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Kids say and do the darndest things. If your kid quotes make it on this page, you have the chance of winning giveaways from Toledo Area Parent!

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The other day my 5-year-old daughter was twerking at the Mud Hens game. Mortified, I said “Stop, Where did you learn to do that?” She informed me the girls at school do it. My 5-year-old nephew who was intently listening at this point, chimed in and said, “I learned how to from Grampy!” Brandy Bowen, Erie, MI

My son, six, was telling me that he wanted to go to “Elderly Acres” (which is on the tv show Sam and Cat) and help the old people. I told him that it was very sweet that he wanted to help them and God would appreciate him being a good kid, but I wasn’t sure how to get to Elderly Acres. My daughter, eight, who was sitting in the car with us said, “Well, why don’t you just Google it!”

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by Christine Holliday

This summer, the doors at some Toledo Public elementary and high schools will stay open for programs that offer academic enrichment. As part of the district’s push to end “summer slide,” the decrease in academic stimulation over break, they continue moving toward achieving an effective summer program with the help of several community agencies. Programs offered will include kindergarten “jump start,” where entering students will have two weeks to get comfortable in the school environment. They are partnering with the United Way of Greater Toledo, Boys and Girls Clubs, Toledo-Lucas County Library system and YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo. Good things are happening in Toledo’s education system! For more information, visit www.tps.org.

briefly happening... Plan for their Futures

Heartbeat of Toledo, a pregnancy support center, is looking for volunteers to serve as patient advocates and parenting instructors at their Your First Look locations. Patient Services Director Leeann Beach describes the ideal volunteer as “one who has a willing heart and the ability to come alongside people on their journey,” which includes facing the possibility of pregnancy, and taking advantage of the free services Heartbeat offers, including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, options counseling, and parenting classes. Trained volunteers would be asked to serve about four hours/week at the East Toledo Center at 101 Main St., Suite 4, in the historic Weber Building, or at the Center at 4041 W. Sylvania Ave., Suite LL5 (across from Franklin Park Mall). Dads are welcome to volunteer, too, especially for the Just for Dads program offered on Thursday nights. More details are available by calling 419 720-0632 or 419 241-9131, or online at heartbeatoftoledo.org.

It’s never too early for a youngster to have a plan for the future. That’s the view of the founders and staff of the Norman and Louise Jones Foundation, including the granddaughter of the Foundation’s namesakes. Brooklyn Brown explains that the Foundation is “dedicated to the belief that every student can be helped to understand he can do something in life…. it bridges the gap between where students are and where they want to be.” The Foundation’s Career Pathways Center, a Saturday program that focuses on eight different career categories, gives students the chance to talk with people who work in those eight fields. The Foundation’s three-week long summer camp classes cover most academic subjects (and etiquette!) and feature presentations/ fun activities by local agencies like the Toledo Zoo and Imagination Station. Norman and Louise Jones Foundation, 6202 Trust Drive in Holland. 567 703-8511. www.nljfoundation.org.

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What’s more fun for a kid than a visit to a farm? The staff at the Robert J. Anderson Urban Agriculture Center, part of Toledo Grows, are betting most children will love seeing a working farm. Forty-five minute tours give youngsters up-close looks at greenhouses, rain gardens, and the farm, as well as a chance to learn about bees in their hives and their roles as pollinators in the garden. Youth Outreach Coordinator Christin Wilkins explains that the Center also offers forty-five minute activities to make the tours more meaningful. Visitors can be “Farmers for a Day” and feed the chickens and water and plant the crops, or learn about the importance of worms or the farm ecosystem. Volunteers work Wednesdays 9am-noon; kids are welcome! Robert J. Anderson Urban Agriculture Center, 900 Oneida St., near Bancroft and Cherry. 419 720-8714; more information about the Center’s programs and workshops at www.toledogarden.org.


Snagging Some Candy for Fun

Necessity is the mother and father of invention. That is the case with the website, www.candysnaggers.com, designed by Toledo native Scott Francis and his wife, Kristin, who were looking for interesting and fun ways to celebrate birthdays and spend quality time with their four kids. With the help of their children, they came up with a downloadable (99 cent!) board game with candy or other tokens as prizes. They’ve added more games, a coloring contest, and word scrambles and have plans for a Halloween version. Francis promises, kids will give up their cell phones and video games to give these a try. -CH Visit www.candysnaggers.com to see more or call 419 283-8442 for more information.

Fresh and Sweet Treats

There’s sweet, and then there’s So Sweet, Toledo’s new family-owned French and Lebanese bakery with a long counter full of homemade treats. Joe Younes, the shop’s self-proclaimed “taste tester,” explains that his mother Amal follows old family recipes preparing the Arabic pastries, using only the freshest pistachios, dates, filo dough, fruit, and ricotta cheese in preparing the eight kinds of baklava and nearly two dozen bite-size goodies. An on-site baker-chocolatier creates petit fours, French macaroons (meringue cookies with ganache filling) in six flavors, and different extravagant French cakes every day. Smart customers will give in to temptation and try these bits of heaven (some of them sugar-free) in the store with Turkish or regular coffee, while they consider using the catering service for an upcoming wedding or special family dinner. Coming soon: homemade ice cream cakes (with homemade ice cream!) -CH So Sweet is open 7am-10pm at 4038 Talmadge Rd. 419 474-5445. www.sosweetpastries.com.

