Weekend Recap: Playing Babysitter

It was a great, fun and activity-filled weekend. B and I enjoyed a Friday night out – dinner at Lola, celebrating Pride in Cleveland, the Flea and babysitting our niece and nephew.

Some highlights, in photos:

Started the evening out on East Fourth with  B.


Dinner, at Lola. That’s foie gras. 20150807_194357

And halibut with smoked mussels.IMG_20150807_214152

MY dinner date 🙂20150807_203345

Sunday morning at the market.20150808_113414

Watching the Pride parade.20150808_122033

Happy Pride Cleveland!


Selfie at the Flea with Sofia. 20150808_145638

Niece and nephew and lemonade at the Flea.20150808_151834


Making pizza for dinner.1439073430475

And a fort for bedtime!20150808_205350

And of course pancakes for breakfast.



And an afternoon matinee at the theater – the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie. Always a good movie.


And dinner at a friend’s house. I love love love Mediterranean food so this hit the spot. Grilled lamb, veggies, homemade hummus, a greek cucumber noodle salad homemade flatbread with falafel spiced tomatoes. I can take no credit for any of the deliciousness.20150809_180244

And a great night for a walk, because I haven’t run since my 10 miles Friday morning.


Perfect end to a weekend.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any friends that love to cook? Yes! I have a few – and I get to benefit 🙂
  • Which Willy Wonka movie do you like more? The original!
  • Did you read Roald Dahl growing up? Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl movie or book? The Witches and Matilda, definitely. I LOVE Roald Dahl! I also love the Twits and BFG but it’s been forever since I read those.

Linking up with Her Heartland Soul today again for this weekend update. Have a great week!


Playhouse Square’s 2015-16 Broadway Season!

Those of you that know me know that I’ve grown to love and embrace my new (is it still new if I’ve been here 7 years?) city, Cleveland. I’m always celebrating Cleveland and telling friends and family who are not from here how great it is and what the city has to offer.

One of the things I love about this city is our amazing theaters and performances that I’m lucky enough to attend and are literally a walk away from my apartment. As you may know, Playhouse Square is the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City. This week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the 2015-2016Broadway Series Launch Party AND I got to go with my sister-in-law Mary for a lovely girls night!

Some highlights from the event:

Trying out a selfie stick thanks to the Playhouse Square crew (including a former intern of mine!)


Wearing a media pass! (and being at a non-work related event and doing so)

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Playing around at the Playhouse Square photo booth!unnamed

AND for what you’ve all been waiting for – at the party, I got to hear what shows are coming to Cleveland next season. Here’s what’s coming to town!


What am I most excited about? If I had to choose only 3:

  1. I’m SO excited for some of these shows, especially Matilda. I LOVED the book growing up and then the movie and am so ready to see the show brought to life on stage!


2. If/Then looks really interesting and good. I love the plot line (a 30-something year old woman trying to determine her future, find herself, etc.) AND I’ve heard it’s MADE for RENT fans (ahem – me!)

3. Phantom. Okay, so I’ll admit I’m not the typical theatre junkie and obsessed with Phantom of the Opera, but B likes it and I want to give it another try. And in all honesty, the sat time I saw it we were behind a family that talked the whole time so hopefully this time with better seats I can enjoy it more.


Bonus: Beautiful. We got to hear several performances from this musical and they were incredible. I don’t know much about Carole King, or her music, but the show looks great and I’d love to learn more!

Interested in seeing any of these shows? Become a Season Ticket holder to secure your seats now!

Some questions for you:

  • Okay, have you seen any of these shows? Any recommendations?
  • Do you have a favorite musical or one you’ve seen over and over again? Wicked and RENT and Newsies. Can I have more than one?
  • Have you used a selfie stick?

Disclosure: I was given two complimentary tickets to Playhouse Square’s Broadway launch party, as well as access to the post-party media event. All views on this post are my own.