I’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe I put up on the blog last month and I just wanted to thank you guys so much! Since most of us aren’t going out, it’s fun to try to make our favorites at home. What copycat recipe do you want me to share next?
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭? ⁣
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And if you missed the Pink Drink recipe, just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣😊⁣
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I’ve gotten so much positive...

In case you missed it... yesterday I shared a free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt (link in bio). ⁣I didn’t mention that in addition to this scavenger hunt page, you’ll also receive 2 additional exclusive printable scavenger hunts! 🙌🏻⁣
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Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep busy, get out of the house (safely) as a family, get some exercise and have some competitive fun! ⁣
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Have you downloaded it yet?⁣
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In case you missed it......

Although our city is slowly opening up, we will be staying in and enjoying family time today. ⁣
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We will also be doing a fun scavenger hunt around the neighborhood (I shared the free printable on the blog today so go and grab it - link in bio). ⁣
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Although our city is slowly...

Back in January, we visited @legolandflorida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny's Apple Fries. We've been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.⁣
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I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. ⁣
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After a whole lot of brainstorming and trial and error, we fell back on something that seems to save the day for us on a regular basis... funnel cake batter. ⁣
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We dipped our apple sticks in the batter, fried and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mix. OMG... HEAVEN.  Cinnamon sugar apple fries are EVERY 👏🏻 THING 👏🏻 and I’m sharing the recipe today on the blog (click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Would you dip them with caramel, whipped cream or both?⁣
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Back in January, we visited...

Easy recipe of the day.⁣
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Easy recipe of the day.⁣...

One of my fondest memories growing up was going fishing with my Papa and my Uncle (swipe left to see me and Papa just before one of those fishing adventures). #ad There was something about that special time outdoors, waiting to see if we could catch something, that still brings a smile to my face. ⁣
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My kids have a very different childhood. While they love to play outside, most of their hobbies are done inside and include a screen. I often wish I could show them how much fun it was to have a technology-free childhood. ⁣
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Now that we’ve been spending more time at home, we are making it our mission to introduce things from our own childhood, starting with fishing. I’m happy to report that we’ve added fishing to our weekly calendar, and we feel good about bonding over “reel time” with our kids, reminiscing about our childhood and passing along our nostalgia and knowledge of fishing to our kids with the help of these Just Add Nature kits. ⁣
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Just Add Nature is easy, FUN and designed with kids in mind! Plus, you can pick them up at @walmart or on Walmart.com for under $8! ⁣
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Have you ever taken your kids fishing? What ways are you incorporating outdoor time into your schedule? ⁣
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Follow @JustAddNatureKids to check out fun videos with fishing tips and more that your kids are sure to love. And shop for your favorite kit by swiping up in stories.  #JustAddNatureKids #AdventureInABucket ⁣
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One of my fondest memories...

You know our family loves all things A-R-T. You can often find one of us drawing, sketching or painting #ad. So when we found out about BodyMark by BIC Temporary Tattoo Markers we couldn’t wait to try them out! Last week, Super Dad spent some much needed quality time with our oldest, Lucia, creating this gorgeous masterpiece. Didn’t he do a great job? Lucia also drew something to remind her of our late Nana on her other arm that turned out so beautiful. Check out our stories to see the video! I love it! ⁣
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If your family loves art as much as we do, you’ll love these @BodyMarkbyBIC markers. They are special because they are designed to be used on skin. The flexible tip makes it easy to draw thin or broad lines. BodyMark comes in 8 vibrant colors and the designs can last a few days, but are also easily removable by concentrated soap and water or make up wipes. You can purchase them on Amazon (swipe up in stories). I’m thinking about pulling these out at our next kids party! Wouldn’t that be fun? ⁣
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What would you use #bodymarkbybic for?⁣
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You know our family loves...

In just a few days, this beauty will turn 11. Where did the years go? ⁣
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Iyla (pronounced eye-la) loves coding, Pokemon, talking to her friends, learning new languages (currently Hebrew and French) and hanging out with her sisters. ⁣
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Iyla has a huge heart. This year, she is donating half of her birthday money to @cancerfreekids. She is going to change the world. I know it. ⁣
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And while it may not be the birthday she imagined, the important thing is that we will be together. We will have a zoom party with friends and family, I’ll bake her a cake and make her a special dinner. She’ll open a present or two. We will make sure she knows how much we love her. ⁣
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𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐲𝐥𝐚 𝐚 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝟏𝟏𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐝𝐚𝐲. ⁣
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In just a few days,...

