Having the kids spend time outdoors in the fresh air is a priority for almost every parent. Sometimes, the creativity has run dry, and we need new ideas to keep the kids outside for a few hours. We’ve got a few exciting outdoor activities for your kids to enjoy.Read more
And so it begins! That feeling within when you know something exciting is going to happen in the future. That anticipation, the intense kind, the kind that can only be likened to a child eagerly awaiting Christmas morning. That, that’s the feeling that begins to rise within me when I know I will be enjoying a live performance in the near future. And not just any live performance, THE live performance of the year, HAMILTON!!! Join me in this childlike anticipation, I promise you from now until the performance date, no matter how bad of a day you might be having, just knowing you’re going to see HAMILTON will add that glimmer of hope to even your darkest hour. Why? The experience of a live performance actually begins the day you purchase your tickets so why not get those positive endorphins and anticipation started today?Read more
It’s hard finding time and space to unwind as a busy mom. Driving your kids from activity to activity, keeping up with your home, and maintaining a job all require a ton of energy. At the end of an exhausting day, you deserve a place to kick up your feet.
Your bedroom is the best place in your home to get some much-needed “me time,” so design your bedroom in a style that will help you relax. Incorporate these decorative elements to create a tranquil atmosphere.Read more
Life is busy, especially when you’re a parent. Between work, school, after-school activities, and other commitments, parents don’t have much time left for their responsibilities. Some parents feel like they don’t even have time to think. So how can you manage your busy family life and still get things done? The answer lies in effective time management techniques. Read on to learn more…Read more
Being a mom is a full-time job, and if you tack on other responsibilities and obligations, you have more than a full plate. Things are bound to fall through the cracks. It’s understandable.
But when things start to spin too out of control, it could create unnecessary stress and anxiety, and places like your home could suffer. Check out these tips and tricks for busy moms to better organize their homes.Read more
Where else can you learn how to fish, clean a fish, cook a fish, & sample said cooked fish, learn how to kayak, enjoy the serenity in a butterfly house, watch a magic show, street performers, bands, parade, tour a gallery filled with fine art, visit a petting zoo, and more ALL in one day and for FREE? talk about a great VALUE! We value our time, family, and finances, and the Ohio State Fair respects and accommodates all three! For a family of four to do all of that in one day and only cost $34 (free parking) is amazing!Read more
When you’re dining out and you order salmon, you know you’re in for a treat. No matter how it’s prepared, salmon is always sure to delight the palate with its richness and firm texture. It makes for the perfect entrée, especially when paired with any dressing or sauce.
Top-quality restaurants will always tell you where they source their salmon. This gives customers a significant advantage in knowing just how excellent the fish will be. This then begs the question of where you can find the best-tasting salmon in the world. Let’s explore this question together to see where you can find the best salmon.Read more
Every child is unique. They have their own interests, likes, dislikes, and talents. Put a group of kids together in a classroom, and it becomes easy to notice which students are engaged and happy to learn and those who seem disinterested, frustrated, or bored. This may have to do with how a lesson is presented and whether it fits with a child’s individual way of learning. Here are some ways to determine your child’s learning style.Read more
If you ask any parent what they desire most for their children, it’s to see them at their happiest and doing what they love. Kids are blank slates and sponges who absorb so much influence from the adult figures they’re around most.
Fostering positive behaviors and attitudes while creating a nurturing environment can establish a safe, loving place for young ones to develop belief in themselves. These positive affirmations help show kids they can make the most of their capabilities and achieve their goals.Read more
You now have to consider giving your kids the keys to the family automobile after years of defending them from various risks both on and off the road. It’s time for them to start driving lessons. Are you ready? We can work with you to make your adolescent a capable and safe driver, provided you follow our tips. Read on to learn some of the top tips to help your teen be a safer driver!Read more
It’s almost becoming cliché when people say motherhood is a tough job. Undoubtedly, it is and probably explains why 28% of mothers are more likely to experience burnout. Although some women have found ways to cope with the tough parenting role, it never seems enough. If you feel that way, perhaps, now is the time to review your relaxation activities, if you have any at all. Having a mom’s night out is a great way to relieve stress, get back to what you do best, and look forward to the next night out. Here are some ideas.Read more
Pests are, as the name suggests, a pest. They invade homes, gardens, and commercial properties alike. They can be destructive, unhygienic, and unsightly. For example, if you’re trying to help your garden grow, then getting rid of any pests is one of the first things you need to do.
