Brand Spotlight: Topshop

Hi All! I wanted to share one of my favorite brands of the moment with you, Topshop! I have recently ordered a few things from them through Nordstrom and I've liked everything! The prices are reasonable and I feel like they always have a sale going on; for example, currently they're having 50% off select dresses, shoes, tops, etc! (You can click here to shop the sale). 

I just bought this body-con midi dress in navy blue and black (which I shared on my IG stories) and it's on sale for $23! I love it so much! Here's a photo of me wearing it with my baby bump ;) 


Here are some of my favorite Topshop styles - some are on sale and some are full price - but I think they're perfect for Spring! 

Arrow RIGHT to view more and see the caption below for why I like each item :)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great week! 





Spring Dresses Under $50...

I'm writing this post in denial that it's blizzard conditions outside and we have gotten over a foot of snow! I'm SO ready for warmer weather and Spring! February was such a mild month that I thought we were well on our way until THIS with another snowstorm on the forecast for next week too! I'm not letting it stop me from getting excited though! Looking at these cute dresses, I'm ready to rock them with cropped denim jackets and sneakers/flats! 

Here are some of my favorites under $50! 

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Cute + Casual...



Halfway To Wine: 20 Weeks...


Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

Cravings: French fries, chocolate chip pancakes, orange juice, lemonade, strawberries, oranges

Symptoms: Ligament pain, pelvic pressure, fatigue, slight nausea in the evenings


We have had QUITE a week which started out with the news that we are adding another GIRL to our little family of three! We are so super excited...and knowing the gender just makes everything that much more real! I flew solo to Charleston, SC to watch my husbands college basketball tournament. I saw one game, flew back to Boston, watched the semi-final game on TV (which they also won) and ended up booking last minute flights for myself and London to go BACK to Charleston for the championship game! It was a little bit INSANE, but totally worth it. London had the BEST time and even though my husband's team fell short, it was an amazing experience. Traveling with her is just so much fun and she brightened up a pretty miserable day. 

Now back to the pregnancy! We are 20 weeks already...and as the title of this post says...HALFWAY TO WINE! It's so interesting that I never craved wine when pregnant with Lo but this time around - I would LOVE to have a vat of pinot noir. I kind of thought I was carrying a boy because of how different this pregnancy has been from my first. I STILL have bouts of nausea (which I'm so over) and with London I felt great by 10 weeks. So that alone has been much different! My food cravings are a little bit insane as well. I was ALL THE GREASY foods; french fries, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, etc! I crave sweets at an all time high too! It's really difficult to ward them off and I try my hardest to make good decisions but sometimes the craving wins out! I do feel like I was much more active during my first pregnancy. Of course, I'm busy chasing a toddler around - but I haven't made time for the gym and have been squeezing in a few workouts here and there at home. I'm hoping that can pick up once the weather gets warmer and we have a chance to get outside for walks! 

Our next appointment is in a few weeks but from here on out they are just quick ones with our doctor. I can't believe we won't have another ultrasound and the next time we see baby girl will be when she's placed in our arms! Ahhh! This pregnancy is going by so quickly - so much so that in just FOUR months we will be ready to welcome her home! That's just wild to me. I need time to slow down a bit. I've been thinking a lot about what having another child means for London. Of course, I know she will love her sister and we are giving her the best gift, but I also know that there will be A LOT of things going on in her little brain and I just worry about it. I'm sure that's normal for all parents who are about to add another baby to their families. I'm working on a post that's pretty near to my heart - a letter so to speak to my "firstborn" and I'm having a hard time getting through it! It makes me really emotional. I can now understand why parents have such a special place in their hearts for their first child. My mom tried to explain it to me once, and I couldn't understand ... probably because I was their third ;) ...but now I get it. They're the baby that makes you a mom...that opens your heart to a love you never knew existed...and you experience every "first" with them. Needless to say, there are a LOT of emotions we are feeling and I'm sure that rollercoaster will continue for the next few months - until baby arrives! Thank you all for following our journey! It's been so much fun to share and document it along the way!



It's A...



AHHH!!! WE ARE SO THRILLED and EXCITED to share this news! We are adding another little princess to our family and it still feels like we are in a dream! 

We found out yesterday morning and it's already INSTANTLY felt more real! I love being able to refer to the baby as "she" or "her!" Picturing London with a little sister gives me ALL the feels and makes me so happy. I have the most incredible relationship with my own sister, who is my very best friend, and I just can't wait to watch the two of them form their own beautiful bond! Here are a few photos from yesterday, when we found out! Also - I'll share more details soon about names we love, how we told London, and if I feel like our family is complete, etc! 

