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
Transitioning from Winter to Summer
By the time summer rolls around, many people are ready for the warmer weather and days filled with more sunlight. As we can all admit, winter and spring sometimes don’t bring out the best in us regarding what we eat and how much we move our bodies. Now that we can expect warmer, sunnier weather in the forecast, we will have more opportunities to move more, eat healthier, and get outside to soak up some Vitamin D!Read more
Need some inspiration for activities to try during your next family camping trip? Keep reading to find some fun and unique activities to do on your next camping trip. Whether it’s your first trip or your thirtieth, these camping ideas are fun for the whole family and will encourage you to spend more time together.Read more
Pregnancy is no easy feat; you now have to take care of your own body while growing another one in your womb. Complications are common, but there are some easy ways to fix them, like increasing your blood circulation for a more comfortable pregnancy. There are multiple causes of poor blood circulation, each with its own treatment. However, you can keep these tips for improving your circulation in mind to enjoy your pregnancy more and help prevent circulation issues.Read more
Although you might not think you can add a fireplace to your home, the possibilities are endless. Whether you want it for the supplemental heat or the ambiance it creates, you and your family will enjoy the incredible addition to your home. With that in mind, where you should put a fireplace in your home depends on the type you choose and where you would like the extra heat.Read more
Kids and pets are wonderful, but these angels sent from above are of the rambunctious sort! They like to get into all kinds of trouble, from gnawing on furniture legs to scribbling in crayons wherever their tiny hands can reach.Read more
Raising a child is one of the most rewarding things that a parent can do, but it’s certainly not easy. You have to help your child to navigate life as they grow and develop, as well as explain some difficult changes and life lessons. There are ups and downs, and it’s easy to let some things go.Read more
Driving is essential for many people. Most use their vehicles for commuting to work, running errands, or traveling to activities and local entertainment. Basically, a good percentage of people rely on automobiles to enjoy a good quality of life.
However, some individuals consider the road to be a scary place rife with danger. This feeling of dread is surprisingly common, but luckily, there are many ways to manage anxiety while driving a car.Read more
Summer coming around can feel overwhelming as you realize that the kids are here to stay. Of course, having everyone at home is exciting, but finding activities to entertain them throughout the thick of summer can feel stressful. However, if you have a pool, you are in luck! The best part is that these exciting pool party ideas for the summer are kid- and adult-friendly, so feel free to invite your friends.Read more
Long day at work and you still have to pick up the kiddos and make dinner? What if you could have a restaurant-quality meal that will have you channeling memories from your childhood? Oh, and it’s super convenient, you in?Read more
As we approach the warmest days of the year, it is important to be prepared for the chance that you push your vehicle too far. Driving the kids out to practice or going on your weekend commute to the grocery store puts a strain on your vehicle in the summer heat. These tips on dealing with your car when it overheats are important for such emergencies.Read more
The outside appearance of your home denotes a lot for the value for curb appeal and potential resale value. The financial investment required to upgrade is enough for homeowners to postpone these benefits. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to update the exterior of your home on a budget. Between landscaping solutions to using faux stone to enhance curb appeal, you can invest in your high-impact project without the high price tag. Learn how to update the exterior of your home on a budget to upgrade the outside appearance of your house without upping the cost.Read more
Online education has come a long way since its early days. Today, there are many high-quality online programs available, offering students the opportunity to earn a degree from the comfort of their own homes.Read more
Are you planning a spring wedding, and you’re unsure what color combination you should set for your wedding theme? These are a few perfect color schemes for a spring wedding for you to choose from.Read more
A home renovation is a perfect excuse to make some changes to your house and lifestyle. You can make some preparations to complete these renovations in time without any trouble, and you must put effort into it. Thinking about the result is exciting, and an excellent way to see your vision come true is to follow these tips for a smooth and successful home renovation.Read more
No matter how many business guides you read or ventures you invest money into, there will never be a surefire way to make something succeed. However, there are certainly ways to make your day-to-day operations more efficient. Here are a few simple ways to streamline your retail business, cut out waste, and optimize profits.Read more
Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has been a long-time favorite in our family. The kiddos and I have been visiting since they were toddlers. So when I told them COSI would be the first thing we’d be crossing off our Summer 2022 Bucket list I was a bit shocked when I heard complaints. Apparently, they feel it’s only for little kids. Boy were they wrong! To be fair I had a bit of a surprise up my sleeve.Read more
As a parent, it can be a struggle to hear about what a lot of people (and there are a lot!) has to say about cannabis use and especially when it comes to discussing it with your kids if you are even open to discussing it at all. In this article, we are going to journey through tough questions to clarify them and make a helpful and informed guide for you and your kids.Read more
