Honey & Lace Clothing

Recently, an old friend reached out and introduced me to a new clothing company: Honey & Lace. After perusing the website, I agreed to help spread the word about the relatively new clothing company because I, 1) think the website is adorable, 2) live in summery skirts, dresses and tops in the warmer months and 3) love supporting a female entrepreneur.

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A little bit more about the company from their website:

At the heart of every Honey & Lace design is the drive to match comfort and style. Although style has its importance, every woman wants to be comfortable. Why not find that comfort in your own clothes? Honey & Lace combines comfort and confidence with a style that catches attention. Whether you want to attend a wedding, go to the beach, or sit at home with your kids, Honey & Lace maxi’s look great. H&L was born when a mother decided to create a skirt for her daughter.

If you like what you see on honeyandlace.com, use this discount code for 10% off your entire purchase: JESSICASHL

Enjoy!

Disclosure: I was given a Honey & Lace maxi in return for this blog post. All opinions are mine!

Life updates, adult updates

The past 6 weeks have been pretty cray-cray..to say the least.

For one, we sold our house and moved our little family into my parents basement (aka the apartment):

Saying goodbye hurts.

Saying goodbye hurts.

Our apartment!

Our apartment!

I turned 30:

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I hung out with my cousin-in-law Drew Brees (true story):

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We traveled to Charleston to visit one of our favorite people, Alissa:

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We got stuck in Charleston and Dean, being the fab guy he is, let me take the one seat back to CLE while he got rerouted all over the place. He ended up having to spend the night in Dayton and renting a car in order to get home – over 48 hours after our original arrival! Oy vey…flying standby has been fantastic (thanks mom-in-law!) minus this trip. Thanks to United for pulling the hub out of Cleveland!

Did I mention we’re heading (standby) to Mexico in a few weeks for our first anniversary? Where did the year go?!

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Getting married + selling our house = awesome! Turning 30 + moving into a basement = even more awesome!!! The best is yet to come!

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Giveaway

For the second year in a row, I’m honored to help spread the word about the 35th annual Tri-C JazzFest (which happens to be one of the largest jazz festivals in the region!).

This year, the Tri-C JazzFest is mixing things up! Euclid Ave. will be closed between 13th and 14th St. during June 26 – 28. Outdoor and indoor jazz jams will take place at PlayhouseSquare with several food trucks and Great Lakes brews. Guests will not only hear local and national jazz artists, but they will be entertained by R&B, Latin, Gospel and Reggae artists as well.

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(And drum roll please!) … I have two tickets to giveaway to the Christian McBride show on Sunday, June 28 at the Ohio Theatre.

Sourse: christianmcbride.com.

Sourse: christianmcbride.com.

You can enter to win tickets to the show by:

1) Tweet the following: I want to win #TriCJazzFest tix to see @mcbridesworld from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/1mtRyRE (you can tweet once per day; leave a comment for each tweet)
2) Like the JazzFest on Facebook (leave a comment saying you did)
3) Follow the JazzFest on Twitter (leave a comment saying you did)

The giveaway will run until midnight on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Good luck!

There are also many other great events taking place including: Sean Jones, Gregory Porter & Elaine Elias.

Disclosure: I was asked to help promote and host the giveaway on behalf of the JazzFest’s marketing agency. Opinions are mine!

A nerdy 30, indeed

Facts: I turned 30 and moved into my parents basement within the same week. #CrushingIt. In all seriousness, I’m only slightly kidding. But turning 30 really wasn’t all that bad. It was actually the opposite.

Dean and my best friends pulled off an amazing 30th birthday party in my honor two weeks ago. It ended up being an amazing 3-day celebration including Browns players, best friends, loads of fireball, custom coozies, a Brownie Elf pinata and one Bearded DJ.

Friday night surprises from Alissa and Ali!
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These girls sure do spoil me.

