Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler

Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler

There are few things that I love more than traveling but one of the items that tops the list is a good meal with loved ones. The mixture of delicious dishes prepared by loving hands, a flute of bubbly champagne (or smooth red wine) and lots of laughter will always have my heart…and just typing this gets me excited for Thanksgiving! The problem is that for many of us, traveling (or insert what keeps you busy here) often usurps a lot of time and prevents us from being present or fully prepared for this special holiday. Below are three easy Thanksgiving food and drink ideas for a busy traveler that will keep your family and friends smiling and grateful for your presence and addition to the meal! Three Easy Thanksgiving Food and Drink Ideas for a Busy Traveler Bring a boozy punch that represents your travels or hobbies. My family celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and I was in charge of pie and drinks. I made the below boozy punch recipe and it was a big hit with the fam. I also was able to share with them about my upcoming foodie blog trip to Columbus to visit Watershed Distillery (along […]

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Girls Weekend Getaway To Cleveland

Girls Weekend Getaway To Cleveland

This post originally appeared on HarnessMagazine.com but I have added extra links and photos to this version. About two months ago, three of my closest friends from college shocked me and showed up on my doorstep for a girls weekend! I was pleasantly surprised and while I obviously didn’t have an opportunity to plan much, we had a great time exploring my lovely hometown of Cleveland, OH. If you’re interested in planning a girls weekend getaway, I would highly suggest that you consider CLE as your location. Take a look at my below suggestions and start planning your girls weekend getaway to Cleveland! Getting there: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is located only 12 miles away from downtown Cleveland and offers over 150 daily nonstop departures. If you’re on a budget, there are quite a few low-cost airlines that fly in and out of the LAND like Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines. If you’re driving, Cleveland is fairly easy to navigate and parking downtown isn’t as expensive as larger cities like Chicago or NYC. Where to stay: While staying with your friends is obviously your cheapest bet, if that isn’t available I would recommend the following for your girls weekend getaway to […]

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3 Days in London

3 Days in London

In a previous post, I talked about my 3-day trip to England, an adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed. Since I was able to visit London, I’m putting together a guide for those who’ll take a 3-day visit in the lovely city. Here’s what you can do: Day 1 – See the Sights The first day can be reserved for London’s famous landmarks. You can begin by visiting Westminster. You can book tickets online beforehand for a Houses of Parliament tour inside. If not, you can take photos of the building’s fine medieval architecture from the outside instead. It’s also easy to get to Big Ben as it’s near to Westminster Bridge. Afterwards, head to the neighboring Westminster Abbey. The place itself is full of history, as it served as the coronation venue and burial of many royals. You can even find the Poets’ Corner, which houses the memorial statues as well as remains of many famous poets and writers. Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s administrative headquarters and official residence, can be your next destination. If the flag is up, that means the Queen is in! If you’re lucky enough, you may even catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The schedule varies […]

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Cleveland Bloggers Meet-Up at The Salvaged Boutique

Cleveland Bloggers Meet-Up at The Salvaged Boutique

Last week, we had our third Cleveland bloggers meet-up at The Salvaged Boutique in Lakewood, OH. Fifth-teen ladies met to network, channel our creativity with a fall craft and of course, have fun! Our first meet-up was at HI and DRY back in July and our second meet-up was at SouthSide in September. While Cleveland does have a ton of bloggers in the area, I noticed that they weren’t gathering on a regular basis and I wanted to help change that. Expand your knowledge by always expanding your community. I’m a strong believer in the power of community and think that each blogger’s goals can only grow and prosper with the help, collaboration and connection to other like-minded writers. #communityovercompetition If you’re interested in participating in one of our future meet-ups, please feel free to email me at leah@bytravelanderror.com and/or join the Facebook group “Lady Bloggers of Northeast Ohio“. Our November meet-up was hosted by Kathy and Karen, shop owners (and sisters) at the Salvaged Boutique. This adorable store carries vintage furniture that has been up-cycled, local home goods from CLE artists, and even offers craft workshops. (See schedule here. Be sure to visit for your Christmas shopping or a […]

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Live Life Adventurously at the Go Ape! Zipline and Treetop Adventure

Live Life Adventurously at the Go Ape! Zipline and Treetop Adventure

This past weekend, I was invited to try the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course at Mill Stream Run Reservation in Cleveland, OH. While I excited to zip line and do something new in CLE, I was definitely feeling apprehensive about the heights! I overcame my fears and decided to live life adventurously by swinging through the fall foliage in our beautiful Cleveland Metroparks. Read about my experience at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course below. Go Ape Treetop Adventure course: Things To Know Before You Go After booking my spot in advance online, I received via email a thorough list of items to know before you go. A few key tips included: Arrive 15 minutes early to check-in. You have to sign a waiver! For those in the Cleveland area, the parking lot is the same one as the tobaggan chutes. Ensure your clothing/personal items are appropriate and safe for this activity (i.e. no gum chewing, no dangly earrings, no open-toed shoes, pull your hair back in a ponytail, etc.) If you’re planning to bring a camera or phone, it needs to be secure on your body. A Go-Pro chest harness is best, but I chose an arm band to bring my phone along. Wear tight-fitting, yet comfortable clothes! […]

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Weekend Trip to Fallingwater

Weekend Trip to Fallingwater

Last Christmas, I gave my parents the present of planning a trip for them to Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. They have always wanted to go, so I thought this would be the perfect gift. Because of timing and a few other factors, this vacation has not been possible quite yet. I didn’t want another holiday season to come and go without my promised gift for my mom and dad, so I searched for weekend getaways within 2-4 hours driving distance from Cleveland. When Fallingwater popped up in the Google results and I learned about the architecture, history and natural beauty this area is known for, I knew this would be great choice. Check out the below weekend trip to Fallingwater that I planned for my mom and dad. Weekend Trip to Fallingwater Friday: 🚗Road-Trip & Fancy Dinner 3:00 PM Depart CLE for Fallingwater (My mom loves herself some maps, so of course she had to stop at AAA for directions earlier in the week. I provided their favorite snacks and an offer to take my GPS.) 6:30 PM Arrive at Historic Summit Inn Hotel (While I wanted to treat my parents to an enjoyable trip, I’m not the wealthiest lady! The Summit Inn received good […]

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Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

This article originally appeared on OhioExplored.com. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Cleveland. While summers are a blast in the Land, CLE really shows off in the fall with it’s color-changing leaves, slightly cooler temperatures and plethora of activities and events for all. Foodie? Outdoor Adventurer? Beer/Wine Connoisseur? Theater Lover? Sports Fanatic? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to book your fall weekend getaway to Cleveland. Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland Friday *Time to Paint the Town Red*  4:00 PM: Check-in at your lodging. Cleveland has recently had quite a few amazing hotels built in the downtown area. Kimpton Schofield Hotel: Location, location, location! Book here. Aloft Cleveland Downtown: Artsy flair and close to many popular attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & the East Bank of the Flats! Book here. Cleveland Hostel: Need a budget friendly option? Check out the Cleveland hostel which is outside of downtown but in a great neighborhood called Ohio City. Think lots of cool bars and plenty of locally owned restaurant options. For a full list, check out TripAdvisor’s reviews! 5:00 PM: Grab a glass of vino or craft beer (pumpkin-flavored preferably) from the Heinen’s Grocery Store 2nd floor rotunda balcony […]

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2 Days in Paros

2 Days in Paros

Whether you’re planning your vacation to Greece or just day-dreaming of sunny skies and blue waters, this post is for you! Today I’m sharing my itinerary from my 2 days in Paros, Greece. Be sure to checkout my 2 days in Athens and 2 days in Santorini blog posts too! 2 Days in Paros Day 1 4:30 PM After a four-hour ferry ride, we arrived in Paros. Feeling relaxed and fully on island time, we took a short taxi ride to our hotel. Our taxi driver was born and raised on Paros…and basically told us he never wanted to leave. I don’t blame him! We checked into our lovely hotel, Kalypso, freshened up a bit and walked a short distance into town. We stayed in the village of Náoussa, but Parikia is the capital and main harbor of the island. We had heard from many Greek people that Paros is a great spot where THEY GO for a holiday. (Nice choice, us.) Click here for more information about Paros. 6:30 PM We strolled through the streets of Náoussa for a bit before deciding on a tiny restaurant with a covered patio. It actually was drizzling a bit (yes, it rains in beautiful […]

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Everyone Smiles in the Same Language {Best At Home Teeth Whitening}

Everyone Smiles in the Same Language {Best At Home Teeth Whitening}

Disclosure: I received a Smile Brilliant kit in exchange for reviewing this product. All opinions are my own. When I was a senior in college at Miami University, I had an internship at a local elementary school with their English as as Second Language (ESL) department. I would take students whose first language was Spanish out of the classroom and assist them with their in-class assignments, tests, and homework. The ESL coordinator always made sure that her office was inviting and friendly. One theme that stood out to me and I remember fondly was “Everyone Smiles in the Same Language”. When I was approached by Smile Brilliant to test out their teeth whitening kit, I gladly accepted and remembered the importance of a smile. “Everyone Smiles in the Same Language.” Smile Brilliant is a cruelty free brand offering a customized teeth whitening system. They actually offer the same custom-fitted teeth whitening trays as your local cosmetic dentist (but at a cheaper rate)! Below are the 4 steps I took to get whiter teeth. 4 Steps to Whiter Teeth with Smile Brilliant 1. I received my Smile Brilliant kit in the mail and felt a bit overwhelmed looking at all of the different parts and pieces. Once […]

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