Art for Everyone

Art can be part of your summer at Create in Perrysburg. The three owners/teachers keep their classes small, so everyone gets plenty of individual attention. They use their art-teacher backgrounds to plan classes for artists of all ages, from kids as young as two to older “girls” enjoying a night out with friends to couples celebrating anniversaries. The youngest can paint with mom during lunch, or create solo while mom has lunch in Perrysburg or visits the Farmer’s Market. Older students can try mixed media, acrylic painting, zentangle doodling, paper crafts, even making barrettes; they might also enjoy craftier projects like making fairy gnome houses and pinwheels. Create offers custom classes for homeschoolers and hosts birthday parties, with the goal of making the artistic experience a positive one. Owner Kerry Wellstein notes, “It is great to see how excited people are about what they can do.” -CHCreate: Art Studio and Workshop is at 422 Louisiana Ave., Suite A, Perrysburg. 419-873-6240. www.createperrysburg.com

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THELINES TWEEN advice for parents with children 10-16

Students Serve on Day of Caring

The classrooms at St. Ursula Academy were empty April 30 as all students and teachers participated in the school’s 9th Day of Caring. Each member of the school community was assigned to one of 31 local agencies for the day to do service work. Students put one of the school’s core values—service—into practice by the work they did at food banks, nursing homes, senior centers, schools, and local gardens. In an assembly held before the students left for their day-long service projects, Christina White from Service Leadership Toledo presented a Jefferson Award Silver Banner to the school for their service work in 2013. Individual students Mattison Gibson, Connie Baumgartner, and Sydney Czerniakowski received special recognition for their service hours. Offering a Helping Hand Catholic HEART Workcamp high school volunteer, Andrew Nunamaker, uses his artistic talents to paint a mural of Jesus in the Helping of St. Louis Soup Kitchen. Fourteen teenagers gave their “helping hands” to better the community.

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PREGNANCY

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With so many products and services out there for pregnant women and new moms, and so much advice floating around, how do you know what’s really best for you? We talked to local experts about lesser-known, not often talked about, or even slightly controversial options for pregnant women, and got the scoop on a few important ideas that women may have never considered.

By Erin Marsh

Branch of Life

Expert: Danielle Garcia, owner Headed by Danielle Garcia, Branch of Life, provides placenta encapsulation services. The placenta is expelled after birth (thus the colloquial term for the placenta: afterbirth), and Danielle comes to the hospital, collects the placenta, dehydrates it using one of two methods--traditional Chinese or raw dehydration--and encapsulates the dried placenta into small, ingestible pills. Danielle explains, “People have been eating placentas for centuries. It’s rich in iron, and after the bleeding from birth, your iron levels are low, so it helps with that. It also helps postpartum bleeding, helps bring in breast milk, helps get rid of the baby blues, increases energy.” Danielle expounds that since the placenta is unique to each mother, the health benefits are better than a generic vitamin pill. Danielle charges $200 for her services, which includes the collection of the placenta, and each placenta can make approximately 200+ small pills. placentaencapsulationtoledo.com.

Lotus Yoga Center Naturally New-To-You

This Facebook group is dedicated to relisting used baby items, thus “new to YOU.” Many of the members involved list more naturally-minded products, such as cloth diapers and breastfeeding accessories, but run-of-the-mill baby items, such as strollers or toys, are also listed on a regular basis. Members can also post “ISO” (in search of) requests, which sometimes prove successful. It’s also a great place to learn about baby accessories that might be unfamiliar to you, such as babywearing wraps or reusable baby food pouches.

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Expert: Michele Baran, instructor and co-owner Lotus instructor and co-owner, Michele Baran, explains that “the goal of prenatal yoga is to experience a positive and comforting transition, moving from one place to another in the yoga postures, and learning about controlling the body to help with the upcoming birth.” Exercise during pregnancy has many benefits, such as increasing the flow of oxygen to the baby, helping lower stress levels, improving overall sleep, increasing energy levels, and possibly easing labor and delivery. As with all forms of exercise, pregnant moms need to be careful to listen to their bodies during yoga. Michele says, “You need to be more consciously aware of certain positions you place your body in: nothing on the abdomen, and twists need to be approached with caution. Mild inversions can be fine. Those with sciatica need to be careful of how they stretch their hips so as not to inflame the sciatica more.” For more information on Michele’s prenatal classes, visit lotusyogatoledo.com.

