Holiday party invitations begin rolling in, for our household, in the month of November. There are always a few events we all agree, as a family, that we must attend. This year, the Porsche party given by @rafih_auto_groupmbno was definitely a GO!
Our family has done business with @MercedesBenzCLE for years now and have always enjoyed the events that they put on for their patrons. They have recently changed owners but the new team did not fail to impress with this affair.
When we entered there were multiple tables filled with light bites including crudité, meatballs, mini sandwiches, pasta and dessert. Everyone was encouraged to mingle, eat and enjoy complimentary drinks while waiting for the new Porsche 911 to be unveiled. There was an older model of the 911 roped off and on display near by so we would be able to compare the original body with the newest version. We decided to sit next to the classic model while we enjoyed our plates.
In addition to the music that played there was an amazing Etch-A-Sketch artist who was creating a picture of the new automobile from a picture. He took time to share his story about art and it's connection with another classic toy, from the Porsche era, with my mini me. After a quick tutorial and words of encouragement my son was ready to shake, rattle and roll! He was even given an Etch-A-Sketch to take home for his efforts.
Once our bellies were full and we had the chance to share a few laughs with other attendees it was time for the car to be revealed. There was an introduction video that played so we could learn more about the features of the new Porsche 911 including 450hp!
The remainder of the evening was spent enjoying dessert, taking a closer look at the new offerings from Porsche and touring the dealership. We had a fabulous time and will continue to support the @MercedesBenzCLE and @rafih_auto_groupmbno family until our next driver is ready for the road!
The summer is always full of surprise invites and events and this summer proved to be no different. My girlfriend posted that she had two tickets to attend the #VintageOhioWineFestival and was looking for someone to use her tickets. I have never been to the event before and inquired immediately. My husband and I have toured a few wineries before and even visited one on our honeymoon so this was perfect for us.
There were hundreds of people in attendance enjoying the weather, food, music and drinks. We received a card that listed the available vendors serving wine and each tent offered 6 samplings. There were over 20 tents so we were in for a treat! We started at the closest tent and made our way around the grounds until sunset. I prefer sweet dessert wine but found a few semi-sweet and dry wines that I enjoyed as well. My husband tried a bit of everything with few complaints. We both agreed on a few selections and purchased several bottles before we left.
The wine was fabulous for the grown ups but there was music, vendors selling all types of items and carnival rides for the whole family to enjoy. We split a funnel cake and enjoyed a dessert wine (of course) with it. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the #VintageOhioWineFestival.
Cheers to 25 more!
Last month my family and I released some energy mid-week to attend the @MercedesBenzCLE Spring House. I received an invitation earlier in May and RSVP'd for us despite it being a Wednesday night engagement. I debated on bringing the kid all week but decided in the final hours before the event he was mature and respectful enough to attend.
And I am so glad that I did. The event was held outdoors and the Cleveland weather actually cooperated with us. We started by taking a fun family picture at the photo booth which included some regal themed props. The step and repeat was filled with logos from the luxury vehicles the dealership sells. Each of us immediately found the prop that expressed our mood and struck a pose!
Once we finished our photo opportunity we strolled over the cigar table where guests received complimentary hand rolled cigars. The guys received a standard cigar while ladies received a slight smaller chocolate flavored stogie. It was now time to find a place to sit before having a drink and bite to eat. There were several selections available in both categories. @EffenVodka provided signature cocktails on the @MercedesBenz end of the property while @MakersMark was featured at the @Maserati_HQ end.
We took a look at some of the newer models for @MercedesBenz while we were there. There was a live band jazz which added to the lux atmosphere. The drinks and conversations flowed until the events end. We requested our vehicle from valet relaxed and ready for another Thursday!
Raising a child isn't easy. Raising a respectful, thoughtful, considerate child is even harder! Thank God for @ChickfilA and their Kids Club which gives families and parents a platform to instill values that will help to that end.
I recently did some research on local and FREE programs that I could enroll my son in that would build character and foster a sense of community. While strolling through the world wide web, I found a @ChickfilA Kids Club in my childhood neighborhood. After reading just a few sentences about the club I registered my son immediately, it was exactly what I wanted him to be a part of. The club meets once a month for a few hours and they discuss topics like: determination, courage, and for February, kindness.
My husband and I took our son to his first meeting and were greeted by a friendly and funny cow who gave high fives to everyone at the door. There was also a table filled with markers, crayons and coloring sheets for club members to use to create a letter and send a gift as an act of kindness. We also saw a balloon artist there making FREE goodies for attendees as well and, of course, the full menu of @ChickfilA was available for purchase while the meeting ran ;)
Before we left, my little one received a Passport to track his attendance for each meeting he goes to. The passport also included the @ChickfilA Kids Club pledge, which he will memorize (with my help and encouragement). He also received a coloring sheet that included a thank you note to someone special that has shown him kindness consistently, they even provide a SASE so the certificate and gift card could be mailed to the recipient.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this event are looking forward to attending next month. If you are interested in participating they offer the club nationally, simply select the location you'd like to join online at their website. If you are in the Cleveland area I've included the contact information for the Richmond location below.
Thank you @ChickfilA and Mr. Doss, for being a valuable contributor to my community and family!
A good girlfriend of mine offered my family passes to attend a FREE advance screening of the #PeterRabbitMovie with @JKCorden as voice for the film's namesake. She wasn't able to take her little guy, as they had a prior event scheduled, so we happily accepted...and I am SO GLAD we did.
What a great family movie!!! No seriously you'll love it.
We all know the story of Peter Rabbit from childhood so there are no spoiler alerts to worry about (exhale), what I loved about the film is the way the story of "old" was brought into my son's era yet still maintained the key elements from previous generations.
The Cleveland showing highlighted literacy and combine the screening with a book drive a loads of kid friendly activities and goodies.
Before we even entered the theater, we were greeted with a Peter Rabbit display, complete with a balloon artist, posters, and much more! They really rolled out the red carpet for the children in the community and bought the inner child out of a few parents as well.
My little guy was the second child in line and spun the prize wheel to determine what he'd be going home with. We didn't get to see all of the options but knew any prize would be awesome. He spun and landed on......Carrots!
His prizes were a Peter Rabbit T-Shirt, a Peter Rabbit coloring sheet, paper Peter Rabbit ears and a movie poster.
We grabbed a few snacks from the concession stand before the film started and right before the lights dimmed our balloon rabbit wanted a mini photo shoot so we indulged him ;)
The #PeterRabbitMovie opens this weekend and is worth viewing. Young in age and young at heart alike will enjoy this classic tale.
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