Living an Active Life + Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe...

 
Photo credit: Kivalo Photography

Photo credit: Kivalo Photography

Happy Weekend! Can you guys believe we are over halfway through March already? Bring on spring! I am so ready for warmer weather and to spend more time outside with my baby girl!

You all know how much I like to hit the gym and work out. It makes me feel SO much better and gives me that good feeling energy to start the day out on the right foot! I think it's super important to find a home gym that motivates you and makes you feel comfortable and welcome! If you can find a workout buddy, even better! Before becoming a mom I used to have a lot more spare time to spend working out, so on days when I can't make it to the gym, I like to get creative.

There are a few small things you can do throughout your day to make a little difference...

Take the stairs. At my gym, I have to go up three flights of stairs just to get to the workout floor. I am ALWAYS tempted to hit up the elevator, but I just tell myself that it's my "warm-up." :) Park in the spot furthest away. I know, I know...what a hassle right? Parking lots can be GINORMOUS, but make a conscious effort to park far from the front door. It's something simple that can burn a few extra calories. Grab a girlfriend a.k.a accountability partner. Recruit a friend and motivate each other to do something active like a walk or hike. Lolo and I are officially "mall walkers" nowadays :) During the cold winter months, we head to the mall and I let Lo run around for an hour or so to burn off some energy. Chasing her is a great workout! If you need a little boost to get your butt into gear, sometimes making a new "activewear" purchase is all it takes. I always feel better when I've got some cute gear to rock to the gym or on an errand! Check out some of my favorite athleisure / activewear picks here

I've also gotten a few questions about the chicken + orzo soup that I put on my Instagram story, so I wanted to share it with you all. It's SO incredibly easy. Anytime I can use my slow cooker, I'm a happy girl! I think you'll enjoy it, so give it a try! 

EASY Chicken + Orzo Crockpot Soup

Photo cred: Delish.com

Photo cred: Delish.com

  • 1 - 1.5 lbs chicken (I used boneless tenders)
  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 package frozen peas + carrots
  • 1.5 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • garlic to taste
  • 2 cups dried orzo

Directions: 

Add the chicken, broth, onion, peas + carrots (and any other veggies you'd like to use) to the slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours (I did 3.5hrs). Stir in the orzo for the last 45 minutes - 1 hour. ENJOY! 

xx,  Ashley 

Feature: Sugar Shacks Teepees...

 

Playing "hide and seek," building forts with blankets and pillows, reading books, and having tea parties ... These are a few of London's favorite things! When she was about 18 months, we went to a friends house and they happened to have a teepee that Lolo discovered and NEVER came out of. She was obsessed, so I knew we just had to get her one of her own. When I started to research "play teepees" online and on Instagram, I came across the most BEAUTIFUL designs from Sugar Shacks Teepees and instantly fell in love! They're so delicate and detailed + I also loved that they were neutral to fit into any space in the house! Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I love lace - so that was a large reason why we chose the Isabella Teepee! It's just so gorgeous and sweet. 

It took us about 60 seconds to put the teepee up (so easy!) and we couldn't wait to decorate it! Sugar Shacks also sells these adorable flower toppers which add a little something extra to the top of your teepee. You can see mine in the photos above and below - the pink floral garland :) We also added our own pillows and a blanket to make it extra cozy. (You can shop Sugar Shack's teepee mat here!) London loves her new little space ... I think she feels like it's her special spot. She brings all of her stuffed animals inside and reads to them, or even her tea set so she can have tea parties. It's really adorable to watch. She uses it so often, that the teepee is in our family room, but I don't mind because it's so gorgeous that it only adds to the room! 

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You can shop for your own Sugar Shacks Teepee here and make sure to check them out on Instagram! Thanks for stopping by! 

xx,  Ashley 

Denim Under $100...

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BLACK

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TREND: RAW HEM

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SKINNY

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! We skipped up to Maine for a little (belated) birthday surprise, which I'll be sharing later in the week! It was lovely to get away, even just for a night!

I'm sharing some of my favorite jeans today. I love the "raw hem" trend that's everywhere now, so I added some cute pairs above as well! You can shop them by clicking on the designated number under each graphic. Enjoy and thank you for stopping by! 

xx,  Ashley 

Checkered Shirtdress...

