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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Step Parenting

Making Time for Yourself

“I lived a simple, single life”   A typical weekend for me before kids included sleeping in, heading to a morning fitness class, making something for lunch, taking a nap, binging Netflix on the couch with my cat, and maybe meeting up with a friend for dinner.  I lived a simple, single life. When I met my boyfriend and his…

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Step Parenting

Am I a Mommy?

Do you help out with homework?  Do you help cook meals?  Do you love and care for their children as if they were your own?  Are you a positive influence in their life?  Do you encourage them to grow and develop into incredible tiny human beings? Then, YES!   It took me a while to realize that I am as…

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