‘Newlyweds: The First Year’ Finale: 5 Marriage Lessons From the Season

by Melissa Chapman 22 hours ago

Last night the season finale of Newlyweds: The First Year culminated with a Watch What Happens Live reunion. I was thrilled all the couples survived their first year of marriage and still seem committed to their unions. As I watched these newlyweds navigate their first year of not-so-wedded-bliss, the floodgates on my own newlywed year burst open. Like them, I was in for a VERY rude awakening 14 years ago.


Under the impression that marriage was going to be rife with unicorns, rainbows, and birds chirping, I envisioned marriage as sweet as my buttercream wedding cake frosting and as sexy as our Hawaiian honeymoon. I could not have been more off the mark. Continue reading

How to Be a Good Friend When You’re a Busy Working Parent

As busy parents, some weeks it seems like finding time for everything in the friend-and-working-parentschedule can be a challenge – fitting in exercise, grocery shopping, laundry, or just having some “down time” can feel like a struggle at times. We all want the best for our children and that means spending quality time together. But we also know that when we are
well-rounded individuals, we are models for our children to live a good, full

One important component of this is making and maintaining friendships. Friends fill out our lives and give us a place to share secrets and joys and to offer and receive support. Friendships are where we can play and eat together and enjoy time with people we care about. The best friendships stay with us throughout our lives and Continue reading

Work that treadmill honey!!

I can admit I’m gulity of a little of treadmill dancing now and again. In fact, on most days  I work that treadmil like a runway. However I have nothing on this guy!


Seeing Me on TV



Its such a surreal experience to see yourself on national TV… even though I severely wish for a “Crtl+Atl+Delete” at times, I did love every second. And the best part…I look nothing like that anymore. Even more, if I think about the mindset I had while filming, the relationship I had with food and physical activity, it does lend credibilty to the thought “Mind over Matter”.

Can’t wait to share the new “me” with you lovely folks.

Love n Lollipops,


Ricki Lake’s Bridal Bootcamp — week 5 (Reflect)



I just want to reflect on how life changing these last few weeks has been.

Not only am I embracing a healthier lifestyle, I have never felt better! I’m more focused, more confident, and ready to embrace my dreams. I’m still reeling that I had a chance to meet one of my personal heroes, Ricki Lake!! I’ve loved her since Cry Baby, and I will love her forever for being fearless and a role model to all the girls living on the curvier side of life. Before taping the show, I ran into Ricki outside of the green room, and I had to physically restrain myself from picking her up and doing a spin hug. Since that would’ve been really awkward and illegal, Continue reading

Ricki Lake’s Bridal Bootcamp — week 4 (PLATEAU HELL)


WEEK 4 – 14lbs lost

I finally did it. I reached the dreaded plateau. I worked my butt out all week and outside of my wedding cake tasting (yum!) ate really healthy. In theory I did everything I was suppose to, so why in the H-E-Double Hocky Sticks didn’t I lose any weight this week?

Believe me, I’m still scratching my head. My dear and wonderful finance who is supporting me on the journey to living better cut soda out of his diet (something we both did) and now has a six pack. *looks down at own belly and sees no abs* Jigga What?!? )

UGH! This week has been a little confusing Continue reading

“He’s getting big”

That’s my generic response when most people ask me how the baby is doing. For starters, I get this questions 7 or 8 times a day from friends, family member and acquaintances — and am just wondering, is there a better way to answer this?


How much should I share — Pre-baby, whenever someone would go on about their kids, my eyes and my soul would glaze over with boredom.  Now I could on for hours about my lil guy — actually I got a good 45 minute limit before my pre-baby DNA kicks in and tells me to shut the hell up. But really, do my co-workers really want to hear that Lewis is balding so crazy it looks like a reverse mullet or that he chews on his hand all day like its an Olympic sport?  Continue reading

Ricki Lake’s Bridal Bootcamp — week 3 (Blooming Onion)


Week 3 – 13.5 lbs lost

I’m blooming!

Think less like a flower, and more like a prepubescent 13 year old boy. It’s about to get a little TMI in here, but I am one stinky lady!

Eating healthier means more robust breath and more burping. And now that I am working out, it seems that I am in a constant state of sweating. Craig (aka my trainer, aka my torture master, aka cutie with a booty) says this is totally normal and that it’s a sign that my metabolism is on the rise. He thinks it’s great. I just think it’s Continue reading

Ricki Lake’s Bridal Bootcamp — week 2 (MuthaEFFIN Ribs)


WEEK 2  –  9.8lbs lost

I didn’t think it would be possible but this week is actually tougher than last week. I’m in the process of detoxing my body off its sugar and carb dependency and I REALLY miss waffles…and steak. In fact, my secret fantasy is a steak and waffle sandwich with a mash potato drizzle and a box of bacon flavored chocolate for dessert. YUM.

Temptation to cheat on my diet was a living force this week, one that would even make Yoda Continue reading

Tips from Hollywood’s Hottest Trainer (Craig Ramsay)

Look at my cutie-with-a-booty trainer, high kicking it on Ricki Lake. — How this man makes me work out so hard and I still don’t hate him is a mind boggling miracle.

Side Note about the video:  Continue reading