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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What Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day in North America, and so you’re going to be seeing a lot of kitschy “I heart my mom” stuff all over the internet.  Please. Please. Please. Don’t buy your mom that crap!!  Here’s the deal. It’s so easy, and so much cheaper than what you’re even thinking.  Here is what mom REALLY wants for Mother’s Day:

01 // to SLEEP
Basically ask any mom how much sleep she’s getting, and she’ll probably laugh at you.  Especially when they have little babies and toddlers, but I’m told mamas of teens also don’t sleep.  The gift is, you let her sleep in!!  If someone else can get up with the kids, that would be perfect.  If the kids are old enough to fend for themselves for an extra hour or two in the morning, that’s awesome too! Just let her sleep.

02 // to NOT have to cook
My perfect Mother’s Day goes a little something like this: Wake up, eat food that is brought to me, drink coffee that is brought to me. Eat lunch that is brought to me.  Eat dinner that is brought to me.  Do 0% of the cooking all day.  Perfection.  If that means taking her out to eat because you don’t want to cook either, that’s ok! Just don’t make her cook her own meals.  It’s the least you can do.  And it leads us to…

03 // to NOT have to clean
All those meals Mama didn’t make? She doesn’t want to clean up after them either.  If someone else has made a giant mess making those meals, that someone should also clean it up.  Just saying.  Moms clean enough, they deserve a break.

04 // for NO ONE to be touching her
Space please! We love our kids, we love them a lot.. but especially when they are very little they want to be touching us all. the. time.  Can we have some space?

05 // to NOT have to plan anything
I know I have a mom, too, and I will be seeing her and giving her something… but I don’t want to plan anything. I want things to be done for me that day.  I want to go with the flow and have other people do things for me. It’ll be so nice!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Mama’s Christmas Wishlist

This post contains affiliate links. If a purchase is made through the use of one of my recommendations, I may receive a small commission, which would be a lovely little blessing for my family

At Christmas, it’s so easy for moms to think only of what they need to do for others.  I think it’s important for mamas to think of things they need and want at Christmas-time as well.  Someone needs to buy presents for mama, too.  And, if my family is any indicator of others, the only present that daddy needs to buy is for mama anyway, so we may as well make our list very good.

Here are some ideas for things to get the mamas in your life (and mamas, be sure to link this to your husband so they know what to get 😉 )

01 // A Lovely Candle

I LOVE Candles, and this Maple Syrup Candle with a Crackling Wooden Wick
would be so great! The Canadian in me approves!  And this one looks like it would last a really long time, which is so nice.

02 // Bath Bombs

I LOVE Bath Bombs! It’s so relaxing, and so fun when it makes the bathwater pretty colours.  And funny when it leaves a bunch of glitter all over the tub.  Bath bombs are the best and I wish I had this Bath Bombs Gift Set
right now.

03 // Christmas Tea Towels

I’m sure this is more specific to me, but I realized recently that I don’t have any Christmas themed tea towels for the kitchen.  I have Halloween ones, and Fall ones… but not Christmas ones! This is a problem that needs to be rectified. And this Twas the Night Before Christmas Story Kitchen Tea Towel set is too cute!

04 // Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

How beautiful is this book? I need it to complete my JK Rowling collection.

05 // Coffee!

What every mama of two needs, coffee coffee coffee! Gift cards, beans, anything! 😉 As long as it’s Starbucks Coffee, I’m happy! 😉

What is on your wish list for Christmas this year?

xoxo,
Alysa

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My Birthday Wishlist

It’s my birthday today! 🙂  Every year, I write out a little wish list, and usually I do it a few weeks before my birthday, but this year things got away from me.  I kept saying, I’ll think of things next week, next week, next week… until my birthday actually came! Here are some of the things I’m wishing for today:

01 // Rose Gold Teething Necklace from Finity Handmade
rose gold - geometric bead silicone teething necklace
I’ve been following Finity Handmade on Instagram for the longest time, and I’ve loved this particular necklace for a while.  It’s so pretty and shiny and pretty :hearteyes: And I’m getting it.  I ordered my own birthday present last night haha You can get it here!

