Numerous family road trips occur throughout the year that takes people to faraway places and immerse them in nature. Families who go off-roading will find the time spent in nature and away from the road, embarking on a journey filled with fun and memorable moments. But for the kids that tag along, safety will be a top priority, and these tips will help keep your young ones safe.Read more
Quick and dirty skincare hacks are essential for moms who want clear skin but don’t have the time to do a 12-step skincare routine twice a day. And because blackheads can take months to disappear on their own, what better hack to use than pore strips? While these cleanser strips met the peak of their popularity around five years ago, they’ve recently come into controversy. That makes the average cosmetic user wonder, do pores strips actually remove blackheads?Read more
It seems that holidays are becoming more about commercial opportunities and what we can buy than spending time with our families and loved ones. While physical gifts hold a place in many holiday celebrations, holidays are about time spent together. If you’re trying to think of ways that you and your family can spend time together during the holidays, we have some fun ideas. Keep reading to learn about some unique ways to celebrate the holidays as a family.Read more
Your baby’s comfort and security in the nursery depending on more than smart design choices. There’s a lot you can do to soothe and relax your baby, which will improve their well-being and help form good sleeping habits. Follow these tips for keeping your baby comfy in the nursery.Read more
If you are struggling through long days and sleepless nights while your sweet little baby is teething, you are not alone. Parents everywhere deal with the often frustrating process of teething. Fortunately, there are methods to keep your child comfortable during this time. Here are three effective ways to soothe your teething baby.Read more
Aquariums are a beautiful addition to any home, but they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. If you’re not sure how to clean an aquarium, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we will discuss six tips for keeping your aquarium clean and sparkling. Your fish will thank you if you follow these suggestions!Read more
While cocktail sausages and a cheeseball are perfect for the majority of parties, sometimes you host guests with more sophisticated tastes. And when you do, you want to make sure that you serve the type of food that they actually want to eat.Read more
Some kids are naturally fussy eaters. No matter how hard you try to convince them to eat their broccoli, they don’t want to play ball.
Picky eaters can be stressful, though. You constantly feel like you have to adapt mealtimes to them. They don’t want to follow your lead at all.Read more
Baby clothing terminology can be a little confusing because there are so many distinct terms. You can buy several types of clothing for your baby, depending on the season. For instance, if your child is born in spring, you should purchase waterproof outerwear made of plastic or rubber. Cotton will keep them warm in colder weather, but it tends to hold water and not dry quickly. Wool is a better choice for inner layers because it absorbs water and keeps your baby warm.Read more
Let me preface this by saying, I have always admired and vastly appreciated the community on this blog, the ability to allow moms/parents to state their opinions freely and without cause for ridicule or strict judgment has always made this space a special one. There are not many communities like us left…communities where we listen to one another, perhaps have opposite viewpoints but are still genuinely respectful to one another. Please know that your maturity, intellect, kindness, and compassion for your fellow man, including myself are much appreciated. Here we CONNECT…it doesn’t matter your religion, political stance, or who your partner is, we’ve reached common, compassionate ground and for that I THANK YOU. Thank you for allowing me to share my story freely. Likewise if ever any one of you wish to share your story please email, email@example.com.Read more
Are you interested in inspiring your kid’s creativity and imagination? Imagination is key to social development. It will help your child in school as well as later in life. You just need to look at some of the steps that you can take to give your child a gentle push in the right direction. Here are some of the options that we recommend.Read more
Mental and physical health are both important, but the former is often overlooked. Many people think they should just “suck it up” and deal with their mental health issues independently. This isn’t healthy, and it can lead to even more problems down the road. This blog post will discuss six tips to help nurture your mental health.Read more
As women, we are constantly bombarded with responsibilities. We are expected to juggle work, family, and social lives all while looking put together and staying sane. It’s a lot to handle, and sometimes our creative juices can get lost in the shuffle. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and in need of a little inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.Read more
What’s the best way to kickoff the official Halloween season? With a stroll down Glenlore Trails Haunted Forest!
