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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GIVEAWAY: 2014 Fabulous Food Show

Northeast Ohio food lovers: The 9th annual Fabulous Food Show is back again, this year taking place November 14 through 16 at the I-X Center. Referred to as ”The Premier Culinary Celebration”, there is something for all foodies to eat, drink and learn.


I’ve gone to the show in 2008, in 2012 and last year – it’s always a good time!

Direct from the event website, the 2014 Fabulous Food Show is featuring this Culinary Celebrity Lineup, including:

  • Tyler Florence – you guys, my chef crush is coming to the Fabulous Food Show!
  • Carla Hall
  • Ingrid Hoffman
  • Nadia G.
  • and Cleveland’s own Michael Symon (welcome back, chef!)

…and Chef Jason Roberts returns for his 9th straight appearance to emcee the festivities. Check out the schedule of the celebrity chef appearances by visiting the show’s website.

New 2014 features include:

  • Local Roots Artisan Pavilion
  • Healthy Living Pavilion presented by Vitamix (schedule here)
  • Block Party hosted by Michael Symon: Includes an enhanced local restaurant and food truck sampling; beer pairings; live music; and special guest appearances
  • Salsa Fiesta! with live music and a salsa dancing competition hosted by Ingrid Hoffmann

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or in person at local Giant Eagle, Giant Eagle Market Districts and Discount Drug Marts.  General admission tickets include access to all celebrity chef demonstrations on a first come, first served basis. Reserved ticket upgrades are available to guarantee a prime floor seat up close to the action. (More info at the ticketing page here.)

…or you can win two general admission tickets here on the blog to the 2014 Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center! Enter via the Rafflecopter today…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Wednesday, November 13th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this event takes place in Cleveland, make sure you can attend before entering!

Keep up to date on other event happening over at the Fabulous Food Show Facebook page or its Twitter feed – @FabFoodShow.  Get ready: it’s time to eat, Cleveland!

Disclosure: In return for offering this giveaway for two general admission tickets to the event, I will receive two media passes to attend the Fabulous Food Show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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GIVEAWAY: Cleveland Magazine’s 2014 Best of Cleveland Party

With the arrival of a new season yesterday, it’s official: Fall event season is upon Cleveland, my friends!  So many to choose from, why not save-the-date now for the best of the best? Get ready for Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party - presented by The Collection Auto Group:

Join Cleveland Magazine and The Collection Auto Group for the 9th annual event on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland. This event brings together the tip top that Cleveland has to offer – based on reader and editor picks from the October issue of Cleveland Magazine.  Hans and I attended the 2013 event and had a wonderful time:

Best of CLE VIP

The 2014 event has another impressive list of participating winners. I’m looking forward to visiting the tables of:

  • Agrarian Collective — met these kind folks at the OBA Mitchell’s Edible Cleveland “sweet-up” 
  • Cleveland Pickle — because who doesn’t love pickles?
  • Clover Road Cream Cheese — one of my vices!
  • Garden of Flavor — currently diggin’ on their juices as mid-day snacks
  • GV Art & Design — I do need to buy another CLE inspired tshirt…
  • Harness Cycle — gotta get myself back to spinning this winter
  • Jack Flaps — pancakes FTW
  • Manna Food Truck — enjoyed their food at the Sunflower Festival this July
  • The Wandering Wardrobe — cutest traveling boutique here in CLE!

…plus some of my favorites in the SpaWest VIP Lounge.  Where else can you dine on Red, the Steakhouse beef tartar AND get your hair done?

This year’s event again benefits Breakthrough Schools of Greater Cleveland, the highest-rated network of free, non-profit, public charter schools in Cleveland. Meet some of their students via this YouTube video:

Ready to buy your tickets? General admission is $75 and SpaWest VIP Lounge access is $150 - tickets can be purchased at

…or you can win two general admission tickets to the Best of Cleveland Party this week here on the blog! Process your entries at the Rafflecopter widget…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS SUNDAY, September 28 at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Friday 10/10/14. 

Get ready to celebrate all that is the BEST of Cleveland with Cleveland MagazineLike 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: Event logo care of Cleveland Magazine. I was asked by the publication to help promote this event via a ticket giveaway here on the blog. In return, I will receive two tickets to attend this event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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