Growing up, I was incredibly shy. When I was 12, I was moved from private to public school and for the first time, since I was a toddler, had to make new friends. #ad While 8th grade prepared me a bit, high school was even harder since I only knew a handful of people there. I realized that in order to gain the confidence I was seriously lacking, I needed to become a part of something bigger than me. I tried out and made our high school’s dance team, the Titanaires, in 9th grade. Suddenly, that shy girl found herself. I continued to dance throughout high school and discovered the power of teamwork.  We all walked out onto that field the same, no matter how skilled we were, what we looked like or what our home life was like. We came together as a family and put on a show that always had the fans in the bleachers cheering. Being a Titanaire changed me. 20+ years later, I’m still really good friends with a number of my teammates. Now, as the Mother of three girls, I always encourage them to find something they love, practice and become a part of something that will change their lives as it did mine. Whether it’s volleyball, gymnastics, dance or soccer, I watch my girls transform each and every time they practice, perform or play. Did you know that between the ages of 12 and 13, the number of girls who say they’re afraid to fail increases by 150%? By age 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys. That’s why @Athleta is committed to helping keep girls in the game. That’s the #PowerofShe.  #AthletaGirl #girlempowerment #girlsquad #girlsrock #womenathletes #womenempowered #womenempowerment #girlmama #girlmom #gymnastics #gymnasticslife #handstand #handstandpractice #novahighschool #novatitans #novatitanalumni #titanaire #letsgotitans

Growing up, I was incredibly...

Yesterday, I posted my deepest, darkest secret on my blog. It look me 24 hours to get the nerve to share it on here. I’ve been writing that post for a while. It probably didn’t go live the day I intended it to and it might disappear at some point. But enough is enough. Time for me to put my big girl panties on and stop lying to myself and everyone else. I hope you won’t think any different of me or judge me in any way. I’m still the same person, I’m just not pretending anymore. .
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Yesterday, I posted my deepest,...

#ad Falynn has a very short list when it comes to her favorite snacks. You might be surprised what's at the very top of that list. #ad It's not cookies. It's not chips. It's actually tomatoes! And her absolute favorite tomatoes, are Cherubs® by @NSTomatoes. Whether I fill a snack baggie up with them or create little cars out of them, with carrots and cucumbers and a toothpick, she can't get enough. They are Bright. Juicy. Irresistible. NatureSweet Tomatoes are giving their followers a chance to win weekly #NatureSweetSnackHack prizes ($150 weekly Middle School Snack Hack Prize Pack) and the Grand Prize, a #SnackHack Survival Kit which includes a year’s supply of NatureSweet tomatoes, a backpack, electronic tablet/computer to save all your snack hack ideas, and other great gifts to make on-the-go snacking easy! Hurry and enter! The sweepstakes ends September 23, 2019. https://izea.it/amKBCzG

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How would you like to win FREE glasses for your entire family?* #sponsored We recently went to our local For Eyes for our annual vision exams and had the best experience. Dr. Hanna and the opticians really made us feel comfortable and at home, especially Falynn, who had never had an eye exam before. They helped us to find our new prescription and choose the frames that looked best on us. We also sat down with Dr. Hanna to learn more about the importance of annual eye exams and the dangers of blue light. Stay tuned for our IGTV interview later this week! Also, swipe to see the first photo that Falynn ever took by herself, with my camera. Great, right?  We’ve partnered with For Eyes to give you the opportunity to win up to 6 FREE eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses valued at up to $250 each. 
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As someone that has suffered with both anxiety and depression for many years, I can tell you that there are signs that your loved one is suffering. While not everyone who exhibits these characteristics is having mental health issues, it's quite possible that those who are, exhibit many symptoms as a result of their anxiety and/or depression. Today on the blog, I’m discussing those symptoms and what to look for if you suspect you or your loved one is suffering with anxiety and/or depression. .
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#ad Let’s get real for a moment. While they play a large part in us becoming Mothers, periods are no fun. They also weren’t something that I knew a whole lot about up until a couple of months ago, if I’m being honest. But results from a recent survey got my attention.  3 in 5 women surveyed reported at least one symptom of heavy periods – and among those respondents, over half had not discussed them with a doctor (57%) Why? Most women have resigned to heavy periods as their reality, with 43% saying “it’s just normal for me” and 36% saying “I’ve just learned to live with it.” Sound familiar? I must have said those exact statements plenty of times over the last 30 years. 
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#ad Let’s get real for...

