Why? barre3, Bites, and Blog!

As you might have noticed, I’ve kind of gotten hooked on barre3 classes. I’ve been an exclusive yogi for so long that when my friend Sara dragged me to a barre3 class (with the promise of wine after), I went for the wine, let’s be honest.

But what I found at barre3 is an awesome fusion of barre, yoga, and Pilates that felt at once familiar and challenging. A barre3 class is an hour-long workout that targets your legs, arms, seat, and core. It gets your heart rate up, but also works in lots of good stretches too.


The instructors are supportive and offer tons of modifications throughout the class. The studio is bright, light, and inviting. The jams are pumping. And the workout leaves you feeling strong and centered.

Since I started taking barre3 classes, I’ve been able to increase my hand weight level by a pound each. I’ve also noticed that my balance poses in yoga are stronger and more balanced because my core and seat are stronger. The classes really make a difference!

And barre3 offers a Play Lounge during select classes, where Jeffrey can have fun while I take my hour to work and reboot. We both have a great time and leave feeling refreshed. What could be better than that?


Now, I think all of this should sell you on trying barre3. But I get that sometimes it takes a friend and some wine to motivate you to try a new workout. Which is where barre3, Bites, and Blog comes in.

Barre3 Why CLE Insta

On Saturday, November 18 at 1:30pm, join me at barre3 Legacy Village for a complimentary, hour-long Barre3 class taught by studio owner Liz Ferrante. Then stick around for some sips and nibbles, conversation with Liz and me, and some cool Cleveland-themed raffles.

I promise you that you’ll leave feeling great and you might even find a new workout to love! Space is limited, so register today! Click here to register for barre3, Bites, and Blog! I’m so excited to be partnering with a spot that I love. I hope you’ll join me and love it too!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Barre3 Legacy Village to partner on an event open to Why CLE? followers. In exchange, I will receive a complimentary class pass. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***



Why? Weekends!

It was a fun and busy pre-Halloween weekend! Here’s what we were up to:

Story Time and Cupcakes

On Friday morning, Jeffrey and I attended a sweet event at White Flower Cake Shoppe in Solon. We were treated to two Halloween stories…


…and instruction on how to decorate Halloween cupcakes with White Flower’s famous and fabulous buttercream icing.


Each child attending received 4 cupcakes to decorate.

IMG_7425 (1)

And while ours didn’t quite look like the example cupcakes…


…they were still VERY tasty!


Story Time and Cupcakes was only $10 and was a fun and unique activity. The next Story Time and Cupcakes is scheduled for Friday, December 22 with a holiday theme. Click here to learn more!

Playhouse Square Children’s Theater Series: Hansel and Gretel

For the second year, we bought tickets for the Playhouse Square Children’s Theater Series. The Series includes 4 shows between October and May. The shows are age-appropriate in theme and length and are a great way to introduce children to live theater.


The first show of the Series was “Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat.” The show was fun and engaging, with lots of great musical numbers, creative costumes and sets, and a talented cast. This was Jeffrey’s first exposure to a true musical and he almost immediately asked if he could get up and dance during the show!

Tickets are still available for the other three shows in the series: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” in January, “The Gruffalo” in March, and “Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook” in May. If you have a child that you want to introduce to the theater, this is the perfect way to do it!

Willoughby Brewing Company

After the show, we stopped for lunch at Willoughby Brewing Company. Matthew and I always enjoy their in-house craft brews (he had the classic Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter and I had the Pumpkin Ale) and Jeffrey enjoys the trains and cheeseburgers!

Matthew ordered the BrewCo Burger, with bacon jam, fried egg, marinated tomatoes, and beer cheese.


It was messy and delicious!

I had the lemon garlic parmesan shrimp pasta, with a generous amount of shrimp, red peppers, spinach, and pappardelle.


It was light and flavorful! We all enjoyed our post-show lunch!

John Carroll University Homecoming and Family Weekend

On Sunday, we all headed up to my alma mater, John Carroll University for Mass and brunch as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend. I always love having Jeffrey up on campus running around my old stomping grounds! This time, he tried to open up my old mailbox.

IMG_7481 (1)

I had the worst mailbox location!

If you’re an alum in the Cleveland area, join the Cleveland Alumni Chapter for a social at Terrestrial Brewing Company on Thursday, November 16 starting at 5:30pm. Registration is free and there will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Click here to learn more and register.

Halloween Party

From there, we had more Halloween fun in store for Jeffrey. My grandfather recently moved into an assisted living facility, which hosted a Halloween party for the families of the residents. There was trick or treating, a piñata, and pizza, punch, and cookies.


