A very Etsy Halloween

I LOVE Halloween!! I know it’s only the middle of September, but I basically start thinking about Halloween sometime in the spring.  Thinking about what costumes we’ll do, and how I want to decorate.  It’s such a fun holiday and I love living up holidays in whatever way I can.

I’ve compiled a list of some totally adorable and spooky things for all the Halloween lovers out there, all from handmade shops/etsy!  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I loved putting it together… something wicked this way comes! 😉

01 // Pumpkin Bracelet
This is so cute, you could wear it all year!  It’s styled so pretty, too, I love the silver with the orange.  A very subtle pumpkin bracelet.

02 // Witch Halloween Mug
I am obsessed with mugs.  I gotta have my morning coffee, and mixing up my mugs is so fun.  I love seasonal mugs for Christmas so why not Halloween, too?  This one is so much fun!

03 // Glittery Black Cat Earrings
Again, this is totally something I would wear all year.  I love cats (but am sadly allergic) so I like to represent cats in my clothing choices instead.  These are so cute, and so subtle for Halloween

04 // Decorate your own Pumpkin
This looks like such a fun game for kids! They get to pick the parts of the pumpkins face, and its made in felt! I love it.

05 // Spider Web Bow Ties!
I always find that there are so many seasonal items for little girls, but not as many for boys, which is why I LOVE this listing.  I always said I wanted to dress up my future son like a mini Chuck Bass and these little bow ties are the perfect accessory for that goal 😉

06 // Pumpkin Hair Ties
These are so adorable as well.  I love putting my hair into top knots, and these would be such a sweet addition to that.

07 // Halloween Porch Sign
I’m always looking for seasonal decor for my front porch, so this is pretty perfect.  How cute is that?? I love it!

08 // Sterling Silver Skull Necklace
This is so cool, and something a few people I know would wear all year.  It’s so unique.

09 // Witches Be Trippin’ Shirt
I love all the different slogan shirts where they turn what is normally the b word into witches.  This one is hilarious 🙂

10 // Welcome My Pretties wreath
This is so cute, I love wreaths, and especially seasonal ones.  Plus, this one isn’t the normal orange that you see a lot of, so it’s pretty cool 🙂

11 // Beware Pillow
This is a gorgeous velvet pillow, it would go with basically any home decor because it’s black and white.  It would be perfect for the month of October on your bed or couch.  It looks really soft, too.

12 // Halloween Coasters
I LOVE these coasters!  They are something you could totally have out all year, if you’re into Halloween and spooky things.  I feel that they are really subtle and no one would really notice they are seasonal unless they took a really close look.  They’re so pretty.

Do you like to decorate for Halloween? What kinds of decorations do you like to use?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

 

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Unicorn Love: Events

Hi All! I hope you are ready for more Unicorn items from Etsy, because I can not stop looking at all things unicorn! Today’s post is going to be about parties and events!  I went to a really fun unicorn themed first birthday almost a year ago, and it was such a cute theme.  I love how this theme has gained popularity in recent years, and there are so many great things you can get from etsy to help with your party.

Here are some of them:

01 // Magic Rainbow Unicorn Invitations
Have you seen this unicorn? It is so perfect.  AND this one is printable, so you just download it and you can print it yourself, as many as you need.  So great for if your guest list changes at all haha

02 // Party invitations number 2!
These invitations are SO CUTE y’all! They’ve updated their pics since I grabbed this one for my collage, and are even cuter.  I liked both of these sets so much I couldn’t pick just one.

03 // Unicorn Bag
This bag is so adorable, and what a cute way to either give a gift that matches the theme, or to give little goodie bags at the end of the party.  I just love the little eyelashes, too.

04 // Pom Pom Garland
This would be so adorable at a party and even just to have up as regular decor.  You could add this to a unicorn themed nursery or kids room, or you can have it on your mantle to give your room an extra little bit of sparkle.  This is the kind of party decoration that I would leave up well after the party is over.

05 // Party Favor Printable
This would be another super cute idea for party favors.  If you’re giving something small, you just pop this card on the front and then it works perfectly with your theme.  It’s also a printable, so you can print it up right at home, at your convenience.

06 // Unicorn Hair Accessories
This would be so sweet for an older child’s birthday party favour.  This one is a little bit spendier, but if your child is having his or her closest friends over, you would only have to get a couple.  Or, it could be a really cute bff present for your child and their friend.  So cute <3

07 // Unicorn Favor Bag
Another favor bag, but it’s too cute I couldn’t help it. You could fill this with little candies or something, and it would be a sweet little thank you for coming to the party for your guests.

