Disney Pixar Lightning McQueen Cars dress costume

This was sort of a last-minute decision. Long story short, Disneyland Resort loves Lil’ J’s Disney Princess photo series and asked if we wanted to come out to take pictures of her as Aurora at Aurora’s castle. Now how could we say no to that? Since we don’t live close, and have to fly, we… read the rest.


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I couldn’t contain the tears when the ultrasound tech told me I was having a baby girl. I hadn’t even met her yet and I was sure we were destined to be close. Years ago I dreamt I’d one day have a little girl with dark curly locks and a smile that could brighten a… read the rest.


4-year-old on roller coaster

This was a BIG day for Lil’ J. This little girl is my cautious one. After she got scared on the Peter Pan ride at Disney World right out the gate we changed most of our plans to avoid any semi-thrilling rides. Our little family went to Sea World and Aquatica in San Antonio, and like… read the rest.


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I’m not very domestic, and I can’t cook. But I can make some tasty popsicles like nobody’s business. Want to know how I made these? Write this down cause you don’t want to forget this popsicle recipe: What you need Popsicle molds Fruit drink Step 1: Pour your favorite fruit drink into the mold. Step 2: Freeze. I… read the rest.


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“Get ready, set, GO!” My daughter’s gymnastics instructor cued the girls and they all pushed up into backbends. I watched from the hallway as my 4 (almost 5)-year-old challenged the 5, 6 and 7 year-olds to a new competition. “Let’s see who can hold it the longest,” the teacher reminded the girls of the rules…. read the rest.


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Last week Lil’ J and I went to see Disney Pixar’s Inside Out at a press screening. She’s my little review sidekick and now that it’s out we’re finally sharing our thoughts! I won’t be posting any spoilers so don’t worry about that. She had been counting down for over a week to see it…. read the rest.


Medicine Safety Tips for Families FI

Last night I shared a scary situation that’s changing the way I parent and ways we can improve our homes to make it safer for our children. Changes I most definitely will be implementing with my adventurous son. It’s National Home Safety Month and I recruited my family to help me make a quick video… read the rest.


keeping kids safe

I thought I knew fear when I encountered a spider as a young child. I thought I knew fear when I’d disappoint my parents and a whoopin’ was coming. I thought I knew fear as I laid in the labor and delivery room awaiting the induction of my first-born. I thought I knew fear as… read the rest.


Dance-Recital

Let me try to paint a picture of a dance recital to someone who has never experienced one before… Imagine being handed a half dozen costumes and accessory pieces a month before the performance, they’re too cute for your child to resist wearing immediately, but they’re not allowed to wear them until it’s the big day…. read the rest.


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The other day I was sprawled out in the playroom while my kids played around me. Big T was listening to Wheels on the Bus for the 100th time on my iPad, and Lil’ J was dancing around trying to figure out what to do next when I got an idea. I called her over… read the rest.


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Can you believe less than 50 years ago our interracial marriage would have been illegal in 16 states? New on the blog I'm discussing Loving Day and teaching our children to not let fear and hatred hold them back. #LovingDay #makingstrongroots direct link in bio.
LOVE the Disney traditions my daughter and I are forming. They are moments I know I'll always cherish. New photos in our Disney Princess photo series on the blog. This week its our take on Rapunzel. Direct link in bio. #dressupwithj
Tip for capturing big events: If there's a practice/ dress rehearsal get all your photos and videos in then so you can sit back and enjoy the show on the big day. I was a 2-camera wielding mama today going crazy behind the scenes. I'm leaving them at home this weekend and just getting a good seat. #photography #phototip #makingmomentslast
A blog reader told me as she read my latest post, her 4-year-old son came over her shoulder and asked what we were doing. She said Lil' J was just hanging out with her mommy then said look, they have matching headbands! And he said yea, and they have matching faces too. So sweet! And my daughter would agree. Direct link to how she's currently self-identifying as a biracial child in my bio. #biracial #multiracial #family - Cute matching headbands from @stitchedontheave.
My biracial daughter proudly explained to me how she's a little pink like daddy and a little brown like mommy. I hope that it doesn’t come to this but if/when there are days she’s called too light or too dark, I want her to remember who she is and this conversation. The full story is new #ontheblog today. Direct link in bio. #makingstrongroots #makingstrongchildren. And her super cute shorts and headband are from @stitchedontheave! #brandrep
So FREAKING excited to be partnering with @canonusa  To share some of my photography tips. I'm also giving the scoop on the benefits of having a DSLR and sharing some of my favorite photos that happen to be moments I wouldn't have been able to capture the same without it. All new on the blog today. Link in bio. #BringIt
This little guy was my assistant photographer this week. We got some creative angles on video while he held the GoPro. And THEN the poor guy came down with his first stomach bug the next day. I was pretty dramatic, but we survived. Then I journaled it all so we won't forget the hilarity. Just shared on the blog. Link in bio. #makingmemories
I am now the proud owner of a selfie stick. And not even a little bit ashamed. I mean, how else can you get random family portraits in 2 seconds? Tiny, portable, and it's great for video too! Currently trying to rig my camcorder to it. I'll let you know how that goes. #selfiesunday #selfiestick #makingmemoriesbeautiful
The sun finally came out today so I'm capitalizing and starting a project that's been on my mind for a long long time. The grass is still wet and we all slipped in the mud but we had a good time together. Can't wait to get this show on the road! #4CanonsAndAGoPro #makingmemoriesbeautiful
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