 

My Outfit: Dress: Max Studio, similar here and here | Booties: Report, similar styles here and here | Sunglasses: Joe's, similar here | Clutch: H&M, similar here and here (both under $25!)| Hat: Gap, love this one (only $31!) | Lip color: Sephora Lip Stain in "Flame Red" (under $14!)

We are totally snowed in (right after I thought I was in the clear to do a "Spring Style" post!) I'm not going to lie, our trip to Florida can't come soon enough! I am SO over the cold and shoveling our driveway ... not to mention just being stuck inside with a 20-month old! Can you say stir-crazy?! Ahhh! Do you guys have any indoor activity ideas that I can try with London this week?

In other news, I love shirtdresses :) Actually, you already knew that too (if you've been following along!) They're just so cute + comfy, and obviously I'm all about that! The one pictured is old but I've linked a few similar and a few more below for you to shop as well! I LOVE these booties too (I found a similar pair under $65!) ... they're so cute and perfect to pair with a dress like this or with a pair of boyfriend jeans

Shop this look below! Thanks for stopping by! 

xx,  Ashley 

*All photos courtesy of Kivalo Photography

8 Tips For Flying with a Toddler...

 
Lolo asleep on our flight from Charleston...

Lolo asleep on our flight from Charleston...

(Disclaimer: Mamas, please know, I do NOT consider myself an expert on traveling with kids, and I know, I only have one child - but I simply wanted to share some things that helped us along the way in hopes that they can in turn help you!)

Airplane or no airplane, traveling in general is very stressful. It feels like you literally have to pack your entire house up even for just one overnight and if you're going away for multiple nights, forget it, you should probably pack your life away! Sometimes it seems easier to just stay home. I know for me personally, I am always happy to have a change of scenery though, and yes, while it is stressful - I'm super excited once we reach our final destination! London and I are very used to road trips. We have been road warriors since she was just two weeks old when her Daddy would go on work trips and we'd head three hours north to Maine. Flying, however, we've done much less of. Lo has been on five flights in her short lifetime, but all have been actually quite smooth and (dare I say) FUN! I am definitely a "plan ahead," type-A mom, so I did my research before her first flight + since it was a success, have followed the same sort of "protocol" in preparation for each trip.

Here are a few of my top tips for flying with a toddler. If have a young baby, I shared a few helpful hints on that last year, here

1. Book non-stop. Even if you have to pay a little extra ... it's a small price to keep your sanity! Once you're on the plane and settled in with all of the 'ish' that you brought, the last thing you want to do is MOVE. Trust me on this one, if you can swing it, it's worth it!

2. Make sure one of your seats is an aisle seat. This is super important. If you're flying solo, just go ahead and book the aisle seat because you definitely don't want to feel trapped by the window or like you can't get up and down as needed! I walked the aisles for basically the entire three hour flight to Florida last year and while it was exhausting, London was happy and most importantly, quiet! 

3. Plan your flight during nap time. We do this as best we can and when we have flown during London's nap, it has worked out well for us. As soon as the "fasten seatbelt light" goes off I walk the aisle with her and rock her to sleep. Just recently, she slept the entire two hours from Charleston. Also, I think the hum of the plane's engine kept her asleep longer! Score!

4. Bring all of their favorite snacks...and I mean ALL of them. If you want to know the way to a toddler's heart, it's with yummy snacks! Here's a list of what I brought on our recent trip: Raisins, goldfish, grapes, Ritz crackers, applesauce, graham crackers, and string cheese. Thank goodness I have the world's best diaper bag from Skip Hop that has a million compartments, all of which were used on this trip! (I love their backpack too!) 

5. Download your kids favorite show and/or movie. My rule for traveling is: THERE ARE NO RULES. Whatever keeps them happy or satisfied (as long as it isn't harmful) is basically fair game. The iPad was my best friend on our flight from Boston! It ended up taking longer than expected, so the fact that we had Frozen and Mickey Mouse ready to go really kept Lolo happy and me, sane! If you need children's headphones, Amazon sells some really cute ones for kiddos! 

6. Buy a small new toy or book for the trip. I recommend waiting to show them their "surprise" until you're on the plane. We bought Lo a Frozen microphone that plays the songs from the movie, and she loved it! It was perfect because it was small and easy to pack. Any book with flaps is a good idea and if you can find one with a lot of pages, even better! Karen Katz books are always a hit; we love this one and my mom bought this one along on our latest trip.

