Rachel’s Remedy: A Review!

Parenting, amirite?  It’s got some tough stuff.  Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help make tough things a little bit easier, or in the very least, more comfortable.

When I first started breastfeeding Autumn right after she was born, it was P A I N F U L.  She had a bad latch (which I now know was due to a lip tie), and she wanted to nurse ALL. THE. TIME.  So it hurt. A LOT.

When Aiden was first born, he took to breastfeeding right away.  He ate like a champion.  And, it was basically painless!  I think because Autumn weaned so close to when he was born, my body was still used to it, so I didn’t have the initial pain that I had with Autumn.  It was lovely!  It’s been great breastfeeding him.

Fast forward to now.  He’s growing teeth! Yay! He’s sleeping through the night! Also, yay!  But….. he’s biting me. And, he’s not eating all night so I’m very often waking up engorged.  Boo.  Not to mention the fact that he’s got some lovely little nails that he likes to dig into me when he eats.

Enter Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs.  OH-MY-GOODNESS! Can I please gush? I need to gush a little bit.  Last night, Aiden decided that he wanted to bite me instead of sleep.  Super great, right?  I left his room a little upset, and in pain.  I plopped these packs in the microwave& heated them, slipped them on into my bra, and it was like instant relief.  It felt as though he had never bitten me at all!

And want to know the best part?  As if the sheer relief wasn’t enough?  These are reusable and washable!  I love it.  I can totally see myself just having them chill out in my freezer so I can quickly grab them when I need them.  Also, they’re the perfect size for bumps on little heads as they grow, so just because you’re done breastfeeding doesn’t mean they’re not still useful 😉

Overall, this was a lovely product to try, and I REALLY wish I had them back when Autumn was a newborn because these would have been SO much better than what I was doing at the time.

I receive free products from Guidance Guide for review purposes but my opinions are all my own.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Parenting with Grace and Truth: Book Review & Giveaway

I read a lot of parenting books. I really enjoy reading about different styles of parenting, and in each one I definitely take things away that I can use in my own parenting journey.  So when I was contacted to review Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn, I jumped at the chance of reading it!  I want to be able to parent in a way that is modelled after Jesus, and that is what this book is about.

As I say, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review.  Everything said here is my own opinion.  This post also contains affiliate links.

When I start reading any parenting book, I usually start by looking at the author’s bio on/in the back of the book.  I look to see what their qualifications are.  Dan Seaborn mentions on the back of this book that he has four kids with his wife.  That makes me think, ok, so he kind of knows what he’s talking about!  I read a longer bio that also said that he has worked as a youth pastor, so he really knows what he’s talking about with regards to teenagers.  I think it’s important to mention this, because there have been books I’ve read in the past that the author didn’t mention anything about whether or not they were a parent.  I know there are lots of non-parents that are very smart and everything, but as a parent, I take the advice of fellow parents more seriously.  So, I really like the fact that he mentions on his bio that he has children.

The way Parenting with Grace and Truth is set up is each chapter is about a truth about parenting.  Some examples are, The Truth About Developing Good Character in Your Children or The Truth about Effective Parenting.  I found it really interesting that Seaborn talks about these parenting issues as basic truths, and not just any truth, but truth with a foundation in Jesus.  I really liked that.  Another thing he does in each chapter is, he finishes each chapter with a number of questions to consider.  I think that makes this a good book to read with a small group.  There are questions that would make wonderful discussion questions with other parents.  And finally, he has a little blurb at the very end called “Dan’s Reality Check” where he is real about the truths he just talked about in the chapter.

Reading through this book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement about quite a few things.  I found myself hi-lighting sections of the book because I wanted to remember exactly what it said, so I could tell other people about it later.  I think that this is such a great resource for parents!  Though I am currently in the baby/toddler stage of parenting, and he talks a lot about parenting teenagers, I still got a LOT out of this book, and there was a lot I could take away and use in my life right now.

One of my favourite chapters is when Seaborn starts talking about specific parenting styles.  So he describes authoritarian style parenting, helicopter style parenting, and the very best parenting style: Jesus style parenting.  The way he describes Jesus style parenting made it seem actually attainable.  Jesus style parenting is perfect, but the way we do it doesn’t have to be perfect.  If we’re striving for Jesus style parenting, that is enough.

