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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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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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...

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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A Day in the Life of this Super Mom Blogger

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When people find out that I’m a full-time blogger, the first thing they always ask me is what a typical day looks like. My answer usually includes one or more of the following words: crazy, busy, hectic, long and almost always includes either my laptop or my phone, in my face. By the end of the day, my eyeballs are exhausted and I can’t wait to get to sleep (as soon as I check my phone one last time). So at the risk of sounding vague and having people believe that I am just playing around on social media all day long, I thought it would be fun to show you what a day in the life of this super mom blogger is like…. Summer edition (because when the girls are in school, it’s a lot more hectic) as well as how I help my eyes filter blue light.

Messy bed and headboard with side table

7:30am
After convincing myself that I can’t hit the snooze button just once more, I finally wake up, get myself together and get my morning routine out of the way and then I lay right back down in bed. Listen, when you work 14-16 hour days, you milk every single second of laying down and if that means working from your bed occasionally, you work from your bed.

8:00am
I grab my phone, check any emails that have come in overnight and check to make sure that my Instagram account is still there. For those of you that spend as much time on Instagram as I do, you can probably relate to that daily fear.

8:10am
My daily blog post goes live. I check to make sure that in my constantly exhausted state, I didn’t misspell something or forget to add something important. Then I post a story on IG, with a swipe up link to the new blog post so my followers know that they have something new to read.

8:15am
I post my daily Instagram pic. I spend the next 20 – 30 minutes scrolling my feed and showing my insta-friends some like and comment love. I approve any pending comments on the blog and then check notifications on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and reply to those, if necessary.

Open laptop with a coffee mug and a cell phone

9:00am
I finally peel myself out of bed and head to the kitchen to make myself a giant cup of coffee. Then I head straight to my desk, open up my laptop and officially get started on my day (even though I’ve been awake and working for over an hour already). I post on Twitter and Pinterest, both leading back to the newest blog post. Then I go through and answer any important emails and flag the ones that can wait until a little later.

11:00am
I post my daily Facebook post, also leading back to the newest blog post. For the rest of the morning and early afternoon, I’m glued to my laptop… writing, editing photos, answering emails, reviewing contracts and scheduling my time for the rest of the week/month.

Sometime between 1:00pm and 2:00pm
Most days I forget to look up or walk away from my laptop and take time to eat. If it wasn’t for Super Dad stopping me, to bring me some breakfast and/or lunch, I would probably starve.

Woman holding a cell phone

3:00pm
We leave the house to run any necessary errands for the day, whether it’s business or family related. On the way to wherever we need to go, I have my phone in hand and I’m constantly checking social media and emails. If we’re going to the store for a blog assignment, I usually have to take pictures when we get there. I’m constantly on the hunt for props or various things I can use in upcoming campaign photos, so store visits tend to last a little longer than they need to. On the way home, my phone is back in my hand, checking social media and emails again.

5:00pm
Time to set up photos. I am a natural light photographer and because our home doesn’t get a ton of light, 95% of our photos are taken outdoors.  I usually have to wait until the sun isn’t super bright and it’s not raining, so I have about an hour window, if I’m lucky (welcome to Florida).

6:00pm
Photos are done and now it’s time to edit, so I’m back on my laptop. Once all of the photos are edited, and resized, I can get started on drafts for my clients. I email out all of the finished drafts and get started on writing the next blog post. I like to have 2-3 scheduled every week, if possible and try to have them ready at least 3 days before their publish date. When I get behind, that means writing more than one a day.

7:00pm
One of the kids usually reminds me that it’s dinner time and I close my laptop just long enough to eat and clear the table. By this time, I usually have a number of emails to answer and comments to reply to on social media and the blog. I spend the rest of the night finishing up my blog post, scheduling my social media posts for the following day and making sure everything on my daily to-do list has been completed. Before heading to bed, I take my vitamins and probiotics and spend 10-15 minutes on self-care (yes, I realize that’s not enough and I’m working on that).

10:00pm
The laptop is finally closed and charging. I take my phone to bed and finish up the last of my comments and respond to any urgent emails.

11:00pm – 11:30pm
After having a screen in my face for the entire day, I finally put the phone down, turn on Netflix and find myself asleep before I have a chance to watch the first 10 minutes of whatever it is I put on. Before I know it, the morning alarm is going off again.

Macula 30 and Digital blue eye health supplement from Quantum Health that helps with blue light

Did you know that the average person spends over half of their waking hours looking at digital devices?

