Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Swings-N-Things

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Swings-N-Things

It’s no secret that I love Cleveland. Maybe an unspoken truth though is the real reason why I live, work and play in Cleveland, OH…and that reason is my family. While I love to travel and plan fun getaways from CLE, there is no place I’d rather be than spending quality time with the ones I love. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to take my oldest nephew, Simon, to Swings-N-Things for some one-on-one time. Swings-N-Things is a child’s dream. From go-karts to ice cream to mini-golf, there is fun for all ages (adults included)! Read all about our experience at Swings-N-Things! Pin this to save for later! Please note: I was invited by Swings-N-Things for a complimentary visit to their fun park. All opinions are 100% my own. Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Swings-N-Things Swings-N-Things offers multiple different activities for all ages. I was a bit leery bringing my nephew Simon as he is only four years old. Would he find Swings-N-Things fun? Would there be enough fun and games for him to enjoy himself? I made sure to do my research and found out that while he couldn’t drive the bumper boats or go-karts by himself, he could […]

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How To Spend a Perfect Day in Ann Arbor, MI

How To Spend a Perfect Day in Ann Arbor, MI

Being from the Buckeye State, am I allowed to say that I love Ann Arbor? I fell quickly for this quirky, quaint and diverse city during my recent day trip to the town that bleeds maize and blue. My boyfriend did a majority of the planning for this short adventure, so I had a blast learning about all the fun things to do in the city in real time (vs. my usual pre-trip research). Here’s how to spend a perfect day in Ann Arbor, MI! Pin this to save for later! A Perfect Day in Ann Arbor, MI I have a similar picture here from downtown Detroit. Love the Kelsey Montague #WhatLiftsYou street murals! Morning Get acquainted with downtown Ann Arbor by putting on your walking shoes and weaving through the small business filled streets. Stop in as many bookstores as possible but don’t miss Literari Bookstore to grab your morning cuppa. As an FYI, it’s very hard to find free public parking in downtown Ann Arbor. We parked at both the metered street spots, as well as in parking garages. Grab a hearty breakfast sandwich at Zingerman’s Delicatessen to fuel up for your hike. Drive about 15 minutes outside […]

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My Experience on the Route 33 Brew Trail {Visit Fairfield County Ohio}

My Experience on the Route 33 Brew Trail {Visit Fairfield County Ohio}

This past weekend, I adventured down south to Fairfield County (OH) to experience their brand new Route 33 Brew Trail. Announced during the recent National Travel & Tourism Week (May 6 – 12), Visit Fairfield County launched this trail which features six craft breweries (with taprooms) along Route 33. Read all about my experience below! Pin this to save for later! *Please note: While some of the below experiences were complimentary, all opinions are 100% my own. My Experience on the Route 33 Brew Trail The six breweries included in the Route 33 Brew Trail are BrewDog, Brewery 33 Hocking Hills, Combustion Brewery and Taproom, Double Edge Brewing Company, Loose Rail, and Rockmill Brewery. If you’re coming from Cleveland, it makes most sense to start at Combustion Brewery since it’s the farthest north. (FYI: Fairfield County is located southeast of Columbus.) The drive from Cleveland to Combustion Brewery took about 2 hours and 30 minutes, so be sure to pack some snacks and good tunes for an enjoyable road trip! Stop #1: Combustion Brewery & Taproom This brewery is located in small-town USA, Pickerington, OH. You almost feel like there’s no chance there’s a brewery in this town…but that’s wrong! Combustion is […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest

Why do you love your hometown? What makes it unique? There are hundreds of reasons why I love my hometown of Cleveland, OH and today I wanted to share one new reason with you. Earlier this week, I was invited by Laura of Pembroke, a new shop in Pinecrest, to attend their boutique’s grand opening. Twist my arm…of course I agreed! This locally owned store is beautiful. They offer trendy women’s clothing, darling accessories, design services and more! Here’s what I enjoyed during my time at Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest. Pin this to save for later! Please note: I was invited by Laura of Pembroke to attend their grand opening “Champagne & Sweets” and I received a swag bag and gift card in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Laura of Pembroke at Pinecrest Beautiful women’s clothing – While I’m not on a designer clothing budget, I enjoyed perusing all of Laura of Pembroke’s offerings. The nice thing is that you can find designer pieces next to more budget-friendly items. Think Kate Spade next to Cupcakes & Cashmere caddy corner to Sugar Lips. You can find something within your budget here! Gorgeous […]

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Cleveland Getaway to Savannah, GA {Bachelorette Party}

