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dress: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy // glasses: Glasseslit.com

Toddler outfit:
Dress: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy

It’s funny. Slightly more than a year ago, when I had only one child, I would take my outfit pictures when she was napping. Now I have two, and so I barely take outfit pictures ever… but when I get a moment to do so, I have an adorable little one crashing the photos!  I love it.  She wanted to pose the same way I was, it was a lot of fun, and she is an adorable addition to my photos.

I want to talk about this dress for a moment.  I love how classic 90’s it is.  And I especially love the buttons up the back.  Except… they come undone SO easy.  How embarrassing is it when you have just walked across the room and sat down, only to receive a text from your husband that your dress isn’t done up?  Pretty embarrassing!!  But I love the dress so how to prevent wardrobe malfunctions?  Shorts underneath!  I have a lot of bike shorts and they’re perfect for something like this because you can’t tell I’m wearing them, and no one will see my underwear… even if the buttons aren’t holding up.

Autumn picked her own outfit today, too!  She really wanted to wear a dress and was so excited when she saw this one. And it’s so cute, I couldn’t say no!  Plus, you can’t go wrong with matching necklaces, right? 😉

Hope your week is amazing <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Autumn at 2.5 <3

Earlier this month, my little girl turned 2 and a half!! Aka 30 months old haha.  I’m not one to keep track of months specifically, but it would have been hard to add a little point to 2.5 years haha 😉

Autumn has been growing so much over the last half a year.  She has a LOT to say.  She knows so many words, and says them so sweetly.  Some of them she has the cutest pronunciations.  She still loves reading so much, and always wants to hear stories.

This month she watched her new favourite movie, Moana!  She’s also started potty training (which I will probably write about in more detail soon).

She’s learning so much and I love watching her grow <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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An Easter Basket for a Baby & a Toddler

Last year, I shared what we had in our one year old’s Easter basket (here).  This year, we have a nearly one-year-old and a nearly two-and-a-half year old!  Very different needs when it comes to their Easter baskets!  I know it’s a week after Easter, but I still really wanted to share.  I had so much fun putting them together!

First of all, can I just talk about how cute these little bunny baskets are?  I got the pattern from Sew Much Ado!  It’s a free pattern for personal use only, but here’s the directions to make your own!  I had only one bunny bag last year, and now that I have two kids, I needed to find a second one, or make two new ones.  I went with option B.  I really like the idea of Easter baskets that match each other.  Each child gets their own, but they also go together.  Also, if we have another baby, I can whip up a third one very easily.

Here’s what’s IN the baskets:

Toddler:
Easter Cup
I really liked giving my daughter a new cup last year at Easter.  So, I got them both similar ones for this year!  Unfortunately, last year’s cup didn’t last very long.  She dropped it and the lid shattered.  I hope to get more use out of the ones from this year.  They’re so much fun, especially with the curly straw!

Knit Bunny
I made knit bunnies for my shop as a free gift with purchase for those who purchased a bunny bonnet from me this spring, and while I was making those, I made a couple that were slightly bigger so I could put them in the Easter baskets.  You can find the instructions to make your own here!

Aero Lamb
I decided to get the same chocolate for the Easter basket this year as I did last year.  My daughter still isn’t having tons of sweets, and this was a nice small treat for her.  Plus, she’ll be getting a chocolate bunny from her Grandma, and she doesn’t need two! 😉

Big Girl Underwear
How much fun am I? I like to add these necessities in the Easter basket (and stocking) because she’ll need them anyway, and they’ll be fun for her to open up on Easter morning.

Shampoo
Told you I was a fun mom 😉 But for real, this shampoo has Frozen characters on it, so she’s going to love it.  She’s obsessed.  And she’s starting to have enough hair now that it might be a good idea to wash her hair with shampoo instead of the all in one baby soap.

Sunglasses
I was so excited to find these. My daughter has been really into putting on sunglasses lately, and these will fit her face!  She loved getting them and doesn’t ever want to leave the house without her glasses haha

The Story of Easter Book
Last year, I looked for a cute Easter book and I was so happy to find one this year!  It’s got a simple story that is easy for little ones to understand.  It also has great pictures.  It’s a lot of fun to read to them both.

Baby Basket:

Easter Cup
Aiden doesn’t really drink that much water out of cups just yet, so I thought this would be a great way for him to start learning, with his very own cup.  It’s also so cute, and it matches Autumn’s.

Knit Bunny
I made both the knit bunnies, and this one is Aiden’s! I loved the yarn I used, and I love how it turned out.

A Book of Bedtime Prayers
Such a cute little book.  It has gold around the edges of the pages, too.

Owlies
To be completely honest… I just put this in because his basket seemed a little … well… empty in comparison to his sisters.  I put this because he loves them and I wanted to give him something he could eat, too.  It actually worked out really well because Aiden didn’t really care about his basket at all, so I’m glad that we didn’t overdo it this year.

What did you put in your little ones baskets?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Toddler-Friendly & Baby-Friendly Oatmeal Cookies

One of the best things that we got for my daughter (so far) has to be the learning tower we have for her in the kitchen.  She’s able to be at the same level as the counter-top and she can “help” with cooking.  So far, she’s just been present while I cut up meat and peel veggies, and usually just samples the veggies as they’re getting chopped up.  Today, we decided to make some cookies together!

Autumn used to be really into the mixed fruit and veggie pouches, but lately she hasn’t been so interested in them. The other day, we attempted to give her one and she ate none of it.  I thought it might be nice to make cookies out of it so then I can give them to Aiden, too.  I wanted to find a cookie recipe that didn’t have any sugar, and I found one here!  This recipe I am about to share is an adaptation of the recipe from food.com.

