product review: Danielle LaPorte’s 2017 Desire Map Planner

Two months ago, I shared information about Danielle LaPorte’s 2017 Desire Map Planner collection. Last night — between a World Series game and dog tail chasing antics — I shared my thoughts on the planner I received as being a part of their launch team. Vlogging on the blog is back!


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Daily Signature Desire Map Planner: CLICK HERE

Weekly Limited Desire Map Planner: CLICK HERE

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Disclosure: I was selected to take part in the Desire Map Planner Launch Team. In sharing information about the 2017 planners, I will receive one complimentary for my use. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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event recap: Cleveland Magazine’s 2016 Best of Cleveland Party

I’m still in disbelief that my favorite event of the Fall — Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland Party — has already come and gone! This year’s event — presented by Airport Infiniti, Infiniti of Akron and Infiniti of Beachwood — impressed its guests while once again raising funds for local non-profit, Breakthrough Schools.

With two VIP passes around our neck, we arrived at Public Auditorium to take advantage of the early entry benefits.  Seeing the party from its beginning gave us the perfect opportunity to experience the best that Cleveland’s finest vendors had to offer.


So what was, in our humble opinions, the Best of Best of Cleveland?? Here’s our list…


VIP eats from The Burnham Restaurant at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Woodstock BBQL’Albatros Brasserie & Bar and The Metropolitan at the 9. (I should have saved room for another round of those pork steam buns from the Burnham! Best bite of the evening.)


More food options in the main hall from Jack Frost Donuts, Coastal Taco and Mabel’s BBQ (pictured above) — plus Pier W (Hans is a sucker for their lobster sliders) and Red, the Steakhouse (their mini meatball sandwiches — to DIE for.)

Lusting over Fruit Vibe‘s pumpkin juice offering. (Why does this pregnant lady crave unpasteurized juice so much?!)


Ballin’ with the King thanks to Cleveland Magic and Balloons and Exclusive Balloons. (Can I get this for Hans’ next birthday party?)

Instagramming bubble fun with Dr. URawesome. (I felt like a third grader again!)


Enjoying political humor and a cookie monster moment with Cathy’s Creamery.

 Running into familiar faces at the Bombay Taxi BoutiqueHomage and Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve booths. (Lovely to stop and chat with old friends!)

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Premium swag from CLE Clothing Co. (All those years as a Cavs season ticket holder prepared my husband to champion all future t-shirt tosses and VIP swag bag collection.)

Finishing the evening with the perfect last bite — a birthday cake kiddie cone from Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream. (Consumed sans photo — you’ll just have to trust me on that.)

LONG STORY SHORT: Another year under our belts, another great time had by both of us, the many friends we ran into throughout the evening and the vendors that gave their Saturday evenings to be honored as a part of this year’s Best of Cleveland Party. Cleveland Magazine knows how to throw a great gathering and the 2016 event stood up to that reputation. I may not have the final say on who and what is “best” around town, but there’s one thing I do know — we’ll always make sure to be at this celebration of all that is fantastic in Northeast Ohio every Fall!

Want to know who you missed this year’s event? Check out the full list of participating “Best of” vendors on the event website here.

Celebrate all that is the BEST of Cleveland with Cleveland Magazine all year round: Like the magazine’s Facebook page, follow their Twitter feed (@ClevelandMag) and keep an eye on Cleveland Magazine‘s Instagram feed for even more information on other features and events.

Disclosure: I accepted an opportunity to provide two event tickets as a reader giveaway to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party in exchange for two media passes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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GIVEAWAY: EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute’s Run for Re-Entry

LAST MINUTE RACE ALERT!  EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, the fine dining French restaurant staffed by formerly incarcerated men and women, is hosting its first Run for Re-Entry on Sunday, October 23rd.


In case you’re not familiar with this Shaker Square establishment, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give formerly incarcerated citizens a foundation in the hospitality industry. Founded by accomplished chef, sommelier, fromager and 2016 CNN Hero, Brandon Chrostowski, EDWINS is equal parts learning academy and sophisticated dining venue serving classic French cuisine. The restaurant’s critically acclaimed menu, sleek Parisian style and remarkable mission have placed it among Cleveland’s top culinary destinations.


The rain or shine 5K / 1 mile walk event takes place at 10 a.m., with day-of race registration starting at 9 o’clock that morning. The 5K race/1-mile walk leads runners through the historic Buckeye neighborhood, home to the new EDWINS Second Chance Life Skill Center, the newest phase of EDWINS. Comprised of three buildings with a 20,000 sq. ft. footprint, EDWINS Second Chance Life Skills Center is a beacon of hope for students in need of housing and for those in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood.

The race starts and ends at EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Shaker Square. Runners will pass neighborhood monuments including Saint Luke’s Manor, the Moreland Theatre and Benedictine High School. The event concludes with a post-race party and lunch prepared by the restaurant’s culinary team. Live music is provided by Big Ship, and awards are presented to various age groups.

Pre-registration for the 5K is $15 for Buckeye-Shaker Square residents and $25 for non-residents. The 1- mile walk pre-registration is $15. Participants can register online here via the Hermes Sports & Events website… or you can take a chance on winning a race entry here on the blog:

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You have until THIS MONDAY, October 17th at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page. FYI, the winner will need to be able to register online by Friday, October 21st at 9am.  As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the 5K on Sunday, October 23rd.

Get to know EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute better: Visit to check out their incredible menus, give the restaurant a like on Facebook and follows on Twitter and Instagram. You can also share the Facebook event page to help spread the word about this fun 5K!

Disclosure: Images ℅ EDWINS. In exchange for providing this event preview, I was invited to giveaway one race entry to a lucky winner.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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