With a little bit of elbow grease, a thorough scrub down, & several coats of paint this vintage piece’s makeover was complete!
Chelle decided to work with Discovery Toys after the birth of her son because it gave her the flexibility she needed to take him to medical appointments and help him recover after surgery. While this was her primary focus when looking for a new career, Chelle also sought something that was more than a job. With it’s wide range of educational toys, Discovery Toys enables Chelle to connect with Moms & families and help them make play an opportunity for education and development. See below for more about this Amazing Mom…
of products and/ or services do you offer?
quality educational toys, books and games for children 0 – 12 for over 35
years. We have now expanded our game
selection to be more family orientated – I take a lot of them to adult only
games nights! We offer a life time warranty on all the toys and games we sell
and have replacement parts for many of the toys.
the price point?
which are under $20.00. This makes these great learning resources available to
a wide range of families.
have you been operating and how did you start?
born with cleft lip and palate concerns and has many appointments and surgeries
on a regular basis. My mat leave was ending in a few months and I knew that
going back to my previous position was just not going to be possible. The
employer would not be able to give me the time off I would need for not only
the appointments but also the recovery time periods of 2 or more months after
you decide what to do?
business that would allow me to stay home with my son, offer the flexibility to
take him with me on business appointments and provide a consistent income for
my family. When I found Discovery Toys all my requirements were met. Additionally,
because the toys are educational in nature they offer resources that will help
my son with his speech therapy.
providing an income for my family and obtaining the resources my son needs at a
your favourite part of what you do? What is the biggest challenge?
feels really intimate and small compared to the fundraising with daycares,
preschools and therapists that I do. A
lot of times it’s a play date that the host is holding at their home. There is
a lot of activity, the kids are really testing out the toys and I love seeing
the learning happen! It is great when a child runs over and is able to show
their parent something they just learned how to do with one of my toys.
think what a lot of first time, small business owners run into – getting myself
out there. I know that what I do will change children’s lives and help them
grow and learn developmentally.
this with parents I meet, I don’t want to be perceived as trying to sell
something instead of truly being interested in learning about them and their
children in a social way. I have done a lot of learning in the past year and
now feel ready to offer my services in a way that is very easy going. And I
don’t get hurt when people say “no”.
to other ladies/ moms looking to start their own business?
start a business without figuring out things like financials, how much time it
will take, will you be able to balance work and family.
do, if you don’t you will be disappointed. Being in business for yourself means
you have to motivate yourself every day to keep going. If you don’t have
passion it is going to be really difficult.
support of friends and family. These are the people you are going to be relying
on a lot in the beginning- either for childcare, a shoulder to cry on or help
producing a product. You will really learn a lot about your friends and family
during the first few months of your new business.
If you haven’t checked out this cool company you definitely should. I remember as a kid my Mum bought me some goodies from Discovery Toys, and she still has them all ready to go for newest generation! The toys are high quality and educational, and there are options for a variety of developmental stages.
For more information about the products Discovery Toys has to offer (get a jump start on that Christmas shopping!), or if you would like to request some business information you can contact Chelle via email: email@example.com or check out her Facebook page.
This week I accidentally made 2 Mexican dishes back to back. I usually try to have a variety, but the Hubby was happy with the menu options, so it wasn’t such a bad mistake to make. 😉
The first was my slow cooker veggie chilli, which I ended up using the next night as part of this recipe- I was quite impressed with myself. As per my usual routine, I checked out my Food & Recipe board on Pinterest for inspiration. I’d pinned this lil beauty from The Kitchen of a Navy Wife a while ago and was glad to have the chance to try it out. I’d say this was definitely a success- and major bonus: SUPER EASY.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Mexican Casserole
1½ cup tortilla chips, crushed
This recipe involves 2 things I love: slow cookers and veggies! My sister in law gave me this recipe and I’m so grateful for it now that Summer is fading away. Because it’s good for our bodies & wallets, we try to eat vegetarian 2- 3 nights a week. Since I used to be vegetarian I find this quite easy to incorporate into our meal planning, and Will likes the variety in meals. However, I have to make sure the vegetarian meals have enough substance to them so that you’re not left feeling hungry in 20 minutes. Chilli is great because the beans pack a hearty punch; toss in the carbs from the corn bread and your appetite shouldn’t be disappointed.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Slow Cooker Veggie Chilli
2 medium onions, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 stocks celery, chopped
6 roma tomatoes, chopped
2* 15 oz kidney beans, drained & rinsed (and/ or black beans)
(you could also add a can of baked beans if you like)
1 6 oz can tomato paste
8 oz frozen corn
1 tsp salt
3 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth
Saute onion & garlic in oil until onion is cooked/ soft.
Prep veggies and add to slow cooker.
Add all other ingredients & mix well.
Cook on low for 6- 8 hours or on high for 3- 4 hours. Mix occasionally.
(I had to help break the tomato paste down because it’s so thick).
Bread Maker Cornbread (2 lb loaf) from Bread Machine Diva
My bread maker instructs to pour in liquids first; follow the instructions for your specific bread maker.