This recipe is egg-free, flour-free, and sugar-free!  I like that it’s egg-free because it means that Autumn can help me and I don’t have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she doesn’t sample the cookies before they go in the oven.

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup your favourite fruit and veggie pouch (we used a Love Child Organics one made with apples, pumpkin, raisins and cinnamon, but you can pick whatever kind you like/have around)
2 cups oats
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350* and prepare pans with parchment paper.
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients with the mashed bananas
  4. Spoon batter onto the pans.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool on pan and enjoy!

These cookies were incredibly easy to make, and my toddler said “num” as soon as she tasted a bite and kept asking for more, so she really likes them.  I am also comfortable giving them to my 7 month old because they’re made with all good things.

She LOVED helping make the cookies, and waiting for them to be done.

Enjoy <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Tea for Two – 2nd Birthday Tea Party!

My little girl just turned TWO, and to celebrate we threw her a tea party!

This year, we kept it on the smaller side, so we could have a sit down lunch.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

We set it up so that two tables could fit into our dining room, and then I filled each table with food.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

I put up a wall of pictures of Autumn from the last year.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

I made a big floral A for Autumn

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For lunch we had fancy sandwiches (cream cheese, egg salad, and chicken salad), bruschetta, and fruit skewers.

Tea for Two, Second Birthday Tea Party

Tea for Two birthday party

For dessert, I made cupcakes, and sugar cookies, and we had Polish candies, vinatarta, and cream puffs and nanaimo bars (not pictured).

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I decorated tea cups for everyone to take home with them!

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And, of course, a few different types of tea.

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It was an amazing day, and I’m so happy with how things turned out for my little girl.

Autumn’s outfit:
Dress: thrifted // shoes: Baby Gap // hairband: Little Stitches by Brandi Little

xoxo,
Alysa

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To My Daughter on Her 2nd Birthday

to my daughter on her 2nd birthday

My dear Autumn,

You turned two today! Which feels almost impossible because I’m pretty sure you were just born.  These last two years went by so fast, but especially this last year.  You’re growing up, and it’s much too fast.

This past year, you started walking, you started talking more and more, and your little personality is shining through even more.  It’s so much fun when you let us know exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it.  This year, you got your big girl bed, you got to go to Touch-A-Truck, you made so many new friends!

This past year, you gained a little brother.  He is one of your favourite people, and you love to bring him toys (and take them away), wipe his mouth, and kiss his cheek or hands.  He is totally captivated by you as well.  It’s amazing to see how much you two love each other.

You want to do and see everything, you just love to explore your world.  Whether we’re at the park, the library, or in our own back yard.. all you want to do is check everything out and see how things work.  You especially love walking around and around in our house.

You have so many favourite things right now.  You’re obsessed with anything that has to do with bunnies, or boats.  You love Disney, especially Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Beauty & The Beast, Zootopia and Frozen.  You love to sing “Let It Go” and “Beauty and the Beast” in your sweet little voice.  You love to take care of your baby doll, and you enjoy feeding her just like mama.  You still love books, and you love colouring at your little table in my studio.

I love you so much, and I’m so excited to see how you change and grow over the next year <3

xoxo,
Mama

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Life with two

new mama style

shirt: thrifted // leggings: SweetLegs // necklace: c/o The Vintage Honey Shop

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These pictures are a double win.  Not only was this the first time I was able to take outfit pictures since my son was born, but I also managed to do it before anyone spit up or peed or snotted on me!  #mamawin 😉

It’s been really fun around here with two, but definitely different.  There’s always someone who needs me.  I’m constantly getting up and getting something for someone, and it’s usually right after I sat down. It can be hard, too, though.  Sometimes I have two babies crying at the same time, and two little people who require my attention at the same time.  Most of the time, I can only take care of one need at once and so someone else is unhappy with the choice.  It’s not always easy, but at the end of the day when I look back over my day, I can (usually) honestly say that I love what I’m doing.. and I think that part makes all the difference.  Even if I get frustrated. Even if we are ALL crying (though that hasn’t happened yet haha). It’s important work and I am so happy to be able to do it <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Secrets for Surviving 2 Under 2

Secrets for Surviving 2 under 2

It’s been a pretty busy few weeks! I expected things to be different, and I expected being in survival mode.  So I’ve been looking around for some secrets and tips from real life moms on how to make the transition from one to two children that much easier.  Here are some of the tips I’ve found super helpful:

How I Get Things Done with 2 Under 2” by One Hoolie Mama – this is a major tip, and one I’ve definitely done, too.

Surviving Life with a Newborn and a Toddler” by The Stay-at-home Life – this is part one of a series, with lots of amazing ideas for staying sane.

Dorothy Nada offers some insight on what it’s like to have three under three, which is definitely helpful if you’ve only got two under two – “On being a Mama of three

Mom on the Side writes about what “The First Year With Twins” is like, which definitely has some crossover into two under two.

These “10 Mumma Hacks for Surviving a Newborn and a Toddler” are so fantastic.  I especially love the one about getting the older sibling to show the little baby how to do things. Excellent Mumma Hacks

Mind, Body & Soul After Baby is a wealth of knowledge on surviving 2 under 2.  There are so many posts on there worth checking out for tips 🙂

Motherly Adventures shares “My first two weeks of being a mom of two“, which has some ups and downs of having a newborn and a toddler in the first two weeks.

What are your tips for surviving two under two? Feel free to share them in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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