Snail Mail?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Don't forget you have until Wednesday night to enter to win the smart snacking prize package from Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! popcorn - comment on this post to enter!

Someone please tell me I'm not the only one in the world who allows their mail to build up under the mail slot in their foyer like this.

I literally leave it lying on the floor for days, going through it on the floor digging out any important pieces of mail and leaving the junk to sit, and sit and sit.

Am I just flat out lazy? Probably.

Just like I'm too lazy to organize my jewelery in my closet, throw out approximately 278 men's XL promo t-shirts that I don't even wear or put away boxes of Christmas presents in my hallway.

I've got to pull myself together and get organized. Maybe it's time to a throw a party because you know I'm a great "company cleaner" - Superbowl party perhaps?

Now if you'll excuse me I have some mail to go through - bahaha, who am I kidding? I'm going to continue to sit on my big red chair and watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion and then, if I'm still awake Alcatraz.

Bring it.

My wedding themed old school hip hop weekend in Cleveland

Monday, January 30, 2012

Don't forget to enter to win an awesome smart snacking prize package from Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! by commenting on this post - you can also tweet daily for an extra entry.

Things I did this weekend in Cleveland:

1. Became obsessed with Dolce Wraps in Westgate Plaza even if I'm still burping up garlic, ew.

2. Played perfect bridesmaid to MOB's bride at the adorable bridal boutique Something White - she said yes to the dress and I tried on veils, it was awesome.

3. CK and I got last minute tickets to the Cavs vs Nets game thanks to Moe and Mark, grabbed a bite at Flannery's beforehand, and Kevin's Martini Bar after.

4. Heckled Kris Humphries.

5. Brunched at Latitude 41N with CK on Saturday - mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

6. Saturday night dinner at Light Bistro in Ohio City with Muffin, Jesse, Josh, Miranda and CK then old school hip hop night at Touch Supper Club.

7. Dropped it like it was hot. Booty popped. Waved my hands in the air like I just didn't care. Said oh-yeah, oh-yeah. Woo.

8. Lunched at Sweet Melissa's on Sunday with the Deery sisters, Beaver and MOB.

9. Took in the first ever Boutique Bridal Bazaar in the basement of Dredger's Union with MOB and Muffin - it was all local and very niche independent vendors which made it a bridal show worth checking out.

10. Made CK and I a juicy meatloaf wrapped in bacon for dinner with roasted red skinned potatoes and snap peas.

11. Decided to be way too lazy to organize any sort of pictures for this post - blogger fail.

Happy Monday, kids!

Winning with Orville Redenbacher and SmartPop!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

To continue with my partnership with the fine folks at Orville Redenbacher let's talk some more smart snacking and (spoiler alert!) if you stick with me there's a prize at the end.

Oh snacking, snacking smart, smart snacking, however you want to say it - let's just do it.

It's a SmartPop! collage taken last weekend with my smart models Allison and JV - fun with popcorn you guys, fun with popcorn.

I also recorded a video of Allison and JV throwing popcorn at each other and trying to catch it with their mouths but I deemed it inappropriate... for now.

Moving on... so did you know that popcorn is a whole grain? I personally had no clue, I suppose the fluffy white appearance threw me off, but in all reality eating just three cups of Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! provides a full serving of whole grain. Who knew?!?

SmartPop! is also low in fat, a good source of fiber and zero trans fats - all important factors if you're trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Do you know what else helps to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle? An awesome prize package including the following...

- A $75 Lululemon Gift Card for fitness apparel
- CamelBak 1 liter water bottle
- Resistance band
- Moleskin wellness journal
- Garmin heart rate monitor
- Two (2) boxes of Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! Pop Up Bowl Butter

This prize package, worth over $150, can be yours by entering one or all of the ways listed below.

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite healthy snack
2. Tweet the following about the contest, "I want to win a smart snacking prize pack from @clevelandsaplum and #orville SmartPop!" and leave a comment on this post telling me you did so - you can tweet this message daily for multiple entries
3. Share a link ( to this contest on Facebook leaving a comment on this post telling me you did so

You have until 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 1st to enter the contest and don't forget to leave me your contact information in the comment if I don't already know how to get a hold of you.

I'll be announcing the winner a week from today on Thursday, February 2nd so good luck to all who enter!

