Why? Legacy Village Home District Showcase at Arhaus!

As we head into fall and start thinking about holiday entertaining, your home might need a little refresh. That’s where the Legacy Village Home District Showcase comes in. These events, which happen at LV Home District retailers on select Wednesdays, give you access to home design experts sharing their knowledge, plus light refreshments, prizes, and more.

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On Wednesday, October 25, Arhaus Furniture will present New Trends in Furniture and Color and Tabletop Displays. You’ll learn how to mix and match various patterns, styles, and colors in your home, as well as how to achieve a quick and easy design change using accessories.

There will be light refreshments from Legacy Village restaurants, as well as the chance to win Arhaus gift cards in various denominations. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is encouraged. Register for the event here. This is sure to be a great way to get ready for the new season with a home decor refresh.

***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.***

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Why? Family Halloween Events!

Have you noticed that Halloween events are everywhere these days? It’s a fun holiday to celebrate and there are lots of ways to enjoy as a family:

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What: Hauntaquarium

Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium

When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 6-9pm

What: Trick or treat stations, animal encounters, crafts and experiments, games, magician, face painters, costumed SCUBA divers, and more

Tickets: $12 for non-members, $10 for members, free for kids under 2. Buy here.

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What: Boo at the Zoo

Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: Fridays-Sundays, October 20-22 and October 27-29

What: Trick or treat stations, carousel and train rides, a Monster Mash Dance party, Zoo admission, and more

Tickets/admission: $10.50 for non-members and $9.50 for members in advance (add $1 if purchasing at the gate). Buy here.

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What: Mall Trick or Treat

Where and When: 

Great Lakes Mall Trick or Treat is Wednesday, October 25

Eton Chagrin Boulevard Boo-Tique Trick or Treat is Thursday, October 26

South Park Mall Mall-o-Ween is Sunday, October 29

Great Northern Mall Mall-o-Ween is Sunday, October 29

What: Trick or treat around the mall stores

Tickets/admission: Free

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What: Owls & Howls

Where: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

When: Saturday, October 28 starting at 10am

What: Games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, animal enrichment, museum admission

Tickets/admission: Free for members, included with general admission for non-members ($15 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-18, $12 for seniors, free for children under 2). Buy here.

However you celebrate, have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!

Why? First Tee of Cleveland Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast Giveaway!

The First Tee of Cleveland is a non-profit organization that teaches children core values such as honesty, respect, and confidence through the game of golf.

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On Tuesday, November 7 at Music Box Supper Club, the First Tee of Cleveland will celebrate 17 years of positively impacting children’s lives at their annual Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast.

The Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast includes:

  • Celebration of The First Tee of Cleveland being named 2017 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year by National Council of Youth Sports and AIG
  • Address by guest speaker Andre Thornton, former Cleveland Indians player and founder of The First Tee of Cleveland
  • The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement presented to James C. Boland
  • The Doris Evans, M.D., Merit Scholarship Award presentation
  • Special Participant Perspectives Presentation

There will also be a delicious breakfast and networking time to follow the presentations.

Tickets for the Thanksgiving Breakfast are $125 and proceeds benefit the First Tee of Cleveland’s not-for-profit mission. Tickets can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win two tickets right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite breakfast food.

2. Visit First Tee of Cleveland and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @FirstTeeCLE and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend the @FirstTeeCLE Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/10/18/why-first-tee-of-cleveland-grit-gratitude-and-you-breakfast-giveaway #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 Monday, October 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the First Tee of Cleveland Thanksgiving Breakfast. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was another glorious fall weekend in Cleveland, this one packed with lots of family fun! Here’s what we did:

Halloween Hayrides

On Friday, we headed to Lake Metroparks Farmpark for the Halloween Hayrides.

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We started with a hayride past several fun, not-too-spooky stations with everything from traditional Halloween scenes…

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…to movie characters…

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…to cute decorations.

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The hayride drops you off where you can select your path: scary or not scary. We stuck with the not scary side, where we enjoyed glow dancers…

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…festive decorations…

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…and yummy concessions (Corbo’s Bakery apple fritters are not to be missed.)

Before we left, Jeffrey had to take a pony ride, too!

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The Halloween Hayrides have definitely become a favorite Halloween event for us. And while they are sold out for this year, keep your eyes open for next year’s ticket sales!

Pumpkin Party

Saturday morning was the annual Pumpkin Party at Jeffrey’s school. They create a mini pumpkin patch for the kids to pick a pumpkin and decorate, as well as other crafts and donuts and cider to enjoy.

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And since the weather was so fabulous, the kids got plenty of time to play outside on the playground too!

Marvel Universe Live!

Saturday afternoon, we met up with Jeffrey’s godparents Amanda and Scott for Marvel Universe Live.