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Sweet Cheeks

Expert: Amanda Emch, owner Sweet Cheeks provides parents with the convenience of shopping for natural baby essentials at a local store. Amanda Emch opened the store, she says, “because I think natural products are healthier and safer. I think green products save not only the environment, but also a lot of money for parents because most of the products are reusable.” Sweet Cheeks is the “go-to” spot for many parents who use cloth diapers, which, according to Amanda, “is a big money-saver for new parents.” Cloth diapers vary in price and ease of convenience: “You could be all set up for $150 if you went with the basic cloth diapers, but if you wanted the all-on-one diapers that are similar to disposable diapers and can just be thrown in the wash, that would be closer to $500. It’s an investment, but you save money over the long run.” Amanda also recommends their skin care line that prevents irritation because all of the products are natural. puresweetcheeksbaby.com.

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Madela Breastpumps have been among the most popular options for breastfeeding mothers. Available at Lullaby Lane at Fallen Timbers, the breastpumps are easily accessible and soon to be covered by insurance. Currently in development is a program hoped to be launched by the fall, where mothers can visit Lullaby Lane’s website to fill out a form, come see the Madela products in store and be able to breastfeed without worrying about the expense. Their goal is to help moms successfully breastfeed their babies for as long as they choose, and Lullaby Lane is working on making that possible.


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Mary Franks and Barbara Lahey, midwives Toledo Midwife, with the help of midwives Mary Franks and Barbara Lahey, offers home birth services with a Christian-based philosophy. Mary Franks summarizes their goal: “We support couples in making informed decisions and choosing the birth that’s right for their family.” Mary, a certified midwife and mother of 7, became a midwife because she wanted more options for her own birth, and she had an incredibly difficult time finding help, so she thought to herself, “There have got to be more midwives out there, even if I have to become one myself!”

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Mary prefers birthing with a midwife for a few reasons. She had given birth with doctors, and she just felt as if that route wasn’t an ideal fit for her. She didn’t want “unnecessary interventions, like episiotomies or IVs.” Mary clarifies, “I had a birth where the IV insertion was the most painful part of the birth. I thought, ‘This just isn’t necessary; this isn’t the way birth was designed.’” Since Mary was low-risk in all of her pregnancies, she decided that the doctors’ expertise was better used on those with higher risk pregnancies. toledomidwife.net.

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What is your best advice for new moms and dads? What is the one thing you wish you knew if you were doing it over again? It gets easier. No one believes it when they’re in the midst of the newborn haze, but truly, it does. Dana Hubartt, Toledo

Take up the offers to come over and watch the baby so you can sleep! We recall how worn out we were and sincerely mean it when we offer. Deana Willard, Toledo

I wish I had done hypnobirthing with my first labor! Mary Wyar, Sylvania

Don’t feel like you have to register for everything the stores tell you to. Wait to see what you might need or take advice of others about the stuff you “need.” Also, everything big should be gender neutral. Joanna Bollinger, Toledo

Naturally Sweet Parents

Expert: Carrie Dadey, member This local Facebook group that addresses common parenting questions and concerns with a more natural-minded approach. The group follows the tenets of natural parenting, which, according to Carrie Dadey, who has been a member of the group for about a year, are “breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding, baby-wearing, listening to your baby cues (not letting them ‘cry it out’), having genital integrity (i.e. against circumcision and episiotomies for convenience), following natural birth practices, and being deliberate about your vaccine choices, like when you do them if you do them.” Carrie personally joined the site, she explains, “to learn more about natural ways of doing things. I’m also interested in sharing the information that I’ve learned from some of the holistic doctors we’ve been to over the years and through my own research.” Her oldest son, Jaxon (age 8), has dealt with digestive and behavioral issues, and holistic treatment has “totally and completely changed his life.” Carrie says, “I try to be the friend that I wish I had had when Jaxon was going through what he went through.”

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It’s a Twin Thing

Double the trouble, but double the joy! If you think it’s challenging caring for one fussy baby or active toddler, try two. Local moms with twins share their tips for multitasking and enjoying every moment. For those who may have wondered what it would be like to have twins, three sets of parents provide insight into what life is like raising twin babies/toddlers.

By Erin Marsh

What are some of the most difficult aspects of raising twins? For Bill and me, it was really coping with the daily tasks, finding time to eat and cook, just basic day-to-day household stuff. When they were newborns, and we were first-time parents, it just seemed like they were hungry all the time, crying all the time, and there was just no time to even eat! Are there any easy parts? I like that they have a built-in playmate, especially right now. It’s also nice because they are on the same schedule, they eat the same things, they nap at the same time, and I can take them both to the same activities. What advice would you give parents expecting twins? One of the best things someone told me about was Mothers of Twins Club. It’s a national organization with a local Toledo chapter. It has been an awesome resource. You can attend meetings or ask questions on their Facebook page. You can ask the craziest question ever and they won’t think it’s crazy at all because they’ve all been there!

