Why? Holidays at Legacy Village!

‘Tis the season to enjoy Legacy Village even more than you usually do! There are so many ways to enjoy this festive time of year, while also being in the perfect spot to get your holiday shopping done, too!

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Snap a picture in front of Legacy Village’s beautiful tree and create your own personal joy!

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This fun, interactive photo stop is a must-have for your Instagram feed! Plus, when you share your picture on social media with the #CreateJoy hashtag and tag Legacy Village, you will have the chance to win a Legacy Village gift card!

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Follow Legacy Village on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more contest details!

Free Photos with Santa

On Saturdays and Sundays from now through December 23, you can stop and see the big man of the season! Santa will be available for photos from noon to 4pm.

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Your first photo with Santa is free, courtesy of Legacy Village, Q104, and L.L. Bean. Additional photos and packages are available for purchase.

Your Santa visit also helps a great cause. For every free photo taken, $5 will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Portions of photo packages purchased will also be donated. And your kids can make a greeting card to be sent to children in the hospital.

Santa will be located at Guest Services on Main Street, between Starbucks and Janie & Jack.

Holidays in the Village

Adding to the merriment at Legacy Village, it’s the return of Holidays in the Village. On Saturdays and Sundays from December 1 through December 23, there will be live music, children’s activities, gift card giveaways, costumed characters, ice carving demonstrations, and more.

Family-friendly activities will be held on Saturdays from 1-3pm and live musical performances with local choirs and bands will be held on Sundays from 1-3pm. For a full schedule of activities and performances, click here.

This is the perfect season to enjoy not only all the great food and shopping that Legacy Village has to offer, but all the holiday joy too!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their 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? Weekends!

It was a fabulous holiday weekend, filled with family, food, and fun! Here’s the recap…

Sugar Pines Farm

I love Thanksgiving and we had a fabulous run of back-to-back dinners with family, but on Friday, I was ready to kick off the Christmas season. Step one was to get a Christmas tree.

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We headed to Sugar Pines Farm for a cut-your-own tree experience. It was so fun to pick our tree, cut it down, and haul it back ourselves!

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Sugar Pines Farm also has a bonfire and s’mores, wagon rides out to see Santa, and a snack shack with yummy things like funnel cakes, roasted nuts, and hot chocolate. More than just getting a tree…it was a total experience!

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Plus, the tree is just beautiful and looks fantastic all decorated!

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Holiday CircleFest

On Friday evening, we all headed to University Circle for a little preview of Holiday CircleFest, which happens this coming weekend.

Holiday CircleFest includes a Polka Skate with the Chardon Polka Band on Friday night; a holiday market, horse-drawn carriage rides, and live music on Saturday; and free admission to museums, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, and photos with Santa on Sunday.

This weekend, we checked out the Rink at Wade Oval, which is a centerpiece of the Holiday CircleFest events. Unfortunately the Rink wasn’t frozen enough for skating yet, but we can’t wait to go back and let Jeffrey have his first ice skating experience!

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The Rink is open through February 18. The lights around the Rink make it just a lovely holiday spot!

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We then headed over to the Cleveland Botanical Garden for Glow. Glow is a wonderland of Christmas trees decorated by garden clubs…

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…gingerbread houses created by talented and creative Clevelanders (Jeffrey and I had the tough task of judging these houses)…

…the Garden Express train…

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….and delicious holiday treats and fantastic live music.

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Glow is happening at the Cleveland Botanical Garden every day except Mondays through January 5 and is a lovely holiday tradition!

***Disclosure: I was asked by University Circle to help promote Holiday CircleFest. In exchange, I received three complimentary tickets to the Rink at Wade Oval and Glow. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Tannenbaum Trail

On Saturday, my mom and I checked out the Tannenbaum Trail put on by the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

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A ticket for the Tannenbaum Trail gets you a wine sample, small bite, and ornament at 13 different Geneva-area wineries, as well as an 18-inch tree to put your ornaments on.

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Mom and I started Ferrante Winery and hit six other wineries too: Laurello Vineyards, South River Vineyard, Red Eagle Distillery, the Winery at Spring Hill, Maple Ridge Vineyard, and Grand River Cellars.

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We had a great time exploring the wineries and getting some fun souvenirs to take home with us! The Tannenbaum Trail is a yearly happening and for a small price, you can check out lots of wineries, get a cute Christmas decoration, and you have three weekends to complete the trail!

