Growing up, I was incredibly shy. When I was 12, I was moved from private to public school and for the first time, since I was a toddler, had to make new friends. #ad While 8th grade prepared me a bit, high school was even harder since I only knew a handful of people there. I realized that in order to gain the confidence I was seriously lacking, I needed to become a part of something bigger than me. I tried out and made our high school’s dance team, the Titanaires, in 9th grade. Suddenly, that shy girl found herself. I continued to dance throughout high school and discovered the power of teamwork.  We all walked out onto that field the same, no matter how skilled we were, what we looked like or what our home life was like. We came together as a family and put on a show that always had the fans in the bleachers cheering. Being a Titanaire changed me. 20+ years later, I’m still really good friends with a number of my teammates. Now, as the Mother of three girls, I always encourage them to find something they love, practice and become a part of something that will change their lives as it did mine. Whether it’s volleyball, gymnastics, dance or soccer, I watch my girls transform each and every time they practice, perform or play. Did you know that between the ages of 12 and 13, the number of girls who say they’re afraid to fail increases by 150%? By age 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys. That’s why @Athleta is committed to helping keep girls in the game. That’s the #PowerofShe.  #AthletaGirl #girlempowerment #girlsquad #girlsrock #womenathletes #womenempowered #womenempowerment #girlmama #girlmom #gymnastics #gymnasticslife #handstand #handstandpractice #novahighschool #novatitans #novatitanalumni #titanaire #letsgotitans

Growing up, I was incredibly...

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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Yesterday, I posted my deepest,...

#ad Falynn has a very short list when it comes to her favorite snacks. You might be surprised what's at the very top of that list. #ad It's not cookies. It's not chips. It's actually tomatoes! And her absolute favorite tomatoes, are Cherubs® by @NSTomatoes. Whether I fill a snack baggie up with them or create little cars out of them, with carrots and cucumbers and a toothpick, she can't get enough. They are Bright. Juicy. Irresistible. NatureSweet Tomatoes are giving their followers a chance to win weekly #NatureSweetSnackHack prizes ($150 weekly Middle School Snack Hack Prize Pack) and the Grand Prize, a #SnackHack Survival Kit which includes a year’s supply of NatureSweet tomatoes, a backpack, electronic tablet/computer to save all your snack hack ideas, and other great gifts to make on-the-go snacking easy! Hurry and enter! The sweepstakes ends September 23, 2019. https://izea.it/amKBCzG

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How would you like to win FREE glasses for your entire family?* #sponsored We recently went to our local For Eyes for our annual vision exams and had the best experience. Dr. Hanna and the opticians really made us feel comfortable and at home, especially Falynn, who had never had an eye exam before. They helped us to find our new prescription and choose the frames that looked best on us. We also sat down with Dr. Hanna to learn more about the importance of annual eye exams and the dangers of blue light. Stay tuned for our IGTV interview later this week! Also, swipe to see the first photo that Falynn ever took by herself, with my camera. Great, right?  We’ve partnered with For Eyes to give you the opportunity to win up to 6 FREE eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses valued at up to $250 each. 
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As someone that has suffered with both anxiety and depression for many years, I can tell you that there are signs that your loved one is suffering. While not everyone who exhibits these characteristics is having mental health issues, it's quite possible that those who are, exhibit many symptoms as a result of their anxiety and/or depression. Today on the blog, I’m discussing those symptoms and what to look for if you suspect you or your loved one is suffering with anxiety and/or depression. .
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As someone that has suffered...

#ad Let’s get real for a moment. While they play a large part in us becoming Mothers, periods are no fun. They also weren’t something that I knew a whole lot about up until a couple of months ago, if I’m being honest. But results from a recent survey got my attention.  3 in 5 women surveyed reported at least one symptom of heavy periods – and among those respondents, over half had not discussed them with a doctor (57%) Why? Most women have resigned to heavy periods as their reality, with 43% saying “it’s just normal for me” and 36% saying “I’ve just learned to live with it.” Sound familiar? I must have said those exact statements plenty of times over the last 30 years. 
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#ad Let’s get real for...

