my weekend out & about in #CLE (The Cleveland Flea edition)

How do my weekdays look these days, you ask? Wake up, work, family time before and after, SO MUCH TIME breastfeeding/pumping throughout the day, dog walk, SLEEP GLORIOUS SLEEP.

But the weekends? AH, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. You glorious couple, you. You are amazing together, but I have to admit my favorite is the former. And when the weather breaks in Northeast Ohio, Saturdays, once a month in Cleveland, are dedicated towards one, always fun good time:  The Cleveland Flea.

In case by chance you’re not already familiar, The Cleveland Flea considers itself “Part urban treasure hunt. Part culinary adventure. Part maker center.” (source) Since the organizers are always making slight changes to improve the event every month, there’s always something new to expect every time you attend. Sometimes it’s a new vendor, sometimes it’s a new bite to eat, sometimes it’s a new friend you meet. So imagine my delight when this month’s Flea landed onthe same weekend as Mother’s Day. And when Hans’ asked me what I wanted to do for my first motherly celebration, I said “Let’s Flea!”

Here are some of my favorite moments from the last Flea this past Saturday…

Because we typically go around 11-ish, I’m almost ALREADY hungry for lunch, so I gravitated for the Bomba Tacos & Rum station. Tacos and guac will never do you wrong.

Also on the taco train, Hans found his in tuna form at the Beachcomber Truck. Very tasty!

I was absolutely lusting over these HLOS globes. If their stand wasn’t SO FULL with fellow Flea shoppers, I could have bought every one of them!

 I have a vision for my next kitchen and it involves a ridiculous number of succulents. I’m going to Little White Barn Co. when I’m ready to purchase them all. How cute are these?!

I’m also on a HARDCORE calligraphy kick right now, so I adored all of Natterdoodle‘s pieces. (p.s. anyone know anyone giving calligraphy these days?!)

The Flea Wall is so eye catching, so colorful, it just draws you in and calls for a mini photo shoot with your Flea family! (Hashtag your future photos with #fleawall.)

And moments not pictured:

  • Saying HELLO! and catching up with fellow local event profs, McPherson Events & Design.
  • Losing Hans for about fifteen minutes to the many t-shirt sales at the HOMAGE stand.
  • A brief stop at The Wandering Wardrobe truck in hopes I could buy my Mama Bear t-shirt in person. Next time!

LONG STORY SHORT: If you haven’t Flea-ed, you haven’t lived, at least in terms of fully understanding what the latest and greatest in food, arts, crafts and imagination are in and around CLE. Follow the Flea on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit their website for more info. Save-the-date for the next Flea on Saturday, June 10th. I’m sure we’ll see you down there then!

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On My First Mother’s Day

Growing up, I wasn’t the girl dreaming of having kids, picking out baby names, babysitting the neighbor’s children or offering to hold a newborn. So now, it feels a bit unexpected to be a proud mama bear myself. So today, on my first Mother’s Day — and six months in to this adventure we call parenting — I wonder.

I wonder when I’ll ever sleep eight hours in a row again.

I wonder when I’ll fit back into my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.

I wonder if I’ll ever have the time to start regularly practicing yoga — let alone teaching it — again.

I wonder if in wanting those things if I’m being too selfish for the life I once led.

I wonder if we waited too long to have a baby.

I wonder what would have happened if I wasn’t infertile for so long.

I wonder if the sense of all consuming anxiety of “will she be okay?” will ever fade away.

I wonder when my doubts and fears of doing her right will be surpassed with the belief that I can survive this thing call motherhood.

…but then…

I wonder how she can get so big so fast.

I wonder if she’ll ever know how many people find joy in seeing her picture.

I wonder how big my own mom’s smile will be when she sees her granddaughter later today.

I wonder if and when we’ll have another child so that she can have a sibling to grow up with.

I wonder if I’ll do her right in showing her how to be a thoughtful, kind, smart human being.

I wonder the person she’ll be become. The career she’ll have. The life she’ll lead.

And, most importantly, I wonder what I ever did without her.

So Brenna, thank you. Thank you for showing me the world I never knew I wanted to explore. I couldn’t have asked for a better travel buddy. Let’s see where this adventure takes us next, little one.   Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there.

