30 Under 30 Update

30 Under 30 Update

A few months ago, I shared this post about how I was trying to complete 30 goals before I turned thirty years old. My birthday was exactly two weeks ago, so I thought it was about time to share how this yearlong journey panned out. While I achieved and enjoyed some, I miserably failed at others. Here’s my 30 under 30 update… 30 Under 30 Update Goals I Loved (& was good at): Reading a book a month – I exceeded this goal with the help of the Hoopla app, as well as the Lakewood Public Library. Here’s my top 7 favorites: Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis Cooking a new recipe each month – I am a creature of habit with my groceries so this was a particularly hard goal for me. It forced me to actually make those pins on my Pinterest food board! Below are my top 3 picks. Moussaka – Warning! This takes forever to make but it’s […]

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A Long Weekend in New Orleans

A Long Weekend in New Orleans

The Big Easy has lots of claims to fame. Amazing creole and Cajun food, toe-tapping jazz music, history and assorted folklore…and that’s not even scratching the surface. One of my top destinations I wanted to visit in 2018 was New Orleans and this adventure was extra special because it was my first ever trip with just me and my dad. Read on to hear about how we spent a long weekend in New Orleans. Pin this to save for later! A Long Weekend in New Orleans Friday 9:00 AM: Flight departs – CLE to MSY Don’t forget to pack good walking shoes and an umbrella! We visited during hurricane season and knew showers were in the forecast. My dad spoiled me and flew us first class…and it was AWESOME! This was my first (and maybe only) time getting such treatment and it was a stark contrast to my most recent budget airline flight. Thanks, pops! 1:00 PM: Arrive in New Orleans After a 15-minute cab ride, we arrived in the French Quarter and dropped off our luggage at Hotel Monteleone. This historic hotel is located in the heart of downtown on Royal Street, has been owned by the same family […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: The Cleveland Candle Company

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: The Cleveland Candle Company

As many of you know, I am a big proponent of my hometown, Cleveland, OH. There has been a crazy amount of growth in the last few years and I have loved seeing my city prosper. One of my favorite neighborhoods, Ohio City, recently gained a new business, The Cleveland Candle Company. I have enjoyed these candles for a long time, but more recently, I was able to attend one of their DIY parties and created my own candle, bath bombs and lip balms…and I am an even bigger fan now! Read about my creative experience at The Cleveland Candle Company below. Pin this to save for later! Please note: I was invited by The Cleveland Candle Company for a complimentary DIY Party. All opinions are 100% my own. Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: The Cleveland Candle Company The Cleveland Candle Company opened in 2014 by a few young entrepreneurs with a passion for scent and candle-making. They started with two store locations in Coventry and Mentor, but recently expanded in May 2018 with their Ohio City location right across the street from the West Side Market. Read more of their story here. Right when I walked in, I was overwhelmed […]

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One Week in San Diego

One Week in San Diego

Have you heard the rumors about San Diego? It’s always sunny, they say. The beaches are the most beautiful, they say. You must get the fish tacos, they say. Well, what they say is true. This past week, I spent one week in San Diego and loved every.single.bit of it. Take a gander at what to do in San Diego in seven days. Pin this to save for later! One Week in San Diego Day 1: Getting there: I found a great deal from Detroit to San Diego via Spirit Airlines and jumped at the opportunity when I got an extra 50% off coupon and had points to use. A non-stop flight is about 4 hours, so be sure to pack lots of snacks, books and entertainment! Transportation: I decided to rent a car since I was going to be there for a full week and found the cheapest rental via Pacific Rent A Car. There are many other options, but this (price) worked great for me. What to do & where to eat: I love to do research prior to a trip and I kept seeing Communal Coffee pop up on my Pinterest and Instagram feeds, so this was […]

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Travel Tips For Sports Fans In Ohio

