Author: Martine Foreman

23 Signs That You Are STRESSED OUT

I am an emotional eater.  There is no question about that.  If I am sad, angry, anxious or stressed, I stuff my face.  Ice cream, cookies, cake, french fries. It’s bad.  I have actually been pretty stressed in the past few months, but luckily I have only gained about 7 pounds.  Honestly, I have to thank my kids for that.  Keeping up with them forces me to move and burn a few calories throughout the day. Food isn’t the “go to” for all of us, though. For some it’s smoking or drinking.  While others try to cope with the...

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What’s Next for the Sisterhood Project?

Earlier this year, I started something that I hoped would be a movement. It hasn’t been.  However, I can confidently say that it will be. I just need to put more into it.  Movements don’t just happen.  They are nurtured.  Admittedly, I didn’t take the time to nurture my vision.  I let life get in the way. My vision was simple.  Surprise a group of women who matter to me with a small gift that arrived in the mail.  I mailed packages to over 20 women and my only request was this: please forward the gesture to women who matter to them. The women I sent packages to were all touched and expressed such gratitude.  It truly touched my spirit.  Out of over 20 women, there is only one person I never heard from. Frankly, I wasn’t very close to her, so she may have moved in recent years. The thing about something like this is that everyone loves the idea of it, but few women are able to follow through.  And it’s not because they don’t want to (they certainly do), but rather it’s because life happens and they can barely find the time to catch their breath.  I understand, because I have had trouble catching mine this year. But there is some amazing news.  One women I sent a package to is currently in the process of...

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17 Things I’ve Learned By Doing NaBloPoMo

Today is the 28th of November — Thanksgiving Day — and I still find myself on the NaBloPoMo journey.  If I could stick to my weight loss efforts the way I’ve stuck to this, I’d be 40 pounds lighter (Im just saying’). I was thinking about saving this blog post for the 30th, but I’ve decided against it.  Today is a day of thanks, so why not share what I’ve learned during this month-long journey because I truly am thankful for it all. I wasn’t sure what to expect during a month of daily blogging, and frankly I thought doing this might ruin the joy that blogging adds to my life, but I was completely wrong.  This experience has confirmed that on this blogging journey is exactly where I need to be at this moment in my life. Here’s what NaBloPoMo has taught me: 1) Challenges help me grow — even if they aren’t super deep  2) CandidBelle is a true reflection of who I am  3) I need to start creating an editorial calendar (on the 2014 list of “must do” things) 4) There are still some parts of myself I struggle with sharing  5) I can lose weight easily if I care about my health at least as much as I care about blogging  6) My husband truly is one of my biggest fans  7) I have...

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Recipe: The Best Vegan Pumpkin Muffins Ever

My son has multiple food allergies.  Two of them in particular can make it challenging to give him a baked good experience that every kid deserves.  He is allergic to milk protein and eggs.  When I lived in New Jersey a few years ago, I had a group of moms I would hang out with and one day, one of them shared a great recipe for pumpkin muffins.  I was beyond thrilled because baking free of milk protein and eggs was new for me.  I made the recipe the day after receiving it, and it was a hit.  My son loved them. Now, three years later, he still loves these muffins and so does his little sister.  So far she hasn’t shown signs of any food allergies, but she enjoys plenty of egg and milk-free recipes. I had fun whipping these up with my son tonight, and I literally had to chase him upstairs because after eating one he kept sneaking over to the counter to pick pieces off the top of the others.  Trust me, I love it when my kids love anything I make that much. I hope you give them a try.  They are super easy to make. Everyone in my family loves these muffins, and I think they will be a hit with your family, too. Pumpkin Muffin mix before adding flour   Mix after...

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Hope at Home: Where There’s Wine, There’s Hope

Nothing helps us relax at the end of a long day like a glass of wine (don’t judge!). So, when we discovered a way to enjoy our wine and make a difference, we had to learn more. Hope at Home brings a wine party right into your home, while helping you raise money for a worthy cause. To get involved all you have to do is sign-up to host an event at your home (or business). They will then put you in contact with a wine specialist who helps you pull it all together. Once things are in place,...

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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 three 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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