Memorial Day Sale Round-Up...

Nordstrom is having their half-year sale which means a lot of my favorite styles are 40% off! I literally want everything... I love a good deal ;) Here are 15 of the cutest tops, all under $45! You can shop by clicking the icon on each designated item! Also ... I've highlighted some of the BEST Memorial Day Weekend sales below the graphic with the promo codes needed! Happy shopping! 

Nordstrom // Up to 40% off select styles for the half-year sale (Starts May 24th)

H&M // Up to 60% off plus free shipping (May 25-May 29)

Ann Taylor // 40% off full priced items + extra 50% off sale items PROMO: SUMMER 

Anthropologie // Extra 40% off 

Intermix // 40% off select items for limited time only!

Loft // 40% off EVERYTHING! Code: VACAY

Nordstrom Rack // Take an additional 25% off clearance

Rebecca Minkoff // Up to 60% off sale

Serena & Lily // Up to 20% off sitewide CODE: AMAZING

Topshop // Up to 40% off select styles through Memorial Day weekend

xx,  Ashley

 

 

Red, White + Blue: Memorial Day Weekend Style Inspo...

 
 
 

Here are some adorable pieces to make you feel all kinds of patriotic! These are all great for summer, and did I mention they're free shipping? Some of them are 40% off right now, so take a peek at the text below each graphic to see the highlighted deals!

What does everyone have planned for Memorial Day Weekend?! We are taking our annual trip North to my parents lakehouse! They've got the party boat ready and we are excited for a relaxing weekend with family! I hope everyone has fun plans for their holiday!

xx, Ashley

Sunday Funday: Franklin Park Zoo + Nature's Neighborhood...

The weather has been beyond amazing lately and we couldn't wait for a sunny weekend so that we could take our long awaited family visit to the Franklin Park Zoo! London and I took a zoo trip last summer but this time, Chris was able to join us, so we were extra excited! FPZ is a little oasis and escape that be found right in Boston. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the paved pathways are wide for exploration (and for strollers ;)

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

My suggestion would be to park at the Zebra Entrance of the zoo for direct access to "Nature's Neighborhood," the newly renovated Children's Zoo! Lo is almost two years old (as opposed to 14-months during our last visit) so she was much more engaged and interactive! We had anticipated that "Nature's Neighborhood" would be a crowd pleaser, and we were right! We spent about three hours total at the zoo and I think she could have stayed right there the entire time. It is designed beautifully, allowing children to explore and discover the different ecosystems or "neighborhoods," including Grasslands, Woodlands, Wetlands, and Thicket. We saw some "neighbors" roaming around their natural habitats like red pandas, muntjacs, prairie dogs, ducks, cranes, and other birds! 

More things around "the neighborhood" that London loved...

There's a giant eagle's nest built around an oak tree providing a "birds eye" view of the zoo and kids can also take the winding slide all the way down from inside the nest (London loved it!). There is a grass maze, bamboo climber, two turtle ponds, and caves to explore or sneak a closer look at the prairie dogs as they pop up out of their holes. London also enjoyed "hopping like a bunny" through the thicket and climbing on the rock structures near the oak tree. I love how interactive Nature's Neighborhood is! It's definitely a place that kids of all ages (and adults!) can have fun while learning about some of the cutest animals at the zoo!

A few more places to hit...

Franklin Farm is located adjacent to Nature's Neighborhood and that seems to be another crowd favorite for the little ones. There are donkeys, chickens, pigs, goats, and minature horses - all sure to make your kiddos squeal with delight! Kalahari Kingdom features the lions, in all their glory! Lo has a thing with beards (since her Daddy has one) so she thought the lion had a pretty cool "beard," a.k.a mane! Gorillas, hippos, lemurs, and anteaters are just a few of the animals you'll see in the Tropical Forest exhibit...another one of London's favorites! There are five glass viewing stations just to see the gorillas! You'll see dozens of birds swooping through and hear the swooshing sound of the waterfall as you make your way through the beautiful rainforest. (Don't forget to stop for a photo with the gorilla statue located outside!) If you can make it past the 10,000 square foot playground, you'll run into the Giraffe Savannah to sneak a peek at the giraffes and zebras roaming about. 

