Yoga Brunch This Sunday!

We’re celebrating this weekend for many reasons, but I am always excited when it’s a YOGA BRUNCH weekend! The 60 minutes all levels class starts at 9:30am this Sunday, September 24th, and every other Sunday after. Class is at The Cultural Center, brunch is Dante Next Door — both in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

And, the most important  part of Yoga Brunch: your class registration includes a complimentary mimosa or regular coffee at brunch at Dante Next Door after!

Register today at the Eventbrite page!

p.s. Staying for brunch is optional. If you only want to practice, you’re still welcome to join us!

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CLE Lady Bloggers Meetup at The Southside

Once upon a time, when I had A LOT more free time on my hands, I coordinated dozens of blogger meetups around Cleveland. Dinners, tours, happy hours, round tables, holiday cookie swaps and more, it was a fun way to bring together my event planning skills, my love for blogging and my extroverted ways. But then, I started teaching yoga more regularly, found a new job with plenty of networking opportunities, got a second dog, and OH YEAH – had a baby. There went all that free time, ha!!! Coordinating blogger meetups was something I had to give up, though it pained me as I loved getting to know other local bloggers and social media users.

Jump to 2017 and my discovery of the wave of newer bloggers entering the Northeast Ohio scene. One of those “newer” bloggers is Leah at By Travel & Error, who has taken it upon herself to start bringing together bloggers again on the regular to get together, meet, mingle and have a casual chat about blogging related topics. While I missed the first meetup she planned, I made sure to make it to the second, which took place this past Saturday at The Southside in Tremont. I knew it would be a great spot for this type of gathering — I coordinated a blogger dinner there in 2012!

Alison at Alison’s Five Things assisted Leah the coordinating of our area on the indoor patio space at Southside. They planned for a spread of apps and two beverages for each of the attendees. PRO TIP: Eats and drinks are ALWAYS the key in getting bloggers to meetups!

If you’ve never had The Southside’s mac and cheese, drop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and get yourself to Tremont STAT.

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting up with these lovely ladies that afternoon:

Standing in the back because 1) tall girl club and 2) SO not as cute as the gals among me!

So what did we chat about? Leah asked Alison and me to talk about our experience working with brands. While Alison is a newer blogger, she’s already had some great opportunities and experiences to share with the group. As for me — the “veteran” blogger of the group — I shared my top tips for working with blog partners:

  1. ALWAYS be authentic.
  2. confirm your deliverables then over-deliver.
  3. focus on accepting opportunities that align with your personal/blog brand.
  4. NEVER ask non-profits for cash payment (#YESpeopledothis).
  5. don’t be afraid to ask.
  6. know your worth.

Perhaps I should elaborate on these more in a future blog post?! LMK if you’d be interested!

LONG STORY SHORT: It was so refreshing to get back with a band of bloggers, all interested in what each had to say and all wanting to improve their blogging in various ways. The youthful excitement of these “chicks” gave this “old hen” quite the enthusiasm boost!! I’m looking forward to the next meetup — Leah is shooting for November, FYI. If you’re interested in joining us, join our Facebook group to get in on the discussion and to get those future meetups on your calendar!

Visit The Southside’s website, Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all their delicious happenings.

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event preview & GIVEAWAY: Cleveland Magazine’s 2017 Best of Cleveland Party

Each year, one of Cleveland’s most popular publications brings together the best in The Land for one of Northeast Ohio’s most anticipated parties of each year. Now in its 12th year, Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party returns to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday, October 13. Just like in years past, you can expect a great gathering of eats, beverages, live music and more. (The full list of this year’s participating vendors is here.) It all makes it one of our “can’t miss” events each year!

Hans and I at the 2015 event

You can purchase tickets at the event website here. There are two ticket levels this year: $75 for the VIP All Access ticket and $110 for the VIP All Access ticket with Open Bar wristband. Your ticket includes admission to the Rock Hall and its Power of Rock Experience. Another sellout is expected again this year, so buy now to make sure you’re there on October 13th!

…or you can win two VIP All Access ticket tickets on the blog this week by entering via the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS FRIDAY, September 22nd at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning.

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

Disclosure: I accepted the opportunity to provide two All Access Tickets event tickets ($75 value each ticket) via an event preview/reader giveaway to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party in exchange for two media passes. All thoughts and opinions are always my own. 

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Baby B & Me: Cleveland’s own Every Bean Boutique

Once we found out we were having a girl last summer, my mother-in-law asked if it was okay if she bought some “princess” type outfits for the baby. Her knowing that I sit right in the middle in-between tomboy and girly girl, I definitely appreciated her asking, but it was the first time the concept of gender bias in clothing really crossed my mind. But a non-gendered children’s clothing line founded in Cleveland is starting to make more parents consider the topic. Today, I invite you to get to know Every Bean Boutique.

Every Bean Boutique is a local company providng clothes for all babies, meant to be worn by all babies, no matter their gender. Check out more about the company from their website:

Every Bean is the non-human baby of Entrepreneur and Mother, Nikki Yeager. After dressing her infant son in everything she collected before his birth — some outfits “boy”, some “girl” — she came to realize just how gendered we’ve made children’s clothing. Determined to allow her son to wear both the pink leggings her husband loved and the denim overalls Grandma adored, she decided to create a clothing line that threw out the idea of boys’ sections and girls’ sections all together.  For parents like her, she built Every Bean and is working to redefine clothing as just that: clothing.

Nikki provided Baby Brenna and me the opportunity to have one of the Anything I Want To Be bodysuits – available in pink, blue and heather gray.

from the Every Bean Boutique website

I couldn’t love the message of this bodysuit anymore. As a young girl, I felt like my answer of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” changed on the regular: singer, veterinarian, writer, meteorologist (I still know an abnormal amount of weather facts). And while I’ve had many different titles in my own career over the years, I’m excited to help instill in my daughter that what this onesie says is true: anything she wants to be is possible, even if it changes several times!

The product itself is high quality. Baby B is quite the 85th percentile in most categories and this ten month old is already growing out of 12 month clothes, so I had Nikki send me an 18 month size bodysuit. I have washed it twice – first when I received it and another after Brenna wore it to daycare – and the quality is just as good as when I received it in the mail. No shrinking too – a big thumbs up in my book. B will be able to wear this for awhile!

Brenna is still to young to know what her Every Bean Boutique onesie really means, so for right now, our little girl is focused on being the happiest baby she can be. It is pretty exciting though to know companies like this one are paving the path for children of all ages, encouraging them to get excited about all the possibilities that lie ahead of them!

Shop the Every Bean Boutique online today!
Use the code 20OFF to save 20% off your order between now and the end of October.

Follow Every Bean Boutique on their website and Facebook. I really dig the blog where Nikki shares what she comes across in her experience in shopping for clothing for her own child and developing this line. Check it out!

Disclaimer: Every Bean Boutique provided me/my baby with a piece of apparel from their line. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions as always are mine. 

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