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dress: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy // glasses: Glasseslit.com

Toddler outfit:
Dress: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy

It’s funny. Slightly more than a year ago, when I had only one child, I would take my outfit pictures when she was napping. Now I have two, and so I barely take outfit pictures ever… but when I get a moment to do so, I have an adorable little one crashing the photos!  I love it.  She wanted to pose the same way I was, it was a lot of fun, and she is an adorable addition to my photos.

I want to talk about this dress for a moment.  I love how classic 90’s it is.  And I especially love the buttons up the back.  Except… they come undone SO easy.  How embarrassing is it when you have just walked across the room and sat down, only to receive a text from your husband that your dress isn’t done up?  Pretty embarrassing!!  But I love the dress so how to prevent wardrobe malfunctions?  Shorts underneath!  I have a lot of bike shorts and they’re perfect for something like this because you can’t tell I’m wearing them, and no one will see my underwear… even if the buttons aren’t holding up.

Autumn picked her own outfit today, too!  She really wanted to wear a dress and was so excited when she saw this one. And it’s so cute, I couldn’t say no!  Plus, you can’t go wrong with matching necklaces, right? 😉

Hope your week is amazing <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Autumn at 2.5 <3

Earlier this month, my little girl turned 2 and a half!! Aka 30 months old haha.  I’m not one to keep track of months specifically, but it would have been hard to add a little point to 2.5 years haha 😉

Autumn has been growing so much over the last half a year.  She has a LOT to say.  She knows so many words, and says them so sweetly.  Some of them she has the cutest pronunciations.  She still loves reading so much, and always wants to hear stories.

This month she watched her new favourite movie, Moana!  She’s also started potty training (which I will probably write about in more detail soon).

She’s learning so much and I love watching her grow <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 11 months

I don’t know if this is a real thing, but the last month of Aiden’s first year has flown by so fast that I didn’t even get a chance to share his 11 months update!  And it’s funny that this month has gone by so quickly, because this month last year went by SO FREAKING SLOWLY.  A side effect of having a two weeks late baby 😉  Now, he’s almost one!! It’s surreal.

Anyway! Some of the things he was doing at 11 months:

Aiden has been consistently sleeping through the night.  He gets up at about 7:30 every morning, and most days he even goes to sleep on his own.  For the most part, I nurse him to sleep, but sometimes he wants to go to sleep by himself.

He’s getting to be such a sweetheart.  He’s been saying so many words.  He said “duck”, “car” and “toy” this month. He likes playing with his sister, and reading books.  He started his first swimming lessons, and is unsure about it.  He’s not as upset about it as his sister was, but he’s still not 100% sure.

He’s been growing so much, and we love him so much <3  In about a week, I’ll share his 12 month update 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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Currently Creating: What I’ve Been Making Lately

It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, and I’ve missed writing here.  I’ve just been on a roll with making bonnets for my etsy shop!  I’ve been doing a lot of summer bonnets, and I just love how they turned out, so I’d like to share with you some pictures of my most recent creations:

I’ve also started making things for Aiden’s first birthday!! I’ll share those after the party 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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What Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day in North America, and so you’re going to be seeing a lot of kitschy “I heart my mom” stuff all over the internet.  Please. Please. Please. Don’t buy your mom that crap!!  Here’s the deal. It’s so easy, and so much cheaper than what you’re even thinking.  Here is what mom REALLY wants for Mother’s Day:

01 // to SLEEP
Basically ask any mom how much sleep she’s getting, and she’ll probably laugh at you.  Especially when they have little babies and toddlers, but I’m told mamas of teens also don’t sleep.  The gift is, you let her sleep in!!  If someone else can get up with the kids, that would be perfect.  If the kids are old enough to fend for themselves for an extra hour or two in the morning, that’s awesome too! Just let her sleep.

