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Dads Are Magic Too...Even When There Isn't An Audience
I thought I knew about love, but that all changed once my daughter was born. The very surreal moment of seeing your baby come to light and holding your own baby for the first time graduates you to the next chapter of life. I had only known what true love was according to what I saw around me; in my parents, newlyweds, and parents with newborns. I wanted to be loving, and I chose to be that way regardless of whether there were people around me or not, because love shines everywhere and I believe Dads Are Magic Too!
To this day, many dads are still seen as the provider of the household, but it’s not just about trying to be the breadwinner or who makes the most money - it’s really about being a provider of care, love, and quality time for your children and family too! My wife and I did so much research before our daughter was born and wanted to be the best parents. In reality, nothing can truly prepare you for the real life experiences you go through as new parents and even as they get older- from finding the right bottles to avoid colic, to learning how to put in a car seat swiftly, and even giving a soft massage with Baby Magic Moisturizing Cream after a bubble bath. I now claim the titles of son, husband, and dad, but being a dad and getting a nice warm hug at a random time are true magical moments of sincere love.
By being an involved father, I have learned just as many things about myself as I have learned about my daughter! It’s unbelievable and magical! Society can have a different perception of dads, but in reality, many dads are fantastic and helpful parents. Hearing my daughter say “Daddy” once I come home from a meeting or running errands, or seeing her run towards me and hugging me is so heartwarming that it reminds me of how important and privileged I am to be a dad - these are the moments I live for! However, there are also those moments when you get the diaper rash, the little tantrums, food flying everywhere, and having to go to a meeting with spaghetti stains on my shirt... I still love it all! It doesn’t matter what others may think of me, at the end of the day, I am the dad my daughter looks up to and loves.
For all the dads out there, Baby Magic has launched a new campaign, Dads Are Magic Too, putting a spotlight on inspiring dads around the world. As part of their campaign, Baby Magic is making a commitment to include all types of dads in their imagery, ads and online moving forward. The brand is also making a monetary donation to the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), staying true to their commitment of teaching the importance of fatherhood and give guidance to dads who may not have had a good example or a role model dad.
Let’s celebrate fatherhood together with Baby Magic by sharing your own fatherhood experience or that of another dad on their Facebook page! If you’d like to volunteer and lead a fatherhood class in your own community, you can find opportunities with BabyMagic.com and Fatherhood.org! Check out this heartwarming video Baby Magic made to put the spotlight on loving and caring dads...
When I started this blog, I wanted to bring light to what fatherhood really means and how I could impact, connect, and help out other dads. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend a Dad conference in San Diego and connect with some of the most influential dads around. We all have a story, we give it our all in our own different ways, and in every story you will find that Dads Are Magic Too. I’m passionate about connecting with other dads, hearing their stories, and learn that we all in some way are working on showing the world the true meaning of fatherhood.
We all come from different walks of life, but as dads we share a lot of similarities. We cook breakfast, bake cookies and invent new recipes, play in make believe castles and forts, sit down for princess talk or tea time, the list could go on and on! It’s about being there, being involved, it’s what makes all the difference. We don’t lose our masculinity as men by doing these things with our daughters. In fact, we become stronger through the experiences and lessons it teaches us. At the end of the day we are dads and seeing their little eyes looking up to you really make you reflect on how great dads really are. Dads are doing amazing things and I am very glad I learned about the National Fatherhood Initiative and how it’s helping other dads! Check out Fatherhood.org and Baby Magic to learn how you can be magic too!
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Awards as a top Instagram Content Creator! We were both honored and proud to be representing the Lone Star State in Miami along with other amazing influencers! This was a week full of excitement and you can get a feel of the experience on the Vlog! ( found below).
Let's get to the outfits! Miami has a warm and somewhat tropical climate ( with a bit of humidity) so I wanted to go the casual and street style route for most of the time there, with the exception of the awards ceremonies. We arrived in Miami Sunday morning and it was non-stop until Thursday night. Since we roadtripped to Miami from Houston, we made a halfway stop near Pensacola to enjoy the trip and take in the sights.
The weather near near Pensacola was a bit cool in the morning, but overall a clear and sunny day. I pulled out some white shorts, a navy long sleeve, and a pair of navy casual shoes. I wanted to be relaxed and comfortable while yet feel like I was on vacation. We walked the pier and took in the views.
This was the first day we arrived in Miami and since I over packed, as mentioned above, I wanted to get this outfit on and out of the way, but besides that, I love how navy and brown/camel colors go well together. I also wore green chino pants ( we were going to be walking a lot so it would have been too hot for jeans) and a grey tumble washed v -neck shirt to lighten up the top colors. I found these boots at Old Navy for less than $50!