P.S. With London, we had the ultrasound technician write the gender on an envelope in hopes that Chris and I would open it that night over dinner. Well, that didn't last long. We grabbed Starbucks and ended up tearing open the envelope in the car sooooo...we decided to do the same thing this time! Pretty uneventful for a gender reveal, but it's something unique and special to us :) 




Spring Shoe Round-Up...

Happy Wednesday! 

Ok, so the truth is - we found out what we're having this morning (a boy or a girl) and I kind of can't focus on anything else! We are so beyond excited to share with you all too ... it's just such a special time for our family and we are kind of in a dream! 

Anyway, I had this post planned so I still wanted to share it since Spring is right around the corner! There are some really cute fun sandals/shoes out right now + I think you'll love them! I hope you're all having a wonderful week and stay tuned for our little gender reveal in a few days! Ahhh!! 



Nordstrom Winter Sale...

It's been 70+ degrees the past few days here in Boston...and my gosh, it's amazing! Lo and I spent the majority of the time outside and yesterday we even went for ice cream! It got me so excited for Spring/Summer with her :) Nordstrom is having their Winter Sale and most everything is 40% off! I snagged this gray cardi for $35, and also another side-slit tee ($15), and I now have it in 4 colors. It's a "must have" for sure! There are SO many good deals - and I've included some of my favorites from the sale below! I hope you are all having a great week! 



Toddler Travel Essentials...


Lo and I recently took a trip to Walt Disney World with my parents and had the BEST time! Seriously, traveling with Lo is so much fun. Some of you might read that and think I'm crazy - but she thinks everything is the COOLEST and that makes it so enjoyable. She loves being at the airport, going through security (wonder how long that'll last), getting on the airplane...just the whole experience in general. This was the third time we have taken her to Florida and each time gets better and better. We had such a smooth trip, that I wanted to share some "must haves" when it comes to toddler travel. I know it can be stressful at times, I get it; but I think if you try to make it as fun as possible than they will feed off of that energy. First things first...I highly recommend traveling with a BACK PACK as a carry-on. Just trust me on this. You need two hands (and sometimes three). I really love this one from Skip Hop (this one is a close second and less expensive) because it has so many compartments. If you're looking for a bag you can use every day, Anchored East makes a great one for under $50! 

The next thing that's a "must have" is a lightweight, compact, and easy to fold stroller. Our BABYZEN YOYO+ is a lifesaver and I can't say enough about it. It's folds up in 5 seconds and is small enough to fit in the overhead compartment on the airplane. Once it's folded, it has a shoulder strap for easy carrying and it weighs just 15 lbs. I can't tell you how many people comment on it when they see us fold it up or open it; just how easy it is! There's also a pretty convenient compartment underneath to store small items if needed. Anyway, I could go on and on...but you get it :) 


This airplane experience was one of the best with London. I timed both flights to be during her nap so she would at least sleep for some of it and we managed to get her to sleep for an hour each way – which was a win! For the rest of the time we relied on snacks, books, plane-friendly games/toys, and of course – the iPad. Lo is old enough to understand how headphones work and she LOVED wearing them. We found these $18 volume-limited kids headphones on Amazon and they were perfect! I also snagged this iPad Kids Case which made it much easier for London to hold. 

One more tip: I highly suggest bringing a travel pack of Purell sanitzing wipes. It gives me peace of mind to wipe down the germ-infested airplane. I also bought the travel-sized Purell that you can attach to the strap of your backpack. Can't tell you how many times we used this throughout the day at the airport and at Disney! 

This isn't a travel tip, BUT I've gotten so many questions about this swimsuit so I thought I would share! I really love it for the price ($16.99) I mean, you can't beat it! I wanted an inexpensive swimsuit that I could wear to match London, without too many straps (no tan lines!) I think the color is perfect and the best part is, it comes in black also - which I think I might have to get for summer! I definitely suggest sizing UP! I ordered a medium for my growing, pregnant body - and I'm really happy with the fit. 


I hope you guys found this post useful for your future travel adventures :) Thank you for stopping by and have a great week! 



Moms Day Out...


