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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Activities, Yummies

Homemade Sushi with Kids

  My stepdaughter LOVES sushi, absolutely loves it more than anything.  I personally had never even had sushi before I met her father.  But, it has now become somewhat of a regular thing in our family to celebrate good grades or end of school or just for a special night out.  What she wanted for Christmas this year though was…

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Yummies

Three-Course Fondue Night

  In my last blog post, I talked about creating new family traditions and mentioned that I made a three-course fondue night for my stepdaughter.  This was A LOT of work, but totally worth the effort!  It helped to create a lasting memory and let’s just say the food was pretty dang amazing.   The Melting Pot has long been…

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Yummies

Lasagna Soup

  I love cooking, but when you’re pressed for time at the end of a work day and kids have to get to bed, I am always looking for something quick and easy to make.  When I was single, I rarely experimented with cooking anything new.  I had pasta probably a few times per week simply because it required hardly…

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Yummies

Crockpot Skyline Chili

  One of my absolute favorite recipes is a copycat version of Skyline Chili.  This chili hails from a diner by the same name located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This recipe was passed on to me from a friend of a friend, as I will admit I have never actually had THE Skyline Chili.  This is a family favorite though as…

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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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Activities

Top 10 Road Trip Essentials

  I wouldn’t say I love road trips, but, with a family of four, flying is just so damn expensive!  So, we have had our fair share of 8-10 hour trips in the car – often with varying success.  For the most part, the kids are good with the exception of the occasional sibling bickering.  I found these ten items…

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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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