The 1st Step to Buying a New Family Vehicle a.k.a. Mom Car

“Are you STILL looking for a new car!?” That’s the comment I would receive 8 times out of 10 when family and friends inquired how the new car search was going after a year. As many of you know I did finally settle down with a new Mom Car after much deliberation this past July. So, why did it take me so long?

  • Time- It was difficult finding the time to go to the various car lots to look at vehicles. Between my husband’s crazy work schedule, kiddos extracurricular, and my own obligations little time was left to shop for a new vehicle.
  • Location- Because I want to get the best deal I want to shop all my options, which meant taking road trips that resulted in a lot of potty-breaks, bickering, fast-food, & no new car!
  • Mileage or Money- Without fail, I would find a vehicle I could see my family in and it was either too high in mileage or money!
  • Safety- I felt like I was forever researching safety statistic on every vehicle I came across…I have collated enough research for Master’s thesis!
  • Sunroofs-This was a deal breaker! My new vehicle had to have a sunroof! I don’t know if it is the fears of claustrophobia or what, but, I have to be able to have access to the view above me. And I know this one drove my husband insane! We would literally find the “almost” perfect vehicle, the mileage, number of passenger seats, warranty, and cost were precisely what we wanted, but if it didn’t have a sunroof I couldn’t commit.

After a year of this nonsense my husband mostly gave up on me finding my perfect new mom car match. He even suggested I get a notebook to log the gas I was using in our SUV since the gas gauge was broken and contemplated buying oil in bulk to save on our oil guzzling ride. I was also growing frustrated. I didn’t think buying a new car would be so hard, it had practically become a second job, eating up so much of my time and patience. I so desperately just wanted an assistant, a ‘buying a new car assistant’ to help me narrow down all these options? Turns out such an assistant does exist.

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Cars.com https://www.cars.com/ is a website that allows your fingers to do the walking, no more having to reschedule appointments and extracurricular activities because there might be a car you’re interested in purchasing. In fact, you can literally be shopping for a car while in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on the bleachers while your child warms the bench. The best part, you can narrow your search to, not just new/old, year, make, model, price, & mileage, but also, exterior color, interior color, number of doors, and yes, even sunroofs (click on keyword and type in sunroof…or whatever else is a deal breaker for you). This site made the process so much smoother, dare I say even enjoyable! I highly recommend making Cars.com your first stop on your journey to purchasing a new family vehicle/ mom car.

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Guess who got her sunroofs? In fact, I got 4 (1 operable)!!

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Here’s a pic of the old Yukon vs our new ride! When you get a new car you are probably going to have to sell, recycle or dispose of the old one. For a quick way to sell, you can get in contact with a cash for cars website.

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So kiss all that hard work goodbye & click on Cars.com today…your new mom car is only a few clicks away!!

Classy decor on a SAHM budget!? How this store plus Groupon Coupons makes the Magic Happen

Messes happen! And with a house full of kids, pets, and activities this house sees its fair share of messes. So much so that my husband and I have come to the conclusion that we will never own anything nice again, or at least, not until the kids move out. I mean, who wants to spend a fortune on new drapes just to have your toddler pee on them while potty-training? Or have your preschooler spill their wet pink paint Picasso rendition all over your new bedspread? And don’t even get me started with male dogs’ obsessions with throw pillows! Thus it seemed as though our home was destined to forever be stuck in the, “we have kids” design style. That is until I visited a store that I hadn’t visited since I was a kid, JCPenney!

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I have to be honest, I always steered clear of JCPenney, I thought of it as an “old lady” store, filled with outdated fashion & designs, cheap quality; let’s just say I just didn’t have the fondest memory. Then one day I took a stroll in, went upstairs, and instantly feel in love, and the rest, as they say, is history. The quality was good, the designs were amazing-this definitely was not my grandmother’s JCPenney! But the one thing I really like that didn’t change was the prices. Affordable, quality items, that a parent doesn’t have to sentence a child to a lifetime of grounding to for spilling glitter glue (yep, that happened, lol!). I have since purchased custom blinds, drapery, bedspread, quilt, etc. at JCPenney and I am currently in the market for some wallpaper for the kitchen (yes, I said wallpaper! Who’s their grandmother now!? Lol!)