Each time we visit the zoo, we discover something new and get to watch Lo discover new things as well. It's the perfect place to let your children explore let their imaginations run wild! We had such an amazing time and can't wait to go back!

If you're planning a trip to the zoo with kiddos, here are a few tips to make life easier...

  • As I mentioned above, there are a few parking lots, but I HIGHLY recommend parking at the "Zebra Entrance" (between Franklin Park Rd. and Blue Hill Ave.) for easy access to the Children's Zoo, Franklin Farm + the playground
  • Grab a map! Trust me on this one ... you'll reference this MANY times
  • There are multiple restroom locations (four to be exact), ALL which have changing stations
  • Bring your own snacks, drinks, and/or lunch for a picnic on-site
  • Forget something? Hit the Gift Shop for sunscreen, first aid needs, umbrellas, etc.
  • HAVE FUN! :)

*Don't forget to check your local library for discounted passes*

xx,  Ashley 

Black Tie Dress: Worn Two Ways...

 

Look Number One // Dress: Shein (only $18!) || Hat: BP || Sneakers: Nike Roshe, similar here + love these floral ones || Bag: Skip Hop Chelsea (love the backpack version too!) || Sunglasses: RayBan || Lip color: Snob by Mac

 
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Look Number Two // Dress: Shein || Heels: Target, similar here || Purse: Kate Spade, similar here (under $40) || Sunglasses: RayBan

Happy Monday!

I wanted to share this adorable black-tie dress that is SO comfortable and lightweight; perfect for the warm summer temps! I love love LOVE the off-shoulder look too...and best part? This dress is $18! You really cannot beat the price! I also love that it's a little shorter in the front than it is in the back. Perfect for if you're wearing it with heels!

I styled the dress a few ways; the first look is more casual but still looks super cute when dressed down for running errands or a playdate with the kids! I love that I can wear this with London and feel comfortable AND stylish at the same time. Here, I'm using my Skip Hop diaper bag which I LOVE for so many reasons, but mostly because it's black, chic and doesn't scream "I'm a diaper bag," which I can appreciate.

The second look is perfect for a night out! The dress is easily jazzed up with a quick shoe change, bag change (like this Kate Spade one or this lookalike version for $35!), and hair-do adjustment! I would also add a red lip to really make it pop! You can shop each look through the specific links under the photos above or through the widget below :)

Thank you for stopping by!

xx,  Ashley 

Summer Abs...

Carrying a baby during pregnancy really takes a toll on your body as a whole, but mostly on your core! It took me FOREVER to feel like I had my core strength back and it's still a work in progress. Holding a 1-minute plank is still a real challenge but I'm almost there! (45-seconds and working my way up :) I've been trying to focus on taking time a little time out of every day to work my abs, and with summer just around the corner - I have to be extra diligent ;) 

When London goes down for her nap I take 10 minutes right away to do some ab exercises. I start with a plank and end with a plank - usually the last one I try to hold as long as I can which ends up being (almost) a minute. When I feel like I'm not maintaining the proper technique any longer, I stop the time. There is a "Core" class at my gym, Healthworks that I've taken which I really love and I also think practicing yoga regularly is SO good to help maintain core strength! 

Here are some exercises that I do in addition to the planks...

- 25 Bicycles Crunches (see photo below)

- 25 butterfly crunches: sit on the floor with your legs in the "butterfly stretch" then lay back, keeping your legs in the same position. This is your starting point. Now crunch 25 times with your hands behind your head - keeping your shoulders off the floor.

- 25 Toe-touch crunch: (See photo below) Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air (legs pointed toward the ceiling); arms straight and pulse up 25 times, trying to touch your toes.

- 25 Flutter Kicks: Lie on your back with legs extended and arms at your side or underneath your bum. Lift your legs 6(ish) inches of the floor and scissor your legs up and down. Make sure to press your lower back into the floor - you do not want it to lift off the ground.

