I tend to make a pretty big deal out of birthday parties. I don't ever go "over the top"--except maybe my first-born child's first birthday when I had a petting zoo come to our house--but I do like to make sure it's a special time for the birthday child to feel celebrated. (By the way,… Continue reading Better Co-Parenting: Throwing Birthday Parties Together
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I mentioned in a previous Goodwill haul post how much I adore Kathryn from "Do It On a Dime." One of her recent YouTube videos featured her super affordable, easy and adorable spring decor DIY projects. What I liked most was the nautical rope wreath! So gorgeous, simple, and--of course--made exclusively with Dollar Tree items.… Continue reading Easy Dollar Tree DIY—Nautical Rope Wreath for Every Occasion
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite "small" holidays. I love the bright greens and gold everywhere, rainbows, the parade, and all of the fun ways we celebrate. When I purchased the bag of green sand and glow-in-the-dark filler pieces to make our Dollar Tree Fairy Garden, I knew I could find another fun… Continue reading Leprechaun Treasure Hunt—Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day Game for Kids
(Note: While the focus of this post is stepparent and child relationships, the same can be said for and applied to any new adult/child relationship--child care providers, teachers, nanny, etc. Read on!) You've likely been at a park with your children and seen a child you've never met misbehaving. Maybe they're throwing rocks at other… Continue reading Building a Relationship Is More Powerful Than Discipline—Advice Every Stepparent Needs
Our big, blended family loves Goodwill shopping. The fact that you never know exactly what you'll find and that you have to dig through what I call "controlled chaos" stresses some people out, but for us, it's like a treasure hunt. We visit Goodwill about once a month, picking up items we need now, or… Continue reading Monthly Goodwill Haul + Clothing Try-On
It's still snowy and cold in the Midwest, but Dollar Tree is already getting ready for spring with their Easter and gardening products on their shelves. I picked up several Dollar Tree garden items to help the girls make a simple, inexpensive fairy garden. We also incorporated some messy, sensory play into the project. Here… Continue reading Dollar Tree Fairy Garden + Messy Play
Planning a summer vacation for a family of seven takes a lot of consideration, especially when you have a blended family. Because we have two different co-parenting situations for our children, we have to plan any big event well in advance, taking into consideration both of our parenting plans with our exes. Last summer, we… Continue reading How To Plan a Summer Vacation for a Big Family
Life is about balance, and budgeting for date night is no exception. Sometimes we spend hundreds of dollars on a weekend trip as a couple, and other times we balance those more expensive trips with low-budget date night ideas. Low-budget does not have to mean low-quality. No matter how much or how little we spend,… Continue reading Incredibly Romantic Date Night Ideas on a Low-Budget
(This post is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Match.com; I'm just telling it like it is!) I was a divorced mom of three children--three children from two different fathers. One father was my ex-husband, and the other was no longer in our life. I worked full-time, and could spare maybe one date night… Continue reading Can You Really Find Love on Match.com?
A few weeks ago, I volunteered for my son’s school field trip. When I arrived, I stood in a group of several other parent volunteers. We talked as we waited for the bus to arrive with the children, and we quickly discovered that all of us were divorced. The discussion quickly turned to what seems… Continue reading Children’s Belongings In Divorce