A very Etsy Halloween

I LOVE Halloween!! I know it’s only the middle of September, but I basically start thinking about Halloween sometime in the spring.  Thinking about what costumes we’ll do, and how I want to decorate.  It’s such a fun holiday and I love living up holidays in whatever way I can.

I’ve compiled a list of some totally adorable and spooky things for all the Halloween lovers out there, all from handmade shops/etsy!  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I loved putting it together… something wicked this way comes! 😉

01 // Pumpkin Bracelet
This is so cute, you could wear it all year!  It’s styled so pretty, too, I love the silver with the orange.  A very subtle pumpkin bracelet.

02 // Witch Halloween Mug
I am obsessed with mugs.  I gotta have my morning coffee, and mixing up my mugs is so fun.  I love seasonal mugs for Christmas so why not Halloween, too?  This one is so much fun!

03 // Glittery Black Cat Earrings
Again, this is totally something I would wear all year.  I love cats (but am sadly allergic) so I like to represent cats in my clothing choices instead.  These are so cute, and so subtle for Halloween

04 // Decorate your own Pumpkin
This looks like such a fun game for kids! They get to pick the parts of the pumpkins face, and its made in felt! I love it.

05 // Spider Web Bow Ties!
I always find that there are so many seasonal items for little girls, but not as many for boys, which is why I LOVE this listing.  I always said I wanted to dress up my future son like a mini Chuck Bass and these little bow ties are the perfect accessory for that goal 😉

06 // Pumpkin Hair Ties
These are so adorable as well.  I love putting my hair into top knots, and these would be such a sweet addition to that.

07 // Halloween Porch Sign
I’m always looking for seasonal decor for my front porch, so this is pretty perfect.  How cute is that?? I love it!

08 // Sterling Silver Skull Necklace
This is so cool, and something a few people I know would wear all year.  It’s so unique.

09 // Witches Be Trippin’ Shirt
I love all the different slogan shirts where they turn what is normally the b word into witches.  This one is hilarious 🙂

10 // Welcome My Pretties wreath
This is so cute, I love wreaths, and especially seasonal ones.  Plus, this one isn’t the normal orange that you see a lot of, so it’s pretty cool 🙂

11 // Beware Pillow
This is a gorgeous velvet pillow, it would go with basically any home decor because it’s black and white.  It would be perfect for the month of October on your bed or couch.  It looks really soft, too.

12 // Halloween Coasters
I LOVE these coasters!  They are something you could totally have out all year, if you’re into Halloween and spooky things.  I feel that they are really subtle and no one would really notice they are seasonal unless they took a really close look.  They’re so pretty.

Do you like to decorate for Halloween? What kinds of decorations do you like to use?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

 

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This is 33

sweatshirt: Forever 21 // jeans: Silver // necklace: Mama Gems // hat: Alysalovely Littles
// shoes: Keds by Taylor Swift

  

Last week, I celebrated my 33rd birthday!  On the actual day, I spent time with my bff and her daughter (the kids played together, mostly nicely haha) and had some amazing fried chicken from a local place for dinner with my family.  I also got my free Starbucks birthday treat, which is very important to celebrating my birthday.

On Friday, a few of us went to sing karaoke!  I did a Britney Spears themed party, where we all dressed up like our favourite rendition of our girl Britney.  I decided to do my (thrift store) take on her circus outfit, Andrew went as K.Fed, and my friends picked their own faves.  I don’t have any pictures of this, because we were ~~living in the moment 😉 😉 😉 But I’m telling you, it was awesome!

Karaoke has been a favourite of mine for years and years, and in fact I am pretty sure that I did karaoke for my 23rd birthday party, too.  I’ve been going to the same bar for all that time, too, which other places mixed in here and there, but the Limelight is a favourite of ours.  It’s changed a lot over the years and is really nice now!

