Dear Cleveland

Dear Cleveland,

So today’s a pretty big day, huh? I mean, we’re on a National…well International…stage. In my 30-some years in this city I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt like this. Where every tweet, Facebook post, morning news show and public official can feel the Cleveland love.

Today’s one of those days that we walk a little taller. We smile a little bigger. We say hi to on another in passing. We high five as we’re walking to and from the Q. It’s the day where we’re not arguing over who we should have kept or traded, or what QB should start.

Instead, today’s the day we live out the statement “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned.”

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image c/o Cleveland Cavaliers

And you know what? We’ve earned this day. We’ve been through some tough days but our brightest days are still ahead of us. And I don’t just mean in regard to the Cavs record. We’re growing. We’re thriving. We’re tough. We’re gritty. We’re kind.

image c/o Destination Cleveland

image c/o Destination Cleveland

We’re just Cleveland.

So today, let’s all rise up together. Let’s not just cheer for the Cavs. Let’s cheer for Cleveland.

All For One. All For CLE.

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Counting Down

Let’s just keep getting ready for Thursday, don’t you think? These are two of my favorite memories at Quicken Loans Arena from the past five years. I legit cried. And I may have teared up watching it again. Judge away.

p.s. do we think Z will be in the house Thursday?

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Re-Established

In honor of this week’s festivities…I’m obsessed with this brand spot from Beats by Dre. Obsessed.

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It’s the Little Things

Sometimes the small things mean the most like:
1. A text from your friend saying she’s proud of you.
2. A dance party to the new Taylor Swift song (whatever – you know this is catching stuff).

3. Sleeping in an extra hour on a Wednesday.
4. Busting through a work to-do list (I live for them).
5. Late night chats with a bestie.

And sometimes it’s the big things like:
1. Going to your doctor just before your 5-year cancer anniversary to have a thyroid ultrasound that shows there is absolutely no cancer or tumors or nodules to be seen. That’s right – cancer free.
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2. And after that, telling your coworkers who seem just as excited as you are, even though you’ve only known them six months and knowing that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.
3. And then hearing from your two besties about how excited they are, with one saying she has tears of excitement in her eyes. That’s true friendship.

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Bed Head Be Gone

I really wish I had the secret for not having bed head in the morning. Mostly because I wish I didn’t have to wake up early and immediately head to the shower to try and tame my mostly naturally wavy hair. I’m at this awkward phase of growing out my hair (I need just another 2-3 inches and I’ll be happy…TWSS…..).

Anyway, my friends over at Casper Mattress make innovative latex and memory foam mattresses (more on them soon) asked me to share my secrets for taming bed head. I have a few products and tricks up my sleeve when I just don’t have time in the morning to deal with my hair.

The first being dry shampoo. Now, it’s taken me awhile to find a couple of products that I like but when I’m on my way out the door and my hair is mostly straight from the day/night before, dry shampoo saves my day. Perfect for Sunday brunch when rolling out to have mimosas with the girls!

This look brought to you by dry shampoo and 15 minutes of fighting with my hair.

This look brought to you by dry shampoo and 15 minutes of fighting with my hair.

I’ve dyed my hair more times than I can count over the past 12 years and because of that I have experienced a little bit of damage. Add a bit of Moroccan oil though to the ends, and my hair is good to go! (Both pre and post blow drying.)

The blondest my hair has been the past two years....

The blondest my hair has been the past two years….

And of course, the good old messy bun is always a go-to. Running late, don’t have time to straighten and blow dry? Just throw it up in a top knot or a messy bun (my hair isn’t quite long enough yet for the top knot).

image c/o Casper

image c/o Casper

Obviously, a good night’s sleep is important too. As someone that deals with insomnia on a regular basis, I know the importance of getting at least a few hours of sleep in. Casper is a new sleep start-up company, with a unique mattress made of latex and memory foam. The best part? There’s only one model so you won’t be confused by all of the options!The Casper sits to the right of medium firm- but the materials we’ve chosen for it allow it to responsively provide a great night’s sleep to people of all shapes and sizes.

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, as usual. Casper just reached out asking for my “advice” when it comes to bed head! 

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Office Style

My Type-A personality needs organization in all aspects of my life. That obviously includes my work space(s). Each client needs a file folders (color coordinated, of course), a client binder and sometimes even color coded pens. I know, it’s sick but it really does help me stay organized and ahead of schedule at times. I even still use an old fashioned calendar/planner.

Urban Girl Office Supply has become a favorite when it comes to supplies for my home office, as well as my office at work. Here are just a few of my favorite things from Urban Girl:

1. Kate Spade File Folders and Nesting File Box – bright colors and gold? Yes, please! And the Nesting File Box? Perfect for storing away catalogs, mail or print samples.

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2. Kate Spade Notebooks – yes, I’m that girl that makes sure my notebooks match my file folders, just for consistency.

