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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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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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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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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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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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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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 rcl.ink/UyB 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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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) https://lnk2.io/abYC5gD #kidsfitness #fitnessfun #daddyslittlegirl #natureseekers #naturephotos #exercisemotivation #familyfitness #fitnessforlife #qualitytime #bestdad #bestdayever #bestfriendgoals #fatherdaughter #dadofgirls #smartwater #hydrate #hydration #drinkwater #marshalls #marshallsfinds

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Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the day our beautiful Nana passed away.  Two years of picking up the phone to call her and realizing she wouldn’t answer. Two years of not being able to send her flowers on her wedding anniversary, birthday and Mother’s Day.  Two years of not planning to surprise her by showing up at her door.  Two years of missing the greatest human being to ever walk the planet.

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If I had 5 more minutes, I would:

  1. Thank her for loving me unconditionally.
  2. Have my daughters shower her with love.
  3. Take more pictures and videos of her.
  4. Ask her to sing “Bushel and a Peck” just once more.
  5. Give her a hug that was long enough to memorize.
  6. Tell her over and over again how much she meant to us all.
  7. Fill her tiny room with bright, colorful flowers.
  8. Set up one last bingo game and make sure she wins the jackpot.
  9. Hold her hand and memorize every wrinkle.
  10. Catch her up on everything she’s missed.
  11. Play 500 rummy or rummy cube with her.
  12. Dance with her.
  13. Take her on a walk.
  14. Polish her nails for her.
  15. Apologize to her for those that didn’t give her the closure she deserved.
  16. Tell her that I’m living my best life for her.
  17. Prepare a meal with her favorite foods.
  18. Assure her that we will never forget her.
  19. Show her the pillows we had made out of her favorite clothes.
  20. Ask her what heaven is like and how Papa is.
  21. Ask her for forgiveness for anything I might’ve done to hurt her feelings.
  22. Tell her how much I love her.
  23. Promise her that we will all make her proud.
  24. Make sure she knew just how much we all appreciate her.
  25. Ask for 5 more minutes.

Nana was our rock.  She was beautiful and kind and incredibly funny.  She was the first person I called when I had good news to share.  She was everything to us and it’s been the hardest two years of our lives.

No matter how busy life gets, always make time for your loved ones.  They can be taken from you in an instant.  Say what you need to say.  Shower them with love.  Don’t let 5 minutes pass without telling them just how much you love them.  Before it’s too late and you are begging for 5 more minutes.

If you had 5 more minutes with someone you lost, what would you do?

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  • Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    August 6, 2018

    I’m so sorry for your loss, this is such a beautiful list. I’ve been lucky to not have suffered much loss in my life but, I know it is inevitable. Having 5 more minutes would be amazing. Thanks for this.

  • Alice Megan
    August 5, 2018

    My condolences, but what a lovely way to remember her

  • Tiffany Haywood
    August 3, 2018

    Such a beautiful post and reminder to treasure every single moment with those you love. I try to live my life where each moment counts and becomes a memory to last a lifetime. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom Blog
    August 3, 2018

    I love that continue celebrating the life and love for your Nana. I bet she would be so proud!

  • tia mckinzie
    August 2, 2018

    This hit me so hard, i feel this way about to many people. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers

  • LavandaMichelle
    August 2, 2018

    What a beautiful post in her honor! This made me smile throughout the whole read, Im sure she’d love this post. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Debby
    August 2, 2018

    What a beautiful tribute. My mom, my kids Nana, passed away 10 years ago. We still miss her everyday.

  • Anosa Malanga
    August 2, 2018

    I guess five minutes will never be enough, the list you gave is really what would be done by a person missing a loved one. Reading your post made me a little sad but happy knowing you were still living up with her memories.

  • sammi
    August 2, 2018

    May God bless her soul. It is sad to lose a loved one.

  • Kelli A
    August 2, 2018

    I feel this so deep in my soul! I lost two of my grandmothers last year within 2 months of each other. This past summer was the one year mark and I find myself thinking most of these things as well!

  • Melanie Walsh
    August 2, 2018

    I wish I had five more minutes to make a sock puppet with my nephew. He received a kit for Christmas and really wanted someone to help him. In the chaos of the holiday with a newborn, I didn’t get a chance. We lost him to an aggressive form of leukemia that took him in less than a week at the end of January.

  • kylie cre8tone
    August 2, 2018

    5 more minutes, can makes so much difference… such a sweet post… time is really precious!~

  • Heather
    August 2, 2018

    This is so sweet! I remember how hard it was when my grandmother past away. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Pooja Kawatra
    August 1, 2018

    This is such an emotional post and literally, have tears in my eyes. I lost my dad a few years back and just made me realise to treasure all the relations.

  • Jean Exum Sauban
    August 1, 2018

    That’s really thoughtful and sweet, Heather. It’s been 5 years since my grandmother passed away. It’s hard to believe. If she were still alive, I’d tell her what a great inspiration she continues to be for me.

  • Ching
    August 1, 2018

    I never knew my Nana but felt really emotional reading this. I feel this way about my parents. The time will come when they will have to leave this earth and I will never be ready for it and will Mourn their loss for the rest of my life. I’m sure of that.

  • Jona Shares
    August 1, 2018

    I know your Nana in heaven is happy watching over all of you. A new angel up in heaven. I love how you commemorate her.

