I’ve followed Ade for some time on Twitter and she is a great mom as well as a talented designer. I wanted to interview her and take the time to share with all of my readers. The creations in her boutique are right on time for ordering great Christmas gifts.
Q: I know you’re a mom. What are some cool dishes you make for your children that are both fun & healthy?
A: I’m a mom of two beautiful daughters, a 23 month old very “picky eater” and an 8 year old. A win-win meal in my home is salmon, either grilled or lightly pan fried in olive oil with salad topped with black bean and corn salsa. If I’m not doing the salad, then it would be steamed mixed vegetables or steamed carrots, broccoli and zucchini. I love quick meals.
Q: How do you keep active & fit with such a busy schedule?
A: It is often challenging to find time for myself being a wife, a stay at home mom of little kids, and business owner. I find we make time for what is important to us no matter the circumstances. I am important in the whole equation and its very important for me to stay healthy. So, even though I am not quite a morning person and I thought I could never work out in the mornings, I have been having to do just that. I took over dropping my 8 year old off in the morning so I can head to the gym before my husband jets off to work. It is such a normal routine for me now and of course running after an active toddler helps too! 🙂
Q: What are your areas of focus for health for you and your family?
A: The areas of focus for health for my family as a whole is really just eating right, trying to maintain a balanced diet, and exercising.
Q: Tell me about your Etsy boutique. What are some favorites in your collection?
Its a one stop shop for handmade contemporary African inspired designs. The store was born after I finished graduate school, became pregnant with my 2nd daughter, and decided I wanted to be a SAHM. It has since evolved from making hair clips for the girls and myself into a greater passion especially for African wax print. All the items in my shop are handmade by me. It is really hard for me to choose a favorite and I am often tempted to keep them for myself! (laughs) I console myself knowing that I can simply just make myself another one.
As I sit looking out the the window at sunny San Diego and enjoy the crisp air, it’s hard to believe that it’s already Christmas time. The year has almost come to a close!
I began shopping early this year, but as always I still had just a little more to do this week. I’m on a slim graduate student budget, but I still like to give my loved ones meaningful gifts. I did my shopping at small boutiques off he beaten path for vintage-inspired clutches, stylish cases for contact lenses, cheeky nail polish colors, and my all time favorite-things that are related to food. I took advantage of the near-Christmas sales and stopped by World Market for what turned out to be filled with the cutest trinkets and foods. I’ll admit that some things were purchased before I wen knew who I’d be gifting them to. All gifts were ranging from $1 to $5.99.
These 1 ounce olive oil bottles infused with flavors are sure to be a hit. A great gift for the budding chef who likes to experiment.
For the family member or friend that is obsessed with hot sauce, buy them minis so their supply will never run out at the wrong time.
Avid tea lover? Buy novelty honey of agave sweetener and an exotic tea blend. My favorite is Teavana, but there are many options out there!
There were also mini flavored coffees, sausages, cheese, hummus, holiday crackers and more. These are the makings of a great gift basket Among candies there was a range of chocolates, gummies, old fashioned candies and even a cute candy-filled Hello Kitty canister.
No matter what your budget, do not be dismayed. A small and memorable gift will be much appreciated. Don’t let the holidays drive you to overspend. Love is what brings holiday cheer. 🙂