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Jeffrey is just starting to get into superheroes and Amanda and Scott are very into superheroes, so it was the perfect activity. Jeffrey enjoyed the show (he thought most of the fight scenes were simply funny due to the number of flips and crazy moves) and declared Spiderman and Ironman to be his favorites. For me, I love that Jeffrey and his godparents can connect and have so much fun together!

Birthday Party

Sunday, we had a fifth birthday party for our niece Hannah. Elizabeth was pregnant with Hannah at our wedding…time flies! The party was at West Side Gymnastics Club and Jeffrey had a blast bouncing and playing with his cousins.

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Home Cooking

Despite all the activity, we managed to squeeze in some dinners at home too. I made my favorite homemade mac ‘n cheese, which has hatch chiles and chorizo.

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I use this recipe, but add in the chorizo. So spicy and comforting and yummy!

On the lighter side, I made swordfish with tomato relish (recipe here) and rice and broccoli pilaf (recipe here).

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Lots of good, fresh flavors in this meal! With as crazy as our schedules can be, I miss being able to cook at home and it was nice this weekend to have the time to make some meals for us.

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Mia Bella Restaurant!

On Wednesday night, I met up with Ann of Annie’s Signature Sweets for a chatty and carby dinner at Mia Bella Restaurant in Little Italy. We started with generous drinks: a Moscow Mule for Ann and a Old Vine Zinfandel for me.

After devouring the delicious bread with garlic butter, it was entrée time (AKA, bring on more carbs). I chose the scampi risotto, with butternut squash, zucchini, huge scampi, and a slightly spicy red sauce.

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The seasonal vegetables were the perfect compliment to the not-too-creamy risotto. And as someone who is almost always in the clean plate club, I will confess to taking some of this large dish home for leftovers!

Ann chose the Mia Bella pasta, a traditional linguini with marinara dish that was executed flawlessly. I totally approve of Ann’s decision to add mushrooms…I love me some pasta with mushrooms.

 

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We had decided to go to Presti’s Bakery for dessert, but we lingered over dinner too long and they were closed. There’s nothing sadder than pressing up against a bakery window, longing for a cannoli.

Luckily, since I had dinner with a baker, I got to take home some of Annie’s Signature Sweets ginger cookies, which helped to satisfy my sweet tooth!

The next time you find yourself in Little Italy, Mia Bella is a delicious, cozy, friendly choice!

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Why? Boo at the Zoo!

As Halloween approaches, it’s time for one of Cleveland’s favorite Halloween traditions: Boo at the Zoo at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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This year, Boo at the Zoo is expanded this year to three weekends: October 13-15, October 20-22, and October 27-29. There are also an expanded number of trick or treat stations, as well as unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel rides, and train rides, in addition to long-time favorites like the Monster Mash Dance Party and Magic Show. Plus, you’ll see the Zoo decorated for the season, as well as get to see the Zoo animals.

If you are a Zoo member, Boo at the Zoo tickets are $9.50 in advance and $10.50 at the door.  For non-members, tickets are $10.50 in advance and $11.50 at the door.

On Sundays, you can also purchase a dinner package with kid-friendly food, entertainment, and character visits. Cost for Boo at the Zoo and the dinner package is $27.50 for Zoo members and $28.50 for non-members.

This will be our third year attending Boo at the Zoo and it is truly one of our favorite ways to celebrate Halloween in one of our favorite places in town.

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Click here to purchase tickets. Hope to see you at Boo at the Zoo!

***Disclosure: I attended the media photo call for Boo at the Zoo. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

This weather, right?! What a gorgeous weekend! And a busy one too…

Light the Night

On Friday evening, Jeffrey and I went up to Hathaway Brown for their Light the Night celebration, which kicks off homecoming weekend. From balloon artists to games to music to food trucks, there was something fun for every age.

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While the event was mainly to celebrate the high school athletes, Hathaway Brown did a great job of making even the youngest in the community feel welcome and engaged.

Halloweekends

Jeffrey loves Cedar Point and I love a fall festival, so Halloweekends is the perfect combination! The Great Pumpkin Fest transforms the kids’ areas of Cedar Point with trick-or-treat stations, hay bale mazes, pedal tractors, and non-spooky haunted house, and more Halloween fun.

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Plus, there are still all the favorite rides to enjoy! Jeffrey escorted Brenna on one of the car rides…how sweet are they?!

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Plus, the Halloween decorations throughout the park are impressive! There are tons of pumpkins everywhere, some creatively shaped, too!

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Plus, the summer-like weather and the chance to spend a day with some of our favorite people made Halloweekends quite the perfect day!

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Yoga and Brunch

On Sunday, I met up with my friend Beth for another round of Alicia‘s Yoga/Brunch series at Dante Next Door. After a challenging and centering practice, we headed downstairs to brunch. By happenstance, I knew almost all of the other yogis, so I not only had a chance to catch up with Beth, but chat with other Yoga/Brunch loving friends, too.

