I’ve always been a fan of Rachael Ray. EVOO, yummo and all. I tend to watch 3 channels on TV and the Food Network happens to be one of my favorites. And when I work from home, I always watch The Rachael Ray Show. I have an obsession with anything buffalo chicken and I think she shares in my infatuation because she tends to share the most mouth-watering recipes.
Lucky for me, Rachael’s PR peeps are sending me a copy of her new book, Week in a Day! Lucky for you, I have two tickets to giveaway to Rachael’s event in Rocky River on December 14! All those in attendance will receive their very own signed cookbook.
Saturday, December 14, 7:00 PM
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Rocky River High School Auditorium
20951 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116
More event info
You can enter win two tickets to her event at Rocky River High School by:
- Posting a comment telling me your favorite cookbook.
- Tweet the following: I want to win tix to see @rachaelray from @dawgpndigrl: http://bit.ly/1cKbYSU (You can tweet once per day. Leave a comment for EACH tweet).
- Follow me and Rachael on Twitter. Leave a comment letting me know you did so (or already do!)
- Share this content on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you shared.
Sweepstakes runs until midnight Tuesday, December 3, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected and must reply within 24 hours to claim tickets.
Good luck! Whoever wins has to let me know how it is as I’ll be in the Big Apple celebrating my best friend’s 30th!
Disclosure: I was contacted by Rachael Ray’s PR firm to promote her visit to Cleveland and her new cookbook. Opinions are all mine.
Yes, I work in social media marketing, but nothing beats word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing. Which is why I trust my friends and online contacts more than a review I’d find on theknot.com or any of the other bajilion bridal websites out there. That’s why each and every one of our vendors was referred to me by a friend, online connection or they were someone I already knew and trusted. And I’d fully endorse and refer anyone planning a wedding to each and every one of these talented people.
DJ: Eric Smith from Jerry Bruno Productions
I’ve known Eric for a couple years now. We met at one of the many #CLEtweetups I organized while working at cleveland.com. I was beyond intrigued to meet the man (or woman!) behind the hilarious @clepoops Twitter account. There’s about 2 degrees of seperation in Cleveland and it turned out we know many of the same people, plus, he sold me with his Rod Stewart shout-out in his video. Eric did a fantastic job and even shared his Spotfily playlists with me…I’ll have our songs foreva! He was also great at reigning me in and keeping things on schedule. Oh yeah, he played Blurred Lines numerous times. Eric was so impressive, he rocked out MacKenzie’s wedding, a marina party while we were honeymooning and at least 3 other events based on my referral (WOM!!!).
@TheBeardedDJ aka @clepoops
Hair and makeup: Kelley (Munro) Domin and Emily Nowacki
My cousin has done my hair since I was about 15. She’s an Aveda-trained hair-styling bad ass. It’s no wonder her clients have always included some Browns players’ wives! Through Kelley, I met her close friend Emily who in-turn became my roommate before I moved in with Dean. Emily is off in NYC pursuing her makeup dreams. My bridesmaids and mom looked like babes.
Emily and Ali.
That’s all my hair! Thanks to Kelley!
Photographer: Tom Forrest Photography
My friend, Janet, was kind enough to not only share her photographer’s info with me, but she also shared her videographer’s digits! Tom Forrest and Kevin Chuey were awesome. Again, I knew Kevin from the same cleveland.com TweetUp I met Eric at. After traveling to Hudson to check out Janet’s photos along with some other albums, Dean and I connected with Tom and appreciated his non-traditional approach to wedding photography. Kevin spent the first part of his day with the guys while Tom shot the gals getting ready. Both were professionals but made everyone feel comfortable. It’s no wonder Tom was already booked when my cousin tried to book him for her 2014 summer wedding.
Tom was all about the natural, candid shots
Love, love, love this.
Florist: Spencer at Life in Bloom
Thanks to Crystal at Eat*Drink*Cleveland, she raved about Spenser out in Avon Lake. To me, flowers were never important. Sure, we needed bouquets but we put so much time and effort into other features of the wedding, I didn’t think it was necessary to spend an absurd amount of money on flowers that would die within a week. Enter Life in Bloom. Dean and I visited Spencer at her Avon Lake shop in May (less than two months before the wedding). She told us she could fill each mason jar center piece and the shepherd hook jars with 1-2 blooms per jar for only a around $2 (per jar). Well, she absolutely outdid herself. Not only was I in love with our bouquets, the arbor flowers and the boutonnieres, Spencer filled those jars to the brim! Now, she’s my cousin’s florist!
We saved this!
A pop of pink with the blue mason jars.
More than one-two blooms!
Wedding cake: Cousin Lori!
Not only was Dean’s cousin a greeter at the wedding, she also designed and made the cake! It was absolutely picture perfect and tasted amazing. Lemon cake on a warm July evening? Yes, please!
Anchors, burlap and a whole lotta love.
All Lori’s design!
Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Lori is a woman of many talents. On top of making & transporting the cake and greeting our guests, she was so incredibly vital in picking out the beautiful bridesmaids dresses at the shop she manages. I wanted each girl to feel comfortable so let them choose their own dresses. All the girls picked Joanna August dresses. Plus, the variation looked amazing if I do say so myself!
I even ordered my rehearsal dinner outfit from Bella! Joanna August separates.
And that’s how you get married.
summer year has been CRAZY NUTSO in the best way possible. I married my best (man)friend and my lifelong partner-in-crime wed the guy that makes her the happiest. MacKenzie and I may have kissed a few frogs in our day, but I think we did something right winding up with our dudes.
Since my blogging has been nonexistent this summer/fall, I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from MacKenzie’s Big Day(s) over the past few months:
Shower hugs with bridesmaid Missy!
Bachelorette day one on the water!
Bachelorette day two began at aLoft.
Candid rehearsal dinner shot. Love.
1am wedding dress modeling for the girls who hadn’t seen the dress…duh.
I didn’t combust in Church, but I did hold her hand.
It wouldn’t be right without pushups.
Now that we’re both old married ladies, I feel like I have SO much time on my hands. Happy hour, anyone?
Love you Mac!
These exact words came out of my mouth on September 18, 2013: I AM DONE and will NOT be attending another Browns game this year.
No, I wasn’t cashing in my fan ticket. I was, however, making a decision to save some money, blonde hairs and calories by watching the rest of the season in the comfort of my own home…or a local bar. I, like many other fans, was just rubbed the wrong way with the Richardson trade. I felt the new ‘regime’ (I hate that word) was just throwing the towel in on this year. Did I mention the Browns sent me a Richardson jersey that Monday? Oy.
Truth is, I’ve been gladly eating my words since we beat the Vikings that week.
Sure, call me a hypocrite. Now that we’re tied for 1st place, I’ll be at more games than I ever anticipated this year!
And the best way to head to a game? On a boat!
Boatgating like a boss.
Dean and I hitched a ride with his dad and a handful of friends to last week’s nationally televised game. It felt like a summer evening and it was a gorgeous night to have the national spotlight on our town.
Heading into the game, we we’re wowed by the ‘game-day experience’ and got to laugh throughout the game since Rickonia was sitting next to us.
After the Hoyer injury and the Weeden booing ensued, we began drinking heavily. Which made the win even more sweeter. It was something we haven’t experienced in a very, very, long time walking out of the stadium.
Here’s to hoping the Browns can keep this momentum going because this is FUN.
‘Hey Trendsetter!’ Those are words that have never been said to me. I don’t expect them to ever be said to me either. Being a fashionista is one thing I am not, and don’t try to be. If you looked through my closet, you’d find a lot of GAP, Banana Republic, Nordstrom & the occasional Michael Kors.
So, when Kimi told me about Stitch Fix, I thought the personal styling service would be perfect for me! Plus, Kimi always looks cute at work. I tend to look like a ‘slob’ (my best friend’s words, not mine ).
All I had to do was fill out a style profile (took less than 10 minutes) and told them I had a rehearsal dinner coming up that I’d love a new dress for. Ask and you shall receive!
The beautiful Bride. My stitch fix dress & matching earrings.
I don’t know what I said when I filled out my profile, but I got A LOT OF BLUE! I ended keeping 3 pieces:
Wore this to The Taste of the Browns!
I also kept the earrings pictured above. Although I love me some nautical wear, this top was a bit over the top for me:
Bling Bling? No thanks.
And this dress was so unflattering! A cute color and style, but not for me:
The pieces I received were priced $19-$99. Naturally, the dress I kept was the most expensive item. However, it was totally worth it. You pay a $20 styling fee per box. In my opinion, it’s $20 well spent. You get the luxury of someone else doing the shopping for you and changing in the comfort of your own home. Plus, who doesn’t love opening a package full of unknown goodies?
Another bonus? You won’t see everyone at Crocker Park wearing the goods from Stitch Fix! I hadn’t heard of any of the designers from my first box.
I am already excited for box #2! Next time you see me, just call me fashionista…(not!)
If you want to try Stitch Fix, let me know and I’ll send you my link!
**Congrats to @Timzaun for winning the Browns tickets to the Lions game!
The Browns have always been great at taking us to the highest-of-highs (I’m talking a couple of first downs) and plumetting us into the lowest-of-lows before we can even finish celebrating something semi-positive they did on the field. Do I sound bitter? I’m really not. I fully acknowledge the fact that I choose to put myself (and all of those who are lucky to be around me!) through this each and every year.
You know what though? I probably will never change. They don’t call me dawgpndgirl for nothin’! And the Browns Home Opener is essentially Christmas in Cleveland! I would never miss Christmas! So, my new bro-in-law and I headed downtown to paint the town Orange and Brown…
Cousin Lori and Browns fan CP!
Tailgating in the tailgate.
I even invited my brother…my hubs was too busy hanging out at the marina!
