Dog Friendly Northeast Ohio (a guest blog at Cleveland Plus’ #BeThePlusBlog)

If you’ve read PIP for awhile now, you know the importance of one specific character and all the adventures we get ourselves into.  This time I’m not talking about my husband — I’m talking about the other “redhead” in my life!

Visit the Cleveland Plus’ #BeThePlusBlog to read a guest post from Grady and me called Dog Friendly Northeast Ohio.


Once a #crazydoglady, always a #crazydoglady. (Graphic c/o The Plus.)

Many thanks to the wonderful team at Cleveland Plus for inviting me back to guest post! In case you missed my first post from last summer, here’s A Day In The Life of a Fit Northeast Ohioan.

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whatever wednesday: what do you wanna do?

Wanna win a giveaway? Head over to Monday’s post on how to stock your pantry with healthy options. You can win a $50 Whole Foods gift card from Whole Foods Cedar Center! You have until tonight to enter – the winner will be announced on Thursday morning.

Wanna follow some top Twitter folks? I am so so honored to be included on this list of the Top 10 Cleveland Twitter Follows for 2012 from Live in CLE! Check out the full listing as a few of my favorites are included – all are great suggestions!

Wanna attend a blogger meetup? The Ohio Blogging Association is here to help!

  • On Wednesday, January 18th: With the help of the kind folks at Whole Foods Market Cedar Center, we’ll be holding a Build A Better Pizza Party! We’re working on a few surprises as well – definitely going to be a fun, tasty night! (RSVP here!)
  • On Tuesday, February 21st: Happening at Wine & Design in Tremont, Miss WineOH will lead us through a tasting of 6 affordable wines with light appetizers as each wine is discussed and additional wine/blogging tips shared. (RSVP with pre-payment instructions here!)
  • On Monday, March 12th: We’ll return to the Cleveland Foodbank to give back to our community by volunteering our time at this Cleveland institution. (RSVP here – please provide your email for follow up instructions!)

Remember: bloggers AND blog supporters are all welcome to attend OBA events – join us in 2012!

Wanna attend an even BIGGER blogger meetup? Fitbloggin’ early bird tickets went on sale this morning!


Visit the event’s website to purchase tickets (early bird will go FAST) and get more information. I had a ball last year and am hopeful I will be able to attend this year. Cross your fingers all works out!

Wanna play some flag football? The Cleveland Area chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is looking for some volunteers for an upcoming event:


Organizers need ladies to play in the flag football game, as well as coaches for the teams and planning committee members. Interested in any of that? Visit and sign up!

Wanna know what I’ve been doing for the past week?

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A sinusitis/double ear infection will seriously kill any momentum you’ve got from heading into a new year. It will however help you to develop a habit of taking far too many pictures of your dog. At least I’ve got a built-in heating blanket.

What do you wanna do this Wednesday?

a good day for a thankful thursday

Today, I need to ground myself in the fabulous things around me. This Thursday, those things that I am thankful for include:

…for making a huge pot of my butternut squash and carrot soup on Monday. This time, I roasted the veggies for an hour before combining them with the chicken broth and blending the heck out of it. So good when served with some Trader Joe’s apple chicken sausage and grated Romano cheese.

…these fun images from lululemon that I found while doing some personal Christmas shopping:

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I definitely tweeted this one to Hans:

lulu scrabble

…being able to take a pup walk to our polling location on Tuesday night. It was a beautiful evening in Cleveland and I was happy to be able to get outside one more time before that dreaded white stuff starts to appear…

…this beautiful bracelet recently found on Etsy that needs to find its way on my wrist:


…and the message of this similar one:


“The beauty of doing nothing”. Beautiful.

…the new “Advancing Practice Class” at Nishkama Yoga. Part vinyasa flow, part workshop, it’s 90 minutes where I get to really push myself in my yoga practice. Since attending it, I’ve gotten into poses I never thought possible: headstands, arm balances, binds. It’s really exciting to see the growth that can occur when you slow down the flow to discuss all the positions you come across along the way.

…for making popovers. I’m all about Alton Brown’s rule of don’t buy any kitchen unitaskers, but I love making these dinner rolls for my family:

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It’s so fun to watch them pop up over, and the entire pan is gone by the end of dinner!

…the post currently sitting in my drafts folder that I am afraid to hit publish on. Hoping to have the courage tomorrow. Stay tuned…

What are you thankful for today?

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