In just about a month or so, we will start to look for our dream home. #ad I’m excited at the opportunities and better rates we can get because of the bump in my credit score. I’m so grateful for the @lendingtree app, which has helped me to monitor my credit score closely, so I know what needed to be improved. The LendingTree app provides all the tools you need for a better financial health. No matter where you are in your life or what big milestone is coming up, your credit is important and should always be a priority. The LendingTree app is free and signing up doesn’t affect your credit score. You can download it in the App Store (click on the #linkinbio and then on “LendingTree”). Why is your credit score important to you? .
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In just about a month...

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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Thinking back to last month...

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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My girls are snackers. When they get home from school, they want to be able to grab a quick snack to take with them on the way to after-school activities, or to enjoy while they do their homework. #ad Peanut Butter is a huge hit in our home, but it can get messy, so when I found out about Windstone Farms Creamy Peanut Butter Portable Packets, I couldn't wait to grab some. Instead of making a huge mess (and forgetting to close the lid) with a regular container of peanut butter, the girls can grab one packet and easily add it to just about anything. Some of our favorites are bananas, apples, pretzels, celery or crackers. They have fun creating new combinations and I love that they come in convenient 1.15oz squeezable packets. So much less mess! They are also perfect for their lunchboxes. The peanut butter is so creamy and delicious! BTW, they are naturally gluten-free! @windstonefarms peanut butter packets are now available at your local @walmart. Make sure to pick some up, and check out our stories for a special offer from Ibotta! What will you put #WindstoneFarmsPB on?
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Don’t Take Life Too Seriously [feat. Reign ™]

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While we have rules in our house, we try to teach our girls to have fun too!  It’s hard to grow up in a world where everything revolves around technology.  You don’t see kids playing outside as much anymore because a) there are a lot of scary people out there and b) because they have their faces in their iPhones or iPads most of the time and don’t have the desire to play outside.  It makes me sad to know that my girls won’t have that simple childhood that I had.  My after school time consisted of bouncing a ball against our garage door, playing cards with my grandma, helping my grandpa pick fruit and riding my bike around the neighborhood with no hands.  Sure, I watched cartoons, but it was for an hour at the most. I couldn’t wait to go outside and play.

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Tee: Lulu’s Lovely Tees, Bloomers and Leg Warmers: Reign™, Shoes: Fab Kids

While most activities in our house revolve around technology, I love that my girls love to ride their bikes and go to the local playground as often as we can take them.  And believe it or not, being Brand Reps has also given my girls an excuse to go outside, everyday for at least 15-30 minutes.  They play, explore and run around and I get to capture it all with my camera.  It’s rewarding to know that I can help out small shops while my girls have some time away from their screens.  We try to teach them that while there are things that have to be done like chores and homework, they also need to enjoy their childhood and not take life too seriously (at least not until they are adults). I think it’s safe to say that as hard as they work in school and around the house, they are having fun and being kids just as much, if not more.

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Tank: Reign™, Leggings: Little Harts and Arrows

So many people tell me that Falynn’s pictures really capture her personality. You can tell that she’s pretty much a ball of happiness, all of the time.  I like to have fun with her photoshoots and while she likes to be comfy, she also likes to play pretend.  Sometime last year, I discovered a small shop that was super edgy and fun, called Reign™.  There were SO many pieces that fit our fun vibe but at that point, I didn’t really have a spot to photograph these awesome pieces in, so I just admired them from afar.  Last month, I finally got the courage to make a purchase and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I should start by saying that there are over 100 pieces in their shop and if I had the money, I would have purchased most of them.  Each and every piece is fun and totally different than anything I’ve ever seen.

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Knit Beanie and Tank: Reign™, Leggings: Little Harts and Arrows, Boots: Dr. Martens

After about an hour of online window shopping, I finally settled on my favorite pieces.  I had emailed the shop owner to ask a question and her response was quick and super friendly.  I think I had built up this idea in my head about this particular shop because they have so many followers and are clearly loved by so many, that I may have to wait to get back a one word answer (you know the shops I’m talking about right?).  I’m not afraid to admit to the world that I was wrong in assuming.  I’ve had nothing but phenomonal customer service from Reign™ since day 1!  The owner is just as sweet as she is talented.