Peverley Reyes Hormann mother to fraternal twins Ryan and Connor, 2 years old, Sylvania Township

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Tony & Arwa Krerowicz

parents to fraternal twins Leo and Alia, 13 months, Sylvania

What are some of the hardest parts of having twins? Tony: Staying awake. Arwa: Yeah, because the whole sleep training concept is totally turned upside-down with two of them. If one of them is screaming, it wakes the other one up. When one is having a good patch with sleeping, the other is having a bad patch. Your body just gets used to not sleeping. Arwa: Everyone always says, “It’ll be great because they will have a built-in playmate,” but really they just want to gouge each other’s eyes out. That’s the second hardest part of having twins. Tony: We’re hoping Fisher Price makes some kind of WWE cage for babies. Are there any easy parts? Tony: Because they are our first children, I would never use the word “easy” for anything, but I’m glad we’re getting everything out of the way at the same time. We’re getting teething, sleep issues, walking, talking, all at the same time. Having twins, especially both a boy and a girl, also makes us very confident in saying that we’re done having kids. How do you manage juggling everything? Arwa: Who says we do?! In 35 years, I have never been late on a payment for anything...until the twins came along. You just have to learn to let some things go; you realize what’s important and what isn’t. Prioritizing is the biggest way we manage.


Kristy & Eric Dearth parents to fraternal twins Cooper and Paige, 14 months, Perrysburg

What are some of the hardest parts of having twins? Kristy: I would say making sure we spend enough personal time, time alone with mommy and daddy, with each kid. Eric: One, trying to keep them on the same schedule or two, the time management piece. For me, it’s juggling getting enough time for family--I’m in the middle of getting my MBA--while also working full-time. Are there any easy parts? Kristy: Actually, for us, I think it’s easier that our kids are doing the same thing at the same time. Because they’re the same age, they have the same interests, hit their milestones at the same time, nap at the same time. Eric: There is no easy part of having twins; that’s an oxymoron. Sometimes they do keep each other entertained. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s great. What advice would you give parents expecting twins? Eric: Keeping them on the same schedule was an important piece that worked really well for us. Kristy: That’s the best advice we got. Early on, if one of them woke up without the other, we would wake the other and feed them at the same time.

#Twinning in Twinsburg!

In honor of all things “twins,” the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, is the largest annual celebration and gathering of twins and other multiples in the world. It will take place on the first full weekend of August so mark your calendars now and make your plans. The theme for the 2014 Twins Days Festival is “Twinstock – Groovy in Twinsburg!” and twins can dress however they want to channel that era. Expect to see a lot of peace signs and tie dye! Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3. Admission $4/ person per day and children 5 & under/free. Twins Days Festival, 9825 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087. 330-425-3652. www.twinsdays.org.

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Muddy Gamer Kids

How letting go can let them grow By Rhonda Wilson

Toledo area mom, Rhonda Wilson, is new to Toledo Area Parent, and more than familiar with the precious (and not-so-precious) moments of parenthood. Her personal anecdotes will be featured as Alphabet Soup Mama columns so parents can laugh, cry and nod their heads with her on her journey raising four children. I won’t lie. My boys have probably spent a good quarter of their lives in front of a screen. C’mon, we’ve all done it – sometimes it’s just easier to know where they are and what they’re doing than to fret and worry that they are off somewhere with being maimed a possibility but being mischievous a probability. Yeah, yeah, yeah, video games don’t make memories, but at least I know where they are. And they’re leaving me alone. And quiet. Thanks in part to my well-oiled imagination and in part to my offspring’s previous shenanigans, I had a hard time giving in when they asked to explore the neighborhood with friends, sans adult supervision. I envisioned them running into open garages, throwing sticks (or rocks) at each other, dodging cars in the road, throwing sticks (or rocks) at cars in the road . . . the possibilities of misbehavior were endless and becoming increasingly more violent with every second they were gone. After an entire hour went by with nary a word (or scream), I set out to search for them. And small fires. I spied their scooters at the dead end of a road. The kids magically appeared at the moment of my arrival, ascending from a small ravine at the base of a large dirt hill by grabbing leafless brambles. All four of the kids had weird looks on their faces, a kind of contortion between exhilaration and dread. My oldest wouldn’t make eye contact, bugging me to no end – what

were they doing?! My middle one was still shrieking with delight at the amount of smelly, caked mud he had on him. The other kids were hopping on their scooters without being told, probably motivated by my mostly unsmiling, tense face (note – rereading this, I realize I’m a bear. I apologize to all kids everywhere for the lack of humor in parents). Upon getting home, while hosing the reeking and already crusted mud from a pair of relatively new shoes, I asked the boys if they enjoyed their explorations. “Oh, yeah!” said my oldest, with a hint of hilarity in his excited voice. “It’s a day I’ll remember forever! When we laughed so hard we slid down the hill and when we all almost fell into the mud pit . . .” he trailed off as he walked away, grinning at his own private memories, but I got the point loud and clear. Life is so much better without mom hovering. And by better, I mean memorable. Mud and potential disaster shouldn’t keep me from allowing my boys to be boys. I actually kind of loved seeing them crest that hill with all the mud everywhere. The thrown out pair of mud-caked shoes, not so much, but that’s the risk one takes for their kids’ fun memories, right? Where ADHD, ODD and “@%$#!” are a way of life Being a stay-at-home mom to four kiddos (Juliet, 16, Liam, 11, Connor, 9, Jack, 4) while babysitting and writing for other publications and blog (www.alphabetsoupmama.com), her day-to-day life is a mashup of mishaps, laughs and sometimes tears.

