On the beach.

by mssinglemama on June 9, 2012


Seth caught Benjamin and I on the beach in this picture. Me with my wine, Benjamin ready to run into the waves fully dressed to practice his surfer moves.

I had no idea Myrtle Beach was so beautiful. I’ll be posting all of our pictures later this week. Stay tuned for those. Also, during one of our zen beach moments Seth and I decided it would be awesome “meet” you all. We want to have a Google+ video hang out with all of you. We know there are endless questions about blended families or dating as a single parent. To answer them, we will take your questions live via the Google+ Hang Out or you can tweet your questions during it and watch the hang out live. After its finished, the Hang Out will be featured on YouTube. It will be the perfect opportunity to directly answer your questions and make this a two–way conversation.

Ms. Single Mama and Seth Hang Out!

Wednesday, June 13th at 9:00 PM (EST). Stay tuned to my Twitter account before the event for a link to the Google+ Hang out. You’ll need a computer with a Webcam to participate, or you can tweet questions to us and watch the hang out live.

Right now… a fun prize.

To reward those of you who are still here and reading after my totally selfish vacation and hiatus, I’m giving away this cute set of vintage finds I picked up at a Columbus thrift store the day we got home.

1. A super cute vintage turquoise wallet.
2. A black and white scarf. Will go perfectly with this season’s brights and patterns.
3. A pair of genuine snake skin vintage heels. Size 8, they run small. These are the real deal. Beautiful!

To win:

Simply let me know in the comment which of the three you would prefer. Please only ask for the shoes if they fit you! All three prizes will come with one of the last remaining new leaf necklaces. Tell me why you think you deserve the item. Right a self-affirming, positive statement. Something like, “I deserve a cute new wallet, because I just [fill in the blank]”. I’ll be choosing three winners based on who makes me laugh, cry, smile or just plain want to give it to you. I’ll know you when I read you.

And, thank you to Visit Myrtle Beach, Vision Airlines (now offering direct flights from Columbus to Myrtle Beach for $99.00 each way – wow), Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (oh yeah, baby, kids loved it) and finally to Island Vista Resort (ummmm… don’t even know where to begin). Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We will be back.




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Missy June 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Not selfish to take sometime away!!! Everyone needs a break from “real” life gives you a chance to recharge an come back with a clear mind an soul:) as for my positive statement I would love the scarf because I’m finally getting the hang of the single mom life an all the curve balls that come with it an just getting back in to dating an it would go great with the date outfit I have picked out.


Heidi K June 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I deserve the fabulous snakeskin pumps because when my youngest daughter turns one, my husband WILL be declared cancer-free. We had our second beautiful daughter on December 9, 2011. On January 27, 2012, my husband was
diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. He began chemotherapy and radiation soon after. Followed by two hospitalizations and two surgeries: one to remove the tumor, the other to clear a bowel obstruction/fix a twisted bowel. He has begun IV chemotherapy and chemo pills and will finish is December. No one can truly understand how horribly painful cancer is for every member of the family, unless they have been there. Abby, my five year old, has decided that Daddy will be ‘all better by Natalie’s first birthday’. I hope she is right; she usually is.


Heidi K June 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

That went way further than I meant to go. I am lucky to have such a strong husband and beautiful little girls. Even through the trials, we are blessed.


Jomo June 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

I deserve to win the cute wallet becuase after being a horrible realtionship I wrote you and you wrote back and gave me the self confidence to walk away, and turn over a new leaf, that was 3 years ago. I since married the love of my life a year ago next month ( my hs sweetheart!) who loves my child like his own, and whom I love and trust more than anything plus he just plain makes me happy . So hard to believe I lived in misery for so long when happiness like this existed! I also deserve it becuase I just graduated from nursing school, which is grueling and in case I fail my state boards I need a pick me up! πŸ™‚


Jen June 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

The state boards aren’t so bad! I did nursing school while solo-parenting my 4 kiddos. Take the Hurst review and/or read Kaplan’s NCLEX book and you’ll be great. The real learnin’ comes during these first few years of being out there!

Good luck to you and congratulations on finishing nursing school! I am already back in college (crazy, I know!) and furthering my degree!



Elissa June 10, 2012 at 1:01 am

I deserve to win the FABULOUS vintage wallet because I am more than surviving in the face of incredibly difficult circumstances. I was a single mom of four when I met the man of my dreams. He loves my kids like they are his own and stepped in to support us all when the kids bio dad wouldn’t. We decided to add one of “ours” to the mix which is a bit of a technicality because they truly are ALL ours! Then my sweet husband was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He struggles to function but he kept working hard for us. Eight months later he was diagnosed with Epilepsy. This diagnosis ended his career because he cannot hold the required certifications to do his job with an Epilepsy diagnosis. Then I lost my job and had absolutely no luck finding another one. So unemployed, with now five sweet little loves, the youngest now just 5 months, I went back to school. I take care of my kids, and now I take care of my husband as well. He can no longer drive and his doctors don’t want him left alone because of the severity of his condition. We also moved in with my parents so that we would have help with the kids and him since he can’t be alone, or left alone to care for them. I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I love my kids! I love my husband! I feel incredibly empowered to be on track to a career that will enable me to support my entire family financially as well. That said, it has been longer than I care to recall since I’ve been able to pick up a little something fun to lift my spirits… this would be an enormous boost!


