the greatest party on earth is turning 25

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Over the past years, I've been lucky enough to attend the Jump Back Ball and partner with the organization as an official blogger.

This year, if you plan on attending one of the most fabulous parties in February in Cleveland, I have another hand in it as compared to past years. With my role on the young professionals board, Playhouse Partners, I'm one of three people to bring the 25th year anniversary vision to life with a group of even more talented committee members.

What: 25th Annual Jump Back Ball - Jump Back Under the Big Top: The Greatest Party on Earth
When: Saturday, February 27th
Where: Really? Come on!

Admission levels:  VIP or General

VIP includes a pre-party at 6 p.m. including early entrance VIP cocktail reception in the State Theater lobby, seated dinner in the Connor Palace plus General Admission obvi.

General admission - Party begins at 8 p.m and includes dinner buffet on the State Theater stage and that lovely open bar we all love.

Want tickets? Here the dates you NEED to know - November 9 and November 16. If you are a member of our Playhouse Partners, then you can purchase tickets on November 9 BEFORE the rest of the public. Yes, you can and all you have to do is join Partners for a bunch of great benefits and for just $100.

Partner ticket prices: $130 a ticket and $250 for VIP and on sale on November 9
Public on sale ticket prices: $155 for Partners general admission and $165 for Non-Partners (only 200 tickets available at THIS price)

So, set your calendars accordingly because this event sells out EVERY year and I'll see you at the VIP dinner in February.

Disclosure: Like in past years, I was provided a complimentary ticket if I spread the word about this fabulous event which I have attended for the past years. 

your September = planned

If this weekend is any indication of what weather is to come, I can tell you that summer in Cleveland isn't quite over just yet. I think we have a few more weekends of beach weather to soak up all the sun before the snowmageddons hit in December.

But you can come for me, Jon Snow! I'm stocked with new snow boots and two stylish new coats because I have a obsession for shopping thing for a structured blazer, coat or peacoat. (Yes, there is a difference.)

Detox events

Pose Cleveland Opens - Downtown Clevelanders are throwing both hands up with the opening of this hot yoga studio in the Bingham Building on W. 9th st. There will be drinks, appetizers and music by DJ MisterBradleyP with a FREE class.

When: Friday, September 18th, at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Night Market Cleveland - I'm so happy that I will finally be able to make it to this event in Asia Town. There will be vendors galore with trinkets to buy and food and beverages to drink throughout the night.

When: Friday, September 25th, 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Rockwell and East 21st

Ohio City Street Festival - Love this neighborhood? Then don't miss this festival filled with food, brews and everything in between with two beer gardens from Great Lakes Brewing Company, Platform Beer Co and Market Garden Brewery. The WSM will be open (yep, that's right) as well as a dunking booth and Mitchell's Ice Cream eating contest. (Sidenote: You MUST try the vegan caramel ice cream. DELICIOUS.

When: Sunday, September 27th, 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Retox events

Rock the Core Cider Festival - Look, I have a wedding this day otherwise you would find me front and center sipping on some cider ALL DAY long.

When: Saturday, September 12, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Voinovich Bicentennial Park

Hullabaloo Rooftop Soiree Preview Party - Valerie Mayen is at again with her designs and throwing her annual party to show them off in a great location in Battery Park. Purchase your $10 tickets here.

When: Thursday, September 17th, at 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Shoreway Lofts

Cocktail Muse - This event is just barely in October so it's worth including so we don't forget to have plans the first weekend in October. Have you been to Uptown lately? You need to and see all the updates this little neighborhood has gone through in the last two years.

I say let's enjoy some 1960's inspired cocktails and get in touch with our inner Twiggy. You don't have to dress in 1960's attire but why the hell not?! (Did this era love sequins? I feel like they did...) Tickets are $30 each, which includes drink tickets along with complimentary food served and the option to sign up your friends for an hour of free bowling.

When: Friday, October 2, at The Corner Alley Uptown University Circle

that time I was vegan

Sunday, August 9, 2015
I am converting (slowly) to a vegan 80 percent of the time.

