Our Verse for 2017

For the past two years, I’ve done the ~Word of the Year~ thang, and shared it in my blog.  This years word is BOLD.  Another thing we’ve done as a family for the past two years is choose a verse to go along with that word!  Here is the verse for 2017

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength
They will soar on wings like eagles
They will run and not grow weary
They will walk and not grow faint”
– Isaiah 40:31

Last year, our verse had to do with starting a new journey.  We knew we were going to be looking for a new place to call our home church, and we knew we were starting out on something new.  This year, the word we thought of when we were praying over what verse we should put in this spot was strength.  We found our new church and we have begun making friendships and connections there.  We want to strengthen our friendships and relationships with the people we’ve met in 2016 at our new church, as well as with our friends.

It’s tough making friends, especially as a mom with little ones.  I have found that this is definitely a time of life where the phrase “for a reason, a season, or a lifetime” comes up a lot.  There are friends we don’t talk to as much anymore, and there are friends who have become even closer to us in this time.  I’m so grateful for the people in my life who have stuck by me through the pregnancies and births of both my children.  It means so much to me, not only that they’re still wanting to spend time with us, but also how much they love and care for my children.  This year will be about strengthening and developing those relationships <3

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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Mama’s Christmas Wishlist

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At Christmas, it’s so easy for moms to think only of what they need to do for others.  I think it’s important for mamas to think of things they need and want at Christmas-time as well.  Someone needs to buy presents for mama, too.  And, if my family is any indicator of others, the only present that daddy needs to buy is for mama anyway, so we may as well make our list very good.

Here are some ideas for things to get the mamas in your life (and mamas, be sure to link this to your husband so they know what to get 😉 )

01 // A Lovely Candle

I LOVE Candles, and this Maple Syrup Candle with a Crackling Wooden Wick
would be so great! The Canadian in me approves!  And this one looks like it would last a really long time, which is so nice.

02 // Bath Bombs

I LOVE Bath Bombs! It’s so relaxing, and so fun when it makes the bathwater pretty colours.  And funny when it leaves a bunch of glitter all over the tub.  Bath bombs are the best and I wish I had this Bath Bombs Gift Set
right now.

03 // Christmas Tea Towels

I’m sure this is more specific to me, but I realized recently that I don’t have any Christmas themed tea towels for the kitchen.  I have Halloween ones, and Fall ones… but not Christmas ones! This is a problem that needs to be rectified. And this Twas the Night Before Christmas Story Kitchen Tea Towel set is too cute!

04 // Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

How beautiful is this book? I need it to complete my JK Rowling collection.

05 // Coffee!

What every mama of two needs, coffee coffee coffee! Gift cards, beans, anything! 😉 As long as it’s Starbucks Coffee, I’m happy! 😉

What is on your wish list for Christmas this year?

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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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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2 Questions to ask yourself before putting on the bikini

2 questions to ask yourself before putting on the bikini

She was afraid to come out of the locker, she was as nervous as she could be.
She was afraid to come out of the locker, she was scared that somebody would see…

You know the song.  The Itsy-Bitsy-Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini.  It was the first time she wore it out in public and it’s clear from the lyrics that she was NOT comfortable, and she didn’t want anyone to look at her.  In the 1960’s, when the song came out, bikini’s were just starting to come into popularity and the song actually boosted their popularity among mainstream culture.  After that, everyone “needed”
to have one. Even people who didn’t like them felt that they had to wear them.  That is not ideal though!

It’s halfway through the summer, but the pressure to don a bikini is still pretty strong. Before you put on a bikini this summer, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Do I want to wear a bikini?
  2. Am I comfortable in a bikini?

If the answer to either of these questions is a big giant NO!! then don’t wear one. If you feel comfortable in a bikini, and you WANT to wear a bikini, you should totally wear one!  Otherwise, don’t spend your time on the beach hiding in the locker, under a blanket or in the water.  That’s no fun!

Every year, without fail, there are articles and magazine covers that scream “How to get a bikini body” or “Are you beach body ready?” and when it comes down to it, if your body is at the beach you have a beach body.  If your body is in a bikini, you have a bikini body.  If you don’t want to go to the beach or wear a bikini, that’s okay too! Do what will make you happy and comfortable. You will enjoy your summer more by far if you are comfortable 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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Which Fun “Holidays” To Celebrate in August

What to Celebrate in August

As an avid Instagram user, I constantly see (and miss) fun little “holidays” that pop up randomly during the month.  I totally missed International Red Lipstick Day, which would have been fun to celebrate, and a few others as well.  Since it’s the beginning of the month, I thought I’d share a few of the upcoming special holidays that happen in August!  Now none of us will miss them, and we can instagram them to our hearts content.