08 // Magical Unicorn Card
Let’s say you’re attending a unicorn party?  What would be better than a little card that goes with the theme?  This card is so fun, and it would perfectly match any unicorn or magical party you’re invited to.

Who wants to go to a unicorn party now? 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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Unicorn Love: More for Littles

Who is ready for some more magical UNICORN items? I know I literally always am!  There were so many totally adorable things for kids, that I had to split it into two posts to share everything I love that I found on Etsy.  So, here is the other unicorns for kids post! Enjoy <3

01 //  Unicorn Party Dress by December Baby
How cute is this dress? I wish we had a magical unicorn party to go to so I could get this for my daughter!  I love the fabric, and I love the cut of the dress. It’s so stinkin’ cute!

02 // Pastel Blue Unicorn Necklace
I’m sorry if every single one of these items just say “THIS IS SO CUTE” at the beginning of the description but I’m also NOT sorry because THIS IS SO CUTE!! I would wear this necklace myself, maybe get a matching one for my kid haha… maybe 😉

03 // Unicorn Minky Baby Blanket
Who wants a unicorn themed baby room? Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t think of that before just now.  I wonder how into that theme my daughter would be for her room… or else, I could just incorporate unicorns into my son’s Harry Potter themed room.  hmm… good idea, or GREAT idea? 😉 ANYWAY, Minky is one of the softest fabric known to man and this blanket would be adorable in any baby room, unicorn themed or not.

04 // Unicorn Counting Clip Cards
This would be so fun for my daughter, seriously. These cards would be a great way to learn how to count for kids, and feature the sweetest little unicorns.  It’s a win win 😉

05 // Large Unicorn Plush with Rainbow Hair
This crocheted stuffy is so sweet.  Again, this would be totally adorable in a unicorn themed room.  Or on any kids (or adults) bed.

06 // Unicorns Flutter Sleeve Shirt
This outfit is adorable! I would put my daughter in this ALL the time as a little one.  The print is cute, and I love the fluttery little sleeves.  So sweet for any time of the year at all.  Seriously.

07 // Unicorn Bracelet
This bracelet is so cool! It is hand stamped and says “Everyday I’m sparkling” which is so obviously true. 😉 This would be so great as a part of any arm party.

08 // Pink & Gold Unicorn Stick Hobby Horse
These look like so much fun.  It gives kids the chance to pretend to ride a little horse around the house, but in this case that horse is a UNICORN. SO amazing and magical.  It’ll make any play-date sparkle.

what are your favourite unicorn things?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

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Unicorn Love: for Mama

In my next installment of amazing things on etsy that have to do with unicorns, here are things for women/adults/mamas!  I specify for mamas because I am a mama, but these items would be awesome for just about anyone.  I’m so excited to share the next few items with you, because they are majestic AF and amazingly magical unicorn things for adults.

01 // Unicorn Mom Glass
Unicorn Mom: A mother who’s not perfect, enjoys alcohol, has a sense of humor and couldn’t care less what you think.  See also: beautiful boss, zero f#&ks given.  Adorable glass that clearly needs to have some kind of fun cocktail in it.  Would be great for a mama’s birthday, or Mother’s Day 😉

02 // Unicorn Bracelet
Gorgeous gemstone beaded bracelet, inspired by unicorns.  This bracelet is more subtly unicorn themed, but would be the perfect gift for your friend who loves unicorns.  It’s so pretty and I can’t stop looking at it!

03 // Ceramic I Love Unicorns Pin
This vintage pin is simply adorable, and would make any backpack or denim jacket (or wherever else you put pins 😉 ) I love the vintage aspect of it, too! It makes it seem way more unique and one of kind.

04 // Majestic AF Unicorn Tank
If anyone dares question how majestic you are, you should definitely get this shirt to show them that you are majestic AF!! So perfect for anyone tbh. I would love to wear this, personally.

05 // Unicorn Silhouette Earrings
Oh my goodness, these are ADORABLE!! I love unicorn silhouettes, and I love the way these ones mix wood with a magical purple.  I love them so much, if only my children would let me wear earrings 😉

06 // Unicorn Tote Bag
I LOVE this bag.  It looks amazingly large and spacious, and I could fit SO many things in this bag.  As a mama, I find that my bag is filled with so much stuff, and I know that a bag like this would actually contain everything I need on a regular basis.

07 // Unicorn Notebook Insert
This would be so handy, for any planner-fans out there!  It’s so fun to add a little kick of something magical to a day planner, and this would be so perfect for that.  The art is beautiful, and it would give your day planner a little something special.

