CURRENT FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES – A stunningly beautiful former model and woman business owner occupying a powerful and influential position in the US White House.

March 4 Midnight Pick – Melania Trump 


“I’m very political. I’m not political in public; I’m political at home.” – Melania Trump
“I like to help women to spend not a lot of money – to feel powerful, elegant, glamorous, to feel good about themselves.” –  Melania Trump

“If I am honored to serve as the first lady, I will use that wonderful privilege to try to help people in our country who need it the most. One of the many causes dear to my heart is helping children and women.” Melania Trump

“I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever. I started my business when he started school. When he is in school, I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else. I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up. Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him.”  – Melania Trump

Read more of Melania Trump quotes.

Who is Melania Trump?

Melania Trump (/məˈlɑːniə/; born Melanija Knavs; [mɛˈlaːnija ˈknaːu̯s], Germanized to Melania Knauss; is the current First Lady of the United States and wife of the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump. She was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and grew up in Sevnica, in the Lower Sava Valley. Melania Trump became the first foreign-born U.S. first lady since Louisa AdamsJohn Quincy Adams’s wife, who was born in London. In 2010, Melania Trump launched a jewelry line, as well as a skincare line. It has been said that Mrs. Trump is fluent in the Slovenian, English, French, Serbian, Italian and German languages.

Melania Trump Official White House Portrait

Unlike first ladies, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton who raised daughters in the white house, Mrs. Trump is raising a son. She is clearly a very devoted mother to her young son. She has a passion for fashion as evidenced by her stunning fashion statements. Very little is known about Mrs. Trump as she is still developing her platform as a first lady. Mrs. Trump tends to keep a very low profile.




March 3 Midnight Pick – Hillary Clinton


A few of my favorite quotes:

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton

“I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done.” – Hillary Clinton

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.” Hillary Clinton

“Now, I have always believed that women are not victims; we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace – all we need is a fighting chance.” – Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and served as the junior U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 and 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She is the first female first lady to run for the highest office in the land, the President of the United States.

As with other first ladies, she wears the pearl with pride.


I had the opportunity to hear Mrs. Clinton’s daughter, an award-winning author, speak at the annual conference of The American Business Women Association. Chelsea’s life and career are by far Mrs. Clinton’s proudest achievement.

Like Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton raised a daughter who is accomplished in her own rights. Mrs. Clinton has proven to be a loving mother, a powerful senator, a force to be reckoned with Secretary of State, a highly respected lawyer, and a woman more intellectually prepared through education and experience than any other female willing to take on the role of President of the United States.

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Get to know Hillary Clinton, the woman, mother, and politician through her penned books. They are enlightening. My grandson purchased her books for me as gifts because he knows that I am a strong supporter of female authors.

Read what others are saying about Secretary Clinton’s accomplishments.



March 2 Midnight Pick – Michelle Obama

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Some of her most popular quotes:

“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values, and follow my own moral compass, then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” -Michelle Obama

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” -Michelle Obama

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted – folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them.” – Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African American First Lady.

Read more about Michelle’s accomplishments as First Lady.

First Ladies and their pearls – a tradition. Michelle wears her pearls with distinction.


Mrs. Obama advocates healthy living for all children. She is an example of a loving wife, mother, and voice for women. I have no doubt that her two girls will be successful in their chosen career. She is a role model for women throughout the world. Maintaining normalcy and raising two girls in the environment of a political atmosphere has to be difficult for any parent. Kudos to Mrs. Obama for a job well done.

First lady Michelle Obama, left, follows her daughters Malia Obama, center, and Sasha Obama, as they arrive to welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. This year’s White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is a White Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Penn. Malia Obama has Bo on a leash and Sasha Obama has Sunny on a leash. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The dogs are so adorable!


Congratulations to D.E. Howard (@dehauthor) for superstar status on today, Tuesday. Pick up a copy of her book today. Tip on what to expect:

“Human love can last a lifetime, the love of a Goddess is eternal.”

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5 “Must Do” Tips For Traveling With Middle School Kids

Life can be dramatic and funny all in the same day… Jennifer Aniston #quote

Technology has taken control of your vacation. You think you are in control. Think again. Prepare to get stressed out or embrace the changes with a little laughter.


Hello. The school is out for most kids. Summer and vacation time are upon you. Every time school is out you make a promise to prepare early for the family vacation. But, are you ever really prepared? Whether taking a road trip or by train or by bus or by air, these basic tips apply in any situation. Of course, when you decide to take the family pet with you, depending upon the kind of pet, prepare to expect the unexpected. These adorable pets love to travel and want to thank you.


Too Cute!


When my two kids were growing up, we would spend a whole week packing to prepare for the big day mentally. Inevitably, we would forget something. My little girl was the menace of the family. You probably have one in yours. She would pack and unpack so many times until she took all the fun out of getting ready. My son, on the other hand, packed in one hour and rarely changed what he packed in the first place. I recall one vacation when my daughter taped her cat’s mouth shut, stuffed him inside her coat, and made it all the way through customs without being discovered.

“Girls will be girls and boys will be boys.”

Vacation Checklist for Middle School Kids


Gracie Bradford, M.S.-MBA        June 30, 2017    

Tip Number 1: Take the iPad loaded with a minimum of a dozen games and songs. You may not know how to operate the iPad, but trust me, the Middle School Kid does. Invest in a pair of earphones or “Beats” to avoid the noise. Download at least three long chapter books – they act as a sedative.

Tip Number 2: Pack the kid’s cell phone. Limit the number of snap chats, facetime, and texts even if you have an unlimited plan. The purpose of a vacation is to talk to each other face-to-face.

Tip Number 3: Be prepared for a snack attack. Most kids do not like generic food as most adults don’t either. Make sure the meals are their favorite nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and beverage (pick up after clearing security if in the airport).

Tip Number 4: Never, never leave home without insect repellant.

Tip Number 5: Pack the backpack as if it is a survivor bag. Include an empty thermal cup, straws, napkins, individually wrapped wipes, a roll of traveling toilet tissue, bandage, a whistle, a small flashlight, single package of Kleenex tissue, their favorite spoon for taking meds, and chewing gum if riding on the airplane. Always insert a card inside the backpack with pertinent information about the child. I’m a senior citizen, and I do the same with my backpack with a few modifications.

My Name is:                                                                  I am ___years old.
My parents are:
My parent telephone numbers are:

My sister or brother name is:

I am allergic to:
I live in:
I take the following prescribed medications daily:
  • Writing this information on a colorful index card is ideal

Safety Alert: Find the child’s favorite wristband, turn it inside out, using a permanent marker, write the child’s name, your name, your telephone number, and destination for when they disappear without telling you. It’s normal for kids to get so excited that they do not pay close attention to where they are and may wonder off. It only takes a split second. It’s better to be safe than sorry.