Why? Play Ball Park Giveaway!

The MLB All Star Game is coming to Cleveland this July. This event shifts the national spotlight to Cleveland and brings with it not only visitors and media, but some fun events for Clevelanders to enjoy.

One of these events is Play Ball Park, an interactive fan festival taking place inside and outside the Huntington Convention Center from July 5-9. This festival brings unique baseball experiences to Cleveland to delight fans of all ages.

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Play Ball Park offers free outdoor events including batting cages, pitching drills, meeting rising stars and former All Stars, and live music.

Indoor events at Play Ball Park are ticketed and include virtual reality and video game experiences, memorabilia from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, autograph stages, the World’s Largest Baseball, and more.

Tickets for Play Ball Park are $25 for adults and $18 for and children ages 2-12. You can purchase tickets online now. Or you can enter to win four tickets good for Friday, July 5 of Play Ball Park right here, courtesy of Destination Cleveland!

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 letting me know your favorite current or former All Star player.

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

3. Hop on over to @whycle on Instagram and follow the instructions with the PLay Ball Park picture.

4. Follow @TheCLE 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 attend Play Ball Bark thanks to @TheCLE and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/06/19/why-play-ball-park-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 Sunday, June 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Destination Cleveland to help promote Play Ball Park. In exchange, I will receive 4 complimentary tickets for myself and 4 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village!

Farm to table eating has become a way of life and Legacy Village is making it easy for you to make it part of yours.

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North Union Farmers Market is bringing their market to Legacy Village from every Sunday from 10am-1pm through September 29.

 

Not only will you have access an awesome selection of fruits and vegetables, but also dairy and meat products, honey and maple syrup, breads and pastries, cheese, sauces, pasta, and more. North Union Farmers Market also brings a host of fine artists and craftsman to round out your shopping experience, as well as live music to make it a true Sunday Funday.

Legacy Village is committed to total body wellness, so Farmers Market visitors can also take advantage of free summer fitness classes on The Lawn in conjunction with the North Union Farmers Market. The schedule includes:

  • Yoga with L.L. Bean: July 14, July 21, August 25, September 8
  • Bootcamp with L.L. Bean: June 23, July 7, August 4, August 18, September 5, September 22, September 29
  • Barre3: June 30, July 28, September 1

I hope to see you getting your shopping and fitness done in a fun way at the North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village every Sunday this summer!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

 

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Why? Cuyahoga50!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous Cuyahoga River fire, which captured national attention, despite being the 13th documented time the river had caught fire.

This anniversary and the subsequent transformation of the Cuyahoga River are being celebrated by Cuyahoga50, a local nonprofit putting on the largest series of public clean water events in the country, with more than 25 events over 5 days.

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The June 22, 1969 fire was covered in Time Magazine and became a symbol of environmental decay across the country and made Cleveland a laughingstock for years to come.

Both locally and nationally, that fire on the Cuyahoga River sparked an environmentalism movement that created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the Clean Water Act in 1972.

The Cuyahoga River has made amazing strides since then, becoming a clean, beautiful destination for sightseeing, water sports, and more.

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But Cuyahoga50 also recognizes the environmental threats that still exist, such as algal blooms, climate change, plastic pollution, and invasive species. Cuyahoga50 hopes to combat these with local action and strong policy.

Cuyahoga50 is hosting a series of events from June 19-23, including beach cleanups, lectures, art exhibitions, Fred Walks CLE events, a lighted boat parade, free admission at the Great Lakes Science Center, and much more.

Get involved by learning more about how we worked our way from a national joke to a leader in environmentalism and then attend some of the events celebrating the mighty Cuyahoga River!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Cuyahoga50. In exchange, I received a complimentary Cuyahoga50 swag bag. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Fitness Events at Legacy Village!

There’s so much going on at Legacy Village this summer, including some great fitness events!

barre3 and Brio to Beat Cancer

On Monday, June 24, barre3 Legacy Village and Brio Tuscan Grille are teaming up to give you multiple ways to donate to American Cancer Society ReasearcHERS.

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The 6:30pm barre3 class will be taught by studio owner Liz and will be entirely donation-based, which means you can register for the class for free right here and make a donation at the studio when you attend.

Then head over to Brio Tuscan Grille for dinner, where 10% of your bill total will be donated to American Cancer Society ResearcHERS when you present the flyer attached in this invite.

If pasta is more your thing than planks, you can just come to dinner at Brio any time between 4pm and 10pm and present the flyer for your donation to be taken.

As you know, I’m an ambassador for American Cancer Society ResearcHERS and I’m so grateful to my friends at Legacy Village, barre3, and Brio for working with me to make this great event happen!

Yoga in the Village

Then, get your flow on with my girl Alicia on the Lawn at Legacy Village with the monthly Yoga in the Village series, which kicks off on Tuesday, June 25.

