Where to go when you need a vacation in nature

After a long spell in the city, it’s natural to need an escape from all the hustle and bustle, along with the lockdown, for a minute! Whether it’s a secluded natural beauty-spot, or a spell in a cozy country town, a vacation in nature can have a restorative effect on the soul. Adding any one of these places to your travel bucket list offers a great way to get off the grid and enjoy some time for yourself with some of the natural world’s greatest secrets. Whether you want to explore some places this summer or wait until next year, nature is calling!  Read more

Secrets to Being a Stylish Mom

Parenthood requires constant attention and responsibility, which is why many moms can’t find time to look stylish. Instead, we save potential outfits we’d like to wear one day, and rock jeans, leggings, and sweatshirts while running errands and taking care of kiddos. Sound familiar? Read more

Wauseon Community Pool

Temps rising, sun blazing, & not a splash pad or pool in sight?  The struggle is real this summer. Thankfully the amazing community of Wauseon, Ohio has been kind enough to extend an invitation to their local pool to all visitors. Which, let’s be honest, this is kinda a huge deal, especially when they totally had the option of only including individuals from their local community this summer. Thus, that being stated, when visiting please extend your gratitude, thank them for opening the pool to visitors, practice your best poolside manners, & most importantly, HAVE FUN!!

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Why Wauseon’s Community Pool is so cool?

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SafeSplash, see why it was Voted Best Swim Lesson in Toledo!!

“What is the deal with swim lessons in this city? Seriously, the struggle is real! It seems like you either have to purchase a membership, or pay WAY too much as a, “non-member” just to have your child be placed in an overcrowded mediocre class with an underqualified instructor…and don’t even get me started on the lack of lesson days/times. NOT ANYMORE! Brace yourself; this is a GAME CHANGER….SafeSplash +SwimLab Swim School Holland! Say What?!”  Those were my words over a year ago and guess what? Guess who was just voted Best Swim Lessons in Toledo for 2019 by Toledo Area Parent?  That’s right, you no longer have to take my word for it, the people, parents, grandparents, guardians, etc. of Toledo and surrounding area have spoken and they agree SafeSplash is the best place for swim lessons in Toledo!!! And to show their appreciation they are offering a semi-private lesson for just $25…but I’m, getting ahead of myself.

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Chuck E Cheese is Open! How are they keeping you & your kiddos safe?

“Where a kid can be a kid” That infamous tag line is precisely what kiddos are longing for these days. After months of navigating everything online from field trips, tours, classroom learning, specials classes, after-school activities, Storytime, etc. and dealing with the glitches, frustrations, & at times, the loneliness of the screen kiddos need a place where they can just be a kid, a place where they can escape the adult issues of today’s world, they deserve a space where they can just be a kid! Read more

Toledo Museum of Art REOPENING Day! What to expect when you visit….

Endless memories of my littles playing and creating in the Family Center, meeting new friends at Summer Camps, honing their talents in Art Classes, “It’s Friday” date nights, after school trips & snacks in the Glass Pavilion, where I runaway to when Mom Life gets hard (a ½ hour in the Galleries, a glass of wine in the Café or Glass Pavilion, and you’re a new woman, try it ;), TMI on what TMA means to me? Read more

8 Tips for Safely Hosting a Gathering During the Age of Covid

Caution tape, face masks, floor decals, social distancing, & live streaming!! These were all foreign concepts back when our daughter started her Confirmation journey in September. The plan was to invite the entire family to the Cathedral to witness her beautiful Confirmation in March with a lovely sit-down dinner to follow. We all know what happened to those plans. After being rescheduled a couple times, it finally landed on the first day of summer, held at our local parish, only 6 people could be in attendance, and live streaming would be made available for everyone else.  This would be our first celebration since the ‘Age of Covid’ and I knew this gathering would be unlike any other event or celebration we had ever held. I wanted our guest to feel welcomed, comfortable, and most importantly, SAFE. After much contemplation, research, and careful consideration here are the main issues I addressed and as a result, 8 tips that will hopefully help you host your gatherings, events, and celebrations as we move forward, out of quarantine, and learn to live during this ‘Age of Covid’. Read more

5 Amazing Places for a Mom’s Trip Outside of Toledo

 

As a mom, chances are you spend almost all of your day doing things for other people, mainly your children. While it’s certainly rewarding and fulfilling to be a mother, sometimes you just need to take a break. A mom’s trip is a great getaway idea because you can get away from the kids for a few days and connect with your fellow mom friends! Check out these fun places and book your tickets today. Read more

Storybook Trail at Maumee Bay State Park

Talk about a metamorphosis?!  Back in March we were all like the larva just hatching from the egg, lost and confused.  We ate our way through fruits and veggies, and then found more comfort in cakes, candy, & pies like ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.  We hunkered down, we sheltered-in-place, our homes became our cocoons. Are you ready to burst out of your quarantine chrysalis? It’s time to get out, navigate this new normal, and spread your wings! So what are you waiting for? Pack a picnic or go through the drive-thru, grab the sunblock, bug spray, & make it a fun filled day fluttering through the storybook ‘Where Butterflies Grow’ out at Maumee Bay! Read more