It’s the last official weekend of Summer and I’m hardcore celebrating. And by hardcore celebrating, I mean lighting my @raedunn fall scented candles, binge watching Netflix and going to bed before 10pm. 🙌🏻 Remember when our nights didn’t even start until 10pm? I would dance all night, get back home with just enough time to shower and change before heading out to work. AND I could work a full 8 hours without ever feeling the fact that I hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours... Now I’m unable to function if someone wakes me up 15 minutes early. Getting old is awesome. .
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It’s the last official weekend...

I read something the other day on Facebook that said that the song that was number 1 on your 14th birthday, defines your life. I googled it, excited to find a message, a sign (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing). Instead, I found it was “Cream” by Prince. 😐 Cream? What does that mean? Ice cream? Coffee creamer? 
So I looked it up... and read the lyrics. "Cream" was meant to mean “cream of the crop”. There are lyrics like “everything you do is success” and my favorite part... “Do your dance
Why should you wait any longer?
Take a chance
It could only make you stronger”  Message received, Prince. Message received. 
What song was number one on your 14th birthday?
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I read something the other...

This girl lost another tooth last week. I’ve been waiting for this toothless smile since she knocked her other one out last year. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last long because her adult tooth is already growing in 😭. (Zoom in to see) Yesterday I noticed both of her front-bottom teeth are peeking out behind her baby teeth too. Does anyone know how to slow down time. A button? A phone call? Maybe a time machine? My baby isn’t a baby anymore. Cue the tears. Have you celebrated any milestones with your kids recently?
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This girl lost another tooth...

I don’t get bouquets of flowers for no reason…. But I do appreciate the flowers that grow by our mailbox, like this one. And it made me realize something this morning.  I’m over it. 
I’m over comparing my life to other people’s lives on social media.
My house might not be as fancy. 
My wardrobe is not as expensive. 
I don't apply makeup as well or even at all most days.
I don’t have beautiful, long flowing hair.
I don’t drive a car that’s worth bragging about. 
We don’t go on lavish trips around the world. 
I don’t carry loads of money in designer handbags. 
Does that make me less of a person? 
Does that make me less of an influencer? 
No. It makes me a regular 40-something Mom who has chosen to open up and share our lives on social media.  It makes me someone who has built this hobby of photography and writing into a business that has solely supported my family for a year and a half. 
I’m proud of that. 
I’m proud that I’m not a follower.
I’m proud that I have worked hard for what I’ve achieved.
I’m proud of influencers like me who are unapologetically themselves.  What are you proud of? .
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I don’t get bouquets of...

F O U R T E E N. 
What do you give your oldest daughter when she turns 14? Well, when you’re me, you write her a poem and post it on the blog for the world to see. Head over to read it and let me know what you think. Then, help me wish Lucia the best 14th birthday ever 👇🏻👇🏻
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F O U R T...

It was just after Iyla's third birthday. She seemed to be on track, at least according to the pediatrician's checklist. She could follow instructions, name most familiar things, knew her first name, spoke in sentences and could carry a conversation, though she was hard to understand most of the time. We enrolled her in preschool that year and she was a little social butterfly. But as that school year went on, her teachers started to notice that she was struggling to get her words out. Most people that know Iyla today, have no idea that she was in speech therapy classes for two years. They have no idea that I fought it for almost 6 months and that I felt a tremendous guilt about it, because I thought it was my fault that she was stuttering as badly as she was. Today on the blog, I’m sharing the mistakes I made, in hopes that if you are ever in this situation, you take advantage of early intervention. .
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It was just after Iyla's...

There are two types of kids. 1) The kid who wants to eat the same thing every single day of the week, sometimes more than one time per day and 2) The kid who loves something one day and then hates it the next. #ad Which type of kid do you have? Or, are your kids like mine and bounce back and forth between the two? Either way, there is a way to make lunches more fun for kids. I'll let you in on a little secret... creating fun lunches is more fun for us too! This week, we created our first character, Inspector Caper Eyes. Head to the blog for more details! Plus, learn why we choose @JuicyJuiceUSA new better-for-you options, which are packed with functional benefits with juicy flavor that parents can feel great about serving to their kids.
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There are two types of...

