Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Providence House

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Providence House

There are many reasons why I love Cleveland and am proud to call it my hometown. Cleveland is home to numerous nonprofit organizations trying to make our area and world a better place to live, work and play. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the 37th Annual Luncheon for Providence House. Providence House is a crisis nursery committed to child abuse prevention and  family preservation in the Cleveland area. Learn more here.  Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Providence House Every year, this fundraiser helps enable Providence House to help thousands of children in crisis. This luncheon was especially important because it honored and celebrated Sister Hope Greener who founded Providence House. It was also her 90th birthday! I was truly inspired by her selfless life work to improve the lives of helpless babes. It moved me to tears as her friends, pastor and supporters spoke of her love. Sister Hope repeatedly mentioned God’s providence over her life and this organization. We all need to be a bit more like Sister Hope. This luncheon also demonstrated to me the importance of partnerships and community. The list of organizations present included media, construction, decor, advertising and more! It was so impressive to see the […]

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From Cleveland to Boston: Top 10 Things To Do in Boston (aka Beantown)

From Cleveland to Boston: Top 10 Things To Do in Boston (aka Beantown)

At the beginning of April, I traveled from Cleveland to Boston to attend the Ashoka U Exchange. Not only was I excited to attend this social entrepreneurship conference but I was also thrilled to visit Boston for the first time. If you know me, you know I’m a planner. After reading through blogs, searching on social media and renting Fodor’s Boston Travel Guide, I had pre-selected my must see sights in the limited free time I had available. After actually visiting and experiencing the city, here are (in my opinion) the top 10 things to do in Boston. Top 10 Things To Do in Boston Visit the Boston Public Library. Oh my goodness! This library is seriously gorgeous! If you are a library nerd like me (I visit my local library almost every week), this must be on your must see list. A few points to highlight: It’s free (duh)! When I visited, almost every table was full. This is a happening place that Bostonians obviously use and love. Do as the locals do! Beautiful architecture and history are found in every corner, including the outside courtyard. (History lesson: This library was the first large free municipal library in the […]

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30 Under 30

30 Under 30

I am a very goal-driven, detail-oriented, and organized (okay, type A) person. While browsing Pinterest, I noticed that a lot of people had “30 under 30” goals to accomplish before they turned thirty years old. I loved this idea and made my own checklist (and one for my roommate too!). Today is my half-birthday so I officially have 6 months left…eek! Read on to see what my 30 under 30 goals are and my progress with each one. 30 Under 30 1. Buy a home. I am currently working with a realtor, pre-approved for a loan and now just waiting to find my dream house! If anyone knows of a small home with lots of natural light on the West-side of Cleveland, please let me know! 2. Start Sunday suppers (1x/month). Whenever I do settle into my new home, I want to start to have big, informal meals with family and friends on Sundays. The idea is for me to make the main dish and anyone else that comes to bring a side or drink. The only rule? No cell phones. 3. Be employed at a job I love and am passionate about. Do you absolutely love your job? I […]

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Where Am I?! A Westside CLE Gal Visits the East Side {Giveaway with The Capital Grille}

Where Am I?! A Westside CLE Gal Visits the East Side {Giveaway with The Capital Grille}

If you’re not from Cleveland, let me explain to you a very silly, yet fierce competition that goes on among folks that call The Land home. It’s simple really: Westsiders think the west side of Cleveland is best and Eastsiders think the east side of Cleveland is better. It’s quite odd but many, MANY people tend to only stay on their side of town. Read more of the history on the polarized sides of CLE here. Unfortunately this has been pretty true of my CLE life, so whenever I cross the river and venture past downtown, I tend to feel a bit lost and the surroundings don’t feel as familiar. I’m hoping to change that though! Here’s what I have discovered when this Westside CLE gal visits the east side. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win $50 to The Capital Grille! Delicious Places to Eat & Drink on Cleveland’s East Side: The Capital Grille: Recently I was invited to a blogger event at The Capital Grille (25389 Cedar Road Lyndhurst, OH 44124; located in Legacy Village) to try out their all-new Cocktail Time menu. I had never been to this restaurant, but I had […]

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24 Hours in Windsor, Canada

24 Hours in Windsor, Canada

Did you know that Windsor is only three hours away from Cleveland? You can stand on the Detroit riverfront and wave hello to our Canadian neighbors. I’ve visited Detroit quite a few times over the past four months and decided to take a short day trip to Windsor since I’ve never been there. Here’s what my 24 hours in Windsor, Canada looked like. 24 Hours in Windsor, Canada Getting there from Detroit: There are two ways to cross into Windsor from Detroit: via the Detroit-Windsor tunnel and via the Ambassador bridge. The tunnel has a small fee ($5 or so), but I’ve heard it takes less time due to semi-trucks needing to take the bridge. What to do: My first recommended stop once you cross into Windsor would be to visit the tourism bureau. The staff member was so friendly and accommodating. She supplied plenty of maps and ideas of fun things to do in the area. (Just a FYI, your phone aka your GPS lifeline won’t work in Canada if you don’t have an international plan.) My second recommendation is to take a stroll through Sculpture Park. You’ll get a great view of downtown Detroit, ensure you achieve your steps […]

