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Who We ARe & What You Will Find Here


Welcome to The Real Parents blog, where we believe that life is for living, and we’re here to share our adventures with you! We’re Jesse Parent and Tia Renee Parent, a husband and wife team with two amazing kids, Warren and Morgan. Based in Michigan, we love to travel the state and explore new places together as a family. We also love good food, DIY projects, fitness, and just living overall happy lives. We know that not everything we do may seem conventional, but we do what we love, and that’s what matters most to us.

We’re not just bloggers – we’re also entrepreneurs. We run a retail store that specializes in overstock, liquidation, return, and new merchandise. We also have an ecommerce business, Cranberry Lake Designs, that offers unique and fun designs on shoes, apparel, home goods, and hand-made, clean-scent soy wax candles. We love what we do, and we’re excited to share our experiences with you.

Our blog is not only a way for us to document our adventures, but also a way to potentially increase our family income through affiliate marketing. We’ll share posts and articles chronicling our life journeys, with no strings attached. Some posts will have affiliate links at the bottom in case you want to purchase a product or service we love and recommend. If you choose to make a purchase through an affiliate link, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps us fund our website and provides additional income to our family, so we can keep sharing our journeys with you.

We believe in living a happy, unconventional life, and we hope to inspire and entertain you along the way. Thanks for joining us, and we hope to see you again soon!


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At our core, we believe that life is for living, and that means embracing the unconventional and following our passions. We are a family who loves what we do, and we bring that enthusiasm and positivity to everything we create. Our mission is to make the world a little happier, brighter, and more fun, while also helping to alleviate some of the gloominess that can sometimes feel overwhelming. We believe that life is too short to be anything other than happy, and we strive to create content and experiences that reflect that philosophy. Whether we’re sharing stories of adventure, promoting acts of kindness, or simply encouraging others to be their best selves, we are dedicated to spreading joy and positivity in every way we can.

meet the Team

This is Us

Meet Jesse Parent, a dedicated family man, music lover, and adventure seeker. He is a fitness enthusiast who values health and wellness and enjoys staying active. Jesse is also a successful business owner, running a retail store specializing in overstock, liquidation, return, and new merchandise. He is one of the co-writers and creators of this blog page and loves sharing his experiences and adventures with others. Jesse is always seeking new thrills and enjoys trying new things, from exploring the great outdoors to discovering new music. His passion for life and sense of adventure are contagious, and he is always up for a new challenge.

Meet Tia Renee, a wife and mother of two who has a passion for adventure, creating, and exploring new places. She loves to travel, cook, and spend time with her family in her home state of Michigan. Tia is one of the co-writers and creators of this blog page and the owner/designer of Cranberry Lake Designs, where you can find her fun graphic print shirts, shoes, and more apparel and home goods, along with her line of handmade, non-toxic soy candles with clean scents. Tia’s creative spirit and dedication to her family and pursuing her dreams are what she lives for!

Jesse Parent

Tia Renee Parent