Toronto Wins!

2 May

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The joy that Torontonians felt last night, after the Raptors beat the Pacers in Game 7, cannot be put into words. Rather, screams, cheers, and even tears, can help paint a more accurate picture of what took place in my living room, Jurassic Park, and the Air Canada Centre.

It was a great week to be a Torontonian: Drake released his highly anticipated album, Views (which was well worth the wait), the Maple Leafs won the 1st overall pick in the NHL draft lottery (I’m not a hockey fan, but this is a win), and the Jays beat the Rays.

To say that the vibe in Toronto was epic is an understatement. There’s something to be said about when a city comes together in the name of sport. My dad always told me, sport mirrors life, and I couldn’t agree more! The camaraderie and friendships that form between fans is so much fun. I can tell you, I have a little  Raptors Twitter family who I engage with during games, and while we might not be at the ACC, we are certainly enjoying the game through a different perspective.

Toronto pride!

Merzybean

Hello from the other side

15 Apr

Hello, blogosphere!

It has, once again, been a while. I just wanted to post a little something to let you all know that I am still here. Here are a few disjointed thoughts that I want to get off my chest, and out of my head! Let’s call it a little bit of Friday inspiration.

  • We are not defined by that which challenges us, rather by how we surpass said challenges.
  • Pain is relative; my bad day does not have to measure up to someone else’s (and vice versa).
  • There is something so beautiful in human kindness. Truly.
  • You do you.
  • The human experience is a dynamic journey.

That’s if for now. Hopefully it won’t be so long until the next Merzybean post pops up!

Xo,

Merzybean

Fashion Picks: Oscar 2015

23 Feb

I love a good Red Carpet and to say that the Oscars host the best fashions of award season is not a loose statement. The stars bring out their best (and sometimes worst) looks to the Oscar Red Carpet. I won’t bother sharing my “worst” dressed list, because I would rather focus on what I love.

I base my fashion picks on the dress (or outfit) first and foremost, but the accessories, hair and makeup play a large role in my overall decision. If you have an incredible dress, but a bird’s nest on top of your head, literally…Iggy Azalea at the Grammys, I just can’t find a place for you on my fashion picks list.

Here are my favourites:

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I also love to see what the stars change into for the after parties. The Vanity Fair Oscar After Party always gets the most buzz. The who’s-who of celebrities are always in attendance, whether or not they attended the Academy Awards.

Here were some of my favourite looks:

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Xoxo,

Merzybean

[All Oscar photos were sourced from Hollywood Life and Vanity Fair Oscar Party photos were sourced from NY Daily News]

Fashion Picks: Grammys 2015

9 Feb

Here are my fashion picks for the Grammys 2015.

Gwen Stefani stole my heart with the look of the night.

As for Kim Kardashian-West and Rihanna, these outfits may not be my favourite, but they certainly had the world talking.

My two favourite looks from Grammy After Party Events go to Kendall and Kylie Jenner. These girls are so on trend right now.

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You wanted to shine bright like a diamond? I wanted to look like cherry chapstick!

Who wore your favourite look of the night?

XO

Merzybean

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween, friends!

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A friend, and fellow blogger (who goes by J’adore Music), posted her Halloween answers and I thought I would do the same! I have never done a blog post like this before, but I thought it would be fun to do in the spirit of Halloween.

1.Favorite Halloween movie?

Probably the Nightmare Before Christmas or any of the Saw films.

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2. What age did you stop trick-or-treating?

I believe the last time I went trick-or-treating for myself was in Grade 9, which is 13/14 years old. I have gone since with family friends’ children, however.

3. Favorite Halloween costume you have worn?

Little Red Riding Hood.

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4. What are you going to be this year?

I’m not dressing up this year, but have my trusty Minnie Mouse ears if necessary.

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5. Do you like going to haunted attractions?

I enjoy a good scare! I’m petrified of my own shadow, but I love being scared for fun.

6. Vampires or werewolves?

Neither? I guess I would choose Vampires if I had to. Can I pick Zombies? Shocking to those who know me, because I’m not really into Sci-Fi/fictional creatures. However, The Walking Dead has converted me…guilty.

7. Favourite Halloween candy?

Caramel apple lollipops!

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8.Do you decorate your house?

No, I don’t. I have two tiny light up jack-o-lanterns and that’s about it. It’s not that I’m not a festive person, but I just don’t feel the urge to decorate for Halloween. Christmas is where I do my best work!

9.Least favourite costume

This year? The “sexy Ebola nurse”. Why is this even allowed? I would be so embarrassed to be the model of the “sexy Ebola Nuse” costume… Any scandalous costume irritates me, to be honest. That’s another topic for another day, though!

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10.Have you ever repeated a costume and what was it?

I repeated the cat ears and tail getup growing up.

11.Do you believe in ghosts?

I don’t, however I do believe there are unexplainable things.

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12.Scariest Halloween?

When I was in high school, I was walking with one friend to another friend’s house. The two friends live about a 7 minute walk from each other. We were casually making our way up the hill, when a clown *pause to cringe* in a car drove by and FREAKED us out. We are both terrified of clowns and this was traumatizing at the time.

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Searching for this image was absolutely TERRIFYING.

I hope everyone has a great Halloween, whether you are out trick-or-treating, at a costume party, or on your couch watching scary movies. Remember to be safe!

Scare you later,

Merzybean

Where has Merzybean been?

30 Oct

I feel like I have written a few justification blogs, explaining my lack of presence in the blogosphere. I guess I don’t really owe anyone an explanation, but how can I expect to have a loyal readership if I have been MIA.

