Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Home-Fashioned Chocolates!!! (promo code included)

I was super excited when that Gold box arrived!! Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Home-Fashioned Chocolates!!! It was a rare occasion because I was all alone, all 3 kiddos were in school, and the hubby was at work. I opened up that beautiful box and was greeted by the comforting aroma of those delectable chocolates. For a moment I contemplated keeping that entire box to myself! Yep, they smelled that good! And after reviewing the map of the home-fashioned chocolates made with fresh whipping cream and butter (no preservatives), I decided what would be the harm in just taking one, or two? I would simply remove the wrapper and no one would know they ever existed. Great plan, right!? Wrong!

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One or two became three or four, and before I knew it I had eaten five!! There is just something too darn exciting about tasting the goodness hidden inside each chocolate…..raspberry cream, rum Victoria, coconut mound, chocolate truffle, haystack, need I go on? I apologize if your mouth is watering!  In addition to the chocolates I also received 4 chocolate bars. So, yeah, I ate one of those too! But in all fairness it was an Almond Dark Chocolate Truffle…like I am supposed to have any willpower after reading that! And I would have stopped at the first bite but it was their fault it tasted so good! Haha! It was seriously so smooth, melt-in-your-mouth delicious with a bit of crunch from the almonds, heaven!!!

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You will be happy to know that I did save some for the family and let the kiddos pick out a piece after dinner. They had to eat their vegetables first! A total ‘do as I say’, not ‘as I do’ type of situation. But we will keep that just between us. Haha! The kiddos had so much fun picking theirs out and enjoyed every last bite…one even licked the wrapper, so she takes after her mother. LOL!

I am thinking about bringing these in lieu of wine or cookies to holiday parties. These would make perfect hostess gifts! And if you’re lucky the hostess will sit them out for you to enjoy too! Or teacher’s gift! Stocking stuffer! Spread the chocolate cheer to all!!

If you are seeking the best chocolates this holiday season I recommend Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Candies. My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates use promo code: usfamily14

Your sweet tooth will thank you!

 Disclosure: I was given a box of chocolates and 4 bars to review. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Holiday Memories: Because no one Remembers Perfection!

It was time for our annual family Christmas picture.  And as most moms know this can be quite a process and is something that doesn’t just happen on a whim. There is much planning, scheduling, and coordinating that goes into the process and at times can be met with a little animosity…let’s just say tights, ties, and the color pink were strongly vetoed this year! Haha!  The entire family cleared their Saturday morning, which is a lot to do when you have little ones with b-day parties, young adults with social lives, adults who are very involved in the church/community, and a photographer who is a mother herself and has her schedule to rearrange.

My mother and I started the clothes preparation months in advance.  Painstakingly trying to coordinate colors. You’d be surprised at how many shades of red and green are out there! We finally nailed it! Then we added a few finishing touches and I took the kiddos shoe shopping a few days prior (Their feet grow too darn fast! I knew shoes had to be our last purchase). The night before I removed all tags and sat out clothes.

The morning of the pictures ran so smoothly, almost too smoothly! Everyone took their turn in the bathroom to get cleaned up, no arguing about anyone taking up too much time. I managed to do the girls’ hair without any complaints of pulling too hard, brushing an ear/face, or pulling too tight. We left the house stain free, hairs in place, and with matching socks, it was beautiful! I was so proud of my family, we did it! We even arrived early!! Talk about a Christmas pictures day miracle! Haha!

Once everyone had arrived we started searching for the perfect background for the picture. And we didn’t have to look for long. There it was!!  A gorgeous tree full of these magnificent leaves a shade of red that perfectly complimented our red and green theme!   It was like fall foliage fate had spoken! Haha! But seriously, it was beautiful! My excitement and anticipation started building when I realized this was actually happening, the perfect family picture!!!

And we were on the verge of perfection…and then this happened….

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We asked our little one to please take off her coat just for the picture and then she could put it back on. And the consequence of that request was a tad surprising. Though, I should add that it was unseasonably cold that early Nov. day. It was 22 degrees that morning, so I can’t say I blame her for refusing to take off her coat. So then this happened….

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And then…this happened….our Christmas 2014 Family Picture…….


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The result ended up being far from perfection! After all the time, energy, phone calls, trips to the Mall, perfect background tree, everyone being on time, and this is our Christmas Picture!