Oh. My. God. It's a total mind shift of how you eat, how you consume protein and realizing how many of the things you currently eat actually fit within the vegan guidelines.

When Door to Door Organics reached for a partnership two months ago, it was like the vegan gods shining down on me and yelling, "Just do it!"

Every week when I received my bitty box, it was full of fresh fruit and vegetables that I could somehow use to manipulate a new recipe. Plus, I could add in quinoa, chia seeds and spices that I needed to make my new dishes.

One of my staples is a green drink of some kind. For two years since I've had my Vitamix, I can't drink enough green protein smoothies. I make some variation of one almost every day, although now I'm enjoying chia pudding with fresh blueberries. The beauty of the bitty box was there was always something new to add in - avocado, celery, cucumber, banana, strawberries and blueberries. I would literally get all Martha and mix in whatever I had to blend a healthy breakfast. Who needs caffeine? Not this girl.

This green juice called for a mix at what I had at the end of my bitty box - a few pieces of cantaloupe, 2 big handfuls of super spinach mix, 1/2 cup of blueberries, almond milk and a handful of ice.

Here are a few other variations that you can try to mix up your breakfast.

Simple Green Smoothie

Spinach Kiwi Chia Smoothie

Pumpkin Milkshake

One of the reasons I was able to use all my bitty box was really due to mixing up juices and smoothies each day. It was a simple way to recover after a long run or a hot yoga class with a pretty healthy snack. Need to eat more greens? Try blending them.

CMWorld is coming

If you are somehow in the advertising, marketing, public relations or social media field, you have likely heard about Content Marketing World. Having only attended last year and thoroughly enjoyed myself, I knew I had to get back to it again this year. I've been to a few conferences in my day but I walked away with so much information as opposed to other ones. PowerPoints, new sites, new tools and so much more where I was able to actually implement with my team. It really is knowledge overload. The sessions, especially if they are in smaller rooms, fill up quickly so I recommend scoping out what you want to attend and get in line early for those ones.

After I signed up to attend and take advantage of the early bird pricing, I received a fantastic email asking me (along with other local bloggers) to be an official blogger of the conference heading into its fifth year, Bright Lights, Big Content. Me? Hell yes, I would love to cover this event, live tweet and help out visitors any way I can.

Last week, the CMWorld team announced that Nick Offerman is the closing keynote speaker. I can't WAIT. Last year, Kevin Spacey brought the impressions and presentation where he shared stories about his amazing TV shows, his days in a British theater and all about the behind-the-scenes of his latest hit show, House of Cards. Of course, he did several Frank Underwood impressions - how could he not?

Reasons you must attend:

  • Over 80 sessions by major brands and speakers all around the world
  • Nick Offerman
  • Networking opportunities
  • must-attend break out sessions
  • Barenaked Ladies are performing
  • Don't miss out, register here now.

See them live!

55 days and counting.....

Disclaimer: For my social sharing and post, I was provided one full registration for this lovely event coming to Cleveland. 

how you celebrate july 4th

Cleveland has finally welcomed the real summer season to town.

No more playing around with 65 degree days followed by inches of rain. Nope. See ya later spring!

We kicked things into high gear for America's 238th birthday with 78 degrees, sun and with a slight breeze and celebrated on one of the best islands I can think of that's driving distance from Cleveland -  Put-in--freaking-Bay.

The rules of how you do Put-In-Bay.

Start off with some very colorful and inappropriate friends and family then pile 21 of them into a house. (Also, allow your friends to crash the weekend (that's me!))

The more props the better - penis aprons, temporary tattoos and lobster rafts are great additions.

Wear touristy outfits complete with bedazzled visors and island branded gear.

That visor though.....
Add in some island fun and bar hop in preparation of July 4th festivities and drink plenty of water. (Let's be real here - we can't drink like we are 25 even though some of us still think we can. We can't. That ship has sailed so throw in more H20 and you'll be good to go all day long.)

these strawberry margaritas are serious business

Do get a fabulous spot to watch the fireworks.

Hey 'Merica!

Snap photos galore. After all, we are making memories here people! And, every group needs a motto for the weekend because that's what you JUST do. Ours was a very popular tune by the one and only Rihanna  and it was "Bitch better have my money." Fitting, am I right?

