About Carol

Carol Shwanda chronicles her blended family's lives and experiences offering hope, guidance, wisdom, inspiration and humor to anyone who is in or about to enter into a blended family.

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I would like my blog to be a forum for my readers to share their stories and experiences and express their views and opinions about being a part of a blended family. I am working on a book tentatively titled:Blended Family Stories. It will be an in depth look at the real life challenges and joys of successful blended families. If you would like to be part of my research I'd love to hear from you.Take my Blended Family survey

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Seaweed Art Cards
  • SeaweedArt is Here!!!

    "image of pressed seaweed greeting card"

    For the last year I have been developing a business based on a passion of mine, my love of the ocean. It is called SeaweedArt. I have designed printed greeting cards created from images of my pressed seaweed collages. I am selling the cards in 2 assorted packages of 6 designs each with matching printed envelopes.  I am donating 10% of the profits to charitable organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the ocean and marine habitats.

    SeaweedArt is a dream come true for me because I am doing what I love in a rewarding career fully utilizing my talents and skills. I am very proud of what I have accomplished in the last year. It wasn’t easy working full time, going to graduate school and raising five kids. It is so gratifying to finally realize my goals.

    Published on June 28, 2011 · Filed under: FAMILY BUSINESS, LIFE IN SANTA CRUZ;