Piglet and Robin are Thankful book review

Piglet and Robin are Thankful

I was recently given the chance to review the book, “Piglet and Robin Are Thankful” by Jason Quinn & Andrew Gallagher.  I was given the book for free in exchange for my honest review, the opinions stated here are my own.

“Piglet and Robin are Thankful” is a really sweet book about all the things to be thankful for.  It’s got a cute back and forth between the two characters, and lovely pictures to go with it.  It was fun to read with my daughter.  She loved pointing out the things she recognized in the pictures, and she would say the things she was thankful for, too.  This book is a really cute way to teach your small children all the things that they can be thankful for.

If you’re interested in reading this book, check out the website and Facebook page, and find it on Amazon.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Easy Advent Calendar for Toddlers

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Over the last year (or so), I’ve been collecting Christmas books and putting them aside for the month of December.  Every morning, my children will come downstairs and find a different Christmas book sitting under the tree!  That will be the book we read all day, and then they’ll hear it before bed at night.  And the next morning, it’ll start again.  The final book will be Twas The Night Before Christmas, on December 24th.  On Saturdays, it’ll be a Christmas movie under the tree for us to watch as a family that day!

I’m super excited to get started.

If you’re looking to do something like this with your kids, here are some tips:
– Start looking in thrift stores
– Check out the dollar store
– Ask your thrift store loving friends to look for you!
– And if you don’t have enough in time, the library is a great place to get any extra books!

Do you do anything for advent with your kids?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016 – Join Me!

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It’s almost December (yay!) and that means that it’s almost DRESSEMBER!  I’ve been participating in Dressember for a few years now, this year will be my fourth year participating and I love it.

Basically, you wear a dress every day for the month of December, and raise money to stop human trafficking and sexual slavery at the same time.  As a collective group, we’ve raised over $1.5 million (USD) in three years.  I believe the goal for this year is to reach another million!

So where do you come in?  There’s a few things you can do:

  1. Participate!
    It’s so easy.  Sign up here.  You don’t need a million dresses to participate, just one.  This year I will be wearing the same one dress all year, and you can, too!  It actually makes it more of a challenge that way, because you need to find ways to keep your one dress stylish and fresh (as in, non boring 😉 )
  2. Join a team!
    Here is the link to my team, Dresses in the Snow! You are more than welcome to join my team, even if you don’t actually have snow where you are.
  3. Donate!
    If you aren’t sure about actually wearing a dress all month, or you know you wouldn’t want to participate, you can always donate to the cause!  Here is my personal Dressember campaign page. I would love a donation <3
  4. Share!
    Not sure about participating, and don’t really have the money to donate?  I get it! Another way to help is to share on your social media! Tell your friends about my campaign or my team, and maybe they’ll want to join or donate.  Spread the word 🙂

If you have any questions, such as “I’M A MAN!” or “I HATE DRESSES” or “BUT I HAVE A WORK UNIFORM”, check out the official FAQ here!

SO excited for Dressember this year!
And be sure to check out my instagram, @Alysalovely!  I’ll be updating daily with my #ootd/#dressemberootd (that’s outfit of the day ;))

xoxo,
Alysa

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Gilmore Girls Viewing Must Haves

Gilmore Girls Must Haves
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The new episodes of Gilmore Girls are going to be available on Netflix TOMORROW and I am SO EXCITED.  I have been waiting for this for 10 years, and several re-watches of this amazing show.  I have the DVDs, but I still watch on Netflix.  I am fully prepared to watch this as soon as it comes available, and I know that there are others who are like me who will be watching it then, too.

Here are a few things you must have when you watch the Gilmore Girls revival:

  1. Coffee Coffee Coffee
    How could you not?  This is practically a staple in the Gilmore house.  All the Gilmore Girls love coffee.  And drink lots and lots daily.  It would not be a Gilmore Girls party without coffee… or, as Lorelai orders it “coffee coffee coffee!”  That does not mean THREE coffees at once, it means bring me coffee fast!  Coffee.  And, if you’re going for the Emily Gilmore aesthetic, drink your coffee out of your china.
  2. Junk food, and lots of it
    When Gilmore Girls watch things, they grab a wide variety of junky food from Doose’s Market and Luke’s Diner.  I won’t be able to go there, but I can get a large amount of candy, cookies, pizza and burgers from around here.  It’ll almost be like watching it with the real Gilmore Girls.  Now, if only I could also have their metabolisms… 😉
  3. A buddy to watch with
    Bonus points if it’s someone you can talk really really fast with, or your mom.
  4. PJs
    Bonus points if they’re plaid, or have various pictures of Jackson in wrestling poses on it.  Alternatively, you could have your hair nicely brushed and you could be wearing lip gloss, making Paris Geller’s life seem really unfair.
  5. Books
    There’s definitely not going to be time to read said books, what with all the Gilmore Girls to watch.. but it’ll probably make you feel better knowing that they’re on hand anyway… just in case 😉

Hope you enjoy watching the revival! I know I will

xoxo,
Alysa

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Forever Living Products – A Review!

