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Holly Bonner | Blind Beauty 2

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Holly Bonner | Blind Beauty 2

I’m not the West Side Story, “I feel pretty” kind of girl. Since losing my eyesight, beauty has been more about how I feel and less about what I look like. I prefer to be “pretty smart,” “pretty kind”, a “pretty good mother.” ~Holly Bonner, Blind Motherhood

Holly is a wife, mom to two adorable daughters, and the Owner, Writer, and Disability Advocate at Blind MotherhoodAnd for the record, contrary to her quote, Holly is a beautiful woman and one I’m proud to call a friend.

Blind Beauty 2 Featured Image Description:

Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Holly Bonner is on the cover looking fabulous in a tan cardigan over a blue & white floral blouse.

Blocks of text superimposed on Holly’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others,”

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Special Guest Post: Holly Bonner

American Printing House For the Blind’s “FREE” Braille Tales

Holly has her two daughters sitting on her lap as she reads a story to them.With multiple studies indicating the tremendous benefits early reading has on childhood development, have you ever wondered, “How does a blind or visually impaired parent read to their child?” Depending on the parent’s current state of vision, there are many alternative methods for cultivating your child’s love of reading as a visually impaired parent.  Some moms and dads implore memorization techniques, choosing books that have rhyming or lyrical storylines they can easily remember. Other parents prefer utilizing audio components with story time by purchasing smartphone APPS or subscription services like Audible. Large print books are also effective if the parent has some remaining vision or can work with a handheld magnifier or CCTV. Finally, new technology like the OrCam MyEye enables users to read newspapers, signs, menus, supermarket product labels and even text on a computer or smartphone screen. As someone who uses OrCam, the device also helps me read children’s books to my own two daughters.  But what about braille books that are both hard to find and sometimes quite costly? Continue Reading…

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Blindness And A Beautiful Baby Boy:

The Making of A “GiGi”

Baby shoes, bottle, teething ring, pacifier, clothes on a furry backgroundI was recently featured on Blind Motherhood where I shared my story on sight loss and becoming a GiGi. ~Steph

As long as I live I’ll never forget that moment. The photo of the tiny sleeping infant nestled in my son’s arms was so precious. My eyes filled with tears as I continued to look at my first grandchild; he was so beautiful. Thoughts of not being able to see him as well as I would have previously didn’t even cross my mind. All I wanted was to hold this precious baby. continue reading

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Becoming Inspired While Down & Out

Even A Little Light Quells the Darkness

abstract-539960_640Lost, confused, overwhelmed, and at times, hopeless, are feelings I’ve been experiencing on a frequent basis lately. I knew I was in trouble when the one thing I could always count on (this is a story for another day), now seemed so elusive.

Dealing with significant elder care issues while simultaneously trying to run an online business, blogging, managing four social media accounts, advocating, babysitting my grandson, and the resulting panic attacks has left me with little time to breathe. Even though I know better playing the comparison game with unrealistic expectations, only serves to magnify my confused state and FALSE ineptitude.

While a dark cloud of gloom has settled for the time being, whenever a ray of light comes my way I grab hold and let it seep into my being to fuel and propel me forward. Case in point, I hadn’t planned on writing today and was surprised when a ray of light presented itself as a reminder of who I am through the work of another.

Blind Motherhood Rebirth

Holly Bonner, the woman behind Blind Motherhood, has worked tirelessly to refresh this comprehensive resource for parents, families, and individuals living with sight loss. The thing that gets me is—over the past few months Holly recreated Blind Motherhood, continued working for her employer, authored many pieces for several organizations, took care of her husband and their two little girls—she did all of this while dealing with illness.

Holly is standing on a lawn holding Aoife in her left arm, with her white cane in her right hand and Nuala standing beside her.
Nuala, Holly and Aoife

Like Holly, Blind Motherhood is striking, professional and extremely organized. The theme suits her well because it represents Holly’s creative genius and her life as a blind mom. Though it doesn’t take much to excite me I just had to list, then go into a little more detail on my favorite highlights on the site:

  • Consistent Branding
  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Homey Theme
  • Ease of Navigation
  • Thorough Content

Branding: The Blind Motherhood logo—a silhouette of a mom with white cane leading the way in her left hand and her two toddlers bringing up the rear (mom’s right hand holding the hand of the oldest child who in turn is holding the hand of the youngest)—is uniquely Holly. Shades of teal as an accent color is used consistently throughout the site and on social media platforms.

Aesthetics: All the images on the site are high quality, interesting and invite visitors to stay awhile and explore, while the layout, fonts, contrast and color scheme makes the text easy to read. The “About” menu is next to the Home menu so there is no guesswork in determining the “why” of the site. A site without an “About” section misses out on a critical trust-building opportunity.

Theme: Contrasting textures of fringed fabric, wooden plank and painted/weathered wood evoke an inviting feeling of home.

Navigation: The main menu consisting of Home, About, Motherhood, Blind Diaries, Resources and Contact is intuitively organized and contain well structured submenus.

Content: Blind Motherhood has well written articles and thought-provoking content as well as links to other helpful resources. From pregnancy through the stages of childhood to guide dogs, humor, reviews, recipes, inspirational stories, accessibility and much more, there is something for just everyone.

Wrap up

At the beginning of this post I talked about feeling lost mainly because of the chaos in my mind and unrealistic expectations. Thankfully Holly’s fabulous website reminded me of my appreciation of talent, order, aesthetics and advocacy.

One of the things that really excited me about Blind Motherhood is knowing the concept was from a person who has very little remaining vision. This one point is testimony to while an individual may not be able to physically see they can be creative and appreciate beauty.

What Holly has done here is what Bold Blind Beauty is all about – changing perceptions. Each of us are uniquely gifted individuals; as long as we are authentic in our pursuits, and focus on our abilities we can and should joyously celebrate the achievements of others.