Our Family Verse of 2018

For the last few years, we’ve been thinking of a family word to describe how we want our new year to go.  We also pick a Bible verse to go along with that word.  We have this great wall on our way down the stairs to put it on, so we can read the verse daily, either as we’re going out, or just in passing as we’re going down the stairs. (Here is last year’s verse).

Here is this years verse!  I gave Autumn some watercolour, so she painted the background.  I love the way it turned out because it looks kind of like a tree, which fits very well because our word is GROWTH.

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
-Ephesians 3:17

We picked growth because we’ve been going to our church for almost two years, and we’re wanting to continue to grow in community there.  We’re planning on growing in our relationship with each other, with our children and with our friends.  We want to grow in our jobs, and we want to grow in our spirituality.  Grow felt like the right choice for this year for all these reasons and more, and this verse fit really well.

Do you choose a word or a verse for the year? What did you choose?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Love from May Market

I am SO excited to announce that the first May Market of 2018 is THIS FRIDAY!  Join our group and come see all the love-ly goodies we’re all offering.  We have two guest vendors with all new things, and each of our returning vendors are working hard to showcase some truly adorable goodies.

It starts THIS FRIDAY at 7PM Central!  Hope to see you there :* (Just join here!!)

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2017: Week 3 and 4

As you may have noticed, the rest of December kind of got away from me.  Tis the season, right?  I still wanted to share all the rest of my Dressember pictures though.  This year ended up being pretty tough.. a few days before Christmas, almost all of us came down with a stomach bug and I didn’t wear the dress one of the days.. mostly because I could barely move.. and yet still had to feed and care for a toddler and a pre-schooler haha any extra energy I had went to that, and not into getting dressed and taking a photo 😉  But I wore it the rest of the time, and here are the last two weeks (plus) of The Dress.

cardigan: thrifted // mug: Starbucks

shirt: second hand // leggings: thrifted // socks: Joe Fresh // necklace: Whimsy & Wild

socks: American Apparel // shirt: Bluenotes

sweater: second hand // socks: American Apparel // Necklace: King Renly’s Loot

sweater: Winners // tights: American Apparel // Necklace: Prairie Wire Designs

shirt: thrifted // socks: Target // necklace: KR Loot (please note, I didn’t leave the house on this day haha these bare legs would have froze!!)

Socks: American Apparel // shirt: Tharnzie

sweater: thrifted // tights: Joe Fresh //

sweater: thrifted // tights: gift

shirt: American Eagle // headband: Lanie’s Closet //

this is my *sad Christmas is over* face 😉
scarf: H&M // socks: American Apparel // shirt: thrifted

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Sweetlegs

shirt: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // scarf: Alysalovely Littles

​LAST DAY!! socks: American Apparel

And there you have it! Another Dressember wrapped!  Though the dress has been put away (for a while), you can still donate until the end of January (my page is here!) and please think about participating next year <3

xoxo.
Alysa

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

It’s been another year! Last year I took a look at the most popular blog posts on Alysalovely.com from 2016, and I thought I’d do that again!  Here are the top 10 posts according to views from this past year:

10. Unwrap The Present Group Game
This post was from 2015 and was so fun to write!  I must be getting some views from Pinterest for this.  We didn’t end up playing it this past year, but it’s a favourite of ours.. and our friends!  It’s mostly fun to watch.  If you haven’t played, you should definitely give it a try.  I think one of the reasons we didn’t do it this year is because we don’t get any flyers, so we wouldn’t have anything to wrap it with!  I love this game though.

9. 10 Life Lessons from Nanny Fine
This post is from 2013 and it was so much fun.  I really enjoyed watching through all of The Nanny.  I don’t think it’s on Canadian Netflix anymore (it might have only been on American one to begin with) but it was a great watch.  If you have access to it, you should definitely watch it!  It has a lot of great moments. 🙂

8. What to Watch on Netflix If You’re Salty About Degrassi
This post IS from 2017!  I am still grumpy that it took forever for the new episodes to appear on Canadian Netflix when it was on American Netflix (and most other ones) right away.  Degrassi is SET in Canada.  It’s SO ridiculous that it took so long.  Grr.  Still salty, apparently.

7. March Five on Friday
This particular 5 on Friday was randomly very popular. I don’t know why, but great! Haha I hope to do more if these this year.

6. fun gender reveals
This is from 2014. And I was pretty bummed my baby was very secretive about it. I don’t think I did any of these for Aiden either. *note: these ideas are just for fun. We know nothing about the little beings growing in our belly, so having a small piece can be exciting. If you don’t agree with gender reveals that’s fine too! 😘

5. Parenting With Grace and Truth Review
This is from 2017 as well! I really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m glad that this post was so popular this year, and that people are still reading it now.

4. Toddler & Baby Friendly Cookies
This is from 2017 too! I really liked making these with my kids, and they enjoyed eating them! I’m glad others enjoyed it too.

3. DIY Thank You Gift for your Midwife
This post is from 2016. This mug got raves from other midwives, that my midwife called me to ask where I got it. I love how it turned out.