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But wait, it gets better! JCPenney totally knows how to cater to us, “we have kids” design styles, you can couple it nicely with a French Country look, Contemporary, Modern, etc. but what about those prices, can we couple those with anything? How does a Groupon Coupon sound?

How it works:

So, on top of their already more affordable price points you can also pair that with a Groupon Coupon. They offer in-store, online, or “day of” codes for some sweet deep discounts. For example, here are some (3 of 20+) that they are offering now on clothes & house/home items:

  • JCPenney: 40% Off + EXTRA 10% Off Major Appliances
  • TODAY’s Promo Codes: Extra 30% Off $100+ Or Extra 25% Off Under $100 With JCPenney Coupon Code
  • JCPenney: 65% Off $100+ Or 50% Off $40+ On Regular Priced Items Or Take An Extra 25% Off Select Sale Items With JCPenney Coupon Code

 

Here is the JCPenney Groupon Coupon link (you might want to add this to your favorites): https://www.groupon.com/coupons/stores/jcpenney.com

 

One last thing, while I have your attention, which one do you prefer?

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New After-School Activity & Educational Business in Town! *GIVEAWAY*

Students K-12 only spends 18.5% of their waking hours at school a year. Shocker, right!? The remainder of that time is filled with a revolving door of extra-curricular activities, sports, dance, scouts….they not only fill up our evenings but our weekend too! And why do we do it? We do it because we want our children to be good team players, to be well-rounded, & prepared for life.  Speaking of being prepared for life, here are some fun statistics…..

  • Employment in occupations related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. Source
  • The odds of your child becoming a professional athlete…let’s say, basketball player, is 1 in 11,711 for men & 1 in 13,005 for women (just to put this into perspective, the odds of getting struck by lighting is 1 in 3,000). Source
  • And with regard to your little girl or boy becoming a professional dancer, the Magic 8 Ball says-Outlook Not So Good! Source

 

In no way are those stats meant to deter you, or your child, from their dreams, I say reach for the sky! But it is meant to shed some light on the topic of investment. Where are your children investing all their time and your money? Perhaps it’s time to diversify and add some STEM to those plies & slam-dunks.

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Snapology:

Snapology is the premier partner for STEM programs, offering year-round hands-on, interactive activities for children ages 1-14 (and awesome Special Needs classes) using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology.

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They create STEM learning experiences through classes (video game design, robotics, and animation), competition team opportunities, workshops, camps, birthday parties, school field trips, scouting events and more!

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Remember that stat from the beginning, the one that read; employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022? Well, Snapology is one of those employment opportunities, or rather, ownership opportunity. Snapology is a franchise and the nearest one to us is in Findlay, we NEED one in Toledo! So not only is this post a push for more STEM but also a plea for mom-trepreneurs! They offer franchise opportunities that are affordable, flexible and can provide quick profitability. No more having to hash tag your images “like a boss”, you’ll be the boss!! Who wants to be their own boss? For more info checkout their website.

GIVEAWAY:

LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator (recommended for kids 6+)

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How to Enter:

  1. Share this post with a friend, possibly a mom-trepreneurs! I would LOVE to have a Snapology in Toledo!!!
  2. Simply comment below by sharing your thoughts…thoughts on Snapology. What you have to say is important; I look forward to reading your comments.

Winner will be randomly selected Friday September 1st @11:59pm

Disclaimer This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal

 

 

8 Mother Son Date Ideas in Toledo

Why Mother Son Dates?

A close mother-son relationship is good for a boy’s mental health. A study presented at the American Psychological Association showed that boys who are close to their mothers tend not to buy into hyper-masculine stereotypes. They don’t believe, for instance, that you have to always act tough, go it alone or fight to prove your manhood every time you are challenged. These boys remained more emotionally open. Not only did they have better friendships, but also less anxiety and depression than their more macho peers.

-Teenage boys who are close to their moms engage in less risky behavior. It has long been known that good parent-teen communication can help lessen the influence of negative peer pressure. But new research shows that it is a boy’s mother who is the most influential when it comes to her son’s decision making about alcohol, drugs and sex. Some researchers speculate that the nature of mother-son communication accounts for the difference: mothers usually don’t have one big “drug talk” or “sex talk” but instead tend to weave the topic into other conversations or family activities.

