Aiden at 7 Months

December just zipped by, and this baby is now 7 months old!

He’s growing so fast, too.  He’s outgrowing a lot of his 6 month stuff, and getting into the 9 month sizes and the 6-12 month stuff.

Aiden loves to eat!  He’s even started to get  jealous when he sees that Autumn gets to have something and he doesn’t have anything.  We usually give him breakfast and dinner of solid foods, but now he’s starting to ask for something to eat at lunch time, too.  He likes pretty much everything we give him.  He had a really funny reaction to broccoli, but still ate it!  The only thing we’ve given him that he wasn’t fond of was a certain spaghetti sauce, but it was a little spicy.

Aiden’s favourite toys are his Star Wars tsum tsums, and anything with wheels.  He really likes to pick things up and drop them, or get me to pick them up and then he drops them.  He’s not quite crawling, but he’s managing to maneuver himself around somehow.  I’ll put him down and when I come back in the room he’s in a different spot than where I left him.

Aiden is still waking up a couple of times a night.  He’s a really good cuddler, and he loves nuzzling into our shoulders.  He’s pretty laid back, he likes people watching, and he especially likes watching his big sister.  She is very interesting.  He doesn’t like being left alone for too long though. He’d rather be where the people are.

So excited to see what the next month is going to bring <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Autumn at 7 months

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Dressember 2016: Week 4

And just like that, Dressember was over and everyone was wearing pants again.  But just because the dress-wearing is over, doesn’t mean the fundraising is!  If you’re still interested in donating to the cause, you can find my campaign page here.  We will still be raising money throughout January.

Here is how I wore the dress for the last week of Dressember

Dress: Tharnzies // tights: gift // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy

necklace: Finity Handmade on Etsy // leggings: SweetLegs

I don’t have a picture for the 28th but there’s a boomerang on instagram!

Going simple for the last few days. These socks are from Target

Sweater: gift // socks: Forever 21

Hat and Mitts: Out of the Blue on Osborne // and I’ve had these boots and coat for so long I cannot remember where they’re from.

So there you have it!  Another Dressember done 🙂  As a group, at this point, we have raised over $1.3MILLION USD!! It’s pretty exciting.  We’re going for $1.5, so if you still want to donate, you can till the end of January!

Love,
Alysa

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Best of 2016

2016 was a crazy year.  In the world, especially, but in our house it was fairly busy as well.  We became a family of four, I switched from wordpress.com to a self-hosted website, and I started making bonnets in an etsy shop!  Very busy year.  Here are the top 10 most viewed blog posts from 2016!

  1. Baby Cereal Muffins
    I didn’t even write this one in 2016, but it’s been the top post for two years in a row.  I loved making Autumn these muffins and I will be making them for Aiden soon, too.
  2. And then there were four – My Birth Story
    I love this post so much.  Aiden’s birth story was not 100% what I wanted it to be (I would have liked it to happen sooner haha) but it was amazing.
  3. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that can Radically Change Your Family Review & Giveaway
    I was surprised to see this one.  Maybe it’s just my own feelings on the book projecting though.
  4. Baby Baby! Book Review & Giveaway
    This book is SO cute!  I still really enjoy reading it to my babies.
  5. DIY Thank You Gift for your Midwife
    This was a really fun DIY!  I got the idea for it from my baby group for Aiden, and was so excited to give the gift to my midwife.  I still think it’s funny that like two weeks or so after I gave it to her, she called me and asked where I got it!  I’m glad it was well-receivied.
  6. To My Daughter on her 2nd Birthday
    love this one too!
  7. How To Go Church Shopping
    This was a big part of our year last year and I am so glad with where we ended up.  Our church has been amazingly welcoming and warm and it truly does feel like home.  I love it there!
  8. Bump Update: 40 Weeks
    When my due date was supposed to be haha
  9. DIY Little Tikes Kitchen Renovation
    This was another fun DIY I did this year!  It took a very good chunk of the year because I started it before Aiden was born and finished it a few months after he was born.  Oh well 😉
  10. Secrets for Surviving Two under Two
    This was a great roundup with some stellar tips for dealing with two babies under two.  I was glad to be able to read the tips and share them.

Looking forward to seeing what will make this list next year!  Happy 2017! <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bold

I’ve been writing this post in my head for a few days now. At the beginning of every year, I have been picking a word for what I want the year to be about and I’ve decided that the word for 2017 is BOLD. 
 

I love all the definitions of this word. I want to be impactful, vivid, bright, strong, daring, brave, take risks & show confidence. I want to stand up for myself and others when things bug me. I want to make 2017 BOLD.

Now, to figure out how 😉 

What’s your word for 2017?

Happy New Year! 

