Why? South Florida!

This weekend, Mom, Jeffrey, and I headed down to South Florida for a little spring break trip. The reason for our visit was to celebrate my Great Uncle Ray’s 80th birthday, but we also squeezed in some other South Florida fun.


We stayed at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, which was right on the beach. Jeffrey loved both the time on the beach and at the hotel pool.


We brought home lots of seashells (and sand!) The last time Jeffrey was in this part of Florida, he was just under 2 years old, so his excitement over the ocean was almost brand new.


While at B Ocean, we had a delicious lunch at the Naked Crab. The rock octopus was so smoky and good!


We also took a stroll down A1A…


…and found Bo’s Beach, a perfectly-situated beach front restaurant with delicious Frose cocktails and yummy churrasco steak.

Everything tastes better with beach breeze blowing through your hair!


By chance, we happened to be in Florida for a John Carroll Alumni Presidential Reception, so we had a chance to attend the luncheon at The Capital Grille.


Not only was the lunch so tasty, but it was a great chance to connect with some Florida alumni and hear what’s been going on at campus lately from the new president, Dr. Michael Johnson, and his wife, Jill.

Now, to the point of the whole trip: Great Uncle Ray’s birthday! We surprised him and he was truly shocked when he opened his door to the three of us standing there!


From a delicious birthday dinner at Cooper’s Hawk (get the gnocchi with roasted butternut squash)…


…to time spent at their house in the pool, it was a wonderful chance to catch up and celebrate!


And while we had lots of other fun on the trip, the whole point was the family time. There’s truly nothing like face-to-face connection and I’m so glad we had a chance to make it happen for this big birthday!


How was your weekend? Are you doing any spring break travels?


Why? Cleveland Monsters Giveaway!

One of our favorite sports events to attend as a family are Cleveland Monsters hockey games. Monsters games are family-friendly, both in activities and price point. From the game itself to the mascot action to the fun in between the periods, there’s always something to watch and enjoy!

The Monsters have a special game coming up on Saturday, March 30: the second annual Purple Game, benefiting the American Cancer Society.


This week, Jeffrey and I got to attend a Monsters practice skate with other American Cancer Society volunteers. The team was so welcoming and showed their commitment to not only raise funds, but also provide great experiences for those involved with American Cancer Society.

At the Purple Game, the Monsters will take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on the ice, but they’ll also take on the fight against cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear shades of purple to the game to show their support for those fighting all types of cancers. In addition, there will be a special rally towel giveaway that night.

This game also takes place during the Monsters ongoing food drive for the month of March, so fans are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to local hunger relief organizations.

So, if you want to have a fun sports night out, while helping out a great cause, look no further than the Monsters Purple Game! Tickets are currently on sale, starting at just $10.

Or you can enter to win a family 4-pack of 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 your favorite sports event to attend as a family.

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

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

4. Follow @monstershockey 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 family 4-pack of tickets to @monstershockey Purple Game thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/03/23/why-cleveland-monsters-giveaway-2 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, March 26 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Monsters to help promote the Purple Game. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets to the game, as well as tickets to give away. I am also a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Northeast Ohio Big Wish Gala!

Have you ever wanted to help make a child’s wish come true? Then, the Northeast Ohio Big Wish Gala to benefit Make a Wish Ohio/Kentucky/Illinois is the event for you!

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Taking place at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Thursday, April 4, the Big Wish Gala features a cocktail hour, delicious sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions with incredible prizes, and even some special surprises.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet and hear from Wish Kids and their families, whose lives have been forever impacted by Make a Wish.

The Big Wish Gala special guest is Vanessa Bayer, Wish Kid, Emmy-nominated actress, and former Saturday Night Live star.

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In 1999, Make a Wish Ohio/Kentucky/Illinois granted Vanessa’s wish to travel to Hawaii with her family.

Tickets are currently on sale online for $400. The Big Wish Gala is a truly inspiring and impactful evening, so consider purchasing tickets today!


Why? The First Tee of Cleveland Upcoming Events!

As Spring is finally upon us, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities, like golf. The First Tee of Cleveland is getting ready for spring with two great upcoming events.

On Thursday, April 4, the organization is hosting Taste of the Tee. This event is a unique partnership between four non-profits: The First Tee of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, and the Music Settlement.


Taste of the Tee will feature:

  • A wine tasting by Sommelier Brandon Chrostowski, Founder, President, and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
  • Culinary creations from The First Tee of Cleveland’s Fit to a Tee participants along with Tri-C Culinary Arts students
  • Music performed by The Music Settlement students

Not only will you contribute to these great non-profits, but you will have a unique opportunity to see their work in action.

Tickets are $150 per person and are available online.

Then, on Saturday, April 6, join The First Tee of Cleveland for their Spring Open House. Families are invited to attend to learn about the programs offered, meet the coaches, and participate in fun golf activities. There will also be light snacks and beverages available.


