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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Yummies

Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

  If you are like me then you barely have time to eat anything proper for breakfast. More often than not, I end up chugging a Breakfast Essentials all while getting kids out of bed, dressed, fed, and while making lunches. I have a very strict morning routine that the kids can now do on auto-pilot in order to get…

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Activities

Tie Knot Blankets

  Winters in North Carolina can be difficult – there is rarely any snow but it is always way too cold to send kids out to play. Last week though, I knew that we were going to be headed into a series of snow days and have extended time trapped in the house (NC can’t handle anything more than an…

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Activities, Yummies

Snow Ice Cream

  Yesterday, we got a total of eight inches of snow – more than I have ever seen since moving to North Carolina ten years ago! The kids don’t even have snow boots and pants simply because there hasn’t been the need for them. But, that didn’t stop them from spending time outside building snowmen, making snow angels in the…

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Step Parenting

Adjusting to Step-Grandchildren

My grandmother just passed away yesterday, which has me reflecting on a lot of things right now. I was extremely close with her when I was growing up in Pittsburgh, but hadn’t been able to keep in touch as much when I moved down to North Carolina a number of years ago. I fortunately got to know her for many,…

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