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When Jamie couldn't find the stepmom support and conversations she was looking for, she decided to create her own. Each week, Jamie Scrimgeour brings you real life conversations about blended family, relationships, personal development and more. With tips, strategies, mindset shifts and KICK-ASS Guests, Jamie’s goal is to inspire you to live your own version of a KICK-ASS Life while bringing you along as she creates her own.
 
Welcome to Enjoying Your Blended Family! We bring new episodes every Monday and Friday. Mondays are on hot topics in blended families and Fridays are all about fun ideas you can do with your blended family. This podcast is all about strengthening your blended family relationships and having more fun, giving you hope and encouragement so everyone is enjoying the journey together.
 
ZLORD explores in unedited conversation: the cohosts’ lifelong Vision Quest (thirst for exploring) All The World, Spirit, Oneness, inner-and-outer adventures, and finding Magic in the challenges of mundane life. 3-decades married, vsionary author-artist teZa and feature filmmaker Carter focus on non-judgmental (unconditional) loving kindness and acceptance, starting with each other's often wildly different viewpoints. Their commonality, and hence, the podcast's name--ZLORD--is each person's ...
 
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Past Chaos

April Kirk & Loren Kirk

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April and Loren Kirk, stars of TLC's "You, Me & My Ex" and the hosts of Past Chaos, take you on a journey through marriage, divorce, coparenting and so much more! Listen as these women discuss the trials, tribulations, and triumphs they encountered while they built a positive relationship and productive communication after a bitter custody battle. These two courageous women share one very common bond – the same husband. April and Loren married the same man; together they co-parent six childr ...
 
Hosted by Petronella Lugemwa, the “I Am Multicultural” Podcast explores what it means to be multicultural by sharing stories of love of various interracial, multiracial, mixed, biracial, blended, interfaith couples, families & friends.
 
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The ladies are in rare form this week. How do they feel about accents, and which ones do they think they have? Do you wish life had a "try-on" option? If so, what would you like to exchange? April and Loren talk about the magic surrounding the holidays. They discuss the importance of family time and holiday traditions. Find out why Loren sent an SO…
 
‘Tis the season to be merry. But what happens when your kids are with their other parents and not with you during the holidays? Maybe you have them only for part of the time and wished you had more time with them. This can have a way of sucking the merry right out of the holidays and give you a “Blue Christmas” as Elvis would sing. This can be chal…
 
There is no doubt that fear plays a huge role in most of our lives at some point in time. There are so many deep rooted fears about our self worth, safety, our relationships, value, money and more. This week I am chatting with Relationship expert and Author Monica Berg who believes that we should transcend fear and come to a place where you just tr…
 
We are talking about intimacy and the “S” word in this episode. It’s so important as a married couple to make sure you make this a priority in your marriage. When you do, you stay better connected with each other. When you’re better connected, you are better parents for your kids. And besides, it’s just a fun thing married couples get to do. Why no…
 
April and Loren discuss their personal experiences with anxiety and depression. Is it hard being positive for others when you are not feeling yourself? How about dealing with anxiety in motherhood? If given the chance, would you look through your best friend or significant other's phone? Find out which one of the women did and what she found out! A…
 
Mo Money, Mo Problems! (ok, sorry for the Biggie reference) Money can be another factor that can suck the joy out of the holidays. The holidays can have a way of turning our lives into a money pit. This is the second part in our Enjoying the Holidays episodes. Instead of turning the whole next year into a financial recovery period, there are other …
 
I am excited to talk today about building your personal brand. Building a personal brand takes some contemplation on what you want to be known for and what you want to share. It can be a precursor to entrepreneurship. It allows you to build an audience, create content and find your voice. In this episode we will cover: What do you want to be known …
 
We are entering into the holiday season. This is the first episode out of three that we are focusing on keeping our joy throughout the holidays. It is so easy to let the busyness of the holidays and the stress steal our joy. We talk about real expectations in this episode. It’s easy to have high expectations or even false expectations for our blend…
 
Darren and I are sitting down to do a little Q+A on how we are navigating the holidays. We also dive into how we are doing things this year now that the kids are older and how we have done things up until this point. In this episode: The importance of a detailed schedule for co-parenting over the holidays Having an ours baby and keeping it fair Nav…
 
