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  • What is something you would do if there were no restrictions or limitations? I would be a stay-at-home mommy. That has always been my biggest dream, although I love what I do now! #ifonly #dreambig #reachforthestars
  • What is something you would do if there were no restrictions or limitations? I would be a stay-at-home mommy. That has always been my biggest dream, although I love what I do now! #ifonly #dreambig #reachforthestars
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  • Can’t wait to see our kiddos this weekend!

After dealing with weekend exchanges for close to 6 years and not knowing what to expect from our kiddos I’ve posted a blog of my suggestions on it; see link in bio.
  • Can’t wait to see our kiddos this weekend!

    After dealing with weekend exchanges for close to 6 years and not knowing what to expect from our kiddos I’ve posted a blog of my suggestions on it; see link in bio.
  •  24  3  50 minutes ago
  • @sheriabrooksjr I remember when we became friends more than 20 years ago thinking to myself… “Wow this woman is doing a lot by herself” 🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️
When we got married about a year later, one of the toughest things for you to do was to allow me to lead... you had been so accustomed to doing everything on your own and you didn’t know what it was like to NOT be in control! 👉🏿 Thanks for stepping aside so that I could step up. 👉🏿 Thanks for the value that you add to my life and to the life of those that you Coach! 👉🏿 Thanks for putting in the work to become the best version of yourself! #swipeleft⬅️ #ThankfulThursday #WeAllNeedSomeHelp #linkinbio🔝
  • @sheriabrooksjr I remember when we became friends more than 20 years ago thinking to myself… “Wow this woman is doing a lot by herself” 🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️
    When we got married about a year later, one of the toughest things for you to do was to allow me to lead... you had been so accustomed to doing everything on your own and you didn’t know what it was like to NOT be in control! 👉🏿 Thanks for stepping aside so that I could step up. 👉🏿 Thanks for the value that you add to my life and to the life of those that you Coach! 👉🏿 Thanks for putting in the work to become the best version of yourself! #swipeleft⬅️ #ThankfulThursday #WeAllNeedSomeHelp #linkinbio🔝
  •  9  1  56 minutes ago
  • I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly I want from this instagram and the adjoining YouTube channel.

I’ve been raising kids since I myself was 16.  I raised my children on various blogs.  Then I discovered YouTube.  Now they have mostly grown up.  We have three out of five who have graduated from high school.  My “parenting” days of interest are over.  Plus even though I’m still up to my eyes in laundry, always have a ton of dishes than need done, and still run around playing taxi- it is time to focus on things that I like.  That’s where this idea came from!

But I also can’t give up some aspects of my life.  So as much as this will be a bookstagram, you’ll also find that I share things happening in my life. From accomplishments to struggles. From kids to home.  I just can’t simply give up that aspect and focus solely on the books I’m reading. Because the times I can’t read are still exciting. Maybe even more exciting because I’m doing something else in life that I enjoy as well.

So, is it wrong that I’m still going to combine these two?  I hope not.

#jesslexicreader #booktube #booktuber #readabook #anxietyhelp #youtube #dyslexia #books #reading #bookstagram #booklover #readersofinstagram #linkinbio #largefamilylife #blendedfamily #lifestyle
  • I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly I want from this instagram and the adjoining YouTube channel.

    I’ve been raising kids since I myself was 16. I raised my children on various blogs. Then I discovered YouTube. Now they have mostly grown up. We have three out of five who have graduated from high school. My “parenting” days of interest are over. Plus even though I’m still up to my eyes in laundry, always have a ton of dishes than need done, and still run around playing taxi- it is time to focus on things that I like. That’s where this idea came from!

    But I also can’t give up some aspects of my life. So as much as this will be a bookstagram, you’ll also find that I share things happening in my life. From accomplishments to struggles. From kids to home. I just can’t simply give up that aspect and focus solely on the books I’m reading. Because the times I can’t read are still exciting. Maybe even more exciting because I’m doing something else in life that I enjoy as well.

    So, is it wrong that I’m still going to combine these two? I hope not.