7. Have a sippy cup or chewy snack ready for take-off/landing. I was really worried about the altitude and how it would effect London's ears, but she seemed fine. I gave her raisins, which I figured is the next best thing to gum and she went to town ;) I also had her sippy cup filled with apple juice, which is a treat for her. 

8. Bring a stroller for the airport and check it at the gate. I don't think we could have survived without our stroller; this is really a must! We love our Graco Fold Jogger because it has a big compartment underneath to hold all of our stuff - but if you're looking for a smaller one that may be better suited for travel, I've heard great things about the Quinny Moodd stroller and the BABYZEN YOYO+ stroller as well! The BABYZEN YOYO+ is just 13 pounds, easy to fold up and carry with ONE hand. We are traveling to Disney World in a few weeks, and I think we're going to bring this one along! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xx,  Ashley 

 

 

Spring Style Inspo...

Happy Monday!

That little taste of Spring that we had last month was short-lived. However, it still got me really excited for warmer weather and sunshine, hence why I wanted to get a head start on rounding up all the cute dresses! Of course, I love pastels and neutrals for the season and it seems like florals are ALWAYS on trend. I really like the shoulder tie detail on this maxi, not to mention the ombre feature and the fact that it's under $70! This taupe dress has a peekaboo cutout in the front that's adorable as well (also under $70!) The dresses in the second graphic are all UNDER $50 and there are such cute ones. This dee elle dress is under $30 and SO CUTE! Another favorite I wanted to highlight is this green polkadot swing dress for less than $40. It's so cute and would look adorable paired with a cropped denim jacket or cream cardi

You can shop any dress by clicking on the pink icon located next to each item! The top graphic is all dresses under $100, and the bottom graphic, they're under $50! Happy shopping + thank you for stopping by :) 


xx,  Ashley 

Weekend Getaway: Charleston, SC...

 

Southern hospitality and LOADS of charm...the sweet city of Charleston completely stole my heart last weekend. London, my mother, and I were able to join my husband on his work trip last weekend and we immediately fell in LOVE. I can't believe it has taken me 32 years to visit such a magical place! We walked up and down the streets just taking in the amazing architecture, beautifully colored buildings, and the sunshine. I had researched a bunch of spots we needed to hit for some of the best food and of course, photo ops (because, blogger life!) :) We only had three days, but I definitely plan on returning for a longer visit very soon! I wanted to highlight a few places that we loved and also share photos from our amazing trip! 

On our first morning, we made a stop at Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts for some yummy treats and FANTASTIC coffee! Their donuts are made from scratch every day and there are a wide variety of flavors. We tried the lemon old fashioned, glazed, and a sugar-raised (which was our favorite!) Highly recommend making a little pit stop here!

Walking along King Street you'll find some amazing stores which are a mixture of boutiques and some staples like H&M, Gap, J.Crew, etc. You could easily spend a whole day on King shopping and sampling foods :) One place I knew I wanted to visit was Candlefish which sells an array of candles and features a beautiful "candle library" with over 100 fragrances. My sister and brother-in-law discovered it while on their honeymoon last Fall and I had to see it in person. (They also sell a "London" candle, so I needed to snag one of those!) The decor in this store is so gorgeous, and they offer candle-making classes which were taking place while we were looking around.

When I was researching a great dinner spot for our first night in Charleston, there were a few that always made the top of most lists; Husk, Fig, Magnolia's, and McGrady's (to name just a few), but Butcher & Bee really stood out to me. Not only is it considered one of the hottest restaurants right now, but I knew the casual atmosphere and style would be perfect for London as well! I must say, I was SO pleased with my choice. Not only was the food delicious, fresh, and presented beautifully - they were very accommodating to children. They had a box full of toys that London could play with and crayons for coloring. A few of the dishes I recommend trying are the house made hummus and/or whipped feta and honey both served with pita bread. The crispy stuffed olives and lamb ribs were also two of my favorites! 

Photo cred: Butcher & Bee website

Photo cred: Butcher & Bee website

The weather was warm and breezy so we were able to walk along the Battery, which stretches along the lower shores of Charleston. The views are breathtaking and the homes that run along the water are beautiful and absolutely HUGE. One of the most photographed parts of the city is called Rainbow Row which we happened upon while walking the Battery. It's located on East Bay Street and it's a string of thirteen pastel colored homes. It's literally the most lovely street I've ever walked and I never wanted to leave! I think Lolo loved it just as much...

