Sleepovers in the 90s vs Struggles of Sleepovers Today (WARNING for Parents!)

Nail polish, magazines, CD player, CDs, & chick flicks, the classic starter kit for any tween/teenage girl sleepover in the 90s. Sleepovers in the 90s would start off slow with social time, which literally meant having a conversation, discussing the latest happenings since we weren’t up-to-the-minute on everyone’s lives, while swapping out everyone’s CDs in the CD player…a little, Ace of Base, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Beck, etc.  Then ease into more activities, painting nails, flipping through magazines looking at the latest hair & fashion styles, “Are you still French Rolling your jeans? That’s SO 80s!” Followed by pizza & basically any Molly Ringwald movie, lol! Then once the rents went to bed the real fun began, we’d get all kinda crazy, stuffing our faces with Cool Ranch Doritos & playing, “Truth or Dare”, and surprisingly the group of gals I ran with were always up for a good dare! Finally we’d often end the night with a classic game of, “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board”, where we would basically challenger ourselves to see if we could be quiet long enough to attempt anything remotely serious, we inevitably always failed.  Then, sometime around 2/3AM we’d all start dozing off. It sounds so cliche, but those were simpler times.

Fast-forward and now I’m the one with the 14 year-old daughter hosting a b-day sleepover and to say it is complicated is an understatement. Let’s start with what should be a simple question, who’s invited?

Who’s invited?

In the 90s:

  • Girls-If you are a girl having a sleepover then ONLY girls are invited.
  • Boys- If you are a boy having a sleepover then ONLY boys are invited.


  • Agender -Not having a gender or identifying with a gender. They may describe themselves as being gender neutral or genderless.
  • Bigender -A person who fluctuates between traditionally “male” and “female” gender-based behaviors and identities.
  • Gender Fluid- A mix of boy and girl. A person who is gender fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more man some days, and more woman other days.
  • Gender Variant- Someone who either by nature or by choice does not conform to gender-based expectations of society
  • Third Gender-A term for a person who does not identify with either man or woman, but identifies with another gender. This gender category is used by societies that recognize three or more genders, both contemporary and historic, and is also a conceptual term meaning different things to different people who use it.
  • Transgender-A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on sex assigned at birth.
  • Two-Spirit-Is an umbrella term traditionally used by Native American people to recognize individuals who possess qualities of both genders
  • Intersex-A person born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. (Source: )


So my daughter made her list and on the list there was a young boy who identifies as gay, thus he’s attracted to boys, not girls, so couldn’t he spend the night?  Well, the rule is ONLY girls (girls who don’t like other girls), but, he could have stayed with my son, if he didn’t identify as liking boys, thus, no, he will NEVER be able to spend the night in our house. It saddens me that we have so many children who are trying so hard to identify themselves and in doing so end up missing out on some of lives’ rites of passage.  In the end my son ended up spending the night at one of his friend’s houses out of respect for parents of one of the girls who spent the night & the young boy who identifies as gay was able to stay until 10pm, then he went home….did I mention it’s complicated?! Finally, guest list was complete, next up food & entertainment!

Food & Décor

In the 90s: Helium Balloons, streamers, & birthday banners! Cool Ranch Doritos, Pizza, Pop!

Today: No more helium! But thankfully the food category is one that has withheld the sands of time. Those Cool Ranch Doritos haven’t gone anywhere & pizza and is still a huge hit!

Her theme was “The Office”, how cool is this b-day banner?

Sugarberry Lane 

Phone: (419)944-6205 (Jan)
Facebook Group: Sugarberry Lane,
She will make you awesome favors and gifts for YOUR celebrations and special occasions.
And SUPER reasonable pricing!



In the 90s: CDs, Games, Magazines, Prank Calls, Movies…might have even TP-ed a house (shhhh!)

Today: Games, Movies….Smartphones!

They started the evening off with games, Taboo, & later Apples to Apples, both of which lasted for roughly 10 minutes. They also attempted watching the Pilot episode of “The Office”, which again lasted for all of 10 minutes.  The energy level was through the roof, the excitement of just being together with other kids proved too much for one party goer to contain, which then made it tricky for other party goers to really enjoy themselves. They sang “Happy Birthday”, cut cake, & had pizza. The boys left, the girls calmed down, & got situation for the evening, chatted, listened to music, & they were asleep before midnight!

