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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So your kid spends all...

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

We visited @treasurecoastsq last week...

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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Traditions are a big part of our holiday season. We are so grateful to be working with @minted this year on one of the traditions I love the most, our annual holiday cards. Our daily lives can be hectic, but it’s a great way for us to stay connected to our family and friends. Minted made the process incredibly easy. They have a card template for everyone and they are completely customizable (greeting, colors, fonts, and more). And if you need help, Minted offers free card styling service. Just Text Your Photo to 22737 and a Minted stylist will text you back five holiday card designs, selected especially for and styled with your photo—for FREE. Import your address book and Minted will address the envelopes for you! Do you know how much time that saved me?! They even have the option to create your own stamps to match your cards! I can’t believe how easy it was and more importantly, how beautiful they turned out. We can’t wait to send them off to family and friends this week! Now through 11/29, Minted is offering 20% off all orders $150+ or 15% off all orders, plus free shipping with code BF2019. Have you ordered your holiday cards yet?
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Cyberbullying…. it’s real, it’s everywhere, but most of all, it’s annoying.  People seem to think that just because they are sitting behind a computer or a cell phone, that they can say whatever they want, regardless of the feelings it may hurt and the damage it might do.  I’m over it… especially in the small shop community that I love.

Growing up, I was taught the same thing, over and over again… If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.  Maybe I’m naive, but I figured that was something that was taught in every household.  It seems nowadays people thrive on attention, even if it’s negative, maybe even more so when it’s negative.  Y’all, our ancestors are turning over in their graves right now.  This is not how they raised us. Stop being a jerk!

I understand that social media is public.  By putting pictures of ourselves and our kids in a public place, we are opening ourselves up to criticism (welcomed or not).  I understand that we made the decision to put these pictures out there for the world to see.  What I don’t understand is how people think that it’s ok for them to accuse someone of being an unfit mother or dressing their child “inappropriately”…. Who are you to decide what is appropriate and what isn’t, when it’s not your own child? You are judging them based on one picture.  How ridiculous is that?!

Driving home this morning, I heard on the radio that Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) was being criticized on social media for putting makeup on her 2 year old for her dance recital.  She wound up turning off comments because she just didn’t want to hear from the trolls who were telling her how to be a good Mom.  Newsflash people… my kids have been dancing for years and in our studio, makeup is required for recitals.  Do you think she was just putting mascara on her two year old to take her out to the park?! And even if she was, is that any of your business?! Just because she’s a celeb and she shares her life with us, doesn’t give you the right to be rude. If she was standing in front of you would you say those things?! Probably not…. you’d just be asking her for an autograph and a selfie. Instead of ridiculing her, why not commend her on the life she has built for her kids… her success….

And while celebs get hit with it the hardest, it’s not something that any of us can escape.  I’ve watched small shops and brand reps get attacked for no good reason.  Let me be completely real here…. if you stumble upon a picture that you don’t like because the outfit isn’t something you’d put on your child, or a mama is breastfeeding her baby or you are just having a bad day…. keep your negative thoughts to yourself.  When we post pictures of ourselves or our children, we aren’t doing it to get our feelings hurt.  We deal with enough on a daily basis.  Don’t ruin someone’s day. If you HAVE TO say something, say it out loud, to yourself and then move on to the next picture on your feed.  It’s that simple.  Spreading hate and negativity will never get you any respect.  All it will do is get you blocked and reported.

Let’s get back to basics kids… if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.  Out loud… on social media… anywhere.  Maybe if we practiced more positivity in our daily routine, we would all live happier lives.  Set a good example for your children.  They are watching, they are listening and they will act the same way, whether it’s right or wrong.  I choose to teach my girls that all people are beautiful, no matter their size, their color, their religion or their beliefs.  They will grow up to respect others feelings and give them a hug as opposed to a kick in the back.  They will help them up if they fall, instead of laughing at them.  Focus on your kids and being the best parent you can be before you criticize someone else for what you think they are doing right or wrong.  It’s that simple.

What do you think about cyberbullying? Have you been a victim? Comment below and let me know your thoughts!  Have a topic you want me to talk about? Email us! Make sure to check out the shops featured in this post and follow our daily small shop fashion on Instagram @thesmallfashionista and on our new Facebook page.

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  • Patty
    May 15, 2017

    I couldn’t agree more! Very well said. And that’s ridiculous about the make up for a dance recital … these people commenting obviously have never put their children in dance or gymnastics because you have to put make up on them so their faces don’t disappear in the lights. Either way like you said and I was taught growing up as well if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all

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