I’m working my way through the Dante Next Door brunch menu (it’s a tough job). This time, I chose the braised beef croissant, with shortrib, Gruyere, Dijon, and fried onions. The sandwich was so flavorful and tender!

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The flavors reminded me of French Onion soup, just in sandwich form. Delicious!

The next Yoga/Brunch is Sunday, October 22. $15 gets you an hour-long practice, plus a complimentary mimosa or coffee at brunch. Click here to register!

So, that was our weekend. How was yours? Did you enjoy the weather and cheer on the Indians?

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Why? Flour Restaurant!

I’ve talked before about the black hole that certain Cleveland places fall in for me. And while I had been to Flour Restaurant for brunch and lunch and have always loved their food at events, somehow having dinner at Flour had eluded me.

I finally remedied that last night at a belated birthday dinner with my dear friends Robin and Amy.

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I started with the Perfect Pear, a cocktail with Belvedere Vodka, Prosecco, St. Germain, pear, and rosemary. We also shared the aptly-named Big A$$ Meatball, with whipped ricotta, tomato sauce, provolone, and crispy sage.

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I would like some of that whipped ricotta to spread on everything. Literally everything.

For dinner, Amy and I both couldn’t resist the lamb garganelli, which came highly recommended by our server.

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The lamb was so tender and added the perfect flavor to the rustic sauce. And of course the pasta was perfection! We both got the smaller portion, which was more than plenty of food with the appetizer and dessert. I always appreciate restaurants that offer these kinds of portion options, allowing you to try even more things from the menu.

Robin chose the traditional Margherita pizza, made in Flour’s own wood-fired oven. For dessert, I had the tiramisu, Robin had the spiced chocolate cake (get this on your next visit), and Amy had the sorbet.

I don’t know why it took me so long to have dinner at Flour, but the casual elegance, delicious pasta, and tasty beverages will make it a place I won’t neglect again! And now you can take home your own Flour pasta to make at home thanks to Flour Pasta Co. Mangia!

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Why? LaunchHouse!

When I started working from home, I was excited to have more freedom and more time with Jeffrey. I was also nervous and could feel really isolated sometimes. Which is why, even though I’m mostly past feeling that way, the concept of LaunchHouse really resonated with me.

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LaunchHouse is a community of shared workspace, where entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, and more come for not only a place to work, but also a way to share ideas and encouragement and resources.

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LaunchHouse not only provides communal office space, but also access to copying, conference rooms, WiFi, mail services, coffee and snacks, Lunch and Learns, happy hours, and more.

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LaunchHouse was founded by Todd Goldstein, with the idea that if we could create an open space for people who don’t fit neatly into a corporate box to do their work, learn from each other, and be part of a community. By allowing their creativity a space to flourish, LaunchHouse not only launches new businesses, but also keeps those businesses in Cleveland.

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I spent a morning chatting with the folks at LaunchHouse and getting some work done too and I have to say that I was instantly hooked on the relaxed, communal vibe and could sense how quickly you could gain inspiration and be super productive in that environment.

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Plus, LaunchHouse is dog-friendly and how could you not want to hang out with Tori…

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LaunchHouse has various membership options:

  • Day pass for $15
  • Community membership for $30 per month (invitations to events, plus one day pass per month)
  • Flex membership for $200 per month (unlimited communal office space, invitations to events, mail service, etc.)
  • Private office for $500 per month

Click here to learn more or apply to LaunchHouse.

As we move away from traditional corporate jobs, places like LaunchHouse embrace those outside-the-box folks and give them a place to feel like a part of community of like-minded doers and dreamers.

***Disclosure: I was invited to come check out LaunchHouse with a complimentary day pass. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Aside from all the eating we did this weekend, we also had some great family time too!

Great Lakes Science Center

We met up with friends for a fun, whole family play date at the Great Lakes Science Center. The kids spent most of their time in the Polymer Funhouse, which has a ball pit, slides, and lots of hands-on things geared to their age (see what I did there?!).

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To celebrate the Halloween season, check out Spooktacular Science at the Great Lakes Science Center on October 21-28, with things like a Monster Mash Dance Party, Eerie Science behind Lake Erie, and Pumpkin Explosions.

PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Tour

On Sunday, we took Jeffrey to play in Adventure Bay come to life at the PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Tour. He got to explore a life-sized Lookout…

…captain the Sea Patroller…

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…drive PAW Patrol-themed vehicles…

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…and, best of all, meet some of his favorite PAW Patrol characters!

Jeffrey LOVES the PAW Patrol, so the chance to not only meet the characters, but explore a life-sized version of their world was so exciting!

So, that was our weekend! Lots of eating (as you saw over the past two days) and lots of family fun too. How was yours?

***Disclosure: I was asked by Spin Master to help promote the PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Tour. In exchange, I received a box of Spin Master toys and a PAW Pass that granted me VIP access to the Roll Patrol Tour. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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