The good news is that, while pests might be attracted to your property, there are things that you can do to discourage them or get rid of them. Here are some tips to help you to deal with any pests invading your property.Read more
Now that summer weather is here, you and your family don’t want to stay cooped up indoors all season. However, if you’re having trouble finding family-friendly activities for children of all ability levels, it might seem like playing indoors is all you can do. Get outdoors with these fun and unique ways you can help children with special needs stay active and engaged with the whole family this summer.Read more
Caring for little ones is not without its unique set of worries. Sometimes, the things in the house that you never thought about before suddenly become hazards to your child’s safety. It’s good to worry about these things, and thankfully, it’s not hard to prevent them from happening with the right precautions. Here are some home improvement tips for new parents to consider.Read more
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! July is National Ice Cream month and nothing says quintessential summer day quite like a tasty frozen treat. Whether it’s homemade, soft serve created right before your eyes with liquid nitrogen (Milkster), or a shake topped with an entire slice of cheesecake (OddFodder) it’s the anticipation and excitement of knowing that you’re on your way to make your tastebuds sing that really adds to the experience. Don’t know where to go? Here’s a guide to some of the best spots to grab a scoop in Toledo and the surrounding area, so what are you waiting for, grab the kids and go! But look out for the brain freeze!Read more
Date Night!! The two words every couple looks forward to, especially those with kids. It means a night away from the kiddos, reconnecting with your spouse, and remembering why you fell in love in the first place. It is easy to get caught up in the responsibilities of adulthood & parenthood. That is why it is so important that you step away from it all for a few hours and have some fun, remember the fun, that thing you did before you had a job, mortgage, kids, you know before you had major responsibilities!?
Here are some FUN Date Night destinations you and your significant other are certain to enjoy:
It’s that time of year again! The time to start planning a birthday party. Whether it’s a sweet sixteen, twenty-first, thirty, forty, or fiftieth birthday celebration, there’s a lot of pressure to make sure the event is perfect. After all, it’s only once a year that this special day comes around.
Here are twelve helpful tips to make sure your birthday party planning goes as smooth as possible and that you end up with an event to remember:Read more
When I had my first baby, I knew that my life would never be the same. I also knew that I didn’t want to give up my income and possibly my identity while raising my children. How do moms maintain the careers they love while being great parents at the same time?
I had to take a moment to take inventory of my skills, and then I found a business to start remotely from home. After trying (and failing) and learning from some of my fellow working moms, here are some useful tips for running a business as a mom.Read more
Being a teenager is “hard”, “the worst”, ” brutal”, etc. to say the least!! And truth be told, raising a teenager isn’t much different than raising a toddler. And as a parent, raising a toddler, I mean, a teenager, you will need to suddenly start arranging “playdates” again & encouraging them to play/meet up with friends IN PERSON. The struggle will be REAL!! Read more
It was hard to leave Antelope Canyon X, like literally exhausting walking up and out of that canyon. With that 2:30pm Arizona sun beating down on us, and the heat radiating up from the sand and the sides of the canyon it felt like an oven. The actual temperature was 103 degrees and it had to of been at least 5 or more degrees warmer as we walked out of the canyon. And by that point of the tour we were down to our last few sips of water, my best advice, conserve your water for your walk up and out of the canyon. And take your time walking up, continue to embrace the beauty and breathe, in through the nose and out through the mouth…don’t over exhaust yourself because there will still be some daylight left (I believe their latest tour time is 2 or 3pm) and there’s SO MUCH of Arizona to see! Our next stop is Horseshoe Bend!Read more
Like many natural experiences in life, every mom-to-be endures a different type of pregnancy venture. Sometimes carrying your first child differs from carrying your third. However, no matter the experience, the goal in every pregnancy is to try to make yourself as comfortable as possible throughout those long nine months.Read more
With the school summer break, it can be challenging for parents to keep kids busy and out of trouble. That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide of some fun arts and crafts projects to do with your kids this summer!Read more
