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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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The girls have been back to school for almost a month already. Can you believe it? #sponsored They love their teachers, are happy to see their friends again after a long summer vacation and are looking forward to a year packed with education, fun and new experiences. While they're at school, Super Dad and I are working hard to make sure they have everything they need. At the top of that list, is a healthy and yummy lunch. When you have three girls with very different tastes, it's important to make sure they are getting what they like, but more importantly, what they need. Our latest creation? This dairy-free rainbow pepper pizza making kit featuring @daiyafoods dairy-free Mozzarella Style Cutting Board Collection Shreds! Today on the blog we’re sharing all the details on Falynn’s lunchbox favorite! #veganrecipes #veganrecipe #veganfoodlovers #dairyfree #dairyfreekids #dairyfreecheese #dairyfreerecipes #rainbowfood #pizzatime #lunchboxideas #lunchboxideasforkids #amazonfinds #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography  #momblogger  #foodinsta  #foodielife #healthygirl #foodielovers #instafoods  #mytinymoments #kidfriendly  #yummyyummy #foodielife  #ourcandidlife #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #recipeinspo

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Capture the Perfect Smile – Tips from Brand Rep Mamas

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The most frequently asked questions that I get are, “How do you I capture the perfect smile?” and “How do you get Falynn to smile so genuinely?” I can’t help but think back to my childhood, when people just said “Say Cheese” and everyone forced out the best smile they could.  Yeah, that doesn’t work.  Like many others, I just get a smile that looks like a mixture between being constipated and confused.  And the honest answer is, I don’t tell her to smile and I definitely don’t tell her to “say cheese.”  My secret is simple… I just allow Falynn to be herself and I capture it with my camera. But there’s a little bit more to it…

If you want to capture the perfect smile, take the time to make your little one laugh.  Find out what’s funny to them and do it.  But I must warn you… it might be embarrassing.  When we are on photo shoots together and she needs a little encouragement, she will actually tell me to say things.  For instance, the other day, she was making some strange faces and she stopped, turned around and said, “Mommy, say boobies so I’ll laugh.”  So standing on a golf course, with strangers not even 2 feet away, I was repeatedly saying “Boobies. Boobies. Big giant boobies.”  Boobies in a cartoon voice. Boobies in a manly voice.  All kinds of boobies. They were some of the best smiles I’d ever captured.  No kidding.  And the looks on those golfer’s faces made the whole situation just a little more hilarious.

There was another instance where I moved my foot a certain way and made a noise that sounded like I passed gas.  Falynn burst out laughing.  I snapped so many pictures in that 30 seconds and realized that if I needed to, I would have to do that again… even in a crowded area.  That was the day she called me a “Phartographer” and my older girls were sure it was a brilliant business idea.  Luckily they’ve decided against pursuing that.

After posting the question in our Facebook groups, I found that I’m definitely not alone.

Check out what some Mamas are willing to do to capture the perfect smile…

“Pick my nose ???” – Kaila

“Mine involves lots of self abusive behaviors such as hitting myself on the head with my shoe, dropping grass and leaves on my head and bringing a sock along to ‘smell & faint’.” – Allison

“I pretend a bird pooped on my head often. Every one of my kids loves when mommy gets crapped on. LOL” –Helen

“When we first started repping a simple fake sneeze or blowing a raspberry would get the best responses. A year later, I have to make the most grotesque sounding fart noises to get her attention. If that doesn’t work long enough, my helper (her grandmother) will tell her mama pooped her pants… That always gets huge smiles, and funny looks from passerby’s.” –Vicki

“My husband hid behind a big bush pretending to be a squirrel moving around [and added silly voices].” –Chelsea

The best tip I can personally give you is that you will get the best reactions when they aren’t forced.  Don’t think of taking pictures as a task, think of it as an opportunity to capture your child being themselves.  Whether that means you are hiding behind a bush or making a fool out of yourself, it will make for beautiful memories you can share when they are all grown up with families of their own.  For more tips, make sure to check out my previous posts.

Do you have something that you do to make your little one’s laugh?  Comment below and share!

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  • Vern
    October 18, 2017

    This is so great! I love reading about your sweet family ? Phartographer! ?? Genius!!!

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