Forever Living Product review

I recently got the opportunity to try out some products from Forever Living, an Aloe Vera company.  My friend, Kim, has been selling these products for a little over a year now, and she invited me to test some of them!  She brought over a lovely basket with various goodies, and it was so much fun going through everything inside the basket.  Forever Living Products work really hard to ensure the best quality Aloe Vera, so all the Aloe Vera is from their own plantations.  They don’t use herbicides or pesticides in any of their plantations, they don’t test on animals and many of the products are considered Kosher and Halal.

Forever Living Product review

Everything is made with Aloe Vera gel, which is, in my opinion, the next big thing.  Moms joke that you can fix anything with breast milk or coconut oil.  I think that Aloe Vera should be added to that list. It’s truly a versatile little plant!

When I first got the basket, I was surprised by how many things you could do with Aloe Vera.  I was under the impression that it was only used on sunburns.  Boy, was I wrong!  In this basket was anything you could think of!  From straight Aloe Vera gelly, to hand sanitizer, even an aftershave!  My two favourite products were the Aloe Vera gelly and the shampoo and conditioner.

Forever Living Product review

I have been growing out my hair lately, and this Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for that.  It is moisture-enriched, which was so great for the fall weather.  I find that my hair starts to get really staticy and dry in the fall and winter, so this was a great help in combating that.  I also really liked the way it smelled and the formula.  It wasn’t to thick or too thin, it was just right.

Forever Living Product review

My other favourite thing was the Aloe Vera Gelly.  This is what is commonly known to be used to soothe sunburns, but it can be used for so many other things!  I personally used it on the after-effects of a pimple.  It helped the redness go down, and healed it right up!  I also really liked that, unlike store brand Aloe Vera, this gelly was totally clear and so it doesn’t stain clothes.  I enjoyed the smell as well.  This can even be used on gums of teething babies as it’s perfectly safe to ingest.

If you’d like more information, check out Kim’s website – Forever Living – Luminescence 

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this product to test in exchange for this review, and the opinions stated here are all my own.

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Make Your Own Advent Calendar for Adults

DIY Advent Calendar for Adults

It’s nearly December 1, which means it’s nearly time to start using our Advent calendars!  For our entire marriage, Andrew and I have made each other Advent calendars.  Last year and this year, however, I get to use the one they sell at David’s Tea!  I still like making one for my husband though.  I had considered getting him one from the supermarket, but I felt that the chocolate ones were boring and uninspired.  Plus, you can’t add cute little notes in those ones.  So, I’ve made one for him again this year!  Here’s what I did:

Step One: Collect All the Supplies

DIY Adult Advent Calendar

  • 1 empty advent calendar from David’s Tea (or, you could use the Starbucks one, like I did last year.  Find my post about it here)
  • Various treats, depending on the person you’re making it for
  • Paper & a pen

Step Two: Write Cute Notes

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Write 24 random cute notes specific to your person.  I’ve done cute quotes, I’ve put activities I want to do with them on the day it gets picked, etc.  I’ve also done one where it was a bunch of puns and pick up lines based on my husband’s interests.  Whatever you want!  I just really like the cute notes because I think it adds a little something extra to it!

Step Three: Fill Calendar With Treats

DIY Advent Calendar
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Since I bought a variety of prepackaged and not prepacked treats, I was able to put some directly into the boxes, and the others I put into the tea containers from the advent calendar!  It was so nice to be able to reuse these little tins because they are so cute. Plus, Andrew will have a sneak peek of what treat he’s bringing with him for lunch that day 😉

Step Four: Put them back at random

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And give to your giftee, or enjoy for yourself! <3

I think my favourite thing about this calendar this year was the fact that I was able to reuse the adorable calendar from last year!  I love that I could use every part, and my husband gets his own individual and unique advent calendar.  Plus, this would be great for kids, too.  If you use the little tins, you can put in a kid-appropriate amount of candy, too!

xoxo,
Alysa

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The Blessings of Unity: Book Review & Giveaway

The Blessings of Unity book review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a marriage book, “The Blessings of Unity” by Richard T. Case by Flyby Promotions.  The book was given to me in exchange for my review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

As per the back cover, “The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts: 1. Abiding in the vine and walking in the spirit, and 2. Learning and applying the concept of unity.”

This was a short book, but it covers a lot of material.  Each chapter offers many, many examples in scripture, as well as many itemized lists.  There are many tips for ways we can live together in unity in our marriages, and based on scripture.

However, I found this book to be a little dry for my liking.  I much prefer books like this to include personal stories where the advice given either works, or examples of when the advice was needed.  I enjoy books that are a little more conversational.

