Why? Weekends!

Hey guys! How was your weekend? Ours was a nice balance of time out and time at home, so let’s get right to it…

Michael Angelo’s Winery

On Friday night, I met up with my friends Anne and Kim at Michael Angelo’s Winery.

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The winery is huge and beautifully decorated, with lots of seating options from at the wine tasting bar to tables to cozy chairs and couches.

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I started with a wine flight, which let me sample four different wines. I chose the Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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I really enjoyed all my selections, except for the Pinot Noir (which, admittedly, I don’t have as much experience with in general.)

We decided to share a couple appetizers: the crispy Brussel sprouts with maple aioli, mint, and lemon and the confit chicken wings with soy garlic sauce.

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Both were quite tasty! The pizzas coming out of the kitchen all looked amazing, too!

In addition to the food and wine, you can snag yourself some of Michael Angelo’s well-known bakery items, from bread to macarons to paczki. There is also a shop with coffee, candy, and bottles of wine for purchase.

The winery quickly filled up on Friday evening and is clearly deserves it’s new “hot spot” status with food, wine, and atmosphere that are all on point.

Yoga and Oils

Saturday morning, I went to an event that combined something I know really well (yoga) with something I don’t know as well (essential oils.)

Held at Borrow – Curated Rentals & Design, the event started with a presentation on doTERRA Essential Oils, with a sample of their Balance oil to take home.

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Then, Alicia led us through a Slow Flow and Yoga Nidra combination that left us feeling refreshed and intent on the year ahead.

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Alicia graciously let me just hang out in my own restorative poses in the back, but I was definitely able to reap the benefits of the relaxation and the chance to set a mantra for 2019.

Mine? “I am at ease.”

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Plus, Borrow was just a lovely environment for this event, with lots of beautiful lighting and vintage items all around. I want one of these swings at home, stat!

The Rest of the Weekend

We spent most of the rest of the weekend taking down the Christmas decorations. It was definitely time to do it, but I also just don’t like that job, except when it’s done.

Since we were all working so hard around the house, we needed some sustenance, so I made a winter time favorite: hatch chile and chorizo mac ‘n cheese.

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I use this recipe, but add in some loose chorizo that I brown and mix in. When you can get hatch chiles from Heinen’s next summer, grab as many as you can and freeze them. That way you can enjoy these smoky, spicy peppers all year!

We also went to a 10th birthday party for Iain, who Jeffrey calls “my big friend Iain.” Pizza, cake, and lots of chances to play made for a perfect Sunday Funday for these guys!

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So that was our weekend. Hope you enjoyed the very not-January-like weather!

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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? barre3 January Challenge!

It’s almost the new year and there are certain to be a lot of fitness deals and challenges to capitalize on new year’s resolutions. I tend to just tune those out, but the barre3 January Challenge really caught my attention.

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The challenge is premised on being “balanced in body and empowered from within.” The barre3 January Challenge combines guided movement with daily mindfulness, provided by barre3 and Headspace.

Once you join the barre3 January Challenge, you’ll get access to unlimited studio classes through the challenge, new online workouts each week, and access to Headspace meditations. The barre3 studios will have charts posted where you can track your progress not only in taking classes, but also in daily meditation.

The biggest thing that sets the barre3 January Challenge apart is that it starts with the notion that you are already enough.

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You don’t need to punish yourself for holiday eating and drinking (or any eating and drinking.) Your body is not a problem that needs to be fixed. You have inherent strength, both physically and emotionally.

Through mindful classes and helpful meditations, the barre3 January Challenge will help you tap into that inner strength, making you feel balanced in body and empowered from within.

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I am so excited to be partnering with the barre3 Legacy Village studio on the January Challenge. Once I’m cleared to work out again (toward mid-January), you’ll see my rocking the studio classes, but I’m all in on the meditation for the entire challenge.

I have found barre3 Legacy Village to be an awesome community that truly supports one another and has your best interests as a whole person at heart. So, this January Challenge just plays right into what they’ve already been doing.

