My first career at cleveland.com was an amazing five+ years. It was filled with learning how to code a website and be an online journalist (sure, college sort of taught me that), being on The Dawg Blog Live (see also embarrassing), foraying myself into the professional social media space and most memorably, covering amazing events and concerts for Cleveland’s #1 news and entertainment website (among so much more including great friends!).
Hands down my favorite event to cover: The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!
Joe Perry! Michael Symon clearly waving to me! RON EFFING WOOD (and his um 18 year-old date). I’m only slighty obsessed with The Rolling Stones.
As I see more and more media coverage about April’s ceremony, I feel the nostalgia of that job that helped me become who I am today. I’ve changed a lot since 2009 and let’s be honest, Cleveland has transformed immensely as well. One thing I remember that disappointed me and my colleagues was all those celebs jetting off right after the ceremony. Let’s hope they make a week/weekend out of their trip to Cleveland this year because I know one thing to be true: CLEVELAND ROCKS.
The inductee, performer and presenter list is pretty amazing this year. So…who needs a photog or blogger to cover the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony? This girl is available!
If you didn’t make it to the Sixth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show last month, there is another home show coming to the IX Center later this month: the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo. And if I had to chose one or the other, I’d opt for the expo solely for the reason that I’m addicted to all things Bravo! and Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis will be appearing on the Main Stage on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.
Some other highlights of this year’s show include:
-Chip and Joanna Gaines, Hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper will appear on the The Main Stage.
-Learn how shipping containers can be turned into living space at the J. Evans Custom Home Construction’s Forever Home Feature.
-Enjoy the beauty of live butterflies up close in the Arcadia GlassHouse Butterfly Feature.
-Music, special Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo drink specials and light hors d’oeuvres will be part of a Happy Hour to kick-off the Expo on Friday.
And surprise! Ha You can enter to win two tickets of your own to the show by:
1. Posting a comment telling me your favorite HGTV or Bravo! show.
2. Tweet the following (you can tweet once per day and MUST leave a SEPARATE comment for each tweet): I want to win two tickets to the March 2015 @GreatBigShow from @dawgpndgirl: http://wp.me/p1euS9-BI
3. Share this post on your Facebook page. Again, please leave a comment telling me you shared.
The sweepstakes will run from March 16, 2015 – March 20, 2015.
You can also use the DISH15HR discount code for $1 off to purchase tickets here.
*Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the expo in exchange for two tickets to the show.
Hi! Long time, no talk. I have been lacking motivation over the past few months. This routine I’ve fallen into needs to be broken: Wake up, work, workout, eat, sleep, repeat.
Sure, it could be worse but I’m feeling pretty lame as of late. I feel like I haven’t made the best effort to connect with my friends, blogging has been nonexistent (not really sure that’s a surprise to anyone, including myself), I’m eating and drinking like I’m trying to gain weight and, to be completely honest, I am getting sick of my own predictability.
When winter started, I was all smiles because I was surrounded by my best friends and fam rushing from one activity to another party back to something else that was fabulous.
The holidays were amazing…best friend laughter and family events all enjoyed in our new home!
Oh yeah, we even went to an awesome wedding on NYE, too:
Post-holiday, like most Clevelanders I’m sure, the winter woes set in hard core. It’s not that I’m depressed or anything serious, it’s just that I AM SO OVER THIS WINTER. You know, getting stuck in the ice and snow in my own driveway twice within a month is fun and all, but I”m ready for some sunshine.
To fill our hibernation this winter, Dean and I have made plenty of delicious Sunday sauce meals (my waistline is the only thing complaining), watched Netflix like there was no tomorrow (PARENTHOOD!?!?!) and I’ve personally spent more time on my couch cuddling with my doggy than I’d like to admit.
This weekend we spring forward and I’m hoping that’s the kick in the ass I need to get me out of this winter weather slump.
So, what have you been up to this winter while I’ve been holed up by the fire (with wine and snacks in hand)?
*Note: The giveaway has ended. @CarlyRose0711 was the lucky winner!*
A few things I’m having a hard time believing: it’s almost February (and my niece’s 1st birthday!), we’ve lived in our new pad for almost 4 months and it’s already time for the Great Big Home + Garden Show!
Surprisingly, there aren’t a ton of indoor home projects that we have on our home ‘to-do’ list. Not so surprisingly, my lumberjack husband has roughly 64 things he wants to do outside. OK, that’s a tad of an exaggeration but his imagination has been running wild since we moved in. For me, I’m most looking forward to enhancing our curb appeal and some fun gardening projects this spring and summer.
This is where the Great Big Home + Garden Show comes in! Dean and I plan to attend the show to get some gardening, barn, garage and landscaping inspiration at this year’s event which takes place Friday, Feb. 6 – Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Cleveland I-X Center.
In it’s 6th year, here are some highlights you can look forward to this year:
*Get inspired at a 2,400 square-foot, fully-constructed Idea Home
*Looking to pimp out your indoor/outdoor entertainment space? The 1,500 square-foot Xtend Technologies High-Tech Entertainment Home is for you
*The Garden Showcase, Cleveland Rocks-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio’s top landscapers
*The combined Main Stage and Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage will be bigger than ever
*Celebrities include: Ramsin Khachi, Tom Silva, Matt Muenster and Todd Wilbur
Now let’s get to the fun part! I have two tickets to leave at the will call desk for the 2015 Great Big Home + Garden Show. You can enter by:
1. Posting a comment on this post telling me what your favorite home/garden show, book or magazine is.
2. Tweet the following (you can tweet once per day and MUST leave a SEPARATE comment for each tweet): I want to win two tickets to the 2015 @GreatBigShow from @dawgpndgirl: http://wp.me/p1euS9-Bv
3. Share this post on your Facebook page. Again, please leave a comment telling me you shared.
I am also offering up a $1 discount code if you would like to purchase tickets online. Enter code: DISH15.