Party time. 

And as our group repeated over and over, "if you can't have fun, get off the island!"

joy delivered for realz

Thursday, July 2, 2015
I buy almost everything online.

Shoes, clothes, toilet paper, cleaning products, shower curtains, candles, make up, purses and kitchen supplies.

So really the only category left to cross of my list would be food.

Door to Door Organics launched in Cleveland about two months ago where they deliver fresh organic fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and other products right to you door. (Seriously, it's the most convenient thing for someone like me even though there is a fabulous grocery store two blocks from my apartment.)

Each order is specifically packed in boxes with the appropriate freeze packs to preserve the freshness of the products. As someone who lives in an apartment, my package is delivered each week by my leasing office into my home and it's always a surprise what I ordered.

Arrives like magic in my apartment

Fresh fruit and vegetables for the week

How easy is ordering? Ridiculously easy.

Every Friday, I login and can sub items out of my bitty box if I don't want them and add any number of food items into my cart each week. Green lentils, coconut milk, organic chocolate chips, organic brown rice, spices and more are just a click of a button and been staples in my order since I'm trying out being vegan for a few weeks.

After a few days, I honestly forget what I ordered so it's a fun surprise each Tuesday when I open my box and rediscover what meals I'll be making for the week.

If you are overwhelmed by the shopping list, make it simple and plan your meals by their recipes instead. It makes shopping so much easier, just click and add them into your cart and viola! Meals planned for the week.

Door to Door Organics are a very customer service oriented business, too. They are new and mistakes happen but they do EVERYTHING their power to make it right, especially if they leave something off your order. (This has only happened twice but you better believe I noticed the organic chocolate chips were missing. #dessertaddict) You can call or email them to let them know and they will put it on your reorder list for you.

Want to try it yourself? Click here and save $10 off your first order.

Want to win one of three gift cards?

Two ways to enter:

1) Tweet: I want #joydelivered to my damn doorstep too, @allisonpeltz!
2) Share a recipe from their site you would make with your order. (Hint: I'm all about the green smoothies.)

Disclosure: I was provided a $500 giftcard for this brand partnership. All thoughts, opinions and my choice to go vegan for a weeks are my own. They just supply the fresh ingredients and I'm left to follow the recipes.

Your June = planned

Let's forget the fact that it doesn't feel like summer right now in Cleveland.

It's June 1, so what will you have going on this month?

Retox events

MIX - It's the first Friday of every month. You know what to do. It's your chance to introduce the stunning art museum to Clevelanders and out of town guests for the night. Why not?

When: Mix: Fusion at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Tacos & Tequila - What more do you really need to know? The last Scene event I went to was amazing (United We Brunch), so I expect big things from them with this one.

When: Tacos & Tequila, Saturday June 6th, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m at Tyler Village. Admission is free.

Edgewater Live - Back for its second year, this is a Thursday happy hour you want to make it to for  the lake views, food trucks and live music. Tip: Don't fight traffic in Edgewater. Park up on Battery Park and walk down instead.

When: Edgewater Live, Thursday, June 11 - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Summer Solstice - I'm hoping you were lucky enough to grab a ticket because this event sold out in just a FEW days this year. That's right - 6,000 tickets sold in a matter of days.

When: Summer Solstice, Saturday June 20, 8 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Detox events

Yogi Nation - Spend Saturday morning in Tremont with this wellness event where you can run, practice yoga, eat and listen to live music. Get your workout on with GrooveRyde, Studio 11 and more.

When: Yogi Nation, Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tickets are $17 each before ($22 day of) or $99 for the whole season.

Sunday Market - Pull yourself together after WHATEVER happened Saturday night to eat and shop in Hingetown. I can never support staying away from the champagne garden though. It's not in me but you can give it a try!

When: Sunday Market, Sunday, June 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.

2RUN6 | Run the Bridges - Brought to you by the ladies of Harness Cycle, you can join them and a group of other runners every Wednesday evening.

When: 2Run6 | Running the Bridges, Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. No charge! Meet at Harness then take off with the team.

Here we go summer!