About Me




Mama. Hubs Kisser. Lipstick Lover. Storyteller.

Foodie. Fitness Seeker. Life Learner. Dreamer.

Hi there! It’s me Melissa but you can call me MJ since we are already friends. I’m a thirty-something who loves being Mama to Zoë & Baby E. In November 2012, after many years of hoping and praying, I became a FAB Haute Mama. Zoë aka Sugar Plum Z or Little Z is my little piece of heaven. She loves to sing, dance and peek through the blinds at the birds and the neighbors passing by.

Toddler Easter Style. Janie & Jack dress and ballet flats. Party crown from Minted.com

Fast forward to May of 2015 and once again I was blessed to be called mom. Baby E started out as a surprise and continues to surprise us every day. He is fun, funny, super active and a great baby brother. You can find him hanging out with me or tagging along to his big sister’s activities and playdates. He is currently interviewing for his own playdate crew. LOL

Letters To Our Children March

I’m also honored to be (step) mama to Zaya our beautiful 8-year-old. So much has changed in my life since mamahood. I share my experiences (good, bad and otherwise) products and places we love and more. Cheers to the kids. They’re the ones with the social life. When we are not out and about you can find us reading and acting out books, playing dress-up, having tea time or enjoying a movie. Princess movies are always at the top of our selection.


One handsome man calls me wife. He’s known as the Hubs around here. He’s a pretty low-key kind of guy. Social media and sharing is not really his thing, but I will sneak in a picture or two on occasion.  Regardless of the mystery, I’m a certified HUBS KISSER and he loves it. Shhhhh, don’t tell him I told you that.

Apple Picking

Some everyday things I LOVE are coffee, tea and lipstick. I ❤️ COFFEE, TEA and LIPSTICK! I really love Coffee, Tea, and Lipstick! These days I mostly wear gloss but lipstick is my true love. I’m known to wear lipstick during a run or just to the grocery store. It’s that serious. I adore shoes, pretty dresses, full skirts and fancy things for my girls and me.


Baby Shower 2015

Baby Shower Beauty

Baby Shower Beauty 2012

Beyond coffee & tea, I love food. I’m a FOODIE and I am here for all of it! Not long ago, I started culinary school and then I quit. I’ll sum up the long story with this: I was working at a place that sucked all the life out of me and I let it. I let it take away a lifelong dream because I didn’t know how to say no. Since telling them NO, I am slowly but surely getting back into my groove. 

Savory Oatmeal makes for a delicious alternative for breakfast. Enjoy this maple, bacon and shrimp savory oatmeal for your next meal. Breakfast, lunch or dinner.

STORYTELLER! I love to tell stories. I’m even a published author (poet.) As a child, I dreamed of being a writer, a chef ,and an art director. I love beautiful words, beautiful food, people and beautiful works of art. Every day is an opportunity to tell a new story. Remember that!

So how is a FOODIE also a FITNESS SEEKER? I want to be transparent about my ups and downs in fitness and with food. Speaking of food, here is my foodie truth: A part of the reason I work out is so I can eat, eat, And EAT! Yup. But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to cancel out all those calories burned for a cake… Yes, I have eaten a whole cake in one sitting! It was just that good. No judgment. So I am on a continuous quest to get and stay fit and I try to do/eat the right thing at least 80% of the time. I love the 80/20 rule. Works so well in so many situations including food & fitness. I’m a chef after all. Now where’s the bacon? Ha!

I believe in dreams and I am learning how to DO the things that will make my dreams come true. No more sitting on the sidelines of life. 

Want to get in touch? You can reach me via email at mj@fabhautemama.com or follow me on:

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    February 1, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Awwwww!!!!! I just love this, MJ 🙂
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    February 7, 2015 at 3:19 AM

    Beautiful FAMILY! So glad that we connected via twitter… look forward to seeing more from you!

    ~Peace & Blessing!
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      M J
      February 8, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      Hi Lynn, It was a great time during the twitter chat. Can’t wait for the next one.

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    March 7, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Love it! I’m about to start walking again.

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      M J
      March 8, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      Let’s walk together girl!

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    January 12, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Hi MJ

    Just love reading your blogs and I’m so excited for the peanut butter powder never really paid attention to it in Walmart but a definite must have. Miss you girl love that you have a wonderful family you are so well deserving of it always had that mommy instinct. Talk to you soon your girl Nikki.

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      M J
      January 13, 2016 at 3:39 PM

      OMG Hi Nikki! Thank you for reading. How are you and the girls? We need to connect. This is such a wonderful surprise.

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    April 21, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Hi lisa…..I looovvveeee it. I truly enjoyed reading your blog. Keep up the awesome work. May God continue to bless you with more connections. Peace and Love Sis. Kiss the Lil angels for me. Xoxo ??

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      M J
      April 22, 2016 at 9:26 AM

      Thank you Yvonne. I appreciate your support.

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    Briana Pray
    June 9, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Good morning My name is Briana Pray and I’m the author and illustrator of a new African American children’s book series called Dance School Diaries. I released the first book of the series named Practice Makes Perfect in May 2016. I would like to know if you would be interested in featuring my book on your blog. Also I would like to send you two books to you; one for you and your children’s book collection and another one as a give-a-away to your audience. You could contact me via email @ prpray83@gmail.com, social media pages Dance School Diaries book series page on Face Book and danceschool_diaries on instagram. I also have a web site that you can look at http://www.brianapray.com. I hope to hear from you soon.

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    June 27, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Lissa….This is dope and so you…I am so proud of you for finally saying no…what a beautiful family you have and its so inspiring to see you doing what you love!!! I always knew you would be an amazing mom…love you and miss you dearly!!

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      M J
      June 28, 2016 at 2:24 PM

      Awww Kiki,

      Thank you so much. Thank you for your friendship and support. Love and miss you too. Kiss my girls for me. I am feeling so crazy that they are all grown up. Where did the time go!?!?

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    Cynthia Mercado
    July 31, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    So glad to find your site!

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    Sabrina Marlin
    April 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Wonderful family, I love food, fitness, fashion , stories and motherhood as well. I love to hear of people who love the same! Keep striving to pursue things you love.

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    May 1, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Hi Friend,

    We went to college together and in my search for a Rasta Pasta recipe, by chance, I come across your page. Glad to see you are doing very well. Beautiful fam.

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    July 29, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Twin. Really enjoyed reading your blog. So proud of you my sister for perusing your dreams and sharing the joy of happiness with the rest of us dreamers. I’m still climbing my mountain, I’m happy to know that when I reach the top you’ll be there to welcome me.
    Love you girl xoxoxo

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      M J
      July 30, 2017 at 10:25 PM

      Thank you my sweet friend. Love you too.

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