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Family time is extremely important to my boyfriend and me. We always put our children first and make sure all of their needs are met, no matter what, even if that means losing sleep at night to cuddle one back to sleep because he or she doesn’t feel well, had a nightmare or was scared by a thunderstorm. We eagerly step up to the plate to take care of each other’s children no questions asked. We will even lose sleep to take care of each other when we’re sick. There have been many nights he has lost sleep because...

A few weeks back my FSS (future stepson) celebrated his 10th birthday. We asked him what he wanted for a party and he chose a Minecraft one. That inevitably meant I had to go on a Pinterest search for Minecraft birthday party decorations. We had a limited budget to work with, so I got creative and made some decorations. He was thrilled with the results, as were my children. If you’re looking for budget-friendly options for a Minecraft party, these ideas will help you. ...

When you find yourself in a new relationship once divorced, and your significant other has children, what is your roll in that relationship? What are your responsibilities? When I got divorced I knew that more than likely I would end up with someone who had children from a previous relationship. In fact, most dates I went on were with guys who had children. I felt they understood my situation as a single mom better — that my kids come first, no matter what. Whoever I was with needed to understand how important my children are...

Last night my son was full of piss and vinegar. Chris and I were laying on the bed, talking, when my son and daughter walked in and Blake did what he does best. If you’re a Cake Boss fan, you’ll love this short video of my son. He and my daughter are fans of the show, so to hear him come out with this made Chris and I laugh our butts off. ...

Posted on Feb 21 2013 - 6:36pm by Nicole Smith
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If you ever walked in my boyfriend’s basement, one of the things you’d notice is that his son has a HUGE collection of Legos. I thought my son had a lot but it’s nothing in comparison. And believe me, his son makes use of his collection. I’m in awe of the things he creates at nine years old. He has quite the imagination and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up becoming an architect one day. As for my son, he’s still young so his designs aren’t as intricate as my the nine-year-old but he...

Like many people I know, I have given some thought to New Year’s resolutions. Last year was a rough year for me in so many ways, and I certainly don’t want a repeat of it. I’m not sure I could handle another year that is as rough as the last was. I can honestly say, though, that 2012 ended on a far better note than it started. I welcomed in the New Year with family: my son and daughter, my boyfriend, Chris, and his two kids. Although, Blake fell asleep long before the ball dropped. The other three managed to stay...