With its new partnership with Herve Leger, Forever 21 has attempted to distance itself from its reputation as a copycat. The company’s parent company has owned Herve Leger since 2017. The merger between the two brands is seamless. It was inevitable that Forever 21 would make its bandage dress popular on the market, but partnering with Herve Leger did not result in cannibalizing the brand’s customers.Read more
People who are plus-sized tend to receive a lot of judgment. Really and truly though, it is entirely up to the individual whether or not they put on weight or lose weight for that matter. People are perfect the way that they are and shouldn’t be made to feel bad about how they look.
One thing that impacts the lives of many plus-sized people negatively is that they aren’t able to live ‘ordinary’ lives because there are various obstacles in the way, like clothing that’s too small for example.
This post will tell you how you can make your plus-sized loved ones feel better about themselves (and how you can make their lives easier).Read more
Raising a child is not easy. You see them grow up and turn from a toddler into an adult in no time. One of the most challenging parts of this journey is when they turn 16 and start driving. Try to find the most appropriate car to help them stay safe on the road. Read on to learn which car models are best for your new driver.Read more
Sterling silver has been around for centuries. It symbolizes status and wealth, and many families have passed down these precious heirlooms. Some people struggle with sterling silver care because they aren’t sure how to, and they don’t want to damage the antiques.Read more
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR WILL PLAY TOLEDO’S
STRANAHAN THEATER FROM OCTOBER 13–16, 2022
Tickets Available Now!
TOLEDO, OH ― The American Theatre Guild is thrilled to present the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. This production is a part of the BROADWAY IN TOLEDO SERIES and will take the Stranahan Theater stage on October 13–16, 2022.Read more
Prayer and meditation go hand in hand as they are very similar. One focuses heavily on the brain, while the other focuses on the body. As you progress and master each practice individually, you will find that both prayer and meditation begin to link to one another as both seek out their opposites. This means that meditation will connect to the mind, and prayer will affect the body. These key characteristics define how prayer and meditation work together in your life to bring you balance and wellness.Read more
There are various vital skills babies need to develop as their brains form and bodies flourish. Sensory motor skills help infants learn more about their environment, especially because babies experience most of the world through their senses. And this is why sensory play is so important to infants and toddlers—it brings things to their level and allows them to explore our world. Read on to uncover some of the best ways to help babies build sensory skills.Read more
You may find yourself in the position of having to co-parent after a divorce or separation. Divorce can bring a lot of unpleasant emotions to the surface.
If you have had a high conflict divorce, likely, a lot of these hurt feelings are still there. You have to deal with the emotional fallout from the relationship. Here are some ways to do so.Read more
Your child has blossomed into a mini-young adult right before your eyes. You may not feel like you have much influence on your child these days, but their behavior correlates with the bond you both have. Your teen has likely had plenty of advice, practice tasks, and interventions to help them become more independent later in life.Read more
Buying a child’s first pair of shoes is a big step because it frequently means they’re starting to walk. Kids need shoes that will keep them safe and cozy so they can comfortably interact with the world around them. Before browsing any shops online or in person, take a moment to learn these easy tips for buying your child’s first pair of shoes.Read more
No matter how prepared you think you are for motherhood, there are always going to be things that catch you off guard. From the never-ending list of things to do to the complete and utter lack of sleep, it can be easy to feel like you’re in over your head. But there are some things that can help make the transition into motherhood a little bit easier.Read more
Mental illness is a term used to describe a wide range of mental health conditions. Mental illness can be very debilitating and often leads to thoughts of suicide or self-harm. As a matter of fact, one in four people in the United States will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime. That means that there is a good chance that someone you know is struggling with a mental health condition. If you are one of those people who are struggling mentally, know that you are not alone. Some people care about you and want to help. We will provide information on how to get help for those who are struggling mentally.Read more
Omg, y’all it’s legit Fall!! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), boots, flannels, sweaters, apple picking, pumpkin patches, pumpkin pies, apple pies, cinnamon & sugar doughnuts, apple fritters, fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, and so much more! Fall is when the Midwest shines, but don’t blink, it goes by fast, so tag friends and make plans now! Here is this year’s Toledo Fall Family Fun Guide….
It is always advised that you call ahead and double-check that nothing has changed before visiting any orchard, farm, etc.
