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They say when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. Making lemonade is not always easy or possible. For us, we found ourselves single in our 40’s with kids at home and starting life over again. Luckily we found each other, online no doubt. When we began blending families, schedules, traditions, and laundry, we discovered lots of lemons. Our podcast is a reflection on how we get through the hard times and enjoy the good times on our new journey together, all with ten kids in tow. Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you make lemon squares. Lemonade might come later.

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Podcast 3:11 – The Over Communicative Ex

Does your spouse spend too much time on the phone with their Ex? Does the Ex just walk into the house and help themselves to food? In this episode Darren & Paige look at the “Over Communicative […]


Podcast 3:10 – Kindness in Marriage

Darren & Paige look at how kindness or lack thereof can shape a marriage relationship. It does not mean that they don’t have disagreements, but they show how kindness can still be a part of everything. Why […]

Podcast 3:9 – The Silent Ex-Spouse

Does your ex-spouse communicate with you? Or is it just silence when you try to co-parent. Listen to Darren and Paige talk about techniques to open the communications channels and improve co-parenting. What people do Blame Game […]

Podcast 3:8 – 30 Day Relationship Challenge

Play our podcast episode here or Subscribe. In this episode, Darren and Paige look at a 30-day relationship challenge calendar. Find out what they think works and what doesn’t work. We used the calendar from the website  […]

Podcast 3:7 – (Don’t) Die hard in Traditions

Play our podcast episode here or Subscribe. In this episode we revisit traditions. We start questioning some of the traditions we stuck with when we first blended after one of our kids mentioned how busy Christmas is […]

Podcast 3:6 – Valentine’s Day Reboot

Have you ever wondered why Valentine’s Day is so stressful? We can tell you why. Expectations vs Reality. Listen to the latest “Where’s the Lemonade?” to hear how Darren & Paige handle or don’t handle this curious […]

Podcast 3:5 – Disneyland Dad Syndrome

Play our podcast episode here or Subscribe. Disneyland Dad Syndrome is real and affects blended families every day. It is so prevalent that there is a legal definition for it. So how do you become a Disneyland […]

Podcast 3:4 – It all began in Panama

Play our podcast episode here or Subscribe. We recently had Facebook and Google give us reminders of where we were 2 years ago today. What came up is the inception of our podcast. On a trip to […]

Podcast 3:3 – Pass the Xanax – Dealing with Anxiety in Blended Families

Play our podcast episode here or Subscribe. Blended families bring lots of new stressors into a relationship. Anxiety is high and sometimes your attempts to help your family to blend just increases the anxiety for everyone. In […]

Podcast 3:2 – The Lemonade of Blended Families

There are many studies on the adverse effects of divorce and the trials of blended families. In this episode, Darren & Paige are only looking at the “Lemonade” of blended families. That is right put on your […]

Podcast 3:1 – What a year!! 2020 in Review

In this episode, we review what happened in 2020. What our plans were, how they adjusted, and how we grew closer together as a family. Learn about travel plans, weddings, eating habits, toilet paper and how we […]

Podcast 2:23 – Don’t Judge Me!

  Blended families get judged. No doubt about it. The kids get judged, they come from a broken family, they are going to have issues in school, and in relationships in the future. And the adults do […]

Podcast 2:21 – Even Stevens in a Blended Family

In this episode, Darren & Paige try to figure out how to keep things even between the kids, the ex(s), and the different houses. This is not an easy task! In fact,  we find that it is […]

Podcast 2:20 – Resolving Conflict in Marriage

In this episode, Darren & Paige discuss how to resolve conflict in marriage. Sometimes things work, and sometimes they don’t. Not every resolution results in a WIN-WIN solution, sometimes it is just good enough to push the […]

Podcast 2:19 – Unity not Equality in Marriage

  In this episode, Darren and Paige discuss how things in a marriage are not always equally balanced, but focusing on unity in a marriage can overcome the ups and downs of the equality equation. How do […]

Podcast 2:18 – Back to School with COVID and Blended Families

Darren & Paige talk about the big decision on where to educate the kids. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions of being in person face to face. Tough decisions had to be made on what to do with […]

Podcast 2:17 – When Kids get Married in a Blended Family

Find out how to throw a COVID-19 wedding when children of a blended family get married. Something that could be over the top stressful turns out to be wonderful and very low stress. Blended Family twist Wedding […]

podcast 2:16 – Taking a Break from COVID

Darren and Paige spend a week away from the world with the family. No COVID, no riots, just the forests, canyons, and family. Learn how we disconnect from our worldly cares and have a fun time decompressing. […]

podcast 2:15 COVID the Great Divide

COVID-19 is starting to divide our nation and its families. Imagine trying to co-parent with different opinions on COVID safety, money problems due to layoffs, or school plans when schools start up again. There seems to be […]

Podcast 2:14 – Fighting Stereotypes and Assumptions of blended families

COVID-19 and the corresponding quarantine has brought out some interesting stereotypes that we have seen over the last 3 months. This recognition of stereotypes has given Paige and Darren an internal look at stereotypes that they have […]

Podcast 2:13 – Shelter in Place Fatigue (COVID-19 Week 8)

COVID-19 got you down. Quarantine is playing a number on our emotional and physical selves. In this episode listen to how Darren & Paige handle their “Cabin Fever”. Will anger and anxiousness take over or are there […]

Podcast 2:12 – Feeling like multiple families

Nine years ago when we got married we had the perfect vision of blending our families. Of course, we wanted it to be like a nuclear family with white picket fences and a dog. What we ended […]

Podcast 2:11 – Dealing with Stress (Covid 19 – week 3)

We have noticed an uptick on blended families have issues in their families that just seem insurmountable. Stress from the COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty in health, job stability, and the economy is driving wedges in relationships between husband […]

Podcast 2:10 – Week two of Covid 19

It is week 2 of the “Shelter in Place” order from the state of California. In this episode learn how Darren & Paige handle uncertainty. anxiety, and lots of food. We focus on staying connected with friends […]

Podcast 2:9 – Adjusting to Everyone at Home (Covid-19 – Week 1)

In this episode find out how Darren & Paige handle the first week of having everyone home in a “Shelter in Place” order by the state of California due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Are we going to […]

Podcast 2:8 – Money, Kids and Blending Families

Money and kids can be hard in any family. When you throw two families together with different histories and expectations Money can be a tough issue to navigate. In this episode, Darren and Paige reveal some of […]

Podcast 2:7 – How to destroy your marriage

In this episode, we talk about the key things that you can do to destroy your marriage. We researched some articles and found some interesting things that we need to work on to have a stronger relationship. […]

Podcast 2:6 – Valentine’s day (Expectation vs Reality)

Valentine’s Day is always a stressful time for people. Expectations of the perfect romantic day never match the reality of the day. In this episode, we talk about our successes and failures of Valentine’s Days past. It […]

Podcast 2:5 – Why Blended families fail

When we first got married we believed that love would conquer all. Blending families would be as simple as moving all of our stuff into a house and making it a home. Successfully blending families is hard […]

Podcast 2:4 – Using Counseling to Strengthen Your Marriage

We had to go to marriage counseling to resolve a problem that has bubbled up over time. In this episode find out how we have used marriage counseling to strengthen our marriage and help us feel like […]

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