Backyard games that can be played in the front yard, side yard, or any yard, it just sounds more appropriate to call them backyard games. We talk about 9 outside games that you can use over the holidays with your family that will create some fun and laughs. Use these to pull everyone off the couch and get them out of their rooms so you can grow you…
 
Are you ready to unpack a whole lot of family drama? We sure hope so, because that's what we are doing in this episode. Roy, aka Papa Gator, is in town for a visit. What better way to get the scoop than from the horse's mouth. April and Loren put Roy in the hot seat this week. They find out what's been going on since the show aired. What were his t…
 
“We’re redistributing all the gifts this year!” (just kidding, seriously) The holidays can be a time of a lot of blended family drama, that’s why we had to make a part 2. We answer 3 more popular blended family questions that can cause a lot of drama around the holidays. This gives you more ideas on ways to make your holidays go a lot smoother in y…
 
This week I am talking to Divorce Recovery Coach, Frank Ortega about divorce, co-parenting, common struggles as a single dad and SO much more. In this episode: why women don't really know how to talk to men what "man up" really means and what men need to hear healthy relationships and high-conflict co-parenting relationships processing trauma and p…
 
“I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike, I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like” (can you guess the band this song lyric came from?) That’s right, we are taking an old school thing and bringing it back with a few twists and turns (ha, ha, bike humor). Here are some fun ideas you can use to create cool opportunities for…
 
Surely nobody has any holiday drama at their house, right?!? We know all too well that’s not true in a blended family. Sometimes it seems like we have more than our fair share of holiday drama. In this episode, we answer 3 typical holiday drama questions that we get from blended families. We share what we have learned over the years and provide a f…
 
Behavioural Relationship Expert, Author and Stepmom Tracy Crossley is on the show this week. In her work, Tracy shows her clients how to permanently change the repetition of unhappy and unhealthy cycles and we are diving into all of that and how it relates to stepmom life in this episode. This episode covers: The drama triangle - how to know you're…
 
“FORE!!!” Okay, even if you’re not a fan of golf, there are so many things you can do with golf balls to create some really fun opportunities with your family. We give you some out-of-the-box ideas all the way from going out, to staying at home and creating something really cool. These ideas are sure to get the guys' attention in your family and yo…
 
After a two week break, the women are back! April and Loren admit that even though they see each other every day, their lives are still so hectic that they sometimes only have time for a quick hi and bye. Why has April been feeling 'mom failure' lately? What do the ladies have planned for Halloween? In this episode, April and Loren discuss being in…
 
“All we need is love, love. Love is all we need.” (any Beatles Fans?) There can be a lot of blended family drama, and most of the time, leading with love can be the last thing on our minds. Anger, frustration, tears and all kinds of other emotions like to jump out first. Jesus shows us a different way we can handle situations that will give us grea…
 
This is an episode I never thought would happen. It's no secret that my relationship with my stepson Ethan has been strained in the past. But through the struggles we have come out on the other side, and I am super grateful he agreed to do this. Ethan is answering the questions you submitted on Instagram and he does not hold back. We dive into: How…
 
What’s Halloween without a little theme? We share 4 things that can spice up your Halloween, or give you an alternative to the holiday. This can give your blended family a lot of fun and can create a really cool and special night for everyone. There is also a breakdown of what this can look like, where you can either run with the idea or get your c…
 
It’s time to break the chains!!! There are all kinds of addictions that can eat away at your marriage and your entire blended family. This doesn’t have to be your story anymore. There are ways to overcome these addictions, break those chains, and see your family restored. Mike and Shannon, from Addictive Marriage, join us in this episode as they sh…
 
This week I am interviewing fellow Stepmom and creator of The Blended Family Formula, Cameron Normand about all things Stepmom life. We dive into: Parenting teenagers Her journey with infertility When to close the door on fertility treatments Mistakes stepmoms make What to do when your stepkids want nothing to do with you Parental alienation Disney…
 
“I’m not good with that romance stuff.” Don’t worry, Josie’s got you covered and she makes it easy. Josie, from Romance Enhanced, joins us on this Fun Friday to share how she turned a passion into a great benefit for you and your loved one. She is taking date nights and making them fun and easy for you. All the way from a romantic date in a box tha…
 
