Half Moon Drive In

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dress: thrifted // jacket: Forever 21 // scarf: Little Stitches By Brandi Little // shoes: Target

Half Moon Diner

On the way out to the retreat last weekend, we stopped at the Half Moon Drive In for dinner.  It’s such a cute little retro restaurant that I had to take some pictures.  We both got double bacon cheeseburgers (which, I thought that meant it was going to be double bacon.. it was double burgers haha) and milkshakes.  It’s a super cute restaurant and a definite must see in Manitoba (in my opinion).  Plus, it was just fun to go get something to eat at an interesting and unique restaurant.  And, I had never been there before.  It was great!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Baby, Baby! Book Review & Giveaway

Baby, Baby by Diane Stortz

I am so excited to be able to review the board book Baby, Baby! by Diane Stortz!  It’s a perfect little book for  both of my babies.  It is absolutely adorable.  It describes all the thing that babies do in the sweetest little rhyme.  It also explains how much God loves babies, and how much God loves the reader!

It finishes with a mirror, and there’s a place where mama or daddy can write their child’s name.  It’s so cute that it can be personalized to the child reading the book.  God loves us all, and children benefit when they are included in the story.

I also really love that it is a board book.  My daughter loves reading, and she’s been able to turn pages on books since she was about 6-7 months old, and I hope that my son will have the same passion for reading as well.  Board books are a great way for little ones to learn how to turn pages in books, without accidentally ripping them.  Plus, the interactiveness of the mirror is a lot of fun for little ones.

Baby, Baby by Diane Stortz

My daughter especially loved to look at the little mirror at the end of the book.

This is a really fun book to add to our regular rotation!

I also have a copy of the book to give away! Just do the activities in this rafflecopter to enter.  I will announce a winner here in one week.  Giveaway is open to Canada and the Continental U.S.

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And, if you’d like to purchase the book, you can do so here!

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this book at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review, all opinions stated here are my own.

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Church Retreat at Camp Cedarwood

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This past weekend, we were able to get out of the city and go totally off the grid, to spend time with our church community at Camp Cedarwood here in Manitoba.

We’ve been going to our new church for a few months now, and it was so nice to get to know a few more of the people who go to church with us.  There’s only so much time on a Sunday morning, and all summer we’ve been busy pretty much every weekend, so this was such a great opportunity for us.

Plus, it was absolutely beautiful out there! It was so great to be able to worship together, and just be in community all weekend long, without any distractions.

Hope you had an excellent weekend, too!

xoxo,
Alysa

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bye bye summer

new mama style

top: American Apparel // leggings: SweetLegs // scarf: thrifted

new mama style

It’s crazy that summer is over.  Well, almost over. Technically, the last day of summer is next week, but it already feels like fall around here.  Which is really really nice.  It was pretty hot here all summer, and with a new baby, I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it.. especially at night.  But it’s getting cooler now!  It’s a relief haha

It also means that all my fave fall fashion-y things are coming out.  My sweaters, my scarves, my BOOTS! I love it! Looking forward to wearing all the fun fall things soon. <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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5 Shows to Watch on Netflix with your Kids

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I often hear parents lamenting about the types of shows their children are into.  Either it’s too much, or the character is too annoying, or whatever it is.  Children’s shows are definitely a big topic for parents.  If your kids must watch tv, it should at least be something semi-educational or, let’s face it, fun for you to watch!  Here are my current favourites to watch with my daughter (and they don’t make me roll my eyes or want to leave the room):

01 // The Magic School Bus
“Please let this be a normal field trip!” “With the Frizz? NO WAY!”
Let’s be real.  This show is enjoyable for me to watch because of the nostalgia.  I used to love watching this show as a kid, and I’m so happy to be able to watch it with my daughter now.  And she loves it, too! She’s constantly asking for “bus”.  It’s so fun to watch with her.

