Martine Foreman

Martine Foreman is a writer on a mission to stop working (because when you do what you love, it’s not work). On her lifestyle blog, CandidBelle, Martine shares the ups and downs of her crazy journey as a busy mom of two, wife, and entrepreneur. An honest chick from Brooklyn, NY (now living in the burbs), Martine writes about relationships, motherhood, fitness and inspiration, while also sharing her honest thoughts about a variety of products, tools, services and experiences. Her hope is to help women get the most out of life. A contributor to Black and Married With Kids and MommyNoire, Martine resides in Maryland with her husband, kids and crazy cat Pepper. Follow Martine on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

It's a Jungle Out There: Jungle Book Nursery Collection

I haven’t met a baby yet that doesn’t love animals. They all have their favorites (my kids love elephants and monkeys), and many get excited at the sight of their favorite creature.

The Disney Jungle Book Nursery Collection is beyond cute. Offering bedding, wall hangings, and more, this vibrant collection will give your baby so much to explore. There is no doubt that your precious little one will go completely wild over this nursery. 

Miss Independent

When babies are born, they depend on us for everything. There truly isn’t much they can do without our help. They need us.

As the months fly by, we begin to notice that they don’t quite need us as much as they once did. First, it starts with being able to grab a toy on their own. Next thing you know, they are able to hold their own bottle. Indeed, with time they need us less and less.

In Her Own Shoes

When I was a child, my mom and grandmother spent a lot of time comparing me to my brother. Don’t get me wrong, my mom and grandmother were awesome. My childhood was filled with love, encouragement, good food, and support. However, I think the constant comparing did some damage. I know in my heart that this was not their intent, but it still happened.

7 Tips for Raising a Baby Who Will Love to Read

I recently experienced a perfect end to a very busy day. Bath time was over, and my little munchkins were ready for bed. They both went into my son’s room to select a few books for us to read together for bedtime. They came back with five selections. We all got settled on the big, comfy chair in my daughter’s room, and I began to read. It was perfect.

Her Hugs Sustain Me

My son and my daughter are different in so many ways. He loves really warm water; she likes being splashed with freezing water. She loves avocado and he is not a fan. And from an early age, my son has loved hugs, while Jada—well, she hasn’t really been that big on hugging. She has always shown her affection through smiles.

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