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Getting a Grip on Social Media Is it making your family miserable? By Carolyn Jabs

You’ve probably seen headlines linking social media to depression, loneliness and other emotional problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a clinical report urging pediatricians to counsel families about something they called “Facebook depression.” Despite the headlines, much of the early research about how social media impacts mental health has been contradictory. Recent research indicates that what really matters is how people use social media. In general, people are happiest when they feel they can exert some control over what happens to them. People who stay focused on what they are able to do seem to fare better than those who become preoccupied with what others are doing. Understanding this principle can help parents make social media a more positive experience for everyone in the family, including the grown-ups.

Here are some guidelines to consider:

Lurk less. Several studies have concluded that people who simply scroll through information provided by others are more vulnerable to negative feelings including envy and loneliness. Catching up with friends may generate positive feelings, but avoid lingering too long over other people’s photos and status updates.

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Make posts matter—to you. Instead of using posts to provoke a response from others (something that is out of your hands), shift the emphasis and use social media to chronicle experiences and ideas that you want to remember.

Don’t believe everything you read. Social media amplifies the very common adolescent anxiety that everyone else is having more fun. Of course, by now, everyone has gotten the same message: What you post online never really goes away. Because most people want to be remembered for the good things that happened in their lives, that’s what goes on display.

Disconnect when necessary. Sometimes, in real life, people may have no choice about spending time with others who are unpleasant. Online, there’s more control and you’ll feel better if you use it. Unfriend people who are hostile or mean. Consider hiding posts from people who can’t help bragging about vacations, clothes, grades and good looks. Concentrate on input from people who make you think—or laugh. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online for ten years and is working on a book about constructive responses to conflict. Visit www.growing-up-online.com to read other columns.

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We talked to ProMedica pediatrician, Dr. Jacob Maciejewski, about the effects of social media on children: “Social media is something that’s unavoidable in today’s society. Kids are not spending as much time with their families; they’re sitting at the dinner table with their cell phones instead of interacting or discussing things that are meaningful. Parents need to have a good conversation with their children and explain the effects of social media and what their family’s values are so that when they see something inappropriate, they can talk about it. It’s very important that parents have access to their children’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Sexually-explicit content and cyber-bullying is a major concern because children are find avenues to bully and connect with people who they don’t even know.”


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ZaZa Ziiiiiing!

Veneto style wood-fired pizza gives a taste of Italy By Karen L. Zickes

ZaZa Wood-Fired Pizza and Mediterranean Cuisine 3550 Executive Pkwy, Toledo 43606 419-531-2400 Mon-Thur: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: Noon-9pm www.zazawoodfiredpizza.com

Some time ago, a monthly tradition began with new friends and neighbors. When we realized we shared a fanatical love for pizza, we went on a mission to introduce each other to various pizzerias. Lucky for all of us, the Toledo area has quite a varied selection of pizza pie and we are slowly eating our way through the list, one delicious slice at a time.

Grape leaves and pizza?

ZaZa’s is true Italian pizza baked in a brick oven imported from Italy. Yet, they offer Mediterranean cuisine as well. Oh I had my doubts. It’s an interesting story, really. Not being the shy type, I had a few questions for owner Saif Dari. For starters, what is up with authentic Italian pizza and tabouli and hummus at the same establishment? Truly I found it a bit odd. Dari is Palestinian but spent many years in Italy and eventually owned his own pizzeria there. When he moved to Ann Arbor in 2003, his wife spent much time at the family Mediterranean restaurant. After dabbling in the pizza franchise industry, Dari knew he needed to get out on his own and share the true Italian pizza pies he loved with others. He loves Mediterranean cuisine as well, so his wife assisted him in perfecting their recipes. Everything is made fresh daily and they are vegan friendly as well. There isn’t a kids’ menu, but pizzas range from $7-$12.50 and leftovers are always great. They also offer lasagna, additional salads, kibbie, fries and more. My friend was rubbernecking at every gyro platter that went by, and the word is that the chicken tawook and chicken shawarma are very good as well.

