Diwali 2016 + #GiftGuide

Happy Diwali!! I was pleasantly surprised to see the US president lighting a Diwali moorthi to mark the auspicious occasion.  (I mean it’s kind of the norm for Canadian PM to do it lol)

Thought I’d share a quick round up of some #LASTMINUTE gift giving ideas.  This is a modern take on gift giving for Diwali.  Although I do more of my gifting at Christmas, I thought these gifts provided a new way to celebrate the day (while still maintaining the authentic feelings)

  1. Saje Home Pharmacy Essential Oils Kit
  2. Nut Butter gift basket (this would be a great thing to build on your own and give)
  3. Wild Barn candle (love these marble holders)
  4. Milk and Honey


We usually have a two day extravaganza celebrating with both my side and my in laws side.  And this time was no different. Lots of Puja, yummy food and fireworks.  Although, this year we did a day time celebration with my family which was such a nice, relaxing and welcomed change.

Afterwards we got some time to do a bit of celebration in our own home.  First time EVER doing sparklers with Miss S in our driveway (I’ve been waiting 2 years!)

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I see quiet nights poured over ice and Tanqueray

I dug up this photo from the archive (a visit to Venice Beach at sunset during our 2014 Cali trip) and started to play around with the tint, exposure, temperature and highlight because I wanted to see the pretty colours in the sky (honestly can’t believe I am seeing blue!!)  The colours in these photos help me forget that it snowed on Monday and then again today, seriously winter you had 6 months …time to move on out of here.

Capturing the original photo was no easy task, mainly because it took us about 40 minutes to find a parking spot!  On top of that I had someone walking, skateboarding or rollerblading in my shot every 5 seconds – thankfully I persisted :)


If you are looking for writing ideas, check here and here.   I know I will be.


Check out this playlist – I love it!


Thats it for me, taxes submitted, nail polished changed…. time for bed!