Why? Well, Part 2…

Since last we talked here, the world changed yet again. I feel like I’m not even going to bother getting my footing, because the ground is ever-shifting these days.

Jeffrey and I are working on settling into a routine with school work (and recess and lunch and really more snacks than I thought one could eat.)

Honestly, I love the time with him, although my heart hurts that he can’t be with his friends or have the routine of Kindergarten that he so enjoyed.

His teachers are doing a phenomenal job with Google Classroom, posting assignments, extra learning and fun opportunities, and pics of classmates so the kids can stay somewhat connected.

I know how fortunate we are on the spectrum of all that is going on in the world right now, so when the moments of feeling overwhelmed or uncertain arise, I try to just breathe (or text or meme or walk outside or cry or laugh or drink wine or all of the above) through them.

I would imagine things will continue to be quiet around these pages for awhile, as places remained closed and events are canceled or postponed. I’ve been posting local news updates and whatnot on Facebook and Twitter, as well as lots of stories of how we’re spending our days on Instagram (if you’re a parent with a Star Wars-obsessed boy, I got you.)

I just dropped in here to say hi; to wish you all patience and health and stability; and to throw a couple resources your way. If you want to help those in need, consider volunteering with or donating to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. If you want to support our local restaurants in this time, check out this Cleveland Restaurant Take Out Facebook group for info on menus, times, etc.

Stay healthy, be kind, and we’ll catch each other on the flip side…

Why? Cleveland Home and Remodeling Show Giveaway!

 ***This event has been postponed until Fall 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions.***

As thoughts turn to Spring, I’m sure there are lots of home improvement projects that are making their way to the top of the to-do list. Which is why the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo is coming at just the right time!

 

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From March 20-22, the I-X Center will be filled with exhibitors, celebrity guests such as Ty Pennington from TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” a flower bar workshop from Blossom Cleveland, and so much more.

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Aside from the celebrities and exhibitors, other show highlights include:

  • Woodland Escape by Lil Bear Tiny Homes to help you envision your next glamping adventure (or life in a tiny home)
  • Doggie Drive, where you can bid on your favorite dog house, designed by juniors and seniors at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • White Claw Lounge where you can relax and take in the show
  • Tie Dye Workshop presented by ArtFlow where you can tie-dye your own pillowcase, dish towel, or scarf to take home

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If you have a home improvement project and need a spark of inspiration, check out the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo. Tickets are $10 online, but if you click this link you can save $3 with promo code WHYCLE20.

 

Or, you can enter to win two tickets to Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo right here! Here’s how to enter: you can do one, two, three, four or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each.

1. Leave a comment here telling me what home improvement project you’re hoping to undertake this spring.

2. Visit Home and Garden Events and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @GreatBigShow 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 attend the Cleveland Home & Remodeling Expo thanks to @GreatBigShow and @WhyCLE #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 Sunday, March 15 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

You guys, spring is in the air! Which made for a busy and fun weekend! Let’s get to it…

Cleveland Monsters Game

On Friday night, Jeffrey and I went to one of his favorite places in town: a Cleveland Monsters game. First, though, we grabbed dinner at Yours Truly.

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Yours Truly is a favorite for both of us. Jeffrey loves the grilled cheese and I couldn’t pass up the Tuna Supreme, on toasted rye with cheese and tomato. A perfect Lenten dinner!

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From there, it was off to the Monsters game. It was Mascot Night and there was a bobblehead giveaway (plus we ran into our friend Maddie from the Monsters Top Line Dance Team), so it was a pretty exciting night even before the ice action started.

It was also Gesu night at the game, with one of the teachers getting to ride on the zamboni and represent the school.

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Monsters games are one of my favorite things to do with Jeffrey. He always has a great time, there’s lots of family-friendly fun, and the price point is really reasonable!

LOFT Shopping Party

On Saturday, I hosted a spring shopping party at LOFT at Legacy Village. As usual, the LOFT ladies made everything so fun and easy, providing beverages and sweets and just being a total treat to work with.

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Before we even got to the party, though, my friend Anne and I hit a class a barre3, then grabbed Bloody Marys at Bar Louie (it’s called balance, friends.) I love how Legacy Village is a one-stop for everything to make a perfect Saturday afternoon!

