livingsimplistically Thank you Auntie @robbinsimmons7 for Khai's pre-birthday send off. I can't stop daydreaming of these mini vegan cupcakes! #birthdaycelebration #prebirthday #10yearsold #babygirl #vegan #cupcakes #healthy #love #sister #thankyou #livingsimplistically 13h

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livingsimplistically Happy Resurrection Sunday from my (wacky) family to yours. Today isn't about Easter eggs and candy, but acknowledging the sacrifice made so we can have an everlasting relationship with God. We desire our relationships with others to go beyond just one day; God wants the very same in return from you. #givemorethanoneday #hehasrisen #resurrectionsunday #resurrection #relationship #Christ #God #livingsimplistically 19h

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livingsimplistically The face of a 10 year old who just discovered she got tickets to her first concert to see One Direction for her birthday...Priceless! Happy Birthday Baby Girl :-) #mommagotpoints #birthdaygirl #10yearsold #lifeofamom #parenthood #mommyhood #iwillbeherdate #soldierfield #chicago #livingsimplistically #onedirection #concert #birthdaygift #scavengerhunt 1d

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livingsimplistically Last day at beach with the family. Sunkissed? Nope, more like French-kissed by the sun. I'm about 4 shades darker and love it!! :-) #sun #beach #sunlover #tan #beachlover #sisters #love #ocean #livingsimplistically #vacation 2d

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livingsimplistically I can't believe tomorrow is the day my 'pumpkin' turns 10 years old! She was born extra serious, but we eventually broke her in to be the silly, yet reserved young adventurous young lady she is today. Excuse me while I reminisce. #babygirl #10yearsold #daughter #brains #beauty #adventurous #bright #intelligent #funny #determined #witty #polite #helper #animallover #livingsimplistically 2d

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livingsimplistically ::Fearless, Water-loving Kids:: Went swimming with and fed the Stingrays and snorkeled in the Ocean with the kids. A pretty darn cool experience though seeing how deep we were was a bit freaky, along with the hundreds of jellyfish and 5 ft wide Stingrays swimming with us. No action shots since the hubs was getting a massage on the beach, but I would def do this again! #swimming #ocean #activefamily #stingray #fearless #waterlovingkids #oceanfront #snorkeling #saltwater #exhausting 3d

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livingsimplistically Guess who's baaaack? Well kind of. Back in the states, but spending our last days of vacay back in FL. Disconnected for a couple of days to reconnect. Have sun, have water, will wear a bikini. #familyvacation #miami #mexico #disconnected #relaxation #gotmylifeback #familytime #springbreak #livingsimplistically #igotmylifeback 3d

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livingsimplistically ::Morning Run with a View:: I was reminded this morning why I like running outdoors off of the track...I love different scenery and the feeling I'm going somewhere. Tracks suck! : ( I couldn't make another mile running in circles. I did get to keep an eye on my kids from the track which was another bonus. #morningrun #runnergirl #runner #runcation #health #fitness #runningmomma #livingsimplistically 6d

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livingsimplistically ::Motivation Mondays - Loss isn't always Bad:: If you treat every opportunity in life as a learning lesson, your losses will no longer feel as such. A lesson learned is much more valuable than a lesson lost. #motivationmonday #dobetter #bebetter #lifelessons #learnfromyourmistakes #moveon #youwinsome #youlearnsome #livingsimplistically #nolosshere #inspiration #encourage 1w

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livingsimplistically Tagged by @l_christova for the 10 things that make me happy. 1. #family 2. #myfaith 3. #myhealth 4. #helpingpeople 5. #school 6. #learningnewthings 7. #meetingnewpeople 8. #blogging 9. #cooking 10. #love Though I reveal quite a bit of myself via my blog I don't always share personal things. :-) #happiness #tomorrowisntpromised #life #goodstuff #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically Humidity killed the cat, my hair, and my run. I told @yamani30 we should still be accountable to our weekend run so here is my virtual run with my running boo. I forgot about the humidity factor and I still ran under 10 m/m so I'm good...despite getting caught in the rain! :-( #morningview #running #runner #4milesdone #humid #runningmomma #health #fitness #hills #inclines #iguessidodorain #runtherapy #runcay #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically Alligators, vultures, and a boat doing 360s in swap water...Oh my! I love nature, but the moment I saw the mud in the swamp, those splashes from our high-speed ride were no longer welcomed. #helpme #germaphob #alligatorspoopinthere #mouthclosed #swamp #mud #lordknowswhatelse #livingsimplistically #everglades 1w

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livingsimplistically So...my sister @robbinsimmons7 has a coconut tree in her backyard. I buy coconut water from the store which is perfect after my runs, but she can just grab one from the back? Super jealy! @rjshootspics was great climbing up and knocking some down for us to try. :-) #sistertime #family #coconutwater #livingsimplistically #sisters 1w

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livingsimplistically Homework pool side? I'll take it and I won't complain, but homework on the beach is more my speed. #gradschoollife #gradschool #homeworkcalls #neverabreak #dedicated #committed #studentlife #publichealthstudies #publichealth #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically Haven't worn this hat in a while...Auntie Christie! I wish I could only see my niece and nephew more frequently. #family #niece #nephew #auntiehat #auntieduty #auntiechristie #lovethishat #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically This was suppose to be a couple's photo until...THEY photobombed. O_o LOL! I can't imagine my life without them. #familytime #myfamily #kids #familylife #familypact #parenthood #happy #love #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically ::Fashion Fridays - My Accessories, Sun and Color:: Easy breezy OOTD to get some lovin' from the sun...oh how I have missed thee. Tap the photo for deets. #sunkissed #fashionfridays #sunlover #burntorange #color #brights #fashion #simpleootd #legaction #chicagoblognet #lifestyleblogger #livingsimplistically #blmgirls photo by @rjshootspics 1w

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livingsimplistically We are blessed! Early this morning I learned of the passing of natural hair vlogger #longhairdontcare2011. She was only 27. Funds are being raised so she can have a proper burial. To help go to @naptural85 Facebook page for details. We never know when our time will come but it is inevitable. #restinpeace #nolongerfighting #lupusawareness #blessed #wewokeup #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically It's National Siblings Day! I can't tell you how much I love these ladies. They keep me on my toes and always striving for more. As the baby I'm always trying to keep up. Standing in chronological order as we almost always do ;-) #nationalsiblingsday #sisters #lovethem #livingsimplistically 1w

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livingsimplistically ::Yoga to the Core Day 10 - Bicycle:: Multitasking last night and did a few of these babies in between finger detangling my hair. This is a great way to strengthen your core. #yogatothecore #abs #yoga #wildhair #naturalhair #core #abwork #yogiintraining #yogapractice @kinoyoga @glidesup @beachyogagirl @stoked_yogi #livingsimplistically 2w

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