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Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland

March 8, 2015

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motionBack in November, my friend Lori and I decided to take on this Hot Chocolates to Try in Cleveland Top 10 List published by Scene Magazine.

Over the last 5 months we’ve paused our days to meet up almost every other week to take on one of the destinations featured (with the exception of Angel Falls Coffee Company in Akron, which we chose another Cleveland stop instead). Not only do I loooove drinking hot chocolate to keep warm in the winter, I’ve really enjoyed this adventure as a catalyst to slowing down, enjoying good company  & conversation, as well as a great reason for me to get out and about more during these cold, exhausting months to visit some familiar places and get to know some new ones.  Every stop was worth the trip!

This week-end Lori and I finally enjoyed our 10th stop, bringing this hot chocolate tasting tour to a close. Below are my reflections, rankings, and take-aways from each stop we made throughout our chocolate journey:

Hot Chocolate Adventures in Cleveland | creativity in motion

Root Cafe, Lakewood

The Root Cafe in Lakewood was an early December stop on this adventure.  I’m pretty sure I have had the Root’s hot chocolate before when meeting there for special projects and work stuff, but this time I was taking in the experience through our hot chocolate challenge taste buds.  I would suggest trying the Mexican Cocoa (Lori’s choice!) with cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla for a kick in your cup!

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Blackbird Baking Company, Lakewood

Mid December was our trip to Blackbird Baking Company, (also in Lakewood)!  Blackbird’s hot chocolate had a dark chocolate taste to it, which I think prepared me up for future stops on our agenda!

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Fear’s Confections, Lakewood

Another Lakewood destination, Fear’s Confections kicked off our tour in November right before Thanksgiving.  I loved  the gourmet homemade cinnamon marshmallow that came in my hot chocolate!  Yum!

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Civilization, Tremont

 In mid January, Lori and I took on a Hot Chocolate Double Header and did two tastings in one day! Sugar high! One of those stops was at Civilization in Tremont, where I enjoyed this mug of chocolate goodness….Definite bonus points on the ranking system for whipped cream!

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Dewey’s, Shaker Heights

The finale of our adventure took place at Dewey’s in Shaker Square, which was a super comfy and inviting place to enjoy our creamy hot chocolate next to their fireplace!  This cocoa was cinnamon good!

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Bonbon, Ohio City

In January, we also visited Bonbon Pastry & Cafe in Ohio City who served up a really good cup of milky hot chocolate with friendly service… I also left a couple of my Creative Deeds there for finding on my way out!  🙂

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Chocolate Bar, Downtown Cleveland

Towards the end of our tour, we visited Downtown Cleveland’s Chocolate Bar, which was a.maz.ing.  With a hot chocolate menu of over 10 flavors, it was hard to choose just one.  We went with our server’s recommendation of the “Extra Dark” for the absolute chocolate experience and it did not disappoint, topped with thick whipped cream, chocolate stick, and shavings.

And here’s my Top 3:

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Sweet Moses, Gordon Square Arts District

Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District was our first stop after the New Year started, and the first and only tasty hot chocolate on the tour that came with whipped cream and a marshmallow square!  Yes!  I reeeaaallly enjoyed their vintage hot chocolate recipe and their overall drink presentation was classic!

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Phoenix Coffee, Ohio City

Our stop to Phoenix Coffee in Ohio City was a super snowy day in early February, which was perfect timing for hot chocolate drinking and worth braving the snowbanked street parking— this heaping cup tasted awesome! Phoenix also receives an honorable mention for the best looking hot chocolate on this list!  And…. this came with a separate cup of real whipped cream for my perfect hot chocolate drinking experience….Win, win!

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Lilly Handmade Chocolates, Tremont

We added Lilly Handmade Chocolates as a random substitute and part of our Tremont Hot Chocolate Double Header in January and boy, I am glad we did!   Wow— their Signature Drinking Chocolate, an European Style blend of milk, dark, and white chocolate with cream and Aztec spices was sooooo creamy good and rich.  It tasted like old fashioned chocolate pudding, hot off the stove in liquid form.  Even without whipped cream I adored it and savored each drop-! Love!