02 // Puffin Rock
This show is so adorable.  It’s about a little family of puffins, and the narrator is Chris O’Dodd (from Bridesmaids/The I.T. Crowd).  It’s a very cute show, and very visually appealing.

03 // Beat Bugs
This is a kids show that uses Beatles songs to tell the stories and teach lessons.  It’s a very sweet show, and I love being able to sing along with the songs I already know.  Plus, it’s really fun to see which of the more questionable (for kids) lyrics they won’t actually sing and will instead hum for.  Plus, one of the episodes is called Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and that’s pretty rad.

04 // Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse
This show is hilarious! I enjoy it because it doesn’t take itself seriously.  It makes fun of Barbie for all her careers, and for how long her and Ken have been dating.  It’s seriously fun to watch.  I’ll give you an example.  In one episode the premise is that Barbie is learning how to drive.  Then Skipper goes “Wait, weren’t you a Nascar driver?” Yes. haha it’s too funny

05 // My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
This is a really cute show, and fun to watch! Plus, Friendship really is magic 😉

What are your favourite shows to watch with your kids?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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My Birthday Wishlist

It’s my birthday today! 🙂  Every year, I write out a little wish list, and usually I do it a few weeks before my birthday, but this year things got away from me.  I kept saying, I’ll think of things next week, next week, next week… until my birthday actually came! Here are some of the things I’m wishing for today:

01 // Rose Gold Teething Necklace from Finity Handmade
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I’ve been following Finity Handmade on Instagram for the longest time, and I’ve loved this particular necklace for a while.  It’s so pretty and shiny and pretty :hearteyes: And I’m getting it.  I ordered my own birthday present last night haha You can get it here!

02 // lace doily coasters from Little Stitches by Brandi Little
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Isn’t it just like a mom to want COASTERS for her birthday? Well I do! They’re just so pretty <3 You can find them here

03 // Garden Party Tula Toddler Carrier
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I’ve been loving on the Tula carriers for a while, and it would be nice to be able to wear my daughter at the same time as my son and this would be perfect.  Plus, look how pretty!! You can find it here

04 // STARBUCKS
I love Starbucks, and I always want Starbucks gift cards any time of year 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

 

ps: none of these are affiliate links.. I just really like these things <3

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Aiden at 3 months

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Aiden is now three months old! Which means that he is officially not a newborn anymore 🙁

He’s growing lots and lots.  He’s grown out of all of his 0-3 month sized clothes and is fitting in his 3-6 and 6 month sizes.  I’m not sure exactly how long he is, but he seems to be really long!  Granted, he was long at birth, too.

He has really good head control, and he’s starting to want to sit up on his own.  He likes looking around and seeing everyone who is there.  He likes playing peek-a-boo, and he likes when I rub my nose against his.  He LOVES his sister, and is always watching her.  When she’s around, he gets some of the biggest smiles.

He is a very good sleeper.  After Autumn and I wake up in the morning, he usually stays in bed and can sleep there for another couple of hours on his own.  He also does that at naps.  His longest stretch is 6 hours in a row at night.

Aiden fits in very well with our little family! <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Fun Holidays to Celebrate in September

Fun Holidays to Celebrate in September

Last month I shared some of the fun little “holidays” that people can celebrate in August, and I thought I’d do it again this month.  These are totally real holidays that everyone should observe.. especially Wife Appreciation day and Ice Cream Cone Day 😉

Here are the fun holidays that you can celebrate in September:

September 1: Letter Writing Day
September 2: Lazy Moms Day
September 3: World Beard Day and International Vulture Awareness Day
September 4: Pet Rock Day
September 5: Cheese Pizza Day and Be Late For Something Day
September 6: Read a Book day
September 7: Buy a Book day and Salami Day
September 8: Iguana Awareness Day and Literacy Day
September 9: Teddy Bear Day and Wonderful Weirdos Day
September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day
September 12: Video Games Day and Chocolate Milk Shake Day
September 13: Roald Dahl Day
September 15: International Dot Day and Make a Hat Day
September 17: International Eat An Apple Day and Apple Dumpling Day
September 18: Cheeseburger Day and Wife Appreciation Day
September 19: Talk Like A Pirate Day, yarr
September 21: International Day of Peace
September 22: Hobbit Day and Ice Cream Cone Day
September 25: Comic Book Day
September 26: Batman Day
September 28: Drink Beer Day
September 29: World Heart Day

What day will you be celebrating this month?

