Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The SITStahs Are In The MyBrownBaby House!



It’s a par-tay over here y’all—MyBrownBaby is droppin' it like it's hawt because it's a MyBrownBaby SITSday! The lovely ladies at The Secret is in the Sauce, the fab website that turns bloggers into comment junkies, chose MyBrownBaby as its featured blog, and I'm doing the happy, happy, joy, joy dance in appreciation for the love. Thank you Heather and Tiffany for all that you do; I've made some wonderful SITStahs through your website, and am quite tickled that I'll be making even more new friends thanks to your hard work and dedication to bloggers. It feels hella good to be appreciated, recognized, and loved in the midst of such a wonderful, warm community. *Insert image of Denene applauding wildly here!*

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 and Mom Squad member 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, has been No. 1 on The New York Times Hardcover Advice Best Sellers List for 14 consecutive weeks, and was featured on Oprah twice. I also just pushed the "send" button on a memoir I penned for Nene Leakes, star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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. So 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, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or background 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 SO happy you stopped by!

(Note: Sugar Shack, the iconic painting featured at the top of this post, is by the revered artist, Ernie Barnes; he died earlier this month, leaving an incredible legacy of grace, elegance, and beauty. Paint fantastic rainbows with the angels, Mr. Barnes.)


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155 comments:

  1. Happy SITS DAY TO YOU! Your blog is amazing!

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  2. wow, your a fantastic find so happy they featured you-Congrats and you go girl!!
    so much awesome information here, I will come back for more but in the meantime I just had to give you a follow.
    Love the painting I have seen it before and I really enjoyed Mary's video, had not heard it yet. She puts a little funky gospel vibe in there. You might like Mary Mary if your not already familiar. I love em. I hope to some day soon be a published author.. I love your eternal optomism
    Blessings to you and your family!!
    Brittany
    http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com

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  3. Sounds like you've got quite some interesting and fun things going on here!

    Congrats on being Featured today! =D

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  4. Loving the blog and you are making me LOL!

    Congrats on the feature!

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  5. HAPPY SITS DAY! I admire your happiness and optimism, it's a wonderful thing!

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  6. I LOVE a rowdy chick! I'll be back for more. And thank you so much for writing such a great book! I'm a novice bibliophile, would you sign my first edition for me? Okay, civilian back in the corner, I know... I love that you incorporate music here, I do to but I'm an old 80s rocker chick, so it's a little noisy in my neck of the woods. Congrats on your Feature, Im off to click your follow button!

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  7. Congrats on your SITS day!

    A published author who is working with amazing collaborators... You are totally my hero! I can't wait to take a look around! :)

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  8. Happy SiTs day! Enjoy~
    sandy toe

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  9. Happy SITS DAY TO YOU! Your blog is awesome!

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  10. Happy SITSA day! I am going to have to come back when you arent so busy to check out your awesome blog!

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  11. LOVE THE BLOG, LOVE YOUR STYLE, LOVE THE WHOLE THING! CONGRATS ON YOUR SITS DAY--NOW I'M OFF TO READ!

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  13. Happy SIts Day! I was so excited to see its your day b/c I LOVE your blog. I have added you to my list of Sheroes b/c you're walking the path I plan to walk. You have turned your passion into a career and given voice to your thoughts through writing.....I love it!! Enjoy b/c you deserve this day.

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  14. Congrats on being the SITS FB! You have a fantastic blog!!!

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  15. Good morning! Congrats on the feature! I've read you before and love your stuff. I am putting your Act Like a Lady: Think Like a Man book on my to-do list. Sounds like something I'd love! BTW, you own my dream dog (Teddy). There's only a few things on my Life Want List, an Goldendoodle is at the top! SOON! I need to my doggie SOON! have a fab day!

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  16. What a fun blog you have! Congrats on being the FB on SITS today...way to go!

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  17. WOW! I think I might have to snag a more comfortable chair and stay awhile. You have a wonderful thing going on here!

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  18. Awesome blog. First time visitor and Sista. Congrats on your big day!

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  19. Stopping by from SITS and sure am glad I did! What an awesome blog you've got going here!

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  20. Happy SITS day! What a great blog . . . I've put your button on ours.

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  21. Wow. Your coolness absolutely drips off of the page.It gives me hope to know that you embrace so many roles in life: momma, writer, comedian, blogess, and more.. And you do it with style. :) Hopefully soon I'll find the balance too.

    Kudos to you! I'll be back.
    :)

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  22. Have a great day SITSta! I'm off to look around :)

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  23. Wow you are one busy Mama! Congrats on being featured, and I love me some Mary in the morning, thanks!

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  24. I would love to hear how you have found success with your writing. You have accomplished so much and it would be great to know how you found your breaks. I would like to start getting some of my things published but not sure how to go about doing that.
    Anyway, have a terrific day and I will keep looking around.

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  25. Congrats on being SITS FB! Enjoy your day!

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  26. WooHoo.....Congratulations! It's your day in the SITS sun! Have a most beautiful day.

    .......I'm loving your blog......

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  27. Yeah Denene! You go girl! I have been a fan for a loooong time! have your day in the sun!

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  28. Visting from sits! What accomplishments you have and a lovely blog. Have a wonderful day!

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  29. You have a beautiful blog! Wow! So passionate! Congrats on your SITS feature today! That is so exciting!

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  30. Good morning and happy SITS day to you! I have been here before and I'm wracking my brain to remember how I found you last time...

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  31. Happy SITS day to you!!! Congratulations on being the featured blogger.

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  32. Congrats to you on your FB day....your blog is amazing...I"m addicted already...

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  33. Love your site! I'll definitely be back! Congrats on being today's feature blogger! Enjoy your day!

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  34. Hi Denene,
    This is my first visit, and I'm awed at your writing accomplishments. Well done! I would love to hear more about your journey to becoming published 15+ times!

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  35. Hello! and Happy SITS day. Congrats on being featured.
    Your blog is great.

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  36. good morning sista queen!
    happy wednesday, what a beautiful site you have!
    hugs,
    shelley

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  37. Happy SITS day! Your success is inspiring!

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  38. Happy SITS day!!! I feel so inspired that I am actually posting on a blog of a published author!!! How cool!!! Looking forward to checking out more of your blog!!!

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  39. HAPPY SITS DAY, DARLING!!!
    What an amazing blog you have here! I am off to check out some more.

    Enjoy your special day!

    Love,
    Taryn

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  40. Happy SITS Day! Great blog!

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  41. He was an amazing artist. Love your blog design. Have a great SITS day:)

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  42. Happy SITS day to you! Enjoy all the comment love!

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  43. I'm stopping by from SITS - congratulations by the way! I like what I see around these parts.

    I've been a huge fan of India.Arie for years. I think I just might pop in the CD this morning and dance around to "Video."

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  44. Denene...
    Wow, this is such a fabulous blog! Im lovin it! (And I have to say...I have the same song by Mary J at my blog as well...it just get's ya in the mood right?)
    Congrats on your SITS day..you definately deserve it!!! Oh and on your newest book out too, sounds really great.
    Have a wonderful day!!!

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  45. Congrats on being the Sistah of the day! Your blog is STUNNING!!!!! Huge hugs and blessings!

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  46. Congrats on your SITS day! Thanks for such a great, upbeat post to read in the morning. Nice to meet you.

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  47. I love your blog. Congrats on your SITS day.
    Enjoy all the comment love!

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  48. I love the look and feel of your blog! Congrats on being on the NY Times Best Seller's List...what an accomplishment! I hope you enjoy your day as the SITS featured blogger, you deserve it!

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  49. Congrats on your sits day!!!!! Your blog looks like a lot of fun!!!!

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  50. Congratulations on your SITS day! :) Fun blog!

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  51. Happy SITS day!! Great blog!! :O)

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  52. Thanks for inviting us all to the party!

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  53. What great energy to start the day with! Happy SITS day to you.

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  54. yeay enjoy your day in the sun you so deserve it!

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  55. Happy SITs Day!

    Congrats on the success of your book. How exciting.

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  56. happy sits day and congrats on all your successes! :)

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  57. i got all excited on sits today when i saw it was you as the fb!!! you so deserve it! yeah denene!!! i love you to pieces...enjoy your day...and touch more lives like you have mine. smiles, girl!

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  58. WOW I am so glad SITS featured your site, I am so looking forward to going through your site and reading more! Thank you!

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  59. Congrats to being today's FB over st SITS! You deserve a day in the spotlight!! I always love reading what you have to say in Parenting =)

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  60. Looking forward to checking out your blog and congrats on your SITS day!

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  61. Woo-hoo, Congratulations on having "Your Day"! Enjoy every single little second of the limelight!!

    You wanna talk about a MyBrownBaby?? Come see my new one - she's going to bring the house down one of these days - you just wait and see!!!

    Be blessed - I certainly am!

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  62. Hi Denene! Happy Day to you SITSTAH! Love the Sugarshack painting by Ernie Barnes. I look forward to perusing your site.

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  63. Check you out! I wish I had half the energy in real life your blog posts seem to infuse my screen with! LOL! Happy SITSday to you!

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  64. Love your blog! Looks awesome. Congrats on your SITS day!

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  65. Congrats on your SITS day - and on being able to work from home, I'm incredibly envious!

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  66. Nice to meet you Sista, always nice to meet a fellow optimist! We have a Labradoodle, Charley who just knocks our socks off too. You must have a lot of patience to work w/any of the Real Housewives!!

