Bump Day: Week 33!

dress: thrifted // shirt: Joe Fresh // necklace: gift // bracelet: Pandora

 

 

How far along?
33 Weeks

Baby Size:
Weighs about as much as a pineapple (aka ~4lbs 6oz)

Total weight gain:
Alysa + pineapple

Maternity clothes?
None.. though I am seriously considering getting some pants!

Stretch marks?
None

Sleep:
Really inconsistent.  I’m constantly tossing and turning, so I’m constantly waking up in the middle of the night.  Luckily, I am able to sleep in for part of the mornings, so I’ve been taking full advantage of that.

Best moment this week:
Relaxing in a mineral pool with some girlfriends!  We went out to Hecla Resort. It was SO much fun :)

Movement:
Still lots of movement! I had a really scary moment over the weekend though.  My ribcage and upper back started hurting a LOT. A little googling told me that the baby was stuck in my ribcage.  I didn’t even know that was a thing that could happen!! It REALLLLY hurt. Something else that I wish people had warned me about being pregnant.  Randomly feeling like all of your ribs are broken.  It lasted about an hour and has been fine ever since.

Food cravings:
Same as last week: Ketchup chips & jello haha

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On!

Happy or moody most of the time:
Pretty happy! Unless the baby is stuck in my ribcage or I’m really tired haha

Looking forward to:
Seeing these little baby feet in person! I can make out when it is a foot kicking me in the side, so I’m really excited to be able to see what these little toesies look like <3

xoxo,
Alysa

8th time on Links a la Mode!

I’m so excited to be included in this list of great blog posts this week! It’s such a great way to see what others are writing about, and I hope you check out some of the other blogs included in this list.

 

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So Many Great Pieces

This week had so many great links, it was super hard to decide which ones to pick. Like a wardrobe filled with amazing clothing, sometimes it’s just overwhelming to chose the best among greats. I know, #firstworldproblems. Leave it to us to find a way to complain about being so lucky. This week, it’s all about having fun, enjoying life and getting on top of things. You know, striking the perfect balance. Sure, the perfect balance doesn’t exist, but it’s sure as heck worth trying!

September 11th, 2014

SPONSOR: Shopbop Amber Sceats, Day Birger, Public School, Etudes Studio, Men’s LBT, CSBLA, Doma, Sophie Hulme, Dav, Furla Bags & Women’s Watches

Have a great week!
xoxo,
Alysa

eShakti.com dress review

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dress: c/o eShakti.com – find it here // heels: thrifted // hairband: Simons // necklace: thrifted // bracelets: various places, including Le Chateau & F21 // heart ring: Aldo Accessories

 

 

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I was so excited when eShakti.com contacted me a little while ago to review one of their dresses on this blog.  I had seen other bloggers that I follow review their dresses, and they always looked so beautiful, so when I was asked it was like Christmas come early!

There were so many to choose from, too! I had a really difficult time picking, but eventually went with this one.  I liked the fact that it had stretch to it, so I can wear it now (when I was 6 months pregnant), and I’ll be able to wear it after I have the baby.  The versatility of the fabrics available was something I was really looking for, especially considering I wanted to be able to wear the dress right away!!

One thing that I really liked about eShakti was the fact that they give you the options to customize it.  For this dress in particular, you were given the option of making the hemline longer or shorter.  I find that hemlines don’t always fall in the right places in some dresses, so being given the option of lowering or raising the hemline on something is such a great option!  Also, you could put in your own measurements specifically, and they’ll make it just for you.  I don’t think there are too many websites that have that option available.

I decided to wear the dress to my friend’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s themed bachelorette party!  It was fun to be able to dress it up.  I love the way it fit, and the length.  I would definitely order other things from eShakti.com in the future.

Do you like what you see here and want to order your own dress?  Just put in the code “alysalovely” in the promotional code box, and you will receive 10% off your order!  Code valid until October 9, 2014, you can use it as many times as you’d like.. just not on promo/sale items.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Day: Week 32

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dress: Modcloth (stylish surprise) // heels: Le Chateau // sweater: gift (Roxy) // scarf: gift // necklace: gift // hairband: F21

 

 

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How far along?
32 weeks

Baby Size:
As long as a stalk of kale (aka approx 16.5inches long)

Total weight gain:
I haven’t been keeping track of this, and I’m pretty glad that I haven’t.  I see the weight on the scale when they weigh me every two weeks at the Doctor’s office, but it’s not in pounds so I have no frame of reference for how much weight I’ve gained.  I think that if there were a problem, my doctor would say something, and she hasn’t so I’m happy with how much weight I’ve gained over this pregnancy.  And I don’t normally share this because I think it doesn’t matter.  What’s important is that the baby seems to be healthy, and that I’m staying healthy.  That’s it!

Maternity clothes?
None!  I am adding more clothes to the “Does Not Fit” rack every day, but I haven’t purchased any maternity specific clothes as of yet.

Stretch marks?
None I can see, and I am not looking ;)

Sleep:
On and off good.  I am having trouble with my legs hurting at night because of how I’m sleeping on my side, and that wakes me up at night.

