Author: Martine Foreman

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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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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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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