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? National Adoption Month!

As a mom, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Jeffrey to ensure he has a safe and loving future.

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But not all children are as lucky as Jeffrey. Not all children’s paths to this safe and loving future is linear.

November is National Adoption Month and SAFY of Cleveland is working to raise awareness about the need for finding forever homes for children in foster care who are eligible for adoption.

SAFY provides specialized supports for families adopting youth from foster care. When a child is unable to return to their biological family, SAFY walks with them on their journey to a forever family by supporting families looking to adopt through foster care.

Currently there are almost 3,000 children in custody in Cuyahoga County and almost 600 in permanent custody available for adoption.

Nationwide, there are more than 123,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted from foster care – one in five who are teens, and at risk of aging out with no permanent family (according to ChildWelfare.gov). Older youth (ages 15-18 years old) represent only 5 percent of all adoptions that take place each year.

This matters not only because of the grim statistics facing teens who age out of foster care, which include increased risk for homelessness, human trafficking and incarceration.

This matters because every youth deserves to have a forever family who will be there as a support in navigating all life’s milestones – high school, college, finding a job and learning the life skills needed for an independent, successful adulthood.

I have friends who are in the process of adoption and the love, commitment, and generosity of spirit they have already displayed awes me. I know that this kind of generosity of spirit deserves to be supported however we can.

By supporting SAFY, particularly during National Adoption Month, you can help children find their permanent homes and brighten their futures.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote National Adoption Month and SAFY. I received compensation for this post. 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!

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.

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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? Holidays at Table 45!

I’m not usually someone who goes all-in on Christmas before Thanksgiving. But when I walked into Table 45 last night and saw their beautiful holiday set-up for our tasting dinner, I let go of all my reservations and started singing “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

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Starting November 18 through January 1, you can indulge in the 12 Cocktails of Christmas at Table 45. Themed on the classic Christmas song, these martinis are unique, delicious, and festive.

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Each comes with a nutcracker glass charm and are priced at $13. My favorites were:

  • Seven Swans A-Swimming (Kahlua, RumChata, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Cream)
  • Nine Ladies Dancing (RumChata, Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Gingerbread Syrup, Gingerbread Rim)
  • Ten Lords A-Leaping (Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Chambord, Cranberry Juice, Fresh Raspberries)
  • Twelve Drummers Drumming (Bulleit Bourbon, Grand Marnier, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters)

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Table 45 is also offering A Christmas Story Cocktail, with Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Baileys, Goldschlager, Cinnamon Schnapps, Butterscotch Schnapps, and Cinnamon. It comes with a Leg Lamp ornament for $30.

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Table 45 has your holiday merriment covered on the food side too. You can enjoy Thanksgiving Brunch or Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28. Both are prix fixe at $65 for adults and $35 for children ages 4-12.

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You can also let Table 45 do your holiday cooking for you with Thanksgiving-to-Go, which serves 8-10 guests and includes a 22-24 pound turkey, seven sides, and two desserts for $225.

Table 45 will be offering a Children’s Magical Tea on December 7 and 14 for $45 per person. There will be face painting, cookie decorating, and delicious tea-time nibbles. I sampled some of the tea offerings last night and the desserts from Pastry Chef Stephanie will blow your mind.

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They’re sweet without being overly sweet, inventive, and just downright delicious! My favorite was this macaron with vanilla bean cream.

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Table 45 will also host Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch, and Christmas Dinner. I got to try the Bistro Steak, which is offered at the holiday brunches, and is tender and flavorful.

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We also sampled the pork, which will be offered for Christmas Dinner and is a pretty great present to give yourself!

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Don’t miss the traditional toffee pudding either!

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Oh, and Pastry Chef Stephanie will be creating a gingerbread village in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel, which will be revealed on November 29.

There is so much holiday merriment happening at Table 45 that you can’t help but be swept up in the spirit(s) of the season! Don’t miss out!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary tasting of Table 45’s holiday offerings. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland Giveaway!

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 19 and Prosper for Purpose is hosting a fabulous event packed with inspiration, networking, and community to celebrate.

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WED Cleveland 2019: The Art of Entrepreneurship will take place at 78th Street Studios smARTspace on November 19. The event is part of the global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day movement that celebrates, empowers and supports women in business to alleviate poverty created by Cleveland native Wendy Diamond.

WED Cleveland offers a packed schedule with custom options to fit your time and interests:

  • A keynote from Rachel Downey
  • Workshops on goal setting, cultivating community, positive risk management, and more
  • Panels on creativity and blockchain
  • WED Cleveland Pioneer Award presentation to Anne Hartnett, Liz Ferro, and Susie Frazier
  • Networking
  • Breakfast and lunch

This is sure to be an amazing day of women supporting other women and learning from each other! You can register now online for $150. And you can save $10 off your registration using code WHYCLE.

