Thursday, 28 June 2018

ARE YOU PRIORITISING IN THE RIGHT ORDER?


We wake up each day and go through a routine without sometimes realizing it.
Do you have a routine or pattern that benefits you or is it one that you end up with piles of work waiting for you? Do you end the day feeling weighed down?

we chase after money,power, influence, family, popularity, faith, wisdom, sometimes love and forget that which is most important. YOURSELF!

You have to make sure you take care of yourself first. You need to be healthy, happy. Your heart and body needs to be in a good place for you to be able to get to the next level. If you do not take care of yourself, getting to achieve those desires or dreams will get more stressful and sometimes difficult.
 If you keep pushing and chasing after all the things in life that you want or want to help others get, you will break down.
Take note; it won't be the people making you push without thinking about yourself that breakdown, it will be YOU.


Be wise in your actions,do not be all over the place. Get understanding and prioritise in the right order.


Stay positive and stay Sparkling.





Tuesday, 26 June 2018

CORRECTION ON LAST POST- THINK TAPAS? THINK CHUKWU'S

I would like to apologize on one major error on my last post which you received.-THINK TAPAS? THINK CHUKU'S ( correct post title)

The name of the Tapas restaurant is 'CHUKU'S' and not 'CHUKWU'S'.

The post has been corrected and It would be awesome if you can click on the link below to see the story, and also the correct email address and website for bookings to Chuku's Tapas restaurant.

Thank you for reading this.

If you do read this message and went through the link below, kindly drop a comment. This would be well appreciated.

Thank you once again and do have a lovely evening.

Stay Sparkling.


www.isparklenow.com

THINK TAPAS? THINK CHUKU'S


If you are one who loves great tasty food just like me, then I have just the place for you.

Meet two people who started their own food business and have taken Nigerian food to the next level.

 

Emeka  and Ifeyinwa Fredrick , a brother and a sister are co owners of Chuku's.
their dream started while they were very young.


Their first work  together as kids was to recite a whole script of their favorite film- Cool Runnings.

As adults, they decided to team up to work on their mutual love for food. Not just any kind of food, Nigerian food.

Chinese food, Brazilian food, Italian food, you name it: can be easily found across the City of London. But Nigerian food was not on the map . So they decided to do something very unique and different that would blend into the food map and would be enjoyed not just by Nigerians but by everyone from all over the world.





Emeka lived in Spain and whilst there, he fell in love with the relaxed and chilled experience of  tapas dining, on the other hand Ifeyinwa moved to the Caribbean however she found the pace a lot slower and relaxing in comparison to when she was living in London, which she appreciated.

They both returned to London and decided to put all they had acquired into good use: which was to create a spot were they can share the Nigerian cuisine and culture would be enjoyed and shared with no rush. A chill out, relax and chat kind of environment while eating.




And so, a London based pop-up shop was created called Chuku's tapas restaurant. A place to Chop (Nigerian pidgin word for the term Eat): Chat and Chill





CHUKU'S ;-   www.chukuslondon.co.uk

EMAIL:- info@chukuslondon.co.uk

You can also find Chuku's on Facebook for easy bookings.

See below  the Summer Series of their Pop-up June-August 2018.






Sisi Alero will definitely be visiting Chuku's this summer. Will I be seeing you there?



Sunday, 24 June 2018

HAPPY NEW WEEK, GO SPARKLE



As the weekend comes to an end and we start a new week; let us show love and give love. Be nice to someone, go an extra mile to put a smile on at least one face each day this week.

You can start with me .haha..

I love you and i pray that we all have an amazing week filled with fruitfulness and loads of smiles in all we do.

Have an awesome week and make sure you bring out that Sparkle.



Friday, 22 June 2018

HURRAY!! LET'S DANCE


 Hurray!! iSparklenow is One today. How time has gone so quickly. 
Sisi Alero would like to use this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has featured on the blog and to everyone who takes time to read and contribute. Your responses, and encouraging messages and emails are what keeps me going.

Today, I am going to put my dancing shoes on and have some fun...

Looking forward to a better and bigger year ahead.
Here's to many more years...

Come share your story and inspire the next person. 
Come onboard and let your Sparkle show




Thursday, 21 June 2018

DREAMS


We all have dreams. Growing up, we planned to be someone awesome, get an amazing job, start our own business, get married, have kids and maybe get very rich.
For some, those dreams have become a reality. 

