Spring is in the Air

Last weekend I smelt it in the air. That fresh smell that is so unmistakably a sign of the {hopefully quickly} approaching spring. And I was feeling good!

Michael and I took the dogs for a nice long walk through High Park and we noticed that even Talulah, the one who detest winter the most, had a little spring to her step {pun totally unintended :)}.

Spring brings light, flowers, jean jackets and fresh warmth. It reminds me of the excitement of finishing off a year at university and of weddings – in particular my own. It’s about renewal, refreshment and growth. And truthfully it helps me appreciate winter a little more, for without it, spring would not be.

spring wedding {A little throw back Thursday photo taken by the talented Blythe from Edmonds & Mckinlay Photography}

So with that, I am allowing myself to begin a spring countdown and since winter this year began way before the official start day I am crossing my fingers that spring is feeling as excited to come as winter was.

Only 20 more days!

Spring is in the Air

Day of Love & Friendship.

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One of the many “traditions” that I absolutely adore and will hold on to for as long as I can is the Mexican perspective of Valentine’s Day. Although the direct translation of the word is San Valentin, we refer to this day as el dia del amor y la amistad – the day of love and friendship and on this day we celebrate exactly that. It is not a day celebrated only by people that are in romantic relationships, it is rather a day to celebrate the love that we have for others and that others have for us {whether it comes from a lover, a parent, a friend or a relative}. I am a big fan of Valentine’s day – partly because of all the pink but mostly because I am a firm believer in the importance of celebrating love in all its forms.

I believe that by focusing only  on the romantic side of Valentine’s we are doing a great dishonor to the holiday {and yes I consider this a holiday}. Although I am very grateful for having Mike in my life and truly enjoy celebrating our love, there are also other people who have showered me with tremendous love and have had a huge impact in my life and that should also be celebrated!  I, for once, do not believe that the word “love” can be over used but I also don’t think that we use it nearly enough. So with that, tell someone today that you love them. Have a happy love day friends and remember…

Day of Love & Friendship.

Have a cuppa tea, friend

Valentine's Day gift for a friend

I am one of those bizarre people who absolutely loves school and went through serious withdrawal after graduating from University. Although I have {kind of} learned to cope with the fact that my school days are done, every now and then I let myself indulge in some of the things that take me right back to those nostalgic days, one of those being Valentine’s Day. I truly miss those elementary school days where as a class we would make handmade cards for everyone, drop them off in little handmade mailboxes scattered around the classroom and study each one of them trying to decode non-existing love messages {or was that just me?}.

Although those days are long gone I like the idea that was stilled in me at a very young age of spreading the love around on this special day. Though there are no more handmade mailboxes I still get a thrill from giving close friends and co-workers a “sweet-thought” gift; a gift that doesn’t cost much but it’s thoughtful enough to make them smile. I was in the midst of thinking what this year’s gift would be when I stumbled upon David’s Tea tea-filled greeting card.  It’s cute, affordable, and enjoyable so if you are nostalgic like me and have been looking for that sweet little gift- look no further!

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Have a cuppa tea, friend