Adventures of A New Stepmom

Motherhood comes in all different forms, as one Plum District staffer shares.

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As a new stepmom to a 14-year old girl, Chandler, I approached this new title with serious trepidation.   I mean, I never thought I would even have children.   But immediately after getting engaged last year, I felt the weight and responsibility of this new title and took  action.  I was determined that EVERY time Chandler came to visit would be a  great one!  My San Francisco apartment was suddenly full of snacks, magazines, and beauty products fit for teen consumption.  She happened to mention in passing her penchant for gummy worms.  A five-pound bag awaited her every weekend.  A balmy SF October weekend happened to have a “icy tinge” to it in the evening? A shopping excursion for winter clothes was in the works.  School shoes have a minor discoloration on the toe?  She got two new ones to replace them. My husband would go along with it, (admittedly with a bit of an eye-roll), but he also knew that I was developing my nurturing side and he didn’t want to stifle my determined preparations for every single visit.

One weekend, I KNEW would be a great one — shopping for 8th grade graduation dance dress.  I  did some reconnaissance missions at about a dozen outlets and shops in the city and had created a list, complete with names, addresses, and phone numbers of all the stylish dress shops within a 20 mile radius.  I was ready.

But when the weekend came, I had to meet my own mom and get fitted for my own wedding dress.  Not a big problem – my thoroughly vetted list went to my husband, and off I went to prepare for my own nuptials.  As I was in the fitting room, I received two texts in rapid succession:

Greg:  ”I don’t think this was a good idea.”

Chandler:  ”When will you be back?”

Five minutes later, another set:

Greg: “We’re going home.  Chandler is being impossible.”

Chandler:  ”I just want to go with you.”

I was needed!  And badly, from the looks of it.  Off I went to pick up Chandler and search for a dress.  Only one shop and five dresses later, we found it — an ethereal concoction of blue satin with a delicate tulle overlay.  I will always remember the smile she had when she tried on that dress — the bright blue satin matched only by the bright blue of her eyes.  And I think my heart was close to bursting when she hugged me and whispered, “I love you.  Thank you for caring about me.”  I held it together then, but burst into tears when I told my husband about it later as he cradled me in his arms.  “Being a parent has great moments, doesn’t it?”  he asked.

It sure does.  I can’t wait for more.

Chi Le is the Market Research Manager at the Plum District home office. She recently got married and is enjoying every minute with her extended family.

Plum District’s Go-To Mommy Blogs

According to a new infographic, there are more than 3,900,000 mommy blogs in North America alone. Here are some of Plum District staffers favorites.

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As a mom, every day offers up a new experience or a funny story that you can’t wait to tell your friends. You’re not alone. Now, more than ever, tech-savvy moms are sharing their stories and finding their voice by starting their own mom blogs online. H&R Block recently released an interesting infographic about the “Mommy Blog” phenomenon, revealing that 14% off ALL American moms are bloggers.

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Here’s our list of some go-to mom-centic sites that our army of mamas can’t stop reading.

1. Cool Mom Picks

At Plum District we totally understand the power of a strong mom network — so does the team at Cool Mom Picks. This website was created by moms who wanted a place online where other moms can find fun, unique items from mom and women-run companies. From travel tips to finding the best strollers, these moms have your back with informative blogs, links to great deals, and more.

2. For Crying Out Loud

Lynette Corolla (wife of Adam) and best-selling author, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, host this weekly parenting podcast that is raw, honest, and fun. The hour-long show has special guests from the parenting and celeb world, and no topic is too taboo for these mamas! You’ll love their honesty and heart.

3. My Third True Love

Ali is a mom blogger who loves getting crafty. Her addictive blog gives you step-by-step instructions on how to turn everyday mundane objects into functional pieces for your home, thrift store tips, and stories about her adorable kiddos. Need inspiration for tackling a room in your house? Ali’s blog is sure to inspire.

4. DesignHER Momma

Emily is a mom of four who isn’t afraid to give it to you straight. The corporate interior designer’s honest blog will have you laughing out loud and nodding your head in agreement.

5. Sunshine and Sippy Cups

Moms are constantly on the go, go, GO and we can all appreciate any advice or tips that will make our hectic lives a little less – well – hectic. Meagan is a mom blogger on a mission: to provide “smart solutions for busy moms” one blog at a time. She’s busy scouring the web looking for the best deals, products, and services, and sharing them with you.

6. Babble

Babble launched in 2006 and it quickly became the go-to online community for new parents. Babble’s mission is to tell the truth about parenting — the good, the bad, and the poopy — daily. The site has advice  columns, baby products, how-to guides, parenting tips, and so much more.

7. MotherLovely

Mother Lovely is a lifestyle blog for women that you’ll want to visit again and again. It highlights articles about everything from motherhood to relationships, health, style — you name it, they’ll talk about it! With beautiful visuals and inspiring messages, MotherLovely is a wonderful, women-centric blog.

8. http://debcb.com/

Deb is not only a talented writer (she worked for nine years at the Kansas City Star), but also one of our hand-working regional managers. When she’s not sourcing great mom deals for Plum, she offers insight on the complex world of motherhood and reentering the workforce on her own terms.

9. Mama Rants

Motherhood aint’ always a walk in the park and a lot of it is learning as you go. Mama Rants is written by a 20-something-year old blogger who writes to “help stay sane.” Reading her blog is like chatting with an old friend and you’ll totally relate to her trials and tribulations.

What’s your favorite mom blog? We’d love to hear what it is. Feel free to share in the comment box.