In just about a month or so, we will start to look for our dream home. #ad I’m excited at the opportunities and better rates we can get because of the bump in my credit score. I’m so grateful for the @lendingtree app, which has helped me to monitor my credit score closely, so I know what needed to be improved. The LendingTree app provides all the tools you need for a better financial health. No matter where you are in your life or what big milestone is coming up, your credit is important and should always be a priority. The LendingTree app is free and signing up doesn’t affect your credit score. You can download it in the App Store (click on the #linkinbio and then on “LendingTree”). Why is your credit score important to you? .
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In just about a month...

Thinking back to last month and our stay in that cute little airbnb, it makes me so grateful for the opportunity to blog full-time. Not only do I get to work closely with companies that I love, but occasionally I get the opportunity to take our family on a little, but much needed vacation. It really is the best job I’ve ever had. Today on the blog, I’m continuing my series for bloggers and influencers and discussing what might be the scariest part of this job… pitching companies and applying to campaigns. Head over and check out my suggestions to nail those pitches. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! .
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Thinking back to last month...

Today I had a plan. Wake up early, get the girls ready for their first day of school and then take the perfect first day of school picture to post on Instagram, where I would talk about how bittersweet it is to watch my girls grow up into these incredible young women. 
But things don’t always go as we plan. Instead, Falynn and Iyla woke up at 3:30am, got ready for school and then came downstairs at 5:00am to let us know they were ready. 5:00am... two and a half hours before they actually needed to be at school. I rolled myself out of bed at around 6:50am, Super Dad made me some coffee and I quickly shooed them outside so I could take a picture and realized that Falynn was in a long sleeved shirt, a jacket, jeans and old sneakers. I’m pretty sure her hair wasn’t brushed either. Lucia wasn’t awake yet so it would be the first year without a first day of school picture of all three of them. 😫 Whatever. I was tired. So I quickly took a picture (swipe to see) and got them off to school. Lucia woke up late and I couldn’t take a picture of her because my camera lens kept fogging up. When we walked back into the house, the dog escaped, making her even later. 🤦🏻‍♀️ And my coffee’s cold. Anyway, since I couldn’t get the perfect first day of school picture, I hope you enjoy this shot of the girls and Super Dad in their @swimzip.
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My girls are snackers. When they get home from school, they want to be able to grab a quick snack to take with them on the way to after-school activities, or to enjoy while they do their homework. #ad Peanut Butter is a huge hit in our home, but it can get messy, so when I found out about Windstone Farms Creamy Peanut Butter Portable Packets, I couldn't wait to grab some. Instead of making a huge mess (and forgetting to close the lid) with a regular container of peanut butter, the girls can grab one packet and easily add it to just about anything. Some of our favorites are bananas, apples, pretzels, celery or crackers. They have fun creating new combinations and I love that they come in convenient 1.15oz squeezable packets. So much less mess! They are also perfect for their lunchboxes. The peanut butter is so creamy and delicious! BTW, they are naturally gluten-free! @windstonefarms peanut butter packets are now available at your local @walmart. Make sure to pick some up, and check out our stories for a special offer from Ibotta! What will you put #WindstoneFarmsPB on?
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Walking Our Way to a Healthier Relationship

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This post is sponsored by Garmin, but all opinions are my own.

When my husband and I decided to get fit and healthy this year, we knew that we needed each other for moral support if we were really going to succeed.  While we have successfully begun to change our diet, we weren’t exercising the way we knew we needed to. We tried promising each other that we would walk every morning or night, but we just got busy with work and life and found ourselves remembering at the end of the day, too tired to do anything about it.  We knew we needed something to hold us accountable and we knew that the Garmin vívoactive® 3 smart watch was the perfect tool for us. What we didn’t know was that it would make our relationship with each other and our kids, that much better.

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Our girls had received their vivofit jr. 2 trackers from Garmin in December of last year. They still wear them daily and still find themselves competing to see who can get the highest activity each day. They are being challenged to stay active, in a fun, kid-friendly way.

When our smart watches arrived, they were out of the box within minutes.  My husband and I are both huge technology lovers and a new gadget is something we can’t wait to explore, set up and learn.  I love that Garmin sent us matching trackers, his in black and mine in white.  Although they are identical, we were able to set them up differently, working best for each of us.  We were able to personalize our watches, choosing from thousands of free watch faces, apps and widgets from their Connect IQ™  store.

There are so many things that this smart watch can do. We can turn on our lights at home and find out when the rain will start so we can plan our days and activities. There are so many options, we haven’t even gotten to check them all out yet, but I love that we can learn something new every day!

