Surefire Ways To Enjoy Your Backyard This Winter

Unfortunately, winter is here to stay for a while. Many people don’t like wintertime because they feel they’re trapped in their houses. Well, this piece will debunk this common myth. Believe it or not, there are surefire ways to enjoy your backyard this winter. You can still embrace the great outdoors, even if it’s a little chilly.

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FREE Admission at these Museums on MLK Day (Save $75+)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday is a day we commemorate a brilliant man who moved people to change through his words, action, faith, etc. and the following Museums are celebrating him by offering FREE admission to the general public on MLK Day.

Know of any that didn’t make the list? Please feel free to include them in the comments. Tag/share with friends and make plans today!

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Developing The Best Haircare Routine For You

Not a lot of people realize, but the hair on top of their head is a very sensitive thing. Without the right treatment and care, it’s easy for this part of your body to become unhealthy, causing a huge negative impact on its appearance. Of course, though, when you’re living a busy life, it’s not always easy to keep on top of this part of your life. So, to help you out, this post will be exploring some of the elements of your hair routine, and how you can make choices to make it easier for you.

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10 Ways to Help Prep for the Second half of 2021-2022 School Year

Here we go again! Like last year it sounds like the only thing that will be consistent this second half of the semester will be the inconsistency. Some schools and school districts will be starting off the second half of the school year in-person,  while others are going on a school-by-school Covid count basis (this whole thing is rather confusing still, are we to watch the news in the morning and see what schools are closed, kinda like we do for snow days?), etc.  No matter where your kiddos fall, in-person, remote, etc. since the schools are having a difficult time trying to figure out structure and consistency us parents need to take charge!! We need to take the reins for the sake of the kids. We need to help our kiddos feel like they have a bit of control over their lives by providing them the consistency they need through daily routines and weekly schedules. 

How?……..

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Boss Mom: Biggest Reasons Why Product Packaging Matters

For many mothers, there comes a time when a business idea sneaks into your head. Weighing the pros and cons of this move, you decide it’s time to start a small business. After planning, budgeting, and consulting, you finally establish your business’s name and objective. 

While it may seem that you’ve covered the most challenging part of your start-up, you’ve only reached the tip of the iceberg. With building your brand now your primary focus, you’ll want to discover the ins and outs of product packaging and the biggest reasons it matters. 

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Why You Should Include Honey in Dog Treats

When you bake fresh, homemade treats for your pup, you want to be confident that the recipes and ingredients you’re using are the best for your dog. While it’s common for most treat recipes to include peanut butter, sweet potato, and apple sauce in their recipes, there is one secret ingredient that you could be missing out on—honey!

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Helping Your Children Return To School After The Holidays

Some children will be eagerly awaiting the return to the classroom after the Christmas holidays but for others, this period can be filled with anxiety and stress as they head back into the daily routine of school runs, classrooms, and homework. This worry can be accentuated by the pandemic and the uncertainty around how the schools will be operating, staff absences, and potential school closures. If you notice your child struggling with the return to school here are some ways in which you might be able to ease the process for them. 

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OTHER WORLD Perfect Tween & Teen Experience

Bowling, roller skating, see a movie, arcade, get coffee, make soap, make candles, go to the art museum, science museum, ANY museum? One can practically exhaust ALL ideas when it comes to things that tweens and teens might enjoy doing. And often the resounding response to each suggestion is, “ehh” or “meh”. Teaching a cat how to high dive is an easier achievement than getting a teen or tween excited about doing something you suggest! Which was why I wasn’t too surprised when the resistance was strong when I mentioned going to another art immersion experience. But this art immersion experience was unlike any other, this one was from an OTHER WORLD!

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How to Fight the Signs of Aging for Busy Moms

Being a busy mom can quickly push self-care to the back burner. Who has time for a lengthy skin care routine anyway? It can be hard to figure out the best products to use, not to mention the routine you should practice. However, it’s important that you find the time to adequately care for yourself and your skin each and every day. Taking good care of yourself doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, nor does it have to be expensive. Follow these tips to combat aging and make it seem like you haven’t been sleep-deprived since you gave birth!

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Fun Way to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2021!

Online learning, hybrid learning, financial abuse, new job, death of loved ones, loss of friendships, divorce, etc. no matter what you’ve been through this year there is hope, it’s almost over! And if 2021 was a magnificent year for you and you saw growth in yourself, your work, with relationships, etc. then this is a year you want to celebrate. Either way, if you’re celebrating the fact that this year is finally over, or, unfortunately coming to an end, a celebration is in order! How are we celebrating? We’re throwing a mini New Year’s Eve party. I’ve put together fun Countdown Bags full of goodies to help Countdown each hour until the New Year (FYI, or half hour…depending on age of your kiddos 😉).

