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: May, 2009

Rainy Days

Posted by Chinyere on Wednesday, May 27, 2009,
Rainy days are so gloomy if you take them at face value.  They  used to leave me sleepy and unmotivated wondering how to keep the kiddies occupied for the day...until I recently had a little  "epiphany".  It occured to me that rainy days are to mommies like winter is to mother earth.  A chance to rest, regroup and get cozied up.  They also provide an oppurtunity to stop and smell the roses (which are getting a good drink:).  Rain does not have to be depressing or tiring, it can be calm...
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little gifts

Posted by chinyere on Tuesday, May 19, 2009,
It has been a while since my last posting because we have been busy bees.  As I have mentioned before...May is an incredibly hectic month for our family.  We pulled off our first kiddie party in 8 years..and it was splendid.  My friend Rose made fabulous cakes for the occasion and we had pizza for all the kiddies and parents and the children were amazed by their gift  (a sandbox that their dad made).  So now the month of May seems to be coming to a close and the flowers are blooming and ...
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sweet things in small packages

Posted by Chinyere on Tuesday, May 12, 2009,
So many truly meaningful things come in tiny packages.  The most wonderful part of my life is my kids and I can't possibly list all the things that they gave me for mother's day that had nothing to do with cards, or candy.  I woke up to "Happy muddoes day!" (a quote from the littlest) from all three at the same time!  I got Tisses (kisses) all day, and I got to watch my kids smile, jump, run, play, read each other stories and most of all...I got hugs.  Smushy, all encompassing, kiddie hug...
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A day for mommies!?

Posted by on Wednesday, May 6, 2009,
It is very nice that there is a day set aside to celebrate mommies, but our job lasts our entire life...from the moment we give birth to the day we take our last breath....we are moms.    From the birth of your first child to forever, you become focused and consumed with how to best provide what they need for their health, happiness and well being!! I recently saw that an online web site did the wage calculation for what a stay at home mom should earn, and it was 177,000+ dollars, and 77,000+...
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Love + consideration = kindness

Posted by on Friday, May 1, 2009,
Consider the last time you told your kids that you loved them, or that someone told you that they loved you.  It seems that the world has forgotten the effort and committment it takes to love someone.  We say it too easily.  I love you is something that is shown not just said.  Too many times we say to those around us, how much we love them, and yet we hurt them with impunity on a regular basis, speaking with malice when frustrated, or just being indifferent.  If there is one value that I had...
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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