Ashley Does: Mama Meltdown

I had a bit of a panic attack last night.

I am returning to work full time, after being a stay at home mom (and work from home mom) for seven years.

SEVEN. YEARS.

I thought I was fine. I have a goal in mind. Working outside the home is required for this goal. My girls are older now, I won’t be missing any firsts while they are in school or daycare. I’ve got this. Right?

So. Very. Wrong.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Mama Meltdown”

Ashley Does: How To Blog With A Toddler In 30 Easy Steps!

How do Mom Bloggers do it all? How do they manage to corral an underfoot toddler while consistently putting out great content on a sometimes daily basis?

I’ve found the secret, friends.

This is How To Blog With A Toddler in 30 Easy Steps.

You can thank me later.

Continue reading “Ashley Does: How To Blog With A Toddler In 30 Easy Steps!”

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: Freedom Friday (Freedom From The Mompetition – Updated)

This article was originally published December 6, 2014. I have come a long way since this post, and SO much has changed. But one thing hasn’t: the deep, burning desire to distance myself from the Mompetition. It felt like the right time to share this with you again – I hope it brings you some freedom today!

Not enough.

Those are the two words I spoke at our church’s Women’s Conference two years ago. They had asked us to come up to the front and speak the words that we had identified with, whatever those may be, and then speak the words that God actually uses to identify us. Continue reading “Ashley Does: Freedom Friday (Freedom From The Mompetition – Updated)”

Ashley Does: 10 Ways To Fill Your Cup First

Being a woman is exhausting.

It is our nature to take care of everything and everyone around us.

Our families. Our spouses. Our children. Our work. Our homes.

Often times, it’s hard to remember to stop and take a minute to breathe.

There’s a saying that I have been repeating to myself a lot lately:

You can’t pour from an empty cup. 

Continue reading “Ashley Does: 10 Ways To Fill Your Cup First”

Ashley Does: No New Year’s Resolutions!

 

Every year it’s the same thing:

I’ll lose weight
I’ll save money
I’ll get organized
I’ll be better/faster/stronger

When is the last time you made a New Year’s Resolution and actually stuck to it?

Yeah, same here.

So this year, I have decided not to make any New Year’s Resolutions.

At the end of the day, resolutions are easy to break. I can resolve to go to the gym, but then three weeks later find myself sleeping in again, and wasting the money I spent on that membership.

I can resolve to organize my life, but soon enough the piles of stuff start to accumulate again.

So, what can I do to better myself in the new year? Continue reading “Ashley Does: No New Year’s Resolutions!”

Ashley Does: The Four Gift Holiday Rule

Last year at Christmastime, we were poor.

I’m being super honest with you right now. POOR. Like, there was no money at all.

We decided to have a minimalist Christmas and explained to the girls what that meant:

Santa would come, of course. Stockings would be filled. But other than that, there would be no other presents.

When they asked why, we did what all good parents would do: we lied to them stretched the truth a bit.

We told them we were saving all our Christmas money for a special trip to Disneyland.

That is partially true. We do plan on a special trip to Disneyland at some point in the future. So it wasn’t exactly lying to them.

That’s not exactly the point here though so moving right along… Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Four Gift Holiday Rule”