  1. Terry Fox Day – August 1
  2. International Beer Day – First Friday in August
  3. Friendship Day – First Sunday in August
  4. Watermelon Day – August 3
  5. Root Beer Float Day & Sand Castle Day – August 6
  6. International Cat Day – August 8
  7. Book Lovers Day – August 9
  8. S’mores Day – August 10
  9. Vinyl Record Day – August 12
  10.  Middle Child’s Day & Garage Sale Day – August 13
  11. Roller Coaster Day – August 16
  12. Thrift Shop Day – August 17
  13. World Honey Bee Day – August 20
  14. Dog Day – August 26
  15. Burger Day – August 27
  16. Bow Tie Day – August 28

So there you go! Lots of things to celebrate this month.  And, if you’re interested in seeing what other special days are this month, you can find out here.

Which of these special holidays will you be celebrating this month?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Guest Post: Activities for Little Hands

Hi! I have a lovely guest post here from Kate from the blog “Amazing Beautiful Individual“. Make sure you check out her blog and her social media at the bottom!  When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy, I started to wonder about the kinds of things that I would do with Autumn as I was taking care of a new little baby.  Kate has some great ideas, and I can’t wait to try them 🙂

Preschool Boredom! It’s that restless age where your child is determined to get into things and is screaming to be engaged more than ever! You may be struggling especially if you are carrying or have welcomed more children into the world. With a baby on one hip and a preschooler on the other what can you do to entertain the hyperactive toddler?

Preschool boredom can be a thing of the past if you fill your cupboards with sensory activities & interchangeable tools for mid morning playtime. This is the time your child is most alert and you have the opportunity to wear them out, fill their tummies after play and enjoy some rest in front of a movie once your finished.

Here I give you some Preschool Boredom Busters. Some which can be played with in combined activities which I feature more of in my own blog “Amazing Beautiful Individual“. I write about the highs and lows of parenting and keeping your children engaged. I also write about the days where your children sometimes need to take a back seat and Mummy Time is just as important.

So Lets Discover these boredom busters staring with Preschool Boredom Buster…

Activity 1 – Two Ingredient Sensory Play Sand

This activity has 2x Ingredients! Can you believe it? Plus it can also be kept in containers for a longer shelf life. Say goodbye to expensive doughs and sensory clay and make your own. Please note for a less or more mouldable version of your sand adjust the oil to your likeness.

  • 2 Cups Of Flour
  • 1/2 a Cup of Vegetable Oil, Coconut Oil or Baby Oil
  • Optional Food colouring (Mixed with the oil)

All you need to do is add the oil to your flour and mix away! you end up with a fluffy mixture of mouldable flour which feels like soft silky sand.

diy sensory play sand

Activity 2: How to Colour Pasta

This is a more complex activity which requires more preparation however once done can be reused and kept in storage containers for a longer shelf like. I suggest doing both Rice & Pasta in the same preparation session which can be used on different days to entertain your child.

You will need:

  • Uncooked hollow pasta like Penne or Macaroni (you can also use rice)
  • Paper Towel to line your tray (you can also use baking paper)
  • A tray to dry your pasta in or an outside table lined with paper
  • Zip lock bags or containers
  • Vinegar (white)
  • Choice of Food colouring

How to Colour Pasta – Instructions

  • Set out the chosen amount of pasta or rice you will need in individual bags. One bag of pasta for each colour you are using
  • In each bag of pasta pour enough vinegar in to wet the contents without too much excess in the bottom of the bag. Add a few drops of colouring. If the colour isn’t distributed enough just add some more.
  • Now that each bag is coloured put it in your tray which should be lined with paper . Pour the pasta out and spread to dry. The paper will soak up any excess vinegar
  • Drying time will vary depending on how wet it is. I prefer to prepare this activity the day before.
  • Now the pasta is dry you can put it in Zippy bags, Containers or play with it straight from the tray.

diy colour pasta

3. Shaving Cream Sundaes

You will need:

  • Plastic Party Shot Cups
  • Shaving Cream (organic for sensitive skin recommended)
  • Natural Food Colouring

this is a neat little activity for outside or in the shower. Fill your little shot cup up with shaving cream and dip a spoon into some food colouring and spread it throughout the top of the cream. Kids think these are hilarious initially because they look just like a tiny ice cream sundae! What do my kids do with them?

  • Pretend Feed Their Babies
  • Play Ice Cream Shops in the shower
  • Use a paintbrush and paint with the cream on some paper
  • Wash things in the outside paddle pool

In my blog I create videos & show you how to combine the projects I write about over a series of weeks so you can continue to engage your child with the items you have made!  I hope you enjoyed these basic activities and your children enjoy them for many months to come!

Author: Kate Shelby

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