Five on Friday!

01 // May Market
I know it might seem like I’m talking about this quite a bit, but I am SO excited to share with you what I have in store for this months market! This month, it’s going to be TODAY AND TOMORROW!!  There are going to be a lot of Easter-y goodness in the market, and from Alysalovely Littles: BUNNY BONNETS!  I have three colours to choose from <3 Join the May Market group here!

02 // Pink eye
UGHHHHH.  THE WORST! What could be less fun than trying to give a squirmy, screaming toddler eye drops?  I can think of few things.  Last Thursday, Autumn woke up and could barely open her eyes because there was so much gunk there.  I felt so bad for her.  Her eyes were all puffy and pink.  I had a feeling that it might be pink eye.  So I did some research online to see.  I found that if it was pink eye, that it was likely bacterial, so we would need to go get some drops for her, with a prescription.  So, we bundled all up and walked to the walk-in clinic that is around the corner of our house.  The doctor looked at her for 1 second and said “yep, it’s pink eye” and we’ve been giving her eye drops.  She had to have them 3 times a day for 7 days, and thankfully, it’s all gone now.  But eye drops and toddlers do not mix.  Kind of like wrestling an alligator while trying to give said alligator a root canal.  NOT FUN! So glad it’s over.  And so glad she’s feeling better, poor thing.

03 // Decluttering for Lent/ 40 Bags in 40 Days
I have been MAJORLY slacking on this.  I have decluttered a few areas of the house, but I haven’t done it daily.  It’s been not that high of a priority, but at least I have it started a little.  I think I’m going to take it a little more casually for the rest of Lent and see how many bags I actually get.  I feel like I have a few bags in each area, so maybe that’ll make up for it?

04 // Buffy
Been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer again lately.  It just celebrated 20 years since the premiere, and that makes me feel ridiculously old… but it’s still so good! I’ve heard rumours that it is being taken off of Netflix in April, so I’m watching as much of it as I can before then.  It’s just so good

05 // Spring!
It’s finally getting to be nicer weather outside, and I’m SO happy.  There’s still a ton of snow on the ground in our yard, so we’re spending time in our enclosed porch.. but the kids love to play in there and it’s sunny and warm, so it’s perfect.  What are you most excited for about Spring?

xoxo,
Alysa

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5 on Friday!

01 // BUNNIES!
I’ve been hustling around here lately, trying to make something new to add to my etsy shop, Alysalovely Littles, and I’m so excited to say that these adorable bunny bonnets are listed!  You can check them out at the link just there <3

02 // Our poor dishwasher
Our dishwasher has been broken for over a week, and I know this is a #firstworldproblem but I miss it so much! I end up, usually, doing dishes multiple times per day, and so this is crazy annoying.  It makes me not want to do any dishes ever, which is not helpful at all, and more irritating.  But we’re getting a new one.. eventually.

03 // Riverdale
Are you watching Riverdale? Because YOU SHOULD! It’s SO GREAT!  It’s different from the comics, so if you’re expecting that it’s going to be exactly like the comics, you’ll be disappointed. But I love who they picked to play each character, and I just love it in general.  My fave new show for sure.

04 // Naptime
Y’all. Both my babies are taking naps during afternoon nap time and it is refreshing!  I get some time to myself and it’s amazing.  I hope it keeps up for a while.

05 // 40 Bags in 40 Days
Instead of doing my usual April Decluttering Challenge, I’m going to do this 40 bags in 40 days thing for Lent!  It’s so nice because while it does last a little longer, you also get breaks.  I’m not doing super great at it, but I’m trying.. and I think that is the important part 😉

What’s new with you this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Life Lately…

It’s been so busy around here lately.  There’s been so much going on, and I swear that these last few months have been on fast forward.  Of course it’s gonna feel like that, because it’s already March.  The last few months of a baby’s first year always seem to go by super fast, it’s science.

We’ve been doing a lot of things lately, and it’s been a lot of fun.   As I updated yesterday, Aiden has been crawling more and more, and getting into things.  It’s so much fun to see how curious he is about his surroundings.  Of course, that means that I need to get back on top of cleaning up.. because there’s nothing so talented and magical as a baby to find the one spec that you missed sweeping.  Oh well, it’ll build his immune system, right? 😉

We are a one vehicle household, and usually I don’t get to use the car, but lately, we’ve been able to!  So we did a bunch of different things as a little family during the day.  We went to the new Save On Foods, and it is fantastic.  We went to the Children’s Museum, which was a lot of fun.  We were also able to go visit friends during the day.  It’s nice to be able to get out and do things during the day, though it’s also a little nutty.  Luckily, for the most part, it’s been warmer lately, so Autumn will actually walk to the car.  It’s sooooo nice that she’s finally on board with the snow… you know, just as it’s about to be gone haha

The beginning of March, I had the May Market on facebook, and so I was working toward that a lot.  I’m also in general working on creating more bonnets for my etsy shop.  I’m excited to share the bonnets I’ve made!  Watch the shop, new things will be listed soon!

