Why? Grit, Gratitude and 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 16, at Tenk West Bank in The Flats, the First Tee of Cleveland will celebrate the volunteers and advocates who positively impact children’s lives at their 7th annual Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast.

The Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast includes great presentations:

  • Keynote speaker Brandon Chrostowski, founder, president, and CEO of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute
  • The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement presented to Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, past president of Cuyahoga Community College, and her husband Walter Thornton, a founding member of The First Tee of Cleveland

There will also be a delicious breakfast and networking time to follow the presentations.

Tickets for the Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast are $125 and proceeds benefit the First Tee of Cleveland’s not-for-profit mission. 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, or all four 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. 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/2018/10/19/why-grit-gratitude-and-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 Wednesday, October 24 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 tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Hudec Dental Happy Hour!

What? You’ve never thought to happy hour at your dentist’s office? Well, maybe Hudec Dental isn’t the beer/wine/cocktails kind of happy hour, but it does involve great deals!

New cash and traditional insurance patients* who schedule and attend an appointment Monday through Thursday between 2pm and 4pm will receive a mystery gift, as well as discounts on certain products and services featured on the Dental Happy Hour menu.

The mystery gifts include a branded drawstring backpack, a branded bamboo cutting board, and a healthy snack bag. That’s some great swag just for taking care of your teeth!

You can call 216-661-8888 to schedule an appointment at one of twenty participating and conveniently-located Hudec Dental locations. Hudec Dental wants to say thank you for being a new patient and continue to celebrate their patients!

*Per Ohio law, these promotions are not valid with state-funded insurance plans.

Hudec Dental also has some additional contests and promotions that will make you smile even more than just being one of their patients will.

Running now through November 16, Hudec Dental has teamed up with WGAR to give you the opportunity to win two round-trip airline tickets to fly loved ones home for the holidays. Get more information and enter here.

For kids, Hudec Dental has an ongoing Hero with Zero promotion. Anytime your child has an appointment with no cavities, they will receive a certificate, an entry for a monthly raffle prize, and a chance to be featured on Hudec Dental’s social media pages.

Finally, each month Hudec Dental selects one winner as the Social Smile of the Month to receive a free teeth whitening. Just like/follow Hudec Dental on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

All of these contests and promotions help to highlight Hudec Dental’s commitment to making their patients have an enjoyable and, dare I say, fun experience at the dentist. If you’re not already a Hudec Dental patient, get in on the Dental Happy Hour promotion and then start taking advantage of all the other perks of being a Hudec Dental patient!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing partnership with Hudec Dental as a brand ambassador. I received compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, so let’s get right to it!

Designer Dress Days

On Friday, I attended the preview day for the Designer Dress Days sale, put on by the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland.

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This is the 50th anniversary of Designer Dress Days, which offers new and gently worn designer dresses, suits, jackets, handbags, athletic wear and more at ridiculously great prices.
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I scored 2 cashmere sweaters, a Burberry dress, a Burberry skirt, and a Bergdorf Goodman dress for under $300!

The event is volunteer-driven and supports the NCJW/Cleveland’s community service and advocacy initiatives. The sale continues today from 12pm-8pm and tomorrow from 10am-7pm, so check it out and score some designer duds for a great price and for a great cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked to by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I received complimentary access to the Preview Day, as well as compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Northeast Ohio Parent Blogger Meet-Up

On Friday evening, Jeffrey and I headed to Café o’Play for a meet-up with fellow Northeast Ohio Parent bloggers and their families.

We love Café o’Play because it’s a fun, safe indoor play area with lots to do, but still the ability to keep an eye on your child no matter where they might be (and the coffee and food are legit, too.) Apparently, Jeffrey had so much fun I didn’t even get a picture of him!

I really enjoy blogging for Northeast Ohio Parent and try to focus my blog posts on things to do with your kids around town or ways to incorporate Cleveland into your parenting, play dates, and whatnot. You can check out my latest post here.

Best of Cleveland Party

I had never been to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party before, which made me feel like I was missing out on one of the best parties of the year. After Saturday night, I know I was right to feel that FOMO.

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Held at the Rock Hall, the party was three levels of amazing Best of Cleveland winners with everything from beer to burgers to books.

I finally got to try Mama Mary’s Hummus and it was just as amazing as everyone says it is! Try the seasonal pumpkin hummus with a cinnamon graham cracker to achieve peak fall.

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The Gimme S’more mini beers from Boss Dog Brewing were a total win, especially because they took the time to do the sugar rim and toasted marshmallow at the event!

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Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream…I mean, you know my love for them is so deep.

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Polpetta deserves to be at Best of Cleveland because their table featured two of my great loves: meatballs and Kevin Love (holding a meatball.)

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And I got so excited to see The Pompadour, one of our new favorite spots, honored for Best Tapas!

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And from mascots to friends, there were so many of the best people to get to see, too!

