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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 1.3.2014

Happy first Friday of the new year! If you’re snowed in like most of Northeast Ohio, you have plenty of time to do some reading today…

CLEVELAND BRIDES: Win Tickets to Cleveland’s Boutique Bridal Bazaar

Planning a wedding? Need to meet some Cleveland bridal vendors? The lovely ladies (& cross the street neighbors of Nishkama Yoga!) at Something White, A Bridal Boutique want to offer a PIP reader the chance to attend their Boutique Bridal Bazaar on Sunday, January 12.  To enter to win two tickets to the bazaar, comment on this post below before 11:59PM on Tuesday, January 7. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 8.

Purchase tickets to the event by visiting the eventbrite.com site today. Admission is only $10!

HEALTHY LIVING IN THE NEW YEAR

From Laura at Mommy Run Fast:  7 Signs of Sugar Overgrowth in Your Gut - makes me want to do another juice cleanse, stat!

From Roni at Roni’s Weight: Starting Over and Maintaining Weight Loss Motivation - LOVE her mindset on this topic.

Love this quote from Heather Waxman’s blog post,  How to Stop Expecting Failure: “To the ego, the only aspect of time that is meaningful is the past.”

GIRL’S GOTTA EAT

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Nuggets from Ari’s Menu uses gluten-free pretzels, but can easily made gluten-full if you choose!

CLE Foodies looked back on their year of 2013 – and it was a delicious one at that!

Scene Magazine‘s Cleveland Bucket List includes plenty of #CLEfood options, like eat a Panini’s sandwich (check!), gorge yourself at the Feast of the Assumption (check!), have a cocktail at the Velvet Tango Room (check!), and eat at Slyman’s, Sokolowski’s and Lola (check, check and check!).

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 Last night’s snowed-in feast: lobsters from the East Coast and a Brussel sprout & spinach sauté mix.

ON THE YOGA MAT

From Christine at Love Live Surf:  Advancing Your Inner Yogi at espnW

From the Gaiam blog: Yoga for Shoulder Injury – let’s just say I’ve read all of Jill Miller’s posts on that site in the past 24 hours…

From YogaDork: Most Compelling Yoga Photos of 2013 – and they aren’t Instagram selfies. #guiltyascharged 

#HappyNewYoga

Speaking of, anyone else joining in on a January yoga Instagram challenge? I’m in on the #HappyNewYoga one, but here’s a listing of all your options.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

What are you reading – or writing – in the new year? Leave the URLs in the comments below!

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Disclosure: In return for offering the giveaway for two tickets to Something White’s event, I was offered two media passes to attend the 2014 Boutique Bridal Bazaar which I cannot use because of scheduling conflicts. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

event recap (& guest post): 2013 Date Night at the ZOOvies

While I’m catching up from the weekend, I’m excited to share today’s guest post about an up-and-coming Cleveland event. While only in its second year, the Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Date Night at the ZOOvies is making a name for itself. Check out what my guest – and new to Cleveland - blogger has to say… 

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Hello, Poise in Parma readers! I’m so excited to be guest posting today for Alicia as her blog has been such a wealth of local information having moved to the area earlier this summer. I’m Melanie from Melanie Makes where I document life as a mama to three – cooking, creating and caring for my family – on repeat.

As I was flipping through the July issue of Cleveland Magazine, an advertisement for “Date Night at the Zoovies” immediately caught my eye. I immediately got online and snagged tickets for my husband and I thinking it would be the perfect first date night. It definitely lived up to all my expectations and then some!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

We arrived just before 7p when the doors to the zoo where scheduled to open.  The event was sold out but I never felt crowded at all.  Half the time, I felt that my husband and I had the zoo to ourselves.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

We got our tickets scanned and IDs checked and as I was putting everything back in my bag, I was taken aback by a Zoo volunteer holding a snake just inside the entrance.  Definitely wasn’t expecting that!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

Rose the hedgehog was definitely more my speed!  Another Zoo volunteer had the honor of showcasing her to Zoovie guests.  As I learned, hedgehogs are nocturnal so she kept burrowing her head to stay out of the sun.  I can now say that I’ve pet a hedgehog.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

I can also say that I ate appetizers just feet away from this guy.  And a very vocal dining companion he was!

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After grabbing another drink, we decided to check out the Australia area of the Zoo.  My husband was trying to get a closer look at the kangaroos.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

This dingo was adorable and posed perfectly for this snap.  He looks like he’d like a sip of this Great Lakes brew as well, doesn’t he?