Great wall of pizza

THE SHORT ZaZa’s pizza is styled after the COURSE Veneto region of Italy. Veneto is far north and the pies are all about the vaKid friendly: Yes riety of toppings. It is thinner than NeaTo avoid wait: Anytime politan but has the same great woodNoise level: Moderate fired flavor. Bathroom amenities: I was a tad overwhelmed when we Changing station walked in and there was a display of Got milk? No, but fruit the 23 varieties of pizza. Are you kidjuices are available. ding me? The employee at the counter Kids’ menu? No, but kids was very friendly and gave us a takecan order their own reasonout menu to look over at our table. ably priced pizzas, and You order at the counter, pay, select leftovers are great! your beverage, and take your number to your table. After you are seated, the waitress will take care of anything else you need. With our large group that included several young kids, it seemed we always needed something and they were most accommodating. The fast casual concept is a family friendly relaxed atmosphere with kids in tow and the food was prepared quickly which is always a bonus with hungry kids. “We do everything from scratch,” said Dari. After trying the hummus, tabouli, and of course pizza, I don’t doubt that. If it is not perfect to Dari’s taste, then it won’t be served. Everything we tried was wonderful. However, since we are fanatical pizza lovers that want to try it all, we all ordered a different pizza, as did zas and a margherita pizza. We will be back for sure and our kids, and then we sampled each other’s pie. For probably sharing a gyro and chicken shawarma with our a foodie I couldn’t have asked for it a better way! We pizza pie. Bottom Line: Who knew there were so many varieties started with tabouli, hummus, and fattoush to share. Just of pizza? If you enjoy ultra-thin crust pizza with wood as we have the calamari rule, we also try hummus everywhere we go and it passed with flying colors. Even fired flavor, you will enjoy ZaZa’s. It’s fast and casual though the pizza was speedy, it was helpful to have and perfect for family dining. You can’t go wrong with the Mediterranean offerings either. something for the kids to munch on while we waited. After studying the vast array of pizza choices, we fiKaren Zickes is a mom to three active children and a freelance nally ordered. We tried pizzas with mushrooms, grilled writer who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in eggplant, arugula, gorgonzola, etc. It was a fabulous food c/o editor@toledoparent.com fest! The children were content with basic pepperoni piz-

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Moving Forward As a Family

Accepting the curve balls thrown in life By Karen L. Zickes

Karen Zickes is a longtime contributor to Toledo Area Parent and our expert restaurant reviewer in her monthly column, Food Fight. She is the mother of three beautiful children and one of the strongest women we know. After losing her husband to cancer several months ago, she continues to amaze us with her courage and passion to move forward with her family. This is the LAST of her series of articles about life after loss, allowing readers to hear her story. “The only thing constant in life is change.”---Francois La Rochefoucauld. CHANGE. When a loved one dies you experience change on a level you never knew existed. I traveled a most unexpected journey with my three beautiful children and loving husband Jim who fought a courageous battle against stage 4 pancreatic cancer. When he lost his valiant fight 10 and a half months later, our three children and I embarked upon a new journey on earth; as Jim began his to eternal life. No matter how well you prepare, you are never ready. There is no finish line on this journey because it’s not a

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race. I have found to rush too fast in any direction is probably not wise or productive. Embrace the journey without expectations; for it will unfold as it is meant to for each unique individual.

Change is inevitable

There is no right or wrong way to travel your journey of healing. This is unchartered territory and you may even surprise yourself with the things you do, say, or think along the way. That Grieving doesn’t mean you can’t doesn’t make them wrong. No one can be positive. And if you are positive, it ever predict how they will respond to doesn’t mean you aren’t grieving. The anything until they are immersed in the two can co-exist. It has been my experisituation; no matence that when you put ter what it is they yourself out there in a are facing. And no positive way, and apphase or stage lasts proach things in a posiforever. tive manner; positivity You will feel like comes back to you. It is you are on a roller imperative to believe coaster. Some days something better awaits - Robert Allen you shoot to the top you. Sometimes it truly of the first hill like a can be the worst situachamp and remain there all day. Other tions you fight through that eventually days you slowly creep to the top maybe bring about some of the best things you reaching it by nightfall. And sometimes will experience in life. You never know you will cruise over that first hill so fast when that will be, but you need to reyou never knew what hit you. Let it wash main open to all things around you. over you. Accept it for what it is on that Follow your children’s lead given day and cut yourself some slack. Family dynamics are unique to every Like the coaster without brakes, there is family unit. Be open with your children no stopping change. Allow yourself the about what they want for those special time it takes to find your “new normal.” occasions and holidays; especially all the One hour at a time “firsts” in that first year after the loved Everyone has heard the mantra “one one’s death. How will you remember the day at a time.” However, it is so true to loved one on holidays? Do they want to not only take one day at a time, but somebreak tradition and make new ones? Is times even to take one hour at a time. routine what they need more than anyWhether you are feeling overwhelmed thing after their life has been turned upwith new responsibilities, having a difside down? Always remember they are ficult day of grieving, or feeling pulled in individuals, and how they handle loss a hundred different directions; one hour will be unique from one another. at a time may be the best you can do. Allow yourself time to grieve; even A friend once told me “sometimes if it is ‘grieving on the go’ when you only it’s OK to be a ‘good enough’ mom.” On have time to briefly cry and embrace the particularly challenging days, I always pain before needing to move on to the remember that. You are only one pernext obligation. Continue to ask for help son, though you feel the world taking when needed. And when you take time residence upon your shoulders. Be open for yourself, understand it is necessary with your children and admit when you rather than selfish. Remember to keep are having a rough day. It also allows an open mind and heart to always recthem to know it’s OK when they are exognize the blessings around you. You are periencing a difficult time. still here. How you choose to live your remaining days is up to you. Positivity out = positivity in Karen Zickes is a mom to three active children I disagree that ‘time heals all and a freelance writer who resides in Holland, wounds.’ On the contrary, sometimes OH. She can be reached in pain grows stronger as time goes on c/o editor@toledoparent.com. and probably never completely heals. I To see parts one, two and three of Karen’s think, rather, that wounds simply develseries of articles about moving forward after op thicker bandages with time; making losing her husband to cancer, them less visible. visit toledoparent.com.

