Family Style Friday – Late Winter’s Walk

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Look of The Day - Shweta & Baby JWith the warm weather on Sunday, 10 degrees Celsius in Toronto, we couldn’t help but take a walk and enjoy the the fresh air.

Baby J got quite a few compliments on her coat that day, so that I thought it would be a great chance to start some Mommy and Toddler Style posts.  With Baby J now being 3 years old she has a lot of influence on her look everyday (as you can see) which often slows us down as we are going out the door and causes us to be inevitably late for appointments, events etc. But in the end if she’s happy with what she’s wearing then what’s the harm with being five minutes late 🙂

Baby J’s style sense is: “More is More”. She always grabs the hat, gloves, umbrella etc as we are running out the door.

My style sense is simple: “Never Let Em See How Tired You Are” hence the giant sunglasses.

Baby J is wearing:

Shweta is wearing:

Hopefully as the weather gets warmer and warmer, I will have more diverse outfit posts to share, because frankly right now, its all about the coats!

Until then. Remember what Shweta Says: “Never Let Em See How Tired You Are”

xoxo Shweta

METEORS ARE COMING!!!!!

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I was reading through other Blogger’s New Year resolution posts and feeling like a loser. I had no inspiration. How can I make 2013 better? How can I make myself better?

I don’t need to lose weight; I just started a great new job 4 months ago; blessed to have great friends and family. So what should i resolve? Cook more? Bake more? Craft more? Please…. why set myself up for failure.

But then I read the Daily Post challenge:

“Tell us about the three things you’d most like to change about your life, and make a bold, I-don’t-care-who-knows-it-because-there’s-a-meteor-a-comin’ assertion to the world that you are going to get these changes made. And that you’ll have at least started making them happen by March. When, erm, you’re probably going to wind up as dust.”

So here goes!  if I’m threatened by the thoughts of meteors coming, these would be my three resolutions.

1) Freedom 45. I would like to be mortgage free by the age of 45. And so in the next 3 months I need to set a proper plan and payment schedule to make this happen.

2) Enjoy the outdoors. I live in a wonderful part of Toronto, and yet I don’t take enough advantage of the beauty all around me. Time to bundle up and get outside!

3) More “Quality Time” with my gorgeous husband (if you know what i mean).

So dear readers, I’m hoping you will hold me to my goals. Will check in at the end of March to let you know how I did.

Until then… from my family to yours. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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Shweta’s Secret Stash

Like many other couples out there one of the first things that my husband and I did when we got married was set up joint accounts. Joint bank accounts, joint credit card, joint line of credit. In theory this is a great idea, we have all of our income go into a shared account, and our expenses also come out of this account.

One of the benefits of this has been that he and I feel a greater sense of accountability to spend our money wisely, since it is no longer mine or his.. the money is now OURS.

In theory this was a good idea but in hindsight I wish i had insisted on having joint AND separate accounts. Why? Because my husband works for one of the big banks and checks our account statuses on a daily basis. So annoying! So, what happens if I want to buy him a birthday present? If I use a credit card or debit card he will see the transaction almost immediately. What if I want to splurge and buy myself something frivolous? Again.. he knows almost instantaneously. I’ve spoken to my husband about having one joint account and each of us having an individual account for personal expenses, but he stubbornly refuses to listen to reason. He doesn’t see why we should have anything private from the other.

I’m sure that I’m not the only person in this predicament, and I am here to let you know I have found a sneaky solution!

Secret Stash

Secret Stash of Cash

I call it my “Secret Stash of Cash!”. Yes, it’s true. I’ve become one of THOSE women who squirrels away extra change, and money from lunch and hides it under the mattress (not really the mattress. Don’t go looking there husband!). Now, my secret stash isn’t really that secret, because my husband and family know I have it, but the amount of money in it, and its location are only known to me!

Last year I went on a girls trip to Montreal, and thanks to my Secret Stash of Cash, I did some fun guilt free shopping including some jeans from Parasuco and a blouse from Jacob. Extra bonus is that when I want to buy my husband a gift, I pay cash, and that way it remains a true surprise!

Remember my wish for redsoled shoes? Who knows, maybe I will save enough for those one day to place beside my magical Gucci booties. And trust me there will be a blog post created immediately!!!

So ladies and gentleman. If you don’t already have your own bank account… set up a secret stash of cash.

Why? Because Shwetasays that every woman & man deserves guilt free shopping!

What do you think? Sneaky or Smart? Any other ideas out there? Share!!

University Time!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Labour Day weekend and I have since I was a child. Getting a whole new wardrobe for school and all new fresh school supplies. Time for new beginnings!
Though I haven’t been to school in longer than I would like to admit, I still love watching kids walking to their first day of school. New clothes, new friends, new experiences.

This year is extra special for me. My nephew is moving away from home to attend university and live in residence. I can’t help but remember my first day moving into Queen’s University and the amazing four years I spent there. Those were truly the best years of my life where I made amazing friends and fell in love with my husband.

And now my darling nephew, who as a toddler would run through the hallways of my dormitory, is all grown up and will be running through the halls of his own dorm.

And so in honour of this momentous occasion I have put together some rules for my nephew for a great university experience. Others should also take note!

Pull at least one all-nighter
Don’t let your friends put up embarrassing photos of you online
Make friends inside and outside your program
Fall in love
Make sure your friends get home safely at night
Take long walks alone
Become known as “a good guy”
Party at least two nights/week
Don’t get involved with drama-queens
Get a part-time job
Try things, it probably won’t kill you. Unless of course they could, then don’t try
Go visit family for a weekend when you feel overwhelmed
Buy 30 pairs of underwear to limit amount of laundry
Invite a friend from high-school to come visit
DON’T SKIP CLASSES
Set a good example for your younger cousins 🙂

First day of university, U of T, shwetasays
My nephew Chris and Mia

P.S. love you Chris!