[Disclosure: As previously mentioned I'm working with Orville Redenbacher to help me snack smarter through their SmartPop! popcorn. While I am being compensated for my time and blog energy, these opinion are my own.]

Jump Back Ball + This City on CSF Radio

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I have a couple of fabulously unrelated and random updates for you today.

First being PlayhouseSquare's 21st Annual Jumpback Ball taking place Saturday, February 25th. My loyal readers know how much I love this event as I try to attend every year that I can (here's my 2010 recap, 2011 recap). This year will be my 5th year attending and if you've ever been to Jump Back Ball you know why I keep going back year after year - the dressing up, the dancing, the drinks, the food, the State Theater!

The tickets to the event literally always sell out and this year is guaranteed to be no different as as of today there are approximately 60 tickets left so if you're on the fence about going stop that right now and buy your ticket to the event of the year. Another reason to buy today is that on Wednesday the tickets prices go up - so don't delay!

The second update for the day is that tonight Allison and I will be on the radio! The internet radio to be specific, the "This City" show on CSF Radio to be even more specific. We'll be live on air and in studio at 9:30pm tonight and you can bet your life we'll have had a cocktail or two in us for preparations sake.

I hope you tune in to hear us talk about all things Cleveland and perhaps all things inappropriate as I'm not 100% sure how it's going to go yet...

Click here to listen to This City live every Tuesday from 9 to 11pm.

Happy Tuesday, kids!

Adult slumber party + Allison's birthday party

Monday, January 23, 2012

So yeah, I was a little quiet on the blog front last week, don't worry, I was just busy making one if the biggest life decisions I've had to make in years - no big deal.

But more on that later...

Let's chat about this past weekend shall we?

Thursday night CK and I dined in my neighborhood at Luxe Kitchen & Lounge and then headed to tremont to meet up with the Verdova's and Pagezell (<--- new nickname alert which equals AJP + Harzell) at Flying Monkey. It was a much need hangout and that's all I'm gonna say about that.

Friday night brought lots of snow and an unexpected "adult slumber party" with my house guests Allison and JV. We talked about work, life, loves, etc all while eating Noodlecat and ice cream sundaes from Sweet Moses.

JV just slidin', Allison just plankin' and playing in my kitchen and our sundaes, mmmmm.

We essentially acted like children all night and then Seanski came over and it got worse. Allison and I headed to bed early and then Seanski and JV decided to take video and pics of us sleeping - very 7th grade sleepover right? The next morning we headed to Latitude 41N for breakfast because we obviously need to hangout with each other a little more.

Saturday afternoon an ungodly amount of money was spent on the most random items at Target and I took in a viewing of Beauty and the Beast in 3D - it's better on the big screen, you guys.

Saturday night though was party time for Allison's 29th birthday at Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City - lots of friends were in attendance as well as lots of non-friends, aka the bar was PACKED. Allison is lucky I like her because me and some of the OHC establishments on Saturday nights just don't get along - Sunday thru Thursday? I love um - weekends? Not so much. Great for the neighborhood but not good for old farts like me.

I should probably back up though because before Allison's party me, Seanski and Matt had dinner at the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood's newest dining establishment Spice Kitchen + Bar (where I had my #holladays party if you remember). The place was GREAT, it was good to see the full space all put together and if you do one thing when you go there just listen to me and order the mushroom beignets - TRUST ME.

My sparkly nails for the evening clutching my bubbles and our delicious/tasty/creative food for our wonderful meal.

Some shots from Allison's party - lots of friends, lipgloss application with my malbec tongue and Lzone in a beard sandwich - she says ew, I say love.

After a walk through at Speakeasy (after we left MKT Garden) was deemed way too much for me, Seanski and Matt we headed to XYZ the Tavern for a late night slice and night cap - the perfect way to end a fun night out.

Sunday the draw to Latitude 41n for breakfast was strong (again) so MOB and I talked wedding stuff and then I headed home to well, just be home - it was just what the doctor ordered.

Happy Monday, kids!

Smart snacking with Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Smart snacking.

Is that even a possibility?

Historically speaking "smart snacking" hasn't been the highest priority on my snack list as I'd rather stick my spoon in a pint of ice cream rather than munch on celery sticks.

Historically speaking (x2) I've also always been the opposite of skinny so perhaps "smart snacking" needs to become a part of my lifestyle, especially if I want to drop some serious lbs in time for a trip to the beach in May.

It's time to get serious, kids.