But the best part was seeing Jeffrey have quality time with his great grandfather! Jeffrey is lucky enough to still have two great grandfathers and time with them is so valuable and enriching.

So, that was our weekend! Are you ready for Halloween? Like us, are you already on candy overload?!

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


Why? AMP 150 Winter Harvest Dinner Giveaway!

AMP 150 has always been a restaurant committed to seasonal, farm-to-table offerings. The restaurant even has it’s own garden on site to maximize freshness. On Friday, November 10, AMP 150 will host it’s Winter Harvest Dinner, celebrating the tastiest of what the winter season holds.

This family-style meal includes three generous courses, all expertly paired with drinks, for just $50 per person.

AMP - Harvest DInner_2

The Winter Harvest Dinner includes delicious food such as butternut squash soup with lump crab, maple-brined smoked pork tenderloin and glazed pears, sweet potato gnocchi with sage brown butter, and dark chocolate bark.

You can make reservations for the Winter Harvest Dinner now by calling AMP 150 at (216) 706-8787. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the Winter Harvest Dinner right here!

AMP - Harvest DInner_1

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.Check out the Winter Harvest Dinner menu and leave a comment here telling me which item looks most tempting.

2. Visit AMP 150 and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @amp150cleveland and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @amp150cleveland 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 @amp150cleveland Winter Harvest Dinner thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2017/10/27/why-amp-150-winter-harvest-dinner-giveaway-2 

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, November 1 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the AMP 150 Winter Harvest Dinner. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary tickets for myself and 2 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Jump Back Ball Ticket Sales Party!

The biggest party in the galaxy is happening Saturday, February 24, as Playhouse Square Partners present the 27th annual Jump Back Ball.


This year’s theme is 2018: A Space Odyssey and will be sure to blast you off to a night of out-of-this-world fun. Jump Back Ball will feature delicious food, open bar, two bands, tons of fun activities and raffles, and the chance to dance the night away on the KeyBank State Theatre Stage.

Plus, all this intergalactic merry-making benefits the Playhouse Square Foundation, including their education and community outreach efforts such as the Disney Musicals in Schools program and the Dazzle Awards.

Now, I know that you’re thinking that February is a long way away, but it’s really not that far off! Besides, on Monday, November 6, tickets for this space soiree go on sale, so you’ll want to beam over to the Jump Back Ball Ticket Sales Party to take advantage of the lowest possible ticket prices!

The Ticket Sales Party will be held on Monday, November 6 from 5:30-7:30pm in the KeyBank State Theatre Lobby. Here’s what Jump Back Ball tickets will cost if you purchase that night:

  • Partners Encore Society ($600+ donor): $120 for general admission, limit 4 tickets
  • Contributing and Supporting Partners ($300 and $100 donor): $120 for general admission, limit 2 tickets
  • Participating Partners ($50 donor) and General Public: $165 for general admission
  • All: $250 for VIP admission (which includes a special cocktail hour and sit-down dinner)

There will be a Crowne Plaza table at the Ticket Sales Party, where you can reserve a room for the night of Jump Back Ball for only $99.

And if you’re a Partners member who purchases at the Ticket Sales Party, you’ll be entered to win a Jump Back Ball Experience package, which includes:

  • Complimentary overnight stay at the Crowne Plaza on the night of Jump Back Ball
  • Complimentary parking at the Crowne Plaza on the night of Jump Back Ball
  • $50 gift card to Yours Truly for a post-Jump Back Ball breakfast

So, not only do you not want to miss Jump Back Ball, but you also don’t want to miss your chance to get your tickets at the best possible price!

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of Playhouse Square Partners. Also, I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Cavs Wine & Gold Nation!

It’s basketball season again in Cleveland! The Cleveland Cavaliers not only have an incredible team, but also an amazing fan base to support the team. One of the best ways to support the Cavs is by being a member of the Cavs Wine & Gold Nation.

There are varying membership levels, geared to different ages and budgets. There’s Kid’s Club (ages 6-12), Cavalry (ages 13-17), and Wine & Gold Nation (ages 18+).

This year, Jeffrey is a new member of the Cavalittles, geared for children up to age 5. Recently, our Cavalittles membership package arrived, with a Cavalittles shirt…


…a mini basketball…


…a JR Smith poster…


…a sippy cup, personalized membership certificate, team shop discount coupon, and more.

As a Cavalittle, Jeffrey also gets invited to special Wine & Gold Nation events, one of which we attended last night: Only Treats, driven by Goodyear.


