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

Case in point

The other day I was in the kitchen totally rockin my ‘mom uniform’ (yoga pants, tank tops, and a ponytail) while preparing dinner. Our eldest was doing her homework, son was on the computer, and toddler was hosting an impromptu tea party.  It was peaceful and quiet, for all of five minutes. Then the phone rang.  And instantly the kiddos jumped to action.  As if the ring of a phone symbolized a call to action, like a drill or warning.  But this was no drill, suddenly a full on game of follow the leader evolved and unbeknownst to me, I was the leader!

Like all moms, multitasking is simply a byproduct of the job. So while I chatted I continued with dinner, laundry, spot cleaning the floors, etc. I walked from the kitchen up the stairs, back downstairs, to the basement; you get the idea, and all the while with three little shadows. It is a wonder we did not trip over each other.  

As I hung up the phone two things crossed my mind. Confusion, I know I just had a conversation with someone on the phone but what exactly did it regard? Did I just agree to go somewhere, or do something?  All this multitasking is quite distracting.  And secondly, my pre-mommy days when I had all the time in the world but didn’t know it…before I was ever introduced to yoga pants…ponytails were only acceptable when working-out, and I could have an uninterrupted conversation on the phone and  recall every word!

Sure I miss those days sometimes.  But I would NEVER go back; as exhausting and lonely as motherhood can be at times I am addicted!   Also, I have come so far since those days.  I have a clear understanding of what is important in life.  I have grown to appreciate my authentic self and that is something I will never give up, not even for youth, though it is nice to channel my pre-mommy days from time to time.

Thus, on occasion, in order to remind myself that I am more than the household cook, cleaning lady, chauffer, etc. I like to put on something nice, or basically, not yoga pants. Do my hair, and then grab the iPad and give it a little makeover too.  I shed the iGuy case that screams ‘I am a mom’ and replace it with my sassy pink case that says ‘who’s that lady?… Totally not a mom that’s for sure’. 

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Oh la la…no way those nails do the dishes, right!? 

Look at me being all sophisticated. Well, almost…busted!  Shhh….I am playing hide-n-seek. Like I said multitasking is a byproduct of motherhood.

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So, if you are looking for an easy way to feel sophisticated while in the throes of motherhood give your iPad a makeover….checkout all the fancy garb for your iPad here

So what do you do to give yourself a break from motherhood?