We had a babysitter, and I had a designated driver, and I decided to have a few drinks!  I don’t really drink that much any more.. a side effect of being pregnant twice, and having two little ones at home.  I can’t really drink all that much all that often.  So since we had the opportunity, I had a few more drinks than I normally would have.  I was a little buzzed, but not drunk.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  And wouldn’t you know?  The next morning I woke up with a killer headache and felt like crap all day.  It was incredibly unfair but #thisis33 😉

What’s your favourite thing to do for your birthday?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Mom Like a Gilmore

I’ve been watching through Gilmore Girls lately, and I love the differences in parenting styles that the show portrays!  The differences and similarities between all the women of Gilmore Girls was especially interesting.  As a mom, I like to see what choices other moms make, and their thought process behind it.  So watching Gilmore Girls, which has a LOT of moms in it, was really fun!

I looked up a list of all the different types of parenting styles (with the official names) and determined which mom of Gilmore Girls mommed in which parenting style.  Which mom are you?

Mom like Lorelai
Positive Parenting/Spiritual Parenting
Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory, are best friends first, and mother/daughter second.  Lorelai is Rory’s confidant, sounding board and all around friend.  Lorelai sometimes will play the “mom card” when it’s necessary, but for the most part, she is Rory’s buddy.
Lorelai Gilmore follows positive parenting philosophy because she isn’t about strict rules and enforcing a specific list of things Rory can and cannot do.  She’s more interested in being there for her daughter and being a role model for her.  Lorelai wants Rory to be happy.
Lorelai Gilmore follows spiritual parenting philosophy because allows Rory to explore her own talents and interests.  Rory wanted to go to Harvard from a young age, she was interested in cotillion, and a myriad of things that she, herself, literally ran away from in her youth.  But she supported her in it, even if she didn’t totally agree.

Mom like Emily
Authoritarian Parenting/Narcissistic Parenting
Emily Gilmore is very into making rules, and big punishments when they are broken.  She is the ultimate authority of the household, and what she says, goes.  She rules over her household with an iron fist, and doesn’t allow for mistakes (you can especially see this in how many maids she goes through every season.)
Emily Gilmore is very into authoritarian parenting.  It’s her way or the highway, basically.  There’s no room for questions or revision.  It’s just the way that she is.  Her daughter rebels to this hard.  She sneaks around, and eventually runs away.
Emily Gilmore also shows characteristics of narcissistic parenting.  She sees her daughter as an extension of herself, so if her daughter screws up, it is on her.  It is an embarrassment for Emily when Lorelai does something wrong.

Mom like Mrs Kim
Authoritarian Parenting/Helicopter Parenting
Mrs Kim is a very interesting character.  She keeps Lane under her thumb and tries to control every aspect of her life, including setting her up with future doctors at 16 years old (when these boys are very far away from medical school).  Mrs Kim has a very specific idea for what she thinks Lane’s life should be like, and tries to make it that way by force.
Mrs Kim is an authoritarian parent because of all of that.  Lane has to keep her true self hidden because she doesn’t want to disappoint her mother.  Mrs Kim has very specific sets of rules and insists that Lane follows them.  There are no negotiations and Lane usually has to lie in order to do things that she actually likes.  Mrs Kim is very old school in this way.  She thinks that children should behave and not do a number of things that Lane ends up doing.
Mrs Kim could also be described as a helicopter parent.  She’s very involved with Lane’s school, and keeps a watchful eye over all of her extra-curriculars.  She’s very interested in helping Lane have a better life and wants to work with her to get it.

Mom like Sookie
Positive Parenting
I love Sookie St. James as a mom.  She treats her children like they are people and not just babies.  She supports them, and guides them, as opposed to making them do things and setting up rules.  It is because of this that Sookie follows the positive parenting philosophy.  She is raising her children by being a role model to them, and teaching them how to be grown ups.

