Review: Let The Little Children Come Sampler Pack

As someone who grew up in the Catholic church, I’ve seen a lot of the ways that particular branch of the church used to try to reach children and help children to understand the Bible.  There were a lot of different things, and while some of them maybe have worked.. looking back, a lot of it seemed pretty cheesy.

But good news! I have something new to share with you.  I was so excited when I was asked to review a new cool sampler pack of child evangelism tools.  I’d never considered getting something like this for the kids, and this was a great start.  The sampler pack I received is filled with a few things that you could buy more of, to give you an idea of what everything is like.  It’s the perfect little starter.

These are really cool. They are wordless bracelets (one is a silicone bracelet and the other is a kit).  Each colour represents a different idea and the children are encouraged to look at the different colours when praying.  It’s a really great visually appealing way to remember God’s love for us.

I really liked these. You fold them over and over and they tell a story.  It’s a fun thing that kids can do by themselves to learn Bible verses.  These ones were a lot of fun to use.

These are pop up books, and we really liked using these as well.  My toddler enjoyed looking at and seeing the popups, but my younger son was a bit too young for it.  As my daughter is getting older, she’s less likely to rip the pop ups out, which makes them more fun.  These were great stories as well.

I don’t think I super got these.  They were interesting, for sure, but not something I would use with my little ones.  Maybe if they were a bit older it would have worked better.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sampler pack.  The container it came in was great for my daughter to open and close herself, and we enjoyed reading through all the stories together.

If you’re interested in getting your own, check out their link 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.

 

 

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You Are My Sunshine – a Yellow themed 3rd Birthday!

This beautiful girl turned three at the beginning of the month, and we decided that 3 was the right age to have a birthday party with her friends.  Though she’s not in preschool, she is in the preschool program at church, so she invited all of her friends from there to come celebrate with us!

She’s starting to get to an age where she has definite interests, and if I had suggested it to her, I’m sure she would have wanted a Moana themed party, but we decided to go in another direction.  My daughter, Autumn, LOVES the colour yellow.  She says her favourite colours are yellow and pink, but any time she gets the choice between something yellow and any other colour, she picks yellow every time.  It was a lot of fun setting up the house in a sunshine yellow colour, and I’m so excited to share some pictures of her party with you!

These were the little party favours that we gave out!  I found the free printable on Fun Squared! Click here to get them, too!

We had all kinds of snacks and goodies.  We held the party in the morning, so coffee for the moms was a necessity! I wanted a bunch of yellow decor without going all around the city looking at different stores and I also didn’t want to pay full price, so I searched “yellow decor” on Facebook Marketplace!  I got a giant box of great decor items for $20.  It was perfect for the party.  The placemats were part of that box!

To start the party, we had all the little ones sit down and colour their own picture!  I got this free printable from Tried and True Blog!  It was so much fun, and I think the kids really liked colouring their super happy sunshine pictures.

I like to post a photo timeline of Autumn from her life.  It’s awesome to see how she grew over the last three years.  (Just, if you do this for your own child’s party, I would advise against putting this up with You’ll Be In My Heart from Tarzan playing in the background 😉 )

We got Autumn’s special birthday balloons from Party Stuff.

The mantle was one of my favourite parts.  All these flowers were in the yellow decor box, and I had so much fun putting them on the mantle there with the candles and the baby’s breath.

Autumn’s dress was from Alysalovely Littles, embroidered by The Bear Necessities.  And her headband is from The Bear Necessities, too.

Aiden was the one little boy at the party, but he had a lot of fun (especially at cake time)

xoxo,
Alysa

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A very Etsy Halloween

I LOVE Halloween!! I know it’s only the middle of September, but I basically start thinking about Halloween sometime in the spring.  Thinking about what costumes we’ll do, and how I want to decorate.  It’s such a fun holiday and I love living up holidays in whatever way I can.

I’ve compiled a list of some totally adorable and spooky things for all the Halloween lovers out there, all from handmade shops/etsy!  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I loved putting it together… something wicked this way comes! 😉

01 // Pumpkin Bracelet
This is so cute, you could wear it all year!  It’s styled so pretty, too, I love the silver with the orange.  A very subtle pumpkin bracelet.

02 // Witch Halloween Mug
I am obsessed with mugs.  I gotta have my morning coffee, and mixing up my mugs is so fun.  I love seasonal mugs for Christmas so why not Halloween, too?  This one is so much fun!

03 // Glittery Black Cat Earrings
Again, this is totally something I would wear all year.  I love cats (but am sadly allergic) so I like to represent cats in my clothing choices instead.  These are so cute, and so subtle for Halloween

04 // Decorate your own Pumpkin
This looks like such a fun game for kids! They get to pick the parts of the pumpkins face, and its made in felt! I love it.

05 // Spider Web Bow Ties!
I always find that there are so many seasonal items for little girls, but not as many for boys, which is why I LOVE this listing.  I always said I wanted to dress up my future son like a mini Chuck Bass and these little bow ties are the perfect accessory for that goal 😉

06 // Pumpkin Hair Ties
These are so adorable as well.  I love putting my hair into top knots, and these would be such a sweet addition to that.

07 // Halloween Porch Sign
I’m always looking for seasonal decor for my front porch, so this is pretty perfect.  How cute is that?? I love it!

08 // Sterling Silver Skull Necklace
This is so cool, and something a few people I know would wear all year.  It’s so unique.

09 // Witches Be Trippin’ Shirt
I love all the different slogan shirts where they turn what is normally the b word into witches.  This one is hilarious 🙂

10 // Welcome My Pretties wreath
This is so cute, I love wreaths, and especially seasonal ones.  Plus, this one isn’t the normal orange that you see a lot of, so it’s pretty cool 🙂

11 // Beware Pillow
This is a gorgeous velvet pillow, it would go with basically any home decor because it’s black and white.  It would be perfect for the month of October on your bed or couch.  It looks really soft, too.

12 // Halloween Coasters
I LOVE these coasters!  They are something you could totally have out all year, if you’re into Halloween and spooky things.  I feel that they are really subtle and no one would really notice they are seasonal unless they took a really close look.  They’re so pretty.

Do you like to decorate for Halloween? What kinds of decorations do you like to use?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

 

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Birthday Wish List!

In less than a week, it’s my birthday! I like to make a fun little wish list every year, mostly as a hint-hint to my husband (who totally reads this daily 😉 <3) but also to give others ideas for fun things they could get!

Here is my birthday wish list for this year:

01 // Treasure Bath Bomb with Rose Gold Jewellery Inside
I love love love bath bombs, and the idea of a bath bomb with jewellery inside? AMAZING!  Plus, look at how freaking gorgeous the rose gold is.  This one is more than a want/desire, it is a NEED. I NEED THIS.

02 // Mermaid Dress
This one isn’t for me so much, but for my daughter. She’d be adorable in this and she loves mermaids haha it’s so cute! I love that print so much.

03 // Pumpkin Headband
This is SO cute. I would be wearing this all of October if I had it.  It would be perfect for basically any day, and it would match really well to a romper set I made for May Market. haha so perfect!

04 // Tinker Toes
I LOVE THESE! They are so adorable. I would want a pair for me and a pair for my daughter so we could match and look SOO CUTE!! 😀

05 // Pumpkin Earrings
To match the headband, of course 😉

06 // Hand-Painted Pillowcases
OHMIGOODNESS, these are freaking gorgeous. I want them SO MUCH! <3  I can’t stop looking at them, so gorgeous and there are a number of other one of a kind hand-painted pillowcases, so you should check out the whole album.

And there you have it, that is what I want for my birthday 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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An Up inspired First Birthday

In true Alysalovely style, I am FINALLY sharing my son’s first birthday photos about three months after his first birthday.  Oops, I did it again!  At least it’s a trend and I’m not treating him any better or worse than my daughter, right?  Her first birthday post is here!

For Aiden, we put together an UP themed birthday party!  It is such a great movie, and it was so much fun to dream up all the things we put together for the party.  I am also excited to share it with you now!

