Alysalovely Littles Easter Drop

Hey y’all!  I’ve been working on a lot of adorable things over in my shop for the last little while, and I thought I would share it here!

Here are a few of the Easter items that are ready to ship right now:

For all this and more, check out Alysalovely Littles etsy shop.

xoxo,
Alysa

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DIY Crinkle Baby Toy

Something we LOVE to include in our birthday festivities is balloon bouquets!  Something we hate about balloon bouquets is that mylar balloons aren’t great on the environment.  They take years to break down, they end up in our oceans and they hurt animals there.  So, with this tutorial, you can re-use them to something fun for your baby!  Babies love the crinkly sound, they love the little ribbons and lace, and they love how soft the fabric is.  These would make a great and super easy gift!

Supplies:
– Fabric // I chose a minky and a tie dye cotton.  The choices of fabric is up to you! You can use basically anything.
– Pieces of ribbon and lace
– Mylar Balloon
– Sewing machine

  1. First, cut 8″ by 8″ squares out of your fabric and mylar balloon.

  2. Cut out small pieces of ribbon and lace.  You can choose how long you’d like each one to be, and how many to do.  I chose to do 4 little loops, so baby will have a few options.
  3. Pin/clip them to the side of the fabric, on the “right” side.
  4. Start layering with your fabric, and pin/clip together.  Start with the minky, with the balloon piece on top.

  5. Sew all around with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving about an inch or two to turn it.
  6. Turn it right side out.
  7. Sew around the edges, closing up your hole, and finally “quilt” a pattern across the square.  I did a criss-cross through the middle, but you can choose something that makes sense for your fabric pattern!
  8. Ta-da!! Give to a baby to play with and watch them as they discover the crinkle sounds in their new little toy, and enjoy <3         

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday – February!!

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I have a few things that I’d like to chat with you about.  Some things that I’ve been thinking about, or obsessing over, and what we’ve been doing lately!  To say life is busy is boring and a little bit expected, right? Everyone’s life is busy.  We’ve been busy doing a variety of things, both boring and interesting.  Like these five things:

  1. My Letterboard!

    I am OBSESSED with my letter board.  I got this for Christmas from Andrew, and I’ve been putting some fun messages on it.  Like the above!  I am constantly looking for fun little quotes to add to it (some you may have seen on my instagram, feel free to follow me there!)  I am really enjoying it.  If you want your own, mine is from Letter Peddler!
  2. Spotify
    Near the end of 2017, we purchased a bluetooth speaker.  Before that, we had this really crappy old cd/cassette player.  It would randomly turn the volume all the way up by itself, and wouldn’t play most cds… so we decided to upgrade.  And one of the best things we did since was get a Spotify account.  I’ve been listening to all kinds of playlists on there and I love it!  This week, I’ve discovered that there is a LOT of S Club 7 and 2Ge+her on there.  SO amazing.  This is my current favourite playlist, just in case you were looking for something different to listen to 😉
  3. My shop
    I’ve been doing a lot of work for my shop lately, between May Market and a couple of Auction groups I am part of, I am so excited and in love with the things I’ve been making lately.  In particular this romper:

    I am OBSESSED with the way this looks!! On one side, we have pink lace and on the reverse side, vintage lace ruffle bum.  So cute. <3
    Check out my group: Alysalovely Littles VIP
    And my shop: Alysalovely Littles
  4. Aiden’s first haircut
    I gave Aiden his first haircut the other day.  I cut Autumn’s hair for the first time this past summer, and her bangs were getting pretty long again, so I asked if she needed a trim.  She wanted me to, so I did!  THEN, I asked Aiden if he wanted his hair cut, too.. and he said yes!
    Before:

    During:

    He cooperated really well because he was watching Moana on my phone!
    After:

    My little sweetie!! There are definitely things that I would do differently next time, but it’s hair so I will get a second chance 😉
  5. Activities
    It’s still cold AF out, but we are having the car during the day on a more regular basis, so we’re going to be able to go out more often!  I’m so excited to be able to take the kids for activities… such as to the dentist!  We’re also going to the play area at the local malls, to play groups, and for library programs.  I’m looking forward to seeing what other activities I’ll be able to find for us to do during the day.

