October 2013

  • BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK quite possibly the sweetest man with the most natural eye for style.
  • BORN RICH extremely interesting to see how the other side lives.
  • INTO THE ABYSS a little jaw dropping, a lot saddening and parts will make you feel uneasy – but I finished the movie seeing things differently.
  • KEN BURNS actually any doc series by Ken Burns is amazing, I don’t even like baseball and I dug this doc. This is one is in Chris’ top 5.
  • WHO IS HARRY NILSSON? if you just answered with I don’t know, then you must watch it.
  • THE WHALE another look at how amazing whales are, from a totally different point of view them usual.
  • DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS the boys who started skateboarding, the original skateboard stars.
  • A PLACE AT THE TABLE if you liked wating for superman, this is like the food version of that. Incredibly eye opening.
  • GIRL 27 an old Hollywood scandal that was covered up – warning it’s sad.
  • BLACKFISH really a must see, I will never look at these beautiful mammals the same way again.
  • DETROPIA I am a bit obsessed with learning about Detroit, and this doc visualized so much I was curious about.
  • LOUIS THEROUX I couldn’t pick just one, every doc I’ve seen from him has been riveting, a bit disturbing and truly made me see things in a new light.
  • SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN I cannot believe I forgot to add this one to both lists (so I’m squeezing it in at the bottom, but it’s not in the bottom), it is mind blowing and a fantastic real life super happy ending story.

If you missed my first list of favorites, check them here. Also a big notable mention to ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Chris loves every single one of those documentaries. Usually I’ll say I don’t want to watch them, then am later asking him to pause so I can pee (classic). I have a longish list of docs I want to check out, but would love to hear if you have any favorites I should watch!

*Many of these are currently on Netflix, others possibly iTunes – a lot of them we have seen years ago (so I’m not 100% certain where they are available now).

 

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· October 31, 2013 · in Daily,The Bee’s Knees



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COAT: Joe Fresh (hand-me-down) – JEANS: Zara (hand-me-down) – BOOTS: Joe Fresh (last spring)

I’m a broken record, but man shoes on the wrong feet just never get old. Of course I always end up correcting them, cause I don’t want her hurt little feet or ankles getting hurt – but boy is it cute while it lasts. It’s just never not funny.

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· October 29, 2013 · in Daily,Little Style



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riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks the-farm-stinks8 riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks riverdale farm toronto, family day, urban family, young stylish family, toronto family, halloween, city kids, farm stinks These two are city kids through and through. We went to Riverdale Farm (a city run farm/park) for their little Halloween celebration and both kids didn’t last long. A constant “Peeeewwww! It stinks here” with a wave of their little hands in front of their little faces and they rushed on to the next animal. We either need to ship them out to the country to toughen them up, or hang around stinky animals much more often. Either way, it was cute. Chris said they take after their Mom, which I side eyed but he’s probably (but don’t tell him I said so) right – I have a sensitive nose for stinky stinks. All in all a great pre-Halloween celebration day was had, little lions, superboys, stinky stinks and all.

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· October 28, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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blogging struggles, productivity issues, work at home mom, finding time to work, mom and daugther, young mom, wordless blog post blogging struggles, productivity issues, work at home mom, finding time to work, mom and daugther, young mom, wordless blog post blogging struggles, productivity issues, work at home mom, finding time to work, mom and daugther, young mom, wordless blog post Some weeks (probably about once a month) I find blogging a bit of a struggle and every time I hit a struggle it’s sorta centered around a different “theme”. Usually some internal struggle I’ve created in my mind, something small triggers it and I start over thinking like it’s my job. Sometimes it’s a worry about over sharing, or uninteresting sharing, not up to snuff sharing, is anyone even reading my sharing, I can’t find time to share, and the list goes on and on. It’s probably a struggle many other bloggers can relate too (maybe?) or just humans in general – no matter what you are doing there may be similar struggle that goes on often, I know it was and is like that for me with work. It can be positive, it helps keep me on my toes my oooover thinking forces me to reevaluate what I’m doing pretty often (maybe/probably too often) – he bad side to that is the struggle part, it really hurts the brain.