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                                                                  Toe-Touch Crunch

What are some of your favorite ab exercises?! 

xx, Ashley

Spring Staycation: The Colonnade HOTEL, Boston

Last weekend, our little family decided to book a "stay-cation" in downtown Boston and stayed at The Colonnade Hotel. Even though we were there for less than 24-hours we had SUCH an amazing time and didn't want to leave! I wanted to give you guys a little recap of our stay and a review of the hotel! I'll just start by saying how friendly and hospitable everyone was! They gave us such a warm welcome and made us feel right at home. London had a great time running around the lobby, making friends with hotel staff! They really went above and beyond to make our stay perfect! 

Location, Location, Location

The Colonnade is located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, walking distance to many of the city's signature landmarks such as the Prudential Center (across the street), the Public Garden, Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and much more! We used to live in Bay Village, a small neighborhood nestled between Back Bay and the South End ... so this area is very familiar to us. Boston is such a walkable city so it's super fun to stroll around taking in all that it has to offer!

The Room

Our room was enormous! We had a two-bedroom suite complete with a dining area and massive bathroom! Everything was meticulously clean, which is always appreciated! The windows run floor to ceiling with an incredible view of the city so I think this was London's favorite part; she loved watching the buses and trolley's drive by from nine floors up! The beds were beyond comfortable...I slept so well until London gave me an early Mother's Day gift by waking up at 5:30am...she just must have been having too much fun, right?! :) 

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The Amenities

Three words...Roof Top Pool. The Colonnade is the only hotel in the city with an outdoor Roof Top Pool and it's pretty glorious. Two years ago, 9 months pregnant with London, my husband and I spent a day there poolside and it was amazing. It doesn't feel like you're in the middle of a bustling city when you're twelve stories up on a roof top! I definitely want to bring Lo there when it opens at the end of this month - she'd love it! There are private cabanas, daybeds and full-menu food service offered poolside all day long as well! The fitness center, 24-hour business center, and French restaurant Brasserie Jo are three more reasons why this hotel is perfect for your city stay!

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The Food

Speaking of food, Brasserie Jo is the restaurant located right inside the hotel. The menu is expansive so there's plenty to choose from and lots that even your kids would enjoy! They're very kid-friendly with highchairs, crayons for coloring and cute kids cups! We were there for Mother's Day - so they had a special buffet with food stations, a live jazz band, and "mums for Mum!" Very cute! They also brought Chris and I rose water hibiscus mimosas...and I just about died - SO YUMMY! We also loved how friendly everyone was, from the hostess to the waitstaff and even the head chef, who came to speak to us at our table. They really go above and beyond to make your stay as a whole, memorable! 

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If you're coming to Boston from near (like us!) or far, The Colonnade is the perfect place to stay while you explore everything that the city has to offer! We thoroughly enjoyed our quickie getaway, and hope to return soon so we can enjoy the pool! Highly recommend paying a visit!

Here are more photos from our overnight stay and you can shop my outfits below as well!

xx, Ashley 

 

 

 

 

Summer Whites...

I love wearing white in the warmer months, especially when I've finally got my tan! Since London and I are outside so much, I've already noticed my skin browning up + I love it! I have my eye on a few of the items below, in particular that "vacation" tee from Madewell. Obsessed! Also, how cute are the wedges from Nine West? Perfect for any occasion this summer!

Shop below by clicking on any of the pink buttons :)

xx, Ashley

On My Second Mother's Day...

 

I'm a big puddle of tears. 

Being a mother is a dream come true and has exceeded any expectation I ever had. It's the gift that keeps on giving because literally every day, when I look into London's big brown eyes or hear her sweet little giggle, I am reminded of God's grace. I'm reminded that God has entrusted her to me for this time on Earth...His precious jewel and treasure. What an overwhelmingly beautiful image that is. I say "overwhelmingly beautiful" because I often feel incapable and insufficient as a mom. How could I possibly be "enough" or have what it takes to be everything she deserves?

