How Not to Mess Up As a Stepparent

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I became a stepmom when I was 19 years old to 3 kids. When I became a stepmom, I inherited 2 twins boys that were 4 and a girl that was 5.  They were the best kids I had ever met and I knew that our new family was going to be amazing. Little did I know that being a stepparent was not going to be easy and that after having my own girls, that I would discover that being a stepparent was a lot harder than being a parent to kids that I actually gave birth to. Over the years I learned a lot, and one thing I learned was how not to mess up as a stepparent. Before I give you tips on how not to mess up as a stepparent, I want to tell you that I have been a stepmom for over … [Read more...]

Handprint Friendship Shirt

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I am in love with handprint and footprint projects for kids. One of my favorite projects that I did for my daycare kids is the one I had them make for their dads to show them how much they loved them. You can see it here. I am always trying to come up with a creative handprint or/and footprint craft because they are great keepsakes that parents love and will cherish forever. Recently, I received a Cricut Explore and knew I wanted to make a fun shirt for my kids. After having a fabulous idea pop in my head, I knew that I wanted to make my kids a handprint friendship shirt that they would be able to cherish for years. I am in love with this shirt. It is very simple … [Read more...]

Items You Should Register for When Having a Baby

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. When you find out that you are having a baby there is a lot of planning and organizing that has to happen. Not only do you have to prepare the baby's new room but you also have to choose a daycare if you decide to work outside of the home. In addition, before the baby arrives, most parents like to create a baby registry for anyone that might be interested in gifting them a baby to be present. In my opinion, this is the most fun part of being pregnant. Who doesn't love to receive gifts? After having 3 little girls and registering for each one, I have learned a lot about what items you should register for when having a baby.   When you go to the store or search online … [Read more...]

13 Reasons Why Teens Need Their Parents to Be in Their Business

This post contains affiliate links. Please see here for details. If you are a parent or a school official, then you need to make sure that you watch 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. It is based on the book written by Jay Asher. You can find the book on Amazon, here. As a parent, I recommend that you and your kids read this book. 13 Reasons Why tells the story of a young girl that commits suicide and leaves behind a box of tapes that tell her story and her justification for doing it. For a parent, this is a hard series to watch because as adults we cannot always relate to what our kids may be going through because of the change in times from when we were in school. Throughout the time I was watching 13 Reasons Why, I came to realize just how … [Read more...]

12 Things I Hate About Disney

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. If you have been following my blog, then you know that my family loves Disney. We have been lucky enough to visit Disney around 5 times and always yearn to return as quickly as possible. As I have said in previous posts, there is something about walking through the gates of the Magic Kingdom and feeling a sense of magic and happiness, but even with all of the magic that my family feels in our hearts, there are things we do not like. I am sure that I am going to get a lot of heat for this post, but as much as I love Disney, nothing is perfect and in my opinion, there are at least 12 things I hate about Disney. Even though there are some things that I hate about … [Read more...]

Themed Baby Shower Gift Ideas

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I have to admit that when I shop for a new mom I like to be creative, so I avoid shopping completely off of their gift registry list. I do, however, make an effort to look at their gift registry to have a better understanding of what they need and want. Once I choose a few gifts, I like to create a theme for each gift and make the baby shower gift for the new mom and dad even more special and fun. I am currently waiting for the arrival of my second grandchild to arrive so I thought it would be fun to share a few themed baby shower gift ideas that I have in mind. Creating themed baby shower gifts are simple and fun. I love having my girls help me because it allows them … [Read more...]

What to Teach Your Kids Before Going on a Cruise

This post contains affiliate links, please see here for full disclosure. During Spring Break, my family and I went on an amazing Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas cruise. We had such a fantastic time and enjoyed every second of it. During the cruise, I learned a lot that will prepare me for my cruise on the Liberty of the Seas, such as Helpful Tips Before Boarding. In addition, while I was traveling with my girls, I realized that there was a lot that I was having to teach and remind my girls during the cruise. In an effort to help other parents, I thought that it might be helpful to gather up everything that I learned so you know what to teach your kids before going on a cruise.  My girls are 11, 10 and 5 years old. … [Read more...]