Fun Things to do with Kids Over Spring Break 2023 in Toledo

Not headed off to Florida to see that popular mouse? Or off to ski at some resort? No worries, Toledo, Ohio has more than enough to keep your kiddos and family occupied this spring break! Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, make a day of it, or even an overnight, Toledo and the surrounding area have you covered. In fact, the only problem you’re going to have is deciding where you want to go first, so plan accordingly, share this post with friends, and most importantly, have fun!

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Things to Consider When Appointing a Guardian for Your Child

Thinking about guardianship is not usually enjoyable. The truth is that appointing a guardian means thinking of a worst-case scenario, and a time when your children may not be with you. Guardians may even be appointed if you were to die while still bringing up your child. It is, however, a very good idea to think about this and consider who will do the best job of raising your kids if you are no longer able.

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5 Things To Contemplate When Buying Used Cars

Buying a new car can be expensive, which is why people opt for used ones. However, you may be skeptical of whether a used car will give you service for a long time. Here are a few tips that you can use when buying used cars:

Examine Both the Interior and Exterior

Start with the exterior by checking for dents, scratches, and rust. If they are minor and insignificant, you can get the car. However, if you can spot them at a distance, that automatically becomes a red flag. Also, ensure that the body panels are aligned evenly. If they are not, the car might have been in an accident. For the interior, inspect the seats and look for wear and tear on the upholstery.

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4 Reasons to Get a Slow Cooker For Your Kitchen

Whether you want to plan the perfect Thanksgiving meal, or you just want something easy for those busy weeknights, the slow cooker is going to be your best friend. In fact, this is going to be one of the best kitchen appliances anyone could ever own! There’s a reason why there are so many recipes out there with a slow cooker, and that’s all because it just works, and it works amazingly! So, if you’re considering getting yourself a slow cooker, here is everything you need to know!

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My New Grocery Shopping Method: Remove the MiddleMOM

“Where’s my deodorant?” It never failed, no matter how hard I’d try I’d always come home one or two items short. Chalk it up to distractions while shopping. And if I didn’t forget an item I’d get the wrong one, the wrong face wash, bread, you name it! Pair that with the fact that it seemed like the kids were going through toiletries and snacks like there was an endless supply and this mom started rethinking everything. Like every mom, my time is valuable. I knew there had to be a better way, a way to get the kids more involved. A way for them to take on more responsibility. For them to have a more thorough understanding and appreciation for the time, energy, and monetary value that goes towards getting supplies for the family. So I did something kind of huge.

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Going The Distance As A Couple When You Are Parents

Nobody tells you how you are going to feel when a baby comes into your life. There is no denying that a baby will change the dynamics of your whole life, but the one thing many overlook is the impact it can have on your relationship or marriage. The truth is, you become so overwhelmed by parenthood that it becomes your number one priority. Nothing wrong with that. But in the same breath, you need to ensure that as a couple you are also taking care of your relationship. Nobody intends for it to end unless there is no other option. However, there are ways you can try and ensure you go the distance, here are some of the things you could try.   Read more

Tips For Successfully Balancing Your Career & Home Life

As a mom and professional you want to make sure that you stay healthy and well even though you’re a busy person. Stress and burnout can negatively impact your life and your performance at work over time. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to get in front of the matter sooner rather than later.

These are some tips for successfully balancing your career and home life so that you can get more done and still feel happy and energized. What’s most important is that you take breaks and carve out time to rest so that you can recharge and stick to your new routine. These are pieces of advice that will only make your life better and more rewarding so it’s worth taking a closer look.

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HVAC Maintenance: How to Extend The Life of Your System And Cut Energy Costs

Your HVAC system is a crucial component to keeping your home comfortable year-round. It would be ideal to have it to keep you comfortable in the winter and summer, so a broken unit can quickly make your home into an uninviting place to live.

Routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your HVAC system’s peak performance. It also helps extend the life of your system and cut energy costs.

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Fulton County Breakfast on the Farm to be held June 24

The Fulton County agricultural community has announced the annual Breakfast on the Farm, Saturday, June 24, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Triple H Farms in Metamora, Ohio.

