Fun “Holidays” To Celebrate in March!

March is Caffeine Awareness Month!
It’s also Women’s History Month, Umbrella Month, Craft Month, and Cheerleader Safety Month!

Here are some of the fun holidays your can celebrate on your instagram this month ūüėČ

March 1: World Compliment Day
March 2: World Book Day, Old Stuff Day & Dr Suess Day
March 3: What If Cats And Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
March 4: Grammar Day
March 5: Cheese Doodle Day
March 6: White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
March 7: Unique Names Day
March 8: International Women’s Day
March 9: Barbie Day
March 10: Day of Awesomeness, Skirt Day & Middle Name Pride Day
March 11: World Plumbing Day
March 12: Plant a Flower Day
March 13: Napping Day
March 14: PI DAY!!!! also, Potato Chip Day
March 15: Brutus Day
March 16: No Selfies Day & Lips Appreciation Day
March 17: St Patrick’s Day (duh. ¬†ALSO KNOWN AS ST PADDY’S DAY!!)
March 18: World Sleep Day
March 19: Earth Hour
March 20: International Day of Happiness & World Storytelling Day
March 21: Single Parents’ Day
March 22: World Water Day
March 23: Puppy Day
March 24: Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
March 25: Tolkien Reading Day & Waffle Day
March 26: Purple Day & Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
March 27: International Whiskey Day
March 28: Black Forest Cake Day
March 29: Manatee Appreciation Day
March 30: Pencil Day
March 31: Eiffel Tower Day

What days are you going to “celebrate” this month? ūüėČ

xoxo,
Alysa

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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 ūüėČ

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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You’re Invited: May Market

One of the best things about becoming a mama in this day and age, for me, is the fact that everyone is SO connected. ¬†I made friendships with women who were having babies at the same time as me through groups based on my due date for my little ones. ¬†I have been in a group for my November 2014 baby since.. well, since we all started finding out we were expecting. It’s the same for my May 2016 baby! ¬†And, in my May group, there are a few of us who are crafty and talented, and every month we have a little sale of the things that we’ve made!

Our next sale is March 1 & 2, and I would LOVE it if you would join our group to join in our sale!
You can find our May Market Group here!

This month the theme is St Paddy’s Day, and there will be baby bonnets, prints, bath bombs, jewellery, rompers & more <3

Hope to see you there!

xoxo,
Alysa

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When We Last Spoke – Review and Giveaway

“Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness in Fireside, Texas.”

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. I received this book in exchange for this review, the opinions stated are my own.

When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna is a sweet look back at 1960’s smalltown Texas, through the eyes of a young girl who, along with her sister, have just been dropped off at their grandparents house to live, while their¬†mother goes off to pursue her acting career and their father goes to war. ¬†This book is a lovely story, with really interesting characters and setting. ¬†As a Canadian, I especially loved the Southern-isms, some I even had to look up what the meaning behind them were. ¬†I found that the story flowed really well, the writing was beautiful, and the characters were quite lovable. ¬†It was a book that I had a hard time putting down, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet Southern story.

And you can win your own copy! This giveaway is open to the US and Canada

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You can also win a copy for your kindle on Amazon courtesy of the author from February 20-24!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Our Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and it was so much fun with two little ones this year. ¬†Last year, we made some cute Valentines for our friends and family. ¬†This year, Autumn coloured pre-made Valentines and we gave those to family. ¬†It was a lot of fun!

This year was also really fun! ¬†I spent the day with my two adorable little ones. ¬†They wore special Valentine’s Day bonnets, and outfits I picked out special. ¬†Autumn LOVES bunnies, so I was so happy to find this little shirt from Joe Fresh. ¬†I was a little disappointed with the variety of Valentine’s Day clothes in the baby boy section, but I am in LOVE with the shirt I found for Aiden. ¬†It’ll fit him for a while, too, which will be so great since it’s adorable!

For dinner, I made us pizza twists, and for dessert: Chocolate Lasagna! (though, a pink-ified version ūüėČ )

Then,¬†what was probably the best Valentine’s Day present ever, both babies went to bed super easily and we got to have our romantic date night-in! ¬†We watched Armageddon and had dessert, and Starbucks.

It was a lovely day <3

How was your Valentine’s Day?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Parents

Valentine’s Day is coming up and as a parent of little ones, sometimes that means figuring out a date night for after bedtime, right in your own home! ¬†I love stay-in date nights, especially in the winter, because you don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t have to go out in the cold, and you don’t have to scramble for a sitter. Win-Win! ¬†Here are a few ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day Date Night In <3

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Alright, let’s set the scene. ¬†The kids are in their beds, they’re actually asleep! ¬†It’s Valentine’s Day. You and your significant other go to the dining room to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day Date Night In. ¬†What do you need?

