April Declutter Challenge Wrap-up!

April Declutter Challenge

Though technically tomorrow is the last day of the challenge, I finished it a little bit early.  It’s so much easier to find 5 things at a time and just get rid of more than it is to try to look around for one or two things.

This year, doing the challenge was a little more tricky than it was last year.  Not because I ran out of things to get rid of, or spaces to clean out, but because of how quickly I got tired of doing the work!  Being 8/9 months pregnant while doing deep cleans in areas of my house wasn’t easy.  I got it done though.

At the end of the final post about this last year, I said the real challenge would be trying to do it again this year, and I have to say, it was still pretty easy.  Even though I don’t really buy things new, and even though I don’t really buy much at all, I still had a lot of stuff to give away.  I was going to do a big rummage giveaway and have people come look at/take the stuff… but getting it all out as though it was a rummage sale seemed like a LOT of work.  If I had been smart, I should have been organizing it as I went so that I could easily put it all out for people to look at… but I didn’t.  So everything was just in bags all together in a heap, which meant I would have had to put in a lot of work to get it out.  Oh well!  I’m donating it to a really great cause.

If you were following along and even participating, how did you do?  You can check out my pictures on instagram under the hashtag #AprilDeclutterChallenge or follow me on Instagram @Alysalovely

Have a happy May!!!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Update: Week 37

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dress: eShanti // shoes: thrifted // hairband: Forever 21 // ring: Aldo Accessories

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Approximately three weeks left.  Is it time to start freaking out yet?  I’m really trying to remember the way I felt this time last pregnancy, but all I remember is having a ton of schoolwork to do, and I think that kept me preoccupied enough that I didn’t feel too uncomfortable.  I am VERY uncomfortable this time, and I feel absolutely giant.  My midwife thinks that this baby will be bigger than Autumn was at birth, but then it’s common for boys to be bigger than girls.  We’ll see how it goes anyway!

This little chicken nugget is about the size of Zack Morris’ brick phone, or half a medium pizza!  He’s practicing sucking, inhaling and exhaling and he’s working on his very first poop haha.  He’s been kicking me and moving around lots, it’ll be weird when I won’t be getting those kicks anymore.  I think that he’s considered “full term” so he could technically come at any time, but there are still a few things I’d like to get done before that happens so hopefully it won’t be too soon 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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37 Weeks Pregnant with Autumn

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Seeking Guest Bloggers

Guest Bloggers Wanted

As you know, I’m expecting my second baby in the middle of May.  I would like to be able to keep posting after my son is born, but I’ll be pretty busy with nursing and trying to wrangle two littles, so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to post.  If you’re interested in writing a guest post for my blog, that would be amazing!  Just fill out the Google Form HERE if you’re interested!

Thank you so much! It will be so nice knowing that my blog will be taken care of while I’m dealing with a newborn and a toddler.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Update: Week 36

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dress: Modcloth // necklace & bracelet: Claire’s // ring & hairband: Aldo // second bracelet: Pandora

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only 4 weeks to go! Give or take.  It’s crazy to think that in a month or less (or slightly more), I’ll be holding a new baby while I do everything, including trying to keep Autumn happy 😉

It’s been quite the week, too.  I found out the results from when I got my blood tested last week, and it turns out that my iron levels are just fine, it’s just my B-12 levels that are poor.  Which is a little more complicated to deal with than the iron levels.  I had my first B-12 injection yesterday, and so far so good.  I was told I would have pain in the injection arm, but that hasn’t really been an issue.  I’m hoping that it does help, because if I don’t get my hemoglobin up, I can’t deliver at the birth centre.  I would love to deliver at the birth centre!  We had our tour there last week, and it is BEAUTIFUL!  Plus, the labour & delivery room is massive and has anything I could possibly want or need.  So here’s hoping I get to deliver there!!

