The Ashley Maria Blog

Friday, August 2, 2019

Baby #2 | First Trimester Recap

I know I probably won't say this come 8 months pregnant and in the thick of holiday festivities, however, for now, I feel as though this pregnancy is flying by. I think it has a lot to do with Joey keeping me on my toes, as well as just enjoying the Summer time with him and Joe.

So here's a recap of my first Trimester:

Baby's due date: January 11, 2020
size of the baby: Kiwi
total weight gain: 6 lbs
gender: Unknown
movement: not yet, but I can feel my stomach start to get tighter
sleep: gaining more energy. Waking up numerous times a night and toss and turn.
missing: a drink by the pool! Since this is the first Summer in our new home, I would love to relax with a glass of wine, or a spiked seltzer by the pool.
craving: food in general- not sweets or sour, more like cheeseburgers, steak sandwiches, chicken entrees.
symptoms: Was sick for a few days, but seems to have gone away.
favorite moments: finding out I was pregnant, since we were trying! 
hardest moments: I know this is just gonna get a lot harder, but having the energy to keep up with Joey.
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Funnel Cake Stand | 2019

Once again, we worked our booties off in the funnel cake stand. This year, they decided to not do fried oreos, so we just focused on making and selling funnel cakes. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. Especially coming off a weekend of a heat wave and 100 degree temps. 

Wednesday night working was myself and my cousin Jenn at the front with my cousin Nick and Joe working the fryer. My parents brought up Joey, however he was in a 'big kid' mood and wanted to run around and go on all the big rides (like the spaceship ride and the sizzler), which he obviously couldn't do, so they ended up walking back home early. 

Thursday night working was myself, my friend Kati, and my cousins Alexa, Jennifer and Jill. Joe has a softball game for his summer league, so he was unable to help. When my parents came up with Joey, to our surprise Alexa asked Joey to be a ring bearer in her wedding next October!! I was so excited she thought of him to ask!

Friday night, I let Joe handle the duties and I took Joey around to play some games and possibly go on some rides. He was interested in the rides, but didn't ride them. We did however win this inflatable Michelangelo from the duck picking game and got to hang out with Uncle DiDi.

After, Joey went home with my parents, I stayed to help a little and then clean up. While we were cleaning up, our favorite author (who is also from our town, Roseto) Adriana Trigiani stopped by!!! We fan girled way too much! But she was so nice and kept thanking us for our volunteer service to the church!

Saturday, we opened a little later in the night, because we had a party to attend. Once opened we were busy and did not stop! We ended up selling out of batter around 10pm. Instead of staying around for the fireworks, I headed home. It was a longggg weekend standing and I was beat. 

It was a good weekend, and I am so happy I get to hang out with family and friends during this time!

Previous Years:
2018 | 2016
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Weekend Recap | July 2019

Friday Joe and I had a babysitter, so we hit the town. Aka my mother in law came to watch Joey and we went to dinner but were home by 9pm. We decided to try a newer place on Southside of Bethlehem called Zest. We've been there for drinks with friends before, but have heard good things about the dinner selection as well. Our reservations weren't until 8:15 so we hit up one of our favorite home decor stores in town, Domaci. I picked a few items from there and then we headed across the street to the restaurant early for some parent time at the bar! I sipped my San Pelligrino (pregnant problems) while Joe enjoyed some local made Bourbon. 

For appetizer we split the spring rolls and I decided on the grouper and Joe got the filet. I've never had grouper before ( I just recently started trying new fishes!) but it was delicious and the 'forbidden rice' was delicious! I would definitely order again.

Saturday morning, we made the decision to pull Joey from his current swim lessons. They just aren't challenging him enough since they are repeating the same class he had in the Spring. Instead we hung out and played while waiting for our big boy bed to arrive from Pottery Barn Kids! We got him this bed in a full with the trundle. 

We are still keeping Joey's crib in his room yet, until we get his toddler rails and comforter in. We plan on transitioning him this coming weekend.. fingers crossed!

