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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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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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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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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Why You Should Add Childish Charm to Your Family Home

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If you have kids or will be starting a family then you’ll want to think about how your home can fit around the needs of a child. It’s incredibly important to consider things like how many bedrooms you have, how safe your home is and how much effort you need to put into decorations and renovations in order to provide your kids with a wonderful upbringing. So where do you start?

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A Garden

Gardens are often underestimated when it comes to how much value they give your kids. From helping in the garden and learning about plants to having a secure place to roam around and enjoy themselves, gardens are incredibly important and must be taken into consideration when you want to give your kids a good childhood.

Take a look at this article from KidsVillage.com for tips on how to get your kids involved in gardening. It often starts with getting them involved with simple tasks such as watering the plants and mowing the lawn, but it goes beyond that. It can teach your kids about responsibility, it gives them a way to exercise and be productive, and it can also get your kids to eat more vegetables since they’re growing them.

Building your kids a backyard playground is also a fantastic way to get them more active. It’s a fun way to enjoy the garden, and it’s a great way to convince them to get some exercise without having to go to a park. Backyard playgrounds aren’t the most expensive things to install, but they do take quite a bit of time and effort.

A Playroom

Playrooms are important, but you don’t need to have a large room reserved for it and you can often include it within your child’s bedroom. A playroom usually consists of a couple of simple pleasures such as a large bean bag chair, games they can play and also areas to store study materials such as books. Reading is a fantastic hobby that you should encourage your kids to pick up a book every chance they get. Even having a little tent in your playroom can add some excellent charm and gives your children more ways to imagine and get creative.

If you have the space to afford it, then you can also add some personalized touches that allow you to join your kids. For instance, a large bean bag chair from SackDaddy.com is a great way to add your own little touch to the room, and you can get plenty of toys and games that you can enjoy with your kids. 

When your kids are still young, it’s important to ensure their safety in their playrooms. For instance, you’ll want to hide power sockets so that they don’t risk touching or playing with dangerous outlets, and you’ll want to install a childproof gate so that they don’t wander out of the play area either. Small things like sharp furniture corners can also be fixed by using rubber stoppers, so pay attention to the potential hazards in your child’s playroom.

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A Stylish Bedroom

There are thousands of different ways to create a long-lasting and stylish bedroom for your kids. The themes involved can all depend on your child’s needs, and you can tailor them toward their tastes.

Since you may be changing your child’s bedroom on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to follow these tips to help you accommodate rapid decor arrangements.

  • Try and minimize the amount of furniture you use in your child’s bedroom. This will make it easier to move large pieces of furniture around (like their bed) which gives you easier access to the floors and walls. This means you can change up the wallpaper or paint, you can get different flooring and you can also replace their furniture in the future with larger varieties for when they grow older.
  • Stick with non-permanent solutions if you can. This means using wallpaper that is easy to remove, wall stickers that you can easily replace and also color schemes that you can change whenever you want.
  • It’s all about being modular. Modular bedroom designs are excellent because they allow you to change the way you plan your bedroom. For instance, storage can always be scaled up and upgraded for when your kids grow older, and bunk beds can serve multiple purposes. For instance, they can obviously be used as a bedroom that fits two of your children, but the bottom can also be replaced with a desk to provide more working space. 

Designing the ultimate bedroom for your kids is going to be a part of the childish charm in your home. It’s a fantastic way to make the dream home that you’ve always wanted and is easy once you’ve looked at some sources of inspiration. 

Having a study-like environment in their room is a fantastic way to get them to use computers more often. However, it’s good to keep in mind that there’s a big difference between using computers for leisure and using them to learn, so always look for productive ways to spend their screen time. A good example would be learning how to create art on their computer, or even using their computers to learn how technology works and research things like programming languages. 

Some children might find wallpapers of their favorite cartoon characters to be tacky, or they might change their favorites so often that you’ll have to constantly switch them around. Instead, you could always add some childish charm by adding decorations that are neutral when it comes to what they represent. For instance, adding space-themed decorations and having stars dangling could be a fantastic way to help your kids learn more about astronomy, or having different types of flower decorations could create a soothing and tranquil atmosphere for your kids to enjoy.

Some childish charm is essential for providing your kids with a fantastic environment that they can feel comfortable in, learn from and be proud of.  

Have you made or do you plan on making any of these changes to your home? Comment below and let us know!

 

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  • Leigh Suznovich
    July 25, 2018

    Love the idea of adding childish charm! I think it’s what makes a house a home.

  • Annette Dattilo
    July 25, 2018

    Great ideas. My kids are starting to get older so I am in the process of transiting their “stuff” in the phase they are in now. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

  • Shann Eva
    July 25, 2018

    I love these tips! We have three boys, so we definitely have some childish charm in our home. I especially love your tips for the bedroom. Limiting the big furniture is such a great idea, as is non-permanent solutions. As they grow, we definitely need to change things up.

  • Susan @ Culinary Envy
    July 25, 2018

    I love the idea of a garden! Some of my fondest memories growing up were picking tomatoes with my Papa! thanks for sharing!

  • Jamie Young
    July 25, 2018

    I love a home that gives you a feeling of the whole family. There are a lot of homes you walk in and you’d never know a kid lives there. I love feeling their presence as well and I love that you gave wonderful ideas on how to do that in a creative and stylish way still!

  • Jenn
    July 18, 2018

    I love this, I’ve never considered a more kid friendly décor but I will now. We have two granddaughters that spend a lot of time at our house and I think everyone would enjoy it.

  • Amber Myers
    July 18, 2018

    I wish we had a playroom, but our house isn’t big enough. My kids did decorate their bedrooms and my daughter does enjoy gardening and being outside.

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    July 18, 2018

    My kids love having a say in the decor of their rooms. I am actually planning on redecorating my daughter’s bedroom to reflect her older, more mature interests now.

  • wendy
    July 18, 2018

    I love that bedroom! I agree with you that the childish charm is a great touch. Makes things cheerful and welcoming.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    July 18, 2018

    I didn’t make my home kid friendly when my kids were born, other than sticking covers over the outlets, and putting locks on cabinets with poison. They were allowed to decorate their own rooms with whatever it was that pleased them, even if that means at the moment that my 12 year olds room is lined with barbie houses, and furniture.

  • Candy
    July 18, 2018

    Playroom is perfect for this and we always made their bedrooms their own space. Add fairy garden for outside is fun as well.

  • Terri Steffes
    July 18, 2018

    I love all your ideas! We always used our daughter’s art (framed) as pieces of art in our living room and etc. We still have some up today (and she’s 32.)

  • robin rue
    July 18, 2018

    I wish we had room for a playroom in our house. I think my kids would have loved that, but at least their bedrooms are big enough that they each have play areas.

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