The First Tee of Cleveland offers programs for ages 6-18 that teach life skills, healthy habits, and core values through the game of golf. The Spring Open House takes place on Saturday, April 6 from 10am-noon at all of the First Tee of Cleveland locations: Washington Park, Meadowood Golf Course, Briardale Greens Golf Course, and Windmill Golf Center.

Support not only The First Tee of Cleveland, but other non-profits, then sign up for some of the First Tee’s amazing programs. Spring is here!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the First Tee of Cleveland to help promote their upcoming events. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to Taste of the Tee. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Sesame Street Live Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love seeing their favorite characters come to life on stage right in front of their eyes? This is exactly the fun and magic your child can experience at Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! coming to the Wolstein Center on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.


Make Your Magic! helps kids and adults alike find the magic in the everyday moments. You’ll see all your favorite characters, like Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster, and enjoy high-energy dance numbers.


Tickets are currently on sale and start at just $15. You can also add on a Meet & Greet experience for $20 per ticket (must also purchase a show ticket). The Meet & Greet includes photo opps, a scavenger hunt, magic tricks, and more up-close experiences.

You can purchase show and Meet & Greet tickets online.

Or you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Sesame Street Live! Meet Your Magic! on Saturday, April 6 at 6pm. 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 your child’s favorite Sesame Street character (or yours).

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

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

4. Follow @sesamestlive 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 see @sesamestlive thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/03/20/why-sesame-street-live-giveaway 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, March 24 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Feld Entertainment to help promote Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets to the show, as well as show swag. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Cleveland Unites!

What happens when you combine Cleveland’s awesome music scene with a great non-profit cause? You get Cleveland Unites, a night of live entertainment at the Agora, hosted by the United Way of Greater Cleveland‘s Young Leaders.


Held at the newly-renovated Agora on Saturday, April 13 from 7pm-midnight, Cleveland Unites brings together live music, networking, and philanthropy all in one event. You’ll learn more about United Way’s Young Leaders, as well as contributing through event proceeds to United Way’s efforts to give children living in poverty a better life.

Cleveland Unites is hosted by Mike Polk, Jr. and will feature music from Carlos Jones, The Sublets, DJ B, and The Whiskey Hollow.

Tickets for Cleveland Unites are currently on sale online and range from $50 to $75.

Then you can keep the fun going the next day, Sunday, April 14. Head to brunch at Lago East Bank between 11am and 3pm and a portion of the proceeds will benefit United Way of Greater Cleveland.

Cleveland comes together in music and fun for a great cause with Cleveland Unites! Don’t miss out!


Why? Weekends!

It was a low-key weekend, which is exactly what I needed after just returning from a trip (and traveling again this week!)

Yoga Roots 30+ Social

On Saturday evening, I attended a social for everyone who reached 30 or more classes in the Yoga Roots fall challenge. Of 186 people who participated in the fall challenge, 27 of us reached 30+ classes!

Held at the home of studio owners Scott and Kim, the social was a great chance to celebrate reaching 30+ classes, meet other yogis, and see each other in something other than yoga pants! I was surprised how many of us didn’t know each other, just from being on different class schedules!

There were delicious nibbles from the studio’s neighbors: Gigi’s on Fairmount and On the Rise. I could eat Gigi’s bruschetta and On the Rise’s raspberry bars all day! And there were custom cookies from Sarah, one of the Yoga Roots teachers.


I’ve talked before about really finding a home at Yoga Roots and Saturday night was just another example of why that is so true. Yoga Roots is genuinely a community, not just a studio, which is what keeps me coming back (and has me geared up for the spring challenge, too)!

Family Yoga

Sunday morning, we attended the monthly Family Yoga class at the Mandel Jewish Community Center. This has become one of our favorite family activities. Each month, the class is a bit different, but always explores mindful movement, breath work, and meditation in a way that’s fun for all ages.

This month, the kids participated in an obstacle course that involved my friend Robin and I being bridges in both down dog and plank as the kids crawled under us!


So, we got some exercise in too! The next Family Yoga class takes place Sunday, April 14, with sessions at 10am and 11am. Cost to attend is free for Mandel JCC members and $10 for non-members. You can sign up online.

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On Sunday, my dad took Jeffrey to the I-X Center for the Piston Powered Auto-Rama.

A love for cars is something Dad and Jeffrey have shared basically since Jeffrey was born and seeing the joy they both get from sharing car experiences is so fulfilling.


Jeffrey got to sit in the world’s fastest car…


…as well as see dragons and robots, so the afternoon was a total win for him!

St. Patrick’s Day

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at my parents’ house, with plenty of corned beef and Great Lakes Brewing Company Conway’s Irish Ale.


It was a lovely, quiet weekend! How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?


Why? St. Kitts!

I’m ba-a-a-a-ck. Literally at 1:30am today. And here I am, writing to you all. That’s true love, right?

Also, I figure the window on me talking about my vacation is closing, so here we go…

It had been awhile since Mom and I had traveled just the two of us. In fact, the last “girls only” trip was when we went to Scottsdale a couple months before Jeffrey was born. So the chance to get away together was much appreciated.


