Ten Years of Big Kahuna Fun

Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is entering their tenth year of their widely successful, Luau on the Lake. Luau on the Lake is one event that I look forward to every year. Held right on Whiskey Island, Luau on the Lake offers Cleveland’s the chance to not only support a good cause, but also enjoy drinks, entertainment and friends.


I’ve been attending Luau on the Lake for a couple of years now and have to say every year SC4K steps up their game and adds on other ways to make the event fun – all while raising money. This year there will be a corn hole tournament (which anyone who knows me knows that in order for me to be somewhat successful with corn hole, I need more than a few beers in my system….hence why I’m so good after a couple hours of tailgating).

Scenes from 2014

Scenes from 2014

So a little bit about SC4K: it is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a unique service for income-eligible families in Greater Cleveland. SC4K fulfills its mission by distributing new shoes, clothing, and other essential items to infants and youths. SC4K is able to purchase between $15.00 and $20.00 worth of brand new clothing for every $1.00 spent.

The event details?

General Admission Tickets: $50.00 through June 26, 2015 and $60.00 through July 20, 2015. $65.00 at the door.
Includes island buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks, and souvenir cup. 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. event time.  

Big Kahuna: $60.00 through June 26, 2015 and $75.00 through July 20, 2015. No BK tickets at the door.
Includes everything available through the GA admission plus: three (3) specialty island cocktail drink tickets, Hawaiian lei, VIP cup and tote.
3:30 – 9:00 p.m. event time.

Tiki God: $125.00 per person or $200 per couple through July 10, 2015. No VIP tickets at the door.
Includes all of the above. PLUS: Open bar (beer, wine, liquor, island cocktails) and appetizers located in a special VIP tent with seating available.
3:00 – 9:00 p.m. event time.  

Guess what? I have tickets to giveaway! I have two Big Kahuna tickets to giveaway and a few ways that you can win.
1. Tweet: I’m ready to be a Big Kahuna at with @SC4K! Thanks @cacoughlin! http://wp.me/p1o7Bm-NK
2. Like Life in the CLE on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did.
3. Like SC4K on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did.
4. Follow@SC4K on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did.

Winner will be selected at random on July 8th.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: SC4K reached out to me to help promote this year’s event. In return, I also received two tickets to the event. All opinions are my own. 

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Counting Down ‘Till Content Marketing World

I am beyond excited to be an official blogger for this year’s Content Marketing World. While I have not attended in the past, this conference has consistently been on my “to attend” list. Especially since it’s literally in my backyard.


Content Marketing World is the MUST attend conference for marketers, agencies and freelancers. The event features world renowned speakers (last year: Kevin Spacey) and gives you the opportunity to hear from some of the very best in the industry. Joe Pulizzi and his team at Content Marketing Institute put together one of the very best line ups year after year for speakers, including fantastic entertainment throughout the week.

This year CMW will feature over 80 sessions (over four days). Last year, more than 2,600 marketers from 50 countries came to The CLE for the conference, giving Cleveland another opportunity to shine!

Some fun facts about CMW: 
5 – 2015 is the fifth year for CMW
3,500 – Number of attendees expected this year
6,473 – Orange snacks served at CMW (Orange is the company color for Content Marketing Institute….and the color you will often see Joe Pulizzi in!)
12,128 – Cups of coffee poured (marketers NEED their coffee)
62,500 – Items of swag hand-stuffed into bags

Onto the good stuff….who will you see this year?

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BNL@CMW-01So now I have your attention right? These are just a few of the amazing speakers that are lined up this year, offering you the opportunity to learn more about content marketing, integration and analytics. Plus giving you the opportunity to have a great time along the way (I personally cannot wait to hang out with my friends at CMI and the other official bloggers for this year).

Register today and start your countdown to Content Marketing World 2015!


Disclosure: As one of the official bloggers for CMW 2015, I’ve received one ticket to attend this year. As always, all opinions are my own.

