I need. Need. Need. My alone time. (I’m selfish that way. Like seriously you have no idea.) So over a year ago, I tried going to the coffee shop before the kids woke up in the mornings. That way I … Continue reading 3+ME: Girl-time > me-time (sometimes)
They drive me nuts. They make me panic. They stress me out. And I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Am I talking about stepkids or paintings? Trick question I guess — it could go both ways. In a way, … Continue reading 3+Me: Thankful for the panic
“Didn’t we JUST buy that bathing suit? What do you mean, it doesn’t fit?” — Me, to my 8-year-old stepdaughter Kids outgrow clothes too fast. That’s just one of the reasons why I like to shop at Savers. If you’ve … Continue reading 3+ME: Kids outgrow clothes, but hopefully not money lessons
Yep, an actual legit tattoo. One of my favorite professors from college reached out a few months ago, with some awesome ideas to combine in a … Continue reading So I designed a tattoo
Ah, summer and part-time custody. If you’ve got a blended family like ours, chances are summers toss a few curveballs over home plate. Or at the very least, over home itself. I guess that’s generically true for any family — … Continue reading 3+ME: A stepmom’s summertime, and the livin’ is … easy?
Give a child a sledgehammer. Then get out of the way. Because apparently when you have a deck that needs demolishing, kids get really excited about helping. Particularly boys. I know this because we in fact had a deck that … Continue reading 3+ME: Smashing things and building friendships
“Can you reach that for me?” “How do you cook a spaghetti squash?” “Why is the Xbox going so slow?” “Did we use Drano in the sink?” “What’s the Internet password? Again?” There is only one person in our house … Continue reading 3+ME: This dad can solve any problem. As long as it’s before 2:08 a.m.
You can’t control a lot of things. Like sleep. You can’t really control how fast or slow you fall asleep. No matter how tired you are, sometimes you just can’t catch any shuteye. And sometimes no matter how awake you … Continue reading 3+ME: Staying awake for the world of preteens
Roses are red. Thorns make us feel blue. Sometimes life isn’t awesome — Tell your stepkids the truth. “What was the worst part of your day?” my stepdaughter’s little voice asked over the dinner table. The worst part of my … Continue reading 3+ME: Be honest about the thorns, too
#bonusmomnotstepmom A friend hashtagged a social media post with this a few weeks ago, and I paused when I saw it. I understood why she’d written it. Her blended family situation is very different from mine: She’s the full-time maternal … Continue reading 3+ME: ‘Stepkid’ vs. ‘my kid’: How important are the names we use?