08 // Unicorn Macaron Planner Clip
This is SO adorable.  I want it for my day planner tbh, bc I would absolutely love using it.  I love the workmanship here, it would spunk up any dayplanner.

Which of these is your favourite?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unicorn Love: To Relax With

I don’t know if you knew this about me, but I absolutely love unicorns.  I’m sitting at my desk, and to my left is a golden unicorn lamp.  And to my right there is a little unicorn picture on the wall.  Unicorns are awesome, and I love celebrating them.

I sell on Etsy, and I buy on Etsy, and I’ve been looking around and there is a LOT of unicorn stuff on Etsy these days.  Which is so awesome for unicorn lovers like me, right?  So this is post one of a series about alll the unicorns you can find on Etsy!

01 // Unicorn Hooded Blanket
This blanket looks SO cozy!  Perfect for a cool fall day, when you just want to look at a candle and/or read a book by a fireplace.  Or binge watch your fave Netflix show.  Plus, why would you do any of those things as a normal person when you can be a unicorn while doing them? Way more exciting 😉

02 // Unicorn Soap with Rubber Toy Inside
I love taking baths, and this would be a lovely addition to any bath or shower.  It looks like it would be a lot of fun for a kid, too.  See how many baths they have to take before they can get the toy out!

03 // Unicorn Eye Mask
After your bath, it’s time to take a nap, and what better to help you nap during the day than an eye mask?  This one looks so soft, plus, you can’t go wrong with gold unicorns!

04 // Sculpted Unicorn Bath Bomb
This one is so beautiful, I would probably just display it by the tub if I’m being honest.  It is a bath bomb though, which would make for a really nice bath.  I’m obsessed with bath bombs haha but I don’t think I could use this one.  It’s just so pretty.

05 // Watercolour Unicorn Mug
What could be more relaxing than looking at this gorgeous watercolour unicorn?  Picture it: hot tea, that unicorn blanket and whatever form of entertainment you enjoy.  Sounds like a perfect afternoon to me!

06// Unicorn Bath Bomb
This unicorn bath bomb looks SO sweet, doesn’t it?  It’s guaranteed to add a little bit of magic to any bath <3

How many of you want to relax with a unicorn now?  I know I do!  It’s just hard to decide where to start 😉

Stay tuned next week, for the second post in the Unicorn Love series.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Most Read Posts of 2015

Fort Whyte Alive

I don’t generally do round ups on here, but today felt like a really good time to start!  I didn’t write in my blog as much as I would have liked over the last year, but I still had some posts that were more popular than others.

Here are the top 5 most read blog posts of 2015:

  1. Why to Re-Watch Sex and the City
    This one was really fun to write.  I had just finished re-watching all of Sex and the City, mostly during my late night/early morning nursing sessions with my daughter.  I have all the seasons on DVD (except season 1), so it was really easy to pop them in and press play and start watching (and feeding).  It’s such a great show.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should!
  2. Baby Cereal Muffins
    I had tried giving my daughter baby cereal… and it just looked gross.  Plus, we did baby led weaning, so I was looking for something I could give her and have her feed herself.  I found the original idea for the recipe online, and then altered it and shared it here!  And Autumn LOVED them.  She still does.
  3. Etsy Gift Guide: Bridesmaids
    Basically, if I were to get married now, these are the kinds of things my bridesmaids would receive 😉
  4. Why to watch The Astronaut Wives Club
    This show is so much fun! It was a mini-series that was on a few months ago, but I really enjoyed it.
  5. My Birth Story (Part 2)
    Part two of my birth story was published in 2015, and so it makes the list!  You can read about the rest of the birth story here.

So it looks like my most popular posts have to do with babies or TV shows!  These are two things I’m definitely going to keep writing about.

Is there anything else you’d like to see here? What are your favourite things that I’ve written about?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Etsy Gift Guide: Bridesmaids

One of my favourite things about planning my wedding was picking my bridal party, and then deciding how I would thank them for being part of my day.  I ended up getting most of the thank you gifts for our wedding party from Etsy (for the groomsmen as well) and it was such a great way to purchase these gifts.  Not only were we supporting small businesses, but we also got really nice gifts for our favourite people!

Are you unsure of where to start looking? Here are some gift ideas you could do for your favourite gals:

Something to wear at the wedding:

Denim Blue Necklace, Steel Blue Necklace, Quartz Gemstone Necklace, Wire Wrap Necklace, Black Oxidized Sterling Silver, Pendant Necklace
Denim Blue Necklace – $54.68
Depending on your wedding colours, you could get your bridesmaids jewellery that directly matches your colours, or you can pick something that complements it!  For our wedding, our bridesmaids wore black, and our wedding colour was (essentially) glitter.  Something like this would have been perfect for my girls.  This shop also sells similar necklaces in a ton of other colours, so depending on what you’re going for, you’ll be able to find something that works for your wedding here!