Another thing that I really appreciate about this book is the fact that there is scripture throughout each chapter.  Seaborn writes about parenting in a way that is based in biblical truth.  I think that is the one of it’s huge assets.  You can read exactly which verse he means when he gives his advice.

Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn was a really great read, and I think it will be one that I go back to again and again as my children get older.  And good news, friends!  You have a chance to win a copy of your very own as well!

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xoxo,
Alysa

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Piglet and Robin are Thankful book review

Piglet and Robin are Thankful

I was recently given the chance to review the book, “Piglet and Robin Are Thankful” by Jason Quinn & Andrew Gallagher.  I was given the book for free in exchange for my honest review, the opinions stated here are my own.

“Piglet and Robin are Thankful” is a really sweet book about all the things to be thankful for.  It’s got a cute back and forth between the two characters, and lovely pictures to go with it.  It was fun to read with my daughter.  She loved pointing out the things she recognized in the pictures, and she would say the things she was thankful for, too.  This book is a really cute way to teach your small children all the things that they can be thankful for.

If you’re interested in reading this book, check out the website and Facebook page, and find it on Amazon.

xoxo,
Alysa

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The Blessings of Unity: Book Review & Giveaway

The Blessings of Unity book review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a marriage book, “The Blessings of Unity” by Richard T. Case by Flyby Promotions.  The book was given to me in exchange for my review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

As per the back cover, “The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts: 1. Abiding in the vine and walking in the spirit, and 2. Learning and applying the concept of unity.”

This was a short book, but it covers a lot of material.  Each chapter offers many, many examples in scripture, as well as many itemized lists.  There are many tips for ways we can live together in unity in our marriages, and based on scripture.

However, I found this book to be a little dry for my liking.  I much prefer books like this to include personal stories where the advice given either works, or examples of when the advice was needed.  I enjoy books that are a little more conversational.

When I read books such as this one, I often check the author’s bio in the back, to see about their life and their marriage.  I found it really interesting, and a little weird that there was no mention of a marriage in this author’s bio.  Is he even married?  His bio talks about his business experience, and I felt that was a little out of place for a book on marriage.  Additionally, I have to say that I was a little turned off by the introduction when he talks about how children are bombarded with peer pressure, and includes “the gay agenda” as a type of peer pressure.  What is the gay agenda?  This did not seem to come up in the rest of the book, either, so it felt very out of place.

I agree that unity is a huge thing in a marriage, and, especially when kids are involved, being on the same page as your spouse is very very important.  “The Blessings of Unity” covers a lot of really great material on that.  And I really liked that it is primarily based on scripture, and gives actual usable tips on what we can do to have more unity in our marriages.

How would you like to find out for yourself?
You can win your own copy of this book! Open to the US and Canada!
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Or, you can purchase the book here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Supported In Breastfeeding: Book Review + Free PDF

It’s 3am, and I’m sitting in my son’s nursery.  It’s quiet, with only the small amount of light coming from a little owl lamp on his bookshelf.  My husband is asleep, my daughter is asleep.  It feels like it’s just us two.  I’m tired (exhausted), but I love this.  I love cuddling my little one and helping him fall back to sleep again.  I love holding him in his sleep, and I love knowing that I can give him everything he needs in this moment.  This is what breastfeeding looks like to us, right now.

But, breastfeeding didn’t always look like that for me.  It can be hard.  It can be painful.  It can be stressful.  Sometimes I accidentally flash an entire room of people without trying.  Sometimes, I don’t care because I need my baby to eat.  Sometimes it feels as though I am all alone in this.

And that is why Supported In Breastfeeding is such an important book for breastfeeding moms.  If you’re breastfeeding, or planning on breastfeeding your baby, you should read this book.  Because none of us are really alone in this.  We’re all going through very similar things with breastfeeding.  Whether your baby takes to it immediately, or you struggle with it.. we’re all in this together.  Supported In Breastfeeding has 20+ stories from real life moms who have been right where you are, and that was so encouraging to read.

As I read through this book, I could relate to so many of the different stories.  I found myself nodding along with all the struggles and triumphs that these breastfeeding mamas described.  I felt so connected to the women in the book, even though I’ve never met any of them.  Their stories are so similar to my story.  I would recommend this book to any woman who wants to breastfeed their baby <3

Supported In Breastfeeding book review

Are you currently breastfeeding, or about to start breastfeeding when your baby comes?  Check out this PDF – Essential Breastfeeding Guide – free just for you! <3

Find more information about Supported In Breastfeeding & buy it here!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I was able to read this book in advance of release in exchange for this review, the opinions stated here are my honest ones.