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Perfect Anniversary Gifts Your Spouse Will Love

Showing your partner how much you love them comes in various ways. It all falls to preferences and understanding their love language. If you’re nearing your anniversary, letting them know that they’re appreciated can go a long way and strengthen your love on a deeper level. 

So here are a few of the perfect anniversary gifts your spouse will love. Remember this; it isn’t about the cost, but rather about the consideration and care that went into it.

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Meaningful Gifts to Give On Graduation Day

College Graduation

College is an important time of independence and self-discovery in many people’s lives. For students pursuing a four-year degree, college graduation marks the transition from educational to professional pursuits. If you know what field your graduate hopes to work in, a great graduation gift is something that is important to their profession. For example, business graduates would appreciate a high-quality briefcase or laptop bag to replace their everyday backpack. For teachers, a few books to start their classroom bookshelf is a thoughtful gift that recognizes their career path.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Organize those piles of papers

 

Ever walk into your home and instantly begin to have heart palpitations due to the overwhelming amount of crap and random unidentifiable odors? Life with kids is amazing, but it can also be overwhelming…being responsible for the kids, work, and the household is exhausting. Ever notice that the majority is often random piles of paper, what is up with that? Unfortunately you can’t even light a scented candle to get rid of the stench due to the fear of an instant inferno. So, what to do?

“This post is part of Twinkl’s New Year Campaign, and is featured in 20+ New Year’s Resolutions For Families

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Christmas Caroling- Safe and fun way to spread Holiday Cheer!

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!” And it turns out that quote from the movie Elf is 100% accurate!  Many of us have elderly or immunocompromised loved ones, parishioners, fam, friends, and/or neighbors that are isolated. That can take its toll on anyone, add in the fact that it’s literally “the most wonderful time of the year”, when everyone usually gathers and spreads love and joy together and it’s just darn right depressing. So, in an effort to help bring some Christmas joy to our friends, parishioners, and loved ones who are isolated, we did something totally outside my comfort zone, something I would just normally let the kids do with their friends. This tone deaf, pitch compromised, often off key, and legit singing the wrong verse half the time mom, belted out Christmas songs for all to hear, lol! Never been Caroling before? Need some tips? Here we go….

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Fun Things to do with Kids Over Winter Break 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 winter 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 has 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 make reservations now (some do require reservations or timed tickets).

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Free online videos from Santa!

We made this Christmas even more magical with Portable North Pole and you can too!

Portable North Pole makes it easy to safely celebrate Christmas with Santa with up to 60+ messages ready to be personalized for your loved ones. Whether you’re sending a message to a child, a teenager, or even a grown-up, Santa will amaze everyone on your list! Stay comfortable in your own home and explore their collection of calls, video calls, and video message scenarios that make the perfect gift for your friends and family near and far – or even for large groups like your employees!

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Memorable Winter Vacations That Aren’t a Ski Trip

Winter vacations are a great way to celebrate the holidays, spend some time with family, or simply fight off the restless cabin fever that comes with the season. Some years, though, it seems like everyone you know is flocking to the mountains for a thrilling ski trip. What happens to those of us who’d rather keep both feet solidly on the ground as we enjoy winter? Ski trips are great fun no matter what your skill level, but they’re not the only adventure to have this season. If you’re looking for an alternative, check out these memorable winter vacations that aren’t a ski trip.

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What To Expect from Visiting a Pediatrician

Children learn and grow under your care from the moment they are born to the day they leave your home. You get to experience every significant moment of their childhood, from learning how to walk to driving a car. But as your child has these accomplishments, it’s important that they remain in good health.

So here is what to expect from visiting a pediatrician. Maybe you have a child who is nervous about seeing the doctor. As early as newborns to their late teens, children need to be healthy and avoid unexpected issues. Pediatricians will remain professional and make the child feel comfortable in their skin.

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Have you Elfed anyone?

‘Tis the season to spread Holiday cheer! And what better way than surprising neighbors and friends with a fun box full of goodies? “You’ve been Elfed” is similar to the, “You’ve been Boo-ed” concept. 

