Creative Mom Turns Her Children’s Daily Life Into Something Magical

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Vanessa Rivera is a writer and educator from California. She is a mother of three adorable children and loves to turn their daily lives into playful adventures.

Part of Vanessa’s daily routine includes capturing photos of her kids and editing them late at night when her little ones are all asleep. This artistic mother uses Photoshop to make the family and their pet dog do some various tricks or go to fantasy places.

Her creative posts continue to amaze her 90k followers on Instagram. Scroll down to see this beautiful family in their magical world.

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Santa will be here in just 18 days, so these tiny elves are busy perfecting their famous hot cocoa recipe for ol’ Saint Nick! And guess who gets to be the taster 🙋‍♀️ which can be both a good thing and a bad thing during the experimental phase. For example, today’s batch was made with candy cane swirls, Christmas tree sap, reindeer biscuits and some of Xander’s elf sock lint 🤢 So if Santa doesn’t make it to your house in a few weeks now you know why 🙊 Photo inspired by the amazing @joelrobison ! . . . #mymagicalmoments #camera_mama #pocket_sweetness #lookslikefilmkids #mode_emotive #lookslikefilm #celebrate_childhood #the_sugar_jar #dearphotographer #pixel_kids #creativecloud_cooltones #adobe_popofcolor #enter_imagination #launchdsigns #ourmoodydays #theuniversalart #thecreativers #ourclickdays #ourcolourdays #moody_arts #gramslayers #bokeh_bliss #globe_visuals #creativeoptic #christmasmagic #twinningiswinning #matchymatchy #christmas2018 #thesincerestoryteller #infinity_children

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This past week we spent time wandering through the desert gems of Arizona. Our favorite stop was Monument Valley where the kids caught clouds and galloped off the famous John Ford’s Point onto the big blue making a magical trail of their own around the giant buttes and the Navajo legends they hold. This adventure was made possible by @visiblemobile with their affordable $40 all-in plan and the financial freedom it has given our family to replace giant phone bills with giant off-roading wheels for exploring 🌵. #visiblemobile #brandpartner . . . #explorearizona #monumentvalley #visit_arizona #enter_imagination #livetheadventure #theuniversalart #adobe_humanelement #letthemexplore #earthoutdoors #wondermore #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #folkcreative #exploretocreate #photoshop #thecreativers #inspiredbynature #visualsofearth #creative_ace #illgrammers #livefolk #childrenoftheworld #visualambassadors #stayandwander #wildandbravelittles #worldoflittles #creativecloud_gradient #adobe_popofcolor

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It turns out Xander has been keeping a big secret from us. Yesterday during our walk to the park, Indie accidentally dropped his ball and it rolled into the middle of the street just as a car was whizzing straight towards it. Of course Indie panicked and we figured the ball would be popped beneath the race car's spinning wheels, but Xander decided to throw quite the curve ball into our day and revealed his secret super strength power! He flew at lightening speed and lifted the car like nothing saving us from one of Indie's mighty tantrums had that ball been popped. So ladies and gentlemen, it looks like I have a super hero on my hands. I'm not quite sure where he got his super powers from, but I do know that his @thinkkidsproducts protein bars with 7g of protein & 3g of fiber are keeping him fueled for all his future super hero adventures! 💪#sponsored #thinkKIDS . . . #m3xtures #whpcommunity #celebrate_childhood #thesincerestoryteller #umh_kids #wildandbravekids #raiseawildchild #letthembelittle #pixel_kids #themagicofchildhood #ps_magic #artofvisuals #worldofartist #edit_grams #digitallyart #universalart #enter_imagination #creartmood #visual_creatorz #edit_perfection #imaginativeuniverse #childrenoftheworld #childrenseemagic #jj_its_kids #worldoflittles #childhoodeveryday #igcreative_editz #ig_shotz_magic

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This past week, self doubt broke into our home and shook us. For a moment I wanted to quit but sometimes we need a little shake to remind us about what we do have whether it’s big or small. I may work harder than I’ve ever had and I may fail a lot, but as a family we’ve accomplished some of our biggest dreams this year alone. So for that I’m thankful and will gladly get back on the horse no matter how many times I fall. After all, like in this image, it’s the little pieces of life that creates the whole picture, so embrace them and use them to create something special. As a way to say thank you to everyone who has supported us this year with your endless love for our family’s art we’ve teamed up with @adoramapix to 🍂Giveaway🍂 (closed congrats @cherineewong 🎉) a 11×17 metal print of your choice! To enter just follow these 2 easy steps: 1. Follow @AdoramaPix & us 2. Tag 3 people that may enjoy a metal print. Winner will be announced on Friday morning! #adoramapix #pixambassador *not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram . . . #mymagicfloor #girlscreating #ourclickdays #ourmoodydays #ps_magic #acreativevisual #moodygrams #moodyports #ethereal_moods #creartmood #childrenoftheworld #creativegrammer #creativecloud_gradient #adobe_humanelement #lr_portrait #fxcreatives #documentyourdays #dearphotographer #postthepeople #autumndays #livefolk #chasingseasons #littlefierceones #thatsdarling #imaginativeuniverse #ourcolourdays #royalsnappingartists #click_vision

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Every morning I’ve baked cookies, and all week each time any of us tried to have a midnight cookie snack we were chased away by this headless horseman, who apparently loves cookies and catching tossed treats from our @furbodogcamera ! By the morning there’s just crumbs left and there I go having to make a bigger batch. But I finally caught him on camera and cracked the case of the headless horseman creature that has been wandering our kitchen all week. It turns out he isn’t so headless, in fact, he has two heads and both with curly hair and bellies full of cookies. And as for his horse, well he may be as big as a horse but he’s quite sweet and loves to give you his paw in exchange for a treat 😉🐶 . . Use the code FurboAIVAX for a sweet deal on your new Furbo! #ad #FurboTreatTime #caughtonfurbo . . . #whpdressup #ps_eerie #madewithcc #halloween🎃 #halloween2018 #universalart #enter_imagination #awesome_surreal #edits_of_our_world #edit_grams #thecreativers #visual_creatorz #igcreative_editz #visualsmovement #enchantedchildhood #wildandfreechildren #manipulationclan #spooky #ourchildrenphoto #ourmoodydays #creative_ace #watchthisinstagood #strangertonez #leagueoflenses #dogworld #weeklyfluff #worldoflittles

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For some little ones, witches and their spooky spells can be scary, but not when they are as cute as Katya Spelling Addy! Now, it seems like Xander has had a bit of bad luck when it comes to friendly spells this week. First Indie zaps him and now Addy and Beary are working their magic to keep his sticky fingers off of their bucket of candy! What am I going to do with these Super Monsters of mine! To see the real #NetflixSuperMonsters in action check out season 2 and the Halloween special now on @Netflixfamily. Super Monsters shows your little ones that Halloween isn’t actually scary, just pretend scary! Check out our stories to see where you can snag these cute costumes! #NetflixPartner . . . #ourplayfulstyle #celebrate_childhood #thesincerestoryteller #umh_kids #wildandbravekids #raiseawildchild #letthembelittle #pixel_kids #themagicofchildhood #ps_eerie #artofvisuals #worldofartist #edit_grams #digitallyart #universalart #enter_imagination #creartmood #visual_creatorz #imaginativeuniverse #childrenseemagic #jj_its_kids #worldoflittles #childhoodeveryday #igcreative_editz #ig_shotz_magic #halloween🎃 #unitedmotherhood #motherhoodrising