 

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Baby Review: Bummis Diapers!

bummis diaper review

Recently, I recieved a set of cloth diapers to review.  I’ve been cloth diapering Autumn for nearly two years (eek!) and I love using cloth diapers!  I received two diapers from BUMMIS, one that is an all in one, and one that is a swim diaper.

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First of all, how freaking adorable is this diaper.  I almost didn’t want to put a bathing suit bottom on to cover it up! It’s so cute.  It works perfectly for swimming in any kind of water.  And I love that it’s gender neutral, so I can use this with either of my children.

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I need to gush over how adorable this diaper is as well.  I love the little woodland creatures on this diaper, and Autumn had fun pointing out the fox and the owl and birds.  She is really into animals right now, so this diaper was really fun for her to wear as well.  Plus, the cuteness!

I had never used an all in one before, and I must say that it’s so easy to use.  Lately, I have been stuffing the diapers after I wash them, and that takes extra time.  With an all in one, it’s pretty much ready to go right out of the dryer.  I don’t have to do anything extra with the liners or anything.  It makes cloth diapering that much easier.

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I also really loved learning about the company that makes these.  BUMMI is a Canadian company that uses fabrics sourced in North America.  It’s made right in Montreal!  I love that about these diapers.  They use organic cotton, and believe in sustainability as well.  Overall, I really enjoy these diapers and I think I need to get more, too 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I received these diapers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.

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eShakti Dress Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a customized dress from eShakti.com and I’m so excited to share my review with you here!

eShakti dress review

dress: c/o eShakti // shoes: Target // clutch: homemade // bracelet: Pandora

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I was so excited when I was contacted by eShakti to review one of their beautiful dresses on my blog.  The entire experiences was really fun.  There were a lot of dresses to choose from, and it was difficult to make a decision.  Plus, it’s really cool how easy it is to customize each dress and make it your own.  I chose this dress because it reminded me of a Frozen/Belle crossover.  It’s not a colour that I normally wear, but I love how bright and vibrant it is.

When it came to customizing the dress, there were quite a few options, and again, I had a lot of fun choosing what to customize.  You could add pockets, change the hemline, change the collar, or change the sleeves.  It was so easy to make the specific customizations according to my style.  And, I really like how with eShakti, it’s not about a specific numbered size, and everyone has to fit into what that size is supposed to be.  eShakti is based on your body, and your personal measurements.  I really liked going through and choosing how I wanted my dress to look.  My dress also arrived very soon after it was shipped, which was amazing.  One of my pet peeves with ordering online is how long it can take, but this took no time at all to come. The quality of the dress is also really good.  I feel like I’ll be able to wear this dress for a really long time.

And great news! You can use the code ‘alysalovely’ to get 10% off your order from eShakti.com!  You can use the code until October 28, 2016, you can add it to other codes and use it as often as you like 😉
You can also check them out on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter <3

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this dress at no charge in exchange for my honest review, and all the opinions stated here are my own.

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Baby, Baby! Book Review & Giveaway

Baby, Baby by Diane Stortz

I am so excited to be able to review the board book Baby, Baby! by Diane Stortz!  It’s a perfect little book for  both of my babies.  It is absolutely adorable.  It describes all the thing that babies do in the sweetest little rhyme.  It also explains how much God loves babies, and how much God loves the reader!

It finishes with a mirror, and there’s a place where mama or daddy can write their child’s name.  It’s so cute that it can be personalized to the child reading the book.  God loves us all, and children benefit when they are included in the story.

I also really love that it is a board book.  My daughter loves reading, and she’s been able to turn pages on books since she was about 6-7 months old, and I hope that my son will have the same passion for reading as well.  Board books are a great way for little ones to learn how to turn pages in books, without accidentally ripping them.  Plus, the interactiveness of the mirror is a lot of fun for little ones.

Baby, Baby by Diane Stortz

My daughter especially loved to look at the little mirror at the end of the book.

This is a really fun book to add to our regular rotation!

I also have a copy of the book to give away! Just do the activities in this rafflecopter to enter.  I will announce a winner here in one week.  Giveaway is open to Canada and the Continental U.S.

