Activities

DIY Heating Pads

A friend told me about Reddit a while ago, but I recently just rediscovered it and finally signed up. Let’s just say: I LOVE IT!!!  It is an amazing forum where you can follow different boards based on numerous different topics. I check the posts on the parenting and stepparenting almost daily (in addition to following a board dedicated purely…

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Step Parenting

Expectations

I’ve been considering writing this post for a while, but after the umpteenth time that the kids’ biological mom cancelled on them, I finally felt compelled to write it. Today, it’s all about EXPECTATIONS!   Our kids love us and they love their mom, but they have different expectations of us as parents. Their biological mom is the “fun mom,”…

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Step Parenting

Hurricane Florence

Flo, Flo go away… come again never!   Being outside of Raleigh, NC, Hurricane Florence is coming right at us.  I have been here long enough to know that hurricanes rarely reach us this far inland as they typically break up the moment they hit land.  We generally only end up with a lot of rain and if you are…

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Activities

Movie Nights

Biological moms and stepmoms have all sorts of different relationships. Ideally, biological moms are cordial, but sometimes there is still animosity simply for the fact that you are someone new in their kids’ lives. I’ve had my fair share of insults thrown my way, but most recently I have been excused of “Pinterest Parenting” (whatever that means). I think it…

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Step Parenting

New Beginnings

I set out this year with a number of goals – one being to regularly blog twice per week. It seemed easy and achievable, but, you know, life happened and it quickly got pushed down my list of priorities until I no longer was blogging. I missed my blog – a lot. I’m pretty sure it had an issue and…

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Activities

Disney World Essentials

  Our past trip to Disney was the first one I have ever taken as an adult. I have to say it was quite different being responsible for two kids instead of experiencing the magic as a kid yourself. You are extremely aware of all the stresses that go into a Disney vacation. There is the heat, crowds, and the…

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Activities, Step Parenting

Disney Birthday Surprise

I wanted to provide an update to all of my readers as I have been seemingly absent for nearly two months now. I have to say the past months have been a complete whirlwind filled with birthdays, work, and vacation. Over a month ago, my stepdaughter turned 10-years-old. We knew this was a big one that we were going to…

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Step Parenting

Bearing that Mental Load

I came across a comic on Facebook the other day called “You Should’ve Asked” that talked about mothers typically taking on more of a mental load than their partners.  That mental load referred to the burden of having to organize, plan, and remember about a gazillion different things at once.  As moms, we do this ALL the time.  I am…

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Yummies

Banana Boats

  We always love to celebrate my stepdaughter’s good grades, often with a trip to the local frozen yogurt or ice cream place.  I simply cannot resist ice cream or really any sweets for that matter, which is something my stepdaughter and I have in common.  She has been getting fours (highest grade) consistently for a number of weeks so…

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Step Parenting

Meeting Mom

My boyfriend and I recently watched the movie “Daddy’s Home” starring Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg. In the movie, Farrell is a new stepdad to two children when their biological father (Wahlberg) returns home to visit. What ensues is a typical laugh out loud comedy featuring incredible jealousy and raging competition between the two dads. While the movie was at…

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