Xoxo, Alysa 

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Dressember 2016: Week 3

The third week of Dressember was last week, and I must say, it’s getting harder to style this dress differently! You might notice that I am an outfit repeater in this post.  Or, in the very least, I am an item repeater.  I just know what I like I guess!

sweater: thrifted // socks: Forever 21
This day was a pretty rough day.  I believe the night before, my children decided against sleeping.  So it was a cozy day of rest.

sweater: thrifted // socks: American Apparel

This is one of my favourite sweaters.  I am pretty sure that it is handmade, because it doesn’t have any tags or anything.  I also love these socks.  They go up pretty much all the way, and they are super thick and warm which is perfect for cold Winnipeg winters.

skirt: thrifted // socks: Forever 21

I got Aiden in on the fun this day!  I did the classic skirt-over style.  Makes it feel like I’m wearing something different, when really it’s the same dress 😉

sweater: thrifted // leggings: SweetLegs // necklace: gift

This was Christmas Eve Eve! I wore this to spend time with our friends, as per tradition <3

ugly Christmas sweater: gift // socks: American Apparel

Christmas eve!  We did our Christmas eve at my aunt’s house, so that’s why it’s a different tree!  Usually, everyone wears the “ugly” Christmas sweaters that my mom made.  I didn’t actually wear this for that long there, though.  It’s very interesting for little baby hands to grab and pull at the strings on it haha

sweater: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // scarf: gift
At the end of Christmas day! I was pretty tired 😉

Hope your Christmas week was fantastic! <3

If you’re interested in donating to Dressember, you can find my campaign page here.

xoxo,
Alysa

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4th Blogiversary

Wow. Four years ago today, I sat down at my computer after Boxing Day dinner with my family, and wrote my first blog post (/let’s be real… shared my first picture on my blog haha)

I can’t believe that it’s been four years since then. A LOT has changed.  Four years ago, we were in our first year of marriage.  We were living in our sweet Osborne Village apartment (which I still think fondly on).  I was not working, but I was in school full-time.  Andrew was working at the co-op.

Now, we’re in our house, we have 2 babies, Andrew’s an electrician apprentice, and I’m a full-time mom!  SO much has changed.

In terms of how my blog looked/what I blogged about.. four years ago, I was doing daily outfit posts, I had a regular point-and-click camera, and I was hosted by wordpress.com.

Now, I’m self-hosted, I sometimes do outfit posts, and I write about so many other things.  And, on a good week I post 3 times.  haha

It’s been a fun four years, and I’m so excited to see where I’ll be able to take this blog in my fifth year of blogging!

I’d also just like to thank you, dear reader, for hanging out with me in this space.  Thanks for reading/listening to my thoughts and the things that are important to me.  <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Christmas Eve Tradition: Christmas Books!

This year, the advent calendar we gave our kids was a new Christmas book under the tree every morning.  We read the book a few times a day, and then put it away so there would be a new book the next day.  It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m especially looking forward to reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas eve.

Sometimes, though, we found that some of the Christmas books were a little too long for the time-frame we had in which to read them.  If one of the children was not interested in reading a story before bed, we would pick a shorter book so we would definitely have time to read it before the tears started.  That’s where this handy infographic comes in!  I’ve teamed up with Personal Creations, who made this awesome visual.  Just select which Christmas book you want to read, and it tells you exactly how long it will take in minutes to read.  So if you’ve got younger kids, like I do, who might not be able to sit through an entire lengthy book, you can pick a shorter one from the list!

Kids Christmas books

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016: Week 2

The second week of Dressember went by, mostly, without a hitch.  We celebrated Festivus with our family, and generally stayed the heck inside because it was C-O-L-D COLD outside. That random cold snap has now seemed to pass (for now), thankfully! Hoping Christmas isn’t too cold.

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

plaid shirt: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade

sweater: thrifted // tights: Black Milk

socks: American Apparel

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Romwe

shirt: Bluenotes

shirt: thrifted // tights: Target // belt: thrifted

sweater: Billabong

scarf: gift // leggings: SweetLegs

Dressember 2016 has been flashing by.  There’s about a week and a half left of it.  So far, as a collective group, we’ve raised over $700kUSD!  It’s so amazing to be part of such a great organization, and I’m so happy to be able to contribute a little bit.  Wearing a dress is the easy part, the work that IJF and A21 do, that’s the hard part.  And the money raised will go a long way to help women who are stuck in human trafficking.

If you have it on your heart to donate, my campaign page is here. <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Our Christmas Tree 2016

I love our tree this year so much.  It’s HUGE!  Andrew went on the first day they were available, and picked the tallest one he could find.  It was packaged so nicely that it led us to believe that it would be a tall skinny tree.  Well, we unwrapped it and KA-POW! GIANT!  It takes up so much of the living room, but I don’t care. I love it so much!

And every year Christmas with Autumn is more fun than the last.  This year, she’s more aware of things.  She was there when Andrew brought home this tree, so any time anyone mentions the tree, she talks about how Daddy brought it home haha. It’s really cute!

xoxo,
Alysa

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