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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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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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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THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA {SERIES} – Lion Country Safari

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Boat rides, miniature golf and water slides, oh my!  Lion Country Safari is not your typical zoo.  If you love animals, outdoor activities and loads of smiles, there is one Florida attraction that you can’t miss.  I’m continuing our “Things to Do in Florida” series with one of our favorites, Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Drive-Through Safari

You may be looking at these pictures and thinking I have an awesome zoom lens.  What if I told you that I didn’t.  These majestic animals, and many others, were just steps away from our car.  Since 1967, Lion Country Safari is Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park.  The drive-through Safari is miles long and split into seven sections. When you enter the park, you are given a CD to play as you drive through.  It’s like a personal tour.   You can catch glimpses of zebra, rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, and even lions!

You are able to drive right through or pull over to observe and take pictures.  Often, the animals will walk right in front of your car.  My girls love being up close and personal with animals that we typically only see behind barriers in a regular zoo.

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Rides

Once you’ve completed the drive-through portion, you’ll park your car and begin the walk-through portion.  And if you think you’ve seen anything up until that part, you’d be mistaken.  For us, it’s where the fun really begins.  Enjoy as many rides as you’d like on their carousel or the adorable dragon and elephant ride.  All rides are free with your admission, so no buying tickets or worrying about a wristband.

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Photo Opps

Make sure to stop at each of the fun photo opps and snap some keepsake photos of your day.  My girls are always all smiles at these stops, excited to jump in and figure out a fun sister pose.  The face cut out areas are always good for a good laugh.  My girls have got personality for days and I have a hard time keeping the camera still while I laugh at their silly faces.

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Giraffe Feeding

While we have fed the giraffes lots of times before, I don’t think I ever realized what beautiful and gentle animals they are until this last visit.  Lion Country Safari offers a stand so you can purchase fresh greens to feed them.  It’s the best few dollars we spent.  This was Falynn’s first time feeding the giraffes and while she was a little hesitant at first, once she let her guard down, she couldn’t wait to feed them more.  The look on her face was priceless.  The giraffes have personalities that are as tall as they are, often sticking out their tongues for my camera.   We even got to meet Cupid. He was given his name because of the heart shape on his neck.

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Miniature Golf and Paddle Boats

Enjoy some quality family time on the miniature golf course and paddle boats.  I’m not sure which of the two my girls loved the most, since they asked to do each of them twice.  There is also a water safari boat ride which takes you around and shows you the resident monkeys on their little islands.  It’s a short ride but packed full of great info about each species that lives there.

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Water Slides and Water Playground

From the minute we walked in, the girls couldn’t wait to get to the water play area.  They started off at the water slides and I have to brag for a minute… all three of my girls were fearless, conquering the slides like a boss.  Even my 5 year old, Falynn, went down that slide for the first time and came off with two thumbs in the air.  I barely got to ask each of them what they thought before they were running back into the line to do it again.  After three times, they finally agreed to move over to the water playground, where you can find sprinklers, fountains, buckets and loads of water fun.  It’s the perfect place to let them play, especially with the Florida heat.

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Fun Slide and Petting Zoo

The one stop I thought we’d never leave… the fun slide.  It’s the one thing from my childhood that I couldn’t get enough of.  Sitting on a burlap sack and flying down.  I lost count after their 6th time. The adults even got in on the fun.  The looks on their faces was something I’ll never forget.  Finally, before we left for the day, we had to check out the petting zoo.  I’ve been to many petting zoos in my day and have never seen such well behaved goats.  Usually they are trying to chew on our clothing but these just stood there and allowed the girls to pet them.  This particular goat even gave me a little smile when I pulled the camera out.

If you ever get the chance to visit, we highly recommend Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, FL.  It’s a day full of fun that you and your family will never forget!

Have you ever been to Lion Country Safari? If not, do you think it’s something that your family would enjoy? Comment below and let us know!

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  • Arnab Majumdar
    September 6, 2018

    This is super-epic. Been to many national parks, but never to lion country safari. Guess, I need to start planning for the Florida trip.

  • Marcie
    July 10, 2018

    OMG this is making me want to plan a trip to Florida ASAP! This is totally what my family likes to do!

  • Nicole
    May 25, 2018

    This looks like it was so much fun! My son loves going to the zoo so I’m sure he’d love something like this! I’ll have to check this out, thanks for sharing!

  • Sally Pederson
    May 24, 2018

    I haven’t been to anything like that in years. Looks like the entire family had a great time.

  • Meagan Badore
    May 23, 2018

    This looks like a wonderfully fun family day out! My daughter would love to visit this place just for the drive through safari

  • LavandaMichelle
    May 23, 2018

    What a nice post! I’d love to go here with my family, my kids would go crazy, haha. “Go Safari-ing” has been on my bucket-list since forever. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Berlin | momiberlin
    May 23, 2018

    Those looks like fun activities, but I am not good at feeding giraffes . Hahaha

  • Berlin | momiberlin
    May 23, 2018

    Those looks like fun activities, but I am not good at feeding giraffes . Hahaha

  • Wanda Lopez
    May 22, 2018

    I live in Florida and didn’t know about this safari. Now I have something fun to add to our summer. Loving it and it sure looks like lots of fun@

  • Lalia Frolick
    May 22, 2018

    Wow! They seem to really have everything. Do you happen to know if Lion Country Safari is AZA accredited? Or is it privately owned (such as Six Flags Marine World)?