Dave and I enjoyed the first half and then I decided to compare wedding rings with Sarah Haden…and asked her to wear my sunglasses. I’m sure that humbled her.
Summer 2013 weddings…now friends? Next week we may share shoes.
After waking up with a Monday morning Browns hangover, I got through the day because I knew we had my favorite fundraising event of the year to look forward to: The 2013 Taste of the Browns!
That’s A LOT of meals.
We ate well, we drank a bit and we ran into a lot of our friends. Including Chud and Joe Thomas’ wives (see Dean looking like a shrimp above). Living the high life, people!
When the Browns
eventually win the home opener, we’re going to be there and it’s going to be awesome! Until then, I’ll pretend I’m friends with Joe Thomas, John Greco, Alex Mack, Bubba Baker, Hanford Dixon, Bill Duff, Kevin Mack…all while embarrassing Heatha.
Did you know? The Browns are tied for first in the AFC North! GO BROWNS!!!!
I’m VERY excited to let you all in on what the Browns are up to leading up to their season/home opener on Sept. 8. In a mission to thank Browns fans on how much the organization appreciates our lifelong, dedicated support (and to show the rest of the country why the home-field advantage lives in Cleveland), there will be a week-long series of fan appreciation events and activities leading up to kickoff!
Each day, an activity will be announced on paintthetownbrowns.com. Be sure to check the URL out daily for exciting events that will be taking place and while you’re at it, brag about how truly awesome we are with the #WeAreCleveland hashtag.
In addition to these daily activities, I’m giving away TWO BROWNS TICKETS to the Lions game on October 13, 2013 and it’s easy to enter:
LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY
1. Like The Browns on Facebook
2. Follow them on Twitter
3. Follow them on Instagram
4. Tweet the following: ‘I want to win Browns tix from @dawgpndgirl because #WeAreCleveland and we are awesome http://bit.ly/185j95G‘ (You can tweet daily)
5. Leave a comment telling me who your favorite Browns player of all time is and why
You can enter until midnight on Friday, September 6, 2013. Winners will be announced shortly after!
Good luck…and represent Cleveland, Dawg Pound!
Damn right, we’re from Cleveland and we’re proud of it!
Disclaimer: I was provided with Cleveland Browns swag in exchange for hosting this giveaway. It goes without saying, that I support this team through thick and thin!
After the best day and night of our lives, Dean and I knew our adventure was just beginning. For starters, we had (have) the roller coaster of life ahead of ourselves. Not to mention, we were heading to Maui for 12 (TWELVE!) days of tropical-paradise-Heaven. I could go on. And on. And on. And I will, eventually.
But for now, I’ll share some ridiculous photos before divulging a few of our favorite things about Maui:
Not a one of these photos have a filter on them. They were all taken on my iPhone Camera+ app. I packed my DSLR but instantly became a minimalist in Maui (wore makeup once and never dried my hair). I’m ready to go back!
Congrats to @abbede! Her 25th comment was selected randomly on random.org as the winner of two tickets to the 2013 Taste of the Browns!
Sad you didn’t win? Buy your tickets now! I also heard a rumor that Amanda will be hosting her own giveaway on Clue Into Cleveland!
I really can’t even believe I’m saying this but, THE BROWNS PLAY THIS WEEK! Sure, it’s a preseason game but it certainly means tailgating, sweatshirts, clambakes & football fever are just around the corner.
As with every year, I hate saying goodbye to summer but (duh) CLE is a football town and as we do each year, we’ve hit the reset button with the new ‘regime’ and I for one, am anxious to see what will unfold this year. Optimism is always high when training camp injuries are at a minimum!
The Monday following the Browns opener always marks one of my favorite Cleveland events – the Taste of the Browns!
Unlike years in the past, the event promoters are offering discounted tickets! The special ticket discount day is will be Friday, August 9 and general admission tickets will be sold for $150 (versus the normal $175). Buy now!
If you’re not familiar with this event, it’s held at the stadium and is chock full of Cleveland movers and shakers including current and retired Browns players! And if we win on September 8, I’m sure there will be lots of Browns players in attendance!
2011 Taste of the Browns with Alexa & Julie.
Last year’s Taste of the Browns raised more than $140,500 which translated to more than half a million meals to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank!
And I have two general admission tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader! You have four ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me which restaurant or beverage provider you’d love to try.
2. Leave a (separate) comment predicting the Browns record this season.
3. Tweet this message: ‘I want to win Taste of the Browns tickets from @dawgpndgirl http://bit.ly/16pLLWP #TOBgiveawy.’ (Leave a separate comment on this post letting me know you tweeted.)
4. Post a link to the contest on your Facebook page. (Leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.)
You can enter until midnight on Sunday, August 12, 2013 and can enter via Twitter daily. The winner will be selected at random and notified by August 14, 2013.
Or you can purchase tickets here.
Good luck and GO BROWNS!
Disclaimer: I was provided with two tickets to attend this event and two tickets to give away in exchange for this blog post.