Valentine’s Day Ideas for Parents

Valentine’s Day is coming up and as a parent of little ones, sometimes that means figuring out a date night for after bedtime, right in your own home!  I love stay-in date nights, especially in the winter, because you don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t have to go out in the cold, and you don’t have to scramble for a sitter. Win-Win!  Here are a few ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day Date Night In <3

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Alright, let’s set the scene.  The kids are in their beds, they’re actually asleep!  It’s Valentine’s Day. You and your significant other go to the dining room to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day Date Night In.  What do you need?

01 // A pretty candle to make your after dinner desert romantic
I like having a candle burning of ambiance, but especially on Valentine’s Day!  We’ll have a nice dessert and a hot beverage, and have a candle going!  It’ll be so lovely.

02 // Matching Couples Mugs for your coffee or tea
What’s better than Luke & Leia quotes for your Valentine’s Day Date?  The lines are classic, plus, it’s really cute to have matching mugs <3

03 // A game to play for two
What could be more romantic then trying to get your affections known by the princess?  Love Letter is a fun game to play with two or more, so it’s perfect for a date night with your love.  It’s also really easy to play, and quick, so it works well if you don’t have a lot of time to play!

04 // A gift to personalize for your love
It’s fun to write cute messages to each other, and this journal is even cuter because you can write in whatever you want in an adorable package!

05 // Couples Pillowcases … to end the night 😉
I love the idea of matching pillowcases for the bed, and these are just darling!  <3

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

xoxo,
Alysa

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DIY Dip Dye Ombre Apron

A few months ago, I found this gorgeous apron at the thrift store.  A friend of mine had just moved out by herself so I thought it would be fun to get it for her as a gift, and then customize it a little bit.  I decided to do an ombre dip dye to modernize it a little.  I will share the instructions below.  And, I also was able to dye this shirt, also thrifted.

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Supplies:
Powder Dye. I used a pink Rit dye, you can find a similar one here.
An apron, or something to dye (similar)

Instructions:
Follow the instructions on the box to prepare your dye.  I mixed it with water in my sink, mostly because of the available counter space beside it where I could place my apron.

Put most of the apron into the sink, leaving out the parts you don’t want to dye.

Wait 5-10 minutes, depending on how dark you would like it, and move it a little bit out of the dye.

Keep doing that, 5-10 minutes at a time, until you have dyed your entire apron.

Once finished, rinse it all out with cold water and then put it through the laundry on cold by itself a few times.  After that, you’ll be good to go!

And that is how they turned out! 🙂

xoxo,
Alysa

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Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day everyone!  I hope that whatever you’re doing today, it’s super fun and super Canadian! If you need any ideas for fun things to do, you can check out the list of Canadian things I came up with on election day.  They still apply, aside from the voting selfie and actually going to vote that is.  But everything else would be excellent ways to celebrate Canada Day!

What are you doing for Canada Day today?

xoxo,
Alysa

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How to celebrate St Patrick’s Day if you don’t drink

How To Celebrate St Patrick's Day

There are certain holidays where it’s almost unfair to be pregnant during them, and St Patrick’s Day is one of them.  There always seems like lots to do to celebrate St Patrick’s Day that involve drinking.  There are pub crawls, various green beverages (such as the green Smirnoff Ice I enjoyed my first time having alcohol at St Patrick’s Day when I was in grade 12, don’t judge me), and, of course, Guiness!  But what if you can’t drink due to pregnancy or other reasons, or you are simply not interested in anything that has the word “crawl” in it?  Here are some alternatives!

Call it the right thing
I’ve seen so many social media posts about St Patty’s Day, and that’s just wrong.  If you’re going to shorten it, please please please do so correctly!  It’s St PADDY’S day, not St Patty’s day.  Paddy is short for Patrick, and Patty is short for Patricia.  There is, in fact, a St Patricia!  She is the patron saint of Naples.  She was said to be a noblewoman but ran away from an unwanted marriage to become a nun.  After her father died, she went back and distributed her wealth to the poor.  She was planning on going to Jerusalem, she was shipwrecked in Naples and eventually died of disease there.  Her feast day is August 25th, so if you want to celebrate St Patty’s Day, it’s actually not till August 😉  So please please please, St Paddy!!

Wear green
This is the most obvious one.  It’s so easy to forget to wear green, but then you’ll get pinched! To prevent yourself from being pinched this March 17, just wear some green.  If you need some inspiration, check out some ideas for St Patrick’s Day Outfits here!

Learn about the history
St Patrick was actually a fairly interesting person.  He was British but captured by Irish raiders and forced to live in Ireland for many years as a captive.  He made his way back to Britain and became a priest, but was called back to Ireland to help convert a number of Irish people from paganism to Christianity.  Since he had lived there for much of his life, he already knew a lot about Irish culture and the Irish language, so we was able to use symbols to help get across to the Irish.  He is the patron saint of Ireland.  This is a fairly basic history, but it’s definitely worth it to do some more searching.

Watch an Irish movie
Especially after the movie Room saw a win at the Academy Awards for Best Actress, one way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day would be to watch some Irish movies!  If you’re not sure what to watch, or if you’re not interested in Room, check out this list of the Top Ten Irish Movies of All Time.  It’ll be especially fun if you’re also eating green food to go with it! 😉

What do you have planned for St Patrick’s Day on Thursday?

xoxo,
Alysa

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A few of my favourite blogs part 3

a few of my favourite blogs

Here is the last list of my current favourite blogs!  When I was going through and picking out some of my favourites from my bloglovin’ feed, it quickly became apparent that I needed to split it up into multiple posts!  You can find the first two here and here.  Below you will find a few more of my favourite blogs:

Missy Sue
This blog gives me total hair envy!  Not only are her hairstyles amazing, but I absolutely love the fact that she was able to do these hairstyles with a new born.  I would like to know how please!! 😉  But for real, that blog makes me actually want to do things with my hair, so it’s pretty cool.

Oak and Oats
Another fave! She has a lot of great tips for bloggers as well as just things about life and style.  I very much enjoy reading this blog.

Oh So Lovely Vintage
These girls are locals, and they used to own a vintage shop in the exchange.  It’s super fun to see what new things they come up with!

Seven Graces
Another favourite of mine! I love her style, as well as how she incorporates her children into her blog.  It’s so much fun to be able to watch them grow.

Vixage
This is another local blogger.  She posts mostly the vintage things she finds at various thrifts stores in the city, and it makes me really really want to go thrift shopping!  She also has an etsy shop for some of her vintage finds.

What are your favourite blogs at the moment?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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Woo Hoo! 12th time on Links a la Mode

links a la mode

I’m so excited to have been chosen for Links a la Mode on the Independant Fashion Bloggers website! There were a lot of great links chosen this week, so be sure to check out some of the other ones below!

Links à la Mode, January 21

 

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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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Happy Day!

Monday again! How was your weekend? We had a great weekend. We got to celebrate with two of our friends as they got married, and we went to a dinner with my in-laws at a cool Mennonite museum here in town.  Busy weekend, but great!

Here are some other things that made me happy this week:

  1. Cuddle + Kind dolls
    these dolls are SO stinkin’ cute!  I love that they give proceeds to help others as well.
  2. Remember Breaker High?
    aka one of Ryan Gosling’s first shows? aka the show that made everyone wish THEIR high school was on a cruise ship?  Here’s what everyone looks like now 🙂
  3. Keep kids warm and safe in the car seat
    Car seat safety is so important to me, and I love the tips they share here.

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Happy Day!

Another busy week and another busy weekend!  This month is going to zoom by, I just know it.  It already is!  This weekend, we celebrated a friend’s birthday, another friend’s baby shower, and then my birthday again with my parents/in-laws/grandparents!  It was a lot of fun, but I’m definitely ready to relax a little bit.  Now I can start thinking about the next event 😉

Here are some other things that made me happy this week:

  1. The Problem with Gender Neutral
    Generally speaking, gender neutral means the masculine version, and as a woman/the mother of a girl, I have a problem with that.
  2. Help Aubree Shake It Off with Taylor Swift
    This little girl has a rare type of cancer, and her one wish is to sing “Shake it Off” with Taylor Swift! Like the group, share the info on fb, tweet it, lets make this happen!!
  3. A Bar based on Harry Potter
    I want to go to there!!
  4. How to Beyonce
    enough said.

All of this is so true.

Have a great week, loves!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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