Monday was so fast paced, and I knew it before hand. I also knew that most people where going to be dressed up a little more business casual, and I really didn't want to blend in. As mentioned above, I took on a street style approach and wore this black t-shirt with the word "Slay" sown unto it ( pretty dope if you ask me), and went with these cotton jeans that have some stretch to it. Shoes are the classic Adidas Superstars. I finished off the outfit with a watch from JORD. Comfortable and stylish all day long.
A large portion of the day was spent on networking, meeting brand representatives, talking to PR agencies, talking to celebrities, and creating new relationships. I dressed it up a little but still kept it casual. Since we were going to be inside most of the day I wore a burgundy denim jacket over a dark grey graphic t-shirt. On feet, I wore a pair of brown suede chelsea boots I found at H&M that paired well with the jacket and black jeans. You could also pair this outfit with black distressed jeans.
Rooftop pool deck views, fun discussion panels, and more networking. I don't wear my grey lace up boots often, and in this case, I dressed from the bottom up. Keeping it casual again, I wore slightly distressed jeans, black v-neck shirt, and a red and blue plaid button down shirt.
Thursday was the day of the Tecla Awards in which Ashley was a finalist for Instagram Content Creator and we didn't get any full outfit pictures but in case that we find the official pictuers I'll updated here. Friday was the day we were free to do whatever before we took back on the road. We couldn;t get enough of the Wynwood Arts District so we went back like 4 times! I wore a vintage denim jacket since it was a bit cool ( I think there was a cool front rolling in) an olive t shirt with embroidered patches and the distressed black jeans. There was so much color there that I didn't want to compete with the colors around me, so I kept the colors a little more muted. I wore the Adidas Superstar sneakers to stay on the neutral side of the color spectrum lol.
It's been a very exciting and fast-paced week while we were in Miami for Hispanicize 2017, but there are other great events happening here in Houston! The Mommie Series is hosting their second quarterly event on April 9th 2017 at Blue Leaf Houston! I've mentioned before that I'm a big supporter of social good and the Marigold Couture spring/summer collection will be benefitting Heroes For Children, a 501-3 (c) that supports families experiencing cancer. The Mommie Series has events like these every quarter and some smaller events in between so if you aren't in town for this weekend, you can join us on the next quarter!
There are amazing organizations in Houston doing great things, and I am excited to have come across The Mommie Series, and connect with a network that brings moms (mainly) and share about 4 main topics that affect us all; Family , Health, Finance, and Fashion. Don't miss out on this amazing network and share with a mom you know! For anyone that is interested in attending this family friendly event, you can uset the discount code " DADDY" to get 20% OFF your ticket which gets the whole family in! Learn more about the event here!
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We live in times where everything moves so fast that it's easy to feel like you've fallen behind. Everyone has the same 24 hours but we all carry ourselves differently. Over the years I've learned that I get the most out of my days when I have made changes to my daily habits.The following can be applied to anyone, not just parents. So here are 4 easy ways you can be more productive!
4 Easy Ways You Can Be More Productive
1. Wake Up Earlier
We are not all morning people, neither am I, but doing so allows me to do so much much more throughout the day. I can go on a run and workout before it gets too hot outside, make breakfast, run errands, all before the kids wake up.
2. Be Organized
This is key to saving time. We are not all organized and it's not a matter of having OCD or not. Designate a place for each thing or things and when the need for that particular item comes around you will know exactly where to find it. Avoid digging around and losing time by being organized. We can be messy, but as long as there's a place for everything, it's ok!
3. Stop Taking Your Phone To The Restroom
Most, if not all of us, are guilty of this one. Some habits can have a negative effect on our work and this one is definitely one of them. I used to do this all the time but stopped once I realized how much time I was losing from projects, work, and family. Remember, this is about being productive, so if you really have nothing going on and you are free from unfinished business, you're free to do whatever you want.
4. Take Short Breaks Often
A while back I came across an article that mentioned a particular method to maintain focus and therefore increasing productivity. This is called the Pomodoro Technique. You can read some more information on this here as well as this one. Ever since I've implemented this technique, I've completed so much more work and remain focused during long periods of time. I'm a very antsy person so this allows me to get up and stretch, use the restroom, or eat a quick snack.
I hope you found these easy ways to be more productive helpful! If there are any other methods or techniques that have helped you, don't forget to mention them in the comment section below!
Here is a short video about the 4 easy ways you can be more productive