Chrysanthemoms

Our featured mom is Crystal.  Crystal is the founder of Chrysanthemoms, and a mother of 3. She is a graphic designer, specializing in wedding invitations, baby announcements and photo greeting cards. I visited Crystal’s site, The Invitation Atelier, http://theinvitationatelier.com/. Crystal designs everything from wedding invitations to baby announcements.

She is also an avid blogger and loves to write. Chrysanthemoms (previously Two Moms In A Blog) is a blog written by moms for moms. Crystal states that the name: Chrysanthemoms, was chosen by one of our readers and is a play on “Chrys and the moms”. Why? Because she’s Chrys, and the founder of Chrysanthemoms!
Chyrsanthemoms has three sister sites: Moms in Business, written by eBay Powerseller and WAHM, Suzanne – brings you advice on business: from getting started and building traffic, to finding balance between the business woman and the mother. In The Kitchen, with Watkins Rep, Eleisia – is an astounding resource for recipes, kitchen tips, cooking with your children and more! And last but not least, our talent Birthday Parties & Themes writer, Annette Yen, brings you theme ideas, games, activites, menu plans and more for a affordable, creative, memorable birthday celebration for your child of any age.
If you’re looking for invitations visit The Invitation Atelier. Crystal has a large selection, and she’s still adding designs. Her blogs are filled with interesting and diverse posts as well.

Mamita’s Creations

Our featured mom is Vivian Nelson Melle. Vivian is a third generation Mexican-Danish-American. Vivian states that she takes great pride in her cultures, and loves crafting. Vivian makes crafts and sells them so she can be a stay-at-home mom. Vivian’s work is generational. She learned crafting and a love of herbs at a young age because her mother was a stay-at-home mom who taught her the skills she learned from her mother. Vivian’s grandmother learned from her mother. Vivian is currently passing these skills on to her daughter.

All of Vivian’s work can be found at www.viviannelsonmelle.com. Her favorite hobby is redoing t- shirts. Vivian takes old t-shirts that have lived a good life, but needs a redo and gives them a complete make-over. Or, you take a brand new shirt and make it a one-of-a-kind creation.

One of my favorite items from Vivian is the bracelets made from old clothing. Vivian stated these bracelets are made from clothes that were headed for the thrift shop. While most of our clothes are given away, some are just too meaningful to give up. I found a way to reuse old clothes into new fashions. Is this not crafty? You must also check out the crocheted pursues. They are adorable. These convenient little purses are great when you need only a few items and are not looking to lug your purse around. They are large enough to hold a wallet, cell phone and a few lipsticks, but are small enough to hang effortlessly around your shoulder.
Vivian also has a blog, Mamita Staying Home, http://www.mamitasstayinghome.blogspot.com/. Stop by and take a look at Vivian’s post. This lady has great and crafty recipes that you may want to try!

Are You Interested In Working From Home?

Our featured Mom is Danielle. Danielle is a mother of two children, and feels blessed to be able to work from home and spend time with them. Are you interested in working from home too? Danielle can help you succeed.

If you need:
To earn extra income or get out of debt?
To replace your current income?
To have more control of your life?
More time for your family?
To save for college or add to your retirement?
To work part-time or make your OWN hours?
Do you need to get rid of daycare costs?

Visit Danielle’s site, http://www.bizformomsonline.com/. Danielle can provide the training to help you successfully work from home achieving YOUR personal and financial goals. Danielle also has a blog, http://bizformomsonline.blogspot.com/, which features great Work At Home and Stay At Home Mom Sites.

My Baby Should Be In Pictures!

Are you interested in getting your child into commercials or modeling? Our featured mom Sibylla Nash can give you insight on how to accomplish that. Sibylla Nash’s daughter, Kortney, started modeling at four months old. She has appeared in a variety of magazines and commercials including Rice Krispies and Tostitos.

Sibylla has written hundreds of articles that have appeared in a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites including Vibe, Essence, The Chicago Tribune and Launch.com. She has written about subjects ranging from entertainment to parenting issues to topical matters. As an entertainment writer, she has interviewed celebrities such as Academy Award winning actors Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Academy Award nominee Will Smith; comedians/actors Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx and Kim Coles; and actress Constance Marie.

For information on how to get your little angel through Hollywood’s doors, visit Sibylla’s site at: http://www.tribecahouse.com/. Sibylla also has a blog. Be sure to visit her at http://www.tribecahouse.com/parents/inthe_corner.htm.

Featured Ebay Seller

Today’s featured Mom is Suzanne Wells. Suzanne resides outside of Atlanta, GA, she’s a Power Seller on eBay and has been selling since 2003. Suzanne has sold over 13,000 items to buyers all over the world. Suzanne said her new mission on ebay is to Help Other Entrepreneurs Find Success on eBay and Enjoy the Freedom of Working From Home. My book, “The Stay-at-Home Mom’s Guide to Successful eBay Selling,” is in paperback and available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and walmart.com.
Suzanne has a BA in Business Administration from Queens College in Charlotte, NC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her background is in banking and credit marketing. She spent 10 years working for national companies including Wachovia Bank and Equifax. She is now a stay-at-home mom of 2 children.
Suzanne’s site lists tips on selling, resources, and information on how to contact her. Her blog, eBay Selling Coach, can be found at:
http://ebaysellingcoach.blogspot.com/ Suzanne lists yard sales, the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, and clearance sales as great resources to find inventory.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career as an eBay Power Seller, this is site is worth visiting. I personally found the information helpful and interesting reading. Suzanne has e-books on How To Sell Used Clothing, How To Ship Internationally, etc. Be sure to visit Suzanne at
http://www.ebaysellingcoach.com/.

