The Ashley Maria Blog

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wedding Weekend in Georgetown - Arlington VA

If you live on the east coast then this weekend you spent bracing for the dreaded Hurricane Florence. If you live in an area affected, I'm praying for ya'll! Living in PA we were not affected, but are expected to get the rain this week. However, we were suppose to travel to VA to a wedding. Tuesday last week, the couple was forced to change the venue of their wedding to a northern city in VA- Arlington. Let me just start by saying how awesome this couple is. They literally changed a whole wedding in about three days- and everything was beautiful!

We left PA on Friday afternoon since Joey was getting picked up from school from my parents. On the way down we stopped at a brewery for a drink right outside of Arlington. We met up with the groom, who Joe went to high school with and some other friends. While at the brewery, Joe got stung by a bee, and we didn't know if he was actually allergic to it- so that was a mini panic. But everything turned out fine. We went into Arlington and had dinner with our friends Courtney and Ryan at the CraftHouse before checking into our hotel 

We got the loaded tots, and pretzel with beer cheese to start along with a flight of beers!

Saturday morning, Joe and I slept in until 8:00am!!! and then got ready and headed to brunch. We went to Clyde's in Georgetown which was right over the bridge from our hotel. 
We started off with a mimosa and bloody mary and the complimentary coffee cake.

I got the biscuits in gravy with runny egg and Joe got the croque-madame. Both were delicious! 

After brunch we walked around Georgetown and I of course found the Lilly Pulitzer store. They were so super nice and even helped me try to find a dress for an upcoming wedding next year! If you are a Lilly fan, I definitely suggesting stopping in and seeing these ladies!

We did a little more shopping and decided to walk along the canal they are reconstructing. We stumbled along these houses I could just stare at all day. I loved the brick patch and beautiful architecture. He headed back to the hotel around 1:30 to start getting ready for the wedding!

The ceremony and reception were held at the Marriot Keybridge. The ceremony was held on the 14th Floor with had all glass windows and overlooked the river and you could see the Washington Monument and Capital Building in the distance. I would definitely recommend this venue for a wedding, party, or whatever it may be! It was gorgeous and the view could not be beat! The cocktail hour and reception was held downstairs in one of their ballrooms and again- was so dang nice! 

My favorite part of the night was the ice cream sandwiches from Wonderment Bake Shoppe and Creamery. I had the Tiramisu and friends- it was wonderful! 

We had such a great time and loved hanging out with friends we don't see that often! Congrats to Pat and Kristen and hope you have fun traveling around Italy!

Sunday morning we all had breakfast at the hotel restaurant before saying our goodbyes and heading home. It was such a nice weekend!
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Why You Should Always Wear Sunscreen

I have freckles. I've had them since I can remember, and also since I remember I've hated them! I know most people say they are so cute, or they bring character- but for me, they are a pain in the put. Knowing that I am so susceptible to getting a sunburn due to my freckles, I always wear sunscreen!

Whenever I go on a trip, or know I'll be outside whether at a sporting event, shopping or just walking around for a period of time, I always through a smaller bottle of sunscreen in my purse! Here are some reasons why I always wear sun screen..

Prevents Premature Aging

I don't know one person who would want to age faster. I can't imagine what I will look like with wrinkles, but I'm not ready to find out anytime soon! Neutrogena is helping me with not finding out with new Hydro Boost Sunscreen, a sunscreen that feels nothing like what you think a sunscreen should feel like!   I love putting on a sunscreen that feel likes I'm not wearing any, and Neutrogena's Hydro Boost is oil-free and non-comedogenic which will reduce your face getting blothy spots from being out in the sun!

Offers Better Protection Then Clothes

Did you even think 'I'm wearing long sleeves, so I can't get burned' I have too. But unless you are wearing clothing with special SPF protection, you can still get burned through them. 

Lowers Skin Cancer Risk

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year then any other kind. With advanced formula, Neutrogena Hydro Boost delivers both hydration and protection – it goes on easily and absorbs into the skin quickly, all while delivering vital moisture to the skin for an instant boost in the skin’s appearance.

I received these samples free from Brand Backer, however all opinions are my own!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Weekend Recap | September 2018

Another weekend that flew by. We were lucky to spend this weekend celebrating two of our friends tying the knot! But let's get right to other highlights too!
Thursday Night the Eagles played! Joey was a trooper and stayed up until 8:30.. the game was delayed, so it didn't even start until after 9pm. I lasted until about half time, and went to bed. This girl can not hang!
Friday Joey got picked up from school by Grammy and Poppy and I rushed home from work to get ready for our friends rehearsal dinner! Thankfully, Joe was able to make the rehearsal in time (he was a groomsman) and I just met him at the restaurant after! It was fun to have a nice meal sans little Joey stealing my food! After the dinner, we went back to our friends house who were getting married and had some drinks with others around the bon-fire in their backyard! 