02 // to NOT have to cook
My perfect Mother’s Day goes a little something like this: Wake up, eat food that is brought to me, drink coffee that is brought to me. Eat lunch that is brought to me.  Eat dinner that is brought to me.  Do 0% of the cooking all day.  Perfection.  If that means taking her out to eat because you don’t want to cook either, that’s ok! Just don’t make her cook her own meals.  It’s the least you can do.  And it leads us to…

03 // to NOT have to clean
All those meals Mama didn’t make? She doesn’t want to clean up after them either.  If someone else has made a giant mess making those meals, that someone should also clean it up.  Just saying.  Moms clean enough, they deserve a break.

04 // for NO ONE to be touching her
Space please! We love our kids, we love them a lot.. but especially when they are very little they want to be touching us all. the. time.  Can we have some space?

05 // to NOT have to plan anything
I know I have a mom, too, and I will be seeing her and giving her something… but I don’t want to plan anything. I want things to be done for me that day.  I want to go with the flow and have other people do things for me. It’ll be so nice!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Awakening to God App Review

It’s very common, in my experience for Christians to say things like “I wish I had more time to read the Bible” or, “I know I should be reading the Bible, but…” or, “my devotionals are taking a backseat these days because…” and I think that is true for a lot of people.  There is always a lot going on, and a lot of excitement.

From when we were newlyweds, up until while I was pregnant for the first time, I used to do daily devotionals with the Bible app on my phone.  It was excellent.  I would get up early, make myself a cup of coffee and sit down with my little Bible app and dive in.  The ones there had Bible verses, as well as things to think about.

That changed when the babies came, and I was up late with them, and I was waking up at the same time as them.. and on days when I tried to wake up early so I could do something like that… it’s like they sensed it and then they woke up early, too!  So… my devotionals have been taking a backseat these days 😉

But NO MORE.  I was recently approached to review a new app in exchange for an Itunes gift card, and I jumped at the chance.  Not just because of the itunes gift card (though I do have my eye on that Moana soundtrack 😉 ) but because of the app itself.  I’m so excited to share my review with you!

Awakening To God Today, or ATG Today app, is basically a mini-devotional.  There are daily Bible verses, and daily questions to reflect on.  There are questions you answer in the morning, and then more at the end of the day to look back on how your day went.

This app includes:
·         Ability to journal your walk with God on your iPhone, iPad etc.
·         Create and remember significant touches from God, everyday events, and prayers.
·         Build your faith through scripture memorization and by looking back at answered prayers.
·         Inspiration and guidelines to help you take your walk with God to another level.
·         Learn how to hear from God and to live your day out from 8 minutes with Him at the start of the day.
·         Evening entries to remember your day and give thanks to God.
·         Encourage your family and friends by sharing daily scriptures and thoughts.
·         Inspire and strengthen your family devotions.
It does cost money to buy, but you can feel good in your purchase because the profits are going to help people in India, which I really liked about it.
I also really like how there’s something you can do at the end of the day.  I have a blank journal that has been sitting beside my bed for a while.  More often than not, I have a bunch of things I need to do before I go to bed, and so my husband goes to sleep before me.  Well, I’m not going to come into the room and turn on the light!  This is perfect because I can sit beside him in the bed and do a nightly devotional and not wake him up with excessive light, because it’s all on my phone.
Plus, it truly is a journal because you can look back on what you said previous days, and reflect on that.  This app keeps all of that for you.  You can add pictures as well.
Mostly, I love how simple this is.  This app doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles to make it great, it is simply a devotional.  And if it inspires me to read more of the Bible or pray for longer, great!  I think this app is a great starting off point for people who need to kickstart their devotional practices.
It’s something that I can even do with my kids at the breakfast table as we start our day.  At this point, they’re too little to really answer the questions, but I think that if they see me doing it, it might be something they’d think about, too.
If you would like to find out more, please check out the Awakening to God Website here!  This app can be used on apple or android products.
xoxo,
Alysa
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An Easter Basket for a Baby & a Toddler

Last year, I shared what we had in our one year old’s Easter basket (here).  This year, we have a nearly one-year-old and a nearly two-and-a-half year old!  Very different needs when it comes to their Easter baskets!  I know it’s a week after Easter, but I still really wanted to share.  I had so much fun putting them together!

