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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I read something the other...

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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F O U R T...

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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It was just after Iyla's...

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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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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Remember I told you guys...

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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Upcycled Fashions [feat. Hive Vibes]

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Headband: Mimi Makes, Outfit: Hive Vibes, Gladiator Sandals: Baby Charming Charley

Upcycling is something that I started hearing about 6 or so years ago.  I went to Cali for an Emmy’s gifting suite and met this girl who was writing a blog about upcycled fashion. She told us that she would go to the thrift store, spend less than $10 and create an outfit that could sell for hundreds of dollars. I was completely fascinated by the idea.  Imagine taking a piece of clothing (or sometimes even a tablecloth or curtains) and turning it into something fabulous and one of a kind?!

About a year ago, I was introduced to Hive Vibes on Instagram.  Upcycled clothing and more!  My love for the idea instantly rushed back to me and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the pieces.  Breanna, the owner and designer has an RTS page and each week, she posts her new creations.  The first person to comment gets that item.  I marked my calendar and was ready to buy.  No one told me that I was not alone. There were so many others and it seemed they were all MUCH faster than me in commenting.  I remember the first two sales I didn’t get anything and I was so bummed.

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Flower Crown: Ava’s Flower Crowns, Halter Dress: Hive Vibes, Purse: iBetterAccessorize Gladiator Sandals: Baby Charming Charley

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I reached out to a couple of friends who were currently on her team and asked for advice.  Do I need to do finger exercises to get faster?  Do I need to invest in some faster Wifi?  Like…  how in the world do I snag one of these amazing pieces?  I remember getting that first item. It wasn’t because I was faster than everyone else, but because the person that commented before me had decided to pass for whatever reason. I did such a happy dance.  And from the moment that first item arrived, I was HOOKED!  I’m including some of the incredible pieces we’ve gotten from Hive Vibes so you can see my obsession.

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Bunny Ears: Lulu and Mila, Romper: Hive Vibes

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You all know I love shopping small not only because you are supporting a very hardworking parent, but also because you can’t find these beautiful handmade pieces anywhere in the stores.  Now imagine having a piece of clothing that NO ONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD has because it’s one of a kind AND created from upcycled materials. Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?  And I’m shocked to know that so many people still haven’t discovered Hive Vibes.  While part of me wants to keep this little gem a secret so I’m not competing for pieces, I also want to shout to the world how much I love Breanna and her shop.

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Flower Crown: Ava’s Flower Crowns, Dress: Hive Vibes, Jewelry: Lina and Linor

My grandma passed away in the end of July last year and I was completely heartbroken.  My cousin had given me a bag full of her clothes. We knew we wanted to try to have something made from them but I had no idea where to look, or what to do with them. I also didn’t want to just send these precious shirts to a stranger because if they were lost, we would never get them back.  I contacted Breanna and we came up with the throw pillow cover idea.  A couple of weeks later, I had these gorgeous pillow covers in my hands.  You can imagine the emotions that went with that package.  Imagine having a pillow to look at, hold and remember the most special person in the world.  Each of my girls received one and I sent one to my Aunt and one to my Cousin.  It’s something so special that I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with.  It’s just another reason that I love Breanna.

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Pillow Covers: Hive Vibes

So if you’re ready for something new that’s created from something pre-loved and something that is one of a kind… make sure you follow Hive Vibes Sale page!  I know you will fall in love with Breanna and her beautiful creations just as much as I have.

With the amount of waste we produce, it's awesome to know that there are shops like Hive Vibes that take used clothing and turn them into incredible upcycled fashion for kids!

XOXO
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  • Ruth I
    July 1, 2019

    I can see a future super model. The outfits are so nice and fashionable. I like you a lot.

  • Lavern Moore
    June 27, 2019

    Up cycling from thrifting is an interesting idea. I really like the houndstooth sun dress she is wearing!

  • ivana
    June 27, 2019

    Are this new fashionistas in the making, looking fabulous xox

  • Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom
    June 27, 2019

    I love how bright and fun these outfits are! She looks so cute in them!

  • rika
    June 27, 2019

    I love all of these pics! They look so cute! The clothes are amazing too!

  • Kimberly Storms
    June 27, 2019

    Upcycling is fantastic! Goodness I miss having a craft room and being able to make clothing! There is something just so special about hand made. Those look fantastic!

  • Krystel
    June 26, 2019

    These outfits are amazing. I didn’t know about this but will check it out

  • Sheereen
    June 26, 2019

    As a lover of fashion and affordable clothes. These are absolutely gorgeous and I’m definitely going to look into it for my toddler. Thanks!

  • Theresa
    June 26, 2019

    I love the idea of upcycling for kids clothes! These pieces are so fun and your daughter makes them really pop with her adorable personality!

  • Vanessa Delia
    June 26, 2019

    I just gushed SO hard over your adorable kiddos! I have a baby for now so, not much to the clothing aspect but, SOON!!

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    June 26, 2019

    I am ALL about the upcycled thing. Definitely willing to support any company that goes this route!

  • Joanna Clute
    June 26, 2019

    I am in absolutely LOVE with these pieces. So stinking cute and I know my girls would love them!

  • Myrah Duque
    June 26, 2019

    Gorgeous outfits! ideas! I continue to tell you that your daughter is so photogenic, such a natural. You can tell she enjoys doing these pictures. Nice that you’re not going to run into any other kids wearing the same outfit. Headed to check out the page now.

