whats up buttercup

dress: American Apparel // leggings: American Apparel // shirt: Bluenotes // socks: Joe Fresh // necklace: finity handmade on etsy

where the heck did March go though? I feel like it just started yesterday. Boom! It’s basically April.  We’ve been so busy around here, I haven’t had time to think, much less write anything.  I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  Between taking care of babies, and making bonnets, and … let’s be real .. relaxing, it goes by so quickly and then all of a sudden it’s midnight and I’m exhausted.

I am finding myself in a little bit of a slump, clothing wise.  I feel like this is basically what I wear day in and day out.  It works really well for me.  It’s comfortable enough to sit on the floor in when I want to play with my kids, and it’s flexible enough to nurse in, or wear out.  But it gets boring to wear the same thing all the time.  I need more structured pants.  I love my leggings (which ARE pants, btw), but sometimes I feel more put together if my pants also have a zipper.  Anyone else feel this way?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Mommin’ Aint’ Easy

dress: Modcloth // leggings: a groupon

Now that Dressember is over (well, the wearing the dress bit anyway.. you can still donate for another week! Check out my fundraising page here), I seem to have gone back to my old uniform of leggings and whatever top I happened to feel like wearing that day.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about today.

I wanted to talk about how I took an hour or so to get my baby to bed, only to have my toddler wake him up by yelling into the hallway from under her door.  It’s a fun thing she does where she lies down next to the door and looks under it, and yells/screams into the hallway.  So, if I’m in bed or downstairs, it sounds like she is actually in the hallway.  Her voice really carries and she gets pretty good volume this way.  So then, baby is up, toddler is upset, and husband and I take turns going from child to child trying to get them back to sleep.  Toddler goes back to sleep pretty nicely, fancy that.  Baby doesn’t fully go to sleep until midnight.. so basically, all the things I had to do in the evening tonight (such as meal planning for the week, this blog post, etc) are getting done after midnight.  Mommin’ aint’ easy 😉

On the flip side, I got some AMAZING cuddles, and I played a lot of Disney Emoji Pop during that time haha

How did you spend your Sunday evening?

xoxo,
Alysa

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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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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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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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eShakti Dress Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a customized dress from eShakti.com and I’m so excited to share my review with you here!

eShakti dress review

dress: c/o eShakti // shoes: Target // clutch: homemade // bracelet: Pandora

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I was so excited when I was contacted by eShakti to review one of their beautiful dresses on my blog.  The entire experiences was really fun.  There were a lot of dresses to choose from, and it was difficult to make a decision.  Plus, it’s really cool how easy it is to customize each dress and make it your own.  I chose this dress because it reminded me of a Frozen/Belle crossover.  It’s not a colour that I normally wear, but I love how bright and vibrant it is.

When it came to customizing the dress, there were quite a few options, and again, I had a lot of fun choosing what to customize.  You could add pockets, change the hemline, change the collar, or change the sleeves.  It was so easy to make the specific customizations according to my style.  And, I really like how with eShakti, it’s not about a specific numbered size, and everyone has to fit into what that size is supposed to be.  eShakti is based on your body, and your personal measurements.  I really liked going through and choosing how I wanted my dress to look.  My dress also arrived very soon after it was shipped, which was amazing.  One of my pet peeves with ordering online is how long it can take, but this took no time at all to come. The quality of the dress is also really good.  I feel like I’ll be able to wear this dress for a really long time.

And great news! You can use the code ‘alysalovely’ to get 10% off your order from eShakti.com!  You can use the code until October 28, 2016, you can add it to other codes and use it as often as you like 😉
You can also check them out on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter <3

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this dress at no charge in exchange for my honest review, and all the opinions stated here are my own.

