En el mar, la vida es más sabrosa!

When most people think of Cancun they think paradise or spring break and for good reason. However, when I think {or even hear} the word Cancun I am transported through a whirlpool of emotions and memories. For me, Cancun means home. My grandmother, her wonderful husband, my aunt and my cousin all live there so I spent all of my early summer months as a child in the sweltering heat of Cancun.

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{Apparently I was quite the sassy child}

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{As much as I truly hated having to wear matching outfits with my sister and even though I promised myself that I would never do that to my future children, I just might have to!}

 

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{Teaching my baby brother how to swim}

It was there that I learned how to swim and how to fish, where I worked through my awkward teen years, where I had my first crush and my first heartbreak and where I realized that I had fallen deeply and madly in love with the man that is now my husband.

Blushed Tapatia: Cancun Childhood

{Mike’s first visit to Cancun…. look at the colour of that water though! Takes my breath away every.single.time.}

I recently returned from spending a lovely week there with family {celebrating my mama and her wonderful husband!} and it was on the drive back to the airport on the final day that I realized just how much love I have for that place. Some people experience that sort of emotion for a house but for moi, a girl who hasn’t lived in a house longer than 5 years, Cancun is that place.

En el mar, la vida es más sabrosa!

Friday Favourites

Bobbi Brown {My current go-to bronzer: Bobbi Brown’s Golden Light}

This week I got my billionth cold of this season {my immune system seems to have gone away for the winter} so although it was a relatively normal week everything kind of blurred into one big long day and I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that today is, in fact, Friday. This weekend we have our annual Oscar’s party and I am giddy with excitement {I’m going to call it early and predict that the award for Best Actor will go to Matthew McConaughey!}. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Talulah {It might be a little out of season but I found this little elf sweater and Talulah is rocking it like nobody’s business}

 {I was recently introduced to The Sloane Tea Company and I am beyond obsessed.The price tag seems a little excessive until you have your first sip.}

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Spring is in the Air

Last weekend I smelt it in the air. That fresh smell that is so unmistakably a sign of the {hopefully quickly} approaching spring. And I was feeling good!

Michael and I took the dogs for a nice long walk through High Park and we noticed that even Talulah, the one who detest winter the most, had a little spring to her step {pun totally unintended :)}.

Spring brings light, flowers, jean jackets and fresh warmth. It reminds me of the excitement of finishing off a year at university and of weddings – in particular my own. It’s about renewal, refreshment and growth. And truthfully it helps me appreciate winter a little more, for without it, spring would not be.

spring wedding {A little throw back Thursday photo taken by the talented Blythe from Edmonds & Mckinlay Photography}

So with that, I am allowing myself to begin a spring countdown and since winter this year began way before the official start day I am crossing my fingers that spring is feeling as excited to come as winter was.

Only 20 more days!

Spring is in the Air

And the nominees are…

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Christoph WaltzThe Oscars are my version of the Olympics or the Super Bowl. I get obsessive prepping before the big night by watching as many of the nominated movies as possible {a few years ago I actually watched almost every single movie nominated..the international movies proved incredibly difficult to get a hold off though} and making “educated” guesses as to who will take the Oscar that year.

As much as I love seeing the actors strutting in gorgeous gowns down the red carpet and enjoy the dance and banter that goes on during the show, there is a bigger sentimental element that gets me excited for the Academy Awards year after year. I can’t tell you when it started but my dad, my sister and I made it a tradition to stay up on Oscar nights. We absolutely loved watching the characters that we had so loved {or so hated} turn into “regular” people who laughed and made every day mistakes. I also took joy in being able to discern which movie would be most likely to take the Oscar that year. This night was also extra special because it was the one school night when our bedtime was fully ignored.

To keep the night feeling special, my husband and I get together with a group of friends {who are just as obsessive as we are} and we all get dressed up as movie characters and give awards for best dressed and best guesses. Going in to work on the Monday after is not the greatest yet somehow I still get the same kind of proud feeling I had back in grade 7.

