Tater Tots on Lake Erie

“There’s such a thing as a tater tot festival?”

This is the question I answered over and over again when asked what my plans were for last weekend. My plans included the Cleveland edition of the Tater Tot and Craft Beer Festival.

Brad and I first learned of this event while we were patiently waiting on my mom’s testing while she was in the hospital from her heart attack. At the time, it seemed like a great diversion, so we got tickets with another couple. Once all the stress of April was over, we forgot about it for awhile and then the weekend finally arrived. Continue reading

Have Pockets. Will Party. {Dress Refashion}

Not nearly enough women’s clothing is made with pockets. I’m tempted to purchase any dress or skirt that I try on if it has pockets… even if it doesn’t look that great on me.

“But women carry purses, they don’t need pockets in their clothing.” 

False! There are plenty of times when carrying a purse with you doesn’t make sense or isn’t permitted. The struggle is real.

So what do you do with the bare necessities that you must carry? You improvise! Remember the time I created a utility garter for my diabetes supplies while I carried out Matron of Honor duties?

I’ve long thought about adding pockets to some of my favorite dresses but never got around to it until last week. Last Friday, I volunteered at my local JDRF chapter’s annual gala fundraiser. I worked on auction check in/out and entered donations and couldn’t really have my purse with me. They requested that volunteers dress in black, so I went to my closet and pulled out my favorite black skater dress. You may remember it from my blog post about our 5th wedding anniversary.

Zero pockets to be found

One problem, there’s nowhere to stash my phone so I can track my blood sugar. I thought about the garter, but it would need adjustments to fit a phone securely and it might be awkward to dig under my dress for it at this kind of event. So I decided to add pockets. Continue reading

All the Cleveland Sports

Within the last few weeks, I checked off the rest of Cleveland sports from my Cleveland experiences list… or at least I think I did.

Brad and I had the opportunity to attend a Cleveland Monsters hockey game and the home opener for the Cleveland Gladiators arena football.

Monsters

I’d never been to any kind of hockey game before in my life so when a friend invited us to join them at a game in their suite, I got to experience both my first hockey game AND my first time in a suite at The Q. We were spoiled.

The suite experience was nice, fewer crowds to deal with and no one sitting in front of me blocking my view. It also made it easier to socialize with the group we’d gone with. The hockey itself was interesting, the most cheering came from when the players fought.

Gladiators Continue reading

New Year. New Post.

Look who’s a magician! I am. I managed to disappear for the rest of the year! I may not have been living online, but I have been living offline.

2016 was a busy year and the end of it was especially so. Since I last posted I traveled to three different states, won an award, closed the books on a year of business and hosted family for the holidays.

2016 Theme

The theme of 2016 for me was travel. I got so many comments this year like, “Seems like you’ve been traveling a lot lately,” “Where are you off to next?” and so on. I returned to a lot of places I’ve been before, to see family, visit clients and attend trade shows. This year felt a little extra special travel wise because I added several new states to my “I’ve visited” map. Check it out. Continue reading

Coffee At Luke’s

What happens when two Gilmore Girls fans, who happen to work in marketing, go the Luke’s Diner (Pour Cleveland)?

They evaluate the event of course.

My friend from college, Kaitlin, and I walked over to Pour Cleveland yesterday for Netflix’s Luke’s Diner pop up. Netflix worked with 250 coffee shops around the country to “turn them into” Luke’s Diner for the morning. Ohio had seven locations and here in Cleveland we had three.

When Kaitlin and I arrived at 9:45 a.m., the line was down Euclid Ave, stretching across the entrances to the 5th Street Arcades. Continue reading