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Three Tips to Keep Your Child Safe When Posting Their Photo Online

January 15, 2017

As a mom who both cares about my child's safety, yet loves sharing photos of her bright and cheery face I struggle with whether to post her picture online. I know many parents who have the same fears. I've figured out a few simple ways to be sure I am protecting her, but allowing others to enjoy all she has to offer the world through her sweet smile. Read on for three tips for keeping your children safe when posting their photos on social media.
It took me a year to post my baby's face online. I just couldn't get comfortable with it. Especially after reading another blogger's story about her baby's photos being stolen by children pornography sites, I wanted to vomit just thinking about posting my little one. But as she grew up and started to do cute things, and wear cute outfits, and hug me during our shoots, I didn't want to leave those things out. My website became an avenue through which I celebrate motherhood, so how could I leave her out of it? I decided it was time to figure out the best way to show her off without being too lax.

THREE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE WHEN POSTING THEIR PHOTO ON SOCIAL MEDIA

1. Make sure your child isn't looking directly into the camera lens.
Apparently predators prefer for their victims to make eye contact with them (seriously, absolutely disgusting), so they want the person to be looking straight into the lens. I try to be vigilant when posting G's photo and only pick ones where she is looking off, or looking down or even just the back of her head. I have tons of photos of her on my Instagram during her first year of life where it's just her little body, haha. A mom has to do what a mom has to do!

2. Watermark your photos.
This is something I do for every photo that Grace's face is showing at all. It sometimes doesn't look the prettiest, but I am to the point where that doesn't matter. with Photoshop and all sorts of editing software it may be a bit easier to steal photos, but for the most part, a watermark across their chest or near your child's face will help deter others from stealing your photos.

3. Try to post photos where the child has an adult in it.
Online predators prefer photos of just children, which is absolutely disgusting. Therefore, I am very selective in choosing photos where Grace is alone. More often than not I choose ones where she is turned away from me if I am not in the picture with her. Keeping you or another adult in the photo says "this is my baby, not yours, you sick, disgusting pervert." Okay, maybe I'm a bit over the top, but honestly - you don't mess with a mama bear and her cubs.
My Outfit: SIMILAR SWEATER HERE & HERE | DENIM | SHOES

 *Photos by Erika Greene Photography | @erikagreenephotography

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I truly hope these tips are helpful to you. I completely understand the struggle. I have a few friends who are so amazing and have held out in posting their children. I truly envy that decision and sometimes wish I had kept my word on it, but I just couldn't help but show her off!

Thank you so much for reading!



xo. L

New Mom Essentials | Items I Used Daily in the First Year

January 12, 2017

I've had quite a few questions over the last eighteen months as to which products I felt were absolutely necessary for new moms. However, I'll start with this disclaimer: every mom is different. Some parents wear their babies, and others choose not to. Some moms bottle feed and don't breastfeed, and that's okay too. So before you get worried, know that parenting looks different for every family. I love and appreciate you for being a parent and this is a judgment-free zone where I simply share my experiences! Here are products I used every day as a co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing, documenting-crazed, germaphobe.
This is number one on my list, and if you've followed my blog for any given amount of time you'll know that I wear my baby/toddler daily. My baby carriers saved my life. Read more about how babywearing affects my experience with motherhood here.

For the germaphobes out there...(myself included) this one's for you. I cannot stand the filth and grime of high chairs. I refuse to use a high chair without some sort of barrier because food and slobber germs are the worst kind of germs. I used to wait tables... I know how often high chairs get wiped down (insert grossed-out face here). This Summer Infant one is pretty cute though, and it is super cushy!

My carseat covers always served as a sunshade, but also a blanket, and a burp cloth! I even used mine as a playmat at a friend's house once when Grace was super tiny. These things have so many uses and are a must-have for the carseat. I love these Muslin ones from Summer Infant.

Fawn Design has had my heart for quite sometime. I've gone through four different diaper bags in 20 months, and finally settled on this functional, simple, and super cute diaper bag. I love how it has several pockets, and you can carry it three different ways. I wear Grace often, so the back pack option is so valuable.
A CAR ORGANIZER
I'm an organization freak - well at least I used to be. Some of that has changed since becoming a mom and I have to let it go. It's okay to have a messy house sometimes and it's okay to pick up the same blocks three times in the same day, haha. Such is life. But anyway, the worst thing is when you have bows, diapers, snacks, shoes, blankets, and toys strewn about your car. This car organizer saved my sanity; therefore, it makes the list!

MULTI-USE COVER
This mom tool is literally the most versatile item and only takes up a tiny bit of room in your diaper bag. I love how this product serves as a carseat cover, a cart cover, a high chair cover, a nursing cover, and even a scarf! I've also used it as a burp cloth or to clean up spills in the car. It's so functional. Citi Babies has the most adorable and stylish prints too!





