Author: Martine Foreman

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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To Philly With Love

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, our editor saw a side of Philly that she has never seen before. Filled with opportunities and attractions that will leave children and adults wanting more, we think Philly is now on our list of favorite cities. Most known for its cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell and the Rocky stairs, you’ll be surprised when you realize how much more Philly has to offer. Do you have young children? Then you must check out the Please Touch Museum. It’s an amazing experience for adults and children, alike. Looking for a cool opportunity for older kids? There are...

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Being a Stay at Home Mom: Is it the Right Choice?

Lately I have been having an internal struggle, and I just can’t seem to reach a conclusion yet.  I have been thinking about my full-time job, looking at this life I am trying to build as a writer and entrepreneur, and have been mulling over our monthly expenses – all in an attempt to figure out if I should continue working outside of the home or staying at home with my kids.  Any mom who’s ever had this struggle knows exactly what I am dealing with.  It is not easy. When I have this discussion I am very careful 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 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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