Monday, January 16, 2017

Something Old and a Fresh Look at Something New

Let's start with something old, as in all the holidays that just flew by.  Our Christmas was the best.  In the morning we said a prayer to thank God for sending us love and grace in the form of a baby boy named Jesus and then it was all about John and his sweet sweet face while he opened each present.  He truly has that pure, gentle and happy heart that makes you just want to hold him close forever.  My best present.  Church was next and then fun with tons of family!  Our New Year's was quiet with just us - Mike, John, and I.  Pajamas, mini hot dogs, and balloons were all involved. :)  Wine made its appearance after John went to sleep and yes, Mike and I watched the ball drop. 

As the days followed I tried my darndest to come up with a new "word" that would encourage us and remind us of our foundation in God throughout the year.  I was coming up short.  I was praying while running one night and the "word" dropped into my spirit like a rock.  "Renewed" -- to make like new, restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection.  The bible verse attached to it was "And the one sitting on the throne said, 'See, I am making all things new!' And then he said to me, 'Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true."  You better believe I wrote those words down! 

Do you have a "word" or a resolution that will make its way into reality this year, or maybe just a simple hope for this year?  I encourage you to write in down.  Put it in your pocket before going to work, put it on the fridge so you walk by it 100 times a day, write it on the bathroom mirror so your spouse sees it before they leave for work.  I had a "word" in college that I used as a password on my computer.  Ha!  Put that "word" in site.  

As we walk into this week, some with heavy hearts, I pray that hope, love, and peace lead you.  Don't let anyone steal your hope.  I choose to put my hope in the God that I believe created the heavens and the earths, not the man that was chosen to lead this country.  I choose to pray for the man that was chosen rather than worry about what's to come.  I choose to trust God.  

Praying for you this week friends.  I hope it's one for the books (in a good way ;)! 
xo, Alissa 

Monday, December 19, 2016

What to Stuff in Your Toddler's Christmas Stocking and Our Christmas Tree Tradition

My little guy loves books - big, small, picture, pop-ups, touch, smell - he doesn't discriminate! He does have a sweet spot for animals though. We have a built in book shelf in our living room and the bottom is completely filled with his books. I plan on adding to his collection with some new fresh reads this Christmas and wanted to share some of my top picks!

Top Picks 

1. "My World My Words" shop here or here

2. "Now I am Big" shop here or here

3. "Mommy! Mommy!" shop here or here

4. "Silly Little Animal All Day Long" shop here or here

5. "Are You My Mother?" (my husband remembers reading this as a kid and wanted to get it for his little guy -- hashtag heart explosion!) shop here

6. "Home" (not going to fit in his stocking, but had to get it!) shop here

7. "Gaston" (also not going to fit:) shop here

Top Toy Picks Too! 

1. "kids wooden name puzzle" shop here or here

2. "I See" stroller cards from Wee Gallery shop here

3. "wind up train" from Little Cottonwood shop here

playing with his cousin -- they share a love of rocks! 

Whether it's baking cookies, making a gingerbread house, watching our favorite Christmas movies, or going to an ugly sweater party, I love family Christmas traditions. Going to pick out and cut down our Christmas Tree is my fav!  This year was a little different because the little human we are raising loves to eat everything in site and I was so afraid of what would happen if he ate a pine needle. I of course googled "what would happen if a child ingested pine needles" and surprisingly very little info popped up! I did find one article that put my worries to rest and we went for it! Thank the good Lord he actually hasn't tried to eat it --yet!

We head to Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm in Mattituck,NY every year and they never disappoint!  I never have a crazy amount of pine needles falling and we cut it down the weekend of Thanksgiving and it lasts until Christmas and then some! On the weekends this place is hopping and I know why.  They have a cozy fire pit to gather around, a women singing christmas carols who you would think is the radio playing, yummy eats, wine, hot chocolate, a gift shop, santa, and a train ride around the farm!  So much fun! Can't wait until next year! We actually/most likely will stop by again this year ;)

My little is in Rylee & Cru Black Bear Long John and Zara cardigan with a little face on the hood and their Cable knit neck warmer with fleece.

Hope you gathered some good ideas from my picks and hurry to get that last min shopping in!
Happy Monday! 

xo, Alissa

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ideas on What to Wear for You and Your Little This Thanksgiving

Mango printed wrap jumpsuit  
Rylee + Cru starlight long john 
Converse chuck taylor all star 

I've never met a weekend that I didn't welcome BEFORE becoming a nurse at a hospital 10 years ago.  Ive been working weekends ever since and they've been much less of a welcome.  After having a baby I stopped working for a good year and took time to decide if I wanted to go back.  I had all the holidays off for the first time in 10 years and I could not have been happier, but I chose to go back because nursing was never a career for me, it was a calling.  I was blessed to be able to go back per-diem (I work mostly once a week) and still connect with my patients and friends.  That said, this past weekend was rough - in every sense of the word.  I am thrilled it's over.  On to what to wear for Thanksgiving!  