  • Agentszerozerosetter
    May 22, 2018

    Love this! Such a beautiful and funny place to visit during summer, especially with kids!

  • Sondra Barker
    May 22, 2018

    So many fun things to do! Now the hard part is choosing which to squeeze into vacation time haha

  • Tara Pittman
    May 21, 2018

    What a fun place for the summer. The kids will be out of school this week so time to find places to visit.

  • Sarah Bailey
    May 21, 2018

    Oh now this looks like such an awesome place to spend at a day there is nothing like a good safari park!

  • Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
    May 17, 2018

    The safari looks like so much fun!

  • Becca Wilson
    May 17, 2018

    This safari looks like it would be such a blast. My kids would really love to do something like this!

  • Katherine
    May 17, 2018

    I love this!! Florida has so much to offer beyond Disney (even though I’m a huge fan) so I love that you highlighted West Palm Beach! This place looks like so much fun and I love feeding giraffes!

  • Sheila Rhodes
    May 16, 2018

    What a fun experience for all ages! I love a vacation that everyone can enjoy together and not be overwhelming. I’m glad you all had a wonderful time!

  • Debbie Goldberg
    May 16, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this. We’re visiting Florida this summer and our kids would love Lion Country Safari!

  • Kate | Life of a Ginger
    May 14, 2018

    Oh wow! Lion Country Safari sounds like a really fun place to visit. I’ve never been, but will check it out when we take a trip to FL!

  • Rachel Ferrucci
    May 14, 2018

    We go to Florida quite often and we’ve never been here. It looks like such a fun place, it has everything we love to do. You have a beautiful family!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    May 13, 2018

    We might be heading to FL within the next few months. This safari place looks so cool for the kids. I bet my daughters would love this!!

  • rika
    May 13, 2018

    Those animals are so cute! My kids love going to zoo, and I am planning to take them this summer.

  • 1stopmom
    May 13, 2018

    i have never been to Lion Country Safari but it looks like it is a lot of fun. My family really loves animals. We did something similar near us where they were able to feed the giraffes and they had a good time.

  • Laura Dove
    May 13, 2018

    Oh wow what a fun day out! We love a safari day, my children are animal crazy!

  • Crystal
    May 13, 2018

    I love that there are so many varieties of options from the boats to animals, photo spots and even “rides”! How very cool for the kiddos!

  • Melissa Chapman
    May 13, 2018

    It would be so great to see all those animals up close and even feed a giraffe. I will keep this in mind for a visit if I am in Florida.

  • Angela Ricardo
    May 13, 2018

    We loved the weather in Florida when we went to Disney. I had no idea where else to go. Now this coming summer I will recommend Lion County Safari to hubby for our son.

  • candy
    May 12, 2018

    If you live in Florida or are planning on visiting this would be a fun place to visit. Great place to take the kids for the day.

  • Diana Ajih
    May 11, 2018

    Oh wow! I can see why this would be a fun trip for kids especially in the summer. It looks amazing!

  • Jenny
    May 10, 2018

    This place looks amazing. I dunno if I would be able to cram it all into 1 day! I need something like that here for sure!!

  • Marysa
    May 10, 2018

    It looks like you guys had a great time! So many fun things to do. I’d love to take my family here and explore with the kids.

  • Wendy Polisi
    May 10, 2018

    That is such a fun spot to go. My kids and I went there a few years ago and loved it!

  • Sara Welch
    May 10, 2018

    That looks like a great place to hang out with the kids. They seemed to have enjoyed themselves!

  • Tomi C
    May 10, 2018

    We’ve been to Florida several times and it amazes me how many places we have yet to visit. This is definitely an attraction my family would enjoy.

  • Ruth I
    May 10, 2018

    All the activities look fun! I am sure my family especially my niece would love to visit Lion Country Safari.

  • John
    May 10, 2018

    This Very Nice and attractive Article…

  • Ricci
    May 10, 2018

    Florida is one of my favorite places to visit!! I love going to the beaches and playing mini golf and just being a tourist!!

  • Rose Ann Sales
    May 10, 2018

    It looks like a nice place to visit and for a great adventure. I am sure my kids will love it thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Heather
    May 9, 2018

    How fun! It looks like such a fun place! I’d love to do those paddle boats! I kind of wish I would have gotten one of those instead of a paddle board. But I haven’t even used my paddle board yet, so we’ll see, I might love it more.

  • Stacie
    May 9, 2018

    Lion Country looks like so much fun! We love to go to places like that when we travel.

  • Ashley
    May 9, 2018

    Oh how fun!! My son would definitely enjoy all these amusements! Especially the mini golf.

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