Author Archive | Ashley


Mixed Matched and It’s OK

I would show up at daycare and see the hodgepodge getup my daughter was wearing. At first I thought oh my husband didn’t see what I specifically laid out. Later to find out we have a very independent 2 year old on our hands. Sorry for placing blame! Getting dressed started to become a battle. I […]

Continue Reading 0

“You Are Such a Mom”

The other day I was referred to as being “SUCH A MOM”. This statement was not said to me in a negative connotation at all, rather during a brief encounter with a fellow colleague. The words just rolled off his tongue with no ill intentions but as I walked away from the encounter it made me think. […]

Continue Reading 0

Madison Area Guide to Volunteering & Giving Back

In preparation for this holiday season of new gifts, let’s all take a moment to see where our unused items can go. You may have new or gently used items that are taking up space in your home or simply collecting dust. Where in our area can you donate them? I did a little homework and […]

Continue Reading 2

15 Busy Bags for Busy Toddlers

Toddlers are BUSY! They rarely keep still for more than a few minutes, get into EVERYTHING and need to be watched with a cautious eye. Busy bags are a great way to keep a toddler entertained and out of trouble! I have searched for several ideas online and made up a few while finding supplies […]

Continue Reading 0
front porch


Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? If not, have no fear I can fill you in. This campaign launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The teal pumpkin shows your house is participating in offering non-food treats. Don’t worry if you still want to have candy you can do both, […]

Continue Reading 0

Preparing for the “New School”

Change is inevitable. Our lives are faced with different changes but is it truly is how we handle those situations that determines the outcome. Daycare in Madison is SUPER competitive. These days there seems to be more children then there are spots at daycare centers. I remember our scouting like it was yesterday. I was […]

Continue Reading 0

Responding to that Burning Question

        It’s the question asked on a daily basis. My daughter turned one last year and since then it’s the burning question on everyone’s mind. If it’s not family or friends asking, it’s the checkout lady at Target. “When are you going to have a second?” I cringe every time I hear this question and immediately want […]

Continue Reading 1

Create Homemade Organic Lip Balm

What is coconut oil? What is with the hype? So many articles are talking about this multi-functional product. It can be eaten, de-frizz your hair and is a main ingredient in many homemade beauty products. A friend & colleague of mine has been infatuated with coconut oil and the 101 ways you can use it. […]

Continue Reading 0

Trash to Treasure

It’s summer in Wisconsin, the smell of grills fired up, the sounds of children playing and a garage sale sign on every corner. This is my time of year, I am now an avid garage sale enthusiast! Once I spot a sign,  thank goodness for fold down seats!   Originally my goal was looking for […]

Continue Reading 0
earth day

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Earth day (April 22nd) has always been a day I remember… as I know my mom does, too. It is my birthday. This year it’s the big 30! Eeekkk… we all get better with age right?! It brings a smile to my face that at age two my daughter (when given the task to put something […]

Continue Reading 0

Oh the things you need

Feeling overwhelmed creating your registry…. How do you navigate the billions of baby products out there? I have shared my list with friends and family since I had my daughter. I think it’s helpful to have an idea of where to begin. There are so many choices out there. I would refer to my shopping […]

Continue Reading 0