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What’s popular isn’t always an ideal situation. Football may reign supreme as the most loved sport in this country, but it’s one of the most dangerous sports because of the physical blows in each play. Learning the safest sports for children to play gives you some ideas to steer them toward.Read more
There is no one right way to raise a child, and that logic also applies to feeding your baby. Classic formula as we know it today came out in the 1800s as a substitute for a mother’s breast milk. It’s possible your baby may still get everything it needs from the classic formula. Still, if you feel like there may be something missing or want to try something new, we recommend some of these alternatives to traditional baby formula.Read more
A cool breeze blows in, and a few yellow leaves flutter off the tree in the front yard. All of a sudden, we’re overwhelmed with the urge to pull on a sweater, bake pumpkin bread, and browse Pinterest for ways to decorate your home for the season.Read more
10 Simple Classroom Approved Halloween Treats for Busy Moms
Decorate for Halloween, visit orchards, take the kids trunk-or-treating, get pumpkins, carve pumpkins, get candy, oh, and don’t forget those Halloween classroom snacks you signed up to bring the first of the year! Here we go, mommas! This is Marathon season for us moms, Halloween is our starting point and we don’t get to the Finish line until December 26th. We are going to jam pack so much festive joy into our children’s lives, while still maintaining the everyday chaos, but first, those classroom Halloween treats. Ever notice that Pinterest idea of an easy snack & your definition are two different things?! Here are 10 Halloween Treat ideas that check everyone’s boxes… the teachers, moms, & kids!
The following are Halloween Treats that have…
- no nuts
- no copious amounts of frosting
- are individual treats
- Less than 5 ingredients
- Takes less than an hour to prepare
- Doesn’t cost a fortune
- And cool, by kids standards (most, verdict is still out on the tangerine pumpkins & ghost bananas)
Cheese & Pretzel Broomsticks (these need to be kept cool!)
Witch Finger Pretzels (Instead of Almonds for the fingernails use raisins or candy)
Halloween Zombie Chex Mix (Exclude all nut products)
Donut Hole Eye Balls
These were our treats from last year and they were super easy, not too messy, and kids loved them!
What you need:
1 box powdered donuts from store
3 Tubes of red gel from the baked goods aisle of grocery store
Package of eyes from craft store
A few packages of faux silverware, forks, from the dollar store (I want to say 4 come in a package)
1-Place donut holes on the forks
2-Add gel to donut holes & put a dab of gel where the eye will go (use as a glue for eye)
Being a dog parent is a wonderful joy, but it’s not so fun when you leave them alone, and they have accidents, destroy furniture, or tear up your clothes. Introducing a crate can help your dog feel safe and secure while the family is away. It can also become their private area to escape to if they need a break from their favorite humans. The following tips will help you crate-train your dog successfully.Read more
Facial toner has long been a debated part of the skin-care routine. Many people argue whether using it is really necessary or just another way for companies to sell a product. The truth is, it depends on what you’re trying to get out of your skin-care routine. Here, we’ll review the importance of using toner in your skin-care routine so that you can decide for yourself if you should start using one.Read more
Being a mom is hard work. You’re always on the go, taking care of everyone else, and rarely get a chance to do something for your own health and happiness.
That’s why it’s so important to have a night where you can kick back and enjoy laughs with your girlfriends. A mom’s night out can be lots of fun, but if you’re already exhausted and can’t fathom the thought of hitting the town, a mom’s night in might be the perfect way to recharge your batteries.Read more
Because Christmas is so close, there is no better time than the present to start making preparations than there is right now. Getting organized can feel like an insurmountable task, particularly in the months leading up to the holiday season. However, in order to stay organized and reduce the stress of last-minute preparations, it is critical to plan ahead of time. It’s possible that you’ll think it’s too soon, but as soon as September rolls around, you should give some thought to beginning the planning process. This is of even greater significance if you are attempting to adhere to a budget and stay away from using credit because it gives you the opportunity to spread the cost out over a period of four months.Read more
If you are keen to start entertaining guests at your home, or you already do so but you want to improve the way you do it, there are a lot of things that you might want to focus on in order to make sure that you can do that. The truth is that anyone can learn to properly look after their guests, and doing so is the kind of experience that you are going to find particularly enjoyable once you learn how to do it. You will probably find your own style for it too. But here are some of the main things to bear in mind on this front.Read more
Planning a family vacation can be chaotic and time-consuming. To make the most of your time and money, there are some things you should keep in mind. When planning a family vacation, it is important to be realistic about what you can afford. If you are able to plan for a more expensive trip, then it is worth the extra cost. However, if your budget is limited, then look for less expensive destinations that will still provide plenty of fun things to do. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about traveling with a family.Read more
Sometimes the obvious things can have the largest impact on our safety on the roads. You know the statistics, have taken the classes, and have seen the public service announcements. But it only takes one moment of distraction to cause an accident. Whether it’s a fender bender or something much worse, no one wants to be responsible for an accident. Here are some tips to avoid becoming a statistic yourself:Read more
If you get an early start on your Christmas preparations, you can save yourself a lot of stress throughout the holiday season. To have everything in order by the time the winter holidays roll around requires only a little bit of attention each month.