Best moment this week:
My birthday party! It was so nice to have so many of my friends all in one place <3 I definitely felt the love.

Miss anything?
Being able to wear “real” pants! aka non-stretch pants.  It’s nice that I have leggings and yoga pants, and I have been able to wear them throughout my pregnancy, but it would be nice to wear some tailored pants, too! Or jeans.  I never thought I’d miss wearing jeans, but seeing everyones back to school styles that include jeans.. makes me miss it!

Movement:
Tonnes! All the time! I love it though. It’s reassuring to be able to feel little kicks, nudges and even hiccups all day.

Food cravings:
JELLO! My husband thinks that this is hilarious, and it also makes him happy because of how cheap jello is haha

Symptoms:
I get winded easily.  I get to walk from the toonie lot to my classroom in Frank Kennedy on Tuesdays for class, and that was a tough walk yesterday!  I’ll have to be sure to get there earlier so I can take my time.

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or moody most of the time:
Pretty happy most of the time, but it really depends on the day (and how productive I’ve been that day)

Looking forward to:
Being done all this work for school!! I can’t wait to be done :)

xoxo,
Alysa

Birthday Giveaway!

Since it was just my birthday, and a pretty big one at that, I thought it might be fun to do some kind of giveaway to celebrate that, but I wasn’t sure how big I could make it, or what I could give.  So when I heard that Lauren from PinkOnTheCheek.com wanted to do a big giveaway for HER birthday, I thought I should get in on it!
There were a lot of other bloggers who also wanted to get in on it, too:

Birthday Giveaway

here are all the prizes:

Five Birds Crafts $15 to Five Birds Crafts // Lindsay Living Vegan $15 to Whole Foods // AlysaLovely $15 to Starbucks // Sarah Cooks the Books $15 to Etsy // Glamorously Mommy $15 to Sephora // Beth Animal Print $15 to Nordstrom // Unbelievably Human $15 to iTunes // Team Wiking and Wonder Thrills $30 to Amazon // Banana Grove Designs $15 to Banana Grove Designs // Pink on the Cheek $15 to Target

Since I’m on wordpress.com, I apparently can’t post the actual widget here for you to join the giveaway, so please follow this link here: a Rafflecopter giveaway and enter!

The fun specifics and giveaway fine print:
Giveaway begins 9/8/2014 and ends 9/15/2014 at 11:59 p.m.. Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter and winning entries verified. If winning entry is not complete, prize will be voided and another winner will be chosen. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Gift cards are chosen by each individual blogger and are mailed out separately to the winner in increments of $15 per blogger. Winner will have to provide a valid mailing address and email address, which will be kept confidential, in order to claim their prizes from all parties involved. All individual blogs are responsible for fulfilling their own respective prizes and will have the gift card in the mail or through email to you within one week of verification of winning. Gift Cards are sent out in $15 increments. AlysaLovely, nor any other blog, is not held liable for unfulfilled prizes from other bloggers and/or vendors involved with this giveaway and all associated with this giveaway are hereby not held liable for any issues with the winnings. Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram and not in ANY way involved with this giveaway and are hereby released of any responsibility or liability.

Good Luck! I’ll announce a winner next week :)

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Day!

What a weekend!  I spent my whole birthday weekend with friends and loved ones, and it was amazing!  On Friday night, my husband and I had our youth small groups over for a bonfire, and it didn’t rain the whole time! It was great, especially since they were all meeting new leaders, and it was nice that they were able to meet them in a really casual way.
Then on Saturday (my birthday) I spent the day at church talking about youth and the things that will be happening this year.  It seems like it’s going to be a really great year in youth ministry, and I’m happy to play even a small part in that.  It looks like I won’t be there as much as I have in the past (baby and all), but I’m happy to be there for a small portion of it.
Saturday night, I got to have a birthday party here at the house! It was great to be able to see so many of our friends and have them over.

Here are some other things that are making me happy this week:

This article came out last week, and I am in agreement with all the reasons.

I can’t wait to try this recipe tonight for my small group!

I love my closet! I love these tips for great closets, too :)

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: Thirty, Flirty, & Thriving

it’s my birthday! I can’t believe that I’m 30. It’s weird tbh.

Here are some of the pics I took this past week on Instagram:

cutting up all the apples to make all the pies // saw WICKED (it was phenomenal!)
this selfie was a result of multi-tasking // getting ready for a beautiful wedding
i made dat pie! + awesome quote <3 // this weeks baby bump picture!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
Alysa

Birthday Wish List

 

dress: Keiko Lynn/Postlapsaria // belt: Wet Seal // booties: thrifted (Aldo) // hairband: F21 // necklace: 1-gift, 2-Prairie Blossoms on Etsy

 

 

I can’t believe that I’m turning 30 tomorrow!  Where did my 20’s go? like really.  It’s surreal, but I think I’m pretty much ready.  At any rate, I have been thinking a lot lately about somethings I want for my birthday, and here is what I’ve come up with:

1. A massage
A prenatal massage would be LOVELY!  I’ve been having problems with lower back pain over the last couple of weeks or so, and having a massage would be amazing.

