March Favorites

In keeping with my theme from my last blog, it’s time for me to talk about my favorite things! As you can see from the title of this post these are all of my favorite things from March. To start it all off, the number one of my favorite things that March has brought me is my blog!! I feel like my post last week really covered what this blog means to me and what amazing things it has in store for me. I just wanted to say thank you again to all of my friends and family who have been so supportive in this journey.

Something that Josh and I have really focused on this past month is spending quality time together. Whether this means scheduling time once a week for us to go out for a date night or stay in and just watch a movie at home while Josh makes us dinner (this usually means pizza or Uber eat but hey he tries). This month our favorite date nights have been going to hockey games. Beside rugby our two favorite sports to watch are hockey and baseball. How convenient is this that Toledo has both semi pro teams at our fingertips?? We love going and supporting our local teams and who doesn’t love a good hockey fight with a side of soft pretzel??

While date nights are something important to us, I make a solid effort every day of this month to make dinner at home for us. Some days I was crazy busy so to make this happen on days like that, I need to give a shout out to my crockpot!! Who doesn’t like to throw some stuff into a pot and just go on with their life…I know I do. Your girl is cooking a sorts of things like pot roast, bbq chicken, and my new favorite bacon wrapped meatloaf meatballs (yes I will be sharing this recipe soon!) This and my Keurig are the two most used items in my kitchen.

So most of the people in my life know that I have been in the beauty and cosmetic industry for at least 5 years now and I have specifically worked with the Estee Lauder Companies. With that being said, your girl knows her way around some skin care. So I am dry/combination skin type so I have always been on the hunt for something to make my skin feel super hydrated especially during the winter. So I bought the Tarte Maracuja Oil after reading a ton of reviews about how it has helped heal winter skin. Well it for sure lived up to the hype. I use this every night as my last step in my skin care routine. All I need is one pump and it covers my whole face. I wake up and my skin feels so soft and amazing. I noticed too that when I started using this oil, my skin started to clear up, my skin was brighter and firmer. My skin feels 100% better now that I have incorporated this into my daily routine. I would 10 out of 10 recommend this product to everyone.

Style wise this month I have switched it up. Don’t get me wrong I am still loving leggings as my go to bottoms (yes, leggings are pants in my humbled opinion). I am just your basic girl when it comes to fashion. I love a good tee, leggings, and a jacket. Recently, I have really gotten into those front tie henley shirts. They just look so cute and effortless and they go with everything. I have seen them styled with skirts and I love the boho vibe that it gives off. I have gotten mine from Target, Urban Outfitters, and even Amazon. Actually, one of my favorite ones is from Urban Outfitters because you can wear it tied or just buttoned all they way down and loose or my favorite way which is loose and then the front tucked in. I think these are a fall and winter staple that should be in everyones closet! I’ll link 3 of my favorites here:

Tan: Urban Outfitters Green: Target Rust: Amazon

If you know me, you know that one place that I frequently a few times a week. That place would be Target (my happiest place on earth). If you follow me on Instagram, which you totally should, you’ll know that one of my favorite places at Target is the Bullseye’s Playground aka the Dollar Spot. I honestly think last months picks were the best. They had so many things for the home. I know that I personally purchased little wall decor items, my favorite apothecary looking soap dispensers, and my $3 sunglasses. There is something for everyone in the dollar spot. If you have kiddos or other Easter baskets to fill right now would be the best time to check it out. 

I hope y’all enjoyed learning about all of my favorite things for March. If you try or purchase any of my favorites please let me know and tell me if you love them as much as I do. I also want to know what your favorite things in March were. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite things for the month of March!!

Hey now, hey now

When I was younger, there was something that my mom would ask my brother and I before bed everyday: “What was the best part of your day?”. Even at thirty-one, she still asks me this every time I talk to her. I even ask my husband this every night before we go to bed. Since this has been such an important question in my life, I thought it would only be appropriate to included it in my blog. Instead of the favorite part of my day, every Monday I will be sharing my favorite part of the previous week. With that being said, I bet you can already guess what my favorite part of last week was. If you guessed what you are currently reading(aka this blog) then you get all the gold stars!!

This has seriously been such an amazing experience for me! For as long as I can remember, this has been on my mind, my bucket list, and my vision board. Something that has always held me back from pursuing blogging most of the time was my mindset. I just couldn’t get the negative thoughts out of my mind. I had so much self doubt and self destructing thoughts.”What will people think of me?” “Who will even read this?” “Will any of my friends and family support me”. These were just some of the thoughts that were holding me back. I would always hype myself up to start, but then talk myself back down. I’m very lucky that I married such an amazing man who always builds me up. Josh and I are always discussing our thoughts, wants, ands visions for lives. One night I told him everything that I was thinking about this blog. All of my dreams, wants, and visions. He told me to go for it. I then proceeded to tell him the things that were holding me back. He again told me to go for it and do what makes me happy. Now it’s at this point where I should have just put fingers to the keyboard and typed away. If you know me, you’ll know that I am a stubborn girl (and I normally ignore Josh anyways…sorry babe, but it’s one of many perks of being a husband). So I did what any girl would do, I turned on Netflix to center myself…this is normal right? I turned on one of my favorite Hilary Duff movies…A Cinderella Story. As I was watching the movie, I still had the blog on my mind. Do y’all remember in the movie when she’s at the diner and then the guitar falls off the wall and then you see that quote that her dad had up in the diner. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” Y’all that hit me right in the feels! Who would have thought it would take Lizzie McGuire to speak to me to get me grinding. That quote spoke so deep to me, what is the worst that could happen? I could write this and the only people who would read it would be my parents and husband or I could use that fear to be my fire and not care if I strike out. Think of this, how many baseball players step up to the plate and know what is going to happen? I don’t think any of them. The only thing that is certain is that the pitcher is going to throw the ball. Whatever happens after that is the batters call. Are you going to swing and hit, swing and miss or play it safe and not swing, either way they decide the fate.

A Cinderella Story

So there I was on my sofa watching this movie and it hits me. I am letting fear get in my way of going all in for my dreams. So with my new confidence given to me by the one and only Hilary Duff (I mean…could I have a better role model??) I told Josh it’s go time and I opened up my laptop and began to plan and create this wonderful masterpiece. And this my friends is what dreams are made of!!

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

With all of that being said, I would like to give a shout out to all of my hype girls and guys. To all of my friends and family who send me such love and encouragement, you have no idea how much all of that means to me. Thank you again for all of the continued support and I can’t wait to continue this favorite thing with y’all!!

xo ashley