This free family-friendly event allows the community to enjoy a free, locally-produced breakfast while having a close-to-home agricultural experience.

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Never say this to a Stay at Home Parent

“Must be nice!” This comment really gets under my skin. Just in general it screams, you’re privileged and I’m not, you just get everything handed to you and I have to suffer, in general, it’s just an extremely rude comment to make about anything but especially a comment to a stay-at-home mom, or stay at home working mom/parent. It alludes to the idea that what that mom/parent does at home doesn’t carry much value & that they’re basically flaking off all responsibility because they’re at home. Well, to be fair, it’s the tone and often snarky insinuation that accompanies the comment. As if the person stating the comment is the hardest worker in the entire world while the person at home is just binge-watching shows & eating bonbons. Here are some hard facts…

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5 Things To Keep In Mind When Attending A Kids Birthday Party

Birthday parties are an important part of any child’s life. Attendees will remember these events for decades, so it’s important to ensure you do everything right. From what kind of presents to bring, how to dress and how to act, many things need to be considered when attending a kid’s birthday party. So here are five essential bits of advice to keep in mind when attending a children’s birthday bash:

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How Parents Can Help During the College Recruiting Process

Having a talented child in the athletic world is a blessing and a curse. It’s wonderful that it gives them multiple opportunities to further their education after high school. Still, it also leads to ruthless tactics by college recruiters to get their name on the dotted line. Understanding how parents can help during the college recruiting process is the first step to take on the long, winding road that ends with your child’s letter of acceptance.

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Things To Know When Caring for a Preemie

Premature births do happen, and they’re becoming more common these days. As more infants today are born early, even more, parents need to prepare themselves for what to expect as preemie parents. First, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor what you should know when caring for a preemie now; that way, you and your partner can prepare.

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3 Sweet and Simple Spring Craft Projects

It’s almost springtime, a time of renewal and creativity! As the weather begins to warm and brighten, you may find yourself looking for ways to entertain your kids. Why not get creative with some family-friendly crafts that are perfect for this new season? Whether it’s creating festive decorations for your home or customizing accessories for your spring wardrobe, there are plenty of sweet and simple projects to explore right here in this blog post. Let’s have some fun crafting together as a family!

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Why Everyone In Your Home Should Be Involved In Cleaning

It is essential that you keep up a high level of cleanliness in your home, and the only way to accomplish this is to clean it completely and on a regular basis. The most important thing is to get everyone in the family involved in the cleaning because no one person can do everything. The following are some suggestions for encouraging your family to assist you with cleaning your home, as well as some reasons why it is necessary to do so.

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PAW Patrol LIVE! Family 4-pack Tickets Giveaway

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group proudly present PAW Patrol Live! “Heroes Unite.” This brand-new production is an interactive, live stage show where members of the audience get to be heroes unleashed, helping the pups solve puzzles as honorary members of the pack. Featuring stunning visual effects, captivating storytelling, and a vibrant musical score that will have guests dancing in their seats and singing along, this staged extravaganza is jam-packed with action and fun for the whole family! 

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5 Signs You Need A Major Life Revamp

Most people hum along as normal for years on end without really thinking much about their life’s direction. Things are pretty much the same every day, and that seems normal. 

Every once in a while, though, your thoughts change. You wonder whether you should be going through the motions or if it would be better to do something different. 

Human beings love certainty. However, they also love uncertainty. Most people have a love-hate relationship with both. They love the fact that they have secure finances, for instance, but they hate the idea that they will need to work the same job for another forty years. 

That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep a lookout for signs that your life might need a major revamp. 

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Same as it ever was NOTHING is the Same 

Where do you see yourself in two years? If I was asked that question two years ago I could have never imagined I’d be where I am today or be the person that I am today. I was in my 18th year of marriage and a stay-at-home mom for 16 years who had established a satisfying routine and rhythm to life.  Then in the course of a few months, everything changed. I found myself living through three life-altering events simultaneously, financial trauma, divorce, and a new job working full-time outside of the home all while raising 3 kids and running a household. I suddenly didn’t recognize my life, I felt like I’d been tossed into a relay race mid-race with no instructions during a category 4 hurricane while eating ghost peppers. To say I was outside of my comfort zone was definitely an understatement.  In order to find my way I needed to take back control, be open to change, and remind myself that life is meant to be enjoyed.