As I sit here with tears coming down my face, I think of my own mother and what she is to me. How she used to sit on the edge of my bed and sing to me in the dead of night because I was scared. Or when she would greet me after school with snacks and always with a smile. She would laugh with me, and she would cry with me too. She taught us about Jesus and that at the end of the day, when all is said and done, "God is bigger than all of it." Most importantly, she was PRESENT; for every event big or small...for every victory and every loss. When I think of her and how she epitomizes the word "mother," my heart can rest because I know that I have had the best teacher. 

Almost two years ago, I became a mommy for the first time; I love London desperately. The wild part about it all is that somehow, the depth of my love for her grows more and more each day. I pray that she will always know and feel the love of her parents, and most importantly, the love of our Savior. Even on days when I feel like I don't have what it takes, I am reminded that LOVE is enough.

Mamas - We are all in this together! Tackling this whole "motherhood" thing is the hardest job in the world and we are doing the best we can. Our children will always remember the way we made them feel so love them, cherish them, and tell them how special they are. 

I hope everyone has the most perfect Mother's Day...thank you for coming along on this journey with me!

xx, Ashley

Shoes Of The Moment...

 

Lace-ups...


Slides/Mules...


Wedges...


Heeled Sandals...

1. Floral-detailed heels (Under $60!)|| 2. Suede block heel || 3. Hot pink stiletto || 4. Block heel sandal (obsessed with this color!)|| 5. Classic nudes (I have these and love them!)


Sneakers...

1. Gazelle Adidas (obsessed!) || 2. Neutral Nikes (I have these and love them!) || 3. Retro (love the colors!) || 4. Stretchy-mesh sneaks (only $85) || 5. Classic cons ($55!)

xx,  Ashley

5 Ways To Explain "Mom Life" + Cute Mama Gear for Mother's Day...

Happy Monday! 

Here's a fun little "mommy" post for you, with Mother's Day right around the corner :) There are so many things that I expected motherhood to be, and while it's exceeded my expectations in more ways than one ... there are definitely ups and downs. Today, I'm sharing a few ways to explain what "mom life" really means...plus below you can find some last minute gift ideas for the mama's in your life! The shirts are adorable, and the mugs ... come on, every mama needs a mug :) Enjoy loves!

1. Emotional. SO MANY EMOTIONS and feelings! Ha! I cried yesterday because London will be two in just a few months. I can't handle how fast the time goes by...and it makes my heart hurt. I want to bottle this age up and keep her here forever! It's also emotional because HELLO toddler :) She's discovering her independence and finding her voice which is exciting, but also an overwhelming time for her...trying to deal with all of the feelings that come with that! 

2. Rollercoaster. One second we're singing Disney songs together and the next she's rolling around on the ground because she decided she actually DOESN'T want me to sing with her. We're happy and we're sad. We're happy then we're mad. I mean....there really is NO consistency. Nowadays its difficult to determine what could set her off. Thankfully, these tantrum moments are just that ... moments. She is easily distracted (for now), however, I'm not sure how long the distraction technique will work. I know we've got a super determined and strong-willed little girl, which I love, it just makes it a little bit daunting to think about the "threenager" year that I hear so much about! Eeek! 

3. Melt downs. Still learning how to manage these as they come, but "mom life" nowadays definitely includes them! I absolutely LOVE being a stay at home mom...and being here for every moment (good or bad), but that doesn't mean it's not mentally exhausting or difficult. By the end of the day I try to reflect on how I can deal with certain situations better and it's a work in progress. Finding patience and understanding when my sweet baby is rolling on the floor screaming for no reason is definitely something I'm trying to improve on :)

4. Laughter. No matter how many melt downs or tough moments we have in a day, we are never short on laughs. She is a little rascal who will do anything to garner a laugh from me :) I love watching her personality come out - she's a little spitfire! 

5. JOY. There's literally NO ONE else I would rather hang out with than Lolo (and her daddy of course). She is so much fun to explore and learn with...and even though she has her moments, the laughter + love that she brings to my life is more than I could even imagine. She's articulate, curious, sassy, strong and gosh, she's funny. She's given life a deeper purpose, and I'm so happy I get to be her mom.

 

xx, Ashley 

 

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide...

 

Mother's Day is upon us and it's always been such a beautiful holiday because I think my mom is basically superwoman. I've been on the search for the perfect gift to give, and here are some of my favorites :) 

xx, Ashley

Monthly Mommy Update: 21 Months...

 

Favorite Food: Watermelon, corn, "salad" (loves lettuce), tomatoes, greek olives. I also discovered at our Easter dinner that she loves brussel sprouts! I had never given them to her because I just assumed she wouldn't like them! Jokes on me I guess! P.S. I'm so excited for warmer weather because we have been using the grill lately and just eating lots of fruit! It's amazing!

Favorite Thing To Do: Go on the swing at the playground. This is new development because she never used to love the swing...all of a sudden she stays on for about 30 minutes. The difficult part is, she doesn't like giving other kids a turn...she thinks it's her swing (oops...toddler problems). She also LOVES her new water table that a friend gave us! I bought some cute water toys at Target and she loves to splash around with them! Here's one I found for under $35!

Most Aww-Worthy Moment: Watching her chase down eggs during the Easter egg hunt was pretty amazing for me. She was SO competitive and was frantically trying to gather as many as she could. Being that my husband and I are sports people ... you can understand why this would be an "aww-worthy" moment for us (LOL!) I love to watch her competitive little spirit come out!

Most Exciting Thing She Did: Goodness...what's NOT exciting these days. The fact that she says something new nearly every day is pretty freaking exciting. The other day, I asked, "honey, are your shoes too big?" to which she replied..."no, they're great!" Oh my heart. I about fell over. I LOVE having conversations with her and I know this is only the beginning but I never want to forget these little feelings or moments with her! I try to jot it all down in her little baby book...so we can reflect later :)

Fun Things We Did This Month: London and I hosted a little Easter party for her friends, which was super fun. We made cupcakes, did crafts, had an egg hunt, and watched some Frozen of course :) I loved watching Lo look for Easter eggs ... she was SO excited. We celebrated Easter day by going to church and doing a nice dinner with my in-laws! (You can see photos from our day, here) We took a visit to my parents house for a long weekend and had a really fun time. Lo loves to ride on the four-wheeler around the farm and visit the chickens! I can't wait for strawberry season and consistent warm sunny days ... then we'll REALLY never want to leave Grammy and Grampy's!

Biggest Thing I've Learned: I've noticed that Lo is more independent lately. She wants to try to put her shoes on, read books by herself, and feed herself EVERYTHING, etc. It's a tough adjustment for me as a mom because I'm so used to doing things FOR and WITH her (which I love to do!) and now, all of a sudden, she wants me to give her space. Wahhhh! I'm thankful that she can play solo and entertain herself...but when I sit on the floor and she tells me "mumma gonna sit on the couch" a.k.a. away from her ... it stings a little bit! I have been letting her have extra t.v. time just so I can sneak cuddles and be close to her, is that bad? I just feel like she's growing up so fast and I want to hold as many moments as I can...motherhood can be a real B sometimes. Actually, not motherhood...TIME; time can be a real B.

xx,  Ashley 

Splurge or Save...

 

I LOVE finding deals ... so I decided to do a splurge / save post so you can compare prices and looks! A lot of the "cheaper" lookalikes are my taste ... I guess I'm just not that fancy ;) I'm anxious to see what you guys think too! I link the item and price below each picture .. but maybe try to guess which one is the "more expensive" piece before you look! I linked a few dresses that are great for summer and also a couple perfect for any upcoming weddings this season! There are shoes, bags, shorts, jeans and MORE! Shop below :)

 
 
 
 
 
 

1. Bell sleeve top under $40! || 2. $720 (totally prefer the cheaper version!)

1. Lace fit + flare under $100 (perfect wedding guest dress!) || 2. Lace fit + flare $1,595! (insane right?!)

1. Cold-shoulder top under $40 || 2. Cold-shoulder top $695 (I prefer this one, but not the price!)

1. Distressed white jeans $59 || 2. $225 (literally the EXACT same!)

1. Slide lookalike under $60 (totally prefer this pair!) || 2. Designer slide $149

What did you guys think?! :) 

xx, Ashley 

#SundayFunday Workout...

