Happy Day!

Happy Monday Tuesday Wednesday(!!) everyone! Hope you had a lovely weekend! We had a weekend, that’s for sure! A weekend filled with nursing and diapers and baby cuddles (and *some* sleep) ;)  It’s been a rollercoaster, that’s for sure.. but I am loving this.  It’s a lot of work, and it’s very hard at times.. but I look at her little face and it’s all worth it.  She’s the love of my life and I want to give her everything.

Here are other things making me happy this week

My fave etsy shop ever, Tiny Tangerines, is back open again for the holidays!! Her stuff is amazing.

These super cute Disney inspired costumes a mom made for her child for going to Disney.  I want some but in my size ;)

REALLY excited about that!! It’ll be fun to bring Autumn to see that.. at the Strollers and Stars movie thing they have where babies are welcome to go anyway ;)

Have a great rest of the week!

xoxo,
Alysa

It’s a Girl!

I am so excited to be able to come back and say that we had our baby and it’s a girl!

Her name is Autumn Laurine, and she was born November 7th (right on her due date) at 9:07pm.  I will share my birth story another time, but I thought I’d get back into the swing of things with this and make the official announcement here :)

It’s been a pretty good first week.  Lots of ups and downs, but we’re slowly figuring out this whole parenting thing! Could use a bit more sleep though ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

I’m about to be a bad friend (and it may have started already)

I think I’m about to be a bad friend, and there’s not too much I can do about it.

I’m already sending responses to text messages at the slowest rate of my life… but if I leave my phone in the other room, I can’t hear it go off and I can’t run to answer it if it’s ringing.  I move so slowly that there’s almost no point in getting up in the first place because I know I’ll miss it.

As of right now, the baby is overdue and could come at anytime.  I’m usually a planner, and I like to have things planned out in advance… but I can’t do that right now.  I don’t know for sure if I can come to something that’s happening in two days from now because I don’t know if I’ll be giving birth, at the hospital after giving birth, or recovering at home from giving birth.  Or, too tired to get dressed, much less go out to a public place with other people there.  I want to go to these events that people invite me to on facebook… but if it starts after 9:00 at night, I know I’ll be way too tired and no fun.

So, for both the way this is probably going to get worse after the baby comes, and for how it’s been the last couple of months: Friends, I’m sorry for being such a bad friend.  Hopefully a cute little one will make up for it??

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 40!

fall maternity

shirt: thrifted // leggings: Romwe // necklace: gift

 

fall maternity

 

How far along?
40 Weeks

Baby Size:
Mini-pumpkin <3

Total weight gain:
Alysa + mini-pumpkin

Maternity clothes?
Just the pants with the band.. though I have been wearing them a lot more lately.

Stretch marks?
None

Sleep:
Terrible. I get up multiple times a night.. I can’t sleep very well at all. It’s pretty frustrating.

Best moment this week:
When our new washer/dryer and oven FINALLY came! Plus, I finished 3 assignments last week, and that was pretty big.  I just have two left to do and I’m done done done!

Movement:
Still a lot!  Loving the kicks to the side :)

Food cravings:
Nothing new. Luckily, there’s a lot of candy hanging around here though!

Labor signs:
Braxton hicks and non-active contractions. Nothing too major

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
Off

Happy or moody most of the time:
Depends on the day and how much sleep I was able to do :p  Mostly happy though!

Looking forward to:
Getting to know my baby <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Liebster Award

My blog was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely ladies at Vicki & Livi, and at Broken with Remedy! :) Be sure to check out their blogs, too.

I was asked 11 questions as part of it, so here are my answers to those questions:

