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| Have you ever wanted to post a picture and then thought, "That's not going to get many likes. ๐Ÿ˜ซ"? Have you ever deleted an image because it didn't get the amount of love you thought it deserved? If you are an "influencer", you do this all the time + even if you aren't, you've done it too. #admittingitisthefirststep

I find it extremely unhealthy + borderline insane how we let the "likes" -- a whole double tap -- of other people regulate how we record our memories. I have lost over 1,000 followers in the last year, because my real life moments aren't pretty enough for judgement? ๐Ÿ™„ #wellwhenyouputitthatway

Over the weekend, as I sat in a hammock with very little wi-fi and an abundance of thoughts, the reality set in that every single content creator I know -- the fashion-focused ones, the hair + beauty ones, the Christian ones, the travel ones, the lifestyle ones, the family ones, the motivational ones -- have ALL questioned themselves, based on the actions of all of you reading this. We've all asked ourselves -- is this good enough, when the REAL question is, "Is this good enough for them?" #thetruthshallsetyoufree

Somewhere between two mental health breakdowns in the span of 1 year -- I have managed to care less. Social media's "good enough" didn't match my best. My best moments + my best memories are messy. They are filled with food stained shirts from good meals, messy hair from kids rolling around playing, a stressed out bare-faced mama in workout clothes who is focusing on self-care, kids who had fun dressing themselves, and car ride karaoke moments with my man. The pressure to create content has been replaced with an abundance of self-love. ๐Ÿ’• Sure, I notice when I lose a ton of followers or when a pic I dig gets 112 likes (I'm not blind, ya'll ๐Ÿ˜„) -- but I liked it, literally + figuratively, and that's what matters. I've also recognize how much better I feel, how free I am, and how good my energy is when I am present. As far as my life on the 'gram -- these squares will NEVER match the shape of my heart. Ever ever. โค // #theprinceandthep

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Happy Easter โœ๏ธ from us + our little cabin in the woods. ๐Ÿ‡ {s w i p e } ๐Ÿ‡ #BrokenBow // #theprinceandthep

Happy Easter โœ๏ธ from us...

| We are celebrating Easter in a cabin with family this year, so I took the kiddos to @seescandies to hunt down some goodies for us to share with everyone! #SeesPartner

Have you guys ever had Seeโ€™s chocolates? They are so bomb, yaโ€™ll! There were so many options in store for Easter that we picked up some marshmallow eggs, peppermint patties, and a custom box of chocolates for everyone to fight over! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL Happy Easter, Frans! ๐Ÿฐ #SeesCandies // #theprinceandthep

| We are celebrating Easter...

I think I'd be perfectly fine with her rocking these little braids for the rest of her life. ๐Ÿ’• [ s w i p e ] ๐Ÿ’• #nevergrowup #issatrap #theresbillsthere // #theprinceandthepbraids #BaddieP #SweetP

I think I'd be perfectly...


Me: Do you think you're beautiful?
P: Yep!
Me: Why?
P: Because I know I'm smart + I'm a nice girl and it doesn't matter if anyone says I'm not because God made me this way.
Me: What do you love most about yourself?
P: I'm funny + I'm good at art.
Me: What do you love about how you look?
P: Mommyyyy, why are you asking me all these questions?
Me: ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ lmbo

#justcheckinkid ๐Ÿ˜‰ // #theprinceandthep #BaddieP #stellakids #msgmkids

#๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฃ Me: Do you think...

| a  r e a l  m a r r i a g e  g o a l

Yesterday, my husband + I were arguing, and for some reason, I thought back to Lauren London's words to Nipsey Hussle. "๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™š'๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™™๐™™๐™จ.....๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™™๐™š๐™›๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™–๐™™, ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™—๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ." The most disappointing part was that we got so loud, trying to talk over one another, that when I went to look for my kids, I found them in our laundry room with the door closed, playing with Legos. They said, "You + Daddy were too loud so we came in here!" -- and that broke my heart. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Before bed, I called them over to ask them how they felt. I wanted to make sure they understood that we were wrong, without making excuses for it -- and they did.

As a couple, we are not perfect -- and I would never want my children to think anything more. But as parents, we let our kids down when we let something that had nothing to do with them, affect them. That is something we still have the opportunity to correct. By watching how we conduct ourselves in our marriage, we teach our children how to argue + how to make up. We teach them what's (un)healthy, what's (ab)normal, and what's (un)acceptable behavior. We teach them what love + respect look like. โค Marriage is by no means easy, but sometimes HOW you fight is much more impactful than WHAT you're fighting for. Even more so when your whole world is watching. ๐Ÿ“ธ : MJ // #theprinceandthepparents

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| I didn't know #NipseyHussle the artist. Truthfully, I only knew of him because I fangirl #LaurenLondon and I remember when they first started dating. Two things a Lauren fan knows: She loves Tupac + she loves her city, so I remember thinking Nipsey was a good fit for her.

The day he died, I felt it. In the days after his death, as the details unfolded, I felt for her + his children. As the tributes from fans + celebs went up all over social media, I hurt for him. When I heard about all of the amazing things this King had accomplished + had planned + stood for -- I was angry. Why don't we hear about these things?! I don't remember the news OR The Shaderoom "reporting" on his efforts. ๐Ÿง I watched the live celebration of his life today + felt all of the love, energy, pride, authenticity, and adoration that filled the room for this beautiful human. While I didn't truly know who he was in life, I have so much love + respect for this man, his legacy, and his Hussle.

R.I.P. ๐Ÿ‘‘ King Ermias "Nipsey Hussle" Asghedom ๐Ÿ•Š #themarathoncontinues

| I didn't know #NipseyHussle...

This girl turned ONE a few days ago [April 6] + I didn't make it "Instagram official". So to my co-worker, @bachelorabc watching buddy [swipe for proof], squirrel-watching, sneak-attack face licking, ball catching, bell ringin', trick learning #minigoldendoodle -- Happy Birthday!! You haven't been easy on our pockets,  but you've been kind on our allergies -- so fair trade. We โค You, Lilo Bear! ๐Ÿถ @lovedbylilo // #theprinceandthepandthepaw

This girl turned ONE a...

| Today, Hubby + I surprised MJ's entire 4th grade [six classes] with breakfast in preparation for state testing tomorrow. The kids were so thankful but the most heartfelt moment took place at home.
It's an 80ยฐ spring day + the kids really wanted to walk Lilo to the park after school. I muffled through my surgical mask, "I'm sorry, guys, Mommy can't go outside. My allergies are just way too bad. ๐Ÿ˜”" MJ got up from the table, walks over to hug me + says, "It's okay, Mommy. You've done enough today. You should just take care of yourself." ๐Ÿ˜ญ It means a lot to me that my son not only appreciates + respects what I do, but that he is able to verbalize it. โค I am over here raising somebody's future husband + trust -- some gal is gonna get a whole entire blessing with this one. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ #mySONshine // #theprinceandthep

| Today, Hubby + I...

| It's such a beautiful day to sit in the house with my surgical mask on. ๐Ÿ˜ญ [see stories] Double tap "โค" if you love ๐Ÿ’, but they don't love you back. #allergysufferersofamerica PC: @eastolivia

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