Why? Grapes and Ale Giveaway!

Who’s ready to think about summer BBQ’s? I know I am! Our Lady of the Wayside is again hosting their fabulous and fun BBQ fundraiser at Grapes and Ale on Friday, June 14, now in it’s 20th anniversary year.

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Progressive Field once again hosts this fabulous evening. You’ll get to sample BBQ bites from some of Cleveland’s sauciest restaurants, including Berea Depot, Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, Melt Bar and Grilled, and Smokin’ Rock and Roll.

There will be over 300 international wines to sample included with your admission, as well as craft beer samples available for purchase at The Corner.

You can also groove to live music from local bands The Sunrise Jones and Moshuro.

General admission tickets to Grapes and Ale are $60 and include unlimited wine and food samples, access to The Corner to purchase craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, and access to take your chance to win fabulous auction prizes.

You can also upgrade to VIP tickets, which are $125 and include all of the above plus access to a private Majic VIP area with featured wines, beers, and Tito’s Vodka cocktails, plus special hors d’oeuvres and desserts from 700 Beta and Cupcake Cravings.

You can purchase tickets online now. Or you can enter to win two general admission 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 letting me know if you’re most excited for BBQ, wine, or beer at Grapes and Ale.

2. Visit Our Lady of the Wayside and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Hop on over to @whycle on Instagram and follow the instructions with the Grapes and Ale picture.

4. Follow @OurLadyWayside 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 @OurLadyWayside #GrapesandAle thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/05/09/why-grapes-and-ale-giveaway-7 

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, May 14 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Grapes and Ale. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

 

Why? Wildroots Modern Market at Legacy Village!

Last year, Legacy Village started a partnership with Wildroots Market that was so popular, the partnership is expanding to offer monthly markets this summer.

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The first market will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 11am to 4pm, where you can peruse over 90 vendors from Northeast Ohio and beyond, with everything from home décor to vintage goods to jewelry to contemporary art.

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This free, family (and dog) friendly event will also include food trucks, live music, and a complimentary barre3 class from 10am-11am before each market.

Additional markets in the series will be held on June 22, July 20, August 24, and September 21. Don’t miss this fun chance for unique shopping, food, fitness, and fun!

***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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Why? Hudec Dental American Heroes Program!

One of the things that matters the most to me in partnering with a business is the way in which they give back to the community. Which is why I’m proud to partner with Hudec Dental.

Hudec Dental is honored to serve those who have served our country. The American Heroes Plan is a military discount dental plan that provides a significant 30% SAVINGS on all dental treatment to United States military and their immediate family.

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Plan members will receive a FREE initial examination and x-rays and can be treated at any of the 20 local, convenient Hudec Dental location.

The Hudec Dental American Heroes Military discount plan is simple. For a $25 membership fee, enrollees will immediately be eligible for up to 30% off all dental treatment for 1 year from the date of enrollment.

With the American Heroes Plan, you can expect to save an average of 30% off all dental services!

  • For Example…                                    AH                                    Savings
    • Initial Exam                            FREE                                      $84
    • Initial X-Ray                           FREE                                      $61
    • Cleaning                                  $61                                         $26
    • White Filling, 1 surf.            $97                                         $41
    • Extraction                             $102                                        $43
    • Porcelain Crown                 $794                                       $340
    • Root Canal, 1 canal             $531                                       $227
    • Deluxe Denture                   $839                                       $360

Plan Highlights include:

  • No Deductible
  • No annual maximums
  • No pre-determination of benefits
  • No claim forms or confusing paperwork
  • No waiting period
  • No exclusions for pre-existing conditions or cosmetic procedures
  • Immediate coverage for a full year
  • Low cost to join the annual plan

Start saving right away! Enrollment in the American Heroes Dental Plan is fast and easy. Simply fill out the form and mail in with payment. Click here for the enrollment form.

Hudec Dental is working to make dental care accessible and affordable for all. They also offer InDent Dental Coverage for individuals and businesses, starting at just $85 per year.

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Coverage includes a free exam, free X-rays, no waiting periods, no yearly maximum or deductible, and more. Click here to learn more and enroll.

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

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Why? Weekends!

We weren’t about to let the chilly, damp, foggy weather get us down this weekend. Here’s what we were up to:

Azure Rooftop Lounge Summer Kick-Off

On Friday night, Matthew and I attended the Summer Kick-Off party at Azure Rooftop Lounge.

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Photo Credit: Orville McEachron Photography

Located on the 12th floor of The 9, Azure has stunning skyline views and an expansive outdoor space with bar seating, cozy couches, and some fabulous plant walls.

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We sampled some of the delicious food you can get at Azure, including Savory Ahi Tostadas, Shishito Peppers, Crab Cake Sliders, and delicious mini desserts.

We also sampled some of Azure’s signature cocktails, including boozy lemonade and strawberry mules.

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Azure Rooftop Lounge is now officially open for the season and is a fabulous spot for a summer cocktail (or two). Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6pm and includes $2 off cocktails and sangria, $3 off wine, $1 off beer, and $9 starters.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Summer Kick-Off at Azure Rooftop Lounge with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Cleveland Indians Game

Despite the weather on Saturday, we bundled up and headed to our first Cleveland Indians game of the season.

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We enjoyed the activities on the Family Deck and Jeffrey picked up his Tribe Town MVP kit, filled with fun Indians merchandise!

Even better, the Indians got a win over the Seattle Mariners! Despite the fact that it felt more like football weather, our first Tribe game of the season was a home run!

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Mommas and Margaritas

On Sunday, I hosted some of my mom friends for a Cinco de Mayo/Pre-Mother’s Day celebration. Appropriately titled, “Mommas and Margaritas,” we had margaritas, guacamole, salsa, hot corn chile dip (recipe here), and lots of laughs.

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I couldn’t do it without these ladies (and others in abstentia) and I was so glad we had a chance to celebrate an early Mother’s Day!

How was your weekend?

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Why? Roses and Rosé at Heinen’s!

It’s rosé season! Personally, I don’t think it ever stopped being rosé season, but this light, fruity wine certainly reaches it’s peak consumption during the spring and summer months.

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It’s perfect for patio drinking, day-drinking, and pairing with the lighter foods you’re cooking this season.

Last night, Heinen’s celebrated both rosé wine and roses, with an event that included a rosé and cheese pairing, as well as a flower arranging tutorial.

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When we arrived, we were greeted with a glass of Bacio della Luna Pinot Brut Rosé. This sparkling wine was vibrant, crisp, and one of my favorites of the evening.

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It was paired with a Caseificio Truf 3 Latti, a cow, goat, and sheep milk cheese with truffles. Creamy, dreamy, earthy yumminess!

We then sampled six non-sparkling rosés, each paired with cheese and all available at your neighborhood Heinen’s:

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  • 2018 The Palm by Whispering Angel, paired with Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper
  • 2018 Confidencial Rosé, paired with Mayfield Road Creamery Plain Havarti-Holstein
  • 2018 Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir, paired with Saint Angel Triple Crème Brie
  • 2018 Alexander Vineyards Rosé of Sangiovese, paired with Ubriaco Prosecco Cheese (it’s bathed in prosecco, not unlike myself)
  • 2018 Viallet Rosé, paired with Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet
  • 2018 Diving into Hampton Waters Rosé (from Jon Bon Jovi’s winery), paired with Mackenize Creamery Chevre with Herbs de Provence

Of these wines, the Rodney Strong and Confidencial were my favorites. So, I learned I really like rosé of Pinot Noir! I also learned that rosé can be made from any red wine grape and that the trend as consumers is toward lighter-colored rosés, which does not necessarily mean better quality.

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I love that Heinen’s incoporated local cheese from Mayfield Road Creamery and Mackenzie Creamery into the tastings. The store does a wonderful job at stocking wines and cheese that range from hyper-local to around-the-world.

For our floral arranging demonstration, we learned to always keep your flowers in cold water, cut them once you bring them home from the store, and create your arrangements by looking at them from the side perspective, which is what your dinner guests will see when they are on your table.

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Of course, Heinen’s offers a lovely selection of fresh flowers to help you create the perfect centerpiece for your own Roses and Rosé party!

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Alicia is super excited about the wine and cheese

Spring has sprung, so if you need me, I’ll either be in the Heinen’s wine aisle or sitting on my porch sipping my rosé! Cheers!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Roses and Rosé event at Heinen’s with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Rusty Bucket!

Last night, Jeffrey and I had dinner at a place that made us both smile: The Rusty Bucket in Solon.

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This casual eatery lives up to the idea of fun and friendly service and approachable food in a relaxed setting. Our server, Kelly, was certainly the embodiment of this. She was so sweet to Jeffrey and she and I chatted easily about everything from food to blogging.

