rocking the mom jeans

mom jeans

jeans: moms // shirt: thrifted // necklace: c/o The Vintage Honey Shop

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It’s a good day when I manage to take outfit photos before I get spit up on my clothes.  It’s an even better day when that happens and I’m wearing legitimate pre-pregnancy jeans.  These were legit my mom’s jeans, too. I kind of stole them from her. :p

I haven’t taken outfit photos in a while, for a number of reasons.  The main one being that whole spit up thing.  It’s not really a good look for me when I have some kind of spit up on my clothes.  But at the same time, I’m loving this whole mama-of-two thing.

The other reason I haven’t been able to is because most days, I have a velcro baby on my hands!  I love holding him, and carrying him, and wearing him in a carrier.. but good outfit photos don’t happen that way.  C’est la vie!

I never thought I would say this, because I’ve been a pro-summer girl pretty much my whole life, but I am looking forward to fall.  I am looking forward to wearing pants and sweaters and the like.  It’s fun to wear tiny dresses and shorts, but I’m excited for getting all warmed up and cozy.  And perfect timing.. it’s the end of August! It went by FAST, y’all! What happened to summer??

What are you looking forward to about the fall?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Why to Rewatch That ’70s Show

Why to Rewatch That 70s Show

I’ve recently been watching That 70’s Show on Netflix! I remember watching it when it was a new show, week to week, and it was so much fun to rewatch it for a lot of reasons.  Another thing was, I definitely watched it quite sporadically, instead of every single week, when it was on TV, so it was really fun to binge watch it.  Here are some other reasons I’m loving watching through That ’70s Show:

  1. 70’s fashion
    jackie and kelso
    Some of the outfits are SO cute (while others… not so cute). However, I am a big fan of the 70s style in general, so I loved to see all the cute little scarves, bell-bottoms, dresses, etc.  It’s a lot of fun to binge watch this and then see how this affects your own wardrobe.  I am certain I started dressing a little more 70s, with stuff I already had.  I enjoyed it!
  2. The hair goals
    hair goals
    Jackie and Donna have the best hair (at least, before Donna “decided” to go blonde anyway).  Eric’s sister, Lori, also had amazing hair.  Donna sported lots and lots of braids, Jackie had the gorgeous curls, and Lori had the 70s Fawna Fawcett hairdo.  Total 70s hair goals.
  3. See where Ashton and Mila got their start
    mila and ashton
    Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher both got their big breaks on That 70s Show.  Mila lied about her age in order to play Jackie, and Ashton was her first kiss.  They’re now together and they have babies and they’re pretty much the cutest little family.  This is where it all started! So cute
  4. The Circle
    Why to Rewatch That 70s Show
    Since it was the 70s, many people were experimenting with marijuana.  That 70s Show didn’t show them actually smoking, but were able to use the circle sequences to imply that they were smoking pot.  And the result was pretty hilarious.  Some of the best jokes came from sitting around the circle.
  5. Relationship Goals (And fails)
    relationship goals
    Jackie and Hyde, Donna and Eric, Red and Kitty: Good. Kelso and anyone, bad! But you should watch to see why.  My favourites were Jackie and Hyde and Red and Kitty.
  6. Just so many good jokes     fez
    They have so many amazing references to real life things, as well as so many pop culture references.  It’s a really funny show! Check it out!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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DIY Thank You Gift for your Midwife

I was very lucky, in that I was able to get a Midwife for my second pregnancy.  In Manitoba, Midwives are part of Manitoba Health, and so we don’t have to pay extra for their services.  It’s included in our healthcare.  It’s just really tough to get in.  The stat I’ve heard is that 50% of pregnant mothers who apply for a midwife actually get one.  So I felt really, really lucky that I was able to have one.

And my midwife was pretty amazing.  There were a lot of things I didn’t like about the aftercare in the hospital, and so I wanted to avoid being at the hospital as much as possible.  But that’s a post for a different day.  I loved my midwife so much, her level of care and everything she did for us before, during, and after the birth of my son.  At the 6 week appointment, we say goodbye to our midwife and then continue on with our family doctor.  So, at the 6 week appointment, I decided to give her a little gift to show my appreciation for everything she did for me and for Aiden!

Supplies:
Blank Mug
Ceramic Paint Pens

A mom in my May Babies group on Facebook posted the idea there, and I used it as well! It’s such a cute idea:

DIY Midwife Thank You Gift DIY Midwife Thank You Gift

I also included some chocolates, because her recommendation for getting my milk to come in was to eat chocolate.

I then put it in one of the baby gift bags that I had received for Aiden because I thought that would be a cute way to reuse these little bags!

DIY Midwife Thank You Gift

A few weeks after I gave it to her, she called me to thank me for it! She just loved it, and she said all the other midwives were jealous of her mug and asked her where she got it. 🙂 Total win!