Although I have not been able to watch all the Best Picture nominees this year, I am especially excited for this Sunday. I only have three more movies to watch in this category but every single movie that I have watched this year had me sitting at the edge of my seat, made me cry and/or laugh and made my jaw drop because of the incredible acting or the beautiful cinematography. 2013 was a phenomenal year for movies and although I personally think that the fight will be between American Hustle & 12 Years A Slave, I am excited to see them all up there.

Who do you think will win Best Picture and do you care?

And the nominees are…

Day of Love & Friendship.

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One of the many “traditions” that I absolutely adore and will hold on to for as long as I can is the Mexican perspective of Valentine’s Day. Although the direct translation of the word is San Valentin, we refer to this day as el dia del amor y la amistad – the day of love and friendship and on this day we celebrate exactly that. It is not a day celebrated only by people that are in romantic relationships, it is rather a day to celebrate the love that we have for others and that others have for us {whether it comes from a lover, a parent, a friend or a relative}. I am a big fan of Valentine’s day – partly because of all the pink but mostly because I am a firm believer in the importance of celebrating love in all its forms.

I believe that by focusing only  on the romantic side of Valentine’s we are doing a great dishonor to the holiday {and yes I consider this a holiday}. Although I am very grateful for having Mike in my life and truly enjoy celebrating our love, there are also other people who have showered me with tremendous love and have had a huge impact in my life and that should also be celebrated!  I, for once, do not believe that the word “love” can be over used but I also don’t think that we use it nearly enough. So with that, tell someone today that you love them. Have a happy love day friends and remember…

Day of Love & Friendship.

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If you can’t beat {it}, join {it}. That is my current motto for winter since it has seriously been a ridiculous winter here. This Christmas I received my first real snow boots and although they have already come in quite handy, I am planning on really getting some juice out of them. As mentioned before, I have never been a fan of winter but I can’t keep being angry at the weather so this week I really have considered giving winter sports a try (I might be getting slightly brainwashed by the Winter Olympics craze). Regardless,I do need to start enjoying the snow and will try by participating in lovely snowy adventures such as making cool snowmen and if I get crazy enough maybe I’ll venture onto the hills and give snowboarding a try.

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{Sorauren Park has become the epitome of Winter Wonderland. It is a beautiful park to begin with but lately it has had cute and quirky snowman scattered throughout, families ice skating and dogs running around. They also have a year-around farmers market so it really just is the perfect little refuge in the bustling city}

afterlight (81) {Living right around the corner from Glory Hole Doughnuts has been an absolute highlight this week. They have the most creative doughnuts around and no matter the flavour, they do not disappoint! This week I tried their cherry filled doughnut and yes, it was as scrumptious as it looks}

afterlight (83) {His little sweater keeps him warm and happy and makes me smile – and also a little jealous. Does anyone know where I can find a human (female) version of this?}

Stay warm and have a snow-tastic weekend my friends!

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Have a cuppa tea, friend

Valentine's Day gift for a friend

I am one of those bizarre people who absolutely loves school and went through serious withdrawal after graduating from University. Although I have {kind of} learned to cope with the fact that my school days are done, every now and then I let myself indulge in some of the things that take me right back to those nostalgic days, one of those being Valentine’s Day. I truly miss those elementary school days where as a class we would make handmade cards for everyone, drop them off in little handmade mailboxes scattered around the classroom and study each one of them trying to decode non-existing love messages {or was that just me?}.

Although those days are long gone I like the idea that was stilled in me at a very young age of spreading the love around on this special day. Though there are no more handmade mailboxes I still get a thrill from giving close friends and co-workers a “sweet-thought” gift; a gift that doesn’t cost much but it’s thoughtful enough to make them smile. I was in the midst of thinking what this year’s gift would be when I stumbled upon David’s Tea tea-filled greeting card.  It’s cute, affordable, and enjoyable so if you are nostalgic like me and have been looking for that sweet little gift- look no further!

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Have a cuppa tea, friend