  • Peter
    August 1, 2018

    Nana sounds amazing . If I could have five more minutes with my nana, I fear it would t be long enough

  • Sara Welch
    August 1, 2018

    Nana seemed like a truly amazing woman. You are lucky to have had just 1 minute with her!

  • Trina
    August 1, 2018

    I’m over here in tears! I miss my Nana so badly, she was my person, and now all I can imagine is having 5 more minutes with her. I would do all of these! Such a beautiful post.

  • Rosey
    August 1, 2018

    My grandma meant the world to me too. It took me a lot of years to accept she was gone.

  • Nicole
    August 1, 2018

    What a beautiful post. I’m sure everyone wants just five more minutes with a loved one that has passed, probably more! Thanks for sharing.

  • Annette Dattilo
    August 1, 2018

    Such a beautiful post, it made me cry. Thank you for reminding us to constantly show our loved ones how much we love them. Your Nana sounds like an amazing women. xo

  • Kelly Reci
    August 1, 2018

    This is such a beautiful post and really brought tears to my eyes. I have lost loved ones and I think about things like this all the time… if I had 5 extra minutes.

  • Kathy
    August 1, 2018

    What a beautiful post. So sorry to hear of your grandmother passing. Even as the years go on, it still is hard. You made a lovely list of minutes here.

  • Amanda Martin
    August 1, 2018

    Such a sweet sentiment! Time is such a gift <3

  • Linette
    August 1, 2018

    So beautiful. As I’m coming up on the 1st year of my Daddy passing, I would most definitely ask for 5 more minutes…

  • Chubskulit Rose
    August 1, 2018

    I am so sorry for your loss. July 31st is also my Dad’s death anniversary, it’s been 15 years and still the pain doesn’t go away.

  • Charli Bruce
    August 1, 2018

    What a beautiful post. I am so very sorry for your loss, my nonna died over 11 years ago and I still miss her dearly x

  • Louisa
    August 1, 2018

    Wow this is such a sweet post. This is a great reminder for those of us who still have our loved ones around to share how we feel with them. You just never know! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. So inspiring.

  • Carol Cassara
    August 1, 2018

    It’s never easy to say goodbye to a loved one and I think this post is such a wonderful way to remember her and recognize this day. I’m sure she’s smiling wherever she is.

  • kumamonjeng
    August 1, 2018

    Your post has reminded me to treasure the people around me while they are alive. The 25 things just made tears roll down my cheek. Thank you.

  • Mama in Heels
    August 1, 2018

    This is so sweet! My grandmother passed away five years ago and I miss her every day.

  • Liz Cochico
    August 1, 2018

    What a beautiful and loving post for your Nana. You must miss her so much. I was still a little girl when my nana passed away and I don’t remember much of our time together.

  • Lisa Martin
    August 1, 2018

    What a beautiful post. Thank you for the reminder to cherish those we love and hold deer.

  • Ebonye
    July 31, 2018

    What a unique and sentimental blog post! It definitely gives us a glimpse of who you really are. I love it!

  • KD Harris
    July 31, 2018

    Such a sentimental post! Loved this.

  • Jennifer
    July 31, 2018

    This is such a touching post — raw. Thank you for sharing this. If I had 5 more minutes with my grandpa I would sit down and play the piano with him. <3

  • GiGi Eats
    July 31, 2018

    This makes me really sad actually because I cannot even remember the last time I spoke to my grandmother before she died. I really can’t. And the last time I saw her before she died? Oh man, THAT I REALLY cannot remember AT ALL. It’s so unfortunate – I adored my grandmother so much! All we can do is remember the amazing times with them.

  • Sarah Bailey
    July 31, 2018

    This is such a lovely post, I often think about what I would do if I just had another meeting with family members who have sadly passed on.

  • Tasheena
    July 31, 2018

    My maternal grandmother passed away when I was a baby. I would love a couple of minutes to chat with her… I just have so many unanswered questions that I would love to know.

  • Melissa Chapman
    July 31, 2018

    This is such a sweet post and a great way to remember Nana. She looked beautiful and seems like she gave her love to you and everyone she touched.

  • Glenda Cates
    July 31, 2018

    For me, it would be my daughter who passed away at 16 and I would ask her if she knew how much I love her and how much I miss her. Then I would introduce her to her brother as she had always wanted one and didn’t get a real brother before she passed away. Then I would hug her and never let her go. As she walked away I would remind her to tell my mom and grandmother how much my son and I miss them and we wish we could hug them one more time. Then I would apologize to Suzzane for not being the mom she deserved.

  • robin rue
    July 31, 2018

    I lost my mom last year and I always say that I just need one more minute with her to say everything I Need to say and wasnt’ able to.

  • Jeanette
    July 31, 2018

    So many things that you listed here I feel all the way to the core. I have lost all of my grandparents and I wish sometimes I still had five more minutes with them.

  • Alli Smith
    July 31, 2018

    I totally get it! My mom passed away two years ago and it was completely unexpected. I, too, pick up the phone to call her and sometimes I think about something I want to tell her. Five more minutes would be awesome!

  • Amber Myers
    July 31, 2018

    This is such a sweet post. It’s always hard when family members leave us. My Nana Jo is 97 and I know I’ll miss her immensely when she’s gone.

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    July 31, 2018

    My Grandma passed many years ago and I think about her every day. This is a great reminder we don’t know what’s in store for any of us so we should tell our loved ones we love them often.

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