We ran some errands during the day on Saturday and hung out by the pool. Saturday night I met up with my girlfriends Amy and Sharon to celebrate Amy's birthday a day early. We ate at Kome and I was still able to get my sushi fix with a veggie roll and shrimp tempura!

dress | Talulah
wedges | Target
necklace | Made by Mary

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

DIY Lemonade Stand or 'Big Brother' Stand

As you may know from this post, we are expecting our second child and announced it with this adorable 'Big Brother Lessons' stand. 

It really was so easy to make, the only thing I would change is to use thicker wood to hold the sign up. We used a cardboard box we had, but it was a little too heavy for our wooden dowels.

I wanted to be able to take my stand apart (at least for now) to store it, so I actually used command strips to hold the crates together instead of nails or screws. When Joey gets a little older, and perhaps would want to make a lemonade stand one day, we will definitely be nailing it together!

There are so many different ways to make this, and like I said before, when Joey gets older and will actually use the stand we will definitely modify it, but for a temporary solution for now, this is what we came up with!

Materials Used: 

4 crates- you can also stain or paint them.
Command Strips - or nails 
2 wooden dowels (we used 1/4in) use thicker is sign is heavy
Card Board for sign- or wood (make sure to secure with screws and heavy dowels)
Duct tape for sign
Chalk paint for sign
Chalk for sign
Accessories for stand


Start by figuring out the design by lining up your crates however you want. You can design them however you want- one turned in, one turned out,  'shelf' with both top crates turned out - whatever you want! We used heavy duty command strips to make it temporary. Place one strip on each corner of the bottom crate and remove the backing of the top strip. Line back up and press down hard on the top crate so that the top crate sticks to the tape of the command strip. Do the same with the other side. To hold the crates together temporarily, I did the same thing with the command strips. I used four strips- one on each corner of the crate to hold to the other. 
* If you are using nails, do that same but replace the command strips with nails or screws (four- one in each corner of the crate) and then nail the crates together. 

For the dowels, I used command strip small hooks inside the crates to hold in place. We took our pictures outside on a windy day, so we needed some duct tape to hold the dowels from blowing away! For securing the sign we duct taped the back of the sign to the dowels. (you can see in the picture one was leaning- that was due to the wind that kept blowing it!)

For painting the sign, I used Martha Stewart chalk paint (two coats) on an extra piece of cardboard I had from a shipping box. I stenciled on the words using a chalk marker and then colored in with regular chalk!

Since our stand was a 'big brother' stand, we used baby toys and kept it simple. Be sure to check out the dollar section of Target if you plan on doing a lemonade stand- they have such cute accessories and garland you can use!

That's it.. so super easy! I'd love to see if you make your own either temporary or permanent stand!

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Monday, July 1, 2019


Joe and I are so excited to share with you all that Joey is going to be a big brother in January 2020!

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I can't even tell you how much bribing and out takes were used to get just one good photo.. because this is TWO, but we couldn't hold in out excitement anymore and wanted to share the good news!

DIY stand coming soon!
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer Beauty Favorites

We are in the thick of Summer now, even though here is PA it doesn't feel like it. We are getting over a few weeks worth of rain, and luckily just this weekend, we dried out. Do you tend to change out your products you use based on the seasons? In winter my skin gets so much drier, so I tend to use more products, and in the Summer months I use the excuse- less is more!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fathers Day Weekend 2019

We had a very nice Father's Day weekend.  
Friday, Joe got to enjoy 'Donuts with Dad' at school in the morning and then at pick up he received two of the sweetest gifts made of Joey's hand prints and art work. 
At night, we decided to make a pack of chicken sausage we had from Trader Joe's as well as Au Gratin potatoes and veg out the rest of the night. Last weekend I started re-watching Game of Thrones from the first season, so Joe and I watched 2 episodes before getting to bed. We noticed Charger's eye had some discharge and kept itching it, but kept an watch for it over night.