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howlovelooks. 🚨 NOT A GRIPE! 🚨 Today I had coffee with a dear friend and colleague

🚨 NOT A GRIPE! 🚨 Today I had coffee with a dear friend and colleague, a former no-to-same-sex marriage voter who regularly invites me to help him understand, who is open to my honesty and receives it with respect and kindness even when he feels defensive and judged, who is surprised & sorry that his views sometimes hurt me....someone who reminds me that being myself is sometimes enough ‘activism’ - being myself, open to his concerns, confusion and disagreement....engaging as a naive enquirer, giving him time and space to change his mind free from judgement....being curious about our differences instead of defensive. A hard and useful conversation that reminded me that progress is made in tiny, interpersonal steps as well as in bold, brave moves #activism #socialchange #oneatatime . . #howlovelooks #notcrosstoday #lgbt #lgbtmummies🌈 #loveislove #lovemakesafamily #pride #somuchpride #lesbianlove #samesex #samesexlove #samesexcouple #instagay #gayisokay #wlw #diversityandinclusion #samesexparents #meandher #wives #blendedfamily #stepfamily #lovemywife #andshelovesme #samelove #samerights #endhomophobia #babysteps

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sarahbaumgartensoprano. Day 3️⃣ of 🔟
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Day 3️⃣ of 🔟 . . 10 Day Performer/Artist Challenge: Every day, select an image from a day in the life of a Performer/Artist - a photo from a day you felt fierce or a memorable moment you've had during a performance/show, and post it without a single explanation, then nominate somebody to take the challenge. That’s 10 days, 10 Performance photos, 10 nominations and 0 explanations. Be active, be positive, be passionate... Raise Awareness of the Arts. #Theatre #Arts #Opera #Cendrillon #stepfamily #Noemie #Massenet #uglybutfierce Today I nominate: @laurenandersonbustami

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Here we are the moment you’ve all been waiting for. I know I know we were supposed to announce this decades ago but here it finally is. We are announcing the winners FINALLY. . First of all thank you to everyone that entered. We truly do love you guys. You are all part of our blended family you are all @TheBlendedLove . . . Shout out to our sponsors that will be hitting us one day so they can pay us to promote them: . @dunkin & @dairyqueen . Shout out to the winners : @littlemsmonica @la__tatiana @beautiful_beksy @justkareem @mocha2001 Winners shoot us a DM let’s get you your Ice cream or coffee and thanks again everyone for entering. ............................................ @steffy234 @mocha2001 @justkareem @swaggerdad @la__tatiana @msdonna1220 @iammelruiz @4_twen_tee_4 @ramos_floyd_clan @miracle1811 @djara_614 @beautiful_beksy @island_princess43 @littlemsmonica @alexusb_esthetician @krystle_lynne590 . . . . . . #blendedlove #blendedfamily #theblendedlove #blendedfamilies #blendedfamiliesofinstagram #blendedfamiliesrock #blendedfamilystruggles #blendedlife #stepfamily #stepfamilylife #stepfamilylifestyle #stepfamilies #sweepstake #giveaway #freestuff #entertowin #family #bonusfamily #bonusmom #bonusmomquotes #momlife #dadlife #bonusdad

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theblendedfamilymom. Many of you are beating your heads against a wall trying to be this am

Many of you are beating your heads against a wall trying to be this amazing wife and step mom - building a strong marriage as well as setting up a new home and creating stability and security for his kids. But this is what you signed up for. This is the blended family. This is taking “his” and “yours” and finding ways to make them “ours.” https://theblendedfamilymom.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/change-yours-mine-to-ours/ #theblendedfamilymom #stepmom #stepmommy #stepmoms #stepmomma #proudstepmom #bonusmomproblems #stepmomlife #blendedfamily #blendedfamilies #beautifullyblended #stepdaughter #bonusmom #bonusmommy #bonusmoms #stepfamily #stepfamilylife #ourblendedhome #blendedandblessed

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ashleymachele. Want to know the number 1 thing y’all asked for help with in our blend

Want to know the number 1 thing y’all asked for help with in our blended family community? YOU’RE SCARED TO SHARE YOUR STORY. And I totally get that. But here’s the thing- I could give you all the tools in the world (and trust me I will 😉) but none of that will ever matter if you don’t have a reason. When your WHY is the only thing that matters, you’ll always find a way.

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Happy Veterans Day to all of the veterans out there, but especially to this guy. ❤️💙🇺🇸 . I love my guy, I love our family, and I love our freedom he helped to defend. . Fun fact: Kevin was active duty when he was married to his first wife. Since I’ve known him, he has been in the Air National Guard. . It was a part of his life I was always intrigued by and wanted to hear more about when I met him, but it simultaneously stung to hear his stories because they involved his first wife. I hated that that was a chapter I’d never be able to live with him. . The Air Force is a big part of who Kevin is, and I don’t fully understand that part of him. It used to confuse, frustrate, and hurt me. Today, I recognize I won’t always understand but I can always support. . This guy wouldn’t be my perfect fit if he hadn’t been married before, if he hadn’t served his country, if he hadn’t learned all of the lessons he needed to in the years before he met me... . If you’ve caught yourself being hurt that your partner shared a chapter with his ex that has closed and can’t be shared any longer, trust that it doesn’t impact the depth of your relationship. ❤️

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stepmom_magazine. \"As human beings we all have a need to belong. This need, known as a s