Step one, controlling what goes into my mouth (insert dirty joke here).

That's where my new blog partnership with Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! popcorn comes in. Over the next few weeks I'm going to be sharing with you all some tips and tricks for snacking smarter with into the new year and if you follow along I promise there will be some prizes.

I mean, I even have a reality TV star getting involved!

BERNIE! (before and after)

For all you Biggest Loser fans out there I know you're familiar with Season 5 at home winner Bernie Salazar who has partnered the wonderful folks at Orville Redenbacher to preach on about being healthy, snacking smart, staying fit and keeping those New Year's resolutions.

This is where you come in, dear readers.

Have any burning healthy eating, fitness, diet questions? Any desire to find out smart snacking tips from a bona fide health and fitness nut? Curious to know what really goes on on the Biggest Loser ranch?

Well Bernie is your man.

Simply leave a comment on this post with your questions for Bernie and he will record a custom video response just for my readers answering your questions that I'll be posting at a later date. You have until the end of this week to get your questions submitted to Bernie so don't delay.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some SmartPop! to eat.

[Disclosure: I'm working with Orville Redenbacher to help me snack smarter through their line of SmartPop! popcorn. While I am being compensated for my time and blog energy, these opinions are all my own.]

Drinking wine in Bay Village and yacht rockin' for Seanski's 30th

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hello snow, how ya doin'? How ya been?

Can't say I missed ya but if you only stick around for the next 7 weeks tops I won't hate you - you're presence this weekend sure did make everything a little prettier though. So for now,
for now, we're friends, welcome back.

This past snowy weekend in Cleveland was a good one with a stereotypical "girl's night out" over wine with some of my oldest friends (not newest, right poo poo?).

Muffin, poo poo, Beaver, Jill and I headed to a new (to me) restaurant/bar in Bay Village called Vento La Trattoria and Wine Bar. This restaurant, essentially across the street from Huntington Beach, was A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E. You walk in the space and it screams date night. The mood lighting, dark wood and general coziness just makes you want to pop open a bottle of malbec.

And we may or may not have opened about 4 bottles of malbec.

We all got together to celebrate our friend poo poo's birthday who was home visiting from Chicago and with poo poo being one of my favorite people EVER anytime we all get to hangout (blizzard or not) makes me happy.

My gorgeous friends poo poo and Muffin.

Saturday brought lots of errands and shopping on the east side of Cleveland with CK including a lunch stop at Michael Symon's B Spot Burgers and a visit to my cousin Peter's store Pat O'Brien's Fine Wines for some wine and bubbles stock up.

Saturday also brought Seanski's 30th Birthday bash at the Harbor Inn. The party was yacht themed based on Seanski's love of boating, the location of Harbor Inn and the irony of dressing up like one is on a boat in the middle of January. It was a party and a half filled with lots of friends, fun and most importantly DANCING. Seanski wouldn't have the #seanski30 party any other way.

Ahoy Matey! That's Captain Paul and Captain Bob to you.

Nick, CK, Shibani and Allison being adorable - Moe posing in her yacht-wear and winter boots, naturally - and of course we had rotating video screens for the party with the #seanski30 hashtag and all.

My favorite costume of the night came from Ms. Lzone herself - shark attack!! The side shot may be my favorite due to an inappropriately placed fin...

When one is about to be eaten by a shark I'm told this the look they make - pure terror. I'm quite the actress - Dear Hollywood, call me.

Lots of friends, including the birthday boy himself, um, eating a pearl necklace?

Oh, Seanski how you crack me up. I hope you had as much fun at your 30th birthday party as I and the rest of your guests did. The snow could never keep us way!

Happy Monday, kids.

my favorite videos of the week

Friday, January 13, 2012

Your front row seat for entertainment magazines.

These "Sh*t ________ Say" videos have been making the rounds on the internet for a couple of weeks now and while I've giggled at a few of them none compare to the two I'm about to post.

See below for Sh*t Nobody Says - hilarious, brilliant and so so so so so true.

If you're a closeted (or out) Real Housewives of (fill in the blank city) fan you'll very much appreciate the following video. See below for Sh*t Real Housewives Say - spot on.

Happy Friday (the 13th), kids!!

Ginko + Seanski's 30th birthday!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sometimes there isn't anything better then a rainy Wednesday night out in Tremont with friends.

AJP, Colleen, KJ and I like to get together for sushi every few months because well, sushi is awesome.

Last night we headed to
Ginko in Tremont, a spot none of us had been to yet and one that I personally have been dying to try. There was a slight mix up with our reservation but the management did right by us buy being very apologetic and then giving us complimentary glasses of champagne. They must have known how to get right to my heart of hearts - bubbles.

After the small snafu everything was perfect, especially the sushi - OMG. It was the best I've had in years. You're going to pay a premium for that best taste (half price sushi at the rock it's not) but it's so worth it. Great atmosphere too.

Colleen and AJP drinking their miso soup and my glorious/delicious/awesome lobster dish prepared with tempura fresh mango, avocado, 1/2 a lobster, greens and a ginger dressing. I may or may not have dreamed about it's tastiness last night.

I'll definitely be back to Ginko. After dinner we all headed to 806 Wine and Martini Bar for an after dinner drink where more friends like Seanski, Nugget and Ahmed met us.

Considering this is Seanski's 30th birthday week, and today being his actually birthday, the celebration needed to continue.

The celebration just happened to included an AJP + Seanski scarf attack - totally normal, totally.

It also included thumb wars. What Seanski? You're not happy about turning 30 today? Get used to it, baby.

In all seriousness, I want to wish my main Seanski nothing but a wonderful year and entire 30's decade - welcome to the club my friend - HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY!! xoxo

Crop + Disney on Ice + Lolita = I never thought I'd ever type those phrases together

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thanks everyone for all the kind words about my blog design, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Let's chat about this past weekend though because that also gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

The weekend started off right with dinner at Crop Bar and Bistro for JV's fabulous birthday. I had yet to dine at Crop since they moved to Ohio City from the Warehouse District and their space is breath taking to say the least. Their food has always been good, but they kicked it up a notch.

I was truly impressed with everything, their drinks, food and friendly service. Especially the gals who let our original bar group of eight have a table in the restaurant. They must have really liked us too because we got complimentary crab cakes, and a couple extra birthday desserts for JV as you can see below.

The beautiful birthday girl JV posing with all her desserts and Allison.

Those desserts, OH MY GOODNESS. That waffle and tart cherry one? I'm still dreaming about it. I quite frankly can't wait to go back for more because they are killing it over at Crop.

After dinner Allison, JV, Shibani and Nick walked over to Bier Markt for more fun, more friends joining us and bottles and bottles of my favorite beer ever Kasteel Rouge.

Allison and I at Bier Markt drinking Kasteel Rouge, I'm positive I also got her hooked.

Saturday was a low key day filled with cleaning, laundry, work, Just Dancing and babysitting CK's little one. Quite the opposite of Friday night, but just as good.

Sunday brought a matinee of Disney on Ice Dare to Dream (aka Princesses everywhere) with CK and his little one. I'm not sure who had more fun, me or the 4-year-old because I was singing along to every song and "wahooed" when Ariel skated out in the finale.

Sunday also brought CK wining and dining me with Stoli Doli's from The Treehouse and bottle of red and gourmet food at Lolita - dates? duck meatballs? strip steak? braised lamb gnocchi? bottle of true grit? YES PLEASE.

Sadly Jaffurs Syrah isn't on the menu anymore, but this Parducci Petite Sirah hit the spot.

Wined and dined indeed

Happy Tuesday, kids!

It's new blog design day at Cleveland's a Plum!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Notice anything new around here?

Like, perhaps, a new blog design?!?

It only took approximately one full year to get this design launched. No joke.

I first emailed Ashley of Little Leaf Design on January 24, 2011 (yup, almost a full year ago) inquiring about a new design. Let it be stated for the record though it was ALL on me.

I'm pretty much the worst client. And I should know better considering I work on the account side of a marketing firm and know what it feels like for a client to go mute. The good thing is I also know you can always buy more design rounds for when you decided to start over - whoops.

Thank goodness Ashley is the most patient lady I know because my mind changes approximately ever 5 minutes.

She's also a good designer and a wiz with the design install so if you're looking to spice up your design don't hesitate to reach out to Ashley at Little Leaf!

I'm super happy with the change, it's a lot cleaner than it was before and a whole lot less pink. I still have some things to work on, like my "about", "highlights" and "contact" page up in the navigation but it's a start, right?

Happy Sunday, kids!

Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressings Taste Good

Friday, January 6, 2012

For those of you who follow me on
instagram you know I've been cooking up a storm lately.

It's becoming a true passion for me. Partly because I like to challenge myself with new recipes, another part is because I like to see what I can "whip up" but mostly because I really
REALLY like to eat...

The recipes loaded with cheese, heavy cream, bacon and any other fatty ingredient you can add obviously aren't the best for my waist line but things like greens are, which is exactly what I'm going to be focusing on them for the foreseeable future.

Good thing I was given the opportunity to try out some new salad dressings, the line of Marzetti Simply Dressed Refrigerated Salad Dressings to be exact.

When I headed to the grocery store to pick out a dressing to try I couldn't pick just one because they all sounded so good. From the start I really like their packaging, the fact that they are made with olive oil, sea salt and fresh ingredients and not preservatives or artificial flavors.

There's classic varieties like Blue Cheese, Ranch, Caesar, Thousand Island, Balsamic and Greek Feta, but also more unique varieties like Champagne, Strawberry Poppyseed and Ginger Sesame.

The ones that caught my attention to purchase were the Simply Dressed Coleslaw and the Simply Dressed Light Raspberry Acai which I happily took home with some fixings to make me a healthy(ish) dinner to remember. Let's talk about what I made, shall we?

Simply Dressed Broccoli Coleslaw with Almonds, Dried Cranberries and Rice Noodles

Right by where one can purchase the dressings are all the lettuce bags and once I saw the Coleslaw version I knew I had to make some broccoli slaw. I prefer broccoli slaw over traditional cabbage slaw because sometimes my stomach and cabbage don't get along... if you know what I mean.

Grab a bag of broccoli slaw, a bottle of the dressing, some dried cranberries, sliced almonds and rice noodles. For the record I already had the cranberries, almonds and rice noodles in my pantry so I threw them in hoping everything tasted good together - thankfully it was delicious.

The Simply Dressed Coleslaw dressing was glorious, you could taste the apple cider vinegar which gave it a great tart yet sweet taste making it a perfect accompaniment to this slaw. Plus is takes approximately 2 whole minutes to make - it's a great side.

Mixed Green Salad with Chicken, Blackberries, Raspberries and Gorgonzola with Simply Dressed Light Raspberry Acai Dressing

Words don't begin to express how glorious this salad was, it was so good in fact that I ate it two days in a row for dinner because I still had all the ingredients.

To make it I marinaded some chicken tender breasts in Soy Vey Island Teriyaki and cooked them accordingly. Next, and this isn't rocket science, I took lettuce out of a bag and put raspberries, blackberries and crumbled gorgonzola cheese on it. Finally drizzle the Simply Dressed Light Raspberry Acai Dressing over and viola!!

I'm positive I could drink this dressing it's so good. Also, I know it isn't berry season but these berries were so sweet and delicious and I was expecting them to be mediocre at best - a pleasant surprise.

The moral of the story is Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressings are GOOD, check them out at your local grocery soon!

Disclaimer: I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company and Clever Girls Collective to host a Marzetti Simply Dressed review. They provided me with product to test myself and compensation for my time. However, my opinions are entirely my own.

How I spent my holiday vacation: Part Two - #holladays!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I love the Holla Days, you guys.

"Holla Days" being the shortened name for the party Lzone and I have been throwing for the past three years: The New Year's Eve Eve Holla Days Festival of Awesomeness Party. It's exactly what the name says, a party thrown on the day
before New Year's Eve - 12/30.

As mentioned, Lzone and I have been hosting the #holladays party for the last three years (2009 and 2010) but I'm confident to say that this past year was the best yet.

This year we were blessed with a unique, stunning and new restaurant venue that for every party we have moving forward we are going to remember how lucky we were to be able to score this place before it opened.

Spice Kitchen + Bar is the soon to open Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood restaurant from the team behind the popular Spice of Life Catering Company with a focus on local sourced food and drink.

The restaurant staff including, Ben, Jackie, Jess and Amelia were so gracious and helpful to my friends and I the night of our party that I'm counting down the days till they open to the public for dinner on Tuesday January 17th.

If it wasn't for the on point customer service, tasty drinks and scrumptious food from Spice I'm not sure our #holladays party would have been as successful or as fun as it was.

And man was it fun - so many friends, so much prosecco, so much sparkle. And now I'll just show you the pictures to prove it, natch.

