It’s been 12 great months in the blogosphere with you my readers, followers, friends in the blogging community, everyone who popped in once in a while 😀💝. You all made 2017 an enjoyable worthwhile blogging season. Gracias(Spanish)… Thank you… Nagode(Hausa) … E se pupo(Yoruba)… Merci… Dankubel(Dutch-not sure about the spelling, pardon me). I will really love to say thank you in your language so please share with me in the comment box below.
I look forward to a great and better experience with you as we step into 2018. May you have a beautiful year ahead.
This is such a great idea from “Betcha didn’t know”. We sure need the experience and advice of grandmas to younger mums. And if you are a blogger interested in helping mums you can interview grandmas around you and share their advice, giving credits of course😀. Have a beautiful day!
What does beauty mean to you? Feminine beauty has been construed in many ways and from varied perceptions of the world. It has been depicted through images and concepts that penetrates and rests in our minds, but one simple definition of beauty which we seem to fail to focus on is that beauty is happiness that glows from within.
This line of thought came to me as I stood before my bathroom mirror for several more moments than usual, undertaking an intimate survey of my body. With critical eyes, I noted the tiny indelible laughter lines beside my lips, little spots left by an acne or two, liberal trails of cellulite, jelly-belly from childbearing; the inevitable southbound movement of ex-perky body parts and the countless greys peeking out here and there.
Nonetheless, I also took note of the fact that as detracting and as imperfect as those marks were…
My brother and his family came to Ibadan to visit my family. They were on a holiday tour as they had just left our home town where they went visiting Das and Mum.
We were so delighted to have them come over to our house and so a family time out and treat was organized sharply🙌💏😀.
Our trip took us to various placeswhere the children had the blast of their time playing various games. Then the group took a trip to a restaurant to eat our local meal in Oyo State, Amala, Gbegiri and ewedu. Yummy!
My brother decided that we should visit one of our childhood friends, EbunlomoSoloye(maiden name) now Mrs Akinwale who had a Cafe in the Shoprite mall at Ring road, Ibadan. It will be a visit to remember… As we stepped into Ebun’s Natures Treats Cafe I was blown away by the esthetic and beauty that greeted us.
I thought it will just simply be a dash in and dash out visit but we were mesmerized with treats from Ebun’s menu.
These are food treats made from natural ingredients, no sugar and preservatives and aimed at helping people eat healthy even while out on a treat.
I am really proud of what this dear lady had made of herself as an entrepreneur committed to healthy treats. You simply must visit to know what I mean!! 😀😀
Ebun’s story and journey – How Natures Cafe came to birth:
Ebunoluwa Akinwale is a Wife, mum and lawyer by education and a wellness coach by Passion. She was able to successfully loose almost 40kg 6 years ago and kept it off and has helped a lot of others do same since she started her weightloss management company on the 1st of May 2013. She calls it her ministry as she is totally committed to the cause by teaching women the everyday tricks believing they are the focal point in the family and society. She recently opened her wellness cafe at The Palms Mall called Natures Treats….where all the treats we love are prepared healthier….No sugar or preservation or fat….right here in Ibadan. So in other words you get to eat your cake and have it. Ebun is also a public speaker , writer and big on empowerment.
What to expect at Natures Treats Cafe:
Legendary Greek yoghurts made from fresh raw cow milk
Yoghurt milk shakes
Natural freshly made juices
Decadent dark chocolate fudge muffins
Red velvet surprise, which actually leave people astounded to our tigernut varieties and fruitilicious zobo etc.
The kids are not left out as well as they can enjoy fun cake pops, cookies , hot chocolates, popsicles etc to keep them happy , entertained but totally healthy!
Breakfast is always a hit with waffles, pancakes, crepes, sandwiches
Gourmet salad bar and much more.
Adebisi Adetunji (C) BusyBee Media for Social Change and development
Boxing is the day after Christmas when people get to share gifts with their loved ones and friends.
In Nigeria, some of us cook our rice whether fried or Jollof and share with neighbors instead of doing this on Christmas day. The reason been that everyone will be busy attending Christmas service on the 25th of December and probably attending to immediate family.
So here I was delighted to package a gift for a family dear to mine. By the way I won’t share with you what the gift was… 😀😀Hmmm feeling good about sharing love oooo… Only to find out that I had mistakenly packaged a gift meant for someone else and given to another. Now I found myself replacing the gift with a precious gift I had earlier received as my Christmas present and I so cherished it.
Well how did the mix up happen? I guess I wasn’t paying attention. You see we had a family wedding this weekend, two days before Christmas and I had to juggle going to the market and planning for both feeding guests in my house and the reception!! So here I was having to reurn the gift to the original owner only my own precious gift was the replacement 😨.
It wasn’t funny but I learned a few minutes ago that I shouldn’t hold too tightly to anything. God gently nudging my heart and asking if that gift was too precious to give away. I guess that’s the message of Christmas! After all He (God) gave his only begotten son to the world!