Before I get to the food, let’s talk beverages. I started with an Old Fashioned, which was a bit strong for my still-making-friends-with bourbon taste. Matthew would have loved it, though!

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But the Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Iced Tea, and Cold Brew were all winners in my book!

Now, let’s get to the food…I got to try a sampling of The Rusty Bucket’s featured new menu items in both appetizers and desserts.

The hefty star of the table was the “Cheese Blanket” Nachos, with seasoned ground beef, braised black beans, the “cheese blanket,” pico de gallo, jalapenos, sour cream, and scallions.

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So cheesy! These are definitely for sharing…I could barely make a dent in all that cheesy goodness!

I also sampled the Rusty Bucket Wings in Joe’s Regular flavor. Crisp and with just a slight kick, these were good wings.

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They are also available in Tamarind BBQ, Sweet Chili, Spicy Garlic, and Habanero.

To round out the appetizers, the Spinach Con Queso, with spinach, white wine, and cheeses served in a just-out-of-the-oven crock was creamy and delicious.

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I also loved the chips…very light and crispy!

Jeffrey enjoyed the Kids Pepperoni Pizza (seriously, he ate the whole thing, as well as stealing all of one of the desserts).

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And I enjoyed learning about Bucketeer Bookworm Program for kids. Remember BookIt? This is kind of the same concept.

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For every 5 books that your child reads or has read to them, you receive a complimentary kids meal. When you reach 15 books, you receive $10 off admission to Legoland Discovery Centre in Columbus! What a fun way to encourage reading!

Now to the desserts…

The Sticky Bun Bread Pudding has croissants rolled in cinnamon sugar and baked with vanilla custard, topped with warm caramel, pecans, and Edy’s vanilla ice cream.

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This was lighter than a lot of bread puddings and just delicious!

Jeffrey completely devoured the Death by Chocolate, a triple decker chocolate sheet cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate ganache.

I love me nothing more than a fruit dessert, so I was thrilled with the Berry Cobbler,  served in a hot crock with Edy’s vanilla ice cream.

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For a fun, easy meal that will keep the whole family satisfied, check out The Rusty Bucket!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary meal at The Rusty Bucket. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Legacy Village Food Truck Mondays!

It’s almost time for outdoor eating: patios, picnics, and, of course, food trucks! Legacy Village will once again be offering a strolling mecca of food trucks on Food Truck Mondays.

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The inaugural Food Truck Monday takes place on Monday, May 20 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. There will be a great selection of fan favorite food trucks, such as Barrio Tacos, Chef Grey Wolf, Cookery Food Truck, Donut Lab, Off the GRIDdle, Superhero Food Truck, and The Little Piggy, all parked along Legacy Village’s Main Street.

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You’ll also be able to enjoy a variety of local bands performing on The Lawn at each Food Truck Monday to add to the fun, festival-like atmosphere. Bring a picnic blanket or snag  a seat at one of the benches or tables and relax for a sunshiny, delicious meal!

Legacy Village Food Truck Mondays will take place on May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26. Food Truck Mondays are perfect for a lunch break, a lunch date, or a play date!

***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!

Oh, it was a weekend of eating! From Market at the Food Bank to our other weekend adventures, we enjoyed so much good food!

Biga Wood Fired Pizzeria

On Friday, we met up with Julia and Ben to help them get another entry in their Pizza Diaries series at Biga Wood Fired Pizzeria.

Biga is a favorite pizza spot for us. We love their selection of wood-fired, authentic pies, always focused on local, seasonal ingredients.

To make ourselves feel a little bit healthy, we started with the wood-roasted broccolini with lemon, parmesan, and garlic.

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Then it was into the pies. We shared the Biga Pesto (homemade pesto, roasted tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and mozzarella); the Cerino (house made sweet sausage, roasted artichokes, red sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil); and the Ramp (ramps, bacon, garlic, mozzarella, and rosemary cream).

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My favorite was the Cerino, which was well-balanced between toppings, sauce, and cheese and hit that “traditional pizza” taste on the head.

I’ll let Julia and Ben share more of our thoughts on the pizza, but suffice it to say, everyone left Biga feeling stuffed and happy!

Rosewood Grill 

On Sunday, I joined some fellow bloggers at a brunch at Rosewood Grill, which just rolled out their new brunch menu. We got an expansive taste of the menu and my biggest takeaway is how well-balanced it is.

