Beautiful Cleveland Weather…..Sunrise or Sunset?

July 24, 2014 @ 6:04am, sunrise over Garfield Heights, Ohio

by Carlita Miller

I arose the morning of July 24th to get my daughters and myself packed to head to Detroit, Michigan for a 3 day spiritual journey.  This beautiful sunrise is what I awoke to!

I know many people believe that God does not exist and that we came into existence by chance or just evolved into a higher intelligent life form.  But have you ever wondered why the sunrise and sunset are in color? Why color, and not hues of gray?  Why are our eyes made to see color?  When you look upon this photo think about the emotions that it evokes within you….what do you feel?  Joy…..peace…..a deep sense of appreciation for having the privilege to take in such beauty?

Do you think that those emotions are evoked just by chance? It seems not….it seems to me that when our eyes rest upon such beauty the outcome for each of us is very similar and very……… intentional.



Just Putting It Out There…..The RIPE Festival

Eat, Drink and Be Local!

Just as the corn is at its sweetest and the tomatoes at their juiciest, Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest No. 3 brings you a bounty of flavorful fare from nearby farms and restaurants. Your appreciation for locally sourced food surely will soar as you sink your teeth into that freshly picked carrot or hot-out-of-the-oven pumpkin pie.

RIPE! Fest also serves up a weekend full of live music by Northeast Ohio bands, a marketplace full of handmade goods by local merchants, workshops about cooking and gardening and a lively children’s activity area, including puppet shows, crafts and pedal-tractor rides.
RIPE! Fest is a  seasonal celebration suitable for all ages.
Although this is not a FREE event, the cost is fairly reasonable:
Saturday, September 21 – Sunday September 22
11am – Sundown
At-the-Door Tickets
$8/member adult; $5/member child
$13/non-member adult; $7/non-member child
Online advance registration is now closed, however tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

RIPE! Music line-up…..

Saturday, September 21

11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Silver String Band

2:00 – 5:00 pm – Tony Koussa, Jr. Band

5:30 – 7:30 pm – Oldboy

8:00 – 10:00 pm – Floor Walkers

Sunday, September 22

9:00 – 11:00 am (Pancake Flip-Off) – Gospel Wonders

11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Womack Family Band

2:00 – 4:30 pm – Brent Kirby

5:00 – 7:15 pm – Tony Koussa, Jr. Trio




Just Putting It Out There…..Giant Eagle’s $.25 Wine Tastings

                                                        Giant Eagle

Join us for our weekly wine tasting events featuring selected vintages, every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at participating Ohio Giant Eagle® stores.



Wine Tasting: Sequin Wines
8/16/2013, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sample assorted varieties of Sequin, delicately bubbled wine.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Wine Tasting: DaVinci Pinot Grigio & Chianti; Mia Dolcea Moscato d’Asti
8/17/2013, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Try DaVinci Pinot Grigio and Chianti and the soft and sweet Mia Dolcea Moscato D’Asti.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Beer Tasting: Sam Adams Octoberfest & Harvest Pumpkin
8/17/2013, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sam Adams kicks off fall with a sampling of Octoberfest and Harvest Pumpkin.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Wine Tasting: Cantina del Vardana Chianti & Riserva & Erik Banti Tuscan Red
8/23/2013, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Direct from Italy, taste Giant Eagle Exclusive Wines by Cantina del Vardano and Erik Banti.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Wine Tasting: Best of Washington State
8/24/2013, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Taste the Best of Washington State from the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Tasting: Mike’s Hard Lemonade Frozen Pouches
8/24/2013, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sample new frozen pouches from Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Wine Tasting: Oak & Vine Chardonnay and Cabernet
8/30/2013, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Taste Oak & Vine’s Chardonnay and Cabernet, available exclusively at Giant Eagle.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Wine Tasting: Bandit Wines
8/31/2013, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Light and portable for summer, try award-winning Bandit Wines.

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Hard Cider Tasting: Redd’s Strawberry Cider
8/31/2013, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Be among the first to taste new Redd’s Apple Ale Strawberry!

Samples are 25¢ each.

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Happy Frrreeee Hunting!


Frugalicious Week….Finale @ Carly’z Corner

Now that Frugalicious week is coming to its end :(…I thought that we would go over ESTATE SALE vs GARAGE SALE.


“An estate sale or estate liquidation is a sale or auction to dispose of a substantial portion of the materials owned by a person who is recently deceased or who must dispose of his or her personal property to facilitate a move.” – Wikipedia.

The survivors of the deceased person may have no interest in the bulk of the personal belongings left, or may simply lack space to keep the belongings. In situations where the survivors cannot agree to the disposition of tangible property, a court may order the goods to be sold in an estate sale with the proceeds to be divided among the survivors. Such a sale and division may also be mandated in the will of the deceased.

garage sale, also known as a yard salerummage saletag salelawn saleattic salemoving salegarbage salethrift sale or junk sale, is an informal, irregularly scheduled event for the sale of used goods by private individuals. Typically the goods in a garage sale are unwanted items from the household with the home owners conducting the sale. The goods are sometimes new, like-new, or just usable.

