Why? 2019 Blog Bucket List!

Hey there, 2019! I’ve been thinking about this new year from a blog perspective in terms of where I’d like to go that I haven’t been.

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So, here’s my current 2019 places-to-go bucket list:

1.Il Rione Pizzeria – How have I not been to this place yet?! I’m pretty sure I could house one of those pizza solo.

2. Flight Cleveland – While I’m in the neighborhood for Il Rione, obvs. I like my Bucket Lists to be efficient.

3. Affogato Cat Café – OK, this is on Jeffrey’s bucket list. And we’re going today. So I mostly like just being able to already check something off.

4. Marble Room Steak and Raw Bar – See my reasoning for #1. How have I not been here yet?!

5. The Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art – Georgia O’Keefe is a sorority sister of mine. And I’ve heard the exhibition is a stunner.

6. More general day trip/small trip exploration. Jeffrey is getting to be a great road trip buddy. We’ve had a blast on our Columbus drives. Currently on my list to get to: Toledo, Pittsburgh, Amish Country, and Cincinnati.

7. Nell and Rose – This just looks like a great place to shop!

8. The Van Aken District – In the same vein, I want to get some more local boutique shopping on at this new spot.

9. The Lake Erie Bluffs in the Lake Metroparks – Spectacular views of our Great Lake? What’s not to love?!

10. The Tremont Greek Fest – I live for summer fairs and festivals and this is somehow one I’ve never been to. Is it less crazy than Taste of Tremont?

What’s on your 2019 bucket list?

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Why? 2018!

2018 was, well, a year. To be completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve on a good year and this year was more challenging than most. I’m having a hard time separating the bad from the good, so I’m mostly just ready to welcome a new beginning.

But when I look back on it, there were certainly fun moments in 2018, along with a lot of growth, strengthening of relationships, and deepening of commitments.

In 2018, we ate…

…we drank…

…we traveled…

…I yoga-ed and barre-d…

 

…we sported…

 

…we got cultured…

 

…and we got to the Point.

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We loved…

 

…and lost.

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And my kid grew into even more of an extraordinary, funny, smart, inquisitive human.

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It’s been a hell of a year and while I’m honestly not sad to see it go, I do hope the lessons, the growth, and the friendships stay with me into 2019.

May the New Year land softly, however you may feel about 2018. XO

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Why? Somewhere in Time 1969!

Ever wanted to step back in time to the year that was called “The Year of Change?” Then Somewhere in Time 1969 on Saturday, February 2, is the perfect party for you!

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This event is a fundraiser for the Western Reserve Historical Society and is held at the beautiful Cleveland History Center.

The event celebrates this tumultuous year of protest, revolution, and change through the sounds, grooves, duds, suds, and moves of this pivotal year in which the eagle landed.

Somewhere in Time will feature Lip Flappin’ Live Music, Funkadelic Full Bar, Cool Threads Costume Contest and Prizes, and Super Square Silent Auction.

Costumes are not required, but encouraged! Tickets for Somewhere in Time 1969 start at $100 for Western Reserve Historical Society members, $125 for non-members if you purchase by January 1 (price jumps to $150 after that), and $50 for young professional members. Tickets can be purchased online.

Somewhere in Time is a fun way to step back to a time of social change and cultural revolution, all while supporting one of Cleveland’s great cultural institutions!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Western Reserve Historical Society to help promote Somewhere in Time. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? HaylieStory in Motion!

Awhile ago, I met up with Haylie from HaylieStory and Zak from Zak Films to film a City Surge video all about Cleveland.

From the West Side Market, to East 4th Street, to Playhouse Square, we checked out some of the best that Cleveland has to offer.

I tried to pick places that really highlighted the culture, food, and people that make Cleveland so awesome!

And now, I’m so excited to share the final product with you.

For more awesome City Surge videos, along with thoughts on travel, life, and fun, follow along with #HaylieStory! Thanks to Haylie and Zak for spending such a fun day with me around Cleveland!

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Why? CLE Pack Giveaway!

Have you ever wanted to create the perfect box of Cleveland items to send as a gift? CLE Pack has your back! Their customized gift boxes are packed with fun Cleveland-themed items that give people the perfect taste of your hometown.

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Let’s hear from Igor of CLE Pack and then get to the giveaway…

1. Tell me about CLE Pack. How did you get started?

The idea has been brewing in my head for the past four years after seeing a very similar business in Baltimore. I love Cleveland and idea of promoting the city while supporting local businesses.

The most rewarding thing about these early days of  CLE Pack is connecting with local entrepreneurs and artists who share my love for the city.  I think this common interest will develop into lifelong friendships in many cases. Ultimately, CLE Pack is a way to build and grow our community which what sets it apart from my past business ventures.  This is my first time pursuing a passion project and I am very excited about that!