The sensation of being pressured to get everything done in time for Christmas is a common contributor to people’s stress levels. You have parties to attend, presents to purchase, a house to decorate, food to prepare, and a whole host of other things to do.Read more
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 there were 40,200 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle accidents. That averages out to 110 deaths per day. While this number has been declining in recent years, the fact remains that car accidents are still one of the leading causes of death in the United States. And for parents with children who are just starting to drive, or who will be driving soon, it’s important to do everything possible to keep them safe on the road.
One way to help your kids is to educate them about the dangers of car accidents. Here are several ways you can do that.Read more
Myth: Drowning is noisy. I’ll hear my child (or anyone) splashing and struggling in time to help. Fact: Despite what you may have seen in movies, in real life drowning is silent and can happen quickly. This is a particularly dangerous myth when it comes to young children.
Myth: Floats and water wings will keep children safe.Read more
Thrift shopping is a great way to find great quality items at a fraction of the cost. Whether buying clothes, furniture, or household goods, thrift shopping can save you money. Thrift stores are plentiful and easy to find. You can find them just about anywhere, and they offer tons of good deals. Although thrift shopping may be an excellent way to save money, getting the best deal can be tricky.
Here are some thrift shopping tips and tricks for beginners to help make your thrift shopping experience a little easier.Read more
It’s no secret that as we age, our skin begins to sag, and wrinkles form. For some people, this can be a major source of insecurity and self-consciousness. If you’re unhappy with the way your face looks, you may be considering getting a facelift.Read more
Nothing ruins a day quite like a clogged sink. Water backs up, won’t go down, and you’re dealing with a big mess before you know it. While calling a professional plumber is always an option, sometimes you can fix the problem yourself.
You can unclog that sink with a little elbow grease and the right techniques to get things flowing again. These are some tips for helping you unclog a sink like a pro.Read more
It’s always annoying when the zipper breaks on a jacket, pair of jeans, or backpack. It suddenly feels like the entire thing doesn’t work anymore because of this one faulty piece. However, it’s much easier and less of a hassle to repair the zipper using a few tools than to toss the entire thing out and buy a new item. Here’s a helpful list of everything you need to replace a zipper to give you an idea of how straightforward the whole process is.Read more
Shopping for children is not always the easiest endeavor. Shopping for swimwear that can change with every season is just, if not more difficult. Here are a few shopping secrets to help you choose the perfect swimsuit for the little ones.Read more
If you’re trying to come up with a fun activity for you and your kids to do together, camping is a perfect option. There are so many reasons why camping is great for families with children. Here’s why you should take your kids camping this year.Read more
There is so much that goes into maintaining healthy skin, and facials can be an effective way to ensure you’re getting all the proper care for your face. Facial products often contain chemicals that can be harmful if misused, which is why it’s sometimes best to opt for facials performed by trained professionals. These experts know how to work with different skin issues and how each ingredient works with others. If you are on the fence regarding DIY and professional facials, here is what you need to know.Read more
There are a number of reasons a pregnant person may choose to have a midwife walk alongside their journey. For many, it’s an easy decision to make. But for some, it’s challenging to consider the option when there isn’t enough information. Let’s take a closer look at some common considerations when it’s time to choose a midwife.Read more