Ashley Does: The Lost Art Of Play

We were at the park. There was a playground, a large field, basketball courts, and a skate park.

The girls should have been running around, playing, and laughing right?

You’d think.

My girls were sitting in the shade of a tree, feet from me, pretending to watch TV.

Pretending. To watch. TV. 

Y’all.

Let that sink in for a minute.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Lost Art Of Play”

Ashley Does: Family Road Trip

Have you ever had the crazy idea to take your small children on a road trip?

Because really what could go wrong with tiny humans locked in a car for an extended period of time?

We have always been a family who travels via car so when the opportunity came up to attend Perfectly Posh’s Ultimate Day Away we decided to make it a family affair.

As such, all five of us took a road trip to Salt Lake City this past weekend.

Seven and a half tiny hours in the van with three kids. Each way.

We survived – and came out of it with some tips and tricks to make your next family road trip a success! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Family Road Trip”

Ashley Does: Salute to Working Parents

It’s Working Parent’s Day.

I know this day is probably supposed to be for parents who work outside the home.

I was that parent for the first 2 years of my oldest daughter’s life. It’s a hard road to walk down. Knowing that someone else witnessed your child’s first steps, or first words, or an injury, or a victory…it’s hard. I have nothing but respect and compassion for parents who work outside the home. Y’all deserve all the props and paid vacation in the world.

This post is geared toward parents who work from home, but I think every working parent will find value here!
Continue reading “Ashley Does: Salute to Working Parents”

Ashley Does: Chocolate Milk Shake For Breakfast!

Chocolate Milk Shakes have their own Day.

Did you know that?!

How have I lived this long without knowing about National Chocolate Milk Shake Day?

I feel kind of cheated.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: Chocolate Milk Shake For Breakfast!”

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!)”

Ashley Does: The Question That Broke My Heart

My daughter asked a question today that I was not ready for.

I thought I had years before this question. Hoped I did.

I was completely taken aback, I had no idea what to say to her.

Today, my 8-year-old looked at her sister and asked:

“Does this make me look fat?”

And my heart broke.  Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Question That Broke My Heart”

Ashley Does: Worst Mom Pride

There were many reasons I was the worst mom ever yesterday.

My girls were mad, they were cranky.

They stomped around and pouted and shot me dirty looks.

I am pretty sure they were talking about me in a not very nice way with each other, too.

I was so stinkin’ proud of myself, y’all! Continue reading “Ashley Does: Worst Mom Pride”

Ashley Does: The Donut Floatie

You guys I totally started writing this post last summer and completely forgot about it! It still rings true today so I finished it, and am posting it here. Finally!

There are days that being a mom to three girls is more trying than others.

This day last summer was not one of those days.

One of my beloved friends called us to invite us to the pool. My first reaction was “HECK NO!” I have three children, the smallest of which is 2 1/2 and very independent. I could not imagine trying to keep track of all of them in what is basically a giant, crowded death trap.

Then I got to thinking. What kind of an example is that setting for them? Do I want them to spend their entire summer locked up in the house just so we don’t have to take any risks?

Of course not.

So we went. Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Donut Floatie”

Ashley Does: What (this) Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day.

If you are on the internet ever, there’s a chance you’ve seen the “What To Get Mom for Mother’s Day” videos going around.

Basically their message is leave mom alone. Let her sleep in. Do her chores. Give her the TV remote.

Don’t get me wrong…

Sleeping is in nice.

Having a clean house is nice.

Not having to adult is nice.

But you know what else is nice? Thoughtful gifts from my husband and kids. Their time. Their gratitude and appreciation toward me.

I hate the idea of Mother’s Day as a “day off.” I want to spend it with the people who made me a mom! And with MY mom! We are celebrating moms on Mother’s Day and dangit, I want to be celebrated. Not ignored.

Ignore me on Tuesday. Please. Please?

Please. Continue reading “Ashley Does: What (this) Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day”