Why? Wild Kratts Live in Cleveland Giveaway!

The PBS Kids show Wild Kratts is a fun, popular, educational program that is coming to Cleveland with a live performance.

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The Wild Kratts Live! 2.0 Activate Creature Power is coming to Music Hall at Cleveland Public Auditorium on Saturday, May 11! Use Code WILD to get your tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Click here to purchase tickets.

Or you can enter to win 4 tickets to the show right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me who you’d take to see Wild Kratts LIVE!

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

3. Follow @PBSKids 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 see @PBSKids Wild Kratts LIVE! thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/01/09/why-wild-kratts-live-in-cleveland-giveaway 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will end on Saturday, January 12 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

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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? Weekends!

It really feels like autumn, with the trees in all their glory! And once the rain finally stopped, it was a lovely weekend! Let’s get to all the fun…

Eight Crazy Nights Launch

These past two weeks, I’ve been starting my weekend recap with my Thursday night activities. I feel like I’m in college again!

This past Thursday, I attended the launch of Eight Crazy Nights, the holiday beer from Collision Bend Brewing Company.

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I make an exception to starting the season early when it comes to holiday brews! Eight Crazy Nights is spicy, not too heavy, and a tasty seasonal pour.

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The launch was a lot of fun, with music from the Ohio City Singers and lots of tasty nibbles from Collision Bend’s menu. The bianco pizza and the Collision Bend popcorn, with chicken schmaltz, Mexican pepper mix, lime zest, and pecorino, were my favorite bites of the night!

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Eight Crazy Nights is available on tap at the restaurant, as well as in cans in your local store (I’ve already confirmed my local Heinen’s has it!)

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the launch of Eight Crazy Nights at Collision Bend Brewing Company. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Parents Night Out

Part of my job as one of the Room Parents for Jeffrey’s class was to plan Parents Night Out. This evening was a chance for the Pre-K parents to connect with each other outside of the drop-off line and without kids clamoring for attention.

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We held the Parents Night Out at Nighttown.

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Nighttown was so easy to work with setting up the event and the service was spot on! We had a selection of tasty (and generously-sized) appetizers, including egg rolls, bruschetta, chicken satay, and mushroom tarts.

It was a fun evening of catching up with friends and meeting people outside of school! We even got to hear some of the awesome live music that Nighttown had that evening before we had to get home to relieve babysitters of their duties!

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While I was a BloggyCon, I had the pleasure of meeting Haylie from HaylieStory.

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Haylie, along with her friend Zak of Zak Films, make City Surge videos where they visit cities around Ohio. So, we decided to collaborate on filming a City Surge video around Cleveland!

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We started at the West Side Market, then checked out East 4th Street, Playhouse Square, and University Circle.

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I tried to pick places that really highlighted the culture, food, and people that make Cleveland so awesome!

I can’t wait to see the finished video and will share it with you once it is done! What places would you have taken Haylie and Zak?

Modern CLE

Have you been hearing about Modern CLE? There’s quite the buzz about this website that launches today!

Modern CLE is written by journalists and focuses on telling stories from a female perspective.

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There will be news, health and wellness, financial advice, lifestyle, and more content put out daily covering Cleveland and beyond from a journalistic, female point of view.

I attended the launch party for Modern CLE at Heyday Collective. There were lots of tasty treats, bubbles, and fabulous ladies!

 

I’m so excited to read along with Modern CLE and enjoy their fun, fresh, female content!

So, that was my weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Jump Back Ball!

Every year, Playhouse Square Jump Back Ball, put on by Playhouse Square Partners, is one of the hottest parties in town. This year, the 28th annual Jump Back Ball is Jumping Back Across the Pond for a British-themed evening of fun and frivolity.

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Jump Back Ball is also a party with a purpose. The proceeds from the event benefit Playhouse Square’s education and community outreach initiatives, including the Dazzle Awards and the Disney Musicals in Schools program.

