The Ashley Maria Blog

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Black Friday Deals | Shop Early

Do you go Black Friday shopping? I do to an extent. I will not wait in line for when doors open, and I will not go shopping on Thanksgiving and leave my family. In years past I have gone with my mom for midnight or after the meal is finished and family has gone home- but refuse to leave family time for it.

This year it seems like a lot of retailers are getting their sales started early, and today I'm bringing you those sales to start checking out!
* I will updating these daily!

OshKosh | 50-60% off + Free Shipping + Take 20% off $40 with code: GIFT
Carter's | 50-60% off + Free Shipping + Take 20% off $40 with code: GIFT
Children's Place | 50-75% off everything + Free Shipping
Old Navy | 40% off or card members 50% off entire purchase - Ends 11/20/18
Gap Factory | 50-75% off everything + 15% off with code: WINTER
Sur La Table | Le Creuset up to 65% off, Cuisinart up to 55% off
Home Depot | Appliances up to 40% off, Garage storage yo to 25% off
Jcrew | 35% select items with code | READYTOPARTY
Tobi | up to 80% off items 
Gap | 40% off everything or card members get 50% off
Target | Check out the Black friday ad Here!
Bauble Bar | Check out the early deals here!
Hunter Boots | Dark Slate color boots 30% other colors 20% off
Pandora | 25% off 11/20-11/26 and 35% before 10am on Friday 11/23
Bed Bath & Beyond | $15 off of $50 purchase with tons of deals already on sale
Coach Outlet  | Sign up and get 70% off styles
Vineyard Vines | 25% off everything with code HOLIDAY18
Gap | 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It's So Important To Wash Your Face At Night

Do you ever find yourself coming home after a long night and just wanting to crawl into bed. I'm talking stripping off your clothes, putting on your pj's and just hopping right into your sheets. Well I have.. numerous times! But not anymore! No matter how tired I find myself, I will always wash my face before going to bed. It makes me feel better- especially the next morning.

The smell of Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit is so good! I makes me so excited to wash my face! 

Do you have a favorite face wash? Let me know in the comments! This is definitely at the top of my list!

This post was sponsored by Brandbacker, but all opinions are my own.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift List Printable

The holidays are upon us and we are all trying to make that list and check it twice. Raise your hand if you've gotten to the week of Christmas and realize you forgot to get a gift for someone, or spent way to much money on someone? I am raising my hand way high on this one! I'm a huge list maker for everything, errands I have to run, cleaning schedules, work to-do lists, but when it comes to Christmas gifts, it seems I always veer off the path. 

So I thought, maybe if I have a cute list, I will actually stick to it this year! So, far, so good and I already have been starting to purchase my gifts this year, and not wait til the last minute!

Download your own list HERE
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Five on Friday

It has been a busy week! So Happy Friday, I sure am very happy to see you. 

one. I recently took up reading books again. I had stopped when Joey arrived since all my spare time I tried to use wisely with ya know things like cleaning or sleeping. But since Joey is on a pretty regular schedule, once he goes to bed I now pick up a book instead of scrolling social media or browse through shows on the DVR.
I started this book and it was slow at the beginning. I wasn't too sure about it, but then I got hooked. I felt myself hurrying to clean up dinner or finish laundry so that I would be able to read the next chapter. I actually stayed up late this week just to finish the book! I definitely recommend it. It's about a young journalist who gets a trip of a lifetime to go on the maiden voyage of a new small cruise ship. While on the ship one things leads to another and she may or may not witness a murder. You'll have to read the book to know what really happens. 

two. During my last trip to Trader Joe's I picked up this pumpkin cream cheese spread. I kept forgetting to pick up bagels to use it on until this week. It is so good. I typically don't like pumpkin flavored food, but this is so subtle that the taste isn't strong at all.

three. Over the weekend we attended Bacon Fest in Easton, PA.  Joey loved the bacon cake pops, bacon fries but mostly the pig balloons decking the streets. We popped into the Crayola Factory gift shop as well to pick up a few things as well as some stocking stuffers for save for Christmas!

four. Joey has been having a rough time these past two weeks with his 'canine' teeth poking through. He requires lots of cuddles, hugs and books, which this mama doesn't mind one bit!

five. Over at the Ash's Party Accents headquarters, I am hard at work perfecting everything in order to release our Holiday Collection next weekend. If you are looking for anything custom, be sure to message me and get your orders in soon- we are booking up on custom orders!

Hope you have some fun plans this weekend!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

DIY Eucalyptus Hanging Hoops

I originally started this project for a bridal shower I was hosting, but ended up not using them where I wanted to. Instead I knew these would be perfect hanging in my bedroom. They are simple yet cause a statement. 

These really are so simple to use and only use a few supplies


Hot Glue


Start by cutting your faux eucalyptus into small. I cut by the stems and then layered them on the hoop to see what they looked like.

Once I decided how many per hoop to add, I started tying them on tightly with twine. I used green twine, but you can also use fishing wire to hide it. 

To hide the ending I clipped a single leave and hot glued it onto the stems. 

Cut any remaining twine that it sticking out. To hang on a wall use finishing nails and some additional twine. 

I love how this art turned out! Let me know if you make your hope hanging hoop design!
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia | Kids Holiday 2018

When I heard Chip and Jo were putting out an affordable line at Target last Spring I was so, so excited. But, I was a little disappointed on the price points and items. There was nothing that jumped out to me that I had to have or even really wanted. The only thing I ended up purchasing from the line were a few dish towels that matched my kitchen theme. 

In their 2017 holiday collection I ended up getting this coveted wreath for my kitchen to garage door, oh and I think an ornament or two! However, this year year I'm actually really excited with the release of their collection and actually went online bright and early this morning to purchase Joey some Christmas gifts from their Holiday gift collection! We wanted to get him a kitchen since loves playing with all our real pots and pans and kitchen gadgets, but at this point don't have room for a big one. When I saw the Hearth and Hand kitchen with matching fridge, I knew it would be perfect for him.. and NOT girly like most! 

Barn with Animals

Hurry, because these are selling out quick! What do you have on your list this year?

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

2018 Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween ALL!!

 This year we had one costume picked out from months ago, we just didn't start putting them together until last minute! 

Then we went to Target.. and we saw this Tractor costume and we knew we had to get it. Our obsession with tractors is real ya'll!

Where we live in Bethlehem, Trick or Treating is always held the Friday before Halloween. SO Friday, I broke Joey out of school early and we headed to our friends Katie and Garrett's house to hang out with them and their son Declan.  We then went to Katie's sister's house and met up with a whole other group of kiddo's to roam the street's with.

One Sunday, Trick or Treating was held in my parents town. For this day we got Charger in on the fun. Joey was a cop and Charger was a robber. 

Tractor Costume | Target
Overalls | Old Navy
Waffle Crew Neck | Old Navy
John Deer Hat | gifted
Pumpkin Basket | Pottery Barn Kids-Sold out (similar)
Police Vest | Amazon
Police Accessories | Etsy
Charger's Costume | Michael's

 Previous Years:
2013 Halloween  | 2017 Halloween
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