Cleveland Getaway to Savannah, GA {Bachelorette Party}

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to getaway to Savannah, GA for a bachelorette party. I had spent the previous days in Appleton, WI for work, so needless to say, I was excited when I arrived in this charming southern city. This was the second time I had visited Savannah, but the first in warm weather, so I got to experience the town in a different way. From hauntingly beautiful Spanish moss to delicious, hearty southern dishes to historic neighborhood squares, Savannah is altogether lovely.  Here’s what I did during my Cleveland getaway to Savannah, GA. Pin this to save for later! Cleveland Getaway to Savannah, GA {Bachelorette Party} Getting There: Since I came from a work trip, I flew from Appleton to Atlanta to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). SAV is a small, clean and cute airport! It’s about a 20-25 minute Uber ride from the airport into downtown Savannah costing around $20-25. (Side note: Allegiant Air has a direct flight from Cleveland to Savannah. My one-way flight on the way home from Savannah to Cleveland was $80.) Where To Stay: Splurge: The Grant offers unique, luxury apartment accommodations for short or long-term stays. These modern, adorably […]

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Seven Healthy & Convenient Foods to Pack For Airline Travel 

Seven Healthy & Convenient Foods to Pack For Airline Travel 

It happens to everyone. You tell yourself, “I will NOT buy Cinnabon, Starbucks, McDonalds (insert your favorite fast food here), etc. at the airport. I’ll wait to eat something when I get to my final destination.” What actually happens? You get stressed out via TSA and airport security, the person next to you is munching on french fries, and when the smells of a bold roast and cinnamon-y, frosted goodness greets your nose, you drop $20 and buy that treat. I’ve found that a good way to combat this bad habit is to pack healthy, convenient and delicious snacks in your carry on. Below are seven foods to pack for airline travel that you will almost always find in my purse. Seven Healthy & Convenient Foods to Pack For Airline Travel Nuts: I tend to buy the pre-packaged snack size packs so that I don’t overeat. This is a great source of protein! Energy bars: My friend Jenna introduced me to RXBars and I love the berry flavor. They are a bit pricey, but with 12 grams of protein in each bar, I’m okay with the extra $$ spent. Cheese sticks: Cheese is actually supposed to be served at room […]

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Weekend Getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake

Weekend Getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake

It’s no secret that I love wineries. When the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake and Lake Erie Canopy Tours reached out to see if I’d like to come visit this spring, I jumped at the opportunity! I live on the west-side of Cleveland, so Geneva-on-the-Lake is about an hour drive away from my home. Since Mother’s Day was this past weekend, I asked my middle sister, Bekah, and my mother, Theresa, to join me. Despite the weather being unseasonably cold, we still had a lovely time. Here’s what we did for our weekend getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake. Pin this to save for later! L-R: Bekah, my middle sister, me, and my mom, Theresa Please note: While some of the below opportunities were complimentary, all of my opinions are 100% my own. Weekend Getaway to Geneva-on-the-Lake Where We Stayed: The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is located on Lake Erie, right next to Geneva State Park. It is the perfect location to visit the strip, tour multiple wineries, hike through the state park or have a lake-side retreat. The Lodge offers over 100 rooms and over 20 small cottages. We stayed in cottage 26 which had a small kitchenette, two bedrooms (one King bed and one […]

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My Top 3 Restaurant Recommendations in Phoenix

My Top 3 Restaurant Recommendations in Phoenix

April has been a whirlwind work trip month for me. I traveled to Boston, Birmingham, and Phoenix this month…and I am exhausted. Despite my lack of sleep and time zone confusion, I was happy to visit these cities as I had never been to any of them before. I had only heard great things about Phoenix so I was especially excited to visit this area! As work travel usually goes, I did not have a ton a free time to explore but I was able to eat at some excellent restaurants. Here are my top 3 restaurant recommendations in Phoenix. Pin this to save for later! Top 3 restaurant recommendations in Phoenix Cien Agaves: This eatery is located in Old Town Scottsdale and was recommended to me as an excellent happy hour location. Their happy hour is EVERYDAY (!) from 3-7 PM featuring 1/2 off house margs, 1/2 off appetizers, $2.5 tinga tacos and more! My colleagues and I all got the margaritas which were refreshing and not too sweet and split a bunch of the apps. The queso and guacamole were my favorites but everything was delicious. GrabbaGreen: This healthy restaurant was located right across the street from my hotel […]

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Top 5 Things To Do in Birmingham

Top 5 Things To Do in Birmingham

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, AL for work. While this was a quick 2 day trip, I was able to explore a bit of the downtown area. Without doing much research beforehand, I felt unprepared but a few last minute Instagram pleas resulted in excellent recommendations from friends near and far. Here are my top 5 things to do in Birmingham, AL. Pin this to save for later! Top 5 Things To Do in Birmingham 1. Walk the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail. I feel embarrassed to admit that I didn’t realize how significant this city was in the Civil Rights Movement. This trail educates and walks you past significant and historical sites that took place in the 50s and 60s during the Civil Rights Movement. The trail starts at the Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park and takes you through four routes. Learn more here. 2. Visit Kelly Ingram Park. When you walk into this park, you’ll see the words “Place of Revolution and Reconciliation”. It was very difficult to think about the ugliness and hurt that took place in Birmingham, specifically  at this park. The statues, memorials and quotes speak loudly of […]

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