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Are you ready to take the barre3 January Challenge too? You can sign up online anytime now through January 6. The Challenge runs January 7 through February 3. Cost to enroll is $99 and includes unlimited studio classes, 30 days of Headspace access, and a weekly barre3 email with guided programming.

Registration for the challenge will remain open through January 20, so if you’re a late bloomer, you’ll still get unlimited studio classes through February 3 and 30 days of Headspace access for $99. There is also an “online only” challenge option for $29.

You are already enough. Take the barre3 January Challenge to help you connect with that truth and feel empowered from within!

***Disclosure: I was asked by barre3 Legacy Village to help promote the January Challenge. In exchange, I will receive a complimentary January Challenge registration and some barre3 swag. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Hudec Dental and Cleveland Monsters!

This weekend, we got to enjoy a great partnership between two of my favorite Cleveland partners: Hudec Dental and the Cleveland Monsters.

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Hudec Dental provides electronic message boards and a dasher board during the games. The dasher board gives game attendees access to the Hudec Dental Monsters website, which lets you know when you can visit the Hudec Dental activation booth, at one Monsters game per month.

The activation booth features games, prizes with an up to $300 value, and an interactive photo booth! The next Monsters game featuring the Hudec Dental activation booth is on Sunday, January 6.

Hudec Dental is also the sponsor of the post-game skates, which last for 45 minutes after the game and are free for game attendees. You can rent skates or bring your own for some of your own on-ice fun!

Perhaps the most visible part of the Hudec Dental partnership with the Cleveland Monsters is the Zamboni, with the bright, friendly Hudec Dental colors and “Relax. And smile.” tagline.

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Everyone loves watching the Zamboni!

Jeffrey was lucky enough to be able to ride on the Zamboni after the second period of the game. What a blast!

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He had such a good time, waving to the crowd and flying around the ice! He even got introduced to the crowd and was on the Humongotron!

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Beyond the Zamboni ride, the Monsters game was packed with lots of family fun, including a kids jersey giveaway, lots of fun entertainment between the action of the game, Sully the mascot, and the family-friendly price tag for tickets. Check out tickets and promotions.

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For a sports experience the whole family will enjoy, head on out to a Cleveland Monsters game. And for a dental experience the whole family will enjoy too, head to your neighborhood Hudec Dental!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing brand ambassador relationship with Hudec Dental. In exchange, I received a parking pass, three game tickets, and a Zamboni ride at the Cleveland Monsters game. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Punch Bowl Social Putt Club!

So, it’s officially become “we don’t go outside” season in Cleveland. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorite activities. Punch Bowl Social just opened an indoor miniature golf course that will keep you swinging through the winter months.

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Punch Bowl Social Putt Club is the only one of it’s kind across all the Punch Bowl locations nationwide. Manager Mike Mauser told me that the reason for that is twofold: Cleveland’s weather is the perfect testing ground for indoor activities (but we love CLE anyway) and Cleveland boasts the largest Punch Bowl square footage across the country.

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The course is 1,800 square feet of miniature golfing goodness on the first level of Punch Bowl Social. The course features 9 holes of fun, with a Nordic Woodland theme. The decor is spot-on and features local artists Charley Francis and Cleveland Blacksmithing.

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We tried out the course and found it to be both challenging and fun! Jeffrey loved it, but Matthew and I found it tricky enough to make for a good game for us too.

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There are drink stations at each hole, so you can properly secure your delicious Punch Bowl beverage while you play (the Orchard & Oak is my forever favorite there).

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After our round of golf, we grabbed dinner. Matthew and I were both feeling the fried chicken vibes, with the Chicken ‘n Waffles for him and the A La Bama Chicken Sandwich for me. We also shared the Sriracha Peanut Fries with pork. So delicious!

Punch Bowl Social Putt Club is open daily and does not accept reservations. Stop in to add a little breath of summer to your winter months!

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Why? Yoga Roots Fall Challenge!

Over the last month, I took part in the “Get Rooted” Fall Challenge at Yoga Roots. I always enjoy these challenges as a fun opportunity to take some different classes and win some cool prizes.

