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

Manicure Monday – Winter Nails

After the incredible response I received on my blog and in person over my holiday nails, which I blogged about here,  I thought I should share my latest cute manicure with you. I was inspired by all of the snow and ice around us, however this manicure could also be festive if you celebrate Hannukah or if you just love the colour blue. I had this professionally done at my local nail salon;  the colour is OPI Yodel Me on My Cell from their Swiss 2010 collection with white french tips.

Winter Manicure

Blue White Winter Manicure

blue white manicure

Winter Manicure

What do you think? Cute or Cheesy?

Any suggestions on what I should do with my nails next time?

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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Tourist In My City

I have been very fortunate to have traveled to numerous countries and cities over the years, yet I somehow have not fully explored my own city.

I have lived in Toronto for 12 years yet people are shocked to hear that I have never visited some of this city’s landmarks such as:

  • Centre Island
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Casa Loma

Why is it we take time to explore other cities but not our own? Is it because its very easy to procrastinate in our own city? “This weekend I will do spring cleaning, maybe next weekend I will explore” or “Looks like its going to rain.. let’s skip it and watch movies at home instead”.

Well, no more! The time is now people! I have decided that this summer and fall I will be scheduling days to explore this city and sticking to it.

First up: Centre Island.

The husband, Baby J and I didn’t have defined plans for Father’s Day, so about three weeks prior I put it in our calendar and decided we would go.

The morning of Father’s Day, I checked the forecast for the day and saw that it was going to storm around 3PM. My husband and I both looked at each other, wondering if we should cancel our plans, but I decided “No! We are going! A little rain never hurt anyone”.

We left home by 10:45 got downtown, parked the car, took the ferry and were on the island by 11:30. I was shocked, most of the island is a giant park, with a small amusement park for kids, a beach, splash pad, play structure, and numerous areas to have a picnic.

We started the day at Centreville (amusement park) which has free admission though you do pay for rides. Baby J loved the Antique carousel, the train ride and was brave enough to go on a few rides by herself! She was also fascinated by the numerous ducks and geese wandering about.

Centre Island, Centreville, shwetasays

For lunch, we decided to put out our blanket and have a picnic by the water’s edge. I was very glad to have packed a lunch as food was quite expensive ($7 for a slice of pizza and some milk). Afterwards as Baby J drank her milk, I lay on the blanket staring at the clouds. It was a true “stop and smell the roses” type of moment where I was able to fully appreciate being in nature, without the distractions of phones, iPad’s etc.

At the end of the day, I felt completely recharged, similar to how I feel when I go to the cottage for a weekend. Yet, instead of driving for hours to the cottage, it was a quick half hour ride to the island!

In the end, I am so, so glad that I toured a little piece of my city, and can’t wait to explore what more it has to offer.

Shweta

P.S. We were at Centre Island for 6 hours and it only rained 4 drops 🙂