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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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 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) #kidsfitness #fitnessfun #daddyslittlegirl #natureseekers #naturephotos #exercisemotivation #familyfitness #fitnessforlife #qualitytime #bestdad #bestdayever #bestfriendgoals #fatherdaughter #dadofgirls #smartwater #hydrate #hydration #drinkwater #marshalls #marshallsfinds

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Setting Realistic Family Goals for 2019

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Our family starts every new year making a list of things we want to do differently. On the 1st of every year, we tell each other what those goals are and try to hold each other accountable. This year, I thought it would be fun to write them down and share them with our readers and then look back at the end of 2019 to see how many of our goals were achieved, how many we are still working on and how many we gave up on and why. The only requirement I had was that we make goals that are realistic, so that we have a real shot of achieving them. Here are our family’s 2019 goals.

Mom’s 2019 Goals

  1. Live fearlessly and not let anxiety stop me from living.
  2. Grow as a person, recognize my faults and improve them.
  3. Challenge myself to grow professionally as a writer and photographer.
  4. Learn SEO.
  5. Make time to read for fun.
  6. Find our forever home (build or buy).
  7. Get healthy and stay healthy, both for myself and my family.
  8. Make new friends and invest time to grow the relationships that already exist.
  9. Travel a little farther out of my comfort zone.
  10. Make more “me” time. Do my hair, makeup and relax more.

Dad’s 2019 Goals

  1. Spend more time with the family.
  2. Read more books.
  3. CENSORED *will share this one at a later date.
  4. Read the bible.
  5. Eat healthier.
  6. Finish all of the unfinished projects around the house.
  7. Take Mom out on more dates.
  8. Land the ideal job.
  9. Be more involved in the community and church.
  10. Take up a new hobby with my wife.

13 Year Old Lucia’s 2019 Goals

  1. Do better in school and get all A’s.
  2. Improve my drawing.
  3. Be more organized.
  4. Spend more time with my sisters.
  5. Keep my room cleaner.
  6. Eat healthier.
  7. Exercise more.
  8. Get more sleep.
  9. Walk our dog more.
  10. Spend less time on my phone.

9 Year Old Iyla’s 2019 Goals

  1. Be more organized.
  2. Read more books.
  3. Learn to speak Spanish.
  4. Get more work done at school.
  5. Be better at Social Studies.
  6. Travel more.
  7. Work on my coding skills.
  8. Help around the house more.
  9. Face my fear of windows.
  10. Get more rest at night.

6 Year Old Falynn’s 2019 Goals

  1. Go on a field trip to Universal Studios.
  2. Play with our new dog.
  3. Play soccer outside.
  4. Play on the trampoline.
  5. Learn how to make planets.
  6. Learn how to draw animals that are hard for me.
  7. Have fun with my friends.
  8. Go to Jensen Beach.
  9. Do all of my homework.
  10. Have fun with my family.

What are your goals this year? Do you believe that they are realistic and achievable? Have you ever written them down and looked back at the end of the year to see what you accomplished? Since this is our first year doing this, I’m excited to see if it’s worked for you. Comment below and let us know.

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We've recorded our goals for this year so we can look back and see how many were achieved. Here are our family's 2019 goals.


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  • Francis
    January 21, 2019

    Hello Heather,
    This is a very helpful interesting article. It shows that each and everyone in the family must participate on activities and goal setting. This is such a unique and wonderful lists of new years resolution.
    I will try to set this article as an example for my own family too.
    Thanks for the article
    I will surely share this

  • The Frugal Samurai
    January 15, 2019

    Awesome goals here, I like how achieveable they are – hopefully you’ll be able to get them all!

  • Tracey Faulconbridge
    January 12, 2019

    i love how you have set goals for each family member

  • Amanda
    January 12, 2019

    I love how everyone in the family has their own goals. We create goals as a family, but should also try individual ones.

  • To Be The Perfect Mother
    January 11, 2019

    I loved these plans especially for your daughter Lucia (spend less time on my phone). By the way, happy new year, I hope you can achieve all your goals.

  • Traci Frett
    January 11, 2019

    I love this! Falynn’s is my favorite 🙂 You can totally tell she is just loving life as a kid!

  • Amanda
    January 11, 2019

    So cool that you already have your kids setting goals!

  • leah
    January 11, 2019

    I too struggle with anxiety and am always looking for ways to cope. Love these goals for you, mama!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    January 11, 2019

    Playing with the new dog is such a sweet yet amazing goal! Love it

  • Mimi
    January 11, 2019

    I want to learn SEO too, that’s a good goal mum

  • Bindu Thomas
    January 11, 2019

    These are some ideal goals. I love that you included everyone’s resolution. SEO is always on my list.

  • Rachel Lavern
    January 9, 2019

    That sure is a lot of goals to keep track of. Hope you have a tool to manage.

    • Heather Castillo
      January 9, 2019

      It’s right here on the blog where we can go back and review 🙂

  • Pradnya
    January 9, 2019

    I have stopped making lists of things I want to achieve. As they are more often than not very unrealistic. But it’s great to see it’s working for you guys to do a fun activity together as a family.