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Best Snapchat Stickers for Mamas

The Best Snapchat Stickers for Mamas

I love Snapchat.  I’ve been using it a lot in the last little while.  It’s fun to share little moments of our day in quick photos or videos.  I also LOVE to use the stickers and filters.  In my opinion, that’s the best part about this medium. It’s fun to kick up your snaps a little bit with stickers.  And as a mom, sometimes I feel like I need to add a little sarcastic or hilarious sticker!

Here are my favourite stickers for mamas:

For when your kids are finally asleep in bed and you get to spend time with your spouse!

When you’re not sure what your child is doing something weird, or throwing a fit, or getting into mischief

When you’re finally allowed that precious me-time… like at the grocery store :p

When your child is being adorable and precious <3

When your child is doing something they shouldn’t.. like taking all of the plastic containers out of the cupboard and leaving them in the living room…

What are your favourite snapchat stickers?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday: Bye August

What a week, y’all! But then, I feel like I say that every time. Having 2 under 2 sure makes life busy 😉

01 // Having a vehicle
This week, I was able to use the car all week, and it’s been SO GREAT.  Andrew usually takes the car to work, so I am at home without a vehicle.  It’s not a big deal, and we are able to use the car when we need it for doctor’s appointments and things like that.. but overall, we stay home or go places we can walk to.  I plan to start taking the bus places, but anyway! This week we had the car, so I wanted to use it as much as possible.  On Monday, I went grocery shopping during the day. Awesome.  On Tuesday, we went to the library.  It was really fun, and I liked being able to let Autumn walk around there.  She likes being there, too.  On Wednesday, I went to pick something up from a buy/sell group person, and we went to Michaels.  On Thursday, it was raining, so initially I thought we’d stay home.. but we went to a thrift store that’s supposed to be good for records (and it was). And today, we’re going to visit my Amma and we’re having lunch with her! It’s been a great week.


02 // I bought a LOOM
One of the things I found at the thrift store yesterday was a wooden loom.  I need to figure out how to use it, but I’m excited to see what I can make with it

03 // Autumn’s getting a big girl bed
We bought a twin bed for Autumn last week, and she’s going to be switching to her big girl bed TONIGHT! Wish us luck.  I’m so excited for her though! My mom saved my old Beauty and the Beast sheets from when I was a kid, and we picked up a railing.  It’s going to be the cutest little bed.  <3


04 // Christmas
I know it seems a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I don’t really care? haha I love Christmas!! My goal for this year is to be finished Christmas shopping by Halloween.  Aside from one or two gifts for like a gift exchange or something, which I won’t know who I have to buy for until November/December.  All the people I know I need to buy for, I want to have their present ready to go.  Last year, I did a thing where I purchased from local shops, or handmade gifts, and I want to do the same thing again this year!  I am starting earlier with the homemade stuff, because that does take time.  I’m excited with what I have so far 🙂 (And, for fun, there’s a picture of Aiden wearing one of his sister’s Christmas sleepers haha bc when your first baby is born in November, their Christmas sleepers might fit your second baby in August 😉 )


05 // Little Stitches by Brandi Little
I was chosen to be a brand ambassador for this amazing little etsy shop, and I made my first order this week!  I’m so excited to receive it!  You can visit her shop here! Isn’t everything just adorable?

Hope you have an excellent weekend!

xoxo,
Alysa

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