Best Toddler Friendly Adventures

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One of the biggest things I have learned being a mom is that you have to create adventures for you and your child, each and every day.  It is important that we make learning fun and exciting.  We are fortunate to be able to explore with our toddlers and teach them many of the adventures that the world has to offer.

But let’s be honest, sometimes we get in a rut or just need to get out of the house.  And living where we do, in the Northwest, we have so many great places we can visit both indoors and outdoors within a very short drive.  For those times where you are having an adventure mind block, here is a list of great places for toddlers to roam free (kinda) and explore. Continue reading


Just Shut Up!!!!  SAHM vs Working Moms

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I think I have officially had it!!!  I am so sick and tired of seeing demeaning comments by both Stay-at-home Moms and Working Moms.  It’s just ridiculous.  Guess what everybody, being a mom is hard no matter what.  And I don’t just mean being a biological mom, I am referring to being a stepmom, being a stay-at-home mom, being a working mom, being a single mom … and every other category that people seem to want to classify moms into. Continue reading


10 Steps to Being a Good Stepmom

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I consider myself an extremely lucky woman.  I have been a stepmom (or bonus mom) twice.  In my first marriage, I had two beautiful step-kids, one girl and one boy.  They are now 18 and 23, and have turned out to be such amazing young adults.

In my current marriage, I have two more sweet and beautiful step-kids, again one boy and one girl.  I can’t tell you in words how much I love all four kids.  They have all brought me so much joy.

Whether you are a stepmom or stepdad, a girlfriend or boyfriend, this role is so important in a child’s life.  In both of my marriages and also in other relationships, I have dealt with many different ex-significant others.  I have learned a lot and know I need to continue learning everyday.

With a lot of thought and advice, I have come up with 10 Steps to Being a Good Stepmom.  Obviously, there is no one way to be a good stepmom or stepdad, but these are things that have guided me.  I may not have been the best, but I did my best and don’t regret how I loved and love my step-kids.

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