 

We danced to Billy Likes Soda and DJ E-V and just generally celebrated these restaurants, breweries, businesses, and people who are making Cleveland the amazing place it is!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

We also threw into the weekend a birthday party for one of our nieces, some yoga, and some time at home…phew! How was your weekend?

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Why? Designer Dress Days!

Burberry. Tory Burch. Lululemon. Betsy Johnson. Louis Vuitton. Gucci. kate spade.

If any of these brands (or all of these brands) make you as excited as they make me, then you can’t miss the Designer Dress Days sale happening Friday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 16 (excluding Saturday, October 13) at the Mandel Jewish Community Center.

Designer Dress Days is in its 50th year and is a fundraiser put on by the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland. Putting together the items for the sale is truly a labor of love. I had the opportunity to tour the warehouse where the items for the sale were being sorted, tagged, and priced and was amazed at the well-organized operation staffed by the NCJW/Cleveland volunteers.

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From Athleisure to Exclusive Designers to Contemporary, there is something for everyone to love at Designer Dress Days.

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And it’s not just clothing either. You can find handbags, jewelry, furs, and accessories. All the items are new or gently worn and are insanely low-priced (A Burberry skirt for $50?! Be still my heart!)

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The proceeds from Designer Dress Days benefit the NCJW/Cleveland’s Advocacy and Community Service initiatives, so you’ll be scoring a great deal for a great cause!

Friday, October 12 from 10am-4pm is the Preview Day for Designer Dress Days and is the only day there is a fee for admission. For $20, you’ll get first pick of all the designer duds (and word on the street is there will be a line to get in.)

The rest of the days of Designer Dress Days, admission is free. The hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, October 14 – 10am-4pm
  • Monday, October 15 – 12pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, October 16 – 10am-7pm

I hope to see you there and to admire all your fabulous designer finds!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I will receive compensation and complimentary admission to the Preview Day. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

We had lots of family-centered fun this weekend! Let’s get right to it:

Birthday Party at Greater Cleveland Aquarium

On Saturday morning, Jeffrey and I went to a birthday party for one of his school friend’s at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.

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We’ve been to the Aquarium several times, but never for a birthday party. I was really impressed with everything the party included. There was a party room with a submarine the kids could play in, crafts for the group, pizza and cake, and even a visit from a turtle!

The party also included admission to the Aquarium for the kids to check out all the sea critters. What a fun morning!

Fall Flyer

On Sunday, we hopped aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for their Fall Flyer trip.

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The Fall Flyer is a two-hour, non-stop ride that takes you though the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to take in the beautiful fall foliage.

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We rode on the Silver Lariat, one of the new California Zephyr cars. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad recently added four cars from the California Zephyr line which have dome seating; luxurious seats; tables; and more amenities.

 

We enjoyed taking in the fall sights, including changing leaves, the Cuyahoga river, lots of bikers and runners on the Towpath, and tons of people visiting Szalay’s pumpkin patch. We also enjoyed tasty snacks like hot dogs and popcorn from the dining car.

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Every time we take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, I’m so impressed with the volunteers who work as Conductors, Trainmen, and more. They truly make the experience so enjoyable!

The fall colors will only continue to become more striking, which makes the Fall Flyer a perfect choice for a fall weekend activity. The Fall Flyer runs every Saturday and Sunday in October at 9:45am and 1:30pm from the Rockside Station and 11:30am and 3:30pm from the Akron Northside Station. Tickets start at $25 per person. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

***Disclosure: I was invited to take a ride on the Fall Flyer and received three complimentary tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

That was our weekend, aside from watching lots of Cleveland sports, of course! How was yours?

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Why? Best of Cleveland Giveaway!

Cleveland Magazine is preparing to throw a party celebrating its Best of Cleveland award winners. On Satuday, October 13, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be packed with the best of Cleveland food, drink, music, and more.

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Billy Likes Soda (Best Cover Band) and DJ EV (Best Local DJ) will be performing. You’ll also get to enjoy food and drink from winners like:

  • Daylight Donuts (Best Ice Cream Filled Donuts)
  • Masthead Brewing Co. (Best Pizza)
  • Polpetta (Best Meatballs)
  • Ginko (Best Sushi)
  • The Wine Spot (Best Wine Shop)
  • Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream (Best Ice Cream)
  • And many, many more

Your ticket also includes admission to the Rock Hall and the Power of Rock Experience.

Tickets are currently on sale online for $75 for General Admission and $110 for VIP (which includes an open bar wristband.) You can also save 20% off tickets by using code BESTOFCLE when you checkout.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here (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 which of the Participating Winners you’re most excited to see at the Best of Cleveland party.

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

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

4. Follow @ClevelandMag 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 party with the Best of Cleveland thanks to @ClevelandMag and @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/10/04/why-best-of-cleveland-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 9 and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland party. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary general admission tickets for myself, 2 general admission tickets to give away, and a promo code to share. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? It’s Not too Late to Get Heart Healthy!

