Life updates as summer 2014 comes to an end

Hi! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve used the blog machine. I’ve missed you!

This spring and summer has been an overwhelming, fun, adventurous, stressful and fast 5 months. From house-hunting around the clock (stay tuned for a house hunters CLE post soon) to jetting off to Mexico all while trying to balance our social calendar, I feel like our summer flashed by in the blink of an eye. Bright side? It was fun as Hell and we documented it on our iPhones…

Celebrating one year of marriage! Dean and I spent a quick 5 days in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen:


Boating with fellow #LakeErieLovers, celebrating at my cousin’s wedding and getting in some namaste before 3sisters Yoga officially opened:


Alissa came to town and we made the most of the weekend. She’s my original marina gangsta! And I slang some beers at The Design Surfaces golf outing:

summer2014-3Annual trip with marina friends to Vermilion and our amazing #MarinaFlexFriday turns into Beachland Ballroom adventure:

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My new tattoo which sadly only lasted 12 hours, loving on my niece and a 5-day trip to Orlando for work. We partied at Universal Studios and geeked out at Diagon Alley.

summer2014-5We made some seriously fantastic memories this summer but all good things must come to an end. I’m sad to swap my bikinis and sunscreen for boots and Browns gear, but I have a feeling this  fall will go down in the books for us.  And I’m not going to lie, I’ve been loving the perfect running weather, pumpkin coffees and NFL Sundays (and Mondays. And Thursdays).

Happy autumn my friends! Go Browns!


16th Annual Taste of the Browns!

You guys, football season officially kicks off this week! I can’t wait for tailgates, chicken wings, bonfires and [hopefully] more than 8 Browns wins this season. Hope springs eternal yearly, right?

Taste of the Browns Logo

As with every Browns home opener comes what is my favorite charity event of the year: The Annual Taste of the Browns. This year the event takes place the day after the Browns kick it off at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Saints, aka Monday, September 15.

Enjoying ourselves at the 2013 event

Enjoying ourselves at the 2013 event

Over the past 6 years or so, I’ve attended almost each Taste of the Browns. Not only do you rub shoulders with Browns players old and new, you’re nibbling on some of the tastiest dishes in the city prepared by our favorite Cleveland chefs. Oh, and last year the Greater Cleveland Food Bank raised more than $175,000, which equaled 700,000 meals!

I’m honored to be hosting a ticket giveaway for one lucky Browns fan (Steelers fans need not apply) to win two general admission tickets to the most fun fundraiser around! All you need to do is:

1. Post a comment telling me what vendor you’d be most excited to try.
2. Tweet the following: I want to win Taste of the Browns tickets from @dawgpndgirl: (You can enter once per day but must leave a separate comment each time letting me know you did so in order to count!)
3. Share this post on your Facebook page (Leave a separate comment letting me know you did so)

Who knows? TMZ, Johnny Football and Drake may show up if we are 2-0!

The sweeps will run until midnight Sunday, September 7. Good luck!

You can still be a good Samaritan and buy tickets here :)

Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the event in exchange for two tickets. All opinions are mine. GO BROWNS

Spin for Din with Psycle at Crocker Park

One of my favorite ways to detox is attending a class at psycle in Westlake. Another one of my favorite things are Sunday fundays (aka day drinking on a Sunday). I’ll be doing both of these things on Sunday, August 24. Rather than detoxing indoors, I’ll be riding with my friends outdoors at Crocker Park, which makes retoxing post-ride easy peasy.

My bride ride at psycle! Photo borrowed from Heather :)

My bride ride at psycle! Photo borrowed from Heather :)

The deetz:

SPIN FOR DIN to benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland – an awesome outdoor cycling experience for indoor cyclists! Clevelanders will gather to raise funds and awareness for hungry families in their community.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Visit {click on schedule, under the events tab} to register.

Alexa and I will be riding at 10:30 with Jenn. If you haven’t checked out one of her classes, I’d highly recommend it. The bikes are going to go fast, so register today!

3Sisters teaches at E. 4th & Yoga

e4 yogaLooking for a healthy way to kick off your weekend? I have just the event for you! My dear friends will be teaching a yoga class at House of Blues as part of the East Fourth and Yoga summer series this Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10am. The class and valet parking are both free!

Admittedly, I am not a ‘yogi.’ However, I am always looking for fun and fresh ways to mix up my workout routine. I’m not only excited to give yoga a whirl and support one of my best friends, I haven’t been downtown for a Saturday funday all summer!

If you can’t make it downtown this weekend, keep your eyes and ears peeled for 3Sisters yoga in Avon, Ohio. They are putting the finishing touches on their space and will be opening their brand new yoga studio before the summer is up!


I’ll be stepping out of my comfort zone Saturday morning…won’t you grab your yoga mat and join me?

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.


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, use this discount code for 10% off your entire purchase: JESSICASHL


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 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:


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


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


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?!


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.


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



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: (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!

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).

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…

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. :)



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.

copper salmon run

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: 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
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.