5 on Friday!

01 // BUNNIES!
I’ve been hustling around here lately, trying to make something new to add to my etsy shop, Alysalovely Littles, and I’m so excited to say that these adorable bunny bonnets are listed!  You can check them out at the link just there <3

02 // Our poor dishwasher
Our dishwasher has been broken for over a week, and I know this is a #firstworldproblem but I miss it so much! I end up, usually, doing dishes multiple times per day, and so this is crazy annoying.  It makes me not want to do any dishes ever, which is not helpful at all, and more irritating.  But we’re getting a new one.. eventually.

03 // Riverdale
Are you watching Riverdale? Because YOU SHOULD! It’s SO GREAT!  It’s different from the comics, so if you’re expecting that it’s going to be exactly like the comics, you’ll be disappointed. But I love who they picked to play each character, and I just love it in general.  My fave new show for sure.

04 // Naptime
Y’all. Both my babies are taking naps during afternoon nap time and it is refreshing!  I get some time to myself and it’s amazing.  I hope it keeps up for a while.

05 // 40 Bags in 40 Days
Instead of doing my usual April Decluttering Challenge, I’m going to do this 40 bags in 40 days thing for Lent!  It’s so nice because while it does last a little longer, you also get breaks.  I’m not doing super great at it, but I’m trying.. and I think that is the important part 😉

What’s new with you this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday: Bye August

What a week, y’all! But then, I feel like I say that every time. Having 2 under 2 sure makes life busy 😉

01 // Having a vehicle
This week, I was able to use the car all week, and it’s been SO GREAT.  Andrew usually takes the car to work, so I am at home without a vehicle.  It’s not a big deal, and we are able to use the car when we need it for doctor’s appointments and things like that.. but overall, we stay home or go places we can walk to.  I plan to start taking the bus places, but anyway! This week we had the car, so I wanted to use it as much as possible.  On Monday, I went grocery shopping during the day. Awesome.  On Tuesday, we went to the library.  It was really fun, and I liked being able to let Autumn walk around there.  She likes being there, too.  On Wednesday, I went to pick something up from a buy/sell group person, and we went to Michaels.  On Thursday, it was raining, so initially I thought we’d stay home.. but we went to a thrift store that’s supposed to be good for records (and it was). And today, we’re going to visit my Amma and we’re having lunch with her! It’s been a great week.


02 // I bought a LOOM
One of the things I found at the thrift store yesterday was a wooden loom.  I need to figure out how to use it, but I’m excited to see what I can make with it

03 // Autumn’s getting a big girl bed
We bought a twin bed for Autumn last week, and she’s going to be switching to her big girl bed TONIGHT! Wish us luck.  I’m so excited for her though! My mom saved my old Beauty and the Beast sheets from when I was a kid, and we picked up a railing.  It’s going to be the cutest little bed.  <3


04 // Christmas
I know it seems a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I don’t really care? haha I love Christmas!! My goal for this year is to be finished Christmas shopping by Halloween.  Aside from one or two gifts for like a gift exchange or something, which I won’t know who I have to buy for until November/December.  All the people I know I need to buy for, I want to have their present ready to go.  Last year, I did a thing where I purchased from local shops, or handmade gifts, and I want to do the same thing again this year!  I am starting earlier with the homemade stuff, because that does take time.  I’m excited with what I have so far 🙂 (And, for fun, there’s a picture of Aiden wearing one of his sister’s Christmas sleepers haha bc when your first baby is born in November, their Christmas sleepers might fit your second baby in August 😉 )


05 // Little Stitches by Brandi Little
I was chosen to be a brand ambassador for this amazing little etsy shop, and I made my first order this week!  I’m so excited to receive it!  You can visit her shop here! Isn’t everything just adorable?

Hope you have an excellent weekend!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday

What a week, y’all! Actually, more like.. what a couple of weeks.  It’s been so busy around here.  Andrew’s been working double time it seems, and I’m finally able to start doing more things around the house because my little one is allowing me to put him down more often.  He’s also started letting me put him down for naps and I can walk away and do things.  I love it, but at the same time, I love holding him while he naps.  It’s a struggle.  Here are some 5 things making me happy this week:

01 // Big Brother
I am OBSESSED with Big Brother.  We don’t have cable, so I’ve been finding ways to watch it the next day online.  Good lord yesterdays episode!  I’m excited to see all the drama on Sunday’s episode.  Wow.  Does anyone else watch Big Brother?  If so, who are you rooting for?  I love Nicole!  Paulie needs to go.  I actually like Paul.  And I LOVE James and Natalie.

