Before we scheduled our trip, I made the mistake of asking people about their experience with @legolandflorida. {Hosted} I was told that it was small and more fun for toddlers. They said my 10 and 14 year old wouldn't really enjoy it. Even though Falynn was ecstatic about it, I was honestly expecting to be disappointed. I will be the first to admit that I was VERY wrong. We all loved it! There was something for each of us to enjoy and all three of my girls can't wait to go back! Our first trip to Legoland will definitely not be our last. Today on the blog, I’m talking about why we loved it even more than Disney! You can read all about it by clicking the link in our bio or swiping up in stories. .
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Before we scheduled our trip,...

Imagine being in your home, taking care of your baby and suddenly being ordered to leave. Imagine being told you could take only one small bag and everything else would be seized. Imagine being packed into a cattle car for days with no food or water or even room to move. Just a bucket in the corner, to be used as a bathroom and a tiny window for ventilation. Imagine people dying on that cattle car, right next to you. Imagine arriving at a concentration camp and immediately having your baby torn from your arms. Imagine having a number tattooed on your arm, to be used as your “identification”. Imagine finding out your Mother, husband and baby were killed for no reason at all,  aside from the fact that they were Jewish. No, this isn’t fiction. This is what it was like for my Auntie Rose and millions of other Jews during the Holocaust. Today on the blog, I’m talking about how it affected my family, both the survivors and those that were taken from us because they were too young, too old, too sick or too weak to work. January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Let’s use this day as a day to reflect on what happened, and remind ourselves that people are people, regardless of their religion, race, or beliefs and we should all treat each other with respect. Never again. .
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After yearsssssss of begging us to take her to @legolandflorida, we finally made it! {Hosted} This was Falynn’s 7th birthday trip. I have so much to say about our experience. But first, I have to go through over 1,000 photos 🤦🏻‍♀️. Does anyone else take way too many pictures on family vacations?
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After yearsssssss of begging us...

In 2017, tired of my debilitating anxiety disorder, I went to see a new doctor. She was sure my anxiety was the result of a medical condition. After routine bloodwork, I was told I had a vitamin D deficiency. But that’s it. I left without any more answers than I walked in with. It wasn’t until 2 years later when my friend DM’ed me to tell me that she and a friend (who both suffer from anxiety) had the same results, that I began thinking there must be a connection between anxiety and vitamin D deficiency. Today on the blog, I’m sharing why some studies show that a lack of vitamin D could be linked to anxiety and depression. I think what I found will surprise you. If you suffer from anxiety and/or depression, have you ever been told you’re vitamin d deficient? .
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In 2017, tired of my...

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. 
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“If you can’t fly then...

AD: January 20th is National Cheese Day! Do you have the perfect cheesy meal planned yet? Our family will be eating these incredible homemade enchiladas, filled and topped with the best cheese, @trulygrassfed Naturally Aged Cheddar! YUM! This cheese comes from the farms of Ireland, aged for 6+ months to a perfectly smooth and creamy consistency. It's truly delicious. Truly Grass Fed products are always non-GMO, growth hormone rBST-free, antibiotic free, 95% grass fed and imported from Ireland. When you choose Truly, you can be assured you're choosing products that adhere to the highest standards of nutrition, flavor and quality. Their dairy is minimally processed and as close to nature as it gets. BTW, their butter is the best we've ever tasted! #PairsWithYou #ChooseTruly https://lnk2.io/wSpWDmQ .
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AD: January 20th is National...

What did one helmet say to the other?  I'll stay here, you go on a head. .
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What did one helmet say...

Let’s talk about family vacations... #gifted I struggled for years with the amount of time it took to pack up to go back home. There were always dirty clothes all over the floor and while I tried to pack it all into those hotel provided plastic laundry bags, 1) they were plastic and we are trying our best to do better for our planet and 2) they rip so easily, so we often wound up with dirty clothes spilling out in the car (yuck). A couple of months ago, I was watching a friend’s Instagram stories and she was talking about the @swoopbags she uses for her son’s toys. I immediately had an idea and knew I had to get one. 
On our last vacation, I opened up my large swoop bag and left it flat in the corner of our hotel room. We used it as our “laundry corner”. We instructed the kids (and ourselves) to drop our dirty laundry in the middle of the flattened Swoop bag. When it was time to pack up, I just swooped the bag, tied it and voila… it literally saved me all of the aggravation of finding and picking up all of the clothes and trying to find something to carry it all in. Don’t forget to check out the blog for more family travel hacks and a quick video on how I fit all 5 of our clothing into one small suitcase! I put the link in my bio! .
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Let’s talk about family vacations......

Anyone else super excited that today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day?! Elle will be going through a few wardrobe changes today. 🙈 What will your pet be wearing?
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As a family, we road trip quite a lot. It's a ton of fun, but also a lot of work (for me at least)! Over the years, I've found a variety of ways to save time and money and I'm finally sharing those family-friendly travel hacks with you on the blog today! Click on the link in my bio or swipe up in stories! How do you save time and money when you travel?
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As a family, we road...

