AROUND TOWN: Falling at Platform Brewhouse

The leaves are changing and this family is pumped to be falling it up. An overcast and crisp morning is the perfect day to make visit the hubs at Platform Beer Co‘s Saturday brunch. He’s taking Pour Cleveland on the road every Saturday with a pour-over pop up at Platform. Little Bear was a bit of a menace and insisted on continually running out of the open front door. I ordered him a farm fresh omelet that he took a few bites out of. I was going to get myself some brunch and beer, but his misbehaving forced me into an early exit. On a side note, I ended up feeling really guilty about holding my hunger against him. When we went home he took a 3 hour nap from which I had to wake him. Except he wouldn’t really wake up because he was in an almost 104 fever comma. An ER visit, ear infection diagnosis and some Motrin and antibiotics later, he was himself again. But, man is that scary seeing your baby like that. It was a long day, so thank goodness Charlie brought home two growlers to help us unwind. Hope you’re getting to embrace the first real fall days with less stressful endeavors!

 

Platform Beer Co., Cleveland

Platform Beer Co.

Platform Beer Co.

Platform Beer Co.

Fall Boots

Platform Beer Co. Growlers

AROUND TOWN: ROCKY RIVER RESERVATION

Sunday afternoons can get a little tense at our house after the Browns game if you know what I mean. So, I thought it would be good for us to all get some fresh air and tire little bear out since he was bouncing off the walls. We usually go to Linden Park or Rocky River Park, but I had forgotten about South Mastick Park just past Puritas in the Rocky River Reservation. We had taken a walk there one fall and I completely forgot they had a playground and swings there. Plus its a 3 minute drive from our house. It’s a nice big park with open fields for Des to run around in. After going down the slide about 100 times we ventured down by the river and he was none to pleased that I wouldn’t just let him keep walking right into it. It was overcast, cool and windy, which is kind of my dream day. I can’t wait to take more walks down here when the leaves start to change. It’s officially added into my park rotation.

Little Boy at River

Family at River

Family at River

Family at Park

Little Boy at River

Mom & Son at Park

Rocky River Reservation

Boy’s Fall Round Up Series: Sweatshirts

My favorite season to shop for is fast approaching. FAAAALLLLL! And if you live in Cleveland then it’s already sorta been here on a few random days. To honor the most wonderful time of year, I’ll be doing some style round ups of my fall essentials for tiny humans of the male variety. Starting with….crew neck sweatshirts. I know what you’re thinking – what is this 1993? Like a lot of other fashion from the 90’s, crew neck sweatshirts are back my friends and a lot of fall kids collections are not immune to the outbreak! I love a good whimsical print or fun graphic and these picks do not disappoint! A cool pair of skinny jeans and some sneaks make for an easy and stylish daycare ensemble.

Boys Sweatshirt StyleSources >> 1) Ferm Living 2) Osh Kosh 3) Hugo Loves Tiki 4) Kira Kids 5) Kira Kids

WEEKEND RECAP: TREATS TO BEAT THE HEAT

Oh, man this weekend was HOT. And not in the good way, so come at me fall! But, it was still a good one. I ventured out to the flea with my MIL and my brave and beautiful friend with her twin girls. That of course made me realize that no matter what a pain in the butt Des is being, there is still only one of him. Bless her soul! It was so packed and so hot that I didn’t really do any treasure hunting, but we sure did eat a lot. On Sunday we family picnicked it up while Charlie hung out with Lance Bass at the coffee shop. 8th grade me was so jeal.

There was that time a crazy lady insisted on taking this picture because I’m pretty sure she thought we were a family. Let’s thank the Gay Games for that one.
The Cleveland Flea

These girls. I mean, come on!

The Cleveland Flea

The Cleveland Flea

The Cleveland Flea

Hibiscus Bubble Tea from Forty.One.

Almond Milk Bubble Tea at the Cleveland Flea

The Cleveland Flea

 Honeydew Hibiscus Popsicle from Chill Pop Shop (Yea I guess hibiscus is hot right now. PS this popsicle was amazeballs. He ate the whole thing.)

Chillpop Popsicle at the Cleveland Flea

Salted Caramel Peanut Choc Chip Cookie (I think?) from Meringue.

Meringue Bakeshop Cookie at the Cleveland Flea

And we also took the baby pool out for its maiden voyage at the family picnic. It was well received.

Baby Pool

Baby Pool

Baby Pool

WEEKEND: Beachin’ It on the Lake

Usually when I make very deliberate plans for a special outing, I have this image in my head of how perfect it’s going to be and how it’s going to make a memory I’ll never forget. Like..the day I stop talking about taking Desmond to the zoo and actually take him. Or the day I actually plan the camping trip we go on and have amazing family bonding around the fire while Desmond probably eats dirt and gets a lot of mosquito bites. These things are usually much more dreamy in my head, but this weekend I got lucky. Desmond and I had a perfect outing to the beach at Rocky River Park. After a smooth breakfast and packing up to leave (yes, those are both things that can go very very unsmoothly) we headed out nice and early. You best believe I smugly grabbed that pail and shovel set I scored in the Target dollar bin (why does it feel like a victory every time I actually use something I buy from those bins? It’s like, ha-ha, jokes on you Target). Around 8am is the magical hour. The sun is just peaking up over the trees, the lake is like glass and the beach is empty except for the occasional Granola with a really smell dog. I’m only sorta kidding you guys. I drive a Subaru now so I can make jokes like that. After a few minutes of disorientation while sitting frozen on the towel, Desmond began exploring. Charging right into the water, running around the sand, climbing the driftwood. I just kept thinking…this…this is a childhood summer morning. Oh don’t get me wrong, Desmond still ate sand. But this was definitely a morning for the books.

Beach on Lake Eerie

Rocky River Park Beach

Lake Erie Baby

Lake Erie Baby

Lake Erie Baby

Lake Erie Baby

DESIGN: INSPIRED BY WALLPAPER

Black and gold glam rock tiger wallpaper that I feel would make David Bowie proud, no less. I mean, are you serious? This Aimee Wilder wallpaper is amazeballs. At firs I was thinking it would be so perfect for a kid’s room. But then I saw the black and gold version and I decided to challenge myself to imagine up how this could work in a grown up room. What resulted is somewhat of a glam meets tribal feel with a modern twist. Can you dig it? Do you have bold wallpaper anywhere in your home?

Black, Gold, White Room Inspiration

Sources>>> [Wallpaper] [Chair] [Dresser] [Pillows] [Rug] [Glasses] [Coaster] [Shelf] [Decorative Box] [Light Fixture]

FAMILY: Desmond at 1 Year

Desmond’s one year photos were definitely the most fun so far. He hadn’t started walking quite yet at the original date we had them scheduled for, which got rained out. It ended up being a blessing in disguise because by the second date, he was a walking maniac. It made the pictures so much more dynamic and gave us a lot more options. We wanted them to be casual and representative of us as a family. We spend a lot of times on weekends venturing out to our favorite city spots. We picked Tremont for these pictures because of the vibrant colors in the neighborhood and Lincoln Park for Des to run around. Lucky’s Café was even super nice enough to let us play in their garden. It ended up being an overcast day again and started raining half way through. We made the best of it by utilizing the awning over the pool restrooms, then we ran over to the Brewnuts shop for a treat and some final snaps. Des was such a trooper through the whole thing and most definitely earned that rainbow sprinkle chocolate donut.

Here are my favorite picks by the amazing Kortnee from Kortnee Kate Studio.

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

ne Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Picture in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

ne Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

ne Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

ne Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH    One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

ne Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Brewnuts Cleveland

One Year Pictures in Tremont, Cleveland, OH