BABY BOOK
Lucy Darling Shop is my go-to place for baby books. I love how detailed her books are and they have so much character. I didn't feel like I needed to be super creative because the books are perfectly decorated and I was just able to add the information and photos in. With mom brain strong the first year, I needed all the help I could get :)



xo. L

$99 Over The Knee Boots (Lowland Dupe) + A Link-Up

January 11, 2017

I've been wanting to share these Lowland boot dupes for quite a while now. I absolutely love the price tag on these, and I can vouch for the quality as well. My search for the perfect Lowland dupe was a long one. Stuart Weitzman Lowlands run around $800, if you're unfamiliar and I wasn't about to spend that amount of money on a pair of shoes...no way.
SHAFT HEIGHT IS KEY

I was thorough in my search because I've seen tons have claimed that they've found the perfect boot that is comparable to the Stuart Weitzman Lowland yet the shaft is way too short. These boots that I found are almost the EXACT same shaft height!. There is a .7 ish difference. This was important to me as I was trying to replicate the look of the Lowlands! Shaft heigh also affects how well the boots stay up on whatever part of your leg they reach, so it totally makes sense that that part is key.
 OUTFIT DETAILS: DRESS | BOOTS | SIMILAR HAT









  *Photos by Erika Greene Photography | @erikagreenephotography

Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! Each week we style a specific theme and share it with our readers + fellow bloggers alongside a special guest host! We love the community it encourages and learning about everyone's unique take on a specific trend. Come back weekly to visit us! This week our theme is prints and patterns!

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: L from Living in Color on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin', and our guest host Valery of Valery Brennan on Bloglovin'(The first 3 links in the link-up.)

2. Please link back to Larissa and Jacqueline's blog on the post you linked to, stating that you joined in on the fun over at Spotlight Weekly.

3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!



SPOTLIGHT: This week's spotlight is Sara of Haute & Humid. Jacqueline and I adore her look from last week's link-up! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.
NEXT WEEK: Next week is a free week so we are styling black and white! Thanks so much for linking up each week! Have a fabulous rest of your day!



xo. L



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Energizing Acai Protein Smoothie Recipe (VIDEO)

January 08, 2017

This hearty and icy deliciousness is my go-to smoothie recipe right now. It's full of protein from peanut butter + medjool dates, and has tons of antioxidants from the acai. The chia seeds and cacao nibs give it a bit of a crunch and make this a magical superfood breakfast that you must try out! I made it in my new Vitamix Ascent 2300. Check out the video below! Also, make sure your volume is turned up cause I'm a huge fan of the song it's edited to, haha.


ENERGIZING ACAI PROTEIN SMOOTHIE:

Ingredients:
  • 2 ripe, spotty bananas
  • 2 packages of frozen acai berry (I used Sambazon)
  • 3-4 pitted, soft medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk) - just add it as you go and add more if needed.
  • Add cacao nibs and coconut flakes on top

Method:
This is a pretty simple recipe! As you can see in the video, you literally just pour everything into the blender and blend as long as you like to get your preferred consistency! I prefer my smoothies to be thicker in texture, but if you like yours to be more creamy all you have to do is blend longer and increase your settings to go faster. (Which is a super nice perk!) This  drink can easily be made into a bowl as well, just simply use less almond milk and top with fresh fruit and granola.
Using the Vitamix blender was SO easy. I've never owned one and can honestly say I'll probably never live without it again. As a plant-based mom, it is so convenient for almond/cashew milks, nut butters, smoothies and bowls, and I use it as a food processor. I've even used this thing to grind up oats for oat flour in my banana bread. I am officially in love, you guys.
I'd love to know what you think of the smoothie recipe! Let me know if you try it out!

*Vitamix provided me with this product to review. All opinions are 100% authentic and my own.

xo. L

Top Ten Denim Picks Under $100 + A Link-Up

January 04, 2017

I'm super excited to share my top ten denim picks. I used to be a dress-only type gal, but becoming a mama and more of a casual dresser means I had to do some serious research on the best, most comfy jeans out there. I've included denim for every budget, so if you want to splurge, that's totally great, but if you're a bit of a saver when it comes to clothing, I included my favorite budget-friendly options (while not having to sacrifice quality!) Read on for more info!


MY TOP TEN DENIM PICKS UNDER $100






Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! Each week we style a specific theme and share it with our readers + fellow bloggers alongside a special guest host! We love the community it encourages and learning about everyone's unique take on a specific trend. Come back weekly to visit us! This week our theme is anything we want!

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: L from Living in Color on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin', and our guest host Lauren of Style Elixir on Bloglovin'(The first 3 links in the link-up.)

2. Please link back to Larissa and Jacqueline's blog on the post you linked to, stating that you joined in on the fun over at Spotlight Weekly.

3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!



SPOTLIGHT: This week's spotlight is Melissa of Stylista Fitness. Jacqueline and I adore her look from last week's link-up! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello.

Thank you so much for reading!
xo. L



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