  • David Elliott
    January 9, 2019

    Those are all really great goals there. I admire the dad’s desire to get through the Bible this year. I should really do that myself if I want to be honest.

  • Sandra
    January 9, 2019

    I love this!! This is a good family activity, and makes it clearer for all members what each other’s goals are. I love the idea, and it makes a more harmonious end to it as well. I aim to live a healthier life this year!

  • Thuy Linh
    January 9, 2019

    I find that many of my friends fail their New Year’s goals by burning out by having too many unrealistic goals and the frustration leads them to not creating any resolutions at all. I find that it’s great to have goals to achieve and grow as a person and that it should be like a challenge accepted

  • Kim Glad
    January 8, 2019

    I love this idea. We still need to do ours. I’ve been talking about it.

  • What Corinne Did
    January 8, 2019

    This post is such a great idea. I am not big on new year goals as i always find that they are unrealistic but those are so realistic and down to earth! i love that everyone has their own

  • Mommy Sigrid
    January 8, 2019

    It’s good that you were to put your goals into writing. At least you can tick off what you have achieved. Sigh…I just breezed through last year.

  • Jessi Joachim
    January 8, 2019

    I love these realistic family goals! I want to make more time for myself this year, and read more just for fun! I feel like a mom taking time for herself is good for the while family.

  • Ruth I
    January 8, 2019

    Love that you all have great goals to achieve this year! I listed mine already and made sure all are realistic unlike last year’s. ha!

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 8, 2019

    Oh I would save this and show it to my 13 year old daughter. She can learn from the list especially of organizing..

  • Cathy Mini
    January 8, 2019

    These are awesome goals for the family this year. I really love it, I need to list down everything like those.

  • Dani
    January 8, 2019

    What a great idea! I love the idea of getting the kids to have goals too. All the best for reaching your family goals for 2019!

  • Shoshana Sue
    January 8, 2019

    This is lovely that you have set goals as a family. I will be doing this with mine now, thanks for the inspiration.SEO is always on my list and I continue learning.

  • Nabanita Dhar
    January 8, 2019

    I love that you are setting goals as a family.
    For me, I just don’t want to put too much pressure on myself this year. I just want to be..Makes sense?

  • Tina
    January 7, 2019

    It is always better to set realistic goals than the ones that looks like dream! I have set some goals for myself as a mom and as an entrepreneur which i wish to stick to.

  • Terri Steffes
    January 7, 2019

    I’m dying here that you all made goals. I’m so excited for you and your family. What a wonderful idea!

  • Ashley
    January 7, 2019

    My goals are to travel more, see new places, and worry less. I love that you asked your kids for their goals as well.

  • Pam
    January 7, 2019

    It is so important to make sure that your goals are realistic AND achievable. You all have some great goals this year.

  • Dennis Littley
    January 7, 2019

    I think it’s great you all made goals together. What a good way to encourage each other to grow and meet those landmarks throughout the year!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    January 7, 2019

    Setting goals is one of my favorite parts of the New Year. I love that you outlined the goals of various family members here!

  • Alvern @ Success Unscrambled
    January 7, 2019

    These are all lovely goals. I think it is so special that as a family you have all these goals written down so you can hold each other accountable.

  • Marysa
    January 7, 2019

    I like how you organized everyone’s resolutions for the year! I still have to write mine down. I need to work a lot on organizing and focusing on tasks (lol!), and it is nice to get the whole family involved too.

  • Tara Pittman
    January 7, 2019

    I like that your goals have me time on it. Taking care of you will help you reach the other goals.

  • Farrah Less
    January 7, 2019

    I have no problem setting goals for myself. It is sort of my guide to improves my self and to be more productive. I am with you on more time spend for family , to have fun on traveling and stay healthy.

  • candy
    January 7, 2019

    We have things that are priority to get done around the house. We do these as a family so everyone always works together.

  • Amber Myers
    January 7, 2019

    Good luck with your goals! These are some good ones. I like how one of your husband’s is censored. I can guess what it is 😉 My husband’s is probably the same, ha!

  • Teresa
    January 7, 2019

    This is great that you list all your family goals by family member. I do somethign like this at the beginning of the school year for my children and try to help them set life and school goals. I should do this for my husband and myself too.

  • robin rue
    January 7, 2019

    It sounds like you guys all have some really great goals. My goal this year was not to make any goals LOL.

  • Tasheena
    January 7, 2019

    I love that you guys sit down as a family and create goals. This is a really awesome idea, and a wonderful way to bring in the new year.

  • Karen
    January 7, 2019

    I love that you are all setting goals as a family! I also love that you’re setting goals and not making resolutions. Resolutions are made to be broken, goals aren’t.

  • Jeanette
    January 7, 2019

    It sounds like you all have some great goals for this year. I definitely need to do this with my family so that we can have some ideas of what we achieve during the year.

  • Healthdosedaily
    January 7, 2019

    How beautifully you have written this article and the goals you have mentioned for 2019 is super cool. Thank you for the great article.

  • Healthdosedaily
    January 7, 2019

    This is really a good post to read and how a family is really important to us. You have done this job so beautifully and i am very much impressed with your work!

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