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From the Farm to the Fair

Tuesday, July 8-Sunday, July 13 / Lucas County Fairgrounds The whole family will have fun at the 156th Annual Lucas County Fair! The six-day long fair features a wide variety of activities perfect for satisfying your taste buds and your craving for summer entertainment. Children will enjoy the grand stand, BMX demonstrations, magic from The Amazing Mr. Strange and free archery/air gun instruction. This year, the grounds are home to competitions from juried art shows to the best apple pie, as well as a homemade beer and wine contest. Youngsters will show off their strength in the kiddie pedal-tractor pull contest, or their agricultural skills while competing in the 4H Junior Fair. Hungry fair-goers will enjoy fantastic fair food. The week will also feature live entertainment from local musical acts and classic and off-road car shows. Times and prices vary, visit website for more information. Tuesday, July 8-Sunday, July 13. Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. 419-893-2127. lucascountyfair.com —MLR

3 THURSDAY Star Spangled Banner Family Carnival - This alcohol free 2014 Star Spangled Banner Family Carnival will feature activities like a petting zoo, musical performances, food and carnival rides. 3pm-midnight. Fort Meigs State Memorial Park, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-4242. prevention-partners.org Happy Independence Day Make-itTake-it Craft - Blast into the library for some crafty fun to take home and make. Also on July 5. 9am-8:30pm. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St. 419-259-5200. toledolibrary.org Free

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4 FRIDAY Red, White, Kaboom - 6pm. Promenade Park; Festival Park & International Park, Water St. Fireworks start at dusk. Fireworks are free; some events/activities may include a fee.

7 MONDAY Summer Camp: Printmaking - Design, cut, and carve your own stamps to create a greeting card or work of art. Students will be able to make multiple prints of their work, allowing them to experiment with unique outcomes for each piece. For grades 6-9.


Through July 11. Registration required. 2-4pm. $100/ $10 per hour. Art Supply Depo, 29 South St. Clair St. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com Lil’ Kids Summer Camp: Stamping & Printmaking - Students will learn to use a variety of objects to make stamps and create various pictures using markers and paint. For grades 1-3. Through July 11. Registration required. Art Supply Depo, 29 South St. Clair St. 11:30am-1pm. $75/ $9.33 per hour. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com

8 TUESDAY Reptiles on Wheels - Learn the truth about some of the most misunderstood animals on Earth. We’ll show you why they are so important to the environment, then meet some up close. Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. 3:30-4:30pm. 419-2595310. toledolibrary.org Free Chick’s For Charity: Chicks Mix - There will be raffles and silent auctions as well as appetizers and cocktails and profits will benefit Shared Lives Studio. $37+ $3 suggested donation. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-536-5566. toledogarden.org Stroller Shape Up - This unique, bonding workout combines walking/jogging with strength and cardiovascular exercises for moms with stroller age children. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat or large towel, and resistance band. Also on July 16, 22 and 30. 9:30am. First class is free, then $5 per class. Strawberry Acres Park, 950 S. McCord Rd., Holland. facebook.com/strollershapeup

10 THURSDAY Toledo Mud Hens - Cheer on your home team as the Mud Hens take on the Pawtucket Red Sox. 7pm. $10. Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St. 419-725-4367. milb.com Blooming Artists - Children will enjoy exploring the gardens and learning about art and nature. For ages 6-12. Also on July 24. Registration required. 9am-noon. Members, $18/ nonmembers, $20. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-536-5566. toledogarden.org