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I got a ton of cute spring clothes at LOFT that will work for everything from work to play to going out, all for great prices, too.

If you need to refresh your wardrobe for the coming season, stop by and tell ’em I sent you!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village, for which I receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. For hosting a shopping party at LOFT, I received two complimentary items from the store. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Gigi’s on Fairmount

On Sunday, I met up with Mariah and Ashlie to celebrate Ashlie’s upcoming new arrival, Baby Aria. Gigi’s on Fairmount is the perfect spot for a ladies brunch! I just adore this cute, cozy, French spot!

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I had the Avocado Toast 2 Ways, with jammy eggs and pink peppercorn on one and grapes tomatoes on the other.

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Oh, and get the Passion Bubbles, with cava and passionfruit puree. So delish!

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It was a lovely weekend, with lovely weather and lovely friends! How was yours?

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Why? KeyBank Broadway Series!

The line-up for the 2020-2021 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square has been announced! From music and stories we all know and love, to new tales that will tug at your heart, this upcoming season has something for everyone.

Here’s what’s coming and when:

To Kill a Mockingbird is Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the classic novel.

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See it October 3-22, 2020.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is a musical interpretation of the beloved romantic-comedy, with all the iconic movie moments, plus lots of fun songs.

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See it Janaury 5-24, 2021.

The Cher Show brings all the glitz, glam, excess, and amazing music of Cher to the stage in a tale of her life, story, and legend.

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See it February 2-21, 2021.

The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all.

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See it March 9-28, 2021.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations tells the story of The Temptations and their iconic music, set against the backdrop of America’s civil unrest.

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See it April 6-25, 2021.

Moulin Rouge: The Musical is all about truth, beauty, freedom, and love in this adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann movie.

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See it May 5- June 6, 2021.

Hadestown intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone into a beguiling and vibrant show.

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See it July 6-25, 2021.

Season ticket packages are currently on sale online. Cleveland boasts the largest Broadway season ticket holder base in the country, with 46,000 season ticket holders! This is the best way to secure your seats for all these amazing shows and be a part of Broadway in CLE!

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Why? Jump Back Ball!

The 29th annual Playhouse Square Jump Back Ball is in the books and it was yet another incredible party!

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This year’s theme was “From Jukebox to Boombox” and people came dressed as musicians from through the decades. I had fallen in love with this dress that I picked up at the Designer Dress Days sale and, thanks to my friend Amy’s suggestion, decided to do a play on “Walk Like an Egyptian.”

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Mariah did my make-up (with almost all BeautyCounter products) and from the makeup to the headpiece to the dramatic back of the dress, I had so much fun stepping out of my usual look.

Of course, my crew all showed up looking fabulous too, from Elton Jane to Cher to a Beastie Boy to Britney and K.Fed.

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Big shout-out (and a Grammy) to Anne for being a fantastic and gorgeous date!

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Faction rocked the main stage while everyone munched on breakfast-for-dinner treats from Driftwood Catering, then danced their feet off.

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DJ Smoov kept the late night jams flowing as the crowd spilled out into the KeyBank State Theatre lobby.

This was my ninth year attending Jump Back Ball and every year I’m blown away by what a fun party it is, but also how much hard work and dedication is put in by Playhouse Square Partners on every aspect of the evening from decor to fundraising to make this event a success.

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Through Jump Back Ball and other events throughout the year, Playhouse Square Partners supports the non-profit mission of Playhouse Square, specifically the education and community outreach initiatives. And we have a lot of fun, too!

While you have to wait a whole year for another Jump Back Ball (it’s always the last Saturday in February, so mark your calendar now,) you can learn more about Partners by joining us at our Monthly Members Meeting on Monday, March 9.

***Disclosure: I am the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Picnic Hill Market & Cafe!

You know you’ve become part of a neighborhood when a new place opens up and not only are you curious about it, but you have multiple friends message you to find out if you’ve gone yet. So, when my friend Megan asked if I wanted to check out the new Picnic Hill Market & Cafe in Fairmount Circle, I immediately said yes.

I was expecting a sandwich shop and bakery a la J. Pistone’s. And while there are grab-and-go, some grocery items, and beer and wine for sale, Picnic Hill also has a full-service restaurant and bar.

