I don’t want much. I just want to have my 2001 body back AND be able to eat as many cookies as I want. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Speaking of cookies, these caramel stuffed macchiato cookies are 💣. You can find the recipe on the blog #linkinbio (I’ll link it in stories too). .
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Have you ever watched a commercial and you just can’t contain your emotions? AD: That’s how I felt when I saw @crest’s new TV commercial, featuring 86 year old Bertha Nunn! To celebrate the season of giving, Crest partnered with Wish of a Lifetime and made Berth’s wish come true by casting her alongside Santa in its latest holiday spot. What an incredible way for Crest to give people a lot to smile about (and in my case, cry). It made me think about our beautiful Nana, who would have been 95 last week, and her lifelong dream of visiting Hawaii. Sadly, she wasn’t able to fulfill her dream before she passed in 2016, but we are determined to go to Hawaii and bring a picture of her with us wherever we go. While she won’t physically be there, she will be there in spirit and that will make us all so happy. Now, grab your tissues and check out Bertha’s debut (click on the link in my bio or check out my stories for a sneak peek). Then, look for Bertha, with Santa and Crest, this holiday season. After watching her story, be sure to share her journey and  share a smile. If you could have any wish granted this holiday season, what would it be? #CrestSmiles .
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So your kid spends all of their time watching other kids open toys, play video games or walk around aimlessly, talking about nothing? Sounds exactly like this girl. Every time I turn around, she is watching someone else’s family on YouTube. This year, I asked Falynn to create a gift guide with what she wants most for the holidays. I was NOT surprised that her list was full of things that she's seen or heard about on her favorite YouTube channels. She even used the word "merch" which totally cracked me up! MERCH! What 7 year old says that?! She has also asked that I figure out how to create a toy line with her face on the box. Those videos have her convinced that it's the natural next step for us and she's confused as to why it's taking me so long to get it done. 😒 Those YouTube families make it look so easy, don't they?! Anyway, instead of sharing a holiday gift guide for 7 year olds, I figured I would share the perfect holiday gift guide for all of you parents out there who have kids that are just as obsessed with @ryansworld, @tictactoyfamily,  @funnelvisionfam and all those other fun youtubers who are living our dream lives right now. Head to the blog and check it out! .
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Last month I wrote a “favorite things” blog post on a whim. It was fun to share the book I was reading, my favorite movie, podcast and tv series and other things I am currently loving. The response was great and I got so many messages from readers asking for more. So, I’m excited to announce the Super Mom’s Favorite Things will become a monthly series! AND volume 2 is up today. I even included our new favorite snack from @artisantropic! Sooooo yummy! Click on the link in my bio or swipe up in stories and let me know what categories you’d like to see me add in January!
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This week has been hard. Sunday would have been my Nana’s 95th birthday and it was also the first anniversary of the passing of one of my best friends, Brooke. 
This was the photo that hung in my Nana’s living room. She would show it to everyone that visited her.  She told me she would stare at it and smile every single day. She was so proud of all of her great-granddaughters. 🥰 I’m so grateful that my girls were able to know what an amazing woman she really was, even if she was taken from us a little earlier than expected. So while I try to reflect on the good times, I’m still trying to accept that she and my friend are both gone, too soon. It’s been a hard week, but I will get past this and keep living my best life... that’s what they would have wanted. How do you deal with grief?
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Happy National Cookie Day! Where are my caramel macchiato fans at?! Super Dad and I will rarely order anything else when visiting our favorite local coffee shops. So when we were trying to come up with the perfect cookie flavor to celebrate today, I had to try these caramel stuffed macchiato chocolate chip cookies. And let me tell you, they came out SO good. Head to the blog for the full recipe (link is in my bio or swipe up in stories). What kind of cookies are you celebrating with today?
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Let’s play a fun game, inspired by my cousin, Jenn… Guess what’s in the box. The funnier, the better... Let’s hear your guesses!
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I say it all the time. We may have rescued Elle from @bigdogranchrescue, but we needed her just as much, if not more, than she needed us. I can’t imagine our family without her. Does your family have any pets? I’d love to hear about them and how they changed your life. .
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We visited @treasurecoastsq last week to remind our girls that the true spirit of the holidays is about giving. #sponsored With their lists in hand, they went to their favorite stores (Claires, Spencer Gifts, Forever 21 and Justice), picking out the perfect gifts for their favorite people.They did such a great job of choosing each present without going over their budget and the only thing they got for themselves was hot cocoa and a snack from Starbucks! On our way out, we took some pictures by the Santa Photo Experience, located in the Old Navy Court and someone special snuck up behind them to get in the pictures. They had no idea that Santa was standing just a couple of feet behind them!  There’s something about the holiday decor at Treasure Coast Square that always gets us in the Christmas spirit. Our next trip will be to drop off some donated toys at The Salvation Army Angel Tree table! What is your favorite part of the holidays? #holidayatsimon

