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!

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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.

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(Thank God for Netflix.)

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Insomniac

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.

Now….

(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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Feelin’ Country

I do love me some country music and the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night had me tuned in and checking tour dates along the way. Country music concerts that I’ll need to go to this summer: Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks (fingers crossed) and Rascal Flatts.

A new fave that I can’t stop playing? Sam Hunt. (I mean, look at him…)

What are you currently tuned into?

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ReOpening Day

The sun was shining on Cleveland Friday afternoon.

What started as a sorta dull, gloomy day turned around quickly, just in time for the Cleveland Indians to take the field at the (sorta) new Progressive Field. Home opener is very much like a holiday in Cleveland, including taking time off of work, pre-gaming, running into friends at the variety of bars and post-game celebrations (even if we did lose).

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Kim and I scooted out of work, grabbed an Uber and headed downtown a few hours before the game to meet up with friends, or in one case – run into friends at a random bar.

Random run in with Nicole and Jen.

Random run in with Nicole and Jen.

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Grabbing beers with my favorite radio personality, Tim.

Grabbing beers with my favorite radio personality, Tim.

Once the game started, and after we had a chance to check out the Corner bar at Progressive Field, we grabbed our seats and soaked in the sun and Home Opener festivities.

The view from the upper deck of The Corner

The view from the upper deck of The Corner

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Hammy!

Hammy!

There’s really nothing better than sitting in the sun, beer in hand, enjoying Indians baseball in the Spring/Summer. It’s the perfect way to kick off Spring.

In honor of our friend Jerry Kipnis, #SelfieTime

In honor of our friend Jerry Kipnis, #SelfieTime

Welcome Home.

Welcome Home.

Here we go Indians, Here we go.

Disclosure: The agency I work for is the official brand agency for the Cleveland Indians. I got to hang out with these cool peeps that I work with at the game as part of that relationship. But I’m a tried and true Indians fan either way. 

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Cleveland’s Finest

It’s that time of year again. Warm weather. Baseball. And a great fundraiser on behalf of Our Lady of the Wayside – Cleveland’s Finest!

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Just a few days after home opener (and my birthday) on April 16th, the event is at Progressive Field’s Terrace Club and features some of the best Cleveland restaurants, as well as music and socializing. And as a girl that loves the baseball park that we have in town (and has seen a sneak peek of the renovated stadium), the location for the event really can’t be better. It gives you the chance to walk, chat, visit with the awesome celebrity emcees – New 102’s Jen Toohey and Tim Richards and Desiray – all while supporting an awesome cause.

So here are the details you need to know:
First things first – you can still get tickets! You have until the 14th to purchase a ticket which will get you all food, beer/wine and entertainment. Purchase here.

Second, you will have the chance to sample food from:
Barrio
Hodge’s
Carrie Cerino’s
Spice Kitchen & Bar
The Spread, Horseshoe Casino
Corleone’s
The Tree House
Progressive Field
The Woods
Tartine Bistro
The Zack Bruell Restaurant Group

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And last – and most important – it’s all for a good cause! Established nearly 50 years ago, Our Lady of the Wayside supports children and adults with developmental disabilities through a Family of Services which include:

  • Supporting 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Managing nearly 70 homes in more than 30 communities throughout Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain  and Medina counties
  • Operating a transportation fleet of 100 vehicles
  • Becoming a major regional employer with 600 staff
  • Pioneering The Pathways Program, an innovative Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities

And if you can’t make it but want to see all of the excitement – make sure to follow along next week on social media – I’ll be live tweeting away!

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