So your everyday garage sale is quite different from your estate sale.  With an estate sale, the person conducting the sale, usually toward the final days of the event, can be highly motivated to sale the items.  If you are patient, the final day of the estate sale may be 50% off of everything that is leftover!

Remember to use your thrifty etiquette…..everything is negotiable, carry small bills (preferably $1 bills or change) and you will find that you have saved hundreds of dollars!

So I really hope that this week really motivated you to go out and search out some of these great thrifty places and get some great deals.  Use the tips listed and you will not be intimated and just think… are going green and recycling!!! Remember, another man’s trash is another man’s treasure :)…!


Happy Frrrreeee Hunting!


Frugalicious Week …….Day 3 @ Carly’z Corner

Another frugal way to shop is, resale shops.  One of my favorite resale stores that I love to shop at, is the American Cancer Society Discovery Shops.                                                          DSC green sweater

“Shop at your nearest Discovery Shop. American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. For over 40 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and other household items, ” (taken directly from their website).

I have found some unique one of a kind pieces here such as White House|Black Market, Talbot, Donna Karen..and not only for myself but for my girls….such brands as Justice, and the Gap at about a 90% discount from retail store prices!

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shops also have a frequent flyer card and for every card you fill up you receive $10 off your next purchase!

The Discovery shops are not only in Ohio but it appears that they have multiple locations, even in California.  So check out their website to see if you have one of these amazing resale shops in your area.


American Cancer Society Discovery Shop

1198 Kenny Centre Mall Columbus OH 43220
(614) 457-4227

American Cancer Society – Discovery Shop

20470 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, OH 44126

(440) 333-6307

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop

6600 Sylvania Avenue # 2A Sylvania, OH 43560-3919 map

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop

5404 Mayfield Rd.
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

American Cancer Society

102 Cherry Ave

Chardon, OH 44024

(440) 285-4377

Cincinnati Location:

454 Ohio Pike, Ste 50
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255

(513) 891-8343

Akron Location:

1690 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44313
Phone: (330) 867-5043
(888) 227-6446

Frugalicious Week…..Day 1 @ Carly’z Corner

I get many compliments on how I adorn myself and my girls.  I know you remember, how I said that I am frugal!   Well when I tell people oh, I bought this from a second-hand store or from a garage sale, they’re surprised!   Many people exclaim that they would love to save money when shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories but they don’t know where to go.

This week on Carly’z Corner, I am going to give you the names and locations of a few places where I go to shop.  And you too,  could look like a million bucks for only…… $10.99!  LOL!  (Okay maybe, you won’t find a million dollar outfit, but I found a BCBG Casmere sweater for $5, when I well know that it likely sold for over $100 in the department store!)

So check out my posts this week as we find ways to cut costs on back to school clothes for the kids, find one of a kind items, tools, accessories for you or for your home……… at deep discounts!!!!  I even interviewed some of the best frugalista’s that I know to offer my readers with some extra tips on garage sale negotiations and etiquette.

First, set yourself a budget and stick to it.  But one tip that one of my frugalista’s shared with me and now I am passing it on to you…is never be afraid to negotiate!  But be reasonable and fair.  A chair that has a $25 price tag on it…do not offer $2 for it….a fair and reasonable offer….$15.  Think about your budget and what you need to find. If your budget allows you to spend $20 on the item…do not start negotiating at $20. You want to walk away feeling good about your purchase!

This weekend….on August 10, 2013…there are two great community Flea Markets being held.  Flea Markets are a great way to find multiple items whether they are for your home, tools, furniture or clothes. A one stop shop….. is what I call them!

2013 Annual Flea Market

August 10, 2013, Saturday 9am-4pm

Time for the Flea Market on Bedford Public Square! Buy or sell – See you there. A fun day with plenty of bargains for everyone. Enjoy a burger or hot dog and browse the aisles for a treasure. Rain or Shine.

Bedford Historic District Broadway (State RT 14). Easy parking.


OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio — The flea market at Roseland Lanes is for people looking to find a good deal or make some extra cash.

The bowling alley hosted a flea market on August 10 and September 14. The flea market will take place in the parking lot at Roseland Lanes, located at 26383 Broadway Ave. in Oakwood Village, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both dates.

Admission to the flea market is free for shoppers. Bowling costs $1 dollar per game during the event and hot dogs, soda and coffee will be sold for $1 dollar each.

People are invited to sell their stuff at the flea market and keep the profit. It costs $15 dollars per car or truck load to set up shop in the parking lot.

Proceeds from this event benefit Roseland Lanes’ Jr. Scholarship Program.

Stay tuned for some more frugal tips….

Happy Frrreeee Hunting!