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GIVEAWAY: Goldfish Swim School & National Water Safety Awareness Month

Looking back to times past, my Saturday mornings used to be spent in either the hot yoga studio or the group fitness class room — oh how I refused to miss a Saturday kickboxing class for a good three years span back almost a decade ago! But nowadays, I’ve found myself in another activity, this one with our littlest family member. As of this April, Hans and I been taking swim lessons with our baby Brenna at Goldfish Swim School.

I have SO MANY great things to say about our experience at the Fairview Park location, so stay tuned for my full report on our first two months of classes on the blog later this month. A teaser? It’s quickly become my favorite part of our week. Plus Brenna’s catching on fast and is already quite the (assisted) swimmer already!

In the meantime, my friends at Goldfish Swim School want you to know that the month of May is National Water Safety Awareness Month.  DID YOU KNOW that the American Red Cross says that the #1 thing you can do to make sure your kids are safer around water is to enroll them in swim lessons? For us here in Northeast Ohio, Goldfish gives us plenty of opportunities to provide that training and those skills to our children.

photos c/o Goldfish Swim School

In honor of National Water Safety Awareness Month, Goldfish Swim School in Fairview ParkCleveland East Side and the NEW location opening in Hudson this summer are jointly giving away swim lessons to one lucky winner here on the blog this week!

TO ENTER: In the comments of this post, tell us how you keep your child safe in the water and you’ll be entered to win your choice of either one month of swim lessons or a Jump Start Clinic! Register your comment — plus gain additional entries by liking the Fairview ParkCleveland East Side and Hudson location Facebook feeds, and following Goldfish Swim School on Instagram and Twitter — on the Rafflecopter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note: Lesson dates and times at Goldfish Swim School are subject to availability. Winners will be chosen at random using the Rafflecopter widget. Contest ends this Friday 5/5 at 11:59pm. Winner to be selected the morning of Saturday 5/6 and announced on the blog’s Facebook page that day. 

Check out all the great classes and programs Goldfish Swim School has to offer at their website. Stay in touch with their Northeast Ohio locations via their Facebook pages: Fairview ParkCleveland East Side and Hudson. And save-the-date: Water Safety Awareness Week kicks off May 14!

Happy and safe swimming to you and yours during National Water Safety Awareness Month and all year round! Thank you Goldfish Swim School for making this giveaway possible!

Disclosure: I was offered the opportunity to giveaway the choice of either one month of swim lessons or a Jump Start Clinic at Goldfish Swim School to a lucky blog reader. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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The 23rd annual Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party (to benefit the Arthritis Foundation)

Cleveland food and wine fans rejoice: my favorite event of the year — Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party — is just one week away!

The 23rd annual Cleveland Magazine‘s Silver Spoon Awards Party will take Wednesday, May 3rd at the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center, located at 10825 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Proceeds benefit the local office of the Arthritis Foundation.

Photo c/o Orville McEachron Photography

Event highlights include:

  • More than 40 participating restaurants, all recognized as winners/finalists in this year’s Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards voting process
  • Wineries from around the world — c/o Vintage Wine Distributor
  • A VIP Lounge including eats from four featured restaurants — Coquette Patisserie, Mabel’s BBQ, Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar and Spice Kitchen & Bar — signature cocktails by Brown-Forman and beer from Butcher and the Brewer
  • A silent auction with dozens of packages, including these featured ones — like A Behind-The-Scenes experience on American Ninja Warrior and a week in Florida
  • Some incredible raffles, including the Stock the Bar raffle and the Dine Around Cleveland raffle
  • Complimentary valet (always a bonus in University Circle!)
  • …and the chance to interact with some of your favorite Cleveland chefs

Photo c/o Orville McEachron Photography

Purchase tickets at the Arthritis Foundation’s website.
Use the promo code POISE for 10% off of your ticket price!

As a bonus: All tickets include a 1-year subscription to Cleveland Magazine! Buy today and I’ll see you there! And if you’re coming on May 3rd, look for these — you’ll find me there!

Photo c/o Orville McEachron Photography

Get your social on one or more of these Silver Spoon related social media feeds, all worth the click thru:

Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own… but are biased as I planned this event for four years in a former life as a previous employee of the local office of the Arthritis Foundation. I also currently serve on the Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards Party planning committee.

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