I have to be honest; I was a little disappointed that she wouldn’t take off her coat. And though I am not proud to admit it I did try to bribe her with anything and everything I could think of…more screen time, candy, movie night pick, game night pick, you name and I tried, but she did not budge. So we ended up with a picture that was far from the perfect Christmas picture I had envisioned.

On the way home I thought back to my own childhood and all the Christmas pictures my mother had so perfectly composed. Funny thing is I couldn’t recall one perfect picture. Now that’s not to say that they didn’t happen, because they did, or at least a few did, I only know this because I have seen them framed and hanging on the wall. But I do not recall those perfect pictures, getting ready, going to have them done, none of it! What I do recall is the year my sister was only 2 months old and cried during the entire shoot. The end result was me smiling a real cheesy/fake smile and her in my arms beat read and crying. Or the one where my little brother refused to put his tongue in his mouth. Lol! This got me thinking about all my fond memories of Christmas past. And guess what? I don’t remember anything that was perfect! All of my memorable Christmas moments are ones where the opposite of perfect occurred. Like when the Christmas tree slowly fell over and you could literally see it happening when we played back the video! Or when the entire family was seated and eating in the dining room and my uncle announced that he let the cat in, to which my mother replied “We don’t have a cat!” Or the time the dog caught a squirrel. Oh the memories! They bring me so much joy!

I have come to the conclusion that we don’t remember the perfect Christmases but rather the moments that make each and every Christmas unique and special.  It is those unique moments that freeze in time and help us to remember grandma’s contagious laugh, Dad’s amazing patience, and a 4 year olds willpower and refusal to take off her coat. Haha!  Embrace the beauty that comes from imperfection this Christmas and treasure those memories for a lifetime!

Patience Brewster, a designer of Christmas ornaments and gifts, helped inspire this holiday memory post!

Do you take a family Christmas picture each year? Do you have an imperfect memory to share?



I-X Christmas Connection Ticket Giveaway! (4 tickets!)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas thanks to the frigid temps and snow!  I don’t know about you but I have even turned on the Christmas music. I find Christmas music puts me in better spirits and has really gotten me motivated to start Christmas shopping. Maybe this year will be the year I actually complete all Christmas shopping before December!! Then I can just sit back, wrap, relax, bake some cookies, serve at the local family shelter, enjoy the local holiday attractions with my family, and spread Christmas cheer! I have got a great giveaway that will help you do just that!!

Experience the start of the Christmas Shopping Season at the I-X Christmas Connection November 21-23 at the I-X Center! More than 600 booths, including over 100 new vendors this year, Gift Wrapping and a Shop-N-Drop are just a few of the reasons tens of thousands of holiday shoppers come to this event. Also included are special kid activities in SantaLand like kid-friendly shopping in the Sugar Plum Shoppe, visiting Santa’s house to have their picture taken with Santa (bring your camera!), drop off their letter to Santa in his mailbox and much more! A limited number of Breakfast with Santa presented by Schwebel’s tickets are also available for purchase online. Parents and their little ones can enjoy a delicious breakfast and join Santa to sing Christmas Carols along with Mrs. Claus, their elves, and a few of their favorite friends (tickets include general admission).

Take a peek at some new features at this year’s show:


Take a trip back to Cleveland Christmas past as you walk through the I-X Christmas Connection entryway, featuring the Sterling Lindner Davis Christmas Tree and iconic replica items from A Christmas Story House. Pose for photos with the infamous flagpole, leg lamp and firetruck.


Monica Potter
Monica Potter, star of NBC’s acclaimed drama series Parenthood, will be sharing her latest and most personal project at I-X Christmas Connection: Monica Potter Home. Monica Potter Home produces a line of home goods that are locally made by artisans and craftspeople in the Ohio Valley. Each season a new set of unique, high-quality, handcrafted items are made available and we are thrilled to kick off the winter collection at the show!


I-X Christmas Connection tickets are on-sale now. Purchase your General Admission or Breakfast with Santa presented by Schwebel’s tickets online or buy discount tickets at any Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Discount Drug Mart is the Official Discount Drug Store Ticketing Retail Partner of I-X Christmas Connection.

For more information on the show, visit

Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win 4 general admission tickets to I-X Christmas Connection!!