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Celebration of (Almost) Springtime in CLE with Buckeye Vodka

Celebration of (Almost) Springtime in CLE with Buckeye Vodka

The springtime in Cleveland ranges from gorgeous, breezy and sunny to rainy, soggy and cold in the blink of an eye. While we aren’t yet to spring, we certainly are edging closer as March is tomorrow! Can you believe it? As Lake Erie begins to thaw out and the sun starts peaking from behind the clouds, Clevelanders go crazy. Shorts, sandals and day-drinking can be seen when the temperature hits above 40 degrees. With that being said, this past Sunday (and yesterday too) was prettttty gorgeous, so I decided to whip up some springtime/summery drinks to celebrate the sunshine and promise of warmer weather with the help of Buckeye Vodka. Buckeye Vodka was started in Dayton, OH and I love supporting Ohio-made products. Check out this video to learn more about the brand and it’s beginnings: I have been on a recent kick of mixing lemonade with orange juice (a tasty tip I learned from my nephews), hence this yummy drink was created. Celebration of (Almost) Springtime in CLE Ingredients 2-3 ounces Buckeye Vodka Juice from 3 lemons (I used Meyer Lemons.) Fresh squeezed OJ 1 oz of triple sec Mix all of the ingredients together and you basically have a […]

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Memories of Greece: Fun With Fish {Hosted by Heinens}

Memories of Greece: Fun With Fish {Hosted by Heinens}

Last summer, I took a magical trip to Greece with two of my best girlfriends. One of the dreamiest aspects about this adventure was the food. The crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, tangy feta, fresh fish, creamy tzatziki…this is what food dreams are made of! Ever since I’ve come back, I have been in search of good, authentic Greek food and haven’t ever attempted it myself (minus a sorry effort at making tzatziki). Last week, I had the good fortune of attending Fun with Fish, a culinary event focusing on seafood tips and tricks hosted by Heinens. Below are some of the tips I gleaned from Carla Snyder, a local culinary author and chef extraordinaire at Fun with Fish! (Seriously, her husband is one lucky guy.) 3 Fun with Fish Tips & Tricks Tip #1: It takes about 7 minutes to thoroughly cook 1 inch of fish. Tip #2: Get a fish spatula. They are super thin so it makes flipping and handling the fish much easier. Tip #3: Fish pairs well with citrus flavors. Many automatically think of lemon but really any citrus flavor will compliment seafood. With these lessons in mind and a persistent hankering for Greek food, I […]

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Weekend Getaway to Chicago

Weekend Getaway to Chicago

A few weekends ago, I drove to see my dear friends Tyler and Jenna who live in the oh so glamorous city of Chicago. While I’ve visited them multiple times over the past 10 years, this weekend felt a bit fancier to me. It could be that we are nearing 30 and our pockets are a bit deeper so that we can afford $20 cocktails (without crying) but this weekend was one for the books so I thought I’d share a bit of the highlights with you. Check out my quick weekend getaway to Chicago. Weekend Getaway to Chicago Friday The only way I’ve ever traveled to Chicago from Cleveland is via car. I’m relatively accustomed to the five or so hour drive with plennnnnty of tolls and slightly hair-raising traffic once you’re close to the city. Overall, the drive was easy and dare I say delightful because my friend Melanie was in the car with me! Jenna and Tyler live in the West Loop (I like to pretend that I know all of the neighborhoods of Chicago) and I absolutely adored their city dwellings. We spent Friday evening eating delicious apps and drinks that they had graciously prepared for us and […]

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Girls Weekend Getaway to Charlotte

Girls Weekend Getaway to Charlotte

Despite all the rain, sleet and snow that Cleveland experienced over MLK Jr. weekend, Rachel, Mary Kay and I packed up MK’s dad’s massive pick-up truck and headed south for Charlotte, NC. We were visiting our dear friend Jenny and a little wintry mix wouldn’t stop us! Take a look at what our girls weekend getaway to Charlotte included. *A special thank you to Alyssa from the Mexitalian for all of her wonderful suggestions. Take a look at her comprehensive guide to Charlotte here. Girls Weekend Getaway to Charlotte Friday: Due to work and the treacherous weather, Friday consisted mostly of driving south on I-77. (A big shout out to MK for getting us to Charlotte safely.) Click here for some tips on how to have a great road trip. Flights from CLE to Charlotte can be pricey ($300+), so that’s why we opted to drive. Saturday: After a good nights rest, we woke up and chatted over coffee and a yummy breakfast Jenny made for us. Since the sun was shining and us Cleveland gals couldn’t remember what that looked like, we decided a hike outside was necessary. Jenny drove us to the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve located in Huntersville and […]

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