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Like any good piece of technology, our Garmin vívoactive® 3 connects to an app on our phone.  The app gives us an additional resource to track our day, week and month.  Garmin Connect is a thriving online community where people on the go can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and even share their triumphs via social media. Best of all, Garmin Connect is free! But it’s not connecting with strangers that we found the most surprising, it was the stronger connection we have now with each other and our kids.

We love opening up our app, at the end of a long day and checking out and comparing our stats.  It’s become a little competition between the both of us, just as it is for our daughters.  We are challenging each other to meet our individual goals and when we are a little behind on activity, we make it a point to take a walk around our community or a neighborhood park (usually with all three kids).   It’s become a family bonding experience that we wouldn’t trade for anything. It gives us time away from the television and our screens to connect, laugh and be together.

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Though we limit our screen time and put away our phones when we are connecting as a family, we can still stay connected with our vívoactive 3 smartwatch so we don’t miss anything important. Since they are paired with our smartphones, we can receive and even respond to text messages and see social media updates, emails and more right on our wrist!

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Not only is it safe for swimming and showering, its Garmin Chroma Display™ is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and housed under extra-durable glass. It also features the Side Swipe™ interface, which makes for quick scrolling and swift navigation of menus and widgets.

Check out this video which highlights many of it’s features:

Who knew that a smart watch could bring us together and help us walk our way to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier relationship?  Thank you, Garmin! Do you use a smart watch? Let us know by commenting below!

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  • Ritik Sharma
    April 30, 2018

    Wow! this one is really good stuff. Thanks for the review.

  • Stephanie Pass
    March 6, 2018

    Getting fit together definitely helps you stay on track. I don’t know if I want a smart watch to follow me around and remind me of things I’m not doing, lol.

  • Kita Bryant
    March 6, 2018

    This is a smart move for the two of you. Walking is great exercise and a good way to bond together.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    March 6, 2018

    Walking is great not only for the body but also for the mind and the soul. Walking with your partner is a great opportunity for quality bonding too. The Smart watches are so elegant and have some great functions.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    March 6, 2018

    Walking is great not only for the body but also for the mind and the soul. Walking with your partner

  • Carol Cassara
    March 5, 2018

    Walking or any similar activity will really help you lost weight especially when you’re following a diet that works for you. I think those smart watches are perfect for activities like this! It’s so cool to see you bonding over getting fit!

  • Karissa @WithOurBest
    March 5, 2018

    I love that this is something you do together. I would like to start this with my husband. We could encourage each other to be better!

  • Marysa
    March 5, 2018

    Walking is such an awesome activity. And a great way to spend time together as a family. Looks like you have some great tools to help motivate you!

  • Sarah Bailey
    March 5, 2018

    How cool do those watches look! I love the idea of walking together and looking to help make a healthier relationship by spending time together and a healthier you!

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    March 5, 2018

    These look so stylish! I have been thinking about getting something like a Smart Watch for a while now.

  • Our Family World
    March 5, 2018

    Those look like really cool fitness trackers/timepieces! I would want to have one, but just wanted to know if it is user-friendly? I get technologically challenged at times that is why I stick to my old, trusted pedometer.

  • Jeanette
    March 5, 2018

    My husband and I need to do something like this. I have been exercising but it would be a lot easier for me to do it if my husband was doing it also. What a great idea. Maybe I can convince him to do it if I give him a “toy” like this.

  • Tomi C
    March 5, 2018

    I have a SmartWatch and I love it. It tracks so many things and makes me wonder what I ever did before it. Congratulations to you and your husband on your partnership path to health.

  • Karen Morse
    March 5, 2018

    I love how this helps you guys workout better together! It’s really nice to have your spouse on board when it comes to getting fit and healthy! This gadget is a must have.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    March 5, 2018

    I’ll have to look into getting one of these for my husband. I have a Jawbone, and happen to love it, but this would be totally something he would enjoy.

  • Victoria Heckstall
    March 5, 2018

    This look really awesome. I’ve heard a lot about this SmartWatch but I didn’t know that it was so cool as I know. I would love to get the White with Stainless Hardware. That looks really perfect on me.

  • Amber Myers
    March 5, 2018

    This sounds like a great watch! I do wear a fitness tracker and I strive to get 10,000 steps a day. Walking is important! I generally jog daily so I can get those steps!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    March 5, 2018

    I want to start walking again when the milder weather arrives but I hate to do it alone. If I do I think I will be tracking my activity.

  • Robin Rue
    March 5, 2018

    Ok so now I want to get myself and my hubby each one of these! What a great way to keep track of how we are doing.

  • candy
    March 4, 2018

    Love to walk especially since we live in the country, so pretty and peaceful. There are so many different ways to track steps, breathing, heart rate and many other things.

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