20 Greenhouse within 30 Miles of Akron

All locally own and operate greenhouses and garden centers in and around Akron area. They are open and some even offer curbside pick-up! Enjoy planting!

Graf’s Garden Shop, Landscape and Farm Market Akron, 44320

Boyert’s Greenhouse & Farm Medina, 44256

Dayton Nursery Norton, 44203

Dunkler’s Farm Market Akron, 44320

Suncrest Gardens Peninsula, 44264

Blooming Acres Wadsworth, 44281

Canton Road Garden Center Akron, 44312

Constantine Nursery & Garden Center Richfield, 44286

Maria Gardens Center North Royalton, 44133

Kern’s Florist and Greenhouse Akron, 44312

Robinson Lawn & Garden Center Hudson, 44236

Kollman’s Greenhouse Twinsburgh, 44087

Mum’s The Word Garden Center Mogadore, 44260

Klettlinger Greenhouse Mogadore, 44260

Boyle’s Nursery & Landscaping Mogadore, 44260

Rohr & Sons Nursery-Garden Center Canton, 44646

Greens & Things Nursery North Canton, 44720

K & S Greenhouse Uniontown, 44685

T & B Battaglia’s Garden Center Kent, 44240

Pizzute’s Plant-N-Thyme Kent, 44240

This list was made for my personal plant hunting this spring. No affiliates and no commission. Please let me know if you would like me to add your favorite greenhouse to the list!

Restaurants in Akron Area that are Open in May 2020

Photo credit: @1canoe2 | http://www.1canoe2.com

Here is a list of local restaurants, fresh markets and specialty, coffee shops, and bakeries in Akron and vicinity with link or contact information. Each and every restaurants on this list (and all of the local businesses) have definitely worked hard to stay open during this challenging time and they need your support now more than ever.

Please contact the businesses to make sure of their hours and their policies. I will also do my best to keep update information on the blog.

Be the person that makes a difference. Feed your family so many others can feed theirs. If you are not dining out, perhaps a gift card for a later date or they always make the best gift for all occasions.

We have so many amazing local restaurants around town! I’ll keep adding! ❤️


Fresh Market and Specialty

Coffee Shop

Baker | Bakery | Treats

20 Quarantine Questions – a fun way to check on your quarantine level

Note: these are questions and games as seen on social media during quarantine that I find entertaining. I personally think it makes great journal prompts. Some of these I do not recommend filling out for the public but are awesome to keep for personal memoirs of this strange time we are going through.

For more questions and games like this, look under “QUARANTINE 2020” in categories.

1. Are you an Essential Worker?

2. How many drinks have you had since the quarantine started?

3. If you have kids… Are they driving you nuts?

4. What new hobby have you taken up during this?

5. How many grocery runs have you done?

6. What are you spending you’re trump money on?

7. Do you have any special occasions that you will miss during this quarantine?

8. If a burglar breaks into your house are you prepared to suppress them?

9. What movies have you watched?

11. 9 months from now is there any chance of you having a baby? No thank you.

12. What’s your go to quarantine meal?

13. Is this whole situation making you paranoid?

14. Has your internet gone out on you yet?

15. What month do you predict this all end?

16. First thing you’re gonna do once this is over?

18. What free from quarantine activity are you missing the most?

19. Have you ran out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer?

20. Do you have enough food to last a month on quarantine?

Depending on how long we are staying home, you may revisit these questions and compare them. It would be interesting how your mindset may have changed over the weeks, or days.

Ask Your Kid These 16 Questions

Note: these are questions and games as seen on social media during quarantine that I find entertaining. I personally think it makes great journal prompts. Some of these I do not recommend filling out for the public but are awesome to keep for personal memoirs of this strange time we are going through.

For more questions and games like this, look under “QUARANTINE 2020” in categories.

Name | Age

1. If you won a million dollars, what would you buy?

2. How long does it take to get to the U.K. from here?

3. What does Mom always say to you?

4. What job would you like to do when you are older?

5. What is the capital of America?

6. Where do babies come from?

7. At what age do you become an adult?

8. If you could change one rule your family has, what would it be?

9. If you could be a superhero, what superpower would you have?

10. What would you do to save the planet?

11. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

12. How much does it cost to buy a house?

13. Why do you think we should be nice to each other?

14. What does love mean to you?

15. What are you scared of?

16. What is most important to you?

Tip: If you are keeping a journal like us, I would add their photos or trace their hand on to the page along with the answers.

Let’s See Where You’ve Been

Note: these are questions and games as seen on social media during quarantine that I find entertaining. I personally think it makes great journal prompts. Some of these I do not recommend filling out for the public but are awesome to keep for personal memoirs of this strange time we are going through.

For more questions and games like this, look under “QUARANTINE 2020” in categories.

I want to visit all 50 states, but a study shows, out of 50 states, that 8 is the average number of states most people have been to. Sadly, many never leave the state in which they were born. Put a + by the states you have been to, and a * for the ones in which you have lived. Passing through and airports count — but flying over doesn’t. The average is 8.