In addition to all the actual helium balloons, I came up with a little game for the kids to play.  I cut out a bunch of construction paper balloons and taped them to the wall all over the main floor.  Kids could go around and count all the balloons, and if they got the answer right they won a prize! No one got it right haha they missed a few 😉

In the middle of putting helium in all the balloons.  That was such a fun thing to do.

In honour of Ellie, I painted a copy of the up house at the top of Paradise Falls.  I love how it turned out and it is still up in our living room now.  I also made him a chalkboard style poster with his stats, such as how many teeth he had at the time, and how much he weighed, and words he can say.  I find it really fun for guests to be able to see all that in one spot.

Aiden’s special cupcakes!  I found this edible paper at Michael’s, and I cut them into balloon shapes.  And I put the little paper UP house at the bottom.  I love the way it looked so much

His first cupcake! He loved it 🙂

I made him a little pilot hat for the day, and then totally forgot to put it on him for the entire party haha he was wearing his adorable UP shoes from Lanie’s Closet though <3

I made everyone Ellie Badges that we gave out as a party favour, and I had to have the jar for the Paradise Falls fund!

All the adults got Ellie Badges, and all the kids got a soda bottle shaped thing of bubbles!

All of Aiden’s monthly photos <3

I made Aiden a “My Adventure Book” and then had everyone write their wishes for baby on cards to put in the book.  It’ll be so fun for him to read them later in life <3

Some things are not pictured.  I made balloon shaped cookies, we got soda in glass bottles, and we had hot dogs and hamburgers.

Where we got things:
Shoes/1: Lanie’s Closet
Paper Up House: Disney Family
Ellie Badges: My Own Road Blog

Hope you enjoyed seeing the things we put together for Aiden’s UP themed birthday party! It was such a great day and it turned out being a really fun theme.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Unicorn Love: Events

Hi All! I hope you are ready for more Unicorn items from Etsy, because I can not stop looking at all things unicorn! Today’s post is going to be about parties and events!  I went to a really fun unicorn themed first birthday almost a year ago, and it was such a cute theme.  I love how this theme has gained popularity in recent years, and there are so many great things you can get from etsy to help with your party.

Here are some of them:

01 // Magic Rainbow Unicorn Invitations
Have you seen this unicorn? It is so perfect.  AND this one is printable, so you just download it and you can print it yourself, as many as you need.  So great for if your guest list changes at all haha

02 // Party invitations number 2!
These invitations are SO CUTE y’all! They’ve updated their pics since I grabbed this one for my collage, and are even cuter.  I liked both of these sets so much I couldn’t pick just one.

03 // Unicorn Bag
This bag is so adorable, and what a cute way to either give a gift that matches the theme, or to give little goodie bags at the end of the party.  I just love the little eyelashes, too.

04 // Pom Pom Garland
This would be so adorable at a party and even just to have up as regular decor.  You could add this to a unicorn themed nursery or kids room, or you can have it on your mantle to give your room an extra little bit of sparkle.  This is the kind of party decoration that I would leave up well after the party is over.

05 // Party Favor Printable
This would be another super cute idea for party favors.  If you’re giving something small, you just pop this card on the front and then it works perfectly with your theme.  It’s also a printable, so you can print it up right at home, at your convenience.

06 // Unicorn Hair Accessories
This would be so sweet for an older child’s birthday party favour.  This one is a little bit spendier, but if your child is having his or her closest friends over, you would only have to get a couple.  Or, it could be a really cute bff present for your child and their friend.  So cute <3

07 // Unicorn Favor Bag
Another favor bag, but it’s too cute I couldn’t help it. You could fill this with little candies or something, and it would be a sweet little thank you for coming to the party for your guests.

08 // Magical Unicorn Card
Let’s say you’re attending a unicorn party?  What would be better than a little card that goes with the theme?  This card is so fun, and it would perfectly match any unicorn or magical party you’re invited to.

Who wants to go to a unicorn party now? 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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Unicorn Love: More for Littles

Who is ready for some more magical UNICORN items? I know I literally always am!  There were so many totally adorable things for kids, that I had to split it into two posts to share everything I love that I found on Etsy.  So, here is the other unicorns for kids post! Enjoy <3

01 //  Unicorn Party Dress by December Baby
How cute is this dress? I wish we had a magical unicorn party to go to so I could get this for my daughter!  I love the fabric, and I love the cut of the dress. It’s so stinkin’ cute!

