The Last Child Is Leaving Home So I’m Now An Empty Nester

img_1652I ❤️ this kid, met Jordan my 23 year old son. I’m trying to get him straight for his first apartment in Connecticut. He’s leaving us here in Hawaii for the mainland. We shipped his car so he should have it some time in July. Today we will work on furniture and getting everything ordered before he fly out.

He had me so tickle when I said I would help him decorate his new place. Jordan tells me don’t get him Walmart dishes. What college boy you know is picky about dishes? Plus, it’s his first pad don’t you suppose to struggle first.

He wanted the same dishes we had at the house. He ❤️ the store Crate and Barrel so I’m looking to set his kitchen up with all white kitchenware, something similar to what we have here at home. Then for his dinnerware and bar set that must be from Crate and Barrel or either Z Gallerie. He’s like his mama, so he want a nice bar set up in his apartment because he also enjoy entertaining. 

I’m just soaking up every minute with him before he heads out on Tuesday. This kid makes me laugh so hard his personality is the best. Everything about him is so infectious. I don’t know how mother’s do it. Where do you get your strength from when your kids leaves home to start their life💔. I’m not ready to be a empty nester. The great thing about it is he will be living about 45 mins away from his older sister who’s 28. So, she could look out for him and as a parent this will make them closer, I hope.


On @justgirlfriends Instagram, I will share an emotional story about how we were both almost a hashtag. 🙏🏾


So share with me how do you handle being an empty nester? Was it hard for you to let your college kids go or your adult kids move out…HELP!


Is Spanking Your Kids Cultural Behavior

Spanking KidsI have a question for you, do you remember the episode when Kris Jenner’s boyfriend Cory Gamble told Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick that he would whip Penelope’s ass if she would have scratched his face? 

It was a heated topic that night at the table leaving Kris Jenner crying. Today, on “Just Girlfriends” we joined in on should parents spank their kids or put them in time out. How do you feel about this?


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Are You Trying To Decide Between About Surrogate vs Adoption

surrogate vs adoption pics

Starting a family hasn’t been easy for many couples. Lately, in the media we have been hearing a lot of celebrities sharing their challenges with having kids. As a result, some have used a surrogate and some have chosen adoption. On, “Just Girlfriends”video podcast the ladies share their views about the difficult decision that many couples are having between surrogacy and adoption. Girlfriends, let us know your thoughts on this topic.

How Do You Feel About Kids Getting Plastic Surgery

Ariana and Brielle Biermann befoe and after picShe get it from her mama…that’s what they say, right?! Is it ok for preteen girls to get plastic surgery to be like their mothers who have also gotten plastic surgery? Is it ok for mothers to put their insecurities on their daughters? Encouraging their daughters to go under the knife to help enhance their image.

On “Just Girlfriends” video podcast, we talk a lot about TV Personality Kim Zolciak Biermann and her daughters Ariana and Brielle having plastic surgery and looking like there mom.


Kim zolciak biermann before and after

You might be surprised to hear what the ladies of Just Girlfriends have to say. Chime in and let us know what you think on this topic. We will love to hear from you.

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Are You A Career Mom, Working Mom or a Stay At Home Mom

Today on “Just Girlfriends” video podcast we talk about.

Will you bet on yourself and your career, will you focus on being a great wife and a great mom, or can you successfully do both? There is no wrong answer. But, are you living your dream? If not, ask yourself why? Now figure out how to do it. The choice is yours.

Where Do You Stand?


Just Girlfriends is a video podcast hosted by Co-Host Brandy Gomez-Duplessis and Co-Host Julia Rebolo. The ladies are based out of Oahu, Hawaii and started their posted while being quarantine in late March 2020. They wanted to stay in touch while following the “Stay Home” order but still staying connected with each other. You can follow the ladies on Instagram at Just Girlfriends  or you can follow them on Facebook at Just Girlfriends.


A Lit Easter Egg Hunt With My Adult Kids


This is how we do it on Easter in the Gomez-Duplessis family. Since they were babies it’s been our family tradition to have a Easter egg hunt in the yard. Now that everyone is of age and this year is our last Easter together in our Connecticut home we decided to add a little libation to this egg hunt. This year concoction was made by my son, I saw Svedka Vodka, and Finlandia Vodka but I’m not sure of his mixture. It was actually DE-LISH!

After the egg hunt we sit at the table, we eat and drink while enjoying each others company.

Then watch a few movies outside. Usually the kids will pick a movie and hubby and I pick one movie. I don’t usually make it for the bonus one. Either I have fallen asleep 😴 💤 or I’m cleaning my kitchen. And it goes a little something like this….

Do you have any fun family traditions on Easter Sunday?



Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

Christmas Day Is My Favorite Time Of Year

Another relaxing and enjoyable Christmas with the family. We didn’t have any family members come up to visit. The cold weather & snow is something that keeps them away. It was just us 4 but with all the laughter, music, drinks being poured and food eaten you would have thought we were hosting. My tradition is mimosa and a bake good before we start unwrapping gifts, then we make our way to the living in sit by the fireplace. For Michael and I it always feel like our babies are still babies. We enjoy watching them opening their gifts. I don’t care how old our kids get we luv having them home for the holidays. So I do go all out for them while they are still home. Once they start their own family there is no guarantees that they will continue to celebrate with us. So I’m getting my time in.

Pottery Barn Set Of 4 Appetizer Plates

Of course BGD (Brandy Gomez-Duplessis) has her own personal champagne glass.


My babies; Envy & Jordan

Gomez-Duplessis Family


Daddy thought it was time for an upgrade

My next gift for Envy are classes because she does a great job playing by ear but with a few lessons she could be a rock star. #justsaying

Time to move on to something harder….Jalapeno Margarita


Dinner is ready


Even though I have a fab time with my family, I always have a moment for girlfriend Chiquita SimmsChiquita Simms who I lost on Christmas Day in Atlanta while preparing for a big Christmas event. She passed due to a brain aneurysm, leaving behind a son. I’ll never forget the day I found out, I was home in New York. I never thought I would be able to enjoy Christmas ever again. LOVE YOU CHIQUITA!!!!

Then later in the day when I finally decide to check my texts & emails I see breaking news of George Michael passing on this day. This is why I try to enjoy each in every day stress free & no drama. Because we never know when it’s our last day.

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