Otherwise, I’ve been working on my temperature blanket.  It’s nice to have a little bit of something to do every day.  I am pretty sure that my technique is improving, too.

What have you been up to lately? <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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10 Things I Hate About WINTER

I know, every blogger is always going on about how much they love Autumn.  Fall is the best.  Winter, especially winter after Christmas has passed, is the worst!  Here are my least favourite things about winter:

01 // EVERYTHING IS STATIC!
I have fairly long hair.  Long, thin hair.  So anything that has static reacts to my hair.  I get it caught in zippers, I get it caught in car doors.  It’s really annoying.  I’m shocking people left, right & centre.  My clothes are filled with static electricity.  EVERYTHING is.  AH. It’s so annoying

02 // All the LAYERS
In order to go anywhere, you need a coat, you need mittens, you need a hat, you need a scarf.  Your children need all these things.  Once you get places, you have to figure out where to put all these things so you can be comfortable inside.  It’s exhausting to think about. Plus, it’s all filled with static.

03 // How long it takes to go anywhere
Since we need soo many layers, it takes a billion years to get a baby and a toddler ready to go anywhere.  One Billion Years.  And, if I’m by myself, it takes TWICE that!  Plus, getting the car seats safely ready to go.  It’s a lot.  And all of it.. staticky.

04 // Ice Ice Baby
The world is ice outside.  If we had a smaller vehicle I would DEFINITELY want studded tires for it.  It’s so scary when you can’t stop your car!

05 // Everyone is grumpy
Everyone is grumpy because they take a billion years to get ready to go anywhere, and there’s static, and ice and cold. 😉

06 // It’s dark ALL THE TIME
I know it’s technically starting to get dark later now, but it still feels like it’s dark SO early!  There’s a comic where a mom is asking if it’s midnight because it feels like midnight, and it’s only 5:00.  I know that feel.

07 // Snow
My daughter hates the snow, so it makes it less enjoyable for me, too.  Plus, there’s just so much of it this year.  Do we really NEED more? (no)

08 // Fruit is more expensive
We have to buy foreign fruits so it’s more expensive to buy at the grocery store! The worst.

09 // All the effort
If the path hasn’t been shovelled, which..let’s be real.. it hasn’t, that means that it takes so much extra effort to walk across a short distance.  When I was actively using My Fitness Pal to track my exercise and calories, I always felt a little ripped off by it in the winter because my simple ~10 minute walk~ of a few blocks actually burned up WAYY more calories than normal.  I felt like it didn’t take off enough.  I don’t track it anymore, but I still feel like I’ve put forth a lot more effort when I have to walk through almost knee high snow.

10 // The COLD
I don’t know if you knew this… but I live in Winnipeg, which often gets referred to as WINTERpeg.  It gets pretty darn cold here.  It is often colder here than it is on Mars.  And that is a fact.  It’s too cold to do anything.  LUCKILY, my favourite winter activity is staying in and cozying up with a hot beverage. 😉 I mean.. this week isn’t soo bad, but last week. yikes!

So, there you go.  A very annoyed persons list of horrible things in winter.  If you want a more optimistic post, check out my post from last year: 5 Things to do to Beat the January Blues

xoxo,
Alysa

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Church Retreat at Camp Cedarwood

church retreat

This past weekend, we were able to get out of the city and go totally off the grid, to spend time with our church community at Camp Cedarwood here in Manitoba.

We’ve been going to our new church for a few months now, and it was so nice to get to know a few more of the people who go to church with us.  There’s only so much time on a Sunday morning, and all summer we’ve been busy pretty much every weekend, so this was such a great opportunity for us.

Plus, it was absolutely beautiful out there! It was so great to be able to worship together, and just be in community all weekend long, without any distractions.

Hope you had an excellent weekend, too!

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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How to make frequent doctor visits with your baby easier

how to make frequent doc visits with your baby easier

Autumn was a small baby, and she’s still a pretty small toddler.  She’s healthy and growing, which is the important thing anyway, but at first the doctors we saw were concerned with her slow growth.  And so, we got to go see the doctor fairly often.  At first, we were going every week.. then it became every other week, and it was such a wonderful thing to hear when our doctor said “see you in 6 months when she’s a year old.”

