A Holiday Gift Guide (for yogis, foodies & your #crazydoglady)

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday might have been last weekend, but I’m finding myself to be one of those people who wait longer and longer to start their shopping. I’m going to curse myself for this new tendency on December 24th…

Don’t be like me: get a jump on things for these people in your life — that happen to like a lot of the same things I do:


yoga gift combo

Aveda Chakra Sprays – we’re using these at the studio where I work. My personal favorite is number 5.

Subscription to YogaGlo, Elephant Journal and/or Yoga International – my favorite subscription based yoga sites.

The Roll Model by Jill Miller — this woman, this book, her balls are changing my life.

A gift certificate to your favorite yoga studio (COUGH COUGH how about this one COUGH COUGH)


food combo

Pope’s Kitchen’s BBQ Sauce. Seriously. I’m obsessed.

Williams-Sonoma Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix – thanks to my girl Kimberly for the introduction!

Campbell’s Dichotomy Corn – The caramel and cheddar blend of this popcorn is different yet delicious.

Dark chocolate from Sweet Designs Chocolatier on the West side. YUM.

Everything on Bite Buff’s Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies!


dog gift combo

Dog breed cookie cutters — custom with your dog’s name. As though Grady wasn’t already getting enough treats…

An iPhone case with a cut out of your dog’s breed. I just ordered one for myself and I adore it.

A lighted marquee – My equivalent of A Christmas Story leg lamp. Yes, I’m this crazy.

What fun items would be on your holiday gift guide??

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#GivingTuesday {Cleveland edition}

Today is #GivingTuesday – a day where “charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world  come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.” (from their website)


In the spirit of the day (and as a former non-profit staffer), taking a moment to mention those local non-profits I’ve worked with in the past year seemed appropriate. I’m hoping I’m not forgetting any!  Even if you’re not ready to donate millions dollars to each and every single one (a non-profit employee’s dream, ha!), maybe take a moment to check out their websites, give them a follow and learn more about what they are doing to help Northeastern Ohioans — and in some cases, people all over the country and world.


Cleveland Museum of Art: still reflecting on the fabulous yoga exhibit this past summer

Cleveland Public Theatre: The Santaland Diaries run through December 21st, 2014!

Great Lakes Theater: A Christmas Carol runs through December 23rd, 2014 – a family favorite.

PlayhouseSquare: plenty of holiday options for you to check out, and Jump Back Ball is practically around the corner in February…

Tri-C Jazz Fest: can’t beat good jazz in the summer time, right?!


Cleveland Zoological Society: Is it time for Twilight at the Zoo yet? Go visit the zoo in the winter time too!

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park: If you follow my Instagram account in the summer time, you know just how much time I spent here in 2014

Great Lakes Science Center: This NASA family can’t get enough of the space inspired exhibits


Arthritis Foundation — pssssst: Join my Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis team today by visiting the race website.

Bright Pink: What a great first FabFest they threw here in Cleveland in September!

Cleveland Animal Protective League: Where my mom adopted her cat, Scout!

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center ”engages the therapeutic power of our horses to discover and nurture the special abilities of individuals, families and communities.” (from their website)  So happy to learn more about this organization this year.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank: remember $1 helps provide 4 meals to Northeastern Ohioans in need

GM HART Animal Rescue: Where my mom adopted her dog, Chase!

Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland‘s mission is “to reduce hunger in our community by providing food and linkages to other vital services for hungry people, especially children and families by actively participating in a coordinated response to people in need.” (from their website)

Veggie U: If you can, get out to Milan to check out The Chef’s Garden and the non-profit first hand.

Stay in the know:
Follow @GivingTues on Twitter, on Instagram at @GivingTuesday & over on Facebook  — and be ready well in advance of the 2015 event.

Which other non-profit is doing good work here in Cleveland? Who are you supporting on #GivingTuesday?

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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 8.22.2014

Sometimes as I’m going about my day, I throw various blog posts, online articles and fun YouTube video URLs in my Gmail drafts folder. Well, when I saw over 80 draft emails (90% of which were these types of links), I knew it was time to revive this blog series. I do love sharing these with you!


My great friend and fellow CLE blogger Amanda at Clue Into Cleveland (on the far right in this photo from Jump Back Ball) is celebrating her birthday this weekend, and I’m honored to join in on the fun. Read her most recent post on how she’s participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge by supporting a good friend participating in the ALS Association’s local walk. Consider donating to Jen’s team here.


Don’t forget: you have until this Monday at midnight to enter my giveaway to win two $25 dining cards to the 10th Anniversary Taste of Hudson. Click over to yesterday’s post to enter this weekend.


If you’re looking for some local dining inspiration, look no further than Bite Buff‘s recent series of posts when she hosted a Pittsburg blogger for a #ThisisCLE culinary tour in conjunction with  Positively Cleveland. She just posted Part Three, which included visits to North Union Farmers Market, Dante Next Door (p.s. they have gluten free pizza!), Lilly Handmade Chocolates and A Cookie and a Cupcake.  Here’s Part One, Part Two and Part Two x2 for you to catch up on if you missed the first two days.

In case you haven’t heard, Cleveland Gladiators are in the ArenaBowl happening this Saturday night. They have the chance to finally bring the good people of Cleveland a championship, so go cheer them on at The Q. More information on the team’s website.

This Sunday includes another Yoga Rocks the Park. Teresa Gorski from Vision Yoga is teaching and long time blog friend Brandon Kocher is accompanying her with his musical stylings. Purchase tickets on the event website or at Tremont’s Lincoln Park morning of the class.

Cleveland Cocktail Week is coming! My very good friend Smitten in Cleveland is very excited to celebrate this Northeastern Ohio gathering September 4th through 8th — check out her blog post for more info or the event website at cocktailweekcle.com


Fellow CLE FitBloggin’ blogger Jill shared her grilled maple bacon peanut butter and jelly sammich recipe this week. If eating this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

This fennel roasted veggies recipe from Michael Chiarello over at the Food Network site reminds me of a dish we enjoyed while in San Francisco this past April. This WILL be made once I get my hands on some fennel!

I’m all about a recipe that doesn’t involve anything beyond a bit of chopping, boiling, blending and mixing: I’ll be making Kathryn Budig’s Time-Saving Sun Butter + Coconut Curry soon. It uses brown rice noodles, making it gluten free.

Holly Clegg’s Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad combines roasted sweet yams, crunchy corn, black beans in a light jalapeño dressing — check out the Cleveland Clinic’s Speaking of Women’s Health site for an array of info.


“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.” ― B.K.S. Iyengar. Rest in Peace and Thank You! #bksiyengar

Got a link to share? Put it in the comments below… and happy Friday!

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