Why? Chefs Unbridled!

One of my favorite foodie events of the year is Chefs Unbridled, to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. Not only is the food always outstanding, but the setting is picturesque too.

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The weather was just perfect on Saturday night for this year’s event. Outside the tent, we enjoyed samples from Tom’s Foolery Distillery

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…and Crooked Pecker Brewing Company. The Driftwood Group food truck was also on hand with delicious offerings like hangar steak, halibut, and their famous tater tots with yum-yum sauce.

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Inside the tent, there were tasty morsels from some outstanding Cleveland chefs, along with live music, a spirited live auction, a wine pull, and a special appearance from Willie, one of Fieldstone Farm’s therapy horses.

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The dishes I most enjoyed from the evening were the flavorful duck breast with fried farro from Flour Restaurant

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…the truffled bologna sandwich from The Black Pig (bonus points for serving it on an English muffin…I love those!)…

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…the Tinman burger from Tinman, which is one of the tastiest burgers I’ve had in ages…

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…the lobster mac ‘n cheese with a delicate sauce that didn’t detract from the lobster from The Driftwood Group

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…the apple tart, which was fall dessert at it’s best, also from The Driftwood Group…

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…and the simple, delicious cacio e pepe agnolotti from The Union Club.

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All of this food, wine, and fun raised money for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which serves over 1,000 children and adults with special needs by connecting them with horses and teaching them independence, social skills, and more.

It was another year of perfection (and accidental outfit twinning with Jen) at Chefs Unbridled!

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***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Burntwood Tavern!

Burntwood Tavern is one of my favorite spots for happy hour, brunch, or dinner, with consistently delicious cocktails and food. This week, I got a sneak peek at their new fall menu items, which will be available at all locations starting on Monday, September 9.

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There are three new fall cocktails: an apple spice mojito, a cinnamon mule, and the Razzberry Sherbet, all of which are well-balanced and delicious.

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My favorite of the bunch was the apple spice mojito, which is perfect for that in-between summer and fall season when you don’t know what to wear or what to drink!

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New on the menu for fall are also some tasty food items that are warm, filling, and perfect for the season.

The beef brisket tacos have house-smoked brisket, texas bbq, red cabbage, and feta. These are great to share as an appetizer or keep for yourself for a tasty Taco Tuesday!

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The shrimp cobb salad has colby jack, avocado salsa, tomato, onion, applewood smoked bacon, egg, and house dressing. Light, bright, and delicious!

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The panko-crusted grouper sandwich comes with lemon aioli, arugula, tomato, and pickles. I love the crunch of the panko breading on the mild grouper.

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The hot Italian sandwich is one of my favorites of the new items, with pepperoni, salami, cherry peppers, tomato, red onion, and lettuce. The crispy bread, the salty meats…it’s not to be missed!

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My other favorite of the new menu items is the beef stroganoff, with house-smoked pot roast and mushrooms over fettuccine. This is warm, satisfying comfort food done right!

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The last new menu item we sampled was the hunter’s chicken, with mushrooms, tomato, and fettuccine alfredo. Again, this is a perfect comfort dish for cool nights!

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While we were at Burntwood Tavern, we also got to make some of our own infused vodka, a Burntwood Tavern specialty. Many of Burntwood Tavern’s cocktails incorporate house-made infusions for a truly special drink.

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Their happy hour runs from 3pm-6pm every day of the week, with half-price starters and flatbreads, $3 bottle beers, $4 draughts, $5 house wines, and $6 signature cocktails.

Burnwood Tavern also offers live music on Fridays, kids eat free on Mondays, and a great brunch and Bloody Mary bar from 10am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

From the new menu items to the staples like the Tavern tater tots and tasty flatbreads, you can’t miss at Burntwood Tavern.

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary tasting event at Burntwood Tavern. I received a gift card for myself and a gift card to give away (stay tuned on Instagram next week). As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Chefs Unbridled!

As thoughts start to turn toward fall, one of my favorite annual foodie evenings is just around the corner: Chefs Unbridled presented by the Harrington Family Foundation on Saturday, September 7.

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This event not only brings together some of Cleveland’s finest chefs, but it does so in a beautiful setting at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Polo Field.

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Stroll around the decorated tent and enjoy the food and drinks, wine pull, and live auctions or pop outside for food and dessert trucks, a bourbon tasting from Tom’s Foolery, and horse-drawn carriage rides with Cleveland storyteller Dan Ruminski.

Of course, the stars of the evening are the chefs who will create delectable dishes to enjoy.

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This year’s Chefs Unbridled chefs are:

  • Scott Kuhn and Chris Hodgson of Driftwood Restaurant Group
  • Matt Mytro of Flour Restaurant
  • Arnaud Berthelier of The Union Club
  • Will Burke of Revival Social 216
  • Vince Thomascik, Brett Sawyer, and Nolan Tidwell of Good Company
  • Brett Zubek of Sol
  • Joe Pinzone of Forno Wood-Fired Catering
  • Demetrios Athenos of Bold Food and Drink
  • Mike Schoen of Tinman
  • David Kocab of Black Pig

Chefs Unbridled is a fundraiser for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which serves over 1,000 special needs children and adults by connecting them with horses for care, lessons, and friendship. Some of the horses make an appearance at the event, too!

