13 Tips to Help Keep Your Child Safe On Social Media

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With technology and social apps advancing as fast as they are it’s important to know how to keep your child safe on social media. I’ve been a mom since 2003 and one of the absolute toughest things I’ve had to deal with is figuring out how to manage my children and social media. Nothing scares me or overwhelms me more right now as a mom. I think social media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family {Read More}

My Road Trip: FREE Christmas Printable for Kids

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Good morning and happy Friday! Can you believe Thanksgiving is already less than a week away? I just think that’s nuts. Time is flying. It looks like we’ll be getting our first snowstorm today so it will definitely be beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Time to put out the yard decorations! Each year around Christmas time our family takes a road trip down to Arkansas to spend time with family. We have family in both Arkansas and Texas {Read More}

What Happens in a Blended Family When it ‘Breaks’?

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This is kind of a random post but it’s something that’s been on my heart. I apologize if this post is all over the map but it’s somewhat difficult to pinpoint my thoughts in an organized way with this subject. Let’s see how it goes… Note: Blended family talk is complicated. Fill in the stepparent/stepchild titles how you see fit. Personally I think of my stepchildren as my own but for technical purposes and to make this *hopefully* easier to {Read More}

13 Things I Want My Teenage Son To Know

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My first born turns 13 years old today! This is an amazing milestone in both of our lives and it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since the first day I laid eyes on him. He’s at the stage in life where he’s not a little kid but he’s not quite a grown up. He definitely has the appetite of an NFL linebacker but he still gives me a hug before bed. For the sake of his own privacy, I’m choosing {Read More}

My Stepmom Philosophy (7 Years In)

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In the grand scheme of things, I’m probably considered a relatively “new” stepmom. But, the situations I’ve experienced on this seven year journey make me feel at least somewhat qualified to write about the philosophy I have about stepmotherhood. I think it’s also important to mention that I’ve been a stepchild since the age of about 8. My experiences have given me plenty of insight and I wanted to share some of that with you. I am not an expert and don’t claim to be. {Read More}

When Father’s Day Is Hard + How to Make It More Tolerable

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Disclaimer: I know this isn’t “popular” content for a widely celebrated national holiday. I also know millions struggle with caretaker relationships. I’m not sure everything I write in this post is going to come across as well as I’d like it to but I’ll try my best. This isn’t a post bashing fathers of any kind. (The words father, dad, stepfather, caretaker can be used interchangeably – whatever Father’s Day means for you.) It’s encouragement for those who struggle on Father’s {Read More}

Mother’s Day in a Blended Family + A Letter to My Mom {Book Review}

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Mother’s Day has come and gone and I hope you had a great weekend celebrating mom and/or you. If Mother’s Day is tough for you for any reason, my heart is with you too. Blended families make Mother’s Day tough for me at times but I’m thankful I was able to spend some time with all of our kids yesterday. On Friday they all came home with fun Mother’s Day gifts that they made in school: Love, love, love! Now I {Read More}

Grief Strikes Again + Quotes for the Grief-Stricken Heart

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I am not even going to pretend like today is another day. I have a terrible poker face and would not feel or be authentic if I blogged about anything other than what I’m feeling today and that is overwhelming grief. I have been using writing as an outlet ever since I can remember. Writing is what I always fall back on when I can’t think of anything to say out loud. It’s pretty much the only thing I’m able to {Read More}

100 Days of School DIY Idea {T-Shirt}

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It’s Thursday! I like Thursdays. I hope yours is going pretty good so far? I just finished today’s workout and then had some yummy lunch to satisfy my super hungry belly. My workout was my first attempt at Dirty 30 Fix Extreme which actually went pretty well. You can see a complete overview of all the workouts here. Soon after it was time for lunch so I popped some leftover beef and butternut squash stew into the microwave. I was {Read More}

Afterlife

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I. miss. Diesel. This past week was easily one of the roughest of my entire life. On Wednesday afternoon I was sitting down on the sofa watching Wendy Williams while eating my soup and sandwich when it happened. I got the phone call. As soon as I saw the phone number on my cell phone I knew it was the vet. They were calling to let me know that Diesel was ready to be picked up. Tears started flowing before {Read More}