GIVEAWAY: Market at the Food Bank {to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank}

Personally, my favorite sign of spring? All the non-profit food and wine events, of course!

One of my favorites includes Market at the Food Bank. This year, it’s taking place on Sunday, May 4 and, as always, benefits the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and its Harvest for Hunger campaign.

Each dollar raised provides the Food Bank the resources to distribute four meals to our community members in need. By supporting this event, you can help the non-profit raise enough money to provide more than one million meals in one evening. Truly amazing!

General admission tickets are $85 per person. Purchase online to get your tickets today…


The list of restaurants is QUITE impressive – check out the event website at for an up-to-date listing.

…or you can enter two win two tickets to the May 4th Market at the Food Bank event this week on the blog! Enter via the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Friday, April 25th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this event takes place in Cleveland, make sure you can attend before entering.  So why not enter to win today?!

Want to learn more about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank?  Check out their Facebook page,  and follow @CleveFoodbank on Twitter, @clefoodbank on Instagram and the #MarketatFB hashtag to keep up-to-date on all of the fine foodie eats that evening.

Disclosure: All images ℅ the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In exchange for running this giveaway, I will receive two media passes to the May 4th event. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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event recap & guest post: Yuri’s Night Cleveland at Great Lakes Science Center

A NOTE FROM PIP:  As I am freshly home from a yoga training in California (more on that on that week), today’s guest post comes to you from a recent giveaway winner. Take it away, Valerie!


As someone who formally attended Space Camp (yeah, total space geek here) I simply HAD to enter to win tickets to Yuri’s Space Night Party in the giveaway on Poise in Parma. Of course, I was pretty thrilled when Alicia contacted me to let me know I won. Knowing that I’m a blogger too (Motherhood in Progress) Alicia asked if I’d be willing to guest post to let you know how the event went. I’m more than happy to share with you today!

My husband was out of town the weekend of the event, but luckily my good friend Stephanie was more than happy to join me and grandma was willing to babysit so we got in a much needed girls night out.

We pulled into the garage at the Great Lakes Science Center shortly before 8 (parking was FREE for the event too, which is always appreciated!) and took a jam packed elevator to the main floor along with an astronaut, a rebel pilot, and a few other interesting characters.


There were plenty of people checking in and the band was already playing. We took a few laps around the Science Center just to check everything out and get our bearings. We first passed by some storm troopers and bounty hunters deep in conversation on the main level.

As we continued on there were several make and take stations busy with people making their own mini lightsabers, Yuri’s night LED pins, and Dr. Who bowties. Since it was a gorgeous night we grabbed a drink and headed outside where another band was setting up and the weather was perfect for looking out at the lake and Rock Hall. We then came in and grabbed a snack from one of the buffets which was filled with fried treats all night (and a cheese and cracker station too) and wandered around some more to see all the fantastic costumes!


Perfect Weather to enjoy the viewing deck at the Great Lakes Science Center!

You could check out the Science Center exhibits all night, hear a talk on “blockbuster technology” (by David DaFelice), dance to tunes by Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean or DJ OZMTZ on the Discover Stage or check out DJ 41SE7EN in the blacklight lounge (where you could also sketch on the walls with glow in the dark markers or grab a glowing gin and tonic). Other activities included the Big Science Show, Cleveland Game Night, Are You Smarter than an Astronaut with Greg Johnson and a balloon drop at midnight.


The New Blacklight Lounge

Hands-down, my favorite part though was seeing all the fantastic costumes! Dr. Who, Star Wars, Star Trek and plenty more Sci-Fi favorites were all represented as well as some very creative handmade creations. Fittingly though a Yuri costume took home the grand prize of the night.

I’m definitely putting this one on the calendar again for next year.

#HeinensSundaySupper Week Three: butternut squash & carrot soup with red quinoa

Congrats to Leanne S.  – you won the “yogi prize pack” of a NamaSTAY Yoga Towel & Mat Spray. Didn’t win? Click on over to the company’s website to get yours today.


Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Upon our on our initial Heinen’s shopping trip that prepped us for weeks one and two of #HeinensSundaySupper, I attempted to purchase an array of fresh produce and pantry staples. What would come together in week three – fourteen days later?


Noticing the butternut squash that was purchased on that specific shopping trip, I took the time to roast it this past Saturday afternoon as I was trying to catch up on housework and tax preparation. Life isn’t all backbends and wine events.

Once Sunday rolled around, I poked around our pantry to find something to go with my roasted vegetable of choice. What I came across was two Heinen’s branded items. First, their red quinoa. I wondered how to combine it all together when I read the back of the quinoa package.

quinoa soup combo

Soup was the answer. Generally inspired by a past recipe I threw together, I combined the half of the roasted butternut squash, some (pre-cooked) carrots, salt pepper, garlic and the second Heinen’s branded item – vegetable stock. Then all was left to do was hit the “blend” button on my Vitamix.

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I prepped the quinoa earlier that afternoon, so with a swift scoop, I placed some quinoa in the bottom of a bowl then gently poured in the butternut squash carrot soup. Its color satisfied my eyes and its flavor tempted my taste buds, which made heading back for seconds inevitable. Looks like we had another Sunday supper winner on our hands!

LONG STORY SHORT: I’m sure the only one in our household who doesn’t enjoy my new found love of soup making is Grady. But I supposed my easily spooked Golden Retriever is going to have to get used to something that makes a fairly loud noise for more than five minutes.  In a flash, I had a meal packed full of veggies and protein – again thanks to a  visit to my local Heinen’s.

Remember to stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook and on Twitter at @heinens.

Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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