Valentine’s Day: Lady Gaga, Red Rain Boots and Trolls on Friday Frivolity

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of Friday Frivolity. We have two awesome co-hosts joining us this week so be sure to visit their sites and say howdy! So what do Lady Gaga, red rain boots, trolls and bullies have to do with Valentine’s Day? I’m so glad you asked.

Lessons on self acceptance from Lady Gaga, red rain boots, trolls and bullies.

Have you heard that Lady Gaga is fat?


Yup, the trolls took to social media to body shame her after her Super Bowl performance. Really? First, where is this flab? Second, that was your take away from her performance? Third, have you nothing better to do?

Third Grade Fashion Police

Meanwhile in local news, according to the Queen Bees of the Third Grade at our elementary school, these red rain boots are for girls only.

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Yup, a few of my son’s schoolmates saw fit to ridicule him for wearing “girls rain boots”. I know I am behind the times fashion-wise. Did I miss a memo that says red is now exclusively a “girl” color?


Trolls and bullies

I’ll never understand the trolls and bullies that feel the need to put others down.

The Most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at other people... no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.


J was confused when his friend was explaining to me what happened.  “But, I’m a boy?” He still doesn’t understand when people are making fun of him. Not only does it not register with him, he cannot comprehend being mean just to be mean. He was probably just annoyed they interrupted whatever he was thinking about to tell him about their fashion dictates.

Lady Gaga’s response to the criticism was inspirational. She ignored the haters and encouraged everyone to love themselves.

I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too.


The most important person to love is yourself.

Unlike my son or Lady Gaga, I would probably crumple under such criticism. There are others that would become so filled with self doubt from the careless hurtful words of others that they take things to the extreme by harming themselves mentally and physically.

Words are powerful. Choose yours carefully. Especially when talking about yourself.


be a pineapple, stand tall wear a crown and be sweet inside

A tough skin helps too.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. Mark Twain

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha


Or as Lady Gaga wrote:

Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions.


This Valentine’s Day, and every day, I urge you to love and cherish yourself. You ARE worthy.



Now on to the link-up! 😀
Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!


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In a fun twist, since we now have multiple hosts and co-hosts we will also have multiple FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other blogs to see if you were featured there! 😉

The Hosts:

FridayFrivolity host Sarah Eliza of Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more!  Stop by her blog for winter Capsule Wardrobe inspiration — mix-and-match outfit inspiration in burgundy and olive! 

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.” Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Audrey’s most recent post is a fantastic tutorial on creating a clickable image map that links to multiple pages / sites… a must-read for any blogger who designs images!

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa’s latest post is an awesome collection of resources you can use to teach your child about the Biblical story of Jonah at home.

FridayFrivolity host Jessica from Babi a Fi
Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! Her latest post, 40 Questions Meme, is a great way to get to know her better!
Guest Co-Hosts for February: 

Amethyst from One Sage Mama! 

Amethyst is a fantastically encouraging and thoughtful blogger, who shares new-mama adventures, self-care advice, book and product reviews and so much more over at One Sage Mama. Her most recent post, in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, is a review of a heartwarming story entitled Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection.  

Patricia from Pretty Fly for a White Mom
Patricia is a marvelously honest and funny writer, who shares her warm and humorous reflections on life and motherhood over at Pretty Fly for A White Mom.  And ooooh yesss, she rewrites and performs music too!  Check out her post What Makes Me Fly for the scoop on how she chose her blog name, AND a selection of some of her greatest hits… one of which has to qualify as the cutest baby announcement ever!
Could it be you?? #FridayFrivolity link-up looking for new cohosts!
Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay! We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun! Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment. 🙂 Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!


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  1. Red is not an exclusive girl color last I checked. Don’t boys wear red all the time? I think the boots are cute. Hope your son is okay with handling the bullying. People (not just kids) find reasons to bully others that are ridiculous. Even if the boots were hot pink it’s not like a boy can’t wear them. To each their own. I’m glad to connect with you as a co-host this month. Can’t wait to see more of your content. ?

    I loved the pineapple meme!

    1. The irony is we just finished Kindness Counts week and obviously these two girls didn’t get the message.

      Unfortunately, we have adults that think it is okay to act the same way towards celebrities or people they don’t agree with.

  2. I love Gaga’s comment to be “relentlessly you”. She’s awesome and so is your son- and seriously rain boots of all things to critique? Not that it’s ever ok, but rain boots? I love how you took all of these seemingly unrelated ideas and had a post about loving yourself this Valentine’s. Awesome!

    1. If I didn’t turn it into a post about loving yourself it was going to be a nasty rant post. And I would be just as bad as the bullies and trolls.

      Besides, that’s what these things are ultimately about. My son and Lady Gaga innately understand that other people’s opinions don’t matter. I need to learn that lesson.

  3. I actually thought red was a boy color – based solely on my students’ favorite colors over the years (red, green and blue were the choice of boys and it was always either pink or purple for girls) and on the fact that whenever Gv tells someone that red’s her favorite color, they look at her like she has 3 heads – sometimes they even say, “really? not pink or purple?”

    Pa-tooey on those trolls!

    1. Red being a strong color was considered a male color, and little boys were dressed in pink as a lighter red. Blue was a calm color therefore female. How and when it got switched I don’t know, but the whole thing is silly.

      As Sarah says, wear what you love.

      1. YES I am so aware of color choice all over again with the baby girl coming! I’m already working really hard to keep the colors around her eclectic, ha.

  4. For years, when my sister was little, she wouldn’t wear brown, black or green. Those were “boy colors” to here. My mom would get particularly frustrated shoe shopping. Even when they were clearly girls shoes–say brown fashion boots, she would refuse. It’s funny how kids view things. I try to teach my older daughter that colors are neutral- wear what you like. I wish other parents had those conversations too.

    1. I thought we did away with colors being gender specific thing years ago, but some people have nothing better to do with their time. Like the adults that took to social media to try to tear down Lady Gaga.

  5. Gaga practically has a six pack. I can’t believe the lashing she took over her non-existent fat rolls.

    But what has my blood boiling right now is what happened to your son and his (extremely awesome) red rain boots. Since when can a boy not wear red? I blame the parents or lack thereof. Who are the people raising these kids to be so damn mean? I so don’t deal well with the bullying where my kids are concerned. It legitimately makes me want to go trip kids on the playground. Sorry, not sorry. Tell your son those boots are awesome and often times kids only say rude things because they’re jealous. Assholes. Grrrr.

    Okay, enough ranting for this girl. Loving your music picks too! XO


    1. Ha ha! My son couldn’t care less. His friends were the ones that got angry. They always look out for him, which makes me happy. I feel bad that they care more than my son does.

  6. Lady Gaga nailed it, stood strong and made mince pie of the haters. This world could use some kindness and empathy. Great post Audrey! Happy weekend! #FridayFrivolity xoxo

    1. I guess there will always be haters and all we can do is try to drown them out with kindness and empathy, right?

  7. People are cruel. I’ll never understand what goes through the mind of some of these people. My daughter likes a lot of boy stuff and wears spiderman sneakers. I’ve often thought about how much easier that is than if I had a boy that liked girl stuff. Not that red boots are girly. Tell him that Daredevil wears all red and kicks ass. #fridayfriviolity

    1. My son dances to the beat of his own drum and can’t be bothered to listen to anyone else. I wish I could be more like him sometimes.

  8. Ugh, infuriating! Love the pineapple thing… the tough skin thing definitely has been important for me to learn for self-preservation haha. Thank you for the uplifting message for Valentine’s Day!! Keep battling the Nasties and the Haters!!

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