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Another "must try" are the biscuits at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. They literally melt in your mouth. The blackberry jam and whipped cinnamon butter filled biscuits were my favorite - but they were also serving breakfast sandwiches which looked amazing as well! They open at 8am and I would definitely suggest getting there early. We arrived around 9:15 and had to wait for over an hour! I'd say it was well worth the wait when I saw how much London and my mom loved them though :) 

                                    Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

                                    Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

If you're looking for more sweet southern treats, head to the Sugar Bakeshop, a little off the beaten path but worth the stop. The cupcakes are so delicious and there's an adorable garden in the back; perfect place to enjoy your dessert and snap some photos :) I recommend the lemon curd and almond chocolate coconut cupcakes! Basically, as it seems, we ate our way through Charleston! We were on our very own food tour - and it was a blast! Aside from the eating, there's so much to explore. There are horse-drawn carriage rides and walking tours offered that I definitely want to do when we return. The history of the city is amazing and I know if we participated in either of those, it would be really cool and informative. I also wish we had time to tour the Boone Hall Plantation. I heard it's pretty fascinating and definitely a place to keep in mind if we visit in the future.

Below are more photos from our quick little getaway! You can scroll through as I tried to capture a little bit of the Charleston charm! 

xx,  Ashley 

Spring-ready Skin with EVER...

 

Most of my adult life I've struggled with skin flare-ups and blemishes. I am very hesitant about trying or sampling new products for my oh-so-sensitive skin; I'd call myself an "if it's not broke, don't fix it" type of girl ;) I wanted to share a bit of my current skin routine and also a few things I'm doing to get my skin "spring-ready!" 

Typically, I wash my face every morning and evening, right before bed. I think it's super important to remove the makeup on my face and eyes before going to sleep. I follow each wash with an oil-free moisturizer (since I have naturally oily skin). I put an under eye cream on at bedtime as well. I love a good mask, but it's really hard for me to find one that's not too harsh on my skin or leaves me feeling dry and irritated. When it comes to body care, I like to use a scrub on my arms and legs to help get rid of dead skin cells and follow it up with a smooth body butter, as opposed to just plain lotion.

In terms of WHAT I use...Enter EVER.

My friend (and EVER skin specialist), Linda suggested that I try a purifying clay mask from their line! As I said before, I am hesitant to try new products, but she assured me that she had the perfect fit for my skin type! One of the things I love most about this product is that it reduces the appearance of redness and blemishes ... a.k.a. JUST what I need. When I tried it, my first thought was that I LOVED the smell! My next thought was how I loved the "cooling effect" that it gave my face, almost like I could feel it working. After trying it, my skin felt BABY SOFT and had a glow to it. Even my husband noticed (and commented) on its appearance as well...EVER for the win! :) 

Another part of my "spring-ready" regime includes buffing my skin! When I asked Linda if she could recommend a good body polish, she sent me over the sweetest-smelling lemon sugar scrub + body butter combo! Seriously, I want to eat the body butter, it smells like lemon meringue pie! :) I have been using both products for over 3 weeks now and my skin feels noticeably smoother. A lot of body butters I've tried in the past have been thick and have left my skin feeling oily for hours. EVER's body butter is light and silky and absorbs so nicely into my skin. You don't need to use a lot during application, so each product should last you a long time! You can read more about the polish here and about the body butter here

EVER skincare is clinical grade and focuses on the "conscious beauty" philosophy. In other words, they CARE about what they use to create their products and what we're putting on our skin. That's the kind of company I can get behind! They're already making a BIG impact on the beauty world and won "Best of Beauty" by Allure two years in a row. I would love for you guys to check out these products to discover for yourself why I'm a big fan of this safer-beauty line! You can shop for your own EVER products here

xx,  Ashley 

LIKEtoKNOW.it app + HOW TO USE...

 

Hey guys! Sooo...this is more of an informational blog post because like some of you, I too was confused by "LiketoKnow.it!" at first! I didn't know what the HECK it was or how to use it. I knew I wanted to be able to shop my favorite blogger's looks, but just wasn't sure if it was accessible or easy to figure out. 

Well...GOOD NEWS. There's a NEW and improved LiketoKnow.it app that is (in my opinion) more user friendly and all it starts with is a screenshot! Basically, if you see a "heart" icon in the lower right-hand corner of my Instagram posts, that look is shoppable through just a screenshot!

One of my FAVORITE bloggers, Lauren Kay Sims broke it all down in her post today - so I thought I would share it with you all! You can read all about it here

xx,  Ashley 

Spring Shoes Under $100...

Hi Loves! If you're reading this you can imagine that I'm in some sort of food coma as I explore Charleston in the sunshine! (Hate me yet?! ;) This southern food (not to mention the hospitality) has put me in my happy place! I absolutely LOVE it so much and if you haven't been, I highly recommend booking a trip as soon as possible! You can even come for a long weekend! It's so dreamy and magical. I've also loved getting a dose of Vitamin D and being able to wear my spring sandals again! 

I wanted to round-up some cute sandals (all under $100) to get you thinking about spring! I chose a variety; flat sandals, lace-up heels, trendy slip-ons, sneakers, and even a pair of ankle boots. There's a little something for everyone! You can shop each item by clicking on the little pink icon by each pair that catches your eye :) Happy shopping! 

xx,  Ashley 

Monthly Mommy Update: 19 Months...

 

Favorite Food: CARBS. Basically what I hear all day is "I want more crackers!" ... this little chick could eat a sleeve of Ritz and be perfectly happy with life. Please tell me this is normal! I also introduced her to bagels and cream cheese (oops!) and that's what she wants for breakfast everyday. Bagels and pancakes. WHAT HAVE I DONE ;) ...I can still sneak some oatmeal and fruit in there too, thank goodness! 

Favorite Thing To Do: Our mommy friend just gave us their toy kitchen and London is obsessed! She loves all of the pretend foods and it's so cute to listen to her as she "cooks" and puts things in the fridge. Her favorite things to "cook" are couscous and corn! 

Most Aww-Worthy Moment: She loves to say "hi gorgeous" to everyone, and it's so sweet! I've posted a few videos on my Instagram via my "instastories" because it's just too adorable! When I say she says this to everyone, I mean it! The cashier at the grocery store, our waiter at breakfast, and a random lady at Dunkin Donuts. It's totally her go-to line because she's figured out REAL quick that it almost always gets a pretty stellar reaction ;) 

Most Exciting Thing She Did: London has started to go down the stairs on her own! (Does that count as "excitement" in mommy world?!) Ha! We have baby gates at the top and bottom of the staircase, but just in case I ever forget to close the gate at the top, we've been trying to teach Lo to slide down the stairs on her bum. Sure enough, one day the gate was open and I heard her say "go down on bum!" and when I ran out of the bedroom, she was sitting on her bottom at the top of the stairs waiting for me. My first thought was sheer panic BUT then I was just so happy that she decided to sit as she had learned to do rather then plummet head first. Mommy win ... and Lolo win I guess - because no one wants to take a tumble down our wooden stairs! 

Fun Things We Did This Month: Honestly...this month has been ROUGH. Lo got sick starting February 1st and wasn't really feeling well until the 20th! Three trips to the doctor and one ER visit later ... she had croup coupled with a double ear infection, then bronchiolitis and was dehydrated in there somewhere! It was insane! She had really high fevers and didn't want to do anything but just lay and snuggle with me. It was hard to get her to eat or drink + I hated that she felt so terrible. We spent most of the month resting, recovering and watching WAY too much Frozen. I felt guilty about that for a hot second but...then I didn't. It was the only way to get her to actually rest! We are looking forward to warmer temperatures on the way! 

Biggest Thing I've Learned: This month has been a real DOOZY. I'm ready to say goodbye to February and HELLO to spring and some warmer weather. When Lo is sick it really throws EVERYTHING off and makes each day seem extra long. With a husband that works long hours and travels a lot - it can make life pretty near miserable to be quite honest and maybe THAT'S what I learned this month. That it's ok to be HONEST about motherhood and how it can really suck sometimes. I don't want to sound ungrateful - because trust me, I know how blessed we are to have an overall healthy baby girl ... but some days just aren't all that glamorous. Most of this month was spent in sweatpants with greasy hair and no make up. Blogging was a struggle as it's hard to feel inspired on little sleep and when life gets stressful. So, mamas ... it's OK to admit that motherhood is hard, often draining and sometimes just plain sucky. It doesn't mean you aren't appreciative for this life or blessed to be a mother, it just means you're going through a tough season. Remember, it will pass and you'll come out stronger :) 

xx,  Ashley 

Travel Style...

