Dressember 2017: Week 2

dress: Forever 21 // sweater: thrifted // hairband: Aldo Accessories // necklace: KR LOOT

skirt: Le Chateau // cardigan: thrifted // belt: thrifted // necklace: Wild & Whimsyy // shoes: Target

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

leggings: sweetlegs // shirt: thrifted // bow: The Bowed Doe

shirt: thrifted

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Sweetlegs

shirt: thrifted // socks: Forever 21

leggings: Sweetlegs // sweatshirt: thrifted // necklace: Prairie Wire Designs

This week was a little bit rough. I was sick, babies decided to wake up super early and be super fun very early a few mornings.  It feels like Christmas is tomorrow and I’m not ready yet. You know… mom stuff?
But I continued to wear the dress.  It’s a simple thing, and a choice that I have the freedom to make.  Continuing to wear the dress is my way of standing up for what is going on all over the world.  To put a stop to the thousands and thousands of women and girls (mostly) who are being taken from their homes and forced into sexual slavery.

This week, I read a story about a little orphan girl who was adopted legally into a family in North America, only for the family to find out later that this little girl was not an orphan at all.  That the little girl was taken from her family and held in what was described as a jail and given very little and kept hungry.  And when her parents tried to get her back, they were told they needed to pay a ridiculously high fee for how the “orphanage” cared for her/room and board.  None of the kids in the orphanage were actually orphans. They were just being kept from their parents who could not afford to pay an exorbitant fee to get their child back.  This is a new kind of human trafficking that I hadn’t heard of before, but it is going on all over the world.

I will not sit down until this isn’t happening anymore.  please consider donating to the cause here!

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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Review: Let The Little Children Come Sampler Pack

As someone who grew up in the Catholic church, I’ve seen a lot of the ways that particular branch of the church used to try to reach children and help children to understand the Bible.  There were a lot of different things, and while some of them maybe have worked.. looking back, a lot of it seemed pretty cheesy.

But good news! I have something new to share with you.  I was so excited when I was asked to review a new cool sampler pack of child evangelism tools.  I’d never considered getting something like this for the kids, and this was a great start.  The sampler pack I received is filled with a few things that you could buy more of, to give you an idea of what everything is like.  It’s the perfect little starter.

These are really cool. They are wordless bracelets (one is a silicone bracelet and the other is a kit).  Each colour represents a different idea and the children are encouraged to look at the different colours when praying.  It’s a really great visually appealing way to remember God’s love for us.

I really liked these. You fold them over and over and they tell a story.  It’s a fun thing that kids can do by themselves to learn Bible verses.  These ones were a lot of fun to use.

These are pop up books, and we really liked using these as well.  My toddler enjoyed looking at and seeing the popups, but my younger son was a bit too young for it.  As my daughter is getting older, she’s less likely to rip the pop ups out, which makes them more fun.  These were great stories as well.

I don’t think I super got these.  They were interesting, for sure, but not something I would use with my little ones.  Maybe if they were a bit older it would have worked better.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sampler pack.  The container it came in was great for my daughter to open and close herself, and we enjoyed reading through all the stories together.

If you’re interested in getting your own, check out their link here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 

 

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You’re Invited: Dressember

It’s back y’all! Dressember starts tomorrow!! Are you excited? Have you signed up?

If you haven’t yet, I would like to invite you to join my team, Frozen Belles! Just follow that link and click the button that says join team!! Then we’ll work together to help stop human trafficking.

For more information, check out Dressember.org 😘

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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it’s been a minute

Dress: Thrifted // Boots: Rooster on River // Socks: Thrifted // Coat: Thrifted // Bow: The Bowed Doe
// sunglasses: Joe Fresh

Soooo… these photos were not taken any time recently.  They were taken when there were barely any leaves on the ground, and it was hardly cold.  That coat is JUST FOR SHOW!  It’s intense to think about that now, considering all the snow there is on the ground.. and how deeply I’ve gone into hibernation.  I would definitely, on most days, prefer to not leave the house.  There is so much snow and it’s so cold out.  Eek!

But, as the title says, it’s been a minute.  I’ve been all over the place on here, and I haven’t been even taking too many photos.  Which was why these photos never got posted when I took them, also why there aren’t more recent photos to post.  Oops!

Things have been exciting around here.  We just celebrated my daughter’s birthday, I’ve been working hard on my little shop, and my husband has been working tons.  Just not enough time in the day, y’know?  But I love this space, and I hope to be writing more!! So please, stay with me! I’ll be back <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Halloween 2017

I know it’s already a week after Halloween but I thought I’d still share our family costume with you!

This year for Halloween we went as Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell & Captain Hook!

It was so much fun. Autumn kept calling Aiden Peter Pan all day (as in “come here Peter Pan!”) it was adorable! His costume was from the Disney store, hers we already had, and I made her bun bonnet. My dress is from the thrift store and is J Crew brand and Andrews costume is made up of pieces he already had! It was great bc we didn’t end up spending tons on our costumes.

However, we were all getting through colds (especially Aiden) and so he got to help me give out candy to trick-or-treaters while Andrew and Autumn went out. It was a good Halloween!

Now to start planning for next years costume 😉

Xoxo,

Alysa 

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You’re Invited: May Market Christmas

This Friday and Saturday, Christmas is coming to May Market!

May Market is a monthly market based on Facebook, run by 9 mamas who all have one major thing in common: the birth month of our babies! They were all born in May! We soon discovered that we have a second thing in common: that we all love to be crafty and that we all sell handmade items. So may Market was born!

This months Market is going to be really special bc it’s all about the holidays! So come on over and see what we have for you. All the albums will be loaded today and shopping starts tomorrow!

Check out the market here to join!

Xoxo,

Alysa

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