• You Got This

    Three little words, said when passing by me as I struggled to breathe, struggled to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and wanted to quit.  “You got this.” I seriously almost burst into tears. My friend had no idea, but I needed to hear those words. I’m sure you’ve had those moments too. Moments when you feel that nothing is going right and nothing you do is right. Moments when you feel overwhelmed by the mountains being thrown in your path. Moments when you aren’t sure how you’re going to make it through to the next day. Moments when everything seems to be spiraling out of control. …

  • Attack of the Space Invaders!!

    We just finished up one week of spring break and are starting down the road of spring break number two, and I am ready for a vacation! I mean, I’m ready for a vacation from this vacation. Do you ever feel like that? I think much of it for me is largely because I’m an introvert. Being around a lot of people is draining for me, and I need my personal space to be able to recharge. The first few days of spring break #1 were especially challenging. We were all adjusting to having everyone here or an extended period, and I think we were all wearing on each other’s…

  • Big Announcement from The Blended Bakery

    ANNOUNCEMENT: So earlier in the year, we stated we were going to make several exciting announcements. Well today is the BIG one. We are so excited to share that we feel it is time to open a full service bakery and coffee shop in the Downtown Lexington area. Our goal is to be the go-to shop for all things baked and brewed. We want to create an atmosphere that people can come and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, or surf the net while enjoying Made From Scratch products.   This is where you come in. We need your help to get there. Starting today, we…

  • Holiday Happenings

    Phew… It’s time to let out a big sigh of relief. The holidays are over! Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE Christmas, and we celebrate the birth of Jesus. But as a blended family, this time of year is just extra crazy! Now that we are a little bit past the crazy, I have had time to breathe and process a bit. So, here’s a recap of our Holiday Happenings.  We celebrate Christmas no less than 6 times each year. And that’s just family celebrations!! Add in work celebrations and church activities, and you can see that we really do love to celebrate Christmas!! One thing that I think works…

  • Taking Back My Identity

    For several years, my identity was single mom, working mom, strong mom, fit mom. These were things that I felt defined me; they were who I was. I worked full time, exercised regularly with a personal trainer at the gym, worked my Beachbody coaching business, parented two children (with the help of my village) and life was good. Then, I got remarried, and the world I knew was turned upside down and inside out. I had no idea that I would go through an identity crisis after getting married. I mean, getting married was a great change! Why was I struggling? I now had new labels: stepmom, wife, partner, teammate.…

  • The Importance of Self Care

    Today was a good day. The fact that it’s noteworthy means that there’s been a lot going on. Life has been difficult lately. Blending families isn’t always a bed of roses, so to speak. The challenges that we face aren’t things that most of our friends can even relate to, unless they’re also part of a stepfamily. It is easy to fall into negative self-talk and other destructive habits. That’s why self care is so important.  Find an activity you love and make the time for it.  This morning, I went for my first run in ages. Running helps me to clear my mind. Running hills helps me change my…

  • Welcome to Fall Y’all!

    Oh, Fall, glorious fall! I love this season with its cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the promise of holidays off of work. This is the time of year when our schedules get even busier, but we do our best to spend quality time with our family. We have been working hard on our bakery, deciding what to offer for the Fall and brainstorming ideas for Christmas. Can you believe Christmas is in 8 WEEKS! Eek!  Last year, we went to Sky Top Orchard for the first time. It’s a beautiful drive up into the mountains of NC, so we get to see lovely scenery along the way. We made this…

  • Love, Anyway

    On today, our 2nd anniversary, I think it’s appropriate to talk about all the reasons why I love my husband.  I love DJ because he loves me anyway. Wait, what?!?! How many times have you said “I love my spouse because…”? Yeah, I’ve said it a lot too. I even participated in the #loveyourspouse challenge on Facebook and had daily posts about why I love my husband, and there are lots of reasons why I love him. But we recently had a Sunday morning devotional that offered a different perspective about love.  DJ and I have been reading “Devotions for a Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas as our weekly couples…

  • “I’m Sorry” – A Blog Post from The Blended Daddy

    Tonight’s guest post is from the Blended Daddy: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “I’m Sorry” So this blog post is coming straight from the heart of this Blended Daddy! While I generally leave the blogging to my beautiful wife, I was impressed to write about something that happened this morning. You see, my heart was broken. Not by my children, or my wife, or even by my ex-wife. It was broken by me. Yes….ME! So here is the background. My wife had to leave for work a little earlier than normal, so that meant it was up to me to get this ship in motion and the kids to the bus on time. As…

  • The Blended Bakery’s August Exclusives!

    It’s a new month and we have a new month of specials going on at The Blended Bakery! We have been so blessed by all of you who have supported us in this business venture, whether through purchases, advice or just giving us encouragement – so THANK YOU! This month, we are celebrating Back To School with some awesome exclusives!  Chocolate Chip Cookies – $5 per half dozen These delicious chocolate chip cookies make a great back-to-school gift for your child’s new teacher. They come pre-packaged in a treat bag, ready for the first day of school.  Back to School Cupcakes – $3 ea or 4 for $10 These super-cute…