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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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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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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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

#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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Universal Orlando Resort – A Perfect Family Vacation, Day 1

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It’s been about 3 years since our family had a real vacation and this year, since it was a milestone birthday for both myself and Falynn, I knew that we had to plan something extra special.  I wanted to choose a destination that would be fun for the kids as well as for my husband and I. It wasn’t a hard decision.  In fact, I knew immediately where I wanted us to go… Universal Orlando Resort!

A Family Adventure.

Where else can you go and have a blast at any age?! It had been YEARS since I was at Universal Orlando Resort and my husband had never been.  In fact, the only one in our family that had been recently, is my oldest daughter. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has created epic vacations for the entire family with incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.  I just knew that this adventure would be one my family would remember for years to come.

It was our decision not to tell the girls.  Instead, we let them believe that we were going to the beach. While they were excited, I knew that nothing could prepare them for what was about to take place.  Not telling them for weeks was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to keep to myself, but it was worth it when I saw the looks on their faces when we finally spilled the beans…

I’m not sure I’ve seen that level of excitement on their faces in a really long time.  And that was just the beginning.  We had planned an incredible three day vacation that would be packed full of fun.

We chose to stay at the Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. I’ll have to share that experience in it’s own post, but in one word… AMAZING!   There is nothing more convenient than walking downstairs and onto a bus that takes you to Universal Orlando Resort in just minutes.  No parking.  No wait.  You just get off of the bus, take the elevator up and walk over to the parks.

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We got to the park about 30 minutes before it opened.  They do offer the guests of the Universal Orlando Resort hotels access to Universal’s Islands of Adventure one hour before the general public; however, we decided to head to Universal Studios Florida first because I had always been under the impression that Universal’s Islands of Adventure was more for the older kids and adults (boy was I wrong… but more of that in my next post).

Universal Studios Florida features cutting-edge attractions based on pop culture icons, Hollywood blockbuster films and hit television shows.  Marquee experiences include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

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Falynn and I had our birthday pins on and every Universal Orlando Resort employee wished us each a happy birthday as we passed by, throughout the day. It was magical and made us feel so special. They even serenaded a few guests at the gate as soon as they noticed their birthday pins.

The girls had a list of rides they HAD to go on and thanks to Universal Orlando Resort, we were given Express passes which allowed us to skip the long lines.  I will never visit a park without an Express pass… ever!  We’re totally spoiled and had so much more time to enjoy the park and our time together without the long wait times.

Thanks to our Express passes, we were able to ride all of the rides on their list.  At the top of the list was Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Guests enjoy the full “Tonight Show” experience as they’re transported to Studio 6B to race against Jimmy Fallon in a crazy adventure that only he could imagine. It was exciting and funny and so good they made us go on multiple times.  It was definitely better than I could have imagined it would be.  They even had a great little show while you waited for your color to be called.

Not only were there so many rides, but this little spot in Krustyland that resembles a fair.  The girls each won a little plush toy and had a little break from the rides. It was magical.

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While we weren’t planning on waiting in line to meet characters, we ended up meeting Shrek and Donkey, Krusty the Clown and Side Show Bob and a few others.  The girls were totally star struck when they saw their favorite characters. I loved that Donkey actually spoke to the girls and interacted with them.  He had them laughing the entire time.

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It happened to be the perfect time of the year to visit Universal Orlando Resort. Where else can you see the Minions join Santa Claus in the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s?  What a fun and festive parade!  Watching Falynn sit on her Daddy’s shoulders and point out every character and huge balloon was priceless.  I’ll never forget the look on her face.

As we returned to the hotel that night, we went over every detail, taking about our favorite parts of the day. We couldn’t imagine that Day 2 could be any better… but check out what we thought of Universal’s Islands of Adventure in our follow up post.

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While this post is sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort and we were given free admission in exchange for our review, the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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19 Comments
  • Anosa
    January 29, 2018

    I would love to visit Orlando one day it is definitely on my Bucketlist and sounds like your family has fun

  • Bohemian Babushka
    January 27, 2018

    First of all, can’t believe it’s been over 25 years since Universal Orlando opened- Babushka remembers when they had their grand opening! It’s been years since BB’s gone, and from your post she can tell it’s time to go back. Gracias for the reminder of what a fun place it is. BB2U

  • Mimi Green
    January 26, 2018

    I freaking love Orlando, Florida. I’ve not been in years. We are long overdue for a trip. My 6-year-old needs that vacation experience. She wants to do all things anything related to Disney in any way.

  • Sara Welch
    January 26, 2018

    I am loving the photos, they were making me giggle. It’s definitely a super fun place to visit.

  • Jenn
    January 26, 2018

    I would love to take our girls there. I’ve been for work, but never just for fun. Looks like a trip they will never forget. Love your photos!

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    January 26, 2018

    The Universal Orlando Resort is indeed a great family getaway.Of course the kids are gonna love it. The reaction of the girls says it all.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 26, 2018

    Oh that is adorable picture of them with shrek. We have been to Orlando once but we explored Disney World. Orlando Resort looks beautiful!

  • Sarah Honey
    January 26, 2018

    Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! We are heading there this summer for the first time in years!

  • Ricci
    January 26, 2018

    Now this looks like my kind of family vacation!! I would love to take a trip to Universal!!

  • Heather
    January 25, 2018

    I so want to go here! I just know my family would love it. There’s so much to do. We’ve already been to Disneyland, Sea World and Legoland, now its time to see things like this on the east coast. What a fun vacation you had.

  • Carol Cassara
    January 25, 2018

    What a lovely surprise for the kids! I’m pretty sure you all had an amazing time and it’s really such a great place to go to for families. I like that you went during the Holiday season, it’s more magical during that time of the year!

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    January 25, 2018

    I have been wanting to go back to Universal for a while. It’s such a fun place to spend time with the family.

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 25, 2018

    Universal Orlando is on my I would love to revisit list, it always looks like there is so much fun to have and Harry Potter world I NEED to see that for myself.

  • Emily
    January 25, 2018

    How fun! We hope to get to Orlando next January and see all of the amazing parks they have there. It is all about the memories made and fun had with family. This is what our kids will remember.

  • Amber Myers
    January 25, 2018

    We went to Universal Orlando last March and had a blast! I wish we could have spent more time there. The rides were so much fun, and we loved The Simpsons characters.

  • Tomi C
    January 25, 2018

    Looks like you and your family had an awesome vacation. We love visiting Universal Orlando. There’s so much to see and do and it is a memory the kids will cherish for years to come.

  • Terri Steffes
    January 25, 2018

    What a fun event! I would love to give Shrek a hug, too. One of my favorite movies!

  • Robin Rue
    January 25, 2018

    We are heading there this summer. My kids are mainly just interested in the Harry Potter stuff, though, so that is where most of our time will be spent 🙂

  • candy
    January 25, 2018

    We have never been to Universal in Orlando. Only been to Florida once and that was when we went to Disney. Sure we would love and have fun at Universal.

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