Far from making boys weaker, the love of a mother can and does actually make boys stronger, emotionally and psychologically. Far from making boys dependent, the base of safety a loving mother can create—a connection that her son can rely on all his life—provides a boy with the courage to explore the outside world. But most important, far from making a boy act in ‘girl-like’ ways, a loving mother actually plays an integral role in helping a boy develop his masculinity.

Sources: https://www.familyeducation.com/life/mother-son-relationships/what-sons-learn-their-mothers

https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/03/26/mother-son-relationship-important-for-emotional-growth/12408.html

http://www.telegram.com/article/20120509/NEWS/120509477

8 Mother Son Date Ideas in Toledo

NickelWorld

NickelWorld is a unique concept in Family Entertainment. They have Over 100 Games!! All Games Operate with NICKELS!! While some Games Take Two or Three Nickels, MOST Games are one Nickel each to play!! PLUS, they have 13 FREE GAMES!! Most Games also WIN TICKETS to trade in for all sorts of PRIZES!!

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Address: 2545 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43614

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11AM–10PM

Phone: (419) 385-3297

Website:http://www.nickelworldtoledo.com/

Admission: $2.50 to enter and then however many nickels you would like…$5 is usually more than enough

Sportway of Toledo

This seasonal go-kart racing facility also offers an 18-hole mini-golf course & batting cages.

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Address: 5950 Angola Rd, Toledo, OH 43615

Hours: Tues-Thurs and Sundays 11AM–11PM Fri. and Sat. 11PM-12AM

Phone: (419) 867-1006

Website:http://sportwayinc.com/

Admission: Single Go-Kart $6 / 3 laps and Double Go-Kart $7 / 3 laps

Batting Cage…$1 = 1 token (15 pitches) $5 = 6 tokens (buy 5 get one free)

Mini-gold…18 Holes Adults $6 Kids – 6 & under $3

Clelands

Northwest Ohio’s only full service hunting and shooting sports specialty store. Their ranges give you a place to practice year round. Use the indoor pistol range or indoor archery range throughout the year, in climate-controlled comfort. The outdoor 3-D range is available from March thru October.

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Address: 10306 Airport Hwy, Swanton, OH 43558

Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM–7PM Saturday 10AM-6PM Closed Sundays

Phone: (419) 865-4713

Website:http://www.clelands.com/

Admission: Varies

Schmucker’s Restaurant

Classic, original dinner experience! Opened in 1948 and is still going strong! When you walk in you step back in time, the 13 chrome stools at the lunch counter have been there from the beginning, as has the wooden phone booth in the corner. And the food is still good, plentiful and inexpensive.

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Address: 2103 N Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43615

Hours: Monday-Saturday 5AM–11PM Closed Sundays

Phone: (419) 535-9116

Q-Zar

This entertainment center known for its large laser tag arena also has arcade games & hosts parties.

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Address: 5836 Monroe St, Sylvania, OH 43560

Hours: Monday, Thursday, & Friday 4–10PM Closed Tuesday & Wednesday, and on Saturdays & Sundays 12pm-10pm

Phone: (419) 885-3460

Website:https://www.qzartoledo.com/

Admission: Laser Tag Prices -$8.50 One game of laser tag, $15.00 Two game pack, & $19.00 Three game pack

All You Can Play Sessions $19.00 per person Monday, Thursday & Friday: 4pm – 7pm and Sunday, Monday & Thursday: 7pm – 10pm

Dave & Busters

Family-friendly chain offering a sports-bar-style setting for American food & arcade games.

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Address: 5001 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623

Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sundays 10AM–12AM Fridays & Saturdays 10AM-2AM

Phone: (419) 481-9800

Website: https://www.daveandbusters.com/

Admission: Varies

Pete’s Garage

The restaurant is a kid’s favorite!! Request a table in a car…yep, you read right, a table inside a classic car! This bar & grill serves American, Italian & Mexican fare in a relaxed setting with eclectic decor.