Last weekend I got a chance to spend quality time with some of my favorite mamas sans-kids for a fun "Moms Day Out" experience! We spent the morning/early afternoon together - enjoying an amazing Core Cycle class at Exhale Boston Battery Wharf and then headed over for a fun brunch at State Street Provisions! It was the perfect Boston day that was MUCH needed for all of us!

Exhale has a GORGEOUS space and spa. I had been to the location in the Back Bay, but really loved the fact that this was part of Battery Wharf Hotel oh, and the valet parking (which you can get validated at the gym). We took the new Core Cycle class and it was amazing! I haven't done a spin class in months, so it felt great to sweat it out for 45 heart-pumping minutes. Our instructor Erin was super motivating and once she shut the lights off and cranked up the music the energy was electric! We were all dripping sweat, but it felt awesome.


We also got SO many compliments on our matching shirts from Jam Threads (which you can see above!) It was a cute little touch that just made our day even that much more fun! Also, not only are they super cute but the material is so soft; all of the ladies said the same thing! Cute + comfy, for the win!

After class, we were able to take advantage of the beautiful deluxe full-service spa that Exhale has to offer! They provide you with plush bath robes and comfortable slides, and even if you're not booked for a service you're able to use their sauna, detoxifying hammam, the "quiet spa lounge," and rain showers (complete with heated towel racks!) I think the calming zen lounge was super appealing to us mama's, since we all have toddlers :) We enjoyed sipping tea, lemon-infused water and just looking at magazines. A few of the girls LOVED the sauna, which I sadly had to skip because...pregnant! I did take the longest, most luxurious shower I've had in awhile, using the shampoo/conditioner and body wash provided! There are lots of other amenities too such as body butter, hair spray, hair dryers and even mini straighteners to use if needed! We spent over an hour just relaxing and it was incredible. We will definitely be back to enjoy another class/spa experience soon!



After an intense workout, we were so ready for our yummy brunch at State Street Provisions! The restaurant has a chill vibe and also a large fully-stocked bar! They made me the yummiest "mocktail" and the other girls loved their hand-crafted drinks. The brunch menu is super diverse and it took us quite awhile to decide what we wanted because EVERYTHING sounded so good! I highly recommend the burger served on an english muffin; it was absolutely delicious! We were also surprised with a little dessert from the chef - a cappuccino mousse with orange and almond biscotti. It was the perfect ending to our meal...I think we nearly licked the plate clean :) Not only is the food incredible, but the location is perfect! It's right around the corner from the New England Aquarium, across the street from Faneuil Hall, and walking distance to TD Garden! 


We had such a refreshing day hanging out in our city and enjoying some "kid-free" mommy time! What are some things that make you feel refreshed?! 

xx, Ashley 

Special thanks to Jam Threads, Exhale, and State Street Provisions to helping to make this day so much fun! 

February Vibes...

Happy Love Day week! :) 

I love the month of February so I wanted to put together some things that you can wear not only on Valentine's Day but the entire month! Lots of pink, red, and cream colors! I also included this organic coconut bath soak (under $20) and my favorite Voluspa candle because February is the month to treat yourself! Also, if you need a new lip color - this duo pack from Nars is under $16 and the prettiest pink and red hues! I hope you all have a beautiful week full of love and surprises! 

Thank you for stopping by! 



Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks...


I'm currently writing this post from warm + sunny Florida! We are so excited to be here for the week, taking on Disney with London once again. She's in HEAVEN (so is Mommy) and it's just so much fun to make more memories here with her. My parents are also along for the trip, which is really fun too! 

I can't believe we are already 16 weeks (and 3 days) into our second pregnancy! It's SO crazy how fast time is flying. I thought it went by super fast with Lo, but the second time around it goes even quicker because of the toddler craziness! We find out in just a few weeks if it's a boy or girl - and I can't even believe we are at that point already! Ahh! It's slightly terrifying ;) 

Overall, I'm feeling pretty good! I'm SO happy to have my energy back. The nausea is still sometimes there - which is less than fun - but I think I've just learned to live with it! I will say, I'm finally noticing my bump starting to poke out! Yay! I have been waiting for it! Chris has been telling me for the past few weeks that I'm "pushing out" but I think now we've determined that it is in fact, the baby :) I think it can be difficult at the beginning to embrace all of the changes happening to your body - but I just try to remember how amazing it all is. The fact that our bodies can do this is such a miracle. 