Picture it, doorbell rings, dog barks, you rush to the door & no one! Are you the victim of the ding-dong ditch? Nope. There on your front step is an adorable red bucket with a green bow filled with Christmas treats, you’ve been Elfed! Elf-ing neighbors and friends is a fun way to spread Christmas cheer especially this year when gathering for holiday parties, to decorate cookies, etc. is out of the question.  

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3 Signs That Mold Is Growing in Your Air Vents

It’s something no homeowner wants to think about, but mold growth in the air vents is a worthwhile concern. The frequently changing temperature in your air vents allows for condensation, and when you kick on the heat, you create the ideal environment for mold growth. Let’s explore three signs that mold is growing in your air vents so that you know when it’s time to act.

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Tips for Reducing Loneliness and Isolation for Seniors

2020 gave the world a taste of what it’s like to feel lonely and isolated. Unfortunately, many seniors face this issue every day. Though it may be difficult for older adults to interact with their peers or family members, COVID-19 made it even harder.

Fortunately, there are a few tips for reducing loneliness and isolation for seniors that may improve your loved one’s mental and physical health.

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Happy National Gingerbread House Day

 

It’s something my kids look forward to the minute we see the kits piled high at Costco on Easter, lol! Okay, maybe it’s not quite that early. But it’s early. And getting them to wait until December to assemble and decorate their Gingerbread House is exhausting.  Thankfully the wait is finally over, let the Gingerbread House decorating begin! 

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Toledo & Surrounding Area 2021 Christmas Light Maps & Scavenger Hunts

Tis the season to have the kiddos put on their cozy PJs, tuck em in early, make some hot cocoa and treats/cookies to-go, then scream, “everyone up, we’re going on a hunt, a Christmas Lights Scavenger hunt!!!”! This has been a long standing tradition in our family and with so many Holiday festivities and events being cancelled this might just be something we do a few times this year. WILL BE ADDING MORE 2021 MAPS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE ; )

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What is the Difference Between Conjunctivochalasis and Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes and conjunctivochalasis have similar symptoms, and the two conditions are often mistaken. In most cases, people suffering from conjunctivochalasis are treated for dry eyes, which does not relieve the symptoms. The right diagnosis can only be made when the necessary tests are done and not just relying on the symptoms. Conjunctivochalasis and dry eye are two different eye conditions, although they share several symptoms. Below are the key differences between the two. 

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Lowering Bills In A Household For Autistic Care

Autistic care does not come cheap and it’s a constant expense. It never gets any easier and even if the prices of medication go down, there is something around the corner that could elevate your financial needs for your loved one’s care. This is why we thought it would be a great idea to show you how you can lower your bills every month, to help pay for any care you might need to afford. These tips will be for your everyday concern but they can also help you in the long run. We went through the internet with a fine-toothed comb and found some quite ingenious ways to save on heating bills and learn how to cook more efficiently. Also, we found that some basic redesign of your home can also help to keep you warmer and more comfortable. Here is a list of things you can do.

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Top Ten Reasons Why Cookie Exchanges are THE WORST!!

Now, as most of y’all know I am often called a Pollyanna thanks to my glass is half full positive outlook on life. However there is one thing in this world that quickly turns this Pollyanna into a Negative Nelly and that is a good old-fashioned cookie exchange!  Shocking, but true! I have participated in my fair share and even organized a few and let me tell you, now I understand what they mean by a labor of love. Except for in this case, unlike actual labor where you totally forget just how intense the pain was because your heart is overflowing with joy thanks to that beautiful baby you are holding, you do recall every contraction!

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Toledo Christmas 2021 Countdown- Activities to Enjoy with Your Kiddos

“It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love…every song you hear seems to say, Merry Christmas…”, The Christmas Waltz, by Frank Sinatra hums in the background, spiced pumpkin latte candles fill the air, as the fire in the fireplace envelops the space like a warm hug.  The children put the finishing touches on their gingerbread house before changing into their cozy matching PJs to watch the classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, and string (and eat) popcorn to hang on the Christmas Tree. That is how I have always envisioned spending Christmas time, when in reality it’s more like a cyclone of ‘to do’ lists…clean house, decorate house, buy gifts, etc.

There is a lot on our minds this time of year and sadly the things that slip away are usually the things we would really enjoy doing with our children, like decorating a gingerbread house, stringing popcorn, decorating cookies, etc. Not this year! PLANNING and making the time is the key to ensure that what really matters most, quality time making special memories with your family, doesn’t slip away. Here’s a fun way to not only countdown to Christmas but to ensure that you are making those special memories with your family throughout the advent season.  Read more