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In Mommyhood, Tips on
March 7, 2017

Just Born Sparkle Collection Baby Registry Picks

Mom-to-be and the newest Spit Up is the New Black contributor Tori partnered with Just Born for the following post. Samples were provided. This post contains affiliate links.

Crafting a baby registry is an essential element of preparing for impending parenthood — as much a part of the process as choosing a nursery theme and figuring out how to assemble furniture from illustrated-only instructions. It’s a great way to help out your friends and family who might want to share their excitement over the imminent arrival of the new tiny person you are creating by giving a gift. By registering, it lets well-wishers know exactly what you’d like and see what you’ve already received, hopefully preventing you from being the recipient of 13 nasal aspirators. It’s especially helpful to create a registry if someone will be throwing you a baby shower.

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In Mommyhood, Tips on
December 26, 2016

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party

This post about a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme birthday party features items from Oriental Trading Company, which I received at no cost.

Mickey Mouse Party - Table Decorations

I’m allllll about reusing and repurposing. When Little Man started showing interest in Mickey Mouse, I started having flashbacks to Bear’s 2nd birthday party – a Minnie Mouse theme. If you remember, I went through this whole to-do about how the theme HAD to be red Minnie, not pink Minnie, which was nearly impossible to find.

Well, all that searching paid off, because I was able to reuse a majority of the decorations from her 2nd birthday for Little Man’s 2nd birthday party – a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.
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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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In Mommyhood, Tips on
September 30, 2016

Frozen Party Ideas for a Little Princess – Decor, Party Food, and Activities

This post about Frozen theme birthday party features items from Oriental Trading Company, which I received at no cost, and affiliate links.

Birthday Princess - Elsa - Frozen Theme Kids Birthday Party

It’s hard enough keeping up with the Jones’ Pinterest these days, especially when it comes to kids birthday parties. Last year, we swung the completely opposite of a Pinterest-worthy party for Bear’s third birthday, getting the balloons last minute and picking up an ice cream cake from the freezer section of the grocery store. And guess what, she loved it!

However, this year, since her vocabulary has quadrupled since her Hello Kitty party and her interests have really blossomed, she had quite a few more requests – down to a castle cake that looked like the ice castle from Frozen (so note to self, save my money/don’t go crazy throwing elaborate birthday parties until Little Man is at least 4 years old when he starts getting really excited about his 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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In Tips on
August 30, 2016

First Day of Preschool Snack Idea

I partnered with Stonyfield Organics, Justin’s and PackIt, who provided the products featured in this post. This post contains affiliate links.

Toddler Preschool Snack Idea

It feels like just yesterday we were saying goodbye to the school year, yet here we are. Next week we’ll be saying hello to a new teacher, new classroom, new “grade” (Pre-K counts, right?), and new friends. 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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In Mommyhood, Tips on
August 8, 2016

One Income Family: How We Got Creative with our Finances

I’m sharing #Luvs in my life as part of a LUVs sponsored series for Socialstars™

Saving Money - Luvs Diapers

Going from DINKs (duel income, no kids) to a one income family was shocking to say the least. When my daughter was born, my husband quit his full time job to become a stay at home dad. Before she was born, we were going out to eat four or five times a week, buying designer bags (at full-price – I cringe), and living large. We really took advantage of our time together before kids. But now, with less money in my 70% off past season designer bag and 2 more mouths to feed, our life is complete and we’re wealthier than ever. Love is abundant, and so is our creativity when it comes to finances. 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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In Tips on
August 4, 2016

Preventive Care: What 30-Something Women Need to Know

The guidelines in this post about preventive health care were provided by UnitedHealthcare, the sponsor of this post.

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I’m two weeks away from my 31st birthday. Just a year ago, I was still a spring chicken in my twenties. I don’t mind aging, just as long as I don’t feel (or start looking) older. Making my health a priority is one way I take care of myself, in an effort to stay healthy. Here are some preventive care guidelines for women in their thirties from UnitedHealthcare that I do my best to follow.

Make time for YOU. If you’ve been on a plane, you’ve probably heard a flight attendant say “put your oxygen mask on before assisting others.” This holds true for multiple situations. Before you can care for others, you have to care for yourself. I get it – life is busy, and even busier if you have young kiddos at home. It’s hard to find time for exercise, but your 30s is when weight gain and depression can start to rear their ugly heads. This is also the time when women can start developing risk factors that could cause serious diseases later in life (e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol), so it’s important to remember to take time for YOU. 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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