Well, it's that time of year again. I'm dreaming of sunshine and sandals. By the end of January, I'm officially sick of winter! One of my favorite ways to focus on the upcoming spring is to head to the Great Big Home & Garden Show. Not only will you see landscaping and flowers that are a much needed break from the snow, but you also can get ideas for all those projects you want to tackle once the weather warms up.
Here's what I'm most looking forward to:
U.S. Landmark Themed Gardens - every year I love to wander the gardens. They are pretty, inspiring and even give you a whiff of spring with all the fragrant flowers. Cedar Point, Beverly Hills, Napa, Sonoma and Las Vegas and more will be represented.
Celebrities in the House - local favorites Stefanie Paganini and Matt Fish (Grilled Cheese King and owner of Melt) will be joined by Ohio native Top Chef contestant Chris Crary, home improvement staple Matt Fox, and Peter Walsh of "Extreme Clutter." Food, decorating and clutter busting - I'm in!
Stage It! Sell It! Is something I'm really interested in. My fiance and I have two houses to sell so I'll be seeing what DesAnn Collins of Design by DesAnn has to say for sure.
Did someone say Fashion? Not what you would normally expect at the Home & Garden show but always one of my favorites! This year The Architectural Justice Project Runway Fashion Show by the Virginia Marti College and the Q104-Legged Fashion Show will delight the fashionistas and the dog lovers at the show.
"Pasta Favorites" from Dante Boccuzzi. If you've been to any of his three local restaurants (Dante in Tremont, DC Pasta in Strongsville and DBA in Akron,) you know this man knows his pasta. I'm hoping he'll share some of his secrets.
Tickets are on sale now. Purchase online to receive $3 off the admission. And if you use Promo Code EDCLEVE you'll receive another $1 off. Click here to buy tickets now.
Or you can win a pair of tickets by doing the following:
1. Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment telling me what home or garden project you want to tackle this year and why.
2. Follow @GreatBigShow and @EatDrinkClev on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did so.
3. Tweet the following: " Get inspired and win tickets to the @GreatBigShow from @EatDrinkClev http://ow.ly/hbNPL #CLE #giveaway " and leave a comment telling me you did so. You can Tweet once per day for additional entries.
Contest ends at midnight Thursday Jan. 31st. Winner will be selected by Random.org and posted here on Friday February 1st. Good luck!