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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Make Your Own Advent Calendar for Adults

DIY Advent Calendar for Adults

It’s nearly December 1, which means it’s nearly time to start using our Advent calendars!  For our entire marriage, Andrew and I have made each other Advent calendars.  Last year and this year, however, I get to use the one they sell at David’s Tea!  I still like making one for my husband though.  I had considered getting him one from the supermarket, but I felt that the chocolate ones were boring and uninspired.  Plus, you can’t add cute little notes in those ones.  So, I’ve made one for him again this year!  Here’s what I did:

Step One: Collect All the Supplies

DIY Adult Advent Calendar

  • 1 empty advent calendar from David’s Tea (or, you could use the Starbucks one, like I did last year.  Find my post about it here)
  • Various treats, depending on the person you’re making it for
  • Paper & a pen

Step Two: Write Cute Notes

Do it yourself advent calendar

Write 24 random cute notes specific to your person.  I’ve done cute quotes, I’ve put activities I want to do with them on the day it gets picked, etc.  I’ve also done one where it was a bunch of puns and pick up lines based on my husband’s interests.  Whatever you want!  I just really like the cute notes because I think it adds a little something extra to it!

Step Three: Fill Calendar With Treats

DIY Advent Calendar
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Since I bought a variety of prepackaged and not prepacked treats, I was able to put some directly into the boxes, and the others I put into the tea containers from the advent calendar!  It was so nice to be able to reuse these little tins because they are so cute. Plus, Andrew will have a sneak peek of what treat he’s bringing with him for lunch that day 😉

Step Four: Put them back at random

DIY Advent Calendar with Reused Calendar

And give to your giftee, or enjoy for yourself! <3

I think my favourite thing about this calendar this year was the fact that I was able to reuse the adorable calendar from last year!  I love that I could use every part, and my husband gets his own individual and unique advent calendar.  Plus, this would be great for kids, too.  If you use the little tins, you can put in a kid-appropriate amount of candy, too!

xoxo,
Alysa

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DIY Headband & Hairclip Holder

I had been looking for a hairband/hair clip holder for my daughter’s room for a little while, and thought it would definitely be the most fun to make one myself! I didn’t like any of the things I could find on pinterest though.  There were a lot that sit on a table, and I wanted one that would be hanging on the wall.  There were also a few that seemed really complicated, when I wanted something simple.  So, I came up with one on my own!

Here’s how to make one for yourself, too!

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YOU WILL NEED:
A piece of corkboard
Wooden clothespins
Some lace
White paint (optional)
A glue gun and glue

DIY hairband holder

ONE:
Measure out the lace and glue gun it to the back of the cork board.  The lace is so you can attach hair clips as well as headbands.  I decided to do two rows of lace, because you can never have too many hair clips!

DIY hairband holder

TWO A:
Paint the clothespins.  I chose to pain them white, because it goes better with the decor in my daughter’s room.  It’s totally optional though, and you can leave them if you’d like.
TWO B:
Place the clothespins where you would like to glue them  I decided to do two rows of 6 each, for a total of 12 clothespins.  My daughter has a lot of hairbands, so this will be able to hold all of them

THREE:
With your hot glue gun, glue the clothespins in place.

FOUR: 
Hang on the wall and cover in clips and hairbands!

DIY hairband holder

And you’re done!  It was the easiest project ever.  The thing that took the longest was waiting until we had time to physically hang it up in her room.

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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What’s in Autumn’s Easter Basket

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Even though it’s technically Easter monday, and Easter is over, I thought I’d share the things we put in Autumn’s Easter basket this year!  We didn’t really do too much for her last year, because she was so little, but we did get her a book.  We thought this year that we would further that tradition, and add to it!

I had found the basket last year at Target when the Target’s in Canada were going out of business (sadness 🙁 ) and saved it for this year!

Here’s what else we put in the basket

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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
I was hoping to find a fun Easter themed book this year, but I wasn’t able to find anything I really liked, so I went with the theme of bunnies.  This book is SO cute, and I can’t wait to read it to Autumn!

Easter cup
Autumn is obsessed with drinking out of straws right now, so a little cup like this is perfect.  I have a Starbucks cup with a straw and she always wants to drink out of my cup, so hopefully giving her a cup of her own will make her less likely to steal my drink.  No? Well, I tried 😉

Love Child Organics Pouch
Autumn LOVES pouches, so this seemed like the perfect addition to her basket.  It’s also a Canadian company, which I really like, and everything in it is organic, which I really appreciate.

Aero Lamb Chocolate
She is way too little to get a whole chocolate rabbit to herself, so we picked a smaller little lamb.  She doesn’t get treats like this very often, I think the last time was at Christmas, so we figured that we’d let her have a little something sweet for a little treat.  And, the possibility is there that her pregnant mama will end up eating most of it 😉

TY Bunny
This bunny was super soft and cute, so I had to get it!  I got one in the same colour scheme as the book, so they match!

What did you put in your child’s Easter basket this year?

Hope you had a happy Easter!

xoxo,
Alysa

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First Birthday

I know that it’s been 3 months (yikes) since Autumn turned one, but I figured that late was better than never! 😉

The theme we chose for Autumn’s first birthday party was Super Mario Bros, or “1-Up!”  It was a really fun theme, and we could really stick with it with decor and food.  Plus, I really loved Super Mario Brothers growing up, and it was a great excuse to get out the old Nintendo and play some, too!

Here are some of the pictures from Autumn’s first birthday:

First Birthday - Memory Wall

Since I had been taking monthly pictures of Autumn, I decided to put them all up side by side in a memory wall of her first year!  I really liked the way it turned out, and I love that everyone was able to see how much she grew over her first year.
Then, I made a blackboard inspired infographic on black poster board, which showed a lot of Autumn’s favourite things at one.  Her favourite foods, favourite song, and the words she had said at the time, as well as the skills she had already learned.  It was a nice way of showing people the kinds of things Autumn had been up to lately (at that time).  It was fun to make as well!

1 Up

Here’s Autumn with her 1-up banner!  The two mushrooms were also her invitations.  So everyone who came had received one of those as well.

First Birthday

A special chair for the birthday girl

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Green and pink cupcakes (for Luigi and Princess Peach), with the pink one being the very first cupcake that Autumn ever got to eat.

First Birthday

And she loved it! I don’t think there were any crumbs at all.  She ate the entire thing.

For food, we had a veggie and fruit platter, red and green M&M’s (for turtle shells), chips and dip, and other various candies (which I am having a hard time remembering because I never actually ate any of it haha).  We also had Pink Princess Peach Lemonade, and regular lemonade, and the lovely pink and green cupcakes.

It was such a great day, and we felt super blessed by those who were able to be there with us to celebrate our little girl <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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My Clueless/90’s Birthday Party

 

Clueless was definitely one of those movies that defined the era.  When I think of the 1990’s, the movie Clueless is one of the things that comes to mind.  It definitely had a huge impact on my 90’s!  From the incredible quotes to the clothes, this movie is everything.  If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?? (But seriously, it’s on Netflix right now. Canadian AND American, so go watch it now!!)  It was pretty obvious that this would be the best co-theme for my 90’s party.  Plus, do we really need an excuse to dress a little like Cher Horowitz? I don’t think so!

Here are some of the ways I made my party like totally Clueless/90’s:

90's Clueless Party

First of all, there are no fancy-schmancy smart phones in the 1990’s.  So everyone had to leave their fancy non-flip phones in the basket and experience the 90’s as they really were.  Beepers were totally allowed though.

 

 

Clueless party

For the food, I had to have food from the movie!  There is a line (pictured above) that basically described the way I ate when I was in high school, so I got some of the best foods from the list.  Cher is so funny, she eats like a chipmunk but thinks she’s a heifer.  So silly!

90's Clueless Party

These were my two themed drinks.  I had to use the ultra mean quote “You’re a virgin who can’t drive” to describe my non-alcoholic beverage.  And when Cher describes Amber as being a “full-on Monet”, that was just too memorable a line to ignore.  And mojitos are amazing 😉

90's Party

I recently had my thrift store dreams come true when I found a copy of Dream Phone in Burlington, Ontario at Value Village.  It was one of the top moments of my entire life.  So of course we had to play the best 90’s teen girl game at the 90’s party!  I think people had fun playing this blast from the past game.

Clueless Party!

I really like giving out little goodie bags or a little something to my guests when they’re leaving (if I can remember to actually do it).  This year it was the little feathery pens, similar to the one that Cher has in the movie.  If any of my friends missed snagging one and still wants it, just let me know! I still have them.

90's Party

For total authenticity, the only music we could listen to had to be from the 90’s, and it had to be on CD.  I had a number of CD’s of bands who started in the 90’s, but the CD was from the 2000’s, and those were NOT played.  I was trying to keep it real. 😉

90's Party

And I definitely had to play the Clueless soundtrack, duh!

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The “dress code” of the party was 90’s attire, and it ended up being pretty plaid.  But here’s me and my best girlfriend, Melanie and I showing off our best 90’s inspired outfits.

Hope you enjoyed my little trip back to the 1990’s.  It was also really fun to come back to 2015 and be able to use Instagram though 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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How to keep greeting cards

what to do with greeting cards

We just had a baby, which means we have a lot of cute little cards that came with cute little baby things.  I absolutely LOVE sending and receiving cards.  I like to write nice things in them, and I love reading what people have written for me.  These cards are no exception to that!  If you’ve recently had a baby, or got married, or had a shower, you probably have a lot of greeting cards sitting around.  I think it would be a shame to just get rid of them, so I decided to find a nice way to collect them all in one place and keep them!

