Bar. Matthew had the Black & Bleu Burger, with bleu cheese and stout steak sauce.

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And I had the Frenchie burger, with Brie, caramalized onions, bacon, and dijonnaise.

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Also, don’t skip the boozy milkshakes. It’s a drink and dessert all in one! I love me some multitasking.

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Jeffrey chose the cheese pizza and giant pretzel, which just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be a cheeseburger meal at B-Lux (but it IS a great spot to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day).

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Then we headed down to the waterpark for a ton of fun! Jeffrey is tall enough now to go on a lot of the slides, including the Zip Coaster, which is essentially a roller coaster and water slide combined.

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We all had a great time splashing and sliding the day away! And we definitely can’t wait to go back!

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So, head to Kalahari and grab a cheeseburger at B-Lux Grill & Bar to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, so that you not only get a tasty meal, but a chance to return for even more family waterpark fun!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Kalahari Resorts’ National Cheeseburger Day promotion. In exchange, I received three complimentary waterpark day passes and a gift card to B-Lux Grill & Bar. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Giveaway!

Is your kid as nuts for LEGOs as Jeffrey is? From DUPLO to LEGO Junior, we have tons of LEGO sets at our house. Which is why we’re so excited about the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center opening in Columbus in a couple weeks!

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center is geared for families with children ages 3-10 and includes tons of fun attractions like 2 LEGO-themed rides, 10 LEGO play zones, a 4D Cinema showing the latest LEGO movies, classes with Master Builders, and a DUPLO and Soft Play area for younger children.

You’ll also get to see MINILAND Ohio, which includes LEGO models of Ohio landmarks from Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. I can’t wait to see the Rock Hall made out of LEGO bricks!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center opens exclusively for annual pass holders on Friday, September 21. You can purchase an annual pass here. The Grand Opening to the public takes place on Friday, September 28.

And I have a giveaway for a family four-pack of tickets to check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus, good for any day from September 28, 2018 on. Here’s how to enter to win (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me your child’s favorite thing to build with LEGO bricks (Jeffrey’s is a roller coaster).

2. Visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @ldccolumbus 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 tickets to the new @ldccolumbus thanks to @whycle #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/09/13/why-legoland-discovery-center-columbus-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 Tuesday, September 18 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets and a swag bag for myself and 4 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was the unofficial end of summer and we sent it out in hot, sunny style!

Punch Bowl Social

On Friday afternoon, Jeffrey and I got the long weekend rolling with lunch at Punch Bowl Social. The Watermelon Polo Bowl, with watermelon spearmint tea and tequila is a perfect sipper for these hot, end-of-summer days.

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And the lobster roll, packed with luscious poached lobster and a bright burst of citrus was also the perfect choice for a summer day, although I was certainly tempted by the breakfast offerings that you can order until 3pm.

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While we ate, we enjoyed some of the complimentary board games you can play at your table.There are so many ways to have fun at Punch Bowl Social!

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It’s a great spot for a lunch with your kid or a night out with friends!

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary lunch at Punch Bowl Social. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland National Air Show

Nothing says Labor Day Weekend in Cleveland like the Cleveland National Air Show. I have such great memories of watching the Air Show with my grandpa, so I love being able to pass on the tradition to Jeffrey.

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We headed down to Voinovich Park to take in some of the high-flying action. It’s not just watching the planes, it’s also this sort of community picnic atmosphere that happens with people all packed in to watch the show.

If you want to see some truly cool pictures of the planes, check out Matthew’s Instagram page!

Indians Game

From watching the Air Show, I walked up East Ninth to meet up with my friend (and season ticket holder) Anne to take in an Indians game.

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And while they didn’t bring home a win, nothing says summer in Cleveland like spending time at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario!

The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying a couple backyard BBQ’s with friends and family. I can’t believe it’s September and we’re starting to look toward fall activities! How did you send out summer in CLE?

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