Acts of Kindness Countdown to Thanksgiving

In the past we have participated in the 30 Days of Gratitude for November (Where you make a Turkey out of two foam balls wrapped in yard, then each day you add a feather made from construction paper attached to a popsicle stick- write what you are thankful for on the feather, & then press it into the Turkey….thus having a full turkey at the end. This activity is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!), and have done the Acts of Kindness Countdown to Thanksgiving and the children seem to favor the latter. Read more

4 Tips For Healthy Family Living During Unpredictable Times

Raising a family is tough, raising a family during a pandemic is a full on challenge! Having kids at home learning virtually has brought about a sedentary lifestyle no parent has ever had to deal with before. Sitting in front of Chromebooks or Laptops for 6+ hour a day can not only strain children’s eyes, mess with their sleep schedule, but, it can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. With no recess or gym and ample snacks literally feet away in their own kitchen the temptation to grab a sweet or salty snack is real. Thus, though there are many factors working against us as parents it is still possible to raise a healthy, wholesome family even during a pandemic – the key is to remain vigilant. Are you looking for ways to create and establish healthy habits in your family? The following tips should help.

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This is long overdue

I’ve been meaning to write this for some time now. It’s long overdue. But every time I escape into the computer room, open my laptop, my fingers barely graze the keys, and a silent alarm must sound altering the children that I’m about to give something else my undivided attention. For they all seemed to beacon before I can even type a word, “Mom, I need help submitting….”, “Mom, my screen froze!”, “Mom, I can’t type on my work in Google Docs”. It’s a miracle they aren’t banging on the door right now. I am currently hiding out in the bathroom, on the floor, with my laptop, fan on, so hopefully I’ll have a few uninterrupted minutes…I took this idea from the “Dad Handbook” ;), lol! So needless to say, this letter has been on my heart for some time, and it embarrasses me that I haven’t sent this sooner. I don’t know if you know this or not, but you’re such an important and significant part of my life. They say that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away and though, an eloquent idea, I’d add that it isn’t just the big moment in life that matters, but the everyday that embrace life’s imperfections.  Looking back on my lifetime thus far most of my life’s imperfections, serious contemplations, and happy memories either took place with you or you helped me get through them, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this time to express just how much you’ve played a role in those moments.  

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How To Dress Your Home For An Upscale Bash!

If you’re a parent to young kiddos, the kind of parties you throw at your home might be a far cry for your pre-kid bashes. We’re talking glitter everywhere, obnoxiously bright layered colored cakes, sticky floors and paper plates – not exactly classy. Though loads of fun for the kiddos, isn’t it time you hosted a grownup bash, one just for the adults, a bit more upscale. To say it’s been a heck of a year is an understatement, isn’t it time to give everyone an excuse to leave their quarantine PJs at home, ladies can dust off their LBD, or slip into that over-the-top fancy outfit that still sparks joy but you never could quite decide what to wear it to, over accessorize, and toast with some bubbly? It’s time to gather (responsibly) and celebrate, celebrate all the milestones we weren’t able to celebrate in-person, make up for lost time, we’re talkin no tissue paper, paper plates, or any paper products, remember that fin china you registered for and received at your bridal shower? This is the occasion it was meant for, so unpack it from the boxes, polish the silverware, iron the tablecloths, get out the stemware, and jazz it up properly.

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We got upset, angry, disappointed, & then we got schooled : Living History is HARD

The BIG day was almost here, the day the kids have been looking forward to since March, going back to school in-person!! Our 7th and 9th grader were super stoked, after a decade in an elementary building they were going to finally have lockers. You would have thought they were finally receiving their driver’s license the way their eyes light up when talking about their locker, locker combinations, how they wanted to decorate their lockers, etc. As a parent it felt amazing seeing them getting so excited about school, and truth be told they weren’t the only ones. My plan after all three kiddos were finally in in-person, or the hybrid schedule, was to start substitute teaching. Yep, we were finally moving on from this quarantine lifestyle, back into the real world, back to reality, our lives outside the home, no longer on a screen daily, but actually  in-person. We were so close we could taste it!! And then we received the crushing news. 

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Regretting Parenthood is a Thing

Is it normal to regret having a baby, children? Am I allowed to feel regret?

I came across this topic and it made my momma heart sink. Initially I thought of all those women longing to be mothers and dealing with their own infertility struggles and how they would long to simply hold a baby in their arms. And then I considered the pressure put on women by society and our culture. The pressure to have and do it all, have the career, have the baby, get the promotions, raise children, have the social status, be on all the committees, etc. And the immense pressure “at-home” moms receive, since they’re at home they should be able to do it all, the laundry, dishes, all the household work, raise the kids, and there’s this added pressure, “at-home mom guilt”, that they should be the ones volunteering for everything, after all, they don’t

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Have you been BOO-ed?

Door bell rings, dog barks, you rush to the door & no one! Are you the victim of ding-dong ditch? Nope. An adorable black & orang jack-o-lantern bucket full of Halloween tricks & treats is on your front-door step, you’ve been BOO-ed! BOO-ing neighbors has quickly become a fun Halloween tradition that has expanded into the workplace and with close friends & family. Read more

Improving Your Family Finances- Tips For Getting Back Into The Black

Money worries are among the most common causes of stress for US adults. 2020 has been a tough year for many, and financial pressures are affecting many households. If you’re looking for ways to improve your family finances, this guide contains tips and tricks to help you get back into the black. 

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3 Ways To Take Your Backyard To The Next Level

Everyone has been staying home a lot more often. From mandated lockdowns to social distancing measures, homes have become more vital than ever before for the safety and security of you and your family. However, with work, school and social activities all moved inside the home, sometimes getting outside is a must to give you a change of pace and scenery. Backyards have also become increasingly more popular, and people are investing in an outdoor conversation seating set to better utilize their yards. However, on top of outdoor seating, here are three ways you can spruce up your backyard. 

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Ohio Fall Colors at Holden Arboretum and Stickwork

Holden Arboretum is a safe haven, a reminder that there is endless and abundant beauty in this world, it’s a place where your soul can relax and your inner child can play. And after our visit back on the 11th of August, when we stumbled upon dozens of individuals playing with sticks we couldn’t wait to return to see what they were creating! And of course we wanted to experience the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower during one of the most beautiful seasons in the Midwest. It is my hope that these images and our experience brighten your day and hopefully inspire you to visit this living, ever evolving, and beautiful outdoor museum with your family. 

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