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Review: The Dailey Method Eastown

All my beautiful friends who came out for the Ambassador Class hosted in July. 

All my beautiful friends who came out for the Ambassador Class hosted in July. 

Earlier this summer I hosted a free class for friends at the newly opened Dailey Method studio in Eastown. Offering both Barre and Cycling classes, the Dailey Method was founded in San Fransisco by founder Jill Dailey who was seeking a way to transform lives through fitness. Jill was an earlier trainee of the Lotte Berke method in NYC, which focuses on micro movements and stretching. 

Now, 17 years, 63 studios and 3 continents later... we now have a Dailey Method Studio in our very own backyard. Almost literally, it's three blocks from our house. 

I sat down with Jaime Centilli, owner of the studio in Eastown, for coffee last winter just after her and her husband relocated here from California. She had just signed the paperwork to take over the old Striders space on the corner of Wealthy and Norwood. Over our piping hot cup of joe, she gave me a rundown of her plans for the fitness center. At the time, I was 7 months pregnant with Thomas so it probably goes without saying that hitting the gym was not at the top of my priority list. However, despite my round figure, she asked if I would be interested in becoming an ambassador for the studio. In exchange for hosting a free class for friends and helping to spread the word about the grand opening I would get a months worth of classes for free. 

It seemed like an excellent deal to me and I told her to, "Count me in!" I hosted my class for friends in July and I'm completely embarrassed to say that I have not yet cashed in on my free classes. Long story short, summer really got away from me. We took a vacation, I broke my toe (I swear it's true) and I went out of town for work. I share all of my excuses to say this: Jamie has set up the best possible opportunity for me (and for you!) to get back to the gym. I may work. I may have two young kids. But her studio is walking distance from my front door. She's provided childcare, ON SITE! And she's given me the gift of free classes for having hosted one event there...  which means this: my excuses are terrible! and I owe it to myself to cash in on this phenomenal Eastown/neighborhood perk. 

So for real, I'm signing up... just as soon as I'm back from my work trip next week. I swear! And I think you should too. There is a new client special that is 4 weeks of unlimited classes for $79. For all other pricing and a full class schedule, visit their homepage. Lets get in shape just in time for sweater weather, eh?! 

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Kladder Update: Quick Labor Day Recap & More

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Life right now feels like it's moving at one hundred miles a minute which is being driven by my workload. I'm in the midst of planning two large video shoots at our European headquarters in Munich, Germany putting me out of town all next week. And leaving behind Jeff and the kids at home has me on hyperdrive organizing things before I leave. Right now I'm relying heavily on the benefits of coffee, crockpot meals and grocery delivery services. Speaking of Shipt, did you hear you can now use mPerks with Shipt!? Amen, my friends. 

And while things at the office are heating up, home is beginning to settle down. Our nights and weekends are freed up for the popular neighborhood $5 pizza night at Harmony and the ever so coveted Saturday morning Fulton Street Farmer's Market strolls for fresh produce and those tasty frigg'n cookies. Give me all of the Gluten. 

Last weekend we enjoyed the Eastown Streetfair with friends. Four-strollers-wide we roamed Wealthy Street seeking food, trinkets for purchasing and face-painting - for the kids for the kids! We started with happy hour on our porch followed by more happy hour on our porch - living the dream! Kids went to bed unbathed and later than normal bedtime because, well, summer is still alive and well on Rosewood Ave. 

Some of the gals from Women's League. They make Wednesday nights very memorable. 

Some of the gals from Women's League. They make Wednesday nights very memorable. 

Also last Friday night I took a few hours off as Mom and Wife and went out with some girl friends from golf league to celebrate a birthday. We ate dinner at Wheelhouse, my fist time, followed by dancing at the Back Forty. Talk about Moms gone wild... birthday girl Amber took the (birthday) cake with impressive moves on the dance floor and stellar onstage presence. I think we took the whole 'dance like no one is watching' slogan to the next level.

All the pretty ladies celebrating Amber's birthday last weekend at Wheelhouse. 

All the pretty ladies celebrating Amber's birthday last weekend at Wheelhouse. 

Jeff and I have been fortunate to golf together (we usually golf separately during our own league times) the last few weeks with some last minute Sunday afternoon rounds during the kids nap time (thank you babysitters!) and we even paired up with my in-laws two Fridays ago at Thousand Oaks for a change of golf scenery. This kicked off of Labor Day Weekend. Golf was followed by happy hour on the Reds patio and later that night, a date with just the two of us at the newly opened Noco Provisions in Forest Hills. We were very happy with our dinner and think the place will do great in Forest Hills neighborhood. Jeff had the ribs and I ordered a very tasty salad and we shared the Calamari for an appetizer. 

The Calamari at Noco Provisions, tasty! 

