Featured Blogs

Inspiring New Beginnings…

Inspired Beacon, Online Shopping, Promotion,


Nothing gets me inspired like seeing people aim high and keep going after their aspirations. Kaylaa Blackwell, blogger, entrepreneur, author of Inspired Beacon is one lady that keeps pushing the boundaries. Girl, I see you.

Her business savvy impresses me. Going from a one stop online shop that offers products to promote positive lifestyle to launching her first brick and mortar shop is a leap of faith to higher grounds.

Kaylaa has been such an immense support and partner to my site and not only do I wish her all the best in her endeavours, but I will be looking at her to learn from her vast experience.

 “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” — Earl Nightingale

Excerpt from PRWeb news reads:

Inspired Beacon: An Exciting and Inspiring Online Store Offering Organic Eats, Handcrafted Goods, Gifts, Adventure-ready Outdoor Gear, and American-Made Apparel

With the ever-increasing influx of technology into nearly every ounce of our existence, there’s no mistaking that today’s world moves fast. The Inspired Beacon Store reminds customers that it’s OK to slow down and not let inspiration pass them by, to shop small and significantly, to purchase products made with passion and purpose, and most importantly to ENJOY LIFE.

Inspired Beacon Enterprise Company, LLC is an innovative modern mercantile that offers customers a one stop online shop for products that promote a positive and inspired lifestyle. From organic eats, to handcrafted goods and gifts, adventure ready outdoor gear, and American Made apparel, if it’s well-made, unique, and inspiring, chances are shoppers will find it at Inspired Beacon.

After continued growth and emerging success as an online only retailer, Inspired Beacon is seeking to expand its aura of innovation through inspiration by opening a traditional storefront in Cary, North Carolina that offers customers a premium shopping experience along with the amazing ability to expand their shopping excursion online!

This brick and mortar style Store will offer guests an exciting and exclusive selection of custom crafted high-quality gifts, sustainably sourced specialty foods, and a creatively curated collection of lifestyle products to fit the needs of green and organic lovers, artists and adventurers alike. READ MORE

A link to my neighbours/Community · Creative Writing · Fiction · Humor - Bellyful of laughter · Love · Photographs · Short Stories

No Shoe Chromosone!..He Said, She Said…

Jennifer at INK and QUILL has invited me to participate in 5 day photo story challenge.

Thank you my fair lady Jennifer. I appreciate the nomination and I am excited to jump into this challenge!

Challenge Guidelines:

Post a picture each day, for five consecutive days. Attach a story to your image.

*can be fiction / non-fiction
*poem / short paragraph
*each day nominates another blogger


“Oh look! Isn’t that just gorgeous!” she said.

“Not another shoe!” He whined.

“It’s not just another shoe.” She emphasized.

“Can’t you see it’s lovely red and those cute buckles and bows.”

“They go quite well with my other bag.” She affirmed.

“Which other bag?” He asked in a half-hearted attempt to sound like he even noticed the bags.

The red one with the purple and white trimming and the feathered straps” She responded offhandedly.

He looked utterly lost.

”Oh never mind! You just never bother to notice.” She chastised.

”How can I keep up with the 100 pairs of shoes in 20 shades of red, 50 shades of black and blue, plus a dozen other shades of colours not described in the colour palette along with so many bags?” He countered.

“How many shoes and bags does a girl really need?” He muttered under his breath.

She: Pursed her lips in pouting thought, he had lost her to shoe chromosome which he seemed to lack.

“Oh Come on! Be a darling and just hold on to these bags while I try it out.” She cajoled.

In a sigh of deflated defeat, he sank into the shop chair and prepared his mind for a round of appropriate admiring oohs and aahs!

I nominate Deb to join the photo story challenge. I look forward to reading from you if you choose to participate. Enjoy 🙂

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Little rants · Social critic · Social Issues

Oh Yes! I Told Her Off And I Am Not Sorry I Did!…

There are loads of shopping malls over here in Dubai. Huge Ones, Medium Ones, Small Ones and with them come hordes of humans from all walks of life.

We went shopping for a no-frills plain white shirt for my daughter, which is required for a school programme (last week it was a red one, for flag day, I wonder what it will be next week) and mid-way trawling the shops she needed to use the ladies.

We duly went to the ladies and I felt it was also better to do a little tinkle just in case, luckily like every standard up-to-date mall, rest-room convenience is easily accessible and over here, they do a very good job at keeping it spick and span.No selfie zone

As usual, the ladies-room is filled with women; young and old, re-doing their scarves, patting and brushing their hair, dusting their noses, powdering their faces, pouting their lips and squinting their eyes as they apply the required make-up mask. It is really a bee-hive of femaleness.

My daughter came out and I observed that her skirt was somewhat askew, so I had tried to adjust it a bit and that required a little lifting to straighten the lining.

From the corner of my eye, the not so young lady stood in front of the mirror directly in front of our view (we were caught in her reflection) after all her primping, she started pouting her lips in all manners of contortions and NO! you don’t say, went clicking happily on her phone, taking pictures in the TOILET.

I counted to 10, telling myself to just go, but the little imp in me refused to let go of the bone.

I told hermy dear lady, I don’t think that taking photo shots in the restroom where other ladies are milling around is a proper thing to do!”

She stared at me in disdain. I don’t know if she understood English or not.

I proceeded to explain better in sign language gesticulating all over the place, asking her to check if her pictures had caught people in the rest-room and to delete it.

She simply went into a tirade of Arabic and left in a huff.

I also went into a tirade of Igbo (my native language) and left in her wake in a huff.

These selfie absorbed moments can get ridiculous at times.

How smart is a human who takes pictures in a public rest-room where you have so many other users? Why not wait until you get to your private bathroom and then you can say all the cheese and contort all the pouts required? :/

I don’t get it! I think rest-rooms should come with big signs of ”No Photography Allowed.”

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha