2014 Year In Review: My Favorite Posts

2014 Year In Review

2014 Year In Review

2014 was the first officially year of FAB Haute Mama. I started the process of creating this site on July 31, 2013 (my grandmum’s birthday) but didn’t get in a groove until 2014. I have enjoyed the year, gained new blogger friends aka blogger boos, wonderful mentors and developed true and meaningful friendships beyond the blogosphere. Here is my 2014 Year in Review: Favorite Blog Post on FAB Haute Mama. 

Brown Baby Love


Why I love it? Moms sharing their stories, thoughts and love for their little ones. Some shared journeys of triumph others shared just how much the little things in motherhood mean to them. The series will be coming back in 2015. See what these moms had to say:

Brown Baby Love: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Want to join? Let me know in the comments.

My Birth Story 

Birth Story Cover

This was a brave one for me. This is my very own Brown Baby Love story. I have never shared my complete birth story from pregnancy, to birth, to the post pregnancy storms and surgery. I finally got the courage and I am so glad I did. Hopefully my journey will help someone else.

Avocado Peach Pops

Avocado Peach Pop Cover

Why I Love It? Easy to make and a great wholesome treat for the whole family. This recipe was totally #toddlerapproved. We have several versions all using avocado as the main ingredient. Cheers to healthy fats!
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Apple Picking

Apple Picking

Why I Love It? I love when we get out and do fun things as a family. It’s hard to plan with The Hubs schedule change which now has him working weekends. Also because Big Z is only here every other weekend, timing is everything. Seeing the girls get into apple picking with their dad made me so happy. Those apple doughnuts and cider were the best bonus ever for this expecting mama.


Favorite Summer Lipsticks

Getting together with some of my favorite blogger boos to do this post was so much fun. I love a great lippy but most days I barely make it past lip balm. This post reminded me that I need to put on some lipstick and throw caution to the wind.



I really stepped up and put it out there. I am not fearless. I don’t want to live in fear but I had to be honest and share this part of me. We constantly hear “Have no fear” but I think it’s ok to have a little fear just as long as you don’t let it consume you. Fear is what it is and it takes courage to push past it.

Teaching Children About Their Culture


Caribbean Culture

We took a trip to our hometown this summer. I missed it and I enjoyed every moment. Even riding the train! A trip to the children’s museum was perfect for Sugar Plum Z and it gave me the opportunity to see her embrace our caribbean culture in her own toddler way. We have been doing more exploring of our culture so stay tuned in 2015!

July 4th 10K Recap

4th of july

I reread this post this morning and I cried. I could literally remember every step. My emotions were so heavy thats day. Doing a 10K was the plan B on my bucket list item of completing my first half marathon in 2014. Due to pregnancy and my high risk status, my half marathon goal has been pushed to 2015. However this 10K was just as monumental. Why? I ran it in honor of our family’s hero Private First Class Errol “Elijah” Millard who was killed in action on July 4, 2013. Completing this half on the one year anniversary of his death was the best and only way for me to spend the day. RIP sweet nephew.

What were your highlights for 2014? 

I’m ready for a FAB and fun filled 2015. Happy New Year. 


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  • Reply
    Vashti (
    December 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I can’t believe we only *met* this year. Seems like we’ve been friends for years lol. It was great connecting with you and meeting my niece Zoe. Looking forward to all the greatness we will achieve in 2015.
    Here’s to an amazing year.

    • Reply
      M J
      December 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Tell me about Vee! I feel like it has been too many years to count and that is wonderful. Thanks for being a great friend. And when we hug… man oh man!

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    December 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    So glad that you finally had the courage and the time to post your birth story. This will help those moms-to-be to relate to the experience and learn more about the process. I’m sure this will uplift their spirits and make them more positive.

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      M J
      December 30, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Thank you Kirstin. I am glad I had the courage too. I’ve already received feedback from other women who have fertility issues. I am happy to support them.

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    Christine @MomsNCharge
    December 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    You definitely had an amazing year! This was such a great recap. Congrats on creating such a fab blog and especially on your 10K. I can imagine how great that made you feel to do that. Can’t wait to see you soar in 2015 🙂

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      M J
      December 30, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Thank you Christine. I really appreciate your friendship and mentorship. I can’t thank you enough for helping to spread my wings. I’m looking forward to great things from you and Moms N Charge in 2015!

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    Nicole Brewer
    December 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Fab! It looks like it was an amazing year. Congrats on the baby and all of the success. Cheers to a great 2015!

    • Reply
      M J
      December 30, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      Thank you Nicole. I can’t wait to see the world like you. Will have some family trips but some solo trips are in order once they are all grown up. Happy New Year.

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    Joyful Gifts by Julie
    December 30, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    I started my blog in a similar way that you did. My started this year with Mother’s Day right around the corner and I was loving all of my short stories about family and especially my son. I love that you are writing about your baby’s life story as you go along. It will be a great thing for you and her to treasure forever.

    • Reply
      M J
      December 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Thank you Julie. I truly believe keeping this memories alive will bring joy to her and to the rest of our family for years to come. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    Fi Ní Neachtáin
    December 30, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    I love these recap posts, it’s so great to look back on a bloggers year and you’ve had a fantastic one! Well done on your 10K, one day I hope to complete one too. It’s great that you’re teaching your daughter about her culture, I do that with my son too, he’s Irish, Polish and South African. I hope 2015 is an equally great year for you 🙂

    • Reply
      M J
      December 30, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Thank you Fi. It was a great year. Looking forward to 2015.

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    December 30, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    What an incredible year–and what great posts! Your daughter is absolutely adorable, and I love that you’re working with her to help her understand her heritage. What amazing posts about your birth story: it took me a long time (almost five months) after my daughter was born before I was able to process everything enough to share it. While her arrival was unpredictable and terrifying, I’m so glad I have her! Here’s to a wonderful 2015 on your blog! 🙂

    • Reply
      M J
      December 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Thank you Natalie. I love this little girl and I plan to make her life beautiful while teaching her all about the good of the world and being kind.

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    December 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    MJ, what an incredible blogging year you’ve had. I love the Brown Baby Love Series, all your amazing recipes and the fact that you were brave enough to share your moving birth story. I already know that 2015 will be EPIC for you and Fab Haute Mama and I can’t wait to see the heights you’ll take it to. Cheers. xo

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      M J
      December 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Thank you Adanna. Your support and encouragement means the world to me. I really appreciate our bond and friendship. Can’t wait to see you and the kids again. Happy New Year and I am definitely wishing you and Rattles & Heels major success.

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    Notorious Spinks
    December 31, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    I’m so sorry about your nephew. Sending light your way. I love this wrap post. It looks like you had some great things going on and your Baby Z is so pretty. Her and that apple and pure adorbs.

    I am going to check out these Avocado Peach Pops because I’m working on changing my diet for 2015 and these will be great for when I want a snack because I love, love, love avocados.

    Thanks and here’s to an awesome 2015.

    • Reply
      M J
      December 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Thank You. His memory lives on every day. A true hero to this world. Our year was great overall. Happy New Year.

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