What are you excited about lately?
xoxo,
Alysa

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Review: Rockabilly Ruffles Breastfeeding Veil

I’ve been a breastfeeding mama for just about 3 and a half years (with a little break between babies), and while there is a lot that I love about breastfeeding, there is also a lot that can be difficult or awkward.  I am a huge believer that women are allowed (and should be allowed) to breastfeed wherever they are legally allowed to be, with or without a cover.  And I would like to say that I am always comfortable breastfeeding completely uncovered wherever I am.. but that is sometimes easier said than done.

There are a lot of different types of breastfeeding covers available on the market these days, but none of them were of any interest to me, until I saw this Breastfeeding Veil by Rockabilly Ruffles!  So when I was asked to review one, I jumped at the chance!

The first thing I would like to talk about is how beautiful this veil is.  The fabric is so soft, and it is really well made.  It’s something that I could easily store in my bag and pull out anywhere I needed to nurse.  It’s beautiful no matter how wrinkled it is.  Look at the colours!  There are a number of different prints available, and each one is just as beautiful as the last.

Plus, look at how sweet this looks!  I love how easy it is to use.  You don’t have to keep putting something back on your shoulder again and again, or put something around your neck.  I love how it goes over your head too, but you can still see! You can have some great bonding time with your baby (or toddler), AND carry on a conversation with everyone around you!

If you’re interested in learning more, or you’d like to get one for yourself, check out their website, or Rockabilly Ruffles Etsy Shop here! You can also follow along on instagram, or on Facebook.

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this veil in exchange for this review, all the opinions stated here are entirely my own.

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Our Family Verse of 2018

For the last few years, we’ve been thinking of a family word to describe how we want our new year to go.  We also pick a Bible verse to go along with that word.  We have this great wall on our way down the stairs to put it on, so we can read the verse daily, either as we’re going out, or just in passing as we’re going down the stairs. (Here is last year’s verse).

Here is this years verse!  I gave Autumn some watercolour, so she painted the background.  I love the way it turned out because it looks kind of like a tree, which fits very well because our word is GROWTH.

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
-Ephesians 3:17

We picked growth because we’ve been going to our church for almost two years, and we’re wanting to continue to grow in community there.  We’re planning on growing in our relationship with each other, with our children and with our friends.  We want to grow in our jobs, and we want to grow in our spirituality.  Grow felt like the right choice for this year for all these reasons and more, and this verse fit really well.

Do you choose a word or a verse for the year? What did you choose?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Love from May Market

I am SO excited to announce that the first May Market of 2018 is THIS FRIDAY!  Join our group and come see all the love-ly goodies we’re all offering.  We have two guest vendors with all new things, and each of our returning vendors are working hard to showcase some truly adorable goodies.

It starts THIS FRIDAY at 7PM Central!  Hope to see you there :* (Just join here!!)

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2017: Week 3 and 4

As you may have noticed, the rest of December kind of got away from me.  Tis the season, right?  I still wanted to share all the rest of my Dressember pictures though.  This year ended up being pretty tough.. a few days before Christmas, almost all of us came down with a stomach bug and I didn’t wear the dress one of the days.. mostly because I could barely move.. and yet still had to feed and care for a toddler and a pre-schooler haha any extra energy I had went to that, and not into getting dressed and taking a photo 😉  But I wore it the rest of the time, and here are the last two weeks (plus) of The Dress.

cardigan: thrifted // mug: Starbucks

shirt: second hand // leggings: thrifted // socks: Joe Fresh // necklace: Whimsy & Wild

socks: American Apparel // shirt: Bluenotes

sweater: second hand // socks: American Apparel // Necklace: King Renly’s Loot

sweater: Winners // tights: American Apparel // Necklace: Prairie Wire Designs

shirt: thrifted // socks: Target // necklace: KR Loot (please note, I didn’t leave the house on this day haha these bare legs would have froze!!)

