Join Milk Street Baby and Me at Berg’s Baby & Teen Furniture this Saturday!

Flashback to the summer of 2016: I was around 5 or so months pregnant and very apt to buying very unnecessary things for Baby B — case in point: a life-size stuffed Golden Retriever toy.

But thanks to more reasonable, rational people (i.e. my husband and my mother), instead of leaving Berg’s Baby and Teen Furniture with that adorable pup, we took our time at the store to find what we really needed. We had heard great things about Berg’s from other friends with kids — that Berg’s their selection of quality furniture was incredible, that their staff members had vast product knowledge and that they offered personalized customer service at every step in the process. We visited their Lyndhurst store several times and came home with a few things — my favorite being the custom ordered chair that sits in the corner of Brenna’s room. We spend so much time in that chair that I owe Berg’s a thank you for helping us make a quality investment that summer!

Berg’s prides themselves on offering the safest, healthiest and very best to their customers, so it’s no surprise that they are bringing a furniture company like Milk Street to Greater Cleveland families.

Learn more about Milk Street

  • Milk Street was conceived from the designer mind of founder Julie Knisley. She successfully designed for luxury furniture lines for brands such as Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
  • Crib safety is a passion of Julie’s and it is front of mind in all of Milk Street’s products. They stay current with the ever changing, safety regulations for juvenile products coming out of Washington, reviewing any new legislature being considered by CPSC and ASTM.
  • They believe in open communication and transparency with regards to their materials, finishes and timelines. They strive to educate new parents about specific details of finishing, test results and the chemical contents of our coatings, metal parts and even packaging.
  • Milk Street’s furniture is handcrafted, made to order, taking a minimum 12-16 weeks to build. Once you place your order through a specialty baby retailer, they will be in constant communication throughout the production process.


Come see what all the buzz is all about this Saturday…

Milk Street Furniture has partnered exclusively with Berg’s Baby & Teen Furniture (5694 Mayfield Rd. in Lyndhurst) to debut their line of exquisite furniture to Northeast Ohio and you are invited to the unveiling this Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm!

While at Berg’s that day, Meet Milk Street’s owner and designer Julie Knisley, plus hang out with me as you check out these incredible designs in person.

BONUSYou will receive a FREE Naturepedic crib mattress with every purchase of any Milk Street crib and dresser!

I can’t wait to co-host this event, hang out with the Berg’s staff Saturday from 11am – 2pm and meet Julie to ask her so many questions about her Milk Street designs!

Can’t make it out to join us that day? Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I’ll be sharing live moments from the event.

Follow Milk Street on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and visit their website to see more of their products. Visit Berg’s Baby and Teen Furniture’s website and keep up to date with their happenings at their Facebook and Instagram feeds. We’ll all see you this Saturday!

Disclosure / Sponsored Post: Thank you Milk Street Baby for inviting me to co-host this event at Berg’s Baby and Teen Furniture! Furniture/event images c/o Milk Street and Berg’s. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own. 

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (the Barre3 Solon edition)

When it comes to my health and wellness, there’s one thing the the month of January is fantastic for: getting my behind moving. I adore working out the first month of the year — seeing the potential and nervousness of those starting a workout route, observing the swagger of those returning to the gym just like they did the day before and if you’re somewhere in the middle, like me, you’re just trying to find yourself back in the swing of things while maybe stepping outside your comfort zone from time to time. That’s why mid-January felt like the perfect time to take the kind team at Barre3 Solon up on the opportunity to come check out their spot and one of their classes.

I arrived at the Solon studio – easily accessible via the Route 91 exit off of 422 – with plenty of time to settle in, take a quick tour of the facility and meet several of the Barre3 team members. Dana, the teacher for the class I was signed up for, was one of those people — her enthusiasm was infectious from her first hello! She made it very easy to settle in to the main workout space and set up with all the props I would need for class that morning, which included a ball, resistance band and hand weights.

In case you’re not familiar with this popular form of group exercise, Barre3 offers a full body workout using only low-impact movements featuring three main steps:

  • Step 1 – HOLD: Start by aligning the body, building mind-body connection and engaging muscles.
  • Step 2 – MOVE SMALL: Then you work deep into the muscles without compromising form to push through plateaus and build strength.
  • Step 3 – MOVE BIG: Build functional strength for everyday activities, tone your muscles, and energize your entire body.

…and I came to find out that they stick to those three steps… because they work. I made the horrible mistake of doing a rowing workout the day before my Barre3 class and WOW was I feeling it the first set of exercises after the warm up.