General Admission tickets start at $120 for Partners members (join here) and $155 for the public and include a buffet dinner on the KeyBank State Theatre stage, live music and dancing on stage, house and mezzanine activities, a late-night buffet, and live music and dancing in the State Theatre Lobby.

VIP tickets are $200 and include a cocktail reception and entertainment in the Connor Palace Theatre in addition to all the perks of General Admission.

For the first time, Jump Back Ball will also be offering Late Night tickets for $75 with admission starting at 9:30pm and including the house and mezzanine activities, late-night buffet, and live music and dancing in the State Theatre Lobby. There will be a limited number of Late Night tickets available.

Tickets go on sale online and via telephone on Monday, November 5 at 10am. Jump Back Ball always sells out, not only because it is a fantastic party, but also because it supports a fantastic cause.

So, pip, pip, cheerio and mark your calendars for Monday to buy your Jump Back Ball tickets!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary VIP tickets. I am also the Communications Co-Chair of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my 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? Culture in Cleveland!

Our family has packed a ton of cultural activities into three days! We’ve hit some of the biggest cultural events happening in town right now. So, here’s what we’ve been up to…

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

The three of us all went to see the incredible Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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The exhibition includes many of Kusama’s paintings and early work, as well as seven of her immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms.

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There is even a room called Where the Lights in My Heart Go, which is exclusive to the exhibition in Cleveland.

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Your time in each room is limited to 20-30 seconds, as the artist intended, which is just enough time to take it all in and snap a few pictures.

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The final room in the exhibition is the Obliteration Room. Each guest receives a sticker sheet and can add their own personal mark to the room. Jeffrey especially loved this hands-on part of the exhibition!

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Infinity Mirrors is truly an amazing sensory experience! The exhibition is at the Cleveland Museum of Art through September 30. Each Monday of the exhibition, the Museum releases a limited number of tickets at 9am. Click here for more details.

Hamilton: An American Musical

Matthew and I couldn’t wait to see one of the most talked about musicals in history: Hamilton: An American Musical.

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On the advice of pretty much everyone who has seen the show, we both listened to the wordy, complex, fast-paced soundtrack before seeing the performance. It definitely helped to keep us focused and let us absorb more of the sets, staging, and amazing choreography.

Without giving too much away, Hamilton is compelling, funny, heart wrenching, and thought provoking. We enjoyed every moment of the nearly three hour performance and will certainly be talking about it for weeks to come.

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It’s extraordinary that we have a performing arts center like Playhouse Square that could book a six-week run of this celebrated show! Hamilton is here through August 26. Every day, there is a lottery for 37 tickets to the show. You can get more details on how to enter here.

Asian Lantern Festival

We rounded out our cultural trifecta by taking Jeffrey to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Even though it was pouring, we still enjoyed the colorful, unique festival, although we got fewer pictures than we would have liked!

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The Asian Lantern Festival features 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, featuring everything from Asian animals to architecture.

 

There are also nightly performances of acrobatics and music, plus the chance to see the zoo creatures after hours.

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The Asian Lantern Festival takes place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through August 19. Tickets can be purchased here.

All of these cultural events made me think how lucky we are to live in a city with world-class cultural institutions that can attract world-renowned exhibitions and performances. Plus, so many of these incredible cultural happenings are great for the whole family! If you’re a Hamilton fan, you’ll understand why I say, “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now…in the greatest city in the world!”

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Why? Weekends!

It was a great weekend, with lots of wine drinking (stay tuned tomorrow for that) and lots of family time, too. Here’s what we were up to:

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

One of our favorite ways to spend the day is at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Jeffrey and I met up with one of his school friends for a play date on Friday.

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The new Asian Highlands exhibit was our first stop, but we also visited classic favorites like the Rosebrough Tiger Passage and African Elephant Crossing, as well as spent time playing in the Yagga Tree in the Australian Adventure area.

 

And while the weather was kind of gloomy, it didn’t stop us from enjoying all the animals. In fact, I think the cooler weather had both humans and animals alike feeling more active!

