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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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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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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Step Parenting

How to Create Family Goals for the New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Wow, 2017 flew by.  I’m sure last night I wasn’t the only one scanning Facebook, looking over the fabulous years my friends had – engagements, weddings, babies.  It made me think… what did I achieve this year?  Last New Year’s Eve, my boyfriend and I were sitting in our rinky dink apartment watching the countdown on…

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Step Parenting, Yummies

9 Must-Haves for Quick School Lunches

In third grade, my stepdaughter used to always buy her lunch at school.  But, when we saw how much money we could save by making her lunch instead, it was kind of a no brainer. For her first day of fourth grade, I was nervous about having enough time to go through our normal morning routine AND make a school…

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Step Parenting

To Discipline or Not to Discipline

“You’re not my mom”   Stepmoms often have to find the right balance when it comes to disciplining their stepchildren.  What works for one family, might not necessarily work for another.  I have to admit, when my dad remarried when I was nineteen, I would have no problem saying “I’m not listening to you, you’re not my mom”.  They were…

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