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Yesterday, I posted my deepest, darkest secret on my blog. It look me 24 hours to get the nerve to share it on here. I’ve been writing that post for a while. It probably didn’t go live the day I intended it to and it might disappear at some point. But enough is enough. Time for me to put my big girl panties on and stop lying to myself and everyone else. I hope you won’t think any different of me or judge me in any way. I’m still the same person, I’m just not pretending anymore. .
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Thinking back to last month and our stay in that cute little airbnb, it makes me so grateful for the opportunity to blog full-time. Not only do I get to work closely with companies that I love, but occasionally I get the opportunity to take our family on a little, but much needed vacation. It really is the best job I’ve ever had. Today on the blog, I’m continuing my series for bloggers and influencers and discussing what might be the scariest part of this job… pitching companies and applying to campaigns. Head over and check out my suggestions to nail those pitches. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! .
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Today I had a plan. Wake up early, get the girls ready for their first day of school and then take the perfect first day of school picture to post on Instagram, where I would talk about how bittersweet it is to watch my girls grow up into these incredible young women. 
But things don’t always go as we plan. Instead, Falynn and Iyla woke up at 3:30am, got ready for school and then came downstairs at 5:00am to let us know they were ready. 5:00am... two and a half hours before they actually needed to be at school. I rolled myself out of bed at around 6:50am, Super Dad made me some coffee and I quickly shooed them outside so I could take a picture and realized that Falynn was in a long sleeved shirt, a jacket, jeans and old sneakers. I’m pretty sure her hair wasn’t brushed either. Lucia wasn’t awake yet so it would be the first year without a first day of school picture of all three of them. 😫 Whatever. I was tired. So I quickly took a picture (swipe to see) and got them off to school. Lucia woke up late and I couldn’t take a picture of her because my camera lens kept fogging up. When we walked back into the house, the dog escaped, making her even later. 🤦🏻‍♀️ And my coffee’s cold. Anyway, since I couldn’t get the perfect first day of school picture, I hope you enjoy this shot of the girls and Super Dad in their @swimzip.
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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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