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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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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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What We Lost During Hurricane Irma

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It’s been a really long week.  We prepared, we overspent on food and water to the point where our bank accounts are still in the red, we watched our friends and loved ones panic (many evacuate the state), we created a safe room in our home, we tried our best to prepare our three daughters for what was supposed to be a catastrophic hurricane… and we did a whole lotta praying!  But we didn’t fully prepare ourselves for one thing… the lessons learned.

After multiple tornado warnings and way too much time spent as a family in a walk-in closet, we waited for Hurricane Irma to pass us by.  We were sure that we were in the clear when we suddenly lost power on Sunday in the late afternoon.  The girls looked at it as a fun adventure, at least at first.  They got out the flashlights and were ready to eat all of their hurricane snacks that we had been denying them for days.  It was like camping, only indoors.  And then, about an hour in, we all started to feel the heat.  It was nearly 90 degrees outside and it was quickly feeling just as hot inside.  We did what we could to stay cool.  We sat outside in the air-conditioned car for a bit.  We splashed cold water on our faces.  We put water-soaked towels on our foreheads.  It wasn’t really too bad at first.  The kids are used to running around and getting overheated so they didn’t seem bothered by it until it was time to go to sleep.  I, on the other hand, was losing my mind almost instantly.  I tried to keep myself busy but I found myself snapping at anyone who spoke to me.  You’ve heard of people getting hangry?  Well, I get hotangry.

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The following day, we drove around to see if there was any serious damage in our area and hoped to catch a Dunkin Donuts or a Starbucks open because we were already having caffeine withdrawals.  I couldn’t believe how incredibly lucky we were.  Aside from a few downed trees and loss of power, Hurricane Irma really did very minimal damage to our area.  The car radio finally gave us the ability to listen to news and we listened as they described the destruction to the islands and to the Florida Keys.  People lost their homes, their businesses and some people lost everything, including their lives.  And here we were, in our 2 year old SUV, with an almost full tank of gas, three beautiful, healthy kids and our 4 bedroom home to drive back to, looking for coffee because we had no power to make it at home.   And all I could think at that moment was how incredibly selfish we had become.

I didn’t grow up in normal circumstances.  My father left when I was 2 and my Mother did her best to provide for me as a single Mom.  I went to a private school only because my grandparents were able to pay for it and I remember always feeling as though I was the odd one out.  My friends all had big houses, lots of money, fancy cars and lavish birthday parties and I lived with my Mom in a small townhouse where we drank water out of the faucet and ate pickled veggies out of a jar.  I never had a ton of fancy clothes or jewelry like my friends and always felt like I didn’t belong.  While it wasn’t the childhood that most kids dream about, I was very loved, was raised with the right morals, had a roof over my head (two if you count my grandparents home) and I knew that when I grew up, I was going to work my butt off to give my kids all of the things I always wanted as a child but we never could afford to get. And I did, up until about 3 years ago when I left my full-time job and decided to try to make it as my own boss.  We ran through my 401k (that took me 9 years to save), in just over a year and have been struggling ever since.  We can no longer afford health insurance and there are months where we are so short on our bills that we have to borrow money.  It’s humbling and scary but here I was, the day after a hurricane with a negative bank balance, worried about when and where I would get my next large caramel macchiato. Yes, we lost our power, but most importantly, it seems that we lost our priorities.

We returned home, coffee-less but content and tried to figure out how to get comfortable in a hot, dark house.  We had no idea how long our power would be out BUT, we did know that we had a safe place to sleep, plenty of food and each other.  We had no serious damage to our car, our home or ourselves. We had incredible neighbors who joined together to make sure that each of us was well taken care of.  One, gracious enough to lend us a generator and gas so that we could plug in a couple of fans and our refrigerator so that we didn’t lose all of our cold food. Another neighbor, who rode out the storm in another town, gave us a battery powered radio in exchange for my husband’s late night run to his house, during the hurricane, to close his front doors for him after he realized he hadn’t locked them.  Everything in our world would go back to normal as soon as the power was restored.  We would go from exchanging power tools and extension cords with our neighbors to only exchanging a friendly wave or hello because we will all become too busy with our lives to stop and offer anything more (at least until the next hurricane threatens us).

As I laid there in the heat, I scrolled through Facebook and saw people complaining. Oh there was so much complaining.  They were complaining about things that, in the grand scheme of things, were trivial.   While we were worrying about when we can pick up a pumpkin spiced latte, whether or not we will have wi-fi, how many “likes” our last instagram post received and what series we are going to binge watch on Netflix, there are people that don’t know where they will sleep, when their next shower will be and how they will replace years and years worth of memories and possessions that were lost in a flooded or completely destroyed home.  I can’t help but wonder when did we all become a bunch of whiny, entitled babies?

Don’t get me wrong… I’m absolutely guilty of all of this myself but it isn’t until you are a part of something so big, so scary and so devastating that you realize that maybe your priorities need to be reevaluated.  Now that we’ve had power for almost 24 hours, I can tell you that things around here feel very much the way they did prior to Hurricane Irma.  The only difference is that I’m a little more grateful for what we have, including the many friends and family that offered their home, hot showers and air conditioning to us over the last few days.  I’m grateful to every single first responder who left their families to ensure our safety.  I’m grateful to those that are volunteering and donating and making sure that people are comfortable and have food to eat.  And I’m grateful that I finally realized that I shouldn’t be so concerned about what we don’t have, but rather, what we do and how we can make our children’s lives happy, to appreciate the little things and the importance of giving and lending a hand to those that have less than we do.  And if all we lost during Hurricane Irma is a piece of our entitled, whiny, spoiled selves, then I’m grateful for that part of the destructive path Irma left behind.

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