Monday, January 30, 2017

CLE's Finest Giveaway!

So I'm sure you have heard by now that CLE is hosting the All-Stars game. Love that last year's excitement from the World Series is guaranteed to continue into 2017! But why wait until spring? You can get a taste of Tribe Fever while helping out Our Lady of the Wayside, one of my favorite local organizations.
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WHEN:      Thursday, February 16, 2017
                6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE:    Progressive Field Terrace Club, 2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland

Come celebrate Our Lady of the Wayside's 50th year! You're invited to sample and vote for your favorite hors d’oeuvre from some of Cleveland's best chefs and restaurants.

Admission also includes two floors of fine wine selections, prosecco and beer samplings plus sweet treats and bakery. Purchase your tickets online here.

Proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Wayside. They are celebrating 50 years of providing residential, transportation, and Pathways Day Program services for over 750 children and adults with developmental disabilities. They do great stuff and help so many people.
This year the Silent Auction is mobile. Please click here to register in advance for the silent auction to avoid the lines and get a head start on early bidding the week of the event. Featured Silent Auction items include two sets of Cavs Courtside seats to the February 27th Milwaukee game, diamond jewelry and vacation packages to Myrtle Beach, Florida, Mexico and Hawaii. 

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. Contest ends 2/6. Winner will be notified by email.

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Follow Our Lady on Twitter and check out the event on Facebook too.
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*** Disclosure: Our Lady of the Wayside provided 2 tickets for this giveaway as well as 2 tickets for my use. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Hello 2017!

Happy New Year!

I didn't make it for the traditional New Years but today is the Chinese New Year.
I may be a few weeks late but it's the thought that counts right? I have a feeling you have been in the same boat as me - first running like crazy for the holidays, then trying to recuperate and finally getting back to reality.

To say I'm sad to see 2016 go would be a lie. While not everything was terrible, it was a rough year in a lot of ways. 

Here are some of the highlights (I'll spare you the lowlights):
Believeland World Premier

Cleveland International Film Fest #40

We Moved!
Another one of the amazing bites I had in 2016
Ended the year on a high note with one of my besties having her first baby!!!
Theo and me - such a tiny little peanut!
And I'm extra especially thankful for this woman  - love you Mom!

This year, I'm trying out a planner. Do you use one? I always have a little calendar but have avoided planners due to their size. I found one that isn't TOO bulky and it so darn cute it might just entice me to stick with it. Do you have any tips for me?

And I also started an amazing new job! I miss being downtown but damn do I appreciate free parking now. 

How is 2017 treating you so far?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Great Big Home + Garden Show Giveaway

**Update: Congrats to the winner Jessica!**

While we've had a really nice winter so far this year, this past week of warm temperatures really has me thinking of spring! We walked the dog like crazy and even made ribs in honor of the 60+ temps.

I know snow is in the forecast (back to reality, right?) but you can keep the spring fling alive when you head to the Great Big Home + Garden Show.

The Show returns to Cleveland’s I-X Center February 3rd-12th with lots of ideas to renew, restore and refresh any home. With more than 600 exhibits, hundreds of home industry experts, appearances by home and garden celebrities, and your returning favorites from the 2016 show, there is something for everyone at this year’s show. 
Eat*Drink*Cleveland is giving away 2 tickets to the #CLE Great Big Home + Garden Show
And this year, the Great Big Home + Garden Show celebrates heroes. Active and retired members of the military, as well as first responders, receive free admission to the show with valid ID on Friday, Feb. 10. 

I seriously look forward to their Garden Showcase every year - I love to get a little sniff of real flowers and dream about what's going to be happening in our yard. This year's theme is Blockbuster Movies - From Wizard of Oz to The Godfather, each garden will leave visitors wanting to pop some popcorn and enjoy their favorite movie! And since we moved into the new house, I really can't wait to get planning this year!

But there's a lot more than gardens at the show:

See the work of the top 10 finalists of the 20th annual Student Model Home Design Contest featuring the theme “The Great Urban ReuseHouse.” Entrants include participating students in grades 10 to 12 who are taking classes in engineering, architecture, design and the building trades at schools across Northeast Ohio.

Visit the daily cooking sessions presented by local chefs and instructors of the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking.
Eat*Drink*Cleveland is giving away 2 tickets to the #CLE Great Big Home + Garden Show
Some of my don't miss events are:

Friday 2/3
Taste of Maine 3pm
Kortney Wilson, HGTV'S Masters of Flip 6pm

Saturday 2/4
Death by Chocolate 5pm
John Hall - 25 Design Tips Towards that Perfect Kitchen 7pm

Sunday 2/5
Mexican Food Truck 2pm

Monday 2/6
French Favorites 12:00

Tuesday 2/7
Craft Beer Cookery 6pm

Sunday 2/12
Pasta from Puglia 11am
Matt Fox's Great Weekend Projects 4pm

You can get tickets here and use Promo Code EATCLE17 to save an additional $1 on the already discounted online ticket price. Or, if you're feeling lucky, you can enter to win two tickets right here!

There are 3 easy ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this blog or on the Facebook post telling me what you are planning to do to spruce up your home or yard this year.

2. Tweet the following - Head to the @GreatBigShow with @EatDrinkCLE at the #CLE @IXcenter Feb.3-12 

3. Head over to Facebook and Twitter and follow the Great Big Home + Garden show. Leave a comment here telling me you did so you can get credit for the entry.

Contest ends Monday January 30th. Winner will be randomly selected. Please make sure you provide at way to contact you if you win. Good luck!