This challenge was so much fun! Thanks to all the places we visited throughout this winter and to Scene Magazine for the inspiration– a great way to support and get to know more local businesses in Cleveland area neighborhoods in the spirit of hot chocolate drinking!  And support some emotional resilience related to the winter around us….

Image: Keep Calm Studio

Image: Keep Calm Studio

Now that our hot chocolate adventure has ended, Lori and I are seeking a tasting tour for the spring/summertime that we can embark on next.  I’ll keep you posted…. 🙂

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Top Ten Takeaways : PEP Symposium Dr. Bruce Perry in Cleveland

October 19, 2013

I was very grateful to be able to spend an entire day at a Symposium organized by Cleveland’s Positive Education Program featuring Dr. Bruce Perry.  It was inspiring, validating, and stimulating to hear him speak again on so many topics I enjoy learning about and try to implement into my trauma informed work and work as an art therapist.  Below are only some of the takeaways and reminders I received from the day that I wanted to briefly share here:

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Top 10 Takeaways

My Top Ten Takeaways:

6 R’s: Relational, Relevant, Rhythmic, Repetitive, Rewarding, Respectful

Side by Side (parallel) vs. Face to Face

Regulate –> Relate –> Reason

We are relationally contagious

Regulation = Safety

Power of Rhythm: Best way to regulate

Relational rewards vs. Value rewards

Neuroplasticity

Stress: Unpredictable (vulnerability) vs. Predictable (resilience)

Spark

 Principles of Brain Organization and Development | Dr. Bruce Perry, PEP Symposium Cleveland

Principles of Brain Organization and Development

  • 6 R’s: Relational, Relevant, Rhythmic, Repetitive, Rewarding, Respectful:  These 6 R’s are what Bruce Perry identified at the beginning of the day as core considerations for trauma informed care when implementing therapeutic interventions and experiences.  I try hard to be mindful of these R’s through providing art interventions and experiences that introduce and/or strengthen these areas. Art expression and the creative process is a great companion to so many of these!
  • Side by Side (parallel) vs. Face to Face:  In our interpersonal experiences with one another, being present in parallel or working, walking, (and I will add art-making!) together side by side better supports regulation and relational enrichment in comparison to being face to face from one another.
  • Regulate –> Relate –> Reason:  Therapeutic experiences should begin with a state of regulation (feeling safe) to then build on creating relational enrichment and understanding.
  • We are relationally contagious:  Our environments and the people who surround us influence our own behavior, values, and understanding of the world.
  • Regulation = Safety:  When we are regulated, we feel safe.
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Dr. Bruce Perry’s 6 R’s

  • Power of Rhythm: Fostering relational rhythm through movement, music, breathing, and other safe patterned sensory based, neural experiences is the best way to create, instill, and maintain regulation. I believe art-making is also an important sensory based experience where rhythm can be cultivated to soothe heightened states of arousal and trauma reactions.
  • Relational rewards vs. Value rewards:  The stimulation of reward to the brain is a strong motivating factor.  Relational (relationships and attachments) rewards can struggle with or override value based rewards (individual beliefs, attitudes).
  • On Stress and Vulnerabilty vs. Resilience: When stress is unpredictable, severe, and prolonged this fosters vulnerability.  When stress is moderate and controlled, this fosters resilience.
  • SPARK:  Dr. Perry referenced and recommended checking this book out several times during the day.  “SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain”.
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Super nice way to end the day!

It was an honor to hear Dr. Perry speak again and look forward to him visiting Cleveland again soon to keep learning and being inspired by all the work he does!  You can learn more about his work, publications, research, courses, and upcoming events via The Child Trauma Academy.

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My Trauma Informed Pinterest Board

Creative Goodness Gratitude

December 23, 2012

In just about two weeks, the second round of workshops for the online art-making community 6 Degrees of Creativity will be coming to a close after our six months together.   This time full of creative goodness has really flown by!

Here’s some “Top 10 6 Degrees of Creativity Goodness I Love” (in no particular order!) created from one of my SMASH Pads.