Adventures in Brand Repping [feat. charliejoe]

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Kitty Ears: Ava’s Flower Crowns, Dress: charliejoe, Shoes: Weesqueak

A big part of our daily photos is the adventure that she and I have together.  Contrary to popular belief, I don’t dress her up, drag her outside and force her to take pictures.  I’m not living vicariously through her.  I’m not a stage mom and don’t do this so that she’ll be as big as the Kardashians one day.

When I started our Instagram account, I had already had a love of small shops. I wanted to help support and get her started in the brand rep world.  Of course, the idea of getting things in exchange for photos was great, but it wasn’t the driving force behind my idea and I knew that nothing would be free.  Time, money and passion for small shops are also a requirement.

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Kitty Ears: Ava’s Flower Crowns, Dress: charliejoe, Shoes: Weesqueak

I had a full time job plus my side businesses for years.  When Falynn was born, my husband and I were lucky enough to both work from home, so we could take care of her, but didn’t have the ability or the time to really spend as much time as we wanted with her.  With two older children, it had become our norm and I really had no idea what I was missing until I quit my full time job in 2015.

With a little more free time, I began planning photoshoots a few times a week.  That time that we spent together, just she and I, made such a difference!  We would spend time before and after photos just bonding.  We would go on, what she would call, “adventures”.  We searched for treasure in the form of leaves, acorns and other random objects left on the sidewalk.  We would explore local spots where you could see fish, turtles, frogs and even the occasional alligator.  To Falynn, this had become Mama and Falynn time to get out of the house, away from technology and just have fun.  Of course, she got used to having the camera there which was fine, because it became natural to her.  Mama was just documenting her adventure and when we got home, she had lots of pictures to show Daddy.

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Kitty Ears: Ava’s Flower Crowns, Dress: charliejoe, Shoes: Weesqueak

It wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized that this journey was bringing us closer together.  It’s something we both look forward to and now something we do on a daily basis (sometimes twice a day if she asks).  And the best part?  I am documenting her childhood in a way that I probably would have never committed to, if it wasn’t for brand repping.  Imagine the number of albums I could fill with pictures of her and imagine the slideshow I could create with daily pictures, through the years.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity.  On top of all of this, I’ve found a love of photography that I never knew was inside of me.  It’s something I love to learn more about and have the best subject to practice on!

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Kitty Ears: Ava’s Flower Crowns, Dress: charliejoe, Shoes: Weesqueak

Now, let’s talk about this outfit, shall we?! Despite her edgy, street style, Falynn LOVES to wear dresses.  She absolutely loves to be a girly girl (as long as she’s comfy too).  We recently were introduced to charliejoe through a Facebook group. I loved the simplicity of this dress.  It’s so different from everything in Falynn’s wardrobe, yet something about it screamed her name.  I was shocked to find out that it was not only beautiful in person, but had an extremely soft lining inside which made Falynn fall in love!  Remember, comfort is so important to a child!  From the minute she pulled it out of the package, she was already making plans for it.  Church was at the top of the list, of course!

I paired this gorgeous dress with our floral kitty ears from Ava’s Flower Crowns and our bunny shoes from Weesqueak.   I love how classic she looks, while keeping her outfit fun and childlike at the same time.  All three shops are incredible.  The quality and customer service are A+ and I highly recommend each of them.

If you have never shopped small, I encourage you to do so!  Most of these shop owners design and hand make every single piece.  They work long hours and do the job of 12, to make their dreams come true.  Support a small shop and change a families life.

Make sure to read more about our adventures as a brand rep.

What are some of your favorite small shops?  Comment below so I can check them out too!

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  • Fatima Torres
    June 30, 2019

    Your little mama was so cute at this age. I thought of brand repping when it was fun years ago. Today, it’s such a competition.

  • Gilbert Motherhood Blogger
    June 30, 2019

    That dress is too cute! She’s doing an awesome job so far!

  • Janet
    June 29, 2019

    Something to always remember and document and hopefully make some money on the side. Your daughter is a natural.

  • Swathi
    June 28, 2019

    You take good pictures, she is great in that dress cutie pie, Yes blog will be keepsake diary as kids grow up.

  • Lyanna Soria
    June 28, 2019

    She’s totally photogenic and not nervous in the photos at all. And this is a nice way of making memories too.

  • Rosey
    June 27, 2019

    I agree, the adventures on a way to a photo shoot are every bit as awesome as the actual time spent taking photos. Even better in so many cases!

  • Ruth I
    June 27, 2019

    Love all the photos of her! There are lots of small shops here that has lots of beautiful products! We love supporting them too.