Other things I might have put with the mug:
A gift card for coffee somewhere (Tim’s, Starbucks, etc)
A gift card for a nice dinner out
A variety of tea or a bag of coffee beans

What would you give with a midwife mug?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Why you should be watching Degrassi on Netflix NOW

Degrassi Next Class
(photo: Netflix)

I love Degrassi.  I grew up watching reruns of Degrassi Jr High and Degrassi High on CBC when I was in high school.  And so, when a new generation of the show started, I was thrilled. The Next Class is the newest rendition of Degrassi, and I was so excited to see some of my faves are back.  Miles, and Zoe, in particular.  As well as Lola! She was more of a side character in the previous series, so it’s nice for her to have more of a character in this one.  Annoyed by all the Maya stuff, but c’est la vie! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should totally check out the show! It’s on Netflix, y’all! Here are the other reasons why you should immediately go watch Degrassi Next Class on Netflix NOW:

  1. Super relevant to what teens and young adults are dealing with
    It’s got dating struggles, feminism, masterbation and drug use. And so, so much more! It’s very relatable for teens and young adults, and I think it might even be something parents could watch with their teens and young adults. It’s got the right amount of drama to keep it interesting and fun, too.
  2. Super cute fashion
    I’m pretty sure past series were costumed exclusively by Le Chateau, I am not sure if it still is.  Either way, the outfits and accessories they have are SO CUTE. Check them out 😉
  3. Funny Degrassi universe versions of social media
    Facerange, and Hastygram are just a few of the real life social media platforms they create their own versions of. It’s pretty fun to see what they’ll call things.
  4. Not many episodes yet
    As of right now, I can only access 10 episodes from the first season.  I finished it in about a day and a half. It’s so easy to go through them all so fast!!
  5. The next season is coming … soon
    Season 2 was allegedly released July 22.  However, I don’t seem to have access to it yet.  So hopefully I gain access to it soon!! Season one had kind of a pretty big cliffhanger, and I want to know what happens.

If you’ve already watched it, how did you like it? Share in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday

What a week, y’all! Actually, more like.. what a couple of weeks.  It’s been so busy around here.  Andrew’s been working double time it seems, and I’m finally able to start doing more things around the house because my little one is allowing me to put him down more often.  He’s also started letting me put him down for naps and I can walk away and do things.  I love it, but at the same time, I love holding him while he naps.  It’s a struggle.  Here are some 5 things making me happy this week:

01 // Big Brother
I am OBSESSED with Big Brother.  We don’t have cable, so I’ve been finding ways to watch it the next day online.  Good lord yesterdays episode!  I’m excited to see all the drama on Sunday’s episode.  Wow.  Does anyone else watch Big Brother?  If so, who are you rooting for?  I love Nicole!  Paulie needs to go.  I actually like Paul.  And I LOVE James and Natalie.

02 // Potty training signs…
Autumn has been showing signs of almost being ready to use the bathroom.  It’s exciting and scary!  I’ll tell you what, I’m not quite ready for this.. but I’m glad she seems to be getting there.

cupshe seaside soiree shell bikini

03 // New Swimsuit
I’ve been wanting a high waist bikini for a couple of years now, and I think I found the one I’ve been waiting for!  Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s from cupshe, and you can find it here.  I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid, and this brings me one step closer 😉

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04 // Beach Life
We were able to go to the lake last weekend, and I’m so happy we were able to! I love going to Victoria Beach.  Everything about it is my favourite.  It was a lot of fun showing Autumn the little things, too.  Andrew did a bunch of golfing, we went to the beach.  It was just lovely.

05 // Cursed Child
I was able to finish reading the newest Harry Potter book.  Definitely different than what I’m used to, but I loved it!  It was a fun read.. super easy and super fast.  I enjoyed it immensely.  I want more!!

What was your favourite thing about this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 2 months

Aiden turned 2 months old at the end of July, and in true second child tradition, I’m taking my sweet time posting this.  I did take the pictures right on the day, so at least there’s that, right?

Aiden is such a happy little baby! He loves to smile, and he especially loves to smile at his big sister.  She’s usually able to calm him and settle him when he’s starting to get fussy in his swing.  She loves him, too, and dotes on him completely.

He’s growing out of his 0-3 month clothes, and he’s started to wear his 3-6 things!  He’s growing so much, and it’s so great to watch! Though, of course, at the same time all I can think is that it’s too fast and time needs to slow down.  But that’s life. He did great with his first needles at the doctors office.  He wasn’t a fan, but who is?

He sleeps between 4-6 hours in a row at night, which is so lovely.  It varies day to day. Some nights it’s closer to 4 (or even 3) hours, other nights it’s 6.  He keeps us guessing, that’s for sure.  Otherwise, he likes to be with his mama. He does NOT like the car seat or car rides, unless the car is going really fast, or turning, or both!  He is ok with his swing, but gets bored of it very quickly.  Sometimes he’ll sleep in there (like right now as I type haha).