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Address: 930 N Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48162

Hours: Open 7 days a week 10:30AM–2AM

Phone: (734) 243-0343

Website:http://www.petesgaragemi.com/Pages/Menu.aspx?DeptID=0

Admission: Varies

Phoenix Theatres Mall of Monroe Movie Theater

100% reclining seats! And Matinees, anything showing before 6PM is only $5!

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Address: The Mall of Monroe 2121 N Monroe St

Phone: (734) 457-9080

Hours: Varies

Website:http://www.phoenixmovies.net/loc_frenchtown

Admission: General Admission-$8.75, Child, (11 and under) $6.00, Seniors, (60 and over) $6.00 Matinees before 6 PM $5.00

The Ultimate Mother Daughter Date in Toledo

Pink floral china patterns adorn with gold trim, frilly tablecloths, doilies, pocket pies, shortbreads, & truffles, a light hum of classical music, gorgeous ladies draped in beautiful flowing sundresses relaxing, sans smartphones. That is the fantasy image that often comes to mind when one thinks of a tea party & Sweet Shalom Tea Room makes that a reality.

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Sweet Shalom Tea Room offers the perfect destination for a Mother Daughter date and/or a Moms Day Out. Located at 8216 Erie Street it is full of history, it was originally a small farmhouse built over 140 years ago and was enlarged and remodeled in Queen Anne style architecture in the late 1800’s, in 1999 the house was saved from demolition and moved from its original location at the southeast corner of Centennial and Erie Street. Even the location adds to the experience, I love it!!

The name “Sweet Shalom Tea Room” was inspired by the biblical word “shalom”. The definition of shalom includes peace, harmony, completeness, wholeness, wellness and perfection.  You can literally feel your blood pressure drop as you enter the house and are greeted by peace and harmony.

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Sweet Shalom Tea Room offers 2 Seatings on Friday and Sundays at 11am or 2:30pm and has Special Events throughout the year. Each Seating has a fun, well thought-out themed menu!!! I am already swooning over September’s; it’s Anne of Green Gables!!!

We met up with some good friends for a Mother Daughter double date and had an absolute blast! It was literally the most enjoyable afternoon that I have had in a long time, there is something about slowing down, sipping tea, escaping from the fast-paced world that truly lifts the spirit. The theme for our tea seating was “Glamping” and the ladies at Sweet Shalom Tea Room did a fabulous job, the food, craft, tea, etc. was spot on….right down to the girls roasting their own marshmallows!!

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CAMP TEA-A-CUPPA: A GLAMPING TEA

“Glamping” combines the positive experiences of camping with a bit more glamour and comfort. And do we have the ultimate Glamping afternoon planned for you! No creepy crawlies, no leaky tents, just the cheery pleasures and fun of camping with a touch of elegance and, of course, tea.

Our menu includes:

◦Blueberry Scones,

◦Campfire Chicken & Veggies,

◦Mini Dogs with all the Fix-ins’,

◦Homemade Potato Salad in Lettuce Cups,

◦Skillet Baked Beans,

◦Gourmet Fire Ants on a Log,

◦Dutch Oven Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes ,

◦Cherry Hand Pies, and

◦“Make Your Own” Fudgy S’mores.

And what Glamping trip would be complete without crafting? So, to add to the excitement we’ll be crafting adorable”buggle” magnets. No bug repellent necessary.

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Have special dietary needs? Have no fear; you don’t have to miss out on tea. They are very accommodating. They put together a beautiful vegan spread for me; they do ask that you share your dietary requirements when you make your reservations.

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The menu and themes change every month and they do offer special events, like a Princess Tea for the girls….so make sure you check out the website and plan ahead, you don’t want to miss out! http://sweetshalomtearoom.com/

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Phone:     (419) 297-9919

Address:     8216 Erie Street, Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Website: http://sweetshalomtearoom.com/

Cost: Adults: $28 and Children: $15 (includes teas, you can sample as many as you wish on the menu…pastries, sandwiches, main meal, craft, treats, etc.)

teaGrab those calendars, call up your girlfriends, and set up a Moms Day Out or a Mother Daughter double date today!! FYI: This is also an adorable place to celebrate a birthday or special occasion…or just a Sunday afternoon.