GV Art + Design CleveLand That I Love: Giveaway

If you haven’t already heard, the popular t-shirt company & famed Etch-A-Sketch artist (George Vlosich) is opening a brick-and-mortar retail space next month in Lakewood.  It’s convenient to order the famed apparel online, but it will be even better to be able to check out the space and see where the magic happens.

GV Art + Design is anticipating to be open at 17411 Detroit Avenue sometime in February.

CleLoveShirtGV Art + Design created the “CleveLand That I Love” campaign to help promote and celebrate the city where we are from. We support our city and want people to know it’s not just a shirt, it’s a statement! 

There’s no getting around the fact I love t-shirts supporting CLE:


I realize these may not be GV shirts, but I tend to wear my CLE heart on my sleeve and am excited to have the retail shop only a few minutes away!  So when I was asked to host a giveaway for GV Art + Design CleveLand That I Love, I happily accepted!



  1. Leave a comment telling me which GV Art + Design t-shirt or sweatshirt you love the most
  2. Tweet the following: ‘I want to win a @GVartwork t-shirt from @dawgpndgirl  http://bit.ly/Sp630M #freeGVtee’
  3. Follow @GVartwork on twitter
  4. Like GV Artwork on Facebook

You have until Thursday, January 17 @ 11:59pm to enter.  You can tweet once per day.  Good luck!

Disclosure: I was offered one GV Art + Design t-shirt (the neon blue tank on the right) in exchange for hosting this giveaway.  Opinions are mine!   

Piada Italian Street Food: WINNER!



Congratulations to Allison!  The winner has been randomly selected & notified.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  If you head to Piada, let me know what you think!

I blinked & it was all over

And just like that, my 13-day holiday break came to an end. For the last few weeks of 2012, I truly felt like a college student home on Christmas break. The last time I had 13 days off of work? Probably never!  It was most likely before I started my first big girl job.

The fact that a few of my best friends were also in town celebrating the holidays contributed to the feeling of college break. What would any 28-year old adult do on their very own ‘college-break?’

What didn’t I do would probably be a better question.

I attended a baby shower, attended my own bridal shower & relived the good ol’ days at the Ironwood…


Dean and I got all fancied up for Christmas Eve and we got to enjoy the Italian Feast of Seven Fishes AND my families’ party!


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christmas-collage2012The photos simply don’t show how much we all indulged!  There was copious amounts of food from fried calamari & scallops to standing prime rib roast!

After the first round of holiday parties, it was onto the second round which included: a surprise 30th birthday party, #holladays, building an inappropriate snowman & truck nutz.



All-in-all, it was a fantastic holiday season.  I just wish it didn’t fly by so quickly!!!  I’ll remember to try to soak in all in a bit better next year when I’m on Christmas vacation 😛

Not documented: one too many dance parties on our coffee table, not-so-low key wine nights in with my best friends, intense games of Catch Phrase with Ian & Heather, the Design Surfaces holiday party, a sweatshirt NYE party and oh so much more!!!

Piada Italian Street Food Giveaway

It’s been awhile since there’s been a fun giveaway on the blog & I’m excited to tell you guys about the Piada Italian Street Food giveaway!

From their press release: Piada Italian Street Food, the fast casual creation of restaurateur Chris Doody, is planning to open in South Euclid, Ohio, December 21st. Piada has attracted nationwide attention with its fresh, competitively-priced, high quality Italian fare and made-to-order delivery system. Guests choose from an array of healthy and indulgent options to create a meal suited to their individual taste and mood.

What exactly is Piada?

A fast casual, authentic Italian eatery serving hand rolled Piadas, Pasta Bowls, & Chopped Salads. Born from the belief that everyone is entitled to experience fresh, authentic Italian food, in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Sounds like a quick, fresh and tasty meal option to me. As of now, the only Piada is in South Euclid (and we all know how I feel about crossing the Cuyahoga). However, Dean and I can’t pass up a new Italian joint to check out!


From the way Piada seems to be rapidly expanding, we can keep our fingers crossed for a westside location to open soon!

How can you win a $25 gift card?
1. Enter a comment telling me which type of Piada dish you would order.
2. Tweet the following: I want to win a @mypiada gift card from @dawgpndgirl: http://bit.ly/UXrxRw #mypiada (Leave a comment telling me you tweeted; can tweet once per day).
3. Follow @mypiada on Twitter (Leave a comment telling me you did so).
4. Like Piada on Facebook (Leave a comment telling me you did so).

You have until 11:59 Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to enter. The winner wil be randomly selected & notified by email (make sure I know yours!). Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided my own $25 gift card to Piada in exchange for hosting this giveaway. I am excited to check it out!
Photos credit: Yelp.com

Bridal Shower #1

Back in September when my bridesmaids had the idea to have my bridal shower over the holidays, I was all for it since they’d all be in town and would not have to travel to CLE solely for my shower at a later date. Some people thought my mom was nuts to host 40 women at her house the Saturday before Christmas, but I’m so glad she did.

If you happened to see photos from our engagement party, the bridal shower followed the theme I’m envisioning for the wedding: sea glass greens & blues, mason jars and burlap all with a touch of Pinterest (and Christmas!). My parent’s house was completely transformed and called a ‘Pinterest party’ by a few of my family members!

These girls utterly outdid themselves. I was overwhelmed with love the entire day. A week and a half later, I am still reeling from everything they did for me not only that day, but the months leading up to the party.

Now onto the good stuff – the photos.

Dean was man enough to hang all day with the ladies! Hey, we are pretty fun. The other boys joined us after the gifts were open. Only I would have a wedding shower that went until the wee hours of the morning!

