Life Lately-Summer Update

Life Lately in Photos

Hey Everyone! Does anyone else feel like summer time is seriously flying by? I can’t believe in less than a month school will start back and my oldest son will be starting 1st grade. πŸ™ I now completely understand what all these parents mean when they say time goes by twice as fast once they start school, because it definitely does.

Since getting back from the beach last month I haven’t given much of a life update on here so I wanted to share a little insight on what’s been going on in my world this summer. Besides working non-stop, I’ve been putting a lot of efforts into my blog and social media pages, that you may or may not have noticed.

I recently updated my about me page and sidebar, updated several older posts to match the look/feel of my blog, and added in a new index organizer for all my blog posts. I love it now because all my beauty posts and recipes are organized by categories, which is awesome!

I’ve also really been focusing on upping my Insta game and finally reached 1K followers! Thanks to all of you who already follow me, and if you’re not- why aren’t you?! haha jk but really you should follow me if you wanna keep up! πŸ˜‰

I’m also excited to team up with several bloggers in the upcoming months for collaborations and guest post opportunities. As always if you’d love to work with me, send me an e-mail at cara@kindlyunspoken.com, and I’d be happy to discuss a collab! πŸ™‚

Some days I can’t believe that my little blogging corner of the world has been around for 8 months now, because it seriously feels like just yesterday that I started this journey. But I’m so thankful for blogging and all of the wonderful individuals I’ve met along the way.

From the depths of my heart I truly appreciate each of you who take the time to read a post of mine and comment, and those who follow along with me on my social pages. In the beginning, I honestly thought I’d have maybe 5 followers and that they’d all be family members, so truly- thanks to each of you! πŸ™‚

Life Lately in Photos

Beyond blogging and work, my summer has been filled with fun evenings and weekends playing with my boys. They are my whole world and are always keeping me laughing.

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We had a great 4th of July with my family and my husband put on a great firework show (as always).

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A trip to Chuck E. Cheese was a must-do for the boys who had never been. The closest one to us is almost an hour and a half away, but they had a blast.

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Just last weekend we took a trip to the movies to watch The Secret Life of Pets and my boys were literally belly chuckling throughout the whole film. It was such a cute movie, and I highly recommend it. We also made sure to stop by a new frozen yogurt shop to taste it out. The boys approved! πŸ™‚

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All in all, it’s been a pretty amazing summer with my family so far. We’re planning a backyard campout soon and a couple other fun things before school starts back, but I’m super blessed to have been able to see them so much the last few months.

Hope all of you are having a great Summer! What fun things have you been up to?

Thanks for stopping by!-Cara

Linking up with Wonderful Wednesday, What’s Happening WednesdayPin Worthy Wednesday, Wow Me WednesdayThursday Favorite Things, Think Tank Thursday

104 Comments

  1. I’m a new follower (found your blog from Hey Kerri!) and OMG YOUR KIDS ARE ADORABLE! My dad is a police officer and I love makeup too, so I think we’ve got some stuff in common! Can’t wait to follow along! xo

    1. Wow! Look at your summer productivity! Do you have any pointers to share on growing your IG following?? I LOVE the fireworks/sparkler pictures! Kids are so cute with them! I can’t believe how FAST summer is going!

      1. Sara, I hope to do a more in-depth post soon about Instagram tips, but for me engagement is key! I like to find other people in my niche and will like/comment on their photos and I’ve found typically they’ll follow you back. Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to discuss! πŸ™‚

  2. It looks like you have been having a great summer!! I am so excited to collaborate with you this fall! xo

  3. Nice job getting so much done with the blog and IG! I love following along. And, oh my goodness are the photos of the boys cute. They are just such adorable little guys. You can totally feel their personalities through the photos. I love it!!!!

    1. Thanks! It’s really funny how different they are in terms of personality, but I love that. I also love seeing all the cute photos of Ben that you post. You’re getting awesome with that camera, girl! πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on the 1K instagram followers! How exciting! I really want to go see The Secret Lives of Pets. Hopefully soon! It looks like you have been having a great summer!

  5. Congrats on your 1K, wishing you many more. It’s such an awesome way to wrap up your month and celebrate the happy moments.

  6. Love all the pics of your boys. Y’all have had one busy and fun summer, that’s for sure!!

  7. Congratulations on the 1k insta followers! And your two boys are so cute! I wonder what’s in store for me when I have my own family. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank-you!! It’s wonderful Renee! There’s nothing better than having a family! Best wishes to you and yours! πŸ™‚

  8. Cara, you are awesome and totally deserve it! Love having connected with you through blogging. We loved Secret Life of Pets… it’s okay to go to those without kids, right? πŸ™‚

    1. Aw, thank-you so much! I’ve loved meeting you through blogging too! One of these days we’ll have to meet up somewhere in between VA and Colorado haha. & totally okay to go watch cartoon movies as an adult! πŸ™‚

  9. I LOVE the smiles on the boys faces and you are truly an amazing mama!! You’re doing a fabulous job as a blogger too!! Love it!!

