#WorldGratitudeDay

How did I not know that this day existed?  Gratitude is such an important part of my daily life.  I’ve also started asking Miss S to tell me who and what she’s thankful for (it’s pretty hilarious when she mentions her stuffies or a random cup she was obsessed that day).  To get the hubz into it I usually ask while we are having dinner.

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I read an interesting article (which you can read here if you like), and the number one question to ask yourself if you want to be happy (according to neuroscience) is what am I grateful for? And the cool thing about this is that “You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts.”

What are you grateful for today?

Next time I’ll write down that lyric

The last few days have been unbearably HUMID.  It’s no longer pleasant to take a walk outside on your lunch hour, waiting for the commuter train on the platform is daunting because the heat makes it hard to breath, and even after dinner it still feels like an oven so going for a walk to the park is not even an option. #SoReadyForFall

Thankfully it’s raining today, which has actually cooled things off a bit – so much so I had to wrap my shoulders in a shawl when we decided to take Miss S to the park after our dinner out today.

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Love this shot I took on the drive back from the city.  The iPhone was trying to focus with the motion of the car.  I am actually glad it didn’t.  I started reading this book – and I am hooked.  I felt kind of after reading this and this, I realized I needed something thrilling and no so inspirational.  I am sure I’ll be eating my words after this book scares the shIt out of me.

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Shirt | Chocker (similar) | Nail Polish

Outside of not wanting to read motivational and self betterment books, I’ve been saturating my self with positive quotes, inspirational tip and ideas on self care.  Also found this on pinterest last week – can’t wait for there to be a printable version!

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Finally, I’ve gotten bit by the moleskin hack bug.  It happens a few times a year and it makes me feel so organized (even though it’s just the prep needed to become more organized).

Who else is ready for Fall?  Do you think self care is important? What books have you read and recommend?

Toddler Update

Although out little miss turned two just over a month ago, I’ve been promising myself that I would share some of her updates. Even though I struggle with how much to share/document each moment vs savouring the present – I love reading the stories other moms share about their littles.  Reading those stories and blog posts for me it’s both an inspiration (wow so much to look forward to) and a sigh of relief (I’m not alone)!!   I wonder what moms/families did before mom blogs :P

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Purple is this girls JAAAMMM.  Her eyes light up and her whole self just gravitates to the colour.  It’s is so awesome to see her personality peaking through as she reached toddlerhood.

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My little beach babe LOVED the beach and sand – so much so she’s actually ate the sand (or atleast attempted to — TWICE!)
Blanket | Sand Toys 

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Twinning with my homegirl!  It’s actually been super fun to dress her.  She is pretty easy going other than when she sees something purple in her closet – then all bets are off on what I select.

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Someone is serious about their painting at the Children’s Museum!  I am grateful I found my creative mind in adulthood but I have been definitely nurturing her creative soul from as early as I could and she showed interest. #CraftMom :P

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Fav food hands bound is “Water-yemon”.  If I haven’t said it before. LOL

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She’s legit been through 3 pairs of the kiddie nike free runs.  I love them for her because their are flexible and comfy.

Do you read mom blogs?  What do you think of sharing baby / toddler updates on blogs?

Give in

Hope everyone had a great long weekend. We enjoyed some time with my parents, sister and brother in law in Niagara. Had a good old fashion picnic (ate channe batura of course, really had to exercise some self control) and then went to the water park for an afternoon of water slides, big waves and splash pads. And lucky for us, my parents stayed back when Miss S went to sleep so the four of us could hang out at the casino and get a late night bite.

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Sneaks | Denim | Crossbody | Jacket | Blanket Scarf

Happy Thoughts

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Denim | Shoes | Jacket | Top

I really want to read this book.
I’ve been thinking about getting something like this and this, and I believe supporting a #SmallBusiness would be the way to go!
I am trying to get back into healthier choices by doing this.
Annd looks like we’ll need baby sitting for this! :)

#LearnWithTLY – On being productive, dreaming big and handling it all

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Miss S and I at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Toronto

Few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a women’s mentorship program at a local business school.  Dates and times have been finalized and now I will be meeting with a group of young women to discuss the topic of “Doing it All”.

Going back to work after Maternity Leave, Being a loving Mom and Wife, Daughter and Sister….Pursing creative interests, self teaching, as well as trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle ..may make it seem like I am doing it all but really I am just doing what makes me happy at the same time the best that I can for my family.

I am approaching the upcoming fireside chat like “advice I would give my 10 year younger self.  So here goes…

  1. Goals and Gratitude, write it down:  I am a big believer in writing things down, whether it’s a To Do list or your goals for the next five years.  The physical act of putting your thoughts onto a paper really makes your mind grasp what needs to be done and it doesn’t hurt to send out those vibes to the universe.
  2. Ask for help:  Yes we women can do it all, but that doesn’t mean you can give 100% of yourself to everything.  Whether it’s full time daycare, a part time nanny, a housekeeper, grandparents or even letting your partner do something his way – it’s OK!  Message here is don’t burn yourself out.
  3. Make time for yourself: pamper, appointments, workout, meditate, eat your vitamins.  Coming back to point 2 above.  You really have to take care of yourself otherwise you will 100% burn out!
  4. Keep learning:  This is a big one.  Be a lifelong learner.  Take a course or earn a masters.  Go on training or find free online courses to help you learn something new.  Attempt a different skill or try doing something out of your comfort zone.  Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.

PS: if you haven’t been, the Children’s Discovery Museum in Toronto is something definitely worth checking out!