"As human beings we all have a need to belong. This need, known as a sense of 'belongingness,' refers to humans’ emotional need to be seen, loved and accepted by others. It’s an honest to goodness desire for closeness. In fact, the Hierarchy of Needs model of psychological health developed by Abraham H. Maslow, PhD, lists Belongingness as one of our five basic needs.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ This may help explain why you struggle so, when spending time with people (i.e., stepkids, exes) whom you don’t feel accepted by. The experience can be heart-wrenching and lonely. You may even dread their arrival or presence because you don’t want to lose the sense of belongingness you do have when it’s just you and your partner.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ That’s because Outsider Syndrome (Yep, there’s a name for it!) is often exacerbated when we closely associate the meaning of home with a need to be loved and accepted by those who share it with us.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ It’s no wonder, then, that you may have come to dread your stepkids’ arrival: Either they contribute to your sense of belonging or chip away at it.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ It’s natural to want to be accepted by them. To come home and feel like, when you get there, you’re coming home to a safe and loving place." —Mary T. Kelly, MA⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Do you feel like an outsider in your own home? We can help. Read "There's No Place Like Home" inside the December 2017 back issue available at StepMomMagazine.com {LINK IN BIO}⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁣⁠ #StepMomMagazine #stepmom #stepmomlife #blended #blendedfamilies #coparenting #divorce #blendedfamily #stepfamily #stepmomhelp #bonusmom #remarriage #coparentingdoneright #stepmomlove #stepmoms #stepmomproblems #stepmomquotes #proudstepmom #stepmomrock #parenting #stepmum #stepmommy #stepmomma #stepmomstrong #blendedfamilylove #blendedfamilylife #magazine #love #outsider #outsidersyndrome

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Like most parents I want my kids with me for every single holiday and every single birthday and every single event and every single day and always. . I do however have to realize and acknowledge that our babies love their family in all their homes. One of the benefits of a blended family is more love. Keeping them from their family keeps them from the love. No “good” parent wants to keep their children from experiencing more love. . All that being said, over many years we’ve developed a pretty good system to keep everybody as happy as can be expected. For now that’s the ultimate win. . How do you other blended families manage your holidays ? . . . . . . . . #theblendedlove #blendedfamily #blendedfamilysuccess #stepfamilytips #marriage #married #justmarried #oursbaby #ours #StepFamily #stepfamilycoach #stepfamilylife #stepfamilyliving #blendedfamilysuccessstory #blendedfamilies #holiday #holidayparties #stepfamilysuccess #bonusdad #bonusmom #bonusfamily #stepsister #stepbrother #stepmom #stedad #blendedfamilystruggles #blendedfamilyadviser #blendedfamilysuccesstips

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What do you do when you need to dispense negative energy or thoughts? 🔽. ⬇️. 💬. 🗯. ♥️. ❤️. Let me know in the comments below 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻✨✨✨✨✨📲📲📲📲📲

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thestepqueen. I’m not saying my husband is Wolverine, but have you ever seen my husb

I’m not saying my husband is Wolverine, but have you ever seen my husband and Wolverine in the same room together? If YOUR partner was a superhero — who would they be?! #stepmom #stepmum #stepmomma #stepqueen #stepfamily #stepmomlife #stepmomproblems #blendedfamily #myperson #mylobster #sushi #wine #wineoclock #winenot #firstdate #thenandnow #myhusband #futuremrs #isaidyes #engaged #mylove #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #myforever #babydaddy

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BlendedHustle is... . . . . Learning about strengths we didn't know we had..... . . . . & dealing with fears we didn't know existed

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garnoldvo. 🍁🍁🍁THANKFUL DAY 11 OF 30🍁🍁🍁
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🍁🍁🍁THANKFUL DAY 11 OF 30🍁🍁🍁 Denise and the Stringfields - 14 years ago is when my dad and I met Denise as well as her 2 sons. Prior to that, dad and I had grown accustomed to the bachelor life for a good while and having all the fun that guys can have! - I distinctly recall his mannerisms and demeanor beginning to change once he started dating Denise; he dressed more proper, he looked cleaner, and he was more proactive with how our house looked. Most of all, he was much more happy. - We officially became family in July of 2007 and it’s truly amazing seeing how we all have grown and transitioned the past decade! - Frankie and Michael, I thank you for all the fun years while living under the same roof during our wild era as teens! I’m sure I speak for us all when I say we definitely owe your mom and my dad a lot for all they’ve put up with! Lol!! In all seriousness, I’m proud of you guys with where you are today! You’ve found terrific careers, each moved on in a stable environment, became real upstanding guys, and both have found 2 funny, beautiful, intelligent wives to join your journey! Here’s to our 30’s! - Denise, I especially owe you a lot of gratitude. Much like my father, you as well were/are an independent and strong person by raising your sons as a single mother. You chose to be with my dad because you truly wanted to be. There’s no questioning your love for him, and it’s very evident that you’ve made him into a better man! You have always kept the house afloat with your housekeeping as well as staying on top of finances. You take a lot off my dads plate, as he’s expressed to me many times. - I also must add a special thanks to you for being there with him while he battled what he did the past year. There’s nothing more challenging than fighting a dangerous disease alone, but you never allowed him to be alone and you made certain he took great care of himself throughout the ordeal. I don’t want to begin to imagine where he would’ve ended up if you hadn’t been there. - I want you all to know I’m very happy I got to grow into an adult with you all around! Thank you!!! - #voiceactors #lifeofanactor #voicetalent #loveacting #family #stepfamily

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_hishersandours_. Dinners together to celebrate the kids’ success in school!

Dinners together to celebrate the kids’ success in school!

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_hishersandours_. Flash back to last October! Baby Ada was so tiny!

Flash back to last October! Baby Ada was so tiny!

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_hishersandours_. Love these two to pieces! 💗

Love these two to pieces! 💗

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