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Last year’s event raised nearly $300,000 and this year promises to be even bigger and better!

Tickets are currently on sale for $140 and can be purchased online. You can also purchase Golden Ticket raffle tickets for $100, which puts you into a drawing for a 5-course meal for 20 people with wine pairings, prepared in the winner’s home by Chefs Kuhn and Hodgson. These tickets are available now and will not be sold at the event. Winner need not be present to win.

I hope to see you under the tent and under the stars at Chefs Unbridled!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Fieldstone Farm to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of the Browns!

Training camp has started and everyone is getting excited for the upcoming Cleveland Browns season. There’s another reason to celebrate the return of football to The Land: the annual Taste of the Browns to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, happening Monday, September 9 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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This event combines Cleveland’s love for the Browns, the city’s celebrated culinary scene, and the chance to help those in need into one fabulous evening! Every dollar raised can provide four meals to those in need.

Your ticket includes wine and beer tastings, as well as delicious nibbles from some of Cleveland’s best restaurants, like Fahrenheit, Momocho, Pier W, Blue Point Grille, Zack Bruell Restaurants, B Spot Burgers, and more.

Plus, you’ll get to mingle with Cleveland Browns player and alumni, pose for photo opps, bid on amazing silent auction items, and enjoy the beautiful Club Lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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This year’s honorary co-chairs for the event are Chef Rocco Whalen, Jarvis Landry, and Josh Cribbs.

 

Tickets for Taste of the Browns are currently on sale for $175 for general admission and $250 for VIP admission. Prices increase on Thursday, August 8 to $200 for general admission and $295 for VIP admission, so score your tickets today! You can purchase tickets online.

Hope to see you at this gastronomic gridiron!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary general admission tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy, fun weekend-plus (I’m throwing an event from Thursday, too), so let’s get right to it…

Eat Like a Kid Again

On Thursday, my friend Melissa and I attended the Eat Like a Kid Again event to benefit Children’s Hunger Alliance.

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Held at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, the event brought together chef-inspired takes on favorite kids’ foods and drinks, along with a DJ, silent auction, and wine pull to raise funds for the Children’s Hunger Alliance mission of providing nutritious food to children across Ohio by partnering with local community organizations.
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We nibbled on mac ‘n cheese from Melt Bar and Grilled (did you know they have mac ‘n cheese varieties on their menu now?); spaghetti-o’s from Nora; sloppy joe’s from Saucisson; and s’mores from Annie’s Signature Sweets.

I snagged a nice bottle of sauvignon blanc from the wine pull and Melissa scored a Vitamix from the silent auction!

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Plus, it was fun to spend an evening in a place where we often take our kids to play. I’m reminded how lucky we are to be able to provide as we do for Jeffrey and how important it is to help those less able to do so.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Children’s Hunger Alliance to help promote Eat Like a Kid Again. In exchange, I received two complimentary general admission tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Put on Your Boogie Shoes

Friday night, Matthew and I transformed ourselves into a classic Cleveland couple for the Charles Bowlus Charities Put on Your Boogie Shoes fundraiser.

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This annual event was held this year at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown and featured some delicious food stations (build your own mac ‘n cheese FTW), delightful drinks, and one of our favorite local cover bands: Faction.

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Everyone in attendance went all out with their costumes! Some of our favorites included the Scooby Doo group, the Handmaid’s Tale handmaids, and the Chipotle burrito.

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The event raised funds for the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center. Every year, Charles Bowlus Charities chooses a non-profit to donate this event’s funds to, always focused on women and children.

It was a spook-tacular party for a great cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Charles Bowlus Charities to help promote Put on Your Boogie Shoes. In exchange, I received two complimentary general admission tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Children’s Theater Series

Saturday kicked off our third season as season ticket holders for the Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square with a Light Wire Theater performance of “The Ugly Duckling.”

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We all really enjoy these shows! They introduce children to live theater in a setting that is accessible. Children can talk quietly during the performances, attend pre-show workshops, and the shows are all around one hour long.

We’ve found the performances to be thoughtful, engaging, and fun!

While season tickets are sold out for the 2018-2019 season, you can purchase individual tickets for the remaining shows, which include “The Rainbow Fish,” “Emily Brown and the Thing,” and “Junie B. Jones.”

Grossology and Spooktacular Science

Since Sunday was rainy and cold, we decided to spend time indoors with two of Jeffrey’s godparents: Amanda and Scott (follow their super fun adventures on Tow for the Road!)

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The Great Lakes Science Center was hosting their Halloween party, Spooktacular Science, with monster dance parties, glow-in-the-dark slime, and exploding pumpkins.

We also got to check out the newest exhibit: Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.

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Grossology teaches visitors the facts and science behind farts, burps, pimples, mucus, and a host of other, well, gross functions of our bodies.

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It’s fun, colorful, and super hands-on, all of which Jeffrey just loved!

