Dear May…

You are beautiful in every way. Your skies are sometimes blue and sometimes grey. The trees are full with beautiful blossoms. My vase is full of gorgeous flowers and I close my eyes and take a deep breath to inhale the wonderful fragrance. You keep my heart filled with joy and gratitude.

Everything has turned green and blossoms are out. They smell so lovely. I’ve been keeping busy taking photos and the prints are now available in the print shop.

I’ve also added some original art pieces on ETSY.

I’m doing what I love and enjoying the process. I’m trying not to think too much or even control things around me. I’m just letting go of all expectations and trying to live in the moment. Just going more with the flow. I’m getting better from this horrible cold that I’ve had for over two weeks. I can finally breathe and I’m coughing less which is good.

My top is from H&M if anyone is interested. I fell in love with the yellow flower print. So beautiful! *Not sponsored! here is the link H&M

On May 24th hubby and I celebrated our 16 years of marriage. It has been an amazing journey and I really look forward to spending many more years together. We had a beautiful dinner with the family and I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

This last week even though my cold was hanging tough I still managed to make yummy chocolate chip banana muffins, bake bread and do all the laundry. If that’s not a supermom I don’t know what is! I even had my little one help me with the baking! WOWZA! ūüėÄ

The bread turned out so good I made two more. Thanks to my sister in law Lori for the yummy recipe.

Even though this month my my father went back to Greece and I got sick I still am so grateful for everything that happen in May. I am grateful for everyone in my life. I’m grateful for each moment. I truly hope that Gratitude plays a huge part in your life as well. Everyday is a gift from God and a blessing.

I can’t help but think about June and I’m really excited. Be sure to follow my summer journey on the Channel and Instagram.

Much love and bless you all.

Love and Peace

Maria

Travel Toronto Guild Park & Gardens

Dear May, I enjoyed your beauty and bloom. I love the blossoms on trees so lovely, pink and fragrant. The sky oh so beautiful and blue!

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So much beauty in nature. We travelled to the Guild Park and it graced us with its magnificent Greek Structures and flowers. The Gardens full of breathtaking tulips and stunning bloom.

Guild Park and Gardens¬†is a public park in the¬†Scarborough¬†district of¬†Toronto,¬†Ontario,¬†Canada. The park was formerly the site of an artists colony and is notable for its collection of relics saved from the demolition of buildings primarily in downtown Toronto arranged akin to ancient¬†ruins. Located on the¬†Scarborough Bluffs, Guild Park and Gardens has an outdoor Greek stage and a 19th-century log cabin among the oldest in Toronto. The principal building in the park is the¬†Guild Inn, a former inn and estate mansion. –¬†wikipedia

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I was able to get my legs out and get some sun on them. The dress I’m wearing is an H&M¬†¬†T-Shirt Dress and it is so comfortable. I also have another one with a red trim around the neck and sleeves.

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A beautiful park and the Architecture really captures my heart. The flowers and paths absolutely breathtaking! If you are traveling to Toronto I encourage you to visit The Guild Park.

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Time To Live In The Moment

easter bannerDuring March break I got the flu and it caused me to slow down. I had time to teach art and do a lot of soul searching and living in the moment.¬† I enjoyed being away from social media and blogging. I enjoyed it so much that I’m calling a halt to blogging for the time being. I pushed my self into doing a lot of work and creating a lot of content. I’m the type that likes to deliver good and amazing photos and create amazing blog posts. I always go above and beyond and this has caused me to feel anxiety and stress. The opposite reason I got into blogging.

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Some people think its amazing to received PR samples, don’t get me wrong I’m grateful and I don’t want to sound rude. PR Samples come with a lot of work. When I receive samples I photograph them, read up on the product, I test it out for a while, write a blog post and do a video sometime.¬† I put a lot of time and effort into it and sometimes way too much.

The funny thing is that people with high social media following sometimes receive PR samples and all they do is show it on camera and then say “oh look! Thank you so much for the samples” and they are done. Wow right? Then I look at my self and say “what the fudge! Something is wrong here! I literally spent over 8 hours or more on one blog post!” How come I have to do so much work and they just showcase it like the friken¬†Price is Right!

My time is valuable to me and I need to use my time wisely. So I don’t want to work for free anymore. I’m done with it. I think this happened to me last spring as well. But it is my fault I fell back into it.¬† I truly feel that no one should work for free. I don’t care if it’s the most expensive or posh brand. I won’t do it anymore.

My future posts will be more lifestyle, recipes, art, culture and travel.¬† I will have some products but they will be products that I’m finishing up and products that I buy on my own.

*I can  feature products on my blog from PR but I have a fee. Please have a look at the PR and DISCLAIMER Page.

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In April I’ll be mostly living in the moment and vlogging on my vlog channel. I like vlogging because there is no pressure and it feels relaxing. Please Join me there if you like. I will also do a couple of blog posts like I did last spring and summer of my travels in and around Toronto.

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Here is a piece I did when I was teaching art in March. The kids and I worked on Abstract and collage work. We used a small sponge foam to paint instead of brushes. I enjoyed challenging the students’ to use foam shapes instead of brushes.¬† I’m currently planning a Spring Painting Party for Kids and one for Adults.

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I’m truly grateful for everything that has come my way. I’m truly blessed and I definitely need more courage in my life do you? Sending you oodles and oodles of Courage in your life to speak up and do what you love. We learn from our mistakes and weaknesses and it’s okay to have faults and bumps a long the way. I encourage you to learn from mistakes and not to be so hard on your self. We are only human and the beautiful part is living, loving and learning.

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Currently Reading the book The  F Word , written by Lily Pebbles. She is a YouTuber and now a number one selling author. The book is lovely so far and talks about friendship. I look forward to reviewing this on my blog.

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So my friends, this is a beautiful new beginning and I’m very excited and happy. I feel courageous and inspired. I look forward to April and I feel it will be a MAGICAL one!

Until the next blog post,

Much love and positivity!

xoxoxo

Maria

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Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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I’m sharing some lovely Mother’s Day gift Ideas with you today. Hopefully these gifts will help you out.¬† I love the Anew Ultimate Day cream with SPF 25. ANEW Keeps the skin looking youthful. It’s a 3 Piece gift set which includes: Anew ultimate Multi-Performance Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25, Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum and a lovely Gift Bag. This gift set is $48.00.

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Next is a beautiful box of mini lipsticks.¬† Lots of Kisses has an assortment of 60 Avon True Color lipstick minis and it’s for $50.00. My favourite colour is “In Bloom”,¬† the prettiest nude colour.

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How cute are these t-shirts? My family loves them! They are $19.99-$24.99 each and Mini Boss Kids’ Tee is $14.99 each.

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Available end of April 2018 through Avon Independent sales representatives or online at http://www.avon.ca

I hope you find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and remember to give your mom Lot’s of Hugs and Kisses!

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March Beauty Favourites 2015

Best Day Blogger   Happy Spring!

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Here are my March Beauty Favourites! Enjoy!

Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix  setting spray.

Annabelle Stay Sharp self sharpening waterproof lipliner in the colour Berry.

Eyebrow pencil by Rimmel in 001 Dark Brown

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner

Annabelle Biggy Bronzer Matte Gold

Annabelle Big Show Mascara in Black

Annabelle twistup lipstick in ROYALE

Annabelle blush in Hibiscus

Wet n Wild single eyeshadow in 252C Nutty 

AnnabelleLipsies in Watermelon 

Chapstick Cake Batter 

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