Mom like Lane
Unconditional Parenting
We don’t see a lot of Lane as a mom, because her little ones are babies when the series ends.  But I have no doubt that she follows unconditional parenting philosophies.  She wants her children to have a different childhood than she has.  She wants to encourage them in their interests and help them to grow.  If that means going to church every Sunday, she will support that.  Ultimately, Lane follows unconditional parenting style because of how she believes that her baby shower is her last party, because she is prepared to do everything for her babies.  She puts a lot of herself aside for their well-being and that is fully unconditional parenting

Mom like Liz
Unresponsive Parenting – Jess
Positive Parenting/Unconditional Parenting – Doula
Liz Danes is an interesting character, too.  When we know Jess in season 3, she is fully absent.  She can’t handle him anymore and sends him to live with Luke.  She pushes away all parental responsibility and lays it on her brother.  I love Liz as a character, but she is kind of a flake.  She depends too much on men who are totally wrong for her, and that leads her down the wrong path.  I believe that she could have done better by Jess if TJ had gotten there earlier.  TJ, though kind of an annoying character, is incredibly good for Liz.  I think his presence helps her to be a better mom to Doula than she was for Jess.
Again, we only see Doula as a baby, but she seems to be a much better mama to her little daughter than she was to her son.  She’s got all the latest gadgets for having a baby and puts her all into raising that little girl (while making jewellry on the side).  We see a parent who sometimes needs a break (normal) but who keeps close watch on her daughter via monitor.  Liz Danes follows positive/unconditional parenting for her daughter.

Mom like Sherry
I hesitate to even label Sherry under a specific parenting style.  Sherry’s focus was her work, and she put that above her family … but it is also possible that Sherry suffered from Postpartum depression.  They never really dive too deep into the whys when Sherry left for France, just that she didn’t want to mom anymore.  But, none of her friends had babies yet, and she was in over her head.  A lot of things could have influenced her move, and not just her daughter.

What do you think? Do you agree with these parenting styles for each of these women? Which one are you most like?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Birthday Wish List!

In less than a week, it’s my birthday! I like to make a fun little wish list every year, mostly as a hint-hint to my husband (who totally reads this daily 😉 <3) but also to give others ideas for fun things they could get!

Here is my birthday wish list for this year:

01 // Treasure Bath Bomb with Rose Gold Jewellery Inside
I love love love bath bombs, and the idea of a bath bomb with jewellery inside? AMAZING!  Plus, look at how freaking gorgeous the rose gold is.  This one is more than a want/desire, it is a NEED. I NEED THIS.

02 // Mermaid Dress
This one isn’t for me so much, but for my daughter. She’d be adorable in this and she loves mermaids haha it’s so cute! I love that print so much.

03 // Pumpkin Headband
This is SO cute. I would be wearing this all of October if I had it.  It would be perfect for basically any day, and it would match really well to a romper set I made for May Market. haha so perfect!

04 // Tinker Toes
I LOVE THESE! They are so adorable. I would want a pair for me and a pair for my daughter so we could match and look SOO CUTE!! 😀

05 // Pumpkin Earrings
To match the headband, of course 😉

06 // Hand-Painted Pillowcases
OHMIGOODNESS, these are freaking gorgeous. I want them SO MUCH! <3  I can’t stop looking at them, so gorgeous and there are a number of other one of a kind hand-painted pillowcases, so you should check out the whole album.

And there you have it, that is what I want for my birthday 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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It’s a FALL World After All: May Market Sneak Peek!

It’s almost time for the September edition of May Market!! I am SO excited for all the awesome things we’ll have this month.  Our theme, It’s a FALL world after all, includes everything to do with fall.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and ALL THE PUMPKIN & LEAVES!  It’ll be so great.

Join the group here – MAY MARKET – to see what we’ll have.  We’ll all be loading up our albums on Wednesday, and then the market is on September 1st and 2nd!  Hope to see you there <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Cherry Coke

shirt: thrifted // necklace: Mama Gems // skirt: thrifted // shoes: Toms // sunglasses: Joe Fresh // floral crown: my SIL made it for me

Autumn wanted to play, too!
Her outfit: shirt: Old Navy // skirt: hand-me-down // shoes: Lanie’s Closet

bracelets: 1/4: Pandora // 3/4: Thrifted

I never thought I would be a crop top kind of gal, but here we are!  I’ve had this top in my drawer for a really long time before I braved it, and then I put it with this skirt and loved it, so I’ve worn it a bunch of times since then.