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I’m sure you’ve noticed my love of the Cleveland Cavaliers. To say that I’m #ALLinCLE is probably an understatement. I’ve been a Cavs fan for a long time (in fact, Timehop has been showing me that just a few years ago I was at the Finals games and cheering the Cavs on…and Delonte West).


My excitement and happiness for what the city is going through this time around…well it’s more than I can put into words. I’ve been at almost every Playoff game (so far I’ve only  missed one and will miss one of the Finals games since I’ll be in Vegas). I’ve joined friends at bars to watch away games. I’ve lost my voice at two games so far. And I plan on losing it again at Game 3 in a couple weeks.


I’ve been with this team since day 1. Literally. I was at home opener (and I cried) and I’m gonna be on Euclid when that parade head down the street.


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Door to Door Organics to The CLE

There are some days when I love the process of grocery shopping. And then there are other days when I can barely decide what store I’m going to go grocery shopping at (or if it’s a West Side Market day). Luckily, we have a new option here in Cleveland – Door to Door Organics!

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Door to Door Organics is a pretty simple concept – you literally can do your grocery shopping online – with all healthy, organic options. You have options for the size of box that you’d like to order (from the “bitty” to the “large”) based on family/roommates, etc. Each week’s order is based on seasonability and you can always log on and make substitutions based on personal preference (always a plus!) Obviously this is a great option if you have a busy week, have friends/family coming to visit or just prefer to avoid a busy grocery store!


From the name it’s obvious that Door to Door Organics cares about Good Food. The company offers food that is healthy, good for the community and for individuals. In other words: no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, hormones, antibodics, trans fats, etc. This makes creating a healthy meal for yourself, for family or for friends pretty easy!

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Ordering is easy via the online system. Just sign in, select which size box you’d like and the following Friday, you can customize your order. Essentially, taking care of all of your grocery shopping needs! Plus: Door to Door Organics partners with the following local farmers: Good Greens, Green Field Farms, Hartzler Family Dairy and more!

My friends at Door to Door Organics have a little surprise for readers of Life in The CLE: $10 off of your first purchase! Sign up here and get your first taste of Door to Door Organics.

Door to Door Organics is giving you the chance to win some Good Food this summer. For a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates, do the following:

1. Follow Life in the CLE and Door to Door Organics on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did.

2. Follow @cacoughlin and @dtdorganics on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did.

3. Tweet: “Summer is the perfect time to have #joydelivered by @dtdorganics. Thanks@cacoughlin! http://wp.me/p1o7Bm-Np” and leave a comment letting me know you did. You can tweet once a day for additional entries.

Winners will be selected on June 4, 2015.

Disclosure: As part of promoting the Door to Door Organics Cleveland launch, I’ve received a store credit for my personal use, in addition to the giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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Wild Child

I cannot get enough. Kenny Chesney. Sigh.

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Farewell and Good Night, Mad Men

You’ve been a part of my life for many years now. You’ve provided some laughs and some tears and a little bit of history of my industry.




(Thank God for Netflix.)

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I love sleep. Really, I do. When I had thyroid cancer, one of the best things was the amount of sleep that I got due to my thyroid being completely messed up. I would (and did) sleep 8+ hours on a regular basis…sometimes even more like 10-12 hours. Now that wasn’t exactly healthy (obviously as I had a tumor invading my thyroid) but those days of uninterrupted sleep were so nice.


(image c/o Pinterest)

(image c/o Pinterest)

I’m lucky if I sleep 5 hours. That’s considered a good night. Insomnia has become more of a norm than an occasional annoyance. I toss and turn and toss some more. I attempt to not look at the clock or my phone (let’s be honest, this attempt is often short-lived and weak). I end up on Twitter, reading and catching up on articles and finally giving in and reading a book or even working (if I’m going to be up, why not be productive?)

I’ve come to believe that it will be rare that I ever have more than one night in a row of 8 hours of sleep (typically Friday night is my best sleep night, ranging from 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep) but what I wouldn’t give to have three nights of sleep in a row.

Anyone else suffer from insomnia? What works best for you?

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Time to Kick Off Summer in CLE

Certain things just scream summer in Cleveland. Indians baseball. Walnut Wednesday. Summer Solstice at the Art Museum.

