Family Life

How To Plan a Summer Vacation for a Big Family

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

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Family Life

Incredibly Romantic Date Night Ideas on a Low-Budget

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

Family Life

Can You Really Find Love on Match.com?

(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?

Co-Parenting

Children’s Belongings In Divorce

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

Co-Parenting

Why You Need Flexible Schedules in a 50/50 Co-Parenting Plan

Let me start by stating that I fully understand if you are co-parenting with a partner that does not compromise with you. Trust me when I say that my co-parenting situation with my ex-husband has not always been cooperative. It's taken a lot of effort and adaptation on both of our parts to get to… Continue reading Why You Need Flexible Schedules in a 50/50 Co-Parenting Plan

Small Ideas, Thrifty Finds

Dollar Tree Quiet Time Activity Bins for Kids

If you followed my first month of blogging in January at all, you know how much I'm obsessed with Dollar Tree and great deals. You probably also know that--like the blog title suggests--we are a big, blended family. We don't have all five of the kids together all of the time, because my husband and… Continue reading Dollar Tree Quiet Time Activity Bins for Kids

Family Life

8 Ways to REALLY Focus on Self-Care

Self-care ideas are all over social media. Lists of activities for "me time," ways to relax, morning and evening self-care routines, etc. I have several of these types of lists saved, liked, or pinned. But many of the lists that I've come across for self-care don't include some of the most important things we all… Continue reading 8 Ways to REALLY Focus on Self-Care