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And so the wandering trio continue their adventure to the place that marks X. Down from the snowy enchanting forests of Banff back to the sunny Californian orange groves to a hidden world 3 shrubs to left and 4 rows to the right where they were told by a friendly black cat, that Rovetta the Pumpkin Queen lives. Rumor has it, that she has the keys to unlock something at the end of their journey. But will they have the courage to knock? Let alone to go in? Would you? . . As many of you know, this year was life changing for us and we came across a major door that was risky but full of opportunity. But we took the plunge and pushed it open. It’s not easy and every month it’s a race to make ends meet but we live by the the idea of taking risks, living simply, and working together as a family. And we are so thankful to have the opportunity to partner with @visiblemobile to test out their new affordable unlimited service that has made this journey so much easier! #brandpartner . . . #art_spotlight #launchdsigns #milliondollarvisuals #meettheworld #madewithcc #ps_eerie #visual_creatorz #letthemexplore #adventuresofchildren #thefolkpr0ject #liveforthestory #childrenoftheworld #childrenseemagic #runwildmychild #dearestviewfinder #livetheadventure #recklessimage #takemoreadventures #enter_imagination #visualAmbassadors #artofvisuals #alifealive #theuniversalart #xceptionaledits #thegraphicspr0ject #kidsmood #kids_circle #ourmoodydays

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The other day Indie came across an old pirate map while exploring near the lake. So we’ve let that be our guide around Banff. Yesterday it led us to the top of a mountain where we came across a few locals that have agreed to join the kids on this treasure magical hunt! I wonder what we’ll find at the X ✨ . . . One thing I’ve learned this past year is the practice of trade off in order to live the life we want. It is so important for us as a family to explore the world in order to teach the kids about nature, cultures, and history, but traveling as a group of 5 can get pretty expensive and finding affordable alternatives has been crucial to making our dreams reality. This is why I was so excited to partner with #visiblemobile to test out their new affordable unlimited service. Its given us the freedom to pocket what used to be hundreds of dollars to use for adventures and memories like these! #brandpartner . . . #letsgosomewhere #discoverearth #meettheworld #wanderfolk #stayandwander #visual_creatorz #letthemexplore #adventuresofchildren #folkscenery #thefolkpr0ject #thegraphicspr0ject #theglobewanderer #liveforthestory #childrenoftheworld #childrenseemagic #runwildmychild #dearestviewfinder #livetheadventure #recklessimage #takemoreadventures #enter_imagination #whpmatching #visualAmbassadors #artofvisuals #alifealive #travelalberta #theuniversalart

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Up over the canyon, through the frozen river, and three feet off the trail and just like that the kids arrived at their next destination on their magic pirate map! Today they found themselves in an enchanted forest where they were kindly greeted by the Great Elk King. This beautiful, wise and majestic creature showed them around his kingdom. Indie’s little legs got tired half way so he got a special ride. Before we parted ways, the Elk King reminded the kids, that despite what they find at the X, no treasure is greater than the journey they took to get there. 👑 . . . #mountainstories #ourmoodydays #theoutdoorfolk #artofvisuals #storytelling #visual_creatorz #edit_grams #enter_imagination #theimaged #launchDsigns #gramslayers #xceptionaledits #globe_visuals #thedarkpr0ject #thecreativers #explorecanada #adventuresofchildren #my_magical_moments #wildandbravelittles #hellostoryteller #theheartcaptured #thesincerestoryteller #roamtheplanet #folkscenery #the_folknature #lifeofadventure #welivetoexplore #stayandwander #getlost #autumn

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A few days ago Indie got into our Halloween box and has been causing tons of chaos around the house with his misuse of spells. The kid is out of control. My computer mouse got turned into an actual mouse, Addy’s bed is currently attached to the ceiling, and Yoshi has pink stripes now. Apparently yesterday Xander asked Indie to make his m&m’s jumbo and it appears Indie was only able to get half the spell right 🤷‍♀️ If anyone is interested or brave enough, Indie is now taking spell orders, what would you like him to zap for you? ⚡️ . . . #ps_eerie #madewithcc #universalart #launchDsigns #enter_imagination #edit_grams #thecreativers #runwildmychild #enchantedchildhood #thisjoyfulmoment #wildandfreechildren #raiseawildchild #joyfulmamas #thehappynow #shared_joy #childhoodeveryday #childrenseemagic #atdiff_kids #igcreative_editz #humansofjoy #thehappycapture #beyond_motherhood #awesome_surreal #acreativevisual #photomanipulation #count_itjoy #let_there_be_delight #storytellingmama #childhoodwonders #worldoflittles

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