Next morning I’m in the restroom getting cleaned up and I hear, “hello”, “hello”, “hello”, every few seconds coming from my daughter’s bedroom. First thing that pops into my head is that they are calling a bunch of different people. I bop in the room to see who they are calling and I am introduced to Monkey App! Talk about a BAD BANANA!

What is Monkey App?

The way the Girls explained it:

It’s a fun app just for teenagers, no parents are allowed (1st RED FLAG), you have to be 18 or younger or you’ll get kicked off. It’s a fun way to meet other kids from all over the world (2nd RED FLAG…talk about an easy way for human traffickers to gain access to kids from everywhere!). You simply open the app and start saying “hi” to different kids. And you get like 10 seconds (3rd RED FLAG) or so to talk before it goes onto the next person. And if someone is doing something weird or looks too old we can report them (4th RED FLAG…because a lot of teens will definitely report other teens for doin weird stuff?!).

What it actually is:

With MONKEY teens connect their Snapchat accounts and can “meet” random people via video chat. To sign up, they have to share their phone number and Snapchat username and password as well as invite friends by messaging them. Friends will get a message that says, “Yo (name) someone was talking about you…” Once they’re registered, opening the app starts a connection with another user. Teens will see the age, gender, and location of the connection and can accept it or skip it. If accepted, the video chat opens for 10 seconds, with the option to extend the time if both parties agree or add the connection on Snapchat.

Parents need to know that Monkey randomly connects teens with other Snapchat users for a 10-second video chat. They can add more time or add the person on Snapchat to continue the connection. Before connecting, teens will see the age and gender of the potential friend, and they can accept the video chat or not. The terms of service allow users ages 13 and older, but there’s no verification of age. Personal information is collected and can be shared with third parties. Read the privacy policy for more information about the information collected and shared.

Parent Reviews…..

“One of the top reviews in a google search (by James Grebey at relates how as new user he encountered older men posing a young girls. As soon as Grebey accepted their invitation to chat, he heard just the type of revolting things you’d expect middle-aged perverts to say to kids. So, until there’s some way to guarantee the age and gender of the user, it’ll be off limits to my kids”.

“Found my 16 yo daughter on this app video chatting with random strange men. We almost went to blows. It is a dangerous app that is unregulated and can very easily lead to the wrong people becoming involved in your child’s life. With all the sexual trafficking happening in our state, this app is definitely in the RED FLAG zone!!!”  (Source: )

I shut that down real quick, picked my jaw up & served the girls breakfast!

What I learned….

Going forward, if we are to ever have another sleepover in this house stricter rules must be put into place regarding Smartphones. I was under the assumption that other parents guarded their children’s phones the same way we guard our daughter’s and looking back I realize that was naïve on my part. Some parents have suggested taking everyone’s phones and storing them away while children are at the party/sleepover. However, as parents I know we want our children to have access to their phones so if they feel uncomfortable at any point they can call and be picked up.

I propose that, out of respect for all the parents, Smartphones can be used ONLY in the community spaces at other’s homes, where parents are within view/earshot. At bedtime phones must be left in a community space together and not touched until morning?

What do you propose? How do you handle Smartphones when you have gatherings, parties, or sleepover?

Have you ever heard of the MONKEY App? What’s your thoughts?

Don’t you wish we could just go back to the 90s?

Stanley’s Market is a Holiday Tradition in Toledo!

Tradition, tradition…tradition! I can legit hear Tevye from, “Fiddler on the Roof” singing, “Tradition” as we roll up in Stanley’s Market’s parking lot.  It isn’t officially the start of the Holiday season until we’ve visited Stanley’s, it’s TRADITION!



A tradition that spans back to my grandmother, I can recall being a young child patiently holding our number in my hand, eagerly waiting to get Kielbasa. And the tradition lives on as I walk through the same doors I did once with her (who passed away in 1996), now with my children (who just so happen to proudly hold a Polish name now!…that’s right, this Irish, German, French Indian girl married a handsome talk glass of water that is Polish), and my Godchild and nephew.  But my story isn’t rare, Stanley’s Market isn’t just a tradition for our family; it’s a tradition for Toledo! Has this tradition passed your fam by, or, perhaps your new to town? Here are all the deets you need to know…followed by pics of our latest visit! (FYI- you can’t leave without getting their sauerkraut, horseradish, & Polish coffee cake….slice coffee cake, place in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, add butter, & breakfast is served for Christmas morning, it tastes AMAZEBALLS!!)