02 // lace doily coasters from Little Stitches by Brandi Little
lace doily coasters
Isn’t it just like a mom to want COASTERS for her birthday? Well I do! They’re just so pretty <3 You can find them here

03 // Garden Party Tula Toddler Carrier
tula toddler carrier
I’ve been loving on the Tula carriers for a while, and it would be nice to be able to wear my daughter at the same time as my son and this would be perfect.  Plus, look how pretty!! You can find it here

04 // STARBUCKS
I love Starbucks, and I always want Starbucks gift cards any time of year 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

 

ps: none of these are affiliate links.. I just really like these things <3

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Unicorn things I need to own

Unicorns on my wishlist

If we haven’t met or spent significant time together, you might not know that I am secretly Harmony from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Not in the way that she’s a mindless crowd follower, but in the way that she loves unicorns.  I love unicorns! I have bought several thrift store unicorns, including figurines and pictures for the walls.  I also love glitter and magic and everything that seems to go along with unicorns.  Lately, I’ve been finding some pretty sweet unicorn items, so I thought I’d share them with you here!  I’ve already asked for these things for my birthday … in September 😉

UNICORN RESCUE AND ADOPTION KIT
First of all, how cute is that unicorn?  I am a sucker for anything that says “rescue” or “adoption” and this is no exception.  The reality is that we have way too many stuffed animals and I don’t really “need” this, but how cute?? HOW CUTE??

UNICORN TABLE LAMP IN GOLD
Obviously it needs to be in Gold.  And obviously, I need this on my desk right now.  Unfortunately this is only available in the US, as we don’t have Target stores in Canada anymore (still sad).  It would be beautiful on my desk though <3 and I can definitely say without irony, that I love lamp.

UNICORN LIGHT UP SLIPPERS
I don’t really have slippers, and my feet are constantly cold.  PLUS they light up, and would you look at that pretty gold horn? These are just perfect!

If you see any other nifty unicorn things around, tell me about them in the comments!!
Hope you’re having a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for a Pregnant Mama

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Pregnant Mamas

A Lily Jade Purse!
I’ve been drooling over these bags for over a year now, pretty much since Autumn was born or maybe even before that.  I would love to own one, especially now that I have a second on the way.

A prenatal massage
The prenatal massage I got during my first pregnancy was amazing and as this pregnancy goes on, it would be nice to be that relaxed again.

Candy Box
Have you heard of this? It’s a subscription box for CANDY!! Super perfect for me.  The only thing I need to do before getting something like this is for sure passing my gestational diabetes test 😉

Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are practically my best friends right now.  So amazing.  I need more!!  My favourite are the ones from Lush, because they have such a wide variety.

Going to get my hair cut
I just need to be pampered! And my hair could definitely use a trim, and my scalp a massage as well.

I know that most of these are the things I want for Valentine’s Day, but I really think that any pregnant mama would be interested in these things because they’re all about relaxation, and being taken care of and pampered.  What mom wouldn’t want that? 😉

What would you like to receive for Valentine’s Day?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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31st Birthday Wish List

In less than a week, I’m going to be celebrating my 31st birthday (but seriously, where did this last year go??).  I’ve been looking at Etsy a lot lately, and here are some of my current favourites!

