Things a Young Widow’s Kids Say that Break Her Heart

Things a young widow's kids say that break her heart. A young widow not only grieves for herself, but also for what her children lost.

As a young widow, I’ve been a single mom for most of the kids’ lives. My husband, Chaz, passed away when our twins were 19-months old and our son was 4-months old. Raising the kids after losing Chaz has been, and will likely continue to be, the most difficult thing I ever do in my life. With the kids being so young when they lost their daddy, they obviously didn’t understand the concept of death yet. And because of this, I never knew how to handle their “grief.” Unfortunately, I know that as I struggled with my own grief, I … Continue reading

11 Unique Gifts for Preschoolers

11 Unique Gifts for Preschoolers! My preschoolers LOVE these ideas! And I love that these gifts foster imagination, build fine motor skills, and more! Save this list for birthdays and Christmas!

[Disclosure: For your convenience, this post of Unique Gifts for Preschoolers contains affiliate links that support Me Plus 3 Today at no additional cost to you. Thanks!] We are very fortunate to be surrounded by people who are will to give my kids gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions. As I look around the kids’ playroom, I see so many unique gifts for preschoolers. And since I’m someone who loves to shop second-hand sales, I’ve also found a lot of interesting toys that I never would have thought of if I was browsing online or at the store. … Continue reading

9 Facebook Pages for Widows to Follow

Disclosure: This list of Facebook Pages for Widows to Follow contains affiliate links, which help support this blog at no additional cost to you. Thanks! Not to state the obvious, but being a young widow is hard. And lonely. It often feels like there is absolutely nobody out there who understands what you are going through and how you are feeling. But in reality, there are actually a lot of young widows out there just like you. They might not be your next door neighbor, but thanks to the magic of social media and technology, you can connect with these other … Continue reading

Words of Encouragement for Mothers – Make a Difference Monday

It’s amazing what a few words of encouragement can do to brighten my day and lift my mood. Even reading an article that is not written by anyone that I know and is in no way directed at me can have such an empowering effect on me. It’s that feeling of, “Yes! Somebody out there gets it! I am not alone in my struggles! I’m not crazy!” I especially enjoy words of encouragement for mothers since that is typically what I need most. Being a mom isn’t always what I had imagined it to be. The days can seem very long, toddlers … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why MOMZY Helps Moms

Special thanks to MOMZY for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Moms, you are awesome. Well, I think a lot of people are awesome, but right now, I’m talking to the moms out there! That’s because one of my goals for this year is to empower moms. They make up a huge chunk of the population, and I’d like to think that by building up moms, it will start a wave of empowerment that will spread to so many different parts of life! So this year, I’m going to be sharing many wonderful things as part of my … Continue reading

10 Toddler Gift Ideas They Will Love!

This post of 10 Toddler Gift Ideas They Will Love contains affiliate links, from which I may make a small commission at no additional charge to you! Thanks for the support! Has your toddler ever received a wonderful toy gift that they loved when they opened it, only to have it end up at the bottom of the toy bin, or pushed to the back of a shelf somewhere? Maybe they loved it and played with it for a day or 2 (or even just a few hours!), but the “new” factor of the gift quickly wore off. Or maybe … Continue reading

Single Parents: 7 Tips to Help you Cope {Guest Post}

I’m honored to have another wonderful guest blogger, Carolyn Bond. She runs How to Bring Up Great Kids, a parent coaching website. She is sharing tips that helped her cope as a single parent. *************** You’re on your own all of a sudden, whether you’re separated or widowed. Your whole life has changed, especially the future, and it hits you in the gut so hard that it takes your breath away. From disbelief to anger to depression the stages evolve differently for each person. Eventually, strength comes to the fore and energy comes back. You soldier on. I know, because I’ve been … Continue reading

6 Things Married Couples Need to do to Prepare for Unlikely Death of a Spouse

6 Things Married Couples Need to do to Prepare for Unlikely Death of a Spouse

For your convenience, this post to help married couples prepare for death of spouse may contain affiliate links. I don’t think there is anybody that enjoys talking about the possibility of losing a loved one, especially their spouse. But unfortunately, death is something that will eventually happen to all of us. And what if it happens much, MUCH sooner than you had ever thought possible? Are you prepared? Based on my experience, I think there are 6 things that married couples NEED to do RIGHT NOW to prepare for the unlikely death of a spouse. I know, it is very … Continue reading

4 Ideas for a Healthy Halloween

*This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission on purchases made from these links, at no additional cost to you. Read full disclaimer here. Thanks! I’ve talked about it in my post with 14+ Halloween Party Game Ideas and my post with 26 Unique Halloween Costumes for Twins or Siblings, but I’m going to mention it here again: I love Halloween! It is just a really fun holiday, when we get to dress up like somebody/something else, put up spooky decorations, and of course, indulge in some sweet treats! But if you don’t want to go overboard … Continue reading

Monday Mourning Widow Series #6: 5 Worries of a Single Mom

Last week, I was honored when Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures asked me to write a guest post about single parenting for her blog series during National Unmarried and Single Americans Week. I am so glad that the organization that promotes this week added the term “Unmarried” to the title. Because as a widow, I would rather describe myself with that word than as “single.” Although really, I actually still consider myself married. I still wear my wedding ring. And I still refer to Chaz as my husband. I’m not sure if, or when, that will every go away. But I do … Continue reading