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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The Next Steps After Receiving Your Child’s Autism Diagnosis

If you’ve recently learned about your child’s autism, you’re likely feeling stressed, overwhelmed, confused, and unsure about what to do next. You may feel indifferent and as if you can’t support your child to the best of your ability—But you can, and you will. 

There’s a lot to learn about the new journey you and your family will go through, but don’t worry. Here are your next steps after receiving your child’s autism diagnosis.

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Questions To Ask at Your First Pediatrician Appointment

That first visit to the pediatrician can feel stressful, especially when this is your first baby. You probably have countless questions circling your mind. Having these questions is perfectly natural, as every parent wants the best for their child, and you may have more concerns when you are new to parenthood. Aim to jot down a list of questions so that you can feel more prepared as you get information from a childcare expert. We’ve listed some top questions to ask at your first pediatrician appointment below.

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What is it like raising teenagers on your own? 

 Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. Lately, my days are moving fast, too fast. I’m up at 5, work on the blog, head to work, sub float, teach, make calls during lunch to switch the considerable amount of obligations over to my name since the divorce, teach, then it’s more work, errands, kids’ lessons, classes, gym, etc., followed by dinner, homework, grade/prep, then just lather, rinse and repeat for the remainder of the week. I practically feel like a robot. However, it’s the in-between moment, in between all the responsibilities and obligations of work, running a household, paying the bills, etc. that the really intense moments and life lessons occur. Often at the most inconvenient of times. But when has parenting ever been convenient? 

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Understanding Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma is a term used to describe an event or situation that creates a lasting and profound effect on a child’s emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. It can include both positive experiences and negative experiences, although the term is most often used to refer to negative experiences such as abuse or neglect. It’s important for us to understand what childhood trauma looks like in order to help children cope with its effects. 

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6 Awesome Museums offering FREE Admission on MLK Day 2023 (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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Renewed Outdoor Spaces for Your Home

If you and your family love spending time outside but aren’t satisfied with your current outdoor spaces, then perhaps it’s time to renew those areas so that you can have more fun in the fresh air and sunshine. You’ll have to plan carefully, choose the right projects, and make sure that you stay within your budget, but you can freshen up your outdoor spaces.

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Friendships as Adults

The other day a few kids were over, I was in the other room when I overheard one of the children claim that they would no longer be the other child’s friend if they did not give them a certain toy. I chuckled to myself. It is rather amusing how we regard friendships when we are young. 

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The Importance of Taking Child Development Seriously

A child’s development is one of the most important aspects of their life. It sets the foundation for many aspects of their future, such as their success in school and career, their emotional well-being, and even how they interact with others. Therefore, parents must take child development seriously and do everything possible to ensure that their children are given the best opportunities for a healthy and prosperous life. In this article, we will explore why taking child development seriously is so critical and what parents can do to help foster healthy growth in their kids.

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Teaching Your Kids Is Important But, They’ve Got To Make Their Own Choices

Teaching your kids is important, but you’ve got to teach them to be open-minded. When you are homeschooling for example, you’ve got to make sure that you are covering a wide range of topics and giving them the freedom to make up their own minds about some things. The important thing to remember here is that at the end of the day, they are just kids who are trying to learn as much about the world as they can in a safe environment, and you need to be their guide. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you need to let them know while you are teaching them. Keep reading if you would like to find out more.

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The ups and downs of emotional eating

We’ve all heard the term emotional eating but what is it and what are the ups and downs?

Emotional eating is a term used to describe any sort of eating that occurs when hunger is not present. This so-called eating behavior could be induced by stress, boredom, loneliness, frustration or just purely out of habit. Despite the tub of ice cream providing immediate satisfaction – emotional eating is more likely to cause long-term harm than good!

