GIVEAWAY: Glow at Cleveland Botanical Garden

Disclosure: In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to attend a Media Preview Open House for Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glow and received an additional two admission tickets to return to the special exhibition. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Typically, I’m in the “you don’t decorate for the holidays before Thanksgiving” camp. My husband talked me into breaking that rule this year (and I have to admit — it was nice to have it complete by mid-November!) But a few other Clevelanders had the same idea — and one non-profit in particular. The staff at the Cleveland Botanical Garden had plenty to prep in advance of their holiday exhibition, Glow — running now through January 3.


Photo c/o Cleveland Botanical Garden

Glow is Cleveland Botanical Garden’s winter spectacular, and one of the area’s holiday traditions that all should make a part of their celebrations. I had the luck of attending a Media Preview last week before Glow opened to the public on Friday. What a treat Cleveland Botanical Garden’s staff have in store for Northeast Ohioans!


 You might recognize that cute toddler — my godson Jeffrey and his mom Jen (AKA WhyCLE?) were at CBG at the same time as me — what a surprise!

Check out a sampling of the highlights you and your family can enjoy:

  • Delight at the creative trees decorated by Affiliate Garden Clubs.
  • Marvel at the 150 amazingly whimsical gingerbread houses.
  • Hop aboard the Garden Express for a whimsical train ride
  • Visit a lively town square filled with musicians and carolers.
  • Decorate your very own gingerbread house with a full array of sweet treats (cost is $15, $20 or $25)
  • Let the kids pick out gifts for everyone at the charmingly kid-sized Treetop Shop.
  • Enjoy classic holiday candies of all shapes and sizes from Mrs. Claus’s Sweet Shoppe.
  • See the lights shine brighter on Wednesday and Friday evenings, with extended hours and seasonal dinner specials.

Tickets for Glow are $16 for each non-member adult, $12 for each non-member child and FREE for Garden and Holden Arboretum members. Tickets now available online at the CBG website, at the Botanical Garden ticketing desk, or by calling 216.721.1600, ext. 100… or you can enter to win a family four pack of tickets at the Rafflecopter this week on the blog:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS FRIDAY, December 4 at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the PIP Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend Glow by January 3. P.S. You also have an extra chance to enter to win through tomorrow over at WhyCLE — click here to learn how to enter on her site.

For more information on Glow, visit Cleveland Botanical Garden’s website, their Facebook page, their Twitter & Instagram feeds, or by searching the #GlowCBG hashtag. Happy Holidays, all!

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GIVEAWAY: 2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Cleveland

Yesterday — thanks to a Browns bye week — Hans and I enjoyed a very leisurely Sunday afternoon meandering around some East side shopping centers.  A large chunk of the afternoon was spent at Legacy Village, which made me excited for my favorite end-of-the-year fitness event: the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Cleveland.

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I had the complete joy of planning this 5K run/walk event the first two years (bucket list item check!) in returned to the Northeastern Ohio area, and participated in the event last year with our team, Team Grinch Paws. Five adults, one baby and a dog — we were quite the well represented group of runners, walkers and strollers!

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{Photo ℅ Orville McEachron Photography — check out all 400+ photos from last year’s race over at his Facebook page.}

This year’s event — taking place on Sunday, December 13th at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst — features:

  • a chip-timed 5K run starting at 9am (this ain’t no pancake course — the rolling hills of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness campus make this a fun one!)
  • a 1 mile Family Fun Run option starting at 9:05am
  • Health & Wellness Expo Area (located in the brand new L.L. Bean store!) — open at 8am
  • Super Star VIP Area Opens (for teams raising $3,500 or more and individuals raising $750 or more)
  • Post event bash upon runners/walkers return in Health & Wellness Expo including enter-to-win prizes

Register for the December 13th race today at — or enter to win up to two race entries here on the blog this week. Submit your entries by this Friday at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

…a winner will be selected Saturday morning!

Want to donate to the Arthritis Foundation? You can click over to the race websiteWant to stay in the know for 2015?  Keep up to date with all the CLE Jingle Bell Run/Walk happenings by following its Twitter handle at @JingleBellCLE.

Disclosure: I am a former employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. In sharing info and running a giveaway, I was offered a race entry to this December 13th event. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (November edition)

…featuring another interesting combination of local non-profits, yoga, flappers, organic ingredients and yet again not watching the Browns game…

THURSDAY MORNING with The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland

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Starting my weekend a day early, the kind folks at The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland invited me to join them Thursday morning at Quicken Loans Arena as they unveiled their new annual campaign. And what a campaign it is. The Hunger Network teamed up with TWIST Creative to make Northeastern Ohioans realize we all have a seat at the table. That we’re all responsible in bringing an end to hunger. It was an inspiring morning, especially in those moments where their team and volunteers spoke of the Hunger Network’s Dana Irribarren, who passed away on Wednesday, October 14th, and all the amazing things she accomplished in her lifetime. I left that day feeling incredibly thankful: not only to learn so much more about this Cleveland non-profit, not only to reconnect with some old friends also in attendance — but for the fact that I daily take for granted that I have access to food that many in our community do not. Check out to learn more about their work in NEO.

FRIDAY EVENING at Evolution Yoga

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After sneaking in a quick visit at my favorite East side hair studio, I kicked off the weekend at my other favorite East side studio and settled in to teach my Friday night “happy  hour” vinyasa flow class at Evolution Yoga. And speaking of weekends: THIS WEEKEND — November 14 & 15 — Evolution Yoga is offering FREE classes to those new to our studio or returning after a six month hiatus. This open house is in conjunction with the grand opening of Cafe Avalaun (located in the same plaza, at the corner of Emery & Richmond Roads in Warrensville Heights). Click here to learn about the open house/weekend class schedule. I teach Sundays at 10am, FYI…

SATURDAY EVENING with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter 

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With Hans out of town for work last week, we needed a date night to catch up & chance to get out on the town. Luckily, we had Toast of the Town, a wine tasting fundraiser and social event benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter, to look forward to on Saturday evening. Held at The Ballroom at Park Lane, we took advantage of all the event had to offer: an amazing historical event venue, delicious food from Spice of Life Catering (including gluten free flatbreads!! #bestillmyheart), plenty of wine, neat auction baskets, a photo booth (always our favorite), plus the Ohio State football game on a big screen at the bar. On top of it all, I was so incredibly proud of my good friend Catie and her team — they pulled together an amazing 1920′s themed event, raising more than $35,000 that evening. Nice work, lady! Keep up with our local CCFA chapter at their Facebook page.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON with Door To Door Organics – Ohio in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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After a morning of discovering new music, teaching some more yoga and cleaning our house for an open house (LMK if you’re interested in a four bedroom, 2.5 bath in Parma BTW), Hans headed North to the Cavs game and Grady and I ventured South to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Happy Days Lodge to attend Door to Door Organics - Ohio‘s Good Food Gathering. The fuzz and I had a lovely time catching up with our DTDO friends, plus those at the Bearded BuchHartzler Family DairyShagbark Seed & MillInca TeaPhoenix Coffee vendor tables. We head out for our 3.5 mile hike on the Boston Run Trail (just across the street from the Lodge) well fueled by kombucha, coffee and good times.

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If you’re left asking how our weekend went, I think Grady’s smile says it all.

Disclosure: In case you’re new here, welcome! Many already know I am a yoga teacher at Evolution Yoga. (psst. my full teaching schedule is here.) The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Northeast Ohio Chapter and Door To Door Organics-Ohio provided me complimentary admission to their respective events. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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