Winners can enter until MIDNIGHT January 31, 2015 and will be notified by Monday February 2, 2015. Good luck!
The Browns have certainly stepped up their fan experience game over the past two years. Much of that is owed to Cleveland Browns President Alec Scheiner. From Swagger on the sidelines to new turnstyles at the entrances and enhanced infrastructure throughout the stadium, it’s hard to miss.
As we head into the last home game week of the season, the Browns have unveiled ‘Best Fans Week.’ This week is dedicated to us, the best fans out there.
This season has been exciting with plenty of highs and lows. But one thing I can always be certain of is having fun when I head downtown on Sundays with my crew.
From the 10 hours of prizes kicking off this morning to the #ThrowbackThursday campaign on Thursday, the Browns are doing their part to get the fans rallying around a team that needs it’s loud champions this weekend against the Bengals.
So join me and let’s show the world why we are THE BEST FANS around. And also…JOHNNY MANZIEL!! See you Sunday, Cleveland.
Disclosure: I was contacted by the Browns marketing department to help support Best Fans Week. I was not asked to blog but did so because I love the Brownies.
The Browns are 5-3…Above 500…Pinch me.
I don’t discriminate when it comes to Sunday Fundays in the fall. The first half of the Browns season is proof of that. Yes, I love going to as many home games as I can, but between work, travel and having a life, that doesn’t always happen.
However, this past weekend it did. Over the past few years we’ve been invited down to Tabitha’s annual chili cook off and this year we finally made it!
Who wouldn’t want to take a picture with these Browns fans?
Dean and I also continued to have an epic Sunday Funday with Alexa and her hubs in the Club Level. We may or may not have spent most of the time bellied up at the bar…
Tailgating and Club Level partying at the Tampa Bay game.
My dad even tailgated for a bit. His second time ever. He’s awesome.
Rewind to the Raiders game, Dean and I decided on a whim to invite our ‘rents and close friends over for a clambake leading up to the late afternoon game. If you didn’t know, Dean loves his clams and I love my Browns so it ended up being a win-win! And a Browns win! Albeit an ugly one.
First Browns party at the new pad.
Since the Browns won, we had to light a quick fire and blow off some celebratory fireworks. HI NEW NEIGHBORS!
Surprisingly, the first game we attended was the Steelers game. Dean’s cousin was in town to show her Brit Boy how Browns fans do football. So to the Muni Lot it was! To my dismay, said Brit, Gary, was a Browns fan before he met Cassie. TRUE LOVE I SAY!
Tailgating before wailing on the Steelers!
about friggin’ time amazing beating we put on the Steelers, we went to celebrate at The Map Room. Which was obnoxiously packed. But Frowns and I witnessed the photo below. It was all worth it:
No caption needed
Enter the home opener. As much as I tried to convince myself that I was going to stay home and be responsible for Christmas in Cleveland, I couldn’t resist. I had a long week of travel early the next morning but that didn’t stop me from staying away from tailgating and our not-so-secret favorite place to watch a game, The Map Room.
Tailgating and Map Room partying at the home opener.
Lori and Danielle pulled off one of the best reverse photo bombs, right? To this stranger’s defense, Map Pizza is the best pizza.
I miss the days The Map Room was a hidden gem, but I’m happy Cleveland is thriving and bars are packed. There’s no arguing that it’s an exciting time to be a Clevelander.
As I write this post, the Browns are 5-3 and play the Bengals in less than 24 hours in what’s being called the biggest game since 2007. I’m throwing it out there…I think we’ll make a run for a wildcard and end the season at 10-6. Call me crazy. Call me what you want. I call me a fan who see’s that we’re on the cusp of being an AFC North juggernaut.
What’s your prediction for the rest of the Browns season?
It’s hard to believe but the holidays are right around the corner. It’s even harder to believe because I’m currently relaxing on the couch as the 80 degree temperatures blow through the open windows. Only in Cleveland, I guess.
If you’re into getting shopping done before the holiday madness takes over your life and love supporting local businesses, I have the event for you! The Winter Market: Sip, Shop, Stroll will be taking place next month on Rocky River’s popular Linda Street and will be chock full of Cleveland flair and flavor.
Over 25 vendors will be participating in the event along with the Linda Street hosts listed below. Who can you expect? Fresh Brewed Tees, Team Bride Apparel, Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar, Wandering Wardrobe, Chill Pop Shop, Yates Apothecary and Heirloom Greetings, just to name a few.
The hosts of this year’s events are: Lather a salon, Rocky River Wine Bar, Market Restaurant and Bar, Delzani’s Cycle, Tommy’s Place, Gestures, Closets, Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf, Sean Luis Salon and Beachcliff Cabinet & Design.
What you need to know:
• Thursday, November 20, 2014; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Linda Street in Rocky River
• Admission and parking for the event are free
Follow @SipShopStroll on Twitter and like them on Facebook for the latest updates on vendors and other announcements. So grab a friend and join us the week before Thanksgiving to get a head start on your holiday shopping! #ShopLocal!
Disclosure: I am friends with the owner of Lather a salon and was asked to help promote the event. As always, all opinions are mine.
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:
Annual trip with marina friends to Vermilion and our amazing #MarinaFlexFriday turns into Beachland Ballroom adventure:
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.
We 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!
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?
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
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: http://bit.ly/1w47Pn2 (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