Valentine’s Day Ideas for Parents

Valentine’s Day is coming up and as a parent of little ones, sometimes that means figuring out a date night for after bedtime, right in your own home!  I love stay-in date nights, especially in the winter, because you don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t have to go out in the cold, and you don’t have to scramble for a sitter. Win-Win!  Here are a few ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day Date Night In <3

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Alright, let’s set the scene.  The kids are in their beds, they’re actually asleep!  It’s Valentine’s Day. You and your significant other go to the dining room to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day Date Night In.  What do you need?

01 // A pretty candle to make your after dinner desert romantic
I like having a candle burning of ambiance, but especially on Valentine’s Day!  We’ll have a nice dessert and a hot beverage, and have a candle going!  It’ll be so lovely.

02 // Matching Couples Mugs for your coffee or tea
What’s better than Luke & Leia quotes for your Valentine’s Day Date?  The lines are classic, plus, it’s really cute to have matching mugs <3

03 // A game to play for two
What could be more romantic then trying to get your affections known by the princess?  Love Letter is a fun game to play with two or more, so it’s perfect for a date night with your love.  It’s also really easy to play, and quick, so it works well if you don’t have a lot of time to play!

04 // A gift to personalize for your love
It’s fun to write cute messages to each other, and this journal is even cuter because you can write in whatever you want in an adorable package!

05 // Couples Pillowcases … to end the night 😉
I love the idea of matching pillowcases for the bed, and these are just darling!  <3

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bold

I’ve been writing this post in my head for a few days now. At the beginning of every year, I have been picking a word for what I want the year to be about and I’ve decided that the word for 2017 is BOLD. 
 

I love all the definitions of this word. I want to be impactful, vivid, bright, strong, daring, brave, take risks & show confidence. I want to stand up for myself and others when things bug me. I want to make 2017 BOLD.

Now, to figure out how 😉 

What’s your word for 2017?

Happy New Year! 

Xoxo, Alysa 

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Our Christmas Tree 2016

I love our tree this year so much.  It’s HUGE!  Andrew went on the first day they were available, and picked the tallest one he could find.  It was packaged so nicely that it led us to believe that it would be a tall skinny tree.  Well, we unwrapped it and KA-POW! GIANT!  It takes up so much of the living room, but I don’t care. I love it so much!

And every year Christmas with Autumn is more fun than the last.  This year, she’s more aware of things.  She was there when Andrew brought home this tree, so any time anyone mentions the tree, she talks about how Daddy brought it home haha. It’s really cute!

xoxo,
Alysa

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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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Fun “Holidays” To Celebrate in November

Fun Things To Celebrate This Month

November is Novel Writing Month!

If you’re wondering what else to celebrate with cute pictures on Instagram, here are all the fun holidays you can celebrate this month so you can prepare 😉

November 2 – Deviled Eggs Day
November 3 – Housewife’s Day
November 5 – Gunpowder Day (Remember, remember the 5th of November…)
November 6 – Nachos Day
November 7 – Hug A Bear Day
November 10 – Sesame Street Day
November 11 – Origami Day & Pocky Day
November 12 – Fancy Rat & Mouse Day
November 13 – World Kindness Day
November 14 – Pickle Day
November 15 – I Love To Write Day
November 16 – Fast Food Day and Buttons Day
November 17 – Homemade Bread Day
November 18 – Mickey Mouse Day
November 19 – World Toilet Day & International Men’s Day (SO NOW we know that there shouldn’t be complaining on International Women’s Day…just sayin’)
November 25 – Buy Nothing Day
November 26 – Cake Day
November 28 – French Toast Day
November 29 – Square Dancing Day

So there you go! Which are you most excited about celebrating?  I think my personal faves are Cake Day and Fast Food Day 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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Mama & Me Halloween Costume Inspiration

Halloween is next Monday, and as a mama with a couple of littles, I really enjoy dressing up with them for things.  I know a lot of mamas have stuff during the day that they take their little ones to, such as a mama and me class, so I thought it would be fun to think up some last minute costume ideas for a mom to do with her baby or toddler!  All of these costumes have the option to add the dad, and you can even wear these on your own.. so you have the option of going trick-or-treating with your child in co-ordinating costumes, and then go to an adult Halloween party without your child 😉

 

Mama & Me Halloween

 

Alice in Wonderland featuring the White Rabbit!  Both mama and baby get to wear really cute costumes, plus Alice individually still makes sense as a costume!  If you want to add the dad, he could dress up as The Mad Hatter or the Cheshire Cat.
Mama & Me Halloween

 

Princess Leia and Baby Yoda is perfect for any Star Wars loving mama.  To add the dad: Han Solo!

Mama & Me Halloween Costume

 

The classic glam look, Holly Golightly and her cat, the aptly named Cat.  To add the dad: the up and coming writer Paul Varjack, or random 1960’s suitor 😉

What other costumes could you do to coordinate with your baby?

xoxo,
Alysa

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What We Wore: Halloween

It’s almost Halloween! I’ve been working like a busy little bee trying to make our Halloween costumes for this year.  I’m no where near being done, but I have all week, so it’s all good, right?

I thought I’d share some of the Halloween costumes we’ve worn in the past.  My husband and I like to dress up together, and since we started having kids, we love dressing up with them, too!

Arrested Development Halloween Costume

Halloween 2011 – We went as Lindsay Bluth-Funke and Tobias Funke (specifically after he “blue” himself)

The Beckhams Halloween Costume

Halloween 2013 – The Beckhams!

Game of Thrones Halloween Costumes

Halloween 2014 – Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo,  This one was a lot of fun! I was pregnant with Autumn at the time, and decided to go with the “Mother of Dragons” theme

Little Red Riding Hood Family Costume

Halloween 2015 – Little Red Riding Hood, Granny & the Huntsman!
The focus of this costume was obviously Autumn’s costume haha 😉

What are you going to go as for Halloween this year?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day everyone!  I hope that whatever you’re doing today, it’s super fun and super Canadian! If you need any ideas for fun things to do, you can check out the list of Canadian things I came up with on election day.  They still apply, aside from the voting selfie and actually going to vote that is.  But everything else would be excellent ways to celebrate Canada Day!

What are you doing for Canada Day today?

xoxo,
Alysa

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