Little chicken nugget is about the size of a papaya or a power drill!  He’s getting closer to being able to breathe on his own, and his liver and kidneys are in working order.  His skin is getting smooth and soft, too.  His circulation and immune systems are pretty much ready as well.  I’m getting ready to meet this little bundle <3

As you can see in the belly pic above, my wedding rings are officially off (and I’m currently using the most blinging ring I have as a placeholder until they fit again after I give birth).  I had been taking them off at night and then putting them back on in the morning, but it’s been a few days of no rings for me!  Well, no rings, or giant ring 😉  I’ve been waking up in the night pretty often, but that’s normal for me, especially at this stage in the pregnancy… though it would help if my lovely daughter wasn’t be the one waking me up.  I’ve been finding that I’m more tired if she gets up in the night.  Go figure.  At least I can still take naps when she does!  Otherwise, I’ve been feeling pretty good.  Not terrible energy levels and mood!  Excited for this baby to come, but still not quite ready 😉

Hope you’re having a lovely week <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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36 Weeks Pregnant with Autumn

 

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Getting ready for baby

Getting Ready for Baby

Since I’ve got about a month (give or take), I’ve been very slowly but deliberately getting things ready for our new arrival.  I don’t want to say that last time I was totally unprepared, but there were certain things that got missed and I didn’t get a chance to do immediately after Autumn was born.  I don’t want that to happen again, so I’ve been keeping a list of things I need to do this month especially in order to stay on top of things and be totally ready.

Here is what I’ve done so far:

STOCK UP
The last thing you want to do with a little one (and especially two little ones, like I am about to have) is needing to go to the grocery store to get necessities that you’ve run out of.  Like toilet paper.  I don’t want to think about toilet paper when I have a new baby.  So I’ve been stocking up on the following items:

  • toilet paper
  • paper towel
  • laundry detergent
  • napkins
  • Kleenex
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • paper plates

FILL YOUR FREEZER
It’s always a good idea to have extra food ready to go, especially when you won’t really be able to cook elaborate meals.  I know my hands will be full, so I spent an evening and made a ton of freezer meals.  All we’ll have to do is take things out of the freezer the night before, and we’ll be good to go!  Which will come extremely in handy on the days when I’m cluster feeding all day, and don’t have a spare minute to throw something together.  Last time, we received a lot of meals from friends and family, and I hope hope hope that it happens again, but it might not, so having meals in the freezer good to go will hopefully be a huge help.

KEEP ON TOP OF THINGS
The day before I gave birth, I meant to do a huge number of things.  But the biggest thing that I meant to do was the laundry.  That didn’t exactly happen as planned, however.  I meant to do laundry, but ended up being really tired all day and spent my time resting.  Which, turns out, was a brilliant use of my time because the next morning (at 1:00am), I went into labour.  But it was also poor planning on my part, because we really really needed to have clean laundry done, and so after Autumn was born it just kept piling up and piling up.  No good!  I know that all the “how to help a new mama” stories include doing things like her laundry, but I haven’t felt comfortable with someone else doing my laundry since I started doing it as a teenager, so that was a no-go.  This time, I’m staying on top of the laundry.  So even if we need to do a little bit within the first week or two of the new baby’s life, it won’t be as bad as last time.

SLEEP
I’m napping when I can.  As a new mama, I looked back over all the naps I had when I was pregnant the first time and thought “yep, that was a good use of my time”, and I’m probably going to do the same thing this time as well 😉

What other things did you do to get ready for your baby?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday!

This has been another busy, busy week, but in the best way possible!  My decluttering challenge is keeping me moving around for sure.  I keep looking around my house and seeing different areas where I can get rid of some stuff.  But it’s hard to declutter when there’s a little one grabbing at everything and putting in on the ground, aka: a place where things no longer exist because I cannot pick them up!!  Luckily, my husband is here to tidy up the floors, otherwise it would be quite the obstacle course.

Here are five other things that have been exciting this week:

ONE: THE WEATHER!!
I am so excited that it’s FINALLY in the positives around here! Monday was a little frigid, but it picked up from there and we’ve been going on walks … without coats!  I just love it.  I went on quite a few walks with Autumn in the stroller, and I feel so much nicer about the area and stuff.  Plus, there are a few parks around here and it’s so much fun to go to them with Autumn.  I can’t wait until she’s walking/running around at the park.  It’ll be so great.