  1. Deep Thoughts Mug
    Deep Thoughts Mug; By Jack Handey; Saturday Night SNL; Approx. 3x4 Inches
    I used to love this sketch on SNL! It would be so fun to have a mug based on it. 🙂
  2. Bow Headband
    THE BECKY Bow GlamHerBands Rhinestone Crystal Headband
    I LOVE headbands! This one is just too cute.
  3. A Tula

    I know this isn’t technically from Etsy.  I love my Sakura Bloom, I love my Boba.  My newest addition to my baby carrier want-list is a tula! They’re so pretty. <3

And, if all else fails, I always ask for Starbucks Gift Cards! These will ALWAYS be put to good use 😉

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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Birthday Wish List

 

dress: Keiko Lynn/Postlapsaria // belt: Wet Seal // booties: thrifted (Aldo) // hairband: F21 // necklace: 1-gift, 2-Prairie Blossoms on Etsy

 

 

I can’t believe that I’m turning 30 tomorrow!  Where did my 20’s go? like really.  It’s surreal, but I think I’m pretty much ready.  At any rate, I have been thinking a lot lately about somethings I want for my birthday, and here is what I’ve come up with:

1. A massage
A prenatal massage would be LOVELY!  I’ve been having problems with lower back pain over the last couple of weeks or so, and having a massage would be amazing.

2. My nursery to be done
Lets be real. At this point, it’s still pretty much just boxes and storage of other things (with a crib!)  It’ll be nice to have it finished so we know where we’re going to put the baby when it comes.

3. Mario Kart on the Wii
I love anything Mario, and I’d love to be able to play some Mario games on our Wii.. which is hooked up, waiting to be played with.  The last time I used it though was when I was playing with the Wii Fit every day, which was before I got pregnant.

4. The first season of Sex and the City
Now that I’m done watching Gossip Girl, I thought I’d re-watch through the series of Sex and the City.  Which was going to be perfect, because I have them on DVD… well… except for the first season.  Which is kind of important.  I had inherited the dvds from my sister when she moved away, and I totally forgot that we had the first season on VHS! Yikes!  At least I have season 2-6 & the movie on DVD, right?  All I want is the first season (and with the old looking boxes… so they match the ones I already have 😉 )

5. Starbucks gift card!!
I always want this, at any time of year tbh.  Can’t get enough. It would be lovely to have more money for Sbux going into the school year.

That’s it though.  I would normally want clothes.. but there’s no real point in buying clothes that I’m only going to be able to wear for a few months.

xoxo,
Alysa

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Summer Wishlist: Swim suits!

It seems like, until very recently, the only type of swimsuit you could find anywhere was always a two piece!  I have nothing against two piece bathing suits. I’ve worn bikini’s. I’ve loved tankinis.  I own these things and I wear them.  But lately, I’ve noticed that more one piece bathing suits are becoming available!  Where they used to be super matronly and like they were made for older women, now they are coming out with one piece bathing suits that are actually super cute, and in some cases, WAY more stylish than the bikini’s I used to drool over.

I recently discovered this amazing website, Black Milk Clothing, which has a number of super cute one-piece bathing suits.  This company seems really fashion forward, plus everything on the website (at least everything I’ve looked at) is made in Australia.  Super cool!

Here are my top 6 favourite one-piece bathing suits from Black Milk.

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1. Shark vs Mermaid
I LOVE how it looks like it’s going to be the movie poster for JAWS, but then The Little Mermaid is on there! So cute.

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2. Artoo 2.0
A while ago, I remember seeing a post on tumblr of an R2-D2 swimsuit. And I knew that my Star Wars lovin’ husband would simply adore it on me.. however, it was all sold out.  This is the second version of that bathing suit, and I think I like it better than the original! 🙂

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3. Cherry Blossom Black Cap Sleeve
I think my favourite thing about this bathing suit is the fact that it has those ADORABLE little cap sleeves!  It would look super cute with a skirt over it, too.

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4. World Flags – Canada
I gotta show my Canadian pride! I love how it’s our beautiful flag 🙂  I would walk around pretending like an Olympian for swimming or something. Despite the fact that I am not a strong swimmer at all!!

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5. Ribs Black Swimsuit
I love how simple this one is!

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6. Le Chat Noir 2.0
I’ve always loved this poster! When I was in Paris (almost 10 years ago, yikes!!) I picked up a print of it.  We have it hanging in our living room.  The picture is so fun, too 🙂

You can find all their bathing suits here!

Which is your favourite?  I think my favourite has to be the Little Mermaid one 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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