Co-Parenting

Better Co-Parenting: Throwing Birthday Parties Together

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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Easy DIY, Thrifty Finds

Easy Dollar Tree DIY—Nautical Rope Wreath for Every Occasion

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

Small Ideas

Leprechaun Treasure Hunt—Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day Game for Kids

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

Stepparenting

Building a Relationship Is More Powerful Than Discipline—Advice Every Stepparent Needs

(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

Thrifty Finds

Monthly Goodwill Haul + Clothing Try-On

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

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