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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Well SMURF!!

Did you hear about this yet?  There is a brand new Smurf movie!  I’m so excited to be able to share about this with out, because this movie looks super cute.  I used to love watching the Smurfs on tv as a kid, and I love being able to share a new version with my daughter now.

Smurfs: Lost Village comes to theatres this Friday, April 7th! You can find out more information about the movie on the Smurf movie website here!  Also, be sure to take a peek at the activities on the website.  There are some awesome colouring pages, and even a tutorial that teaches kids how to draw their own Smurf, as well as recipes, games, and a quiz!  I am most excited about the colouring pages, my daughter has started to really enjoy colouring so it’ll be fun to print those out for her to colour before and after we see the movie.

Here’s what it’s about:

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Check out the trailer!

It looks like a super cute update to such a classic little story, and I am so happy they are going to address the fact that they’re ALLLL guys except for Smurfette haha. Maybe there are more lady Smurfs? That would be rad!  I’m so excited to watch this movie with my daughter, I think she is really going to love it.

And good news for you! I’m giving away two tickets so YOU can see it, too!

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Good luck and Smurf ya later 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

This is a promotional post, I’m going to be able to take my daughter to see this movie for free in exchange for writing this blog post.  All the thoughts and opinions stated are my own.

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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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Aiden at 9 Months Old

Oh goodness, Aiden is already 9 months old.  I have basically already started planning his first birthday party, and that seems so surreal to me.  Especially when I look at my time hop from last year.  He’s been such an awesome addition to our little family, and I’ve loved seeing how he just fits in with everything.

This past month has been SO busy for him.  Aiden is now crawling.  He’s got TWO teeth.  He’s said a few more words, and he’s gotten to be very chatty.  He’s also very handsy. He loves grabbing at peoples faces, and hair, and all that fun stuff.

Aiden eats a LOT.  He loves food.  He gets very angry with me if I don’t give him his next bite fast enough.  He especially loves Owlies, chicken, and bread!  He could eat a whole bun, and then go on to eat more of other things.  He still wants whatever it is that his sister has.  So, if I try to give him a different food for breakfast than what she is eating… that’s a problem 😉  It’s cute.

Aiden is moving around a LOT!  He wants to explore everything.  If he’s playing with toys in one room and we go to the next room, he wants to follow us.  If he’s in the kitchen with me as I cook dinner, he wants to be right at my feet and touching me.  He’s a sweetheart.

This month, Aiden has started sleeping through the night!  He’s doing it more and more often, but every now and then he’ll wake in the middle of the night.  He’s also napping really well in his crib during afternoon nap time.  We’re still working on his morning nap though.

So looking forward to seeing what he’ll do next <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Autumn at 9 months old

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A Few of My Favourite Picture Books

Since February was I Love To Read Month, and since the majority of the books I’m reading right now is picture books with my kids, I’m going to share some of our current favourite picture books.  Some are old, some are new, but we read these ones quite a bit.

This post contains affiliate links. If a purchase is made through the use of one of my recommendations, I may receive a small commission, which would be a lovely little blessing for my family.

01 // Beauty And The Beast by Ursula Jones
This book is SO pretty!  We received it for Autumn’s birthday, and it’s got a different story than the Disney version.  The artwork is gorgeous, and if you ask Autumn what her favourite book is, this is the book she’ll select from the shelf.

02 // Nobody Likes A Goblin by Ben Hatke
This book is pretty new to our collection but it’s SO cute.  It’s about a little goblin who goes to save his friend from some adventurers.  Andrew is very into Dungeons and Dragons, and he loves this book so much.

03 // i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!  This poem is one of my favourites.  We had my sister read it in our wedding ceremony, and so when I saw this at the book store I knew that I HAD to have it.  The illustrations are adorable, and I love the way this makes the poem about the love between a mother and her child.  I love it, I love it, I love it!

04 // Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell
This is an old favourite for us.  I first read it when I was a nanny, and fell in love with it.  Since then, I’ve tried to give it as a gift to my friends when they have kids.  In more recent years, it’s been tougher to find this version, and I’ve only really been able to find it in board book version, or not at all. It’s such a cute book about a little kitten who wants to give the whole world a hug, so he writes a To-Hug list and goes on a quest to find everyone on this list.  It’s such an adorable book, and I’ve read it to Autumn so many times, I could recite it by heart.

05 // The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
This book is awesome!  Chris Hadfield is a really compelling writer, and I love that he has a children’s book for kids who might be dreaming about becoming astronauts.  I am currently reading his book for grown ups (An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth).  In The Darkest Dark, he talks about how he realized his dream of becoming an astronaut.  It’s a really cute book.

What are your current favourite picture books?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Rachel’s Remedy: A Review!

Parenting, amirite?  It’s got some tough stuff.  Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help make tough things a little bit easier, or in the very least, more comfortable.

When I first started breastfeeding Autumn right after she was born, it was P A I N F U L.  She had a bad latch (which I now know was due to a lip tie), and she wanted to nurse ALL. THE. TIME.  So it hurt. A LOT.

When Aiden was first born, he took to breastfeeding right away.  He ate like a champion.  And, it was basically painless!  I think because Autumn weaned so close to when he was born, my body was still used to it, so I didn’t have the initial pain that I had with Autumn.  It was lovely!  It’s been great breastfeeding him.

Fast forward to now.  He’s growing teeth! Yay! He’s sleeping through the night! Also, yay!  But….. he’s biting me. And, he’s not eating all night so I’m very often waking up engorged.  Boo.  Not to mention the fact that he’s got some lovely little nails that he likes to dig into me when he eats.

Enter Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs.  OH-MY-GOODNESS! Can I please gush? I need to gush a little bit.  Last night, Aiden decided that he wanted to bite me instead of sleep.  Super great, right?  I left his room a little upset, and in pain.  I plopped these packs in the microwave& heated them, slipped them on into my bra, and it was like instant relief.  It felt as though he had never bitten me at all!

And want to know the best part?  As if the sheer relief wasn’t enough?  These are reusable and washable!  I love it.  I can totally see myself just having them chill out in my freezer so I can quickly grab them when I need them.  Also, they’re the perfect size for bumps on little heads as they grow, so just because you’re done breastfeeding doesn’t mean they’re not still useful 😉

Overall, this was a lovely product to try, and I REALLY wish I had them back when Autumn was a newborn because these would have been SO much better than what I was doing at the time.

I receive free products from Guidance Guide for review purposes but my opinions are all my own.

xoxo,
Alysa

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