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

We decided hands down the elephants have the best enclosure ever.  So picturesque!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

A stop for some more apps and a drink refill and we headed to the Africa portion of the Zoo.  These flowers were absolutely stunning.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

The giraffes were ready to head in for the evening but this stork right outside of their enclosure was perfectly content.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

This was our first trip to the Cleveland Zoo – Shhh!  We’re not telling our children we went without them! – and we were so impressed by how well everything was presented.  The flamingos were hanging out under this gorgeous tree as we strolled by.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

The Cleveland Zoological Society thought of everything to make the night perfect, including a bug spray bar of sorts before entering where the movie was to be shown.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

The popcorn machine was a popular destination before the moving began and throughout the evening.  I may or may not have made my husband go back for a second box.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

Hot pretzels with your choice of dipping sauce?  Yes, please!  There was also a candy bar with the best gummy worms ever.  AND Sour Patch Kids, Reeses Pieces and a table full of other sweets.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Date Night at the Zoovies 2013 | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

And then it was showtime.  The Zoological Society held a two week poll on their Facebook page and their Fans selected “Back to the Future” as the movie.  The weather was gorgeous and it amazing to be watching the movie and then remember that the elephants were right behind us.

Hands down the best date night ever.  I’m already looking forward to next year!

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Disclosure from Alicia: In return for running a ticket giveaway and for this post recapping Date Night at the Zoovies and other Zoo Society events, I received two tickets to their 2013 happenings.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland in December 2012

Presenting today’s Link It Up via our monthly round up of Cleveland event listings. Here’s how you can stay busy around Northeast Ohio this December…

CALLING NEW YEAR’S EVE SUBMISSIONS!

Per a reader’s request, I’m collecting ideas for New Year’s Eve events/opportunities in Cleveland. Any suggestions for me to include? Leave ‘em in the comments below!

FOR THE YOGIS

Detox Workshop with teacher trainees Amelia and Jessica
Saturday, December 8 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM
at Nishkama Yoga in Independence, OH
Register online at the Mindbody website.

Yoga Basics class each Thursday night - taught by yours truly!
starting on Thursday, December 20 – class at 7:30PM
at Nishkama Yoga in Independence, OH
Register online at the Mindbody website.
p.s. Also join me Saturday mornings at 9:30 at Nishkama Yoga North Olmsted! 

FOR THE RUNNERS

Lululemon Athletica Eton Chagrin Jingle Jog
Saturday, December 1. Jog starts at 8:30AM.
at Beachwood Park West in Beachwood, OH
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Ladies Night to benefit the Cleveland Train 4 Autism Team
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00PM
at Cleveland Running Company in Shaker Heights, OH
More information at the Facebook event page.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation
Saturday, December 8. Race starts at 9:00AM.
at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, OH
Register by visiting http://jinglebellruncleveland.kintera.org/

Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon
Sunday, December 16. Races start at 9:00AM.
at Castaway Bay (2001 Cleveland Road West) in Sandusky, OH
More information here.

FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA USERS

Tis The Season to Tweetup with Vitamix
Monday, December 3 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM
at the Vitamix Factory Outlet Store (4720 Great Northern Blvd.) in North Olmsted, OH
More information at the Facebook event page.

Ohio Blogging Association Cleveland Holiday Party & Cookie Swap
Wednesday, December 12 from 6:00PM to 8:30PM
at Battery Park Wine Bar in Cleveland
More information here.

FOR EVERYONE!

Home Office Chow Chow to benefit Children’s Free Care Fund
Friday, December 7 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 800 W. St Clair in Cleveland, OH
More info on the Facebook event page.

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s MIX: Illumination
Friday, December 7 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Cleveland Museum of Art – in University Circle in Cleveland, OH
More information, visit clevelandart.org/MIX.

5th Annual Toys for Shots
Saturday, December 08, 2012 from 7:00PM to 12:00AM
Windows on the River – on the West side of the Flats in Cleveland, OH
More information on the event website.

Ale & Cookies & Ugly Sweaters – hosted by the YP Pantry to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank

Monday, December 17 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
at Bier Markt/Bar Cento in Ohio City
More info at the Facebook event page.

p.s. check out WhyCLE’s events listing also posted today - she has quite the collection of CLE events listed!

What’s on your calendar for the month of December in the Greater Cleveland area? 

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