Category: Personal Thoughts

Explore Ohio: Favorite Brunch Spots

Whenever I am getting to know someone, one of the questions I always ask them is “what is your top five favorite food?” Then, of course, they ask me in return. I love food, and it can be hard to come up with your top favorite foods on the spot. Not for me: potatoes, breakfast, pizza, butter, chocolate. It took a while to nail this down, but I’ve been asked that question so many times!

I eat #1 and #2 on my list a least once a week. Today, I am here to share my favorite brunch places in Northeast Ohio (Akron/Cleveland). Author note: restaurants are in no particular order! (now THAT is asking a lot!!)

Inn on Coventry2785 Euclid Heights Blvd # 2, Cleveland, OH 44106

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This is probably our “go-to” spot when we am in Cleveland. They have a traditional menu, but they also have a few fun combinations! This is a pretty popular spot, so expect a wait at peak times on Saturday and Sunday mornings (10am – 1pm).

Jack Flaps 3900 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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Calling all waffle and pancake lovers! This is your place! Jack Flaps features a diverse menu of both sweet and savory waffle and pancake recipes. I’m a little kid when it comes to food, so what do I recommend? The Belgium waffle with peanut butter mouse, fresh bananas, and candied bacon…yum!

Garrett’s Mill 4226 Hudson Dr, Stow, OH 44224

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This is my “go-to” spot in Akron. From the minute you walk in, you feel welcomed. Every time I have been there, the owner greets each and every person who walks through the door. Again, traditional breakfast menu with a few unique recipes. What’s so special? You have to try their ice cream!

XYZ the Tavern6419 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

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XYZ in located in Gordon Square and is more than just a brunch spot. They are usually a lunch/dinner spot, butoffer brunch ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays. This spot is known for their BBQ, but they have a fantastic weekend brunch too! This is also a very popular spot, seating is first come, first serve so expect a little bit of a wait, but very worth it!

Nosh Eatery5929 Darrow Rd #2, Hudson, OH 44236

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My favorite thing about Nosh is that the menu changes every month, so there is always a different menu when you visit! It’s a very cozy spot and the menu is somewhat limited, so don’t expect to get your traditional eggs and bacon (not that it’s a bad thing!). They also source local ingredients and you can tell that the head chef is very passionate about what they do because the food is delicious!! Brunch Club Members beware: they are CLOSED on Sundays 🙁

If you know of a great brunch place in the Cleveland/Akron area, please let me know!! I LOVE trying new brunch spots probably more than any other type of restaurant. I can eat breakfast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! After writing this posts, now I am craving breakfast!!

Happy eating!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

February Mini Album!

I am slowly but surely getting my 2016 mini albums together! I finished my January album back in March. This month I finished February and March!

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I used this Mint 4X4 Album and added some jewel flair to the front.

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I really like using these phrase stickers with my February album! It kept the pages simple yet fun at the same time!

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I love looking through these albums! I cannot believe I was wearing a sundress in the middle of February!

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I’m excited to read and re-read some my E-courses that I’ve purchased to incorporate some new techniques! I may even have to look through some of my past art journals! At some point, I will be caught up on the months and can release my post in conjunction with the end of the month.

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What about you? What is your favorite way to document some of your favorite life moments??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Capture Real Life: Week Two

A Beautiful Mess released this course called Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks last year. I purchased this E-Course over a year ago and never got around to completing it.

Each week I will be sharing the photos I take from the course work. I will not be sharing the content – only the weekly challenge. Want to complete this challenge with me?? You can buy the course here! Each weekly course has different prompts and helpful hits to help you complete the challenge. I think it’ll be fun! If you will be doing this challenge with me leave a comment and I will be sure to check out your photos!

Without further delay, here is week two: “Guilty Pleasures”

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Guilty pleasures are a hard thing for me to capture because I really don’t have any! I have no shame in the things I like to do, music I listen to, or movies/tv shows I watch. One thing that always cheers me up on a bad day is a new project! My apartment is filled with homemade stuff! I tell all my new guests, if it looks homemade it probably is!