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3. The entire SemiKolon desk organization set is needed in my opinion. Fun, bright colors to liven up any desk or office, plus keeps ya organized!

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The best part? All of these items are totally affordable and can help you enjoy working (but for me, I’m not sure it’ll help me with timesheets). How do you stay organized?

Disclosure: Urban Girl Office is holding a bloggers contest to win supplies from Urban Girl Office. I’m obsessed whether or not I win. All opinions are my own. 

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Prepping For The ‘Land

LeBron, Kyrie and K. Love are all calling Cleveland “The ‘Land” now and I sorta love it. Mostly because I love that they are embracing our city – especially Kevin Love who is just experiencing his first year here with the Cavs. There have been a few moments already where I almost forget that LeBron and Kevin are now Cavs players, especially as I’m watching the preseason game. To say I’m beyond excited for the home opener is an understatement. And obviously, I’m already planning and prepping for the big game (October 30th, if you don’t know).

Here’s my list of things to know and do pre-home opener:

1. Don’t park downtown. Let’s all be honest – parking is going to be a nightmare. Best bet? Uber or Lyft. From my house to Downtown, using one of these services will actually be cheaper than parking.

image c/o Quicken Loans Arena

image c/o Quicken Loans Arena

2. Arrive early. Take some PTO. Seriously. It’s going to be one of the biggest nights in CLE sports history – the return of LBJ and the introduction of our new roster. You won’t want to miss it because you are stuck in traffic or trying to get your tab at the bar. I’m already planning on being Downtown by 5pm at the latest.

3. Make a reservation now for a local CLE restaurant. My suggestions: Hodge’s, The Greenhouse Tavern, Lola or Flannery’s for pre-game drinks and food. I already have my reservation for Hodge’s, but know every location is going to be jam packed.

This street is going to be jam packed. And I can't wait.

This street is going to be jam packed. And I can’t wait.

4. DVR. Yes, I may DVR this game. You know, in case I miss anything when I’m there in person.

5. Be in your seat before 7:45. Listen, you aren’t going to want to miss that intro video, the new scoreboard and the introduction of that team. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.

6. Wear your CLE gear. Here are just a few of my favorite options (though I think I’m going with my LeBron jersey…welcome home LBJ…welcome home).

Who will I see Downtown on the 30th? What are you most excited about?

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Brunchin’ in the CLE

I love brunch. Seriously. Everything about it…not waking up insanely early, the delicious food and of course, mimosas! (Sorry, I’m just not a Bloody Mary girl.)

And are we lucky in Cleveland or what? We have a ton of amazing options when it comes to brunch locations. I have a list of my favorites and a list of places I still need to go to (hopefully sometime this Fall).

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Some of my favorites:

1. Press Wine Bar, Tremont. First of all, I love Tremont (and am so excited that my work is moving to Tremont). Second of all, I love their mimosa kit, atmosphere, food and the staff. I seriously can’t speak highly enough of how the team (from hostess, to bartenders, to wait staff, to owners) makes you feel at home, especially while watching a Browns away game.

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2. Market, Rocky River. Another favorite with a great mimosa kit and great atmosphere during a Browns game, or even during the Cavs draft this year. This is one of my go-to locations when meting up with west side friends.

3. Flying Fig, Ohio City. Talk about an amazing brunch menu. You can’t go wrong with any of these amazing breakfast or lunch options that Chef Karen Small has come up with. One of my favorite brunches was during a Cleveland snowstorm when the warmth of Flying Fig totally made it feel like the storm was miles away (at least until we stepped outside to go to our next location in Ohio City…). A must visit location!

4. Townhall, Ohio City. Again, a favorite for watching the Browns game with a ton of other fans. Plenty of great beer options and plenty of TVs for watching the big game.

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What CLE location is your go-to when it comes to brunchin’?

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My Thursdays

I’m a bit of a workaholic. This statement is a surprise to no one. But Thursdays…those are my nights. My night to absolutely unwind, relax and take in a few hours in by myself. Included in my Thursday night: wine (usually of the red variety and usually more than two glasses), Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Yes, that’s right…three glorious hours of dramatic TV.

Danielle and I love us some Grey's

Danielle and I love us some Grey’s

Also included? Note taking. For what the crew at Jen & Tim Show at New 102 Cleveland call the Grey’s Summit. Yes, for two weeks now, I’ve headed to New 102 Cleveland at the crack of dawn with either donuts or coffee for my TBFF (Twitter BFF) Jen and Tim to chat about all things Grey’s. You see, Jen and I bonded over our love of dramatic and reality TV via Twitter a few years ago and well…Tim just hates most of it. And Grey’s is at the top of the list.

I’ve gotta be honest – waking up early on Friday and hanging out with this morning show has been one of my favorite things lately!

Tim's exact words "Charlene's always right."

Tim’s exact words “Charlene’s always right.”

Check out our first installment of the Grey’s Summit here!

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Don’t Mind Me

I’m just over here dancing it out to this one:

 

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