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Where are my Frozen fans at?! #ad My girls have been fans since day 1, so it’s not a shock that most of their Christmas wish list is Frozen themed. When we found this @HuffyBicycles Disney Frozen EZ Build Bike at Walmart, Falynn couldn’t "let it go" and she received a Christmas gift early! This bike has so many fun features! It even plays Frozen sounds! It’s available in 12” or 16” and features Elsa, Anna and Olaf. It’s perfect for young riders! Head to Walmart to purchase a Huffy bike for your little one this holiday season. They make the best big reveal gifts for the holidays and you’re sure to get tons of nice "warm hugs!" This bike is ON SALE now -- link in bio and stories to shop.  #GiveTheRide #LiveTheRide #AvailableAtWalmart .
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Accepting Where I Went Wrong as a Mom

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Almost 12 years ago, I traded in my halter tops and high heels for yoga pants and nursing bras.  I gained over 70 lbs during my first pregnancy because I thought you were supposed to eat every single thing your body craved, even if that was Coca-Cola and ice cream. I figured that once the baby popped out, the weight would just fall right off.  Obviously I thought I was having a 70lb baby.  When I became a Mom, I traded my hot bod for this new “mom bod” and the more I tried to diet and exercise, the more I would fail.  So… I gave up.  Taking care of myself became last on my to-do list.

Like most Moms, my days are hectic.  I work from home, run around picking up and dropping off my kids, clean, cook, go grocery shopping, do laundry…   Most days, I wake up early and go to bed late. I try to pack as much as I can into each day and without fail, something always comes up to derail my plans.  I make lists that are almost never completed. I set a million alarms on my phone to remember to do things and then hit the stop because I can’t hear the person on the other end of the phone with the alarm going off in my ear.  I wind up missing whatever it is I was supposed to remember to do because by the time I get off of the phone and get juice for one of the kids and sign a paper for another, I’ve forgotten about that alarm completely.  A Mom’s day is really non-stop.  I know mine is. I see so many Moms who are always looking magazine cover ready, taking pictures of their three course home cooked meals, beautifully decorated homes and multiple DIY projects and wonder how in the world they have time for all of that.  Let’s be honest, I’m lucky if I have the time to shave my legs.

I didn’t realize it, but once I became a Mom, I became a totally different version of myself.  I went from getting my hair dyed and cut every month to this awful, self-cut, 15 shade hair which was courtesy of supermarket boxes of bleach and dye and my inability to apply it evenly. My gray hairs started coming in faster than I could control and my go-to hair style quickly became the “mom bun”.  I went from doing my makeup every morning to walking out of the house without any on and never batting an unmascara-ed eyelash at how I looked or how others perceived me.  My go-to clothes became tees and yoga pants, because they were easy, baggy, comfy and honestly, the only thing that fit me.  I refused to buy myself new clothes because obviously my next diet idea was going to help me to get back down to a size 4 and all of those big clothes would have been a waste of money.  I went from caring about the type of designer bag I was carrying, to worrying more about the bags under my eyes, yet still not bothering to do anything about them.  I went from maintaining my weight to waiting for the next diet craze.