2. What are some of your most popular items?

Without a doubt the most popular item is the Bertman Ball Park Mustard. So far it’s been added to about 85% of all orders. A close second is the Ohio Maple Syrup followed by Sweet Moses Cleveland milk chocolate bar.  We offer a variety of food and inedible products. The food items are far more popular, which makes sense because those flavors are so nostalgic for us. They bring to mind comfort, family, home, and warm memories.

Our goal is to support and promote local businesses and the city of Cleveland so we are constantly seeking to expand our selection. Today, for example we added chocolate bars made by Fear’s Confections in Lakewood.  If you’re a local entrepreneur and think you have a product that fits our mission feel free to reach out 🙂

3. Where can we buy CLE Pack products?

Currently we offer our products through our website: https://www.clepack.com/.  Please check it out, we are adding new products all the time!

4. Tell me your Cleveland story. What do you love about the city? Favorite places to go, things to do?

This is my favorite part of the interview! I actually moved to Cleveland from Ukraine in 1996 when I was ten years old. I am not a native Clevelander, but I am proud to call Cleveland my home.

I think Cleveland has such a wonderful and unique personality.  We have amazing restaurants, world class museums, and the peace and beauty of many great parks right outside our doorsteps. I’m also certain that the city has a bright future.  There are many ambitious people here with a like mind to improve the city while preserving the culture that makes it special. Those changes have been fun to watch over the years and give us all something to look forward to.

5.) What’s next for CLE Pack?

To be honest, I have so many ideas for the business that I don’t know where to begin!  We are super excited to be offering wedding packs in the near future. A couple will be able to create a completely customizable pack with their picture and choice of design.  If you’re going to be planning a wedding in the coming months, be sure to check back! Similarly, custom corporate packs that allow businesses to create packs with their logos and designs.

Ultimately, I would love to build CLE Pack into one of those brands that come to mind when people think of Cleveland.  One of the best things I have realized about Ohio is that it is a place where all things are possible through hard work, creativity, and community.  🙂

What a cool company and an amazing story of someone moving to Cleveland and falling in love with our town!

Now, to the giveaway. You can win a CLE Pack 7-item box filled with their most popular 7 items: Bertman Ball Park Mustard, Sweet Moses Cleveland Bar, Ohio Pure Maple Syrup, Cleveland Map Tote Bag, Ohio Crafted Key Chain, Campbell’s Caramel Corn, Browns Can Holder, and a Cleveland Postcard.

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

1. Leave a comment here telling me which CLE Pack item you would most want included in your own CLE Pack.

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

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

The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 22 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

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Why? Disney on Ice Giveaway!

As you may know, we recently got back from a magical trip to Walt Disney World. But we can actually keep the Disney magic going right here in Cleveland when “Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party” skates into Quicken Loans Arena.

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The show will include favorite characters undertaking daring and exciting quests and rescue missions. Characters will include those from CoCo, Moana, Frozen, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Aladdin, along with Mickey Mouse and pals.

“Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party” opens on Friday, January 11 and runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 20. Opening night tickets start at $15 and kids tickets for all performances start at $15.

For the first time ever, you can add on a special 45-minute character experience: “Storytime with Belle.” You’ll hear Belle tell the story of “Beauty and the Beast,” meet Belle and Mickey, get photo opps and a keepsake photo, and more. “Storytime with Belle” tickets are $60 per person and require a corresponding event ticket.

We attended Disney on Ice last year and it was a truly magical and fun evening! These tickets make a great holiday gift for the little ones in your life!

Tickets for “Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party” and “Storytime with Belle” can be purchased online, at the Quicken Loans Arena box office, by phone at 888-894-9424, or at Discount Drug Mart locations.

Or you can enter to win 4 tickets to opening night on Friday, January 11 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 http://whycle.com/2018/12/11/why-disney-on-ice-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 Saturday, December 15 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 Mickey’s Search Party.” In exchange, I will receive three complimentary tickets to opening night, a meet and greet dinner, 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? Legacy Village Wildroots Holiday Market!

Are you looking for original, handmade, local holiday gifts? Then you need to get to Legacy Village on Saturday, December 15 for the Wildroots Holiday Market.

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From 10am-4pm, you can peruse lots of talented vendors such as Everleigh, Cleveland Pickle, Heartwood Coffee Roasters, Reclaimed Ohio, CLE by SAP, R&J Crafts, Wild Foot Studio, and many more.

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The Wildroots Holiday Market will be indoors in two storefronts between Banyan Tree and LOFT on Main Street. Between the over 30 Wildroots vendors and the 35 local merchants represented at Merchant’s Mrkt, this is your perfect opportunity to shop local this season!

Add to the mix that Banyan Tree will be hosting their annual Sip & Shop that day from 12pm-9pm and you have all the makings of getting all your holiday shopping done in one stop!

So, don’t miss the Wildroots Holiday Market at Legacy Village on Saturday, December 15!

