“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
— Heller Keller

What About Stepdads?

What About Stepdads?

We just celebrated Father’s Day last weekend. Some dads grilled (or BBQed as we’d say back in Canada,) others went fishing with their kids or on their own, and then some probably enjoyed the FIFA World cup. Bernard and I had a relatively quiet Father’s Day. Both our...

It’s Time To Let Go of Negative People. Here’s How.

It’s Time To Let Go of Negative People. Here’s How.

Are you a stepmom who holds on to all the negative things the ex or stepkids say and think about you? Even when you know that holding on to negativity makes you miserable? It’s time you learn to let go of the negative people in your life. Here’s how. One...

Acts of Courtesy Can Make A Difference In People’s Lives

Acts of Courtesy Can Make A Difference In People’s Lives

One of the things I remember most about my school days were that we addressed teachers by Mrs. Miss or Mr. (Ms. wasn’t used much then). The adults in our surrounding were also addressed in the same manner. Saying please and thank you was second nature to...

7 Signs You Might Be Abandoning Your True Self

7 Signs You Might Be Abandoning Your True Self

Watch any romantic comedy and you’ll see the main characters lost in each other, daydreaming about how wonderful s/he is, letting go of things and people that mattered to them, looking for ways to please or impress their new-found love. In...

Feel Good Friday – Today is a great day!

Feel Good Friday – Today is a great day!

It's Friday and that means it's the end of the week. Maybe your week didn't start off as awesome as you hoped it would. It can be discouraging. I heard from someone close to me that things weren't going too well and it was hard, REALLY HARD! Here is what I shared:...

How to Persevere When Dealing With Stepfamily Challenges

How to Persevere When Dealing With Stepfamily Challenges

There have been days, where as a stepmom, all I wanted to do was to give up and walk away. I was tired of having to fight for a place in our home, to be seen and acknowledged, to be appreciated for what I brought to the family. Leaving could have been so...

3 Easy Ways to Create a Strong and Healthy Stepfamily

3 Easy Ways to Create a Strong and Healthy Stepfamily

Successful stepfamilies don't just happen. You need to work at it, and sometimes that can be hard to know just what to do. In order for you to create a strong and healthy stepfamily, you need to have a plan, a vision and some goals.   Here are the three...

Celebrating National Stepfamily Day

Celebrating National Stepfamily Day

National Stepfamily Day is Sept 16th and I’d love to talk to you about why it’s important to celebrate this special day and offer suggestions and ideas. If you would prefer listening to this blog post, click below Stepfamilies have come a long...

My Husband Won’t Listen To Me

My Husband Won’t Listen To Me

I’ve been a long-time follower of Alison Armstrong and love her programs about Understanding Men, Celebrating Women. When I first started dating Bernard, we’d get into these arguments about the way we’d talk to each other. I kept telling him “You just don’t get it, do...

How to Balance Your Life As a Stepmom And As a Wife/Partner.

How to Balance Your Life As a Stepmom And As a Wife/Partner.

We often hear about work/life balance, but what about balancing your life between being a stepmom and that of being a wife/partner? Wouldn’t it be great to have it all nice and neatly organized so that you have a sense of calm and stability?...

When Stepmoms Clean Up Messes They Didn’t Create

When Stepmoms Clean Up Messes They Didn’t Create

As stepmoms, we are sometimes left to clean up a mess created by others, a mess we didn’t ask for or create. We’re not always recognized or appreciated for the sacrifices we make – but in the end, know that we render a huge difference to those on the...

Be Clear on What you want for Mother’s Day.

Be Clear on What you want for Mother’s Day.

Over lunch, Bernard asked me what were my expectations around Mother’s Day this year (he knows me well after 28 years 😉). Jokingly, I told him to read this week’s newsletter. Seriously though, thinking we know what the other person wants is...

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