2. My nursery to be done
Lets be real. At this point, it’s still pretty much just boxes and storage of other things (with a crib!)  It’ll be nice to have it finished so we know where we’re going to put the baby when it comes.

3. Mario Kart on the Wii
I love anything Mario, and I’d love to be able to play some Mario games on our Wii.. which is hooked up, waiting to be played with.  The last time I used it though was when I was playing with the Wii Fit every day, which was before I got pregnant.

4. The first season of Sex and the City
Now that I’m done watching Gossip Girl, I thought I’d re-watch through the series of Sex and the City.  Which was going to be perfect, because I have them on DVD… well… except for the first season.  Which is kind of important.  I had inherited the dvds from my sister when she moved away, and I totally forgot that we had the first season on VHS! Yikes!  At least I have season 2-6 & the movie on DVD, right?  All I want is the first season (and with the old looking boxes… so they match the ones I already have ;) )

5. Starbucks gift card!!
I always want this, at any time of year tbh.  Can’t get enough. It would be lovely to have more money for Sbux going into the school year.

That’s it though.  I would normally want clothes.. but there’s no real point in buying clothes that I’m only going to be able to wear for a few months.

xoxo,
Alysa

How to be more like Blair Waldorf


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I recently re-watched through Gossip Girl on Netflix, and I have to say that my love for the show AND my love for Blair Waldorf grew with this second watching.  Now, I won’t say that everything Blair does is perfect and that she’s this amazing role model in every single way, but she is a pretty great role model in a lot of ways… and they are some ways that I never noticed before, or thought about.

Here are some things that struck me about Blair in watching through this time, and things I’d like to improve on in my own life:

1. Work Hard

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Something that always comes up about Blair (and especially about the difference between Blair and Serena) is that Blair works really hard for everything she has.  It’s not just about perfect grades, or getting into the best universities.. but she works hard on her relationships, her friendships, and pretty much everything that she felt was worth having.  It definitely helps that she’s ridiculously wealthy, but that’s beside the point.  Blair works her butt off to get the things that she wants out of life, and that’s something that can be taken away regardless of how much money is in the bank.

2. Be Loyal

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Despite what you might think about the fights and feuds she has with Serena, I think it’s pretty obvious that Blair remains loyal to her.  When it comes to the friends she has, it doesn’t matter when they talked last, or who is mad at who.. when it really comes down to it, Blair is there for her friends time and time again when they need her.  And that loyalty is extended to her family and even Dorota!  I think it’s pretty admirable.

3. Delegate

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Delegating can be a major part of getting anything done, and something that I personally have the most trouble with.  But not Blair! She gives all the dirty work to her group of minions (and others), and they get the job done.  Her leadership style is a little questionable at times, but the fact is that delegation is huge, and ultimately, it can be quite necessary.

4. Accessorize

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I know this one isn’t quite as important as the other ones… but it’s something else I would like to work on for myself.  In watching through Gossip Girl, I loved so many of Blair’s accessories!  From the myriad of hairbands, to all the other types of jewellery she wears, she always looks really put together.  I know I feel more confident when I go out in a complete look, and I think that accessories are part of that.  Might seem silly, but the perfect necklace/hairband combination is always fun to find! ;)

5. Plan Ahead

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Blair always seemed to be at least one or more steps ahead when it came to the scheming and getting things done.  She anticipated any outcome, and was ready for it.  However that looks in your life, pre-planning can be huge.  If it means setting really great (achievable) goals, or writing to-do lists, planning ahead and being prepared is something that I’d like to work on, ESPECIALLY with a baby on the way.

What are some of Blair’s other traits that you admire?

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 31!

 

shirt: clothing swap // leggings: Victoria’s Secret // sandals: H&M // hairband: F21

 

How far along?
31 Weeks

Baby Size:
Weighs as much as a coconut (aka approx 3lbs 5oz)

Maternity clothes?
None. I can’t wear all of my pre-pregnancy clothes.. but I’m still wearing a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes!

Stretch marks?
Nope

Sleep:
Okay I guess.  It depends on the night, but I’m still tossing and turning a LOT!

Best moment this week:
Being able to stand up for my two best friends on their wedding day!

Miss anything?
I wasn’t able to dance as much as I would have liked at the reception haha. I danced for like a song and a half and needed to sit down.  Oh well, it was still an amazing night.

Movement:
Lots of movement! Gotta love the kicks to the ribs, too

Food cravings:
Chips!!! Ketchup chips!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Not really! This was a good week for smells

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
Still on!

Happy or moody most of the time:
I think I’m back to being happy most of the time! It’s gotten cooler out, and I feel like my grumpiness came from the extreme heat and humidity we’ve been having.

Looking forward to:
School starting! I can have access to my online stuff tomorrow, and I have my (last) first class on Tuesday!  Eek, that’s weird to say, but it’s true! I’m almost done and that will be my LAST first class!  So excited to graduate.

Anything else you’d like to know? Ask in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa