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. 🙁 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! 😉

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, shoot me an e-mail at cara@kindlyunspoken.com, and I’d be happy to discuss a collab! 🙂

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! 🙂

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.

Summer Fun 2016 (11)

Summer Fun 2016 (1)

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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).

Summer Fun 2016 (7)

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.

Summer Fun 2016 (2)

Summer Fun 2016 (3)

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! 🙂

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Summer Fun 2016 (12)


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

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104 Comments

  1. Rachael wrote:

    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

    Posted 8.14.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh Yay! Thanks so much! Glad to have you here! 🙂

      Posted 8.15.16 Reply
  2. Stephanie wrote:

    Yay on 1k!! 🙂 love the photos!!

    Posted 7.29.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Stephanie! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
    • Sara wrote:

      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!

      Posted 7.31.16 Reply
      • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

        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! 🙂

        Posted 8.1.16 Reply
  3. Lexi wrote:

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

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Me too! I think it will be a great group! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  4. Mary wrote:

    You guys are having so much fun! I love your little guys glasses! He’s too cute in them!

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! He just recently got the blue pair, and he’s super proud of them! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  5. Jennifer wrote:

    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!!!!

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  6. SMD @ Life According to Steph wrote:

    Whoops, I was not following you on IG. I am now!

    Fun summer for you guys!

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      No prob, and thanks for the follow! 🙂 We’ve enjoyed it a lot!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  7. Pamela wrote:

    Congrats on reaching 1,000 Insta followers! That’s awesome! And loving the fireworks pictures! They always look so pretty in pictures (and in real life of course!) <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! I love fireworks. It instantly makes me feel like a kid again-haha 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  8. Mistle wrote:

    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!

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! It’s an awesome movie, I think you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  9. Anvita wrote:

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

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you so much! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  10. ellesees.net wrote:

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

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you Elle! We’ve enjoyed it! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  11. Jennifer wrote:

    Congratulations! I love the beauty tips!

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you Jennifer! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  12. Renee Alexis wrote:

    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. 🙂

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you!! It’s wonderful Renee! There’s nothing better than having a family! Best wishes to you and yours! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  13. Gina wrote:

    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? 🙂

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  14. Andrea Nine wrote:

    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!!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you Andrea, this comment made my day! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  15. Marta wrote:

    I know summer is flying just way too fast and then winters never seem to end, ugh:( Your boys are so super cute! Congrats on the 1k too!
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  16. Amanda Rinehart wrote:

    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!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  17. Carole @TootSweet4Two wrote:

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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  18. Lily wrote:

    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 Lily

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  19. Courtney wrote:

    I love the little changes you made to the design of your blog, they look great! It seems like you’ve really been kicking blog butt lately!

    La Belle Sirene

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Courtney, I appreciate that! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  20. Greta wrote:

    Looks like you’re having a fun summer! Your boys are so cute!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Greta! It’s been a lot of fun just relaxing and slowing down to enjoy life!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  21. chelsea jacobs wrote:

    Your little family is so cute!!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you!!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  22. Erin | A Welder's Wife wrote:

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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Aw thanks Erin! They’re the best! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  23. Samantha wrote:

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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  24. Timothy Ferguson wrote:

    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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  25. kathy @ more coffee, less talky wrote:

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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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 🙁

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  26. Allison Jones wrote:

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

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I do too, and we’ve had an awesome Summer! Hope you’re enjoying yours as well! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  27. Lauren wrote:

    Your boys are adorable – looks like they are having a great summer!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks so much! We’re having a great time this Summer! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  28. Dominique wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Haha they’ll love it! It’s such a cute movie! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  29. Rebecca Jo wrote:

    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!”

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Lol, it was the perfect light-hearted family movie, I thought. Have a great weekend!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  30. Nadine wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  31. Kristen wrote:

    Looks like you guys have been having a ton of fun!!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      We have, Kristen! It’s been a great Summer! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  32. Sarah @ Bows & Clothes wrote:

    I really can’t believe that summer is already over! I love fireworks! They are so pretty! The movies and fro yo is so fun and yummy!

    Join my link up here: http://bit.ly/2aolxS2

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  33. linda spiker wrote:

    Congrats on 1 k …and those boys! They are the best!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Linda! 🙂 They’re my world!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  34. Kate @ Green Fashionista wrote:

    How precious are all those pics of your boys?! And CONGRATS on hitting 1k 😀
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Kate! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  35. Sierra wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  36. WEndie wrote:

    Congrats on your IG goals!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Wendie! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  37. Marette @ Floradise wrote:

    Your little ones are so cute! Also, congrats on hitting your Instagram goal!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  38. Darcy wrote:

    All the pictures of your boys are so cute!!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Darcy! They’re goobers for sure 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  39. melanie wrote:

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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Never a dull moment in our household, which I love! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  40. Emelia wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s the small changes us bloggers appreciate so much isn’t it?! haha Thank-you so much! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  41. Shann Eva wrote:

    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!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! It was one of the best kids movie I’ve seen in a long time. 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  42. Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet wrote:

    So many fun photos! Looks like y’all have been having a great summer!!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Alexis, we’ve been having a blast! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  43. Emily wrote:

    Yay congrats on 1k!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Emily! 🙂

      Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  44. Jamie Simons wrote:

    Looks like you’re having a great Summer! Congratulations on hitting 1k followers!

    Jamie
    http://thecaffeinatedjamie.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Jamie! It’s been such a great summer so far! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  45. Pam Rote wrote:

    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!! =)

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  46. Ashley Stephenson wrote:

    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.

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha, it was fun even for me and my husband! That’s awesome 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  47. Candy wrote:

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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha, they definitely do! Thank-you-roses always remind me of my grandma who I loved oh so much! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  48. Kiara Catanzaro wrote:

    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!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  49. Kim wrote:

    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

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  50. Cassandra wrote:

    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!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks so much! I like these kind of posts too! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  51. Chelsea wrote:

    Congrats on 1K! I love following you and your beauty tips!!! I know, summer is flying by!!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Chelsea! 🙂 It’s going by waay too fast!

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply