Author: Martine Foreman

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: For the Love of Ta-tas

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time for all of us to think about our own health, while doing what we can to support other women who have been affected by the disease. There are countless opportunities for us to support breast cancer awareness, so we decided to share a list of our favorite breast cancer awareness items. Lips – Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm ($17) by Origins is a great way to keep your lips soft and nourished, while supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Feet – Asics makes some of our favorite sneakers, and this month if...

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5 Years In

Today is my wedding anniversary.  Five year ago today I married a pretty cool dude that I get to call my husband.  I have known him for over 17 years and our “friendship turned love affair” has been one of the most long-lasting experiences of my life.  His love and support have been a constant for me. Our relationship is not perfect.  No one’s is.  We have had our ups and downs, but we still like each other and that makes all the difference.  Love is great, but good luck spending day in and day out looking at someone you don’t really like.  It sounds painful, doesn’t it.  In the five years that we have been married we have moved twice, had two children, experienced one miscarriage, helped mange the healthcare of our moms, and we’ve both switched jobs.  In that time I have also gained 30+ pounds (this baby weight is stubborn as hell), started my writing career and launched JustDiva.  It’s been a busy 5 years. I thank God for the love we’ve shared and the challenges we’ve faced.  I pray that He gives us the wisdom to navigate whatever lies ahead.  I hope my husband knows that even when get gets on my last nerve (and he does get on my last nerve sometimes) I still would climb the highest mountain and cross the deepest sea...

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Praying on the Potty

This weekend I found myself sitting on the toilet — in the dark — praying.  Yep, that’s right.  I was praying while I was using the potty.  In that moment I started to think about all of the things I do in there and I wondered, “is this what my life has come to? Escaping to the potty just to clear my head, read, send emails, tweet, think, or be one with God?” I have had a lot going on lately.  And with everything going on, I have been experiencing the most horrible pain in my neck and shoulders.  And what’s disturbing about the pain is the fact that it’s constant.  Pain is not something I should come to relay on as a constant in my life. I am really not ready for that reality.  But sitting on the potty to do — well, whatever I feel like doing — helps me just relax, relate, release.  It helps with diminishing my shoulder pain. It helps me pull it together so I can rejoin the world with genuine smiles. So, why can’t I pray anywhere else?  Well, I can.  But, the things is, nowhere seems to be as peaceful as the potty right now.  It seems to be the one place where even my 3-year-old respects the need for privacy (this respect is a recent development…thank God).  The potty is...

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My Mom Had a Stroke

Last Tuesday I was in my office getting ready for the workday when my phone rang.  The number wasn’t familiar, but I still picked up because students often call me from all sorts of strange looking numbers.  When I answered the phone, a man on the line said, ” My name is Dr. Holtzman and I am calling from the Emergency Room at Hopkins/Bayview campus.  Is this Marie Marcelin’s daughter?”  I quickly said, “Excuse me… who is this?”  I guess I was in shock.  He responded, “this is Dr. Holtzman, is Ms. Marcelin your mother?”  I told him she...

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20 Things Every Woman Should Have Before She Turns 35

I’ll be 35 in about two months.  I have no clue how I got here.  This journey has been amazing, but I’ve had some bumps along the way. And on some days, it ll feels like a blur.  I mean, dag, didn’t I just turn 25? As I approach 35, I have mixed emotions.  On the one hand I feel pretty good, because I think I’ve done well for myself.  I surely am not where I want to be, but I am also not in a bad place.  I married a good guy who’s my best friend ,and I have two kids who brighten my days beyond measure.  But, of course, I have some concerns about turning 35.  Some days I feel like I am coming up way too short when it comes to the things I’ve accomplished.  Shouldn’t I have done more by now?  A bigger income? More travel experiences under my belt? A blog with an awesome following (working on that), or a published book (working on that too)? Well, for what it’s worth, I think I am figuring it out, and I’m not doing a bad job (hey, if I won’t give myself props, who will?).  I also think that I have my best days ahead of me.  Raising my kids.  Building my marriage.  Watching JustDiva grow.  Sharing my thoughts with my CandidBelle readers.  I am thrilled about...

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Meet Martine

Born-n-raised in Brooklyn, New York, I now live in the suburbs of Maryland with my amazing husband and two hilarious kids. Thanks for visiting. Kick it for a bit and I'm sure you will find something to help you improve the relationships that matter to you most and live a healthier, happier life. Read more...

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