Why? NCJW Winter Meeting: Headlines and Hemlines!

Spend a fun and fashionable morning with NCJW Cleveland at their 125th annual Winter Meeting on Wednesday, February 5 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

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The theme of this year’s Winter Meeting is Headlines and Hemlines. The morning will include a presentation from Sarah Rogers and Sara Hume from Kent State University Fashion Museum, exploring how the tenor of the times has impacted both fashion and the activities of NCJW Cleveland.

You can start your morning perusing pop-up shops starting at 10am, enjoying a curated shopping experience with unique retailers. Brunch and the presentation begin at 11:30am.

Cost to attend is $40 for NCJW Cleveland members and $45 for non-members. Click here to purchase a ticket and enjoy a morning of fashionable fun!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the NCJW Cleveland Winter Meeting. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cavs Academy Clinics!

Jeffrey is so into sports, more so than I ever imagined he would be. And not just watching sports, but playing them too. If your kids are the same way, the Cavs Academy Clinics are a great way for them to experience hands-on all the basketball excitement they enjoy watching at the Cavs games.

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The Cavs Academy Clinics are designed for boys and girls ages 7 and up, of all skill levels. There are clinics throughout the Northeast Ohio region. Upcoming clinics are:

  • Thursday, January 16 in Akron
  • Monday, February 17 in Fairview Park
  • Friday, February 28 in Toledo
  • Sunday, March 8 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (All Girls)
  • Saturday, March 28 at Cleveland Clinic Courts (All Girls 3V3)
  • Saturday, April 4 in Youngstown
  • Thursday, April 9 in Broadview Heights (Elite 3-on-3)

For the younger kids ages 3-6, there are Cavalittles Clinics. Upcoming clinics are:

  • Wednesday, January 15 in Seven Hills
  • Wednesday, February 5 in Brunswick
  • Wednesday, March 11 in Avon Lake

Clinics include a Cavs Academy dri-fit shooting shirt,  Cavaliers 50th Season Celebration Spaulding basketball, and a ticket to a 2019-20 regular season home game.

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Click here for more information and to register for a Cavs Academy Clinic!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Cavaliers to help promote the Cavs Academy Clinics. In exchange, I received a complimentary Cavalittles Clinic registration for Jeffrey. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a fun weekend in Cleveland, as we bounced between spring and winter weather…

Disney on Ice

On Friday night, Jeffrey and I attended opening night of Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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Disney always puts on a fantastic show, between great costumes, fun songs, and amazing skating and acrobatics.

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We got to see favorites from Frozen, The Incredibles, Toy Story 4, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more.

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Our seats were in the “Extra Magic Zone,” so we had lots of up close time with the characters! Jeffrey’s face says it all…it was a magical show!

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Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures is at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through Sunday, January 19, with shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Click here to purchase tickets. If you use code WHYCLE, you can save on tickets to the 7pm shows on each day.

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

JCU Alumni Retreat

On Saturday morning, I attended an alumni retreat at John Carroll University. I always love being back up on campus, but I find it especially conducive to reflection for me.

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The retreat focused on releasing things from the past year that were no longer serving us and cultivating healthy habits for the year to come. The retreat even started with an hour-long yoga flow, which you know always puts me in a great mindset!

One of the most moving parts of the retreat was when all the participants wrote down on flash paper something they wanted to release moving into 2020. We each lit the paper on fire and watched our something be released into the air.

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I got so much out of both our personal reflection time, as well as the group sharing that we did. Campus Ministry and the Cleveland Alumni Chapter did a fantastic job planning a meaningful morning!

Winter Wonder Cleveland

On Saturday afternoon, I made a return to Winter Wonder Cleveland, which is fun, interactive “Instagram museum” where you can play and get some great photos, too.

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Since I first visited Winter Wonder Cleveland, there are some new interactive elements at the Griswold House, as well as some new artwork from Platform Beer Co

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…and an even more in-depth mirror room.

