Like most of you, I watched George Floyd fight for his last breath on national TV, by someone whose job it was to protect people. It sickened me.⁣
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I’ve struggled to find the words to express how I was feeling. In all honesty, I was afraid to speak about it in fear that I would say the wrong thing or my thoughts would be misinterpreted.⁣
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Yesterday morning I watched an IGTV video by @cut and I knew I couldn’t stay silent any longer.⁣
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I am a white woman. I will NEVER know what it’s like to be a person of color. I will never be pulled over because of the color of my skin. I have never been afraid of the police. And knowing that so many, at a young age are taught to act a certain way around a police officer, in fear that they may be arrested or worse, killed, for absolutely no reason at all, breaks my heart.⁣
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But this isn’t about me or my feelings.⁣
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This is about the senseless killings that continue happening. It’s about the injustice that people of color face. It’s about so many families that have lost loved ones. It’s about all of the beautiful black children and their parents and grandparents and extended family, that are afraid of what could happen to them because of the color of their skin.⁣
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Imagine leaving your home every day and wondering if you’ll ever return. No one should ever have to feel that way.⁣
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It’s time we stopped the silence and did something about it. It’s time we focus on change and how we can do better. I’m sharing ways we can make a change on the blog today and I’ve included the link in my bio. ⁣
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Best part about having a teenage daughter? We can enjoy Lifetime Original Movies together! [ad] I'm so excited for this weekend's movie marathon! @LifetimeTV has always been one of my favorites and just like me, this year they are celebrating 30 incredible years (wink, wink)! ⁣
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Lucia and I are ready for a weekend of movies, popcorn and LOTS of commentary. Somehow, even if it's a drama or a thriller, we find ourselves laughing. She definitely shares my crazy sense of humor. ⁣
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Today we are planning on watching Death of a Cheerleader at 11am EST and Flowers in the Attic at 4pm EST and tomorrow, Beaches at 12pm EST. ⁣
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I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but this is only temporary. ⁣
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I’ve said it to myself a million times since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. And now, during this pandemic, it’s something we all have to focus on. ⁣
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We won’t always be locked in our homes. We won’t always have to wear a mask in public. Our kids won’t always be schooled online. We won’t always be out of work. Because just like anxiety, this pandemic is only temporary. ⁣
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Enjoy your family. Cherish every moment you are being “forced” to spend with them. Your kids are growing up and they won’t always be little. Having them at home with you is just as temporary. ⁣
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Today on the blog, our friend Alison @theanxietyhealer is sharing her personal struggle and how she’s coping with anxiety during a pandemic. She’s also included her favorite affirmations for you. Link is in my bio (or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously I have to share my go-to slow cooker BBQ brisket recipe. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen cooking it, though it takes just minutes to prep. Best part is, you can make this recipe with any cut of beef! Serve on a plate with your favorite sides or on a roll for a delicious sandwich. Your family will love it!⁣
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I’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe I put up on the blog last month and I just wanted to thank you guys so much! Since most of us aren’t going out, it’s fun to try to make our favorites at home. What copycat recipe do you want me to share next?
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And if you missed the Pink Drink recipe, just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣😊⁣
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Although our city is slowly opening up, we will be staying in and enjoying family time today. ⁣
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We will also be doing a fun scavenger hunt around the neighborhood (I shared the free printable on the blog today so go and grab it - link in bio). ⁣
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Back in January, we visited @legolandflorida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny's Apple Fries. We've been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.⁣
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I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. ⁣
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No Christmas Presents For Our Kids This Year

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Every year, Christmas is the same in our house.  Our kids make a list of everything they want for Christmas and I scramble to try to buy as many things as I can.  I spend hours wrapping each gift and placing them neatly under the Christmas tree.  The kids wake up way too early, rip through all of their gifts in less than 20 minutes, talk about how much they love everything and by January 1st, everything is lost under a pile of clothes in the bottom of their closet.  This year, it all stops.  This year, there will be no Christmas presents under our tree. Not a single one.

I will not be buying a single gift this year.

The kids don’t NEED anymore stuff and the things that they really do need are supplied throughout the year.  My girls are even lucky enough to get various gifts throughout the year from the companies we partner with.  Isn’t our money better saved or spent on memories we can make as a family?

Every year, we hear about these “must-have toys”.  We all frantically search online to find them and occasionally pay three times what they are actually worth, just to prove to ourselves that we are the best parent ever.  The truth is, these must-have toys wind up in the trash or under the seat in the car or lost at a friend’s house.  They don’t need them and in most cases they don’t even really want them. They won’t cease to exist without them.  They will go on.  I promise.

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This year we are going to hand make little gifts and cards.  We are going to sleep in and when we all wake up, we will have a nice family breakfast where we will exchange these special handmade goodies while we talk about all of the positive things that happened to us this year.

No Christmas Presents.

Instead of spending money, we are going to spend time together.  We are going to make memories.  We will have family and friends over and we’ll eat, laugh and tell stories.  We will focus on Christmas the way it should be celebrated and remind the kids that it’s not about how many presents you receive but about celebrating life, family and the true spirit of the holiday.

The only toys that will be purchased will be dropped off at Toys for Tots.  The girls will pick them out and drop them off.  They will understand that it’s better to give than to receive.  They will be grateful for the things they already have and not disappointed in the things they didn’t get. christmas holidays mommy blog mom blogger family blog family influencer instagram mother father tween blog dad blog travel family blog United States family travel blogs 2017 website sites mom blog top best toddlers beach tips budget mommy blogger daddy blog tween blogger child brand influencer the super mom life dad blog dad blogger holiday gift ideas quote christmas quotes

Though our tree may not have any wrapped boxes underneath, it will have a healthy, beautiful children sitting next to it who will never go hungry, who will be loved unconditionally for their whole lives and will never miss the gifts that they didn’t get this Christmas because they will be too busy remembering all of the fun we had, together.

Are you doing anything different this year for the holidays? Comment below and share!

This year, there will be no Christmas presents under our tree. Instead of spending money, we are going to spend time together, making memories.  

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  • Nadalie Bardo
    December 20, 2019

    Hey Heather! I commend you for taking a stand. I wish more of us would embrace what we ALREADY have.

  • Amber
    December 19, 2019

    I dont think I could NOT buy gifts, The gift buying and giving is more for my happiness than the kids I think. I’m like that year round though- I just love getting people things. I would have such a difficult time with a no present Christmas! Way to go though- save so much time and money.

  • Emily
    December 18, 2019

    I fully respect that. I feel like my kids have things they need all the time and I would rather spend time with them and get them experiences.

  • Cathclaire
    December 18, 2019

    Memories and time together are so important! I love how you are prioritizing this with your family!

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    December 18, 2019

    This year Christmas is going to be a lot simpler at our house. 4 out of our 5 kids will be here for Christmas and the other one is coming down a few days after Christmas (she’s a manager at Ulta). I’m not doing nearly as many presents and we’ve planned some fun things to do together with our younger kids and older kids while our older kids are in town. I love that you’re focusing on making memories!
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  • Amanda @bephoenixfit
    November 30, 2017

    I love this idea! We are giving gifts, but we are doing the want/need/wear/read gifts only. I have gone overboard way too many times, and I don’t want to raise children who are ungrateful. We focus more all month on things we DO as a family than what we GET. <3

    • The Super Mom Life
      November 30, 2017

      We actually tried the want/need/wear/read gifts last year. It turned into 2 of each, per child plus additional things. I totally failed at that.

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