Travel Tips For Sports Fans In Ohio

Sports can offer some of the best reasons to travel in the United States. That’s not to say you need to be obsessed with sports to get the most out of your travel experiences. But the U.S., broadly speaking, cares so much about different sports at all different levels that there are truly incredible experiences all across the country. Whether it’s because you’ll be witnessing an enthusiastic crowd, seeing a great team, or even enjoying a pretty stadium, there are lots of reasons to include sports as a consideration in your travel planning. And in line with that reasoning, I’ve put together a list of the best sporting experiences you can have while traveling to (or through) Ohio. MLS at MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus The MLS may not be considered among the “major” sports leagues of the United States. But soccer is getting more popular, and should continue to do so with the U.S. now slated to host the 2026 World Cup. As it happens, the Columbus Crew has become one of the more well-known franchises in American soccer, and plays its matches at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. It’s noteworthy in that it was one of America’s first soccer-specific stadiums, […]

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A Grape Lover’s Guide to Spanish and Portuguese Wines

A Grape Lover’s Guide to Spanish and Portuguese Wines

Are you a grape lover who likes to taste different wines from across the world? Me too. Last week I had the opportunity to attend a blogger event at Heinen’s featuring wine and cheese pairings from their wine buyers recent trip to Spain and Portugal. (What a dreamy job, right?!) Read more about my experience below to see how you can recreate the same event at your home or attend a similar upcoming event at Heinen’s! Hopefully you’ll love these Spanish and Portuguese wines as much as I do. Pin this to save for later! Please note: I was invited to this Heinen’s blogger event free of charge. All opinions are my own. A Grape Lover’s Guide to Spanish and Portuguese Wines This blogger event was held at the beautiful Heinen’s grocery store located in Chagrin Falls. When you enter the store, turn to the right to be blown away by their tasting room! The size alone is incredible, but the variety of wine, beer and spirits available for purchase will knock your socks off. After hearing a bit of the backstory about how the Heinen’s wine buyer became acquainted with a 5th generation winemaker in Spain, we began to […]

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Pure Michigan Moments: What To Do in Holland & Saugatuck

Pure Michigan Moments: What To Do in Holland & Saugatuck

Is there anything better than turning on your away message at work for a whole week of vacation? The answer is no (unless it’s for longer than a week). This past week, I used my hard-earned PTO for a full 5 days off to bask in 4th of July summer goodness. During this time, I snuck in a short trip to Pure Michigan to visit Holland and Saugatuck. Both of these Midwest cities are located on Lake Michigan and embody what summer should be about: relaxation. Take a gander at what to do in Holland and Saugatuck. Pin this to save for later! What To Do in Holland For directions from Cleveland, OH to Holland, MI, click here. Spoiler alert: It’s about a 5-hour drive. Eat breakfast at de Boer Bakkerij & Dutch Brothers Restaurant. This family has been baking and cooking since they immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1950s. Think home style, hearty Dutch breakfasts like Opa’s Corned Beef Hash and Old World Biscuits and Gravy. Also, be prepared to wait in line…this place is popular! Spend a few hours at the Windmill Island Gardens. While it costs $10 per adult to get in, this tourist attraction is […]

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A Perfect Day on Put In Bay

A Perfect Day on Put In Bay

Do you dream of an island getaway but only have a day-trip budget? Look no further than the Lake Erie sands and shores. Located a little over an hour away from Cleveland, OH is an island escape that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Here’s how to spend a perfect day on Put In Bay. Pin this to save for later! *Please note: I was invited as a guest of Miller Ferry and some of the below experiences were complimentary. All opinions are 100% my own. A Perfect Day on Put In Bay Pre-trip: The first thing you want to do when planning a day-trip to Put In Bay is look at the ferry schedule. Will you leave at the crack of dawn or late morning? Miller Ferry offers multiple daily trips from Catawba (mainland) to Put In Bay (Island). Determine your schedule and arrive at least 20 minutes before the ferry leaves to park and buy your tickets. Parking is free and a one-way adult ticket costs $7.50. While you can bring your vehicle with you, that will cost you extra and you really don’t need it for a day trip on the island. Morning: Check the […]

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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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