This fun trick or treat event at the Q not only let the kids snag candy in a cool location, but also participate in crafts, face painting, a hay maze with Step 2 vehicles, and other seasonal activities.


The kids had a chance to meet and get pictures with the Cavs Girls, Cavs Street Team, and the Cleveland Indians Hot Dogs and Slider.

But the most exciting trick or treat station featured Cavs players Channing Frye and Isaiah Thomas!


The handful of candy from Channing Frye will last Jeffrey for months!

We had such a blast at Only Treats and I know Jeffrey is so excited to attend Cavs games this season, as well as the other special upcoming Wine & Gold Nation family event: an exclusive, private screening of the new “Jumanji” with an appearance by a Cavs player, happening in December.

Cavalittles membership is only $35 and is the perfect way to introduce your littles to the fun and excitement of being a Cleveland Cavaliers fan! Click here to learn more and enroll.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Cavaliers to help promote Cavalittles membership. In exchange, Jeffrey received a complimentary Cavalittles membership for this season. As always. all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

What a gorgeous and fabulous weekend in Cleveland! Here’s what we were up to:

Boo at the Zoo

Friday night, we headed to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for Boo at the Zoo.


This has been an annual Halloween tradition for us and every year, Jeffrey gets more engaged with all the fun. He loved the trick-or-treat street…


…the carousel and train rides and the character visits with everyone from Disney Princesses to Minions to superheroes.


Everyone got into the Halloween spirit, from kids to parents to the safety services, too.


We had a great time! Boo at the Zoo continues next weekend Friday through Sunday evenings. Don’t miss it!

PAW Patrol Party

On Saturday morning, Jeffrey and Matthew attended a PAW Patrol Party at Cafe o’Play. Jeffrey loves both PAW Patrol and Cafe o’Play, so this event was the perfect combination!


The kids got a visit from Skye and got to participate in PAW Patrol themed crafts and games.


Plus, they got admission to Cafe o’Play, with slides, video games, a dance room, and lots more fun to be had!


While the boys were partying with the PAW Patrol, my mom and I headed to Playhouse Square to see Waitress the Musical.


I’ve always loved the “Waitress” movie and I adore Sara Bareilles’ music, so I couldn’t wait to see the show. What makes it even more special is that Cleveland is launching the national tour of “Waitress.”

The show was funny and touching, with wonderful music and an incredibly talented cast. I also loved the souvenir mini pies sold at the show.


Mom and I each got one: key lime for her and salted caramel chocolate for me. They were the perfect treat to enjoy before the show!

Waitress continues at Playhouse Square through November 5, with nightly shows (except for Mondays) and two shows on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are still available, so don’t miss a trip to Joe’s Pie Diner!


After the show, Mom and I had dinner at Parallax, a favorite restaurant that neither of us had been to in awhile.

We started with Pear 75’s and sushi: the surf and turf roll for Mom and yellowtail sashimi with seaweed salad for me.


For my entree, I had swordfish belly. I love swordfish, but had never had swordfish belly before. The consistency is similar to swordfish, but the meat is fattier and very rich.


The swordfish belly was served with Latin creamed corn, haricot vert, and South American pepper sauce and herb oil. It was delicious and all the flavors blended perfectly!

Mom had the pork shank Pad Thai, which definitely elevated the traditional Pad Thai dish with the tender, flavorful pork shank.

IMG_7314 (1)

Our evening ended with a mixed berry tart for me and an elderberry crepe for Mom.

What a sweet way to end Sweetest Day!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours? Did you enjoy the gorgeous weather at a fall festival or two?


Why? Legacy Village Home District Showcase at Arhaus!

As we head into fall and start thinking about holiday entertaining, your home might need a little refresh. That’s where the Legacy Village Home District Showcase comes in. These events, which happen at LV Home District retailers on select Wednesdays, give you access to home design experts sharing their knowledge, plus light refreshments, prizes, and more.

Arhaus Home District Showcase.jpg

On Wednesday, October 25, Arhaus Furniture will present New Trends in Furniture and Color and Tabletop Displays. You’ll learn how to mix and match various patterns, styles, and colors in your home, as well as how to achieve a quick and easy design change using accessories.

There will be light refreshments from Legacy Village restaurants, as well as the chance to win Arhaus gift cards in various denominations. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is encouraged. Register for the event here. This is sure to be a great way to get ready for the new season with a home decor refresh.

***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.***


Why? Family Halloween Events!