Saturday I made an early Target run and Joe headed to get ready with the fellow groomsman. Since Joey wasn't home I went into crazy cleaning mode and cleaned for a good four hours straight, moving furniture, dusting everything, vacuuming, scrubbing, rearranging- you name it! It felt so good to come home to a clean house that night. By time I was done cleaning I jumped in the shower and quickly got ready for the wedding. I Ubered over to my friend Cait's house so that we could go together. Despite the drizzle rain and sinking into the grass with my heels, it was such a beautiful ceremony and wedding! The wedding was held near our house at a local county club, so we didn't stay overnight, however we did go back and hang at the hotel bar- because hey, why not!

 Sunday  Joe and I went for breakfast at Billy's and ran a few errands before my parents dropped Joey off. It was only in the 60's on Sunday, which was perfect for the first Sunday of football. While running errands we stopped at Fresh Market to pick up some food for later. I also picked up these adorable plats and napkins in the dollar section at Target! We spent the rest of the day lounging around the couch watching football and playing with Joey.

Another great weekend in the books for us!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Graduation Book + Teacher Gift Printable

As most mother's are getting ready or have sent their kids back to school, in the world of day care it is a little different timing. Joey technically is starting his new classroom so we are still celebrating 'back to school' with him, but we also are saying bye to our old infant room teachers. I found this graduation book on Pinterest and knew I wanted to start this for Joey. 
I started by purchasing the book Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss in a hardcover, so that it will last. I then found the matching tag in the dollar section at Target and printed my little question for his teacher on it. Lucky you, I created this printable below for you to print your own at home!

I plan on giving this book with little note to his teachers at the end of each year to write a little note. My hopes are to continue this all the way through til he graduates high school- which I can't even imagine that at this time! 

I also gave all his teachers a personalized tumbler and gift card to Starbucks! I put them in bags with their names and attached this tag!

But wait, you can get your own download of this tag! Just simply write in your child's name!

Do you want to print your own note for the graduation book?

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Back to School with Scout + a Giveaway

It's that time of year again. Places like Target and Wal Mart are stocked up with number 2 pencils and notebooks and also screaming kids and stressed out parents! Luckily, Joey is too young to be shopping for all those supplies, but he is starting a new classroom in his 'school' next week. We went shopping for some new big boy clothes and shoes. But I also took the opportunity to get myself a new lunch bag to bring with me to work. 
This bag is so functional for me to put all my lunch essentials in for work. With back to school in full swing, I like to try and start new habits as well. I meal planned on Sunday and went grocery shopping to stock up for the week. Some of our favorite things to make for lunch include salads with chopped chicken, peanut butter and fluff sandwiches, Uncrustables with Nutella filling, and some rissoto or pasta warmed up.

As most of you already know, I work full time while also raising my almost 1 1/2 year old. What some of you may not know though, is that part time I also coach cheerleading at my college I graduated from. With back to school in full swing, that means going non- stop until late at night. Busy mornings getting Joey ready for the day, usually mean me throwing in something to my Scout bag to munch on for breakfast when I get to my office. 

This Scout bag is the perfect size to not only fit my breakfast and lunch but also to hold a snack for the time between work during the day and heading straight to practice. 

I believe every working mom needs to have a cute lunch box like this. It makes me excited to pack my lunches whether at night or in the morning and that prepares me for a successful day! 

Today I've got a giveaway to win a Scout 'Doggie Bag' Lunch Box in color Alice
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Want to get your own Scout Bag?  They are offering my followers 10% off your purchase of $50+ with code SCOUTINGFORSCHOOL
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

That Time We Put Our House For Sale

A few weeks ago I mentioned in my Five for Friday stories that we planted a St. Joseph statue, because we put our house on the market. Well I haven't really gone into detail about that because despite having so. many. showings.- we've had no offers still. 

General sense we are getting, 'beautiful home' 'great showing' 'so cozy' 'but, too small for our growing family' Which I get, I mean that's why we are looking to move! But come on people. You know the third bedroom is on the first floor from our listing. You know the square footage of the house. and you know there is a tiny garage with room for one car and then additional street parking. At this point I'm a little discouraged because it's been on the market a little over a month, and I thought for sure it would have an offer by now!

Anyway, here is a tour of our home from the photo shoot with the realtor- and plus I don't think my house has EVER been this clean before!!

Front & Patio

Living Room

Guest Bedroom/ Office



Downstairs Bath

Our Bedroom

Joey's Bedroom

Upstairs Bath

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