Summer is the time to enjoy good weather in the comfort of your home and make your vacation plans while preparing for your family to spend quality time together. For many people, summer comes packed with many activities, especially at home. With this summer season just around the corner, you can only enjoy your activities if you start preparing your home. The following tips can help you get your home ready for your summer activities.Read more
Living in a space that’s clean and organized has great health benefits for your body and mind. A clean, organized space helps improve focus and sleep quality while reducing stress and anxiety. But just because you know the health benefits of having a clean space doesn’t mean you know how to keep everything clean. It seems that as soon as we clean one area, another area gets messed up. Keep reading to learn how to make a cleaning schedule for every room in your house.Read more
Around the time your little one is old enough to transition from milk as a primary food source, they are also ready to say goodbye to a bottle. There are many paths that can be taken to wean your child and introduce an upgrade. It might be convenient to hand your infant a sippy cup and run out the door or finish a load of laundry, but what if there was another way?Read more
Hi girls, how are you today? We’re in the first few months of spring, and along with the differences in the weather, you should incorporate differences in your skincare regimen. Here are five skincare tips for a spring clean to keep you glowing for the entire season.Read more
It was late July and I had just posted a meet-up with our playgroup, our destination, Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti, MI. As a mom I was slightly terrified, how was I going to watch all three kiddos go in three different directions at a water park? Turns out one of the best things I ever did was to make the event a playdate meet-up! Many eyes and hands make for light work when it comes to watching children. Playgroup moms are like an extension of themselves. We each divided and conquered the water park that day. Two moms took a group of kiddos to the lazy river, another two took kids to the water slides, and two stayed by the splash area with toddlers, and it was such a relaxing, enjoyable, and fun day for all of us, moms and kiddos. Seven years later and we are still continuing the tradition!
Blue Heron Bay Splash Park
Why hit up just one splash pad when you can visit an entire Splash Park!! If sunny with a chance of splash is in your forecast then Blue Heron Splash Park is the place to be! The park comes complete with a toddler zone, family zone, slides for the older kiddos, perfect photo op under the spider in the tween zone, concession, tables’ w/shade, chaise lounges with full sun exposure, gorgeous view overlooking the lake…literally something for everyone!
Renovating your bathroom can be expensive. It can involve hiring plumbers and electricians, changing the floor plan, and changing the fixtures. Here are some tips to help you save money on your renovation.Read more
A great support network is undoubtedly one of the greatest assets that anyone can ever possess. If faith plays a central role in your life, turning to other churchgoers will naturally make a lot of sense. You have shared beliefs and outlooks on life while you know that they are good people too.Read more
Are you considering a revamp project for your home but feeling overwhelmed by where to start? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Every homeowner will go through this process at some point – it’s all part of the adventure! But before you can even begin to think about paint colors and furniture, there are a few key things you need to take into account. This blog post will discuss four essential considerations that will help set the stage for a successful interior revamp project.Read more
Who’s up for a mini-day trip? Thorn Park SPLASH PAD is the perfect day trip…play on the playground, have lunch, & splash…see details below.
No matter what age we are, most of us can agree that kids just have a way of making things more fun. They see the world differently than adults do and often approach life with enthusiasm and joy that’s contagious.Read more
Balancing work life and home life holds a lot of similarities to a circus juggling act, especially for parents working from home. From impromptu tantrums to constant snack requests and hovering, working at home with children can be a handful and distracting. Creating a designated at-home office space allows you to set boundaries between work hours and time off. Plus, it helps organize your work gear in a centralized location and visually shows your kids when you are available or in work mode.Read more
Temps rising, sun blazing, & you forgot to make reservations in advance for the waterpark? The struggle is real this summer. Thankfully the amazing community of Wauseon, Ohio has been kind enough to extend an invitation to their local pool to all visitors. Which, let’s be honest, this is kinda a huge deal, especially when they totally had the option of only including individuals from their local community. Thus, that being stated, when visiting please extend your gratitude, thank them for opening the pool to visitors, practice your best poolside manners, & most importantly, HAVE FUN!!
Keeping the kids entertained throughout the entire summer break is no easy task. Often the boredom sets in way before you expect it to, and after just a few days, you may start to run out of ideas to keep them busy. If you are struggling to keep the kids occupied and are treading a fine line between screentime and letting them run wild, you are probably in desperate need of some activity inspiration. Keeping the kids active over the summer break is often a lot harder than it sounds.Read more
“Mom, I’m bored!” “Mom, the Wi-Fi isn’t working!!” (This legit just happened to us the other day, modem and router died at the same time and it was practically the end of the world as we knew it, lol!) “Mom is it cool if we surf down the stair on sleeping bags?” For those moments during Summer Break when you need to bust their boredom, when the Wi-Fi goes out, or when their imaginations highjack all common sense, busy bags to the rescue! So, what exactly are Busy Bags?