    #jesslexicreader #booktube #booktuber #readabook #anxietyhelp #youtube #dyslexia #books #reading #bookstagram #booklover #readersofinstagram #linkinbio #largefamilylife #blendedfamily #lifestyle
  •  9  0  1 hour ago
  • April 2, 2019 while I was making supper Lily was doing a flip on the trampoline and hit her nose. It bled a lot and hurt badly so we decided to go to the ER for an x-ray to rule out a broken nose. I left Amelia in charge and Ryan came to the hospital on his way home from work. After almost an hour in the waiting room, Amelia called me in a panic, crying saying Forrest was bleeding. So I left the hospital and went home to access the situation. Forrest lost a lightsaber battle with one of the older brothers and got clocked in the head with the hard handle, which split his head open. I called Ryan from the house and said I was coming back to the hospital with Forrest. what are the chances. So we sat in the waiting room with our oldest and youngest until it was their turn to be seen (they roomed them together). Lily’s X-ray showed her nose wasn’t broken, and Forrest had his cut glued shut with some dermabond. All in a days work I suppose. I’m just glad every day isn’t quite that exciting. So far we still haven’t had a broken bone or stitches in our blended crew of 8. Hopefully it stays that way! #knockonwood #blendedfamily
  • April 2, 2019 while I was making supper Lily was doing a flip on the trampoline and hit her nose. It bled a lot and hurt badly so we decided to go to the ER for an x-ray to rule out a broken nose. I left Amelia in charge and Ryan came to the hospital on his way home from work. After almost an hour in the waiting room, Amelia called me in a panic, crying saying Forrest was bleeding. So I left the hospital and went home to access the situation. Forrest lost a lightsaber battle with one of the older brothers and got clocked in the head with the hard handle, which split his head open. I called Ryan from the house and said I was coming back to the hospital with Forrest. what are the chances. So we sat in the waiting room with our oldest and youngest until it was their turn to be seen (they roomed them together). Lily’s X-ray showed her nose wasn’t broken, and Forrest had his cut glued shut with some dermabond. All in a days work I suppose. I’m just glad every day isn’t quite that exciting. So far we still haven’t had a broken bone or stitches in our blended crew of 8. Hopefully it stays that way! #knockonwood #blendedfamily
  •  9  0  2 hours ago
  • So long winter...summer is here to stay!! Not sure what feels like summer more;☀️
. • today being the start of Memorial Day weekend🇺🇸
• a silent ride in my car (no more snow tires) ❄️
• or that I’m COVERED in DIRT and grass clippings from my very first mow at my house!! 🏡
.

Bring on the summer days and nights...and old man winter, don’t think of ever coming back!! 🌬
  • So long winter...summer is here to stay!! Not sure what feels like summer more;☀️
    . • today being the start of Memorial Day weekend🇺🇸
    • a silent ride in my car (no more snow tires) ❄️
    • or that I’m COVERED in DIRT and grass clippings from my very first mow at my house!! 🏡
    .

    Bring on the summer days and nights...and old man winter, don’t think of ever coming back!! 🌬
  •  18  1  2 hours ago
  • One of the “joys” that come with having a large family... is that germs are never short. It doesn’t matter how well you clean or disinfect— viral cold germs are in the air (as much as the kids want to believe you actually have to touch or share something to get it). It’s almost impossible for a sick germ to not hit at least half of us!! It has hit half of us and I fell into the trap this time.

Day one of REAL sickness was awful!  I was so sick that I felt my legs were going to give out when I even got up to use the restroom (it’s right next to my bedroom). But it made a great excuse to curl up with a book.  A book that I completed in a day.  I haven’t done that in a long time!  I’ll admit I felt less than productive but I wasn’t going to be productive anyways!  It’s meaning that I need to start feeling better so I can finally create the videos I want to on my channel.  Because the truth is- I’m not feeling much better. I can walk around and move. But my head spins as my ear is also affected and my body decides I should have random fevers through the day.  I’m also kind of stubborn and know that low grade fevers are for a purpose and as long as I am drinking- I try to let it do it’s job.  I took enough medicine yesterday to manage a day at work that I thought I was going to throw up and I’m sure my liver isn’t exactly thrilled with me either.

