Happy Tuesday! I posted the second video of vlogmas around 9PM last night and I'm feeling pretty good about getting these posted so quickly! They've turned out to be so simple to edit that I might even say they are more fun to edit than my "put together" videos (such as DIYs, hauls, how-to videos, etc.). Those take little more time and I feel like I am still working on finding my "Alyssa" groove while also trying not to scare my viewers away. Ja feel?
This Sunday vlog is mostly in the evening as our day was pretty busy and we were both exhausted! I was up early to lead worship at church after a late night out at my friend's bachelorette party. It was a blast but let me tell you... I really pulled through getting up that early. After church, we cruised around town and settled on Torchy's tacos for lunch. I could not stop laughing at EVERYTHING. I blame it on the exhaustion. One bowl of queso, a taco and mimosa later we were back at home and I crashed for an hour. I am not a napper, people. This was out of pure tiredness. I couldn't even keep my eyes open! The short hour nap wasn't long enough but I got up, we took Marble on a walk and then popped over to Whole Foods to try and get our Christmas tree. They were all out. Instead, we grabbed stuff to make dinner and headed back home to have a chill night in. #bless #neededsnooze #sotired
This vlog is short but sweet. What does your perfect Sunday look like? Mine would have preferably more energy to enjoy the day. Thank goodness it was cloudy and the perfect weather for cuddling up and shutting out the world for a bit.
Have you ever heard of vlogmas or is that word SO foreign to you? I wouldn't be surprised either way, ha! Vlogmas is basically vlogging everyday of the month of December leading up to Christmas! Seeing as Daniel and I work during the weekdays, we'll probably be uploading only on weekends. I'll do my best to sneak in a few extra vlogs during the work week but we shall see! I don't want to put that pressure on us because sometimes you just don't want to film and edit in the evenings. At least, I don't... haha!
I love watching my favorite YouTubers vlogmas series this time of year. Here are a few you should totally go check out: Kitty Cotten, Nikki Phillippi, Lori Darks, and Alli Cherry (I'm not sure if she is doing vlogmas this year but she did a "vlogtober" that was super cute!). For peeps who don't really watch YouTube, the concept might be super bizarre to them but it's something I totally enjoy! Plus, I'm documenting memories of our little fam and it makes my heart happy. I went back and watched one of our vlogs from earlier this year and it made my heart swell. I love them so much!
I do have to preface/apologize for this first vlogmas though... HA. But, I mean, I made a commitment to do vlogmas and even on this boring day, I succeeded! #Bless. This Saturday was spent decluttering, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, washing, errands and talking to my dog, Marble (heh heh).. I was home alone for the majority of the day trying to get our apartment organized and deep cleaned. I felt SO accomplished though! These kind of days are rare for me but it was so nice to take care of the space we live in. I was so excited for Daniel to come home and see the clean house! There is nothing like walking into a clean home. All stress subsides and you can fully relax! I promise my future vlogmas's will be more interesting and fun (AT LEAST I HOPE, HA). We did a teeny one on Sunday (yesterday) so I'll be editing that tonight and uploading.
I hope you enjoy this series! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell notificaiotn (it looks like this!) so you get my videos straight to your email. That's how I keep up with my favorite YouTubers! Let me know if you like these casual videos! I love getting to chat with you guys so tell me what you think!
Hi friends! Gonna be honest, I am obsessed with how this easy DIY turned out. Anyone can do it! No, seriously. All you’ll need are two items: a permanent fabric marker and a 3’ x 3’ piece of light colored fabric. I bought both items at the fabric store with a coupon so it was very inexpensive! It would be really easy to find something around your home or in your closet and upcycle it with this DIY as well. The options are endless!
This mud cloth DIY is multipurpose and can be used and styled so many ways. Throw it over a chair, hang it on your kitchen stove, wrap it up tight as a modern + minimal scarf, upcycle a pillow case, make it wall art, use it as a Christmas tree skirt, a table runner, OH! or use it as wrapping paper for a gift... alright, now I'm getting carried away. But hello! I mean?!?
As you’ll see in the video I came up with new patters for each line as I went. I kept the patterns simple because let's be honest, I'm no artist and DEFINITELY don't have the patience for perfection (most of the time *wink). Next, I mirrored it on the opposite side of the fabric. It's pretty fool proof - you can even come up with whatever design you want! Mine was inspired by traditional African mud cloths but definitely not as beautiful, ha! Click here to read up on how traditional African mud cloths are made and what their symbols, fabrics, etc. mean.
I hope you love this DIY! I've added the full pattern down below and you can save this to your desktop or your smart phone to DIY it yourself, however, don’t forget you can make this however YOU want to! I’d love to see if you guys create something similar so tag me on Instagram @alyssaleighcates if you do!
Just about my entire life I have been a part of worship in some capacity at the churches I've attended. Growing up, I would lead at my home church, which my parents still go to. Over thanksgiving break I told my mom that I was scheduled to sing "What a Beautiful Name" by Hillsong at my church here in Dallas and she fervently asked us to record it so she could see. She means the world to me so we did, and here it is to share with you. I hope that this song meets you where you are, religious or not, and that you feel a sense of peace and love over you. I had to pray and refocus myself before singing this because I was so caught up in the possibility of messing up, my voice cracking, missing words or facing people's judgement. That is not at all what worship is about! I set my heart on Him and prayed that He would use me through this song and I continue to pray that here. Thank you for watching or listening. I did this for my mom but I hope if someone else out there is meant to see this as well that they'd feel love, peace and strength.
"You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names
What a powerful Name it is, The Name of Jesus Christ"
I hope everyone had a really amazing thanksgiving! Daniel, Marble and I are in my hometown celebrating with my side of the family for the holiday. Since we've been married, we switch off holidays with each family so we'll be in Mount Pleasant with the Cates' for Christmas. I love that we see both families during the holiday season! I'm super grateful to love my in-laws just as much as I love my family. They raised a pretty cool dude, if ya know what I mean.
I thought briefly about putting a little Black Friday or Cyber Monday round up on the blog but in all honesty, the shopping I'd rather do on both of those days would still be thrift shopping. My sisters and I just might hit up our favorite one in Conroe (hint: it's the Angelic Resale Store)! In fact, the dress in that picture above is from Goodwill and was only $6! I've worn it twice and already have had so many compliments. YAS. Anyways, if any of you bbs are braving the craziness of Black Friday then #bless and do you boo. I hope you find what you're looking for!
I've been vlogging a bit of this thanksgiving break so I'll edit and post it soon! Let me know what videos you like to watch the most. I love making them all but definitely want to hear what you guys love to see!
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.