Jeffrey is so into sports, more so than I ever imagined he would be. And not just watching sports, but playing them too. If your kids are the same way, the Cavs Academy Clinics are a great way for them to experience hands-on all the basketball excitement they enjoy watching at the Cavs games.
The Cavs Academy Clinics are designed for boys and girls ages 7 and up, of all skill levels. There are clinics throughout the Northeast Ohio region. Upcoming clinics are:
Thursday, January 16 in Akron
Monday, February 17 in Fairview Park
Friday, February 28 in Toledo
Sunday, March 8 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (All Girls)
Saturday, March 28 at Cleveland Clinic Courts (All Girls 3V3)
Saturday, April 4 in Youngstown
Thursday, April 9 in Broadview Heights (Elite 3-on-3)
For the younger kids ages 3-6, there are Cavalittles Clinics. Upcoming clinics are:
Wednesday, January 15 in Seven Hills
Wednesday, February 5 in Brunswick
Wednesday, March 11 in Avon Lake
Clinics include a Cavs Academy dri-fit shooting shirt, Cavaliers 50th Season Celebration Spaulding basketball, and a ticket to a 2019-20 regular season home game.
Click here for more information and to register for a Cavs Academy Clinic!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Cavaliers to help promote the Cavs Academy Clinics. In exchange, I received a complimentary Cavalittles Clinic registration for Jeffrey. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
This holiday season, ditch all the stuff, and give the gift of experience! Swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School provide essential skills and confidence that last a lifetime.
Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence and learning life lessons. Kids love Goldfish’s fun, tropical environment and 90 degree pools. Parents get the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are accomplishing an essential life skill based on our proven curriculum. There’s no better gift than that!
Believe it or not, winter is actually the BEST time of year for families to be thinking about water and swim safety. Now’s the time to get a head start on the summer, so that your kids are ready when all the community pools and water parks open!
Goldfish Swim School (with local locations of Cleveland East Side, Fairview Park, Hudson, and North Canton) are offering special discounted holiday packages in December while supplies last. You can choose from 3 holiday packages (each offer $100 in savings!): the Bubbles Baby Package, the Advanced Baby Package, and the Safer Swimmer Package.
You can enter to win one Goldfish Swim School Holiday Package of your choice, for the Cleveland-area location of your choice, right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
4. Follow @goldfishswim and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.
5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:
I want to win a holiday swim package from @goldfishswim and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/12/06/why-goldfish-swim-school-holiday-giveaway
You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.
The giveaway will end on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Winner will be chosen at random. Note that lesson dates and times are subject to availability.
The First Tee of Cleveland is a non-profit that teaches children core values and builds character through the game of golf.
And while I am admittedly not a golfer, there is obviously something to their system. I have been continually impressed by the program participants I’ve met, who handle themselves with beyond-their-years poise and confidence.
I had the chance to attend with and meet some of the program volunteers, who get to pass on their love for golf, as well as their life experience to participants on a weekly basis.
There are so many wonderful non-profits in the Cleveland area doing a host of good works through sometimes unexpected outlets. If The First Tee of Cleveland speaks to you, you can learn more their programs, volunteer to help the organization, or donate.
***Disclosure: I was asked by The First Tee of Cleveland to help promote Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The Winter Market
Friday night, I had the chance to attend the VIP preview of The Winter Market, a holiday-themed extension of the popular The Summer Market.
Held at The Shipyards, this event was packed with fabulous local makers, most of whom I was fangirling over after following for so long on Instagram.
So, not only was it a fun night of hockey, but it was meaningful too!
Also, I think Jeffrey might be the newest member of the Monsters Top Line Dance Team!
Our friend Maddie is on the team and was so sweet to stop to chat with Jeffrey and get this fun group shot!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I received two complimentary Monsters Monthly Passes for November. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Girls Night Out
On Saturday night, I met up with some gal pals to celebrate my friend Stacey’s birthday at the Wild Eagle Saloon.
From the pour-your-own-beer wall to the solid 80’s music choices on the jukebox to the tasty bar food (get the pulled pork quesedilla, trust), we had a great time.
We also felt like we stepped back in time to college, as there was an intense game of beer pong happening while we were there!
From Wild Eagle, we headed over to Nano Brew. Apparently, this unassuming beer and burger joint turns in to quite the hot spot on a Saturday night!
After a lot of laughs, hugs, and drinks, we headed home…a perfect girls night out!
Platform Pub Yoga
I’m no stranger to Sunday morning yoga, but it gets even better when it’s Alicia teaching and when I get a beer after class!
I attended this month’s installment of the Platform Pub Yoga series. Taking place on the last Sunday of the month, this series pairs an hour-long vinyasa flow with a post-class beer, plus a donation to a local non-profit.
This month’s non-profit was the May Dugan Center, which provides a host of services to those in need from trauma counseling to a food pantry.