First of all, can I just talk about how cute these little bunny baskets are?  I got the pattern from Sew Much Ado!  It’s a free pattern for personal use only, but here’s the directions to make your own!  I had only one bunny bag last year, and now that I have two kids, I needed to find a second one, or make two new ones.  I went with option B.  I really like the idea of Easter baskets that match each other.  Each child gets their own, but they also go together.  Also, if we have another baby, I can whip up a third one very easily.

Here’s what’s IN the baskets:

Toddler:
Easter Cup
I really liked giving my daughter a new cup last year at Easter.  So, I got them both similar ones for this year!  Unfortunately, last year’s cup didn’t last very long.  She dropped it and the lid shattered.  I hope to get more use out of the ones from this year.  They’re so much fun, especially with the curly straw!

Knit Bunny
I made knit bunnies for my shop as a free gift with purchase for those who purchased a bunny bonnet from me this spring, and while I was making those, I made a couple that were slightly bigger so I could put them in the Easter baskets.  You can find the instructions to make your own here!

Aero Lamb
I decided to get the same chocolate for the Easter basket this year as I did last year.  My daughter still isn’t having tons of sweets, and this was a nice small treat for her.  Plus, she’ll be getting a chocolate bunny from her Grandma, and she doesn’t need two! 😉

Big Girl Underwear
How much fun am I? I like to add these necessities in the Easter basket (and stocking) because she’ll need them anyway, and they’ll be fun for her to open up on Easter morning.

Shampoo
Told you I was a fun mom 😉 But for real, this shampoo has Frozen characters on it, so she’s going to love it.  She’s obsessed.  And she’s starting to have enough hair now that it might be a good idea to wash her hair with shampoo instead of the all in one baby soap.

Sunglasses
I was so excited to find these. My daughter has been really into putting on sunglasses lately, and these will fit her face!  She loved getting them and doesn’t ever want to leave the house without her glasses haha

The Story of Easter Book
Last year, I looked for a cute Easter book and I was so happy to find one this year!  It’s got a simple story that is easy for little ones to understand.  It also has great pictures.  It’s a lot of fun to read to them both.

Baby Basket:

Easter Cup
Aiden doesn’t really drink that much water out of cups just yet, so I thought this would be a great way for him to start learning, with his very own cup.  It’s also so cute, and it matches Autumn’s.

Knit Bunny
I made both the knit bunnies, and this one is Aiden’s! I loved the yarn I used, and I love how it turned out.

A Book of Bedtime Prayers
Such a cute little book.  It has gold around the edges of the pages, too.

Owlies
To be completely honest… I just put this in because his basket seemed a little … well… empty in comparison to his sisters.  I put this because he loves them and I wanted to give him something he could eat, too.  It actually worked out really well because Aiden didn’t really care about his basket at all, so I’m glad that we didn’t overdo it this year.

What did you put in your little ones baskets?

xoxo,
Alysa

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5 on (Good) Friday

What’s good this week?  So many things!  It’s been exciting around here lately!  Lots of things to go to and lots of things to do, and lots of fun to be had.

01 // BUNNIES!!
It’s Easter on Sunday (yay!) and I have been selling quite a few of my bunny bonnets.  I love it!  I had a really great start to the month with the May Market group.  Can’t wait to show off what I’ve been working on for the MAY May Market 😉  There were a lot of bunnies hopping around the continent to a whole lot of babies, and it’s brought me so much joy to see the little bunnies in their bonnets.  🙂

02 // 10%
It’s been my goal as a small business owner to give back.  And so, I’ve been setting aside 10% of sales to give to a local charity!  I have chosen a new charity every month, and I’ve been collecting so that I can give at least $20 to that charity.  AND THIS MONTH I WILL BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY GIVE IT!! I like to choose charities that support babies, mamas, and pregnancy.  This month, my charity of choice is the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba NICU.  The NICU does such amazing work for the tiniest babies and I’m so happy that I’ll be able to donate some money to them this month <3