01 // A pretty candle to make your after dinner desert romantic
I like having a candle burning of ambiance, but especially on Valentine’s Day! ¬†We’ll have a nice dessert and a hot beverage, and have a candle going! ¬†It’ll be so lovely.

02 // Matching Couples Mugs for your coffee or tea
What’s better than Luke & Leia quotes for your Valentine’s Day Date? ¬†The lines are classic, plus, it’s really cute to have matching mugs <3

03 // A game to play for two
What could be more romantic then trying to get your affections known by the princess? ¬†Love Letter is a fun game to play with two or more, so it’s perfect for a date night with your love. ¬†It’s also really easy to play, and quick, so it works well if you don’t have a lot of time to play!

04 // A gift to personalize for your love
It’s fun to write cute messages to each other, and this journal is even cuter because you can write in whatever you want in an adorable package!

05 // Couples Pillowcases … to end the night ūüėČ
I love the idea of matching pillowcases for the bed, and these are just darling!  <3

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

xoxo,
Alysa

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What to watch on Canadian Netflix if you’re feeling salty about Degrassi

If you follow me on twitter, you will know that I am very upset and hurt (read: furious) about the fact that there is only one season of Degrassi: The Next Class on Canadian Netflix. ¬†This is a Canadian show, and it’s on basically all the other versions of Netflix in the rest of the world, EXCEPT Canada (and France). ¬†It’s tremendously unfair that Canadians can’t watch the show that is based in their own country without trying to use a sneaky way to watch American Netflix. ¬†Oh, just kidding, that doesn’t work anymore. ¬†So, if you’re like me, and you’re feeling really salty about the unfairness of this, I’ve compiled a list of movies and tv shows that star some of the actors who have been on Degrassi, too. ¬†Please note that although I am recommending these titles at this time, know that I haven’t watched most of them so I cannot speak to quality. ¬†But they are filled with Degrassi people, not just from The Next Class, but some are from The Next Generation!

Enjoy!

  1. Full Out
    This movie has Zoe, Becky, and Craig! Love it! ¬†In this, Zoe plays a girl who feels super entitled and then loses everything she’s been working on and has to rebuild. ¬†Sound similar?
  2. Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
    Apparently Eli is in this. haha
  3. Being Erica
    Paige Michalchuk plays a young version of Erica’s mother.
  4. Date with Love
    Darcy is in this.
  5. The Vampire Diaries
    This one is pretty obvious I guess, but Mia is in this ūüėČ
  6. 4th Man Out
    Craig is in this one!
  7. Blood Pressure
    Craig is in this one, too.  One of the guys from Glee is also in it, if that interests you.

And, if you are wondering what you can do to get Degrassi: The Next Class, seasons 2 and 3 on Canadian Netflix (where they belong), check out this petition!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Aiden at 8 Months!

Aiden is now 8 months old!! In such a short amount of time, we’ll be celebrating his 1st birthday (cue mama tears). It’s going by WAY too fast and I just can’t believe it.

This month, Aiden has done so much! ¬†He said mama and dada (dada first, of course haha) and he said his first word: POOP! ¬†He’s not crawling, but he spins in circles and backs up really well. ¬†He loves reaching for your face and reaching for toys. ¬†He loves watching his sister play.

Aiden’s current favourite foods are anything Autumn is eating, and lucky for him, she likes to share her food with him.. whether she should or not. ¬†Specific foods he likes are chicken, sweet potato, and the baby cookies I make. ¬†He HATES salmon, and he has mixed feelings about broccoli.

Aiden’s favourite toys are his o-ball car, and his little people toys. ¬†He likes looking at and waving to himself in the mirror. ¬†He likes waving at everyone!

He’s overall such a happy little baby, I love watching him grow <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Autumn at 8 months

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Dressember 2016: An Update

Though Dressember ended almost a month ago, we’ve still been fundraising all of January. ¬†So, there is still time to get involved and donate to the cause!

As of now, as a large group, we have raised $1,453,968USD!! That’s SO amazing!! It’s SO close to the goal we set out of $1.5million USD. ¬†SO CLOSE! ¬†If you’d like to donate to my campaign page, you can find that here. ¬†If you donate $30 or more, I will send you an exclusive bonnet just for this Dressember campaign.

And if you have already donated, I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart: Thank you!  It means so much more than I can say when the people around me support the things I find important. <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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