TWO: NEW CHURCH
We’ve been church shopping, and it’s been slow going.  But we went to one that we really like last Sunday, and I went to a mom’s group there this week, and I am loving it so far!  We’re going to check it out again this Sunday as well.  It’s a less than 5 minute drive from our house, too, and everyone is so friendly and welcoming!  I love it 🙂

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THREE: MY CLOSET
I am still in love with my closet.  I organized it all nicely, and I have hangers in only two colours, and it just looks so pretty.  I could hang out in there, I just love it <3

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FOUR: THE VINTAGE HONEY SHOP
A while ago, I reviewed an amazing teething necklace (here) made by a fabulous shop run by two mamas in the US.  This week, they had their facebook page hacked, they received emails that demanded ransom, and facebook took their sweet time getting back to them.  Luckily, they got their page back now!! But it definitely made their sales take a hit, as well as their likes.  Check out their facebook page here, now totally free from hackers, and give them a like! They make amazing products.

FIVE: SWIMMING LESSONS
Autumn started her swimming lessons last week, and so far she seems to (mostly) be enjoying them.  I was not interested in being in the water at all, and Andrew was a total water baby.  So Autumn could have gone either way.  She seems to be mostly ok with it, with some trepidation.  But by the end of the 10 weeks, I’m sure we’ll have a little water baby on our hands… just as long as we don’t take away the rubber ducky.

How was your week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Update: Week 35

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dress: Alternative Apparel // leggings: American Apparel // scarf: H&M

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5 weeks to go.. give or take 😉

The baby is currently the size of a one gallon jug of milk, or a baseball glove! He’s getting super big in there, and he’s moving a lot.  It sometimes seems as though he is trying to get out already, but really he’s just running out of space (or womb… lolol get it?? :p )  Apparently, my uterus is 1000x it’s normal size, which seems like a really big number.

I’ve been feeling pretty good!  Not quite ready, but getting there.  I am still having difficulty staying asleep.  Last night, I was up like 4 or 5 times to use the bathroom.  It’s so not fun, but apparently it’s to get my body used to waking up frequently once the baby comes.  Who knows if that’s actually accurate though.  Overall, I just feel so large! Especially when you compare my belly now, to how big I was at 35 weeks last time (picture below).  I am SO much bigger this time!  Probably due to a combination of it being my second pregnancy, and the fact that it’s a different pregnancy in general.  I just am really feeling pretty giant.  Although, it seems to be all in my belly.  I’m still able to wear a lot of my pre-pregnancy pants and leggings, without being very uncomfortable, so I can’t complain about that.

My rings are still on my left hand, but my claddah ring doesn’t fit anymore on my right, which is pretty normal for how my pregnancies go.  No stretch marks, and my belly button is still an innie!  This week, we’re going for a tour at the birthing centre, and I’m pretty excited for it.  I’m also pretty excited for my husband getting the chance to meet my midwife.  It’ll be an exciting appointment!

xoxo,
Alysa

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35 Weeks Pregnant with Autumn

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DIY Princess Silhouette Nursery Art

DIY Disney Princess Silhouettes

So, for Autumn’s room, I really wanted to do a princess theme.  For the first year of her life, I had the banner from my baby shower up in her room, and the theme kind of took off from there.  We have since taken it down (mostly because we were using thumb tacks to keep it up and I didn’t feel comfortable having that hanging above her bed with thumb tacks), but the theme stayed.  I wanted to do something simple, yet obviously princesses, so I decided to do Princess Silhouettes!

DIY Princess Silhouette Printable

YOU WILL NEED:
4 frames
black paper
white paper
A Disney Princess Printable (download here)

STEP ONE:
Download printable and print it out.

STEP TWO:
Cut out each individual princess, and then cut it out using the black paper.  I used black card stock.