#jesslexicreader #booktube #booktuber #readabook #anxietyhelp #youtube #dyslexia #books #reading #bookstagram #booklover #readersofinstagram #linkinbio #completedreading #thisiswhereitends #sickday #coldandflu #largefamilylife #blendedfamily
  • One of the “joys” that come with having a large family... is that germs are never short. It doesn’t matter how well you clean or disinfect— viral cold germs are in the air (as much as the kids want to believe you actually have to touch or share something to get it). It’s almost impossible for a sick germ to not hit at least half of us!! It has hit half of us and I fell into the trap this time.

    Day one of REAL sickness was awful! I was so sick that I felt my legs were going to give out when I even got up to use the restroom (it’s right next to my bedroom). But it made a great excuse to curl up with a book. A book that I completed in a day. I haven’t done that in a long time! I’ll admit I felt less than productive but I wasn’t going to be productive anyways! It’s meaning that I need to start feeling better so I can finally create the videos I want to on my channel. Because the truth is- I’m not feeling much better. I can walk around and move. But my head spins as my ear is also affected and my body decides I should have random fevers through the day. I’m also kind of stubborn and know that low grade fevers are for a purpose and as long as I am drinking- I try to let it do it’s job. I took enough medicine yesterday to manage a day at work that I thought I was going to throw up and I’m sure my liver isn’t exactly thrilled with me either.