Bridesmaid 14k gold filled bow bracelets Hand stamped initial bracelet gift personalized Flower girl Set of 5 five Bridal party Tie a knot
14k Gold Filled Bow Bracelets – $28.50 each
These are so precious!  The link above is for 5, but you could probably get more or less depending on how many bridesmaids you have.  I would probably have picked 5 anyway, that way I would get to have one for myself, too.  They even have the option of picking the colour of the bead on the bracelet, so it could go with your wedding colours.

Something to wear later:

Birthstone Bracelet, Blue Sapphire Bracelet, Shaded Sapphire Bracelet, Sapphire Gemstone Bracelet, Sterling Silver Chain, Light Blue
Birthstone Bracelet – $70.41
Something personalized is always fun, and getting your bridesmaids a piece of jewellery in each of their own birthstones is pretty special.  This is something they would continue to wear after the wedding and beyond, because it’s personalized right to them!


Darling Brown Deer Headband – $36.45
You can tell them how DEER they are to you for being part of your day! (groan) But seriously, these are too cute.

Something Pretty:

Silver Cuff Bracelet, Metal Bangle Bracelet, Hammered Bracelet, Aluminum Bracelet, Crosshatch Bracelet, Unisex Bracelet, Stamped Bracelet
Silver Cuff Bracelet – $44.33
Maybe one of your bridesmaids isn’t really into the whole dainty jewellery thing, so something a bit chunkier is more to their taste.  Maybe you know they’ve been drooling over something like this.  Either way, a thank you gift for your bridal party doesn’t have to be wedding specific.. it could just be something you know that she’ll love and appreciate!

Stemless champagne flute with personalized name in hand written calligraphy
Stemless Champagne Flute with Personalized Names – $11.09
These are so pretty, and definitely not wedding related!  Each of your bridesmaids will get their own unique glass that they can use whenever they like.  I, personally, love the writing on them, and I love anything personalized like this.

For your Brides-man/men:

Men's Leather Wallet /Ultra Slim Minimalist Rustic Bifold Design - 010 - JooJoobs Original - Wallets for Men
Men’s Leather Wallet – $37.84
If you’ve got best guy friends who you want to be part of your day, too, why not make them your brides-men?  A gorgeous leather wallet is a great gift, because chances are it’s not something that your brides-man would get for himself.

Personalized Cigar Case with Cutter - Groomsmen gift - Best Man -Gifts for Men
Personalized Cigar Case – $52.13
A wedding, or the events leading up to the wedding, is a perfect place to pull out the cigars, so a cigar case is the perfect present for your favourite brides-man!

What did you give your bridesmaids (or brides-men) as a thank you for being in your wedding?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Valentine’s Day Etsy Gift Guide

It might seem a little early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day, but when it comes to Etsy there is no such thing!  It’s smart to make these purchases as early as possible so you will know that it will be there in time.

Here are a few of my favourite things on Etsy for Valentine’s Day:

Cyber Monday, My Sun and Stars, Moon of My Life, Set of 2, Keychain, Game of thrones jewelry, Long distance , Anniversary gifts for men
Game of Throne’s themed keychains – $15.31
These are super romantic and cute for the Game of Thrones fan. Plus, you get something, too! 😉

I Choose You Pokemon Valentine Card - Anniversary Card - Greeting Card
“I choose you” greeting card – $4.60
This is just too cute. If your person likes Pokemon or not, this card is just perfect for Valentine’s day.


Gold Polka Dot Ring Dish – $31.90
This would look adorable on any bedside table, and perfect for a newlywed or engaged person!


Personalized Birch Vase – $25.50
I just love this vase! It would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary, as well as for Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Wish List: Springtime Please!

I have been daydreaming about spring, and the things that I’ve been putting on my favourites list on etsy definitely reflects that!  There are so many adorable dresses on there that I would LOVE to purchase, but I cannot because of my new years resolution.  Instead, I just add them to my favourites list and dream about them later.  It is not as fulfilling as actually owning them and wearing them though.. but it’s all I got for another 9 months!  Wish me luck 😉

Here is what I have been favouriting/dreaming about lately:

Starfish Hair Barrette

I LOVE this Starfish Barrette!!   Only $8.00

Lil' Sprout Maternity Tshirt in Limited Edition Grey Burnout

I love the idea behind this tee-shirt!  It’s definitely a maternity shirt but it’s so cute!  It’s a little sprout growing in there.  Yes, I will admit to having baby fever.. I will try to refrain myself ;)This adorable sprout tee is $26.00

Men T-Shirt - Fly Fishing - You Choose Your T-Shirt Color

I’m also constantly on the lookout for items for my husband.  This shirt would be PERFECT for him. He loves fishing and his favourite colour is green!Fly Fishing tee for only $25.00!

