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!

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…

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