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  • Well, life sure does have a way of changing quickly, doesn't it? This time last week, we knew the Coronavirus threat was emerging, but who could have thought that things would be so different in the span of a few short days? And that it would continue to change by the hour.  I'm guessing you [...]

  • One of the things they teach you in Stepmom School is how to bond with your stepkids. Wait, there's a school for this? No, I'm kidding - there is absolutely not a school for stepparents. Which I found out the hard way when I was looking for resources as a new stepmom. Although I'm not [...]

  • I've written before about how much I love a good handwritten card or letter. So much so that my husband and I now run a handwritten note business. It's easy to fire off an email or text. But it's less easy to convey pure emotion that way. So I wrote a piece recently for Medium [...]

  • We all know a stepmom's role is unusual. And whether you're called "stepmonster" or "bonus mom", the role is much more complicated than any name you've got. It can be a constant struggle to let go of the anger caused by tough family dynamics. So we decided we would lighten things up and have some fun. [...]

  • Have you set your New Year's resolutions? If you're like me, you've been thinking about them but haven't put pen to paper just yet. Well, let's change that. I've been thinking a lot lately about how the role of stepparent shapes every aspect of my life. So it occurred to me that maybe we need [...]

  • A DIY Christmas Ornament? Made By ME? I love making crafts. I've always loved to walk the aisles at Michael's, imagining the amazing wreath I would make, or painted birdhouse. Or perfectly iced cake. The problem is crafts don't really love me. And by that, I mean, have you ever perused the #pinterestfail hashtag? Or [...]

  • Well, life sure does have a way of changing quickly, doesn't it? This time last week, we knew the Coronavirus threat was emerging, but who could have thought that things would be so different in the span of a few short days? And that it would continue to change by the hour.  I'm guessing you [...]

  • One of the things they teach you in Stepmom School is how to bond with your stepkids. Wait, there's a school for this? No, I'm kidding - there is absolutely not a school for stepparents. Which I found out the hard way when I was looking for resources as a new stepmom. Although I'm not [...]

  • I've written before about how much I love a good handwritten card or letter. So much so that my husband and I now run a handwritten note business. It's easy to fire off an email or text. But it's less easy to convey pure emotion that way. So I wrote a piece recently for Medium [...]

  • We all know a stepmom's role is unusual. And whether you're called "stepmonster" or "bonus mom", the role is much more complicated than any name you've got. It can be a constant struggle to let go of the anger caused by tough family dynamics. So we decided we would lighten things up and have some fun. [...]

  • Have you set your New Year's resolutions? If you're like me, you've been thinking about them but haven't put pen to paper just yet. Well, let's change that. I've been thinking a lot lately about how the role of stepparent shapes every aspect of my life. So it occurred to me that maybe we need [...]

  • A DIY Christmas Ornament? Made By ME? I love making crafts. I've always loved to walk the aisles at Michael's, imagining the amazing wreath I would make, or painted birdhouse. Or perfectly iced cake. The problem is crafts don't really love me. And by that, I mean, have you ever perused the #pinterestfail hashtag? Or [...]