I’m so excited to see what this next month will bring, all the things he’ll learn and who he’s becoming.

xoxo,
Alysa

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2 Questions to ask yourself before putting on the bikini

2 questions to ask yourself before putting on the bikini

She was afraid to come out of the locker, she was as nervous as she could be.
She was afraid to come out of the locker, she was scared that somebody would see…

You know the song.  The Itsy-Bitsy-Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini.  It was the first time she wore it out in public and it’s clear from the lyrics that she was NOT comfortable, and she didn’t want anyone to look at her.  In the 1960’s, when the song came out, bikini’s were just starting to come into popularity and the song actually boosted their popularity among mainstream culture.  After that, everyone “needed”
to have one. Even people who didn’t like them felt that they had to wear them.  That is not ideal though!

It’s halfway through the summer, but the pressure to don a bikini is still pretty strong. Before you put on a bikini this summer, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Do I want to wear a bikini?
  2. Am I comfortable in a bikini?

If the answer to either of these questions is a big giant NO!! then don’t wear one. If you feel comfortable in a bikini, and you WANT to wear a bikini, you should totally wear one!  Otherwise, don’t spend your time on the beach hiding in the locker, under a blanket or in the water.  That’s no fun!

Every year, without fail, there are articles and magazine covers that scream “How to get a bikini body” or “Are you beach body ready?” and when it comes down to it, if your body is at the beach you have a beach body.  If your body is in a bikini, you have a bikini body.  If you don’t want to go to the beach or wear a bikini, that’s okay too! Do what will make you happy and comfortable. You will enjoy your summer more by far if you are comfortable 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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World Breastfeeding Week – My Breastfeeding Story, Part 2

my breastfeeding story part 2

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! Last year, I shared my breastfeeding story with Autumn, and a lot has changed since then.  So, in honour of it being World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I’d share part two of the story.

After the initial difficulty of breastfeeding Autumn, we went on to nurse for almost 18 months. I always said that I wanted to keep nursing until Autumn decided it was time to stop. She stopped pretty slowly, but it was very clear she was done! I am very happy that we went as long as we did.

Leading up to when Aiden was born, I got kind of nervous that things would go the same way they did with Autumn. It was a huge relief when he took to breastfeeding right away! He latched on at the birth centre a little while after he was born, and knew exactly what to do. 

Nursing Aiden has been so great! There hasn’t been any pain or anything and I’m so glad we haven’t had any issues with it. This is the breastfeeding experience that I had been hoping for! He’s growing like a little weed and I just love the time spent and the cuddles I get when I’m feeding him. 

I’m also loving how I feel so much more confident this time! When I was breastfeeding Autumn, I would get nervous about feeding her in front of other people but now it’s like its not a big deal. I just do it! I really love that I’m more confident. 

Looking forward to seeing how long he’ll want to nurse for!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Xoxo, Alysa

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Which Fun “Holidays” To Celebrate in August

What to Celebrate in August

As an avid Instagram user, I constantly see (and miss) fun little “holidays” that pop up randomly during the month.  I totally missed International Red Lipstick Day, which would have been fun to celebrate, and a few others as well.  Since it’s the beginning of the month, I thought I’d share a few of the upcoming special holidays that happen in August!  Now none of us will miss them, and we can instagram them to our hearts content.

  1. Terry Fox Day – August 1
  2. International Beer Day – First Friday in August
  3. Friendship Day – First Sunday in August
  4. Watermelon Day – August 3
  5. Root Beer Float Day & Sand Castle Day – August 6
  6. International Cat Day – August 8
  7. Book Lovers Day – August 9
  8. S’mores Day – August 10
  9. Vinyl Record Day – August 12
  10.  Middle Child’s Day & Garage Sale Day – August 13
  11. Roller Coaster Day – August 16
  12. Thrift Shop Day – August 17
  13. World Honey Bee Day – August 20
  14. Dog Day – August 26
  15. Burger Day – August 27
  16. Bow Tie Day – August 28

So there you go! Lots of things to celebrate this month.  And, if you’re interested in seeing what other special days are this month, you can find out here.

Which of these special holidays will you be celebrating this month?

xoxo,
Alysa

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5 on Friday: End of July

1 // 2 months
If you can believe it, Aiden is 2 months old today! The last two months flashed by and I need time to slow down a little, k thx.

2 // Library
We went to the library this week and it was so much fun!  Autumn loved walking around and pulling books off the shelves to look at them for like 30 seconds and then reach for the next one.  I’m really happy with the ones we borrowed, too.

3 // Thrifting
I went to our nearest thrift store the other day and I am very happy with what I found. In particular: a HAIR CRIMPER!  I was very upset with my sister for getting rid of the one we had in the 90’s, but now I don’t have to be because I have my own.  We’ll see if it works, but that’s another story haha

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4 // Prettified bookshelves
I have been sitting staring at my bookshelves for so long, thinking about doing this to them and I am  so glad that I did it! I love the way it looks.

5 // Iced Coffee
You know how it’s a mom cliche to forget you have coffee and leave it so long that it’s cold, and then when you go to microwave it, you find the mug that you microwaved YESTERDAY already in there.  So no coffee for moms, basically? Well, I’ve been combating that by having iced coffee in the afternoon and I love it! 🙂

What are your favourite things about this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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