03 // Sub Zero
There is an ice cream shop fairly close to our house that we LOVE, that went up for sale this past winter.  Luckily, someone bought it and is keeping it an ice cream shop.  I LOVE it.  The new owners seem to be making some awesome changes and stepping up their game.  I could go on and on about Sub Zero, because it’s so great.  This past week we went there for the first time and Aiden had his very first taste of ice cream.  It was a lot of fun to see.

04 // Moana
We just got our copy of Moana from the Disney Movie Club and we LOVE it.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should.  We’re considering going as the characters from Moana for Halloween.  I love the music, I love the story.  It’s such a great movie.  Seriously, watch it!

05 // Happy Easter!
This is a long weekend, and it’s super great because my husband gets to have a four day weekend!  It’s going to be great to be able to spend so much time together as a family.  What are you up to this weekend?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dating in Marriage: Book Review

I was recently given the chance to review a book on date nights in marriage, and I’m so excited to share that review with you here!  This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on my links and then buy something, it will be a big blessing on our little family. <3

Dating in Marriage by Brittany Putman has 12 date ideas you can do with your spouse throughout the year.  Each date has a cute theme, and there are a number of questions you can ask each other during or after the date.  It’s a nice way to connect with your spouse every month!

Especially after having babies, it can be difficult to really go on a date with your spouse.  In this book, there are a number of dates where you don’t even have to leave the house, which is kind of my favourite kind of date.  My husband and I love our date nights-in, and this book has a few of those.  And, the other date ideas found in here are relatively cheap/easy to do.  You don’t have to spend a fortune on any of the dates in the book, which I really appreciated.  I also liked the fact that the dates are simple enough that Brittany doesn’t need to go on and on for pages.  It’s written in a way that is directly to the point, so you don’t need to go searching for what the actual date idea is.  It makes it easier to plan dates, because you can read a paragraph or two and then just go!  I like that it’s not overly complicated, because dating your husband shouldn’t be complicated.

Another thing I really liked is the part at the end.  Once you’re done your year of dates, there is a guide for a marriage retreat!  There are three mini-sessions you can do with your spouse at the location of your choosing.  All that is asked of you is that you go for 1 to 2 nights, and that you go by yourselves.  What a neat idea!  I love that you can have a little marriage retreat with your spouse and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and it’s totally guided by this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and I can’t wait to try out some of these dates with my husband. 🙂 You can read more information about this book from the author’s blog here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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Aiden at 10 Months old

Ah, in 2 months my little one will be ONE! That seems too fast.  Not fair.

Anyway, this month Aiden has done a lot of new things!! He’s crawling everywhere, and he’s getting much much faster at it, too.  He loves to chase after his sister, even if it takes him a while to get there (running is always faster than crawling haha).  He has said a lot of words, such as read and duck!  He loves to eat, and his favourite foods are meat, potatoes, and whatever his sister is eating.  He’s been eating lots of muffins for breakfast lately because Cheerios are not as good, and not what Autumn is having. 😉

He’s in size 9-12 month/12 -18 month stuff, depending on the brand.  It’s weird for me, especially considering how much longer it took Autumn to get to those sizes.  But he’s outgrowing all the smaller things!

Aiden still only has two teeth, but he’s definitely working on more right now.  For the most part, he sleeps from around 8:00pm to around 8:00am, but sometimes he wakes up for middle of the night cuddles, which I am more than happy to give.

His favourite toys are his Fisher Price blocks, a monkey in a barrel toy we have, and cars.  He LOVES looking at books, and flipping pages on books.  His current favourite is Baby, Baby (which I reviewed here).  He loves looking at himself in the mirror,  he loves brushing his own teeth, and he absolutely loves playing with his big sister.

xoxo,
Alysa

Autumn at 10 months <3

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