There are plenty of sweet options, savory options, breakfast options, lunch options, salads, and decadent desserts. There’s something for every brunch taste, which is a tricky needle to thread.

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I started with the Good Morning Manhattan, with Watershed Private Barrel Bourbon, orange marmalade, and sherry. Who says bourbon isn’t for brunch?!

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Rosewood Grill treats brunch like a full meal, with appetizer and dessert options on the menu. Do not miss the Millionaire Bacon, crusted with brown sugar and cayenne!

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Or the Coo Coo 4 Cocoa Puffs, with boozy milk: a grown-up treat that will make you feel like a kid again!

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And I have two coupons to give away for a complimentary brunch appetizer at Rosewood Grill for the first two people to comment on this post!

If you’re into sweet brunch options, my personal favorite was the Brioche French Toast, with peanut butter mousse, bacon, strawberry, and Ohio maple syrup.

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The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with mixed berry compote will also satisfy your morning sweet tooth!

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On the savory side, the Fried Chicken Benny, with buttermilk biscuit, sausage gravy, egg, and hash browns…

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…the Sausage and Egg Tacos, with cheddar, peppers and onions, guacamole, and salsa roja, and the Short Rib Hash, with peppers, onions, sunny side up eggs, and creamy horseradish were all stand-outs.

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If you’re looking for something lighter, the Maine Lobster Chop, with asparagus, roasted corn, cucumber, tomato, scallions, and herb yogurt dressing is the perfect summer salad!

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And if you want decadence, look no further than the Chocolate Torte or Cherry Cobbler.

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Rosewood Grill’s brunch offers something for every taste (and you should taste all of it!) The food is flavorful, incorporates a lot of local ingredients, and is elevated while still being approachable. Brunch is offered at all three Rosewood Grill locations (Hudson, Strongsville, and Westlake) on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm.

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary brunch at Rosewood Grill. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

So, that was our weekend: tons and tons of fabulous, local food. How was yours?

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Why? Market at the Food Bank!

Last night was filled with food, philanthropy, and friends, as we attended the Greater Cleveland Food Bank‘s Market at the Food Bank.

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Small bites from fabulous Cleveland restaurants fill the Greater Cleveland Food Bank warehouse. Some of our favorites included the brisket and pulled pork sliders from Landmark

…the Korean BBQ pork belly from Cleveland Marriott Key Tower

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…the sweet scoops from Mitchell’s Ice Cream

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…the spicy veggies from Townhall

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…and the cannoli from Mama Roberto’s.

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The event is always packed with some of our favorite chefs, as well as some of our favorite CLE-brities assisting as celebrity servers. It was great seeing John Selick from University Hospitals, Matt Fish from Melt Bar and Grilled, and Genevieve Larson from Strip Steakhouse. We also caught up with Jen Picciano from Cleveland 19 News and Leah Haslage from TV20 Cleveland.

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Of course, the real star of the evening was the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger program. Being in the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s impressive warehouse helped to highlight the depth and breadth of the needs served by this organization. For every dollar raised last night, the Food Bank can provide 4 meals to the working poor, seniors, and children throughout our community.

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You can make a donation to the Harvest for Hunger campaign online.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help promote Market at the Food Bank. In exchange, I received two complimentary general admission tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Bella Salon and Spa!

Is there anything better than finding a place to get pampered? Bella Salon and Spa in Woodmere is having their Grand Re-Opening today, Saturday, April 27 from 9am-5pm.

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Bella Salon and Spa’s motto is “Where Beautiful Happens” and they offer a full range of services to make that happen for you.

From haircuts, styling, color, extensions, and full bridal services to manicures, pedicures, hair removal, makeup application, and even Botox, there’s something for everyone.

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I had the opportunity to get a hairstyle at Bella Salon and loved how soft, volumized, and sassy my hair looked.

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Plus, my stylist Norman helped me by recommending styling tools to achieve the same look at home!

So, if you want to check out Bella Salon and Spa, head to their Grand Re-Opening today. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9am, Botox appointments with Dr. Gary from 9am-1pm, wine tasting from 11am-2pm, food, raffle prizes, and more. Plus, you can save 20% on any service!

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I’ll see you at Bella Salon and Spa, where beautiful happens!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Bella Salon and Spa. In exchange, I received a complimentary hairstyle. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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