When your family is organized, it brings more peace to everyone. Being organized in a blended family can be a big challenge, though. There are so many different dynamics, relationships, co-parenting, involvements, and just life in general. So what if organizing all this with everyone could be made easy? Dr. James and Ginger Dellaripa from The Famil…
 
This week I am doing something a little different. I am sharing the recording of an interview I did for The Stepmom Summit. The Stepmom Summit is run by Stepfamily Magazine with Beth from The Inclusive Stepmom and Cameron from This Custom Life. As a stepmom, I have always said that change starts with me. In this interview I am sharing my journey wi…
 
Do you start from the outside or the inside first? Puzzles can really bring a blended family together in a fun way. You may know the old school traditional ways of putting together a puzzle, but we share more ways you can take this idea and spice it up for some added fun. All these ideas that are shared can really allow your family to create some a…
 
Our lives are so chaotic that even this episode was unplanned! The topic we were supposed to discuss got lost in the mess. However, you are in for a treat. You're invited to listen in on one of our regular, day to day conversations. April admits that she actually does need help in one area of her life, after Loren calls her all the way out. Listen …
 
Get revitalized, reconnected, and more intimate! E.J. and Tarah Kerwin from Relationship Renovation join us in this episode. It will leave you walking away with more knowledge, tools, and resources to make your relationship with your spouse and kids feeling refreshed. Learn the power of a “code word” and how you can recognize triggers in your life …
 
You all asked, and it's finally here. I am often asked for resources for Stepdads and to be honest, had never really found one that resonated until I found today's guest. Franco Zavala is a coach, speaker, podcast host and stepdad to 5. He is on a mission to build, grow, and maintain a strong community of stepdads who are actively pursuing positive…
 
Before the pandemic, teZa and Carter Lord, cohosts of ZLORD, started podcasting to document their 6-month car-and-tent camping trip. Now, the journeyers continue with their long-planned exploration of South America. In Bolivia, the pair discuss topics such as the Indigenous people of the Andes’ use of their sacred plant, coca. See tezalord.com and …
 
Do you remember your first date with your spouse or with your blended family? Depending on how long you’ve been together, this could be a challenge. Recalling those memories are a powerful way in your relationship to stir up those first loving emotions you had. We give ideas on how you can remake that first date you had with your spouse and the fir…
 
Staying away from the Big D (and we don’t mean Dallas)! Most blended families have experienced divorce before. So how can we make sure that it won’t happen again to us? Dr. Kim Kimberling from Awesome Marriage joins us in this episode, and shares some valuable information on how you can keep your marriage growing stronger together instead of growin…
 
As a marriage-loving divorce attorney, Nicole Sodoma never expected to go through a divorce herself. A child of divorced parents, who saw the trials and tribulations daily in her work, she thought she had all the knowledge to keep her marriage happy and healthy. Until one day when she chose herself, her happiness, and her future over her 13-year ma…
 
As they depart on a long-anticipated South American sojourn—hurricane Ian blasts full force toward their Florida home. Here cohosts Carter and teZa first share their numbed exasperation as they deal with myriad circumstances surrounding an unusually fierce flood-and-wind storm PLUS the everyday exasperating circumstances of international travel in …
 
Are you challenging me??? It’s not a serious challenge, but one that will add some fun to your marriage. We share some fun date ideas that you and your spouse can have from this simple challenge, and it doesn’t even cost you any money. Are you up for the challenge? EPISODE RESOURCES: HOW TO ENJOY YOUR BLENDED FAMILY: 5 Dates To Discover Fun In Your…
 
What does God say about divorce and remarriage? Many are quick to throw the Bible at people, many are hurting and desperate to know where they stand with God, and some just honestly don’t know. Am I living in sin, can I ever love again, does God hate me??? There can be so many questions if you have ever gone through the devastation of a divorce or …
 
In this episode, I am chatting with Author Alicia Robertson about how she supports women through the vulnerable and challenging time that is separation and divorce. She helps women take their power back one intentional and informed decision at a time. We dive into: What divorce looked and felt like for her Finding yourself post divorce The insecuri…
 
“You want a taco?” Okay, so that’s just one approach to asking your bonus kid to hangout with you (and a pretty good one we might add), but there are a lot of fun ways we can be intentional on dating our stepkids. We share three ways you can present some really cool opportunities to hangout with your stepkids and build that relationship over having…
 
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