Tag Archives: Community – Parent Profile

The Arabic Quilt: The Story of an Egyptian-Muslim Immigrant

Many mothers have dreamt of someday publishing a book; Aya Khalil made that dream a reality with the publication of her first children’s book, The Arabic Quilt. The story of young Kanzi, an Egyptian-Muslim immigrant struggling to find acceptance within her predominately white school, is a page from Khalil’s own history. Molly, the “mean girl”

Motherhood During COVID-19: Everything is Fine (it’s not)

My family has every advantage to get us through a pandemic: a spacious home, a stocked pantry, multiple electronic devices per family member, and plenty of good humor to go around. I am the envy of my immigrant child-self! And yet, somehow I find myself languishing in some embarrassing self-pity. I had to really unpack

A Big Heart and a Healthy Body

Ohio surrogate helps families feel complete. The decision to have and raise children allows many families to truly feel complete. For couples who need the compassion and aid of another to hold the next member of their family in their arms, a surrogate provides a means to that end. Thirty-three year old Emily Westerfeld is

The Origin Story of a Local HER-o

Visionary mom shares her odyssey Toledo mom, Lexi Hayman-Staples, is busy making Toledo even more awesome. Toledo’s art and LGBTQIA+ community knows that without Hayman-Staples, there might not be a thriving art center, and there certainly would not be a robust Toledo Pride celebration. Lexi is the Artistic Director for the Collingwood Art Center and

Providing a fitness community for local moms

In order to best care for those you love, you must also take care of yourself. As a health consultant, Jenna Lento, co-owner of Fit Mamas, saw many clients putting themselves last on the priority list. The physical and mental ramifications were unmistakable and she knew she needed to do things differently when she became a mother.