Mommy, wife, holistic health coach, nurse, friend, daughter, sister, Domestic Goddess, artist, and writer


Chinyere I am a mom and a "bliss seeker". After 3 years out of the work force and staying at home with my kids I realized how much I value the exchange of creativity and ideas among other women. I have come to see the "goddess" that exists in all of us and in my ongoing search for balance and bliss..I hope to connect and pass it on. If you enjoy this site..please pass it on and add it to your favorites! Thanks. If you would like to leave a comment, please click on the heading of the entry and post your comment..you will find the window at the bottom of the page/OR just comment at the bottom of the page. Enjoy your blissful life! Chinyere
 

 Worthy causes worth looking into

Footprints for Faith http://footprintsforfaith.weebly.com/ is a foundation started by a friend of mine in honor of her little girl Faith to raise awareness and create resources for families living with trisomy 13 .  As a mom, a friend and a nurse; I feel this is tremendously worthwhile and valuable to pass on..Get involved, check it out, and take the oppurtunity to do more good!! 

 Quote of the Day- Please note that all quotes are MY originals..no stealing..remember that you reap what you sow

The true recipe for happiness...a postive attitude, support of family or friends, red wine and chocolate.!!!

Parenthood is like a rollercoaster..the same rules apply...try to get there early if you can..it will optimize  the amount of time for fun, someone always pukes, at the end of the day there is a good chance that you will have a pounding headache, but overall it is all worth it and fun as hell !!!!

Laugh at life and learn to dance.  If you make a fool of yourself dancing..the laughter will come in handy

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 TROUBLE SHOOTIN' and FUN SOLUTIONS

IF all else fails and your kids are off the wall.....Try baking/cooking...no bake cookies are a fast and easy project.  BUT THEY DO CONTAIN PEANUT BUTTER visit allrecipes.com for a whole library of no bake recipes!

Scrapes and scratches- Tea tree oil is a great all natural antiseptic

SODA IMPOSTER...If they are crazy about the thought of soda, and you can't live with it..just mix their favorite juice with a little seltzer and funnel it into a clean empty water bottle...or buy a large 2 liter container of selter and fill half with their favotie juice.

Sandwich night If you are exhausted and do not want to order fast food..SANDWICHES are a healthy and fast alternative.  Put together a homeade soup in your croc pot  (in the morning) and serve it with a sandwich, or just a fabulous whole grain bread from a local bakery.....  Also flatbread sandwiches with grilled veggies (just chop and Grill) then place in your favorite flattbread, top with fat free sour cream or plain greek yogurt..mmmm

Wipes are the not just for the kids!!!!! they are great little spot cleaners for last minute mama cleaning (aka. mommy stains that you discover as you are on your way out the door

DRAWING IN THE TUBBY-this is a great and easy way to encourage their artistic side in the tubby.  You can always find colored barsoap for kids or non-toxic tubby crayons from crayola (made in the USA) 

Happiness "incognito"

May 12, 2018
SO this week is a chaotic tornado of birthdays and big days for me and mine.  The truth is the whole month is!  It's nurse's week (This mama is also a registered nurse WOOT WOOT) at work; and our family is celebrating numerous birthdays. Two of my youngins, my own and my father's birthdays; oh YES and then there is Mother's Day!  I have to say that I should feel totally exhausted, and in many ways I do, but mostly I am thankful.  I'm happy I'm still topside of the ground, happy I have friends who keep me feeling "new" instead of "old", happy my husband and kids are healthy, and happy I have all these celebrations to "deal with" this month. 
 I don't wear my happiness very well during the thick of it however.  In the middle of trying to coordinate Mother's Day, my middlest's birthday, and my own all in the same weekend I can be well....a bit, UNHINGED.  But I have realized this about myself and I am not sure if, in part, it is that chaotic boy energy of a full house that I thrive on; but even at the point that I seem unhinged, there's a secret delight in being needed.  There is joy in making meals (yeah ..I hate kitchen clean up..true story), in the exhaustion of coming home from a job or profession where I feel needed and valuable, to a home where I feel needed and valuable. So tomorrow I turn 34 (yes this is a reversal of numbers, it's 43- but it works so just roll with me here --lol) and even-though "my" May is an exhausting, chaotic, joyful, crazy, infuriating, intoxicating, exhilarating microcosm; I wouldn't have it any other way.  It feels right and I am thankful.  I will leave you with this; for all those moments that you would wish for all the peace and quiet in the world, when you want to go get that loaf of bread at the store 150 miles away just for a quiet drive and no one bugging you-hold on, embrace it, it is fleeting.  Stay and breathe, recognize the beauty of a life fully lived, loved, needed, explored and challenged, and then scream into a pillow if ya need to (cause lol..life is just crazy once in a while- this works too).  So I'll say hello and  good morning to you all as a new 43 year old and wish all you mamas Happy Happy Mother's Day tomorrow, enjoy your tranquility, your chaos, your joy, your exhaustion, and your memories new and old.  The years go by too fast.  
xoxo Chinyere
 

