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 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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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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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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Falynn has always been our little fashionista #ad But now that she's older, she's discovering her own sense of style. She prefers shorts to dresses, hats to headbands and would call her own style "swagalicious," if you ask her. She was super excited to receive this new #BMR1959 Ken doll! She must have spent 15 minutes describing each piece of his outfit. She really got a kick out of their matching hairdos! I love watching her enjoy @Barbie as much as I did as a kid! BMR1959™ is perfect for the holidays! These bold, fully posable dolls capture the diverse looks found in today’s streetwear culture. From high-low fashion mixes, re-imagined ‘90s gear to juxtaposed patterns, textures, and silhouettes, this curated ensemble is all about personal expression and style. Is #Barbie a staple in your home as well? .
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The Mistake I Made Asking Twitter for Prayers and Positivity

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I’ve been on Twitter for less than a month.  I started the account for our blog, hoping to reach other bloggers and get our messages out to a larger audience.  Of course, like most of the people that tweet, I was hoping that my tweets would get a lot of interaction and maybe even go viral at some point.  But NEVER did I imagine that it would happen like this and because I used the word “praying.”

In between getting our house and family prepared for Hurricane Irma, I sat down to check on the comments received from our latest blog post.  It was one comment on our post that had me intrigued… “Stay strong mama! Prayers with you! AND YES PRAYERS!!!! (I saw the nonsense comments on your Twitter). ?”  What?! The comments on my Twitter?  I have 300 followers and I’m lucky if I get 2 notifications each time I log in daily.  There were people actually commenting on one of my tweets? Sweet!

So I log in to Twitter…. and I see this:

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99+ notifications?!  Wow!  That’s impressive.  I’ve never seen that before.  People actually wanted to read what I had to say?  And then I clicked on the notifications and my heart dropped.  It was my post about Hurricane Irma.

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It had been getting lots of retweets, likes and comments.  Thousands of likes and retweets… Earlier that morning, I had seen on the news that the hurricane had weakened a bit and I quickly posted an image and tweeted, “She’s getting weaker. Keep praying! ”   And people went crazy.  Obviously my positivity and hopeful attitude wasn’t as welcomed as it should have been. It turned into a crazy frenzy of people mocking me because I thought prayer was making the hurricane weaker.   Calling me, the mother of 3, a “dumb ass”, an “f-ing idiot” and many other colorful terms.

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And here I am, sitting next to my 11 year old daughter who was (for a brief second), excited that her prayers were being answered, watching her facial expression turn to confusion.   In that instant, my heart broke.  Let me make something clear… we are NOT sitting in our home, unprepared, praying the hurricane away.  We are prepared as are our local family and friends. Our house is shuttered, we are not in an evacuation zone, we have plenty of food and water and we’ve secured all things outside as well as helped shutter up multiple neighbors homes… AND we are praying.  We are not “Jesus fanatics”.  In fact, I’m Jewish, my husband is Christian and we are praying because it gives us and our family a sense of hope.  So for these ridiculous people who thought that bashing my beliefs on Twitter was going to stop us from staying positive in the path of this massive hurricane, I am sorry to tell you that you haven’t swayed our faith at all.  You never will.  I will continue to teach my children to follow their faith, their beliefs and ALWAYS stay positive, no matter what. Like I told my daughters, everyone is allowed to believe in what they believe in but no one should ever tell you that your beliefs are wrong because they are yours.

I’m sorry that you are all so angry and negative.  For those that sent us positive messages and prayers, I thank you.  With hours away before we see any of the effects of Hurricane Irma, we are hopeful that we will not get the worst part of the storm.  I will continue to spend my time taking care of my family and making sure they aren’t scared.   I will continue to spread messages of positivity because that’s what we all need at a time like this.

If you are in Irma’s path, you will be in our prayers, whether you think they will help you or not.  When the storm passes, my husband and I will be the first ones outside, helping a hand to any neighbors in need.  We will remain the kind-hearted, positive people we are, regardless of those social media trolls who have nothing better to do than try to bring others down.    Stay safe, but most of all, stay positive.

 

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  • Kim
    September 12, 2017

    Wow I can’t believe how many people got worked up over this! Obviously, you are smart enough to prepare for the storm. You can do BOTH pray and prepare! Since these strangers on the internet don’t personally know you, they probably took it the wrong way. There was nothing wrong with your positive post. Even though I am not religious at all, I interpreted the word “praying” as giving positive energy and hoping for the best. Sorry that people went bonkers on the Internet! I wouldn’t take any personal offense to it. These people are strangers who don’t know you.

    • TheSmallFashionista
      September 12, 2017

      I definitely didn’t take it personally. It just made me sad to see so much negativity when all we were looking for was hope.

  • thejessicacali
    September 11, 2017

    This has to be one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. So they don’t believe in God, or prayer, that doesn’t mean they need to be so mean. I feel sorry for them, and will pray for THEM, along with all those who have been affected by Irma.

  • Veronica
    September 10, 2017

    I will never understand how people can be so mean! I’m so sorry people have treated you this way. What a sad way to live, I just feel sorry for those people. I will continue to pray for those in the storm’s path including your beautiful family ❤️ Stay safe mama and don’t let this negativity stick, let it roll right off you. Their problem isn’t with you, they’ve got bigger issues ?

    • TheSmallFashionista
      September 12, 2017

      Thanks so much Veronica! We are safe. No serious damage to our area. We are just waiting for the power to be restored (hopefully soon).

  • Sasha R
    September 9, 2017

    People are such complete assholes. I don’t pray, personally, so I feel like a hypocrite saying “my prayers are with you” to people, so I say, “sending my best positive energy to you.” Really, what’s the difference? If it makes you feel better and more in control on an uncontrollable situation… people just suck.

    • TheSmallFashionista
      September 9, 2017

      Yes! Positive energy is equally as appreciated. That’s all any of us really need.

  • soulandgracedesigns
    September 9, 2017

    I happened to run across this post while checking on Irma – I am so sorry that people are so anti anything they don’t understand. #staystrongandpray and hugs to you

    • TheSmallFashionista
      September 9, 2017

      Thanks so much!

  • Tracy Shane
    September 9, 2017

    ??????????
    #staystrongandpray

    • TheSmallFashionista
      September 9, 2017

      Always!

  • Dorie Kirk
    September 9, 2017

    The fact that folks sit around on social media waiting to throw a “RETARD” meme at a blogging mom on Twitter is exactly why I monitor my children’s technology! At what point will they put their devices down and DO LIFE!? I am so sorry you fell victim of their nasty words. Please, remember it is because they’re lost and confused, And someone told them their opinion was paramount to life experiences!

    God Bless everyone in Florida, and may they hustle AND pray for survival and recovery!
    Texas is thinking of you constantly.

    • TheSmallFashionista
      September 9, 2017

      Thank you Dorie! I agree. The negativity and entitled nature of these trolls baffles me. They are wasting their lives trying to make others miserable. It’s sad.

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