Remember I told you guys about our day dates now that the girls are #backtoschool? Well, we’ve really been enjoying them. #sponsored We walk, talk and laugh (a lot). Have you seen our IGTV yet? It’s a cheesy, beautiful video of what our relationship is like. I love that we’re able to connect and that we can make the time in our day to focus on our relationship and our health. Since we have three daughters, it’s even more important to go the extra mile when it comes to taking care of ourselves. These awesome @amazfit watches help us with that. I have the Amazfit Verge and Super Dad has the Amazfit Bip. They are lightweight, have app notifications and track your daily activity, your heart rate and so much more. The Amazfit Bip comes with a 30-day battery life and the Verge comes with Alexa built-in and you can make and receive phone calls through the watch. We can track our activity, sleep and heart rate and hold each other accountable for better decisions, when it comes to fitness and health. Visit to check them out and make sure to take advantage of the sale they’re currently having. No discount code necessary! What are you doing to get back to you? .
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Remember I told you guys...

Take me back to the time when all I had to do was color in the lines, learn my abc’s and take a long nap everyday. Why didn’t we appreciate what we had back then? .
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#AD Our girls love nature, so this weekend, we headed to a local nature preserve for a little animal watching, walking and family time. We always pack the essentials when we're heading out in this Florida heat, including snacks, sunblock and @smartwater, because we know how important it is to stay hydrated. We love smartwater® because it's purified water made using vapor distillation, similar to the way water is purified in nature. It's available in 700mL and 1L bottles. Now through 9/15, you can save $2.75 off at Sam's Club, so stock up! (limit 10 per member) #kidsfitness #fitnessfun #daddyslittlegirl #natureseekers #naturephotos #exercisemotivation #familyfitness #fitnessforlife #qualitytime #bestdad #bestdayever #bestfriendgoals #fatherdaughter #dadofgirls #smartwater #hydrate #hydration #drinkwater #marshalls #marshallsfinds

#AD Our girls love nature,...

Our 10 Favorite Outdoor Activities as a Family

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What did you do for fun when you were a child?  I remember spending a lot of time outside, bouncing a ball against my grandparent’s garage door, riding my bike, swimming and playing with my neighborhood friends. Now, with three kids of my own, I realized that everything they were doing involved technology.  They constantly had a phone, a tablet or a laptop in front of their face, doing something meaningless like watching a youtube video or playing a game.  So, 2 weeks ago we made a change and we couldn’t be happier.

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Trading in Online Time for Outdoor Time

We decided to limit their wi-fi access.  Instead of allowing them to use it whenever they wanted to, we cut them down to an hour a day.  It was the best decision we’ve ever made.  Not only has it stopped them from doing a lot of meaningless activities, but it’s also forced them to find other things to keep themselves entertained and it’s allowed us to spend more time as a family, doing fun things outdoors.

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Our 10 Favorite Outdoor Activities as a Family

  1. Bike Riding: Bike riding can be fun and is great exercise! The girls put on their helmets (safety first) and ride around our neighborhood.
  2. Sports: My oldest wants to try out for her school volleyball team, so Dad has been teaching her everything he knows.  We’ve found that our younger girls love it too! They also love soccer.
  3. Gymnastics: Is there anything more fun than doing cartwheels on the grass? For my 8 year old, she can flip all day long if we let her.
  4. Rollerblading: While it’s still not one they’ve mastered, my 8 year old is determined to learn. I love that even when she falls, she picks herself right back up and keeps going.
  5. Walking: There is a beautiful little park down the road from our house and the girls love to walk around the lake, check out the ducks and perform the little exercises along the way.  It’s also a great place to relax and do a little yoga.
  6. Playground: Whether it’s our neighborhood playground or the larger playground down the road, give my girls a slide and some swings and they couldn’t be happier. They are having fun and don’t even realize that they are exercising.
  7. Swimming: Any time the girls can get in a pool, they jump at the chance.  My little mermaids would spend the whole day in the water if they could.
  8. Nature Walks: We have a local nature preserve and the girls love to look for animals and birds!  We’ve even spotted a few alligators along the way.
  9. Washing the Car:  The girls love to help Daddy wash the car whenever he allows them to.  They usually get more water on themselves than the car, but it’s all about how much fun they’re having anyway, right?! Throw in some bubbles and they are having the time of their lives.
  10. Sidewalk Chalk: Could possibly be the best thing invented… the girls get to draw, express themselves with their art and then the rain cleans it up for us.