Since we were going to the doctor so often, we became almost experts at making the visits easier on us.  Here are some of the ways that we made doctors visits easier:

  1. Dress the baby in a sleeper
    Chances are the doc is going to want you to strip your baby down to their diaper at some point in the visit. The little outfits are so cute but they’re also a little trickier to put on and take off.  It’s faster and easier to put on and take off a sleeper.  Plus, then your baby will be warm and happy sooner. Then you can put the cute little outfit on when you get home and leave it on for the rest of the day … or the next diaper change 😉
  2. Be ready for any kind of parking situation
    Depending on where the doc’s office is, you might have to pay for parking, or walk a long distance, or both. You may have to move your car after two hours or go to plug the metre. Being ready with a bunch of change and being prepared to move your vehicle if needed when you get there will take away some of the stress from the visit.
  3. Plan the appointments for around the same time
    Though it’s hard to get a newborn baby onto a real routine, it does help if you have a vague routine.. at least for your sanity.  So having your appointments at roughly the same time every time you go will mean that it’ll become part of your routine and you’ll be more ready for it than if it’s random.  For example, when Autumn was a newborn, we got a lot of good sleep in the mornings together.  So, when the doctor had us come in at 7:30am, it threw off our whole day and I got accused of looking terrible and not taking care of myself (our doctor was a real peach).  When we switched the appointment to 11:00am instead, it meant that Autumn and I got to have our morning sleep, and our doctor said I looked MUCH better (gee thanks).
    Additionally, since we were going due to weight issues, going at the same time every time meant that the weight was more accurate (in my opinion).
  4. Bring moral support
    Not only is is good to have a second set of ears,  but sometimes you need to advocate for yourself and your child, and having someone else there can help with that.  There are many reasons why you might be needing additional doctors visits, and doctors don’t know everything.  If something doesn’t seem right to you, it might not be.  So another person there to also ask questions can be hugely helpful.
  5. Treat yo’self
    Doctors visits can be hard, and having a sick child sucks.  We would stop by Starbucks on the way home and get a little pick-me-up.  Just a small way to boost your spirits after a potentially crappy visit.  Alternatively, it was a nice “reward” for having an excellent visit.  Either way, treat yo’self!! It helps and it’s an excellent form of self care.

What are other ways to make frequent doctors visits easier?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Our Canada Day Long Weekend

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This past weekend was Canada Day, and it was lovely!  We were able to go to Victoria Beach and spend time with my parents, as well as one of my aunts and one of her friends.  It was a total blast!

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My favourite parts were definitely on the beach, but here are some other highlights of the weekend:

  1. Playing Cards Against Humanity with my parents and my aunt!  My aunt’s friend had played before, but no one else had and it was a riot.  It was hilarious!  Plus, hearing some of the things on the card coming out of my parents mouths.  So much fun.  I wish I had taken more pictures haha
  2. Autumn had her very first face cookie from the VB bakery!  Last year when we went, she was too little to have cookies from there, so this was perfect.  And, of course, she loved it.
  3. Going to the beach!  And watching my daughter and husband play in the sand together, as pictured above.  So great!

How was your long weekend?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Our Summer Bucket List!

Our Summer Bucket List

The other night, my husband and I sat down and talked about the things that we want to do this summer.  We’re so excited for the summer and all the fun things we’re going to be able to do as a family of four this year. Plus, since we have a toddler, it’ll be even more fun because we’ll be experiencing things for the first time again through her eyes.  So excited! Here are some of the things we’d like to do this summer:

  1. Victoria Beach
    My family has a cottage out at Victoria Beach, and I’m so excited to do all the things with my daughter there this year!  We’ll go to the beach (obviously), go to the park, get ice cream at the Moonlight Inn, and get smiley face cookies at the bakery.  It’s gonna be awesome!
  2. Assiniboine Park Zoo
    We haven’t been to the zoo since the new Polar Bear exhibit opened last year, and I think it would be really fun to go.  Especially with the Dinosaur exhibit there, too!
  3. Strawberry Picking
    There are a few places nearby where you pay for the bucket, and you pick your own strawberries.  I think it would be a lot of fun to do that with Autumn. I think she would really enjoy that.
  4. Andrew’s family cabin
    It’ll be fun to see how Autumn likes the boat this year!
  5. Monarch Butterfly Festival
    This event looks like so much fun!
  6. Islendingadagurinn
    The Icelandic Festival in Gimli!  I’m so pumped for it. I haven’t been in a few years.
  7. Morden Corn and Apple Festival
    A nearby town has an awesome festival every summer. You get free corn on the cob and free apple cider, and a bunch of other stuff! Again, I haven’t been in a few years so I’m excited to go again.
  8. Harry Potter Midnight Release Party
    The last Harry Potter book came out almost 10 years ago, and McNally Robinson celebrated with a party in the park.  Well, since the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is this summer, they’re doing it again!  I’m so pumped to go to another midnight release.  And I can’t wait to read the book 🙂

What are your plans for the summer?

xoxo,
Alysa

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