stuck in a rut

new mama style

shirt: Le Chateau // hoodie: Bluenotes // jeans: Bluenotes: Necklace: Lou Lou and Company // Hairband: Aldo //

new mama style

 

This warm weather could not have come sooner.  I feel as though I’ve been stuck in a style rut lately.. I’ve been wearing jeans almost every day.  The last time I did that?  Probably right after high school, when I was tired of wearing skirts all the time, and wanted to only wear pants.  Sad times.  I’m happy that these jeans fit, but I’m drawn to pants these days.  It could be worse! I had a few weeks where I only wore sweatpants.  Jeans are better than that, right?

I’m hoping that this Decluttering Challenge helps to get me out of this rut as well.  Cleaning up everything, and organizing everything will be a great way to refresh.  I have so much I don’t wear, so actually going through it will help me to remember some of the things that I LOVE.  Hoping to post cuter outfits soon, too.

xoxo,
Alysa

 

April Declutter Challenge!

April Declutter Challenge

Since it’s April tomorrow, and since I’ve been thinking about doing this since before my daughter was born, over five months ago, I think it’s time to do a Declutter challenge!  You may have heard it be called a minimalist challenge, or something along those lines.  I’m going to be doing that kind of challenge as well, except I’m going to be doing it a bit backwards.

The way I’ve seen it done is on the first day, you get rid of one thing, on the second day, you get rid of two things, and so on and so forth.  I am going to be doing it a little bit different.  On the first day, I’m going to get rid of 30 things.  On the second day, I’ll get rid of 29 things, and so on.  I’ll get rid of the same exact amount of things as doing it the traditional way (and maybe even more), and I’ll take advantage of how keen I’ll be on it by getting rid of more things at first.  Then, when I run out of stuff to get rid of (haha we’ll see if that even happens), I’ll “have to” get rid of less things per day.

My rules:

1. Bring things to the thrift store/consignment store/etc weekly.
It’s not realistic to go every single day, especially with a baby, so I think that going once a week is a pretty good amount.

2. Bring garbage outside to the garbage can daily.
There is no point in keeping garbage in the house, right?

3. Avoid buying things!
This will be the toughest part I think, but what is the point of doing a declutter challenge if I’m just going to be adding clutter in other areas?  It doesn’t make any sense!

4. Feel good!
In my opinion, less clutter = less stress.  If I’m in a cluttered room, it feels stressful and I always feel much better when everything is away and organized.  This will be a great way to accomplish that!

Who’s with me? ;)  You can follow along on my Instagram @Alysalovely, I’ll be sure to update it every day with the kinds of things I’m getting rid of.  Share with the hashtag #AprilDeclutterChallenge for encouragement!

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Day!

How was your weekend? Hope it was fabulous!  I had a great weekend.. We were able to spend a good chunk of time outside, and the snow seems to be mostly gone!  I have been using my Boba carrier more now, and I still love it.  But, it makes me want to own every type of baby carrier available, is that bad?

Speaking of buying an excessive amount of something, I’m so excited for April to start, because I’m going to be doing a decluttering challenge!  I’ll explain more about what I’m doing on Wednesday, but I’m really excited to get started.  I have a feeling that it’ll be really freeing to be able to unload a lot of stuff we don’t use anymore.

Here are some other things I’m happy about this week:

How adorable Ed Sheeran is!  I love the video and story <3  If I were to get married this year, that would totally be our first dance song.

I’ve been watching that video non-stop since it first came out.  I love it.

This comic about why they don’t need the Lego Friends and what they could have done instead.  Seriously, it was that easy.

My current favourite instagram account! Check it out <3

Hope you have a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

Books of 2015: March

I didn’t get much reading done this month.  Between the surgery, and the recovery, and just being so tired that I didn’t think I could pay attention to what I was reading, I just didn’t end up reading too much.  I did finish one book though, so I’d say that’s a pretty good deal for what a wild month it was.

sexy feminism

05. Sexy Feminism by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph
This book was pretty interesting.  There was some stuff that I wasn’t interested in reading about, such as the body hair debate, and other stuff that didn’t apply to me, like dating, but overall, this was a pretty good read.  It would have been nice if they had put more focus on some of the intersections of feminism though.  It was an okay read for a bargain book!

What have you been reading this month?

xoxo,
Alysa

10th time on Links a la Mode!

All kinds of great news happening at once.  After a terrible weekend last weekend, this weekend started out pretty great on Thursday, first by hearing good news at the Doctor’s office, then by going to see Cinderella as a family date, and then by being selected for Links a la Mode on IFB! :) Here’s the info on that, make sure you check out the other posts that were selected:

Links à la Mode: March 19

SPONSOR: EatSleepDenim: Shift, Floral, and Coral Dresses, Gentle Monster, Ronny Kobo, Raga, Maison Margiela, Cia Maritima, Green & White Lace Dresses

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

space pants

space pants

top: Le Chateau // leggings: romwe.com // cardigan: Roxy (gift)

space pants

 

I’m still in shock over how fast everything happened this weekend, so I’m going to share the full story now as a way to try to process it.