Speaking of changes, I'm starting to be a bit uncomfortable when I sleep. I am such a stomach sleeper - but now I can't lie flat without it feeling weird! It may be almost time to break out the snoogle pillow - which saved my life when I was pregnant with Lo. Seems a bit early this time around, but I've heard second time is different! My skin has been REALLY dry and itchy - which know is also a "thing" during pregnancy so I've been using the Mama Mio tummy rub before I go to bed and when I wake up. I'm noticing a huge difference. The body butter is really thick (which I love), has a Shea butter base and smells delicious like mint. So far so good! 

Cravings haven't really changed too much - I still want lots of orange juice and fruit, but I also crave a burger and fries too. I like to say it's a nice balance ;) I try to keep almonds or some sort of trail mix snack around to munch on because I am hungry all the time. At least I don't get nauseous if I don't eat every half hour like during the first trimester! It's toned down a bit! I've also been having oatmeal as a mid-afternoon snack/meal. It helps to keep me full a little longer so I can make it to dinner time without feeling "hangry." 

I'll keep these little "bumpdates" coming - because it's a fun way for me to share the pregnancy with you all. I'm so thankful for the journey and that I get to occupy this little blog space! It's so fun and makes it extra exciting for us! Thank you for following along!




How to do Disney with a toddler...


Where to stay...

We went to Disney with a total of six adults and 3 children, so we were all about renting a house. We went through the Windsor Hills Resort in Kissimmee, located only 10 minutes from the Magic Kingdom parking lot. We LOVED it. For those who want to stay at a monorail-friendly Disney hotel, I've stayed at the Contemporary Resort five separate times and it's fabulous. Very kid-friendly and I recommend trying to book a "character" dinner at Chef Mickey's if you want a great meal and more importantly, if you want you kid(s) to meet Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Goofy and Pluto without having to wait in line :) 

Helpful Tips...

1. Schedule character "meet and greets" ahead of time (see above). Pay the extra money and BOOK IN ADVANCE for a character dinner or breakfast. The characters will come to your table while you eat ... it's definitely worth the money. If you book the character meet and greets at the park ahead of time using your Fast Passes, you should be all set too! 


2. Invest in a good, "easy to use" stroller. We used the BABYZEN YOYO+ and it was amazing! It's so easy to unfold and fold (you can do it with one hand) and also fits in the airplane's overhead bin. It comes with a shoulder strap so you can carry it just like a purse, and weighs just 15 lbs. I also love that while it's super compact, it has a great storage area underneath. Oh, and did I mention it comes with a rain cover?! It's basically the perfect travel stroller, and you can check it out here

3. Schedule in nap time. We wanted to make sure that Lolo still got her naps so we purposely didn't schedule anything from 12-2:30pm. Actually, we rented a house just a few miles from Disney, so we would leave the park and do lunch/nap at the house. It worked out really well for a few reasons...1. We never had to deal with any toddler meltdowns because she got her normal rest time, and 2. We skipped the hottest part of the day! She did fall asleep one day in her stroller before we could make it to the car so we just walked around with her for an hour or so, and she was fine :) 

4. Bring a backpack as your diaper bag. Trust me on this one, you need all hands on deck not to mention a million snacks, sunscreen, water, your phone, wallet, etc., so you'll need lots of compartments! We love our Skip Hop Chelsea bag, and Skip Hop also makes a pretty awesome backpack for under $60! I also love this one from CoolBell too because it's super functional and has an insulated front pocket to keep a bottle or snacks cool! 

5. Plan Fast Passes in advance. Have a plan of which rides you want to hit and do your fast passes online in advance so you don't have to waste time trying to figure it out at the park.  We made the mistake of waiting to figure out the fast passes once we got to the park and by the time we did, a lot of the rides we wanted to hit were booked up and the wait was insane. The second and third days we planned the night before and it was MUCH smoother. 

6. Bring snacks/lots of fluids. One thing I appreciate, is that Disney allows you to bring your own snacks AND water into the park. (Also, if you pay the extra for preferred parking, they'll give you cold bottles of water before you park the car, which is nice to know!) I brought lots of options for Lo in separate snack bags like grapes, goldfish, harvest snap peas, yogurt bites, apple sauce pouches, and raisins. 

7. Utilize the Baby Care Center. If you need a break from the heat, a sink, microwave, or a clean place to change your baby the Baby Care Center is a great resource! You can also find snacks, diapers, sunscreen, rockers and more! (There are locations in all 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios)


General Park -Touring Tips + a few of Lo's favorite rides/shows...

If you're planning a 3-day Disney trip, I recommend two full days at Magic Kingdom and one at the Animal Kingdom. If you've got 4 days, go with 2 full MK, 1 day at AK, and 1 day at Hollywood Studios. If you're going for a toddler-based trip, I'd choose Hollywood Studios because they have SO many amazing rides and shows for kids (Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Toy Story, etc.) We didn't get a chance to go, but definitely will on our next trip! 

Magic Kingdom: It's a Small World, Peter Pan, Under the Sea; Country Bear Jamboree, Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise; There are also shows running every few hours or so on the stage in front of the castle. We caught one in the afternoon which included Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and the Frozen characters! 

Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safari, Festival of the Lion King, The Boneyard, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (walking trail)

Epcot: Meet + Greet with Anna and Elsa, Finding Nemo, Spaceship Earth (it's dark so could be scary for some kids, but Lo loved it), Frozen (it was broken when we were there, but I'm assuming it would have been a fave ;) 

                     Walking trails at Animal Kingdom 

                    Walking trails at Animal Kingdom 

   Elephants on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom

  Elephants on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom

xx, Ashley

Valentine's Day Style Inspo Under $100...

With Valentine's Day just 2 weeks away, it's time to start thinking about what you'll be wearing! If you've got something fun planned - Galentine's Day dinner, a date with your significant other, etc. it's always nice to treat yourself to a special outfit that makes you feel your best! 

Here are a few pieces, all under $100 that would be perfect for a night out! 



Mama + Me Class: Coolidge Corner Yoga...

Being that I'm a stay at home mommy to London, I think it's so important that I integrate classes in our schedule so that she can be around other children her age! It's also fun to try new things with her and I always seem to meet some pretty fantastic mama's I can relate to as well. We've been taking a music class together since she was 6 months old, but I also wanted to do something active - especially during these cold winter months - to burn off some of that toddler energy! I began researching places in the Greater Boston area and stumbled upon Coolidge Corner Yoga in Brookline! I was so excited when I found that they offered a "Toddler Yoga" class for children up to 3.5 years old. London is super energetic and I like to be active too - so I thought this sounded like something fun to try together...and it was!


Our teacher, Joanne was super laid back, patient, and engaging (all great qualities to have when dealing with a bunch of toddlers!) The "hello song" that kicked off every class was one that all of the kids seem to enjoy; "Om, London, celebrate London, sing it with an open and a joyful heart..." What a wonderful message - I just loved it and around week 5, London started singing it at home to all of her stuffed animals. Super cute! Joanne led us through some really fun partner poses that we could try with our little ones. Sometimes Lo was really into trying and sometimes she just wanted to run around the room - which was totally fine too! Either way, we were reaping the benefits; I was getting a stretch in and London was burning energy. Also, even though she was running around the room, I knew that she was still listening and observing which is still a win!  

There were a few signature things that Lo looked forward to every class...

1. Animal Puppets. Each class, Miss Joanne would bring a different collection of animal puppets and the kids would go crazy for them! There were poses associated with each animal, which was also really fun. I think London's favorite was the lion :) 


2. "Down dog at the wall...bat pose" was another favorite class moment. I was so excited the first time London did it! The first few weeks she just took it all in and observed, but by the 3rd week she was doing it on her own and you could tell she felt very accomplished :) 


3. The cool down. I think this might have been London's absolute favorite part. With the lights dim and the soft music playing, Lo would lie on her mat and ask me to rub her back. She waited patiently for Miss Joanne to come around and rub lotion on her feet. She would be offered strawberry or banana scented lotion (sometimes chocolate) and London would always say "I'd like strawberry AND banana lotion." I thought this was super cute and unique way to calm the kids down and also such a good sensory exercise that they all really loved. 


I would highly recommend trying this class if you live in the Boston area! It will certainly nourish your child's budding imagination and will be lots of fun for him/her! There are also classes offered for children in other age groups as well and you can learn more about those here. It's worth mentioning that CCY has a sister-studio, Sadhana, in the South End neighborhood of Boston so totally check that out if geographically that makes more sense for your family. They also offer classes suitable for the whole family! As always, if you have any questions about the class - please leave them in the comments below and I'd be happy to answer! Thanks for stopping by! 



Valentine's Day For The Ladies...

Valentine's Day is a time to treat yourself! Even if you don't have a "valentine" you can still celebrate by pampering yourself with a spa treatment, chocolates, or by scoring those cute shoes you've had on your wish list for awhile! Better yet, grab your girlfriends and have a girls night - complete with at-home mani/pedis and a rom/com :) 

I know some people could care less about Valentine's Day, but I personally LOVE it and kind of always have! My mom always made it special by leaving us little notes and candy or putting them in our lunches when we were young. My husband and I usually celebrate with a dinner date night - which is a treat for us because it's such a busy time of year for him! Also, I just adore walking into stores right now with all the pink and red! It's so pretty!  

I rounded up a few super cute gift ideas for Valentine's Day - and you can shop below! Xoxo!



Vacation Style...

In a few weeks, we are heading south to Disney World for a little vacation time with London! Chris, unfortunately won't be able to make it, but my parents will be with us and we are so excited to escape to warmer weather! It will also be during my birthday week - so what better gift than sunshine + Mickey Mouse? :) I've already purchased a few things for the trip so in the meantime, I put together some cute items to snag if you're gearing up for a little vacation of your own! It's never too early to start shopping for summer either! I like to buy things throughout the year, rather than waiting until the warm weather has already arrived! 

So, here are some cute things to vamp up your vacation style! Enjoy + thanks for stopping by :) 



First Trimester Must Haves...

Hi Babes! 

Since the first trimester can be pretty unpleasant for some (raises hand) ... I have put together a list of must-haves to help get you through! Obviously crackers are a real lifesaver and I went through LOTS of saltines and peanut butter crackers. I also always try to drink a lot of water and sometimes, if that seems to get "old" I would add in peppermint tea in the mornings or evenings. Peppermint can help an upset stomach, so I found that the tea with honey was nice to sip on! Get yourself a water bottle to carry around! I always find that when I have one I drink much more than if I were to pour multiple glasses a day. 

A few more "must haves" include a nice, fluffy robe and a pair of comfy slippers. I basically lived in my bathrobe for the first 12 weeks (and kind of still do - oops!). It's so necessary because sometimes all you want to do is curl up on the couch! If you're looking for a good lotion/body butter to use on your itchy, dry pregnancy skin - Earth Mama Belly Butter is what I used when I was pregnant with Lo. It's amazing and inexpensive! The smell isn't strong - but it's such a nice consistency and I didn't get one stretch mark! Another really fun and early sign of pregnancy are sore nipples. JOY. If you're suffering from the sorest lady bits (read: nipples) on the planet, I'd definitely invest in a few cotton bralettes! I get mine from Gap and they're only $9.99 on sale right now! 

You can shop any "must haves" from the graphic below! If you're currently struggling through your first trimester - I'm right there with you! Hang in! There's relief on the horizon! :) 

Pregnancy Update: 12 Weeks...


First of all...I'm SO happy that the news of baby Markwood #2 is now public! It's so difficult to keep it all in when you just want to tell anyone that will listen because you're so excited :) Also...when you're feeling like absolute crap, it's also nice for people to know so you can be yourself and act how you truly feel! We only have one more week before I enter my 2nd trimester - so I thought I would do a little pregnancy update for you all! I'll just start by saying that my first trimester this time around has gone by at record pace! With a 2.5 year old, there's no rest for the weary and she keeps me SO busy that the days seem to be flying by! 

I had a pretty smooth first trimester, relatively speaking. Starting at week 5 I was hit with crazy fatigue! I felt like SUCH a slug! I just wanted to curl up in a ball on the couch all day and let's be honest, sometimes I did! Thankfully, Lo is so good at playing on her own, always has been, so she would play with stickers, puzzles, books, etc while I would lay on the couch most afternoons. Of course, we threw in the occasional Disney movie which was a real lifesaver. (Disney - bless your heart). The fatigue was pretty intense until around week 10! I mean, I'm still more tired than usual BUT happy to say that I have much more energy than I did during those first few weeks. Thank God!


The nausea, sadly, is still present. Again, not as intense as it was weeks 5-9, but it's still lingering! I'm SO ready for it to be completely gone. I'm definitely counting my blessings that I never actually threw up, which I do know a lot of women deal with and I can't imagine! With London, I felt like all I could eat were english muffins, peanut butter and ginger ale but the nausea was completely gone by week 10; with baby #2, I can stomach a lot more but I just feel like I need to eat every hour! The time between eating there's this weird underlying nausea. It's so bizarre but that's the best way I can explain it!

Let's talk about cravings. I want ALL the greasy food. I'm telling you, this pregnancy is already SO different than London's, because I didn't really have many cravings with her. This time around, I literally want to eat burgers, fries, chicken nuggets, and drink milk shakes all the time. The struggle is real! I am thankfully also craving fruit like oranges and pineapple. I'll be at the grocery store walking through the produce section and just HAVE to open the cut-up fruit right then and there. It's so funny, but cravings are definitely REAL! 

I'll be doing more "bump" updates as we go! I am so excited to share this pregnancy with you all considering my blog wasn't even in existence when pregnant with Lolo! Thank you for all of the kind messages and notes of congratulations - we are so overwhelmed by all the love and support! We appreciate it so much! 



Winter Brights...

Winter in New England has been pretty brutal thus far and we aren't even half way through January! It's been SO cold (like, below zero cold) that I haven't felt like wearing anything other than sweats or leggings with long, comfy sweaters! Being 11 weeks pregnant doesn't help either! I have been trying to think ahead to all of the traveling for us coming up, and that is getting me excited...especially for warmer temps! 

I've decided to do a post with some POPS of color to give us (read: me) some life!! I gravitate toward black and neutrals in the winter but I think adding a bright item such as an accessory to your outfit is super cute too! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Hair Care...


I've been wanting to do a post on all the hair products that I use (when I actually do my hair), so today is the day! There's nothing I love more than fresh hair and when I take the time to do it, I'm always so happy! It instantly makes me feel better! Not only does it make me feel better, but with the products I use, I can make a wash/style last a good 5 days :) The best part is, none of the products I use are super pricey and I've had the SAME CHI curling iron since 2009. I LOVE IT. It's the very first curling iron I ever owned and the one I learned to curl my hair on! (I linked the one that I have, except it's updated because mine is 8 years old!) 

Here are the products that I use:

Shampoo: Theorie Grapefruit Revitalizing Shampoo; Leaves my hair feeling clean and it gets sudsy, which I love! I say that because I've used shampoo's before that never suds up! FYI, I usually shampoo twice before I condition, since my hair is usually pretty dirty :) 

Conditioner: Theorie Purple Sage Brightening Conditioner; I only put this on my ends and a VERY little on the root (because my hair can get greasy). 

Volume/Root Lift: Bed Head Superstar Queen For The Day; Another fave product that I've been using for almost 10 years! I spray this on the roots and then a little bit all over. I notice a MAJOR difference after I blow dry with and without this. It gives my hair such a great lift and good volume!

Smoothing: Bed Head After-Party; I'm addicted to the way this smells! Also, I stick to putting this mid-hair shaft and down... not on the root! It seals the ends of my hair and I love it!

Then...for the real MVP...


This deserves it's own paragraph! BATISTE is the best dry shampoo I've ever used, hands down and guess what - it's the least expensive! (Like, $5.99 at T.J. Maxx). I have put so many of my friends onto this product and it's the one that I use the most on almost a daily basis because #momlife! It's weightless, gives you GREAT volume and soaks up all of that yummy grease! Highly, HIGHLY recommend that you buy this, if nothing else, and give it a try! 

Have a great Wednesday!

xx, Ashley 

Markwood, Party Of Four...



Today, I am so excited to share some amazing news! We are growing our family this July, and we couldn't be more thrilled! We had been trying for about 6 months before I took a test and it was POSITIVE! Best feeling ever! The fact that it took us a little longer to get pregnant with baby #2 than it did with London is a blessing. God's timing is perfect, and with a July 30th due date, we will bypass the craziness of my husband's busiest month (July). We are so thankful and blessed to be completing our little family! 

I'll be honest, it took me awhile to feel like I was truly ready to begin trying for baby #2. London and I have such a great thing going and are in such a groove together at home, that I wasn't sure I wanted to mess with that! I think what I really struggling with was fear. Fear of the unknown, worried about Lo feeling some type of way, etc. I just kept feeling God pull at my heart and tell me that we were meant to have another baby. I felt him preparing me slowly...and sure enough, just before Lo turned two, I felt ready! Seeing Lo with Shia (her cousin) has only further solidified our excitement. She is going to be the sweetest big sister in the world. I can't wait to watch their little love story unfold. 

We are so over the moon and excited to share this journey with you. Stay tuned for "bump" updates and more coming soon! 

xx, Ashley 

All of these amazing photos were taken by our dear friend, Patti Takacs with Kivalo Photography