While for some they feel like they are a shadow of such dreams.
You look around you and see friends and family prospering, doing well and you think to yourself you have failed.
Wake up! Do not be dismayed.

Every living being was born on different days by different mothers at different times. 
We all have our time to be who we truly want to be. 

As long as you believe in yourself and work hard, you will succeed.

Strive hard for your goals and dreams. You may not get to the exact place you dreamt about, but you definitely will not be at the same position you started your journey at. 

Don't give up, don't stop believing.
Follow your dreams. You will Sparkle in the end.


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

HANDWORK- WHAT IS IT YOU HAVE IN YOUR HANDS?



A lot of us have gotten tired of working 9-5 jobs or shift jobs. But we have to keep pushing to earn a living.

But, have you also thought about learning a skill that would bring in extra income and even get you out of the 9-5/ shift routine? Something to have as a side business?

It could be something you already do as a hobby e.g, baking, sewing, organising, planning, child minding, counselling, photography, among other things.

You could be someone who loves to write, Why not try writing short stories and sell on eBay or Amazon? These days, you can sell e-books easily.

Cooking can also bring you income. You can cook for people who are busy and have no time to make it to the kitchen or for special occasions and events.

Whatever it is that you love to do. Have a close look at it and see how you can put it into good and profitable use.

In the next few weeks, we will be chatting with a few people who have put their hobbies to good use and making money from it. Most importantly, they do it as their full-time jobs.

So, don't give up on that idea or plan just yet. You never know if that is your ticket to get out of a 9-5 job.

If you have a side business or into a business and would like to share your story to inspire others,
Kindly send an email to - admin@isparklenow.com

Hold on to your dreams. Never give up.
Keep Sparkling.



Sunday, 17 June 2018

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY


Here's wishing all Father's and Men in general, a Happy Father's day celebration. 
May you all have loads of reasons to celebrate.




With Love from:
Sisi Alero

Keep Sparkling for us women.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

HERE'S TO THE WEEKEND.

Another weekend is here. No matter what you are doing, take the extra step to put a smile on someone's face.

There are people who are lonely,  going through a tough time or just need someone to smile at them.
Choose to be that person to make their day bright.

Not just for today, do it every day.

A smile goes a long way. Giving a helping hand is even better.

What are you waiting for? Go make it a colourful day to remember.


Here's to an awesome weekend.

Have fun and Sparkle all through.



Wednesday, 13 June 2018

CAN YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT ABBREVIATING?






ILYSM (I love you so much).

IJN (In Jesus name)

WULLNP (Wishing you long life and Prosperity)

IDK (I don't know)

BRB (Be right back)

The list goes on and on and on.

I used to be one of those who could not send a message without abbreviations. 
One day, about seven or eight years ago; a friend of mine asked me if i could do without abbreviating. He found it irritating and so annoying that sometimes he would not respond to my message until i typed in full.
I never went back to it after that.

These days, abbreviations have become a new way to communicate especially amongst our youths and young children.

For some, it's so bad it is affecting their spellings. 
You might think it is easy and fast, but it is actually destroying how people spell and put a sentence together.

Abbreviations have become social media slang, a communication code. It can be fun and interesting, but can also be very confusing when one cannot decode the abbreviation.

Remember, as a parent, you should be the one showing your child/children good examples. What will they be learning from you when you write everything in abbreviations?

Have fun writing in abbreviations, but ensure it does not cause you to have difficulty with your spelling.

It will go a long way if we all decide to go back to writing in full sentences.
Do you think you can do it? Can you spell words easily without getting confused after using abbreviations for so long?

Let's get started and i would love to get your feedback on how it felt after your first day and then your first week.

Good grammar begins with practice. 
Practice makes perfect.


  Keep sparkling and Stay bright.



     


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

CELEBRATING OUR CHILDREN


The word "inclusion" is a word i have come to love. Most especially when it comes to children or young people with disabilities.

I love to see them included in activities and being spoken to or interacted with like every other child or person.

An organisation that feels the same is Lovely Heritage Down Syndrome (LHD). The organisation was founded by  Victoria Ibe. She has a son with Down Syndrome- Joshua Buraimoh.



To learn more about Lovely Heritage Down Syndrome, visit their website: www.lovelyheritage.org.uk

LHD provides support for parents and their children/family and also creates awareness on the condition of the children or young person and its management.

