Why? Wine and Gold Only Treats!

***Editor’s Note: This post written by Jeffrey, sort of. If I’m qualified to write in anyone else’s voice, it’s the one I hear the most every day.***

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because of the candy. I also like being a Tyrannosaurus Rex and roaring at people. That’s fun.

My mommy took me to trick or treat with the basketball players the other night because I’m in the basketball Kids Club. I got to be a T-Rex and get candy. It was super cool.

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I met two basketball players and got lots of candy from them because their hands are so big. I showed them my dinosaur roar too. I think they liked it.

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I also met the basketball puppy. He was funny.

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I got candy and a toothbrush from this nice lady who works for my dentist. I ate the M&M’s first.
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But I used the toothbrush before bed. I stayed up way past my bedtime.

And I got to play some hockey and basketball, too!

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Mommy got a treat too. She wouldn’t share hers with me. But she always asks to share my treats.

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I had lots of fun. I can’t wait to go see those basketball players that I trick or treated with play in a game!

***Disclosure from the Editor: I was asked to attend Wine & Gold Only Treats as part of our complimentary Cavs Kids Club membership. I have an ongoing relationship with Hudec Dental as a brand ambassador. As always, all opinions are 100% my own (or Jeffrey’s own).***

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Why? Mom’s Pierogies!

True to my Eastern European heritage and my status as a lifelong Clevelander, I love pierogi. So, when I got an invite to check out Mom’s Pierogies in Brooklyn, I couldn’t resist!

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Mom’s Pierogies is so named because owner Janet’s mom has been making pierogi for her whole life and people always raved about how delicious they are. In 2003, the business started with deliveries and farmer’s markets. This past July, Mom’s Pierogies opened their storefront location.

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You can stop in and get a hot lunch or dinner to go of potato cheddar pierogi and two side dishes (applesauce, cabbage and noodles, cucumber salad, or beet soup) or pick up frozen pierogi to make at home.

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I tried the hot lunch with cabbage and noodle and applesauce. I’m a pierogi purist: I like the traditional pierogi fillings with lots of sautéed onions and sour cream. Mom’s Pierogies hit the spot!

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I took home the mushroom and potato cheddar jalapeno pierogi to try on my own. Both were flavorful and delicious! And if you’re less of a pierogi purist than I am, you can try the Italian or BBQ Chicken varieties.

Mom’s Pierogies is truly a family-owned and operated business that is making great pierogi in a town that knows it’s pierogi. Stop in to grab a hot lunch or to take home pierogi for a delicious dinner.

***Disclosure: I was invited to visit Mom’s Pierogies and received a complimentary lunch and complimentary frozen pierogi. 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? Mad Mac’s!

It’s comfort food season, which is just fine with me! This week, Matthew and I warmed up with stick-to-your-ribs mac ‘n cheese at Mad Mac’s in Lakewood.

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Mad Mac’s is all about comfort from the food to the atmosphere. It has a dive bar meets family-friendly vibe, with board games, trivia nights, and throwback decor.

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The drinks all have fun 90’s movie names like “You’re a Virgin Who Can’t Drive” and “The Only Rule of Fight Club.” I had the “Keep the Change, Ya Filthy Animal,” which has apple cider, caramel, and cinnamon in a perfect fall beverage.

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Matthew and I shared the fried pickle chips to start, served with ranch and hot sauce for dipping. The appetizer portions are just enough for two people to share, which is good considering the heavy meal to come.

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We chose the Chicken Bacon Ranch and Chorizo mac ‘n cheese dishes for our entree. The Chicken Bacon Ranch had bacon, fried chicken, and ranch mixed in with the traditional elbow macaroni and mozzarella cheese.

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The proportions on this dish were just right (not too heavy on the ranch.) I think it could be even better if the chicken was served on top of the mac ‘n cheese to keep it a bit crispier.

The chorizo mac ‘n cheese had chorizo, monteray jack and cheddar cheese, hot sauce, cherry tomatoes, Worcestershire, and fried onions.

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This dish was deliciously, warm-you-up spicy!

For dessert, don’t skip a homemade cookie (why would you ever, really?). The snickerdoodles were the perfect treat!

Mad Mac’s is a fun, tasty concept in a relaxed atmosphere that makes the whole experience a throwback to childhood days of games, Teen Beat, and mom’s cooking.

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***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary meal at Mad Mac’s with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? KidStuff Coupon Books Giveaway!