02 // Pastel Blue Unicorn Necklace
I’m sorry if every single one of these items just say “THIS IS SO CUTE” at the beginning of the description but I’m also NOT sorry because THIS IS SO CUTE!! I would wear this necklace myself, maybe get a matching one for my kid haha… maybe 😉

03 // Unicorn Minky Baby Blanket
Who wants a unicorn themed baby room? Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t think of that before just now.  I wonder how into that theme my daughter would be for her room… or else, I could just incorporate unicorns into my son’s Harry Potter themed room.  hmm… good idea, or GREAT idea? 😉 ANYWAY, Minky is one of the softest fabric known to man and this blanket would be adorable in any baby room, unicorn themed or not.

04 // Unicorn Counting Clip Cards
This would be so fun for my daughter, seriously. These cards would be a great way to learn how to count for kids, and feature the sweetest little unicorns.  It’s a win win 😉

05 // Large Unicorn Plush with Rainbow Hair
This crocheted stuffy is so sweet.  Again, this would be totally adorable in a unicorn themed room.  Or on any kids (or adults) bed.

06 // Unicorns Flutter Sleeve Shirt
This outfit is adorable! I would put my daughter in this ALL the time as a little one.  The print is cute, and I love the fluttery little sleeves.  So sweet for any time of the year at all.  Seriously.

07 // Unicorn Bracelet
This bracelet is so cool! It is hand stamped and says “Everyday I’m sparkling” which is so obviously true. 😉 This would be so great as a part of any arm party.

08 // Pink & Gold Unicorn Stick Hobby Horse
These look like so much fun.  It gives kids the chance to pretend to ride a little horse around the house, but in this case that horse is a UNICORN. SO amazing and magical.  It’ll make any play-date sparkle.

what are your favourite unicorn things?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

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Unicorn Love: for Mama

In my next installment of amazing things on etsy that have to do with unicorns, here are things for women/adults/mamas!  I specify for mamas because I am a mama, but these items would be awesome for just about anyone.  I’m so excited to share the next few items with you, because they are majestic AF and amazingly magical unicorn things for adults.

01 // Unicorn Mom Glass
Unicorn Mom: A mother who’s not perfect, enjoys alcohol, has a sense of humor and couldn’t care less what you think.  See also: beautiful boss, zero f#&ks given.  Adorable glass that clearly needs to have some kind of fun cocktail in it.  Would be great for a mama’s birthday, or Mother’s Day 😉

02 // Unicorn Bracelet
Gorgeous gemstone beaded bracelet, inspired by unicorns.  This bracelet is more subtly unicorn themed, but would be the perfect gift for your friend who loves unicorns.  It’s so pretty and I can’t stop looking at it!

03 // Ceramic I Love Unicorns Pin
This vintage pin is simply adorable, and would make any backpack or denim jacket (or wherever else you put pins 😉 ) I love the vintage aspect of it, too! It makes it seem way more unique and one of kind.

04 // Majestic AF Unicorn Tank
If anyone dares question how majestic you are, you should definitely get this shirt to show them that you are majestic AF!! So perfect for anyone tbh. I would love to wear this, personally.

05 // Unicorn Silhouette Earrings
Oh my goodness, these are ADORABLE!! I love unicorn silhouettes, and I love the way these ones mix wood with a magical purple.  I love them so much, if only my children would let me wear earrings 😉

06 // Unicorn Tote Bag
I LOVE this bag.  It looks amazingly large and spacious, and I could fit SO many things in this bag.  As a mama, I find that my bag is filled with so much stuff, and I know that a bag like this would actually contain everything I need on a regular basis.

07 // Unicorn Notebook Insert
This would be so handy, for any planner-fans out there!  It’s so fun to add a little kick of something magical to a day planner, and this would be so perfect for that.  The art is beautiful, and it would give your day planner a little something special.

08 // Unicorn Macaron Planner Clip
This is SO adorable.  I want it for my day planner tbh, bc I would absolutely love using it.  I love the workmanship here, it would spunk up any dayplanner.

Which of these is your favourite?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unicorn Love: Stuff for Littles

My unicorn love continues!! There are SO many adorable unicorn things for little ones that I have this split into two posts.  One today, and then one in a few weeks haha Stay tuned for that! <3

Here is the first round of unicorn items for little ones.  I’ve included apparel and toys, and ALL are so adorable you won’t be able to stop yourself 😉

01 // Unicorn Costume
When I saw this I audibly gasped.  It’s so beautiful I can’t even.  This would be perfect for Halloween or any day you want a little bit of whimsy.

02 // Matching shirt for a little one and their doll
This one is just too adorable.  I know us mamas like to match our littles, but it turns out that little girls love matching with theirs, too!  This is for a shirt for your daughter or son, and then a shirt for their doll.  It’s simply adorable

03 // Crochet Unicorn Plushie
What could be cuter than a rag doll shaped like a unicorn?  So perfect!

04 // Unicorn Bonnet
Sorry not sorry, I’ve included my own unicorn bonnet in this list.  I love the way it turned out, and it’s so adorable on!

05 // Unicorn Personalized Pencil Box
I wish my kids were old enough for school because of this pencil case.  It’s too adorable, especially with the added bonus of a little unicorn!  You can get these in a bunch of different colours.  It’s so sweet for back to school.

06 // Unicorn Bodysuit/Onesie
I just love this adorable little onesie!! It’s got a sweet little unicorn face on the belly, turning any baby outfit absolutely magical!

07 // Unicorn Dreams Romper
This romper is so cute.  It comes in teal with GOLDEN unicorn silhouettes on it.  It’s so adorable.

08 // Unicorn Diaper Clutch
If you have a giant diaper bag, like I do, this would be the perfect way to keep all the diapers in one place.  It’s got space for diapers and space for wipes.  Plus, it looks so cute that no one will suspect there are really diapers in there. 😉

Do you see anything you want here?  Make sure you click on the links and give some love to these shops!  These unicorn things are so cute, I doubt they will be available for long.

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

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Unicorn Love: To Relax With

I don’t know if you knew this about me, but I absolutely love unicorns.  I’m sitting at my desk, and to my left is a golden unicorn lamp.  And to my right there is a little unicorn picture on the wall.  Unicorns are awesome, and I love celebrating them.

I sell on Etsy, and I buy on Etsy, and I’ve been looking around and there is a LOT of unicorn stuff on Etsy these days.  Which is so awesome for unicorn lovers like me, right?  So this is post one of a series about alll the unicorns you can find on Etsy!

01 // Unicorn Hooded Blanket
This blanket looks SO cozy!  Perfect for a cool fall day, when you just want to look at a candle and/or read a book by a fireplace.  Or binge watch your fave Netflix show.  Plus, why would you do any of those things as a normal person when you can be a unicorn while doing them? Way more exciting 😉

02 // Unicorn Soap with Rubber Toy Inside
I love taking baths, and this would be a lovely addition to any bath or shower.  It looks like it would be a lot of fun for a kid, too.  See how many baths they have to take before they can get the toy out!

03 // Unicorn Eye Mask
After your bath, it’s time to take a nap, and what better to help you nap during the day than an eye mask?  This one looks so soft, plus, you can’t go wrong with gold unicorns!

04 // Sculpted Unicorn Bath Bomb
This one is so beautiful, I would probably just display it by the tub if I’m being honest.  It is a bath bomb though, which would make for a really nice bath.  I’m obsessed with bath bombs haha but I don’t think I could use this one.  It’s just so pretty.

05 // Watercolour Unicorn Mug
What could be more relaxing than looking at this gorgeous watercolour unicorn?  Picture it: hot tea, that unicorn blanket and whatever form of entertainment you enjoy.  Sounds like a perfect afternoon to me!

06// Unicorn Bath Bomb
This unicorn bath bomb looks SO sweet, doesn’t it?  It’s guaranteed to add a little bit of magic to any bath <3

How many of you want to relax with a unicorn now?  I know I do!  It’s just hard to decide where to start 😉

Stay tuned next week, for the second post in the Unicorn Love series.

xoxo,
Alysa

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