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The menu has a wide variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts, ranging from Korean chicken wings to roasted salmon to a classic cheeseburger. There’s a kids menu, too, with multiple things I know Jeffrey would love!

Aside from the regular menu, Picnic Hill has nightly specials from Tuesday through Friday. Thursday’s special is Birds & Bubbles Thursday, which is exactly why Megan and I picked that night to go. For $18.50, you get two pieces of fried chicken, your choice of either mashed potatoes or four-cheese penne, and sparkling wine.

If there are two things I love in this world, it’s fried chicken and sparkling wine. I didn’t know how much I needed them put together!

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The chicken was super crispy and the penne was dreamy (we both got the penne, so no reports on the mashed potatoes.)

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The other nightly specials are Tequila Tuesday (tacos and margaritas), Burger Wednesday, and Fish Fry Friday.

This cute, cozy spot is more than meets the eye and I cannot wait to go back and order off the full menu!

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Why? Girls Night Out at Legacy Village!

If you read this blog really ever, you know how much I love and value time with my girlfriends. There are few things I love more than planning and executing a fabulous Girls Night Out. And a great place to have a Girls Night Out is Legacy Village.

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At Legacy Village, my girlfriends and I can do four of my favorite things, all in one place: sweat, shop, spa, and sip.

My ideal Legacy Village Girls Night Out starts at barre3. There’s nothing like a fun, energetic workout with your friends to get you bonding over how much you worked your thighs and abs.

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Plus, the barre3 community is so warm and welcoming that it kind of feels like an extension of your Girls Night Out!

Next up, shop! My favorites at Legacy Village include LOFT, White House Black Market, and Lilly Pulitzer for clothes; Arhaus and Crate & Barrel for home; and Merchant’s Mrkt for local flavor.

Then, spa! Get a pedicure at Anthony Vince or a sassy blow-out at Dry Bar, both of which serve cocktails and can easily accommodate groups with advance notice.

Now that you have yourself looking and feeling fabulous, it’s time to sip (and snack!) Bar Louie, The Melting Pot, Wild Mango, or The Capital Grille (especially their lounge happy hour) are all fantastic choices with great cocktails and lots of food options perfect for sharing with your whole group of gal pals.

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For your next Girls Night Out that has a little bit of everything all in one place, head to Legacy Village! And to help you have a fabulous time, I have a $50 Legacy Village gift card to give away!

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

1.Leave a comment here telling me which part of my Girls Night Out would be your favorite: sweat, shop, spa, or sip.

2. Visit Legacy Village and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

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

4. Follow @LegacyVillageOH 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 a @legacyvillageoh gift card for a great Girls Night Out from @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2020/02/26/why-girls-night-out-at-legacy-village 

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

The giveaway will close on Sunday, March 1 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***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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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy and fun weekend of food and friends, so let’s get right to it…

Lindey’s Lake House

On Friday night, I met up with my friend Maria for dinner at Lindey’s Lake House. Lindey’s has a relaxed, coastal vibe in everything from the decor to the drinks to the food.

Maria started with the Coastal Paloma, with tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave, and a pink-peppercorn salt rim. I had the Basil Bourbon Smash, with bourbon, simple syrup, muddled lemon, mint, and basil shrub. Both made us dream of summer patio sipping!

We shared the Crab & Parmesan Dip, with baked and topped with spinach and bread crumbs and served with parmesan garlic crisps. A tasty way to start our meal!

Maria had the Lindey’s Lobster Roll, with tarragon mayo and cucumber salad. You would have thought we were in Maine!

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And I had the Crab Cakes, with remoulade, slaw, and handcut fries. These crab cakes were meaty and delicious!

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For dessert, we shared the Warm Cookies & Milk and felt like kids again!

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For a taste of summer with great drinks and yummy seafood, check out Lindey’s in Beachwood, the Flats East Bank, and Lakewood.

Little Italy

OK, so I told you this weekend was a lot of eating! On Saturday night, Jeffrey, my parents, and I had dinner at Mia Bella. This is one of our favorite places in Little Italy.

Before we left for dinner, Jeffrey insisted on wearing a tie and bringing his wallet so he could “pay the bill.” Such a gentleman!

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We shared the spicy Shrimp Saganaki and the House Meatballs as appetizers, while Jeffrey ate tons of the homemade bread.

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For my entree, I had the Veal Piccata, with chardonnay-lemon sauce and asparagus. The veal was tender and the delicate sauce was perfect on this dish.

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Jeffrey had a cheese pizza and was delighted with his choice. It’s always nice to find a restaurant that can make everyone happy!

Our server was so sweet, too. We told Jeffrey the bill was $3, which he proudly paid and she went right along with it!

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We headed across the street to Presti’s Bakery for dessert, where Dad and I had affogatos, Mom had a “lobster tail” (puff pastry with amaretto filling), and Jeffrey had a gigantic M&M cookie.

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A perfect end to a lovely evening!

Platform Pub Yoga

I spent the last Sunday of the month in my favorite way to spend that day: Pub Yoga at Platform Beer Co.

Alicia taught a fantastic hour-long flow with lots of feels (damn you for playing “Fast Car”), lots of laughs (yogi semi-pro tip: don’t laugh in camel pose), and lots of my favorite ladies.

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Plus, the class benefited Ursuline Piazza, which provides services such as housing, counseling, and more to those with HIV/AIDS. Each month’s Pub Yoga benefits a different local non-profit. The next Pub Yoga class is on Sunday, March 29. For just $20, you get the yoga class, a beer, and a donation to the non-profit. Plus lots of laughs! Now that’s a great Sunday Funday! 

Between the eating, yoga, and laughing, Jeffrey had his weekly basketball game and a little friend’s birthday party, so there was lots of busy fun this weekend! How was your weekend?

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Why? Get Refreshed Giveaway!

How often do you take a whole day for self-care? To recharge, to get inspired, and to connect? Northeast Ohio Parent wants you to commit a day, busy mommas, to Get Refreshed 2020!

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Sometimes it can be so hard to carve out time for ourselves, but it’s always so worth it! Taking place on Thursday, April 30 at Studios at 78th Street, Get Refreshed 2020 includes yoga, inspirational speakers, lunch, pampering services, giveaways, shopping, an art walk, cocktails, and more.

The speakers for the day are Maribeth Leschinsky of Maximize Bliss, Liz Ferro of Girls With Sole, and Gina Kelly of Gina Kelly Health Coach.

Whether through movement, hearing a much-needed message, getting a much-needed massage, or connecting with like-minded women, Get Refreshed 2020 promises to be a day that will leave you and everyone in your life better for you participating in it!

Tickets are currently on sale for $60, but you can enter to win a complimentary ticket right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me why you need to Get Refreshed!

2. Visit Northeast Ohio Parent and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Visit my Instagram page and complete the steps with the Get Refreshed 2020 image for an additional entry.

4. Follow @neohioparent 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 Get Refreshed with @neohioparent and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2020/02/21/why-get-refreshed-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 Wednesday, February 26 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Northeast Ohio Parent to help promote Get Refreshed 2020. In exchange, I will receive one complimentary ticket for myself. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Thyme Table!

I had heard so much good buzz about Thyme Table, so I was excited to meet up with my friend Beth for dinner there this week. I got even more excited when I was greeted in the parking lot by this awesome Lisa Quine mural.

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I love Lisa’s work and I love this punny message, too!

Beth and I snagged seats at the bar (Thyme Table is small and popular, so you might end up there, but it’s still a great experience either way) in the last moments of happy hour, which goes until 6pm.

Thyme Table’s happy hour includes select wine, beer, cocktails, and appetizers for $5. The Lobster Tots were included on the happy hour menu, which made them even more irresistible.

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The Lobster Tots have lobster meat, bacon, scallions, cheese sauce, chipotle aioli, and cilantro. So decadent and so delicious!

I didn’t order my cocktail from the happy hour menu, but it was worth it. I had the Friends with the Bartender, with bourbon, grilled pineapple, mint, and ginger.

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Beth chose the BBQ and Beer Braised Short Ribs for her entree, wild cheddar grits and garlic broccolini. Perfect comfort food for a winter night!

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I had the Crispy Chicken Confit, with sweet potato puree, roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon, and mustard jus.

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The chicken was juicy, with just enough crisp to the skin. And the sides were a perfect compliment. The jus added a mustard tang, without being overwhelming.

From the drinks to the food, Thyme Table delivered and I can see why this cozy, tasty spot is getting such a fan following.

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