Sorry gals, these ladies aren’t professional party planners…but they should be!

Observations from the jury box

About a month ago when I received my summons to county jury duty I was concerned that I’d be missing too much work before the end of the year. Of course, I was the busiest I’ve been at work. However, I completely recognize that it’s our privilege as U.S. citizens to serve on jury duty! ‘Merica!

I chatted with my friends, family & co-workers who at one point or an other have done their part as an upstanding citizen by reporting to jury duty. Their one piece of advice: take a book. In my case, I took a book, my work laptop, an iPad, my iPhone & some magazines. I was told I’d be bored! Plus, I was hoping I could work.

Boy was I wrong!

Here are some my my takeaways from being called into three trials (one voir dire and canned, one guy plead out and one case in which we came to a verdict):

• There are some interesting outfits at the Justice Center – Think lots of velour.
• The county needs a new video to educate jurors on Day 1.
• Think you’re getting out of jury duty by not registering to vote? Think again. Jurors can be called from their driver’s license.
• You are paid $20/day for your time. I thought it would be $10. Apparently it used to be $25. People complained about this. A LOT. I know the county is hurting, I’ll happily accept my $80.
• Voir dire can suck. It can suck bad. I feel fortunate I was removed from my first case on Day 1. I was mentally and emotionally exhausted from an invasive and sensitive voir dire.
• The defendant is present for voir dire. Awwwwkward.
• Judge Sheehan seems like a pretty cool guy. He came down on Day 1 to answer questions & I was called into his court room. The defendant plead out before voir dire and the Judge sent me a personal thank you note in the mail (I get everyone who was called up probably got this – still considerate and it was semi-personal)!
• Go get lunch at The Side Bar – the bartender is pretty cool.
• I held crack (the evidence). That was a first!
• I couldn’t help but feel the drawing for jurors from the pool wasn’t random. I was with the same people for all three trials (who were removed/not selected) & there were many jurors who told me they sat there for 4 days without being picked once.
• Prosecutors and defense attorneys ask the same question in 75 different ways.

Overall, I’m glad I served on a jury. Would I want to go back next week? No way. I don’t even want to go back next year. However, it’s our civic duty to do so.

Best part? I helped keep one more crack-trafficking criminal off the streets of Cleveland!

Have you ever served on a jury? How was your experience?

Thankful Thursday: My bridesmaids

Not only was I lucky enough to have my future sister-in-law (and friend!) & Dean’s brother throw us an elaborate engagement party, my 2 Maids of Honor, 3 Bridesmaids & mom are about to throw me my first bridal shower!

I’m definitely feeling the love as these 6 amazing ladies are dedicating their time (and money!) to plan and host a party in honor of Dean & I.

How cute are these textured invites?!

These ladies might be in the middle of holiday madness, but I can’t thank them enough for all the ‘behind-the-scene’ stuff I know they are doing (and keeping a secret from me)! I just can’t wait to see what’s in store!

This holiday season, I am thankful for my best friends, family & loved ones that I will see extra of thanks to this shower!

What are you thankful for today?

A weekend to remember

This past weekend was full of celebrations. From welcoming two of our best friend’s baby into the world, to a Browns victory & a reunion with a college buddy, the good times were rolling!

On Friday night, I joined my co-workers at The Blind Pig for a super cheap happy hour ($3 Christmas Ale drafts!) & inappropriate conversations. After a laughing our asses off, I had to rush over to Great Lakes to give Jay a congratulatory hug and celebrate his baby-making skills.

The party continued as we showed Dean’s college buddy how to do a bar crawl on W. 25th with stops at Market Garden Brewery, Bier Markt & Nano Brew.

Santoli showing us how to drink beer on a Friday night, Teddy & Dean, the new dad and Seanski!

Come Saturday, I had a mild hangover but that didn’t stop my mom and I from knocking off some holiday shopping at Aurora Farms – she may have found a dress for our wedding at Off 5th – Saks!

Since we were such party animals Friday night, we spent the night in Saturday which was fine by me since we were got to meet the baby, we were watching Cabela’s cousin, I had wedding stuff to address & Elf was on!

Baby Cora is the cutest little girl

For the Browns game on Sunday afternoon, we joined our good friends for buffalo mac-n-cheese, sloppy joes, finger foods and plenty of ‘table wine’ aka Matthew Fox on the coffee table. We may have discovered the best new football food combo: buffalo mac-n-cheese topped with sloppy joe meat! Man, America is awesome 🙂

Love these dogs!

Happy Monday!

We’ve been busy…really busy!

The past month or so has been hectic to say the least. Hectic in a good way though. As we got the house ready for our first Thanksgiving, we installed a new feature wall, had new windows and siding installed, detailed our office and cleaned the house with a fine-toothed comb (call me a party-cleaner).

That doesn’t mean we didn’t make any time for fun.

And instead of going out on the Wednesday before Turkey Day, we partied on Tuesday night!

Sans Thanksgiving hangover, we hosted a successful Turkey Day with a fried turkey and all the traditional fixin’s!

Yes, that’s a Canadian Tuxedo…part of said tuxedo may or may not have ended up in the bonfire!

And last but certainly not least, we got a head start by putting our holiday decorations early.

As much as I’d like to think life could start to slow down, I know that won’t happen. ‘Tis the season!

Happy Busiest Bar Night of the Year

While most people will be doing this with their high school friends…

I’ll be peeling potatoes while drinking wine!

Cheers! Happy Thanksgiving!