Many people see obtaining a car loan as a necessity because they cannot afford to pay the full amount in cash for a car. The price of cars just continues to increase to incredibly high amounts. Even if you can afford to pay for a car in cash, there may be reasons you should still consider taking out a loan. You do not have to take out a loan for the full amount. You can pay half in cash and half with a loan, or some combination. Before you make a decision about paying for your next car, consider these points.Read more
Ready to just throw in the towel and hibernate till 2021? Don’t’ hit that snooze button just yet, there are actually a lot of fun events that are being carefully and safely hosted this Christmas. Here’s a list of awesome activities that are sure to bring you & yours a bit of holiday cheer! Most of the LIVE events listed also offer the option for virtual tours and/or viewing, thus, if you are at home or you have an immunocompromised loved one who has been sitting at home for some time now, PLEASE share. Let’s try our best to safely share as much holiday cheer as possible with our neighbors and loved ones. When possible events have been linked to websites for further details.
- Virtually visit the Manor House Decorated for the Holidays at Wildwood (Dec. 5-13th) and enjoy a sweet treat while you tour.
- Visit Taylor Winterfest
- FREE Pics with Santa at Levis Commons
- The Best Christmas Light Displays in Ohio in 2020
- 2020 Christmas Tree Ship (Dec. 5th)
- Live Nativity- Dec. 5th
- Toledo Ballet 80th Nutcracker in-person & LIVE streaming (Dec. 11-13)
- 1920s Holiday Event on Mainstreet at Sauder Village (Only 3 dates available)
- Drive-thru Breakfast with Santa (Dec. 5th)
- Light up Tree City- Dec. 4th (LIVE & livestream on Facebook)
- Christmas in Point Place- includes drive-thru float display (Dec. 6th)
- Cookies w/Santa (Dec. 12th)
- Ride the North Pole Express (Nov. 27-Jan. 3)
- Lights at Calvary (Nov 30th- Dec 30th)
- Nite Lites at MIS
- Pemberville “Lights Around Town” in lieu of their annual lighted parade- drive around town and see the featured lighted units Sunday Nov. 29th 6:30-8pm
- Fair Fantasy Lights Drive-thru (Dec.18th & 19th)
- Winter Wonder Lights in Oregon OH Map
- Sylvania Neighborhood Holiday Light Tour Map (coming soon)
Hosting a live or virtual event that didn’t make the list? Know of a live or virtual event that didn’t make the list? Please share in comments and we’ll be sure to add to the list!
The Manor House decorated extravagantly, toured, and then celebrated with s’mores over the open fire has gone virtual, visits with Santa are via Zoom and Skype , and Children’s Wonderland, which has been a tradition ALL 40 years of my life, has for the first time ever been canceled. And I get it, COVID. Our numbers are up and we don’t want to do anything that might spread the virus and harm others. But what if this is your last “magical” Christmas? I know what you’re thinking, aren’t they all “magical”? Sure. But, as parents, let’s be honest, there is something extra special when you have a child that still believes in the magic of it all, elves, Santa, St. Nicholas, etc. And that’s precisely where I am. I have my very last child, my youngest, she’s 10 years old, and we all know what that means, this is our last year of celebrating the “magic” of Christmas. And while COVID took my oldest two kiddos goodbyes from a school they were at for 7 & 9 years and has robbed them of the joys that comes with in-person orientations, first days, making friends, etc. at their Junior High and High School, (and let me tell you, they have been AMAZING sports being home since MARCH), I refuse to let COVID ROB MY FAMILY, MY KIDS, OF ONE MORE MEMORY THAT THEY WOULD/SHOULD TREASURE FOR A LIFETIME. This will be the last Christmas we have a child in our house that believes in the “magic” of Christmas. And that same child just expressed that she wished to have “technology free” days during the weekend. Apparently between remote schooling and virtual lessons, gaming and chatting with friends she’s exhausted. She requested that we please do something that requires us to leave these four walls and actually go somewhere, to do something REAL. SCARY, right?!Read more
The world has been turned upside down in 2020, and many of us are adjusting to a ‘new normal.’ Staying at home has replaced days out and nights on the town, and dining room tables and spare bedrooms have become offices and call centers. If the lockdown has left you wondering if it’s possible to make changes to your home to make life easier, here are some ideas for a makeover to create a more practical, functional base.Read more