Truthfully, there isn’t one particular reason as to why Merzybean hasn’t been buzzing. Is “I’m tired” not good enough? Well, that’s the truth. I have not felt inspired to sit down and blog because there has always been something that takes priority over writing and once I have cleared my to-do list, I have no energy to write.

However, I want to get back to writing and putting my thoughts out into the universe. Not that what I have to say is all that important, but I just love to share my passions with others.

Hopefully this is the first of many posts to come in the near future. I have some ideas brewing, so stay tuned!

Thanks for all of the people who have been visiting Merzybean all along the way, even during my “blogging hiatus”. It makes me happy to see and it inspires me to keep on plugging!

Until next time,

Merzybean

Have Your Donut, and Eat it Too!

6 Jun

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Happy Donut Day? Why not!

There seems to be a day for almost everything. But then again, who doesn’t love a little piece of heaven with a hole in the middle? Donuts are a tasty little treat, with a variety of flavours to choose from. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but there’s just something about a donut!

So if you’re celebrating National Donut Day, enjoy your delicious goody of your choice.

Have a great weekend,

Merzybean

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Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou

28 May

Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou

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I was devastated to hear the news of Maya Angelou’s passing, this morning. Angelou’s words resonated not only within me, but around the world and across generations. The prolific author, poet and civil rights activist managed to string words together in such a way that one couldn’t help but be both intrigued and inspired.

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Angelou’s highly acclaimed poetry truly inspired me in high school and throughout university, as both a student of literature, and as a woman striving to be intelligent, courageous, and loving. Angelou’s words spoke to me in such a way that no other did.

I thank Maya Angelou for being brave enough to bare her soul through written word.

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May you rest in peace, Maya Angelou. Your words will live on!

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Merzybean’s Year in Review: 2013

31 Dec

It feels as though the end of the year is always an appropriate time for reflection. This December 31st is no different. 2013 has been one hell of a year.

Last year, I blogged about whether or not New Year’s resolutions are worthwhile, or simply a waste of time.  While I still hold onto the belief that it is always acceptable and encouraged to take a retrospective approach to an upcoming year, the ideology that a new year brings new opportunities and fresh beginnings is often a little bit idealistic (I’m not jaded).

Why must we wait for a new year to make a change in our lives? I am going to take the opportunity this New Year’s Eve to reflect on my past year’s triumphs and challenges, rather than set myself up for failure with resolutions that I may or may not commit to. I think that resolutions encourage positive change and am not discouraging any of you from making a resolution or two for yourself. I just want to make changes in my life as I am mentally and physically capable of doing so, on a day to day basis, rather than mapping out my entire year before it has even begun. 

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I do think that it is important to look back on the year, however. I learned a lot about myself this year. I shall share, without going into too many personal details:

  • I am more capable of overcoming obstacles than ever before
  • Family is everything
  • Friends are family that you choose to have in your life
  • I strive to be the wife that my husband deserves
  • Teaching is truly a vocation in my life (far beyond a career choice)
  • Kids really do say the darndest things; especially my grade 7s
  • Photography is a passion that I definitely want to pursue further
  • Procrastination is my biggest enemy
  • Turning 25 makes me feel like a real grown up
  • I have a backbone and deserve to stand up for myself

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I wish all of my readers and friends a safe and prosperous New Year. I hope that you spend the evening with loved ones and I look forward to sharing more posts with all of you, here on Merzybean, in 2014.

See you next year,

Merzybean

Savannah’s Smile: Light the Night Walk

26 Sep
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In loving memory.

Savannah H. Munoz had the biggest and brightest smile that truly could light up the night. It breaks my heart to say that Savannah had to battle against cancer as a beautiful young child. I had the pleasure of watching this beautiful little girl grow into her giant smile and while she is not physically with us, her spirit lives within us.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC’s) Light The Night Walk is an event that brings help, awareness and hope to people battling blood cancers. It is always comforting to know that fundraising events actually put the money to good use! The Light the Night Event proudly states on their website that funds raised offer real help that include:

  • Valuable information for blood cancer patients and families
  • Support programs for patients and their families
  • Education on the latest medical advances for healthcare professionals
  • Advocacy efforts that draw government attention to cancer-related issues
  • Grants for leading researchers across Canada who are working to cure blood cancers

Now that you have a better idea of what the LLSC aims to achieve with its fundraising, let’s get back to Savannah’s Smile.

Savannah’s mother beautifully shares her story that led her to finding the strength to put together a team to raise money for LLSC research and to talk in Savannah’s honour. She goes on to candidly share that “A couple of years ago, Savannah and I watched as Light the Night 2008 lit the night from the Sick Kids Hospital lobby. She really wanted to do the walk but because of the cold weather and recent treatment, we were not able to. As we watched the people walk by, I promised her we’d do it together the following year. In my mind I pictured us walking with white balloons (symbolizing survivors) because I always believed she’d pull through with a full recovery….

I’ve finally found the strength to form a team and do the walk holding our gold lanterns in her memory….”

Savannah’s family and friends will be walking proudly on October 2nd in honour of her lasting memory. It would mean the world to the team (and me) if you could donate towards this incredible cause. You can find Savannah’s Smile team page here: Savannah’s Smile.

All donations, no matter how “big” or “small” would be greatly appreciated by the team and those thousands of Canadians battling leukemia, lymphoma , myeloma and other blood cancers.

Passing the light on,

Merzybean

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