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Winter Wonder Cleveland is open through Sunday, January 26. There’s so much more than just Christmas fun to experience here. Instagram museums are becoming the hot new thing and Cleveland has its own for just a bit longer, so check it out while you can. For hours and tickets, click here.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Winter Wonder Cleveland. In exchange, I received complimentary admission. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Phunkenship Barrel Room Yoga

On Sunday, I checked out a familiar yoga teacher (Alicia) in a new-to-me setting (Phunkenship by Platform.)

Phunkenship is Platform Beer’s dedicated sour-beer facility, which also has a very cool taproom for enjoying those sour beers. I had a The Wolf at the Door, a dark-chocolate raspberry stout.

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But before enjoying the beers, we enjoyed an hour-long vinyasa flow in Phunkenship’s barrel room.

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Alicia is teaching at Phunkenship on the second Sunday of every month, so check out the schedule for some savasana and sours combined! For $15, you get the hour-long class, plus a beer. The laughs are free!

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So that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Disney on Ice Giveaway!

Are you looking to kick off 2020 with a magical adeventure? Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures is coming to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse from Friday, January 10 through Sunday, January 19!

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The show will include favorites like Moana, Frozen, Toy Story 4, Lion King, and classic Disney friends, too!

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Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures opens on Friday, January 10 and runs Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Sunday, January 19, with several shows daily on the weekends. Opening night tickets start at $15 and kids tickets for all performances start at $15.

You can also add a special Wayfinding with Moana experience for $50 per person (in addition to your ticket price) that includes a meet-and-greet with Moana and Mickey, crafts, island dancing, a photo souvenir, and more.

We attended Disney on Ice last year and it was a truly magical and fun evening! Tickets for Disney on Ice Presents Road Trip Adventures can be purchased online.

Or you can enter to win 4 tickets to opening night on Friday, January 10 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/2019/12/26/why-disney-on-ice-giveaway-2/

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

The giveaway will close on Monday, December 30 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 Road Trip Adventures. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to opening night and Disney on Ice swag, as well as four opening night tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

There was lots of time with family and friends this weekend, which is just how a pre-holiday weekend should be…

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On Friday night, Alicia, Amanda, Kimberly, and I got together for my favorite grown-up holiday tradition: TWC Christmas (the name is a long story.)

We usually meet up at someone’s house, but everyone was feeling cooking-and-hosting overwhelmed this year, so we instead opted for dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants: Dante.

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From fabulous cocktails to delicious food, Dante is always a perfect spot for an evening out. I had the Wild Boar tenderloin, with honey roasted rutabaga & Brussel sprouts and chorizo potato hash.

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This dish was tender, flavorful, and plate-licking good.

We all shared desserts, but the favorite at the table was the Caramel Apple Walnut Blondie, with apple jam filling, streusel, cider caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream.

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After dinner, we walked over to The Spotted Owl for a Christmas nightcap.

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They have a special menu of holiday-themed drinks that are all guaranteed to make you merry. I had the Ginger All The Way and it was creamy, spicy perfection.

What a perfect night of fabulous food, drinks, and, most importantly, friends!

The Magic of Lights

On Saturday night, Jeffrey and I checked out The Magic of Lights at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

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There is a drive-through component, where you make your way through millions of dazzling Christmas lights, with themed areas like “Nativity,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” and “Joy to the World.”

There is also Santa’s Holiday Village, where you can park and walk through the village with a light selfie tunnel…

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…inflatables…

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…”ice” bumper cars…

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…and lots of festive fun.

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The Magic of Lights takes place every day through Saturday, January 4. Tickets for a car are $20 in advance. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote The Magic of Lights. In exchange, I received a complimentary car ticket. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Platform Pub Yoga

My Sunday started out on a funday note with Platform Pub Yoga. We enjoyed a great hour-long vinyasa flow taught by Alicia, then headed downstairs for a beer, a bagel sandwich, and lots of laughs.

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It’s so nice in this busy season to take a time-out for something that totally made me feel invigorated! Plus, part of the proceeds from the event benefited Providence House! The next Platform Pub Yoga happens on Sunday, January 26.

Neil Diamond Christmas

On Sunday night, Mom and I attended Neil Diamond Christmas at Music Box Supper Club.

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The Diamond Project Band did a fantastic job, playing both Christmas tunes and classic Neil Diamond hits.

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Mom and I had a blast singing along! What a fun way to end the pre-holiday weekend!

How was your weekend? Are you ready for the holiday week ahead?

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Why? Cleveland Holiday Events!

As we head into the home stretch toward Christmas, you might be thinking you’ve missed the boat on all the seasonal fun, but there is still time to catch some great holiday events around town…

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We’ve entered the day and age where we have “Instagram museums,” and WinterWonderCleveland is a magical one!

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Make your way through 12 interactive, visually stunning exhibits perfect for photos. You can also solve challenges, try ice curling, and just generally step into a world of wonder.

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WinterWonderCleveland is open through January 17. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I attended a complimentary media preview of WinterWonderCleveland, courtesy of Destination Cleveland. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Wild Winter Lights

Take a stroll through a magical lights display throughout the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (read more about our experience here), happening on Thursdays through Sundays and Mondays, December 23 and 30 through January 5.

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Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to help promote Wild Winter Lights. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Glow

The Cleveland Botanical Garden sparkles with holiday magic with trees decorated by local garden clubs, gingerbread houses, an indoor play area, crafts, a train ride through the outdoor gardens, and more. This year’s theme is Holiday Hollows and focuses on the warmth and comfort of home, especially at the holidays.

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The Garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays and Glow is happening through January 4. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Magic of Lights

Why drive around a bunch of different neighborhoods, when you can experience the magic of a picturesque car ride through beautiful holiday lights at the Magic of Lights, taking place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds through January 4.

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Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Magic of Lights to help promote the event. In exchange, I received a complimentary ticket. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Whether sneaking in a visit before Christmas or filling up the days of holiday break, there are plenty of festive happenings yet to enjoy in Cleveland!

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend filled with holiday cheer, so let’s get right to it…

Country Lights

On Friday night, we went to Country Lights at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Country Lights quickly became one of our favorite holiday traditions.

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From the wonderful decorations both inside and out…

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…to the unique magic of building a toy with an elf helper in Santa’s workshop…

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Country Lights always delivers on the Christmas fun!

This event sells out quickly every year, so stay tuned for when tickets go on sale next fall!

Tannenbaum Trail

On Saturday, my friend Anne and I hit the Tannenbaum Trail, sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

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For $65 per couple, you receive a small Christmas tree, as well as 2 wine tastes, a small bite, and an ornament at each of several Geneva-area wineries. You can even travel the Tannenbaum Trail over three weekends!

Anne and I were able to get to seven wineries on our adventure: Urban Vintner, Cask 307, Silver Crest Cellars, Stonegait Winery, Grand River Cellars, Debonné Vineyards, and South River Vineyard.

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The two tastes were just enough wine to allow us to experience the wineries, but still be able to get to a lot of different places. And the small bites were just the right amount of food!

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We ended our day at M Cellars, which was not on the Tannenbaum Trail, but is one of our favorite spots when we’re at the wineries.

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This is the second year that I’ve done the Tannenbaum Trail and I love growing my ornament collection and trying new wineries, plus seeing all the beautiful decorations in this festive season!

Kids Holiday Parties

On both Saturday and Sunday, we had kids’ holiday parties, with lots of Christmas crafts…

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…a Santa visit…

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…and lots of holiday cheer!

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It was a fun and festive weekend as we get ever closer to Christmas! How was your weekend?

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Why? Wild Winter Lights!

This holiday season, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo introduced a new, sparkly holiday tradition: Wild Winter Lights presented by NOPEC.