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Alicia will lead a sixty minute, all-levels yoga class from 6:30-7:30pm on the Legacy Village Lawn. Attendees will also receive a gift bag with a $5 Legacy Village gift card, as well as coupons and goodies from other Legacy Village retailers. Cost to attend is $15 and proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio.

Stay after class and enjoy a special Yoga in the Village drink menu at Bar Louie, where 20% of your bill total will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, as well as complimentary mini spa services from Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa.

Other Yoga in the Village dates are July 16, August 20, and September 17. Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming classes.

No matter whether it’s barre3 or yoga, Brio or Bar Louie, there are plenty of opportunities to detox, retox, and do good all at once at Legacy Village!

***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!

What a glorious summer weekend! We had so much fun, so let’s get right to it…

Safety Town Graduation

Friday morning, Jeffrey graduated from Mentor’s Safety Town.

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The program was really well put together, with fun crafts and songs each day and great teen helpers. Plus, Jeffrey would come each day last week and be able to tell me exactly what he learned about fire, water, traffic, bus, stranger, and gun safety.

I’m so proud of our little graduate!

Zippity Zoo Doo

On Friday evening, Matthew and I attended the Cleveland Zoological Society‘s annual Zippity Zoo Doo fundraiser.

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The event not only raises money for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo‘s conservation efforts and educational programming, but it also puts a swanky cocktail party right in the middle of Wilderness Trek!

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We were able to explore Asian Highlands and the Rosebrough Tiger Passage while sipping cocktails and nibbling on small bites.

Driftwood Catering did a great job with the food, with everything from corn soup shooters and mini chorizo tacos passed around to lamb chop with couscous and chicken nachos to sit and enjoy.

The cocktails were delicious too…this Bourbon-y Arnold Palmer was my favorite!

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We also got to feel like a kid again with Art of Sucre‘s delicious and fun cotton candy cart (I had the pink lemonade and champagne flavors combined into light, fluffy goodness).

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From food to friends to fun to philanthropy, Zippity Zoo Doo had it all!

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***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Zippity Zoo Doo. In exchange, I received one complimentary and one discounted ticket. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

LaureLive

On Saturday, we met up with friends for some fun and music in the sun at LaureLive.

I was a little apprehensive about taking Jeffrey to a music festival, but he had a rockin’ good time! Check out this awesome “air guitar” from the local Original Air Guitar!

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They had a promo giveaway at LaureLive and I don’t think Jeffrey has put the guitar down since.

The weather was perfect for sitting outside and listening to a lot of great local and even international bands. I was impressed with how the festival switched from stage to stage so there was almost no break in the music and you could easily hear and see all the acts.

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The food selection was awesome, with lots of food trucks and vendors to pick from. I grabbed lunch from Wok on the Wild Side and it was so yummy! And who can resist Luna Bakery and Cafe‘s macarons?!

When the kids got fidgety, there were bounce houses, face painting, and balloon artists to keep them happy.

And while we started too early in the day to make it all the way to Hozier, we did have an awesome time and were really impressed with the whole LaureLive experience!

Cedar Point Shores

The summer fun continued on Sunday with our first trip of the season to Cedar Point Shores, where Jeffrey went on water slides and I worked on my “mom tan” (you haven’t been laying out in the sun, you’re just outside chasing after someone).

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All in all, it was a busy, perfect summer weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Little Legacy!

Raise your hand if the first weeks of summer break have you searching for fun, outdoor activities to enjoy with your kids? That’s where Little Legacy at Legacy Village comes in!

Three Wednesdays this summer, the Lawn at Legacy Village will be filled with fun activities specifically geared for children pre-K and older.

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Legacy Village’s Little Legacy will provide a fun and unique experience for kids with crafts and games provided by Cleveland Monsters, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, jHUB, L.L. Bean, Playground World, Rescue Village, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Studio Go, and the Little Gym of Shaker Heights. There will be on-stage entertainment from Mercury Theatre Co., The Real PopFusion, Jungle Terry, and UH Rainbow Safety Squad.

Little Legacy is free, open to the public, and takes place Wednesday, June 12; Wednesday, July 10; and Wednesday, August 7 from 10:30am-12pm. I’m sure you’ll see Jeffrey running around the Lawn at Little Legacy this summer!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

One of the biggest parties of the summer is coming to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Friday, August 2. Of course I’m talking about Twilight at the Zoo!

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Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Twilight at the Zoo brings together a wide array of local bands scattered throughout the Zoo for a wild good time! From Almost Famous to Faction Cleveland to Run Avril Run, the bands cover lots of different genres of music and will all get you dancing through the night.

All of the fun is for a good cause, too! Proceeds from Twilight at the Zoo benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society and their work not only caring for the animals in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but also their educational and conservation programs.

Tickets for Twilight at the Zoo are now on sale online. General admission tickets are $75 in June and $85 in July and August and include beer, wine, small bites, and all the music you can take in.

VIP tickets are $150 and include all of the above, plus priority parking, full open bar, and food samples from local restaurants. The VIP party runs from 6-9pm and you can join the general admission fun anytime after 7pm.

