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event recap & guest post: Yuri’s Night Cleveland at Great Lakes Science Center

A NOTE FROM PIP:  As I am freshly home from a yoga training in California (more on that on that week), today’s guest post comes to you from a recent giveaway winner. Take it away, Valerie!


As someone who formally attended Space Camp (yeah, total space geek here) I simply HAD to enter to win tickets to Yuri’s Space Night Party in the giveaway on Poise in Parma. Of course, I was pretty thrilled when Alicia contacted me to let me know I won. Knowing that I’m a blogger too (Motherhood in Progress) Alicia asked if I’d be willing to guest post to let you know how the event went. I’m more than happy to share with you today!

My husband was out of town the weekend of the event, but luckily my good friend Stephanie was more than happy to join me and grandma was willing to babysit so we got in a much needed girls night out.

We pulled into the garage at the Great Lakes Science Center shortly before 8 (parking was FREE for the event too, which is always appreciated!) and took a jam packed elevator to the main floor along with an astronaut, a rebel pilot, and a few other interesting characters.


There were plenty of people checking in and the band was already playing. We took a few laps around the Science Center just to check everything out and get our bearings. We first passed by some storm troopers and bounty hunters deep in conversation on the main level.

As we continued on there were several make and take stations busy with people making their own mini lightsabers, Yuri’s night LED pins, and Dr. Who bowties. Since it was a gorgeous night we grabbed a drink and headed outside where another band was setting up and the weather was perfect for looking out at the lake and Rock Hall. We then came in and grabbed a snack from one of the buffets which was filled with fried treats all night (and a cheese and cracker station too) and wandered around some more to see all the fantastic costumes!


Perfect Weather to enjoy the viewing deck at the Great Lakes Science Center!

You could check out the Science Center exhibits all night, hear a talk on “blockbuster technology” (by David DaFelice), dance to tunes by Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean or DJ OZMTZ on the Discover Stage or check out DJ 41SE7EN in the blacklight lounge (where you could also sketch on the walls with glow in the dark markers or grab a glowing gin and tonic). Other activities included the Big Science Show, Cleveland Game Night, Are You Smarter than an Astronaut with Greg Johnson and a balloon drop at midnight.


The New Blacklight Lounge

Hands-down, my favorite part though was seeing all the fantastic costumes! Dr. Who, Star Wars, Star Trek and plenty more Sci-Fi favorites were all represented as well as some very creative handmade creations. Fittingly though a Yuri costume took home the grand prize of the night.

I’m definitely putting this one on the calendar again for next year.

#HeinensSundaySupper Week One: pork chops with roasted potatoes & asparagus

Congrats to Valerie from Motherhood in Progress  – you’ve won two tickets to Yuri’s Night Cleveland! Didn’t win? Tickets are available at the Great Lakes Science Center‘s event website for the April 12th event.


Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

It was just last Wednesday I was chatting with an event volunteer that I hadn’t seen in awhile. The subject turned to food and restaurants (as it usually does when you plan those types of events) and the volunteer asked me a very sound question: “which type of foodie are you: one that likes to cook or one that likes the restaurant experience?”

My answer: “I would say I’m sort of both, but I lean towards the restaurant enjoyment because I don’t have the time to create full blown meals on a regular basis.” I then even admitted how much I especially missed making a Sunday night meal for Hans, myself and the occasional additional family member.

With that cue, enter stage left:  Heinen’s.

photo 1

I was recently invited to partake in #HeiensSundaySupper, sharing photos of my end-of-the-weekend meals from items crafted from their stores. What better way to dive right back into a regular weekend cooking routine?

Last Sunday, Hans and I headed out the Brecksville location (a uber quick jaunt down I-77) and came home with the bundle of groceries pictured above. On the initial visit, I was going for pantry staples plus fun, fresh ingredients that I love.

After a prompt unpacking and the heating of our oven, I tossed together an easy, yet tasty Sunday meal for my husband and I:

photo 2

WIth this brutal winter, there was no chance of grilling the pork chops. (AKA I couldn’t talk Hans into going outside!) So with a quick Google search, The Kitchn helped me out with a “sear first, throw in the over to finish” method that made me feel like a culinary genius. (Not so much in the grand scheme of things — just a trick I’ve seen on cooking shows about a million times!)

When we saw the fingerling potatoes and the asparagus at Heinen’s that afternoon, a craving for roasted veggies overtook me. With a light coating of olive oil, sea salt and pepper – tossed along with shallots and garlic – we had the perfect sides for our protein. So easy, so simple, yet so delicious. We paired our meal with a white wine blend we found in the grocery’s Bin 55 (their favorite wines for under $10) and ended the weekend off right.

LONG STORY SHORT: The smile on Hans’ face said it all – he was glad to have a solid meal at home again! I’ve got ideas for the next two Sundays, all based on the ingredients in the photo above. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out… and how I regain my standing of the World’s Best Wife, ha! Thanks Heinen’s for the assist.

Stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook and on Twitter at @heinens.

Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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GIVEAWAY: Yuri’s Night Space Party at Great Lakes Science Center

We’ve gone to a lot of events over the course of my blogging career, but one event gets the credit for two of my all time favorite Hansen family dancing photos:


Yes, Hans fist pumping, and me dancing with a cut out of Sam Adams. Thank you Yuri’s Night 2012.

Don’t know what Yuri’s Night is? Well, it’s my duty as “Mrs. NASA Glenn” to share just what it’s all about — with help from Great Lakes Science Center:

Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle. As home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, the Science Center is thrilled to be the host of Cleveland’s official Yuri’s Night celebration.

And since last year we were at a NASA Social, and this year I’ll be at a yoga teacher training (#shocker), I thought it might be fun to get you involved in this year’s Cleveland Yuri’s Night.

Taking place on Saturday, April 12, this year’s Cleveland Yuri’s Night will include:

  • Live music by Abby Normal, Vibe & Direct, DJ 41SE7EN and OZMTZ
  • Dancing all night long
  • Beer and wine - Sam Adams beer, Angry Orchard cider, Barefoot wines and light hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price while supplies last; cash bar for cocktails and special treats
  • New!  a Black Light Lounge and outdoor deck party experience (weather permitting)
  • A costume contest – wear your best space-themed attire!
  • The opportunity to explore the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and the special exhibition, Wildlife Rescue
  • the GLSC’s Big Science Show, cool science demos and their signature midnight balloon drop
  • Special appearances by NASA astronaut Greg H. Johnson, Cleveland Institute of Art, the Great Lakes Base of the Rebel Legion, Ohio Garrison / 501st Legion and the Mandalorian Mercs
  • Free parking in the GLSC’s attached garage

Tickets are $55 per person. Purchase online or call 216-621-2400 to get your tickets today… or you can enter two win two tickets to the April 12th Yuri’s Night event this week on the blog! Enter via the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until this Friday, March 28th 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.  So grab your astronaut costume (wait, everyone doesn’t have one at home?!) and enter to win today!

Want to learn more about Yuri’s Night?  Check out the Great Lakes Science Center’s Facebook page here, and follow @YurisNight and @GLScienceCtr to keep up-to-date on all of the global celebrations.

Disclosure: I am unable to attend this event, but the Great Lakes Science Center agreed to passing along my two media passes to the winner of this giveaway. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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