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York 
North Carolina 
North Dakota
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina 
South Dakota
Virgin Islands
Washington DC 
West Virginia 

Create an Instant Baby Birth Memory in 2 minutes

Note: these are questions and games as seen on social media during quarantine that I find entertaining. I personally think it makes great journal prompts. Some of these I do not recommend filling out for the public but are awesome to keep for personal memoirs of this strange time we are going through.

For more questions and games like this, look under “QUARANTINE 2020” in categories.


• Epidural:
• Pitocin:
• Caesarean:
• Induced:
• Gender Reveal Party:
• Due date:
• Born:
• Weight:
• Nauseated:
• Cravings:
• Heartburn:
• Swollen:
• Sex of baby:
• Place of Birth:
• Hours in labor:
• Hours you pushed:
• How old is your baby now:

Tip: Include a photo of your baby, newborn and now.

PS. This is the one questionnaire I wouldn’t do on FB.

14 Days Meditation Challenge

I signed up for a 14-day meditation challenge with Strong Mom Strong Fam Group, lead by Lauren Bay Regula of Trak Athletics in Akron, OH. The challenge starts today and I thought I would keep a journal of this challenge as I am hoping to make meditation a new habit.

Day 1 | Friday, March 27

Download Headspace.

10 Minutes, Unguided Meditation

Use this session to wind down at bedtime. Only sat for 10 minutes but think it was a good start.

Day 2 | Saturday, March 28

Start a series, Happiness, Session 1, 15 minutes

“As you go through the day today, notice which experiences leave you with a genuine feeling of contentment.”

We have been quarantined in the house since last Sunday (that we have not left home at all) so my days are filled with kids activities, cooking, cleaning, playing with kids, and making sure both are alive and well. So to be completely honest, a genuine feeling of contentment these days are; when my children say “Thank you Mommy, I love you”, when they finished their plate and told me they loved it, when they care and share with each other. And of course to see a clean kitchen and an organized playroom at the end of the day, because they are the two main space that we spend most of our times during this quarantine.

Day 3 | Sunday, March 29

Happiness, Session 2, 20 minutes

“Take the opportunity to do a small random act of kindness without looking for a reward.”

A friend who is a roof smith sent me her information to help promote her business yesterday right before we got the hail storm. The timing was just perfect so I post her information on my Instagram today hoping that someone with roof damage from the unexpected hail storm will call her!

Day 4 | Monday, March 30

Happiness, Session 3, 20 minutes

“Just pause and speak to yourself kindly rather than critically, noticing the difference in how you feel.”

I did this with my kids instead. Kindly vs. Critically >> Calm vs. Crazy! I actually made a chart today for myself to track how many time I raised my voice. I try to be more calm with them and watch my tone as the day goes on, (and it’s 5 times today for the record). It makes a huge difference at the end of the night. I feel better about myself and kids went to bed happy.

Day 5 | Tuesday, March 31

Happiness, Session 4, 20 minutes

“Turn the mind outward and think about how someone else might be having difficulty with something.”

Not to brag but that’s always been my nature and it has been hard during this Covid-19 to not think about the less fortunate or friends who are on the front lines, and their family. Friends who have loved on on hospital bed, friends whose parents are having health issues, and friends who may be going through financial hardship and they wouldn’t make a peep. Now more than ever I just wanted to scream at the world to BE KIND and also to STAY HOME. It is really not a complicate idea. It actually is an order.

Day 6 | Wednesday, April 1

Happiness, Session 5, 10 minutes

“Notice when you criticize the thoughts in your mind or things you say.”

Day 7 | Thursday, April 2

Happiness, Session 6, 20 minutes

“Remind yourself of that sense of playfulness and enjoyment, it lightens the mind and gives it a spacious quality.”

I think this is exactly what I did yesterday when I wrote down our goals for April. It is what it is, and we are going to embrace the moments and our family time together. Who knows when will be the next time we get to spend 30 days together 24/7 again. Love hard!

Day 8 | Friday, April 3

Happiness, Session 7, 10 minutes

“Do something that makes you smile, laugh and reconnect with the feeling of enjoyment.”

Day 9 | Saturday, April 4

Happiness, Session 8, 20 minutes

“Notice what throws you off balance and takes you away from your innate sense of happiness and contentment.”

Day 10 | Sunday, April 5

Happiness, Session 9, 20 minutes

“Pause to listen to somebody you normally wouldn’t take the time to listen to”

This exercise made me giggle! I find it to be ironically cool because Joanna Gaines likes two of my posts on Instagram today. I am somebody that she normally wouldn’t pay attention to, and also I had never tag her in my 3,589 posts!

Blogs and Websites I find Useful (way before this strange time)

March 19, 2020 – First Day of Spring.

Such a strange time we are experiencing as a nation.

I have been sharing a lot of information on my Facebook page and Instagram daily and actually feel a bit overwhelmed by that myself! So I turn on my desktop to find some of my favorite blogs I have bookmarked from before the pandemic and home school madness begun.

