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.

yesterday Addy told me a certain boy makes her laugh a lot and makes her tummy tickle like butterflies. I thought we had taken care of this Frankie boy a long time ago with the whole cooties talk, but it looks like he’s back 🤨 But don’t worry I’ve recruited Beary to help me catch those butterflies and take them farrrrrrr away from here! Somewhere where she won’t find them till she’s 17 or 30 😬 . . Adyline new beautiful watercolor illustration is by @Sailahlane All of her art is absolutely amazing! #sponsored . . . #girlscreating #mywild #enchantedchildhood #agameoftones #rosiehardychallenge #childrenoftheworld #untoldvisuals #folkcreative #moodyports #ourmoodydays #creativegrammer #thegraphicspr0ject #peoplescreative #magic_shots #thegallerycollective #littlebellows #recklessimage #postthepeople #mytinymoments #kids_of_our_world #folksouls #kindredmemories #bestofmom #click_vision #myeverydaymagic #infinity_children #pocket_sweetness #pixel_kids #seekinspirecreate

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We live just a few miles from a military airbase so you can only imagine the views the boys get of big jets and planes flying by our morning walks. They fly so close, they seem just an arms reach away! Xander loves it as you can tell by his smile, Indie on the other hand is still getting used to the rumbling of the engines. His face says it all 🙊 . . . #kidsmood #candidchildhood #creative_ace #livecreatively #letthembelittle #throughachildseyes #letthekids #clickinmoms #childhoodunplugged #dearphotographer #dearestviewfinder #d_expo #simplymamahood #enter_imagination #inspiremyinstagram #forahappymoment #artofvisual #mynameismama #thewomoms #celebrate_childhood #createcommune #pixel_kids #documentyourdays #pr0ject_uno #thesincerestoryteller #collectivelycreate #folkcreative #childhoodunplugged #theweekoninstagram

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One of my favorite poets is Shel Silverstein because of his ability to make people of all ages smile through his work. As we get older we forget to dream and laugh like we once did. Instead we get caught up in numbers, traffic and bills. But life is so much more fun when we worry less, let things be, and let our imagination create smiles throughout our days. So this one is dedicated to all those of you who need a smile today! Recreated photo inspired by Shel Silverstein’s “The Acrobats” . . And look our famous white wall got a new splash of color thanks to @urbanwalls and their awesome wall decals! Something about these decals make me so happy! 💛 #thesearemyurbanwalls #gifted . . . #ps_movement #childrenoftheworld #thisjoyfulmoment #littlepiecesofchildhood #lifewellcapture #my_magical_moments #enter_imagination #ourcolourdays #theimaged #photomanipulation #creativegrammer #pr0ject_Uno #momentslikethis #abeautifulmess #shared_joy #wildandbravelittles #simplychildren #adventuresofchildren #documentlife #treasuringlittlememories #childrenseemagic #theartofchildhood #cameramama #master_shots #postthepeople #myunicornlife #chasingemotions

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Having the boys take a nap together at the same time in the same basket is equivalent to finding a leprechaun holding a four leaf clover next to a pot of gold with your name on it. It just doesn’t happen! But it did! Ok maybe not the leprechaun part, but the other part. and now I’m going to go hide in the closet and scarf down this well deserved giant chocolate chip cookie because I don’t have to share!! 🙌😂🍪🎉 #mymagicfloor . . . #enter_imagination #rosiehardychallenge #heart_imprint #theweekoninstagram #ourmoodydays #ethereal_moods #liveunscripted #recklessimage #makeitblissful #postitfortheaesthetic #theeverydayproject #kids_circle #atdiff_kids #thedarkpr0ject #jj_its_kids #the_sugar_jar #follow_this_light #umh_kids #bestofmom #moodygram #moodyports #moody_tones #thebloomforum #candidslumber #quietthechaos #photosinbetween #forahappymoment

