LUNCH with a LEADER: Robin Roberts shares her parenting regrets at private luncheon


( – Over the years, I’ve gotten to have lunch with Robin Roberts a time or two. One of the most memorable was during a Howard University alumni event held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. I remember it most for the sexy young escorts we were all assigned. My escort was a business major from the Caribbean who kissed my hand before putting a glass of champagne in it. As if that was not enough, the other guest speaker was Dr. Sheila Lee Johnson who is co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and was the first Black female billionaire in America. She’d just opened her horse farm and resort and catered the luncheon which explains why the food was over-the-top yummy!

But the real reason I remember the luncheon was because my escort brought me pearls. Let me explain. The event was sponsored by IRIDESSE, the retail jeweler devoted exclusively to celebrating the natural beauty of cultured pearls. The theme was to ensure that all of us young women remembered to treat ourselves as delicate pearls. To remember that while sometimes in life we’ll get scruffed up, we can overcome anything with the right attitude and a lot of faith. This message was delivered by Robin herself. She was funny, inspiring and grateful for her life.

Flash forward a few years, the luncheon with Robin Roberts at the recently opened NY Yankee steakhouse overlooking the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City was just as special. Maybe even more so. Robin has survived two bouts with cancer, the latter few thought she’d make it out of. But there she was about four chairs away from me chatting it up with about three dozen, hand-selected social media influencers. She wasn’t bothered by the microphone that wouldn’t work. She wasn’t bothered by the loud music that suddenly began playing downstairs. Robin Roberts was just as grateful for her life as ever.

It had been a particularly tough morning for me prior to the luncheon. I’d even thought about not attending but I remember thinking, “If anyone can lift my spirits, it’s Robin Roberts.” Boy, was I right.

Her book is entitled, “Everybody’s Got Something,” the title is borrowed from a well-used phrase her mother said to her during throughout Robin’s life. She talked about positivity and cutting off anyone – on the spot – who didn’t bring a positive vibe to her.

“It’s hard enough to go through anything in life without someone bringing negativity,” Robin told us. She even confessed that she often wonders if she made the correct choice to not have children. In her own way, her face told the story of her regrets, a bold confession to a room full of mommy bloggers.

Still, Robin’s happiness at where her life is right now couldn’t be overlooked. Her positive outlook was contagious, inspiring and exactly what I needed that day….and everyday!


30 MINUTE MAKEOVER: Burlington gave a popular mom blogger a $50 giftcard to find an outfit for a private party with Wendy Williams


Dress #1: Cute color but a little to workish

( – MY WENDY WILLIAMS EXPERIENCE: First-time romance novelist Wendy Williams and her friends at Burlington hand picked three dozen social media influencers and sent $50 gift cards by FedEx with one mission: “Put together one complete outfit including accessories and shoes without going over.” I was thrilled that as the Single Mom’s founder, I got a thumbs up from Wendy on her outfit.”That looks really nice on you,” Wendy told me in front of everyone at the intimate get together at a newly opened Times Square restaurant.


Dress #2: Too cocktailish


What happens when on mom blogger is given a challenge to do a 30-minute makeover with only $50 gift card from Burlington no stylist? Did we mention the challenge took place in Manhattan? Here’s how the results of the Celebrity Baby Parent Blogger Network 30-Minute Makeover® Challenge:

Wendy liked the outfit, but how did the experience rank with me?

I thought the outfit was fun, although the shoes hurt like hell and I didn’t love them. Overall, the entire shopping experience – barring the the snake-like check out line – was very fun. It’s been years since I’ve been in Burlington – even then I always did a bee line for their baby section. I have to say I was surprised by the choices. Ok, I was overwhelmed. I admit, I stopped several women and enlisted them as my on-the-spot stylist. They were great and really felt invested in the project.  wendy
30 minutes with no stylist for a mom is really tough. We’re just not used to buying things for ourselves. The kids, yes, but just for us. There was a ton of mom guilt. Once I got over that,  I really appreciated the selection and recognized many brands I know and love. I’ll definitely shop at Burlington again – and this time for the whole family including me!
Here are the final results from my personal experience at Burlington:


thanksA big thank you to Burlington for including me in the mini commercial about the event. Of course a giant thank you to Wendy Williams for the fashion tips, bottomless champagne and for autographing her copy of her book, “Hold Me in Contempt.” It’s been a quick and easy read made more special by the memory of spending a special night with another special media mom. Wendy wore a dress from Burlington on her show that day. Here’s the video. What do you think about it?

SAVINGS TIP: How to turn $17 into $93 worth of products


Glade was originally $8.99, marked down to $4.89 and I had a coupon for 3 off. Making them $1.89 each 😉 plus an extra 5% with cartwheel making them $1.39 each

Band refresh wipes ( awesome for hot summer days for face/body. These where free! I had a coupon making them free. I saved $21!

Q-tips where buy three get one free plus an extra 5% with cartwheel. Paid 3.69 a box of 1,000 q-tips.

Rolaids where 5.99 with a $3.50 off making them $1.50

Eye drops in clearance section and an extra 20% off with cartwheel so I paid 88¢

Pedia care was $1.74 on clearance.

Benadryl was $2.39 and I had a coupon for $2 off, making them each 39¢ 😉 woohoo!


Thanks to mom blogger: GypsyMama77 for sharing

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