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They say it takes a village to raise a child. You'll never guess who's in ours!

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. You'll never guess who's in ours!

I'm pretty sure I raised my eyebrows and quickly turned my head to say "come again?" BUT before the words came out of my mouth, I totally got it. She is our village. Together we are raising these three little people with one common goal. To raise them up into being kind-hearted, giving, hard-working, successful members of Society. Even though co-parenting is not always easy and sometimes we have different opinions,  we are a village.  When push comes to shove, we have each other's back. 

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Our Journey to Baby Number 2: Every Month My Heart Breaks

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Our Journey to Baby Number 2: Every Month My Heart Breaks

Over the past several months I’ve tried to play it cool when people ask whether or not we are going to have another baby. “We’re not trying to, but we’re not trying not to”“We’re so busy, who knows if we can handle another child”“Someday for sure, just waiting for the perfect time”
“We’re going to wait until after [insert next big event here] to start trying. The truth is, we have been trying for several months.  Hard. And we've had no luck. 

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STEPMOM FEATURE: Jen of The Velvet Hive

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STEPMOM FEATURE: Jen of The Velvet Hive

 But something simple my grandmother always used to say has become my life-mantra. “This too shall pass.”  I think of it during the tough times (in step-parenting, especially) - but I also think of it in the beautiful times. We are promised nothing - and nothing stays the same forever: the good or the bad. So cherish the fleeting good moments - and barrel through the bad ones. They both shall pass. 

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The Week-On-Week-Off Access Schedule: 5 Tips For Preparing For Your "Week On"

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The Week-On-Week-Off Access Schedule: 5 Tips For Preparing For Your "Week On"

So I've decided to spice thing up a bit around here, and jump on the video train!

A few of you have asked what we do to ease the transition period with our "week-on-week-off" access schedule. 

I've share the 5 things we do in the video below! 
 

If you like what you see, be sure to show me some social media love by clicking LIKE + SHARE! Oh and please share your own tips & tricks below!

 
 

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There is no such thing as a PERFECT Family

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There is no such thing as a PERFECT Family

So we are back from our vacation up at the cottage, and are doing our VERY best to get back into the swing of things (while still trying to soak up the last that our Canadian Summer has to offer) 

While we were up on vacay, I received some emails from followers referring to my "perfect" family, and asking for tips on how to have the "perfect stepfamily life" 

As much as I LOVE hearing from the fabulous women who read my blog, when I read these emails all I could say was "NO! NO! NO!"

 The truth is, if you're looking for advice on how to achieve a perfectly harmonious stepfamily life, you'll need to ask someone else, because you won't find it here! 

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Our Shift In Mindset + Our Summer Goals

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Our Shift In Mindset + Our Summer Goals

Hey there!

Well, we are officially in our summer groove over here! 

We just wrapped up our first week with the kids and it was full everything that summer should be!

Ice cream runs, batting cages, beach days, sleep-ins, and some serious giggles! 

(My stepchildren come every other week, so because of the schedule, our official summer kick-off was a bit delayed) 

For some reason, I'm more excited about summer than I have been for the longest time. I feel like a kid again! I think it has something to do my husband and I making an intentional mindset shift.  

Lately, there has been all sorts of bad news around us. People getting sick, tragic accidents, shootings, riots, you name it. 
 

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Wine Wednesday + Our KICK-ASS Stepmom Community

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Wine Wednesday + Our KICK-ASS Stepmom Community

Over the past couple of years, you have told me over and over again that you wish you had more stepmoms in your network. You wish that your friends + family understood what it is like to be deep in the trenches of step-parenting. 

I don't blame you one but. Once upon a time, I felt the same way. 

Even though the number of stepmoms is ever increasing, it still seems to be a TABOO topic.
 

Newsfeeds and blogging websites are always posting articles about the nitty gritty of being a Mom... but no one seems to be able to talk about the challenges that stepmoms faces... well without being labeled as "evil" that is.

On March Break this year, my newsfeed was full of status updates from Moms saying they cannot wait for their kids to go back to school. They were at their wits end with March Break Mayhem and were dying to get back to their routine, sans kids! 

We had the kids all March Break too, and to be honest, I felt the same way. But I didn't dare post that on my Facebook Newsfeed.

 Can you imagine what the response would be if I did?

I can just see the reactions now:

"OMG I can't believe she just say that!" 
"How could she talk that way about her stepchildren?"
"She knew he had kids when she married him, what did she expect?"

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10 Tips For Stepmoms Who Want To Thrive (Not Just Survive) Stepfamily Life

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10 Tips For Stepmoms Who Want To Thrive (Not Just Survive) Stepfamily Life

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again {and again, and again and again}…

Parenting is hard, but being a stepparent is even harder!

Like, A LOT harder!

I personally love my role as a stepmom (most days anyway), but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t days when I ask myself “What the hell am I even doing here?”

If you don’t believe me, check out my instagram feed. Recently, I wrote a post about how I’ve considered packing my bags and moving to Alaska {and not leaving a note}.

Over the past three years, I’ve encountered several challenges, made even MORE mistakes, learned some pretty valuable lessons… and what I love most about this gig, is that I get to share it all with you and support you throughout this crazy journey!

I’ve made a list of my Top 10 Pieces of Advice for any stepmom looking for a little support

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