Make the little difference ..It could be big..or just a difference

April 26, 2018
You never know the shoes someone else walks in; you only get a brief walk with them  if you take the time to ask, smile, see, and listen.  Life is filled with the opportunities to make someone else's day brighter and so many times we are too busy to do it. Maybe it seems crazy to compliment a stranger or ask a colleague how they are doing. BUT IT IS WHAT BUILDS OUR COMPASSION BANK AND NURTURES OUR HUMANITY.  DO IT!!! Be the one that compliments the stranger in the checkout line, be the one th...
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Sisterhood

April 10, 2018
So I am reminded of "national siblings day" and I am once again aware of the power of friendship and family. The contentment and safety of knowing someone has your back...and will never let go.  It isn't a bond that is made of blood every time but it IS a bond that is forged in commintment...either way.  I am so lucky to have the sisterhood I have. We have been through births, motherhood, triumph, defeat, despair and bliss.  MY HOPE  and endeavor for the future is that our boys have the same....
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Changes

February 3, 2018
Life’s changes are inevitable.  The good, the bad, the ugly. What you choose to change and what changes you are the  efining factors of your character and resiliency.  I have been one lucky gal.  I have 2 jobs that I love and I have been blessed with a love for the written word; a cathartic medium that allows me to connect with others,  to learn, and to heal in many ways.  Today I decided to take a step back and slow it down.  For me that means more
time with the family, less time at the off...
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Welcome Back. It's 2017. The focus has changed.

February 10, 2017
So this blog started as a way to connect to other moms and an outlet for  my writer's mind and a healer's heart.  As you look at this new chapter I hope you'll bare with me as we have evolved and continue to do so.  I no longer have little ones using sippy cups and play dates no longer include trips to the park but the SKATE park or the mountain.  My scope as mama has broadened and only gotten better with each year.  The then preschoolers are now headed to the teens and my then active soccer ...
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exhale.....

February 28, 2012
Well I've been thinking about what subject to cover in this entry.  I realized today I will just embrace being..which means nothing too special.  No holiday, no major life decision, just sitting in my living room watching my youngest child and thinking..ahhhhh.  Perhaps this is my chance to exhale for the day.  It is rare..usually I wait and hope for the end of the evening chance..just a few moments of self time when everyone else is squared away or happily asleep in our little home. But on t...
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My Valentine

February 1, 2012
So as it is quiet and everyone in our little home is sleeping except for me I get a chance to think and to write!  Today my oldest son brought home a piece of writing and I was blown away at how amazing a writer he already is and not even in high school yet.  I was also overwhelmed at how similar the two of us are.  Our sense of humor, our gift for writing, our playfulness, the list grows; and yet he is a person all his own.  I remember: the moment I found out I was pregnant, the first day of...
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Renew, Rediscover, Redefine

January 25, 2012
This Blog has seen some true evolution.  It started as a labor of love, born from the needs of a stay at home mom to recapture her writing, to reach out and escape the isolation some of us feel when we are staying at home to care for our small children, to explore her creativity, to share her little corner of the world and lastly but most importantly to accept the gift of insight from her oldest child!  This blog was my oldest son's idea, after listening to me talk at the dinner table about h...
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New Day

September 20, 2011
Well a new day and a new direction has begun.  The little ones have begun their school year and I have begun mine.  The farm is in a new phase as well with a bountiful harvest and a beautiful season.  There will be new posts and a new direction for the site so please visit again next week.  Thanks.  Remember to follow your passion and find the bliss in your life!

