The Ashley Maria Blog

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.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sweet Sriracha Mini Meatballs

I've made these meatballs a few times, and each time they are a crowd favorite. They are so easy to make, considering you just throw everything into a crock pot!
To save time especially when I am making these for a party, I use my favorite frozen Turkey meatball from Trader Joe's but you can certainly make your own, or use your favorite brand as well!

Ingredients:


2 lbs. Meatballs
1/3 C. Honey
1 can Jellied cranberry sauce
1/3 C. Sriracha
1/3 C. Brown sugar

Directions:

These might be the hardest directions of all time.. so follow along carefully!! Put all ingredients into crock pot on low for 2 hours, mixing occasionally. If you are looking to make this a little more spicy, add 2/3 cups of both the Sriracha and brown sugar.





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Friday, June 7, 2019

Five on Friday

This week for me has been to hectic! This is the second year that I have volunteered to be the head cheerleading coach for our local counties high school all star game. We've had practice every night this week, so I'm been going non-stop.. literally. Throw in there, that Joe had a late meeting last night, and is now away at a bachelor party, my parents have been life savors and helping me a lot of Joey this week. Last night he had a sleepover with them, and I got a picture of him enjoying chick-fil-a for dinner followed by ice cream after a bath. The kid will never wanna come back home!

Anyway, here are some of the highlights from this past week!


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one. Joe and I celebrated our three year anniversary on Tuesday and even though it was a busy week, we snuck out for a late dinner to one of our favorite steakhouses that is literally a few blocks away from us. 

two. even though we said no gifts for anniversaries, Joe surprised me with these beautiful flowers.

three. I love when Joey's school send pictures through out the day when he's there. we got this one on Thursday of our silly on the balance beam.. he might not have gotten my aerobic abilities. 


four. There is a huge sale going on over at Pottery Barn and it's other brands. Up to 70% off . Hurry because it won't last long!


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five. Today is National Donuts Day, and to celebrate we gifted our favorite teachers and friends at school with some treats! 
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Hope you all have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Whipped Feta and Tomato Crostini's

This past weekend we had a bunch of friends over for a Memorial Day/ Housewarming party. It was so much fun! We loved having everyone in our own home, enjoying each other's company, our kids playing and relaxing in the pool. 

I had made these whipped feta and tomato crostini's and as you can see from the picture below, even before I could snap a picture, guests were snatching them up! They were delicious and really not hard to make.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces crumbled feta
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 ounces olive oil, divided into 1/3's
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp minced red onions 
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 lbs cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil leaves
  • 1 bag of sliced baguette chips
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper

Instructions

Place the feta and cream cheese in blender or food processor and mix well.Add 1/3 cup of the olive oil,  lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and process until smooth.
An hour before serving, combine the onions, garlic, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add the tomatoes, stir gently, and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir in the basil and taste for seasonings.
Assemble crostini spreading each slice of bread with a generous amount of whipped feta. With a slotted spoon, place the tomatoes on top. If serving right away, add some of the juices onto each crostini. If not serving right away it will make them soggy. Garnish with basil.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend 2019


WHAT a GREAT Weekend!! Today I woke up exhausted but also so excited that we get to enjoy the weekend again in only four days!!

Friday, I left work a little earlier and headed to Joey's school to pick him up and we had our best friends/ neighbors over for dinner/cook out. We were suppose to open our pool Friday night, but the pool company couldn't get there until late so we opted to have them come early Saturday morning instead. 

Saturday, Joey woke up at 6 which is unusual for him. I think his two year molars are bothering him because he's been very clingy and wants to be held. The pool company came around 8:00am to show Joe how to manage the pool, regulate the salt water, and properly clean it. After about an hour tantrum from Joey, he needed a early nap (which lasted for three hours) and he woke up on the much better side of the bed! While Joey slept, Joe finished cleaning and maintaining the pool and then cut the grass and I ran to the grocery store to pick up all the food for our party on Sunday. We cleaned and did some things around the house until the pool warmed up later in the day. We took our first swim in our pool in the evening and it was so nice. Joey didn't want to get out of the pool, and I have a feeling that will be how our Summer will go. We ordered food in Saturday night and I went to bed early while Joe enjoyed some drinks on the patio with our friend Zack.

Sunday was beautiful, except for it being a little over cast in the afternoon. We had 12 adults, 5 kids/babies and two dogs in the backyard and enjoying the pooling and our new home. We absolutely loved every second of it.