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So, that was our weekend! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

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Why? Wildroots Night Out!

The holidays are coming, which is the perfect time to create gifts and goodies for those you love. Legacy Village is partnering with Wildroots for two Wildroots Night Out events that will allow you to get hands-on in creating things for the holiday season.

The first Wildroots Night Out takes place on Thursday, November 29 from 6-8:30pm in the storefront next to LOFT.

Caroline of Cozy by Caroline will host a Knitting Class where you will create your own cozy headband. The class is designed for those who have never knit before or only dabbled a bit.

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You will learn how to and make your own headband, as well as enjoy light refreshments and small bites. Cost to attend is $35 plus Eventbrite fees and includes all the materials for the project, as well as the small bites and refreshments. Tickets can be purchased online.

Then, on Thursday, December 6, the second Wildroots Night Out will happen with Click’s Cookies.

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From 6 to 7:30 in the storefront next to LOFT, you’ll decorate 12 sugar cookies with delicious frosting and sprinkles to wow your friends, coworkers, or cookie exchange participants.

You can choose from four different themes: Oh Christmas Tree, A Christmas Story, Winter Wonderland, and Oh Holy Night. Tickets are $35 plus Eventbrite fees and include all the cookies and supplies, plus small bites and light refreshments. You can purchase tickets online.

Wildroots Night Out events at Legacy Village are a perfect way to connect with friends during this busy time of year, as well as make gifts for those you love! Don’t miss them!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship 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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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? Wine and Gold Only Treats!

***Editor’s Note: This post written by Jeffrey, sort of. If I’m qualified to write in anyone else’s voice, it’s the one I hear the most every day.***

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because of the candy. I also like being a Tyrannosaurus Rex and roaring at people. That’s fun.

My mommy took me to trick or treat with the basketball players the other night because I’m in the basketball Kids Club. I got to be a T-Rex and get candy. It was super cool.

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I met two basketball players and got lots of candy from them because their hands are so big. I showed them my dinosaur roar too. I think they liked it.

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I also met the basketball puppy. He was funny.

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I got candy and a toothbrush from this nice lady who works for my dentist. I ate the M&M’s first.
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But I used the toothbrush before bed. I stayed up way past my bedtime.

And I got to play some hockey and basketball, too!

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Mommy got a treat too. She wouldn’t share hers with me. But she always asks to share my treats.

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I had lots of fun. I can’t wait to go see those basketball players that I trick or treated with play in a game!

***Disclosure from the Editor: I was asked to attend Wine & Gold Only Treats as part of our complimentary Cavs Kids Club membership. I have an ongoing relationship with Hudec Dental as a brand ambassador. As always, all opinions are 100% my own (or Jeffrey’s 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…

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…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? Put on Your Boogie Shoes Fundraiser – Costumes and Cocktails!

Want a fun way to celebrate Halloween while benefiting a great cause? Well, then Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes and head to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Friday, October 26.

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This event is put on by Charles Bowlus Charities. Charles Bowlus Charities was established in memory of Charles Bowlus, CEO and founder of ECRM, who passed away in August, 2011 from lung cancer, with the intent of keeping Charlie’s philanthropy alive. Its mission is to provide support for local organizations, who assist those individuals and families dealing with cancer, health & wellness, women, and children.

The beneficiary of this year’s Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes is the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, which empowers individuals, educates the community, and advocates for justice to end domestic violence and child abuse.

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Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes will be a fun Halloween party with live music from Faction (one of our favorite local cover bands), food, beer, wine, raffles and silent auctions, and costumes galore with a costume contest too.

General admission tickets are $85 and include a beer and wine bar and food. VIP tickets are $125 and include the above, plus liquor, valet parking, and VIP section access. You can purchase tickets online.

Don’t miss this fun way to celebrate Halloween, while benefiting a great cause. Oh, and tell me what Matthew and I should dress like in the comments…

***Disclosure: I was asked by Charles Bowlus Charities to help promote Put on Your BOO-gie Shows. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

Just to let you know right from the start, this post is 90% Jeffrey’s birthday and 10% donuts…

Goldie’s Donuts

On Friday afternoon, Jeffrey and I had the chance to check out the brand new Goldie’s Donuts and Bakery in Lyndhurst.

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Located in the former Amy Joy’s Donuts location, Goldie’s does more than just donuts, but boy, do they make great donuts! The sour cream donut was my favorite: so moist and delicious! I also tried the classic glazed, which was light and fluffy.

