Friday, March 20, 2009


Yup—it’s a par-tay over here y’all! It’s Spring, life is good, and MyBrownBaby is droppin’ it like it’s hot at 5 Minutes For Mom’s Ultimate Blog Party 2009! There are a bunch of new bloggers to meet. Lots of prizes. Recipes. Music. Drinks. Definitely my kind of party! Stroll on over there to list your blog or sign up for prizes (be sure to read the details on how to participate) and then click away to meet new blog friends.

If you’re new to MyBrownBaby, here’s the quick and dirty on the site: I’m Denene Millner, a 15-time author, contributing editor at Parenting and Essence magazines, the Real Talk mom at Momtourage, and associate editor at the travel magazine, Odyssey Couleur. My latest book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” which I wrote with the comedian Steve Harvey, is at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers List, and was featured on Oprah a few weeks ago.

More importantly, I’m a mom of three beautiful kids, the wife of an awesome magazine editor/writer, the proud owner of a spectacular Goldendoodle, Teddy, and ridiculously giddy for no good doggone reason. Maybe I’m just a hopeless optimist, but I try to remind myself every day how blessed I am for good health, a sound mind, strength, and above all else, the good, hearty, everlasting love of a beautiful family. Mary put it best:

Feels so good,
When you’re doing all the things that you want to do
Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
Keep your head up high
In yourself, believe in you, believe in me

Having a really good time, I’m not complaining
And I’m a still wear a smile if it’s raining
I got to enjoy myself regardless
I appreciate life, I’m so glad I got mine

So I like what I see when I’m looking at me
when I’m walking past the mirror
Ain’t worried about you and what you gonna do
I’m a lady so I must stay classy
Got to keep it hot, keep it together
If I want to get better
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine… WHOO!

Yup—I’m just fine. If you’re new to MyBrownBaby, come on in and take a look around. Check out what I do to FIND ME-TIME, and how me and my girls KICK IT OL' SCHOOL. Check our what legendary actress DIAHANN CARROLL whispered in my ear, how I feel about BLACK DADS, PLAYING IN THE SUN, and SOLO VACATIONS. You’ll also find some great music here, too, including videos from artists like INDIA.AIRE, ANGIE STONE, and LEDISI, as well as some great recipes from my daughters’ “Home Made Love” cookbook. You’ll find, too, that I don’t mind speaking my mind, particularly when the NEIGHBORS GO WILD, BET GETS LOW, and I get nervous for my AFRICAN AMERICAN SON. No conversation is off-limits, and sometimes it can get a little ROWDY around here. But every post is meant to give voice to black moms looking to get in on the parenting debate, and certainly to invite ALL moms to talk about what we love to talk about most: motherhood.

So crank up the tunes—Mary J. Blige is getting it hot up in here! Then check out the site, and introduce yourself in the comment section. If you're interested in contributing posts to MyBrownBaby, email me at denenemillner at gmail dot com. I’m happy you stopped by!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

When you’re done, go on over to 5 Minutes For Mom to check out the swag. I’m offering up an autographed collection of five of my books, including “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” (#USC 24). And I'm going to go for a few prizes of my own, including:

1. #58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer, from Moms Who Think
2. #INTL 19 — $130 Sponsor spot on Tip Junkie, from Tip Junkie
3. #37 — Omron HJ-112 Digital Premium Pedometer, from Fat Loss Chronicles

My other favs are: 15, 2, 50, 8, 19, 21, 22, 26, USC48, USC49, and USC47

Have fun!

PHOTO CREDIT: "Jitterbug," by the brilliant Harlem Renaissance artist, William H. Johnson.

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  1. Good Morning :) I am stopping by via UBP to say Hi. I love that Mary J Blige song. It always puts me in a good mood.

  2. Hi!

    I am currently reading "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” I love your blog and will be back often!

  3. Wooohooo! The party has arrived! I hope I win your book!... But if I don't I'll buy it anyway, haha.

  4. Thanks for stopping by...Love your blog design, your whole blog just gets me in a feel good mood! Loving Mary J as well!