For some reason, I went all in on this particular challenge and decided to take 30 straight days of classes. So, here is what I learned from taking 30 yoga classes in 30 days:

1.I feel great! And I felt great throughout the entire challenge. The consistency of the practice really worked for my body. And even the vinyasa classes had enough chance for restorative poses and stretching that I never felt overwhelmed or overly tired.

2. Which leads me to: Consistency is the key in a yoga practice. I’m not saying you have to go every day for 30 days. But yoga is a practice and the more consistent you are, the more you will grow your practice.

3. Yoga is about more than just the poses, it’s about the breath. I found myself coming back to my breath more and more in my daily life because it was so ingrained from practicing so often. It helped me be less stressed and find moments of peace in my day. There were also times when I lost the breath in my everyday life and the only place I could reset and find catharsis was on my mat.

4. Yoga practice is also about community. I made more friends at the studio from seeing each other so regularly and I deepened my connections with the amazing teachers there, too. And since it’s Yoga Roots Teacher Appreciation Week, I’ll just say a big thanks to my teachers in this challenge: Katie, Aimee, Julz, Jennie, Tamsin, Justine, Cat, Heather, and Sharon!

5. I am stronger and more capable than I thought was. And I’m pretty sure I’m stronger and more capable than when I started. I wasn’t sure I could accomplish this challenge and I am so proud that I did.

6. The doing of the thing is the thing. The prizes were great and I will be enjoying my hoodie and water bottle and t-shirt for some time, but the point of the Fall Challenge was to do it, to grow and strengthen both my asana practice and my connection to the Yoga Roots community. That’s the real prize.

Have you ever done any fitness challenges? What did you learn from them?

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Why? Adrenaline Monkey!

With the rise in popularity of “American Ninja Warrior,” adventure centers are popping up, offering people the chance to try their own ninja experience.

Adrenaline Monkey is a brand new, spiffy family adventure center that offers ninja courses, aerial ropes, climbing walls, and parkour for all ages.

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Ninja courses start at ages 5 and up, with beginner and advanced options. Wee Warriors is available for ages 5 and under, with a low ropes course and a mini ninja course with 10 interchangeable obstacles.

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Aerial ropes courses are for ages 5 and up and climbing walls are available for ages 3 and up. You can read about all the courses here.

Adrenaline Monkey also has an arcade and Jeffrey really enjoyed bouncing between ninja courses and arcade games.

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Adrenaline Monkey offers bright, clean, high energy fun that can be a great way for families to get active together.

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They also offer both kids and adults fitness classes, as well as a fun venue for birthday parties or corporate events.

While Jeffrey enjoyed running through the ninja courses, he definitely wasn’t using them as intended and I would have concerns about him trying to go through the courses when bigger kids were also using them.

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In talking to the staff from Adrenaline Monkey, their sweet spot is kids ages 9 through 11, so we’re definitely a ways from enjoying the full experience.

That said, for an afternoon power play time that set up a really good night’s sleep, Adrenaline Monkey was great, even for a Wee Warrior.

You can check out tickets and pricing online.

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary visit at Adrenaline Monkey. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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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? Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast Giveaway!

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

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On Friday, November 16, at Tenk West Bank in The Flats, the First Tee of Cleveland will celebrate the volunteers and advocates who positively impact children’s lives at their 7th annual Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast.

The Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast includes great presentations:

  • Keynote speaker Brandon Chrostowski, founder, president, and CEO of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute
  • The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement presented to Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, past president of Cuyahoga Community College, and her husband Walter Thornton, a founding member of The First Tee of Cleveland

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

Tickets for the Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast are $125 and proceeds benefit the First Tee of Cleveland’s not-for-profit mission. Tickets can be purchased online.

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

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

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

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

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

I want to attend the @FirstTeeCLE Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway http://whycle.com/2018/10/19/why-grit-gratitude-and-you-breakfast-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, October 24 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

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

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Why? 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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