02 // Potty training signs…
Autumn has been showing signs of almost being ready to use the bathroom.  It’s exciting and scary!  I’ll tell you what, I’m not quite ready for this.. but I’m glad she seems to be getting there.

cupshe seaside soiree shell bikini

03 // New Swimsuit
I’ve been wanting a high waist bikini for a couple of years now, and I think I found the one I’ve been waiting for!  Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s from cupshe, and you can find it here.  I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid, and this brings me one step closer 😉

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04 // Beach Life
We were able to go to the lake last weekend, and I’m so happy we were able to! I love going to Victoria Beach.  Everything about it is my favourite.  It was a lot of fun showing Autumn the little things, too.  Andrew did a bunch of golfing, we went to the beach.  It was just lovely.

05 // Cursed Child
I was able to finish reading the newest Harry Potter book.  Definitely different than what I’m used to, but I loved it!  It was a fun read.. super easy and super fast.  I enjoyed it immensely.  I want more!!

What was your favourite thing about this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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5 on Friday: End of July

1 // 2 months
If you can believe it, Aiden is 2 months old today! The last two months flashed by and I need time to slow down a little, k thx.

2 // Library
We went to the library this week and it was so much fun!  Autumn loved walking around and pulling books off the shelves to look at them for like 30 seconds and then reach for the next one.  I’m really happy with the ones we borrowed, too.

3 // Thrifting
I went to our nearest thrift store the other day and I am very happy with what I found. In particular: a HAIR CRIMPER!  I was very upset with my sister for getting rid of the one we had in the 90’s, but now I don’t have to be because I have my own.  We’ll see if it works, but that’s another story haha

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4 // Prettified bookshelves
I have been sitting staring at my bookshelves for so long, thinking about doing this to them and I am  so glad that I did it! I love the way it looks.

5 // Iced Coffee
You know how it’s a mom cliche to forget you have coffee and leave it so long that it’s cold, and then when you go to microwave it, you find the mug that you microwaved YESTERDAY already in there.  So no coffee for moms, basically? Well, I’ve been combating that by having iced coffee in the afternoon and I love it! 🙂

What are your favourite things about this week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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5 on Friday

1 // Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go has now been available legitimately in Canada since last Sunday, but I have yet to actually get it to work. I think it’s my phone. It’s too old.  It looked like a lot of fun, and I’m so glad that it’s bringing a lot of different people together.  I missed the Pokemon faze growing up, too.. so I’m mostly okay with not being able to play this.  It would have been fun, but oh well.  Andrew has it and plays it, so I’ll play through him instead.  And keep using my phone for snapchat 😉

cloth diapers

2 // Adventures in Cloth Diapers

We’ve had Autumn in cloth diapers pretty much since she was born (aside from over Christmas that year, and for her first few meconium poops). And apparently, I had been doing something wrong with my wash, because the diapers were smelly, even right when they were “clean”, and they were starting to affect Autumn negatively.  When that happens, the thing to do is to do a full strip and bleach.  It’s a way to “reset” the diapers back to the way they were originally.  It’s not something you want to do all the time because it takes a really long time.  But the diapers smelled really bad, and I didn’t want her to be in disposables forever, so that’s what I did this week!

babywearing

3 // Babywearing to the Rescue

Especially with two kids, babywearing has been my saving grace.  I’m actually able to go out, take the kids to the park, go for walks, and, most importantly, get things done while my babies are napping.  It’s incredible and I love it.  My current fave is my Boba stretchy wrap.  It’s so handy and I feel that Aiden is super secure in there.  Plus, then I’m hands free to be a person and do stuff.  I love it!

mama's night out

4 // RAW: Winnipeg presents REVEAL

Last night, my friend had an art show through a group called RAW.  It was so much fun!  Not only was it a wonderful way to support a good friend of mine, but I also got to go out by myself… as an adult. Without a kid strapped to me. To a BAR!  It was pretty much amazing, and though I didn’t stay the whole time or for all that long, I will have to do things like this more often.  It made me feel like a real actual human person, instead of just the sidekick to my children.

5 // Alysalovely Littles

I think I’m almost ready to actually start something here!  A few months before Aiden was born, I got this idea to start a little side business, and I’ve been dreaming about it and working on it for a while.  I’m actually able to work on it on a more regular basis now, especially now that I can baby wear during naps.  If you want more updates on this, check out the instagram @Alysalovelylittles <3

Hope you had a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday!

This has been another busy, busy week, but in the best way possible!  My decluttering challenge is keeping me moving around for sure.  I keep looking around my house and seeing different areas where I can get rid of some stuff.  But it’s hard to declutter when there’s a little one grabbing at everything and putting in on the ground, aka: a place where things no longer exist because I cannot pick them up!!  Luckily, my husband is here to tidy up the floors, otherwise it would be quite the obstacle course.