We've had such great weather this weekend and today, even though it's a bit chilly, I thought it would be fun to get a workout in outside! Lo likes to go for walks (as long as I pack snacks), so I decided to do a run/walk workout and mix in a few exercises along the way! 

If you'd like to try it, here's what we did...

- Run / Walk for 1 mile

- 15 push ups

- 20 lunges (each leg)

- 25 bicycle crunches

- 25 standing squats

- Run / Walk for 1 mile

- Repeat above exercises

I've done this workout before and it's pretty challenging! Plus, London found it pretty entertaining when I did all of the different moves in between. You can always pack a different snack for each stop too :) ... that seems to help too! 

Also, if you live in the Boston area and you're interested in trying in new challenge leading into summer, my gym is starting the "Better Body Challenge" in a few days! It's an 8-week program with weekly workout and nutrition tips! You can choose to be your own coach or have a trainer guide you through! You can learn more about it here

Have a great Sunday!

xx,

Ashley 

My Top Vacation Essentials...

Can you tell I have vacation and warm weather on my mind?! I'm just a little bit obsessed with rompers, sundresses, and swimsuits ... I think I'm supposed to be living on an island somewhere, and not in New England ;) 

I put together my favorite vacation items of the moment because I just LOVE perusing through vacation-wear and I thought you all would too! Everything I chose is reasonably priced, which is always an added bonus! This red LINEN (capitalized because, COMFORT!) romper is under $55 and it's adorable with the peekaboo bow in the front! Obviously straw bags are all the rage right now, and this little one is perfect and the price is right! Love the fringe detail too! My favorite shoe of the moment are these Decker lace-ups - UNDER $50! I thought you'd love them too ;) 

Enjoy shopping my faves ... click on any item to go directly to the shoppable link! 

xx, Ashley 

Mother's Day Gifts Under $25...

 

Mother's Day is just around the corner so I'm starting to share my guides with you all! First up is for those on a budget! These adorable gifts are all under $25 and just a sweet way to let the special lady in your life know that you're thinking of her! I think the pineapple print mug is so so cute and only $13 so you can double up on another inexpensive gift (like this mini potted succulent) and still keep it under $25!

I'll be sharing more Mother's Day gift ideas over the next few weeks so keep an eye out! To shop any product, click on the pink square beside each picture!

xx,  Ashley 

My Definition of Being Fit + Healthy....

 

If you were to ask my definition of being fit and healthy just a few years ago, my answer would have been super different. My "pre-baby" self would have neglected to touch upon being fit mentally and just how important that is to one's overall well being. I would have talked mostly about the physical aspects such as exercise, stamina, weight-training - but left out how critical it is to practice self-care. It's SO difficult to make time for myself without feeling mega-guilty, but in the past two years, I've realized that it's critical to survival. Dramatic? Not really. If I don't make time for myself, I get overwhelmed and feel a bit suffocated a.k.a. I end up freaking out and it's really not good for anyone ;) ...At first I thought there was something wrong with me, but then I realized that it's completely normal and all a part of life. Do I still think exercising is important? Sure I do, but my life has evolved and so staying mentally and emotionally "fit" is just as important to me. 