When I read books such as this one, I often check the author’s bio in the back, to see about their life and their marriage.  I found it really interesting, and a little weird that there was no mention of a marriage in this author’s bio.  Is he even married?  His bio talks about his business experience, and I felt that was a little out of place for a book on marriage.  Additionally, I have to say that I was a little turned off by the introduction when he talks about how children are bombarded with peer pressure, and includes “the gay agenda” as a type of peer pressure.  What is the gay agenda?  This did not seem to come up in the rest of the book, either, so it felt very out of place.

I agree that unity is a huge thing in a marriage, and, especially when kids are involved, being on the same page as your spouse is very very important.  “The Blessings of Unity” covers a lot of really great material on that.  And I really liked that it is primarily based on scripture, and gives actual usable tips on what we can do to have more unity in our marriages.

How would you like to find out for yourself?
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Or, you can purchase the book here!

xoxo,
Alysa

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Tea for Two – 2nd Birthday Tea Party!

My little girl just turned TWO, and to celebrate we threw her a tea party!

This year, we kept it on the smaller side, so we could have a sit down lunch.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

We set it up so that two tables could fit into our dining room, and then I filled each table with food.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

I put up a wall of pictures of Autumn from the last year.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

I made a big floral A for Autumn

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For lunch we had fancy sandwiches (cream cheese, egg salad, and chicken salad), bruschetta, and fruit skewers.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

Tea for Two birthday party

For dessert, I made cupcakes, and sugar cookies, and we had Polish candies, vinatarta, and cream puffs and nanaimo bars (not pictured).

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I decorated tea cups for everyone to take home with them!

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And, of course, a few different types of tea.

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It was an amazing day, and I’m so happy with how things turned out for my little girl.

Autumn’s outfit:
Dress: thrifted // shoes: Baby Gap // hairband: Little Stitches by Brandi Little

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 5 months

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So… a few weeks ago… Aiden turned 5 months old!  (But then Halloween happened, and Autumn’s birthday, and this post got put on the back burner, so to speak haha)

Aiden is growing so much! He’s mostly in 6 month stuff, but in some 6-9 and some 6-12, depending on the brand.  He’s constantly on the move and he is so strong.  If we’re holding him, he wants to be upright, and he wants to be standing (with help).  He’s always kicking and always moving something.  Aiden has gotten to be VERY grabby.  He loves to grab at toys, books, coffee mugs, my hair, ANYTHING in front of him.  He has a very strong grip, too.

His favourite thing is to watch his sister.. he’s started grabbing at her, too.  He loves to listen to her talk to him, and he loves to watch her play.  He’s not yet crawling, but he’s moving so much that I have a feeling it will be soon that he’ll start trying.  His favourite toy is the Happy Driver toy (which is a steering wheel and dashboard), and he loves being held.

Aiden is still sleeping about 95% of the night in his crib, which is great.  He had a bit of a rough patch or a sleep regression, but seems to be back to sleeping normally.  We have our lovely bedtime routine, and it’s really working for all of us.  Aiden celebrated his first Halloween and went as Pugsley Addams!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Supported In Breastfeeding: Book Review + Free PDF

It’s 3am, and I’m sitting in my son’s nursery.  It’s quiet, with only the small amount of light coming from a little owl lamp on his bookshelf.  My husband is asleep, my daughter is asleep.  It feels like it’s just us two.  I’m tired (exhausted), but I love this.  I love cuddling my little one and helping him fall back to sleep again.  I love holding him in his sleep, and I love knowing that I can give him everything he needs in this moment.  This is what breastfeeding looks like to us, right now.

But, breastfeeding didn’t always look like that for me.  It can be hard.  It can be painful.  It can be stressful.  Sometimes I accidentally flash an entire room of people without trying.  Sometimes, I don’t care because I need my baby to eat.  Sometimes it feels as though I am all alone in this.

And that is why Supported In Breastfeeding is such an important book for breastfeeding moms.  If you’re breastfeeding, or planning on breastfeeding your baby, you should read this book.  Because none of us are really alone in this.  We’re all going through very similar things with breastfeeding.  Whether your baby takes to it immediately, or you struggle with it.. we’re all in this together.  Supported In Breastfeeding has 20+ stories from real life moms who have been right where you are, and that was so encouraging to read.

As I read through this book, I could relate to so many of the different stories.  I found myself nodding along with all the struggles and triumphs that these breastfeeding mamas described.  I felt so connected to the women in the book, even though I’ve never met any of them.  Their stories are so similar to my story.  I would recommend this book to any woman who wants to breastfeed their baby <3

Supported In Breastfeeding book review

Are you currently breastfeeding, or about to start breastfeeding when your baby comes?  Check out this PDF – Essential Breastfeeding Guide – free just for you! <3

Find more information about Supported In Breastfeeding & buy it here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I was able to read this book in advance of release in exchange for this review, the opinions stated here are my honest ones.

 

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