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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It’s a FALL World After All: May Market Sneak Peek!

It’s almost time for the September edition of May Market!! I am SO excited for all the awesome things we’ll have this month.  Our theme, It’s a FALL world after all, includes everything to do with fall.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and ALL THE PUMPKIN & LEAVES!  It’ll be so great.

Join the group here – MAY MARKET – to see what we’ll have.  We’ll all be loading up our albums on Wednesday, and then the market is on September 1st and 2nd!  Hope to see you there <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Mama & Me Halloween Costume Inspiration

Halloween is next Monday, and as a mama with a couple of littles, I really enjoy dressing up with them for things.  I know a lot of mamas have stuff during the day that they take their little ones to, such as a mama and me class, so I thought it would be fun to think up some last minute costume ideas for a mom to do with her baby or toddler!  All of these costumes have the option to add the dad, and you can even wear these on your own.. so you have the option of going trick-or-treating with your child in co-ordinating costumes, and then go to an adult Halloween party without your child 😉

 

Mama & Me Halloween

 

Alice in Wonderland featuring the White Rabbit!  Both mama and baby get to wear really cute costumes, plus Alice individually still makes sense as a costume!  If you want to add the dad, he could dress up as The Mad Hatter or the Cheshire Cat.
Mama & Me Halloween

 

Princess Leia and Baby Yoda is perfect for any Star Wars loving mama.  To add the dad: Han Solo!

Mama & Me Halloween Costume

 

The classic glam look, Holly Golightly and her cat, the aptly named Cat.  To add the dad: the up and coming writer Paul Varjack, or random 1960’s suitor 😉

What other costumes could you do to coordinate with your baby?

xoxo,
Alysa

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What to Watch on Netflix to get into the Halloween Spirit

What to Watch to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Halloween is coming up! And as someone who watches a lot of Netflix/tv, I have certain things that I enjoy watching around this time of year.  I don’t have ABC, so I can’t watch anything from the 13 Days of Halloween lineup… but I do have Netflix, and there are quite a few things on there to watch to help get pumped about halloween (get it?? PUMPkin? 😉 ) If you don’t have cable either, here is my 10 Days of Halloween lineup via Canadian Netflix:

01 // The Nightmare Before Christmas
I just watched this with my daughter the other day, and anytime I do anything even remotely related to Halloween, the song “This is Halloween” is stuck in my head.  It’s such a great story.  It’s got the creepy aspect of Halloween, and a little bit of Christmas, too 😉

02 // Ghostbusters
An old classic.  It’s the original version on Netflix, but you could totally watch the new one, too! Just… not on Netflix.  I especially love watching the old one for the sweet 1984 CGI.  And Dan Akroyd.  He’s awesome.

03 // Sleepy Hollow
One of the most classic Halloween stories ever told! Ichabod Crane is timeless. And this one features Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, so what could be better?

04 // Goosebumps
Us 90’s kids will remember getting freaked out by this show late at night.  I specifically remember one time watching this when my parents weren’t home and all three of us were pretty scared after.  It’s fun as an adult though.

05 // The Sixth Sense
Another classic.  And if you haven’t seen it, it has a classic M. Night Shyamalan twist at the end 😉

06 // Are You Afraid of the Dark?
“Submitted for the approval of the midnight society…” This is another huge classic for us 90s kids, especially us Canadian ones.  Andrew and I actually had an Are You Afraid of the Dark Halloween party a few years ago.  We watched a bunch of our fave episodes on Netflix and it was a lot of fun. There were some great classics, but there are quite a few epsidoes.. so if you’re looking for the scariest ones, here is a list of the top 10 scary epsiodes! Plus, watch for cameos from Ryan Gosling, Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Hayden Christensen, and Jewel Staite (& what do they all have in common? All Canadian).

07 // Scooby Doo
Not as classic, but still pretty fun.  Especially since (spoiler alert) most of the baddies end up being regular bad guys in costume.  Perfect for Halloween!

08 // Buffy the Vampire Slayer
What could be better for Halloween than a bad-ass VAMPIRE SLAYER?? There are even some fun Halloween specific episodes in it.  My personal fave Buffy Halloween episode is the one where they all become their costumes.  And if you haven’t seen any of it, seriously, just watch it all! It’s SO good.

09 // Rear Window
To me, Hitchcock is practically essential watching for Halloween.  It’s got a lot of suspense, it’s creepy, perfect vibes for a Halloween party.  You could even have a Hitchcock themed Halloween party.. dang.. I wish I had thought of that earlier 😉

10 // Supernatural
Another great TV show dedicated to ghosts and goblins.  Plus, hotties.  What more could you ask for? 😉

What are your favourite Halloween-esque movies to watch?

xoxo,
Alysa

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What We Wore: Halloween

It’s almost Halloween! I’ve been working like a busy little bee trying to make our Halloween costumes for this year.  I’m no where near being done, but I have all week, so it’s all good, right?

I thought I’d share some of the Halloween costumes we’ve worn in the past.  My husband and I like to dress up together, and since we started having kids, we love dressing up with them, too!

Arrested Development Halloween Costume

Halloween 2011 – We went as Lindsay Bluth-Funke and Tobias Funke (specifically after he “blue” himself)

The Beckhams Halloween Costume

Halloween 2013 – The Beckhams!