I'm usually a last minute kinda girl -- I get ready last minute, I plan vacations last minute, and I choose my outfits last minute, etc.  I know, I'm working on it! lol  This year our Thanksgiving outfits were picked and ready to go 2 weeks ago! It might have to do with the fact that I worked this past weekend and will be working the night before Thanksgiving so last minute was not an option.  I may be sleeping through Thanksgiving, but at least I'll look good while doing it ;)

I'm in Mango's wrap jumpsuit.  I paired it with a black thin turtle neck, black tights, and black boots.  Its flowy fabric, bell sleeve, sweet tiny floral print, and side pockets made this my Thanksgiving pick!

Here are some other ideas for you:

1. Zara oversized check dress -  pair it with tights  
2. H&M knit mock turtleneck sweater - pair it with your favorite jeans (preferably a stretch fabric jean - bloating happens on thanksgiving my friends, ha!) 
3. Asos slouch wide leg pants with  Zara's printed blouse or Zara's frilly high collar blouse 

My little guy is in one of my favorite small shops Rylee + Cru's long john and it doesn't get any cuter!  The material is thick and cozy enough for this cold weather here in NY and its print is perfect.  

Here are some other ideas for your littles:

1. carleymegan hemingway coverall in gingham print 
2. Rylee + Cru black bear long john 
3. H&M chinos with suspenders and Old Navy cable knit reglan 

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Sleepy Shelter Island, Their Beautiful Fall Backdrop and Three Fashion Brands Who are Amazing!

Zara Puff Sleeve Dress

Asos sold out {these are similar} 

Rylee & Cru Black Bear Sweatshirt 

carlymegan Wader Overall 

Oh Shelter Island you are so beautiful and dreamy, but oh so sleepy this time of year.  We arrived via ferry and were quick to find out that all of its cute shops and eats were closed :( Thank the good Lord there happened to be the sweetest little toy shop that welcomed us with open doors!  Our little guy shopped his little heart out and ended up with some cute goodies.  As we headed back to the ferry for home, we found the prettiest area filled with trees boasting the most breathtaking fall colors alongside a dreamy archway with lush greenery.  Both were calling us to take their photo -- so we of course obliged ;)  We added a cute little boy and his silly mama too!  It's one thing to see the pictures, but if you're visiting the North Fork this fall season, take a quick ferry ride on over to Shelter Island to see all of its prettiness.  Just don't go on a Wednesday!  Mostly everything is closed! lol

The warm cozy dress I'm wearing is from Zara and I'm all about its minimalistic print.  I plan on slipping a turtle neck under this cutie when the weather turns bitter cold here in NY.  This could actually be what you wear to a casual, cozy Thanksgiving with the fam too!  If you haven't gone already, Zara is the place to shop if you want style with a less expensive price tag :)

My little guy is in  Rylee & Cru Black Bear Sweatshirt and carlymegan Wander Overall.  I'm currently crushing hard on these designs and their designers!  In my opinion, their clothes are quality pieces of cool art that are comfy, durable and soft.  Every mama's dream, right?! Size up and they'll last even longer!  The oversized look is in. :)  I sized up on the Rylee & Cru sweatshirt and love the way it fits.  My little guy can't get enough of the cute bears on it and that makes me happy!  The carleymegan wader overalls are simply darling.  They have the perfect stripe that adds just the right amount of pattern for a minimalistic style -- which I love.  The cotton material is soft and you can adjust the button hole on the strap to go up or down for a personalized fit--it grows as your little one grows!  Perfection!  I think this could also be a sweet little outfit for Thanksgiving too!  Your little will be the talk of the day, at least mine is every time he wears anything from these two amazing designers! :)

Hope you have a happy Monday friends and head on over to these fashion sites and treat yourself and your little to something special!
xo, Alissa

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Current Fall Beauty Favorites

Hello fall/winter, goodbye dewy glowing skin. Right? Well I've decided to try and hold on to whatever glow that summer gave me for as long as I can and I'm hoping these 3 beauties can help me do just that!

I actually learned about Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set from YouTube. I had bought Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and wanted to see how the "pros" (anybody that actually wears makeup) applied it. A mama on YouTube was using these brushes and after finding them on Amazon for $15, I had to give it a go! I am so happy I did. I've tried MULTIPLE makeup brushes in the past and none compare. Hands down the best so far! The set I bought also came with a concealer brush and it's amazing! These brushes allow the product to glide on the face with ease, precision and comfort.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is so lush, so creamy and so simple. My first time with this product was on the night of my wedding rehearsal dinner. I've only been known for wearing concealer, mascara and lipgloss for most of my life (except for that blip in high school wear I wore more bronzer on my face then anyone should wear in a lifetime!) and I wanted something a little more for that night...  I remember rushing and applying it with just my finger tips and loving the results! I'm not sure why, but after that night I never used it again. Well, I thought I'd give it another go! I'm currently loving it. Layer it for fuller coverage or apply a thin layer for minimal coverage as I do.

Since I'm trying to achieve that glowing, dewy look I incorporated Tarte 100% Pure Maracuja Oil roller with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I mix both together on the back of my hand using the Techniques face brush and then apply the product to my face. Really quick, really easy. It helps reduce inflammation and it's a rich source of antioxidants. Tread lightly if your acne prone and mix with moisturizers/serums for best results (in my opinion).

I still do my concealer, mascara, lipgloss routine most days, but if I'm going out (let's say for a play date) these steps only take me an extra 1-3 minutes!

What are your current fall beauty fav's?
I would love to hear them!