Stanley’s Market

Phone: 419-726-4347

Address: 3302 Stickney Ave. Toledo, OH. 43608





Stanley’s Market is Toledo’s Polish Butcher Since 1932 offering fresh and smoked kielbasa, pierogi, sweet and sour cabbage, sauerkraut, czarnina (duck soup), kielbasa loaf lunchmeat, dips and deli salads all made in house as well as placek (Polish coffee cake), horseradish, fresh baked rye bread, gołąbki (stuffed cabbage rolls), opłatek (Christmas wafers), imported Polish beer, imported Polish grocery goods and many more items and gifts for your holiday traditions.




And they offer LOCAL flavors…..


Oh, and I almost forgot, the Kielbasa! So, you need to boil the Kielbasa in beer first, then bake…and whatever you do don’t rinse the Kielbasa off with water, my dad did that back in 1988 and he’s never lived it down, lol!


I shared mine, your turn! What’s your fave food from Stanley’s Market? Never been?….then what are you looking most forward to trying out?

The Lion King PRE-SALE Tickets

The Lion King PRE-SALE Tickets for Mom on the go in Holy Toledo followers! ❤️ Get your tickets for the Lion King before the general public! If you are looking for the perfect experience to gift your family this Christmas this is it! And FYI, these tickets will go FAST!

USE THE CODE: SSWSNX to purchase tickets

THE LION KING comes to Toledo’s Stranahan Theater, March 25-April 12, 2020.

Ticket link:

Share, share, share…& tag family & friends, and make plans to see The Lion King Together! Hakuna Matata 😘

Forest Time Kindergarten

Cher sang it best! If I could turn back time, if I could find a way….I’d enroll my Pre-K in Forest Time TODAY! I am loving everything about this school, the outdoor education, organic vegan snacks, child-led learning and adult guidance, the incorporation of STEAM learning through play, etc.   I wish it was around when my kiddos were younger; I would have enrolled them in a heartbeat.  Not familiar with Forest Time Kindergarten? Here’s some info…

A popular schooling across Europe, forest kindergarten or Waldkindergarten, is a rising star in the United States preschool education. As the first forest school in Northwest Ohio, Forest Time Kindergarten is proud to welcome children between the ages of 3 and 6 to an education that will provide them with lifelong skills and friendships.

Welcomes children between the ages of 3 and 6 to an education that will provide them with lifelong skills and friendships.

Our classes are held almost exclusively outside and children are encouraged to learn through their greatest tool: play. By exploring nature in its purest form, through all types of weather, Forest Time Kindergarten provides children with a safe environment to grow and learn. Our goal at Forest Time Kindergarten is to create a setting in which child-led learning takes precedent and adult supervision is there to guide and assist. It is our hope that your children will discover a lasting love of the outdoors and learning through our program.

Forest Time Kindergarten

Email:  Sherri Dauer, Director and Founder


Address: 1205 Louisiana Ave. Perrysburg


A play-based and child-guided education, our outdoor classroom encourages a love of learning in children from a young age. Our curriculum is focused on creating a relaxed and mindful environment where children practice empathy for each other and all of nature. Forest Time Kindergarten provides children with: -A safe environment to grow -Child-led learning with adult guidance -Life-long love of the outdoors and learning -Organic Vegan snacks provided -Learn how to take care of others and the Earth -Learning outside is the perfect place to incorporate STEAM learning.


Our main programming at Forest Time Kindergarten revolves around the ages 3 to 7. Sessions run for 12 weeks, you may choose up to 3 half days a week: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 9:00-12:00. Each class provides a vegan snack, often cooked over an open fire on those chilly fall and winter days, and a well thought out curriculum filled with nature inspired themes and education. Classes are capped at a teacher-student ratio of 2:7 so spaces are limited. Please register on our website today to secure your spot.


In-Two the Forest provides toddlers with an early experience of nature with interactive lessons on safety, risk assessment, and learning through nature-play. In-Two the Forest is not a drop off program with the purpose of involving and teaching parents the Forest School movement lessons In-Two the Forest provides education on the importance of play in child-development and learning, risk assessment, outdoor safety for adults and children, as well as instilling a genuine love for nature and the Earth. It is our goal to create stewards of the Earth through our programming and by educating children from a young age we are able to accomplish just that.

