Friday Favourites

Blushed Tapatia: Ernie Boy

{Playing fetch with this crazy goof & teaching him to swim}

While I was on vacation I spent the entire week completely unplugged {I literally didn’t even touch my phone for a whole week, which for me, was a record} and as much as I hate to admit it, it wasn’t due to my own free will but rather due to circumstances {no free WiFi!} . After my initial panic attack I decided to embrace it and surprisingly enough I kind of loved it! I came back feeling so refreshed and worry-free that I decided to make an effort and become more unplugged in my day-to-day life. I’m not saying I’m quitting cold-turkey but I am starting with simple things like no phone or iPad {unless it’s for reading a book} for 1 hour before going to bed. For some of you this might not seem like a great feat but for me, who could be perfectly described by this hilarious print, it’s a big deal!  Hope you all have a restful and {perhaps, if you want a lovely challenge} unplugged weekend!

Alebrije - Mexican Folk Art Sculpture

{Brought this little Alebrije home with us from Mexico}

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{Shameless selfies during a walk through High Park}

Mexican Wool Blanket

{We had  been in search for a beautiful wool blanket and fell in love with this one… it’s also Talulah approved!}

Mexican embroidery

{I couldn’t come back from Mexico without some more embroidered pieces….I am obsessed!}

 

Friday Favourites

Room for Silly

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{Two lovely ladies who are amazing at bringing my silly side out… at a wedding of all places!}

Remember being young and silly? Taking photos without worrying about looking pretty,  recklessly laughing until you’re on the verge of peeing while screaming “I AM GOING TO PEEEEEEEE!!!!” and wearing whatever you felt like wearing?

For me, those moments are few and far between. I worry a lot about what others think so I’m usually too afraid to be goofy but there are some people in my life that bring that out in me and I love them for it. The chance to relax, to forget and to play.

On my commute to work I drive by this lovely school crossing guard who literally dances like no one is watching as she helps students cross the street. She is in her mid to late 50s and every morning, rain or shine, she is there laughing and encouraging the kids around her to dance as they cross the street. Her silliness engulfs everyone around her, from kids to parents to commuters in cars. It doesn’t matter if my coffee machine wasn’t working that morning, or if I’m running late, or if I had little to no sleep;  her silliness has the power to cut right through my grump.

This dancing crossing guard doesn’t know that she makes me smile even on the dreariest of days or that her goofiness has taught me a phenomenal lesson {letting loose has the power to make those around you smile}. She’s dancing because she loves to, because she’s happy and because she’s letting loose. Every morning I am reminded by her to do something like that – spontaneous, unexpected, silly and fun – as a way to pay it forward. Maybe if more and more people were brave like her our city would be a happier place.

I would love to know if you agree and if so, how do you make room for silly in your day-to-day?

Room for Silly