Barefoot Blonde Amber Fillerup

Here are my favorite memories from 2016…

  1. Watching 2016 NYE fireworks from our New York City apartment with both my babies and David. It was so magical seeing A’s face as he watched the fireworks and would gasp at each one.
  2. While in Vermont, me and Rosie watched Atticus and David swim in the hotel pool and I loved watching them play together while holding my sleepy newborn.
  3. Rosie’s baby blessing. The day was really hectic but the blessing was so sweet. And I remember my sweet nephew Owen next to me saying the funniest/cutest things about Rosie!
  4. All the many play dates with my friends and their babies.
  5. Disney World with the kiddos!!! A’s face during the parade has forever made my life!!!!
  6. A night in Miami on the beach – I remember everything about it so perfectly but I was watching Atticus and just thinking how grateful I am for him. He was being such a riot doing so many silly things.
  7. Lots of fun dates with Davey. One specifically was the date when we went to the Italian festival downtown.
  8. Napping on the beach in Mexico with Rosie. Nothing better than waking up on the beach realizing you slept for a good couple hours. And then realizing you are holding the squishiest, sweetest lil human!
  9. Day dates with Atticus!!! SO many come to mind, I love them all so much! Specifically I loved taking him to our local bakery- it was Silver Moon Bakery and was just one block over from us. In the morning you could smell the fresh bread and it was just heavenly. I know I have mentioned this 100 times but it was one of my favorite things about NYC! I also loved our day going to the granite slide, Sheep Meadow, Sprinkles, and a walk in the park.
  10. Our macaroon class at Ladurée! So fun learning to make them with my bestest girlfriends.
  11. Taking Atticus bowling for the first time! Before we went he was being sooo sweet giving me tons of hugs and kisses. Then at bowling he was ecstatic. If you know Atticus you know he has such excitement for EVERYTHING!
  12. Baths with my Rosie Belle!
  13. Soo many fun memories from Amsterdam but I loved our first day there just walking around exploring. I felt extra extra happy that day.
  14. Ashford Castle in Ireland was truly a magical experience that I will remember forever! Especially our horseback ride through the castle grounds.
  16. Being in Russia and having lots of readers come up to us and say hi. That will never get old to me! It is so fun to meet readers from all over the world.
  17. The whole family taking Chauncey on walks.
  18. Everything about our Italy trip was magical but I especially loved our time in Lake Como. It felt like we were in a fairytale! We loved every moment. I also loved watching Atticus eat gelato and having it drip ALL over him 🙂 and a night in Positano watching Atticus play with new friends he made.. it made us happy seeing him so happy.
  19. Raspberry picking and apple picking! We love getting to spend a day on a farm.
  20. All the times Atticus helped me with different tasks. Helping me clean, bake, unload the dishwasher, vacuum, crack the eggs… he is such a good little helper!
  21. The night in Brooklyn when rain poured down on us! && a BBQ in Brooklyn with my siblings.
  22. When we got to Bahamas and Atticus went on the porch to soak in the view! He seemed so zen. We also loved taking him to the aquarium there, swimming with the kiddos, watching Rosie try to walk, snuggles in the hotel.
  23. LAUNCHING BAREFOOT BLONDE HAIR!!!!!!! Ah forever one of my favorite memories ever ever ever!
  24. Basically every moment spent in the park during fall time. Especially a date I had with the kiddos and we went to the pond and the playground.
  25. Australia! The bats, scuba diving, boat rides, the zoo, & so much more.
  26. and last but not least —- buying our lot, starting our build process, and moving to Hawaii!!!!

Photos from Favorite Memories from 2016


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  1. Wow i thought I kept up with you guys so good on IG but I didn’t know you actually moved to Hawaii!! I thought it was a looooong amazing winter trip! Wow congrats!

  2. I always love your recaps Amber! Cutest family! I was just wondering what you used to make this collage? Thanks 🙂 happy new year!