Let’s spread the word about this awesome preschool & kindergarten option in our community, share on Facebook and with moms or grandmothers of toddlers-kindergarten aged children. This would also make a fabulous Christmas gift for kiddos….register them, pay tuition, & have them open a new tote for school!!

Free Family-Friendly 2019 Christmas Events in Toledo & Surrounding Area

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Toledo & the surrounding areas are literally bursting with fun family friendly holiday events! The best part, there is something for everyone and every budget! For our family moderation is key during this special time of year, sure we splurge on certain family traditions like, Children’s Wonderland, Disney on Ice, and the Nutcracker.  But in order to keep that Christmas cheer & make certain the entire family, (including mommy and daddy), stay merry & bright throughout the season we seek out fun FREE events in our community…and let me tell you, there is no shortage of fun, FREE, family friendly Christmas events!

Bowling Green’s Annual Holiday Parade in historic downtown BG…“Polar Express: Next Stop Bowling Green,”!

Where: Downtown Bowling Green, OH. The parade steps off at 9:50 a.m. & the first float is set to hit Main and Wooster streets at 10 a.m.

When: Saturday November 23rd 10am-12pm….Over 10 marching bands, 40 floats and 140 units, from dance groups, to sports teams, to scouts and other organizations  BG’s parade boasts of being Northwest Ohio’s biggest and best! The 2019 Bowling Green Holiday Parade’s theme is “Polar Express: Next Stop Bowling Green,”!





The Annual Levis Commons Tree Lighting and Christmas Kickoff is back for its 16th year and COOLER than ever….so cool it’s FROZEN!


When……. November 23rd 

5pm-8pm: Visit with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff

5pm-9pm: Horse and carriage rides $5/person $10/family of four

5:50pm: Santa arrives with a dancing entourage from PHS Dance Team and Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates in the Taylor Automotive Family Trolley.

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Disney’s Frozen Jr* will be on stage bringing you an hour of your favorite Frozen music and fun from Act 2 Productions Toledo.

7:00pm (aprx) Count down to light the 50 foot tree



Hope for the Holidays & Tree Lighting

When: November 22nd @ 5pm

Where: Promedica Park

Join ProMedica and 13abc as we kick off the holiday season with an evening of Santa, character meet and greets, food trucks, carolers and family fun! 13abc will be on hand for a live broadcast throughout the evening that ends with the lighting of the Promenade Park tree!

5-6 p.m.: 13abc Action News Live news broadcast from Promenade Park
5-8 p.m.: Hope for the Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive



Santa’s Magical Arrival @ The Shops at Fallen Timbers

Where: The Shops at Fallen Timbers 3100 Main Street Maumee Ohio

When: November 29th 5:30-7:30pm

What: The Shops at Fallen Timbers will be Welcoming Santa to town with a Magical Arrival Event. Friday, November 29th from 5:30 – 7:30 enjoy Character Appearances, Music and Dancing, Face Painting and Balloon Animals, a bounce house, and we will end the evening with bringing Santa Down Main St. on a Firetruck to enjoy a Fireworks Spectacular!
This event is free and open to the public!


Downtown Wauseon’s 10th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade!



Where: Downtown Wauseon

When: Saturday Nov. 30th – 7pm

Who loves a parade! It’s time for Downtown Wauseon’s 10th annual Lighted Christmas Parade! Parade winds through historic downtown Wauseon. The parade features, bands, horses, carriages, twirlers, and more!! It wraps up with caroling, FREE refreshments, and a visit with Santa at the Depot!


Maumee Holiday Light Parade

When: November 30 @ 7pm

Where: Light parade will start at the Maumee Indoor Theater & proceed southbound on Conant St.

The Holiday Light Parade is an annual event that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. NEW THIS YEAR: At the suggestion of the Maumee Police Division, the route for the parade has been changed. Holiday Light Parade: Lighted floats and walking groups will line up along the six-block stretch of West William Street. The parade will then step off from the Maumee Indoor Theater and proceed southbound down Conant Street toward the river before turning right onto Broadway Street to disperse.

The Streets will be alive with crowds of kids both young and old waiting to see the 60+ lighted floats and the man of the night SANTA!



Pemberville Lighted Christmas Parade

When: December 1st @ 6:30pm

Where: Downtown Pemberville



Christmas in Ida & Parade of Lights (and Fireworks!!)

When: Dec. 6th-7th

Where: Downtown Ida

Christmas in Ida & Parade of Lights…..Hosting over 52,000 visitors, and known as a family destination of the Midwest, the festival creates a winter wonderland known for its hospitality, entertainment and the Granddaddy of all, the spectacular Christmas in Ida Parade of Lights featuring parade units from Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Canada and Michigan. Most of the events are Saturday, including lunches with Santa, story time with Mrs. Santa Claus and the craft shows are all day! Click on Website for full rundown of events for the weekend!

Saturday Dec. 7th at 7pm, HUGE light parade and fireworks!



The Polar Express Storytime

All aboard! Come in your PJs and join other kiddos for a magical evening as they host their annual Storytime of the beloved classic The Polar Express. Free hot chocolate and cookie…and activities to follow!!

When: Friday December 6th, 2018 7:00 PM

Where: Barnes & Noble Fallen Timbers 3100 Main St #1400, Maumee, OH 43537



How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime



When: Saturday Dec. 7th 11am-12pm

Where: Barnes & Noble Franklin Park & Fallen Timbers

“Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!” and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Activities to follow!


Heralding the Holidays -Toledo Botanical Gardens


When: Friday, December 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Toledo Botanical Gardens

Heralding the Holidays
Heralding the Holidays is a decades-long tradition showcasing the artist and garden clubs of the Artist Village at Toledo Botanical Garden. Throughout the weekend, you will find art, jewelry, stained glass, and pottery for sale, dried herbs and herbal products, food trucks and roving carolers. Visitors can blow a glass ornament, and glimpse Father Christmas (Friday evening) wandering through the village. Village studios will be decorated. For more details visit the Artist Village website.


City of Toledo Holiday Tree Lighting 

When: December 15th 3-7pm

Where: Ottawa Park Ice Rink

Bring your family to Toledo’s 6th annual Holiday Tree lighting, outside the Ice Rink.


Light-Up Waterville for the Holidays

When: Saturday December 7th 6pm-9pm

Where: Third Street

Special lighting celebration to take place on Third Street at 6:00 p.m. kids can visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, enjoyed music and view tree lighting at 6:00 pm.


Home for the Holiday’s Parade- Downtown Perrysburg & Parade

When: December 8th @ 2pm

Where: Downtown Perrysburg

Downtown Perrysburg, Inc. (DPI) is busy preparing for the annual “Home for the Holidays” parade, complete with marching bands, horse drawn carriages, dancers, and other street performers, clowns, big and small balloons, little cars and big trucks, candy and of course Santa Clause! The parade will begin at 2 p.m.


Miracle on Main St Holiday Weekend & Light Parade 

When: December 6 at 5:00 pm & December 7 
Where: Downtown Sylvania, 5632 N. Main St.
Sylvania, OH 43560
For Full Lists of events click on website.

Holidays in the Manor House

When: December 7th- 15th  10am-8pm

Where: Wildwood Metropark 5100 Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43615

Ring in the holidays at one of Northwest Ohio’s most festive celebrations, Holidays in the Manor House! For over 40 years, community volunteers have transformed over 30 areas of the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve into a holiday wonderland. Tour the Manor House and see why over 25,000 people make Holidays in the Manor House an annual tradition. They always incorporate the kiddos into the tour by adding a small scavenger hunt for items, dress up & photo opportunities, s’mores outside, & NEW this year, ice skating!!!



Winter Wonderland- Co-sponsored by the City of Toledo

When: Tuesday, December 03 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Toledo Heights Library 423 Shasta Drive Toledo, OH

Help us celebrate the holiday season with an event for all ages. We’ll start with a craft at the Library, then walk together to the Highland Park Shelter House to enjoy live music, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa!





It’s A Wonderful Life: Silver Screen Classic Film ($5 a person)

When: Friday, December 20th & Sunday, December 22nd @ 7:30pm

Where: 410 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

Enjoy Toledo’s New Old Fashioned Night Out! Cold Tall Drafts, Full Bar & Popcorn available! It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, and Henry Travers. (Tickets are general admission but reservations are strongly encouraged for this film).

Cost: $5 per person for admission

Order tickets here:


Family Movie Time

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 minutes), TV-G

When: Saturday, December 21 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: Kent Branch Library

Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn’t come from as store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it’s an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic!



