Monday, January 25, 2016

Making a House a Home

A while ago I asked the question on facebook, "If you had to choose between a fixer upper that was low in your budget or still within your budget a move in ready house, what would you choose?"

I got a lot of mixed responses. But Claudy and I knew that we weren't meant for fixer uppers. We just didn't have the time or energy to commit to it. So we went with move-in ready. However, I knew that I wanted to make it our own.

Deciding on a theme for the house was rather difficult, Claudy wanted it to feel like the Carribean and while I like bright colors, I would rather they be accents than the main colors. However, we came to a compromise and I love how it has turned out!

Here are some before and afters. (Photos taken with my iphone)

 KITCHEN
 before


after

DINING

before

after
I love this table my parents found us at a occasional sale in Zimmerman and I love my curtains from Target. 

LIVING ROOM
before
after
I felt like this set up the previous owners had made the room feel small and with a one year old we needed some place space, so we changed tv wall and it opened it up a ton!

The dresser was a purchase at an occasional sale in Buffalo!


BEDROOM
before
 after

OFFICE
before
after

MASTER BEDROOM

after
This took me two colors to get the feel I wanted


LIA'S ROOM
before


after


As you can see we went with a lot of COLOR. 

We still have to do the basement, hoping to get to that in March!!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 Goals


Well, my blog has somewhat been neglected, but I do love this place to share my heart and share what I'm learning! 


Here are my goals for 2016: 

* Daily Bible Reading Plan

* Spend time each day praying for my husband and daughter
 
* 366 days of Shakeology

* 1 photo everyday with my DSLR

* Blog more 

* Help 100 people to a healthier lifestyle

* Help 10-15 people start a online fitness business

* Pay off our student loans

* Run a half marathon

* Only 1 soda per day (I know, it should be less) 

I'd love to hear your goals!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

{25 Days of Christmas} - Day 8 - Gift Given

I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the best gift giver. Don't get me wrong, I love to give gifts, and I'm not bad and giving, I'm just not great at finding that gift that makes a person go, "This is AMAZING." 

For those of you out there that need some suggestions, here are some. 

1. Personalized Shirts/Mugs, etc. from PolkaBean

It seems like personalization is one of the most popular things right now. Weather that's personalized shirts, mugs, bags, etc. I'll be the first to say that I love it. PolkaBean is ran by some of my friends in Florida and they have some great items designed, but they also do custom work! They are offering a special 25% off discount to my readers, if you use the code "ASHLEE" check them out! These make the perfect gift for teachers, friends, girlfriends, moms, grandmas, etc. The coupon is good until Dec 31st.


2. A salon day
  One of the best gifts my husband gave me was a gift to one of our local salons. It was enough to cover a massage, pedicure and a hair cut. It was the perfect day of relaxation and pampering I wanted! I guarantee any woman would love this!


3. Coupons
Sometimes the best gifts aren't actually bought. These coupons are designed for a mom, but could easily be designed for anyone in your life! This is a great gift for kids to give there moms. Or maybe if you are parent, you give an "experience" to your kid instead of more toys, so the coupons may say a coffee date, or a night at the arcade, etc...


These are just some suggestions. What was the best gift you received!

Don't forget about the 25% discount from PolkaBean good through the end of the month!

Monday, December 7, 2015

{25 Days of Christmas} - Day 7 - Advent


I had every intention to blog over the weekend, but decided to go shopping instead. :) 

Every year, I like to pick an Advent Study as a way of preparing my heart for the season. Since Lia is only 1, we aren't doing this as a family yet, but I hope to when she is a little older. 

Waiting Here for You - By Louie Giglio is the study I am working through this year! It seems to be the perfect fit, in preparing and calming my heart!


Other good studies I would recommend. 

I did this one last year!

 

This is from NAPTIME DIARIES


You don't have to use the book for this one, you can just download the SHEREADSTRUTH App

If you have any questions about any of these, let me know!

Friday, December 4, 2015

{25 Days of Christmas} - Day 4 - Favorite Christmas Goodies



One of my favorite things about the holidays are all the goodies. I know as a health and fitness coach I shouldn't say that, but it's true! Here are some of my favorites. 

1. Poppy-Chow Ritz Cracker
Ok...serieouslly this combines two of my favorite goodies: poppy chow and chocolate/PB/Ritz's into one! Genius

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2. Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark
I am a huge sucker for anything salted caramel!

http://www.mamasaywhat.com/salted-caramel-pretzel-bark/
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3.White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Snaps 
I also love ginger snaps. These are my hubby and I's favorite cookie. 

http://myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/white-chocolate-dipped-ginger-snap-recipe
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There are many more, but these are my favorites. What are your favorites?? I'd love to try some new ones this year!!