As a family, we have chosen adventure over stuff, and it’s turning into an amazing decision!
Our birthday adventure in Maintou Springs was a fun alternative to having another birthday party with tons more presents the kids would never really use again.
Don’t quite know what I’m talking about? Be sure to check out Part I here first! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff Part II”
I loathe birthday parties.
It’s no secret. I don’t like having a bunch of other people’s kids in my house. I don’t like the chaos or the mess or the expense. I tend towards introvertedness (yep, that’s a word now!) and entertaining strangers and their children is just not how I want to spend a Saturday afternoon.
This year, we made the decision as a family to stop with the birthday parties and start a new tradition: Birthday weekend trips as a family!
The cost is about the same as that huge birthday party with friends and favors and rentals, but it’s fun you guys. It’s a blast. And we are building memories instead of accumulating more junk in the form of birthday presents (can I get an amen?!).
The kids have loved it, and now that we have been through all the birthdays in our family, I can look back and reflect on how this decision has enhanced our lives. Continue reading “Ashley Does: Choosing Adventure Over Stuff – A Birthday Weekend In Manitou Springs, Colorado (Part 1)”
I am just a mom.
Yes, I have an advanced degree, many marketable skills, and a strong work ethic.
But I chose a different path after my babies came.
And society isn’t so impressed by me. Continue reading “Ashley Does: Just A Mom”
A ragged, over-loved, no longer fuzzy stuffed moose named Moosey sits atop my daughter’s pile of clothes to pack for her first overnight trip with school.
He has been her constant companion for over 2 years now. They go everywhere together, he’s under her arm as she falls asleep at night, and she loves him fiercely.
This trip, however, is an uncertain one for Moosey. Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Moosey Dilemma – The Child Versus The Tween in My Daughter”
Every year you ask yourself the same question: What do I get Mom for Mother’s Day?
Let me help you make it really easy, shall I?
Being a mom myself, as well as the daughter of a mother, I have had a lot of time to think about this particular subject!
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I’m featuring my favorite companies I have been introduced to by other mamas! These ladies are my friends and colleagues, the types of women who run their households and their businesses with passion. They are inspiring and I am so proud to be able to feature them here!
Without further ado: My roundup of fantastic Mother’s Day gift ideas that I think you will love! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Mother’s Day Gift Perfection”
It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and my house is the quietest it has been since 6:00 this morning.
That is when our four-year-old barged into our room, whimpering that she had lost a specific stuffed animal and that she would not be able to go back to sleep without it.
Since we are such great parents, we waved a hand in her general direction, mumbled that she was fine, and sent her back to bed. Continue reading “Ashley Does: Four-Year-Olds Never Stop Talking Ever No Matter What And You Can’t Make Them. So Here’s What I Do Instead.”
Have you started the 30 Day Fill Your Cup Challenge yet?
I hope you have. You are worth 15 minutes a day to #fillyourcup and make sure you are the best you you can be!
Since it’s Monday, I’m posting a little reminder just in case you got behind over the weekend. Not that that could ever happen, right?! Continue reading “Ashley Does: 30 Day Fill Your Cup Challenge – Week 1 & A Giveaway!”