Have you noticed that Halloween events are everywhere these days? It’s a fun holiday to celebrate and there are lots of ways to enjoy as a family:

download (6)
Image Source 

What: Hauntaquarium

Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium

When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 6-9pm

What: Trick or treat stations, animal encounters, crafts and experiments, games, magician, face painters, costumed SCUBA divers, and more

Tickets: $12 for non-members, $10 for members, free for kids under 2. Buy here.


What: Boo at the Zoo

Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: Fridays-Sundays, October 20-22 and October 27-29

What: Trick or treat stations, carousel and train rides, a Monster Mash Dance party, Zoo admission, and more

Tickets/admission: $10.50 for non-members and $9.50 for members in advance (add $1 if purchasing at the gate). Buy here.

Image Source 

What: Mall Trick or Treat

Where and When: 

Great Lakes Mall Trick or Treat is Wednesday, October 25

Eton Chagrin Boulevard Boo-Tique Trick or Treat is Thursday, October 26

South Park Mall Mall-o-Ween is Sunday, October 29

Great Northern Mall Mall-o-Ween is Sunday, October 29

What: Trick or treat around the mall stores

Tickets/admission: Free

Image Source 

What: Owls & Howls

Where: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

When: Saturday, October 28 starting at 10am

What: Games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, animal enrichment, museum admission

Tickets/admission: Free for members, included with general admission for non-members ($15 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-18, $12 for seniors, free for children under 2). Buy here.

However you celebrate, have a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!

Why? First Tee of Cleveland 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.


On Tuesday, November 7 at Music Box Supper Club, the First Tee of Cleveland will celebrate 17 years of positively impacting children’s lives at their annual Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast.

The Grit, Gratitude, and You Breakfast includes:

  • Celebration of The First Tee of Cleveland being named 2017 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year by National Council of Youth Sports and AIG
  • Address by guest speaker Andre Thornton, former Cleveland Indians player and founder of The First Tee of Cleveland
  • The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement presented to James C. Boland
  • The Doris Evans, M.D., Merit Scholarship Award presentation
  • Special Participant Perspectives Presentation

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

Tickets for the Thanksgiving 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: https://whycle.com/2017/10/18/why-first-tee-of-cleveland-grit-gratitude-and-you-breakfast-giveaway #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 Monday, October 23 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 Thanksgiving 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.***


Why? Weekends!

It was another glorious fall weekend in Cleveland, this one packed with lots of family fun! Here’s what we did:

Halloween Hayrides

On Friday, we headed to Lake Metroparks Farmpark for the Halloween Hayrides.


We started with a hayride past several fun, not-too-spooky stations with everything from traditional Halloween scenes…


…to movie characters…


…to cute decorations.


The hayride drops you off where you can select your path: scary or not scary. We stuck with the not scary side, where we enjoyed glow dancers…


…festive decorations…


…and yummy concessions (Corbo’s Bakery apple fritters are not to be missed.)

Before we left, Jeffrey had to take a pony ride, too!


The Halloween Hayrides have definitely become a favorite Halloween event for us. And while they are sold out for this year, keep your eyes open for next year’s ticket sales!

Pumpkin Party

Saturday morning was the annual Pumpkin Party at Jeffrey’s school. They create a mini pumpkin patch for the kids to pick a pumpkin and decorate, as well as other crafts and donuts and cider to enjoy.


And since the weather was so fabulous, the kids got plenty of time to play outside on the playground too!

Marvel Universe Live!

Saturday afternoon, we met up with Jeffrey’s godparents Amanda and Scott for Marvel Universe Live.


Jeffrey is just starting to get into superheroes and Amanda and Scott are very into superheroes, so it was the perfect activity. Jeffrey enjoyed the show (he thought most of the fight scenes were simply funny due to the number of flips and crazy moves) and declared Spiderman and Ironman to be his favorites. For me, I love that Jeffrey and his godparents can connect and have so much fun together!

Birthday Party

Sunday, we had a fifth birthday party for our niece Hannah. Elizabeth was pregnant with Hannah at our wedding…time flies! The party was at West Side Gymnastics Club and Jeffrey had a blast bouncing and playing with his cousins.

IMG_7216 (1)

Home Cooking

Despite all the activity, we managed to squeeze in some dinners at home too. I made my favorite homemade mac ‘n cheese, which has hatch chiles and chorizo.


I use this recipe, but add in the chorizo. So spicy and comforting and yummy!

On the lighter side, I made swordfish with tomato relish (recipe here) and rice and broccoli pilaf (recipe here).


Lots of good, fresh flavors in this meal! With as crazy as our schedules can be, I miss being able to cook at home and it was nice this weekend to have the time to make some meals for us.

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?