Happy Day!

Another great weekend! Saturday was super busy, but I got to spend time with some friends and that was awesome.  It ended up being a wayy later night than I thought it would, for various reasons, and so Sunday was a lazy day.  I did a lot of knitting, which is good.. but it means that I get to really buckle on homework today! I didn’t get as much done this weekend as I wanted, but I feel like weekends should be for fun, right?

Here are some other things that are making me happy this week:

This article explains why I’m going to start rocking the red lips 24/7 (or I will at least try to!!)

Something else I want to start rocking on a regular basis? My Darling Deer headband from Tiny Tangerines! I have brown and pink, so it’s a major dilemma trying to decide which one to wear!

This hilarious list of ways people piss of pregnant women.  I haven’t gotten ALL of them, but I’ve gotten some.  It’s so true!

My favourite verse this week:

But the Lord’s faithful love is from forever ago to forever from now for those who honour him.
And God’s rightousness reaches to the grandchildren.
Psalms 103:17

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: almost October

Yikes! Time is passing by SO fast.  I’m 6 weeks (or so) away from having a baby here, and 9 or 10 weeks away from being done school forever.  If there’s one thing that 2014 has brought me, it has been major changes.

This past week has had not so many huge changes, but here’s what’s been happening via Instagram:

1: beautiful scenery at Fort Whyte Centre // I started back up on knitting this zig-zag baby blanket! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

2: Mid-day Coffee Date with my love // Starting a new grocery list book is one of life’s little joys

3:  This weeks baby bump-updated // a Throwback Thursday to my bachelorette!  Such a great night <3

Follow me on Instagram @Alysalovely for more!

xoxo,
Alysa

What to wear to a prenatal appointment

fall maternity style

shirt: thrifted // leggings: Wet Seal // flats: Target // necklace: gift // bracelet: gift // hairband: F21

 

 

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As the pregnancy goes on, I get to have more and more prenatal doctor’s appointments!  At first, it was once a month, then it became every other week (like it is now) and very soon it will be every week, just counting down the weeks until this baby is ready to join us.

An outfit like this makes going to the doctors office for these appointments very easy, plus I can still look pretty cute!  I wear leggings because they always get my weight, and while I am not really paying attention to my weight, I don’t know want my clothing to affect what it says.  I find wearing leggings doesn’t add to it.  I also wear flats because I can’t wear shoes when I step on the scale, and flats slip on and off super easy.

I also wear leggings (and a flowy top) because at each appointment, I get to hear the heartbeat.  I lie on the table, and the doctor finds the heartbeat!  Wearing leggings and a looser top means that it’s easy to simply get on the table and lift my shift for the heartbeat check.  I don’t have to fuss with clothing, and I don’t have to remove anything or change into one of those weird paper gowns they have.  It’s nice!

This might change soon, as my appointments become weekly instead of every other week, but for now, this type of outfit really works for the appointments!

What do you like to wear to doctors appointments?

xoxo,
Alysa

My Favourite Banned Books

best banned books

This week is Banned Book Week, so I thought I’d share my favourite books that have been banned (for various reasons) and why you should read them anyway.

In no particular order:

1. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Why it was banned: “Banned in Lebanon for portraying Jews, Israel, or Zionism favourably” (source)

Why to read it anyway: This is a definite must read.  I read it in high school, and was in a play version of it.  I think it’s probably one of the most important pieces of literature you could read.

2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Why it was banned: It was banned and the author was prosecuted for “offences against public morals” (source)

Why to read it anyway: I originally read it because it was mentioned on The O.C., and I’m glad I did.  It was a great read, really interesting.

3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Why it was banned:  it was considered “too radical” (source)

Why to read it anyway: I read it in junior high school as part of my English class, but it was one of my favourite books from all of high school.  It was an interesting perspective, and I’d definitely recommend it.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Why it was banned: Religious viewpoint, unsuitable to age group (source)

Why to read it anyway:  Other than to know what is happening in the movies before it happens? I enjoyed the series because it was a fairly easy read, but I loved how it was written, and I loved reading a more “action” type of book from a girl’s perspective.

5. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Why it was banned: For being occult/satanism (source)

Why to read it anyway: How could you not??? I mean really! The movies don’t show ANYTHING and barely make sense.  Read the books because there is so much more to it than a school of witches and wizards.  WAY more. And there is absolutely no satanism in there what?  SO good!!

What are your favourite banned books?

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 34

autumn baby bump

dress: thrifted // flats: Target // cardigan: gift (Roxy) // necklace: gift // hairband: F21

 

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How far along?
34 weeks!! Yikes! (aka t-6 weeks left!!)

Baby Size:
Cantaloupe!  or approximately 4.75lbs!

Total weight gain:
Alysa + Cantaloupe

Maternity clothes?
I caved. I have one maternity clothing item now.  The pants with the belly band.  Over the weekend, my mother-in-law and I went to a massive used baby stuff sale, and they had maternity wear also!  The pants were $2, so I feel that was a pretty good price to pay :p  They are SOOO comfortable, too! I put them on when I got home and was wearing them the rest of the day!

Stretch marks?
0

Sleep:
Sleep has been pretty sucky lately.  I keep waking up in the middle of the night, so I’m not getting as much sleep as I’d like.  I’ve been able to sleep in (most) mornings though, so it kind of makes up for it.

Best moment this week:
The sale!

Miss anything?
Youth. I’m not going to get into it more than that, but it sucks that I can’t be there.

Movement:
All the time!! Last night it was very tickle-y! Still loving it.

Food cravings:
I had a craving for the new tzatziki kind of chips from Lays. SO GOOD! I also had a huge craving for french fries that has still not been fulfilled.

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Strong smells are starting to really affect me again. It’s not fair!!

Belly button in or out?
In!

Wedding rings on or off?
Still on.. but I have taken off my claddagh ring that I wear on my right hand.  My right hand got a little swollen and my left hand hasn’t.

Happy or moody most of the time:
Happy!

Looking forward to:
School being done. Really really looking forward to school being done.

I can’t believe it’s only approximately 6 weeks left!  I feel like I have so much work to do, and not enough time to do it. Hopefully I’ll be able to get everything done in time :)

xoxo,
Alysa

little deer

fall baby bump style

dress: thrifted // cardigan: gift (Roxy) // antlers: Tiny Tangerines // scarf: gift // booties: thrifted // socks: American Apparel

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how do you deal with a disappointing day? where you have it pretty well planned out, but nothing seems to go according to that plan.. then you hear other kinds of bad news.  These deer antlers help me some!  How can you be sad with something so freaking cute on your head?

Also, Starbucks! I don’t know what it is about Starbucks, but when I’m having a particularly bad day, it always helps.  So that’s definitely going to be how I’m starting the day today! ;)

Hope your week has a better start than mine has!

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Day!

A couple of weeks ago, I started a new morning routine (for weekday mornings anyway).  I had been doing a daily devotional using the website/app of YouVerson.  I really missed doing it, and there wasn’t really any reason for me not to, so I decided to start it up again!  Right now I’m reading a plan called “She Reads Truth: Prayer in the Bible”.. which is about all the different times prayer comes up in the Bible.  I’m really liking it so far! I have another week or so left, and then I’ll be starting up a new one.  If you’d like to follow along, or start your own plan, you can do so here!  This app is so great, and it’s on Android, too!  If you join, add me as a friend, my username is Alysalovely :)

I LOVE learning different names for colours, and this blog has some pretty awesome names.

Taylor Swift is probably one of my favourite people.. and it’s because she consistently does stuff like this!

Will I really lose my body and need to get it back after the baby?  I don’t know, but I like this alternate perspective on the whole baby body/get your body back thing that is always in the media.