See you next week 🙂

Talk soon,
Jennifer

New Flair Collection: Enamel Pins

I think I’m jumping on the flair band-wagon a little late, but at first I didn’t get it! I know that statement sounds a little weird. “What do you mean you don’t get it?! They are pretty!” Well, yes, they are, but I felt like I was still missing something.

Then it came to me! I actually started collecting enamel pins when I was younger…guitar shaped ones from different Hard Rock Cafes. I have over 25 pins from different Hard Rocks that either I have visited or my Papa Bear has visited on our travels. What if I got pins that signify different events in my life. That was my “ah ha!” moment.

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Heart Sunnies.

These heart shaped sunnies represent 2016 and how awesome of a year it has been. I can’t believe it is halfway over! I do wear glasses all the time and I thought this pin was a good representation of the saying “This is My Year!”

Here are the ones I am scouting to add to my collection next:

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1. Camper. 2. Badger. 3. Latte Heart. 4. Dream Machine. 5. Adventure Globe.

I won’t bore you with why I want each of these pins. Of course, my next purchase you will know about! There is a ton of space on my bag for more!

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What are some of your favorite websites to shop for pins? I’m obsessed now!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Capture Real Life: Week One

A Beautiful Mess released this course called Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks last year. I purchased this E-Course over a year ago and never got around to completing it.

One of my birthday goals in 2014 was to document my life more, and I have been making a valiant effort. I started making my monthly albums and sharing more on Instagram. Now I think I need to challenge myself. I think this course will be a fun way to do that!

Each week I will be sharing the photos I take from the course work. I will not be sharing the content – only the weekly challenge. Want to complete this challenge with me?? You can buy the course here! Each weekly course has different prompts and helpful hits to help you complete the challenge. I think it’ll be fun! If you will be doing this challenge with me leave a comment and I will be sure to check out your photos!

Without further delay, here is week one: “Good Morning, Good Night”

Good Morning

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Good Night

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My days always being with coffee and JayJay hogging the bed and usually end with crafts and a movie on the couch!

Don’t forget to comment if you are doing this challenge with me! See you next week!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore Pittsburgh: Randyland!

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Hello Sunshine! You look like a million bucks today!

I don’t think I can call myself a post-college graduate anymore since I graduated college over three years ago. I think I have to consider myself a “young professional.” Whatever label society wants to give me, doesn’t matter because I’m an adventurer! Did you know that you don’t need a million bucks to travel? (I certainly don’t have a million dollars lying around)

I love taking day trips whenever I can. I went and visited my friend in Pittsburgh one day and she took me to this really cool place called Randyland. It’s a fun art museum located on the Northside of Pittsburgh in the Mexican War Streets district. Admission is free, however donations are always welcome.

I could have spend all afternoon there!

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Unfortunately, Randy himself was not there, I would have loved to talk to him for hours! That’s okay! Another reason to go back, right?

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I was fascinated with these painted doors! So inspiring! I wanted to take one home and use it as my front door!

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I can’t wait to go back. I thought this was a great find my friend discovered. And to think, for a five dollar donation we spent so much time just looking around. I know that may sound a little boring, but it was such an inspiring place! There was a woman there who was painting who told us she goes there every day and just paints. I could totally understand! Just looking at these photos makes me want to get up and make something!

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Talk soon,
Jennifer

Thank You for Sharing!!

Good Morning!!

I’m trying to make a better effort to get back into sharing my experiences! I’m sure all you part time bloggers know that it is a juggling act between a day job, personal life, and the hours needed to create a meaningful blog.

I was reading through my referral links and came across two pages that shared my DIY Pizza Pillow, and I just wanted to say: Thank you!!

Thank you DIY for Teens and Sewing Rabbit! This is why I blog! I want to create sharable content to which others can be inspired!