Dana had us moving in a variety of ways, including ballet barre pliés, standing yoga postures and hand weight work. A static hold would quickly turn into a small, plusing dynamic movement, leaving muscles firing that I haven’t used in a long time. We’d “flush” the sensation by taking those movements larger, then move on to the next component. I knew hardly a fourth of the way through the class that I was going to be sore the next day!

What I am finding that I appreciate the most from the two Barre3 classes I have now taken is the mindfulness component. The opportunity to make this workout a moving meditation is always available to the student — both by the messaging throughout the studio decor to the cues provided by the teachers. It makes your “I can’t” into an “I can” and your “this is impossible” into a “this is incredible.” You can’t help but walk out of a Barre3 Solon class feeling strong and centered… and I can’t wait to go back to do it all over again!

Learn more about Barre3 Solon at their website and their Facebook and Instagram feeds. The studio’s class schedule can be found here. Thanks again to the whole Barre3 Solon team for having me in for class!

Disclosure: Barre3 Solon invited me to attend a complimentary class at their location. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own.

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No Need To Wait Another Week – Yoga Brunch is Back This Sunday!

There are spaces available for my Yoga Brunch session this Sunday, January 14th. Won’t you join us?

The details you need to know:

  • I teach a 60-minutes all-levels yoga class at 9:30am on select Sundays at The Cultural Center – above Dante Next Door in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.
  • Your $15 class registration includes a complimentary mimosa or coffee at brunch after.
  • Staying for brunch isn’t your thing? It’s cool — come for the yoga class and go about your day after!

Register at the Eventbrite page to join us this week!

SAVE THE DATE: Here are the upcoming Sundays with Yoga Brunch sessions in January, February and March s2018:

  • January 14, 21
  • February 4, 11, 25
  • March 11, 18, 25

Please note: Pre-registration is required either by signing up at the Eventbrite page or emailing me in advance at aliciamhansen@gmail.com. 

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My Pledge to Get Healthy (in partnership with the American Heart Association)

When I shared the above image on Instagram last week (original post here), I NEVER expected the outpouring of love and support via the dozens of comments from so many people. My weight loss story is not one I tell all that often these days — I am not that story anymore — but here’s the short version (as short as I can get it) in case you aren’t familiar…

The photo on the left was taken 16 years ago this month at my sorority bid day freshman year of college. I had known for a long time that I wasn’t small, but I hadn’t realized until then just how out of control I was from owning my health. I weighed more than 250 pounds and in that moment, I vowed to “get healthy” — I didn’t know what I meant by that statement, but I knew things had to change.

In the decade and a half that followed: I lost 100 pounds in the first seven years to then lose another 25 in the following year. I realized then I had developed severe disordered eating patterns and over exercising issues. Over the next several years, I worked to slooooowly gain 45 pounds back to get healthy enough to have a baby. Once pregnant, I gained 55 more pounds and now today – 14 months after Baby B’s arrival – I’m back at my pre-baby weight, hoping to lose those 10-15 last pesky pounds but not stressing myself out to do so. That’s the girl in the photo on the right — she’s much happier that way.

After people find out I’ve lost so much weight – a few times – over the course of my life, their next question is typically, “how’d you do it?” My answer: the old fashioned way – by eating less and moving more. And considering I LOVE to eat, that means to find balance, I LOVE to move as well!

Some of my favorite heart-healthy fitness options include:

  • Yoga classes — my Sunday Yoga Brunches are a great example, or check out one of the many yoga studios in the area
  • Group fitness classes like those held at some of my favorite studios including CycleBar
  • Community 5Ks including the American Heart Association’s annual Cleveland Heart Walk:

Fitness, especially yoga, has enhanced my life in so many ways, and that’s why my health-focused partnership with the American Heart Association has worked for me… and will again this year!

I am again excited to be partnering with our local office of the American Heart Association on their 14th annual Go Red For Women Expo and Luncheon on Friday, February 2nd at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland starting at 10AM. More details about the event can be found here. I’d love to see you there!

February 2nd is also National Wear Red Day. Join thousands of companies, hospitals, news broadcasters, schools and individuals to “speak red” and raise awareness about the No. 1 killer of American women – heart disease. Get your FREE Wear Red Day Toolkit at goredforwomen.org. Show the world you’re GOING RED by posting a photo on social media with the hashtags #WearRedandGive and #ClevelandGoesRed. You can expect me and Baby B in a bright red matching combo that Friday morning!!

Many thanks to the Cleveland American Heart Association for their ongoing partnership! Follow the non-profit locally on Facebook, Twitter at @ClevelandAHA and Instagram at @ClevelandAHA. Here’s to getting healthy – and especially heart-healthy – in 2018!

Disclosure: The Cleveland American Heart Association invited me to promote and attend the Cleveland Go Red for Women Expo and Luncheon on February 2nd.  All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own.
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