SavoredLife June 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

Ahhh, the beach is a magical place. I’ve been lucky enough to live within 20 minutes of it my entire life. It’s also important and refreshing to UNPLUG for a stretch. We are constantly over-stimulated and getting back to nature (so to speak) does a world of good. So happy you guys had a wonderful vacation!

I would LOVE the fantabulous vintage turquoise wallet because we ALL deserve to be a *little* selfish once in awhile. As moms, many of us put EVERYONE else before ourselves and getting something just for us is a lavish treat! Plus, it would go well with my skin tone. πŸ˜›

*If I am chosen, I’d like you to give the leaf necklace to another reader, seeing as I already have one! (I can’t be *that* selfish…) πŸ˜‰


KQ June 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

I deserve a cute vintage scarf…bc I boldly joined a dating site this week to try to get back out there and talk to grown men…not just children! And I’m looking at a house today. Post-divorce and bankruptcy I’ve managed to save a bit with a matching program at a local credit union and could put nearly 10% down on this one (bc it’s cheap!). And I’m taking a grad class that is kicking my tail with homework, but my kids are being pretty great about me reading incessantly while they play.

Hope you got nice and relaxed on vacation.


Megan June 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

Myrtle Beach is on my bucket list, and I can’t wait to read about your adventure! I think I deserve a cute new wallet because this week marks the one year of my being a single mama. There were some very dark and scary times, and during those times I never thought I would have have made it this far. But now my son and I are healthier and happier than we ever were before and its partly due to the online support system of other single mamas like this blog and its readers.


Abby June 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

So glad you could have a great vacation with your new love. You’re story is so inspiring to me after the craziness I have been through. I am so happy to have found your blog! i am your new biggest fan lol!


kelleyb June 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I deserve that ubber vintage wallet because I have been happily living a wonderful single life raising my goofy, loving & awesome teenage sons for the last 5 years.
Following your story gives me hope that I will one day love again. I am like that vintage wallet… I am simply getting better with age.

So thrilled you enjoyed your beach vacation.


Sara Hannigan June 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I feel like crap for even posting since everyone told their horror stories… I deserve that wallet because I’ve faced adversity too… I faced single hood & parent hood in the same sentence… I am thankful for it all.


Aussie Krys June 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm

And I’d love the leaf necklace.. unlike you single momma’s I was unlucky enough never to have been able to have kids… I’m divorced… had cancer twice (still in treatment) and still single… ho hum… but I smile and pick myself up and love hearing about you all from across the globe!

Oh, on the bright side… I have fur people… =^._.^=


Kim Metcalf June 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

I deserve a cute new wallet because I am more content right now than I have been for the last 3.5 years of being a single Mama. While times have not always been easy I am truly blessed and I realize that more and more every day!


lovie arthur June 11, 2012 at 1:10 am

I believe I deserve a beautiful wallet because I am a single young mama that just moved into my own place with my two boys and had the privilage of furnishing a gorgeous (yet utterly expensive) bedroom set they absolutely adore.. I won’t even get into the trials and tribulations I am enduring because at this moment in time because it all becomes secondary when I hear my 4 and 3 year old say “how beautiful” their room is and “how happy they are with mommy.” I think that deserves a treat for mommy.. πŸ™‚


LeeAnn June 11, 2012 at 1:37 am

Hey! I deserve that cute new wallet because this week I am finishing up my college courses (hopefully… college Math is kicking my butt & it’ll be a miracle if I pass!) and after 4 loooooong years, will be getting my associates degree=]. And yes, I know that’s usually 2 years for associates but for most I was a single mama and I could only go part time =[. School, work and parenting all alone (or even with a partner) is a challenge, but more than worth it. <3


Sarah June 11, 2012 at 3:06 am

Its inspiring to hear how many of us are hanging in there, waiting for our happily ever after!! Thank you for giving us hope and courage to look single mommyhood in the face and roar with all our might that we are still here and stronger than ever! I feel like I deserve a leaf necklace. Its not directly posted, but the few times I thought about buying one for myself I just can’t allow myself to do it just for me. But you could! ^_^ …And I feel like you deserve the very best life, simply because you’ve been brave and kept on with this site! (((hugs)))


Melissa June 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

I deserve the cute scarf because after a couple of years of being scared of commitment and running from any man who said he loved me…I said YES this weekend when my now fiancee proposed! We will be blending our three beautiful teenagers in a sweet, romantic wedding this fall…and I would love to wear this scarf as a symbol of my journey through single mamaness!!


Michelle June 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I love the wallet. My child support from the controlling ex (still trying to control after nine years) would fit perfectly in it!


Rhonda June 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I deserve the adorable scarf, because I’m learning how to start taking some time for myself, and that includes dressing the part. Running an in-home daycare and raising 3 boys keeps me busy. I’ve recently realized that I’ve been clothes 2 sizes to big for myself. My friends are encouraging me to wear clothes that show my figure. It’s harder than I thought, but I’m getting there. This cute accessory might just make the next great outfit!!


Crystal June 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I would love the wallet! I spent 8 years in a relationship that was harmful to all involved. I took the leap about 3 years ago to rid myself of him. Not only for me, but for my son. I am with a wonderful guy who is taking it slowly with me and he loves my son as his own. I am the happiest that I have been in many many years.


Anna June 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I deserve to win the wallet because mine is falling apart (the one I bought in Myrtle Beach a couple of years ago!), and I’m the one who holds our finances together. And because I’ve done such a great job turning those finances around since the disaster that my ex-husband created in that arena. I’ll be debt free in a year!! : D


Chris R June 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

Great Post! Myrtle Beach is very beautiful. I went many years ago it used to be the hot spot for spring break. Maybe still is, I guess I’m to old to know where they are now… Sometimes getting away from our in boxes and blogs is a very good thing. Don’t worry our readers will be there waiting for us but it is just good to loose technology for a little while… πŸ™‚


Jacy June 12, 2012 at 1:21 am

Sounds like a MARVELOUS TRIP! Good for you!

I would love the fabulous vintage black and white scarf because I think it would highlight my tracheotomy scar, the scar in the dead center of my neck that reminds me every single day how lucky I am to be alive. You see, I was born weighing 2 lbs in 1984 and was the only surviving child of 5 that my mother delivered… the only reason I am alive today is because I had a tracheotomy from 6 months- 3 1/2 years old.

After experiencing all that I have these last few years (husbands dual life, infidelity, divorce), it’s easy to get down on yourself and wonder what your worth is… but now, I’ve decided to wake up, embrace my new life, and as cheesy as it sounds… look at this scar and remind myself of the miracle it is that I am alive and healthy and happy today.

This scarf would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe… not only because it’s AWESOME but because it will mean so much more to me than just an accessory… it will remind me of my worth every time I wrap it around my neck πŸ™‚ Silly as it sounds…

Love all the stuff! Great finds!



Torie June 12, 2012 at 3:20 am

Well I was not reading your blog before, but I do now. I just got into the world of blogging. I don’t even have any followers yet so even if people quite your blog your still doing better than me. HA! As for the giveaway I like the wallet. I need a new one badly. It would also make me feel good. I sold my house and I’m living in a big room at my fathers and sharing a bed with my two year old potty training daughter who pees on me daily and my ten year old son that is really getting tired of sharing a room with we girlies. All he has in the corner is a gun cabinet with full of nerf guns. It doesn’t really fit in. At this time I don’t have much for myself. My life is in storage and there father is working two hours away. I feel ganged up on a lot by these two. I swear it’s a good thing I love them so much or I might pull out some duck tape and strap them to a chair. The screams they would produce may scare the animals on the walls in my fathers man cave of a living room back to life however and then we would be homeless. My father would probably send us packing if anything happened to his flat screen. Well maybe some of this is not true, but I have a vivid imagination. The pee part however unfortunately is. Even if I’m not the winner I hope I made you laugh and I hope I find a new home soon.


Pulkit June 13, 2012 at 4:45 am

Great Post.. Dont worry mssinglemama. Some times its useful to stay away from your work. Enjoy ur beach too..


Andrea June 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

I deserve the cute scarf because I just got my teenaged daughter through middle school in one piece! (three years of being alternately bullied and ignored by her classmated, abandoned by her dad, and a host of other challenges, and we’ve both managed to come out on the other side intact and still smiling πŸ™‚


LotusMommy June 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I found your blog in a desperate attempt to make sense out of being a dating single mom. More importantly, a single mom who has found the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. When I read your posts about Seth, I knew that I could stop fretting and start living happily ever after. I have blogged my way to a stronger sense of self and a renewed faith in love and seeing your impromptu wedding was just the inspiration I needed. We’re moving in together in August and that wallet would be a perfect compliment to the wedding dress I’m dreaming about, which is 1950s inspired. I promise I’ll send you a picture!


Pulkit June 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

Hi LotusMommy…

Have a blast and happy move 2 u both


Priya June 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

have a great vacation with your love. You’re story is so inspiring. Glad to be here.


Allison July 5, 2012 at 10:36 am

I would love the vintage wallet because this mama has finally got her groove back! So much so, I just signed up this morning to take a class to get my motorcycle license. I am celebrating this because I would have NEVER been able to do this when I was married to my first husband.


mssinglemama July 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Ohhhh… this is SO hard. I want to give you all gifts for being so brave and fabulous. Can I pick randomly instead? Would anyone mind? I just can’t choose. Was a bad idea on my part to not leave it random.


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