Young or older, if you have kids who have ever enjoyed playing with Legos then you NEED to take them on an adventure today!
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This place will make your childs dreams come true!
What place am I talking about exactly?
Well, with over 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is a LEGO lover’s dream!
Come share our world of color, creativity and family entertainment.
Bring your mateys and race your own pirate ship on our aquatic table at NEW Pirate Adventure Island! All of your kids are going to totally vote you best parent EVER for this trip!
Come ride Merlin’s Apprentice and Kingdom Quest with your kids and feel like a child yourself once again!
Be sure to check out local Atlanta landmarks in our MINILAND and learn new building tricks in our Model Builder Academy.
I can’t forget to mention the awesome 4D movie experience LEGOLAND offers, with 5 different movies to choose from!
Movies including NEWThe LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure!
LEGOLAND Atlanta is the ultimate place for LEGO fans young and old!
The exciting news isn’t finished yet, I am going to help you get to LEGOLAND by providing you with this coupon code below!
How awesome is that??
This coupon entitles the bearer to $5 off one (1) walk-up full price admission ticket! Sell the full details below!
(This coupon is not valid with any other discounts, coupons or offers, and cannot be used with online or prebooked tickets. Only one coupon per transaction. Printed coupon must be surrendered upon purchase. No cash value. LEGO, LEGOLAND and The LEGO logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group, 2014 The LEGO Group. (Code:1040))
Are you ready to claim your Coupon and start planning the vacation of a LIFETIME??
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Having a family of 5 is no cheap ordeal! Even the well known fast food cheap options for dinners are NO cheap takeout for us and families like us!
Saving money becomes much more than a hobby, but more of have to to survive! Just merely couponing is not going to get you very far, as you may have already noticed. So what additional ways can you as a mom and/or stepmom practice to save money?
Let me show you some of the ways my family and I save money online and through apps that are free to download!
I have featured resources for coupons and discounts, online shopping for numerous items including clothing, shoes, and accessories and cash back app that give you rebates on items you have already bought!
While doing so alone doesn’t get you very far, couponing in addition to the following solutions can help immensely! Not sure how or where to start couponing? Check out the list below for some options to help!
Vouchertoday- this is a brand new discount and coupon site I know you will love! They offer exclusive discounts and offers on everything from movies, take out food, events and MORE!! Use this link and check them out today! Let them know A Blended Momma sent you!
CouponSurfer– not only print out coupons for nearly anything you can buy, but earn a percentage of what you spend back! Sign up free today here!
Refundsweepers– this is another site I use to print of coupons and get free merchandise! Use my link here to join for FREE!
Shoppers Voice-this website offers free coupons, chances to earn free merchandise, and to participate in surveys in exchange for rewards! Check out this opportunity here!
Did you know shopping online could save you money too? Here are some stores I use when shopping for my family and I’s clothing and accessories that you should try too! Everyone needs clothes, shoes, and accessories from time to time, especially when you have growing kids, so why not SAVE money when buying them too?
Swap.com– This is the largest online thrift store around! Savings are huge here on clothing, shoes, and accessories! The best part is if you use my link here and we BOTH get rewarded! (hint you’ll get 20% off your 1st order!)
Restitch– this is an awesome online thrift store! You can find gently worn name-brand clothes, shoes, and more for up to 90% off retail price! Use my code at checkout THRIFT15 and get 15% off your first purchase!!
Dollar Tree– I know this should be an obvious one, but you would be shocked at how many people don’t realize the awesome products and deals they can get by shopping at Dollar Tree! Everything is $1, come on now!! Use this link and shop Dollar Tree online today!
Cash back apps and reward programs are also great ways to save money! I have listed my favorite and most commonly used ones below!
Ibotta– This is by my FAV cash back app it has so many commonly used stores, brands, and products! Plus they offer bonus opportunities to earn all the time!!m Use my referral code today RAPNGYR and join MY Ibotta team and let’s earn together!
Checkout 51– This is my 2nd favorite cash back app. This one has plenty of ways to earn and save on purchases you’ve made but doesn’t separate them by stores like Ibotta. Use my link here to join me on Checkout 51!
Traveling as a family of 5 can seem like an impossible endeavor for those who aren’t aware of online savings!! Here are some of the ways my family saves on traveling!