I knew it was going to be an extra fun weekend when I ran into Jordan Cameron and Alex Mack out on the town…and it just happened to be past midnight (aka my birthday).
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After Friday night’s unexpected adventures, I was nervous my first Hyland Software Hy-5 5K was going to be a disaster, but I ended up pushing myself and ran 7:20 splits (what the what?!). And these were my running birthday buddies…
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Then it was time to party. Photos can’t do my nerdy 30 the credit it deserves. From the beautiful flowers to the nautical decor and delicious food, I felt the love on May 17. Oh, and there was dancing. Lots of dancing. And push-ups. :)

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With Dean and these friends and family members by my side, 30 can BRING IT ON! I’m such a lucky (oldish) lady to have them…

Giveaway: Pier W’s Copper River Salmon Run/Walk 5k

One of my favorite Cleveland restaurants, Pier W, is hosting the Copper River Salmon Run/Walk 5k on Saturday, May 31 in Lakewood. The fun run celebrates Alaska’s Copper River salmon season, and proceeds benefit Cleveland’s Malachi House.

Naturally, Pier W food is involved. Runners will gather on Pier W’s famous patio afterward to relax and enjoy lunch, which is included in the registration fee. A lunch-only option also is available for those who can’t partake in the race. Chef Regan Reik also will join participants on the patio and will be on the grill, cooking up Copper River salmon burgers, vegan black bean burgers, standard all-beef burgers and turkey dogs for lunch. There will also be a wide array of wine, beer and drinks. This is my kind of race!

And lucky for you, I am giving away one registration for the race.

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You can enter by:

1. Posting a comment telling me what your favorite seafood meal is.
2. Tweet the following: I want to win a registration to @pierwcleveland’s Copper River Salmon Run from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/1hIeWt4. You MUST leave a comment telling me you tweeted. You can tweet daily.

The contest will run from Monday, May 12 through Friday, May 16, 2014. If you don’t win, you can still register for the race today!

Good luck and dust off those running shoes today!

Disclaimer: I was asked to help promote the race. All opinions are mine.

Dazzle the District with PlayhouseSquare

In case you haven’t heard or don’t work downtown (like me), PlayhouseSqaure is working on a pretty spectacular project that could help change the way the world looks at Cleveland. In a few short weeks the world’s largest outdoor chandelier, the GE Chandelier, will be unveiled alongside dramatic lights, video signage, elegant gateways and a ‘retro’ sign inspired by PlayhouseSquare’s 1920s-era roots.

#DazzleCLE. Photo credit @PlayhouseSquare.

#DazzleCLE. Photo credit @PlayhouseSquare.

There’s also a party. Because who doesn’t like a party on a Friday night?

The deetz:

Dazzle the District, presented by PlayhouseSquare
Friday, May 2, 2014
PlayhouseSquare
1501 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
5:00 p.m. “Taste of PlayhouseSquare,” Happy hours & live music on Star Plaza
8:30 p.m. Hot Chelle Rae Concert on The University Hospitals Main Stage
9:30 p.m. Spectacle! Dazzle! Surprises? Lighting Ceremony

Since I’ll be moving the same weekend, I can’t make the festivities. However, you can bet I’ll be following the social conversation. So, grab your party pants and head downtown for this historical unveiling!

Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSqaure’s ad agency to help promote and attend the event.

Draft Day: Go see this movie

On Tuesday, Dean and I had the privilege of attending the ‘Draft Day’ premiere in Valley View. After watching some of the Browns players (Joe Thomas, Jordan Cameron, Brian Hoyer and Jabaal Sheard, to name a few) walk the Orange carpet, we filed into the largest theater I’ve ever been in to. We heard from the Cleveland Film Commission’s Ivan Schwartz, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Draft Day co-writers Rajiv Joseph (Cleveland native) & Scott Rothman and, to my dismay, Jimmy Haslam III.

Did you know? The Cleveland Film Commission is responsible for bringing in over $300 million worth of revenue to CLE over the past three years?