  • Ruth I
    June 26, 2019

    I love everything in here! It’s awesome how upcycling shows the creativity and imagination of people!

  • Christa
    June 26, 2019

    These pictures are so cute! Upcycling is such a great idea, especially for kids clothes.

  • Sara | mshealthesteem.com
    June 26, 2019

    These pieces are all so beautifully unique! I can absolutely understand your obsession. And I love that they’re upcycled! Thanks for sharing them with us ?

  • Stacie
    June 26, 2019

    oh my goodness. First of all she is ADORABLE and second of all. HOW CUTE is all of this. These outfits are so seriously adorable. Great outfits, and they all look like they are comfy and fit really well.

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    June 26, 2019

    Aaaaahhhhh….who won’t fall in love with Brianna? It’s a matter of time if you haven’t!
    Upcycling is very interesting but I guess, it comes with a catchy eye for perfect imperfection.

  • Catalina
    June 26, 2019

    Your daughter is awesome! I love her outfits!

  • janis
    June 26, 2019

    Your daughter is absolutely adorable. I love all these ideas to recycle clothes into something totally new and unique.

  • Stefani Tolson
    June 25, 2019

    All of these outfits are so cute! Looks like she knows how to pose for the camera.

  • kristin
    June 25, 2019

    how adorable I love all her looks! you have the best style!!

  • Kathy
    June 25, 2019

    Those are the cutest outfits! I really like them all. It’s great that it’s upcycled too. I love that!

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    June 25, 2019

    I love all things upcycled! There are so many creative things and designs that emerge from this way to living!

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    June 25, 2019

    These outfits are so fun! It’s awesome that you’re not going to run into any other kids wearing the same outfit. I’m totally checking out her page!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    June 25, 2019

    Wow I am so impressed. Some of these pieces look like they were bought at the store. YOu are so creative!

    • Heather
      June 25, 2019

      Thanks but I didn’t make them. Hive Vibes did 🙂

  • Diana
    June 25, 2019

    I love these styles! I really like the idea of upcycled clothing as well (especially if I don’t have to sew it!). What a great idea for grabbing unique and stylish outfits!

  • Ray
    June 25, 2019

    Upcycling clothing is amazing! So underrated – thanks for sharing your story around. It’s super important we start thinking about how we can reuse and upcycle clothing and other things instead of just throwing it out.

  • Liz Mays
    June 25, 2019

    It’s so cool seeing how creative people are with upcycling. The outfits you got were great!

  • Frederique
    June 25, 2019

    I love the idea of the pillows to remember a loved one. I might do it some day with my mom’s clothing. I kept a lot when she passed but it’s in a box. The upcycled clothing is amazing as well. Love the concept!

  • Shayla
    June 25, 2019

    Love the idea of upcycling! I try to do this when I have the time, but I don’t make time for it very often because I hate sewing, lol! I’d rather buy from someone, I’ll check out Hive Vibes!

  • Brandy
    June 25, 2019

    Those are some really cute outfits! And what a great idea to reuse and recycle! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brianne
    June 25, 2019

    Right off the bat, your daughter is a natural when it comes to modeling! Those outfits are so cute! My girls would love these outfits!

  • Terri Steffes
    June 25, 2019

    Ok, it’s posts like this one that makes me want to have a granddaughter so much! You put the perfect outfits on your daughter, I went to the website and I don’t have anyone to buy for!

  • jenna
    June 25, 2019

    My mom is super into upcycling! She actually sells upcycled aprons on Etsy 🙂 I’ll have to send this her way.

  • Kelly Tomlinson
    June 25, 2019

    What a genius way to upcycle clothes! I love how everything is so unique and fun!

  • Foodie Finds Home
    June 25, 2019

    Again with all the awesome things! I have never heard of upcycling, but I’m certainly going to look into it for my little diva. Your posts are so full of useful information, and for that, I am very appreciative!

  • Stacie
    June 25, 2019

    They are so far beyond cute, there is no name for their level of cuteness! I love those looks and all that sass!

  • Melissa Chapman
    June 25, 2019

    I love your daughter’s expressions she is the best model and those clothes are amazing on her. I wish my daughter was younger.

  • Tara Pittman
    June 25, 2019

    Such cute clothes. I love that you can get such cute clothes that are upcycled.

  • Amber Myers
    June 25, 2019

    I’ll check out the page! I’ve always been into upcycling. I used to send shirts from my kids and a woman would turn them into dresses. They were too cute.

    I love that first outfit!

  • Tasheena
    June 25, 2019

    OMG! I love all of her outfits. This is such a clever idea, this is such a great way to remember a loved one.

  • Janet
    June 25, 2019

    Really cute and upcycling is so good for the enviornment! I don’t have any littles, but will pass this along to my friends.

  • GiGi Eats
    June 25, 2019

    OMG I CANT. Your daughter – SO STINKING ADORABLE! You’ve got a little model on your hands!!

  • Jeanette
    June 25, 2019

    Oh my gosh I love these ideas! These are all so cute. Your daughter is so photogenic. She looks like she has such a good time doing these pictures too.

  • Emman Damian
    June 25, 2019

    I love all her OOTDs! It seems so well fitted to her. I also love the small side bag on her. So cute! My niece would want the clothes as well.

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