Life has been a little fast paced and exciting lately!  I’ve participated in a couple of Farmer’s Markets this summer, and woah! That was a LOT of work haha.  I don’t sell food, so I don’t think I did as well as the people who did sell food, but it was a good experience.  I’ve learned that I don’t want to do farmer’s markets anymore.  Both times I was in direct sunlight all day and came home with a sunburn and mild heat stroke.  Oops! Oh well, live and learn 😉

Otherwise, I’ve been so busy dreaming up ideas for new projects and new things to offer in May Market! Our next sale is coming up on September 1 and 2, and I’m SO excited to share the things we’ll have in it!  It’s all about fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and everything pumpkins!  I am so in love with everything so far.

What’s new in your life?

xoxo,
Alysa

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An Up inspired First Birthday

In true Alysalovely style, I am FINALLY sharing my son’s first birthday photos about three months after his first birthday.  Oops, I did it again!  At least it’s a trend and I’m not treating him any better or worse than my daughter, right?  Her first birthday post is here!

For Aiden, we put together an UP themed birthday party!  It is such a great movie, and it was so much fun to dream up all the things we put together for the party.  I am also excited to share it with you now!

In addition to all the actual helium balloons, I came up with a little game for the kids to play.  I cut out a bunch of construction paper balloons and taped them to the wall all over the main floor.  Kids could go around and count all the balloons, and if they got the answer right they won a prize! No one got it right haha they missed a few 😉

In the middle of putting helium in all the balloons.  That was such a fun thing to do.

In honour of Ellie, I painted a copy of the up house at the top of Paradise Falls.  I love how it turned out and it is still up in our living room now.  I also made him a chalkboard style poster with his stats, such as how many teeth he had at the time, and how much he weighed, and words he can say.  I find it really fun for guests to be able to see all that in one spot.

Aiden’s special cupcakes!  I found this edible paper at Michael’s, and I cut them into balloon shapes.  And I put the little paper UP house at the bottom.  I love the way it looked so much

His first cupcake! He loved it 🙂

I made him a little pilot hat for the day, and then totally forgot to put it on him for the entire party haha he was wearing his adorable UP shoes from Lanie’s Closet though <3

I made everyone Ellie Badges that we gave out as a party favour, and I had to have the jar for the Paradise Falls fund!

All the adults got Ellie Badges, and all the kids got a soda bottle shaped thing of bubbles!

All of Aiden’s monthly photos <3

I made Aiden a “My Adventure Book” and then had everyone write their wishes for baby on cards to put in the book.  It’ll be so fun for him to read them later in life <3

Some things are not pictured.  I made balloon shaped cookies, we got soda in glass bottles, and we had hot dogs and hamburgers.

Where we got things:
Shoes/1: Lanie’s Closet
Paper Up House: Disney Family
Ellie Badges: My Own Road Blog

Hope you enjoyed seeing the things we put together for Aiden’s UP themed birthday party! It was such a great day and it turned out being a really fun theme.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Unicorn Love: Events

Hi All! I hope you are ready for more Unicorn items from Etsy, because I can not stop looking at all things unicorn! Today’s post is going to be about parties and events!  I went to a really fun unicorn themed first birthday almost a year ago, and it was such a cute theme.  I love how this theme has gained popularity in recent years, and there are so many great things you can get from etsy to help with your party.

Here are some of them:

01 // Magic Rainbow Unicorn Invitations
Have you seen this unicorn? It is so perfect.  AND this one is printable, so you just download it and you can print it yourself, as many as you need.  So great for if your guest list changes at all haha

02 // Party invitations number 2!
These invitations are SO CUTE y’all! They’ve updated their pics since I grabbed this one for my collage, and are even cuter.  I liked both of these sets so much I couldn’t pick just one.

03 // Unicorn Bag
This bag is so adorable, and what a cute way to either give a gift that matches the theme, or to give little goodie bags at the end of the party.  I just love the little eyelashes, too.

