August Reads

27. Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
This one was pretty difficult to get through, honestly. There were a few characters I didn’t really care about, and a lot more war than I would have liked.  I ended up taking 2 months to read it, and that’s wayy too long.  I’m hesitant about even continuing with the series because of how long it took me to get through this one.  I’m taking a 2 book break, and then we’ll see how I feel though.

28. Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony
I’ve read this one before, but it was interesting to read it again now when I’m actually going to become a parent.  It’s still a little ways off before I’m actually going to need the things in the book, considering most of the things she discusses in the book require the little one to understand you.  I’m excited to be able to do the things in the book though, and I would honestly recommend it to any Christian parent.

What have you been reading lately?

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Labour Day!

& happy September!

I’m especially happy for it to be September, because that means it’s my birthday Month. I know I really only get a day, but I feel that for my 30th birthday this year, it’s a big enough of a milestone to warrant celebrating for an entire month instead ;)  It feels weird, but also awesome to actually be 30.  That’s like the age of a REAL grown up.

This past wedding was amazing, and I had so much fun being in a wedding party.  It was a lovely day, a beautiful couple, and I’m so happy for my best friends and the life they’ve just started together <3

Other things I’m happy about this week are:

This beautiful story about how God feels about us

What to Expect when your Best Friend is Expecting

and, last but not least:


(Source)

Gossip Girl (and Blair Waldorf) were a huge part of my happiness this week. Thank goodness for Netflix! ;)

have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

Makeup by One Direction Giveaway!


A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to test the Makeup by One Direction line and write a review on it (you can find that here).  And now, you’re the lucky one!  To celebrate the release of Makeup by One Direction at Macy’s, you could win a set of your very own! But it gets better!  You could win a SIGNED set of Makeup by One Direction, that is actually signed by the band!  This contest is open to Canada and the US.

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To Enter, follow THIS LINK and fill out your information!

Good luck!

xoxo,
Alysa

This post was sponsored by Markwins and Makeup by One Direction.  All the opinions are my own.

Bump Day: Week 30

dress: thrifted // collared shirt: thrifted // tights: Joe Fresh // shoes: Le Chateau // necklace: gift // hairband: F21

 

 

How far along?
30 weeks!

Baby Size:
Weighs as much as a cabbage (aka 2lb 13oz)

Maternity clothes?
Nope

Stretch marks?
None that I can see

Sleep:
Pretty bad. Sometimes I sleep, sometimes I don’t

Best moment this week:
Seeing my uncle who is here from Switzerland, and spending time with family

Movement:
Still lots! Especially when I’m lying down.

Food cravings:
Ketchup chips!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
The scent of mango

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or moody most of the time:
I feel like I get grumpy really easily, but usually happy

Looking forward to:
The wedding this weekend, and all of it’s accompanying satellite events!

xoxo,
Alysa

happy day!

oh dear. this is the last Monday in August! That means that school starts again next week for a lot of people (and some are already back in school). Yikes! Summer went by in a flash, and I just know that the rest of this pregnancy/this term is going to go by in the same way also.

I won’t lie: last week was hard.  Between total lack of sleep, and being deeply hurt by someone who should have had more empathy, it was a pretty rough week and I was glad for it to be over.  I finished the week feeling pretty discouraged, and it’s not something that went away super fast.  The lack of sleep, and just being uncomfortable in my own skin being the pregnancy-related response to this didn’t help that fact either.  While there were definitely moments of great joy, overall the week was not great.

But I keep going back to this verse.  It was first given to me by a good friend of mine, and I’m glad that I can re-read it whenever I’m having moments like this.

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear Not.
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I especially love the part about strength.  I feel that I really need some of that strength going into this week.  There is a lot happening this week (all good things that I am looking forward to) and I hope that I am able to go into them with as much joy as they deserve.

But, if all else fails, this is something that has been giving me a lot of pep this past week when I really needed it:

I just love the song.  The video has some problematic components, but I LOVE the general song! It’s so great!

What’s helping you get through this LAST WEEK OF SUMMER?!

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 29

 

dress: Thrifted // shorts: Modcloth // flats: Target // necklace: gift // hairband: f21 // sunglasses: Osborne Village // bracelet: Pandora

 

 

 

How far along?
29 Weeks

Baby Size:
Butternut Squash (aka approximately 2lb 10oz)

Maternity clothes?
None

Stretch marks?
Nope (at least, none I can see!!)

Sleep:
Ok.  Though sometimes I get to wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, just to lie there.. so that’s fun

Best moment this week:
Spending the day with my husband yesterday

Movement:
Lots! And lots of it seems to be on both sides of my stomach at once.. so this little one is gonna be some kind of gymnast or ballerina :p

Food cravings:
Popsicles! Though I don’t know if it’s because it’s a craving, or because it’s so darn hot out

Symptoms:
Fun stuff like random back spasms and having to use the bathroom every 10 seconds!

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or moody most of the time:
Depending on the day.. mostly pretty happy, but the pregnancy rage has shown up from time to time…

Looking forward to:
The weekend, seeing my Swiss uncle!

xoxo,
Alysa

life at the cabin

 

Life at the cabin is a little bit slower.  Wake up when you want, and have as many cat-naps throughout the day… if that’s what you need.  Sleeping sickness: the struggle is real.

Life at the cabin is a little bit wetter.  There’s no point in getting dressed, because you’ll just end up changing into your swim suit anyway!  A swim can happen at a moments notice, same with water-skiing, fishing and anything else that could possibly happen out on the lake.  Water rules the weekend, and you end up doing everything in the lake (including showering).

Life at the cabin is a little bit quieter, a little bit calmer, a little bit sweeter.

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Day!

Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing weekend.  I was (finally) able to unpack some more boxes that had been sitting around, so I feel a lot less stressed out in general.  I don’t know what it is about clutter, but it really stresses me out.  Now that a few more boxes are gone, and things are finding their places in our house, I definitely feel better about it.  Aside from working on the house (we now have a dishwasher that is INSTALLED!! the best), we also celebrated some birthdays this weekend with our friends.  So great!

Here are a few of the other things I’m happy about this week:

1. Bye Bye Sea World!!  Looks like it’s the beginning of the end for Sea World, and good riddance.

2. 8 Things Every Pregnant Woman Wants to Hear.  Especially the part about not telling me your labour story.  Everyone’s is different, so you’ll either completely terrify me, or lull me into a false sense of security. Just don’t! Tell me after when we have stories to compare!!

3.  What happens when you propose to a Disney Princess? You get some pretty great photos, anyway!

EW!

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: feeling hot hot hot

wildflowers at the cabin // gotta love the vintage icebox
i made dat!! // new makeup selfie
This weeks baby bump // the only way to cool off in this heat!! My own personal pool ;)

This last week has been a real scorcher, and I’ve loved every minute of it!  I complained enough about the ridiculously cold winter we had, I’m not about to complain about this amazing summer! A real summer, too.  I think that last year it was a little bit on the cooler side, so it’s nice to get a summer like the ones I had growing up: actually really hot!  Plus, I just got a sweet kiddie pool on Varage Sale, so I’m pretty much set!  This preggo is staying cool this summer!

How was your week?
xoxo,
Alysa