I am not a book reader and more often ask for advice from my mom friends and so I find random articles and blogs very useful. Now if you are reading this, you are probably a reader or maybe you are just randomly stumble upon my blog 🙂 If that’s the case, I hope you stay a while.

Below is a list of some of the blogs I find useful in all aspect of life. Hopefully you find something you love and can connect with.

This for sure is one of the hardest time in most everyone’s life but I also believe that it is the time for us to come together, to support each other, and to embrace the time we are “gifted” to be with our loved ones.

Friends or strangers, please feel free to reach out if you may need anything within reason. I am here to listen or lend some eggs and rice if you may need any!

Take care everyone!



Oh Happy Day


A design + lifestyle site that produces & celebrates fun through original design, projects and party ideas. Launched in 2006 by event planner Jordan Ferney, the blog has grown into one of the top craft and celebration resources on the web. Oh Happy Day features influencer ideas, practical party guides, accessible DIY projects, interior design inspiration, trend-making photography and the practical means to make it all happen.

You know all of the things on Pinterest?
We make that stuff.

Enjoying the Small Things


I got the keys to this blog in 2007, shortly after I became a mom. My ramblings were tired of being cooped up in the small space of my brain, and the blog market had some great interest rates. So I took the leap, set up Enjoying the Small Things, and threw a welcome mat at the door. This blog grew from an itty bitty space to a bigger floor plan in 2010 when I wrote about the birth of our daughter, Nella, who was born with Down syndrome. From there, I wrote a book, Bloom, about our first year with her. Read More…

Brit + Co


Brit + Co ignites the creative spark in women.

Brit + Co is a media company that inspires, educates and entertains real women with a creative spirit. The “Brit Girl” uses creativity and a do-it-herself attitude in all aspects of her life: To take charge of her career, forge strong friendships and relationships, curate her own style, decorate her home, and entertain a crowd. Through our content, online classes and products, we enable her to use creativity to shape her future. Read more



MOTHER (mothermag.com) first launched in 2014, providing a much-needed online space for thought-provoking content tailor-made for the modern mother. On a daily basis, our site serves up a host of inspiration and information for women, no matter where they might be in their parenthood journey. 

Self-Sufficient Kids


Trying to raise independent, self-sufficient kids isn’t always easy! We want to be supportive parents, but not take over their lives. Where’s the balance? I’m still trying to figure it out myself. Read more about why I started Self-Sufficient Kids here.

Oh Joy!


Launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, Oh Joy! is now a lifestyle brand and design studio that includes various licensed product lines and a daily editorial content with a focus on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life. Oh Joy! creates a wide range of licensed products including home décor, kids, pet, and furniture collections with brands such as Target, Band-Aid, Calpak, Petco, and more.

Founder and Creative Director, Joy Cho, has authored three books and consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world. Joy has given keynote speeches on entrepreneurship, leadership, and business at many conferences and companies including Watermark, Alt Summit, Pinterest HQ, Target HQ, and Hallmark HQ. For two years in a row, Joy was named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and has the most followed account on Pinterest with almost 13 million followers.

Rasa Malaysia


Founded in 2006, Rasa Malaysia is a successful recipe blog with over 1,000 easy and delicious recipes for everyday home cooks. I specialize in all kinds of recipes from Asian and American home cooking to baking, sweets and dessert recipes. All recipes on Rasa Malaysia are tried, tested, and work. More importantly, the recipes are really easy with simple ingredients but deliver amazing and flavorful results. That’s the reason why Rasa Malaysia has a loyal and strong social media following of over 4 million fans online and growing. Read More…

Our Small Business Friends

This is where you will find our favorites and friends: a long list of local businesses and kids’ sport programs. Click on link to go to their social media account or website. Let me know if you find errors or have any questions.

We ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT affiliated with any of the businesses on our list. If they are on the list, it’s simply because we are happy with what they have to offer!















7 Venues for Kids Birthday Party in Akron

AMF Riviera Lane, Fairlawn.

Looking for a place to host the next birthday party or event? Below are our top choices. Basic info are listed but please click on the link and see complete package details on the venue’s website.

  1. Akron Zoo | Akron, OH
  • Ages 12 and younger
  • 2 hours
  • 15 guests, additional guests can be paid for separately.
  • $200 member / $220 non-member

2. All Fired Up | Akron, OH

  • Pottery Painting/ Canvas Painting/ Slime making Party
  • 8 guests, additional guests can be paid for separately
  • 1-2 hours
  • $110-$170

3. AMF Riviera Lane | Fairlawn, OH

  • 2 hours
  • Unlimited guests
  • Starting at $13.99/person

4. Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Cleveland, OH

  • Saturdays and Sundays Only
  • 2 hours
  • 20 guests Maximum
  • $245 member

5. Force Sports | Fairlawn, OH

  • 1 hour on the turf field plus party time
  • 15 guests, additional guests can be paid for separately
  • $300

6. Splash Parties at The Natatorium | Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • 2-4 hours
  • 12-25 guests
  • $125-$375

7. Westside Gymnastics | Copley, OH

  • Saturdays and Sundays only
  • Up to 24 guests
  • 1.5-2 hours
  • $175-$320