Happy Day

It’s officially been one year since we moved into this house, and we’ve done so much here!  It’s been a really great year with lots of changes, and I’m so excited to see what will come in the next year.

Here are other things making me happy this week:

1.  The CTFD Parenting Method
Hilarious!!

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Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

Adventure of Whimbsy

So, last week I heard about a really cool antique store that is going to be closing soon called Junk for Joy.  The owner is retiring, so they’re selling everything for 50% off and I had a feeling that I really needed to go there.  So, my husband, daughter and I got into the car and went on our Adventure of Whimbsy to Junk for Joy in Portage La Prairie!  While we were there, we also checked out this really cool museum called Fort la Reine Museum!

We didn’t get any pictures at Junk for Joy (it was PACKED though, so definitely check it out before it closes!!) but here are the pictures we took at the museum:

Fort La Reine Museum

this was a little barn near Junk for Joy.

Fort La Reine Museum

Fort la Reine

Fort la Reine

Andrew in his element – aka a trappers cottage!

Fort la Reine

Fort la Reine

Fort la Reine

Fort la Reine

Fort la Reine

Fort la Reine

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Fort la Reine

 

xoxo,
Alysa

Lovely Wedding: 3 Years Later

It’s become tradition for me to share little parts of our wedding day on each of our anniversaries, so I’m going to continue with that today, on our anniversary :)

I can’t believe it’s been three years since we got married.  This last year had the most changes for sure though, out of all three years.  The biggest one being that we had a baby.  We also bought a house, and we’ve been working on the house ever since we moved in (well… Andrew more-so than me haha).  It’s been an awesome year, and I can’t wait to see what this next one will bring.

But on to the pictures!

lovely wedding

lovely wedding

One of my favourite things about getting our pictures taken at the U of M was the engineering building!  I love the staircases, and the fact that the lighting was all natural and perfect.

lovely wedding

lovely wedding

Love this crew <3

lovely wedding

 

similar to how it’s been this year, it was pretty cold out! gotta cuddle up

 

 

 

 

lovely wedding

lovely wedding

lovely wedding

I love the way the tables looked.  Andrew made the little wood discs for the place cards, and we used glass jars of various sizes with candles for the centerpieces. I know a million people have since done the glass jar thing, but I like the way it looked.

lovely wedding

Our wedding favours were little spruce seedlings.  One of the best things about these as our favours is knowing that there are at least 100+ little trees out there from our wedding.  It was also a really easy favour.. we got them from the Manitoba Forestry Association.  If you’re in Manitoba and you’re interested in doing this, too, check out their website here!  There is even an option where they make the cards for you and put all the seedlings in little baggies, which is what we did.  It was so great!

lovely wedding

 

We named each table according to different constellations.  I liked going away from the typical numbered tables, and it was fun thinking up which constellations we wanted to use.

Looking back at these pictures was so fun!  Maybe I’ll share even more next year ;)
To see what I’ve posted so far, check them out here, here & here.  To find out more information about our photographer, Denley Thiessen, check out his website here!

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Victoria Day!

I love long weekends. Long weekends are so great, especially May long weekend. It’s like the start of summer!  Of course, if you’re anywhere near Winnipeg .. it’s also the start of winter!  The whole weekend wasn’t cold though.  We took a little trip as a family, and that was pretty great.

Here are some other things making me happy this week:

1. 6 Ways My Standards Have Fallen Since Becoming a Mom
Pretty well all true!  And, I’m very glad that high buns are still in style.. so I can totally feel like I’ve done something with my appearance without having to put much effort in ;)

2. The New Science of Mother-Baby Bonding
aka why you need to actually ask me if you want to hold my baby.

3. New Fashion for men!
These shorts are too much lol

4. Junk for Joy
This antique store is awesome!! Check it out in Portage La Prairie before it closes it’s doors for good

5.

I’m ready to watch this show!

Have a great week <3

xoxo,
Alysa

one half

1/2 1/2

I can’t believe that as of one week ago, Autumn is 6 months old (or 1/2 of a year).  These last few months have gone by SO fast, it’s unbelievable!

Right now, her favourite things are rolling from back to front and from front to back.  She likes taking off my glasses and playing with them.  She likes her play cube that we’re borrowing from some friends of ours, and she loves all of her little stuffed animals.

We’ve been doing baby-led weaning, and so far her favourites are sweet potatoes, homemade pizza and yogurt.

Autumn is currently wearing lots of size 6 months, as well as 6-9 month clothes and 9 month clothes (with the occasional 3 month size thrown in there, too).