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Some of the Best Ways To Celebrate Easter This Year

You can likely remember celebrating the Easter holidays with your family when you were a child. There was nothing more exciting than finding Easter eggs lying in wait around your home that the Easter bunny had hidden. That’s likely why you want your family to experience that same joy and excitement for the holiday. Find out some of the best ways to celebrate Easter this year.

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The Path to Justice: 5 Reasons To Choose a Personal Injury Settlement Over a Lawsuit

When it comes to seeking compensation for a personal injury, many individuals face the tough decision of whether to pursue a lawsuit or accept a settlement. While lawsuits can be an effective way to recover damages, they are not always the best option. In some cases, a personal injury settlement may be the most advantageous course of action. Here are five reasons why you might choose a personal injury settlement over a lawsuit.

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How To Deal With Parenting Stress

It’s no secret that raising children is hard work. Parental stress is common when taking care of a child means giving up your own time and energy every day. It may feel impossible to regain composure during times of extreme stress, but know that you are not alone and that you can overcome this. Simple and effective strategies exist not only for alleviating the pressures of parenthood but also for preventing the onset of anxiety in the first place. Read on to find out what some of them are. 

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Tips for Layering Your Bedding for a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting plenty of rest helps you stay awake the next day, maintain your health, and improve your mental well-being. For those who want to ensure they don’t wake up in the middle of the night, it’s essential to think about how you use your blankets and pillows. Here are a few tips for layering your bedding for a good night’s sleep.

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The First Steps You Should Take To Become a Midwife

Midwives hold the unique power to transform mothers’ lives before, during, and after they deliver a baby. Many mothers feel so compelled by their midwife that they, too, would like to become one. Though this process is not as easy as one would expect, there is a series of important steps you must take before becoming a midwife. Let’s take a closer look. 

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One Step Forward, Two Back…Divorce Saga Continues

Ever just feel like life is one step forward and three steps back? I feel like I’m living this. Here’s a great example, I pulled into Valvoine for a much-needed oil change for my Ford Flex. A  day after the oil change I started hearing weird scrapping and the car seemed a bit sluggish. After further examination, it became apparent that the under-car shield was unhinged. What does this mean? This means every time I get in the car I hear the scrapping of the under shield as it’s dragged along to each and every transport of a child, errand, to work, home, etc. Knowing full well it has to be reattached/set. I thought of when I had precisely 30+ minutes to wait for a mistake that someone else made to be fixed. Why must we be inconvenienced by others’ mistakes? Such is life… I have yet two more examples, and I promise the last will have you laughing out loud! But first…

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How to Throw the Best Sweet 16th Birthday Party

Every young person looks forward to their Sweet 16th birthday. It is a momentous occasion that marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and is often celebrated with family and friends at an elaborate party. Throwing the best Sweet 16th Birthday Party can be a daunting task, but here are some guidelines to help you make it a memorable event for your loved one. 

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3 Ways To Support A Child With Special Needs

Children with special needs often face unique challenges in their daily lives. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. Ensuring regular activity and stability for a child with special needs is crucial for their overall well-being and development. As parents or guardians, you are considered the primary caregiver, therefore it’s important to know how to support your child’s development and create a safe space for them. With that said, here are three tips to bear in mind.

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When The Worst Happens

When life-altering change occurs in your life, whether it be sudden death, family breakdown, or divorce is there a right way to react? The short answer is no. For me it was divorce. After 19 years of marriage and being a huge proponent of marriage, for marriage, and trying my best even under the worst of circumstances I was served divorce papers and my life changed overnight. I went from being at home and fulfilling all the household duties and raising the children to working outside the home full-time while still fulfilling my prior obligations and responsibilities. When the worst happens the hardest part is trying to find the time to process, feel, and heal. So how does one even begin to navigate the steps of grieving when there isn’t time? I’ll be brutally honest with you, it comes out, often at the most inconvenient and oddest times.

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