So...I'd say that my definition of being fit and healthy is really feeling like I have a sense of balance in my life; physically, mentally and emotionally. Taking time for myself, even though it's difficult, is definitely a big part of keeping me "fit" mentally and emotionally. Setting attainable fitness goals and getting to the gym at least three times a week helps me stay focused without feeling overwhelmed. I used to be REALLY hard on myself...I never took many days off from working out and held a pretty strict diet. Nowadays, it's just not feasible to get to the gym 6 days a week so I set my goal for three and that usually works out. I'm definitely more laid back when it comes to my diet ... mostly because I don't want London to be a stress ball when it comes to food (as I've been in the past, thanks for pageant life!) Plus, it's pretty freaking fun to stop at Starbucks for a treat with Lo, so I just do it. Life's to short to stress about eating a scone (or two!) ;) 

I wanted to share a few ways that I practice self-care. I wish these things happened more on a regular basis, but such is life. Things come up, kids get sick, demands are hight ... so you just roll with it and squeeze things in when you can, or if you're like me, when you feel like you're near the verge of a breakdown ;) ...Kidding (kind of). 

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1. Find a gym. If you don't feel like working out, go anyway. Sit in the whirlpool, take a nice long shower, do your makeup and just relax. Sometimes all you need is an hour to yourself to feel refreshed for the day! (I've linked my gym here for all of my Boston ladies!)

2. Book a massage. This is HEAVEN, am I right? Try to schedule this once a month. It's something to look forward too and trust me, your body will thank you!

3. Grab coffee with a girlfriend. Hit up your local coffee shop, secure a spot in the corner and gab away! It's really cheap therapy :)

4. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi. This is one I haven't done in awhile and I'm definitely due! It's so relaxing and somehow I feel like I've got all of my "ish" together when I have my nails done ;) 

5. Practice yoga. It's good for you; mind, body, and soul. Flow through this practice to soothing music and a calm atmosphere. Hello heaven!

What are some ways that you guys practice self care?

xx, Ashley 

Polka Dots...

 

My Outfit: Swimsuit: Asos (LOVE this one too!) Shorts: Free People (similar styles here and here) | Tote: Asos, only $23 (love this one too!) | Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren (similar style here) | Sandals: Vince Camuto, similar style here

Lolo's Swimsuit: Target

I loved rocking this swimsuit on our family vacation! I love the vintage feel that it has and the delicate ruffles on the shoulder...not to mention the low scoop back! When I found a matching polka dot swimmy for Lo I just had to get it! 

I'm sharing some more polka dot pieces below, because there's something so sweet and feminine about them! Happy shopping and thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley

Easter...

 
Photo taken by my friend, Hailey (Isn't it adorable) 

Photo taken by my friend, Hailey (Isn't it adorable) 

My Outfit: Dress: Victoria Beckham for Target (only $35!) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Aldo, similar styles here and here


We had the most amazing Easter Sunday! To start, it was 85 degrees ... which always makes for a good day, but we also had such a fun time hosting family and playing outside with our girl. She was so excited to tear apart her Easter basket first thing in the morning and was most excited about her new children's bible and bubbles! Of course, I had to let her steal a Reese's peanut butter cup right away because, well, EASTER! We filled some eggs with yogurt bites and goldfish for a little egg hunt as well, which she loved! For dinner I made a pot roast in the crockpot with carrots and onions (you can find the recipe I used here) and for sides we had brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, apple cheddar biscuits, and deviled eggs! Dessert was a double-decker chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, which I added green food coloring too as "grass" so I could top the cake with mini cadbury eggs! Lolo thought it was pretty cute ;) Funny story ...  I tried to get a head start on dessert the night before so I baked the cake and then realized that I hadn't put the eggs in! #EasterFail

What did you guys make for dinner? We typically do ham, but broke away from that this year and it was pretty nice to stick a roast in the crockpot and forget about it for 10 hours! May have to make that a new tradition :) I wanted to share some photos from our day ... and also my dress which is only $35 from Target. It's from the new Victoria Beckham line ... she has designed so many cute pieces! I also loved this orange one-shoulder shift dress too, but ended up going with the pink because it matched London a little bit better :) I think it would make a great wedding guest dress too! You can shop it above but make sure to check out the photos from our day, below! 

xx,  Ashley