Summer is the perfect time to spend quality time with your child while they’re out of school. Doing arts and crafts together is a great way to bond and help you both grow your creativity. Using art supplies that require different techniques will inspire extra creativity and give you the opportunity to learn more about art. Keep reading to learn about the art supplies you need to try out this summer with your child.Read more
It’s not easy to organize a birthday surprise for your kid. You have to keep it a secret, make sure everything goes according to plan, and hope that they have a good time. But with a little bit of effort, it can be done. Here are some tips on how to pull off the most awesome birthday surprise for your kid.Read more
WOW! What an epic day! I’m literally speechless (and extremely thirsty and tired), but definitely blown away by the magnificent natural beauty of the Antelope Canyon X! I’m getting ahead of myself, first, if you haven’t already, check out the itinerary, and second, what’s the Antelope Canyon?Read more
Are you looking for an exciting journey this summer? I know piling all the kids into the car and hearing them whine every 10 minutes about bathroom breaks, “Are we there yet,” and “So-and-so is touching me,” may not be the ideal situation. But hear us out! Take a look at these compelling reasons, and you may find that embarking on a cross-country adventure this summer is exactly what your family needs.Read more
Human beings don’t always appreciate what our five senses give us each day, especially the sense of smell. However, our furry best friends make the most out of that power when you take them around the neighborhood. Learning why dogs smell everything during their walk helps you become more patient as they explore the same tree stump repeatedly.Read more
There have likely been countless times in your adulthood when you wondered where you would be if you had stuck to that hobby you loved. Many people would agree that their childhood is the best time to discover the things they love. Even with all the freedoms in the world, it’s natural that children will struggle to stick to hobbies they love. However, there are things you can do to gently encourage your kids to stick to their hobbies.Read more
If you love being in the great outdoors, then you probably have a passion for one or more outdoor activities. Whether it’s hiking, climbing, backpacking, or skiing that gets your blood pumping – you’re likely to spend a lot of time exploring the great outdoors. Even if you don’t consider yourself an ‘outdoorsy’ sort of person, there are plenty of benefits from getting fresh air and exploring the natural world. Getting outside is good for your physical and mental health. It can also help improve your concentration, coordination, and general focus. The challenge is how best to make the most of your time spent in nature… And what better way than by investing in the right outdoor activity watch? On My Gift Stop, you can find quality sports watches.Read more
We were up and at ’em early this morning in order to get to the park before there was a lineup. (See our Itinerary HERE)It’s suggested that you arrive between 9 and 10AM, otherwise, you could be waiting to get into the park. Also, there isn’t much in the way of rest stops, restrooms, and fast-food establishments between Flagstaff and the park (quick side note, don’t read or look at your phone along this journey, the views are epic, like nothing you’d EVER see in NW Ohio), so we made certain we packed our lunch and took tiny sips of our coffees along the way. Though I apparently didn’t take tiny enough sips or perhaps it was my 40+-year-old bladder and the fact that it’s had 3 large babies sitting on it at some point, but I had to go so bad, thus, our first stop, once we were in the park, was the restrooms!Read more
Every family has different priorities, some want the land and the huge house, others the latest and greatest vehicles, still others could live small and travel big and the best part about it is, there is no right or wrong way to live! This is your life, you only get one, and the way you prioritize it is entirely up to you and others’ opinions about how you do so are irrelevant. For me personally travel has always been on the top of my list.Read more
Online shopping is a wonderful thing. You can get whatever you need online, and the best part is that online shops have all sorts of discounts and deals to help you save money! But if online shopping isn’t your thing, then there are other ways to save on what you buy at stores too. Here are 6 tips for moms who want to make their family’s life easier and more affordable.Read more
We all feel down from time to time, some of us more often than others. When you are at your lowest point, it can often deem like there is nothing you can do to get back on track and start feeling better again, but that is not the case – there is always hope.Read more
Some of the earliest experiences and established childhood habits will shape and influence an individual into adulthood. Therefore, the earlier a parent introduces and establishes good habits during their child’s formative years, the better.