Since today is National Chocolate Chip Day, I asked my 10 year old what her all-time favorite chocolate chip dessert is. I wasn't at all surprised when she told me it was cannolis, because they are also my fave. But although I love to bake and I'm always up for a challenge, the idea of making my own cannoli shells scares me, mainly because I have the hardest time rolling out dough evenly. Anyone else have that problem? Any tips?⁣ Anyhoo, since she knows I'm not going to be making actual cannolis anytime soon, Iyla had the brilliant idea to make cannoli cupcakes instead. Genius! I am much more confident in my cupcake making abilities. So cannoli cupcakes it was! ⁣
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Cinnamon and chocolate chip cupcakes with a mascarpone frosting, topped with mini chocolate chips and a cannoli chip. They turned out amazing and today I’m sharing the recipe on the blog. Just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣
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Today is actually “Dance Like a Chicken Day”. I had plans to dress Super Dad in a chicken costume and make him dance, but spending $50 on a chicken costume didn’t seem like the smartest financial decision, considering the circumstances. ⁣
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So instead, enjoy this cute little video of Falynn dancing to her 3 year old rendition of her favorite Wicked song, Popular. Her little voice 😭⁣
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It Doesn’t Matter How Cute Your Kid Is

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I see SO many people complaining about not being chosen for a team and saying that their child is just as cute as the ones chosen.  NEWS FLASH people… brand repping has NOTHING to do with how cute your child is… and if I’m being completely honest here, if I, as a shop owner, was to choose based on how cute the kid was, I’d have to choose everyone because to me, all kids are beautiful! The truth is, a cute face will not sell my items… great photography will. So as long as you are focusing on the right things, you will get the attention of the shops you want to work with the most.

So if this isn’t a cute kid contest, then what can you do better?  You already know that your photography matters.  If the pictures are blurry or dark, they aren’t good enough.  If you’re using filters that alter the color of the items, that’s a no-no as well.  Shops are looking for people who are going to promote their item and provide pictures that will show off their merchandise in it’s best light. They want pictures that will show potential customers what the item looks like on a person and these potential customers rely on you to provide that visual that will be as close to the real thing as possible. Don’t let how cute your child looks in a shot, cloud your judgement, especially if the item is not in focus. You can save those pictures for yourself, but for the shops, they need great product photography that highlights their item.

When I’m taking pictures of Falynn, I’m not telling her to smile. I’m not telling her to pose.  Most of my direction sounds more like “I can’t see what your shirt says”… “Show me your glasses”… “Turn sideways so I can see the zipper on your pants”…. Basically, I’m constantly thinking about the item(s) we are photographing.  I let her be herself (as silly as she may be), while I take close ups, full body and candid shots.  I make sure that with every shoot, I have at least 2 close ups or detail shots, sometimes I’ll even take a couple of close ups of the label, if it’s sewn on the outside of the clothing because details are what make small shop items so unique and special!  I never provide pictures to a shop that has their item not fully visible. If it’s a tee shirt or a dress with a saying, the saying is always completely shown, or it’s not being sent to the shop.  They need pictures that clearly show their item, not pictures that have people guessing what that shirt or dress says. When you go to a website to shop, what do you see?  You see photos of the item that clearly show the item (the fabric, the saying, the style)… that’s exactly what you should be providing.  Great product photography with your perfect human wearing it.

Try to put yourself in a potential customers shoes.  What would you need to see in order to purchase this particular product?  Can you see the fabric?  Is the lighting complimentary to the item or is it too bright/dark?  Is the necklace right side up or did it accidentally get flipped?  Do you have too many accessories on that may take away from being able to focus on the main pieces?  Can you see the finishings, the details, the quality?  Is the background super distracting?  Pay attention!  If you can have a helper come along to keep an eye on all of the details, that helps tremendously! I usually have my 11 year old or my husband with me on shoots to make sure everything stays in place. And if you don’t have that option, just remember to keep your eye on the prize… the item or items you are photographing.  Brand repping is not about your child, it’s about the items you are photographing.  If you can remember that and focus on that during your photoshoots, you will find that you will be able to provide much better shots for the shops you are working with.  That’s what makes great brand reps, great brand reps!

What do you think about this topic? Comment below and let me know your thoughts!  Have a topic you want me to talk about? Email us! Make sure to check out the shops featured in this post and follow our daily small shop fashion on Instagram @thesmallfashionista and on our new Facebook page.

Featured image: Headband: Marsol Handmade, Dress: Bug + Wink, Cuff: Cuff Baby

And how about some discount codes?
@bug_and_wink (use code FALYNN15)
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