GIVEAWAY: 2017 Cleveland Home and Remodeling Show

What is it about this time of year that gets our homeowner juices flowing? Our weekend was spent looking at new home construction, talking about projects around our current house and the potential of putting our home back on the market. (#UGH, I don’t even want to fathom managing that with a baby and an extra dog, but that’s another post for another time…)  Lucky for us, the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo will return for its fourth year March 24-26 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

New features and attractions at the 2017 show include:

  • The Design Lodge, a 1,400-square-foot custom-built feature from Weaver Barns and Weaver Furniture, will include the year’s latest trends in design and décor.
  • Local celebrities compete for bragging rights with the Home Tweet Home show feature.
  • Local bloggers and designers will take to the tables and use their creativity and inspiration to design elegant and themed Tablescapes.
  • Kids will enjoy some playground fun at the Kauffman Lawn Furniture KidsZone.
  • Kinley Studio and Northeast Ohio artist Shaun Kinley invite visitors to leave their mark on the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo by adding a personal touch to a communal Cleveland themed art piece featured at the Expo.
  • Designed for the attendee who would like to be a do-it-yourselfer, the “Ask the Experts…” Stage sponsored by Sherwin-Williams will provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete remodeling and renovation projects around the home.

Returning favorites from 2016 will offer exciting surprises, new products and fresh designs for this year’s show. They include:

  • The Main Stage, designed and furnished by Eastwood Furniture, will offer attendees the best of home improvement celebrity appearances.
  • Enter the show through an Outdoor Living Oasis by CK Stonescapes.
  • The Marketplace will feature products for cash-and-carry from artisans and vendors.
  • Relax and enjoy beverages and a light snack at Club Cambria.
  • Armed with a small budget, local design experts and DIY bloggers will be upcycling items of their choice for display in the Drab to Fab feature.

Home improvement celebrities making appearances throughout the show include:

  • Hilary Farr is an internationally renowned designer, co-host of Love It or List It, which airs on W Network in Canada and HGTV in the USA, and president of Hilary Farr Design, a thriving interior design company founded over 15 years ago.
  • Jeff Lewis is widely regarded as America’s most well-known house flipper through his role in Bravo’s docu-series Flipping Out.
  • Serena Appiah was recently crowned Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year after a nationwide search for a home-blogger-turned-home-show celebrity.
  • A show favorite, Matt Fox will be returning as this year’s Main Stage emcee. Fox is best known for creating and co-hosting the first and longest-running show to air on HGTV, Room by Room, as well as hosting and producing the public television series Around the House with Matt and Shari.

If you’re lucky like we were last year, you may even meet one (or two) of those celebrities!

The Property Brothers and me with my brother at last year’s show. Check out this year’s line up & schedule of speakers/celebrities here.

Tickets are $10 at the box office; $8 online in advance, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Tickets are now on sale here — Use the promo code POISE for a 2-for-1 ticket deal!!

…or you can enter to win 2 general admission tickets, good for any day of the show, this week on the blog via this Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until THIS FRIDAY, March 17th at 11:59PM to enter. A winner will be announced the next morning on the blog’s Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend during March 24-26.

Check out the show’s social media feeds at FacebookTwitter, Instagram & Pinterest to get inspired before the March exhibition at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Disclosure: Show graphics ℅ the Cleveland Home and Remodeling Expo. In exchange for providing this giveaway, I was invited to attend this event with a guest. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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#CLE Style: Universal Architect’s Yoga Inspired Monthly Intention Shirt Club

New mom confession: If you spend a lot of time with me (read: Hans and my co-workers), you’ll find I’m wearing the same pieces a lot these days. Mostly because I’m in postpartum clothing limbo. My old stuff doesn’t fit (yet! #whatyoubelieveyoucreate) and I’m short on time (and patience!) to go shopping for new stuff. So it’s time I start getting creative and letting some of my favorite designers do the work for me! Case in point: Universal Architect and their Yoga Inspired Monthly Intention Shirt Club.

The Universal Architect Yoga Inspired Monthly Intention Shirt Club is the official Intention Shirt Club for Universal Architect, a hip clothing line out of the Canton area. By becoming a member of the UA shirt club, you get an exclusive, one-of-a-kind tank or tee every month. It’s like a magazine subscription, but better! The design is only revealed when you open your shirt in the mail. These unique shirts will not be available for purchase outside of a membership to the Club.

When I opened my package, I was pleasantly surprised to first come across that adorable, black swing tote. I love how thoughtful intention is apart of all of UA’s designs!

What do I love about this shirt? It’s bold color combo of two very popular colors (I will never get enough of that seafoam-y green), its texture (soft but still high quality where you know it won’t fall apart) and its cut (ain’t nobody got time for a female cut shirt when you’re working on minimizing your postpartum belly, ha!)

The shirt club is only $22 per month plus the cost of shipping and handling ($3.95). You can sign up between the 15th & 15th of each month. Shirts will be shipped the following week! (So, for example, anyone who signs up between Feb 15 and March 15th will be eligible for March’s shirt.) 

SIGN UP at universal-architect.com/shirt-club today!

Stay in touch with Universal Architect by checking out their website including their many other designs available online for purchase, as well as their feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

My friends at Universal Architect kindly offered me a monthly shipment of their latest shirt club offering and tote bag. I did not receive financial compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own — I’m truly excited to share this product with you! Images c/o Universal Architect.

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (The Vitamix Store edition)

When you walk into an event and are greeted by this:

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…it feels like definitely Christmas in February!