As I’ve shared before, my family has a history of heart disease. This spring, seven weeks before he passed away, my grandfather suffered a stroke from which he never fully recovered. Having seen firsthand the impact that heart disease and stroke can have, I am even more committed to staying heart healthy and doing what I can to counteract the hand that genetics has dealt me.

But even knowing what I know about my need to be heart healthy, there are days when I feel like I’ve missed the boat or like I’m  not doing enough. Here’s the thing, though: you can start today and start small toward making changes to improve your heart health. Whether it’s improving your eating habits, becoming more physically active, or quitting smoking, it’s not too late for you to make positive changes that will impact your heart health.

Speaking of it not being too late, the Cleveland Heart Walk takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 22. You can still register to walk and take literal steps toward a healthier future for both yourself and those affected by heart disease and stroke.

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There are so many parts to the Cleveland Heart Walk, with so many ways to improve your heart health:

7am – Sunrise Yoga from GrooveRyde and Barre from Pure Barre

8am – Healthy for Good Festival

8:45am and 9:30am – Spin Ride by CycleBar

10am – 1 mile and 3 mile walks

My biggest message to you is to start today to improve your heart health. It’s not too late, not only to register for the Cleveland Heart Walk, but also to make positive changes in your life!

***Disclosure: I am a social media ambassador for the Cleveland American Heart Association. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? National Cheeseburger Day at Kalahari Resorts!

It seems there’s a day to celebrate just about everything nowadays. This Tuesday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! To celebrate this all-American classic meal, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is offering a special promotion.

If you order an adult entree burger at B-Lux Grill & Bar at Kalahari this Tuesday, September 18, you will receive a free waterpark pass to return for a future visit of splashtastic fun! This offer is valid for the first 500 customers at the Sandusky Kalahari Resorts location.

Matthew, Jeffrey, and I went to Kalahari last weekend and enjoyed some tasty burgers at B-Lux Grill & Bar. Matthew had the Black & Bleu Burger, with bleu cheese and stout steak sauce.

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And I had the Frenchie burger, with Brie, caramalized onions, bacon, and dijonnaise.

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Also, don’t skip the boozy milkshakes. It’s a drink and dessert all in one! I love me some multitasking.

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Jeffrey chose the cheese pizza and giant pretzel, which just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be a cheeseburger meal at B-Lux (but it IS a great spot to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day).

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Then we headed down to the waterpark for a ton of fun! Jeffrey is tall enough now to go on a lot of the slides, including the Zip Coaster, which is essentially a roller coaster and water slide combined.

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We all had a great time splashing and sliding the day away! And we definitely can’t wait to go back!

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So, head to Kalahari and grab a cheeseburger at B-Lux Grill & Bar to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, so that you not only get a tasty meal, but a chance to return for even more family waterpark fun!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Kalahari Resorts’ National Cheeseburger Day promotion. In exchange, I received three complimentary waterpark day passes and a gift card to B-Lux Grill & Bar. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Giveaway!

Is your kid as nuts for LEGOs as Jeffrey is? From DUPLO to LEGO Junior, we have tons of LEGO sets at our house. Which is why we’re so excited about the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center opening in Columbus in a couple weeks!

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center is geared for families with children ages 3-10 and includes tons of fun attractions like 2 LEGO-themed rides, 10 LEGO play zones, a 4D Cinema showing the latest LEGO movies, classes with Master Builders, and a DUPLO and Soft Play area for younger children.

You’ll also get to see MINILAND Ohio, which includes LEGO models of Ohio landmarks from Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. I can’t wait to see the Rock Hall made out of LEGO bricks!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center opens exclusively for annual pass holders on Friday, September 21. You can purchase an annual pass here. The Grand Opening to the public takes place on Friday, September 28.

And I have a giveaway for a family four-pack of tickets to check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus, good for any day from September 28, 2018 on. Here’s how to enter to win (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me your child’s favorite thing to build with LEGO bricks (Jeffrey’s is a roller coaster).

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

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

4. Follow @ldccolumbus and @whycle on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win tickets to the new @ldccolumbus thanks to @whycle #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/09/13/why-legoland-discovery-center-columbus-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, September 18 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets and a swag bag for myself and 4 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Wildroots at Legacy Village!

On Saturday, September 22, Legacy Village will host Wildroots, an awesome artists marketplace, where you can not only find fabulous items, but also connect with artists and makers.

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From 10am to 6pm, you can peruse over 50 vendors from Northeast Ohio and beyond, with everything from home décor to vintage goods to jewelry to contemporary art.

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The event will also include yoga on the lawn from 12pm-1pm, live music, children’s activities, and more!

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Wildroots is a free event and is in it’s first year at Legacy Village. Don’t miss this chance to spend the first day of fall outside, enjoying some great local shopping!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship to promote Legacy Village events, 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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