There’s nothing I like better than starting my day with yoga, good friends, tasty beer (I had the Smores Yammy), and an everything bagel (not pictured, because I just ate it too damn fast).
For only $39 per seat, you get tickets to every Monsters home game in the month, allowing you to choose when is best to attend games with the freedom of knowing you have guaranteed seats.
Jeffrey loves attending the Monsters games and I love being able to decide on the spur of the moment that our schedules allow us to attend a game.
Our seats have been great for the games and they are all sent to my FlashSeats account in advance, which makes attending on the fly a snap.
The Monsters games have always been a budget-friendly way to enjoy some good family fun, but the new subscription service makes it even easier.
We have two seats at every game, so we can even change who goes to the games with Jeffrey, allowing more family members to experience the fun with him.
We especially enjoy the 1-2-3 Fridays, with $1 Pepsi products, $2 hot dogs, and $3 select draft beers.
There’s no long-term commitment with the subscription service, either. You can subscribe month-to-month, so when life gets busy (like at the holidays,) we can take a break and return to the action in January.
The Monsters Monthly Pass is definitely a power play (see, I’m learning hockey terms) for your fun and your budget!
Check it out and add some Monsters fun to your family’s schedule!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I received a complimentary subscription with two tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
It was a pretty relaxed weekend, so here’s what we were up to…
On Friday, Jeffrey and I stopped by Cleveland Public Square to check out Prismatica. These life-size prisms were created by Raw Design of Toronto and allow you to play with light and sound and reflection in a really unique way.
We went around sunset, which lit up the prisms in a really beautiful way.
You can check out Prismatica for yourself through November 15 on Public Square. It’s free, open to the public, and pretty cool at any time of day!
Cleveland Monsters Game
After our walk around Public Square, Jeffrey and I headed over to the Cleveland Monsters game. Jeffrey really gets into the games, as well as the fun in between periods.
He (we) ended up on the Humongotron twice due to his dancing and cheering!
We also ran into our friend Maddie, who we know from barre3, but is also a member of the Monsters dance team!
More on our Monsters experience later this week, so stay tuned…
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote their subscription service. In exchange, I received a complimentary subscription. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Ghostbusters Birthday Party
On Saturday, we attended a birthday party for one of our favorite 3-year-olds. The party was Ghostbusters-themed and from the clothes…
…to the cake…
…to the treats…
Mariah went all out on making this a super fun afternoon!
And that was about it for the weekend. Sometimes it’s nice to not have a ton of things to blog about, right? Don’t worry…that won’t last for too long, though! How was your weekend?
Held at the Mandel JCC, this sale has something for every fashionista, from exclusive designer labels to cashmere to furs to handbags.
I scored an amazing deal on this stunning dress off the Celebrity/Influencer rack.
It was donated by Kimberly of Modern Musings and I just cannot wait to wear it out on the town (perhaps to the event I’ll be blogging about tomorrow).
The sale is still on today, October 28, from 12-8pm and tomorrow, October 29, from 10am-7pm. And today, everything is 20% off the already amazing prices! So stop by and grab yourself some fabulous new finds for your wardrobe, all to benefit a great cause!
***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I received complimentary admission to the preview day and compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Burntwood Tavern Dia de los Muertos
On Friday night, I met up with my friend Lisa for dinner at Burntwood Tavern to enjoy their limited-time Dia de los Muertos menu.
We both started with the Perfect Margarita, served on the rocks with Patron, Grand Marnier, lime, and a salted rim.
We shared the Pacos Nachos, with smoked pork carnitas, colby jack cheese, crispy jalapenos, peppers and onions, avocado salsa, pico de gallo, and queso blanco.
Hearty and filling, these were delicious nachos!
For my entree, I had the Baja Fish Tacos, with beer-battered cod, cole slaw, queso rico, chipotle aioli, and rice & beans.
The rice & beans were not your typical Mexican rice & beans, but they were tasty. And the fish was tender and flaky, with a nice kick from the chipotle aioli.
The Dia de los Muertos menu is available at all Burntwood Tavern locations through Sunday, November 3, with options from tacos to burritos to chicken tortilla soup. Over on Instagram, I’m running a gift card giveaway for $50 to Burntwood Tavern to check it out for yourself. The giveaway closes on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:59pm, so hop over and enter!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Burntwood Tavern to help promote the Dia de los Muertos menu. In exchange, I received two complimentary entrees and two complimentary margaritas. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
The first show was Jungle Book, a re-imagined version of the classic tale, with a great message about conservation mixed in. Every year, Jeffrey becomes so much more engaged in the stories taking place on stage!
While the season ticket packages are sold out for this year, stay tuned in March for when the 2020-2021 season is announced. This a great way to introduce children to live theater in a way that is friendly and accessible, while still challenging their imaginations.
Gesu Young Families Truck or Treat
Trunk or Treat events have become quite popular over the last few years with church groups and schools, where families can decorate their cars and let their kids trick or treat in an enclosed area.