The team at Vitamix — the ever-so-popular blender company — invited me and fellow Cleveland bloggers to The Vitamix Store in Solon last Thursday. (So I’m taking a bit of creative liberty in the title of this post, but Thursday is the preview to the weekend, after all!)  I was familiar with their previous store location from a TweetUp in 2012 (how has it been that long!) and our own purchasing of a Vitamix as a Christmas present a few years back. I had never been to their Solon location, so I was excited about checking it out.

vitamix store solon sign

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with frosé (that would be frozen rosé for you non-wine-in-an-uber-chilled-form drinkers) and plenty of eats, including their very tasty portobello and quinoa silders, that pork belly pancake combo pictured below (delicious!) and so many more eats including a beet spread that I am still dreaming about.

vitamix store solon froze and blenders

vitamix store solon food

My fellow social media influencers — including friends Crystal from Eat Drink Cleveland, Rachel from It’s A Hero, Melissa from I Crashed The Web, Charity from i heart cleveland, Erika Lauren from WMMS’ Alan Cox Show (my after work commute must have!) and WKYC anchor Sara Shookman — and I had the opportunity to get to know Vitamix’s new Ascent Series line. We couldn’t help but drool over the frozen strawberry and Greek yogurt combo their team made in their A3500 blender for us on the spot. The key to a successful frozen blend? The ratio of 1 1/2 cup frozen ingredients to 1 1/2 cup liquid ingredients. Such a good tip!

I always thought my refurbished Vitamix that we bought a few years ago was lovely, but that new A3500 blender is a dream! Its features include:

  • Program Settings: Five program settings ensure walk-away convenience and consistent results.
  • Touch Interface: Touchscreen controls give the machine a sleek silhouette and are easily wiped clean.
  • You’re In Control: Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe.
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity: The motor base is able to read the container size you’ve chosen and automatically adjust program settings and maximum blending times accordingly.
  • Programmable Timer: A built-in timer helps avoid over- or under-processing your custom recipes. Set the timer to the length of your blend, and it will turn the machine off automatically.
  • Pair with Any Self-Detect Containers: Add a range of compatible container sizes, building a customized blending system designed to fit your needs. (source)

And our dreams REALLY came true when they sent us home with our own A3500 blenders!

vitamix asent series

After the birth of my daughter and marrying my husband, this was the best day of my life.

It has been a dream playing with it my kitchen this week. I’ve been struggling to make healthy choices in our hectic lives, but have our Vitamix back out on our counter on the regular means the blender go-to of a delicious smoothie is always just a few moments away. I can’t wait to play with it a bit more, so stay tuned for some new recipes on the blog very soon! Brenna turns four months old this Sunday (!!!) so perhaps some homemade baby food will be on its way sooner than I ever expected!

The Solon Vitamix store location offers some great programming including instructional demonstrations on Tuesdays, where you’ll learn how to use a Vitamix machine to customize delicious, whole-food recipes, and Vitamix Culinary Classes. For example, their Basics Classes take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Specialty classes are offered quarterly, so contact the the Solon store for dates, times and more info. FYI, all classes are $49/person.

Looking to purchase your own Vitamix? This is the weekend to do so! The Solon store will be featuring exclusive offers TODAY AND TOMORROW, from 10am – 6pm. Machines will be available for as low as $199.95! More info at the Solon store website.

Keep up with Vitamix and what they are blending up by visiting their website and following them on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram.

Disclosure: I was invited to this preview event at The Vitamix Store in Solon, Ohio. At the event, I received a Vitamix Ascent Series blender and goodie bag including the Vitamix cookbook and my all time favorite Vitamix waterbottle. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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recipe: Mama Hansen’s Lactation Cookies

Going into Brenna’s arrival, I heard tales of breastfeeding successes and fails, but honestly, mostly the latter. Everything from “my kid wouldn’t latch” to “I made WAY too much milk” to “there was no chance I was ever going make it a full year” and so on. I tried to have a middle of the road approach — if I could breastfeed, wonderful. If I had to supplement, that would be fine too. (My mom formula fed both my brother and I and we’ve turned out okay so far!)

Turns out we would need a bit of both as my supply fell in between “dried up” and “Lord, make it stop”. I’m not making enough for all that Baby B needs, but I’m trying to produce more with many of the usually suggested tactics. I, being the part-time food blogger that I am, gravitated towards galactagogues — AKA foods, herbs or supplements that aid in increasing one’s milk supply.

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The key galactagogues that make these different than regular cookies:

  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Oats
  • Flaxseed
  • Chocolate Chips — okay, not really, but included because, well, parenthood

So put that baby to bed then get yourself to the kitchen to make yourself a treat. You’ll thank yourself the next morning when you’re trying to feed your baby and make breakfast for yourself. These are the perfect grab and go!

lactation cookie recipe

Mama Hansen’s Lactation Cookies

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed*
  • 1/4 cup water*
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups oats (NOT INSTANT)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I go dark chocolate, you do you.)

 

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the flax seeds and water. Allow to sit for at least five to ten minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.

In a separate mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, brewer’s yeast, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

Add the dry ingredient mix to the wet ingredient mix. Mix well.

Stir in the oats and chocolate chips until fully incorporated.

Using two teaspoons, spoon cookie batter into cookies onto non-greased baking sheets.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes / until just barely firm to the touch.

Remove from oven. Remove cookies from trays and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

 

*You can also use flaxseed meal if you don’t like the texture of whole seeds in your cookies. I would still include the water to keep the cookies moist — add to the recipe when you’re adding the egg and vanilla.

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and, therefore, the information in this post should not be taken in exchange for you going to see your medical professional and/or lactation consultant. The medical information shared in this post is information shared with me by lactation consultants and is widely available on the internet. Thanks Google.

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