Click here for details


Remind and Inspire: AWESOME Christmas gift for moms!

Where joy & pain collide! As I stand here over tubs of clothing wailing like a crazy woman I’m reminded of the ever popular quote, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”, which is often cited, by Dr. Seuss, and/or anonymous. I can tell you one thing; whoever it was, it was definitely a man because he never experienced the heartache of not expecting, & then finally expecting, sharing the good news, THE BEST news of your life with family & friends, & then blinking and it’s all over, they are grown, or worse, teenagers. And all you have left are the memories and tubs of clothing….the “Promoted to Big Sister” onesie that was SUPER hard to find for a 10-month-old, the “Big Brother” t-shirt proudly worn by my little 2-year-old, & the baby blanket each of my newborns came home with…I can practically smell the newborn smell & feel the exhaustion still embedded in the seams.


Seeing, feeling, smelling these articles of clothing and trying to part with them does not make me want to smile, Dr. Seuss. IT HURTS!! They are mine; each has such a special memory and deserves to be treasured for at least my lifetime, and hopefully my children’s, & possibly grandchildren’s’. Which is why I was beyond elated when I learned about Inspire and Remind! Check it….



Inspire and Remind allows you to freeze time and preserve memories of your favorite moments spent with your kids. The owner, Michelle, mixes modern fabrics with your loved one’s baby clothes, beloved blankies, treasured team t-shirts, and/or accessories to create a custom made, reusable journal. The cover of the journal is created to fit a standard sized composition book, so you can reuse it for many years to come, by simply replacing the notebook.  This is legit, the perfect gift for us mommas!!!



Your journal will be a reminder of the love and support you get from your biggest fan, so you can be inspired and encouraged to chase after your dreams.

Remind and Inspire has Gift cards available on their site. And while you are there be sure to check out the blog with ideas to create memorable moments with your kids.



Possible uses for the journal:

I use my journal to record my dreams, goals, and gratitude. Seeing a glimpse of my daughter’s clothing, in the journal, gave me the encouragement to follow through with my dream.


NEW MOMS!!! Are you looking for an easier way to document your baby’s milestones? If you are like me, you have a partially finished baby book with random months that has height, weight, and maybe first words recorded. When something memorable happens, with your child, grab your journal and record the date and what happened. It could be anything from how you felt driving them home from the hospital, their first steps, or how they mispronounce something. You’ll end up with a memorable keepsake made from your baby’s clothes.



Remind and Inspire

Phone Number: 419-340-8585



Promo:  Turn your favorite outfit, blanket or accessory into a daily reminder of some of your best moments spent with your kids! Use Promo Code: momonthego and receive 10% off your order.



My mom was my daughter’s biggest fan. She helped me in so many ways when I first became a mom. From watching my daughter, so I could take a break, to answering late night questions I had as a new mom.  At Christmas time, I would always try to come up with the perfect gift for her. If you’re looking for a gift that holds special meaning for your mom consider having a special outfit turned into a journal for her.


Want to find a gift that is perfect for your best friend’s baby shower? Give her a treasured keepsake she’ll have and use long after her baby is grown.

Jane Dough & Sweets: Vegan, Dye-Free, & Allergy- Friendly Baked Goods in Toledo

Song sang, candles extinguished, and I could legit feel all 24 eyes on me as the knife slowly plunged into the cake. Party hats were snapping, kids were salivating, & a chorus of “mine”, “mine”, “mine” broke out, like the seagulls in Finding Nemo, as each child declared dibs on their piece of cake.  The anticipation of that first bite of cake could be felt in the room, for all party-goers but one, poor Sam sat with a disappointed expression on his face while he got out the snack his mom had packed for him and slowly opened it. His dairy allergy prevented him from joining in the birthday cake fun.  It’s the worst knowing you have a friend or family member that has to be excluded because of their allergy, especially at birthday parties & Holiday gatherings. But never again will Sam have to miss out on the fun & your family and friends with allergies don’t have to miss out either thanks to Jane Dough and Sweets!



Jane Dough & Sweets is a home based bakery that offers homemade, elegantly decorated, moist, delicious baked goods!  Including vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, etc. cupcakes, cakes, donuts, caksicles, cake push pops….and flavors that’ll make your taste buds dance, including, strawberry, funfetti, almond raspberry, etc.


