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


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

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sights and sounds {part six}

Congrats to Danielle B. — you won the race entry to the 2014 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies on July 5th!  You say you’re not Danielle? Good news – there’s still plenty of time to register online at the event website.


THIS WEEK! Holy guacamole.

MONDAY: Work. Fuzz puppin’. Yoga. Hummus. Pretty much your usual weekday.

TUESDAY: I won’t lie – it started off rough. But for mornings like that, I have this on my family room mantle. A quick read – and Insta-share - I was out of my funk in no time…

Plus, knowing I get to teach yoga later in the day always makes it worth while. Speaking of, I cannot get enough of this song while teaching Sun Salutation B’s:

It takes everything I have to not start dancing while in chair pose.

WEDNESDAY: Ice cream for dinner — does it get any better? A HUGE THANK YOU must go out to Edible ClevelandMitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream and The Agrarian Collective. They treated us bloggers to quite the night!

I’ll let these bloggers tell the full story – click on over to Eat*Drink*Cleveland and WhyCLE to see more from this week’s SweetUp. And save-the-date to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House on Monday, July 21st! Thanks to Jacquie from Cleveland Kiddos for helping to coordinate our upcoming meetup.

THURSDAY: Decided to SLOWDOWN and made time for family – and crazy-dog-ladying:

Here’s to my mom for throwing together a lovely dinner of salmon, Brussels sprouts, corn on the cob and plenty of vino — rounded out by a hilarious moment of Chase, her rescue pup, taking his very unplanned first swim in her hot tub! Goodness, how I love them both!

FRIDAY:  That smile from Thursday continues because it’s TGIF — and I get to think about which of these 12 Patios You Must Enjoy this Summer (Plus 10 Dog-Friendly Options) I can sweet talk Kimberly from Smitten in Cleveland into after my 5:45PM yoga class at Evolution Yoga.

SATURDAY: Oh, you know — just some yoga event that you may have heard me mention recently…

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Ready to put a huge check mark next to another bucket list item. Join us tomorrow night in Lincoln Park! More info at the event website.

SUNDAY: What am I doing – other than sleeping in?! I’m headed right over to the Cleveland Museum of Art to check out the Yoga: The Art of Transformation exhibition. Never stop learning, right?

What’s been the highlight of your week? Who will I see tomorrow at Yoga Rocks the Park?

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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 6.6.2014

Has it really been since January that last shared one of these posts? My how time flies…


Congrats to Angel – you won the race entry to the Running for Hope 5K on June 28th to benefit Love Without Boundaries. You can still register online for the race at the website.


HEY CLE BLOGGERS! Our next blogger “Sweet-up” with Edible Cleveland at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream in Ohio City is taking place on Wednesday, June 18 starting at 5:30PM. Learn more at the OBA event page here.

I’m incredibly giddy about signing up for a Fresh Fork Market summer share this week. I picked up my first bag yesterday. It included a whole chicken, eggs, black beans, and all the greens you could think of (including pea shoots – what do I do with those?).

For a gluten free swap, I also took home a jar of canned peaches… which might be changing my life. The Fresh Fork Market blogespecially the recipes tab – is full of so much information on how to use each of these ingredients. I’m not really sure where to start! (Okay, maybe I’m highly interested in that black bean burger recipe…)

Speaking of Fresh Fork, I’m totally digging on this feature of Fresh Fork Market’s Chef in Residence Parker Bosley and the last few of my friend’s Beth other articles over at Cleveland Scene. Looking for a mini-road-trip destination? She shared five Ohio wineries to visit.  I really hope I can make some time to swing by Beet Jar Juice Bar and Cleveland Tea Revival this weekend as she highly advises.

19 Vegetarian Ways To Eat More Protein For Breakfast has given me plenty ideas for how to start my day… if I could only kick my eggs-in-the-AM habit. But the warmer weather is kicking in my smoothie making. Thanks humidity!


HEY CLE YOGIS! The Yoga Rocks the Park summer season is headed your way. The first session is Saturday, June 14th with Marni Task in Tremont’s Lincoln Park. Purchase your tickets here — and save June 21st for a class taught by yours truly!

A MUST READ: Yoga Selfies – An Inevitable Discussion. Carve out ten minutes and take the time to reach each and every thought.

Destiny and Desire: Finding Your Purpose by my teacher Rod Stryker is a good detailed read about one of my favorite of his teachings. (I can’t wait to take this teacher training!)

6 Social Media No-No’s for Yogis is part practical, part hilarious. And all true.

Guided savasanas are one of my new favorite things to teach. Learn How to Lead Body Scan in a Yoga Class at Teachasana.

Tiffany Cruikshank shares her thoughts on How to Fuel Your Yoga Practice over at the Kripalu blog – both before and after your practice!

…and because you can never have too much #crazydogyogi love…


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