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Bloomers: Reign™

And when my package arrived (which was about a week after I purchased – HUGE plus), I was even more in love with the brand.  The details are everything with Reign™.  Each piece has this fun, whimsical trait about it and I knew that Falynn was going to have fun with these pieces.   First, there was the knit beanie with the kitty ears.  And what made it even more awesome was that the kitty ears have EARRINGS!!!  Little hoop earrings.  I died when I saw them.  It’s something so simple to add and totally blew my mind.  They took a cutesy hat and turned it into something super edgy and fun with just a few little silver hoops.  Of course, Falynn refused to leave the house without a cat nose drawn on to go with her hat, but I happily complied.

The 2nd piece were the cutest bloomers ever created, the “Jagger Bloomers”.  They are a thin, mesh, faux leather material with an original edgy look.  They feature the famous Rolling Stones tongue and lips logo on the back and fun little accents along the bottom and on the side. They were the perfect addition to our unicorn photoshoot which turned a tee into an edgy lovers dream! I’m not ashamed to admit that I want Falynn to wear them every single day. They are THAT cute.

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Hat: Justice, Tank: Reign™

Next, I purchased an embellished tank top.  Basics are super important in brand repping because we get a lot of surprise items and you have to be able to match them easily.  This tank top is super soft and goes with just about anything.  We have been able to use it in 2 different photoshoots in the past month. It’s my go-to top, for sure.

And finally, probably my favorite accessory of all time (and that’s coming from someone who owns an accessories shop), the faux fur leg warmers.  These leg warmers are not only GORGEOUS but they are made with the most soft and high quality faux fur and are embellished to perfection.  Falynn couldn’t wait to get these on and refused to take them off.  If I remember correctly, she actually fell asleep in them.  I wonder if she dreamt of unicorns that night.

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Tee: Lulu’s Lovely Tees, Bloomers and Leg Warmers: Reign™, Shoes: Fab Kids

Please take a minute and check out Reign™ and make sure to follow on Instagram to find out first about new releases, giveaways and sales! Check out more about our brand rep journey as well as tips for brand reps here.

While we have rules in our house, we try to teach our girls to have fun too! It's important to allow them to have a real childhood and enjoy it.

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  • Elizabeth O
    August 6, 2019

    She is definitely a personality and that is why the clothes come alive on her. What a bundle of stylish joy!

  • Beth
    July 19, 2019

    These clothes are so cute and Falynn is the perfect brand ambassador for Reign. I wish clothes like this existed when my kids were little!
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  • Lavern Moore
    July 19, 2019

    Those leg warmers are everything! I need them in adult size—-seriously!

  • Shannon Gurnee
    July 19, 2019

    These are some really cute pictures! I love how fun and happy they are!
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  • Swathi
    July 19, 2019

    Yes taking things seriously make your more sad. Your daughter is cute, perfect expression, and great capture.
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  • Angelica
    July 18, 2019

    Once I decided not to take things so seriously, life became a lot more fun. I’m able to find joy in just about everything- most days 🙂
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  • Monica Y
    July 18, 2019

    Love her attitude and smile, perfect to always have fun. Those are all super cute clothes, I love the white boots, kinda want some

  • Ashley Rice
    July 18, 2019

    Oh my goodness! She is such a cutie!! love those boots!
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  • rika
    July 18, 2019

    Your kids are so adorable! I really enjoy looking at their pictures! Love their outfits too!

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    July 18, 2019

    I’ve actually waited to have children until I lived further out in the country. I want them to have access and an opportunity like I had growing up where technology wasn’t as prominent.

  • Joanna Clute
    July 18, 2019

    I limit technology time. I like my kids to be active and learning through the traditional style of play instead of staring at a screen.

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    July 18, 2019

    I love this clothes line! And your photography ROCKS!

