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Our Family Photos With Kristin Weinberg Photography

Okay – I’ve been pretty lucky in my life to have some amazing photographers photograph my sweet, little family from day one. As a family, we all absolutely love photographs and taking pictures so I am very thankful for the blessings of humans who have kept the high spirits alive while taking our family photos. I have been in weddings however where the photographer is just -blah- and I’m left feeling like wow…this isn’t cool. It really makes me sad. I want to be like, “that’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works! This is supposed to be fun y’all!”

We recently had the pleasure of updating our family photos with the incredibly sweet and talented Kristin Weinberg. Let me tell you – it was fun y’all!! WE HAD A BLAST!! She’s a true sweet heart. She is so incredibly thoughtful and so good with kids! She sends the kids video chats the night before so they can be warmed up to her and not feel like a stranger is photographing them the next day! Although my boys are no stranger to anyone behind a camera – pose, smile, click – they are here for it all and will also give you creative direction. She also asked what kind of treats/things the boys liked. So before photos she showed the boys that she got them watermelon gum, Swedish fish, and a new book – this works so well to remind the kids to be good listeners during the photo shoot!!

The boys fell in love with her – and so did we. Our photos are incredible deceptions of how silly our family is and how fun we had that day. To me – I see our love burst from the photos like beams straight to my heart. Trevor and Jax asked if Kristin could take our photos forever – and I agree. I talk to Kristin just about everyday, to this day. We talk about silly stuff and our love for this world and cats. Take a look at some of my favorite photos and see for yourself. She is a gem with a heart of gold. I give her 10 out of 10!

This is the old Joe’s Diner – soon to be Sugar & Spice!
We may have had more fun at the Treehouse Bar than the kids…yea, no. We all had a blast!! Even Kristin got in there swinging the boys in the tire swing.

Thank you so much Kristin! I am so glad the interweb brought us cat loving weirdos together. I can not wait to hang out again!

Check out more of Kristin’s work here ^
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The Best Toy for Summer + Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer is here – and if you’re like us – we spend a lot of our time outside! It boosts your immune system, makes you happier, and improves your energy. Our favorite things to do outside?  Play in the backyard & be tourists in our own town. We love our local Little Library, ice cream shop, and park. Where’s your favorite place to play and explore with the kids?

Today on the blog we are here to share all about our favorite new toy to bring your summer outdoor fun up a notch – or 12.

The boys have been sooo lucky to be the first two in the United States to own these beautiful Vespa GTS Super Sport scooters – and we can barely contain our excitement! We have been rolling around town exploring & having a BLAST!

We cannot even take these out without people stopping in their tracks to get a closer look! Cars literally pull over to tell the boys how much they love their Vespas!

We got to pick up our Vespas right at Metro Scooter on Montgomery Rd. in Norwood, Oh, and I didn’t even tell the boys about it. I let it be a surprise – and it sure was! They couldn’t believe they got to keep them!

Not only are these Vespas absolutely stunning – they have some pretty incredible features:

Aux/SD/USB hook up – The boys looked through music with dad and loaded up their favorite tunes on USB drives. They absolutely love the music loaded on the Vespa – but really love how they can add their own.

The Perfect Speed – I love that they are not too fast! They are perfect cruising speed that I can easily walk beside.

Forward + Reverse – This makes maneuvering so much easier for the boys! They don’t have to pick it up and move it like other power wheels.

Working horn and lights – The boys really feel like they are driving with these fun working features.

Long Battery Life – We made it all the way to our local Dairy Queen & back – a total of 1.4 miles – with battery life to spare! This was so impressive – I’m still blown away!

But don’t you worry – these are no longer the only two in the US – you can get your hands on them too! Click here to sign up for Vocalpoint & shop now.

I have a special discount code for my readers to save $$ on your Vocalpoint Vespa purchase – DDOTTS10

Even better? One lucky reader will win a Vespa scooter of their own!

Click here to follow me on Instagram & learn more all about the giveaway.

What’s your favorite feature? Where should we take the Vespas for a ride next? Comment below and let me know!

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Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are – Give Back with General Mills & Costco

This post is sponsored by General Mills but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you know more than 10 million kids enter a Children’s Hospital across North America every year? To provide the best care for kids, Children’s Hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. 

My local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It is ranked #2 among all Honor Roll hospitals in the 17-18 U.S. News & World Report survey of best children’s hospitals – but #1 in my heart. They helped us so much with Jaxon’s Cerebral Palsy diagnosis – and so much more! With nearly 600 licensed beds, Cincinnati Children’s is the leading provider of pediatric care in the state of Ohio. Last year, it had more than 1 million patient encounters, treating patients from around the world and all 50 states.

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, a lot of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. A little bit really does go a long way! Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

So, How Can We Help?

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner with Costco every year to give us all an opportunity to give back. Each May, General Mills selects and features Miracle Kids, putting their image on their top cereal and snack products at Costco. General Mills sends donations to local CMN Hospitals nationally! Giving back is so important to our family. I love that I can purchase a product that we already love and, in the process, give back! 

While picking up Nature Valley Cups at my local Costco, I got to see Miracle Kid Allisom at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Read more about her story here. She is truly an inspiration because of her strength, but also her passion for equality. I hope you will join us in buying specially marked packages of General Mills cereals at your local Costco & continue to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Click here to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, how you can help by shopping General Mills products at Costco, and other ways to donate – by clicking this link here.

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Hybrids & Haystacks with Toyota

I had the best time driving the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. I definitely had dreams about them saying “you know what, you just go ahead and keep it!”

-keep dreamin’ sista’- 

This Hybrid was incredible on gas millage….51/53 MPG…we were getting up there close to 60! We took the opportunity to take the car all around the city to explore and have the best fall fun! Fall in Cincinnati is absolutely stunning. The trees right now are gorgeous. It was just the most perfect time. 

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I Tried It: Walmart Grocery Pick Up

As much as I love doing the majority of my dinner shopping at Trader Joe’s, we do have to get a lot of stuff at Kroger, Meijer, etc.

Did you know Walmart has FREE grocery pick up?

In the past we have done the Kroger click list. There is a fee associated with the Kroger service, so when I heard Walmart was free I thought I’d check it out.

Here are my thoughts:

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Junkless Love

I am so excited to share that I have been announced as a Junkless ambassador!

Junkless bars vanish into thin air in this house. I literally have to keep them up from the boys or they will eat them all! But at the same time, I know that they are good for them and I love the fact that they enjoy this snack so much!

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6 Ways To #FindYourUnwind In Springfield, Ohio

We celebrated Jax’s birthday last month in Springfield, Ohio. Just about an hour and a half North-East from Cincinnati, Springfield is snuggled in between Columbus and Dayton. It’s a quaint little place full of vibrancy.

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If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway, not far from home, Springfield is it.

Here’s my list of 6 ways to #findyourunwind in the beautiful Springfield! 

*bonus-I give you even more fun ideas at the end 

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The Book Loft

The first time I visited Columbus I drove past The Book Loft. My first thought was, “My mom would die and go to heaven in there!” The Book Loft is an independent book store located in Columbus with THIRTY TWO rooms FULL of books!

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WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think!

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