Category Archives: Women in Business

Oprah “Next TV Star” Bloopers

Check out my friend and mentor Donna Maria’s Video Bloopers for her pitch to the Oprah Show!  She also has a Fantastic blog you can read here!

It is refreshing to see someone like dM be REAL and Funny and Fresh.  Thanks for making us laugh and inspiring us to excellence dM!  🙂

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Gratitude is the heart’s memory.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
-Melody Beattie


Everynight as I fall asleep I always think of the things I am most grateful for.  Some of my friends keep a journal to list these things-I like to simply recall mine.

Here are 101 things that I am grateful for lately (in no particular order).

God
family
sound of kids laughing
books
bookstores
music
gardenias
freedom
full Moons
bonfires
gothic things
smell of rain
thunderstorms
fresh cut grass
tea
Fairies
beauty
sunsets
Moonrise
gardening
people speaking in accents
graphic design
sidewalk cafes
black eyeliner
Candles (of course!)
Vintage Victorian things
ghost stories
film noir
laughing till you cry
makeup
bare feet
new friends
old friends
hot coffee
dancing
pictures of faraway places
piano
jasmine
good red wine
vintage pin up art
tubing on the river
lavender plants
beer
holidays
parties
summer nights
barbeques
love
dry leaves crunching
hot coffee
unexpected kindness
dreams
forests full of green
vintage shops
big soft sweatshirts
pancakes with nuts
crisp fall nights
spaghetti
mom and dad
perfume
high heels
stars
swimming
palm trees
Pirates
sunshine on my back
warm sand
silly cats
dogs
cool crisp sheets
waves on the shore
tiny babies
smiles
sleeping in
staying up late
hot showers
fresh soap
new places
crackle of a warm fire
birds chirping
fountains splashing
butterflies
Santa Claus
movie nights
chocolate
lullabies
glitter
color
purple sweet tarts
mentors
haunting cello music
summer strawberries
poetry
sealing wax
boating
massages
aromatherapy
swimming
fireworks

What are YOU most thankful for?!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight,


Happy Mother’s Day!! <3

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
— Agatha Christie

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.
— Michael Jordan

Happy Mother’s Day!


Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Passion and Poetry…

I like to think I live my life as vibrantly as I can, I want to experience everything, feel everything, soak up every moment.  This poem moved me, so I thought I would share it with you…

The things I love with a passion.

I rock and roll with passion
I talk out my soul with a passion

I eat good food with passion
I defeat bad mood with a passion

I sleep well with passion
I weep hell with a passion

I dream endlessly with passion
I gleam ceaselessly with a passion

I aim for money with passion
I do the same for honey with a passion

I listen carefully with passion
I glisten dutifully with a passion

I search for fame with passion
I research to blame with a passion

I walk everyday with passion
I talk and play with a passion

I embrace life with passion
I face nightlife with a passion

I laugh out with passion
I chaffe about with a passion

I cook with others with passion
I look at mothers with a passion

I touch gently with passion
I clutch tightly with a passion

I work hard with a passion
I rock mad with a passion

I gear up goals with passion
I stir up roles with a passion

I make friends with passion
I take weekends with a passion

I love kissing with passion
I love teasing with a passion

I make love with passion
I take from above with a passion

If push comes to shove
Label me old fashioned
For these are things I caption
In life with all my passion

Copyright 2006 – Sylvia Chidi

Sylvia Chidi

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Sweet Dreams Essential Oil linen spray~

Many members of my family are sensitive to the fragrance in commercial laundry softeners and dryer sheets.  Here is a great alternative that I use.

This is a recipe I use for linen spray to add natural beneficial fragrance to our sheets and towels.  (I also have first hand knowledge that it makes a fantastic Monster Banishing Spray for little ones to spray under the bed before sleep).

  • 4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting (do not use a bottle that previously contained cleaning products or hair products such as hair spray).
  • 30-40 drops of your favorite calming/relaxing or sensual essential oil or essential oil blend keeping the safety data of the chosen essential oil(s) in mind.
  • 1.5 ounces of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of high-proof alcohol (vodka is suitable, rubbing alcohol is not) or 3 ounces of distilled water.

This is my favorite blend:

  • 15 drops Sandalwood- relaxing, soothing, cooling, and sensual. It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind. It’s considered an aid in meditation and prayer- It is grounding in times of emotional distraction and aids with peace and acceptance in times of loss. In vapor therapy, Sandalwood Oil can be used to help clear bronchitis, coughs, chest infections, asthma, insomnia and irritability.
  • 15 drops Grapefruit or Bergamot-(I love the Bergamot)- used in the treatment of depression, stress, tension, fear, hysteria, infection (all types including skin), anorexia, psoriasis, eczema and general convalescence.
  • 2 drops Rose- an exotic aphrodisiac, an emollient in skin care products, and a balancer of the spirit.
  • 2 drops Jasmine- a sensual, soothing, calming oil that promotes love and peace.

Be sure and take heed in the safety data for the oil(s) you choose to use.

Directions: Fill the spray bottle with your choice of either 1.5 ounces of distilled water and 1.5 ounces of alcohol or 3 ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.)

Then, add 30-40 drops of essential oil. Essential oils can very in strength. You may want to try 20 drops at first especially if you or your partner are sensitive to strong aromas. Shake the bottle prior to each use, and let it sit for about a day before making a conclusion that the aroma is too weak; the aroma can change after the linen spray has had time to sit. Mist your sheets lightly. Be especially careful not to allow the mist to fall onto your skin, furniture or into open beverages. Be careful also to only use lightly colored essential oils otherwise your linen spray could stain your bed linens.

Sweet Dreams! ❤

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Undercover Boss = Brilliant!

The new documentary on CBS Undercover Boss is genius!  Can you imagine being a CEO going undercover in your own company to research the way jobs are done, productivity, morale and day to day operations?

While I do not think every boss will react the way tonight’s CEO Larry O’Donnell of Waste Management did, it certainly gives us plenty to ponder.

I could not help but love Larry O’Donnell’s attitude.  He views his employees as valuable, and truly wants to motivate and inspire the people in his company.   Getting an entry level view sure gives you a different perception of your company than you get from reading a report sitting in a corner office.  Overall I loved this show- it really inspired me as well!

If you own your own company what do you think of this tactic?
Would you go undercover?

If you did, would you be willing to implement changes based on the things you found?

What would you want your CEO to see?

Did you watch the program?  What did you think?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight,


An easy step towards conquering Chaos ❥

Welcome to my life. ☺

It is a little crazy here sometimes!

If you are like me you are juggling lots of balls at the same time, which can be challenging at best.

I am the owner/candlemaker for Blue Moon Candles an Indie Business (check out the Indie Beauty Network) making Organic wax Candles, I am a mom that works both in and out of the home, I also manage a Dental office.  On top of that I have many interests and love to do lots of other things!   All of these things add joy and purpose to my life.  They can also conspire to wreak havoc if I am not careful & organized.

Here is a fantastic resource I have found, it is helping me get my life and home in order, so I would like to share it with you.

The site is called The Fly lady.

The description of her site is: that The Fly Lady has a special way of weaving housecleaning tips with homespun humor and daily musings about life. She has a no-nonsense approach to getting your house and your life in order. She mixes housekeeping advice with insights about life and love and anything else that is on her mind.

For me it is a helpful step by step guide on how to stay on track…here is her info on Beginning Baby Steps. I like it that there are limits, so I do not get as easily overwhelmed…you can do anything for 15 minutes right?!  There are some good recipes and lots of other resources for busy people there too.

Check it out and let me know what you think…and I will keep you posted on my progress.  Wish me luck!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!