Game of Thrones Halloween Costumes

Halloween 2014 – Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo,  This one was a lot of fun! I was pregnant with Autumn at the time, and decided to go with the “Mother of Dragons” theme

Little Red Riding Hood Family Costume

Halloween 2015 – Little Red Riding Hood, Granny & the Huntsman!
The focus of this costume was obviously Autumn’s costume haha 😉

What are you going to go as for Halloween this year?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Halloween 2015

Little Red Riding Hood Family Costume

This year we dressed as the people from Little Red Riding Hood!  My daughter was Little Red, I was the granny, and my husband was the huntsman.  It was really fun to do a family costume, and I really enjoyed making the little hood for my daughter to wear.  After this, it’ll go into the costume/tickle trunk for her to play dress up with!

What did you dress as for Halloween this year?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Halloweens Past…

I’m so excited for Halloween this year! We have a new little person to dress up along with us, and I’ll be sharing this years Halloween costume on Monday (most likely).  It’ll also be fun to go trick or treating.  I know that she’s not even one, so she won’t get candy… but we can have it! 😉  Also, we’re using it as a good way to go around our neighbourhood to actually meet our neighbours.  We’ve met a couple of them, but it would be nice to meet some more of them.  This is a great excuse to do so!

Here are a few of our Halloween costumes from the past few years:

Last Year:

Game of Thrones Halloween Costumes

I was Daenerys Targaryen & my husband was Khal Drogo.  It was a pretty fun costume, especially for being so pregnant.

2013:
The Beckhams for Halloween

That year, we went as Victoria and David Beckham.  Another fun one, and made up of mostly things that I already had (which I think is pretty sweet!).

2012:
We didn’t do anything this year 🙁  This was the year where I was working part time (but it felt like more than that because it was ministry work) and I was in school full time.  Oh, and I had a really mean teacher who set an assignment to be due the day after Halloween.  We spent Halloween giving out candy at my husband’s parents house and I spent it writing my paper.  Bleh.

2011:
2011 Halloween Costume - The Bluth-Funkes

This was our first Halloween together as a couple, so we went with the hilarious Lindsay Bluth Fünke/Tobias Fünke from Arrested Development.  It was a fun costume, too!  The most hilarious part was when my dad came downstairs as I’m using fabric paint to write “SLUT” on a tank top. It’s for Halloween!! haha

Hope your Halloweekend is spooky!! (But not too spooky 😉 )

xoxo,
Alysa

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Why to buy your Halloween Costume at the Thrift Store

Why to buy your Halloween Costume at a Thrift Store

  1. Originality
    One year, I decided I wanted to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween.  I had blonde hair at the time, and knew I was going to be dying it back to my original colour soon, so I really wanted to do a blonde-person costume (not that it really matters tbh, that’s just how I felt at the time).  I went to the thrift store, and I found a blue dress, and a white apron.  I already had the black shoes and a hairband I could use that worked really well, so I used those!  At the party I went to, there were two other Alice in Wonderland’s there.  Both were wearing the exact same costume that you can find at the Halloween store.  I watched as they gave each other the stink eye because the other had “copied” their costume.  The great thing about getting your costume from the thrift store is that even if there is another version of your costume idea at the party you’re going to, it’s not going to be EXACTLY the same costume.  Your Alice in Wonderland is going to be different from the other persons Alice in Wonderland because no two thrift store costumes are exactly alike! It’s wonderful.
  2. Creativity
    Let’s say you have no idea what you want to be for Halloween.  Go to a thrift store, and you’ll probably find some thing great you can do! Having endless possibilities of different clothes makes it so much easier for you to find something to be that you never would have thought of on your own.  For example, one year I had no idea what I wanted to be.. I found a really interesting spandex dance type costume and went as a figure skater!  No one else had that costume.
  3. Money goes to a good cause
    Generally speaking, thrift stores support charities.  My favourite ones in the city are the Nearly New Shop, which supports the Children Hospital, and MCC which is run by the Mennonite Central Committee, and they do a lot of different work throughout the country and the world.  Definitely look into where your money is going though, because some have policies that you might not agree with, or they could be owned by Wal-Mart, like Value Village is.
  4. You can reuse the pieces in your regular wardrobe
    Depending on what you get, you might be able to wear parts of the costume in your regular day-to-day life.  For example, the blue dress I got to be Alice in Wonderland was actually pretty cute, and I wore it pretty often for a little while.  You never know!
  5. Cheap!
    Most thrift stores have really good prices, so you’re not going to spend a whole lot of money on your costume.  Whereas, if you buy a pre-packaged costume, those generally set you back around $50-80, depending one what you’re looking for.  Buying costumes at a thrift store, I’ve never spent more than $20 on a costume.  Usually, I spend about $10 or less.  It’s pretty great!

Where do you like to shop for your Halloween costumes?

xoxo,
Alysa

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alysagram: November!!

It’s finally November!! You know what that means?? If you’re in this house, it means that the Christmas Carols start.  I like to have a good two months worth of listening to Christmas Carols before I’m tired of them for another year.  Though this year they are in stiff competition with Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, which I have been listening to non-stop since Monday.

This last week was actually pretty good.  It looks like I’m going to cross everything off of my to-do list, which feels like a major accomplishment.  The biggest thing was the fact that I’ve written two papers this week.  Pretty big!

Here is how my week looked:

Daenarys & Khal Drogo for Halloween // how I accomplish so much during the week
This weeks baby bump // our pumpkins “before”
My Halloween Day look // The last of the princess cupcakes from my shower <3

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Hope you had an awesome Halloween and have a great weekend

xoxo,
Alysa

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