Parenting with a Social Life
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
Many people with, and without children, firmly believe there is no way to balance parenthood and a social life.  However, that is simply untrue.  Yes, the social life you may have had prior to children will definitely change.  No more last minute $2 Tuesdays Happy Hour when day care closes at 6:00 PM and that is ok.  However, deciding to become a parent does not mean the death of your social life, it just means you must be more strategic ..read more
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5 Minute Non- Dairy Ice Cream
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
It has been unbearably hot and humid where I live. This means the kids are stuck in the house until the sun goes down.  This also means keeping food in the house has become my main priority in life.  Like most children, my kids love anything sweet.  One day while trying to keep them busy and also cure their sweet tooth, I got the bright idea to make homemade ice cream, but with a remix. Although I am a stay-at-home-mom ..read more
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T O X I C
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
Many of us our in some sort of blended family.  Either divorced, remarried, or in a relationship with someone who has children from a previous relationship.  Blending a family often means dealing with toxic exes.  I am sure we all have stories we can share over a nice bottle of tequila on our off weekends from the kids.  What we often never hear about are the extended family members that play a role in blended families.  These individuals can be ..read more
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180 Degree Birth Story
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
Whew chile!  This blog post has been in the making FOREVER!  My goal was to post this blog several weeks ago, but for those who have children, you are aware of how rough the newborn stages are!  We are finally out of the fog and have established some sort of normalcy, I think! Baby F2 was my third pregnancy and like my other pregnancies, was uneventful.  My spouse and I were making the finally arrangements for our home birth and ..read more
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Co-parenting: The good, the bad, and the Ugly
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
It is no secret, parenting is hard!  Add parenting with an ex into the equation and it can begin to feel like a game that has secrets that must be unlocked in order to advance to the next level.  In order to effectively and efficiently co-parent, the parents involved must remember that co-parenting is a relationship.  As with any relationship, it takes work!  The relation will evolve and have its ups and downs. Prime example, my ex-husband and I separated ..read more
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What’s For Dinner?
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
Crockpot Creamy Garlic Chicken and crockpot Turkey Meatballs Did we all make it through the holiday season unscathed?  We had some minor family drama, but how does the cliché saying go, “new year, new me?”  For us this means, no drama from 2018 is coming into 2019; we have way too many positive things to prepare and look forward to.  Getting back on schedule and routine took longer than I expected, but we are finally back to our normal schedule ..read more
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2018 Self Reflection
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
My goal was to write and post this blog entry prior to the New Year. Clearly, I FAILED! Nevertheless, it’s day 4 of 2019 so the slate is clean, and I am ready to conquer this year! Before I jump feet first into 2019, I’d like to reflect on 2018. 2018 was the best year I have had since 2015. I learned so much about myself and those closest to me. I began to rebuild a relationship I consider important ..read more
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What’s for Dinner? Crockpot edition
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
Crockpot Ziti and crockpot Meatless Chili Tis the season for crockpot meals!  Every meal I have made for the last three weeks has been in a crockpot.  One, I am super pregnant so standing on my feet for an extending period of time is not happening right now!  Two, throwing all the ingredients in a crockpot, setting and forgetting it is a no brainer!  Three, I don’t really feel like cooking, cooking.  Here is the link to the CrockpotZiti.  I ..read more
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What’s for Dinner?
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
I decided to create a “What’s for dinner?” page, dedicated to fast, easy, healthy to semi-healthy meals I will personally be preparing for my family.  I absolutely HATE grocery shopping, but I love it at the same time if that makes sense. I hate going during high-peak times; Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Lucky for me, I work from home most days and tend to go grocery shopping during off-peak times. Before I go shopping, I sit down and map out meals. Yes ..read more
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Maternity Looks: Already In Your Closet
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by shirlenewebster
3y ago
Frumpy and unflattering are the first two words that come to mind when I think of maternity clothes.  If you happen to find something remotely “cute,” it is way too expensive for an article of clothing that is worn three to five months out of a pregnancy.  I purchased clothing from the major maternity store when I was pregnant with my first.  With my second pregnancy, I was introduced to the belly band which changed the game!  The belly band ..read more
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