    1. That’s so true! & our school district calls off school if it flurries, so then they end up going until June, which is crazy. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  10. Summer IS going by way too fast! Im so scared for my son to start preschool!! AH! And your son’s glasses are seriously so stinking cute. All the heart eyed emojis! I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

    1. Aw, it’s hard that first day but gets easier as the weeks goes on. Although I’m sure I’ll probably cry again this year-haha & thank-you so much! He loves his little glasses! πŸ™‚

  11. Summer’s half over, isn’t it? Loved that you shared your photos. Stopping by from Wonderful Wednesday!

  12. One thing I need to update is my about me page…it’s on my to do list for sure! Yay on 1K! I’ve also been trying to up my Insta game, and although I have 1K followers, I tend to get a lot of unfollowers as well. Not fun!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lilyο»Ώ

    1. Thanks! You’re not alone with that one. I’ve talked to several people and they struggle with the following/unfollowing too. Everyone is out there trying to grow their following so I get it to an extent, but it can be frustrating when you have fluctuations. Have a great weekend, Lily! πŸ™‚

  13. I love seeing pictures of your boys! They are some serious cuties! πŸ™‚ Congratulations on breaking through 1K followers in Instagram! That is awesome!

  14. Your boys are just so handsome! I love the sparkler pictures. πŸ™‚ We let our son have those for the first time this year and it was a huge hit!

    1. Thank-you! There’s a part of me that’s always a tad nervous when they hold sparklers, but they actually do a great job with them. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  15. Love you Cara and can’t wait to be on vacation to be able to take the little boys fishing and spend some time with them. Love the Pictures and love your blog.
    We Love you guys and thank the Lord for you and Rob and those 2 precious little Grandsons of ours. Dad and Mom

    1. Love you all too. I’m looking forward to taking a few days off too before Darragh starts school again.

  16. congrats on the 1K followers! sounds like a fab summer and you’re right – it’s going by way too fast πŸ™

    1. Thanks so much! It’s like my stress level goes down so much in the summer when I don’t have to pack lunches and worry with homework etc. Although I’m sure it just gets worse every year as far as homework goes! lol πŸ™

  17. I love seeing updates like these! It look like you’ve been keeping busy and having a great summer.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    1. I do too, and we’ve had an awesome Summer! Hope you’re enjoying yours as well! πŸ™‚

  18. The boys are such cuties! I love the cowboy and water gun picture! Chuck E Cheese is always a win for us. Except the boys never want to leave. Haha! I am hoping to take mine to watch the Secret life of Pets, but I have to convince them they cant take our dogs.

  19. What a fun summer!!!
    Glad the boys liked the movie. My nieces & I still laugh about scenes from it when we get together “RIP RICKY!”

  20. Awww first grade!!! My two youngest nephews start first grade next month. So crazy!! Congrats on the instagram followers. I have been blogging for four or five years now and i don’t think I even have 500 haha. Though I focus zero on social media. I should probably try harder haha. I will check out your new about page and stuff. Updating design is always inspiring to keep going I say! From all those pictures it looks like you have had a fun summer πŸ™‚

    1. Aw, doesn’t it make you a twinge sad. I bet you still remember them being in diapers! haha & thanks so much! Social media is a challenge and I’m still learning daily but definitely rewarding once you reach your milestones. Keep at it, girl! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Sarah! It’s kinda sad that it’s went by so quickly. But I do love Fall too! πŸ™‚

  21. Summer is seriously flying! Why does time always speed up when we’re having fun?!? It looks like you guys are definitely enjoying your time.

    1. Yes it is! Thankful I get another few weeks to spend with my son before he starts school, though. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank-you!! It’s been a lot of work but so rewarding once you reach your milestones. πŸ™‚

  22. Such good pics. Looks like you’re having a blast with your kids this summer. That’s so awesome πŸ™‚

  23. I love the categorized tabs, SO helpful! I can’t believe how fast Summer is flying by…SLOW DOWN! haha…your little boys are just SO sweet πŸ™‚

    1. It’s the small changes us bloggers appreciate so much isn’t it?! haha Thank-you so much! πŸ™‚

  24. We just saw the Secret Life of Pets yesterday! So cute. Looks like you all are having a great summer. My oldest will also be in first grade…can’t even believe it. Congrats on the blog changes and Instagram!

  25. Sounds like you’ve been busy– We Just saw Secret Life of Pets too–my Son was SO sad when it ended, ” I WANT MORE ADVENTURE WITH THEM!” ps I just started following on IG–you have a great feed!! =)

    1. It was such a good movie! A much needed, lighthearted, family comedy! I told my husband I bet they’ll make a sequel to it. & thank-you so much for following, Pam! πŸ™‚

  26. When I was little we had a Chuck E. Cheese close to us! I think I had every birthday there until I was like 9! I loved that place.

  27. Photo of the flowers is beauty in nature. Your boys are adorable and I can see they keep you on your toes.

    1. Haha, they definitely do! Thank-you-roses always remind me of my grandma who I loved oh so much! πŸ™‚

  28. Awesome photos, Cara! It seems like you have been spending a ton of time with your kids before they go back to school! Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

    1. Thanks, I definitely will! I plan to take a few days off in the next few weeks to just do some fun activities. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  29. Your family is so sweet, glad to see you guys are having fun! Go you for keeping up on social media, it can be tricky so that’s a great accomplishment. Love catching up! XO-Kim

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! It’s definitely tricky figuring out all the quirks of the different social medias, and I’m learning daily, but it’s nice to keep meeting new people! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend!

  30. I love seeing life in photos posts! Looks like you guys have been having a lot of fun over the summer but I’m with you – how can it almost be over? Congrats on 1k Insta followers!

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