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Awesome Ways To Start Saving More Money As A Household in 2023

Are you looking for ways to start saving more money as a household? In that case, you’ve found the proper site! In this blog post, we will discuss some awesome tips that will help you get started. We will cover everything from cutting back on expenses to making wise investment choices. So whether you are just getting started or you are looking for new ways to save, read on for some great advice!

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What will your Fairy Godmother be turning you into at midnight? New Year’s Eve Resolutions

What will your Fairy Godmother be turning you into at midnight? New Year’s Eve is like a reverse Cinderella Story. Instead of the magic ending at the stroke of midnight, it’s when it begins, or at least that’s the farce we sell ourselves when making resolutions.  Suddenly at midnight on New Year’s Eve, a mom who is exhausted from her day-to-day commitments and obligations is going to be granted a myriad amount of energy to hit the gym after work daily. And that busy dad that’s been meaning to finish that project will suddenly be granted more time. And that young girl trying desperately to curb her sugar intake is going to suddenly crave broccoli. These resolutions are as practical as a Fairy Godmother waving a wand. We are not going to suddenly become new people at the stroke of midnight and be granted the energy, time, and willpower we’ve always longed for. The biggest indicator of future behavior is past behavior. If we want to change our behavior we must change our habits. In order to change our habits we must stop making excuses for ourselves. And that starts by evaluating where we are right now.

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3 Dumpsters Later and I’m Embracing a Minimalist Lifestyle

Where do you invest your time? Stephen Covey said, “ The key is in not spending time, but investing it,” and the lyrics from one of my favorite Mumford and Sons songs state, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life”. What do these two quotes have in common? Each uses the term invest, as the term most of us correlate with monetary value. We learn from a young age that it is wise to invest money responsibly, but what about our time? This past year I became cognizant of the fact that the most valuable resource in my life is my time. The journey to this realization was the most treacherous journey of my life. It all began at the end, the end of a marriage, and the beginning of the divorce process. 

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Proven ways to get toned and fit

People are more aware of their health and lifestyles than ever before. They want to be fit and healthy, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right way to be so. Apart from simple exercise, there are many other factors that people should also look at from time to time. You need to change a ton of habits in order to stay fit and toned. There are many ways that one can explore to incorporate a healthy lifestyle.

Let’s have a look at some of them

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The Benefits of Installing a Greenhouse in Your Backyard

You walk into your gorgeous backyard full of lovely landscaping, bountiful trees, and sweet blooming flowers. But something’s missing.

If you have a green thumb and want to grow more in your garden, you should consider adding a greenhouse to your backyard oasis. Read more to learn about the amazing benefits of installing a greenhouse at your home!

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Fun Way to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2022!

Was it a fabulous year? One you can’t wait to say goodbye to?  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 the age of your kiddos 😉).

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What to Know About Filing For Divorce in Different States

When it comes to divorce, there are a lot of things that each party has to know before the divorce is filed, throughout the divorce process, and when the divorce is finalized. Unfortunately, every divorce has the potential to be more complicated depending on various factors. One of the factors involves which state the couple is filing for divorce in. Consider the following things that every couple should know about filing for divorce in different states.

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Ultimate Grooming Tips for Men and Women

We ought to remember that grooming is more than just a superficial activity. It is important to care for our inner health as well as our appearance. Even though many people naturally neglect their appearance, we should all make an effort to take care of ourselves. One way to do this is by maintaining a regular grooming routine. While it might seem like a daunting task, it will actually only take a short amount of time and can have long-lasting effects. 

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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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How to go Christmas Caroling

“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 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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Best TOLEDO Gifts of Experience to Give this Christmas 

What’s the best gift you can give this Christmas? Time. The best gift you can give is the gift of your time.  Think about it, how much time do you spend at work, commuting, running errands, where are you spending a significant amount of your time? Chances are it’s not with your spouse/partner, children, parents, siblings, neighbors or friends. This Christmas give the best gift you can give, make epic memories by spending quality time with loved ones, and enjoying some of the best experiences Toledo has to offer! Including….

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