Which means right off the bat, I have to give mad props to Matthew for holding down the fort (seriously, the literal fort is still standing) and my dear friend Mariah for helping out too.

So, now to the trip: As you may remember, my dad owns a tire business (Tireman USA) and this trip was part of an incentive program with Goodyear. When we first got to St. Kitts, we spent a day with the other Goodyear folks and incentive-earners working on clean-up and building projects at a local school.


The group built picnic tables, re-tiled a kitchen, cleaned up classrooms, painted playground equipment, did landscaping, and packed nearly 200 bookbags stuffed with donated school supplies.


It was surely a different way to kick off a vacation, but so worthwhile!

We stayed at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, which boasted amazing ocean and mountain views, beautiful pools, and delicious food and drink.


Matthew and I honeymooned in St. Lucia and the topography of St. Kitts reminded me very much of that destination.


Some of our favorite things we ate at the Marriott included the Chilean sea bass at Blu Seafood Restaurant, the St. Kitts BBQ Pizza from Pizza Shack, and the mushroom soup en croute at Royal Grill Steakhouse.


We also explored St. Kitts and it’s neighboring island, Nevis, a bit. On St. Kitts, we went to a wonderful dinner at Marshall’s Restaurant.


I had lobster jerk pasta and Mom had grilled local lobster tail, both of which were so fresh and delicious.

On Nevis, we saw the home where Alexander Hamilton lived as a child, which was a great piece of history and obviously much more popular because of the musical. They were actually playing the soundtrack at the house!


We also had lunch at the world-famous Sunshine’s Bar.


The walls are covered with celebrities who made their way to this beach shack restaurant for the Killer Bee cocktail, a rum punch that packs quite a sting!


Nevis is a much quieter island than St. Kitts, with a smaller population and tons of wild monkeys running about.

We also went on a snorkel catamaran cruise off St. Kitts, which was a gorgeous way to see the island. The Caribbean waters are so clear that we could see tons of fish and turtles and coral, too!


We ended the trip with a party on the beach with live music, a huge fire pit, and lots of fun!


It was an amazing chance to get away, relax, do some good, and see a new place in the world! I am so glad to have gone, but also so glad to be back home in CLE!



Why? Hudec Dental!

You know what I really love? When the things that you need to get done no matter what can be done with ease and, dare I say, a little enjoyment. That’s been true for me with my dental appointments at Hudec Dental.


The Patient Care Support Center makes scheduling an appointment a breeze. When you call, you speak with a friendly specialist who can easily accommodate your schedule and get your appointment set up quickly.

I had my semi-annual cleaning and exam last week at the Macedonia office. The building is actually a historical landmark, set on a corner and definitely more stand-out and interesting than your typical dental office.

My hygienist, Amalie Podgorski, did a great job and was really efficient, especially since I had Jeffrey gazing into my mouth at the same time!

Dr. Cortni Gaffney was so nice and we even worked through a treatment plan to address my teeth grinding issues and the wear and tear on my teeth from those. She had great practical solutions for both short-term and long-term treatment. And the Office Manager was great in working up an estimate for the treatment plan, too!

I left with my teeth feeling clean and healthy, but also with the feeling that I’d had a nice, pleasant experience. We all have things we have to get done in life, but it’s great when the “have to’s” can be enjoyable. What makes that difference is the people involved in those “have to’s.” Hudec Dental definitely makes this particular “have to” enjoyable, from scheduling through check-in and cleaning and exam.

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Hudec Dental as a brand ambassador. I received a complimentary cleaning and exam as part of this relationship. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Why? Engage Cleveland Next Generation of Women!

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, what better time to bring together female young professionals with role models and mentors for a day of conversation, learning, and networking?

Engage! Cleveland is proud to present the second annual Next Generation of Women, presented by The Sherwin-Williams Company. This forum is crafted to women in their 20’s and 30’s who are navigating career and personal life issues by providing real, helpful advice from notable women across a variety of professions.


Speakers and topics for Next Generation of Women include:

Cathy Belk, President, JumpStart Inc. – How to REALLY Network

Margaret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC Channel 3 – What Happens Outside of the Workplace

Jennifer CohenSenior Vice President, Leadership Development, Ratliff & Taylor – Being Authentic: Leading with Your Own Personality Style

Emily DrakePartner, Fairport Asset Management – Charting a Course: A Financial Guide for Women

Janice G. Murphy, Senior Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Sisters of Charity Health System – Caring for Your Whole Self

The event takes place on Thursday, March 28 from 11am – 4:30pm at Stillwater Place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Tickets are $75 for the general public and $60 for employer members. Tickets can be purchased online.

Engage! Cleveland has established itself as a great resource for young professionals in Cleveland, connecting them with not only volunteer and civic groups, but career advancement and development programs, too. This is a wonderful opportunity for a day of learning and connection!