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?
Well, my nickname from my Avi (grandfather) growing up was Alysa Lovely, and it was something that I used as my username for a number of things, but I think it started with Twitter.  Anyway, I figured that the name really fit because it was my nickname (and I already had it for my twitter account ;) )
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
It might sound a little silly, but I think if I had to choose one word it would be lovely (in the blog title.. kind of self explanatory?) I try to share things that I find lovely and happy!
3. What’s your favorite pastime other than blogging?
Probably diying and making things! I’m looking forward to when school ends so I can do these things without feeling bad about it
4. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
Seeing what everyone else is doing, and sharing with people.
5. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself?
I really like the Teen Girl stuff on Broken with Remedy, and the Cinnamon and Sugar Banana Bread recipe looks good!
6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from trying to make the day-to-day lovely.  I’m also really into pop culture and I really enjoy watching TV ;)
7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
I really want to visit Poland, because my mother was born there and it would be so great to be able to go and see where I came from.
8. If you have children, what are their names? If not, what are your favorite boy & girl names?
Currently in my last week (maybe) of pregnancy, so we don’t have named picked just yet ;) I’ll be sure to share it when the baby comes though.
9. A long lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?
Maybe take a trip or something like that.  I can’t think of what else we would do with it.
10. In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? (Include the link!)
Probably my post about the TV show The Nanny :)
11. What is your favorite food?
Cupcakes or candy or popcorn!
These are the steps to accepting your Award: 
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you ( see below) Also please comment on this post with your link so I can see your answers when you are done.
  • In you post link back to the person/blog who nominated you and give them a thank you shout out for nominating you.
  • After completing the questions, nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers on the social media platform of your choice, and give them 11 questions of your choice. Feel free to use the ones that are given to you.
  • Notify your nominees of their nomination, and provide a link to your post so that they know what to do.

Here are the questions ( I also kept the questions the same):

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
3. What’s your favorite pastime other than blogging?
4. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
5. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself?
6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
8. If you have children, what are their names? If not, what are your favorite boy & girl names?
9. A long lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?
10. In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? (Include the link!)
11. What is your favorite food?
I nominate YOU!! Hope you have as much fun answering these questions as I did :)
xoxo,
Alysa

Happy November!

I am so happy it’s November! Yesterday, on the way to church, they were starting to put up the Christmas lights on Main street for the Santa Claus Parade, and I’ve seen the boxes at Starbucks that say “No peeking until November 12″ (I thought that stuff would be out by now but whatever).  It’s an exciting time, and then you add the fact that I’m expecting to have a baby sometime on or around Friday.  I’d be ok with a little after, though, if I’m being honest ;)  Plus, yesterday was daylight savings which mean that I got an extra hour of sleep/being pregnant!! I would be happy if we had an extra hour of sleep every day, but that’s just because I don’t have a child that relies on routines to function. My love of daylight savings might change next year when I have an almost 1 year old who hates life after it happens.

Last week something pretty major happened, too.  Since before the beginning of the school year, I had been keeping To-Do lists that I was doing for the week.  Just things to keep me on track with schoolwork and household stuff.  The last couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a DONE list as well, which has majorly helped.  On my Done list, I put everything that I accomplished.  There would be days where I’d have my To-Do list staring at me, but I wouldn’t be able to get to the things on THAT list because I was doing other things, or something came up.  Having a DONE list as well is really helpful because it shows that even if I’m “bad” at doing a To-Do list, I’m still getting things accomplished … even if that thing is getting dressed.  Anyway! Last week, for the first time, I was able to check EVERYTHING off of my To-Do list!! I think that’s pretty major :)

Here are other things that made me happy this week:

This Pop-Up Hello Kitty themed restaurant!  I need to go to there.

Pandora now has beads inspired by Disney!  I think this will make it super easy for my husband to shop for me for Christmas (and other events ;) )

Verse of the Week:

However, God is rich in mercy. 
He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things we did wrong.
He did this because of the great love he has for us.
You are saved by God’s grace!
Ephesians 2:5

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: November!!

It’s finally November!! You know what that means?? If you’re in this house, it means that the Christmas Carols start.  I like to have a good two months worth of listening to Christmas Carols before I’m tired of them for another year.  Though this year they are in stiff competition with Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, which I have been listening to non-stop since Monday.

This last week was actually pretty good.  It looks like I’m going to cross everything off of my to-do list, which feels like a major accomplishment.  The biggest thing was the fact that I’ve written two papers this week.  Pretty big!

Here is how my week looked:

Daenarys & Khal Drogo for Halloween // how I accomplish so much during the week
This weeks baby bump // our pumpkins “before”
My Halloween Day look // The last of the princess cupcakes from my shower <3

Follow me on Instagram @Alysalovely for more!

