It wasn't that long ago I had pretty much given up on the idea of ever having a kids or a family of my own. It was okay, I was 40-something with a great job, wonderful parents and siblings and amazing friends that filled my life with love and laughs. Then, in one of those weird twisty things that life sometimes does to us, I fell in love with a man that already had three kids of his own and suddenly I was thrown headlong into the life of a stepmum. I'm talking school lunches, dropoffs and pickups and dirty laundry out the wazoo. Thanks to Disney, stepmothers have a pretty bad rap and even though I actually have an amazing stepmother of my own, I still felt conscious of just what a tricky role it was that I'd taken on. I'm not gonna lie, its a tough gig - and there are days when I feel completely and utterly overwhelmed by it all. And the thing is, when you get the step parenting thing wrong, it can be really hard to pick yourself up and try again. Really hard. But, sometimes there are those fleeting little moments where by a remarkable fluke, I've managed to get it right - and it makes it all worth it. So, pour yourself a wine, get ready to laugh and/or cringe at my mistakes and join me if you will on this crazy rollercoaster ride that is a blended family. If even one of the many disasters I've navigated resonates and makes someone else feel not so alone, then my work is done.