04 // Pom Pom Garland
This would be so adorable at a party and even just to have up as regular decor.  You could add this to a unicorn themed nursery or kids room, or you can have it on your mantle to give your room an extra little bit of sparkle.  This is the kind of party decoration that I would leave up well after the party is over.

05 // Party Favor Printable
This would be another super cute idea for party favors.  If you’re giving something small, you just pop this card on the front and then it works perfectly with your theme.  It’s also a printable, so you can print it up right at home, at your convenience.

06 // Unicorn Hair Accessories
This would be so sweet for an older child’s birthday party favour.  This one is a little bit spendier, but if your child is having his or her closest friends over, you would only have to get a couple.  Or, it could be a really cute bff present for your child and their friend.  So cute <3

07 // Unicorn Favor Bag
Another favor bag, but it’s too cute I couldn’t help it. You could fill this with little candies or something, and it would be a sweet little thank you for coming to the party for your guests.

08 // Magical Unicorn Card
Let’s say you’re attending a unicorn party?  What would be better than a little card that goes with the theme?  This card is so fun, and it would perfectly match any unicorn or magical party you’re invited to.

Who wants to go to a unicorn party now? 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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You’re Invited! Pineridge Hollow Farmers Market!

Y’all, I am SO excited to be able to share this with you!

This Saturday, August 12th, from 9am to 1pm, Alysalovely Littles will be at a FARMERS MARKET sale!  Pineridge Hollow is a restaurant/gift shop/event venue just outside of the city, and every summer they have an ongoing Farmers Market every Saturday.  I’m SO pumped to be able to share a few of my things there!

If you’re going to be in the area, it would be so awesome if you could come by and say “hello!” 🙂  And if you’d like, you can even RSVP to my little facebook event!

More info on the market here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Unicorn Love: More for Littles

Who is ready for some more magical UNICORN items? I know I literally always am!  There were so many totally adorable things for kids, that I had to split it into two posts to share everything I love that I found on Etsy.  So, here is the other unicorns for kids post! Enjoy <3

01 //  Unicorn Party Dress by December Baby
How cute is this dress? I wish we had a magical unicorn party to go to so I could get this for my daughter!  I love the fabric, and I love the cut of the dress. It’s so stinkin’ cute!

02 // Pastel Blue Unicorn Necklace
I’m sorry if every single one of these items just say “THIS IS SO CUTE” at the beginning of the description but I’m also NOT sorry because THIS IS SO CUTE!! I would wear this necklace myself, maybe get a matching one for my kid haha… maybe 😉

03 // Unicorn Minky Baby Blanket
Who wants a unicorn themed baby room? Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t think of that before just now.  I wonder how into that theme my daughter would be for her room… or else, I could just incorporate unicorns into my son’s Harry Potter themed room.  hmm… good idea, or GREAT idea? 😉 ANYWAY, Minky is one of the softest fabric known to man and this blanket would be adorable in any baby room, unicorn themed or not.

04 // Unicorn Counting Clip Cards
This would be so fun for my daughter, seriously. These cards would be a great way to learn how to count for kids, and feature the sweetest little unicorns.  It’s a win win 😉

05 // Large Unicorn Plush with Rainbow Hair
This crocheted stuffy is so sweet.  Again, this would be totally adorable in a unicorn themed room.  Or on any kids (or adults) bed.

06 // Unicorns Flutter Sleeve Shirt
This outfit is adorable! I would put my daughter in this ALL the time as a little one.  The print is cute, and I love the fluttery little sleeves.  So sweet for any time of the year at all.  Seriously.

07 // Unicorn Bracelet
This bracelet is so cool! It is hand stamped and says “Everyday I’m sparkling” which is so obviously true. 😉 This would be so great as a part of any arm party.

08 // Pink & Gold Unicorn Stick Hobby Horse
These look like so much fun.  It gives kids the chance to pretend to ride a little horse around the house, but in this case that horse is a UNICORN. SO amazing and magical.  It’ll make any play-date sparkle.

what are your favourite unicorn things?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

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