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) 

Browsing Archive: April, 2009

Birthday Month

Posted by on Thursday, April 30, 2009,
The month of may is a busy month for our little clan.   The month of  April ends with the birthdays of my mother and niece and then May reigns in the birthdays of 4 family members along with mother's day.  Wow.  You might think that this is an aweful time, running back and forth to parties, planning the perfect gift.  Trying to not gain 50 lbs from birthday cake or trying to bake 5 of them.  To the contrary, May is so much fun for us.  No doubt it is very hectic, but it is almost a who...
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Rocky Waters...

Posted by on Sunday, April 26, 2009,
Today was our first canoe trip as a family of five.  Our oldest has been out with mom and dad but since the middlest and the littlest have not been out yet we thought today (78 degrees in the Adirondacks in April) was  a perfect oppurtunity...ok my husband thought it was a perfect oppurtunity and I more or less went along..lol  Don't get me wrong  I like canoeing enough..although I am not much of a swimmer.  My apprehension came from the thought of having all three rembunctious kids in a...
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Just some comic relief for the day mommies (and daddies); things you never thought you'd say as a parent...

Posted by on Thursday, April 23, 2009,
Ok so it occured to me that there are definitely things that I have said as a parent that I never thought would come out of my mouth.  Things that I vowed I would never say....WHATEVER!!!!!! So here it is..."
 YAY....That is a big poopy..great Job"
"Please get your fingers out of his nose"
"are you kidding me..You will scrub the boogers off this wall right now"
"Is that chocolate on your hands?'....ucckkk
"Stop biting me"
"because I said so"
"Is this what 18 hours of bone crunching labor gets me?"...
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The foolish simplicity of parenting; Why do we complicate things?

Posted by on Tuesday, April 21, 2009,
So our kiddies have never been sleepers.  Always up several times in the night and never easily get back to sleep.  But lately not only are we not good sleepers..we want to hang out, gab, joke, run and play at all hours of the night.  Well we recently met with our Dr. for an appt, and I mentioned to her that my husband and I are exasperated with this nocturnal chaos.  My dr's response was..well "what are you doing at nightime..what is your routine".  Convinced that I must be doing someth...
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Fishing and such!

Posted by on Monday, April 20, 2009,
So we spent another day fishing and enjoying this thing they call "Sunshine".  It has made a reappearance in the Adirondacks and is very welcomed by all.   We ventured about 45 minutes south of where we call home and the kiddies had a great time.  Although there were no fish caught and the "worm..hook thing" was met with mixed reviews..(by vegetarian mommy too..lol).  We topped off a wonderful day with a cookout with family and although we were all decked out in fleece we still had a grea...
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Well it has been some time!!

Posted by Nkechinyere Sloan on Saturday, April 18, 2009,
Well time flies.  It has been a while since last I wrote..but this week brings the activities that come with spring and warmer weather.  Spring cleaning, spring fishing trips, boiling maple sugar, yard work..you want your lawn to look nice for those impending  cook outs.  SO the kiddies have come out closer after our little spring break "bonding time".  They have now banded together against us..lol.. It is nice to see them working together; they seem to be enjoying each other's company s...
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After Easter Sunshine?

Posted by Chin on Monday, April 13, 2009,
So we had snow for Easter, and today is a blue sky, sunshiney day..But I am not complaining.  Mother nature is alright with me.  Our holiday was wonderful and we were blessed to have been able to spend it with family.  Spring break is almost at an end, but I am still perplexed as to why we call it "Spring Break"..it seems to be anything but..for the grown ups.  My oldest's favorite question is "so what are we going to do tomorrow".  I haven't finished the itinerary for today yet...SLOW D...
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Oh what a beautiful mornin'...you know the song?

Posted by Nkechinyere Sloan on Friday, April 10, 2009,
So I think that perhaps..spring is here.  It is a lovely sunny morning in the Adirondacks and the smell of hyacinth is permeating our little house..(I mentioned that I had bought some to plant and with the recent snow was grateful that I had not..now they have bloomed on the windowsil. It is a beautiful day to write and the children are busily playing with red dump trucks.  This spring morning is definitely a scene that should be photographed and framed.  I can't wait to get outside again....
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The April Bug

Posted by on Wednesday, April 8, 2009,
Ok so as Spring is supposed to be approaching and Easter season is near...so comes the April Bug to our home.  I am not talking about some cute little large eyed creature bringing goodies or helping that imaginary "bunny" we all speak about to the kids..I mean a vicious infectious little monster of a bug...you know the kind..the kind that leads to a path worn in the rug between the bathroom and the couch.  So this is what our little family has been battling for the past three days.  Still ...
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Colds and Kids

Posted by Nkechinyere Sloan on Sunday, April 5, 2009,
Fabulous..It seems that I have managed to contract yet another blessed cold.  With all the money put into weight loss and anti aging...SHOULDN'T there be a cure for the common cold!!  We have phones that talk, cars that park themselves...not that I can afford either one..lol, and no cold cure.  So I had a fabulous mommy moment when all three of my kids were playing and I watched the oldest mediating between his two younger brothers...telling them to say sorry and stop fighting.  This was ...
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Day 2....long night.

Posted by Nkechinyere Sloan on Friday, April 3, 2009,
So last night our middlest child was sick for about 4 hours.  If anyone had told me how challenging parenthood was going to be 12 years ago I would have thought they were crazy.  Scrapes, scratches, nightmares, afterschool practice, teething...etc. There really should be a psych eval BEFORE conception..cause this stuff could drive you to the edge of sanity; and an instruction manual...on the way out of the OBGYN office.  (lol)  It is funny..that your kids are probably your biggest challen...
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Sunshiney Day-April.2.2009

Posted by Nkechinyere Sloan on Friday, April 3, 2009,
I am exhausted.  This has been a beautiful day and the coming of spring is upon us.  So many things are happening in the world and it is an exciting time.  The kiddies are not sleeping well..toddler years..I suppose.  So time is spent trying to mediate between them and the oldest. I wanted something spectacular for my first post..but that is life isn't it.  Sometimes spectacular is just waking up to your family and the sunshine.  Perhaps I will have more to say tomorrow...I always have ...
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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.


NEW____5/11/09

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