This week I'll be sharing a few travel-related posts with you all, since we are heading to Charleston, SC! I'm SO excited and I've been researching places to go like a crazy woman! My husband's basketball team will be playing in their conference tournament there so since he'll be busy, we are flying my mom down to be with us! It will be our first time to Charleston and I'm so excited to explore such an incredibly historic and beautiful place! 

I've started packing a bit (since it takes me forever to sort through what I need to bring) ... and the first order of business is planning a travel outfit! I always like to be comfy, but still fashionable. I've put together a few outfit ideas for you to check out below, and you can shop each outfit through the links below the graphic! Enjoy! 

 

Outfit One...


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Outfit Five...

1. Destroyed skinny jeans // 2. Oversized ivory sweater // 3. Retro cat eye sunnies (love the frame color!) // 4. Classic slip-ons (under $50!) // 5. Colorful woven tote (obsessed with this!) 

xx,  Ashley 

 

 

 

 

Long Cardis + Patch Details...

 

My Outfit: Sweater/Cardi: PinkBlush, similar style in black here | Scarf: old, but love this one | Jeans: old, similar styles here and here | Booties: Aldo, similar styles here and here | Sunglasses: Cole Haan, similar styles here and here

Happy Monday! 

I had such a wonderful weekend celebrating a friend's wedding in Maine! The temperatures warmed up here last week and while I'd love to pretend it's time for spring clothes - there's still a bit of snow on the ground and I'm still sporting my winter wardrobe. This cardigan is so cute and I love the patch detailing! I've linked one similar here and you can also shop more of my favorites below! 

We leave for Charleston, SC in just a few days and I'm getting so excited! Has anyone ever been? If so, where are your favorite spots?! 

xx,  Ashley

Fit Friday: Current Workout Routine...

 

Happy Friday! I'm so excited for the weekend and even more excited that my baby girl is FINALLY feeling better and (mostly) back to her sweet self! We are still dealing with those "not so sweet" toddler tantrums of course! (Rolling eyes). I've gotten a few messages and questions about what I do for workouts so I wanted to update you guys on my current routine! Keep in mind ... I wish it could stay this way from week to week, but mom life is pretty crazy so sometimes you have to adjust the routine a bit!

To start, one of the things I'm SO thankful for is that my gym, Healthworks offers amazing classes daily. Barre, spinning, yoga, body pump, dance, and much much more. Not to mention, Lolo really LOVES the Kids Club and it makes it even more motivating to get to the gym when she's asking to see all of her friends :) 

BK (before kids) my workouts consisted of a mixture of cardio and weights with more of a focus on cardio. Typically I would spend 1.5 hours at the gym Monday - Friday with a lighter workout on Saturday and Sundays off. Nowadays I honestly don't have that amount of time to work with. I tend to spend more time focusing on weight training because it seems that chasing a toddler around is all the cardio I need! Here is a peek into my current workout routine and what a typical week looks like...

Monday: 20 mins cardio // 10 mins - stairmaster & 10 min treadmill incline walk (5.0 - 10.0 incline at 4.0 pace) || LEG/BUTT DAY. You can find six "butt busting" moves that I incorporate into my workouts, here!

Tuesday: 20 mins cardio // 10 mins - stairmaster & 10 mins incline walk (5.0 - 10.0 incline at 4.0 pace) || ARM DAY. See some of my favorite exercises from Healthworks trainer Hannah Butera, here

Wednesday: Circuit workout at home (typically something similar to this) OR a 3-mile run (slow pace) & abs

Thursday: Same as Monday; sometimes I may just stick to the stair master or choose to do the treadmill for the full 20 minutes.

Friday: Usually similar to Tuesday. I like to pick 5-6 arm exercises to focus on // Abs 

Saturday: Barre or Yoga class. Some Saturdays I like to sneak in a 20-minute stair master workout prior to class, if I'm feeling extra motivated ;) 

Sunday: OFF for family time! We like to be active together though, so we typically go for a long stroller walk if the weather permits!

