7 Kid-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities in Toledo

What Kids Can Learn From Volunteering

  • A sense of responsibility. Kids and teens learn what it means to make and keep a commitment. They learn how to be on time for a job, do their best, and be proud of the results. But they also learn that, ultimately, we’re all responsible for the well-being of our communities.
  • That one person can make a difference. A wonderful, empowering message for kids is that they’re important enough to have an impact on someone or something else.
  • Tolerance. Working in community service can bring kids and teens in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, and education and income levels. They’ll learn that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.

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Meal Planning, Grocery Lists, & Recipes Simplified

Have tons of cookbooks, random recipes torn out of magazines, food magazines just lying around, or the occasional notecard with recipes passed down from a family member or a friend? So many recipes and food options, yet, are you still struggling with meal planning? I here ya, mommas! That was totally me 3 years ago. Then I bossed up and took control of my life, well, my kitchen.  Doing this one thing has helped me eliminate all the unnecessary clutter, saved me so much time, got me organized, & ultimately made my life so much easier! Oh, yeah, and when my friend called and asked if I could meet for coffee I totally shocked both of  us when I replied, “YES!” (actual image of me realizing I had found time in my busy schedule) And I want the same for you…I want you to have more time, more time with your family, & actually time for yourself!  How does that sound?

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So let’s do this, lets….

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A Mother’s Raw & Emotional Story: Giving Birth to a child with CHD

As many of you know February is National Heart Month, in fact this February marks the 56th consecutive American Heart Month. The first proclamation was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964, nine years after he had a heart attack. The federally designated event reinforces the importance of heart health since heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans.  It also addresses the need for more research, with a reminder to get families, friends and communities involved. (Source: https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-marks-56th-consecutive-american-heart-month ) Read more

Planning a Party, Toledo? Start HERE!

This girl is on fire! Gabrielle Wilson, wife, mother, owner & event coordinator of Social Events Co. did it again! She blew us all always with her Pop-Up Party this past Sunday at Handmade Toledo, Bestie Bash!!! I had the pleasure of attending this epic event with my youngest and two of her besties. Read more

DRUM TAO Win Family Four-Pack Tickets

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Christina Limauro

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This looks amazing! My kiddos are super excited for this one!

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of Drum TAO 2020 create an energetic and unforgettable production for the entire family!

WHERE:

Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH, 43614

SHOW DATE & TIME:

March 7th @ 8pm

TICKET INFO:

For information and to purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/37qFEHE

CONTEST:

Enter to win DRUM TAO Family 4-pack tickets for March 7th @ 8pm

HOW TO ENTER:

1-Share this post on Facebook

2- Comment with the answer to the following question: Would you, or have you ever, let your children have a drum set in your house?

Winner will be randomly selected February 27th

Share, tag friends, & best of luck, loves!

 

Monster Jam is coming to Toledo! Win Family 4-pack Tickets

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Carol Cierniak

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Featuring skilled Monster Jam® athletes, Toledo fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor tearing up the dirt gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, 2-Wheel Skills Challenge and Racing competitions.

Plus, fans in every city can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motorsports action seen around the world.

At the Monster Jam Pit Party, you can see the massive trucks up close, meet your favorite drivers, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly activities. It is an unforgettable part of the Monster Jam experience where special connections are made and lifelong fans are born.

 

WHEN:

Friday, March 6, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Pit Party open from 10:30-12:00 PM

*Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m. event ticket & Pit Party Pass required for entry

1:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Pit Party open from 10:30-12:00 PM

**Sunday, March 8, 1 p.m. event ticket & Pit Party Pass required for entry

1:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

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

TICKETS:

Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $15 each*

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS 

Discount Opening Night tickets for select seating available for only $15

Pit Party Passes available to purchase for $15 each

Tickets & Pit Party Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, or in-person at the venue Box Office.  **ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply. **

 

Contest:

To be entered complete the following steps:

1-Share this post on Facebook

2-Comment with your answer to this question….if you built your own Monster Jam Truck what would you call it?

Winner will be randomly selected on February 24th. Winner’s name will be announced the on this blog post thread and on Mom on the go in Holy Toledo’s Facebook page. Good luck, loves!

Designer Purse Bingo! Discount Code Included

Picture it, glass of wine in hand, chattin it up with your BFF, & admiring all the eye-candy…Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, & etc.!  And to think, you might be taking one of those beauties home, swoon!

Share and tag your girlfriends NOW, don’t miss out on this epic night. It could even be “the night”…the night you finally get your claws on that Coach.