I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will bring <3

xoxo,
Alysa

all beige

new mama style

dress: Modcloth // cardigan: Roxy // necklace: thrifted

new mama style nursing mama style

 

I don’t know what was up with that day, but I decided that beige was the colour of the day, apparently.

I’ll have to counter-act this by wearing all colours tomorrow ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

May the 4th be with you

Happy May! And, happy Star Wars day ;)

Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside.  It’s been so nice to be able to go out and play, both in the yard and on the porch.  I love this time of year.  We’ve also spent a lot of time as a family, which has been wonderful.  We went to see Age of Adeline the other day (if you haven’t seen it yet, you should! It was great!) and we’ve had a few friends come visit us lately, too.  I always love being able to spend time with friends.

I’m also really excited because my brother-in-law is getting married this summer, and I’ve been able to spend time with his bride-to-be, aka my future sister(-in-law).  I love her, she’s so great.  Spending time with her is the best!

Here are some of the other things making me happy this week:

This informative article about why littles should be kept rear facing in the car.

Do you like volunteering? Do you like free shows? You should volunteer at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival this summer!  Sign up here!

12 Pieces of Advice for New Dads of Daughters.  It’s super sweet, and I made sure to show it to my husband, too ;)

This blog post about breastfeeding from a man’s perspective.  Love it!

Have a lovely week <3

xoxo,
Alysa

L’Oreal Fibralogy Review

L'Oreal Fibralogy

I am part of Influenster, and I was lucky enough to be picked for the L’Oreal Fibralogy Vox Box that recently came out!  I’m so excited to be able to share about this with you here.

As a new mama, my hair isn’t usually my top priority, but when I noticed that I was having more than normal hair loss, it was pretty sad.  I had been wearing it up lots, to try to hide it.. but I still felt like my hair was pretty blah.

Fibralogy Ponytail

Lately though, and after using Fibralogy, I feel a lot better about my hair!  My hair looks and feels thicker, and as a girl with pretty thin hair, I love this.  It smells great, too!  I’m actually wearing my hair down most days again now, though I feel really great about my ponytail, too ;)

Fibralogy Ponytail!

 

xoxo,
Alysa

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. The opinions above are totally my own.

Declutter Challenge Update: Week 4

April Declutter Challenge

 

Well, it’s the first day of May today, which means that I finished my declutter challenge yesterday.  It was a pretty crazy/fun ride.  I got rid of a lot of stuff that I had been collecting, some of it I hadn’t even used for years and years.  It was so great to be able to look through my things and unload needless items.

If you followed along, or if you participated some days, that is so awesome!  I hope that you feel as good about the challenge as I did.  It was so nice to be able to do this.

Last year, when we moved from our one bedroom apartment into our 4 bedroom/2 story house, one of our friends who was helping us move made a joke about us being horders.  I’m not going to say that I did this challenge BECAUSE of that comment, but it was definitely a driving factor.  I hope that this challenge will help make me more mindful in my spending as well.  I don’t need lots and lots of things, and I’d rather have quality over quantity, something that I never really thought about before.  When I was younger, I would go shopping and just buy buy buy for the sake of buying.  When I went shopping, I needed to bring something home with me.  I am so glad that I am not like that anymore.

If you’d like to see all the photos from the challenge, check out the hashtag: #AprilDeclutterChallenge or follow me on instagram @Alysalovely

Now the real challenge will be: can I do this again next year?? ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

something that’s not babies and the weather

nursing mama style

jeans: bluenotes // shirt: thrifted // tank top: Joe Fresh // hairband: F21

breastfeeding mama style what to wear when breastfeeding staying cute while breastfeeding hello breastfeeding style

 

I don’t want to talk about the weather, and I don’t want to talk about babies.
I don’t want to talk about how nice it’s been, or how the grass seems to be getting greener every day.  I really don’t want to talk about how awesome it was to open the sun roof on the car yesterday, or how much I really wanted to get a slurpee because of how hot it was in the car.  I don’t want to talk about the weather.

I don’t want to talk about babies.  I saw a 3 week old baby yesterday at my baby group, and I don’t want to talk about how seeing that baby gave me baby fever.  I don’t want to talk about starting solids, or rolling over, or onesies.  I really don’t want to talk about cloth diapers, or baby wearing.  I also don’t want to talk about baby shoes, or baby socks, or baby hats.  Or how cute and small they are.  I don’t want to talk about when babies grow out of things, and how sad it is to have to put those things away.

So I won’t.

xoxo,
Alysa