Chicks & Cubs

Our featured entrepreneur is Cynthia Powell. Cynthia is a Christian, a wife, a mom to 3 boys and the owner of an at home business called Chicks & Cubs. Cynthia started Chicks & Cubs in 1999 because she wanted to be a Stay At Home Mom, but still have a work interest. Cynthia and her husband chose the name Chicks & Cubs because they love animals and they thought that chicks sounds girly and cubs sounds boyish. Isn’t the name adorable. Cynthia specializes in baby shoe bronzing and Patty Cakes. Are you wondering what Patty Cakes are? So was I. Well Patty-Cakes® are 3-dimensional molds made from an impression of the baby’s hand and foot. The impression is bronzed and mounted for a hanging or table display. What a creative way to preserve memories. They also bronze pacifiers. I love this idea. I had my daughter’s christening shoes bronzed 29 years ago, and they’re still proudly displayed. The display also makes a great conversation piece.

Cynthia has another great product on her site, a Child’s Identification Bracelet. If you’re worried that you may get separated from your child when you’re shopping, at the park or a community festival, check out this bracelet. This bracelet has the information they need to get back to their parents safely. The information includes home and cell phone numbers for mommy, daddy, grandma, and granddaddy. These great bracelets come in either pink or blue.

Be sure to check out the Loot 4 Mama Give Away. The grand prize is a $130.00 gift certificate for Baby Shoe Bronzing. The contest is located at: http://www.chicksandcubs.com/giveaway.htm. Leave us a comment on the Chicks and Cubs site, and enter the contest. Cynthia’s blog, Growing Up Fast at http://www.growing-up-fast.com/ has great information too.

Messy Baby Contest

Time is running out, don’t miss out.  Giggles & Sugar Kisses will be hosting a free Messy Baby Contest. My grandson, Xavier, has inspired our contest. He tasted peaches for the first time Easter Sunday and loved them. He’s anxiously waiting for Gran to open another jar! Isn’t he adorable.
Send a photo of your messy baby to rhonda@gigglesnsugarkisses.com. Include your child’s first name and age. Your name, phone number, and mailing address. US Citizens Only. Deadline is May 31, 2008. The winner will be announced June 1, 2008. and will receive a Spa Cake.

Have A Cookie

A girl scout in Michigan has set a new record, she sold 17,328 boxes of their delicious cookies on a street corner. Her troop plans to travel to Europe with the proceeds. Troop 813 in Dearborn, Michigan raised approximately $21,000 for a 10 day trip.

This young lady worked every day to sell her share of the cookies. Her mother said, she shut down early one day because she wasn’t feeling well. This is dedication. Although I did not purchase from Troop 813, I did purchase my share of girl scout cookies this year. I love the Peanut Butter Patties and I look forward to their arrival every year year!


The Thin Mints are the third best selling cookies in the country. It’s amazing these delicious treats are still a hot item. Keep up the good work Girl Scouts of America. You will always have a buyer for your Peanut Butter Patties. Yum Yum!

Your Place Is In The Toilet

A New York man is suing JetBlue Airways for more than $2 million. The New York man alleges that the pilot on the flight forced him to give up his seat to a flight attendant. The passenger was on a flight from New York to San Diego and flying on a buddy pass. A buddy pass is given to a friend by an employee who works for JetBlue. The passenger alleges the pilot told him “to go hang out” in the toilet. Can you image sitting on a toilet on a cross-country flight? Just using the lavatory on a flight can be a challenge. According to the law suit, the flight was full. The flight attendant complained the jump seat was uncomfortable, so the passenger was forced to give up his seat. I fly regularly, and I’ve never witnessed a flight attendant sitting anywhere except in a jump seat regardless of whether the flight was full or not.

After expressing his displeasure of having to sit in the lavatory, the pilot told him that he was in command of the flight and he was lucky to be on the plane. The passenger was not allowed to sit in the jump seat, only Jetblue employees are allowed to sit there. The flight encountered turbulence and passengers were told to return to their seats; however, this passenger had no seat to return to. I guess the pilot and his crew came to their senses, the passenger was finally allowed to return to his original seat.

If these allegations are true, I personally believe that pilot should not be allowed to fly another commerical flight again. Not only did he humiliate this passenger, he put him at risk. Nobody has that kind of authority or right, pilot or not.

I have flown Jetblue to the west coast on numerous occasions, and personally liked the airline. I was impressed with their service and the nice, roomy leather seats for the price. I’ve been on line checking their prices for a flight to Las Vegas in the coming weeks. I’m leary now! If I get up enough nerve and book a flight at a reasonable price, I’ll post my assessment of their service. Pray that I don’t end up in the toilet please!

Check Out Our Jamie Rae Hats

Check out our Jamie Rae Hats. Is this not adorable and perfect for your little angel to flaunt this summer. We offer this chic and stylish hat in a variety of colors, which include candy stripped, pale pink, red polka dot (shown), and pink with lime green polka dots. For more information, please visit us at www.gigglesnsugarkisses.com