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When weather permits, I hope that you will spend more time outdoors with your family, finding fun activities that keep them moving more and worried less about technology. It’s fun, it’s a great bonding experience and best of all, it’s free!

What are some things your family does outdoors?

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  • Danny Sigmon
    February 17, 2019

    Basketball is my favorite outdoor activities. your explanation for outdoor activities is really informative.

  • Shopdealman
    January 26, 2018

    There can be as many different outdoor activities as possible. Outdoor sport should be must for kids in present generation as most of them are stick onto TV, video games or other indoor stuff.

    Outdoor activities have special importance in growing up years and they remain strong influence for all the future years.

  • Shawna
    January 24, 2018

    I love outdoor activities with my husband and 2 boys! We like to play basketball, soccer and ride bikes!

  • Lynndee
    January 17, 2018

    Spending time outdoors with your family is important. Now if only the weather is not this cold. 🙂 Summer can’t get here soon enough.

  • Chei Pangan
    January 17, 2018

    Kids nowadays do really prefer staying inside rather than outside. But as a mom, I see to it that my 4-yr old daughter play outdoor games with my siblings.

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea
    January 17, 2018

    These are all awesome way to spend the time outdoors and certainly fun too. During my childhood, biking or playing in the playground was something I had fun doing back then.

  • Claudia Krusch
    January 16, 2018

    My son loves to ride his bike and play in the backyard with his friends! It is so important to get some fresh air and exercise when the weather is not so bad!

  • Mary Edwards
    January 16, 2018

    Great family fun ideas! We go boating and fishing as a family all year long.

  • Melanie
    January 16, 2018

    The weather has been lovely this week, perfect for outdoor adventures and play. My girls really like playing soccer outside.

  • Marissa Zurfluh
    January 16, 2018

    I honestly love walking around outside. It is a really great way to exercise and I even pick up trash.

  • Tim B
    January 16, 2018

    Great list! Very similar to what we would list for our family as well. Bike rides would be at the top of our list too. Though running in racing events would be swapped out for gymnastics and nature hikes would be a bit higher up for us.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 16, 2018

    We have mostly the same favorite outdoor activities except gymnastics. I wish my kids would be into it.

  • Joely Smith
    January 16, 2018

    We LOVE sidewalk chalk and car washing! Sometimes we did every car in the family and spent a whole day doing that. All of your outdoor family ideas are awesome!

  • Alysia Bear
    January 15, 2018

    Ohhh these pictures made me miss summer! I’m in Canada now so there’s not much you *want* to do outside at this time lol. We usually try to get out daily anyway (apart from school recesses) to make sure I’m getting enough vitamin D and for some fresh air. Right about now it’s skating (when not so cold your feet are on fire in the first 10 mins) or sledding. It’ll be a difference of a 15 degree drop in my area, from one hour to the next -_-

  • Aduke Schulist
    January 15, 2018

    These are all great activities. We like to take our dogs on walks and to the dog parks and ride bikes and play tennis.

  • Marysa
    January 15, 2018

    These are great ways to get exercise. Funny, my kids actually do enjoy helping me wash the car.

    Both my kids are very much into swimming, so we often do things that involve swimming, whether we are at a water park or a pool.

  • sara lafountain
    January 15, 2018

    My kids love to ride their bikes and play football in the backyard! It is so important to get some fresh air and exercise when the weather allows.

  • Jennifer Van Huss
    January 15, 2018

    One of my favourite things to do with the kids outside is Geocaching. Its a hike, treasure hunt and exercise all in one! My kids don’t even realize that they are being active when they are hunting. Its great!

  • Audrey
    January 15, 2018

    With our family, we shoot for some quality outdoor activities whenever we can. Participating in teaching a child what you know about a sport they’re wanting to try out for is a great way to get the whole family involved! We might have to add washing the car this summer to our outdoor fun!

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 15, 2018

    There is nothing like getting outside and playing, as a child I used to love heading down the park, we did all sorts there from rollerblading to biking, definitely have many happy memories.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    January 15, 2018

    Nature walks are always a great way to spend time together as a family. It’s a lot of fun to get out there and see all the different wildlife and plants.

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