These devices produce high energy blue light.  Over time, exposure to blue light can cause significant issues for your eyes. So while I can’t really cut down on that time, because it’s part of my job, I can do something to make it easier on my eyes. That’s why I take Digital Blue.

Digital Blue was formulated by one of the world’s leading experts in eye health nutrition, Dr. James Stringham, and is based on his previous research to optimize visual performance for active duty fighter pilots.  This formula fortifies your eyes with the nutrients they need to help filter blue light and to optimize normal visual performance, including healthy visual processing speed, contrast sensitivity, and glare tolerance.

Macula 30 eye health supplement from Quantum Health

If you spend a lot of time with a screen in front of your face, like I do, and you need the best performance from your eyes, then you need Digital Blue too! Click here to purchase.

Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in front of a screen, your eyes are still important. A healthy macula is a critical part of the eye for vision throughout life. It is constantly under stress, and as we age, many people develop significant problems that impact their vision.

Macula 30+ was also formulated by Dr. James Stringham  to help maintain normal macular density and promote macular health as you age.* In addition to fortifying the macula, this formula also supports healthy visual performance, which includes the ability to see in low light and the ability to recover from glare.*

Make sure to check out the other products by Quantum Health that we love!

The life of a super Mom blogger is not easy, especially on my eyes. #sponsored Here is a peek into a day into my life and what I take to help my eyes filter blue light.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This post was sponsored by Quantum Health. All opinions are my own.
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  • Vilmaris
    August 14, 2019

    Oh I wish I had the time to blog so much. Maybe when my LO goes to school.
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  • Kara
    August 12, 2019

    Wow, you certainly put as lot of time and effort into your blog – I tend to work on mine during school hours and then leave it to help kids with homework etc

  • Myrah Duque
    August 11, 2019

    It’s an everyday struggle which many of us are fighting each day. At least it gets done, right?

  • Rachel
    August 10, 2019

    My mom has some degenerative eye issues. I wonder if she has considered taking supplements like this.
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  • These are REALLY interesting! My husband looks at screens all day so I’ll have to share with him!

  • alexandra cook
    August 10, 2019

    Being a blogger is never an easy task. I know how it feels to be busy all of the time. My eyes have been affected as well.

  • Ericka
    August 10, 2019

    Girl, I can relate to you and waking up to check if our accounts are still popping is my go-to every morning. Eye health is so important so we need to be taking care of them as much as we are taking care of our health.

  • Julie Hoag
    August 9, 2019

    It’s a battle every day, isn’t it? But we get it done. I love that he brings you food too.

  • Mila Clarke Buckley
    August 9, 2019

    You need so much energy for this super mom schedule!
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  • Blog life is a lot of work and so many people don’t know it. Thank you for shedding some light on all that we do! You rock ♡

  • Jennifer Tanney
    August 9, 2019

    Your days sounds exhausting. I’m only a part time blogger and I know spend too much time on my blog. Way too much screen time for sure. The only thing I would say is get yourself some more self care time and remember your kids and better half too. Being your own boss is incredible but it’s not worth burnout.

    • Heather
      August 9, 2019

      I totally agree and wish I could relax more, but unfortunately, I’m the sole provider of our family right now, so I have to make the sacrifice.

  • Claudia Krusch
    August 9, 2019

    It looks like you always have a busy schedule! Can’t wait to check this product out, I’ve never heard of it, but it looks like something I need!
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  • Janell
    August 9, 2019

    . . . and I thought I was a busy Mom! Having a routine is what makes us somewhat sane, I believe. I hadn’t ever heard of Quantum Health products but it doesn’t surprise me with our ever increasing dependence on technology and the screen.
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  • Sarah
    August 9, 2019

    I’ve never heard of this stuff, sound like this blogger mama needs it too!

  • Paula
    August 9, 2019

    That was so interesting to read, but girl you should stay off your laptop at least for meals 😉

    • Heather
      August 9, 2019

      I definitely put it away when we eat. That’s family time!

  • Maria
    August 9, 2019

    Wow, that’s a busy day. I can totally relate to being in front of a screen all day, it’s so hard.
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  • Emman Damian
    August 9, 2019

    Wow! What a busy and productive day for you! Keep it up! Never give up!
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  • Erin Knight
    August 9, 2019

    It is interesting to see a daily schedule of a full-time blogger. I blogger full time as well and I also feel the same as you do – struggle to get out of bed, work long-hours and eat at weirld hours. I think as a blogger, self-care is important. All we need is balance.