When I became a Mom, everything became about my kids.  I needed them to have all of the things that I didn’t have growing up so I bought them as much as I could afford (and sometimes even more than that).  I made sure they could do the activities they loved, even if that meant I had to work more and sleep much less.  I spent all of my extra time trying to provide things for them that they probably could have lived without.  And with that, I neglected to take care of myself, which should have been at the top of the list.  I gained even more weight and become incredibly unhealthy.  If I’m not here, how can I take care of them?  I became so focused on them, I forgot about me.

While my girls are constantly taking selfies, I want nothing to do with pictures, unless I am behind the camera. I find flaws in any picture that is taken of me, whether it’s my hair, my makeup, my smile or my body.  It has gotten to a point where I literally refused to allow anyone to take a picture of me and if by some miracle they could convince me to do so, I would go through them and analyze it and come up with at least 10 reasons why no one could ever see them. If it didn’t have a snapchat filter that made me magically beautiful with big eyes, a thinner face and smooth skin, it wasn’t getting posted anywhere.  It wasn’t until a year or so ago when we were going through family pictures that I realized that I’m not in any of them.  I had basically erased myself from our family albums.

Raising three girls means I’m a role model for three future women. What I do and how I act matters because they are going to think this is the norm.  While I’ve always been so careful in teaching them to love others, to be kind, to have strong values, I’ve also been neglecting to teach them something far more important.  I forgot to teach them that they need to take care of themselves, always.  I forgot to show them that you should love yourself and make sure you always feel and look your best.  I teach them about confidence while I portray my lack of it.  I teach them about style and fashion while I walk around in the same clothing I’ve owned for the last ten years.  I teach them about eating healthy while I sit on the couch at night and eat ice cream and cookies.  All this time, I’ve been teaching them what a hypocrite I am and I didn’t even realize it.

Today the hypocrisy stops.  I need to change the way I eat and start exercising, even if I have to wake up 15 minutes earlier each day to fit it in.  I am going to put on makeup before I leave the house, even if I’m just driving to the bus stop down the street.  I am going to take time out, once a month, to pamper myself with a haircut and maybe even a mani and pedi.  I am going to change the way I dress and buy myself clothing that is not only comfortable, but stylish.  I am going to be in more family photos, without the filters.   I am going to be the woman that I want them to grow up to be…  Strong, confident, fearless and someone that others look up to.  I am going to be proud of who I am, not just as a Mom, but as a person.

How has being a Mom changed you?

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23 Comments
  • Thatsmeonline
    June 16, 2018

    Accepting the wrongs is a huge step. It requires courage to do that. I really enjoyed reading this!

    Love,
    Claudia
    https://thatsmeonline.net

  • Ziaul Hasan
    June 15, 2018

    My wife would love reading this post…..thank you

  • Allison Lewis
    June 15, 2018

    This is such good insight for someone who doesn’t have kids yet. Thank you sharing.

  • Jared Grant
    June 15, 2018

    Parenting is NOT for wimps. However, it is important to make time to take care of yourself

  • Julie
    June 14, 2018

    I used to work out constantly, wear heels, dresses, and matching jewelry. Then I had my girls. Back to back. And we lived in a state where it was constantly cold… and now I rarely leave the house so it’s hair in a mess, cotton shorts, tank tops, and can’t remember last time I did my make up… I want too, but I work at home… so there’s no “real” reason to get motivated?? LOL!!

  • Simply Nerdy Mom
    June 14, 2018

    I’ve learned the importance of taking care of myself as a mom. Sometimes you need to be a little selfish. For me, personally, if I am overwhelmed I tend to check out and isolate myself, which effects my husband and kids. So I force myself to do things for ME so I can regroup and not get to that point.

  • Cat Uy
    June 14, 2018

    you’re such a brave mom to keep it all in and you still survive, i can feel you.

  • Jan F
    June 14, 2018

    what a great article. I’m sure it will inspire many!

  • Simerbir Singh
    June 14, 2018

    Yes, you should start working on your body. BTW, you have awesome writing skils.