OK… So that’s how my own boxing Day went amidst attending to wedding guests of my brother in-law who were still in my house. Hope you’ve had a fabulous day amidst the fuel scarcity we are experiencing in Nigeria on! 😎
Adebisi Adetunji (C) BusyBee Media for Social Change and development.
Hi, How have you been? The year 2017 is speeding away quickly, I imagine you have a lot of end of year activities going on. Take things easy do what you can and let things sort themselves out one after the other.
I want to appreciate you – followers,friends in the blogging community, family, readers and everyone for been a part of my blogging journey and world.From my heart you make me to keep wanting to write. Thank you so much🌼🌼🌹😍
Reading & visiting other Blogs:
Please bear with me if I haven’t been able to visit your page. Most times I am only able to take a quick look at a few blogs. That I hope to change soon.
Why Blogging Slowed Down
I haven’t been able to blog for a over a week now or follow a well planned out blogging routine inspite of all the post ideas running through my head. Other life issues are demanding for my attention.
What Has been Up with me:
My life these past few weeks has been a roller coaster of office work, workshop, deadlines and caring for my family. And in between I had to nurse my daughter who was under the weather and we both got stuck at home for days. I had to work from home and even missed going to church on Sunday. At first I murmured and complained about the stress but then I discovered it was an opportunity to bond even more with my daughter. We read the Bible together and I got to answer a lot of questions bugging her young mind. We also laughed a lot together too as we did some fun things together while I was recording some effects for a radio drama I was packaging.
I learned the value and blessings of family time. Just yesterday my children told me that I was the best mom in the whole wide world *wink *…. I felt really loved and special when my daughter added that she was happy that I took really good care of her when she was I’ll. Suddenly all my stress was worth it.
Work will never be more important than your family. Be there for them and share fond memories.
I will find a way around my blogging schedule soon. I wish you and your family great blessings this season!!
Adebisi Adetunji (C) BusyBee Media for Social Change & Development. Email :firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter : @DebisiBusybee
Mind who you hang around, they have a way of influencing you. Connect with people who aim for great things and are not just materialistic. A thought provoking post by Dray of Dream Big. I am inspired by his posts each time I read his blog.
The types of people you allow to have influence in your life is one of the most important decisions you can make. I’ve heard parents tell their kids “you are who you hang out with” and it is true for adults as well.
Yesterday I sat down with a gentleman who owns an IT business with 2 offices locally. We spoke about his business for a couple of hours and then wrapped up. Standing in the lobby of one of the downtown Charlotte high-rises, we began to talk about life in general, the power of words and the power in having a positive mindset. Our conversation recharged me for the afternoon and filled my emotional and spiritual sails!
The people you allow to have influence over you will steer your life in particular directions. This is why you must be selective and choose wisely. If you have people surrounding you…
Njideka had listened to education talksabout the negative effects of female genital mutilation and cutting also known as female circumcision on girls in school and in church. In her community girls must go through the rite of female circumcision to attain womanhood and soon the drums heralding her time to be cut began to sound.
A few days to her being circumcised Njideka ran to protect herself. Two other girls joined her. A series of event took place which finally lead to the IZZI community abandoning FGMC. Njideka is indeed a brave girl and a hero in the fight against a harmful cultural practice. Here is a short video telling her story and that of her community:
Adebisi Adetunji (C) BusyBee Media for Social Change & Development. Email – email@example.com twitter – @DebisiBusybee
👟👟👟👟👟👟👟 If you have ever been part of a long distance or miles race then you know that feeling when you look ahead and see the finishing line. Definitely your muscles will be aching and you are probably breathing through your mouth taking in as much air as you can. What keeps you going is that hope of finishing your race soon.
At the beginning of a race when the whistle goes off, all runners take off atonce each still full of energy and the determination to win the race. Soon some will drop off the race for many reasons ranging from not been fit to endure the pain or simply just giving up.
Hope you haven’t given up on yourself and goals yet? Remember this journey of the year 2017 is your own race. There is no need to compare your successes or achievements with that of others.
Time to count your blessings as some other persons unfortunately didn’t make it this far but you made it.Be grateful and list your blessings, achievements and successes. Every little thing counts, celebrate your small and big successes.
I have so much I am grateful for that listing them will take the whole day but here is a few:
For the times when I failed and learned a few lessons.
For close doors though painful but led to new and beautiful opportunities.
For strength to go on even when I am weak.
My children’s school promotion and ability to learn and apply knowledge.
My husband’s new milestone ofowing his own school and building his business.
Gift of friends and family
Gift of work
Gift of life and health
The gift of blogging 😀
And so much more
So here is the thing... You made it this far, have faith; have hope. All will end well in spite of the unpleasant experiences.
Happy New month!!
Adebisi Adetunji (C) BusyBee Media for Social Change & Development. @DebisiBusybee