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Grossology is now open and included with your admission to the Great Lakes Science Center.

So that was our weekend (plus). How was yours? Did you have some pre-Halloween fun?

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend filled with lots of pre-Halloween festivities. Let’s get right to it!

Haunted Hayrides

On Friday, we attended one of our favorite Halloween traditions: the Haunted Hayrides at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

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We boarded the wagon and wound our way through a not-too-scary forest filled with fun decorations and enthusiastic actors.

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Once we departed the wagon, we could choose from the scary or not-scary path for some Halloween festival fun. We chose the not-scary path and enjoyed playground equipment, tasty food vendors like Corbo’s, and a glow-stick dance party.

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The Haunted Hayrides sell out quickly every year, so stay tuned next year for information on ticket sales!

Fall Fest

On Saturday, we attended the Fall Fest for the Early Childhood grades at Hathaway Brown School. Jeffrey got to debut his awesome T-Rex Halloween costume (from Pottery Barn Kids)…

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…pick a pumpkin to decorate and play fun Halloween-themed games.

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Plus, there was cider and donuts from Patterson Fruit Farm…a fall classic! We always enjoy these school parties that let the kids (and parents) connect outside of glass and have a great time!

Dinner at Red and Eagles Concert

Saturday evening, my dad and I had tickets to see the Eagles at Quicken Loans Arena (thanks, Mom!) We started our evening with dinner at Red, the Steakhouse. Dad and I made our own surf and turf with a pound of king crab legs and a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye.

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Both were perfection! We also shared the stuffed hot peppers for an appetizer and the classic creme brulee for dessert. What a great meal!

Then it was off to the concert. This was honestly one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Vince Gill and Deacon Frey (Glenn Frey’s son) did an incredible job filling Glenn Frey’s shoes.

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The hometown crowd loved all the Joe Walsh numbers, of course. The Eagles played two and a half hours of solid music and sounded incredible!

But for me, the best part of the evening was the chance to connect with my dad. We share an appreciation for classic rock (and a good steak), but we don’t often get the chance to do things just the two of us. So the evening was really special and not just because the concert was so great!

Boo at the Zoo

On Sunday, we participated in another favorite Halloween tradition: Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

From trick or treating…

…to a dance party…

…to the awesome new decorations, we love the classic Boo at the Zoo fun and there’s always something new to discover each year, too.

There’s still one weekend of Boo at the Zoo, happening Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28. You can purchase tickets online.

So, that was our fun, fall, festive weekend! How was yours?

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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? Wildroots at Legacy Village!

On Saturday, September 22, Legacy Village will host Wildroots, an awesome artists marketplace, where you can not only find fabulous items, but also connect with artists and makers.

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From 10am to 6pm, you can peruse over 50 vendors from Northeast Ohio and beyond, with everything from home décor to vintage goods to jewelry to contemporary art.

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The event will also include yoga on the lawn from 12pm-1pm, live music, children’s activities, and more!

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Wildroots is a free event and is in it’s first year at Legacy Village. Don’t miss this chance to spend the first day of fall outside, enjoying some great local shopping!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship to promote Legacy Village events, 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? Chefs Unbridled!

On Saturday night, Matthew and I attended one of our favorite foodie events: Chefs Unbridled to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.

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This event brings together a collection of talented Cleveland chefs, all of whom prepare delicious small plates to be enjoyed while strolling the big tent on the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club grounds.

The weather was cooler and the chefs were thinking cozy, fall flavors. Chef Scott Kuhn and Chef Chris Hodgson of the Driftwood Group prepared seafood chowder and fried burrata, both of which were warm and satisfying.

Speaking of warm and satisfying, the tomato risotto from the Union Club of Cleveland fit that bill too! And the slightly spicy, totally tender pork ropa vieja from Sol was delicious!

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The newly-opened Polpetta was on hand with chicken meatballs with Thai peanut sauce over veggie fried rice. Yum!

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And Chef Demetrios Athenos’ stuffed dates wrapped in bacon were the perfect bite-sized nibble.

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All of this food and fun (and friends)…

 

benefited Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which helps children and adults with disabilities, PTSD, and other physical and emotional challenges, connect with horses and find comfort and growth through these relationships.

 

The live auction, which included two in-home dinners provided by Driftwood Group, raised over $60,000 for Fieldstone Farm!

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What a fabulous, fall-like evening for a wonderful cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Fieldstone Farm to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Yoga in the Village!

Fall in Northeast Ohio is such a wonderful time for outdoor activities! Which is why I’m so excited for Yoga in the Village: Flow into Fall!

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Head to the lawn at Legacy Village on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30pm to enjoy a 60-minute, all-levels yoga class taught by Alicia Hansen, one of my favorite yoga teachers. For $15, you get the yoga class, plus a $5 Legacy Village gift card and swag bag with goodies from Legacy Village merchants.

Plus, you’ll not only be doing something good for you, but for the fuzzes, too! A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village.

I hope to see you at Flow into Fall. You know I can’t resist a yoga class!

***Disclosure: I have a standing agreement with Legacy Village to promote their events, 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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