Win your way in to #TribeTownInMotown trip w/Tuesday scavenger hunt

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We still have a few spots to fill for Friday’s Tribe Town in Motown trip to Comerica Park, and you can win one of the last ones!

Here’s how:

First, you must be at the Tribe’s Tuesday night game vs. the Minnesota Twins, the first of a three-game series at Progressive Field. (And an important one, as the Indians continue to push for a spot in the Postseason.) Buy your tickets – which start at just $10 online – here.

Then, while at the ballpark, you must take and then tweet to us (@Indians) these photos, using #TribeTownInMotown in each tweet. (Pictures must be sent in individual tweets; no PicStich, etc.)

  • Selfie with #TribeTownInMotown sign at Tribe Rewards table
  • Selfie with Thome statue
  • Selfie with John Adams
  • A picture of the Medical Mutual sign at Progressive Field (hint: it’s hard to find)

Once you’ve taken those photos and tweeted…

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Sand, Salt Water & Stress-free

(pardon my middle-agedness as I thought I posted this 2 weeks ago!!) but…better late than never I guess!!

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Can you hear that? Do you smell it? Can you see it? I’m talking about the ocean. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salt air, the brilliant blue color….it seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been there and yet it was just last week!! But oh what a WONDERFUL week it was!!

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We packed up as much stuff as the car would hold including all 3 dogs and off we went! We arrived in the Outer Banks on Sunday and as always, our first stop was at the Life is Good store(right next to Kitty Hawk Kites) obx18 in Nags Head! I mean, a girl (and her husband!) can NEVER have too many Life is Good shirts and hoodies! Especially those that are made just for the Outer Banks!! I did manage to only purchase 3 for myself during my week long stay but Mark ended up with 4, we bought 3 as gifts, I bought a wristlet to carry my phone and money in, plus the small miscellaneous items like stickers and décor. We also visited the stores in Avon, Rodanthe & Duck. Kitty Hawk Kites & the Life is Good store is where most of the vacation budget is spent! LOL
We checked into our house that we rented thru Midgett Realty (who I think is one of the best!) This is the 2nd year we have rented “1 Particular Harbor” and we absolutely love it! 5 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, a pool, a hot tub, unobstructed ocean views, and only a couple hundred yards to the beach! A bargain!

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We did leave the house Tuesday to make a trip to the grocery store and decided to find a place to have some lunch. We stopped at The Fish House Restaurant in Buxton and enjoyed a view of the harbor while dining on Fried Pickles for an appetizer. I then enjoyed a crab cake sandwich while Mark had a basket of fried BlueFish and fries. Both were delicious and the quaint building with slanted floors and walk in cooler right in the entryway made for a unique lunch!

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We were joined on Wednesday by our good friends for the last half of the week. Being 1st timers to Hatteras Island, we did take them to see the Hatteras Light Station on Friday morning.

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We made the climb up 257 steps to the top of the 187’ tallest brick lighthouse in North America. (That’s equivalent to 12 stories if you’re wondering!) Luckily, it’s a set-your-own-pace climb, so old folks like me can stop and take a break on one of the 8 landings between the flights of stairs! The views from the top are breathtaking and a must see for anyone who makes it to the Outer Banks.

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Friday evening we went to dinner at Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar.

Having dined there in 2013 we knew the seafood was worth going back for and we were not disappointed! Scallops, blackened mahi-mahi, fried flounder baskets, and so much more!! I even enjoyed the succotash that was the side dish with my mahi-mahi and let me tell you that as a kid, I would rather skip a meal all together than ever eat succotash!!

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After dinner, we sat on the outside patio sipping a glass of wine and watched a simply stunning sunset over the sound. It seriously was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen!obx14
Saturday evening we decided to not cook seafood and went to a local place-StingWray’s Bar & Grille-and dined.  IMG_3873Although the service was slow, the food was good. I had a tuna burrito that was outstanding! For an appetizer we had bacon wrapped cream cheese stuffed shrimp—yeah—it was delicious!!!
We packed up Sunday morning and headed out with the intention of visiting Corolla on our way out but the traffic was horrid so we stopped in Duck and visited Salty Paws & The Outer Barks to get the boys some treats and then we were on our way home.

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After a short detour thru Washington D.C. (in the middle of Memorial Day weekend and 1000’s of bikers!) due to an outdated Garmin, we finally made it home late Sunday night.

This was absolutely one of the best vacations ever. Laid back, relaxing, warm, sunny and peaceful. I could use one of these weeks once a month! Couldn’t we all?!

Head and Shoulders donates $5K to Cleveland RBI programs through monthly Twitter competition

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Today, Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of May, 2014. As of June 1, 2014, the Cleveland Indians racked up 10,000 #Whiff @Indians tweets, securing fourth place for the month of May, resulting in a $5,000 donation to local Cleveland RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

“The Indians are proud to support, through Cleveland Indians Charities, many charitable efforts in our community, including the RBI program,” said Rebecca Kodysh, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “We’d like to thank our loyal Twitter followers for helping us continue our commitment to the Northeast Ohio community.”

Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Majors during the 2014 Regular…

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Happy Mom’s Day!

I just want to wish all the moms, especially mine, a Happy Mother’s Day! I know my mom is having a great one as she is getting to spend it with my brother for the first time in several years! I miss her but I’m happy for this time she is getting to share with him and all her grandkids in Guam!

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I myself am a mom to my 3 boys-all of them complete with tails, fur and 4 legs!

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Bruno is my 13-1/2 year old. I got him from the shelter when he was 8 weeks old. He’s more grey and white than brown these days but still a sweetheart even as he slows down a little bit! Jake is 5-1/2 and Rocket is 3-1/2, both golden retrievers adopted as young boys. All 3 are heading to the beach one week from today!
Also, Happy Mother’s Day to my sweet mother-in-law! I am blessed to have her in my life too! And thanks to her, I have the most wonderful husband a woman could ever hope for!

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So, hug your mom, hug your kids and hug your fur kids! ❤️

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There’s a hint of summer in the air…..

Ahhh…yes, it was another cold afternoon at the ballpark on Sunday and somehow the Tribe lost. We had a terrific time anyhow but a victory would’ve been soooo much better after record setting pitching! Ugh!

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My parents took off today for Guam. They arrive tomorrow. Long flights but a joyous reunion with my brother and family will soon be taking place! I’m kind of envious!
10 days until I arrive in the Outer Banks! Me n all my boys! Lots to pack, dogs to groom, and more! Tonight was a sweet reminder that warm weather is coming!! Sitting outside watching my dogs play I the sunshine renewed my faith that summer is actually coming…not soon enough, but it is!

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May Day! May Day!

I suppose it’s time to catch up on the happenings in Mindy’s world. It’s been a rainy soggy spring so far here in NE Ohio. We finally got past the cold nasty of winter only to move into what feels like continuous rainy days. We have had a few scattered sunny warm days but it’s almost impossible to believe that tomorrow is May Day!

I got my first pair of bifocals—wowza—I’m getting old!! Not only bifocals, but I now own THREE pair of reading glasses so I can always have some close by. You know, by the computer, in my purse, at work, etc. Luckily I can still read pretty good without those pesky readers but they do make it easier!

It’s baseball time here in Ohio so we have been watching the Tribe. We spent a couple days in Cleveland for Opening Weekend (that was rainy and cold—shocker!) and had fun in spite of the weather!

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The Social Suite ALWAYS means a good time at Progressive! April has not been a good month for them as they are in the basement of the AL Central but it’s a long season so I see a brighter future—I’m hoping for one anyhow! We are heading back to the Social Suite Sunday May 4th to battle the White Sox and I am optimistic that it will be warmer, dryer and the Indians will WIN!!

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My sisters-in-laws, niece & mother-in-law spent a fun girls outing painting! First we enjoyed dinner at the Stonebridge Grille (I had Mahi Mahi that was scrumptious!!)

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Who knew that Picasso was hiding inside all of us! Haha! We each created our own masterpiece and put our personal touches on it.  The pARTy Gallery is a terrific way to spend an evening!  

They will even bring the party to you!  Check ‘em out!

We spent some of the rare warmer sunny days with our boys. I actually took all 3 to the dog park on my own—crazy I know! It’s a good energy release for them! They think they own the place for some reason. We were also able to enjoy a nice long hike at Mill Creek Park this past Sunday. We only had to dodge one angry goose who thought we were invading their nest!

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We also got to meet up with some of our golden retriever facebook friends this past weekend!  You can never have too many!!

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After traveling to the Buffalo area for some work training a couple weeks ago, I returned only to find that my husband would be traveling the next 3 weeks! Home a couple days and then gone for 4 or 5! Lots of miles to be conquered! 

We also celebrated Easter this month!

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My parents leave next week for a month in Guam. They will be watching their oldest grandson graduate from high school. Then the whole family will be moving back to the states and arrive June 14th! Yes, I’m excited!
I can hardly wait because in 17 days we will be leaving for a week in the Outer Banks again. All 3 dogs will be joining us. I am SOOOO looking forward to a week of sun, sand and relaxing. Mix in some friends, fresh seafood, the pool and hot tub and it’s an absolute paradise for a week!
But before that I still need to get thru the next couple weeks with Mark traveling, work, meetings, work dinner (2 days before vacation!) and packing for the OBX! 

In today’s mail there was a wedding shower invitation, a Bar Mitzvah invitation, and a wedding invitation!
May Day! May Day! I need that vacation BAD!!

PS–I think Jake looks like how I feel sometimes!!

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