It seriously made my day! Thank you again!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore my Etsy: Handmade Dream Catchers

A couple months ago, I turned my Etsy shop into vacation mode to prep for new products for the summer. Over the next couple weeks, I want to share the story of each of my new products! Up first: Handmade Dream Catchers!

“The Midnight Dreamer”

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“The Poison Ivy”

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“Princess Aurora”

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I always wanted to learn how to make a dream catcher, but it looked so complicated! Now, there is this really cool website called Pinterest (have you heard of it??) where you can literally search for any craft ever and you are bound to fins a free tutorial! Low and behold, after two minutes of searching, I found a great tutorial on how to make a dream catcher. It was a lot easier than I anticipated it to be!

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I am all about using my stash. Each one of these dream catchers are made 100% of materials in my craft closet. At one point in time I purchased the materials for one project or another. Now they are recycled into these pretties!

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I wanted to have a theme for each dream catcher. Now, I will be honest that the name for them came after I made them, but there was still planning!

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I have so much fun making these! I still have so many materials left and at least five more dream catchers planned out! I also take customer orders.

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Enjoy!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

25 before 26: One year in iPhone photos!

I started this tradition in 2014 when I turned 24. I made a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 25, and I did not do as well as I thought. I seriously thought I was going to do so much better this year. Overall, I am very happy with what I accomplished!

Here’s how I did:

1. Puxatomy Phil (didn’t wake up in time/couldn’t get off work)

2. Homemade Sushi
I’ll give myself this one. I didn’t make sushi, but I did make pot sitckers! Complete with bamboo steamer, which is only $20 bucks at Bed, Bath and Beyond!

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3. Crafty Mart
I will also give myself this one. I applied to Crafty Mart, but sadly was not accepted. However, everything happens for a reason. The next day after I got my reject email, I got a DM from a friend that she was having a show the same day! I applied and totally got in! I had SO much fun, and also learned A LOT!

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4. Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
Yes please. I made this within the first week of making this list. OMG! They were very delicious. I need to make them again!!

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5. Make $100.00 selling my stuff
Yes. This happened. I opened my Etsy shop this year! I finally decided to jump in and try! I had more success selling than I thought I would!

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6. Post a blog once a week

7. Travel outside of the U.S.
I didn’t travel outside of the US, but I did make it to Columbus, OH. Does that count?

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8. Christmas at my house
It was a success!

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9. Brunch once a month
Not sure if it was once a month…but it sure was a heck of a lot! I will eat brunch for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…any day!

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10. Go to Canada
I didn’t go to Canada, but I pretended like I was from there at a hockey game?

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11. Become more organized at work
I finally had time to catch up and figure out what I was doing.

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12. Finish the Lizard tour
13. Do my dishes everyday
14. Make my Halloween costume
15. Read 5 books

16. Journal 5 minutes a week
I don’t think it was 5 minutes a week, but it was a lot more than I was previously.

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17. Pizza/Movie once a month
Like brunch, don’t know it was once a month, but it was very often!

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18. Try Yoga
19. Go to the Drive-in
20. Build a bookshelf
21. Eat better
22. Create a new drink
23. “Friendsgiving”

24. Go to 5 concerts
Waaaay more than five….

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Dec. 16 Silverstein and Senses Fail / Dec. 17 The Academy Is… (2015)
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Nov. 19 Parkway Drive (2015)
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Oct. 2 Eluveitie and The Agonist (2015)
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Sept 1 Four Year Strong (2015)
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May 21 Hit the Lights (2016)
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Apr 8 Stiletto! (2016)
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Mar 16 Mest, Hawthorne Heights, and The Ataris (2016)

25. Make myself happy!

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I have been doing WAY more for myself. The biggest thing this year was exploring places outside of Akron. I’ve been hanging out in Cleveland a lot more, and I seriously LOVE this city.
Last year I accomplished 11, this year I accomplished 12. Moving in the right direction. Goal for 2016/2017: 15!
Talk soon,
Jennifer!