NOOMA: a #CLE success story (& GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this product, I received a NOOMA care package for myself and one to give away to a reader. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Over a year ago, two brothers kindly agreed to meet me at my office. They arrived with big smiles, bright eyes and a travel cooler filled with their brand new, still-in-the-product-testing-phase product, NOOMA.

I would then start to run into Brandon and Jarred Smith EVERYWHERE:

…Within the week at Evolution Yoga where I had just started teaching yoga.

…Then I hosted them for a sweaty Saturday morning flow at my yoga class that December.

…Then I would see them at pretty much every yoga event, CrossFit competition, spinning studio, Heinen’s grocery store… I wondered if they had cloned themselves!

And everywhere they went, they told their story (from their website): 

“Our focus has always been on putting together a replenishing electrolyte blend without the acid or preservatives. We made this happen in a great tasting formula with only quality ingredients and cut out the extra sugar and calories. NOOMA is electrolyte hydration you can trust to feel your best.”

It’s been fun to watch them grow since nearly “day one”. To see the product package designs, to taste test the flavors (Chocolate Mint is still my favorite, but that Blueberry Peach is a super close second in my book), to the many chats we’ve had over the past year — the Smith brothers and their team have worked their tails off to find success. Not too shocking for an Cleveland born company, right?!

A few months ago, they sent me a care package including plenty of their product, some recipe ideas and this uber cute, soft tee:

…and then after a recent meeting spoiled me with a few extra cases:

Seriously. SO much generosity. Their kindness knows no end!

And in this week of thanks, the NOOMA team and I want to thank YOU for supporting Cleveland businesses like theirs with a GIVEAWAY of THREE cases of NOOMA, plus one of those above pictured bags to a lucky PIP reader! Enter at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Thursday, November 27th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later on Thanksgiving morning. Yogis, runners, CrossFitters and other fitness fanatics near and far are welcome to enter this giveaway!  Enter to win today!

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this product, I received a NOOMA care package for myself and one to give away to a reader. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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event recap: 2014 Fabulous Food Show (AKA that time I met Tyler Florence)

Disclosure: In return for offering a giveaway for tickets to the 2014 Fabulous Food Show, I received  media passes to attend the show at the IX Center. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Every year when the Fabulous Food Show rolls around, I get giddy. After  attending three of the previous eight years of the event put on by the IX Center, my favorite parts of the show are the opportunities to learn more about various techniques in the kitchen.

But when this year’s celebrity chef line up was announced, my heart skipped a beat: my chef crush — Chef Tyler Florence — was coming back to Cleveland to present on the show’s main stage. I saved the date of Sunday, November 16th on my Google Calendar and waited patiently for this year’s event to arrive. Not only would my poor husband have to deal with me freaking out about meeting another man, it was on a Browns Sunday game day. God bless my redhead.

Hans and I started our visit to the show Sunday morning with the VIP Experience to meet Chef Florence. Go big or go home, right? He has a new cookbook out — Inside the Test Kitchen: 120 New Recipes, Perfected — which is filled with new techniques for the kitchen to maximize efficiency and flavor.  Less time and energy for a better product? This is my kind of thinking.

Chef walked around to the tables filled with Fabulous Food Show attendees eager to meet him — snapping photos and signing cookbooks along the way. Before I knew it, he  walked over to our group — which included Melanie from Melanie Makes and her two daughters — to chat about  food, but also everyone’s favorite Disney movie, Frozen. 

tyler florence fab food show

Chef was super cool — exactly as he comes off in all of the Food Network shows he’s been a part of. He was super gracious to chat with us, as well as snap a few photos, which I am really grateful for. It’s always fun to meet someone that has taught you something from afar, so thanks Chef for your time.

Managing to still be standing post chat, we did our best to enjoy everything the Fabulous Food Show had to offer:

fab food show 2014

Top left clockwise: Chef Florence and his finished Eggs Benedict, my copy of Edible Cleveland with my media pass, hanging out with Melanie from Melanie Makes, Cincinnati’s favorite ice cream and a visit to see Pope’s Kitchen and Catering stand.

I could spend an entire weekend of the Food Show just sitting in the Main Kitchen Theater. I love hearing these food professionals share their techniques and tales.  Chef Michael Symon’s pasta cooking demo had superior tips and a lot of humor — and that Michael Symon laugh!  Chef Florence shared information on how to poach 12 eggs at one time (his secret: in a water bath in a hotel pan in the oven) and how to spatchcock your turkey this Thanksgiving holiday (link to how to do this method on the SF Chronicle site). Those two sessions alone were such an inspiration to get back in the kitchen — I wish we could have stayed for more.

LONG STORY SHORT: So I met my chef crush, and didn’t pass out. Overall a successful trip to the Fabulous Food Show, I’d say! Plus it didn’t hurt to go home with some of Pope’s Kitchen’s BBQ Sauce (which is delicious, BTW — pick it up at the Cleveland Flea this weekend).  Year nine of the Fabulous Food Show was a blast — let’s see what year ten brings in 2015!

Disclosure: In return for offering a giveaway for tickets to the 2014 Fabulous Food Show, I received  media passes to attend the show at the IX Center. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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TONIGHT: PlayhouseSquare’s 2015 Jump Back Ball Ticket Kickoff Party

A KIND REMINDER: You have until this Wednesday at midnight to enter to win my Fabulous Food Show giveaway


After a week or so away in Colorado, I went through the accumulated mail and came across an eye catching postcard:

jump back ball 2015 preview

…announcing that one of my favorite Cleveland events is on its way. 

PlayhouseSquare Partners, the official young professionals group of PlayhouseSquare, is gearing up for another Jump Back Ball this winter. I’ve attended this event in 2014in 2013 and in 2011, and it has never disappointed

The 24th Jump Back Ball will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015 — so why not buy your tickets early, save some cash and have more time for costume planning for this year’s tubular theme?!


The Jump Back Ball 24 Ticket Kickoff Party will take place TONIGHTMonday, November 10th - from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland. At the ticket kickoff, you can take advantage of this special pricing structure:

  • $130 PlayhouseSquare Partners for general admission tickets
  • $160 Non-Members for general admission tickets
  • (The fine print: ticket limits apply: Public can purchase 2 Non-Partners tickets per person, Partners can purchase 2 Partners tickets & 2 Non-Partners tickets per membership, Partners Leadership Society can purchase 4 Partners tickets per membership. Ticket prices increase by $15 plus handling fees the day after the kickoff.)

INTERESTED IN JOINING PARTNERS (& SAVING ON YOUR TICKETS)? New member sign-ups will be available at the kickoff party. Here’s more info on the membership levels at the PHS website.

ENTER TO WIN: Bring a new personal care item to the kickoff and be entered into a raffle to win some prizes like Jump Back Ball 24 VIP upgrades, tickets to a PlayhouseSquare show or a night at the Wyndham for the night of the February event. These personal care items will be donated to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

RSVP at the Facebook event page for tonight’s kickoff — we’ll see you downtown for some fun, beer, pretzels and all the ticket sales PlayhouseSquare could hope for!

Want to know more about PlayhouseSquare?  Stay up-to-date with all of their social media happenings: follow PlayhouseSquare on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare, or on Instagram at @playhousesquare.

Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSquare to serve as an official blogger for the 2015 Jump Back Ball event and to help promote the event and related happenings. In exchange for sharing this information and purchasing one event ticket, I will receive one complimentary ticket to the February 28, 2015 event. My thoughts and opinions are my own — as is my proud, long time support of this organization.

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