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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How to celebrate St Patrick’s Day if you don’t drink

How To Celebrate St Patrick's Day

There are certain holidays where it’s almost unfair to be pregnant during them, and St Patrick’s Day is one of them.  There always seems like lots to do to celebrate St Patrick’s Day that involve drinking.  There are pub crawls, various green beverages (such as the green Smirnoff Ice I enjoyed my first time having alcohol at St Patrick’s Day when I was in grade 12, don’t judge me), and, of course, Guiness!  But what if you can’t drink due to pregnancy or other reasons, or you are simply not interested in anything that has the word “crawl” in it?  Here are some alternatives!

Call it the right thing
I’ve seen so many social media posts about St Patty’s Day, and that’s just wrong.  If you’re going to shorten it, please please please do so correctly!  It’s St PADDY’S day, not St Patty’s day.  Paddy is short for Patrick, and Patty is short for Patricia.  There is, in fact, a St Patricia!  She is the patron saint of Naples.  She was said to be a noblewoman but ran away from an unwanted marriage to become a nun.  After her father died, she went back and distributed her wealth to the poor.  She was planning on going to Jerusalem, she was shipwrecked in Naples and eventually died of disease there.  Her feast day is August 25th, so if you want to celebrate St Patty’s Day, it’s actually not till August 😉  So please please please, St Paddy!!

Wear green
This is the most obvious one.  It’s so easy to forget to wear green, but then you’ll get pinched! To prevent yourself from being pinched this March 17, just wear some green.  If you need some inspiration, check out some ideas for St Patrick’s Day Outfits here!

Learn about the history
St Patrick was actually a fairly interesting person.  He was British but captured by Irish raiders and forced to live in Ireland for many years as a captive.  He made his way back to Britain and became a priest, but was called back to Ireland to help convert a number of Irish people from paganism to Christianity.  Since he had lived there for much of his life, he already knew a lot about Irish culture and the Irish language, so we was able to use symbols to help get across to the Irish.  He is the patron saint of Ireland.  This is a fairly basic history, but it’s definitely worth it to do some more searching.

Watch an Irish movie
Especially after the movie Room saw a win at the Academy Awards for Best Actress, one way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day would be to watch some Irish movies!  If you’re not sure what to watch, or if you’re not interested in Room, check out this list of the Top Ten Irish Movies of All Time.  It’ll be especially fun if you’re also eating green food to go with it! 😉

What do you have planned for St Patrick’s Day on Thursday?

xoxo,
Alysa

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