It’s where we go to school, work, have religious education classes, music lessons, and most recently, our home has become a news studio, lol! Kiddos managed to come together in-between classwork, tests, and enrichment class to make this segment happen on short notice. I’d say they did a remarkable job, shout out to my food prepper- my 9th grader, assistant- my 4th grader (seen on camera in the segment), and my camera man- my 7th grader. And now, without further ado…..Read more
“It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love…every song you hear seems to say, Merry Christmas…”, The Christmas Waltz, by Frank Sinatra hums in the background, spiced pumpkin latte candles fill the air, as the fire in the fireplace envelops the space like a warm hug. The children put the finishing touches on their gingerbread house before changing into their cozy matching PJs to watch the classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, and string (and eat) popcorn to hang on the Christmas Tree. That is how I have always envisioned spending Christmas time, when in reality it’s more like a cyclone of ‘to do’ lists…clean house, decorate house, buy gifts, me losing my patience and yelling at kids to get their PJs on, or anything that resembles PJs, because I am lucky enough if I get them matching Christmas clothes let alone matching PJs.
There is a lot on our minds this time of year and sadly the things that slip away are usually the things we would really enjoy doing with our children, like decorating a gingerbread house, stringing popcorn, decorating cookies, etc. Not this year! This year we’ve been given a special unique gift, the gift of quality time together, due to COVID and the need to practice social distancing our calendars and obligations are limited, thus, lets slow down and TAKE BACK THE JOY of Christmas with this awesome countdown to Christmas activities! Read more
The holidays are almost here, and they could not have come soon enough! Since 2020 has been a very interesting year, many of us are looking for new ways to celebrate together. No matter if your family is spread across the country or just up the street, the logistics of the holidays can be a nightmare. That’s why it’s great to think out of the box and generate some new solutions. Here are some creative ways to spend your holidays in 2020 and beyond.Read more
“My butt hurts!” School, work, extracurriculars, etc. everything seems to be remote and virtual for the unforeseeable future and I don’t know about y’all but our hard wooden/metal chairs and low profile sectional were not made for endless hours on computer screens. By the end of the day the kids are complaining that their necks ache, backs are sore, and yes, even their butts hurt, lol! Now, I must admit, never in my life did I think I’d be goggling this, but, 2020 has had me doing a lot of things I never thought I’d ever do in my lifetime. 2020 has me shopping for gaming chairs, or let’s be honest, maybe we should just call them 2020 chairs. Not familiar with the gaming chair? A gaming chair is an ergonomically designed chair that provides the best support and comfort for a gaming/ work/school-station. Anyone in your family complaining of these ailments-necks, backs, and/or butts starting to hurt? Then a gaming chair might just be the perfect solutions (and a great Christmas gift 😉 ) Check out the luxury chairs on https://cybeart.com//talk about the very height of comfortable home work/school/gaming station!Read more
Did ya hear, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in Toledo!! The iconic 27-foot-long hot dog just rolled into town yesterday with a mission to spread Miles of Smiles around Toledo this week! In an effort to make the most of distance-learning they’ve put together a fun “field trip” day around town to give parents an opportunity to get out of the house, “ketchup” and make memories with the kiddos and the Wienermobile! They’re offering “buns and buns” of fun events this week including a story-time, free lunch, virtual “gym class”, and an art demo at various locations in the area on Thursday (Nov. 12th) and and will be around town for the remainder of the week, check out the images below for all the details. Share/tag friends, loves!
Families are invited to enjoy a roaring good time at the new 1920s Holidays on Main Street event at Sauder Village. On Saturday, November 28, December 5 and 12 from 6-9 p.m., Sauder Village will be decking the halls of the new Main Street with holiday lights, 1920s window décor, and a 20 foot Christmas tree to ring in the start of the Christmas season.Read more