my Cleveland staycation birthday

A confession: I  just adore celebrating birthdays, especially mine! I just can’t help myself — I will always be one of those people when it comes to honoring that particular special day of the year, for each and every one of us. With another trip around the sun completed, I convinced Hans to take a day off of work to spend the day enjoying what Cleveland had to offer to us…

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Morning meditation via YogaGlo and study with the Fuzz, then my first Ride + Workout rowing class with one of my favorite gals, Bethany. (Already headed back for my second row session — I’m obsessed.)

Urban Farmer Lunch

From the brilliance of Hans’ last moment suggestion, late lunch at Urban Farmer Cleveland — featuring a Heirloom Tomato Salad plus Grilled Shrimp, Hans’ Turkey Club Panini, a Gin Gin Mule (candied ginger FTW), plus a special extra treat from the Urban Farmer staff, Woopie Pies for dessert. Thanks again to their super kind staff for the dessert!

bday afternoon Cleveland

From there, our leisurely walking tour of downtown began: the Mall > the Arcade > CLE Clothing Co. > along East Fourth Street > Quicken Loans Arena (to celebrate the news of the afternoon of K.Love resigning) > Heinen’s at 900 Euclid (#finally) > Perk Plaza

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To close out the evening at home with the usual suspects, beautiful flowers and my traditional birthday dinner dessert, Honey Hut’s coconut ice cream — my favorite.

bday cookout

That is what you call birthday perfection on a Wednesday in Cleveland. If this is how 32 started, I’m in for one heck of a year. Cheers to another fun year, and a very Happy Fourth of July weekend!

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GIVEAWAY: 2015 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies

Memorial Day is past , so we look to find excitement in the next summer holiday of the Fourth of July. Parma residents used to look forward to the annual fireworks at Tri-C West, but now we look to a new tradition:

2015 Logo

The Fifth Annual Run/Walk for Pierogies will take place at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus on Sunday, July 5, 2015. Features this year again include:

  • The 5k run is  chip timed and part of the Hermes Road Race Series.
  • Register 3 or more from the same address for $50 (limit 3 t-shirts/goodie bags).
  • Extra shirts may be purchased for $10. (Only available via the mail-in option.)

I also love how this year’s race is benefitting some many local charities:

  • The Cuyahoga County Community College Scholarship Fund
  • Parma Girl Scouts
  • All Faiths Pantry
  • Parma Animal Shelter
  • American Cancer Society Parma Area Relay for Life

Day of race registration and packet pick up starts at 7:00AM. The 5K starts at 8:30 and the one mile option starts at 8:35AM. Afterwards you get to eat Parma’s finest pierogies from the race’s pierogi sponsor, Perla’s Homemade Delights — plus many other food options from many other kind local donors. Can’t beat the array of post workout fuel!

Pierogi Run 2014 Start

Online in-advance race registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children (prices increase on race day). You have until Friday, July 3 at 9AM to register online for the race… or you can enter to win a race entry to the July 5th race here on the blog! Enter at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fine print: You have until THIS SUNDAY, June 14th at 11:59PM to enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget. A winner will be announced the next morning, probably on the Poise in Parma Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in the Greater Cleveland area, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Sunday 7/5/15 — or pass along their prize to a friend who can. 

Follow the Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies on Facebook and register for the race today online at the Hermes Road Racing site

Disclosure: Both images ℅ the race organizers. Being unable to attend this year’s race, I offered to run a giveaway for the 2015 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies. The race organizers accepted, providing a race entry as a reader giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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my weekend out & about (with giraffes, artists, Mother Nature & fire fighters)

As an extrovert living in a city with plenty going on in every neighborhood within a 20-ish minute drive from my house, I knew Friday morning that it was going to be the perfect weekend to take advantage of all that Cleveland had to offer:

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Kicking off the weekend Friday night post-yoga class by arriving fashionably late to Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Zippity Zoo Doo at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Crazy to think that Twilight at the Zoo will be here before we know it!

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Lunch at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern on Saturday included “pealafel” bites — made with peas and edamame. Fun to run into an old friend and to learn about some neat things that Beachland has in the works. Can’t wait to return!

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Grand Opening of Praxis Fiber Workshop in Collinwood  — so so proud of my fellow yoga teacher training sister & Praxis Executive Director Jessica Pinsky on creating her dream via an amazing space, with a rockin’ team and beautiful artwork. 

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Tie dying t-shirts (for the first time in decades) at the grand opening. Wishing mine was the one with the cool circles — my finish product is in the bottom right. I like it!

towpath combo

Two separate outdoor adventures: hiking with my guys Saturday afternoon in the Cleveland Metroparks’ Brecksville Reservation, then a Sunday morning towpath bike ride just down the road in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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Holding down the Evolution Yoga vendor table at the Orange Village Fire Department Open House & Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday. Snuck away to get a healthy screening: great blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. The University Hospitals staff member said to me, “whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!”

Cavs Witness

Pictured: My husband, ready to take care of business before last night’s Cavs game. After that win, I’m pretty sure he’s never going to take off that Witness shirt. (Not pictured: me crashing on our family room floor after another great weekend in Northeast Ohio.)

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