Another event that kicks off the season? The Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival. Heading into the 24th year, the summer season is underway over Memorial Day weekend, giving Clevelanders the perfect opportunity to get out, enjoy some great food, hear music and soak in the sun.


The event is held at Jacobs Pavilion and Nautica Entertainment Complex, which of course, gives you a great view of the city. This year you can hear music from America, Steel Panther, Michael Stanley & The Resonators, Disco Inferno & The Hot Sauce Committee and regional and local bands. (I peeked a list at some of the performers and am excited to see some local Cleveland favorites on the list!)

Obviously, based on the name, you can expect some serious grilling. Professional and rookie chefs will battle in the annual competition.

Since it’s a family friend event, you can also expect plenty for the kids to do throughout the day/weekend. In addition, discounts are being offered, including free admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m.and Dollar Day with adult general admission only $1 is on Monday. Attendees can also save $2 on adult general admission tickets with discount coupons available at all Northeast Ohio Marc’s locations.

You also have the chance for a 4-pack of tickets!

Two ways to enter:
1. Comment below and let me know how you kick off the summer season in Cleveland.
2. Tweet: “I’m ready to kick off the summer in Cleveland with @MarcsStores and @cacoughlin!” and leave a comment telling me you did. You can tweet once daily.

Winner will be selected on May 14th at midnight.

It’s almost time for summertime in the CLE!

Disclosure: In return for posting and promoting the Great American Rib Cook-off and Music Festival, I received a 4-pack of tickets for myself and a 4-pack to giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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Spring Me, Please

Last weekend I had the opportunity, post-birthday celebration, to head out to Casa Verde which is just part of the local treasure Petitti’s. I didn’t even know this, but Casa Verde grows approximately 98% of the products sold at the 9 local Petitti’s Garden Centers in Cleveland.



We had the opportunity to tour the space and hear from Angelo Petitti about starting the business, as well as growing it. His story is truly a Cleveland small business success story. The tour of the space was beyond impressive…first of all, I never knew Casa Verde existed, yet alone was as large as it is. Cleveland is lucky to have this in one of our suburban backyards.



Yes, I don’t own a house (yet…working on it) but the thing I love about Petitti’s is that they have plenty of options for inside the home and office. I wrote down approximately 10 things I want to purchase for my house to bring some life inside this Spring, as well as a few items to spruce up my office space.

IMG_2705And Petitti’s wants to give you the chance to prep for Spring and Summer with a $50 gift card!
You have a few ways to enter:
1. Tweet and leave a comment here letting me know you did: Help me Spring into the season with @Petittis, @cacoughlin! http://wp.me/p1o7Bm-MY
2. Like Petitti’s on FB and leave a comment letting me know you did.
3. Post your ideal garden/flower on Instagram using the hashtag #Petittis and mentioning me, @cacoughlin, and leave a comment letting me know.
4. Post a comment below letting me know how you are prepping your home/apartment for the Spring and Summer seasons.

You can Tweet and Instagram as many times as you would like, just be sure to leave a comment letting me know you did. The winner will be selected on May 11th at midnight. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was invited to tour Casa Verde and received a $100 gift card in exchange for promoting and posting about Petitti’s. All thoughts are my own. 

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Birthday Celebrations

It’s a known fact I love birthday celebrations. And this year’s celebrations did not disappoint.

It included spending some time at BOMBA Tacos & Rum (one of our clients). It was so great to see the restaurant come to life and to be able to enjoy some mojitos and delicious tacos from the team. I actually went twice – once with the work ladies of lunch and for dinner with Justin (well dinner, more mojitos and a rum flight).





IMG_2465To continue the celebration, a night out at Hodge’s seemed appropriate. Of course, the team at Hodge’s were fab as always and provided lovely apps to go along with our delicious drinks (I do love me a bourbon cocktail).


All in all, not a bad birthday celebration this year.

Disclosure: BOMBA is a client of the agency I work for, hence the lunch and dinner during friends and family week. All opinions are my own.

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