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    June 27, 2019

    What a cutie pie. I love the whole look from the floral ear headband to the dress to the bunny shoes. That is such an adorable outfit!

  • Lynndee
    June 27, 2019

    You have the cutest model. 🙂 Other than shopping at Etsy, we have a lot of small shops here in the city and I love checking them out.

  • Amber S Battishill
    June 27, 2019

    I love your mindset and the way you go about it! Making it an adventure and something that you both mutually enjoy makes it all worth it. I bet that she’ll love having all these sweet photos as she gets older too!

  • Rachel
    June 27, 2019

    These are such cute pictures. I think you partnered with a good brand since you were able to get good stuff.

  • Renee | The Good Hearted Woman
    June 27, 2019

    It’s so important to find ways to spend time with our kids that resonate, in these times, getting away from technology is a real bonus. Kuddos to you both!

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    June 27, 2019

    I believe there’s a right and a wrong way to go about this with kids. You’ve definitely found the sweet spot of doing it the right way!

  • Frederique
    June 27, 2019

    She looks super cute and she looks as if she’s enjoying this. I blog with my daughter, started when she was 10 and it was always great fun ‘working’ together.

  • krystal
    June 27, 2019

    I would love to support small shops and never know how to get started! Thanks for sharing this one – cute clothes!

  • Mallory
    June 27, 2019

    What a great bonding activity for you two! I love the message to shop small.

  • Lyanna Soria
    June 27, 2019

    She look so adorable in her outfit and cute kitty hairband. Great shots of photos too and the background is amazing.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    June 27, 2019

    This looks like a unique way to bond with your child and get some beautiful pictures as well. I agree with your point on buying local/supporting small business. I do that a lot too.

  • Ricci
    June 27, 2019

    I think it’s so wonderful that you are doing this together with your daughter! I also love that cute striped dress!!

  • Melissa Dixon
    June 27, 2019

    This is awesome, I love your pictures. You take such clear and candid shots. I have found my blog to be a great way to chronicle my daughters growing up and it has helped me document all of the milestones, I love this!

  • Emman Damian
    June 27, 2019

    I love her outfits! It’s good that you love supporting small brands and represent them. It’s fun to help people!

  • Cinny
    June 27, 2019

    She looks so adorable! It sounds like you guys are having a great time together.

  • Catalina
    June 27, 2019

    I think that this is such a beautiful experience for your daughter. A real adventure! The time spend with a kid is so special!

  • Valerie
    June 26, 2019

    I’ve always enjoyed photographing my children more than anything else. She is adorable, and those kitty cat ears are cute too.

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    June 26, 2019

    You are doing a very unique and dedicated approach to brand repping. Love watching your story unveil!

  • Terri Steffes
    June 26, 2019

    I enjoy seeing her in her outfits. I think that as long as she enjoys it and you enjoy it, that it is all good. 🙂

  • Kathy
    June 26, 2019

    I really love her entire outfit. My daughters really love cat ears too. They wear them a lot. I love those shoes too. They’re so cute!

  • Dana
    June 26, 2019

    Brand repping really is an adventure. I did it for a while, and it was always something different. There are definite challenges to it, but it still ends up being fun.

  • Erin Knight
    June 26, 2019

    I love the ideas of photoshoot with your daughter and explore afterwards. it is so nice to get away from the grid for a while and just bond together. She looks so pretty in that outfit.

  • Nancy L
    June 26, 2019

    Oh my goodness! What a cuuuutie! She really knows how to relax in front of the camera and just have fun. Her outfit is adorable, too! From head to toe she is dressed like a doll!

  • Liz Mays
    June 26, 2019

    It’s great that these opportunities have allowed you to spend lots of time with your daughter. The new dress looks great and I’m glad it was plenty comfy!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    June 26, 2019

    OMG, She’s so cute and you have such a beautiful way to bond together

  • Rena
    June 26, 2019

    I think the important thing is being together no matter what you are doing. You hear so many horror stories that I just don’t know how parents who have to depend on stranger do it. I never could. She’s a beautiful little girl and I LOVE that name.

  • Stacie
    June 26, 2019

    I love these posts you’ve been doing on brand repping. So many people want to do it, but they don’t realize how much work it is. It’s fun, but you just have to be prepared.

  • Amber Myers
    June 26, 2019

    I just love this outfit! And I love to shop small. Many of my daughter’s outfits come from Etsy. She used to love photoshoots when she was tiny too–she’s older, and still likes them, but has to be in the mood or else she comes across sullen, ha.

  • Alli Smith
    June 26, 2019

    This is definitely a great way to get lots of beautiful photos of your daughter as she grows up. You are making so many great memories and have the photos to prove it. Love this!

  • cait
    June 26, 2019

    im loving ALL about this my friend- the adorable dress and helping small business’s with brand repping- plus i love taking daily photos too to keep the memories there and bringing my daughter and i closer too!

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