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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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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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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How to Grow Your Small Shop Wardrobe on a Budget

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If you’re reading this then you probably don’t have a money tree growing in the backyard.  When we were searching for a new home, that was the top priority on my list but sadly, the realtor informed me that all of the good money tree houses were already taken.   Boo hoo!

When you are a small shop lover like we are, it can be super expensive (unless my husband is reading this and then I should say that all of Falynn’s small shop clothing was free… wink! wink!)  A small shop t-shirt will run you $25, on average.  A pair of pants can be in the $30-$40 range.  And dresses and rompers?  Yikes!  Those can be $60-$75!  We can just as easily go to Old Navy or Target and pick up 5 or more pieces for the price of one small shop item, but we don’t.  Why?  We love sporting unique threads. We love the quality. We love handmade.  Most of all, we because we love supporting the family behind the shop.

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Tee: Little Wonderland Clothing, Pants: Cute Little Babes, Shoes: Zulily

So how do you stay a small shop supporter without going broke?  Here are my secrets:

Look for Sales:  Follow your favorite shops on Instagram and Facebook and check with them on a regular basis. Most will have sales, some even offer up to 50% off occasionally!  Don’t let that sale get away.  You can stock up on your favorite brands at a fraction of the cost.  Don’t forget to take pictures and tag the shops!  It will show the shop what ya got in case you decide to enter their next rep search!

Join VIP Pages: Did you know that lots of small shops have VIP group pages on Facebook?! They will often host giveaways, have contests and offer a special discount code for their VIP customers.  Search for those groups and join, join, join!

Look for B/S/T Groups: Buy, Sell, Trade is the greatest thing ever, in my opinion.  It’s a place for reps to sell their gently used small shop items and a place for other reps to purchase those items at a great discount!  One of my favorites is Insta-Style Baby + Mama BST.  Make sure to join!  The Chaos tank and Tell Me About it Stud tee that Falynn is wearing were purchased in that group.  SO many great finds there!

Follow Closet Pages on Instagram: Find reps that are a size or two bigger than your little one and find out if they have a closet page on Instagram.  You’ll be surprised to find how many do and how many awesome small shop items you can snag from them at a great price!

Look for Rep Share Codes:  Lots of shops offer their reps a share code for their followers. Look out for them on their posts.  Don’t be afraid to read the captions… you can find coupon code treasures inside, plus you will get to know people behind the account a little bit more, which is a huge plus!

Join FB Brand Rep Groups:  Make sure you are joining brand rep community groups on Facebook.  Shop owners will often post their sales, or offer a larger discount in exchange for promotion and/or pictures!

Enter Brand Team Searches: If you love a shop and can comply with their terms, don’t be afraid to enter their brand team search!   Brand Reps, Enthusiasts and Fans all receive a significant discount in exchange for photos and promotion.

Request Collabs: Collabs are the next best thing to being a brand rep. Some may even argue that it’s even better!  You can collaborate with small shops who are in need of photos or promotion in exchange for free or discounted items.  There is usually no contract involved.  I absolutely love Collaboration Nation on Facebook.  It’s a great place to connect with shops that are looking for collabs.  We’ve made so many great connections through the group.  You can also download the Collabor8 app and sign up as an influencer!  You can request to work with shops you love and set up your profile so shops can connect with you if they like what you’re offering.

Now that you’ve read my secrets, I want to hear yours.  How do you save money while shopping small? Comment below and let us know!

Don’t forget to check out more tips for brand reps!

If you love to buy clothing from small shops, but don't have unlimited funds, I have some tips for you to grow your wardrobe, without breaking the bank.

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  • rika
    July 27, 2019

    These are great tips! My daughter is really into fashion so I always look for a sale.

  • Beth
    July 26, 2019

    These are great tips to help someone build their wardrobe without going broke. Several of my friends run small businesses, and it is so awesome to see them being successful! It really is like the saying goes, when you support small business, an actual person does a happy dance.
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  • Rachel
    July 26, 2019

    I found brands I really like and shopped all the different Facebook sales groups. I got a lot of cute stuff for cheap.
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  • Winter White
    July 26, 2019

    I admire your commitment to small shops. I usually go for the deals but also love supporting local shop owners in my city because I know the pieces are one of a kind and there’s nothing like heading out and being the only girl with my outfit 🙂 your daughter is gorgeous by the way!

  • Ruth I.
    July 26, 2019

    Thank you for all these tips! I always look for sale. I think I will be searching more of the B/S/T groups from now on.

  • Nancy L
    July 26, 2019

    Wow! I didn’t even know about the Buy, Sell, Trade groups! That’s a great way to save on clothing. You have so many excellent tips for saving money. Your daughter looks sooo adorable!

  • Catalina
    July 26, 2019

    My kid loves fashion too. So glad to have these tips to find beautiful outfits on a budget!

  • These are really awesome tips! I am sure these will be helpful! Thank you for sharing!
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  • Sherry
    July 26, 2019

    These are great tips. I’m going to see what the small shops in my area offer. My son needs new clothes.

  • Heather
    July 25, 2019

    She is too cute! & those gold shoes are amazing! haha So fun 🙂

  • Brandy
    July 25, 2019

    I love your simple to follow tips to build your small shop wardrobe. Those are some great tips that will help many people grab a larger wardrobe up in no time.

  • Dawn Nieves
    July 25, 2019

    OH these are great tips and ideas! Plus those fashions are just so cute!

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    July 25, 2019

    Your journey is so well-documented. You speak and share from heart. Love your posts, Heather!

  • Terri Steffes
    July 25, 2019

    Your daughter makes that outfit even more adorable! You have incredible taste and advice.
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  • Tara Pittman
    July 25, 2019

    I am all about sales. That is the best way to buy clothes.
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  • Sarah Bailey
    July 25, 2019

    These are some great tips – I have to admit I love to look for bloggers having sales of their wardrobes – they can really help build it up on a budget!
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  • Rena
    July 25, 2019

    I know clothes are expensive, but you have to have them and you might as well look cute while you’re at it. My daughter has 4-year-old twins! Yikes!
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  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    July 25, 2019

    Getting shopping codes is always welcome! I think following our favorite brands on social media is a great idea, especially since school is getting ready to open for the year!

  • cait
    July 25, 2019

    collabs always hep with building a small wardrobe! great tips and cant wait to share!
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  • Amber Myers
    July 25, 2019

    Yup, I always go to their social media pages because there’s usually a discount code! I love to buy new shirts when we go to Disney. My daughter just picked out a Stranger Things one!
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  • Tammy
    July 25, 2019

    You have had some great tips the past few posts and this one I really love. It’s hard trying to find items to post about from vendors. You have the best model too!!

  • Caitlin
    April 3, 2017

    We love codes!!!

    We always checkout some of it fave rep pages and sure enough they always have discount codes!!

    We love to shop small bc it’s so much more than shopping!

    Love your Blog!

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