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Over one million lights illuminate the Zoo in a winter wonderland of holiday magic.

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There are giant ornaments you can stand inside…

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…interactive light exhibits where you control the timing of the lights…

…great photo opps with a walkway of giant snowmen…

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…a chance to visit with Santa…

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…or take a spin on the Circle of Wildlife Carousel, guarded by a giant teddy bear.

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There are games, refreshments for both kids and adults, holiday music, and lots of sparkle!

Wild Winter Lights takes place from 5:30-9:30pm on Thursdays through Sundays until Sunday, January 5. There will also be select Monday opportunities to visit on December 23 and December 30.

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Tickets are $15.50 for Zoo members, $18.50 for non-members, and $50 for a four-pack of tickets if purchased in advance (up to 3:30pm on the date of attendance.) Children under 2 are free.

Wild Winter Lights is perfect for family fun or a twinkly date night, so head to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and add some wild sparkle to your holiday season!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to help promote Wild Winter Lights. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

When your weekend recap is essentially three blog posts, you know it was a good time!

John Carroll Alumni Breakfast with Santa

On Sunday morning, the John Carroll Alumni Relations Office hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa on campus.

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The Breakfast with Santa includes a Mass in St. Francis Chapel, a buffet breakfast in the Dining Hall, crafts, a donation drive for Bellefaire JCB, and of course a chance to visit with Santa.

Jeffrey made a list before we went and presented it to Santa, who promised to take it back to the North Pole with him!

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We also had a chance to visit with the President of the University, Dr. Johnson, and his wife Jill, who are such wonderful assets to the university.

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I always love this event because I can catch up with college friends and see how our kids have now become friends, too!

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It was a fabulous holiday morning!

Mean Girls

On Sunday night, Alicia brought me as her guest to see “Mean Girls” at Playhouse Square. Before the show, we grabbed cocktails and appetizers at Republic Food and Drink.

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We both love their selection of bourbon cocktails (I had the rye old fashioned). We also devoured the Warm Bavarian Pretzel Sticks with cheddar-beer sauce and the Warm Street Corn Dip, with sweet corn, white cheddar, cilantro, and lime, served with corn tortilla chips.

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Then it was over to the show. Alicia and I both had the chance last week thanks to Playhouse Square to interview the actors portraying “The Plastics,” so it was especially fun to see them in action after getting the chance to know them a bit off-stage.

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The show is energetic and hilarious and has all the best lines that you love from the movie version, plus updated jokes for 2019. And boy, can the cast sing and dance! I absolutely loved the performance! “Mean Girls” is at Playhouse Square through Sunday, December 22, so don’t miss your chance to get in on the fun!

So, that was my weekend in (three) nutshells. How was yours?

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Why? Legacy Village Sip, Shop, & Stroll!

On Saturday night, Jeffrey and I stopped up at Legacy Village for a holiday Sip, Shop, & Stroll. Legacy Village is festive anyway, with the big tree and the “Create Joy” sign, but they added even more merriment on Saturday night.

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There was an ice carving demonstration from Elegant Ice Creations

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…complimentary s’mores supplies, with fires for roasting the marshmallows…

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…Christmas carols playing and great photo opps, including the iconic #TheLand sign from Destination Cleveland.

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You can also grab a festive beverage from BRIO or Bar Louie in a to-go cup and then walk around the Lawn and shops with it!

I tried the Santa’s Reindeer Fuel from Bar Louie, with Bulleit Rye, maple syrup, lemon, apple puree, and candied bacon. Yummy!

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The next Sip, Shop, & Stroll happens on Saturday, December 21, just in time to help you get your last-minute shopping done! From 5-8pm, enjoy all the fun mentioned above, plus special discounts at select retailers like L.L. Bean, LOFT, White House Black Market, Banyan Tree, Merchant’s Mrkt, Lilly Pulitzer, and more.

There’s no better place for seasonal shopping (and sipping) than Legacy Village!

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

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