  • Tammy
    July 18, 2019

    What an adorable little girl you have there and why not have a great time in your life and splurge sometimes. Life is way to short not to enjoy it.
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  • Denay DeGuzman
    July 18, 2019

    OMGosh! What amazing photography! What a fun photo shoot! I love that everyone’s out having such a fun summer.
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  • ND
    July 18, 2019

    Can’t agree about more this, life should be lived and enjoyed! Love all the cute outfits.

  • Emman Damian
    July 18, 2019

    I love the cute outfits! My niece would look good on it for sure! Great photos!
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  • Steph Social
    July 18, 2019

    Omg could your daughter’s style be any cuter??? And, children definitely teach us to live life to the fullest! Very inspiring:)
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  • Rena
    July 18, 2019

    She is just so adorable! I agree kids seem to have to grow up way to quickly and being a child often goes by the wayside. When our kids were little we spent much of our time at a campground where the kids could play and just be kids. We didn’t have neighbors at home so this was necessary to hang out with other kids.
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  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    July 18, 2019

    Hehe….I always tell people to live as free as birds that are flying in the sky. They always let things take control and go with the flow. Who knows what can happen?
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  • Carolyn
    July 18, 2019

    This sounds like a great shop! They have cute stuff and she’s obviously rocking their pieces! As my kid grows up I’m going to try and keep him outside and away from tv (for the most part hehe)!

  • Melissa Dixon
    July 18, 2019

    She has such a cute style. I love the way you take pictures, you really do seem to bring out a personality that a lot of photos are lacking. I need to up my game, I am really loving the photos!

  • Catalina
    July 18, 2019

    Your daughter seems so happy! The life is beautiful indeed!

  • Ruth I.
    July 18, 2019

    Oh, she’s so pretty! I love everything you chose, so perfect for her.

  • Jamie H
    July 18, 2019

    Your girls are adorable! Good on you for getting them outdoors more! We are really blessed in this one, since we live out in the country, my kids are outside all day long! But I know if I lived in the city I would be nervous about it too.
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  • Chef Dennis
    July 18, 2019

    She is so adorable! Those cute little outfits suit her perfectly. Can’t wait to see more of her photos!
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  • Pam
    July 17, 2019

    I love that cat ear beanie. The hoop earrings are such a fun and unique touch. The Jagger bloomers and cute too.

  • Melanie
    July 17, 2019

    Those outfits are super cute. I always like it when clothes show a personality. Cute photos.

  • Jeannette
    July 17, 2019

    It breaks my heart that my kids don’t get to spend the time outdoors that I did as a child too. However my kids also love riding bikes and spending the time that they can outside. I also love those outfits. Super cute! Especially the unicorn hat!
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  • Emily Fata
    July 17, 2019

    Oh my gosh, Reign has the most adorable children’s clothing! I just adore all of your little one’s outfits — so cute!

  • Terri Steffes
    July 17, 2019

    I love when kids clothing looks like kids, not adults. These outfits are fun and playful and perfect for kids.
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  • Roch
    July 17, 2019

    The leg warmers look so comfy. I like the entire outfit, she looks like a grownup in this! Fun vibe indeed!

  • Mitch
    July 17, 2019

    It is hard not to take life seriously all the time! Especially now that our son is a teenager! Thanks for the reminder to loosen up on occasion!
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  • Amy Desrosiers
    July 17, 2019

    What cute boots! She is surely a little ball of personality that emanates through the shots.

  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    July 17, 2019

    The main vibe of Reign is so awesome! I’m looking at some of their stuff, thinking my kids would love this or that! Those furry boots your daughter’s wearing are amazing!
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  • Melissa Chapman
    July 17, 2019

    Once again your daughter steals the show and it is so great that you give your kids a mix of activities. I know my kids are on their phones too often so I stress physical activity.
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  • Amber Myers
    July 17, 2019

    These are some awesome pieces! I’ll check out the shop for sure. I never take life too seriously. That can get boring! I always try to have fun.
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  • Marcie W.
    July 17, 2019

    I love the overall aesthetic of this line. It’s so refreshing to see girls clothing in shades other than bright pinks and purples too.
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