My favourite verse from the last week:

“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.” – Philippians 4:6

There are so many times where I have something that I’d like to ask God about, but I don’t feel like it’s big enough or important enough to bother Him with.  It’s silly, especially considering God already knows what bothers me and what has been on my heart.  Bring up ALL your requests to God, He cares about them <3

Have a happy week!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Breakfast At Tiffany’s Themed Bachelorette Party

Two of my best friends got married at the end of August, and it was my absolute pleasure to be able to play host for at least part of the bachelorette party.  One of the things I will always remember about throwing this type of party is to always gear it towards the bride.  Not everyone is interested in going to a place covered in male genitalia, and it’s always nice to have the option to keep the bachelorette as classy as the bride wants it to be.  That being said, Breakfast At Tiffany’s is one of this brides ultimate favourite movies, so we (the maid of honour and I) thought it might be a really fun theme for the party!

We started the night out at one of the bride’s favourite restaurants for dinner and drinks.  Upon arrival, everyone was given a string of (fake) pearls to go with our theme.

After dinner, we came back to my place for the lingerie shower.  Here is how I decorated:

breakfast at tiffany's tassels

I love the look of these types of tassel garland, so I made up a few of them in the colours from the movie.

Breakfast At Tiffany's Breakfast At Tiffany's themed drinks

Drink table! I created names for all the drinks and the food that were lines from the movie.

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Between the two of us, the maid of honour and I had both seen recipes for alcoholic gummy bears on pinterest.  I just wish I had been able to sample them.  I’m told they were really good though! I also had regular gummy bears for those of us who couldn’t drink.  There were a variety of recipes online.  The general idea is that you put the bears in a container and cover them with vodka (or whatever alcohol you like), then cover them and put them in the fridge.  The recipes were all different when it came to time, but anywhere from 2 hours to a week.  The longer you have the gummy bears in the container, the more alcohol is able to be absorbed.  We gave ours two days, and (I’m told) they were great!

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The bride specifically asked for jello shots, so these were made as well! Plus, non-alcoholic ones for poor slobs like me who couldn’t drink during the party.

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I also had a photo booth that featured the poster from the movie as inspiration to pose with!

All in all, I think it was a great night! Everyone looked lovely in their little black dresses and pearls, and I hope that the bride felt like a princess <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 33!

dress: thrifted // shirt: Joe Fresh // necklace: gift // bracelet: Pandora

 

 

How far along?
33 Weeks

Baby Size:
Weighs about as much as a pineapple (aka ~4lbs 6oz)

Total weight gain:
Alysa + pineapple

Maternity clothes?
None.. though I am seriously considering getting some pants!

Stretch marks?
None

Sleep:
Really inconsistent.  I’m constantly tossing and turning, so I’m constantly waking up in the middle of the night.  Luckily, I am able to sleep in for part of the mornings, so I’ve been taking full advantage of that.

Best moment this week:
Relaxing in a mineral pool with some girlfriends!  We went out to Hecla Resort. It was SO much fun :)

Movement:
Still lots of movement! I had a really scary moment over the weekend though.  My ribcage and upper back started hurting a LOT. A little googling told me that the baby was stuck in my ribcage.  I didn’t even know that was a thing that could happen!! It REALLLLY hurt. Something else that I wish people had warned me about being pregnant.  Randomly feeling like all of your ribs are broken.  It lasted about an hour and has been fine ever since.

Food cravings:
Same as last week: Ketchup chips & jello haha

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On!

Happy or moody most of the time:
Pretty happy! Unless the baby is stuck in my ribcage or I’m really tired haha

Looking forward to:
Seeing these little baby feet in person! I can make out when it is a foot kicking me in the side, so I’m really excited to be able to see what these little toesies look like <3

xoxo,
Alysa

8th time on Links a la Mode!

I’m so excited to be included in this list of great blog posts this week! It’s such a great way to see what others are writing about, and I hope you check out some of the other blogs included in this list.

 

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So Many Great Pieces

This week had so many great links, it was super hard to decide which ones to pick. Like a wardrobe filled with amazing clothing, sometimes it’s just overwhelming to chose the best among greats. I know, #firstworldproblems. Leave it to us to find a way to complain about being so lucky. This week, it’s all about having fun, enjoying life and getting on top of things. You know, striking the perfect balance. Sure, the perfect balance doesn’t exist, but it’s sure as heck worth trying!

September 11th, 2014

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Have a great week!
xoxo,
Alysa