Why? Cleveland Monsters Monthly Pass!

For the last month, we’ve been enjoying the Monsters Monthly Pass, a new subscription service from the Cleveland Monsters.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a pretty relaxed weekend, so here’s what we were up to…

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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.

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We went around sunset, which lit up the prisms in a really beautiful way.

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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!

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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.

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He (we) ended up on the Humongotron twice due to his dancing and cheering!

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We also ran into our friend Maddie, who we know from barre3, but is also a member of the Monsters dance team!

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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…

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…to the cake…

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…to the treats…

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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?

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy, fun, pre-Halloween weekend, so let’s get right to it…

Designer Dress Days

On Friday morning, I stopped by the 51st annual Designer Dress Days sale to benefit NCJW Cleveland.

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Held at the Mandel JCC, this sale has something for every fashionista, from exclusive designer labels to cashmere to furs to handbags.

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I scored an amazing deal on this stunning dress off the Celebrity/Influencer rack.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.***

Children’s Theater Series

On Saturday, we kicked off our fourth season as subscribers to the Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square.

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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!

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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.

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All the Kindergartners played each other, enjoyed pizza and snacks, and generally celebrated the end of a fun season!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Grit, Gratitude & 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 22, at Windows on the River, the First Tee of Cleveland will celebrate the volunteers and advocates who contribute to achieving the organization’s mission at their 8th annual Grit, Gratitude and You Breakfast.

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.

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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.

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

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.***

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Why? Monsters Monthly Pass!

‘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.

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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.

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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.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a low-key weekend, which after last weekend’s birthday busy-ness, was much-needed.

Sunrise Yoga

On Saturday morning, I headed down to the Cleveland American Heart Association Heart Walk for a sunrise yoga class with my girl Alicia.

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!

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The view of the city at sunrise makes it worth it though!

Soccer

So, I’m officially a soccer mom!

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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.

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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.

Birthday Dinner

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.

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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!

How was your weekend?

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Why? Weekends!

I spent the weekend celebrating my impending birthday and it was nothing short of perfection…

Winery Hopping

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.

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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.”

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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!

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Consider this my application to be an M Cellars model 😉

Our final stop was Harpersfield Vineyard for some Pinot Noir and veggie pizza.

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This cozy, dog-friendly winery has quickly become a must-stop because of the relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

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It was a perfect afternoon exploring some of my personal highlights of Geneva wine country.

Indians Game

On Sunday, my friend Anne took me to the Indians game, because I love me some birthday week baseball as much as some birthday week wine.

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Not only did we bring home a win, but we enjoyed some patio time at Thirsty Parrot and a Ballpark Sundae from Sweet Moses, too.

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It was a lovely weekend taking in some of my favorite places in Northeast Ohio with some of my favorite people! How was your weekend?

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Why? Taste of the Browns!

Despite losing on the field in the home opener, the Cleveland Browns still scored a big win this week at FirstEnergy Stadium. The 21st annual Taste of the Browns fundraiser to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank was hosted on Monday night and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed the hungry in our community.

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The event brought together Browns players and alumni, fantastic chefs and restaurants, and fans of the team and the city, all to help those in need. Fifty percent of the people served by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank are children or the elderly, so this event truly benefits those least able to help themselves.

From Chomps…

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to stadium views…

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…to foodie friends…

…to the delicious dishes, this event was a taste touchdown!

Some of my favorite dishes included the braised lamb with corn masa from Momocho

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…the tuna tartare tacos from Fahrenheit

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…the sliders with OBJ sauce (spicy!) and my favorite pork cracklins from B Spot Burgers

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…the wild boar bolognese from Johnny’s Downtown

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…and the scallop ceviche from Barrio Tacos, which I gobbled without getting a picture!

I’ve always been impressed with the Browns organization’s commitment to the community and the star power that helped make last night a success is no exception.

Cheers to a successful fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and a successful season for the Cleveland Browns!

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

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Why? Watching the Browns at Legacy Village!

The countdown to the Browns home opener on Sunday, September 8 is almost at zero! You might be wondering where you should go to catch all the gridiron action this coming (or any given) Sunday.

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I had the chance to head to Bar Louie and Granite City Brewery, both at Legacy Village, to check out their sports bar chops.

Bar Louie has lots of televisions around the bar area, with ample bar seating, as well as booths that face the bar and TVs.

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They have a wide variety of local craft beers, such as Sibling Revelry and Great Lakes Brewing.

I tried a couple of their “Flavorful Bar Bites,” which would be great for sharing with your friends while watching the game. The Bavarian Pretzel Twists come with warm salted queso and jalapeno honey mustard for dipping.

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The Chicken Nachos have black beans, queso, jalapenos, pico de gallo, radish, scallions, avocado cream, and cilantro. They’re a taste touchdown!

As part of Bar Louie’s NFL Game Time specials, the nachos are only $9! Other specials include $3.50 select short domestic drafts, $15 pitchers of sangria, and $4.50 glasses of wine. The NFL Game Time specials are available at Bar Louie on Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm-9pm and on Sundays from opening to 9pm.

Granite City Brewery also has lots of TVs tuned to NFL action, with plenty of seating in the bar area where you can watch the game while you eat and enjoy one of Granite City’s own craft beers.

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For research purposes, I kept the menu the same at Granite City as at Bar Louie (nachos and pretzels). The BBQ Pork Nachos have The Duke Pale Ale-braised BBQ pork, sriracha queso, tortilla chips, cheddar-jack cheese, corn and black bean salsa, guacamole, Santa Fe cream, and fresh cilantro.

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Tasty and perfect for sharing, although I’m giving the nacho win to Bar Louie.

I also tried Granite City’s Big Bavarian Pretzel, with sriracha queso sauce. I’m giving the win to Granite City’s pretzel over Bar Louie’s, but it was a nail biter!

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Both Bar Louie and Granite City offer lots of televisions, great beer selection, Sunday brunch menus, and game-watching bites that are filling, tasty, and perfect for your whole team. Cheer on the Browns at either spot at Legacy Village for a true Sunday Funday!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village 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? St. Jude Walk/Run Cleveland!

Lace up your running shoes and get ready to run for kids with cancer. On Saturday, September 28, the annual St. Jude Walk/Run takes place at Edgewater Park.

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The event includes a 5K race and a walk. Registration for the 5K race is $20 for participants ages 6 and up. Registration for the walk is free. Registration for any participants 5 and under is also free.

You can join or start a fundraising team or raise money on your own. Click here to join or start a team.

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The proceeds from the Run/Walk benefit St. Jude, an organization that helps families dealing with childhood cancer. St. Jude ensures that families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

St. Jude has helped push the overall cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes so that doctors worldwide can work together to make childhood cancer 100% survivable.

Last year, 900 participants in the St. Jude Run/Walk Cleveland raised over $100,000! So, if spending a fall morning getting a workout on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie for a fantastic cause sounds like your thing, register today for the St. Jude Run/Walk Cleveland!

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