The Awesome Power of An Adults-Only Vacay (and How To Get One)

This may come as a shock to you, but Gabe and I did not marry because we wanted to create a stepfamily.  Our children are a wildly important part of our lives. My mom and stepmom identity is an important part of who I am, as is my identity as a wife, daughter, coach and writer, but [...]

The Troublesome Truth about Trips (and Four Ways to Cope)

This time of year always finds me itching for an escape. The regular routine of our life together seems to drone on endlessly. Check the school folders, take out the recycling, walk the dog; wash, rinse and repeat. The weather is warming just enough to make me ache for long sunny days and warm breezes, [...]

The Surprising Secret of Separate Vacations

Gabe is leaving me this weekend. He's humming as he packs his suitcase, looking forward to the next several days he'll spend on the road with his children. You read that right, Gabe and his children are traveling without me. There was a time, not so long ago, when the idea of separate vacations made me anxious. [...]

Hit the Road With These Single Parent Travel Tips

We have travel in our blood. Each of my children was airborne before he could sit up, and I've changed diapers on three continents. For the past fifteen years, we've traveled by plane, train and automobile anywhere our hearts desired, and our wallets stretched to afford. Given my divorce and the complexities of our now blended family [...]

By | 2017-02-27T11:25:15+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Our Life Together, Traveling Together|

Vacation Mistakes We Make Every.Damn.Time

We just got back from a weekend in the mountains with all the children.  Just typing that phrase makes me anxious.  Vacations have a Groundhog's Day air about them around here - lots gets repeated, little is learned and there's too much crying and too little vacay-ing. When we first bought the RV, we committed to getting [...]

By | 2016-12-15T17:30:08+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Blended Family Tips, Our Life Together, Traveling Together|