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

#ad Falynn has a very...

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. 
You don’t have to “live with it”. Visit http://www.WeHateHeavyPeriods.com through the link in my bio to learn about treatment options. #wehateheavyperiods #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #healthandwellness #empowerwomen #healthfirst #healyourself #healthytips #empoweryourself #periodproblems #womenhealth #nourishyourself #periodpositive #empowerothers #workingmomlife #healthjourney #womenpower #empoweringwomen #empoweredwomen

#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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Instagram Announces IGTV and We Can’t Wait!

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On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Instagram announced a new in-app experience large enough to compete with YouTube and Snapchat and we couldn’t be more excited about it!  While we are a fan of all social media, Instagram is by far, our favorite!  IGTV is yet another brilliant way to give creators like me, a place where we can express ourselves through different types of media and helps us to reach a larger audience without having to bounce back and forth through many different platforms. Instagram never ceases to amaze me. Bravo!

Here’s a little bit more about IGTV, from Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO:

IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start.

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IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long.

We’ve made it simple, too. Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct.

Also like TV, IGTV has channels. But, in IGTV, the creators are the channels. When you follow a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up for you to watch. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel.

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Instagram has always been a place to connect with the people who inspire, educate and entertain you every day. With your help, IGTV begins a new chapter of video on Instagram. We hope it brings you closer to the people and things you love.

What do you think about IGTV? Will you use it? Comment below and let us know your thoughts!

IGTV will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on Android and iOS. You can learn more by visiting the Instagram Help Center.
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  • Heather Barber McMechan
    June 26, 2018

    I like that Instagram had added to their features rather than taking away from them. I was worried they would switch IG Stories for IGTV

  • What Corinne Did
    June 25, 2018

    IG TV is such an interesting new feature! It is opening so many possibilities! can’t wait to see what content creators will do with it!

  • Princess Quinn
    June 25, 2018

    Wow, IG is now leveling up their game. For me, it becomes more of Facebook. Social media sites are really powerful. And, this seems to be a great new way to connect to people.

  • Casey
    June 25, 2018

    This is huge stuff from IG. I can see this is going to be a real competitor to YouTube. As ever so easy to do live streaming or videos on your phone, I can see there will be so many people moving away from YouTube to here.

  • Tina Hogan Grant
    June 25, 2018

    There is so much out there, it’s too much to keep up with and monitor. How much social media does one need? I focus on just a couple and make the most of those.

  • Julie
    June 24, 2018

    Slow down technology! I just got the hang of Facebook ? but really, this is awesome and is going to do wonders for marketing!

  • Amy Dong
    June 24, 2018

    Oh, wow, that will be a huge new development for sure. I’ve done vids before, but this new option will definitely up the ante!

  • Ally
    June 24, 2018

    Instagram TV?! I’m honestly surprised I haven’t heard of this, as a millennial I am really out of touch with social media and technology. It definitely sounds interesting.

  • Sayanti
    June 24, 2018

    I am even so excited about IGTV and it is indeed a good option for content creators of Instagram, because now they don’t have to look for other platforms for posting lengthy videos

  • Kristi Ann
    June 24, 2018

    This sounds really cool!! I’m definitely going to check it out!

  • Christine
    June 24, 2018

    Instagram is my favorite social media platform and its getting better and better. I just started my travel account so I am very excited to create videos. Thanks for the post!

  • Lynndee
    June 24, 2018

    Instagram is my favorite too. But I’m not really sure yet if I’ll use IGTV. We’ll see.

  • Julie Hoag
    June 24, 2018

    This is so interesting! I had not heard about this new Instagram app. I will have to check it out. It’s a goal of mine to start doing more video. Thanks for all the info on it!

  • Hollie
    June 24, 2018

    This is so cool. I didn’t know much about Instagram video so I appreciate you sharing. I’m trying to share more than just photos.

  • Gen
    June 24, 2018

    Uploaded my first video when I saw the update few days ago because i got curious and it seems fun.

  • Ada
    June 24, 2018

    I’m definitely excited for IGTV. I can’t wait to see what everyone does with it! I also can’t wait to create content for it.

  • Sondra Barker
    June 23, 2018

    InstaTV will for sure change the dynamics of social media

  • Yolanda Williams
    June 23, 2018

    While great in theory I doubt I’d actually watch an hour long video. I don’t watch YouTube videos that are longer than 5 minutes. So this will be interesting to see. But I like the IGTV thing at large

  • Danielle Schaffer
    June 23, 2018

    I am so interested to hear about this! Sounds exciting and also a little weird!

  • Mr. MFC @ Morning Fresh Cent
    June 23, 2018

    I can’t wait for IGTV to arrive. Another option and if anything, it should drive prices down for consumer.

  • Erin Sluka
    June 23, 2018

    Oh wow! I haven’t heard of this yet. This is great

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea
    June 23, 2018

    Wow, this IGTV sounds interesting. Might check this out later, it’s great you get to post videos without limited time.

  • Natalie
    June 23, 2018

    Ok so I just realized reading your post that it is a separate app as well! Need to download it ASAP!

  • Sarah Bailey
    June 23, 2018

    I am really interested to see what happens with IGTV, I’ve not actually recorded with it yet but I have watched some videos which are awesome!

  • Nina
    June 23, 2018

    I never heard about this before. it is good to hear that they are advancing the video capabilities and capacities

  • Anosa
    June 23, 2018

    I’m already loving it – I’ve been watching some content from those I follow this morning and I think it is a great concept.

  • Maysz
    June 23, 2018

    This Very Interesting! I don’t see yet my Instagram! Let me this thanks for sharing!

  • Maysz
    June 23, 2018

    Very interesting post! And I don’t see yet the IGTv but this is awsome!

  • Marie Kait
    June 22, 2018

    I didn’t even know about this! Amazing. I’ve been thinking about starting to do more videos. I would be much more confident on a platform I’m already familiar with.

  • Ashley
    June 22, 2018

    I’m excited for the new feature. I’ve been wanting longer video capabilities.

  • Jessica Joachim
    June 22, 2018

    I just downloaded the App today and will be setting it up and playing with it soon! I am excited to see how it ends up competing with YouTube and how it can work along side it to compliment it as well.

  • Crystal
    June 22, 2018

    I think this is great! I mean, I’m torn between – OH CRAP something else to do- and WOW! how fun! Haha! I do love that they have vertical video though. It will be interesting watching this one roll out.

  • Cristina pop
    June 22, 2018

    Sounds so much fun! I will have to check it out!

  • GiGi Eats
    June 22, 2018

    Not going to lie, I totally could wait, and I am kinda bummed about this! I don’t like it so far – it just makes IG look way too busy and it’s distracting!

  • Kelly Moyer
    June 22, 2018

    This looks awesome. I will have to check this out.

  • Mallorie Owens
    June 22, 2018

    Not super into it, but I know a lot of people are excited. Trying to stay off my phone lately and not have more things sucking me in!

  • Stacie
    June 22, 2018

    Instagram TV is going to be a game changer! I can’t wait for this update to drop so I can give it a try.

  • Jenni LeBaron
    June 22, 2018

    Interesting. I wonder if this will eventually replace the insta-stories down the road. I’ve yet to jump on the video stories bandwagon yet, but I like to have the option.

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