The “Infertility worksheet”, she handed it to us after eight months of trying and four months of charting. I sat for a few seconds staring at the boldness of each letter. It was official, it was written in ink, it was the stamp that sealed the deal- we had infertility issues. Well I guess we knew we did, after almost a year without success and then finally seeking professional help for fertility. Infertility can be a long and lonely journey filled with hopeless dreams and endless heartache. Read more
Did you set Realistic Family Goals for 2019?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the mass popularity of resolution-setting at the start of each year. With everyone setting broad aspirations for themselves in all areas of their lives, it can be difficult to decide what areas of your own life should be your focus for positive growth and development. When these feelings of confusion and indecisiveness set in, it’s sometimes helpful to bring your attention to the thing that means the most to you in this world: your family. Making your family the central focus of your goals for the New Year can help you to decide what your priorities are and how, specifically, you want to improve life for yourself and for the people you care about most. I know we are two months into the New Year but it is never too last to set those goals….better yet, what if you set goals each month? March is just around the corner, let’s set the following goals for the first of March; and let’s officially REBOOT the Family Goals for 2019!!
Pick Up a New Hobby Together
Have your kids expressed interest in playing a sport, taking dance lessons, or learning an instrument? Encourage their curiosity, and find a way to support them in starting their new activity! Take them to the park to kick around a soccer ball, or show them the basics of an instrument you might already know how to play.
Better yet, seek out new activities that you and your child can do for the first time together! Enroll in a community art class, or take an afternoon to learn how to go geocaching. Pursue opportunities that will help you both to learn a fun new skill while maximizing the amount of quality time you get to spend with each other.
Introduce the Kids to Something You Once Loved
What games did you love to play when you were growing up? What music did you listen to? Did you have any unusual (or decade-specific) hobbies or interests?
Give the kids a better sense of who you were as a child and what made you into the person you are today. Show them some of the things you loved when you were their age, and teach them something about the way the world used to be. Get them away from their screens for a while, and prove to them that fun can still be had while being present in the non-virtual world.
Plan a Mini-Vacation
Can’t swing a week-long trip to Disney this year? Take a weekend to go on a road trip instead! Whether it’s to a nearby lake, the next state over, or the town you grew up in, spending a couple of days of light travel with the kids can make for an incredible bonding opportunity. If you can manage it, make it a tech-free weekend for everyone so you can properly enjoy each other’s company. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant or expensive– if the focus is placed on the time you’re spending together and the experiences you’re sharing, mini-vacations can be some of the most meaningful experiences of your children’s young lives.
Tackle Your Finances
Make this the year you take full control of your financial life. Spend some time learning how to properly budget your personal expenses. Treat deposits to your savings like a regularly scheduled bill payment, and get on a consistent schedule of building up your account. If your kids are at an age where they’re starting to be able to understand money, open up a candid dialogue with them about the family’s finances. If you’re still working on paying off college debt, explore the possibility of refinancing your student loans to lower the monthly cost. Get to work on your taxes well in advance to avoid due date stress. When you’re able to accurately keep track of where your money is going and how it’s being allocated, you’ll find that you’ll have a greater capacity for devoting your attention to the things that are most important to you.
Pursue New Experiences, Not New Items
It might be tempting to spend your extra cash on a cute date night outfit, new exercise equipment, or the latest XBox for the kids, but why not instead put that money toward making memories with the people you love? Material possessions are ultimately temporary, and while they might bring you happiness in the short term, they aren’t the things that will bring your life greater meaning. On the other hand, going to new places and trying out new activities with your family will bring you shared joy, renewed closeness, and broadened perspectives on the world that will last you a lifetime.
Happy March 2019! Let’s make it a great one!
WINNER ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to Andrea Pietras
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Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three…come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo, Ohio?! That’s right! Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Toledo’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory will be live on stage at the Stranahan Theater, March 19-23! And Mom on the go in Holy Toledo followers have the opportunity to be entered to win a family 4-pack tickets to the opening night performance!! (Tuesday, March, 19th @ 7:30pm)
Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH, 43614
SHOW DATES & TIMES:
Tuesday, March 19, 2019: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 21, 2019: 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 21, 2019: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 22, 2019: 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2019: 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2019: 8 p.m.
Click on link for ticket info, https://americantheatreguild.com/toledo/charlie/
Enter to win Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Family 4-pack tickets for opening night performance, March 19th @ 7:30pm
HOW TO ENTER:
1-Share this post on Facebook
2- Comment on the BLOG with the answer to the following question: What character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory said, “Holy Toledo, what’s happening to your face?!”?
Winner will be randomly selected March 3rd @ noon
I met up with a friend for lunch the other day and she asked, “So, what’s it like having a teenager?”. My response…honestly, some moments it amazing, others it’s like living in the twilight zones, and then there was this experience….
I felt like I was Hellen Keller on the witness stand being cross-examined by the prosecutor! I thought I was clearly vocalizing my words, expressing what I saw, & hearing what she was saying….but her rebuttal was, you’re not listening, that’s not even what happened, & AND YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND! How did we get here?! What happened to my daughter?! Let me backtrack.
So, it was Valentine’s Day morning and I was rushing my oldest to school per our usual, isn’t it exciting to see just how close we can cut it to school starting without being late routine. And moments before we left the house she broke down in tears. I asked, “What’s wrong” and she said, “Nothing”….and then we did that in rounds for a few minutes & got in the car. Finally, moments before rushing into school she told me she would tell me what was wrong later….fast forward to later, at home, in our kitchen. At this point I was sick of hearing myself ask the question, but I was genuinely concerned, so I went for it….she exclaimed that she didn’t want to tell me with her siblings all around and constantly eavesdropping. She has a valid point; they are like little spies just waiting to report back to headquarters, I mean mom/dad at the drop of any infraction. So I decided to remove her from the environment and then hopefully she’d talk.
It was finally happening, we were going to have one of those amazing mother/daughter bonding moments over coffee, like the Gilmore Girls! She would open up, spill everything, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and then get up at midnight to dance in the snow. Well, we did get in the car and headed for coffee, but it wasn’t exactly a Gilmore Girls kinda moment, more of an Unsolved Mysteries child abduction moment, you could practically hear Robert Stack narrating as I drove……”what started off as a warm, welcoming mother/daughter moment took a turn for the worst when her mother abducted her claiming they were just going for coffee!”.
She starred at me like any abducted child would, or at least what I would assume an abducted child would look like, this was my first time. She inquired, “why are you doing this?!”, as she put her headphones on. Did she suddenly catch amnesia somewhere between the front door and the car? “Um, hello, we are going to grab coffee and talk somewhere where the little spies, I mean your siblings, aren’t around, remember?” Radio silence….headphones?! TAKE OFF THE HEADPHONES!! “Monica’s mom let’s her wear her headphones in the car”. “And I’m sure Monica’s mom let’s her jump off bridges too!…or something like that”. Clearly I was derailing! We arrived at the coffee shop & surprisingly unlike an abducted child who would sprint from the car she cemented her butt to the seat and refused to go in! What the hell?! “Don’t you want a coffee? I’ll even splurge for a fancy drink; get a Frappe Mocha Latte Ohh La La.” Eye-roll, eye-roll, eye-roll…and looked the other way out the window. Since when did a fancy coffee drink go from a “treat” status to torture? “We are going IN! Even if we just sit and stare at each other! GET. OUT. OF. THE. CAR!” And… at a snails speed she made her way out of the car and into the coffee house where she refused anything to eat or drink. I ordered a tea and we sat. “So what was the deal this morning? Are you okay? Did something happen at school?” I asked in my kindest most caring voice. Nothing! “This morning you were crying, are you okay?” I warmly expressed as I leaned closer to her. And as if my body language could kill, she pushed her chair away from me and sat in disgust. I was half tempted to ask if she was waiting for her lawyer…she’s good. We sat in silence for 15 minutes then left. So much for our awesome mother/daughter bonding time!
Once in the car I tried my last attempt….”I know life is hard, you were crying this morning…sometimes we feel alone. You told me you were going to share its okay that you didn’t, but please know you’re not alone, I’m here”. She replied…”you’re not listening, that’s not even what happened, & AND YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!” And with that the flood gates opened. I tried everything to stop them! The rest of the way home I carefully watched my speedometer because if I did get pulled over by the cops I feared what would come out of this child’s mouth next.