  • Lauren
    June 13, 2018

    Being a mom is the most challenging, craziest and rewarding job. I relate to much of this! I have 2 boys and a girl.

  • Vaishali
    June 13, 2018

    It is a joy ride…with its fair share of ups and downs.

  • Backpacking Series
    June 13, 2018

    There’s always this that makes a blog sticky – honesty. This is bound to inspire lot of folks! Thank you for sharing.

  • Maysz
    June 13, 2018

    Being mother is a gift came from God! and family is a treasure that no one can beat up! I know being mother is not an easy duty but later the reward was there Lucky you Mam!

  • Maysz
    June 13, 2018

    Mom is not a choice! It’s a give came from
    God! I know being mother is not a easy but later the reward was there! Your blessed!

  • Julia
    June 12, 2018

    Being a mom seems like one of the most challenging but rewarding things. I’m sure your kids are so happy to have you as a role model!

  • Juli
    June 12, 2018

    I am sure you have inspired many with your authenticity through this post.

  • Basilia Martinez
    August 16, 2017

    I can sooo relate to your story, especially about not taking pictures or hiding behind the camera. It’s so depressing that my pre-pregnancy clothes don’t fit. I’m still in that cycle of dieting and giving up and dieting again. Thank you for sharing your story and giving us the encouragement to do something for ourselves.

  • Mohenz
    August 16, 2017

    I gonna said wow! I only have one child and many times I feel the same way. I’m was able to loose my pregnancy weight but my body completely changes. Some times I didn’t. Want to get dress either. And I’m 33 and maybe entering a mid-life something ha ha. I got to fight for me, for a better me, a healthier me. A happier me. Many weeks I don’t know how I or other moms do it. I’m a work at home mom for many years now. And I’m my daughter care taker 24/7 and I love her but I need to show her how to take care of her without hiding behind a fake mask. I started to change my whole week, the way I wake up, the way I see my self in the mirror. And I begin with me. Then she started to imitate the best of me. There are still days… but they are only a few. You are very brave and special even more captivating than you think. I hope you get to know the new you this year. GRacias thank you for sharing.

  • Michele HSB Vidal
    August 15, 2017

    I am amazed at how little credit we give ourselves… you give yourself… you don’t even bat an eye at starting a new business but getting our a**ses to the gym or actually getting “really” dressed … wow that’s a mission. Thank you for writing this. My surgery was part 1 of 50 of all I need to do for my myself and I relate exactly to your writing! Thank you. Love you and I’m proud of you all.of you ! You’re a bada** mom and I look up to.you.

    Now trying to do this health looking smaller and being healthier… I thank god for this option and this opportunity … working my butt off. Not only to pay for my healthy life but trying to fit in all the exercise…love you

    • TheSmallFashionista
      August 15, 2017

      Love you too! I’m so incredibly proud of you and all you’ve accomplished. And you look GREAT already!

  • Tracy Shane
    August 15, 2017

    So….you just wrote the story of my life!!! Lol. Now, I’m a bit older than most shop/rep mama’s out there and no lie – my first time around was easy peasy. My girls are 23 and almost 19 and with having them so young the weight did fall off; I was able to do everything “picture perfect”. Fast forward 14 years after the birth of my 19yo and there I was pregnant at 37. Unfortunately we lost our baby at 22.5 weeks and depression set in and I gained it more weight. I lost most of the weight, not all. A little over a year later I was pregnant with Ethan and gained almost 80lbs with him. While I’ve been able to lose a lot of the weight I could still stand to loose 20-30 more lbs. Now at 42 I keep finding myself putting so many things ahead of myself making sacrifices and empty promises to get healthier and lose weight. It’s the same cycle over and over. The only good thing is that I am more in tune with my inner self but need a support group to help with my outer self. If you decide to start one let me know!!!!

    • TheSmallFashionista
      August 15, 2017

      Thanks so much for reading Tracy! I’m not much younger than you are 🙂 It’s so hard to do it alone. I would love to form some sort of local support group where we could all motivate each other, but it seems like everyone is always so busy or we have conflicting schedules.

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