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  67. I am SO following your blog! Thanks to SITS for latching me onto it!

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  68. Congrats! Just dropping by from SITS. Love your blog!!!

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  69. Enjoy your SITS day lady! You deserve it!

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  70. Happy Feature Day! Congrats on the success of the book. I have been watching Steve for awhile promoting it (love him)..it's great. My daughters are only toddlers, but they will grow up with this book :) Enjoy your day!!!

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  71. Your blog is hot. I've been a fan for years. Blessings over the fam and your work.

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  72. Congrats on ALL your writing success, that's awesome and of course, to being FB of the day. What a great mid-week surprise, huh?

    Enjoy your day.

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  73. Congrats on being featured!! Looking forward to checking out your blog. Congratulations on the success of your blog. I love your optimism!

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  74. Congrats on being the featured SITSa! Your blog is great!

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  75. Congratulations on being featured and being the fabulous you that we all love!

    Love me some Mary!!!

    Cheers!

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  76. Happiest of Days to you....may you find the sparkles and gems of life...that you bring you wealth untold of inner peace and joy!

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  77. I'm so glad you were featured today! :) I've heard ..err..read so many awesome things about you, but never stopped by.... Today I hit the jackpot. I think I could hang out for hours over here.

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  78. I am so glad you were featured today, I would never have found this awesome blog and a couple of others on your side panel I am following also.
    Happy SITS day and thanks.

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  79. Happy SITS Day!
    Congrats on being the FB.
    MyBrownBaby is really amazing, and such a cute blog.

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  80. Happy SITS Day - Congratulations!

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  81. Happy SITS Day! Congratulations on your success in your writing! I love your optimistic outlook on life!

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  82. Congrats on being the featured Blogger! I've stopped by your Blog before. It's great! Enjoy your day.

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  83. I love your site! Happy SITS DAY! I'm following you...

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  84. congrats on your SITS day!!! Cute blog!!

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  85. Happy SITS day to you.
    You are a busy, busy woman.
    I only have one kid and he keeps me hoppin'

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  86. Your blog is absolutely gorgeous! I'm bookmarking so I can come back and play when I have more time!

    Congratulations on your SITS day! You deserve it!

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  87. Happy SITS day! I really look forward to reading your blog today.

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  88. I so enjoy your blog. Bookmarked for certain. I was only aware of Ernie Barnes from Good Times...just went through his collection to pursue some art for the home. Completely unaware that he had passed away.

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  89. Congrats on being featured! You are one very talented women! Your blog is quite amazing!

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  90. Congrats on your SITS day!!! I totally just had an Oprah "a-ha" moment! I knew your name sounded familiar but I couldn't place it (and it wasn't just because of the We Heart Art carnival)....it was in Parenting Magazine!!! I KNEW I saw your name somewhere!!!! And I saw Steve Harvey on GMA promoting his book and I thought the whole premise of the book was brilliant!!!! Congratulations on it being a best seller!!!

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  91. Congrats on your SITS day! I've visited your blog before and I love it! Congrats on your success!

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  92. This is my 1st time checking out The Secret is in the Sauce and so I find you. Your blog looks way cool. Hope to read & comment along. Congrats on being featured.

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  93. Congrats on your SITS day! You have a wonderful blog!!

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  94. Came from SITS to say hi!! Have a great day being featured! Your such a talented lady, can't wait to read more!

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  95. And to think...I never would have found this site if I hadn't seen the SITS site! What a great site! I'll definitely be back!

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  96. Happy SITS Day! I'm following you now, love the site!

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  97. Happy SITS DAY!!!!! can't wait to go through you blog.... So nice to meet you! ♥

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  98. Congrats on your SITS day! Enjoy all of your commentary. It has been a pleasure finding out more about you and your interests and talents! Best of luck!

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  99. Happy SITS Day!! xoxo Hugs and Kisses for you today!!

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  100. NPR did a story on Ernie Barnes after he died--so interesting. But everytime I see that particular work of art I, and I'm sure everyone else, can't help but sing!

    Just lookin' out of the windooooowwwwww...

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  101. Happy SITS Day!! Wow I just heard and interview (with steve harvey) on the XM Gayle King radio show about that book. It was a great interview and the book sound hilarious and so true. Off to read some more of your posts.

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  102. Happy SITS Day! New here and I LOVE it! Your blog is beautiful! Enjoyed reading your blog!
    Kas

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  103. Happy SITS day! You are wonderful writer and I've enjoyed reading through your posts!

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  104. What a great blog you have! I love the layout and the very first picture. I am going to stalk you for a little while. Hope that's OK. Congrats on your SITS day.

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  105. Happy SITS Day to you. Have a great day. Love the tunes.

