Stepmomming | Helping Stepmoms Write Their Own Happily Ever After.
Hey there, I'm Kristen! I'm an Air Force wife and [step]mom to a beautiful 7-year-old, and I run on coffee, wine, and Amazon Prime, I blog at kandyapplemama.com where I provide comfort and guidance for overwhelmed stepmoms, encouraging and helping them to write their own happily ever afters.
Termination of Parental Rights. Those four little words are incredibly heavy and packed with so much emotion: fear, sadness, and confusion. They are four terrifying words when you’re a parent. No one wants to make a decision like that, and most condemn someone for the decision. What happens when you or your partner feel backed […]
Though I’m a divorce and family law attorney, I occasionally draft simple wills for my prior clients, particularly after divorce when they wish to configure who gets what in the event of passing. In addition to being a lawyer, I’m also a proud stepmom to a high school senior here in New Jersey. My husband […]
“I know both of my moms’ favorite colors! Mommy’s is purple, and Mama K‘s is teal.” We had been playing with play-doh one evening when my stepdaughter shared her revelation about favorite colors. But the phrasing took me by complete surprise. “Both of my moms. ” I can’t say I hated it. It was her […]
Have you ever struggled to find the perfect “edge” for a party you’re hosting? You don’t want to serve the same boring dinner you served last time, and you don’t want your guests to be underwhelmed with your entertainment for the evening. I’ve been here more times than I count. For my first housewarming party, […]
Have you ever had one of those seemingly innocuous conversations that end up slapping you in the face with a big fat reality check? That happened to me recently. I was talking to a friend one day (not a close friend but more like one you catch up with every few months and skim the […]
There are countless reasons to love Friday: the end of the work week, the end of the school week, no bedtimes, live music at the bar, Rebecca Black songs… Seriously, countless reasons. But my personal favorite reason to celebrate Fri-Yay! is that it’s Family Game Night for us! Every Friday we eat dinner, turn on […]
As Carrie Bradshaw says on Sex and the City, “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” As women, we pride ourselves on our friendships. Our “girl talks” over cocktails or coffee. Sometimes if we are lucky, we can even have relaxing girl time getting facials or our nails done. […]
You know those memes you see about the mom who shows up at the carpool line with her hair and makeup done? You know the ones… where the brave, sweatpants-wearing moms are judging the “over the top” mom for being put-together. Well, that’s me… the put-together [step]mom, and I’m not afraid to brag about it. […]
It’s almost Easter time, and I’m so excited! He is risen, Spring is here, and it’s wonderful to see the sun again! Easter is a time full of traditions for many: new Easter dresses, church services, Easter egg dying and egg hunts, photos with the Bunny at the mall… Whatever your tradition choice, you probably look back […]
Thinking back, I don’t remember the exact verbiage, but I’ll never forget the way that text made me feel. I experienced a mixture of shame, shock, and anger. I was personally offended but also rocked to my core because I had been put in my place… a place I’d never been before, and a place […]