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Holiday Hustle.....

November 13, 2010
So the holiday season has arrived in full fury!  The time to shop, wrap, bake, can, and plan is upon us.  Right about this time every year we are ready to call off Christmas..doing ridiculous things like counting gifts to make sure we are being equitable in our giving...stressing about whose place to stop by first, fitting everyone in and taking into account that the weather is usually the embodiment of the whole "when hell freezes over" saying.  We used to be in some sort of holiday induced ...
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 CHIC STYLE ON A BUDGET

Here are some fabulous shopping sites that let you stay a Chic Mama on a budget..

Ebay  www.ebay.com.. Ebay is a fabulous site for new and second hand goods  for you and the kids.  I am a Huge ANTHROPOLOGIE clothing fan...and so are alot of ebay sellers (hint hint).  Also ebay has a site devoted to fair trade and this is an excellent way to pass it on in a global way. To make sure that workers and artisans receive fair fees for their work.  It is definitely a good  karma site to encourage!!!

ALERT!!!  If you are looking for great mommy bags or handbags-this site is the  "cat's pajamas" just type what bag brand you want and pick and choose..enjoy mommies!!

ETSY www.etsy.com You will love this site which is devoted to handmade artisans.  It is a great site to find truly unique and earth friendly gifts.  It supports small businesses and independent artisans and is a great way to pass it on. You can seriously find anything on this site form beads, handmade pottery, to custom made dresses. It is great.

also both of these sites are seller friendly as well.  Meaning if you have something you make and want to sell, or need to make some extra money..this may be a good resource.



 MOMMY PRODUCTS

Here are some fabuliscious mommy products I have found that are earth friendly and "finance-friendly" aswell.  I am a vegetarian mom and try my hardest to use products that will be respectful of the creatures we share our space with and of our planet as well.  

EO Products- visit them at EOproducts.com these are great because they are gentle enough for the WHOLE family and NOT tested on animals.  They are also  Paraben free and certified organic. (my favorite: Grapefruit and Geranium)

Avalon organic lotions (my favorite is Grapefruit and Geranium)

Stonyfield Farm yogurt, regular and soy....

BPA free Nuby sippy cups..the kids love these

Morningstar Farms veggie crumbles...great vegetarian alternative to hamburg..that even my meat and potatoes husband will eat!!!

Tea Tree Oil.  This is an essential to any earth mamas cupboard.  It is a great and completely natural antiseptic (wonderful 1st aid essential).  It treats fungal infections better than any synthetic medication.  Make sure you do your research and buy a pure oil with no additives, from a reputable company and you read your warnings..even all natural remedies should be used with care.


Please keep checking back in the upcoming months we will be opening a shop featuring my handmade bags and other tidbits.

NEW I recently found a new product that I love for kids....Sinupret....research this one..it is a fabulous immune support supplement.

Lisa Leonard Designs..you have to check out these fabulous personalized jewelry pieces.  Especially with mother's day coming up!!!  Check it out at http://www.lisaleonardonline.com

*****LUNA BARS..these bars are super yummy (key lime is awesome) and nutritious for you or the kids.  They are a little pricey so I recommend buying them in Bulk if you can.


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Physician's formula organic bronzer..this bnronzer evens out your skin tone like the best and is made from all natural and mostly organic ingredients.  It is wonderful and is half the price of the big expensive brands..try it..you'll like it. Plus it comes in a great compact!!!! -complete with mirror and brush