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Lifestyle Blogger - Caroline  armelleblog.com Caroline Armelle Drake. LDS. Utah. Mom. Foodie. Fashion. Home. Party. Travel. DIY. Email ✉️: carolinearmelle@gmail.com

Everyday we are flooded with flawless images of “perfection.” But, the older I get the more I realize that perfection doesn’t exist! It is just lot of smoke and mirrors, altered images exist out there where they say “reality” exists. I went off on a bit of an unintended rant on my thoughts on this over on my stories today (saved in my highlights too.☺️) Including what I thought about seeing Kim Kardashian in person recently. More and more the world wants us to believe fake things to be reality, and have this unrealistic expectation to feel like we have to held to this standard to look and be perfect.
This is a dangerous place to be. Hoping to teach my kids, especially my daughter that so much out there is deceiving. It is not at all what it seems to be, and to hold yourself to a standard that isn’t even real is the world’s biggest trick of our time.
I hope that this weird culture we have created will soon change. It is harming lives and hurting us more that we know, especially with so much at our fingertips.
It worries me this world we live in not only for my own kids, but for our youth especially. I hope they can see past all the charade and know what is real, myself included.
So, how do you deal with the bombarding of false realities coming your way? Do you think technology is to blame? I’d love to know your thoughts.💛

We missed the Japanese cherry blossom season here in Washington DC by a few weeks. But, the few blooms we have seen have been lovely, and smell heavenly! I don’t know what it is about spring. New signs of life, the promise of growth after a long cold winter... it’s always a favorite time of the year! 🌸
Do you think if we didn’t have a winter, would spring be as pleasant?
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Behind this smile is one tired mama, full of empty threats and bribes to just hold this clan together. ☺️Honestly, the first time my husband and I have taken off out of state with just the two of us since having kids was just in the last six months. 🤪 Traveling with kids isn’t for the faint of heart. ☺️ Boy, would it be easier to do it without them, and a heck of a lot more relaxing. But, I’m sure it wouldn’t be near as adventurous and entertaining as seeing a place you have already been through the eyes of your kids.
I figure, the day will fast approach when these three will be leading lives of their own, and we will have to beg them to come on a trip with us. So until then, bring on the chaos, the crazy mom, the if you lick that one more time😳, the get over here, the stop hitting your brother...all of it.(except maybe the licking part😉, I could actually do without that.) Because, the combination of it all will make it great. And, the most crazy unexpected parts of the journey are the ones we always remember.✨💛
(And, maybe one day Mom and Dad will actually get a relaxing vacation of their own. 😉😉🙀☺️😴) So, are you a vacation with or without the kids type?
#unitedstatescapitol #crazytown #travelingcircus

We saw a lot, and covered a ton of ground hoping on and off the @oldtowntrolley in Washington DC today. Such a great way to see the city with kids, especially when their little feet are tired!✨👌🏼💛🚌
The kids loved seeing the Declaration of Independence, 📜especially after seeing the movie National Treasure for family movie night recently. 😉 Remember that movie?🎥
We also saw the White House, and we are happy to report that none of the kids climbed the gate and got yelled at by the guards as a certain someone did at Buckingham Palace last summer. 👉🏼🧒🏻🚶🏻‍♂️(where’s the little red headed kid emoji? 🤷🏻‍♀️😉)
Traveling with kids, always keeping you on your toes!😉
What are your favorite things to do in Washington DC? We would love any recommendations! 🏛

White denim and gingham shirts. I wonder how much longer before she will be unwilling to match her mother.🤔 Until then.. 👯‍♀️✨
#motherdaughter

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”✨
- Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg Address 1863)
We spend the day exploring Gettysburg with the kids. They had so many questions, and saw so many things, and had so many emotions. They couldn’t believe the amount of lives that were lost, the stories of brothers fighting brothers. It can be hard to tell them the harsh realities of true stories of the past, but it is important because it allows them to understand not only the past, but the present. We told them about those who paved the way before us who shaped the world we now live in. And how it is always important to learn from the bad and to be inspired by the good. 💛✨
What is your favorite time in history to learn about?
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#ad We are officially in that stage of life where I am an after-school taxi driver, and my kids have multiple practices and games almost daily. Norah has been spending a lot of time outdoors between her soccer practices and games each week, and we try to pack her bag with all the essentials to keep her up on her game. Something I learned from my mother, and try to pass on to my kids, is the importance of sun protection. We make sure to load her up with @Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray with SPF 100+, and keep it packed in her soccer bag at all times to keep her skin protected and healthy. Be sure to check out https://www.healthyessentials.com/mls-us-soccer-love-soccer for more safety essentials tips, products, coupons, and to check out their amazing sweepstakes! #HealthyEssentials #Neutrogena What other essentials do you like having on hand for those soccer-mom days?

My boy who made me a mom for the first time turned 11 yesterday! 🎉Officially a tween, and growing up so fast! He even asked for me to drop off his birthday lunch instead of eating with him at school this year. (😩) I know it’s cliché, but they really do grow up overnight! 😭
Ezra is such a special boy. So sweet and sensitive, he does what we ask, and is kind. Sometimes I have to realize that he isn’t perfect, and be easier on him. He is so good to step in and help me so much with his younger siblings. Sometimes I expect so much from him as my oldest and I have to remember that he is still just a kid! It’s a good thing he is quick to forgive, and it’s been a pleasure growing up with him over the years! It’s been amazing watching him become his own little person. I have learned so much from him, and boy does it just keep getting better and better! There really is something about little boys.💛 They sure hold their mama’s hearts big time! And, I don’t expect that will ever change. 💛
Be sure to wish this kid a happy 11th year! I’ll be sure to have him read them all!💛✨🎉
#happybirthday .
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That’s a wrap on Spring Break!😎🌴☀️
Family trips are never smooth sailing. There’s always a little craziness, fighting, complaining, things not going as planned, the works. But, just as we do in life, we keep striving for those moments where it all comes together, and you can look at each other with a smile on your face, and think, well, this right here is what it’s all about. ✨
Now, tell me something you loved about the week! I’d love to know! 💛
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Just when you think you’re babies won’t grow up, your oldest is about to turn 11! 😭
How did this happen? I sure hope we have a few more years that he will choose us over his friends.😉 Until then, I’m cherishing every last minute with my little tween! Isn’t he a handsome little fella?✨
Also, just so you are aware, I am updating the shop> my kid’s closet page over on blog www.armelleblog.com, so you’ll always be able to shop the latest goods there including these cute color-blocked swim trunks the Easter bunny brought my boys. They are on sale too for $21.99, and they run from 3 months all the way to age 12! Be sure to check out Norah’s darling baby gingham suit over there as well! Swimsuit season is coming, and I for one just can’t wait!😎☀️✨
#janieandjack #swimtrunks #beachday #sandiego #visitsd .
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California Dreamin’. 😎🌴☀️
Give this kid some sand and some sun, and he’s in heaven! Ever since his birthday last week, he’s been milking it big time. 🎉 I think we have had at least 4 birthday dinners of his choice, and somehow they have all consisted of nachos. 🤔🧀 At one point he ran out of chips and he just straight up dipped jalapeños in cheese, then he ran out of jalapeños, and just went ahead and dipped his finger in the cheese! ☀️This kid! Always my spicy one! 😂😉💛
Several of you have asked about bayside bungalow in San Diego. We are waterfront @paradisepointsd, and it has been a dream! Anytime I don’t have to find public parking, and haul all our things to the beach is a huge win! Convenience is key when traveling with kids, I’ll tell you what! 👌🏼☀️🌴
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