Last Friday was pretty normal for the most part.  I had a great visit with my mother in law during the day, got to take a walk with Autumn in the afternoon, and then spent the evening visiting with my awesome future sister in law.  It was great.  Then, at about midnight, I started feeling really severe pain in my rib cage.  And it would not go away.  I took tylenol, nothing.  I took pepto (thinking that would help), nothing.  I took tums, nothing.  The pain would not stop, and I was not able to sleep all night.  It was just constant pain, constant uncomfortableness, and just the worst night.

Finally, at about 9:00am, Autumn woke up for the day and I knew that I needed to go to the emergency room.  I had been in pain for about 9 hours straight with no relief.  So as soon as I was finished feeding her, we packed ourselves off and went to the ER. I don’t know how long I waited in the ER before they saw me, but it wasn’t as long as I expected it was going to be.

We spent the whole day sitting in the ER, though.  I had a little private area with a curtain and a bed, and we were able to relax and do whatever we needed to do in there.  They had given me some tylenol upon arrival, and that was working (finally) so I was able to sleep, and rest a little bit, as well as feed Autumn whenever she got hungry.  Eventually, they took me to have an ultrasound of my stomach to try to figure out what the problem was.  A little while after that, they came back and told us that I needed surgery.  I needed to have my gallbladder removed.

It was (and still is) such a shock! I was expecting something along the lines of an infection, or something like that (due to googling it), but not surgery!!  A few hours after that, the surgeon was able to come talk to me to explain exactly what I was getting.  There are 3 types of gallbladder surgeries, e1, e2 and e3, and I was an e3.. which meant that it could be between 24-48 hours before I was actually going to have my surgery done.  So I could go home, but then I would be dealt with as an outpatient and maybe get the surgery in a few months.  Or I could stay, and potentially have the surgery that night, or the next day … or possibly the day after that.  We decided that I would stay for the night, and that Andrew and Autumn would go home to their own beds.

It was really hard to be away from Autumn for the night like that.  I think that my separation anxiety was worse than hers was.  But I had my parents come stay with me for a little while, so I wasn’t totally by myself.  I was admitted properly pretty soon after that, and ended up with my own private room in the hospital, which I was not expecting at all.  Almost as soon as I got into that room, they came and told me that they were ready to do surgery on me.

I had been a little bit nervous, because I’ve never had surgery before, but as soon as it was happening I felt better about it.  We were able to get it done right away that night, so I didn’t have to sit there in pain and/or keep taking pain killers all night.  The next pain killer step they were going to take had been morphine, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to take that.  Anyway, my surgery started at about 10:00pm, and I was back in my room at about midnight.  So from the time the pain started, to the time it was over, was exactly 24 hours.  Totally wild!

I had a lot of waiting around to do the next day as well.  Due to the fact that I didn’t take any pain medication after my surgery, and I seemed to be recovering quite well, I was able to go home at about 3:30pm on Sunday.  Thank GOODNESS. I was getting antsy to get home so I could cuddle my baby girl.

Now, I’m just slowly recovering.  I had four incisions. The one that is the most tender still is the one on my belly button, but that’s probably because when I nurse Autumn, the nursing pillow hits there, and when I hold her, that’s where her feet are.  Each day is better than the last, and I’m able to stay up a little bit later.. but I’m still pretty tired.  And apparently this is something else that is pretty common after having a baby!  Something else they don’t tell you about that involves pregnancy!

And I keep thinking about this, but I can totally see God’s work in this situation.  I had been slowly building up a supply of pumped milk, so we had milk to give Autumn when I couldn’t come home and feed her.  Andrew is on his parental leave, so I’m being taken care of.  <3

Hope your weekend was better and also less exciting than mine ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Happy Day!

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  We have been having a couple of great weeks this last little while.  My husband is taking parental leave, so we’ve been able to spend a lot of time together as a family and I’ve really been loving that.  He’s getting a lot of work done around the house, too, which is really nice.

So I started writing that on Friday during the day, and then got to spend both Saturday and Sunday in the hospital.  I am so happy to be Canadian right now.  I was having terrible pains in my rib cage late Friday night that didn’t go away, so on Saturday morning we went to the emergency room to get it looked at.  Turns out, I needed surgery!  So I had that on Saturday night, and was able to come home on Sunday afternoon.  I am so happy to be home, and so happy that the pain won’t be coming back.  I’m going to be taking it easy for a few days to recover, but all in all, crazy and unexpected weekend.  It makes me even more happy that my husband is on parental leave right now, too.  I need to rest up, so he’ll be around to take care of Autumn and I during the days.

Here are some other things I’m happy about this week:

This really cool video!  Play around with it, it’s really fun!

these 50 facts you probably didn’t know about Clueless.  Ugh, as if!