11 FRIDAY Summer Skies over Toledo Observe the night sky and different constellations and stars. Fridays through August 29. 8:30pm. Adults, $7/ Kids, $5. University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium, 2855 W. Bancroft St. 419-530-2650. utoledo.edu Lagrange Street Polish Festival - It is time for Toledo’s largest street festival featuring Polish food, beer, a pierogi eating contest and much more. Through July 13. July 11, 5-11pm; July 12, Noon11pm; July 13, Noon-7pm. Polish Village, Lagrange St. polishfestival.org

12 SATURDAY Safari Overnights - Camp overnight in Zoo-provided safari tents right in the panoramic Africa! exhibit, enjoying animal encounters. 6:30pm-10am. $50. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-4040. toledozoo.org continued on pg. 28

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continued from pg. 27 Classics on Main - Enjoy one of the largest displays of classic cars from around the area, with judging in 20 categories. Check in at 8am, gates close at noon. Registration required to enter in the show. Downtown Bowling Green, Bowling Green. Noon-4pm. Advance registration, $12/ Day of show, $15. 419-354-4332. downtownbgohio.org Hero Day - Meet local heroes as they educate you on safety. 10am-4pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674. imaginationstationtoledo.org

13 SUNDAY Outdoor Family Movie Night Free popcorn, refreshments and pre-film entertainment. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 8-10pm. Downtown Perrysburg Inc., Downtown Perrysburg. 419-872-6246. visitperrysburg.com Free

14 MONDAY Wee Workshop Camp - Campers will explore different nature theme each day through songs, puppets and games. For ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration required. Through July 18. 10am-noon. $65 ($45 Metroparks Members). Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com Kids Summer Camp: Animation Film Making - Students will learn the basics of cartooning and then make a collaborative animated film together using

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their drawings and recording their own sounds. For ages 10-14. Registration required. Through July 18. 1-4pm. $100. Art Supply Depo, 29 South St. Clair St. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com

15 TUESDAY OMG! He Read my Mind! Magician Rory Rennick will amaze teens with his comedy mentalism and magic show. 3:30-4:30pm. Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. 419-259-5310. toledolibrary.org Free Homemade Botanicals - Children will enjoy learning how to make fragrances at home from botanicals. Registration required. Ages 8+. 9am-noon. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. toledogarden.org

16 WEDNESDAY Watch It Grow Garden Tour - Take a walking tour of the Zoo’s beautiful gardens with a Zoo horticulturist. 10:30amnoon. Free with zoo admission. Toledo Zoo Conservatory, 2 Hippo Way. 419385-4040. toledozoo.org

18 FRIDAY Bats, Balls and Books! - Enjoy story time with the Toledo Mud Hens followed by a visit from a Mud Hens mascot--Muddy or Muddonna. Participants will also be entered in a special Mud Hens raffle prize drawing. Also on July 30. 10-11am. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St. toledolibrary.org Free continued on pg. 30


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19 SATURDAY HeART for Haiti - The evening will showcase the talents of local musicians and artists, as well as fantastic food and a raffle. 85 percent of the proceeds benefit the “Foyer des Infants de las Providence”, an orphanage in Haiti, with food, clothing and medicine. 6pm-midnight. The Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St. raiseahome.weebly.com Explore the Crafts - Experience the life of early-day craftsman who specialize in weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing and much more. 10am-5pm. Sauder Village, 22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold. 419446-2541. saudervillage.org

20 SUNDAY “Music under the Stars” - Don’t miss your chance to see the Toledo symphony perform in the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre. Each show showcases a different themes for everyone to enjoy. Sundays through August 10. 6pm. Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, 2700 Broadway St. 419385-4040. toledozoo.org Free

21 MONDAY Lil’ Kids Summer Camp: Fun Watercolor Techniques - Practice various watercolor techniques and use them to create a series of mini watercolor projects. For grades 3-5. Registration required. Through July 21. 11:30am-1pm. $70/ $9.33 Per hour/ all materials included. Art Supply Depo, 29 South St. Clair St. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com

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26 SATURDAY 6th Annual Ride For Kids’ Sake - Please join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio for this fun motorcycle fundraising event. Registration at 10am. Bikers depart at 11am.10am1pm. $25 per Bike/ $35 w/passenger. Oscar Bunch Powertrain Park, 5444 Jackman. 419-243-4600.

27 SUNDAY Art on the Mall - Now in its 22nd year, Art on the Mall draws art lovers, families, music fans and summertime browsers looking for an afternoon of fun. 10am-5pm. The University of Toledo Centennial Mall, 2801 W. Bancroft St. utoledo.edu Free

28 MONDAY Create & Explore Patterns - Learn how to create unique patterns and complex designs using a variety of art supplies. Students will learn about symmetry, focal point, and the principles of design while creating their pattern-inspired projects. For grades 6-8. Through August 1. The Art Supply Depo, 29 S. St. Clair. For grades 3-5, 11:30am-1pm $67.50/ For grades 6-8, 2-4pm. $85. 419-720-6462. srtsupplydepo.com ADA Day - Celebrate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while learning about services and products available to people with disabilities. 10am-3pm. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. toledozoo.org


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