CityPass– This is an awesome option if your traveling to a city such as Atlanta, Boston, or Tampa. You get 50% off the entire CityPass which always includes 5+ of that city’s MAIN attractions for families!! Use my link and get 50% today!!
MSC Cruises: thinking of taking a cruise, but don’t know where to start or how you would ever afford it? MSC cruises offers amazing deals for any type of cruise your wanting! Use my link and search the deals today!
Cheapoair- Is the vacation your dreaming of too far to drive? Take a plane ride for way cheaper than you think, use my link and save today! Need the savings ASAP? Use this code USA18 and save 18$ now!
As I have shown you in the different ways above, saving money with a family of 5 is NOT impossible!
It will, however, take time and preparation! Every time you go shopping you will need to make a list of the must-have items! My advice would be before going to the store or hopping online to actually shop is to check for coupons that match your list and/or rebates on the cash back sites! This will ensure that you purchase the right products and save the most money!
I hope that this has opened your eyes new ways to save money!
Having a big family isn’t as expensive as we most of the time make it! Use these resources and let me know how they help you save money! Do you have additional ways that you and your family use to save money? I would love to hear about them and add them to my list to help others utilize them and save! Let me know in the comments below!
What does it mean when I say full-time bonus/ Stepmom?
This means your in a situation where your not the “bio mom” but the actual bio mom is not in the picture at all, and your filling her shoes…entirely!
Well, this is what I am in addition to have two bio children of own, and let me tell you it is beyond hard.
At times it plain out sucks.
Now let me clarify, the filling her shoes part is not the part I’m referring to here as “sucking” at all! I love my bonus/ stepchild and I wouldn’t trade taking care of him, watching him grow, helping him learn, over anything!!
Through my eyes he(my stepchild) is just another one of my bio children.
It’s through realitys eyes, that it sucks.
If you are a full time Bonus/ Stepmom, does your bonus/ stepchild know his/her bio mom, are they old enough to remember?
Mine does and that’s where it gets hard!!
You see my stepsons bio mom would come in and out of his life, everytime promising him the world, and letting him do absolutely anything he wanted, while with her. She would let him run wild and praise him for it!
I am sure you can see how this would cause issues at our home when he came back!
So obviously when he would come back disobeying, showing out, throwing major tantrums at the first sign of being told what to do…. we knew why he would act that way, but it still wasn’t okay.
We would remind him of the rules of our house first but then if it continued he would get punished.
When he would end up being punished who do you think would get blamed for his “mistreating”?
Yep, me the full-time Stepmom.
I remember before we even really start ed on the discipline thing, I was potty training him and getting him off his paci that should of been long gone at 3 almost 4 years old.
Everytime she (the bio mom) would up and decide she wanted him one weekend and everything he had learned would be out of the window and seem to completely disapear. This would leave me to reteach him everything, along with caring for my two bio children.
I mean this is how bad it was. My stepchild would come back in diapers with a new paci and have no desire to “re-train” at the potty or anything! Let me remind you this is at 3 almost 4 years old!!
It was a nightmare. Stress like nothing you can actually explain in words.
While being a full time Bonus/ Stepmom let me tell you, you will get credit for nothing, feeling unappreciated seems like a major understatement. I am thankful my husband stands up for me!
Not that we want to be bragged on, because that’s defiantly not the case with me anyway.
But when you see how in and out the bio mom is(in my case) and when she (the bio mom) was “in” my stepchilds life, how corruptive she was to his well being and life! Yet he or any child at that age, would still choose her over you. Because face it, your not his bio mom and never will be.
That’s a very hard pill to swallow! So feeling appreciated or having your role noticed every now and then would be nice!
I know one day my stepson will see and know who was there, who took care of him every time he was sick, who did potty train him or help him learn to tie his shoes, who redecorated his room in a new theme everytime he got in a new phase, who taught him to use gel in his hair because he wanted to look handsome. My stepson will remember who cheered him on at his k5 graduation and who showed up to every mommy and me breakfast at school.
But somehow it still hurts in the now. Everytime the awkward subject comes up that I’m not his “real mom” its like a stab to the heart to this full-time Bonus/ Stepmom.
Well let me start with a congratulations and also a bless your sweet heart!!
Where do I begin, what to expect as a new Stepmom…hmmm.
Well first off, I would have to say, that most of these depend on what age the child is when he or she meets you and you become the Stepmom, and also it would depend on the relationship that child has with his or her “real mom”.