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Saturday was spent with more critters as we checked out the renovations to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

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Over the next year, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is making $250,000 in mission-driven upgrades, including enhancements to exhibits and the introduction of a dozen new species.

 

The Ohio Lakes & Rivers Gallery has been renovated using repurposed materials and the Asia & Indonesia and Coastal Boardwalk areas have been renovated as well.

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The Imaginaquarium, a play area located on the second floor, has also been renovated and is a bright, fun place for kids to enjoy after exploring the Aquarium itself.

Of course, the shark gallery remains a long-standing favorite! There’s nothing like seeing a shark swim above your head!

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Check out the new and improved Greater Cleveland Aquarium with a regular visit or at one of their upcoming special events: Fun Before 4 on July 4th, Fin Fest, or Girls Night Out.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media preview of the renovations to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. I received three complimentary tickets to the Aquarium. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Talespinner Children’s Theater

I love experiencing culture, particularly live theater, with Jeffrey. On Sunday, we went to see “The Princess and the Nightingale: A Tale of Thailand” at Talespinner Children’s Theatre.

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The show was colorful and whimsical with plenty to keep both children and adults engaged and laughing along with the characters. After the show, the cast was available for pictures, dancing, high fives, and more.

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The Princess and the Nightingale is playing through July 1, with shows at 7pm on Friday, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Talespinner’s next show is “The Boy Who Stole the Sun: An Inuit Creation Tale,” playing September 15 through October 7.

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Talespinner is Cleveland-based and develops and produces its own original children’s theater performances, which is something worth celebrating and supporting, as they enrich our arts community in Cleveland and make theater accessible to young audiences.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a performance of The Princess and the Nightingale and received three complimentary tickets to the show. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was most of our weekend. Stay tuned tomorrow for a recap of a fabulous wine event!

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Why? Little Legacy!

Summertime can be lots of fun, but also leave you searching for things to do with your kids. That’s where Little Legacy at Legacy Village comes in!

LVLittleLegacyAdSpecialLogo2018FinalThree Wednesdays this summer, the Lawn at Legacy Village will be filled with fun activities specifically geared for children pre-K and older. There will be on-stage entertainment from Jungle Terry, The Real Pop Fusion, and Mercury Theatre Co.

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There will also be crafts and games provided by Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Cavaliers, L.L. Bean, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Snickers Juggling and Balloons, and more.

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Little Legacy is free, open to the public, and takes place Wednesday, June 13; Wednesday, July 11; and Wednesday, August 8 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? Weekends, Part 2!

So, here’s Part 2 of our busy and fun weekend around Cleveland!

Cleveland Orchestra PNC Musical Rainbows

Jeffrey is really interested in musical instruments and we’ve been doing everything we can to foster and expand this interest. The Cleveland Orchestra‘s PNC Musical Rainbows concert was the perfect way to do just that!

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The PNC Musical Rainbows concerts each focus on a specific area of the orchestra and are designed for ages three to six. The performance is interactive and only 30 minutes long, so enough to introduce the instruments without losing attention.

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Saturday’s concert focused on the percussion section of the orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra’s percussionist Tom Sherwood led the kids through an introduction to a wide variety of percussion instruments and even performed familiar songs like “Old MacDonald” (changed to “Old McSherwood”) and BINGO.

At the end of the concert, the children could approach the stage and get to play one of the percussion instruments. Jeffrey was so proud to share that he’s playing a percussion instrument in a school concert and he was encouraged to just keep playing!

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This kind of hands-on, accessible introduction to instruments makes the orchestra less intimidating and can foster a lifelong interest in music! I’ve said it before, but we in Cleveland are so lucky that our children can not only experience culture, but experience it with the some of the best cultural institutions in the country!

PNC Musical Rainbows is finished for this season, but stay tuned for next season’s line-up!

***Disclosure: I received three complimentary tickets to the PNC Musical Rainbows percussion concert. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Sunday was perfect weather for a visit to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! One of Jeffrey’s school friends had a birthday party there, so we started out with pizza, presents, and dinosaurs…

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…and then we headed into the Zoo to check out the critters. All of the animals were out enjoying the weather as much as we were!