A hint of the Spice Kitchen + Bar menu and one of the flatbreads and popcorns that were served to our guests.

The hostesses with the mostesses - me and Lzone. The top is the first picture we took and the bottom is the last picture of the night. I'd say we held up ok after 983 bottles of Prosecco, right?

Lots of friends: Ashley + Julie + Erin /// Jamie + the Cleveland Foodie herself, Michelle /// Christie + Zone sissy Jenna /// Erin + Moe + MOB

More friends: Bean + Allison + Greg /// the newly engaged duo Dean + Alana /// Heather + more Alana /// Danny + Gina + Kayla

Party people: Marissa + Carla + Craig + CK + Patrick /// AJP + JV + Ben + Charity

The Beautiful Ladies (plus one metro): Michelle + Heather + Alana + Cortney /// Shibani + Hartzell + JV + AJP

My favorite shot of the night, Seanksi being carried by Hartzell. We may or may not have been politely asked to leave right.... about.... here....

WHAT A NIGHT. Thanks again to all who came out to party and if we are judging by the 38 people checked into Spice on foursquare at one point in the night I'd say the #holladays party was trending.

Don't forget to save the date for next year's 4th annual party on 12/30/12!

How I spent my holiday vacation: Part One

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, I'm back.

Happy 2012 and happy 4 year blogiversary to Cleveland's a Plum!!

When I started this here blog on January 1, 2008 never, ever, EVER did I think you'd be able to view my posting archives for all of 2008, let alone 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012...

This is crazy to me.

I've met so many people (who are now my great friends) all thanks to this blog and I even if I stopped posting tomorrow (don't worry, I'm not) I wouldn't have a single regret. And for this I thank you all for reading - here's to another fabulous year - xoxo.

During my much anticipated
holiday vacation I had a lot of fun with family and friends only some of which I'm going to share here because let's be honest I really don't need to upload 100+ pictures from my week of fun - how about the cliff notes version?

The holiday festivities started out with the bang on the eve of Christmas Eve with the first soon to be annual event: The Cousins Party! My cousins Anthony and Mara hosted at their home in North Canton and my cousins (from my Dad's side of the family) traveled from all over the county to attend. We ate delicious food, drank till our heads were fuzzy and even mapped out our family tree on a cocktail napkin because we could. It was awesome.

My sissy (in from Boston), Marissa (in from Chicago), Mara (our hostess) and Dina - Anthony (our host), Steven (in from Florida), Jay (in from Lexington) and CK - and sissy posing with the beautiful tree!

Christmas eve my Mom, sissy and CK all headed over to good family friends the Loukas' for a wonderful holiday visit and most importantly to snuggle with my godson Bobby - the most adorable baby out there, fact.

"Hi. I'm Bobby and my Nouna (godmother in Greek) is obsessed with me"

The rest of Christmas eve was spent at my Thea Eros and Uncle Nick's house as well as my cousin Pete and Suzanne's house - there's nothing like party hopping for the holidays, nothing.

Sissy, my cousin Kristen, my Yiayia Lambo, me and my cousin Marissa at my Thea Eros and Uncle Nick's. I love my family!

My cousins Elenie, Alexandra and Kosta with sissy at Peter and Suzanne's where the lamb chops and champagne cocktails were a plenty.

Christmas Day was spent at my Tiajo and Uncle David's where more than one dance party erupted, more than one elevator ride was taken and more than one fashion show was put on - kids, I love them.

My not so little anymore cousins Nicolette, Grayson and Jenna at the Christmas dinner table crowns and all.

The day after Christmas was spent with friends that if I never started this blog I wouldn't have - ANG, Maris (both in from Chicago) and Pam - thank god for the plum, right?

We dined at my neighborhood favorite Luxe Kitchen + Lounge where we became obsessed with the Cerelia martini. We bar hopped to XYZ the Tavern where Seanski joined us, then to Velvet Tango Room and a night cap at Market Garden Brewery. With Maris being a first time Cleveland visitor I think we successfully showed her a good night on the town.

Our new favorite drink, me and ANG (our faces and bracelets) and Maris and ANG with a blurry Seanski attempting a photo bomb.

Fun times had by all in Canton/Cleveland!

I think that's it for now... all of the New Year's Eve Eve #holladays festivities will have to wait until the next post - and man will that be one for the record books.

Happy Tuesday, kids.