6 Degrees of Creativity Top Ten

My 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Top Ten

Thank you to everyone who participated in this offering, especially to the Instructors of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2: Hannah, Kelly, Sara, Fiona, and Magdalena who brought so much inspiration, encouragement, and connection with each of their workshops.  Lotsa fun in the positive spirit of community, collaboration, and creativity!

6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gratitude Cards

Gratitude Cards

Throughout my e-workshop in 6 Degrees of Creativity 2, I’ve worked on a variety of gluebooks including my twentytwelve on the go adventure file folder gluebook documenting my 2012 fun, a brown paper bag gluebook, and just finished another file folder gluebook dedicated to 6 Degrees of Creativity. It includes paper,  notes, & mementos from community members or creative goodness inspired by the community.

6 Degrees of Creativity Gluebook

6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gluebooking

Reflecting back on Creative Goodness for Gluebooks and member posts or images, it’s been such an artful journey about the different ways and ideas art journaling in the form of a gluebook can be used: on the go, in celebration of a special moment, or to focus on a meaningful theme or personal topic.

It has also been neat to see something as simple and ordinary as a file folder or paper bag be transformed into bookmaking art.  Equally fun was to learn more ideas about what to use to glue and create for the outside cover, the inside pages, or what to stash in gluebook pockets.

You can see past posts featuring Gluebook Inspiration here:

Paper Stash Swap

Paper Stash Swap

One of my favorite parts of the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 gluebook e-workshop was the paper stash swap and gluebook page exchange many community members participated in this past August and November.  With much gratitude, I’m still using the fun and artsy paper goodies from the swap in my gluebooking! The swap & exchange was also a wonderful way to further connect to others from the workshop when making our art.

Gluebook Page Exchange

Gluebook Page Exchange

With 2013 approaching quickly, I’ve started to get a new SMASH Book (the Doodle Red one!) all ready to use for new year art journaling.  One of the first things I glued on some SMASH tabs and dividers I’ve collected, were these playful paper elves from Lani Gerity. Very nice! Now I have some happy tabs!  Thank you!

My 2013 Smashbook

My 2013 Smashbook with Happy Elf Tabs

In January, you’ll be able to find my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-Book here to download (for free!) and use for gluebooking inspiration and fun!  More coming soon…

Wishing everyone a joyful holiday full of creative cheer!

Ways to Stay Creative

July 27, 2012

I’ve created an abbreviated list of my ways to stay creative inspired by this week’s 14 Secrets for a Happy Artist‘s Life blog post:  30 Secrets to Stay Creative  and Lani’s prompt for #30 on the list:

Ways To Stay Creative List- July2012

Here’s a top 10 list that I created in my SMASH book:

1. Play!   In my creative making, I enjoy doing this through experimenting with new art materials, techniques, and programs…. I think most of what I have discovered I love has been through trial & error and having fun with the process!

2. Connect with your passion and what inspires you.  For me, being creative is lots more fun when I feel a connection!  I try and discover new or re-connect with existing  inspirations and motivations that will help cultivate these creative connections on an emotional level.

3. Start over. Starting over, from scratch, going back to the “drawing board” or beginning again and again often brings new discoveries for me!

4. Practice random acts of creative kindness.   It’s fun to create stuff for others- either for something special or for no reason at all!

5. Take pictures.  Of people, places, & things!!  I especially enjoy checking out my Instagram feed to see images of what creative friends & colleagues are currently working on in the moment, new projects, daily intentions, or for inspiration.

6. Make time and space.   Physical, emotional, and virtual at home, work, and on the go.

7. Enjoy breaks.  Enjoying the breaks I take are important to keep my creative flow going.

8. Create with others & collaborate.  Sharing ideas, working on projects, and inspiring one another. I like being able to take some time for an art making meet up or gathering with friends.

9. Try new ideas and things.  Art materials, music, places, experiences, and more that help me grow.

10. Keep a journal.  Art journaling, gluebooking, smashing & stashing for list making, collaging, note taking, visioning, imagining, and more!

On my SMASH book spread I also included some of the things I currently enjoy creating and have inspired much activity in my recent creative life!

If you haven’t seen the 29 Ways to Stay Creative video out there, take a look- it’s one of my favorites!

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