My days have been rather full recently leaving me little time to write here!
New content will be coming soon though! Thank you all for reading and supporting this little venture💛.
In the meantime, here’s a photo of my favorites!
My family and I decided to take an impromptu trip to Rhode Island last week. We didn’t have any set plans but knew that we wanted to go to a zoo we had visited last year – Roger Williams Park Zoo. We had the best time! Auden’s favorite part was seeing a camel “pooping little balls of poop out” hah! and Joona was absolutely riveted by the elephants and seals she saw! One of my favorite parts of our day was when we got caught in the most torrential of downpours while running to our car. Auden wasn’t too thrilled by that experience but it was soul-freeing for me. After the zoo, we stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall taco joint for lunch. The rest of the afternoon included a coffee shop (BOLT coffee was closed for the day unfortunately), exploring downtown, and a scenic drive home. I love unexpected days like these!
Fun fact:I sweat.
Not perspire, not glisten, I’m talking burly man in the middle of a Crossfit competition type sweat.
For years I barely thought about what exactly was going on my body in terms of deodorant. All I cared about was 1. Whether or not it worked and 2. Whether or not it had antiperspirant. I always, always wore antiperspirant because (I thought) it was the only thing that worked. Guys. Antiperspirant is the worst! If you’re using it, you need to stop that junk and throw it in the nearest trash can. If you’re driving and you’ve got some in your glove compartment, throw it out of your window (but don’t because that’s littering and littering is bad). Just get rid of it. Did you know that antiperspirant is mainly comprised of ALUMINUM? It’s so terrible for you! (Do your own research and come to your own conclusions, friends). Anyway, about 6 years ago I stopped buying deodorant with antiperspirant and although my underarms were healthier, I just felt gross. I decided last year when I was pregnant to do a “pit detox” and stopped wearing deodorant entirely. It was kinda the best and I didn’t even smell. At first. Then one day I was getting Auden something off of a shelf and I caught a whiff of my pits. Lord have mercy, this no deodorant thing was not going to work. Have I mentioned that I sweat a lot? Enter: Native Deodorant a.k.a. Miracle Worker a.k.a. My new best friend. Not only does this deodorant smell glorious, it actually works! Really works. And because I love you all so much, I have a 10% off coupon code so you too can smell as good as I do! 🙌🏾
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Last Thursday Auden, Joona and I did some exploring in a town near us called Old Wethersfield. The weather was absolutely beautiful, we were all in good spirits, and Joona even took a lengthy nap in the Ergo carrier! Auden got to have ice cream for lunch (with “sparkles” as she calls them) and had so much fun picking flowers, doing somersaultsand playing in the dirt. Seeing her so happy was just what my mama heart needed!
In our exploration, we visited Comstock Ferre & Co. Heirloom Market which is the cutest little heirloom seed shop. They sell thousands of fruit, vegetable, and floral seed varieties, basic gardening supplies, as well as local edible goodies. Next time we visit, I’ll definitely have to check out their “seed to plate” cafe to try some of their delicious treats!
I spent the better part of my first year as a mother in a deep, deep fog. All those inspired feelings that new mothers are supposed to have about new life and the future did not come to me. Instead, I was terrified of most everything and felt trapped in my own body. I felt like a fake because few people knew what I was really going through. I felt like a failure because this baby was a blessing – she shouldn’t even have survived her birth but yet I didn’t feel joy regarding her miraculous life. I didn’t resent her. I didn’t resent my husband. I resented myself. I lived in a vicious and lonely cycle of feeling sad, then feeling sad that I was sad, then getting annoyed at myself for feeling sad, then getting annoyed with myself for being annoyed. Those were some of my darkest days – my husband can attest to that.
Everyone would tell me how fortunate I was, how blessed I was, how beautiful my baby was, what a good mom I was and I would just nod my head and smile – one that never reached my eyes – clench my fists and say an exuberant, “Thank you so much!” hoping nobody would notice that I was trying my hardest not to break down in tears.
It’s something that is incredibly common (about 3 million cases in the US/year) but is rarely spoken about. Postpartum Depression. Somehow it has become a shameful thing, leaving new mothers who are sleep deprived, raw, and unsure feeling like they need to suffer in silence. This is not okay and it hurts my heart to think of someone else having to go through that alone!
Please, if you’re experiencing PPD/Postpartum anxiety in any of its forms, talk to somebody! Preferably your husband, your doctor, or a trusted friend. Take it from someone who knows, it’s tough, alienating, and it takes time so have some grace for yourself. There’s no magic timeline but one day you’ll realize that things don’t seem so dim anymore. The fog will clear away and you’ll start to feel like yourself again. My anxieties were replaced by joy and I found my peace in God’s beautiful promises to me. Chin up, friend. You’re going to be okay.
Somehow Mother’s Day is almost here again. I feel like we JUST had it a few months ago. I know not all of you are mother’s but I’m sure you all know of someone who is one! If you don’t…well, I don’t think that’s humanly possible. Wait, is it possible to actually not know a single mother? 🤔
Anyway, I’ve compiled a short list of 6 perfectly unique gifts to celebrate that special mama in your life (or to hint towards if you are, in fact, that special mama in your life).
– This pitcher from Terrain has a timeless, classic look that could be seamlessly incorporated into any decor. It would look beautiful with fresh-cut flowers or greens (my favorite!) or even just simply on a table or countertop sans flowers.
– Although I don’t wear makeup often, I am passionate about skincare. There are so many beauty boxes out there but this one is at the top of my list! Petit Vour has set out to create a clean, ethically made, luxury beauty box. Each item in the box is non-toxic, vegan and is curated to match your unique beauty profile.
– Umm, Daniel Wellington. Need I say more?
4. NOW foods Ultrasonic Faux Wood Essential Oils Diffuser $49.99 (currently on sale on Amazon for $36!)
– Whether you are a religious Young Living oiler, avid dōTerra user, or an equal opportunities lover of all oils, you cannot deny the beauty of this diffuser. The faux woodgrain gives it a classy look that would be a beautiful addition to any room in your home.
– I absolutely love the Giving Keys and everything they stand for. Through their social impact employment model, every product purchased supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness.
6. Nisolo Isla Slide Sandal $88
– Ethically made, sustainable, effortless fashion sandals that are perfect for any warm weather occasion.
Let me know in the comments section which one is your favorite pick!
I started this blog (over a year ago) simply to have a place where I could write. I wrote about 4 entries early on but ended up not doing much more with this space. Numerous people had encouraged me to, “just write, Amarachi!” but I was left feeling crippled due to a number of things.
You know what though? All those excuses were so incredibly prideful and selfish! Now I’m realizing that if what I write is able to encourage just one person, making them feel less alone, less confused, more joyful, and like they have someone who understands them, then I have accomplished what I set out to do!
Welcome to Simply Amarachi. I hope this space makes you feel known, encouraged, brave and ready to take on this incredible journey called ‘Life’. I will try my best to be completely transparent with you – not holding anything back and showing my life exactly the way it is. I’m so excited for you to follow along!
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. C.S. Lewis