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Later that night we had our neighbors over and their kids (who are older then Joey and the other kids we had at the party) got to enjoy and swim in the pool. After a long and exhausting day, I finally went to bed after cleaning up around 11.

Monday- Memorial Day, Every year there is a Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery by grandparents are buried at in my parents town. Joey and I went to the event, and every year I get so nervous Joey will cry or scream when they shoot the guns off for the salute. He surprised me again this year and didn't even flinch. He was so well behaved during the prayers and the band playing and even during the moment of silence. We went back for a few snacks at Gaga and Poppy's house for a little and then headed home. Someone must have either wanted his privacy or didn't want the sun in his eyes, because I looked back to see this and him sound asleep. 


When we got home, Joey went right down for a nap and I laid out in the pool until he woke up. Our friends/neighbors came over and we all enjoyed the pool some more. Joe blew up a airplane float Joey had received for this birthday and it was a hit. 



Of course, we needed to enjoy a snack by the pool as well.

Even charger jumped in to cool down on this beautiful day.

I hope everyone had a beautiful Memorial Day and took time to remember all those that fought for our freedoms to spend these days playing by the pool. 





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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Sales | 2019

It's the kick off to Summer and the long weekend is upon is! We finally got our pool cleaned and refilled and we are ready to host our friends for a little housewarming/ Memorial Day party this weekend. Another good thing about the holiday long weekends, there are always so many good sales happening! I've rounded up some of the top ones, and will be updating them throughout the weekend when I see more!

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American Eagle | 20-60% off everything online Spring Try-On session here
Anthropolgie | 40% off sale
Express | 40% off everything 
Gap | 40% off everything in store or up to 50% online
J Crew Factory | 50% off entire site & store + deals everyday
Kohl's | Lots of sales + $10 off of $25 with code SERVICE10
LL Bean | 20% off  order with code SUMMER
Old Navy | deals everyday + additional 20% off your order
Tuckernuck | up to 70% off of sale
Victoria's Secret | 10 for $35 panties + other deals



KIDS
Childrens Place | 50-70% off entire site
Disney Store | New Deals Everyday + up to 40% off Swim
Hannah Anderson | extra 25% off everything with code LONGWEEKEND
Janie & Jack | 20% off online with code GETAWAY
OshKosh | 50% off entire site



HOME
Bath & Body Works | $10 off of $30 with code HELLOSUN + tons of great deals
Christmas Tree Shops | $10 off $50 with coupon in store only
Crate & Barrel | Up to 40% outdoor items
Home Depot | Tons of Great deals going on this weekend
Lowe's | tons of great deals throughout site
Michael's | deals all weekend + $5 off of $25 and more coupons



 
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rodan & Fields Lash Boost | Review

Last November I decided to pamper myself and get lash extensions, since my lashes had limp and had no volume since having my son the previous Spring. I wanted to be able to not wear mascara or really any makeup and still look put together #momlife. I loved them. It made me feel glamorous and best part I needed no mascara for the time I had them. Down fall, you need to go back every two to three weeks for refills and depending how many you loose, it can be anywhere from $60- $150.  I also had the fear of talking to someone and one of the lashes just falling off. If you've never gotten lashes extensions before, the come grouped in 5-10 little lashes together, so if one would come loose from the glue and fall onto your cheek, you would know. 

I kept them on until after we came back from Jamaica , but with moving and prepping for the end of our cheerleading season, I just didn't have time to put into getting them filled. To remove them I simply used oil base make up remover, and the glue came undone so easy. However, I was left with non existent eye lashes and the ones that were left were so broken and dry they needed some help badly.  I was seeing people post about Rodan and Fields products before and I had tried the Dark Spot remover on my freckles, but it didn't work. Of course I was hesitant about using it, since their stuff is not cheap. 

I went out on a limb, and ordered the Rodan and Fields Lash Boost, and was not disappointed. I knew my real eye lashes would eventually grow back to what they were pre- extensions at least, but this serum definitely helped it. I gave it much needed nourishment so that when I was able to put mascara on it, they didn't look as brittle. 

March 8, 2019- with mascara, pre-treatment- This picture was actually taken about a month after I took off my extensions. My lashes were already starting to gain more strength and get a little longer, but still needed a lot of help.


May 9, 2019- w/o mascara-Two months of using Rodan and Fields and they are fuller and longer.
May 9, 2019- with mascara- They are longer then pre- lash extensions

I prolly won't purchase it again, unless I see my lashes getting brittle again. But I loved how they helped my lashes grow and fill out. I would definitely recommend this product!






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