Here’s what I did:

1. Put them in order from smallest to largest and put them back to back.

what to do with greeting cards

2.  Tape them so that they are in a zig-zag, so there is always the cover of the card showing, and so they can be opened and read.

what to do with greeting cards

3. When closed, wrap with an elastic or ribbon.  I used one of the headbands that fit Autumn when she was a newborn, but doesn’t fit anymore.

 

what to do with greeting cards

 

It’s so great to be able to look back and see what everyone’s well-wishes were for our daughter! And it’s something that she can look at when she’s older as well.

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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Stay cute while breastfeeding

As many nursing mama’s will attest, it’s really difficult to figure out what to wear while nursing.  You can’t wear certain things because you don’t have … ahem… easy access.  The last thing you want is to keep a crying baby waiting while you try to undress yourself, or to end up half-undressed and hiding in the bathroom to nurse.  Either scenario isn’t cute, and I’m finding that a lot of the clothes available to nursing mothers isn’t cute either.  So what is a mama to do?

Here are three ideas to help a new mama stay cute while breastfeeding:

1. V-Neck

V-neck

 

V-Neck is probably one of the easiest breastfeeding styles you can go with.  If you’re not afraid of being a little busty, that is.  Chances are, you’re going to have some great cleavage going on, and v-neck might be a little more than you bargained for.  If you’re uncomfortable with that, a stretchy tank top under it will work well, too!

2. One Up, One Down

One up one down

 

This is my favourite way to dress right now, and it’s perfect for anyone who is a little more modest.  I wear a stretchy tank top, which is pulled down, and a flowy top, which is pulled up.  Then you’re showing the minimum amount of skin that is necessary for breastfeeding, and layering is super cute!  I love leggings, too, which is perfect for my postpartum body.

3. Strapless

Strapless

 

Strapless is one the easiest breastfeeding styles out there.  I have a number of cute strapless dresses that are now open for me to wear, that I couldn’t wear while pregnant, and I’m so glad that they work for breastfeeding!  And if you feel like you’re showing more skin than you’d like, throw on a little cardigan!  Super cute and helps with breastfeeding.

What do you wear while breastfeeding your babe?

xoxo,
Alysa

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How to be more like Blair Waldorf


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I recently re-watched through Gossip Girl on Netflix, and I have to say that my love for the show AND my love for Blair Waldorf grew with this second watching.  Now, I won’t say that everything Blair does is perfect and that she’s this amazing role model in every single way, but she is a pretty great role model in a lot of ways… and they are some ways that I never noticed before, or thought about.

Here are some things that struck me about Blair in watching through this time, and things I’d like to improve on in my own life:

1. Work Hard

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Something that always comes up about Blair (and especially about the difference between Blair and Serena) is that Blair works really hard for everything she has.  It’s not just about perfect grades, or getting into the best universities.. but she works hard on her relationships, her friendships, and pretty much everything that she felt was worth having.  It definitely helps that she’s ridiculously wealthy, but that’s beside the point.  Blair works her butt off to get the things that she wants out of life, and that’s something that can be taken away regardless of how much money is in the bank.

2. Be Loyal

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Despite what you might think about the fights and feuds she has with Serena, I think it’s pretty obvious that Blair remains loyal to her.  When it comes to the friends she has, it doesn’t matter when they talked last, or who is mad at who.. when it really comes down to it, Blair is there for her friends time and time again when they need her.  And that loyalty is extended to her family and even Dorota!  I think it’s pretty admirable.

3. Delegate

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Delegating can be a major part of getting anything done, and something that I personally have the most trouble with.  But not Blair! She gives all the dirty work to her group of minions (and others), and they get the job done.  Her leadership style is a little questionable at times, but the fact is that delegation is huge, and ultimately, it can be quite necessary.

4. Accessorize

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I know this one isn’t quite as important as the other ones… but it’s something else I would like to work on for myself.  In watching through Gossip Girl, I loved so many of Blair’s accessories!  From the myriad of hairbands, to all the other types of jewellery she wears, she always looks really put together.  I know I feel more confident when I go out in a complete look, and I think that accessories are part of that.  Might seem silly, but the perfect necklace/hairband combination is always fun to find! 😉

5. Plan Ahead

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Blair always seemed to be at least one or more steps ahead when it came to the scheming and getting things done.  She anticipated any outcome, and was ready for it.  However that looks in your life, pre-planning can be huge.  If it means setting really great (achievable) goals, or writing to-do lists, planning ahead and being prepared is something that I’d like to work on, ESPECIALLY with a baby on the way.

What are some of Blair’s other traits that you admire?

xoxo,
Alysa

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