Thankful Thursday: Grand Opening & Chance to win iPad Mini

Tropical Smoothie Café is one of my favorite restaurants! As a mom on the go a leisure lunch is often out of the question. I need something quick, delicious, and that will actually satiate me so I can continue running errands for home & work, picking up kiddos, and fulfilling my mommygations (mommy + obligations). My usual is the Island Green, it taste amazing and I feel ready to conquered the world after I drink it…totally energized! Unfortunately the Tropical Smoothie Café located closest to me is in Maumee so I only get my smoothie on when I am running errands on that side of town. That is until tomorrow when one of my motherhood dreams come true and the brand known for its innovative food and smoothies, will be celebrating the grand opening of its 400th location in Toledo!! That’s right, Toledo!!!And they are celebrating in a big way on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.



The first five people in line at the new Tropical Smoothie Café, located at 5221 Monroe Street, will receive a free iPad Mini, a $25 gift card, and a voucher valid for one free smoothie a week for an entire year. The next 20 people in line will each receive a $25 gift card as well as a voucher for one free smoothie a week for an entire year. The next 70 people will receive a card valid for one free smoothie or food item. This fun-filled event will also have chances to win other prizes and giveaways. Doors open at 9 a.m.

“We’re thrilled to expand our presence in the Toledo area and have the opportunity to share this major milestone for our brand with the local community,” said Julie Munson, co-owner of the new café. “This celebration is a great way for us to thank our loyal customers and gain new fans by showcasing some of our most popular items and giving everyone a chance to win some incredible prizes.”

The new Tropical Smoothie Café marks the third location in the Toledo area, all of which are locally owned and operated by franchisees Bill and Julie Munson. In total, there are 12 Tropical Smoothie Café locations across Ohio.



“Our 400th café opening marks Tropical Smoothie Café’s transition from an emerging brand to a leader in the fast-casual industry,” said Tropical Smoothie Café CEO Mike Rotondo. “We’ve successfully carved a niche as the brand that offers innovative, unique flavor profiles and convenient better-for-you options that resonate with consumers.”

Tropical Smoothie Café’s menu features a variety of options, from handcrafted salads, wraps, sandwiches and flatbreads to made-to-order fruit and vegetable smoothies. Capitalizing on Toledo’s healthier eating trend, the café offers better-for-you menu items, including the brand’s top-selling Island Green Smoothie, made with fresh spinach and kale, and also showcases limited-time food offers such as Savory Island Club Sandwiches and Naughty or Nice Smoothies.

For more information about Tropical Smoothie Café, please visit

I will see you in line!!

Kirkland’s Grand Opening EVENT! (And great must read organizing tips for moms)

Moms mark your calendars!! On Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Kirkland’s Home stores are having a grand opening of a new store in Crossroads Centre. You know the amazing Kirkland’s stores that contain everything you need to meet all your interiors’ design needs?  Yep, that’s the store!! But wait; it gets even better, not only can you shop where the designers shop (or at least this Interior Designer) but as part of the celebration, Toledo personal organizer and decorator, and owner of In Its Place, Ltd., Lori Eckel will be offering free one-on-one consultations.  (Okay, you have my permission to give out a woo-hoo!!)



The grand opening events will be the weekend before Mother’s Day. I think we all know a mom who can never find her keys, steps on toys in her house, or is always racing against the clock (and yes, I meet the criteria for all the above). So, in the spirit of crazy-busy moms everywhere, Lori has some great suggestions to help de-stress, increase productivity and creativity, get the family’s daily schedule flowing more smoothly, and actually make parents more punctual. Here are some of her tips and tricks:

·         Put limits on toys: The less they have, the more they actually play with them. If you don’t have the heart to purge the toys, then ROTATE them! Remember, the less they have, the less that needs to be picked up.

·         Drive through: You can run a lot of errands without ever getting out of the car – pick up prescriptions, dry cleaning, hit the bank and more. This way you’re not dragging the kids in and out of the back seat, you’re not making impulse purchases at the cash register, so you’re saving time and money, and not bringing home more stuff you don’t need.

·         Merge errands and make it family time: When the kids are old enough, leave one in the dentist chair, with one observing while the sibling is having his or her teeth cleaned. Meanwhile, mom can go shopping across the street with the third child. Then have the dentist’s office call on the cell phone when they’re done. Kills two birds with one stone!

·         Start chores from an early age: Kids love to help.  Start them out early and make them feel important when they accomplish small tasks.

·         Contain it: Setting aside a drawer for mail, bills, or kids’ drawings you want to keep isn’t helping. Get expandable file folders, a filing cabinet, or even collapsible storage containers – and use them.


Lori can help guests of the grand opening events get started on the baby steps to find out what systems or routines would work to keep their families organized. She can also help get plans in place to follow through. We may not all need professional help, but many of us aren’t solving our organizational problems alone.   

Lori Eckel

In its Place, Ltd.

Toledo, OH


Lori Eckel strives to help people de-stress their lives and reclaim their space. The owner of In Its Place, Ltd. is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and part of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, and when she takes on the task of organizing your home or office, she’s all about making it FUN! On Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, Lori will be at the grand opening of the new Kirkland’s at Crossroads Centre in Rossford. She’ll share tips and tricks on purging, downsizing and decorating to help organize your home and give your family a less hectic daily routine.




Again, just to recap, the Grand opening celebration and FREE personal organization and design consultations with Lori Eckel Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Kirkland’s ― Crossroads Centre

9830 Olde US 20

Rossford, OH 43460-1723

Do you have a room that is dying for some finishing touches, furniture, accessories, etc.?  Maybe you have an organizing question you would like to ask a professional organizer?  Please share….