My experience included a 3 year old who had never been really disciplined and a “real mom” that had just walked out and only popped in to cause MAJOR WRECKAGE -(even to the point of kidnapping…yes I’m not joking)
Anyway, whether she was “mom of the year” or exact opposite…she was that little boys world, just as any little boys mom is.
Fortunately, I already knew this child long before I became the bonus mom (different blog post lol) so the “stranger effect” didn’t really apply for me. However the list of things that do apply to me is not a short and sweet one!
The biggest things to prepare yourself for mentally and physically I have listed below!
Showing out- BIG TIME! I’m talking tantrums like you wouldn’t believe, then kicking, hitting, throwing things, as he got older he would try to make himself throw up, even went as far as choking himself. (Omg, yes I know) We started getting calls at daycare concerning his behavior as well.
Side story: When I first came into the family, his dad and I started potty training him, his dad working very long & tiring hours (roofer) was not there most day times, so most of the duty fell on me. I had him potty trained in NO TIME. Yet when his dad would come home he suddenly “couldn’t do it”??? And started misbehaving once again.
Child be Unnormally Clingy: my stepson would be so clingy towards his dad that it literally was taking a HUGE toll on our NEW relationship (remember new lol). I kept thinking isn’t this supposed to be a time of love? You know, the “honeymoon stage”.
But I learned very quickly that was just another thing you DO NOT get when dating someone with a kid!
Stress stress stress
I had to constantly remind myself that this would pass! I felt horrible for being so upset inside, when he was only dealing with things he couldn’t or didn’t know how to express.
Deal: you need to be prepared to just deal. Deal with everything, the misbehavior, the clingyness, the jealousy, and smaller things like dealing with being called whatever the bonus kid chooses to call you (explain later).
Accusations: if you also have a bio child, go ahead and prepare yourself to be accused of constant favoritism.
Arguements:be prepared to have fights made for you by your bonus kid or bio kids with your spouse.
Lying: Be prepared to hear most likely your bonus kids start lies or start up problems “just because “.
You Being Overemotional- trust me there will defiantly be days where you feel like an emotional wreckage its okay, this will pass just like all the rest did or will! Take a breather and focus on you for a little bit!
Judgement- one thing I am not sure gets better with time, is the way non Stepmoms judge us Stepmoms. Be prepared for it, because it will happen. You have to look past it! Let it go!
The above are just to name a few. Trust me there are tons more!
You can see some of the things you’ll go through, they DO get better if your consistent and always no matter how bad they have acted, ALWAYS show love and let them know you’ll never leave them.
Eventually, it gets better but time to time they do still get in small funks where there little minds may have wondered back to the “real mom” and triggers anger or sadness and they act out.
Be patient, kind and listen to them.
Most of the time that’s all it takes to get back to your happy place.
Are you a Stepmom struggling to find peace and balance in your role as Stepmom? If you are I encourage you to join my ecourse, Stepmommin 102′: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Stepmoms! This course will walk you through every single step of being a Stepmom and provide you with the tools and strategies necessary to be successfull!
Not ready for a massive eCourse just yet? Join my Stepmom Newsletter and get my latest news, updates, and resources sent straight to your inbox! Plus, you’ll get access to my FREE Stepmom Mini Course immediately! To subscribe click here
There is ONE more thing I would like to let you know about. This is a Private Stepmom Community called The Bonus Mom Club when you become a stepmom alot of times you dont have a support system in place. This club is your paid for you support system! To learn more click here
Now I want to hear from YOU!
What kind of things have you had to deal with in the beginning or throughout your time with the bonus kid(s)?
Are you looking for Stepmom Resources to Help with your Personal Success? Well, look no further! 🙂
Being a Mom and Stepmom, I know first hand how many times I wished so badly I had a ready made list of resources desigend for woman like me! You are in luck because I woudln’t want you to have to search and wish, so I made the list for YOU!
I hope these resources help you on your personal Stepmom journey and direct you toward success as a Stepmom! This particular journey isn’t easy, but at A Blended Momma, you have support and someone to seek help from whenever you need it! All you need to do is ask!
What specific issues or events are affecting you today? Is there any topic, issues, struggle etc YOU need specific help or support on?
I would love to hear from you and help you anyway I can, feel free to use the comment section below to express your thoughts!