Let’s face it, momming and dadding can get expensive! Between play dates and lunches and birthday party presents…

Which is why I’m loving my KidStuff Coupon Book! It’s a huge book packed with coupons for everything from food to museums and attractions to stores, specifically geared toward kid favorites and customized to the Cleveland area, encompassing Cuyahoga, Lorain, Summit, Lake, Medina, Geauga, and Stark counties.

While there are national chains represented, there are also a ton of great local businesses in the book, too. There are coupons for places like the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the African Safari Wildlife Park, Zeppe’s Pizza, and Mr. Hero.

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I keep my KidStuff Coupon Book handy and am able to quickly double-check before an outing if we have a coupon we can use.

What’s even better is that KidStuff Coupon Books are sold exclusively through schools as a fundraiser for that school. The book costs $25 and 50% of that is donated back to the school. Click here to learn more about how to raise funds for your with KidStuff Coupon Books or you can call 1-888-404-5437, Option 1 or email info@kidstuffcouponbook.com

I also have three KidStuff Coupon Books to give away! Three winners will each receive their own Cleveland edition KidStuff Coupon Book. 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 what’s the one item that’s always in your mom (or dad) bag.

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

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

4. Follow @kidstuffcoupons 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 a #Cleveland @kidstuffcoupons Book from @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/10/25/why-kidstuff-coupon-books-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 30 at 11:59pm and the winners will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by KidStuff Coupon Books to help promote their product. In exchange, I received one complimentary coupon book for myself and 3 books to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Saucy Brew Works!

Pizza and beer are a natural combination, right? But what’s great about Saucy Brew Works is that both the beer and the pizza are elevated to a craft level that make it more than just your everyday pairing.

Matthew and I had a chance to enjoy dinner at Saucy Brew Works this week and we had our fill of both great beer and delicious pizza. We started with a beer sampler, so that we could get a wide array of Saucy Brew Works’ craft brews.

Our favorites were the Haters Gone Gold, a Belgian strong ale made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and the Can You Milk Stout Me?, a double chocolate milkshake stout (it’s definitely getting to be the right weather for stouts and porters.) We also had our first Christmas beer of the year with the spicy Three Ho’s.

We got a tour of the brewery and production facility.

The brewery holds an impressive amount of tanks, as well as a canning line that can put out enough beer to keep us all happy!

While Saucy Brew Works is known for their pizza, Chef Jeremy also let us sample some of the Cleveland Beer Week specials of pierogi (a collaboration with Jukebox), pretzels and beer cheese,

and mac ‘n cheese, which will be sticking around on the menu.

All of these classic comfort foods had a saucy twist (see what I did there?). The mac ‘n cheese had a nice tang from the addition of cream cheese, the beer cheese dip stood out with the addition of garlic and anchovies, and the pierogi combined a classic Cleveland dish with Saucy’s pizza prowess.

Speaking of pizza prowess, we got to taste three of Saucy Brew Works’ original pies. The Bees Knees, which is now the best selling pizza at Saucy, has honey, spicy capicola, mozzarella, and red pepper flakes. Sweet, spicy, and delicious!

The Frittata pizza has sriracha, avocado, Boursin cheese, bacon, oven-dried tomato, bourbon maple syrup, egg, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

The Nashville Hot Chicken has BBQ, smoked cheese, hot crispy chicken, dill pickles, and Pecorino Romano.

The pizzas are thin-crust and packed with tons of delicious flavors. They are truly unique and pair well with the awesome craft beers!

You can also order delivery pizza and beer from Saucy Brew Works and their fleet of bikes can satisfy your craving!

Saucy Brew Works also has a cozy upstairs event space, perfect for your next after-work gathering!

For a classic combo of pizza and beer, elevated to craft level, head on over to Saucy Brew Works!

***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary dinner at Saucy Brew Works with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Homegrown Cleveland Giveaway!

One of the coolest things about Cleveland, in my humble opinion, is our community of makers and entrepreneurs. Cleveland has a burgeoning maker community that is creating some amazing things, as well as revitalizing neighborhoods and adding to Cleveland’s “cool” factor.

On Saturday, November 3 at Red Space, Homegrown Cleveland will present a curated marketplace of some of Cleveland’s best makers and entrepreneurs, focusing on those located in downtown neighborhoods. Homegrown Cleveland is put on by Advance Ohio and cleveland.com.