You don’t want to miss the roaring good time!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I will receive 4 complimentary VIP tickets for the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend of celebrating the start of Jeffrey’s summer break and our seventh anniversary. Here’s how we acknowledged those special occasions:

Cedar Point

On Friday, Jeffrey and I kicked off his summer break by taking a trip to our favorite summertime spot: Cedar Point.

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This is the third year we’ve gotten season passes (Jeffrey has the awesome Pre-K Pass, which is such a good deal). I love the ability to go up there as many times as we want, stay as long as we want without feeling pressured to do everything in one trip, and save on food and merchandise purchases and parking.

Jeffrey loves the spinny rides and I did my best to hang in there with him!

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We also checked out the special Monster Jam Thunder Alley area, which is happening through June 30.

You can climb up into some of the trucks and even take a ride in a monster truck!

It honestly felt like summer as soon as we arrived and we can’t wait for lots more trips to Cedar Point this season!

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Art in the Village

Saturday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with friends to check out Legacy Village‘s annual Art in the Village.

We strolled through all the talented vendors from Northeast Ohio and beyond, listened and danced to live music, and let the kids run around the lawn. All in all, a pretty nice way to spend a couple hours!

***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.***

An Evening in Coventry Village

On Saturday, Matthew and I had a date night in Coventry Village. We started with dinner at Pacific East. We shared the massive and delicious Sushi Bridge, with sashimi, nigiri, a California roll, and a spicy tuna roll.

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We also shared the roti canai appetizer. Pacific East has a huge menu with both Japanese and Malaysian cuisine, so everyone can find something to suit their tastes.

From there, we headed to Grog Shop to hear my dear friend Melissa and her School of Rock classmates rock out in an awesome performance.

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Melissa started taking drum lessons at School of Rock earlier this year and she’s already a total pro on the drums! I was so proud of her for learning a new skill and totally killing her gig.

And if you haven’t been to Grog Shop, it is such a cool, funky place to see live music (with a killer local craft beer selection), so check it out!

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Seventh Anniversary

On Sunday, Matthew and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.

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We spent the day doing yoga, playing with Jeffrey in the backyard, and making dinner at home, so it was pretty perfect!

I made this delicious paella (recipe here), which was packed with everything from chorizo to chicken to shrimp to clams to lobster.

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It was a lovely, relaxed day and a wonderful way to celebrate seven great years!

How was your weekend?

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Why? Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week!

Cleveland is a great town for young professionals, with lots of organizations and activities to take advantage of. Engage Cleveland is a community organization that brings together young professionals and leaders, all of whom are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation.

Engage Cleveland is hosting it’s 6th annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week from June 22-29.

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The week will feature morning, afternoon, and evening events ranging from fitness to networking/mentorship to socializing. You’ll have the chance to get inside looks at Cleveland businesses, meet community leaders, and connect with other young professionals.

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Highlights of the week include Rooftop Yoga at Tremont Athletic Club, Fat Head’s Tasting and Tour, Community Service at the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, Beat Box at GrooveRyde, Speed Networking, Lunch with Leaders, Campbell’s Sweets Factory Tour, an address on the State of the YP Community, and much more.

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You can see the complete list of events and register for as many as suit your schedule and interests here. Engage Cleveland Young Professionals Week is a wonderful chance to experience the Cleveland community in volunteering, fitness, professionalism, and friendship.

***Disclosure: I was asked by Engage Cleveland to help promote Cleveland Young Professionals Week. In exchange, I will receive complimentary admission to two events of my choice. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Why? Lilly Pulitzer Summer Fashion Show!

It’s finally starting to feel like summer, which makes me start to wonder if my summer wardrobe is ready for all the outdoor fun to come. Luckily, Lovely Paperie and Gifts has just the event to get everyone ready for summer garden parties and afternoons outdoors: the Lilly Pulitzer Summer Fashion Show and Shopping Event!

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Taking place on Thursday, June 20 from 4-8pm at Lovely Paperie and Gifts, this event will get you set for the summer season! There will be special event promotions and giveaways; express gel manicures for $30 from Stella and Shay Beauty Bar; and a fashion show with the latest pieces from the Lilly Pulitzer summer collection.

Who will be walking the runway? Well, yours truly, along with other fabulous Cleveland influencers: @bombaytaxiboutique, @charity216, @coffeepancakesdreams, @emilyoandbows, @modernmusings.co, and @theclebucketlist.

Plus, you’ll get to hang out at Lovely Paperie and Gifts, which is one of the prettiest (and most dangerous – I want to buy everything there) shops in town. If you’re interested in one of the express gel manicures, you need to call 216-767-5277 to reserve your time and come with bare nails.

Nothing says summer like Lilly Pulitzer, so come get ready for the season!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Lovely Paperie and Gifts to participate in the Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show. In exchange, I will receive complimentary hair and make-up from Stella and Shay Beauty Bar for the show, as well as one of the outfits I wear in the show. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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