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Half Moon Drive In

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dress: thrifted // jacket: Forever 21 // scarf: Little Stitches By Brandi Little // shoes: Target

Half Moon Diner

On the way out to the retreat last weekend, we stopped at the Half Moon Drive In for dinner.  It’s such a cute little retro restaurant that I had to take some pictures.  We both got double bacon cheeseburgers (which, I thought that meant it was going to be double bacon.. it was double burgers haha) and milkshakes.  It’s a super cute restaurant and a definite must see in Manitoba (in my opinion).  Plus, it was just fun to go get something to eat at an interesting and unique restaurant.  And, I had never been there before.  It was great!

xoxo,
Alysa

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tiny red slide & flower crown

mama style

dress: thrifted // bralette: La Senza // shoes: Toms // hair band: homemade by my sil

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How’s your summer been?  We’ve been keeping ourselves busy.  There are always things to do, and people to see.. which is just the way I like it!  Plus naps to have, and chocolate to eat.  It’s been a great summer so far, and I’m excited for the rest of it.

A lot of it is being spent in our very own back yard.  It’s nice to have a pretty good sized yard that we can roam around in.  There are rocks to pick up, and sticks to look at, and a little red slide!  Perfect for a little girl in the summer.  And next year, it’ll be perfect for a little girl and a little boy.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Update: 40 weeks!!

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dress: Sammydress // shoes: Plato’s Closet // shirt: Bluenotes // scarf: thrifted

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I usually post my bump day update on Wednesday (because it’s hump day/bump day), but since today is my actual due date, I thought I’d post a little bit early!  Maybe, and with any lucky, I’m giving birth as you read this. What!! Could be! I’m really hoping so 😉

I am officially totally full term, 40 weeks pregnant.  But it could go over, definitely can’t come early now.  At this point, this little bean is about the size of a pikachu!! I’ve been waiting weeks to say that haha He’s been moving a lot still, definitely running out of room in there.  I’m really excited to see the little feet that keep kicking me.  <3

I feel pretty ready to be done!  But, in the very least, I’m hoping I don’t go over too much… but it’s not really up to me.  I’m as ready as I can be, but it all depends on how ready he is! We’ll just have to see how the next few days go.. but your continued thoughts and prayers are so very appreciated! And wish me luck <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Bump Update: 39 Weeks

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dress: gifted // leggings: online

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39 weeks, still pregnant!! Less than a week to the due date, and he still seems high so who knows when he’ll come.  Autumn came right on her due date, so a big part of me is expecting that might be the case again, but it’s hard to say.  I think that a Friday the 13th baby might be fun, too 😉

The baby is about the size of a full rack or pork back ribs, or a pumpkin.  He’s probably able to flex his limbs in there, so he’ll be showing everyone how to get to the beach in no time.  His brain is still rapidly developing, so I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate to help him out with that.  His nails may be long enough that they extend past his fingertips.  He’s moving around a LOT in there, and I’m still always feeling him move in more than one spot.  It’s funny, but it seems like he’s always got a lot of movements to do right when I’m going to bed.  Super handy for when I’m trying to rest haha.  It’s all good though, I love feeling him kick and move around in there.  He’s still head down, but he’s still pretty high up.

I’m at the point where I feel like I’m just about done.  I also feel like a ticking time bomb.  I have no idea when this baby could come.  I said a big part of me is feeling like it’ll be next Monday, on our due date… but who really knows?  He’ll come when he’s ready.  That’s all I know!  It’s definitely feeling more complicated being our second child, because something we didn’t have to think about last time is what we’d do with our first child when I’m in labour.  Makes it a little bit harder!  I got my B-12 levels back from my midwife, though, and they look great! We’re good to go at the birth centre and I’m SO happy and relieved and grateful.  It’s not that I had a terrible time giving birth at the hospital, I’m mostly just looking forward to a different experience, and especially a different experience with the after care aspect of it.  Looking forward to home visits from my midwife, especially especially since I have two now.

For the most part I’m feeling good though.  I’ve started doing this thing that has been so great where I take a nap/lie down and rest while Autumn naps.  I bring a little snack into the bed, and I read my book, and I do a sudoku.. and then I take a nap if there’s time before Autumn wakes up.  It’s so nice to be able to recharge halfway through the day.  I hope that it’s something I can kind of continue after the baby comes, just lying down with the baby instead of by myself.  We’ll see though! 😉

So appreciating any prayers for a smooth/quick/safe delivery, and I can’t wait to share all about it after it happens <3

xoxo,
Alysa

fall maternity fashion

39 Weeks Pregnant with Autumn

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