    #jesslexicreader #booktube #booktuber #readabook #anxietyhelp #youtube #dyslexia #books #reading #bookstagram #booklover #readersofinstagram #linkinbio #completedreading #thisiswhereitends #sickday #coldandflu #largefamilylife #blendedfamily
  •  14  0  2 hours ago
  • Tbt to celebrating Dominic’s and Patryk’s aka Chubs birthday #2016 #2017. Dad was away working so #bonusmom to the rescue with FaceTime so dad could sing the Polish birthday song 🤣🇮🇩💙💙#blendedfamily #birthdays
  • Tbt to celebrating Dominic’s and Patryk’s aka Chubs birthday #2016 #2017. Dad was away working so #bonusmom to the rescue with FaceTime so dad could sing the Polish birthday song 🤣🇮🇩💙💙 #blendedfamily #birthdays
  •  4  0  2 hours ago
  • Stepmom confession #1 
I’ve thought a lot about this and think I want to share my feelings-as I’m sure other step moms can relate and maybe biomoms can try and understand if they don’t already. 
When I started dating Hs father I had NEVER dated someone with children before. I didn’t necessary “steer clear” it just wasn’t something that happened. Oh and I was warned as Tim and I got closer... are you sure you want this baggage? You’re young you can find someone else... and my favourite—you know you’re in a relationship with him, his daughter and HER mom right? (And weren’t they right about that one lol). Being new to this kind of situation (and if very early in Tim and Jamie’s separation) I made myself very clear. We either did this EXTREMELY SLOWLY and he figure everything out and live separately (which let’s be honest for anyone who knows either of us—wasn’t possible-we we’re hooked) OR were all in no getting out... and only 2.5 years later, selling a house, buying another, having baby # 2 for Tim (#1 for me) and another on the way... well you won’t be surprised we chose option 2. 
I have to confess... I was terrified and some days I still am. I love this little girl like my own and as much as I tried to hold back, she’s a lovable kid and I’m a mom at heart. And so much could wrong, at the beginning Tim was fighting to even see H so I knew I could fall in love with this child as my own and not be able to see her consistently, I could be cursed with a biological mother who speaks badly of the stepmom, brainwashes her child or worse case scenario what if Tim and I don’t work out or sometimes happens to him, there’s this child that I hold in my heart as my own that I have no “right” to.  It was difficult to go through those emotions. We also were in a very intense “custody battle” so that added to it... and I had to go on, I had to have my love blossom beyond my control for Tim and H beyond all of that. 
Some people will tell you how much more effort it is to love someone with “baggage” someone with an ex and children.  But it’s better to have loved and lost than never at all. And the love H and I have for one another is so so special I would never give it up 💗
  • Stepmom confession #1
    I’ve thought a lot about this and think I want to share my feelings-as I’m sure other step moms can relate and maybe biomoms can try and understand if they don’t already.
    When I started dating Hs father I had NEVER dated someone with children before. I didn’t necessary “steer clear” it just wasn’t something that happened. Oh and I was warned as Tim and I got closer... are you sure you want this baggage? You’re young you can find someone else... and my favourite—you know you’re in a relationship with him, his daughter and HER mom right? (And weren’t they right about that one lol). Being new to this kind of situation (and if very early in Tim and Jamie’s separation) I made myself very clear. We either did this EXTREMELY SLOWLY and he figure everything out and live separately (which let’s be honest for anyone who knows either of us—wasn’t possible-we we’re hooked) OR were all in no getting out... and only 2.5 years later, selling a house, buying another, having baby # 2 for Tim ( #1 for me) and another on the way... well you won’t be surprised we chose option 2.
    I have to confess... I was terrified and some days I still am. I love this little girl like my own and as much as I tried to hold back, she’s a lovable kid and I’m a mom at heart. And so much could wrong, at the beginning Tim was fighting to even see H so I knew I could fall in love with this child as my own and not be able to see her consistently, I could be cursed with a biological mother who speaks badly of the stepmom, brainwashes her child or worse case scenario what if Tim and I don’t work out or sometimes happens to him, there’s this child that I hold in my heart as my own that I have no “right” to. It was difficult to go through those emotions. We also were in a very intense “custody battle” so that added to it... and I had to go on, I had to have my love blossom beyond my control for Tim and H beyond all of that.
    Some people will tell you how much more effort it is to love someone with “baggage” someone with an ex and children. But it’s better to have loved and lost than never at all. And the love H and I have for one another is so so special I would never give it up 💗
  •  9  2  2 hours ago
  • Something I’ve always loved about my sister is her love for detail and pretty things. She always been so good at it and when it comes to plants it’s no different. We can be casually walking in the store and if she sees a beautiful plant, she’s right next to it. Lately, Miranda has been the same exact way. It started with one and has grown to many. Watching her care for her plants and decorate her shelf in such a beautiful way makes my heart so happy and takes me back to appreciating the little things in life. Whether it’s plants or people They both love with all they have and I’m just blessed to have both of them in my daily life. 💓
  • Something I’ve always loved about my sister is her love for detail and pretty things. She always been so good at it and when it comes to plants it’s no different. We can be casually walking in the store and if she sees a beautiful plant, she’s right next to it. Lately, Miranda has been the same exact way. It started with one and has grown to many. Watching her care for her plants and decorate her shelf in such a beautiful way makes my heart so happy and takes me back to appreciating the little things in life. Whether it’s plants or people They both love with all they have and I’m just blessed to have both of them in my daily life. 💓
  •  9  1  2 hours ago
  • One of the “joys” that come with having a large family... is that germs are never short. It doesn’t matter how well you clean or disinfect— viral cold germs are in the air (as much as the kids want to believe you actually have to touch or share something to get it). It’s almost impossible for a sick germ to not hit at least half of us!! It has hit half of us and I fell into the trap this time.

Day one of REAL sickness was awful!  I was so sick that I felt my legs were going to give out when I even got up to use the restroom (it’s right next to my bedroom). But it made a great excuse to curl up with a book.  A book that I completed in a day.  I haven’t done that in a long time!  I’ll admit I felt less than productive but I wasn’t going to be productive anyways!  It’s meaning that I need to start feeling better so I can finally create the videos I want to on my channel.  Because the truth is- I’m not feeling much better. I can walk around and move. But my head spins as my ear is also affected and my body decides I should have random fevers through the day.  I’m also kind of stubborn and know that low grade fevers are for a purpose and as long as I am drinking- I try to let it do it’s job.  I took enough medicine yesterday to manage a day at work that I thought I was going to throw up and I’m sure my liver isn’t exactly thrilled with me either.