But wait it gets better! Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Followers get 10% off their $45 ticket. Code below 😉

iLead is hosting its first annual Designer Purse Bingo to support enrichment opportunities for our learners.

Here’s the lineup for the evening……

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Grazing stations/cash bar

Sell additional bingo tickets

Chance Auction tickets

7:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. First Session – 5 purses

7:50 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 10-minute break

8:00 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. Second Session – 5 purses

8:50 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 10-minute break

9:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. Third session – 5 purses

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Door Prize drawing & DANCE PARTY!

Schedule subject to change

Tickets:

Click here to get tickets NOW

Discount Code:

The code is purse10 and it is good for 10% off the price of $45…..In the notes section, please put “Mom on The Go” or something similar so we know you were refereed by Mom on the go in Holy Toledo.

I’ll see you there! BINGO! 😉

Why our Kids DO NOT get Paid to do their Chores

Almost $10 a week, or $500 a year! That’s the average kid allowance. I legit almost hit the car in front of me when I heard that coming across on the radio. I crunched some numbers and with 3 kiddos I realized that we’d have to fork over a whopping $1,500 a year in allowance…I don’t know about you, but, where I come from we call that our, “Christmas gifts fund”, not happening! But I shouldn’t be to rash in my judgement, after all, if ALL the other kids are receiving $10 a week for an allowance I should at least do my due diligence and delve deeper on the topic. My first stop, CBSNEWS, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/average-kids-allowance-is-almost-10-a-week-or-500-a-year/

So, it turns out that many parents, specifically, per the article, almost 70% of parents give their kids a weekly allowance not because they are strapped for the cash, but to jump start their education in financial literacy. Which I am 100% on board with! I’m literally clapping profusely & screaming “YES” after reading that paragraph! I want my kiddos to know the importance of saving, saving, & saving, tithing, & paying all their bills on time and not going into debt.

“After all, it’s never too early to start practicing good money habits, and giving kids an allowance allows them to learn how best to spend and save it, experts say”.

I gotta be honest; thus far this article is really making me out to be the asshole. Why don’t I pay my kids again?

“I know kids don’t have the overheads of mortgages and homes and utilities, but if you can get kids engaged at an early age and build those habits to an extreme, that’s something that will stay with them for life,” said Will Carmichael, CEO of RoosterMoney. 

What I find most interesting is that this article NEVER once addressed what type of  chores a child completed in order to….wait for it…EARN said money!!! If we want children to totally understand money, they must first EARN it!! Earn as in, retain in return for goods, labor, or service. Not once did this article address the main educational component of finances, earning the money! But this is just one article, I was sure others would address the main component, so onward I went in my pursuit! With the next article I hit pay-dirt!

Top EARNING chores:

Mowing the lawn, $7.53

Washing the car, $5.56

Gardening, $3.42

Washing windows, $3.23

Cleaning bedroom, $2.31

Helping make dinner, $2.19

Looking after pets, $2.11

Clean bathroom, $2.02

Vacuuming, $1.96

Mopping, $1.92

Source: https://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-kids-received-499-allowance-over-2019-saved-42-/2020/01/14/9080929.htm

Hmmm….now we have something to work with! I agree that a child should be paid to wash a car & garden, but the rest of them are BS. Who’s paying $7.53 to my husband to mow the lawn? And, who’s paying me $2.19 to make dinner each week? Who’s paying either of us $2.31 to clean the bathroom? Last I checked those were all basic requirements for living life? Paying children to do basic chores that involve cleaning up after themselves or feeding themselves is not setting them up for success. It’s setting them up for a false reality, or better referred to as, failure. And don’t even get me started on PETS!!! Most children BEG for pets. We have 4! We currently have a dog, 2 guinea pigs, & a gecko. Do we pay our children to clean their cages, pick up poop, feed them, etc.? Heck NO!!! They begged for the pets, we negotiated the terms, they received the pets in return for being responsible for them, which includes feeding, and cleaning up after them, etc. the reward in this scenario is, the pet!

THIS JUST IN….. New Study Suggests 25% of Married Couples Divorce Over Chores!! A new study conducted by Harvard Business School suggests that as many as 25% of married couples end their relationship over chores. Can an uneven divide in cooking and cleaning really cause a rift in so many marriages? You bet. “Disagreements About Housework” Ranked 3rd Leading Reason For Divorce In Study (Source: https://sparkmanlawfirm.com/new-study-suggests-25-of-married-couples-divorce-over-chores/)

Hmmm…could there be a correlation? Are we setting our children up for failure in adulthood by paying them to clean up after themselves and do basic chores?  What are your thoughts?