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October 8, 2016

Batman & Batgirl on a Candy Mission at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends

I received press passes from Cedar Point and Halloween costumes from Oriental Trading Company to facilitate this post. This post about HalloWeekends contains affiliate links.

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I love living in the Midwest, especially in the fall. I can’t get enough of picking apples, hayrides, fall festivals, and, one of my all-time favorites, HalloWeekends. Now in it’s 20th year, HalloWeekends runs September through October at the roller coaster capital of the country Cedar Point. It’s a place where kids (and adults, but haunted houses aren’t my thing) can partake in tons of Halloween fun like trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, and a Monster Mash dance party. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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April 15, 2016

Whether or not to have a third kid: an honest essay

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It’s an internal battle that I’ve been having for the past few months. As I look at my two young children, I can’t help but think, is this it? Or, will we/should we have more children? It’s a question I ask myself daily.

For one, my daughter was the age that my son is now when I became pregnant with him. It happened sooner that we had anticipated, which was a blessing, yet a total shock since it took up almost a year to get pregnant with our first. As I look longingly at my youngest, I try to think back at what it was like to just have one child, and it’s nearly impossible. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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February 3, 2016

Guest Post: I Was Never Going to be a Stay at Home Mom

A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger, Renee of Mother of Drool reached out to me about my blog. We started talking about the decision, the tough one – to stay at home or to return back to work. Our stories were different, but still so relatable. We both asked ourselves the same questions, made sacrifices and ultimately did what was best for our families. I returned to work (and my husband stayed home), while she decided to stay at home with her daughter. Today, she’s sharing how she came to this decision.

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I was going to write about my decision to be a stay at home mom a few years ago. It is a decision many new parents struggle with. But then I got scared. What if I offended someone? Well, I’m facing my fear; so here we go! Read more

Renee is a stay at home mom who isn’t sure if she’s from the Midwest or Southern California. She is working toward world peace by mending meltdowns and playing with toy trucks. She loves to write about her shocking entry to parenthood and much more on her blog http://www.motherofdrool.com. You can follow her on Facebook, or find her on Twitter and Instagram @MotherOfDrool.
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December 17, 2015

Mom, Thank You for #DoinGood

I’ve partnered with Minute Maid and Socialstars for this sponsored post to help parents realize they’re #DoinGood #minutemaid

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This time of year brings up a lot of emotions. Last year, finally after five years, I came to terms with my father’s suicide and posted about it. As the anniversary of his death approaches and passes for the sixth time, my “acceptance” seems to be shaken again.

I spent many years hiding the shame. Shame while he was alive, and shame after he was gone. Growing up a child of an alcoholic the only thing certain is uncertainty. But my rock when days were dark, and when they were bright, was my mom. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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November 18, 2015

I Threw My Child a Birthday Party that wasn’t Pinterest-worthy

I’ve partnered with Minute Maid and Socialstars for this sponsored post to help parents realize they’re #DoinGood #minutemaid

Parenting is hard. Kids have tantrums because the cereal ran out, pee their car seats on long drives, and even breakdown in the grocery store for no reason other than they’re “all done.” Becoming a mom myself gave me a renewed sense of empathy. Rather than shame the mom whose baby is crying for 3 hours on the airplane, I now sympathize with her.

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There are so many things to worry about as a parent, and so many times I feel embarrassed because of public tantrums, but at the end of the day, I’m just doing the best I can. Yes, parenting is hard. I stress over everything – from “am I feeding him the right foods” to “am I throwing them the best possible birthday party that she deserves.”

Like Bear’s third birthday party. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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October 28, 2015

I Didn’t Make Their Halloween Costumes, and That’s Okay

I’ve partnered with Minute Maid and Socialstars for this sponsored post to help parents realize they’re #DoinGood #minutemaid

Mommy guilt. I think we all have in some way or another. For me, I feel guilty that I have to work 9-5 and I can’t stay home. I feel guilty that I’m not there to pick her up at preschool. I feel guilty that I couldn’t get him to breastfeed after 5 months. I feel guilty that I make boxed brownies.

But does any of that really matter? Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.