Jane Dough and Sweets

Phone: 419.344.3471






So the next time you host a birthday party or family gathering be sure to order your cupcakes, cakes, baked goods from Jane Dough and Sweets so ALL party-goers, family, & friends can enjoy a delicious slice/bite of heaven!!

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big Family 4-Pack Tickets Giveaway

Who’s ready to DREAM BIG?  Courage leads the way for Disney’s most adventurous heroes when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big coming to Toledo Thursday, Dec. 19 – Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.


Join the wayfinder Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Explore the Land of the Dead as Miguel from Disney•Pixar’s Coco brings the festivities of Dia de los Muertos to the ice. Get tangled up in Rapunzel’s hair-raising quest to see the floating lights. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. And discover the strength, bravery and kindness that inspired generation after generation with Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella.


Dream Big captures all the magic and adventure of Disney’s immortal tales through cutting edge figure skating, glamorous costumes and stunning set designs. Through innovative lighting and thrilling special effects, audiences are transported to a world of imagination, where heroes of every kind seek to fulfill their dreams. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget!



Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, OH 43604


Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm

Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 pm,

Saturday, Dec. 21 at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm

Sunday, Dec. 22 at 1 pm and 5 pm



$15 and can be ordered online at . Note: ticket pricing is

subject to change based on market demand.


Enter to win Family 4-pack tickets to Disney on Ice Dream Big Opening Night! (Thursday Dec. 19th @7 pm)

How to Enter:

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Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Book Club

Books have an amazing way of transporting us, pushing us beyond the boundaries of our comfort zones, & helping us to view life from another individual’s perspective. Add a few dozen women reading the same book, and suddenly the same words, sentences, & paragraphs, can be interrupted in various ways based upon each woman’s personal experience, knowledge, etc. Together we can learn, grow, & bond over books!! And this is why we are starting a Book Club….and ya know I needed something more exciting to look forward to on Friday nights other than folding laundry, lol! But wait, it get’s better…we don’t even have to leave the comforts of our homes! This Book Club will meet online in a Facebook Group (link at the bottom of the page). AHHHH! I’m so excited!! Ya’ll can’t hear me but I’m doing my best Oprah impression right now….and you get a Book Club invite, and you, and you!!!


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 Our First Book for Book Club will be, Fireweed.



Fireweed is a beautiful pinkish-purple flower that takes root in the ashes after the devastation of a forest fire. If it weren’t for the ashes, there would be no exquisite, fuchsia beauty. Likewise, if it weren’t for my unplanned pregnancy at sixteen and the placement of my child for adoption, my very own Fireweed would not have taken root. In order to flourish I had to suffer the flames. This is the memoir of my fire and ash and this is God’s story of redemption and beauty.

Why Fireweed?

1-the author, Jennifer Mae, is local

2-a portion of the proceeds go to a great cause, Fireweed Retreats

3-if you’re gonna dive in, dive into the deep end! Get real, raw, & emotional from the get-go!


When will Book Club Start?

Book Club will start in January, this gives everyone ample amount of time to purchase the book and/or ask for it for Christmas…and invite all their family/friends to join in!

Book Club will take place in a Facebook Group with questions corresponding to each chapter being posted for discussions, live conversations, etc. The FB Group platform allows for everyone to post their feedback when it is most convenient for them…toddler’s naptime, after work, bedtime, etc.

What are you waiting for?


Purchase Book

Click on link & then click on the “shop NOW” to purchase book,

Click on the link below to join Mom on the go in Holy Toledo’s Book Club Facebook Group

Dallis Steakhouse Express: Kids Eat FREE on Thursdays!

Looking for a fresh, fast, sit down dinner place to take the fam? Then Dallis Steakhouse Express has you covered! They offer always fresh, never frozen food steak meals catered just to your liking, and make your own meal options. They’ve got something for everyone…they have made in house salads & sides for healthy dinner options, low carb options, or layer on all the butter and cheese keto options.


Dallis Steakhouse Express

Phone: 419-360-9508

Address: 3320 Glendale Ave. Toledo, Ohio 43614




I had the opportunity to stop in with my youngest for a quick “Mommy & Me” night…FYI, kiddos eat FREE on Thursdays.  Service was great, food came out fast & fresh, dining area was clean, & the overall experience was pleasant.




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