Popped Up Shopping at Organica

 

Organica is a local pop up shop located in the Mall Of America in front of the Apple Computer store. There are a variety of soothing naturally made goodies; from essential oils, pain relief ointments, diffusers, and naturally handmade soaps made by a local vendor, Wandering Goods from Portland, Oregon.

The owner of this local relaxing pop up shop, Suzanne is very approachable and knowledgeable about her products. She will allow you to try different samples as well as guide you if you are having difficulties finding the right gift for either yourself or your loved ones.

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The Traumica Pain Relief Formula is one of her fast selling products. Working in healthcare and in particular bedside nursing where we use a lot of man power, this product sparked my interest. There is nothing more soothing than being relaxed after a long day on your feet at work.

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This shop is very personalized and authentic with the different array of products which will help relax you and keep you feeling energized and stylish for your next outing or staycation. Try something new if you have never tried naturally made soaps which helps with different skin problems and relax in a dark room filled with soothing music and essential oils from a diffuser!

Support this local business if you are in Minnesota  and are passing through the Mall of America and tell Suzanne that I sent you over and you will be on the extra extra nice list. These are some of the lovely products at this shop:

 

 

 

It’s all in the beads!

Throw a pair of jeans, wear a t shirt, your fancy shirt, or favorite pair of boots and add a pop of beads and voila, you suddenly turned casual to trendy. My love for African beaded jewelry was birthed growing up in Ghana, West Africa. I remember wearing waist beads as a child, then gradually falling in love with hand, neck, and anklet beads.

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Beads come in all sizes and are also made of different materials such as wood, glass, seashells, among others. They can also be worn on any occasion and add a detail that makes one look unique. Beads also carry a meaning to some wearers from providing positive energy to protection from bad spirits. For others, it is for fashionable purposes and exploring a different style.

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Below are some beautiful African beaded jewelry I found online on google

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to drop a comment. Now go get some beads at your local African shop or market, with love StylishMomNurse!!!

When Special Moms Meet

Did you ever think you will grow up and be the mother of a special needs child? I never thought so. There are so many questions that have run across my mind over these five years and I am proud of myself for letting go and learning to open up about my fears and insecurities. There are times I still cry and wonder why me and most times I am amazed at the successes in this journey. I have learned to be overjoyed at the successes of my boy and not by a measure of the so called children development timeline which is not personalized. As an immigrant originally from Ghana, West Africa, I knew it would be tough explaining how different my child was with his glasses and hearing aides to my community. However, my strength has come from my immediate family and friends who have supported me and being there for me as I cried and laughed during this tough journey of special motherhood.

I was therefore beyond the moon when I connected with Sefakor who like me was Ghanaian but lives in Ghana, same age mate, and has a first born son with the same rare syndrome called Charge Syndrome. Charge Syndrome is a rare syndrome caused by a genetic disorder that can affect the heart,nose, eyes,ears, etc.  Charge also affects each individual very differently, therefore each individual needs should be personalized. One thing with these chargers are they are fighters!

In the picture below is my son, my mom, Sefakor, her son, and myself in Ghana this past September.  Somehow the little  siblings, my daughter and Sefakor’s younger son managed to escape this shot as they were happily playing together. All of us moms laughed, gave each other advice, and  bonded over the triumphs and challenges of motherhood. The lack of rehab services is saddening in Ghana, but the resilience of special moms like Sefakor and our families is a testament to the fighting nature of these chargers.

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To Boutique or Not!

Have you found yourself rummaging through your one million clothes in your closet only to find out you are missing that statement piece to make you standout? Many millennial moms feel guilty splurging a little, but that investment can create lasting impressions. A boutique can be one place to find those pieces and if you are lucky enough you might just score big during a sale. Yes, ladies some boutiques have some sales so don’t look the other way.

If you are in the Minnesota I will recommend DUGO, a trendy woman owned boutique located in the Galleria, Edina where you can find it all from casual pieces, bridal wear, to jewelry and purses. I have also had the chance to work with the wonderful team of this store to create a look book which is currently featured on their website. However if there are any fun boutiques you know off in Minnesota or that ships to Minnesota, comment below and I will check them out and do a review.

These are three pieces found at DUGO which I highly recommend to add to your closets to create some envy in your closets.

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Look 1: The soccer mom’s colorful yellow jacket by Eleven Elfs  paired with Jeans. Being a mom should not put you in the boring box.  Continue to be creative and let that color shine through your children.

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Look 2: The sophisticated millennial woman by Lafayette148ny. This is perfect for the cold weather. You can still pull off a dressed up look without feeling like you are putting yourself out there to get frozen!

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Look 3: The fierce and fiery woman in a Nicole Miller cocktail gown ready to turn heads. Why be ordinary, when you can create waves as you walk confidently in this dress. Do not limit yourself to colors and be a dare devil with style.

 

Makeup: April Rocha Makeup Artistry          Photography: E.L. Photography

 

Bad experience on board Delta airlines with my children!

Travelling with two children below 6 years across the world from Ghana to the USA is an experience I will never forget. Exactly 2 weeks ago my children and I flew back from Accra to Minnesota.
I was both excited and concerned how I will manage it before we started our long journey. We travelled on Delta airlines from Kotoka International Airport transiting in John F. Kennedy International Airport with our final destination in MSP Airport and was disappointed at the poor flight service. Beside being able to board early one time and a few age appropriate kids cartoons, no other provisions were made to accommodate the children.

 


There was not a mention or offer of a kid friendly menu by the flight crew. When I even asked for cheese with bread for my son, that was not available! I am so glad I packed different snacks and brought over an ipad and toy to keep the children somewhat relaxed. There were definitely moments of screaming children with me trying to soothe them and keep them comfortable.
Using the bathroom with two children was harder, but I was lucky to be offered a helping hand by a neighbor on the plane who agreed to watch my little boy when the little baby girl had a few too many toilet accidents.
When we arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport, it was not smooth and we had to wait in the immigration line to declare our luggage on a kiosk which i did not find friendly then over to a queue to talk with an immigration officer as I listened to my boy continuously requesting to use bathroom. I was livid, but was extremely relieved when we could finally use it.

To make matters worse, I had to pay $6 for a cart with no help as I had to drag 4 suitcases with 2 kids standing besides me, then to another luggage area. Afterwards, it took us another 30 minutes to go through another encounter getting our hand luggage security checked with TSA before we were transported via bus to another terminal to board another plane to Minnesota which was delayed by half an hour. My children were so tired that my son sobbing and wanted me to carry him along with his sister which was impossible. The passengers were much helpful than any of the Delta staff at helping to soothe him. I had at that point missed the call to board the flight with the other parents and none of the staff could be bothered when I came over and stood by the desk. Luckily the passengers allowed the children and I to board back to MSP.
The flight from Accra, Ghana to New York, New York was about 10 hours while the flight from New York, New York to MSP Airport was about 2 and a half hours. It was a total of about 16 hours with 2 children and a brave mama, but we did it 😉💪💪!!!
I really hope Delta improves its services to African countries and make it a bit family friendly despite it being economy class because I was extremely disappointed!! Which flights would you say are family friendly and accommodating of special needs children? Do we have travel first class to be treated better??

 

 

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