A Couple Of Reasons To Applaud Mankind

There are so many horrendous things that we hear on the news, from the shootings to explosions, you name it, the news has been so awful lately. It almost seems as if the news tries to out do itself every single night. The things that happen today are almost normal—a few decades ago a lot of it would have been unheard of. Unfortunately this is the world we live in.

This week however, I have seen two examples of the amazing side of folks the side that makes us all believe in plain goodness.

Miles Scott aka Batkid


This Batkid has been taking over all of the news, social media and everywhere else you can imagine. If you don’t know the story here goes:

via The Huffington Post:

Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for years fulfilled his wish Friday to be his favorite superhero.

In the process, Miles Scott became a darling of social media and attracted thousands of fans around the country, including the White House.

“When you have an illness, it’s very important to know you have a support system,” said Gina Futrell, a 51-year-old with multiple sclerosis, who was among a large crowd gathered at Union Square for a chance to so see the “Batkid” in action. “I have an extremely strong support system, and I hope he does too. He’s such a little hero.”

Batkid was called into service by Police Chief Greg Suhr and spent the day zooming from one “crime scene” to the next. Accompanied by an adult Batman impersonator, Batkid rescued a damsel in distress from cable car tracks, captured the Riddler as he robbed a bank, and saved the San Francisco Giants mascot — Lou Seal — from the Penguin’s clutches.

I cried when I saw this, mainly because of he was so happy and mostly because of the incredible support system this little guy has. He has been through so much for such a young child, getting to live out his dream with 13,000 of his closest friends is just so beautiful. All dressed up as his favorite superhero saving the world. What he may not know that he really did save the world.


Stories like these don’t come along often. The kindness of the volunteers, the awesomeness of the bat mobile and the grand gesture of the city of San Francisco will forever go down as the most amazing wish ever granted. The Make A Wish foundation does excellent work, but special Kudos to them for pulling this amazing wish off!

Scary Mommy Gives Back

Every year Jill Smokler gives back by creating a fundraiser for families that simply cannot afford thanksgiving. We all know that the prices for basic things like milk, veggies, and fruits are rising, daily. This recession has been super hard, and although no one is really talking about it, it is happening, and it is impossible to ignore.

Only $50 feeds an entire family and if you believe it or not she has already raised enough to feed almost 2500 families so far!! There are and additional couple of hundred on the wait list so if you feel compelled you can donate any amount at this link. I donated like I have for many years, it is one of those things that I don’t even think about.

Scary Mommy Nation

I feel a renewed sense of faith in humanity this week, just in time for the holiday season!

Did you know about Scary Mommy and The Batkid? What are some things that you have seen or witnessed recently that have renewed your faith in mankind?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. After seeing both of those stories myself and having helped in my own small way on the second one, I feel that there is totally still good left in the world. I am so with you on making me feel good this Sunday morning. Thanks for putting a smile on my face today!! :)
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  2. I’m so glad your putting a spotlight on both of these today! I cry every time I see/read/hear about the Batkid story…it doesn’t help that my own son is named Miles!! I love how you wrote that he really is saving the world!!! Yes, he is.
    I also knew (and donated to) the Scary Mommy campaign. There’s a family in our neighborhood who collects food and gift cards to feed families in our town as well as the boys collection at school. I love that these organizations are in place – it makes it simple for me to give back and truly give thanks for all that we have.
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    • I know, I thought about your boy when I heard his name :) There are some great people out there doing some great things, I hope to help even a little!

  3. Mrs. Pancakes says:

    i heard about BatKid too and loved the story…what a loving spirit!

  4. These are two stories I’ve been following religiously. I think BatKid really is a hero, as well as everyone who participated. It gave many people something to believe in. And to cry the good tears about. Hoping for a really long life for him, in which he always knows what he did on a day in November.
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  5. It is nice when we see a story like these – seems so rare these days. Thanks for sharing some great stories and a reason to keep believing in the “good” of people!

  6. I’m a sucker for stories like this! I love watching movies and shows like this always! My new series I really enjoy that reminds me of this is Cousins Undercover on HGTV. I love watching the decor changes and rennovations they do for peole in the houses, but the kicker is they are doing them for heroes in towns and in our country. I just think it is so awesome to give back to people who are always giving and just are so selfless like that. Awesome post, lady!
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  7. I’d read about Mile’s story the other day & I thought it was absolutely amazing. Things like this should take place more often. You never know how a good support system can make someone feel in the long run and I just know this boy was more than overjoyed.

    I didn’t know about Scary Mommy, until now. I think that is such a nice thing to do!
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  8. I love when you see a story like this! Thanks for sharing it – I hadn’t seen it yet!
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  9. Yep! The BatKid story is one of my favorites of all time. There is nothing about it that does not make you feel better about the world. :)-Ashley
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    I first the batkid story pop up on my IG feed and it bought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for him and pray that he along with all others who are suffering form illness can be healed.

  11. Batkid really brings a smile to my face. So very happy for him! And I’m all aboard re: Scary Mommy. Good turns like hers deserve much mention.
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  12. The Batkid story is something else… shows that there really sill is good in this world:)
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  13. Oh my goodness, that batkid story is so sweet – and heartbreaking at the same time. Kudos to whoever it was that made sure it happened. I’d never heard of the Scary Mommy Thanksgiving program either. Sometimes I’m just amazed at the small things people do to help others. Recently, T decided she wanted to decorate cards (i.e. color on plain paper) for “the poor”. It may not be food, or money, but it was something she wanted to do out of kindness. Sometimes kids just make you re-think what it means to help out, you know?
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    • yes I know what you mean. Good for T, I love that she is conscious and aware of the less fortunate, you are doing a good job mama!

  14. I did not hear about Batkid but this is seriously one of the best things I’ve read all day. Thank you!
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  15. nellie, i’m so glad you shared this on your blog. we have been going cuckoo for batkid!

  16. The Batkid story was great! It’s so awesome that the city helped make that happen. That’s something that little boy will never forget.
    I hadn’t heard about Scary Mommy, but what she is doing is wonderful. The price of food is rapidly increasing. The good thing about a Thanksgiving meal is the family will have leftovers for days!
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  17. That batman story was the best. It totally made my day when I heard about it. I guess there is still some humanity left in all of us.
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