Socks: American Apparel // shirt: Tharnzie

sweater: thrifted // tights: Joe Fresh //

sweater: thrifted // tights: gift

shirt: American Eagle // headband: Lanie’s Closet //

this is my *sad Christmas is over* face 😉
scarf: H&M // socks: American Apparel // shirt: thrifted

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Sweetlegs

shirt: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // scarf: Alysalovely Littles

​LAST DAY!! socks: American Apparel

And there you have it! Another Dressember wrapped!  Though the dress has been put away (for a while), you can still donate until the end of January (my page is here!) and please think about participating next year <3

xoxo.
Alysa

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

It’s been another year! Last year I took a look at the most popular blog posts on Alysalovely.com from 2016, and I thought I’d do that again!  Here are the top 10 posts according to views from this past year:

10. Unwrap The Present Group Game
This post was from 2015 and was so fun to write!  I must be getting some views from Pinterest for this.  We didn’t end up playing it this past year, but it’s a favourite of ours.. and our friends!  It’s mostly fun to watch.  If you haven’t played, you should definitely give it a try.  I think one of the reasons we didn’t do it this year is because we don’t get any flyers, so we wouldn’t have anything to wrap it with!  I love this game though.

9. 10 Life Lessons from Nanny Fine
This post is from 2013 and it was so much fun.  I really enjoyed watching through all of The Nanny.  I don’t think it’s on Canadian Netflix anymore (it might have only been on American one to begin with) but it was a great watch.  If you have access to it, you should definitely watch it!  It has a lot of great moments. 🙂

8. What to Watch on Netflix If You’re Salty About Degrassi
This post IS from 2017!  I am still grumpy that it took forever for the new episodes to appear on Canadian Netflix when it was on American Netflix (and most other ones) right away.  Degrassi is SET in Canada.  It’s SO ridiculous that it took so long.  Grr.  Still salty, apparently.

7. March Five on Friday
This particular 5 on Friday was randomly very popular. I don’t know why, but great! Haha I hope to do more if these this year.

6. fun gender reveals
This is from 2014. And I was pretty bummed my baby was very secretive about it. I don’t think I did any of these for Aiden either. *note: these ideas are just for fun. We know nothing about the little beings growing in our belly, so having a small piece can be exciting. If you don’t agree with gender reveals that’s fine too! 😘

5. Parenting With Grace and Truth Review
This is from 2017 as well! I really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m glad that this post was so popular this year, and that people are still reading it now.

4. Toddler & Baby Friendly Cookies
This is from 2017 too! I really liked making these with my kids, and they enjoyed eating them! I’m glad others enjoyed it too.

3. DIY Thank You Gift for your Midwife
This post is from 2016. This mug got raves from other midwives, that my midwife called me to ask where I got it. I love how it turned out.

2. My Clueless Birthday Party
This is from 2015, and a super fun party!

1. Baby Cereal Muffins
This is also from 2015. Another recipe! I’m so glad people seem to like the recipes I share!

4/10 of these were actually from 2017, which is interesting. I would say I didn’t write tons this past year, so here’s planning for some more posts this year ❤️

Xoxo,

Alysa

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2018: Simplify

For the last couple of days, I’ve been trying to think about what goals and resolutions I want to focus on this year, and I’ve been trying to figure out my word.  Other years, it has felt like it has come easy to me.. that I just know what I want my word to be all through the last week of the year, and it’s been easy to write about.

So, today I sat down to really think about it.  And as I thought, and as I looked to other words for inspiration.. it became really obvious to me.

Over the last few months, I have become really interested in the minimalist lifestyle, and the concept of hygge (which is Danish and basically means “cozy contentment and enjoying the simple things in life”).  I’ve been slowly trying to rid myself of baggage, and things that weigh me down over the last few months.  Whether it’s clutter, or emotions.  I’m trying not to let things get to me as much (and this is a huge work in progress haha).  I also tend to overthink things, and stress over things that, ultimately, don’t matter all that much.

So, my word for 2018 is simplify.  Stop over-thinking.  Declutter.  Simplify!

What is your word for the year?

xoxo,
Alysa

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