DIY Princess Silhouette Printable

STEP THREE:
Glue onto white pieces of paper that fit into the frames and place in the frames.

DIY Princess Silhouette Printable

STEP FOUR:
Hang and enjoy!

xoxo,
Alysa

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April Declutter Challenge – Week 1

April Declutter Challenge

Here we are one week into April, and 7 days worth of decluttering!  At this point, if I were only getting rid of the specified amount per day, I would have given away/thrown out/donated 189 things.  I know that I have decluttered more than that though, because most days I find more than the required amount that I no longer want or need.  I just have too much stuff, so this challenge has already been so refreshing.

In the last week, the focus has been on my bedroom.  So I’ve decluttered my closet, (of clothes, shoes, purses, hats and belts), my dresser, my hairbands and nail polishes, and my bedside table.  Some places had more to get rid of than others, that’s for sure.. but there was also a lot that I felt I needed to keep, for sentimental reasons or others.  For example, the dress that I was wearing when Andrew proposed.  I can’t give that away!  A few things got demoted and are now in the costume bag in our basement, other things I’m giving to my daughter, such as a Cinderella purse and a Tinkerbell purse.  She seems to like them already, too.

Here are some of the pictures I’ve shared on Instagram of the things I’ve decluttered:

Almost half of my hairbands.  Mostly ones that I don’t ever wear because they are too small for my head and so they pinch me and give me a headache.  And some of my nail colours!

SO MANY HANGERS!! I was living with the impression that we didn’t have enough hangers, so I had been doubling and tripling up on some of the hangers I had in my closet.  Well, it turned out, there was no need for that.  I’ve done my closet with the colour scheme of black/pink, and Andrew’s with the colour scheme of green/white, and now all the hangers match and it makes me so happy!  The little baby hangers already left the house, they went to someone who is selling old baby clothes at one of the huge used baby stuff sales in the city this month.  The hangers here are already spoken for as well!

If you’d like to follow along on Instagram, be sure to follow me @Alysalovely, and follow this challenge using the hashtag #AprilDeclutterChallenge.  You can also check out a play-by-play approach of the befores and afters on my snapchat! My username is Alysalovely

If you’ve joined in, how are you doing with decluttering?  Don’t you feel totally refreshed?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Update: Week 34

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leggings: SweetLegs // sweater: thrifted

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Oh man.  I feel huge, and then I look at pictures like these and wow, I LOOK huge!  They say baby boys are bigger.. is that why? Just wowza.  I am large.

I’m posting this post on a Friday because my internet decided to go out in the evening on Tuesday, so I wasn’t able to post anything till now.  It was a weird couple of days.  I watched Spice World (to start Autumn’s 90’s music appreciation), and then we went and saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in theatres for Stars and Strollers.  It was quiet at home, and in the evening I did my decluttering and read my book.  Nice, but very quiet.  And so easy to keep the battery fully charged on my phone 😉

You’re probably wondering why I’m standing in my closet for these photos.  It’s because I have been decluttering it, and it’s now one of my favourite places in the house!  I love it!  I want to put a chair in it and hang out there sometimes… but there’s not really room for a chair, so I doubt it’ll happen.

ANYWAY, 34 weeks! 6 weeks to go.  And they’ll probably go by super fast, too.  Or super slow, as the last month or so of pregnancy usually goes 😉

Right now, my little chicken nugget is about the size of BMO from Adventure Time!  He’s apparently able to recognize songs and things if I were to start singing to him, so I’ll have to do that more.  He’s probably going to recognize his big sister’s voice, because she’s certainly got a lot to say right now.  He is moving around a LOT!  And I’m still loving it

I’m feeling mostly good.  Except for the Charlie horses, and how much effort that it feels everything takes.  You know, the regular fun stuff!  It’s uncomfortable to sleep, but I’m so tired!  And, as I said before, I just feel so large!!  6 weeks (or so) to go, though.  It feels like nothing.

xoxo,
Alysa

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34 Weeks Pregnant with Autumn

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