#thischangingnest #booktube #booktuber #readabook #anxietyhelp #youtube #dyslexia #overcomingdyslexia #books #reading #bookstagram #booklover #readersofinstagram #linkinbio #completedreading #thisiswhereitends #sickday #coldandflu #largefamilylife #blendedfamily #lifestyle
  • One of the “joys” that come with having a large family... is that germs are never short. It doesn’t matter how well you clean or disinfect— viral cold germs are in the air (as much as the kids want to believe you actually have to touch or share something to get it). It’s almost impossible for a sick germ to not hit at least half of us!! It has hit half of us and I fell into the trap this time.

    Day one of REAL sickness was awful! I was so sick that I felt my legs were going to give out when I even got up to use the restroom (it’s right next to my bedroom). But it made a great excuse to curl up with a book. A book that I completed in a day. I haven’t done that in a long time! I’ll admit I felt less than productive but I wasn’t going to be productive anyways! It’s meaning that I need to start feeling better so I can finally create the videos I want to on my channel. Because the truth is- I’m not feeling much better. I can walk around and move. But my head spins as my ear is also affected and my body decides I should have random fevers through the day. I’m also kind of stubborn and know that low grade fevers are for a purpose and as long as I am drinking- I try to let it do it’s job. I took enough medicine yesterday to manage a day at work that I thought I was going to throw up and I’m sure my liver isn’t exactly thrilled with me either.

    #thischangingnest #booktube #booktuber #readabook #anxietyhelp #youtube #dyslexia #overcomingdyslexia #books #reading #bookstagram #booklover #readersofinstagram #linkinbio #completedreading #thisiswhereitends #sickday #coldandflu #largefamilylife #blendedfamily #lifestyle
  •  10  0  2 hours ago
  • Leaving Footprints not Plastic.  How do we begin reducing our waste? Let’s start with Food 🥒🍑🍒🥝 Not only is a packed lunch/dinner budget friendly and nutritious but it helps our environment as well! Packing a cooler using reusable food storage helps reduce the need for disposable plastic and packaging - waste that can end up in the water. If you go to a popular spot-  the waste bin areas tend to be full and it becomes harder to properly dispose of them. Then garbage is blowing in the wind, into the water and ultimately inside a fishy 🐠 🗑 ♻️. More tips on our blog! #linkinbio @theblendedbohemian
  • Leaving Footprints not Plastic. How do we begin reducing our waste? Let’s start with Food 🥒🍑🍒🥝 Not only is a packed lunch/dinner budget friendly and nutritious but it helps our environment as well! Packing a cooler using reusable food storage helps reduce the need for disposable plastic and packaging - waste that can end up in the water. If you go to a popular spot- the waste bin areas tend to be full and it becomes harder to properly dispose of them. Then garbage is blowing in the wind, into the water and ultimately inside a fishy 🐠 🗑 ♻️. More tips on our blog! #linkinbio @theblendedbohemian
  •  22  1  2 hours ago

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  • No one is more valuable than your self worth and peace of mind.
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  • ...and then there were 7!!!🎉 Aaron and I are excited to announce the newest and littlest dash of "spice" added to our blended family 💕

Bun is in the oven & the timer is set for January 2020 🥧
  • ...and then there were 7!!!🎉 Aaron and I are excited to announce the newest and littlest dash of "spice" added to our blended family 💕

    Bun is in the oven & the timer is set for January 2020 🥧
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  • Today is Stepmother day, personally, I don’t know if I think it deserves a separate day, but I can understand why some do.  I’m a bio, and a step, and I love all three of my sons equally, I celebrated Mother’s Day with them the same as I did my bio son. 
Bio, step, adopted.. we’re just moms.
  • Today is Stepmother day, personally, I don’t know if I think it deserves a separate day, but I can understand why some do. I’m a bio, and a step, and I love all three of my sons equally, I celebrated Mother’s Day with them the same as I did my bio son.
    Bio, step, adopted.. we’re just moms.
  •  774  14  19 May, 2019