Here are five other things that have been exciting this week:

ONE: THE WEATHER!!
I am so excited that it’s FINALLY in the positives around here! Monday was a little frigid, but it picked up from there and we’ve been going on walks … without coats!  I just love it.  I went on quite a few walks with Autumn in the stroller, and I feel so much nicer about the area and stuff.  Plus, there are a few parks around here and it’s so much fun to go to them with Autumn.  I can’t wait until she’s walking/running around at the park.  It’ll be so great.

TWO: NEW CHURCH
We’ve been church shopping, and it’s been slow going.  But we went to one that we really like last Sunday, and I went to a mom’s group there this week, and I am loving it so far!  We’re going to check it out again this Sunday as well.  It’s a less than 5 minute drive from our house, too, and everyone is so friendly and welcoming!  I love it 🙂

dream closet // alysalovely
THREE: MY CLOSET
I am still in love with my closet.  I organized it all nicely, and I have hangers in only two colours, and it just looks so pretty.  I could hang out in there, I just love it <3

The Vintage Honey Shop Necklace Review

FOUR: THE VINTAGE HONEY SHOP
A while ago, I reviewed an amazing teething necklace (here) made by a fabulous shop run by two mamas in the US.  This week, they had their facebook page hacked, they received emails that demanded ransom, and facebook took their sweet time getting back to them.  Luckily, they got their page back now!! But it definitely made their sales take a hit, as well as their likes.  Check out their facebook page here, now totally free from hackers, and give them a like! They make amazing products.

FIVE: SWIMMING LESSONS
Autumn started her swimming lessons last week, and so far she seems to (mostly) be enjoying them.  I was not interested in being in the water at all, and Andrew was a total water baby.  So Autumn could have gone either way.  She seems to be mostly ok with it, with some trepidation.  But by the end of the 10 weeks, I’m sure we’ll have a little water baby on our hands… just as long as we don’t take away the rubber ducky.

How was your week?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Five on Friday

It has been quite the week this week, so I thought I’d share a few things that have been exciting or brought us some happiness!  It’s been super busy, but all in a good way, and I’m excited to see what April will bring!  There’s still lots to do before the baby comes in May, but the fact that it’s now April really lights a fire under my butt to get some of these things done.  Here are 5 exciting things about this week:

ONE: HARRY POTTER MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY!
If you know me, you know that I love Harry Potter.  And you probably also partied with me at a midnight release party before, but if you haven’t, now is your chance!  McNally Robinson is having a midnight party for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I NEED to go!  You can find more information here, but it’s going to be a blast and I can’t wait!  I will bring a 2 month old baby with me, don’t think I won’t!!

TWO: CELEBRATE BY LAUREN CONRAD
I’ve been waiting for this book for a couple of months now, and I’m so excited that it’s finally here and that I have it!  It came out Tuesday, but McNally didn’t have it in stock until Thursday, but it doesn’t matter because it’s in my hot little hands now and I am really enjoying reading through it!

THREE: GETTING THE BABY’S ROOM READY
This week has been filled with getting the decor and stuff ready for the new baby’s room, and I’m so happy with the way it’s been going.  We’re not going to have a crib in there for a while, but we’ve got the bassinet in there for now, as well as the dresser/changing table.  I just need to do a few canvas pieces and then hang everything and it’ll be done! This is so nice because we didn’t really have a “theme” for Autumn’s room beforehand, just a colour.  It’s nice that this is coming along and it’ll be a real room even before this little one gets to sleep in there

April Declutter Challenge
FOUR: APRIL DECLUTTER CHALLENGE
My declutter challenge starts today! If you’re wanting to join, make sure you share the things you’re getting rid of on instagram and use #aprildeclutterchallenge.  It’s such a great time to get rid of a bunch of stuff.  It’s a nice excuse for me to do some spring cleaning at the same time, and it frees up space as well!  When my husband and I moved into our house two years ago, the H-word got thrown around a little bit by one/some of our friends (*whispers* hoarders) and ever since then I’ve been trying to purge the useless things in our lives as much as possible.  I’ve gotten rid of things between last April and this April, of course, but my MAJOR purge is in April.  This is the second annual declutter challenge I’ve done, and I’m looking forward to it. (And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @Alysalovely 😉 )

FIVE: SELF-HOSTED WEBSITE!!
You’re probably wondering why my site looks like this right now.  It’s because I’ve been in the process of transferring it over to being totally self-hosted for the last week and a half… and believe me, it’s been a process!! It finally got fully transferred over last night (yay!!) so I’m going to be prettifying it later on today when it’s not 1:00am with a baby crying to be fed at the same time.  I’m excited that it’s all there though and that I can go forward and make the website even more me!  🙂

xoxo,
Alysa

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