Have a great week <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Etsy Gift Guide: Bridesmaids

One of my favourite things about planning my wedding was picking my bridal party, and then deciding how I would thank them for being part of my day.  I ended up getting most of the thank you gifts for our wedding party from Etsy (for the groomsmen as well) and it was such a great way to purchase these gifts.  Not only were we supporting small businesses, but we also got really nice gifts for our favourite people!

Are you unsure of where to start looking? Here are some gift ideas you could do for your favourite gals:

Something to wear at the wedding:

Denim Blue Necklace, Steel Blue Necklace, Quartz Gemstone Necklace, Wire Wrap Necklace, Black Oxidized Sterling Silver, Pendant Necklace
Denim Blue Necklace – $54.68
Depending on your wedding colours, you could get your bridesmaids jewellery that directly matches your colours, or you can pick something that complements it!  For our wedding, our bridesmaids wore black, and our wedding colour was (essentially) glitter.  Something like this would have been perfect for my girls.  This shop also sells similar necklaces in a ton of other colours, so depending on what you’re going for, you’ll be able to find something that works for your wedding here!

Bridesmaid 14k gold filled bow bracelets Hand stamped initial bracelet gift personalized Flower girl Set of 5 five Bridal party Tie a knot
14k Gold Filled Bow Bracelets – $28.50 each
These are so precious!  The link above is for 5, but you could probably get more or less depending on how many bridesmaids you have.  I would probably have picked 5 anyway, that way I would get to have one for myself, too.  They even have the option of picking the colour of the bead on the bracelet, so it could go with your wedding colours.

Something to wear later:

Birthstone Bracelet, Blue Sapphire Bracelet, Shaded Sapphire Bracelet, Sapphire Gemstone Bracelet, Sterling Silver Chain, Light Blue
Birthstone Bracelet – $70.41
Something personalized is always fun, and getting your bridesmaids a piece of jewellery in each of their own birthstones is pretty special.  This is something they would continue to wear after the wedding and beyond, because it’s personalized right to them!


Darling Brown Deer Headband - $36.45
You can tell them how DEER they are to you for being part of your day! (groan) But seriously, these are too cute.

Something Pretty:

Silver Cuff Bracelet, Metal Bangle Bracelet, Hammered Bracelet, Aluminum Bracelet, Crosshatch Bracelet, Unisex Bracelet, Stamped Bracelet
Silver Cuff Bracelet – $44.33
Maybe one of your bridesmaids isn’t really into the whole dainty jewellery thing, so something a bit chunkier is more to their taste.  Maybe you know they’ve been drooling over something like this.  Either way, a thank you gift for your bridal party doesn’t have to be wedding specific.. it could just be something you know that she’ll love and appreciate!

Stemless champagne flute with personalized name in hand written calligraphy
Stemless Champagne Flute with Personalized Names – $11.09
These are so pretty, and definitely not wedding related!  Each of your bridesmaids will get their own unique glass that they can use whenever they like.  I, personally, love the writing on them, and I love anything personalized like this.

For your Brides-man/men:

Men's Leather Wallet /Ultra Slim Minimalist Rustic Bifold Design - 010 - JooJoobs Original - Wallets for Men
Men’s Leather Wallet – $37.84
If you’ve got best guy friends who you want to be part of your day, too, why not make them your brides-men?  A gorgeous leather wallet is a great gift, because chances are it’s not something that your brides-man would get for himself.

Personalized Cigar Case with Cutter - Groomsmen gift - Best Man -Gifts for Men
Personalized Cigar Case – $52.13
A wedding, or the events leading up to the wedding, is a perfect place to pull out the cigars, so a cigar case is the perfect present for your favourite brides-man!

What did you give your bridesmaids (or brides-men) as a thank you for being in your wedding?

xoxo,
Alysa

pink pink pink

new mama style

skirt: thirfted // shirt: thrifted // scar & socks: American Apparel // hairband: Forever 21

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Does anyone really like going to the dentist?  No really.  People who have perfect teeth, do you like going to the dentist?  I have pretty bad teeth (I just had a cling-on baby who wouldn’t be put down for almost four months, so I kind of had other priorities haha), and so of course I dislike going to see the dentist.

This last visit was particularly bad.  I’m 30 years old.  I’ve been to the dentist before, once or twice.  But, this hygienist was absolutely terrible!  Super condescending and rude the whole time.  She kept telling me “this isn’t fun”… I know that. I’m a grown up.  I can handle it not being “fun” haha.

Then, when she was done, she was all apologetic because she didn’t have a pink toothbrush for me to take home.  Look, I don’t need a special colour of toothbrush to make brushing my teeth more fun, ok?  It doesn’t matter to me what colour of toothbrush I use, it’s really all the same to me. :p

I think that next time, I will ask for a different hygienist ;)
Oh, on a side note: Did you know that getting fluoride is OPTIONAL? I always thought it was mandatory, because when I was a kid I would always get it.  Turns out, it’s optional, and it costs extra.  Who knew?!

xoxo,
Alysa