  • Marcie W.
    August 9, 2019

    I work on a computer daily and I also have a genetic eye disorder. I could really use a supplement like this.
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  • Lori @ The FitFilled Lfe
    August 9, 2019

    This is great! I think a lot of can relate to your crazy hectic schedule, whether we are a full-time blogger or not! I often suffer from eyestrain, I’ll have to give this a try!
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  • Janel
    August 9, 2019

    You are so organized and on to of things!! I need to work on an actual schedule to follow!
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  • shan
    August 9, 2019

    I need some of this! My eyes have changed so much over the past couple years as I approach 50! Thanks for sharing.
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  • Ray
    August 9, 2019

    Busy and making it happen. Go you!
    I need to get some tablets for my eye health for sure, too.

  • Ruth I
    August 9, 2019

    I would love to try this. I am on my laptop or phone almost all day and my eyes are always hurting.

  • Catalina
    August 9, 2019

    Oh yes! I know how crazy can be a day from a blogger’s life! Thanks for these awesome tips for the eye health!

  • Quin Cl
    August 9, 2019

    Oh we all need this, bloggers! As much as we love spending our time blogging, like all the time facing our smartphone and laptop, we have to take care of our eyes too. This is really a great tip. 🙂
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  • KRISTAL XAVIER
    August 9, 2019

    You really are super mom, Working on screen all day does do some damages to your eyes, I have notice a different since being more active with screen time.

  • kristin
    August 9, 2019

    This was so fun thanks for taking me through your day!!

  • Rachel Loza
    August 8, 2019

    Umm this 1000% sounds like my life!

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    August 8, 2019

    Yes to this supplementation! We spend a ton of time with our screen devices, and do need the appropriate support to our peeps!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    August 8, 2019

    Oh goodness. Your days are similar to mine – jampacked with tasks that need to be done. I do spend a lot of time on my laptop, because I do creative writing for some clients. I think it is time to take some eye vitamins too!

  • krystal
    August 8, 2019

    It is certainly hard to always work on a screen. I feel you! I am trying to find new ways to work and this is helpful!

  • Katrina
    August 8, 2019

    So so soooo much screen time! My eyes are strained constantly, I really need to give this a try.
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  • kumamonjeng
    August 8, 2019

    Everyone’s eyeballs get exhausted these days, Children to adults, all staring at electronic gadgets, in the back seats of the car, in the train, plane etc. I think I too need digital blue as I get some tears after too long of looking at my phone.
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  • Kathy
    August 8, 2019

    It sure can be extremely exhausting. I don’t think most understand how much we really do even if we’re staying home and working. It sure is a lot of work.

  • Jeanine
    August 8, 2019

    How fun! I love seeing how others spend their days. Mine have changed drastically since I switched careers and opened my own business. But this was fun to learn more about you and your daily life!

  • Telisha
    August 8, 2019

    You seriously are a super mom, wife and blogger, you amaze me with your talent! Now that I am spending more time on my devices with blogging and Instagram I need to look into these supplements.

  • Telisha
    August 8, 2019

    You are seriously a super mom, wife and blogger! You constantly amaze me, I definitely need to look into these supplements because I’m starting to spend more and more time on my devices.

  • Kerrie Mendoza
    August 8, 2019

    I love your post! Your daily routine runs close to mine. It seems like a mom’s work is never done, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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  • Carolyn
    August 8, 2019

    I know eye health is important, but I didn’t know something like this existed! I’m on my screens a lot too and I don’t want to do any damage!

  • Carol Bryant
    August 8, 2019

    This is the universe calling to me. I was talking to my wife about taking an eye supplement since I live on the computer. This post comes up and boom, I must check this out!
    Carol Bryant recently posted Warm Weather Dangers: How To Keep Dogs Cool in SummerMy Profile

    • Heather
      August 8, 2019

      I’d definitely call that fate!

  • Tara Pittman
    August 8, 2019

    My eyes are in front of a screen all day. So I should look into this eye supplement.

    • Heather
      August 8, 2019

      I recently learned how bad that blue light is for our eyes. I wish I had known sooner!

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    August 8, 2019

    Your daily rountine looks scarily familiar to me, I did laugh about checking Instagram is still there, I thought that was just me 🙂
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    • Heather
      August 8, 2019

      It’s definitely not just you 🙂

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