Ashley Does: When You Give A Mom Some Kids…

The following story is based on actual events.

Ashley & Girls

When you give a Mom some kids, her house is going to be dirty.

When her house is dirty, there will come a point that she will want to clean it.

So she will need to get the cleaning supplies from her bathroom.

While in her bathroom, she will notice that she is low on toilet paper.

So she will sit down to make a grocery list.

She will look in the fridge to see what her family needs, and her preschooler will ask for some milk.

She will pour the milk for the preschooler, and while it is warming up in the microwave (she will never understand why the preschooler likes it warm), she will spray the sticky counters.

When the microwave beeps, she will give the milk to the preschooler.

The preschooler will ask for a movie and her blanket on the couch.

So mom will turn on a movie and get her a blanket.

Then, she will sit down to take a peek at her phone…only to realize it’s dead.

She will head to her bedroom to grab a charger.

And while she is there, she will notice that the bed is unmade and there are clothes on the floor.

She will make the bed and put away the clothes, and actually remember the charger!

But when she gets back to the dining room, she will remember that she sprayed the counter tops and they are now sticky again.

So she will put her charger on the dining room table next to her computer – where she had started a chat with customer support before she went to her bathroom for cleaning supplies. She forgot about the chat and customer support has abandoned their conversation.

She will restart the customer support conversation and wait.

When she sits down, her preschooler will spill the milk and she will have to get back up again.

The counters will remain un-wiped. The customer support conversation will be abandoned again. The house will remain messy. And her phone will not get charged.

But, everyone will end up snuggling on the couch, watching that movie under a blanket, and everything will be OK in the end.

Because,

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
– Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

When You Give A Mom Some Kids (2)

Until next time,
Ashley

 

Ashley Does: Sorry, Instant Pot, It’s Not Going To Happen (A Love Letter To My Slow Cooker)

I know you want in my kitchen, Instant Pot. I know you do. You and your shiny, new, young, fast lifestyle.

Newsflash: I am not young, or new, or shiny, or fast.

I relish in things that take time. Life is so fast, and we miss so much by rushing around.

As for me and my house? We will honor the slow cooker.

Continue reading “Ashley Does: Sorry, Instant Pot, It’s Not Going To Happen (A Love Letter To My Slow Cooker)”

Ashley Does: A Day In The Life Of A Work From Home Mom

The life of a work from home mom is not exactly what I would call glamorous.

It’s fulfilling, and crazy, and busy, and sometimes boring. It’s also a lifestyle that is often misinterpreted and highly debated (just ask the internet).

I took a day in my life as a work from home mom and took a picture every hour to explore some of those emotions and intricacies.

It ended up being an introspective exercise that took a lot longer than I had anticipated to write about. While it sounds like a perfect solution to the “to work or not to work” debate…working from home definitely has its high and low points.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: A Day In The Life Of A Work From Home Mom”

Ashley Does: Playroom Clean-Up

Last week, Caroline and I spent a few hours getting the kids’ playroom organized, cleaning up, taking out trash, and sorting through toys.

Luckily she’s three, so I could entertain her with something while I quickly stuffed unused toys into a large bag to take to Goodwill.

After reading Shonda Rhimes’ The Year of Yes, I was inspired to get rid of things in my house that don’t bring me immediate happiness or that clutter it up – when the house is cluttered, my brain is cluttered and I’m not a very effective wife, mom, or human being.

Kids don’t quite understand this concept – if you hold any toy up in front of one of my girls, immediately they have special memories and a million reasons they need to keep every single one. Therefore, Mama cleans and declutters the playroom when the older kids are at school! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Playroom Clean-Up”

Ashley Does: Helping My Kids Work Hard and Manage Their Money

Money management. 

It’s a hard concept for many fully grown, functioning adults to grasp.

I know it was a hard lesson for me to understand even after “growing up” and starting a family.

Because of that, Joe and I have decided that it’s one of our priorities that we teach our girls the importance of money management, working hard for what they have, and learning how to patiently wait for what they want rather than impulse buying all.the.things.

You can imagine how well this is going over with our 8, 6, and 3 year old daughters.

To their credit, they are eager. They want to get the money and put it in the envelopes they made at church. It’s the working for it part that they are getting hung up on.

Aren’t we all? Continue reading “Ashley Does: Helping My Kids Work Hard and Manage Their Money”

Ashley Does: How Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Shaping My 2017

Having been a tomboy for much of my life, I had no idea Pantone was a thing. Or that they decided the hot colors of the year.

Now that I have embraced my inner girly girl and all things pretty, I’m in love with the Pantone website!

This year’s color, Greenery, is right up my alley. It’s beautifully natural, as well as neutral, and will work really well with the colors I already have in my life.

For me, 2017 is all about getting organized and getting rid of the things that distract me so I can really focus on myself, my business, and my family. These gorgeous Pantone palettes are helping me achieve these goals – if it’s pretty, I’m way more likely to follow through!

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with different palettes, trying to figure out which to use in my house and which in my wardrobe.

And of course, which to use to accessorize life! Continue reading “Ashley Does: How Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Shaping My 2017”

Ashley Does: Work at Home Mom Hack (with free printable!)

Snacks.

Drinks.

Cups.

Plates.

Art supplies.

Blue socks.

A chorus of “MOM! I can’t find my _____!!” “MOM! Can you help me get ______!!”
You fill in the blank.

We’ve all heard it before. Ad nauseam.

Recently, I had the brilliant revelation that there comes a time in life that everyone must fend for herself. Get your own snack, drink, cup, plate, art supplies, and blue sock dangit!

(OK, maybe not the socks. I firmly believe they meet up in some secret compartment of the clothes dryer and conspire to make parents crazy.)

But, come on people, 6 and 8 year old children can fetch their own granola bars and water. Amiright? Continue reading “Ashley Does: Work at Home Mom Hack (with free printable!)”