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Goldie’s also offers tons of pastries, like cookies with rich and delicious chocolate icing, Russian tea cakes made from a 100-year old recipe, and decadent brownies and coconut bars.

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Goldie’s also has apple fritters and chocolate chip cookies that are both as big as your head!

Goldie’s is open daily from 5am to 10pm, so any time you’re craving donuts or any of their other delightful treats, you can grab one (with the convenience of a drive-through if you want). Goldie’s is a great addition to our fabulous locally-owned donut scene in Cleveland!

***I was invited to a complimentary tasting at Goldie’s Donuts and Bakery. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Jeffrey’s Birthday: Parts One, Two, and Three

Jeffrey turned four yesterday and it’s hard to believe how fast time has gone! I’m so proud of the boy he has become: so inquisitive and funny and smart and empathetic. And what better way to mark turning four than with a weekend of parties?!

On Friday, we had a party for Jeffrey’s school friends at Preston’s HOPE Playground Park. This is always a favorite place to play and it was the perfect spot for the kids on that beautiful day.

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We ordered pizza from Pizzazz on the Circle and had a great time playing.

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Jeffrey has gotten really into birthdays, particularly singing “Happy Birthday,” and it was such a treat to watch him get so excited for that part of his parties.

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On Saturday, we had a party with Jeffrey’s friends at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland.

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When the new Museum opened, Jeffrey immediately requested to have his birthday party there. It was the perfect spot, with lots of fun things for the kids to do, plus a spacious and well-appointed party room and friendly staff that made hosting a breeze!

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Jeffrey’s cake came from Cakes to You and was designed to match his invitations and party décor perfectly!

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Jeffrey also requested a rocket ship piñata (thank goodness for Amazon…you can find anything, I swear), which led to a lot of excited candy grabbing!

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And then on Sunday, we had a party at our house with our family and Jeffrey’s godparents. My dad arranged for a pretty amazing surprise in our driveway: Lightning McQueen and Mater!

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Lightning is my dad’s car, with the addition of a perfectly-designed sunshade. It was so cool for Jeffrey to see these characters come to life in his driveway!

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We had lots of good BBQ food, time to play in the yard, and another fabulously designed Cakes to You cake.

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Anything that can make Jeffrey this happy is completely worth doing (three times over)!

Happiest birthday to our favorite little man, who woke up this morning and said very seriously, “Momma, I am four now.” I can’t wait to see what it brings!

And of course, what an epic Cavs win! Pretty nice birthday present they gave Jeffrey there!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your long weekend and take time to remember the reason for the holiday, too.

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Why? Weekends!

I hope you all had lovely Mother’s Day weekends! Here’s how we spent ours:

Thrive Arts Center

On Saturday, we attended a birthday party for one of Jeffrey’s friends at Thrive Arts Center.

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Thrive Arts Center opened after Jeffrey finished up with Kindermusik, so this was our first chance to check it out. It’s an impressive space that is bright, fun, and imaginative, with space for Kindermusik, instrument and voice lessons, dance classes, and birthday parties too.

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We got to participate in a Kindermusik class before making birthday crowns and enjoying cake and snacks. It was a fun way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon! If your kids are interested in music, dance, or arts, check out Thrive Arts Center’s class offerings!

Mother’s Day

My Mother’s Day started with a present that Jeffrey made for me at school. It’s pretty fun now that he’s old enough to participate in making/picking out gifts. He was so excited to present me with my hand-painted letter!

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After a fabulous vinyasa flow at Yoga Roots, we met up with my parents for brunch at The Capital Grille. The Capital Grille has quickly become a favorite special occasion spot, so I couldn’t wait to indulge in their Mother’s Day brunch.

When we arrived, my mom and I each received a sparkly red rose to commemorate Mother’s Day.

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The dinner menu was available, but we chose to order off the three-course brunch menu. I chose the field greens salad, the lobster frittata, and the crème brulee.

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The lobster frittata was so rich, with a fluffy, creamy egg frittata on top a hash brown cake, served with lobster tail meat and Hollandaise sauce. This was brunch perfection!

The best part of the brunch was the bottomless mimosas or bellinis! The service, food, and drinks all made this a truly indulgent Mother’s Day treat!

So, that was our weekend. A little quieter than our usual, but that was really nice. I enjoyed the chance to soak up family time on Mother’s Day weekend! How was yours?

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