Valerie was raised in a small town in south Texas and met her husband in Aggieland. They moved to Fort Worth in 2007 and are now happily raising three wild-hearted children. She is a part-time homeschooling mama and spends most days in parks, libraries, or a grocery store. She loves coffee, music, road-trips, any new health fad, and well-written children's books. Valerie is also a portrait photographer and has photographed the journey of motherhood from pregnancy and birth to breastfeeding and beyond for DFW families for more than 10 years.

What I’d Like My Teen to Know

I know my teenage son sees his future with an excited, adventurous heart. But there are a few things I hope he knows or is willing to learn as he enters this upcoming season of life. 
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Halloween Is the Best Holiday

On Halloween, it's ok to stay up late eating candy and watching Halloween specials on a school night. Teachers and coaches know kids are excited, and no one should fault them for that. It's just your kiddos getting together to act silly and spooky on your own terms.

Dear Mama, from Your Photographer

As photographers, we hope we are telling your story, and that we can capture your most authentic self surrounded by your loving family. Please don't get bogged down with the details or what you think you "should" look like.
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To My Mama Tribe

There are no greeting cards to say more eloquently how much I appreciate you. There is no holiday or amount on a gift card that would be great enough to show my gratitude to you. I love that you have my back, and you know I have yours. You make my life as it is possible, and I am forever grateful.

Hispanic Heritage Book List

This Hispanic community has a profound and positive influence within the United States. It's a beautiful culture and there is so much to learn about it. Here is a list of books ranging from early readers to upper elementary that can help you introduce the Hispanic heritage and language to your children.
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Notes for Mamas from a Self-Help Junkie

When I finish a book or podcast, I can’t help but think to myself: These are fabulous things I wish I had heard when I was a young mom; when I had no time to myself and when I was stretched way too thin, running myself into the ground.
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20 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Love Nature

The appeal of air conditioning, video games, and Netflix is one I can totally understand. To get my kids to go outdoors as well as want to do so took some creative thinking and, above all, role modeling. Here are 20 ideas to get your kids to fall in love with the outdoors -- they may even rekindle your love for it as well!