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And, if you’d like to purchase the book, you can do so here!

xoxo,
Alysa

I received this book at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review, all opinions stated here are my own.

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Review: HASK Mint Almond Oil Thickening Hair Care Collection


HASK Mint Almond Oil Thickening Hair Collection

I received the following products from HASK in exchange for a review, which is my own opinion and words.

HASK Mint Almond Oil Thickening Hair Collection

I was so excited to be able to try out a Thickening Hair Care collection by HASK recently!  I’ve always felt like I have very thin hair, with all the lovely side effects that go with that, and I was excited to see if there was anything that could be done about it, especially as my hair is getting longer now.  I tried out the Mint Almond Oil Thickening Hair Care Collection, including Shampoo, Conditioner, and Root Thickening Spray, for one week, and here are some of the things I discovered:

The scent
Mint is one of my favourite scents, and the scent of the entire collection is amazing!  It’s strong, but not overpoweringly so, which I find so amazing.  Even the Root Thickening Spray smells amazing.  I love the scent most of all.

Ease of use
I find with a lot of cheaper shampoos and conditioners that I have to use a LOT in order to get any kind of effect.  With the HASK collection, I did not have to use as much and my hair still felt clean after.  I like that I can make the bottles last.  The same goes for the Root Thickening Spray, I didn’t have to spray lots and lots on to make a difference.  I noticed a difference with just a few sprays, which was pretty great.

The difference
The difference that this collection has made to my hair has been amazing.  As with thin hair, especially in a dry winter like we have here in Winnipeg, my hair tends to be attract a lot of static.  Especially right after brushing it.  I found that using the Root Thickening Spray really helped with the static.  My hair didn’t get any static until I actually went outside!  I was amazed that I could brush out my hair and not look like Einstein.  It was my favourite part of using the oil for sure.

before and after - HASK Mint Almond Oil Thickening Hair Collection

Before & After
Though I only used the product for a week, I feel that my hair is definitely thicker! I’m excited to continue using it because I am loving these results so far.

For more information, check out their website here: HASK

xoxo,
Alysa

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Review: The Vintage Honey Shop Nursing Necklace

I was so excited when I got picked by The Vintage Honey Shop to review one of their nursing/teething necklaces!  Everything they post on instagram is so beautiful, and it made me so happy to be able to have one of their gorgeous necklaces.

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Mama: shirt: thrifted // leggings: SweetLegs // necklace: C/O The Vintage Honey Shop
Little: outfit from Carters

I’ve been wearing my necklace from The Vintage Honey Shop for a little over a month now.  I wanted to be sure to give a complete review on the necklace.

I pretty much love it.  I love the print, which was a complete surprise to me.  I’m finding that it goes really well with a lot of the clothes I already wear, and it’s a great length for most of the necklines on my shirts.  I enjoy wearing it and knowing that it’s not just going to fall off at any given time.  Plus, I think the ribbon is pretty great.  I also like how easy it is to clean, just a quick wash in the sink with some soap and water, let it dry, and you’re good to go!

Another huge bonus for me was the presentation of the package.  The necklace was wrapped really nicely with tissue paper, and you can tell that a lot of care and love went into it.  It was more than just receiving a necklace, it was like receiving a present from a friend.  I really loved opening up the package!

Autumn is just over 15 months old now, and so our nursing sessions are majorly distracted.  Anything else that’s going on around us is more important to look at than nursing, it seems.  So having this necklace has been amazing for nursing her.  Before we got it, she would pull my hair, scratch me, and pinch my nose.  And more.  When I wear the necklace, her focus is on that instead!  It’s fun for her to play with the necklace, and she even likes spinning it around and playing with the ribbon and bow at the back.  It has been a great help to me when I nurse her because now I don’t have to worry so much about hair loss!  She also likes playing with it (and biting it) when I’m not wearing it, so I’ll let her play with it when we’re waiting for something, too.

Overall, I really enjoy this necklace!

If you’d like to check them out, here are their links:
Shop: http://www.thevintagehoneyshop.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thevintagehoneyshop
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevintagehoneyshop/

ALSO! If you’re interested in purchasing, you can use the code VHSHARE to get 15% off of your order!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

I received this necklace at no charge in exchange for a review, but the above is my own honest opinion.

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