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The Homegrown Cleveland marketplace will include jewelry, apparel, ceramics, and more, just in time to kick off your holiday shopping. Plus, there will be food trucks, including the yummy CLE Cookie Dough Co., for shopping sustenance.

The marketplace will be open from 11am-4pm. Tickets are $14.42 with fees and include 2 drink tickets and a tote bag.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a non-profit dedicated to fostering inclusive communities of opportunity and choice in Cleveland.

Tickets are available online. You can save 50% on your tickets by using promo code WHYCLE. Or you can enter to win two tickets to Homegrown Cleveland 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 telling me who you’d be shopping for at Homegrown Cleveland (totally fine if it’s for you…#treatyoself).

2. Visit the Homegrown Cleveland Facebook event page and Why CLE? and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both.

3. Hop over to my Instagram page and pick up another entry there by liking the Homegrown Cleveland photo and tagging two friends.

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

I want to win tickets to #homegrowncleveland thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/10/23/why-homegrown-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 Saturday, October 27 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Homegrown Cleveland. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. I declined my own two tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend filled with lots of pre-Halloween festivities. Let’s get right to it!

Haunted Hayrides

On Friday, we attended one of our favorite Halloween traditions: the Haunted Hayrides at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

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We boarded the wagon and wound our way through a not-too-scary forest filled with fun decorations and enthusiastic actors.

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Once we departed the wagon, we could choose from the scary or not-scary path for some Halloween festival fun. We chose the not-scary path and enjoyed playground equipment, tasty food vendors like Corbo’s, and a glow-stick dance party.

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The Haunted Hayrides sell out quickly every year, so stay tuned next year for information on ticket sales!

Fall Fest

On Saturday, we attended the Fall Fest for the Early Childhood grades at Hathaway Brown School. Jeffrey got to debut his awesome T-Rex Halloween costume (from Pottery Barn Kids)…

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…pick a pumpkin to decorate and play fun Halloween-themed games.

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Plus, there was cider and donuts from Patterson Fruit Farm…a fall classic! We always enjoy these school parties that let the kids (and parents) connect outside of glass and have a great time!

Dinner at Red and Eagles Concert

Saturday evening, my dad and I had tickets to see the Eagles at Quicken Loans Arena (thanks, Mom!) We started our evening with dinner at Red, the Steakhouse. Dad and I made our own surf and turf with a pound of king crab legs and a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye.

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Both were perfection! We also shared the stuffed hot peppers for an appetizer and the classic creme brulee for dessert. What a great meal!

Then it was off to the concert. This was honestly one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Vince Gill and Deacon Frey (Glenn Frey’s son) did an incredible job filling Glenn Frey’s shoes.

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The hometown crowd loved all the Joe Walsh numbers, of course. The Eagles played two and a half hours of solid music and sounded incredible!

But for me, the best part of the evening was the chance to connect with my dad. We share an appreciation for classic rock (and a good steak), but we don’t often get the chance to do things just the two of us. So the evening was really special and not just because the concert was so great!

Boo at the Zoo

On Sunday, we participated in another favorite Halloween tradition: Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

From trick or treating…

…to a dance party…

…to the awesome new decorations, we love the classic Boo at the Zoo fun and there’s always something new to discover each year, too.

There’s still one weekend of Boo at the Zoo, happening Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28. You can purchase tickets online.

So, that was our fun, fall, festive weekend! How was yours?

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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? Recycled Wedding Boutique Giveaway!

Are you planning a wedding? Then you know that things can be expensive, especially for items that you’re only using once! The Recycled Wedding Boutique seeks to help with that problem by connecting soon-to-be-wed couples with recently-married couples selling new, gently used, and vintage items.

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Put on by Oak & Honey Events and Baci Designer, the Recycled Wedding Boutique creates an eco-friendly, economical way to find fabulous finds for your big day! The Recycled Wedding Boutique also supports a non-profit at each event. For the next event, attendees can donate kitchen and pantry items for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron.

The Recycled Wedding Boutique takes place on Saturday, November 10 from 10:30am – 1pm at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. Tickets are now on sale for $20 for a Skip the Line ticket and $5 for General Admission. You can purchase tickets online.

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

1.Leave a comment telling me for what part of your big day you’re most in need of inspiration from the Recycled Wedding Boutique.

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

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

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, October 23 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Recycled Wedding Boutique. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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