This tends to be what the week looks like and of course, it's subject to change! Some days I make little tweaks here and there - but overall, I try to focus on just staying active and doing SOMETHING. It always makes me feel better and starts the day off right! 

If you guys have any specific questions about my routine, leave it in the comments below!

xx,  Ashley 

Beach Getaway Essentials...

Maybe it's the three snowstorms we had last week that's making me crave the warm weather ... or the fact that next week we leave for Charleston ...  but I just can't WAIT for sunshine! It's so close I can almost taste it! If you're like me and are looking forward to higher temps, here is a round up of some beach weather essentials for you! A few of my favorite getaway essentials include this "Summer Daze" straw tote, this airy cover-up (for under $50!), and these platform wedges! You can shop my other favorites by clicking the numbered links below the graphic! I'll be telling you all where we are traveling at the end of March soon on my Instagram, so stay tuned and follow along here

xx,  Ashley 

T-Shirt Dress...

 

By this time, you all know how much I LOVE t-shirt dresses! They're so comfortable, typically very affordable, and they can be dressed up or down! I usually dress them down because #momlife ... but you could easily add some cute pumps or strappy heels for a comfy/cute date night outfit! Forever 21 is usually my go-to place for t-shirt dresses because they're almost always under $20! (Shop their current selection here) The one I'm wearing above was under $13 (find it here)  and I paired it with Converse sneaks that you can see in similar style here

xx,  Ashley 

Camel + Denim...

 

My Outfit: Sweater: old, similar styles here, here, and here| Jeans: Kensie, with similar style here | Booties: Franco Sarto, similar style here | Bag: Urban Outfitters, similar style here (under $35) and love this one | Sunglasses: Cole Haan, similar styles here and here | Lipstick: L'Oreal "Sea Fleur" topped with L'Oreal "Fairest Nude"

TGIF! It has been such a rough week in the Markwood household with Lo being sick and all of us running on very little sleep! She has been sick on and off for about 3(ish) weeks and we found out yesterday that she has an ear infection. Poor baby! Needless to say, I'm pretty pumped for the weekend and for some much needed rest for all of us! 

This is one of my favorite looks because I LOVE the sweater so much. Camel is such a trendy color and I could pair this sweater with black denim and it would look great as well! The boots I snagged on sale and they're around $60 right now which is a total steal! They're super comfortable because of the block heel! You can shop the look above (I've linked the pieces and some similar) as well as below this text and shop all of my Instagram looks here!

Hope everyone has a restful and healthy weekend! 

xx,  Ashley 

Photos: Patti Takacs, Kivalo Photography

Contrast...

 

My Outfit: Jacket: J.Crew, similar here and here | Shirt: HM, similar here and here | Jeans: HM (under $20!) | Boots: Vince Camuto, similar here (under $50) here, and here | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Lipstick: Sephora "Always Red"

Happy Valentine's Day, Lovers! 

I posted this outfit on my Instagram and wanted to share here also! I feel like we had such a mild winter up until this past week! We've had so much snow dumped on us here in Boston, and all I can think of is Spring! The snow, although annoying to manuever in, is so beautiful - especially after a fresh snowfall. I took these photos at my parents farm a few weeks ago with my favorite photographer, Patti Takacs (you can check out her site here!) I love the contrast between the white of the snow and the dark outfit/red lip! The red lip stain "Always Red" that you see me wearing is from Sephora and it's my absolute favorite! It's only $14 and it's so long-lasting. The jacket I actually stole from my mom for this shot (Thanks, Mom!) - it's J.Crew and classic wool blend. I linked a few look-a-likes above! 

xx,  Ashley 

Photos: Patti Takacs, Kivalo Photography

Boston Staycation: The Colonnade Hotel...

 
Photo credit: The Colonnade photo gallery 

Photo credit: The Colonnade photo gallery 

I thought I'd share this AMAZING and fun deal with you all - if you'd like to plan a winter staycation! The Colonnade is one of my favorite Boston hotels and they're embracing this New England weather. With the Frosty Friday package, you'll pay the outside temperature reading from the 5:00pm National Weather Service for the first night of your stay and the 2nd night rate for $289.00! The package also includes some pretty AWESOME perks like ice-skating tickets or trolley tours (your choice), and hot chocolate from the hotel restaurant Brasserie Jo! 

To read more details about this offer, click here

xx, Ashley