September 25, 2015

I recently went to a local comicon, and when I saw Mario in his fox suit from Mario World 3D -- one of his favourite games -- I knew that it was the perfect gift for him from the expo. He was very excited to see it.



September 19, 2015

We met up with a friend of mine and her daughter at the zoo this morning. It is such a beautiful day out there, and I'm so glad that my friend chose for us to get together at the zoo. After we had looked at some of the animals, and ate some lunch, my friend and her daughter had to get going, so Little Boy and I headed over to the park. He played, and I snapped some photos. I hope you're enjoying your Saturday!


Thoughts: Saying Goodbye To Facebook

September 17, 2015

I know that I am not the only person out there that is currently considering saying goodbye to Facebook. If it weren't for the fact that my Facebook account is linked to my business page, I would seriously consider leaving. My feed has been inundated with ignorant fodder -- I feel especially smart typing that -- that has filled my mind and heart with rage. It feels like it has become an unhealthy place, except that there are articles and photos that are shared that I do enjoy, and click on.

What makes me the most angry is the articles -- and I use that term loosely -- that are shared from websites that omit important information, or are written by ignorant and hurtful people -- this goes in all different directions, I'm not just implying right-winged, white Christians. If you are reading something that does not include a quotation from someone that was directly involved -- not someones cousin's aunt's sister that knows a guy that was there -- then you are probably not reading something worth while. If you are reading something written by a doctor that had his/her license to practice taken away from him/her, then it is quite likely that you are not reading the best, or most current, information. Think of it this way, if you were writing a paper for school and cited a source from ignorantsource.com, you probably would be talked to by your teacher or professor. If the information you are reading is not credible enough to put in your paper, then you probably shouldn't be using it in real life either.

A friend of mine made an interesting point the other day: Social media has become a place where we see inside the minds of the people that we love or are friends with -- or not actually friends with. 50 years ago we never would have known if our friends and neighbours were Conservative or Liberal, or if they read the back of shampoo bottles while sitting on the toilet. It has definitely made us a more open society in terms of sharing our inner thoughts, but it doesn't quite feel like it has made us a more open society when it comes to having an open discussion of said thoughts *cue the acceptance of criticism*

What are your thoughts?



September 15, 2015

Discovery: A giant pineapple pillow that reminds him of a certain sponge that lives under the sea. Upon spying it, he asked if he could buy it. He wanted to use his own money, but I had to spot him five bucks -- I didn't mind at all.



September 07, 2015

How can you tell that the boy likes red, and is obsessed with Mario :)


World Alzheimer's Month 2015

September 02, 2015

 The Forget Me Not is a symbol of the Alzheimer Society of Canada (source)

September is here once again, and, just as we did last year, 15% of the profits from the shop for this month will be donated to The Canadian Alzheimer's Society. This disease touched my family many years ago when my grandma was diagnosed -- she lost her fight 12 years ago now -- and continues to make an impact on our lives.

Earlier this year, my mom and I watched the film Still Alice, and were incredibly moved by it. We gained a deeper understanding of the affects that the disease has on the person suffering from it, as well as the impact that it has on the family members. I was especially touched by a few moments between Alice and her husband as I saw my grandma and grandpa up on the screen. It is most definitely worth watching. Even if you have not felt the affects of Alzheimer's personally, it helps provide a better understanding of the disease.

The money that you used to purchase a card, art print, or brooch from the shop this month will provide support to those who are suffering from the disease and their families, and to promote research. Help support the cause and give a voice to those affected by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.


September 01, 2015

As we were walking back to the car after picking up some more paper for the shop, we noticed an amazing blue wall in one of the back alleyways. It was too much fun to pass up without snapping a photo. He was such a great helper with getting all of our errands done.

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