You’re Invited: May Market!

In May of 2016, 10 lovely mamas had babies!  From different parts of North America, we were all connected with the fact that our babies shared a birth month.  Over time, we learned that we were all really crafty and had opened little shops to help provide for our families.  We decided that we should open a market on Facebook to showcase our talents and share our gifts with the world and the May Market was born!

The first Friday & Saturday of the month is usually when we put on our sales, and the 10 of us (plus a guest vendor) put things together that go along with a little theme.  This month’s sale is based around Back to School & HARRY POTTER!! And I am SO excited to share a sneak peek of the things that we will have in the sale.

All you have to do to see what we’ll have is visit the group here! And join!!

We hope to see you there <3

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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Our Summer Bucket List!

Our Summer Bucket List

The other night, my husband and I sat down and talked about the things that we want to do this summer.  We’re so excited for the summer and all the fun things we’re going to be able to do as a family of four this year. Plus, since we have a toddler, it’ll be even more fun because we’ll be experiencing things for the first time again through her eyes.  So excited! Here are some of the things we’d like to do this summer:

  1. Victoria Beach
    My family has a cottage out at Victoria Beach, and I’m so excited to do all the things with my daughter there this year!  We’ll go to the beach (obviously), go to the park, get ice cream at the Moonlight Inn, and get smiley face cookies at the bakery.  It’s gonna be awesome!
  2. Assiniboine Park Zoo
    We haven’t been to the zoo since the new Polar Bear exhibit opened last year, and I think it would be really fun to go.  Especially with the Dinosaur exhibit there, too!
  3. Strawberry Picking
    There are a few places nearby where you pay for the bucket, and you pick your own strawberries.  I think it would be a lot of fun to do that with Autumn. I think she would really enjoy that.
  4. Andrew’s family cabin
    It’ll be fun to see how Autumn likes the boat this year!
  5. Monarch Butterfly Festival
    This event looks like so much fun!
  6. Islendingadagurinn
    The Icelandic Festival in Gimli!  I’m so pumped for it. I haven’t been in a few years.
  7. Morden Corn and Apple Festival
    A nearby town has an awesome festival every summer. You get free corn on the cob and free apple cider, and a bunch of other stuff! Again, I haven’t been in a few years so I’m excited to go again.
  8. Harry Potter Midnight Release Party
    The last Harry Potter book came out almost 10 years ago, and McNally Robinson celebrated with a party in the park.  Well, since the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is this summer, they’re doing it again!  I’m so pumped to go to another midnight release.  And I can’t wait to read the book 🙂

What are your plans for the summer?

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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Non-Traditional Holiday Movies to Put You In The Christmas Spirit

Holiday Movies to put you in the Christmas Spirit

I LOVE Christmas Movies! They are so much fun and definitely get you in the Christmas Spirit.  However, while the 25 days of Christmas lineup from ABC Spark is great, sometimes you might want to watch something that doesn’t SCREAM Christmas (like Elf “SANTA!! SANTA!!! I KNOW HIM!!”), but instead whispers it softly in the background.  That’s where these movies come in.  Hope you enjoy watching them as much as I do 🙂

1. Edward Scissorhands
The Christmas-ness of this movie is definitely subtle.  But you get the decorations and preparations for Christmas, and the magic of the first snow fall.  It’s really a beautiful movie.

2. When Harry Met Sally
I would put this movie in a few lists like this one.  Movies to watch in Autumn, Movies to watch at New Years, and yes, Movies to watch at Christmas.  It’s got everything, and you get to see Christmastime in New York City, which would be a dream for me to actually go there for.  Plus, the musical stylings of Harry Connick, Jr.  You really can’t go wrong with this one.

3. Mean Girls
Jingle Bell Rock, Two for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco! None for Gretchen Wieners, Bye!  Just watch it.  AND It’s on Netflix, so you can watch it right now 😉

4. Little Women
This was one of my favourite books and movies growing up, but specifically the movie with Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, and Kirsten Dunst.  There is a beautiful part of the movie that specifically happens at Christmas, where this little family who has so little, gives what they do have to another family who has even less.  It really shows the true meaning of Christmas in my opinion.

5. Just Friends
This movie is a little more obvious about the Christmas theme, because it’s set at Christmas and the premise is that Ryan Reynolds’ character is at home for Christmas.  But I think that it doesn’t really count as a traditional “Christmas Movie” simply because the fact that it’s Christmas is so secondary to everything else that is going on.  There are Christmas Carols, decorations, family, etc… but it’s not the main event.  Plus, Anna Faris is in it, and she’s hilarious.  This one is also on Netflix.

6. The Harry Potter series
There is a Christmas part of each of these movies (if I remember correctly), and when the first few came out, they came out around Christmastime.  I always associate the Harry Potter movie series with Christmas because they came out in November/December.  Plus, they’re just really good.  Do we need another excuse to watch Harry Potter? I didn’t think so.

7. Bridget Jones Diary
How could I have forgotten about Bridget?  A lot of what happens happens at Christmas, but the movie is so much more than that!  I spent a lot of times in my teens watching this movie and reading the books.  I love it 🙂

What are your favourite non-traditional Christmas movies?

xoxo,
Alysa

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