How to keep greeting cards

what to do with greeting cards

We just had a baby, which means we have a lot of cute little cards that came with cute little baby things.  I absolutely LOVE sending and receiving cards.  I like to write nice things in them, and I love reading what people have written for me.  These cards are no exception to that!  If you’ve recently had a baby, or got married, or had a shower, you probably have a lot of greeting cards sitting around.  I think it would be a shame to just get rid of them, so I decided to find a nice way to collect them all in one place and keep them!

Here’s what I did:

1. Put them in order from smallest to largest and put them back to back.

what to do with greeting cards

2.  Tape them so that they are in a zig-zag, so there is always the cover of the card showing, and so they can be opened and read.

what to do with greeting cards

3. When closed, wrap with an elastic or ribbon.  I used one of the headbands that fit Autumn when she was a newborn, but doesn’t fit anymore.

 

what to do with greeting cards

 

It’s so great to be able to look back and see what everyone’s well-wishes were for our daughter! And it’s something that she can look at when she’s older as well.

xoxo,
Alysa

Declutter Challenge Update: Week 2

April Declutter Challenge

The second full week of the declutter challenge was a little bit more challenging.  After I finished doing my closet, I had to actually write out  a list of other areas of my home that I’d like to declutter.  It was hard to think of all the different places to go through at first, but as I started writing, I came up with more and more places that I need to sort through.

Here is the list of things that I have already decluttered:

  • closet
  • t-shirt drawer(s)
  • pajama drawer
  • socks/tights
  • intimates/bathing suits
  • purses
  • books
  • top of my vanity
  • jewellery drawer(s)
  • living room
  • linens
  • box of sewing projects
  • box of short, pants & skirts

List of things I still need to declutter:

  • shoes
  • scarves
  • crafts
  • kitchen
  • coats
  • makeup
  • earrings
  • hairbands
  • gift bags
  • office
  • tv room
  • dvds
  • knick-knacks
  • bathroom
  • nail polish

You can follow along on Instagram @Alysalovely or #AprilDeclutterChallenge :)

I didn’t get a chance to bring everything out yet, but a friend of mine picked up some of the bags for a rummage sale that’s being put on by Masterworks Dance Studio!  Check out information on the sale here! And if you’re in Winnipeg, check it out this weekend.
What have you decluttered this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

baby wearing

baby wearing

baby carrier: Boba // jeans: Bluenotes // sweater: Gap // shoes: Target // scarf: H&M

baby wearing baby wearing

 

Baby wearing is one of the best things that I’ve done as a new mom.  It’s so great to be able to walk around and still be hands-free!  Plus, my daughter is still comfortable and cozy.  She’s able to sleep in the carrier, she’s able to still eat in the carrier, which is probably the best part about it.  At first, I didn’t know that you could still breastfeed in a wrap style carrier, but you totally can!  I love it so much!

Especially now that it’s getting nicer out, I’m really looking forward to going on so many walks with it this summer.  And I’ll take it with me when we go to the lake, and when we go on our road trip.  and and and!!

This wrap is the Boba wrap!  I love it because it’s totally adjustable, so I can wear it and my husband can wear it very easily.  It’s so wonderful!

xoxo,
Alysa

happy day!

How was your weekend?  We’ve been so busy lately, there’s always something going on right now.  Our week is looking like that, too.  It’s been great though!  Plus, time to relax, which is very needed!

I’ve been doing the #100HappyDays thing on Instagram for the past 100 days (or so) and I’m almost done.  I’m glad that I was actually able to complete it, especially seeing as I tried to do it like 3 times before this and was never able to complete it.  I think I have two days left.  It’s silly and little, but it’s nice to accomplish something for this length of time.

Here are some other things making me happy this week:

Why Cinderella is awesome, aka courage and kindness <3

DIY Photo Booths!  I LOVE photo booths for parties, and these ones are super fun!

I am obsessed with this song right now. It’s so beautiful.  If I were getting married this year, I would totally use it as my first dance song (me and 1million others ;) ) It’s just a perfect song for that <3

Have a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Declutter Challenge Update!

April Declutter Challenge

Well, it’s just over a week into the April Declutter Challenge, and it’s been pretty fun so far!  I’ve managed to declutter the exact amount per day, or a little bit more!  I was able to bring everything to donate to the thrift store yesterday, and it felt good to be able to get everything out of the house.

I’ve been sharing everything on Instagram @Alysalovely, so if you’re interested in following along, feel free to add me there.  Here are a few of the pictures that I’ve taken over the last 10 days:

It’s been really freeing to get rid of so much clutter that I didn’t even know had been taking up space in my home.  Like really, why do I need 4 extra pairs of sunglasses?  Those aren’t even all of the sunglasses that I found.  Those are just the ones I found that day!  AND I was still able to keep 2 or 3 pairs.  Yikes!  ;)  We ended up bringing 7 full bags of stuff to the thrift store though, and it felt really good to be able to give so much away.

Wish me luck with the rest of the month, feel free to join in at any time and be sure to tag your photos to join in #AprilDeclutterChallenge!

xoxo,
Alysa

OZ Naturals’ Super Youth Eye Gel Review


oz naturals' super youth eye gel

Over the last few days, I have been lucky enough to be able to test this Super Youth Eye Gel by Oz Naturals’.  I was interested in trying this product because as a new mom, sleep is a hot commodity, and it isn’t always in high supply.  As a result of that, I feel like I’ve been carrying around some extra bags around my eyes.  So, here’s what I thought:

I’ve never really used anything like this before because I’m always turned off by the smell.  I actually really liked the way this product smells!  It’s not bad at all, and definitely didn’t make me feel like I was older for using it. I’ve been using this every night for the last couple of nights, and I really feel refreshed the next morning.  I haven’t noticed a huge change in the way it looks though, but I’ll keep using it for even greater results.

Check out more info about it here!

xoxo,
Alysa

I was given this product by OZ Naturals and Brand Backer to review, the opinions above are all my own.

Happy Easter!

happy easter

 

Happy Easter everyone!
How was your Easter weekend?  We had a great time, spent some time with family, and I was able to make Paska (aka Easter bread) on Saturday!  It was so nice to be able to spend some time baking, as well as getting a few other things done around the house.

My husband and I gave up TV for lent … and we kind of gave up early.  We ended up watching TV again on Thursday night, and then Friday, and then Saturday … you get the idea.  In our defense, Winter decided to rear it’s ugly head again, and we couldn’t go outside.  Plus, we had a LOT of stuff recorded on our pvr to catch up on ;)  What shows have you been loving lately?  We are really enjoying catching up on The Slap!

Hope you had a lovely Easter!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

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