Instilling healthy habits—and nipping poor ones in the bud—is essential for preventing growth, development, or wellness problems. Here are a few habits to pay attention to that can affect the health of your child.Read more
We cannot deny that technology is a massive part of our lives, from tablets to TVs and phones. Some technological devices like our phones are necessary and allow our children to contact us no matter where they are. A phone gives us peace of mind, but it isn’t a device that is without danger, and the same goes for any device that connects to the internet. As such, we must do everything we can to protect our kid’s privacy online.Read more
Whether it is alcohol, drugs, gambling, or something else, it can be very hard and stressful for friends and family to see a loved one struggle with addiction. There are worries about money and health, as well as mental problems that often come with it. You will want to do everything you can to help them, perhaps by exploring options such as inpatient rehab, but you do not know where to begin.Read more
When your kids are young, their world feels like it will last forever. But as they get older, you can see the end coming sooner than they would probably like. Before you know it, they’ll be grown up and moving on with their lives. There are different ways to preserve your kids’ memories so that when they grow up, you can look back together and remember what it was like when they were a child. If preserving memories of your kids is important to you — and it should be! — there are many ways to do so. So if you’re ready to save those memories for you and your children, read on for some helpful advice on how to do just that.Read more
Adopting a new pet isn’t a decision to make on a whim; in fact, your family should have no doubts about it if you decide to go through with it. Although some unexpected things are bound to happen eventually, excessive excitement and enthusiasm from your entire family are telltale signs it’s worth a conversation. Whether you’re unsure or ecstatic about getting a dog, these important family discussions to have before adopting a puppy will help you determine whether it’s the right decision.Read more
Some babies fall asleep when their little heads touch the pillow, but other little ones fight sleep with every bit of their being. A tired baby is cranky, and no new parent wants to deal with a fussy infant as they grasp the basics of parenthood. Plus, sleep is vital and helps your little one grow strong. Keep reading this article for guidance and tips to help your baby sleep through the night.Read more
Many beginner gardeners struggle with keeping their veggies and flowers healthy during the more difficult parts of the season. Elements such as droughts, heat waves, or too much rain are out of your control, but when it comes to natural ways to help your garden grow faster, you may have more control than you think.Read more
It’s no secret that your life changes drastically when you have a newborn; as a result, practicing self-care is the first thing you sacrifice to take care of your family. Although there’s a common misconception that self-care only consists of bubble baths, pedicures, and massages, it’s really about caring for your emotional, physical, and social needs. Explore these ways to maintain self-care as a new mom and make your needs a priority.Read more
Grab your calendars & tag your friends, mommas! Here’s this year’s list of fun, free, kid-friendly activities going on this Summer in Toledo & surrounding area!
Are you planning on taking a road trip with your family this summer? If so, it’s essential to ensure you have everything you need to make the trip as successful as possible. So here are four things that you absolutely must have when hitting the open road with your loved ones.Read more
When should you start having the birds and the bees talk with your children? There is never a right time but do so when your child has a higher maturity level and remember that this will be an ongoing conversation rather than a single instance that you never bring up again. Ease your nerves and make the conversation less awkward with these tips for parents teaching their children about safe sex.Read more
The air conditioning is on, the sun’s out, and the pool’s ready. Now it’s time to kick back with family and enjoy the slow days of summer. With so many memories to build with your kids, make this summer the most memorable one with a summer celebration. Planning the party takes time, but keep reading to learn how to throw a summer party at home.Read more
Do you have a place, a destination, or a trip you’ve always wanted to take either with your family or spouse? Hocking Hills was my place. I’d always wanted to go. We talked about it multiple times over the course of 19 years of marriage but something always came up, often other financial obligations that took precedence over a trip to Hocking Hills. An excuse always presented itself, such is life. We tend to put off the things that will really matter in the long run, like planning family vacations and getaways with your spouse to reconnect, spend quality time together and make the memories that strengthen the marital bond. Ultimately putting off what is vital for the family and marriage for some other short-term gain or for something we assume should take priority over the need to take a break from all the work and really remember why we do all the work we do, who we do it for, what we do it for, we’re so American!Read more
Most modern couples enter marriage with reasonable expectations, not “happily ever after” fairytales. But until you’ve lived it, you won’t realize how difficult maintaining a marriage can be. Learn these five warning signs that your marriage is failing.Read more