Or you can enter to win a single registration to WED Cleveland  right here! You can do one, two, or all three entries, just leave a separate comment here for each entry.

1. Leave a comment here telling me which WED Cleveland speaker or session you’re most looking forward to attending.

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

3. Follow @wedcle and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, November 10 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by WED CLE to help promote Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. In exchange, I will receive one complimentary registration for myself and one registration to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Best Party of the Year Giveaway!

The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is throwing a party and they want you to know right up front that it’s going to be The Best Party of the Year!

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Held on Friday, December 6 at The Renaissance Cleveland, this party will take you back in time to the 1920s. You can dress as a flapper or someone dapper or just come as you are!

There will be food, cocktails, raffles and silent auctions, beer and wine pulls, and plenty of dancing and merriment. It will be one swanky affair!

Proceeds benefit The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, which provides food and other health-related vital services to individuals and families in need in our community.

Tickets are currently on sale for $99 and can be purchased online. You can save $5 on tickets with code WHYCLE19.

Or you can enter to win two tickets to The Best Party of the Year 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 decade for a theme party.

2. Visit The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @hungernetworkgc and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @hungernetworkgc 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 The Best Party of the Year with @hungernetworkgc and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/10/30/why-the-best-party-of-the-year-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, November 3 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland to help promote The Best Party of the Year. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Jump Back Ball!

There are a lot of great fundraisers in Cleveland for a lot of great causes. But the one that is closest to my heart is Playhouse Square‘s annual Jump Back Ball.

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This event is put on by Playhouse Square Partners (I’m finishing up my sixth and final year on their board this year) and has everything you could want in an amazing party:

  • 2 bands, one rocking the Key Bank State Theatre stage and DJ Smoov rocking the late night party in the Key Bank State Theatre lobby
  • Unlimited cocktails and dinner and late-night eats from Driftwood Catering
  • Gaming tables, auctions, and activities throughout the theatre and lobby
  • Awesome decor created by Playhouse Square Partners
  • Dress like your favorite rock star from the past, like you’re going to the Grammy’s, or in your finest

All of this fun benefits Playhouse Square’s Community Outreach and Education initiatives, including Disney Musicals in Schools, the Dazzle Awards, and more.

This year’s Jump Back Ball theme is From Jukebox to Boombox and you’ll leap back on a musical journey through time on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Tickets go on sale today at 10am. There are three ticket levels to fit your time and budget:

  • VIP tickets for $200, which includes an extra cocktail party at 6:30pm in the Connor Palace Theatre, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music from Sinatra CLE
  • General admission ticktes for $120 for Partners members and $155 for the general public
  • Late night admission tickets for $75, which include admittance at 9:30pm, the late night music and eats, and activities (limited number)

Ticket prices will increase as the event approaches (in fact, General Admission tickets increase by $10 tomorrow, October 30), so grab your tickets now to secure the best price!

I hope to see you at Jump Back Ball 29: From Jukebox to Boombox!

***Disclosure: I am the Communications Co-Chair for Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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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? Sunbeam Holiday Boutique Giveaway!

It’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping! The Sunbeam Holiday Boutique is the perfect place to get the gifts you need!

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Taking place November 6, 7, and 8 at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Sunbeam Holiday Boutique features more than 30 vendors from all over the country selling jewelry, apparel, fine clothing, stationary, delectables, and gifts for the home.

There is an opening night party on Wednesday, November 6, where you can be the first to shop the vendors, as well as enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for the opening night party are $135 and can be purchased online.

The Boutique is open to the public on Thursday, November 7 (10am-9pm) and Friday, November 8 (10am-3pm) for $10 admission.

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There is also a Ladies Night on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9pm, where a master sommelier will guide you through a French champagne tasting. Admission is $20 and includes the tasting, a glass of champagne, and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased online.

All of this shopping fun benefits Vocational Guidance Services, a non-profit that serves people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Admission fees, as well as a portion of vendor proceeds, go toward helping Vocational Guidance Services provide a full range of vocational rehabilitation services, as well as paid work opportunities, to nearly 4,000 individuals with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, a history of incarceration or addiction, injured veterans, or other barriers to employment.

You can enter to win one of two sets of admission tickets to the Sunbeam Holiday Boutique, good for November 7 or 8 including the Ladies Night, right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1. Leave a comment here telling me who you’re shopping for at the Sunbeam Holiday Boutique.

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

3. Follow @vgsjob 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 win tickets to @vgsjob Sunbeam Holiday Boutique from @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/10/24/why-sunbeam-holiday-boutique-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 Tuesday, October 29 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Sunbeam Holiday Boutique. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary admission tickets for myself and two admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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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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Image courtesy of The First Tee of Cleveland

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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Image courtesy of The First Tee of Cleveland

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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