The Gesu Young Families group hosted their Truck or Treat on Saturday night, but it turned into a Gym or Treat due to the weather!
There was a DJ, pizza, and plenty of candy! Our Trunk or Treat design came from my friend Sarah who created this adorable Toy Story-scape and was kind enough to let me borrow it! It was definitely a hit with the kids!
Trunk or Treat was a fun night and a great precursor to all the Halloween action coming this Thursday.
Gesu Blue-Gold Game
On Sunday, we bundled up and headed to the last game of Jeffrey’s soccer season: the Gesu Blue-Gold game.
All the Kindergartners played each other, enjoyed pizza and snacks, and generally celebrated the end of a fun season!
The Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast includes breakfast (obviously), but also motivational and inspirational presentations:
Keynote speaker June Ryan, Rear Admiral, US Coast Guard (Retired), a dynamic trainer, speaker, author and coach
Presentation of The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement to Rick Buoncore, Managing Partner of MAI Capital Management and the first Board Chair of The First Tee of Cleveland
There will also be delicious food, lots of coffee, and networking time to follow the presentations.
Tickets for the Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast are $125 and proceeds from the event will enable The First Tee of Cleveland to extend its reach to more youth throughout Northeast Ohio in need of the organization’s positive impact on their social and emotional skills.
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, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite breakfast food.
3. Hop over to my Instagram page and complete the steps with the First Tee of Cleveland picture.
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 https://whycle.com/2019/10/22/why-grit-gratitude-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 Friday, October 25 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 complimentary tickets to the event and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
‘Tis the season to be talking about Monsters and I don’t just mean Halloween monsters! The Cleveland Monsters are back on the ice! Attending Monsters games is one of my favorite things to do with Jeffrey. The tickets are at an accessible price point, the games are fun and family-friendly, and there’s so much to see both on and off the ice.
Which is why I’m so excited to be partnering with the Monsters to help you attend even more Monsters games with the new Monsters Monthly Pass.
This subscription pass allows you access to every Monsters home game in the month of your subscription for the low price of $39 per ticket. Tickets are sent to your Flash Seats account 24 hours prior to each game (which is when you find out your seat location).
There’s no long-term commitment either. You subscribe by the month and can decide if month-to-month if you want to continue your subscription.
The Monsters Monthly Pass allows you to decide on the fly if you want to attend a game, without too much advance planning.
Pick the games that work best for your schedule, pop in for a game if an evening frees up, and experience the exact amount of hockey fun that is best for you. The Monsters Monthly Pass allows for both flexibility and fun, at a great price!
If you buy now, you will receive access to the last two home games in October (October 25 and 26), as well as all of the home games in November (see a complete list here).
And if you buy using this link, you will save $10, making your subscription only $29 per ticket for October and November!
I’m so excited to experience the Monsters Monthly Pass for myself and hope to see you at a bunch of the games, too!
***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Monsters Monthly Pass. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary Monsters Monthly Passes for October and November. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
GrooveRyde, where Alicia teaches on Monday nights (take her GrooveFlow class…your thighs will hate you, but thank you), was one of several local businesses supporting the Heart Walk with additional fitness offerings, fun booths, and more.
I forgot how different it is to practice on the grass, though. You’re using different muscles to stabilize and you’ll definitely feel the difference the next day!
The view of the city at sunrise makes it worth it though!
So, I’m officially a soccer mom!
Jeffrey joined the school soccer team and had his first two games on Saturday morning. From learning which way to kick the ball (mostly because of kicking it the wrong way) to agreeing to play defense, then immediately asking “What’s defense?,” it was equal parts heartwarming and hilarious.
But I’m so proud of Jeffrey for trying something new and for the coaches for doing a great job exposing the kids to soccer specifically and sportsmanship generally.
I also snuck in one last birthday dinner at my parent’s house. We had delicious, huge crab legs from Lobster Brothers, tasty sangria, and a decadent ice cream cake from Mitchell’s.
Despite the candles literally singeing my hair (the hazards of a bigger number birthday), it was a lovely celebration. My presents also added two new leopard-print items to my ever-growing collection!
I spent the weekend celebrating my impending birthday and it was nothing short of perfection…
On Saturday, I gathered some of my favorite ladies and went winery hopping in Geneva. We started at Laurentia Winery, which has fast become a favorite of mine thanks to their excellent wines (their Cabernet Sauvignon is incredible) and beautiful tasting room.
We ordered tons of nibbles for the table, from cheese and charcuterie boards to a brie, fig, and pork belly flatbread (I didn’t share, but it’s my birthday party, dammit) to hummus and more.
Plus, a trio of decadent desserts made even more special with the sweet additions of Mariah’s candles and sparkly “Happy Birthday.”
From there, we headed to M Cellars, where a bottle of their fantastic Brut Rosé enjoyed on the patio with live music convinced Elizabeth, Alicia, and I that summer is not quite done yet!