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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F O U R T...

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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It was just after Iyla's...

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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There are two types of...

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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Take me back to the...

#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

#AD Our girls love nature,...

The girls have been back to school for almost a month already. Can you believe it? #sponsored They love their teachers, are happy to see their friends again after a long summer vacation and are looking forward to a year packed with education, fun and new experiences. While they're at school, Super Dad and I are working hard to make sure they have everything they need. At the top of that list, is a healthy and yummy lunch. When you have three girls with very different tastes, it's important to make sure they are getting what they like, but more importantly, what they need. Our latest creation? This dairy-free rainbow pepper pizza making kit featuring @daiyafoods dairy-free Mozzarella Style Cutting Board Collection Shreds! Today on the blog we’re sharing all the details on Falynn’s lunchbox favorite! #veganrecipes #veganrecipe #veganfoodlovers #dairyfree #dairyfreekids #dairyfreecheese #dairyfreerecipes #rainbowfood #pizzatime #lunchboxideas #lunchboxideasforkids #amazonfinds #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography  #momblogger  #foodinsta  #foodielife #healthygirl #foodielovers #instafoods  #mytinymoments #kidfriendly  #yummyyummy #foodielife  #ourcandidlife #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #recipeinspo

The girls have been back...

Almost F O U R T E E N. Where did the time go? I blinked and she’s this beautiful, little lady. She’s so smart, so talented and although she has her teenage girl moments, she is the best first born I could have ever asked for. Less than 2 weeks until she’s officially old enough to get a job. 😳 Where did the time go? .
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Almost F O U R...

Our Mama + Daughter Adventure [feat. Eddy & Scout]

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When I saw that Eddy & Scout was having an adventure contest, my fingers couldn’t type fast enough.  They wanted me to dress my 7 year old up in one of their beautiful dresses and take her on an adventure, while capturing the moments with my camera.  I don’t know about you, but it sounds like the best contest ever.

I checked with Iyla and wasn’t surprised that within five seconds she was running into the other room, telling her sisters about it.  When we got chosen, she lost her mind.  She spent the next week asking me when her dress was going to get here and when the adventure would begin.  We tried to come up with some ideas for our special Mama + Daughter adventure while we waited.  Honestly, it was the only way to pass the time while she waited for what seemed like an eternity in kid years.

And then the package finally arrived.  Iyla was in love.  She tried on the dress immediately and pranced around the house like she was on cloud 9.  The dress has just the right amount of girly for her and is so comfy she refused to take it off.  I literally had to bribe her to get her to remove it.

When our adventure day finally arrived, my oldest daughter braided Iyla’s hair and we were off to one of our favorite places, the wildlife preserve.  Iyla is fascinated by photography (I have no idea where she gets that from), so we thought it would be fun for her to photograph wildlife while I photographed her.  And so our adventure began.

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

We found this awesome spot where people can look through giant binoculars at the wetlands.  I love that Iyla always goes for the bigger ones, even if she has to stand on her tippy toes.  She’s always reaching for the stars.  I couldn’t stop giggling because she could only look directly up at the sky but she didn’t seem to mind.  I’m sure her amazing imagination was at work!

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Dress: Eddy & Scout

Next, we took a walk along the trail to her favorite spot.  There is a tiki hut and two rocking chairs where you can sit and admire nature.  It’s super relaxing and absolutely gorgeous.  Occasionally you can see birds, frogs and fish and although there is a sign warning about alligators, we’ve never seen one in this particular spot (thank goodness).

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

We decided to keep walking. This particular preserve has a long trail that my girls love.  Although there were so many people there that day, Iyla and I found time to talk about life and it felt as though most of the time, it was just me and her.  There is this one area where the railings were never built or maybe had fallen down during a storm and she used to be terrified to walk down there.  This time, she asked if we could check it out and she promised that she wouldn’t be afraid.  This was an adventure after all….

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

We found so many beautiful trees on the trail. This particular one really interested us because of it’s bark.  I love her fascination with nature and science.  I often wonder if she’s going to grow up to be a scientist or do something that involves animals.  I know that whatever she does, she’s going to change the world.  Her heart is huge and she’s always thinking of ways to make the world a better place.

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

On our way back to the front, we ran into an older man who showed us a picture he had taken of a woodpecker and then told us that they had spotted 2 alligators out by the dock and encouraged us to go check it out.  Iyla had never seen an alligator up close so she was excited at the chance to finally catch a glimpse. We even found a spot with a bunch of red canoes which was awesome because the Eddy & Scout logo has a canoe on it!  Do you believe in fate?

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

Unfortunately, though we looked in the spots that the man had recommended, we didn’t get to see an alligator that day, but I would rather stare at her all day anyway.  She is pretty cute, after all.  We got lots of compliments on her dress.   One lady even mentioned that her granddaughter would love it.  Of course we had to share the name of the shop.

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

Next, it was across the street to the nature trails.  While Iyla wasn’t a big fan of the area since there are always sounds coming from the bushes, she loved walking the trail.  She was grateful for the long sleeves too because the mosquitos out there are wild!  We found lots of spots to stop so that she could take pictures and I was right behind her, taking pictures of her enjoying her adventure.

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

Our last spot was this amazing area that reminded me of a deserted island.  We had just watched Moana and Iyla was in love with this spot because she could pretend that she was Moana, just for a moment.  It is such a calm and serene spot that we wound up staying there for quite a while, just talking and hanging out.

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

Hearing her tell me how grateful she was for our day together made me understand that we won this contest, no matter what the outcome is.  I am super grateful that Eddy & Scout gave us the opportunity to get dressed up, get away from technology and enjoy time together, not to mention the amazing pictures that I now have so that we can look back and remember how special this day was to the both of us. It’s an adventure we’ll never forget.

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

I encourage you to check out Eddy & Scout.  Eddy & Scout offers kids clothing sizes from 3m-8y designed for adventure, comfort (sensory friendly), and growth (extendable inseams). All of their items are proudly and ethically made in the USA! What’s better than that?!  If you check out their story, you’ll find that when they started this business, they refused the idea of outsourcing overseas in the pursuit of “cheap labor”.  As a parent, the owner, Holly, could not imagine her own child being forced to work in a factory instead of enjoying the adventure of childhood, and could not risk being a party to maltreatment of any other human, child or adult.  Because of this, Eddy & Scout manufactures locally in their studio in Orange County, California and maintain a strong relationship with each of their sewers, ensuring that they are being paid a fair and living wage, as well as enjoying the rights of U.S. labor law.  I applaud them for this!

Ready to shop? Visit eddyandscout.com and use code IYLA (that’s an i, not an l) to save!   I know you’ll love the clothing as much as we do! Make sure to follow them on instagram @eddyandscout for deals, giveaways, new releases and more!

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Bows: iBetterAccessorize, Dress: Eddy & Scout

Interested in working with us? Email us! We’d love to hear from you!  Don’t forget to follow our daily small shop fashion on Instagram @thesmallfashionista and on our new Facebook page!

XOXO
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