Believe in yourself - temporary tattoo (Set of 2)

She believed she could so she did. temporary tattoo!  I love these.  I am going to be running the relay in the Manitoba Marathon in June, and one of the people on my team is my future sister-in-law and I think it would be so awesome if we had this temporary tattoo for race day!  $5.00 for two!

Disgruntled Hedgehog Canvas Backpack

How cute is this little guy? It’s called the Disgruntled Hedgehog Canvas Bag and I just LOVE it!  Plus, if I’m having a bad day I can just point at the hedgehog and maybe people will get the hint? $18.00

Coral Bridesmaid Dress 2013, A-line Sweetheart Mini Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress 2013

A beautiful coral bridesmaid dress!  However, I would just wear it to Andrew’s cousin’s wedding this summer.  A little pricier at $87.00

Hope this post made you think of spring as well!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Valentine’s Day: Etsy

One of my favourite things to do on Etsy these days is to go on the app and just look at all of the suggested items.  I’ll sit on the app in my bed, or in class, or wherever, and favourite things that it suggests to me!  It had a lot to do with the kinds of things that I bought Andrew for Christmas, and it has inspired me in other ways as well!

Recently, I’ve been looking with Valentine’s Day in mind!  So here are my top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts from Etsy Shops (in no particular order) 🙂

Personalized Valentine Children's Jewelry Name Bracelet great gift or Party Favor Infant Child Kid Adult Sizes VALENTINE'S DAY

Personalized Valentine’s Day Bracelet $3.25
I know that it says in the shops that it’s supposed to be for kids, but I think it’s so cute! I love the little beads they use, and it would even be really fun to get two, one with your name and one with the name of your love!

Kitty Kollection (15 piece stationary set)

Kitty Collection Stationary Set $8.00
I LOVE stationary, I LOVE kitties, what could be better?

valentines for man - Gun Soap  - valentine's day
Gun Soap $6.00
This would be really fun for either yourself or your love!  It’s SOAP so it’s something you could play with in the bath/shower!

You Are My Sunshine 16 x 16 Pillow Cover, home decor, family gift, new family, house warming, bedroom decor, kids gift

You Are My Sunshine pillow $20.00
The Sunshine song is so cute, and I love the way that the artist of this shop has made it into a pretty throw pillow. It could fit in anywhere, and brighten up a room! 🙂

You plus  Me equals Love Hand Stamped Spiral Notebook Journal

You Plus Me Equals Love notebook $10.00

I love notebooks, and this one has such a cute message on the front. It’s a nice reminder to carry around with me

Whiskey Caramels

Whiskey Caramels $10.00

I’m not a huge whiskey drinker, but I think that something like this adds a lot of fun to the traditional sweets that you could get your love for Valentine’s Day.. something that gives it a little something extra!

You Are My Anchor  - Stacking Ring Set of 4 - Hand Stamped - Recycled Sterling Silver and a Copper Heart- Your Size

You Are My Anchor 4 stacking rings $82.00

I love stacking rings so much, and I love the theme of these ones. Plus, it’s always nice to get something like this from a small shop. You can have it very customized.

Penguin Cufflinks Set, Gift Box Included, Guaranteed

Penguin Cufflinks $22.50

These are a lot of fun.  I personally enjoy them because my husband and I call each other penguins. 🙂

Lego Heart Keychain Necklace Set Friendship BFF Couples - Includes Lego Heart KEYCHAIN Set - Two Lego Zipper Pull Charms & Gift Pouches

Lego Heart Keychain Necklace Set $12.00

This is so cute! A different take on the classic Best Friend necklace!  I love that you can connect them and that you’re both wearing one half of the heart. You can share it with your sweetie or with your bff!

Candyfloss - Rose Quartz with Silver Plated Wire

Candyfloss Rose Quartz necklace $40.00

I just think this one is really pretty!

If you’re wanting to buy any of these (or anything from etsy) for your love or your friend (or your mom/sibling) for valentine’s day, I would get on it right away! One of the things that I learned from ordering a lot of things from etsy at Christmas was that it might not get there in time! Order quick!!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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