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And while we get to the Zoo a lot, we couldn’t pass up waiting in line to feed the giraffes! This is always a favorite stop on any Zoo visit!

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Hooray for fabulous weather for us and the animals alike!

Talespinner Children’s Theatre Sundae Sunday

One of those places that’s been on my radar for awhile is Talespinner Children’s Theatre, so when I was invited to check out their Sundae Sunday fundraiser, I couldn’t pass it up!

Talespinner Children’s Theatre is Cleveland’s only professional children’s theater company that produces original shows. At Sundae Sunday, we got to check out the theater and interact with some of the actors in a fun, creative environment.

Children could even play up on stage acting out stories and using their imaginations!

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There was also face painting, crafts, and fun selfies with costumes!

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And it wouldn’t be Sundae Sunday without ice cream, donated by Talespinner’s neighbor Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop.

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Proceeds from admission and a raffle all benefited Talespinner, to help them keep producing original children’s theater. After seeing the space and meeting the actors, I can’t wait to take Jeffrey to a performance at Talespinner! The next show is The Princess & the Nightingale, playing June 9 through July 1.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend Talespinner Children’s Theatre’s Sundae Sunday with my family. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our busy, fun, lovely weekend! How was yours?

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend in Cleveland! And while I didn’t have the chance to attend the Rock Hall Induction or the first Cavs playoff game, I am so proud of how Cleveland put on a fabulous show on the national stage!

So, here’s what I was up to as Cleveland was rocking it out:

Providence House Luncheon

On Friday, Kimberly and I attended the Providence House Annual Luncheon at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

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Providence House is a crisis nursery that is committed to ending child abuse and preserving families in the Cleveland area. Providence House was founded by Sister Hope Greener in 1981. This year, Providence House turns 37 and its founder Sister Hope turns 90.

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Friday’s luncheon feted Sister Hope and raised $90,000 for Providence House.

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It also introduced a powerful new brand campaign designed by Twist Creative. This campaign showcases the impact of Providence House on its residents and volunteers.

The Providence House luncheon was a wonderful way to not only celebrate the organization’s history, but also look forward to a bright and exciting future for the house. If you want to be part of that future, you can find out more online about how to donate or volunteer.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Providence House Annual Luncheon with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Children’s Theater Series

On Saturday, we attended the final show of this season’s Children’s Theater Series at Playhouse Square.

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The show, put on by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, brought to life the sweet story of “Guess How Much I Love You” and the imaginative story of “I Love My Little Storybook.” We’ve been reading “Guess How Much I Love You” since Jeffrey was born. It was so touching to experience it live on stage together!

The shows for next year’s Children’s Theater Series are “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Rainbow Fish,” “Emily Brown and the Thing,” and “Junie B. Jones.” Season tickets go on sale May 21. We love attending the Children’s Theater Series shows and experiencing culture together as a family!

Mass and a Meal

Saturday evening, we attended the sixth annual Mass and a Meal event put on by the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. We started the evening with Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy.

Then we headed across the street to Nido Italia for a delicious family-style dinner with breaded eggplant, cavatelli, and chicken piccata.

Of course, I can’t be that close to Presti’s and not stop for a cannoli, too!

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Mass and a Meal has become a Chapter favorite event and a yearly tradition for many alumni. If you’re a John Carroll alumni, the Chapter has some great upcoming events including our Founders Day Celebration this Thursday, April 19 at Market Garden Brewery. I hope to see you there!

***Disclosure: I am the president of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Yoga Roots

Sunday evening, I met up with Mom for her first class at Yoga Roots. We took a restorative yoga class which was a great chance to recharge our minds and bodies before a busy week.

You know how much I love practicing, so I’m so excited to share that with Mom too. And I can’t think of a more supportive community than Yoga Roots to practice.

So, that was my weekend! How was yours? Did you get in on any of the Rock Hall excitement?

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