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🐥GIVEAWAY!🐥 (closed congrats @kelseyann_hicks ) Indie has found his voice and has been serenading us with “Old McDonald” over and over and over and you get the point. Xander doesn’t mind as he just swings to the rhythm and of course Beary loves Indies singing as you can see he’s bringing Indie more books to sing along to! Now I’ve teamed up with @dittybirdbooks to give one lucky winner the entire Ditty Bird musical book series! These books have adorable illustrations and the catchiest songs that any child would love! #dittybirdbooks To enter: 1) follow @dittybirdbooks and @the_life_of_aivax 2)tag anyone who would love Ditty Bird below in separate comments. . . Giveaway will close Thursday at midnight. Open to US and Australian residents only. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Good luck! #sponsored . . . #worldoflittles #littlefierceones #pixel_kids #momswithcameras #motherhoodrising #pocket_sweetness #the_sugar_jar #magicofchildhood #dearphotographer #best_children_photo #best_photo_kids #postthepeople #thatsdarling #livefolk #kidsmood #mom_hub #my_magical_moments #notonlymama #enchantedchildhood #thesincerestoryteller #dearestviewfinder #ohheymama #momtogs #wildandfreechildren #mytinymoments #makemoments

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Addy’s been asking for a puppy lately non stop because she says Yoshi is a “giant horse dog.” She said she wants a cute little puppy to dress up and play dolls with, but I said Yoshi is better because he’s as big as a unicorn! But now I think I may have sparked a little mischief in her because all of a sudden Yoshi has something growing out of his forehead 🙊 #whp🦄 . . Adorable dress from @ladidakids #gifted . . . #girlscreating #littlefierceones #ps_wild #umh_kids #letthemexplore #humansofjoy #letthemplay #childrenoftheworld #houseoftones #igcreative_editz #thehappycapture #illuminatechildhood #artistry_vision #rosiehardychallenge #ourmoodydays #enchantedchildhood #global_ladies #untoldvisuals #transfer_visions #creative_ace #my_magical_moments #shared_joy #folkcreative #collectivelycreate #stopdropandmom #theartofchildhood #magic_marvels #ig_humanplus

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There is something in me lately that has me so intrigued by the magic of change. The change in my little ones, the change in my dreams, the change in the world, the change in seasons. It is all so enchanting to sit still for a moment and appreciate things bloom right before you. 🌱 Although my favorite season is winter, spring is also a close favorite for this very reason. What’s your favorite season? Xander’s is ice cream. I don’t think he understood the question but I’m going to go ahead and assume he meant summer 😉 . . . #ps_movement #ps_wild #ourcolourdays #conceptualphotography #artofvisuals #creartmood #theweekoninstagram #thegraphicspr0ject #enchantedchildhood #pursuepretty #thevisualcollective #unitedinmotherhood #runwildmychild #childrenseemagic #moodygrams #motherhoodunplugged #aweekendwhimsy #asecondofwhimsey #embracingtheseasons #rosiehardychallenge #momentsofmine #raiseawildchild #letthembelittle #kids_of_our_world #distractionsandinspirations #folkvibe #stayandwander #postthepeople

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Last night we watched the movie called The Little Prince and it totally struck a cord in me. I often find myself trying to mold Addy a certain way that reflects on how I wish I would have been as a child. I tend to forget she is her own person and though I may see things in her that are the very things I wish I had changed I have to let her learn, decide and grow on her own. So instead of stressing about what will be I think I’ll try to focus on what is right now and let her explore through her own stars. ⭐️ #whplandscape . . . #thefolkpr0ject #littlefierceones #ps_wild #umh_kids #letthemexplore #magicofchildhood #inspiremyinstagram #humansofjoy #letthemplay #childrenoftheworld #houseoftones #igcreative_editz #thehappycapture #livefolk #artistry_vision #rosiehardychallenge #ourmoodydays #cornersofmyworld #simpleandstill #global_ladies #untoldvisuals #transfer_visions #follow_this_light #my_magical_moments #shared_joy #galleryoflightfeature #moodygram #collectivelycreate #folkcreative

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