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

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Why? National Geographic Symphony for Our World!

One of the things I’m most thankful for in Cleveland is the amazing cultural institutions and opportunities we have here. I’m excited to share with you another one of those opportunities coming to Severance Hall on March 25, 2019.

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The National Geographic Symphony for Our World features a full orchestra and choir performing a five-part, 90-minute piece highlighting some of the most amazing images from National Geographic’s 130 years.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, November 23, but you can purchase online now and save $5 on tickets by using promo code NATGEO. Click here to purchase tickets.

This is sure to be a beautiful performance in one of Cleveland’s most beautiful performance spaces! Don’t miss your chance to see the National Geographic Symphony for Our World!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the National Geographic Symphony for Our World. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away (stay tuned for that) and two tickets for myself. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Walt Disney World!

We’re back after a fantastic vacation in Walt Disney World. This was a great time to go, not only because the weather was a lot warmer than it was in Cleveland, but also because Disney was completely decked out for Christmas.

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We stayed at the Polynesian Village Resort. Located right on the Monorail, it was easy to get to all the parks, plus the hotel’s theme was fun and beautiful.

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We took advantage of the holiday proximity and attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with dessert stations, a Christmas parade, and snow on Main Street (seriously, the most magical thing ever.)

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The Magic Kingdom remained the favorite of our parks, with tons of rides for all of us to enjoy.

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Jeffrey also loved the newly-opened Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with bright décor, fun rides, and character meet-and-greets from the movies.

 

If you go, get lunch at Woody’s Lunch Box!

 

And Matthew and I had a lot of fun at Epcot, where we picked one food or drink item from each country for a great around-the-world experience!

 

My mom came with us, which made for great family bonding time! It also gave Matthew and I the chance to sneak in a date night at the Spirit of Aloha luau dinner, with great food and a high-energy hula show.

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Matthew even got chosen for part of the audience participation dancing!

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I loved seeing how excited Jeffrey was to meet his favorite characters, go on roller coasters, and just generally have a magical experience!

 

And now it’s great to be home and gear up for the holidays in Cleveland!

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Why? Weekends!

It really feels like autumn, with the trees in all their glory! And once the rain finally stopped, it was a lovely weekend! Let’s get to all the fun…

Eight Crazy Nights Launch

These past two weeks, I’ve been starting my weekend recap with my Thursday night activities. I feel like I’m in college again!

This past Thursday, I attended the launch of Eight Crazy Nights, the holiday beer from Collision Bend Brewing Company.

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I make an exception to starting the season early when it comes to holiday brews! Eight Crazy Nights is spicy, not too heavy, and a tasty seasonal pour.

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The launch was a lot of fun, with music from the Ohio City Singers and lots of tasty nibbles from Collision Bend’s menu. The bianco pizza and the Collision Bend popcorn, with chicken schmaltz, Mexican pepper mix, lime zest, and pecorino, were my favorite bites of the night!

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Eight Crazy Nights is available on tap at the restaurant, as well as in cans in your local store (I’ve already confirmed my local Heinen’s has it!)

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the launch of Eight Crazy Nights at Collision Bend Brewing Company. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Parents Night Out

Part of my job as one of the Room Parents for Jeffrey’s class was to plan Parents Night Out. This evening was a chance for the Pre-K parents to connect with each other outside of the drop-off line and without kids clamoring for attention.

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We held the Parents Night Out at Nighttown.

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Nighttown was so easy to work with setting up the event and the service was spot on! We had a selection of tasty (and generously-sized) appetizers, including egg rolls, bruschetta, chicken satay, and mushroom tarts.

It was a fun evening of catching up with friends and meeting people outside of school! We even got to hear some of the awesome live music that Nighttown had that evening before we had to get home to relieve babysitters of their duties!

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While I was a BloggyCon, I had the pleasure of meeting Haylie from HaylieStory.

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Haylie, along with her friend Zak of Zak Films, make City Surge videos where they visit cities around Ohio. So, we decided to collaborate on filming a City Surge video around Cleveland!

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We started at the West Side Market, then checked out East 4th Street, Playhouse Square, and University Circle.

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I tried to pick places that really highlighted the culture, food, and people that make Cleveland so awesome!

I can’t wait to see the finished video and will share it with you once it is done! What places would you have taken Haylie and Zak?

Modern CLE

Have you been hearing about Modern CLE? There’s quite the buzz about this website that launches today!

Modern CLE is written by journalists and focuses on telling stories from a female perspective.

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There will be news, health and wellness, financial advice, lifestyle, and more content put out daily covering Cleveland and beyond from a journalistic, female point of view.

I attended the launch party for Modern CLE at Heyday Collective. There were lots of tasty treats, bubbles, and fabulous ladies!

 

I’m so excited to read along with Modern CLE and enjoy their fun, fresh, female content!

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?

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