Halloween 2017

I know it’s already a week after Halloween but I thought I’d still share our family costume with you!

This year for Halloween we went as Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell & Captain Hook!

It was so much fun. Autumn kept calling Aiden Peter Pan all day (as in “come here Peter Pan!”) it was adorable! His costume was from the Disney store, hers we already had, and I made her bun bonnet. My dress is from the thrift store and is J Crew brand and Andrews costume is made up of pieces he already had! It was great bc we didn’t end up spending tons on our costumes.

However, we were all getting through colds (especially Aiden) and so he got to help me give out candy to trick-or-treaters while Andrew and Autumn went out. It was a good Halloween!

Now to start planning for next years costume 😉

Xoxo,

Alysa 

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You’re Invited: May Market Christmas

This Friday and Saturday, Christmas is coming to May Market!

May Market is a monthly market based on Facebook, run by 9 mamas who all have one major thing in common: the birth month of our babies! They were all born in May! We soon discovered that we have a second thing in common: that we all love to be crafty and that we all sell handmade items. So may Market was born!

This months Market is going to be really special bc it’s all about the holidays! So come on over and see what we have for you. All the albums will be loaded today and shopping starts tomorrow!

Check out the market here to join!

Xoxo,

Alysa

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Book Review: {Why} Motherhood Matters

As a mom of young children, and especially as a stay at home parent, being a mama is all consuming.  I am with my little ones basically 24/7 at this point and I basically only think about them.  Did they eat enough, are they sleeping enough, what do they need!!  Since they’re so little, their needs can feel overwhelming, but a lot of mamas of young children also start to feel alone.

Enter Steptember McCarthy and her wonderful book {Why} Motherhood Matters!  This book shares some very personal stories, as well as realistic and practical advice for any mom in all stages of motherhood.  So many times while reading this book, I found myself nodding because I could relate so much.

The book is laid out in four parts, which go deeper into some of the issues of motherhood.  From faith and wellness, to education and relationships, September covers so many aspects of motherhood, and each section ends with some questions and principles to think about and carry into your own life.

Whether you’re in the middle of trying to have a baby, or the sleepless nights, or you have teenagers and beyond, this book is for you.  I am so glad that I had the chance to read it.

For more information, check out September’s website here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for this review. All the opinions stated here are my own.

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The Type A Mom Guide to Painting Rocks with your Toddlers

I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but there’s a new trend sweeping the country (really continent) this summer and fall!  And that is painting rocks!  I’m sure that wherever you are, there is a (your city) rocks group on facebook.  Basically what it is, is people are painting rocks and then they hide them in parks and on streets around their cities and towns.  Then, other people go out and look for them! They share pictures in the groups of where they’ve found things, and where they are rehiding them, or if they are keeping them!  It’s pretty fun, and my kids are LOVING being able to paint on rocks.  And it’s fun watching them have fun… but, the type A part of my self cringes basically the whole time!! So here are a few tips for how to paint rocks with your toddlers as a Type A Mom 😉

  1. Keeping them tidy
    As tidy as possible anyway.  I put them in giant t-shirts (well, our old shirts, but giant on them) and then I wrapped them around their feet so they (hopefully) wouldn’t get any paint on their pants/shoes/feet.  It happened anyway, but at least I tried right?

2. Put paint in a container
If you have more than one child, it might be a good idea to give each of them their own paint containers.  Aiden kept dragging theirs over so Autumn couldn’t reach it.  Oops! Next time they will have their own paint.

3. Don’t expect they won’t get messy
No matter how careful I tried to be, they still got paint e v e r y w h e r e!! Especially Aiden.  He tried eating it, he painted his hands, he painted his sister, he painted everything.

4. Let go!
Just let things happen!  Things started to get more fun when I stopped chasing after them trying to get them to NOT paint on each other or on themselves.  It was way more fun for them to just be able to paint freely.

5. Keep them contained or be outside
I know I have my two on a big cardboard box in the backyard, but I think it would have been a better idea if they had been in chairs with Aiden strapped into his high chair.  Keeping them contained and unable to crawl around would have also kept the mess contained!  Since we were outside, it was okay because the grass can totally get painted and it’s fine.  Next time though, we’ll be inside at the table 😉

6. Just don’t do it
haha but for real.  If these photos make you cringe because of the mess, maybe it’s better to just … skip this activity.  Aiden painted his pants, Autumn got paint on her boots, there was paint everywhere I didn’t want it to be.  BUT they had a load of fun, so I guess at the end of the day, that is the part that matters 😉

Have you tried painting rocks with your toddlers yet?  Let me know how it went in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa

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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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