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  106. Happy SITS Day! You...and your blog are fantastic! I can just tell that you have a smile that lights up a room! Glad your are a SITSah..and that I get to "meet" you today!

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  107. First of all, gorgeous blog! Love your style of writing. Hope you enjoy your sits day!

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  108. You rock Denene! Congrats on all of your much-deserved success! Can't wait to check out your new book w/ Steve Harvey!

    Happy SITS day! Enjoy all of the sista love!

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  109. Happy SITS day from a fellow SITSah!!! I enjoyed the post about 'Don't you Wish your daughter was hot like Tyra'...you handled that very well as a Mom!!! I love youur happy spirit!
    Have a great day!
    Hugs,
    Lissa

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  110. Happy SITS Day to you!! Your blog is great :)

    http://fab.typepad.com

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  111. I needed your blog today. It's refreshing and riveting and am looking forward to reading more. Congrats on being featured on SITS. Enjoy your day(s)

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  112. I can't believe I am in the midst of such an impeccable writer! How intimidating. But that isn't going to stop me from congratulating you on being a Featured Blogger. Now THAT's an accomplishment you can add to that list that seems to be ever growing! I hope this day is amazing for you!

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  113. Stopping in from SITS....congratulations! What an awesome blog...could spend the day here.

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  114. Congrats on your BIG SITSday!!! (from one commentjunkie to another;)

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  115. What a celebration going on over here! Happy SITs day to you! Enjoy!

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  116. Ridiculously giddy is always good :D Looking forward to reading your blog! Congrats on your saucy day..

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  117. My parents have this pic(or had)! Happy SITS day. Love your colors!

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  118. Happy SITS Day to you! Congratulations on all your accompishments.

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  119. Gotta check out that new book "Act like a lady, think like a man".....sounds like a great read!

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  120. Happy SITSday. Hope you have a great day.
    Love your blog.
    Blanca

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  121. What a beautiful blog you have here! Congrats on being featured today! Hooray! Your other entries were just as great!

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  122. Happy SITS day!! Whoa I am glad it is you today. It has been quite a while since I've visited you! Don't know why because I love your blog! Hey I read the end of your post about the artist of the painting on top. Is it the same painting they use to show on Good Times? It looks like it!

    Have a blessed day!

    Well

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  123. Very cool blog! And what an amazing life you have- thanks for sharing it with us!

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  124. Congrats on your SITS day and you are so inspiring! I love all of your jobs and I will definitely have to check out your books. Have a marvelous day!

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  125. Congrats on your SITS day! I love your site, it's beautiful and inspiring - and that's before you even start reading! Keep up the good work.

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  126. Congratulations to you!!!!

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  127. Look at all those comments! So happy you were the FB today!! I tweeted ya! (oh and called you out...drive-by)

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  128. Stopping by to give some SITS love. Happy day and congrats!

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  129. I'm running late and gotta get home but I will definitely be back to read some more. Happy SITS day!!!

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  130. K I'm in AWE right now of you! WOW... Congrats on being the Feature!

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  131. I feel like I'm visiting a big time celebrity! Thanks for having us over.

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  132. Congrats on your SITS Day! I'm going to be humming Mary for the rest of the night...

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

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  133. You ARE hawt! Congrats on your SITS day!

    Cookie B.
    Lightbulb Cuisine...real food from an Easy Bake Oven!

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  134. Wow---a real life honest to goodness famous person blogger!!

    Awesome! Congrats on your SITS day!

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  135. One more congrats on your SITSday!
    I love that painting so much. Thanks for sharing the name and the artist!

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  136. Happy SITS Day! Love your blog.

    Blessings!

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  137. Happy SITS day! You sound like a lot of fun! Hope your day was wonderful!

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  138. I'm late to the party...but congrats on your special day!

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  139. congrats on being the SITS FB - looks like a grand party!!!

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  140. Hey! Congrats on your SITS day! I know I am doing this last minute... better late then never! I hope you had a really special day!

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  141. Congrats on your sits day! (I am a little late....trying to catch up)

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  142. Oops... I am behind! I commented about your SITS day on todays post with the Princess and the frog... ha ha.. Oh well :) HAPPY SITS DAY a day late!!

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  143. Congrats! Congrats!! RIP to Ernie... I LOVE that painting.

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  144. I so dig you. Mind if I take a good, long peek around? You are quickly becoming my hero....

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  145. Wow, did you just crank it up or what!?!?! I have replayed this video at least 2 times, now. Congrats, many times over, on the book. God is truly good!

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  146. Oh! I am so excited that you got to be a SITS one day! How fun! I keep meaning to join! Soon! I love your site. I am so glad you came over and said hi today! What a blessing. May you have a wonderful Memorial Day remembering the men and women who have fought and died for our great country!

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