To Enter the Giveaway complete the following steps:

  1. Follow Mom on the go in Holy Toledo on Facebook
  2. Follow @Mamaof3onthego on Twitter
  3. Reply to this post with a comment expressing how many Christmas gifts you have purchased thus far for Christmas 2014.

Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Facebook page Thursday Morning (Nov. 20th 2014)!!

FREE Chocolates! Got your attention? (Promo code included)

The holidays are coming!! And nothing says ‘I love you’, ‘thank you’, etc.. like a pound of chocolate!! Am I right!? But who has the time to make homemade chocolates? And even if you did, who has the talent? Mrs. Cavanaugh!



Time was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

“It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe,” Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. “I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'”

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

…In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch.

“It was a difficult decision, especially for George,” Mrs. Cavanaugh said. “He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy – and could compete with – those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates.”



Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh’s candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence….
Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Candies. My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates use promo code: usfamily14

Thankful Thursday: Grand Opening & Chance to win iPad Mini

Tropical Smoothie Café is one of my favorite restaurants! As a mom on the go a leisure lunch is often out of the question. I need something quick, delicious, and that will actually satiate me so I can continue running errands for home & work, picking up kiddos, and fulfilling my mommygations (mommy + obligations). My usual is the Island Green, it taste amazing and I feel ready to conquered the world after I drink it…totally energized! Unfortunately the Tropical Smoothie Café located closest to me is in Maumee so I only get my smoothie on when I am running errands on that side of town. That is until tomorrow when one of my motherhood dreams come true and the brand known for its innovative food and smoothies, will be celebrating the grand opening of its 400th location in Toledo!! That’s right, Toledo!!!And they are celebrating in a big way on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.



The first five people in line at the new Tropical Smoothie Café, located at 5221 Monroe Street, will receive a free iPad Mini, a $25 gift card, and a voucher valid for one free smoothie a week for an entire year. The next 20 people in line will each receive a $25 gift card as well as a voucher for one free smoothie a week for an entire year. The next 70 people will receive a card valid for one free smoothie or food item. This fun-filled event will also have chances to win other prizes and giveaways. Doors open at 9 a.m.

“We’re thrilled to expand our presence in the Toledo area and have the opportunity to share this major milestone for our brand with the local community,” said Julie Munson, co-owner of the new café. “This celebration is a great way for us to thank our loyal customers and gain new fans by showcasing some of our most popular items and giving everyone a chance to win some incredible prizes.”

The new Tropical Smoothie Café marks the third location in the Toledo area, all of which are locally owned and operated by franchisees Bill and Julie Munson. In total, there are 12 Tropical Smoothie Café locations across Ohio.



“Our 400th café opening marks Tropical Smoothie Café’s transition from an emerging brand to a leader in the fast-casual industry,” said Tropical Smoothie Café CEO Mike Rotondo. “We’ve successfully carved a niche as the brand that offers innovative, unique flavor profiles and convenient better-for-you options that resonate with consumers.”

Tropical Smoothie Café’s menu features a variety of options, from handcrafted salads, wraps, sandwiches and flatbreads to made-to-order fruit and vegetable smoothies. Capitalizing on Toledo’s healthier eating trend, the café offers better-for-you menu items, including the brand’s top-selling Island Green Smoothie, made with fresh spinach and kale, and also showcases limited-time food offers such as Savory Island Club Sandwiches and Naughty or Nice Smoothies.

For more information about Tropical Smoothie Café, please visit

I will see you in line!!

Space Scouts: Perfect Holiday Gift (discount promo code included)

Space Scouts monthly subscription club for kids is a delightful learning adventure aimed at discovering the wonders of the universe! Each month your child will explore a new place in space — stepping into the worlds of space exploration, space science, and astronomy. Join Roxy and Jett as they scout about the galaxy engaging your child in fun learning activities, hands-on discovery, and exciting challenges. Packages arrive each month filled with fun additions to your collection — magnets, stickers, toys, and more!


Space Scouts is a stellar vehicle for launching your child’s interest in science & technology! This is not your typical grab-bag subscription box. Space Scouts is a fun, educational experience where each month builds upon the previous. It’s a great way to learn! Price is affordable at $11.95 per month + $3.00 shipping. Discounts for multi-month purchase. Space Scouts is designed for kids age 6+. Visit our website to learn more! 20% discount – Use promo code USFAMILY20 at checkout to receive 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan. @usfg