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Welcome to our blog!
From the moment we met, we’ve been logging our journey.
More than thee years later, we find ourselves blessed that we get to share with you our inventory.
Over those years we’ve been sharing our journey and what we’ve learned along the way as we were g(r)owing through the challenges (blended) life brings with it.
We’re so grateful that you found your way over to this blog,
and we sure do hope that you find what you’re looking for, whether it’s to do with love, marriage, family or health, there’s somehting here for everyone.
And if by any chance you did not find what you’re looking for, than please let us know how we might help you better.
Looking forward to getting to know you and your beautiful family better.
Lots of love
Kim & Cheyanne
“A mother’s love makes a house a home.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a biological mom or not, this quote lives on in the hearts of women everywhere. We have the desire to love our families and to love them well. However, in a stepfamily, this love, no matter how genuine, doesn’t always automatically transformContinue reading “Feeling sidelined in your own stepfamily? Not NO MORE.”
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” We’ve all heard that one before. But what about this one, “success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” It’s one thing to plan for a certain situation and it doesn’t work out the way you thought. That’s life, and especially life in a blended family. However, toContinue reading “NOT Doing This Will Set Your Blended Family Up To Fail – Fast”
There’s no person that feels unable to please the most in a blended family than a remarried dad. In the heart of a man is the desire to protect, and now, he’s in a situation where he’s set up to fail in that area. He can’t always protect his children as he’s not always withContinue reading “What Every ReMarried Dad Wants His Wife To Understand “
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date a dad If you’re reading this blog, chances are you either are or are thinking about dating a dad. Maybe you’re nervous and have some apprehensions. Maybe you’ve heard the “horror” stories or you’ve had family members warning you NOT to make this mistake. If that is you, then you’ve come to the rightContinue reading “Should You Date A Dad?”
“No, babe, sorry, no more babies for me… I already have kids.” Has your boyfriend or husband said this to you before? Or maybe you’re a man reading this that feels that way too? Chances are, you’re in a stepfamily. And like many stepfamilies, there’s a lot of challenges & obstacles to overcome – includingContinue reading “No more babies?”
Maybe I could more accurately call this blog topic: “how to successfully ROCK at being a STEPMOM without pulling your hair out”❗️❗️❗️ *While there may STILL be some of that, hopefully these tips will help you get off to the right start (or even if you’re a few years in, get you back on track),Continue reading ““How to become a less-stressed step mom❗️””
Wow. Here I am. Ending my Jesus year. On to 34. “Jesus year,” you may ask? Huh? I remember the first time I heard that. Jesus himself only lived to his 33rd year, and wow, what a year it was for him. I am now OLDER than the most important person in my life everContinue reading “Turning 34”
Boundaries! Ah, that BUZZ WORD is everywhere nowadays – isn’t it?! So, what ARE they actually? And how do you know what ones are right for you? How do you make sure they stay in place & your co-parent doesn’t walk all over you? We’re going to dive deep into ALL those questions here. NoContinue reading “Boundaries in CoParenting”
Living in a blended family is a true trial & test for your marriage. The pressure continually keeps growing and you can’t remember the last time you were IN your comfort zone. As a young American woman who doesn’t speak Dutch (the language of the land she lives in), Chey knows all too well how itContinue reading “Breaking News: The EX ISN’T Your Biggest Problem”
From a StepMom & Bio Dad’s perspective Going to court for child custody is NOT an easy topic. Quite frankly, we don’t think anyone WANTS to go there. It usually comes, from our experience personally and with our clients, out of necessity. It takes a lot of time, finances and emotional energy to achieve childContinue reading “Why You Need To Go To Court”
Wait, so what IS is culture anyway? In some relationships it’s overly clear that there are multiple cultures at play. For instance, it’s obvious that this is so in mixed-racial love relationships, but when people look at us, the Cleymans, they wouldn’t assume that there are cultural differences at play. However, whenever two different continentsContinue reading “You are in mixed-cultural marriage. You might just not realize it.”
Have you ever found yourself living on the other side of the planet as the love of your life? We currently are THERE as Chey is visiting her family in Florida, and Kim is home in Belgium. We also did this during our entire dating relationship. So, as huge proponents of Long-Distance Dating/Relationships ourselves, we wanted toContinue reading “Long Distance Dating For Newbies”
Hi, we’re Kim & Cheyanne, aka The Cleymans. Previously a once single-dad & teacher, and an actress/ host in Hollywood single woman, we met at a wedding in a castle, fell in love while long-distancing dating, and married in 2019. Cheyanne immigrated to Belgium & we are now full-time blended family culture coaches. When we’re not spending time helping families like yours thrive, we love spending time with our kids, exploring Europe writing about our fascination with raising healthy kids, exploring Europe, fitness in your 30s & 40s, and living a balanced life as a multicultural, growing family! Read more