  5. hey Denene, thanks for visiting my little blog. I'm so glad to meet you. It's great to "see" women who don't look like me at the party. God bless and... WOOT! :)

  6. Ain't no party like an mom blogger party, cuz a mom blogger party don't St-op!!! Woot, woot! Hey party people! I'm Akilah S. Richards, b/k/a Execumama, and I'm simply here to share, learn, enhance and of course, par-tay!

  7. Oh, and thanks for the information! As always, you're such a!

  8. Hi! Thanks for stopping by. You have a very nice site. I am going to check out some posts now.

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You sure know how to throw a party here. I'm gonna poke around a little more. Have fun this week

  10. Wow do you have a voice! You Go Girl! Stopping in to visit all the party goers! Party on!

    I am participating too!

  11. Hello! I'm making my rounds at this party! My post is up. I'm a book blogger. I've got 9 book giveaways this week!


  12. So nice to meet you! I just love Parenting magazine!

    Have fun at the blog party!

  13. Nice site you have here. Happy blog party!

  14. This post is making me ready to par-tay!
    I'm inspired!
    Where are the snacks??

  15. Hi Denene,

    I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out and say hello. What a great week we are in for!

    Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

    The Divine Miss Mommy

  16. I'm stopping by from the UBP today! :) I'm the mama of a precious little brown baby! :) Your site looks like a lot of fun!


  17. Love your blog and I just enjoy coming by here so much. Keep up the great work! Oh and I love that Mary J Blige song :-)

  18. Happy UBP! :)
    Hope you have a fabulous day!


  19. Happy 2nd Party Day !!

    I so love this site !! Its so beautiful and direct. I really admire you and it.

  20. HI nice to meet you! Hope you are having fun at the party. My daughter is biracial so I am beginning to understand the concern of being judged based on color! I only hope I can be as good a mother as you appear to have been! I would also like to invite you to participate in Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post! Never too late to link.

  21. Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


    I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

  22. wow what a fantastic blog you have. It is terrific. Thank you for inviting us all to stop by during the blog party. I will be back. I enjoyed myself.
    Have Fun!!!

  23. I love your blog
    Happy UBP!!!

  24. I came by here and saw that you were having a PAR-TAY! So I went and signed up for one of my own! Now, I'm back a because in all the excitement, I forgot to leave you a comment and let you know that your party sounds so much more exciting than my own, especially since you are giving away some autographed copies of your books which I would so LOVE!

    Happy UBP 09!

  25. Girl, leave it to me to show up to the party late. Looks like it was rocking!!

  26. I just stopped by, blog hopping as part of UBP 2009. It is very nice to meet you. I have a blog at; It's a toddler learning blog. I'd love to have you for a visit! I am loving UBP! Have a magical day. I have a goal of trying to visit 150 blogs per day, whew! Let's hope the little one takes long naps for the next few days.

  27. Wow! You really have great blog here! And you sure have done alot of great things!

    Good for you! I look forward to reading more!

  28. Nice to meet you!

    Talk about a party!

    I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

    Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

  29. Hi there,

    Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 09. It's very nice to meet you! Check out my blog for a chance to win a photo card design. Happy Partying!

    Custom Photo Announcements & Invitations

  30. I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.

  31. Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!

  32. your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

  33. I'm doing some blog hopping and stopping in to say hi!

  34. Just doing some blog hoping and saying hello. I can't believe the party is almost over. Have a great time.

  35. I’ll definitely have to check out your blog more later! (I’m just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)

    Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I’m giving away a free print copy of my book, “Two Snowflakes.” Here’s my address:

    It was nice to meet you!

  36. I'm still just blog hopping through the Ultimate Blog Party link list. I didn't want to miss out on any blogs... but I just ran out of party time. So... I'm still working my way down the list... even though the party is technically over.
    Stop in on my blog if you've got a minute! Or... if you're still up for a party post... you could stop by my party anytime!

  37. Here comes the prize train....TOOT TOOT!!!! You're a winner, stay tuned! #67


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