The Calamari at Noco Provisions, tasty! 

The rest of the Labor Day weekend was spent both with friends for a day at their pool in Ottawa Hills watching the Michigan game (so fun!) and then with family at the lake in Rockford. The weather was great and per usual, the hospitality of my mother-in-law Mari left us with full bellies and happy hearts. 

The kids are doing fantastic. Here's a fun fact, Thomas is now in the same size diapers as Natalie. Which tells us two things: 1. Thomas is a BIG, healthy boy and 2. Natalie is still not 100% potty trained. Which is super duper cool. Potty training drama aside, we've got good babies who make things easy for us and that makes us very grateful. 

Thomas Christopher at 5 months. 

Thomas Christopher at 5 months. 

And outside of prayers of gratitude for this excellent summer we're having, we've certainly got plenty of other things to pray for lately: hurricane disasters, friends with serious health challenges and some with sick grandparents. The Kladder house may very well be a chaotic one (at times), but we've always got plenty of room. We've got room for your needed prayers, room to make you meals and buy you bagels, and room to just listen over coffee or a cocktail. Call on us and we will be there. Grace and peace. 

POSTSCRIPT - Things we're into lately... 

  • The Donut Conspiracy!!! Ohemgee... so so good. We had them on set at one of our shoots last week and I could not stop eating them. 
  • Happy Hour at Reds at Thousand Oaks Golf Club. Discounts on apps, wine, beer and cocktails! 
  • The Cobb Salad at Wheelhouse. Pretty much two bites of lettuce and then 2 times the amount of Cobb Salad toppings! 

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Kladder Update: Fredrick Meijer Gardens, Rosewood Avenue & #RWGR

Natalie enjoying the Great Lakes Garden (water pools) at the Lena Meijer Children's Garden. 

Natalie enjoying the Great Lakes Garden (water pools) at the Lena Meijer Children's Garden. 

We are very sad to report the closing of one of our favorite happy hour spots, Mangiamo! It's where Jeff and I shared our first date and where we celebrated the night of our engagement. And more recently where we 'happy-hour'd' with neighbors. They're closing their doors as a public restaurant and will transition to an events space. They can take away our happy hour lawn... but they can't take our memories!!! 

True story, we started brainstorming ideas about Halloween costumes already. Real talk, it's only two months away. Fall is on it's way, folks, and we're doing our best to soak up all the last bits of summer that remain by spending plenty of time dining on patios, enjoying Fredrick Meijer Gardens and, surprise, golfing. We've got lots to catch up on... 

The first week of August kicked off with our annual neighborhood block party. Last year we were confined to one of our backyards due to the never ending construction of our street, but this year the kids had free reign of Rosewood covering the newly paved avenue with side walk chalk and water balloons. There was a bounce house, tons of food and a piñata. The high was certainly watching the plethora of kids playing together which is only meant to escalate as babies continue to make their debut. The low was breaking my toe which isn't even a good story: I accidentally kicked brick edging on our sidewalk while walking. I spent two hours in the ER waiting for them to X-Ray and reset my left baby toe, only to send me home with 3 rolls of tape and Tylenol. 

The toe breaking wasn't the best timing - the next morning we headed out for a week long family trip to the U.P. where it would have been ideal to have full use of my foot. Read more about our trip HERE.

We recently enjoyed a few summer nights (and mornings - Natalie LOVES the children's area)  at Fredrick Meijer Gardens listening to music in their fantastic amphitheater. FMGs is regularly open late on Tuesdays but during the summer there's an added bonus with free concerts (for members) featuring local bands that are completely kid friendly. We also had tickets to Twiddle & Railroad Earth last week Monday which was a Rosewood Neighbor outing. FMGs remains a Grand Rapids gem. 

Last weekend we headed towards the lake shore for a summer party with Jeff's clients in North Muskegon. My mom took the kids for the night allowing Jeff and I a night out together. Our Friday night was countered with dinner Saturday with the kids and Jeff's parents for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids at Reds at Thousand Oaks. Dinner was excellent and was followed by an evening boat ride at the lake. And Sunday we snuck away yet again for some day golfing while a sitter watched the kids for a few hours. 

This week I've been in Chicago for work shooting video with Microsoft. I love traveling for shoots and spending my days on set. Jeff does an incredible job holding down the fort while I'm gone - he's the champion of Dads - and we've got great support with daycare and our sitters. I'll likely be doing a bit more travel for work the remainder of this year with trips currently planned for both L.A. and Munich, Germany in the next month. 

Heading back to Grand Rapids today with more outdoor patios on the forecast for our weekend. Have a fabulous weekend!  

On Set in the Steelcase Chicago Showroom with partner Microsoft. 

On Set in the Steelcase Chicago Showroom with partner Microsoft. 

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