Then we all watched the movie. Together. We watched ‘Draft Day’ with the people who made the magic happen. And with a few of my favorite Brownies. (However, Jordan Cameron never replied to my tweet).

‘Bo Callahan’, was even there with Mad Men-acting girlfriend . I wonder what they thought of Valley View?

It was a fun night. Best part? THE MOVIE WAS GOOD. You don’t even have to be a Browns fan to get drawn into the story line. However, it was pretty damn cool to see so many Cleveland landmarks throughout the film; my personal favorite being the 11River condos that happen to be next to the Marina.

Go see this movie:

GO BROWNS.. Woof, woof, woof!

Six years in the blink of an eye

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As one door closes, another door opens…

It’s with the heaviest of hearts in sharing the news that Dean and I, after almost 6 wonderful years, have decided to sell our house. After remodeling each and every room in our home, we decided to ‘throw’ the house on Zillow’s ‘Make Me Move’ option to see what kind of interest we would generate.

Dean's pride and joy - the newly finished driveway!

Dean’s pride and joy – the newly finished driveway!

Interest was there and we quickly realized we needed to make some adult decisions. Do we pull it offline? Do we wait a year and list it with a Realtor? Do we build a pool in the backyard? <-- Yes, that convo happened.

I can just see the pool now.

I can just see the pool now.

We decided to pull it offline, enjoy the house and seriously list it in the future. And what happened to be a quick and crazy turn of events, we were made an offer on the house (after it was offline) and now we’re up and moving. As sad as I probably sound, we know this is the best decision for Dean and I. And we are really excited for this next chapter. Did I mention that we’re selling it to a couple we both know, in separate fashions of life? The world works in crazy ways!

Our Christmas engagement. omg the memories.

Our Christmas engagement. omg the memories.

As scared as I may be not knowing where I may be living in 2, 3 or 15 months, I know Dean, Cabela and I will figure it out and end up living in what will hopefully be our dream home. And, if I had to guess? We’ll be shacking up for a few (to many) months in my parents basement. Good thing my mom is basically my best friend and my dad is basically Dean’s.

All the endless hours I’ve spent watching HGTV and the DIY Network better pay off :)

Take a trip through the years at The Lincolnshire Estates. Think we like to have fun?

11 Foundation: “The Journey Back” Gala + Giveaway

February 19, 2011. The day that Nick Ventura’s life was forever changed. On a snowboarding trip with his friends in Ellicottville, NY, Nick suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and spent the following 18 weeks of his life at the PICU at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation.

At one point, the doctors told Nick’s family the chances of him making it through the first night were slim. Miraculously, following emergency surgery, physical, occupational, and speech therapy 6 days a week, Nick learned how to eat, walk, and talk again. Nick is no longer in therapy, but he continues to show improvement and is currently a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School.

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In honor of Nick and TBI, his family created the 11 Foundation with the mission to support families and TBI survivors in need. I can’t imagine the pain and anguish the Ventura family has endured. And they endured it with positive attitudes and graciousness.

‘The Journey Back’ Inaugural Gala is a benefit supporting TBI survivors and their families presented by the 11 Foundation and Lago Restaurant.

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The event will take place Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Aloft Hotel with an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The silent auctions features sports memorabilia, an LCD TV, a Fahrenheit Dinner Package, hotel accommodations, gift baskets and more.

The cost for this event is $100.00 per person or $175.00 for two tickets. Purchase now. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the event by:

1. Like 11 Foundation on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
3. Follow 11 Foundation on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did so.
4. Tweet the following (leave a comment each time you tweet): ‘I want to win tickets to @11_foundation’s The Journey Back Gala supporting brain injury survivors from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/1fQSUrD’

Be sure to leave a comment as I will randomly draw the winner from the comments section. You can tweet once per day. I will draw and contact the winners Monday, March 17.

Good luck and show your love to 11 Foundation by following their social media channels!

Disclaimer: I am friend’s with Nick’s dad, Brian, and volunteered to promote the event. All opinions are mine.