This week I’m struggling with words. I know as I write a post putting words into sentences, it sounds ridiculous (probably reads more ridiculous) but hear me out. Usually (for me) I have pictures and then the rambles just fall out like shooting word bullets (pew! pew! pew!) or verbal diarrhea, whatever you want to call it. This week I feel like I have cute pictures but no words are falling out. Then today I realized it’s because I have been focusing my energy and work hours (nap time and bedtime) to a project that is requiring a lot of my creative energy – I’m sorry, I hate vague cryptic sentences like that too. Since my work hours actually it’s more like time to blog, clean, work and get everything done hours are currently being focused on this new creative project (I promise I will share soon!) I’m having a hard time finding energy for words. Basically I’m a little tapped. I really love having a few things on the go at once, I work really great when I’m multi tasking but weeks like this It’s a bit detrimental to my productivity – and usually the blog is where the struggle shows it self because family (always numero uno), life and contract related projects just have to come first that’s how it goes.

I had hoped to write something really sweet about our Mother-Daughter time with these pictures but since I’m feeling rather “wordless”, that didn’t really work out this week. They don’t really go with the post, but they make me smile really big, so there they are.

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· October 24, 2013 · in Daily,Dear Diary,Real Life



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home preschool, learning at home, everyday moments, enjoying everyday moments, simple living EVERYDAY MOMENTS : 39/52 – the eagerest beaver when it comes to learning.

She wants to know all the things that her brother knows, and when he talks about school she often rushes to her workbooks to show him what she learnt that day. It’s part who she is and part, being the younger sibling – whatever the reason, homework (as she calls it) is something I look forward to doing everyday with her.

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· October 22, 2013 · in Daily,The Everyday



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Weekends are for adventures, exploring and lots of relaxing. They are most importantly made for those “are you sleeping?” questions and the “nope, just resting my eyes” answers. I live for these heart melting cuddle pile moments, sometimes I’m weird and like to sit and soak up the cuteness of my cute family before jumping in to join. Part of my life job is managing the household. I try to manage it in such a way so the times when Chris is home with us and not working his tuchus off, we can all sit back and enjoy a family movie and a good ol’ eye resting. With a small side of “I cooked, so you do the dishes” of course. Many times this means when Monday rears her head, the entire house is in shambles. My work and life work is far far behind schedule – but moments like this make that heart pumping anxious feeling in my belly thinking about all the things I need to back on track come Monday, SO worth it. Hopefully you got to rest your eyes over the weekend, and now please excuse me while I rush off to run in circles before I get my loooong list back on track.

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· October 21, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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yoga with kids, everyday moments, enjoying simple things, yoga with mom mom daughter yoga, playing yoga EVERYDAY MOMENTS : 38/52 – my little yoga teacher.

One of my closet and dearest friends Ashleigh, is a seasoned yoga teacher (actually the co-owner of a popular studio, since I’m the doting type) she is the person who pushed me to try yoga and the person I go to with all my questions and yoga chatter. She is also Harlow’s godmother, her family is our family. Harlow’s new favorite game is playing yoga teacher, more specifically she says she’s Aunty Ashleigh the teacher and I’m the kid – then she bosses me into poses that she makes up, not knowing that most of them are actually poses. I am obviously obsessed with her new obsession, it’s adorable and I pretty much laugh through the entire game and then always request we play it again tomorrow.

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· October 18, 2013 · in Daily,The Everyday



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Last Friday the kids and I stumbled upon one of the still standing Nuit Blanche art installations, Nuit Blanche is an annual all-nighter contemporary arts festival here in Toronto. One day I will woMAN up and attend it properly like the rest of the cool kids – but while my kids are young, we are sitterless and I’m way too much of a baby to stay out all night, we stick to stumbling upon the amazing installations in the daylight hours. This was Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles,  3144 metal bikes with working spinning wheels, to be exact. It was hard to capture in the mid day sun, the sun bouncing off the metal bikes pretty much created an optical illusion and added to the forever-ness of the bikes – it almost hurt my eyes. The kids loved running through the bikes, spinning the wheels and asking tons of questions – I actually might have had to bribe them with a visit to the apple store to leave. A few weeks ago we stumbled upon Tadashi Kawamata’s Garden Tower in Toronto, (another amazing Nuit Blanche installation) a tower of weary chairs which had the kids laughing. All the awesome art around the city made me think how badly we need to make another visit to the Art Gallery, too easily we let things that are close by go for granted (the art gallery being one of them). So I added it to my, TO DO VERY SOON list and promptly took my kids to the apple store. Because I needed a place to charge my dead phone, the kids love to play with the ipads on display and because it’s just so much fun (sarcasm font) to walk around the busiest store in the universe – from the lovely world of art to real life in 5 seconds flat.

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· October 17, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,Toronto



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