Though LHD is for children/people with Down Syndrome, they welcome anyone and everyone. inclusion is their goal.

Their aim is to create a society in which every individual is valued no matter their abilities.

Every last Saturday of the month, LHD holds an activity for kids and family at St Georges Community Centre in Manchester. The event is called "LET'S SHARE". This is a time of fun, relaxation and meeting up.




On the 30th of June, 2018. LHD will be having their Inauguration and Summer party. 
It will be a time of fun and laughter for the kids as well as parents. Everyone is invited.
A time to meet and make new friends.

Hope to see you all there because Sisi Alero will be there live and Sparkling.



Sunday, 10 June 2018

BE THANKFUL






For some days now, all we have heard has been death, death, death. 
It's sad to hear someone took their life or someone has been stabbed to death.
Families all around mourn while some of us are rejoicing. This is the pattern of life.
The bible tells us that in ALL things we should give thanks.

That we are alive and well today, give thanks.

We may not have more than £2.73 in our account, or even know where our next meal will come from. Give thanks.
God is able to do just what He says he will do. So please, do not Give up on God because He will NEVER give up on you.

Trust in Him and believe that as you begin a new week, He will make things work for your good.

It is not easy, and will never be easy. 
Like me, when i am weighed down, i scream and shout and vent but i always say to God , i am still holding on to you. Nothing will make me take the alternative route. As tempting as it keeps getting.
Stay focused, Stay blessed and most of all,

KEEP SPARKLING.



Monday, 4 June 2018

COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR BODY.

A few days ago, i watched a program about three young ladies who were very unhappy with how small their breasts were.

One lady who already had two children felt so uncomfortable she did not like to go out of the house.
The program focused on three ladies and how they planned to solve the problem of having small breasts.

The first lady was not interested in surgery and so got a suction machine which she puts on for eleven(11) hours every day, and had to do that for three months. Of course it caused a strain in her relationship. But she was determined. She also took herbal pills to help fasten the process.

At the end of the three months, her breasts still looked the same.(well, to me it didn't change)


The second lady wanted surgery (implants), but was not sure if she was ready. She tagged along with someone she met online to see how the procedure went and after which she would decide .
She changed her mind after seeing the process of the procedure and really thought it through. She stuck to her small breasts.


The third lady who didn't like to venture out of the house, went to see a photographer who deals with women who have being raped or are insecure or have issues looking and loving their body.
After taking several pictures of her(mind you, this took hours and hundreds of pictures), she went home a changed person.

She started going out more and even took her daughters swimming. She felt more comfortable wearing a bikini and being able to love herself.


After watching this, it kind of reminded me of how people have suddenly gotten used to putting on extra to feel happy.( From makeup to wigs and everything in-between)
Some women can no longer leave their homes wearing their natural hair. If it's not a wig then its a weave.

If the face has no makeup, there is no way some can go out.
I know these all make us as women look beautiful and look like divas. But,  do we really have to do it daily?

It has gotten so bad that some people despise their natural God given hair. they will not open their natural hair even in their own homes. This is crazy.

The other day, someone saw me with my natural hair and laughed ( a Nigerian woman). She said my hair looked horrible and dirty. I smiled and said to her it was her opinion.

I am a Nigerian and an African. I love my hair. I love who i am created to be.
I love the feel of being simple and natural.. That natural look makes every woman look young. Sometimes, younger than our real age.


Now, back to the story of small breasts.

I brought up this topic because it is something that i get picked at. I know some will think this is not to be discussed. It is a private kind of discussion. But hey, when people insult you about the way you look, they do not do it behind you.

Yes i do not have big breasts but i am blessed with the best possible size for me.
I hate bras, whoever invented them, i am sure did not have me in mind. lol

I love how i look and even though i do not mind, sometimes i get offended with the insults. So i understand why the ladies i discussed above felt the way they did.

In the end, we all as women, have to love ourselves as we are. No matter our size. I have tried forever to put on some extra kilos to no avail and gave up. Now, i have learnt to love how i look, and i have learned to dress in ways that make me happy.


Let us learn to be comfortable in our body. God did not make any mistake when He created each of us differently. We all look different for a reason. Use yours to your advantage.

Show love to your fellow woman. Encourage her, don't bring her down with hurtful words. It will go a long way.

My name is Sisi Alero, i love me for me; and i Sparkle...



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