Hope you had an awesome Halloween and have a great weekend

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Halloween ft. Daenarys Targaryen and Khal Drogo

Game of Thrones Halloween Costumes

Daenarys Targaryen Costume – dress: Paramix // leggings: Wet Seal // flats: Target // wig: Wal-Mart // heart purse: F21
// necklace: H&M
Khal Drogo Costume – shorts: thrifted // belts: Randy River // wig: Wal-Mart

 

 

Game of Thrones Couples Costume Game of Thrones couples costume

 

As soon as we found out we were pregnant, and that we were due at the beginning of November, we’ve been trying to think of a really good Halloween costume to wear to our friends Halloween themed wedding social.  We went through and vetoed ideas like cheerleader/coach, Juno/Paulie, nun/priest(??), or even housewife/milk man.  We thought that if we could find a lot of examples of these on Pinterest, that means they are probably overdone.  We wanted something more original than that!!

So when I was reading Game of Thrones and got to the part where Daenarys was eating the stallion heart to ensure the birth of a boy, I suggested the idea to my husband and he was all over it!  On the show, she was a lot less pregnant than I am now, but I figured that the idea would still come across.

I already had this dress, and since it was so short due to my belly, I wore a pair of brown leggings underneath.  I found the metal necklace at H&M, and I bought the fake blood at the dollar store.  I was lucky in that I already had a little heart shaped purse that I could use as my stallion heart prop.  It was fun to be able to carry it around :)

For Khal Drogo, I bought a pair of brown pants from the thrift store, and Andrew cut them up.  He already had the belts, and we used the blue paint from his Tobias costume to make the markings on his chest.  We seem to pick costumes that don’t require him to have a shirt pretty often, so he was totally ok with that.  He put some shoe polish in his beard to make it darker, and (later) put some eyeliner on.  I took some bells and braided them into a wig that I found at Wal-Mart and then braided the whole thing together (many bells = many victories).

The social was really fun, and I’m glad we were able to dress up like characters from my husband’s favourite book series this year.  I’m really excited to see what kind of costumes we can come up with next year, when we have a one year old!!

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

Happy Halloween!!
xoxo,
Alysa

October Reads

books

 

29. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
I enjoyed this book, especially as my due date gets closer.  In true Shopaholic fashion, she tells a lie and then tries to cover it up and it snowballs and snowballs.  Hilarity ensues.  Pretty much the same as the other books, except that she’s pregnant.  One thing that I really liked about this book, as someone who is currently pregnant, was Rebecca’s thoughts on how the baby was going to come out.. which was that by the time she gives birth, there will be a better way to make that happen.  It was pretty funny!

30. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
This book was way more serious than the last book I read.  I love that it was from the perspectives of two women, and how they started out, how they met each other, and how they became best friends.  It’s a very sad book though.  I enjoyed reading it.

31. The Penny by Joyce Meyer
This was a really easy read.  I don’t know how I got this copy of this book, but it was large print.. so I finished it pretty fast.  I feel like it was geared toward someone younger than I am, but that’s ok.  It was just really easy to read.. I could read it without having to think too much, which is different than the last book I read also.

And now I’m reading through Wicked!  What have you been reading this month?

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 39

fall maternity fashion

tunic: thrifted // leggings: American Apparel // scarf: H&M // necklace: gift (please excuse the fuzzy socks.. I’m 39 weeks pregnant so putting on shoes is a struggle ;) )

 

fall maternity fashion fall maternity fashion

How far along?
39 weeks!

Baby Size:
Mini-watermelon!!

Total weight gain:
Alysa + mini-watermelon

Maternity clothes?
Just the pants.. otherwise I’m still wearing my stretchy pants and maxi dresses

Stretch marks?
zero

Sleep:
On and off. My body likes waking me up at like 6am and I’m wide awake and can’t get back to sleep.. then like, 2-3 hours later I’m tired.  It’s only a problem on days where I have to be somewhere else, or when I was really counting on doing some schoolwork.

Best moment this week:
My baby shower was amazing! I had a great time, and I was so grateful for everyone who came and my friends who put it on for me <3

Miss anything?
I would have danced more at the social on Saturday night, that is for sure ;)

Movement:
Lots and lots.

Food cravings:
French fries!!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Nothing I can think of

Labor signs:
Lots of braxton hicks.. other than that, not so much!

Belly button in or out?
Still in, but getting more flat.

Wedding rings on or off?
Off

Happy or moody most of the time:
I would like to say I’m happy most of the time, but I’m starting to be a little more moody. I’m more sensitive than normal anyway.

Looking forward to:
Halloween! I get to give out candy to kids this year and I’m so excited about that!! :)

xoxo,
Alysa