    1. Thank you Laura!! We are excited for a fresh new year! Thanks for the love!! 🙂

  3. So many things to celebrate and be thankful for! As many people are focusing on how 2016 was the worst, I appreciate those who focus on all the good things that happened 🙂 I’ve enjoyed coming along for the ride via your blog <3

  4. Hi Amber! If you remember, what lip color were you wearing for your Facebook extension q&a video?! LOVE!

  5. Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is filled with lots and lots of more sweet memories for all of you! I always love following along on your adventures! Super excited to see what you do with the house btw. My aunt + uncle had theirs custom built and it was one of the best decisions they ever made!

    xo, Sofia

  6. Sounds like you had a lovely year! I know I’ve loved following along on your blog + Instagram. Wishing you lots of love and light as we head into the new year! Can’t wait to see where 2017 takes you.

    Xoxo, Hannah Anisa

  7. I love reading all these memories that you have and I can’t wait to make similar memories of my own! Your life seems so surreal you are so lucky, and I love having the feeling of sharing these memories with you, ad I feel honoured that you share them with all of your readers! Thanks for a great year of blog posts, I look forward to many more in 2017! Happy New Year Amber 🙂

  8. Congrats on an amazing year and on launching the Barefoot hair! I loved reading about your family moments and so many amazing trips! I hope you’ll keep inspiring us through the next year as well! 🙂 Happy New Year! xo

    Sabina | I’ve Got Sunshine

  9. Such a positive post and I love that you put the links to the past posts that you mentioned!
    Happy New Year!

  10. Wow Amber!!! You and David are amazing!! You’ve done more in one year than I have my whole life!! (22 years) ? That’s good though!! You inspire me to live a better life. May God bless you and your family in the year to come!! And thank you for sharing so much!! It’s so fun to read about your adventures!!

  11. What a beautifull post. You can se the happiness in all of your eyes. I hope 2017 will be just as great, or even better! Looking forward for your posts. Greetings from Holland!!

  12. What a year! So excited you launched BB hair as well. I absolutely love my hair extensions, so glad I bought them! Even as a hair novice, I can tell you guys took the time to make a great product.

  13. The best family I ever seen. Your family inspire me too much everyday. Hope you have a luck year! 🙂

  14. I just love your blog! You live such a full beautiful life and it’s so wonderful of you to share your travels and life with all of us readers❤️ You are an inspiration not only as a person but also as a wife and especially as such a great mom. I love how you have built your dream life on doing what you love!! Looking forward to see what you do in 2017!!!! Much love and God bless you and your whole beautiful family❤️❤️❤️ Happy New year! Plus I have a son born 06/15/2014 so it’s fun to watch Atticus grow along with watching my own sweet boy.

  15. So many amazing memories! It’s hard to believe all that happened in just one year! 🙂 I love being able to experience all of these adventures with you guys through the blog. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!!


  16. Hey beautiful Amber!! Love love loove your blog & your beautiful family!! Loove your smile, Atticus’ excitement (I think he got it from you), Rosie’s chubby cheeks and David’s patience! I’m here in Oahu and these days I saw you on the beach! I’m soo nervous to meet you so I didn’t have that courage ?
    I am Nathee, a 21 years old woman, married and I really hope some day to have kids just like yours! Mine died 6 months ago, he was sick. I know he is with God now bu I really miss him, espacially when I see Atticus. My baby looked just like him…blonde and veery excited of everything!
    Sorry for this loong message, I didn’t want to upset you but I want to encourage you to be cheerful of your family! Be Blessed!!❤

    1. * Just to be clear, my full name is Salome Nathee Barett. You can tell me however you want ❤

  17. i was thinking a great 2017 post would be for you to reflect how far your blog has come and republish your very first post.

  18. i was thinking a great new years post would be for you to let us see your very first blog post and how far you ve come. plus im nosy and i want to see the first post lol