2. My Clueless Birthday Party
This is from 2015, and a super fun party!

1. Baby Cereal Muffins
This is also from 2015. Another recipe! I’m so glad people seem to like the recipes I share!

4/10 of these were actually from 2017, which is interesting. I would say I didn’t write tons this past year, so here’s planning for some more posts this year ❤️

Xoxo,

Alysa

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2018: Simplify

For the last couple of days, I’ve been trying to think about what goals and resolutions I want to focus on this year, and I’ve been trying to figure out my word.  Other years, it has felt like it has come easy to me.. that I just know what I want my word to be all through the last week of the year, and it’s been easy to write about.

So, today I sat down to really think about it.  And as I thought, and as I looked to other words for inspiration.. it became really obvious to me.

Over the last few months, I have become really interested in the minimalist lifestyle, and the concept of hygge (which is Danish and basically means “cozy contentment and enjoying the simple things in life”).  I’ve been slowly trying to rid myself of baggage, and things that weigh me down over the last few months.  Whether it’s clutter, or emotions.  I’m trying not to let things get to me as much (and this is a huge work in progress haha).  I also tend to overthink things, and stress over things that, ultimately, don’t matter all that much.

So, my word for 2018 is simplify.  Stop over-thinking.  Declutter.  Simplify!

What is your word for the year?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 18 Months

This little ham is 18 months old!
Shirt: 1214 Designs/Tristalee Creative // shoes: Bird Rock Baby

Aiden turned 18 months old at the end of November, and it’s so fun to see how much he’s grown in the last few months.  He knows so many words.  He loves saying mama, sister, daddy, bear, CARS, ball, and so many more!  He CAN walk, he just chooses not to.  He’d rather be carried or helped.  He likes to walk while holding our hands.  It’s so sweet.

He’s a big cuddle bear. He loves hugs so much, and I love that so it’s pretty perfect.  He likes to read, to follow his sister around, and to touch everything he’s not allowed to be touching!

It’s been so great getting to know this awesome little guy.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Review: Parenting in Christ

When I got a message asking if I’d like to review this book, I was so excited!  I’m big into reading parenting books that are based in Jesus’ teachings, and this one looked pretty good.

Well, I have to say, now that I’ve read Parenting in Christ: Treasures For Parenting From Jesus by Christina Dronen, it’s even better than pretty good.  It’s very excellent!

This book is written as a study.  It has 10 sections and each section starts with an ice breaker question.  There is then a short chapter, and then more questions for a discussion.  This book would be perfect for a small group situation, either for couples, or for a mom group!  I would definitely recommend it for parents or parents to be.

For me, the best part was that each chapter ended with a verse to think on, as a takeaway from the chapter.  I also really love how straight to the point it was.  It doesn’t take a long time to get the message across, and it references multiple bible verses in each chapter.  Parenting in Christ: Treasures For Parenting From Jesus is a must-read for any parenting group.

If you would like to get a copy for yourself (paperback or on Kindle), check out the Amazon page here.  To learn more about Christina Dronen and read more of her writing, here is her website.

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I received the book free of charge in exchange for this review, but all the opinions stated here are my own.

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Dressember 2017: Week 1

It’s one week into Dressember 2017.  Which means I’ve been wearing this dress every day for one week.  Eek! I will be continuing to wear it every day for the rest of the month, too.  It’s such a little thing that a lot of people don’t even consider as even being a choice… but the choice of what you put on your body in the morning is huge for someone who doesn’t have it.  This small choice, to be cold sometimes (because Winter in Winnipeg), or to be less comfortable than I normally would (like if I had wanted to wear pjs all day). But I do have this choice.  And my choice this month is to stand up and speak out against human trafficking with this small freedom that I have.

Here’s how I wore my dress this past week:

Day 1:
Dress: F21 // shirt: Bluenotes // socks: American Apparel // buttons: Dressember.org

shirtdress: Tharnzie // shoes: VS // necklace: King Renly’s Loot

shirt: F21 // tights: Joe Fresh // glasses: Amazon

Cardigan: F21 // Scarf: Thrifted // socks: American Apparel

Leggings: Sweetlegs // Socks: Joe Fresh // Cardigan: thrifted // Scarf: Alysalovely Littles

On me: Blue Dress: J-Crew // Scarf: Alysalovely Littles
On Autumn: dress & scarf: Alysalovely Littles

Socks: Joe Fresh // Sweater: thrifted

Overall, this week has actually been a pretty good one.  I’m feeling more confident, actually.  At first I was like, oh wow.. I need to take all these pictures of myself… but I’m remembering that it’s something that I really enjoy doing (like duh, Alysa, this started out as primarily a fashion blog haha).  And I’m enjoying playing with makeup and doing my hair up. I’m enjoying not just throwing on whatever leggings and random shirt I see in my closet first.  I’m enjoying doing this small thing for me every day. I’m excited to see how the rest of the month will go.

If you’d like to donate, please visit my campaign page here.

xoxo,
Alysa

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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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