As I walked inside the house, mascara running, and my son asked, “What’s wrong?” And I replied, “Nothing”, as I wiped the tears away feeling totally depleted.
I feel like moms of teenage daughters should have a support group…whose with me?
You should leave because you deserve someone who makes you happy! We’ve all heard this phrase before, often well intended & coming from a place of concern, but is it really the best advice? We’re delving into the topic of happiness today click on link to hear our take. Who is ultimately responsible for your happiness? Does responsibility fall on your spouse? Is it possible to be happy all the time? If we allow our feelings & emotions to run the show 24/7 are we the equivalent of an adolescent?
Here’s the recipe from the segment on WTOL this morning. Huge thank you to all who were able to take the time to watch, I’m working on getting a link of the segment…I’ll keep ya posted! In the meantime here’s the recipe & be sure to checkout Wholly Wholesome’s website for more allergy friendly awesome recipes. https://www.whollywholesome.com/recipes.php
Valentine’s Activities & Events for Kids in Toledo
Chocolate & heart shaped everything! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Here’s a list of activities for kids of all ages, toddler, tweens, & everything in between. Know of something fun going on around town that didn’t make the list? Please share! Tag friends and make plans today!
Candy Sushi (Tweens 9-13)
Discover a new twist on sushi! Put your own spin on this Japanese-styled recipe using rice crispies, gummy bears, and other candies
Where: Oregon Library 3340 Dustin Rd. Oregon, OH 43616
When: Feb. 12th 4-5pm
Cost: FREE & no registration required
(Kids ages 5-10 can join in the fun 6-7pm…..Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Oregon Library, make crafts, enjoy treats, and have fun!)
Valentine Headband & Love Bug Tiny Tots Craft @ Learning Express (Ages 2+)
This week’s Tiny Tots Craft Class is Valentine themed! Little ones love to get creative and have fun!
Where: Learning Express in Sylvania
Cost: FREE EVENT RSVP required for material prep
Lovely Frames (Ages 6 and up Kids Club) @ Michael’s Craft Store
They craft, you shop! Kids 6 and up can enjoy making a Valentine’s frame. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.
Phone: (419) 475-4296
Where: 4622 Talmadge Rd, Toledo, OH 43623
When: February 9, 2019 10AM – 12PM
5th Avenue Bistro
Phone: (419) 517-5311
Where: 5577 Monroe St Sylvania, Ohio 43560
When: Saturdays noon-2pm
Cost: Only $5 per kid
Looking for a fun family friendly date day location? 5th Avenue Bistro has you covered! Kids make pizzas every Saturday from noon – 2pm with Chef Bruce! It’s only $5 per kid, and it’s a lot of fun. Their Chef is very patient with the kiddos.
FREE Family Movie Matinee @ Sanger
Enjoy the Sunday Matinee, Hidden Figures….The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
Where: Sanger Branch Library 3030 W Central Ave. Toledo, OH 43606
When: Sunday, February 10 2:00pm – 4:15pm
Sweets for your Sweet (ALL AGES)
Get ready for Valentine’s Day! Ms. Dorothy will show everyone how to make chocolate candies that you can keep for yourself or give to someone special.
Where: Toledo Heights Library 423 Shasta Dr. Toledo, OH 43609
When: Tuesday, February 12 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Cost: FREE & no registration required
I Paint the Sky @ BGSU’s Planetarium
Program feature a star talk showing the current evening sky followed by the multimedia planetarium show, I Paint the Sky, a guide to the beautiful colors in the sky.
Phone: (419) 372-2421
Where: 112 Physical Sciences Lab Bld, Bowling Green, OH 43403
When: February 10th at 7:30pm, February 15th at 8pm, & February 16th at 2pm
FREE Family Movie Matinee The Princess Bride @ Sanger
Enjoy the Sunday Matinee, The Princess Bride…. While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
Where: Sanger Branch Library 3030 W Central Ave. Toledo, OH 43606
When: Sunday, February 17 2:00pm – 4:00pm