The Ashley Maria Blog

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Christmas Family Photos | 2019

This year for Christmas photos I wanted to change it up, instead of the typical sweater and jeans etc. look. I went with more of a glam look and love how they turned out, especially with this back drop of the rustic fireplace and mantel.

Hope you enjoyed this look at this years family photos! Can't wait to get these printed and show them off in the house!
All photos were taken by DeLorenzo Photography

My Outfit:
Skirt | Lulu's
Belt | Gucci

Joey Outfit:
Shirt | Zara
Pants | Zara
Suspenders | Amazon
Boots | Old Navy

Joe Outfit:
Sport Coat | Brooks Brothers
Sweater | Kohls
Jeans | Kohls

Garland & Wreath | Hearth & Hand (last year)
Pillows | Target Dollar Spot
Tin Buckets | Domaci 
Flocked Trees | Target

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Baby #2 | Second Trimester Recap

So here's a recap of my Second Trimester:

Baby's due date: January 11, 2020
size of the baby: Winter Squash

total weight gain: 30 lbs.. umm yeah. I gained alot!!
gender: BOY . See the gender reveal recap heremovement: oh yes! He kicks and punches and I have even felt him (painfully) turn. I don't really want to feel that again!
sleep: I get spurts of energy Waking up numerous times a night and toss and turn.
craving: I'm thinking Cheese is a definite craving. I also have a buffalo chicken salad with ranch dressing at least once or twice a week!

symptoms: Currently (29 weeks) I have a lot of pelvic pressure and some Braxton Hicks contractions. The doctor said this is very common with second pregnancies. 
favorite moments: Joey calls the baby 'Robot'! I'm not even sure where he got that from, but I think its the cutest thing.
hardest moments: Not being able to do everything. I have a hard time saying no to things, but got a wake up call with the cramping and pelvic pains to slow down.

Recap of Baby #2 First Trimester

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Weekend Sales | Veterans Day 2019

If you have off on Monday, well lucky you and enjoy the long weekend! If you don't well you can still shop online to catch some awesome sales. But also, don't forget to thank a Veteran for all their service to be able to live in this free world and be able to shop these sales!!

So let's get down to it!

American Eagle | 30-60% off
Anthropologie | 20% off all home & Furniture
Children's Place | 50% off + spend more get more Bonus Card
Christmas Tree Shops | 20% off with Friends & Family
Coach Outlet | 20% off select gifts 
Crate & Barrel | 20% off Wine & Dine + Cozy
Disney Store | 25% Friends and Family Code: DISNEYPAL
DSW | 20% off with Code: COZYUP
Express | 40-50% off + $5 Bonus card for $100 spent
Gap Factory | 50% off + extra 20% off Code: GFTWENTY
Hannah Anderson | 40-50% off 
Janie & Jack | 20% off + Free Shipping
JCrew | 40% off Friends and Family for members Code: FAMILY or 30% off everyone else Code: FRIENDS 
June and January | BOGO 50% with Code: BOGORINGER
Kohl's | 15% off + daily deals & Kohl's Cash!
Lilly Pulitzer | Gifts with purchase with over $50 spend
Loft | 40% off with Code: FESTIVE
Nordstrom | up to 40% Fall Sale
Pier 1 | 25% off regular and clearance Code: OFF25
Philosophy | Free gift with purchase of $65 with Code: BEST
Plow & Hearth | 25% off store wide- in store only!
Pottery Barn  | Buy More Save More up to 30% off Code: SAVEMORE
Pottery Barn Baby | Buy More Save More up to 30% off Code: MOREPLEASE
Sephora | Sale for all Members 10-20% off 
Target | 5% off Gift Cards! and Black Friday Preview- Ends Saturday 11/9

I will update as sales come in!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Little Blue Truck | Trunk or Treat 2019

I was so excited last Halloween seeing all the parents decorate their cars for Trunk or Treat and said I'm so gonna go all out next year. Flash forward to this year, I completely forgot about Trunk or Treat until Sunday when I found a paper stuffed in a drawer detailing the specifics. In defense, I have a lot going on right now!! Anyway, I got to planning. First step of course was pulling up Pinterest, but I wasn't feeling the creative spark. So next, I went to Joey's Halloween Book Nook to see what inspiration I could find. It was a toss up between the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Little Blue Truck's Halloween. For the Great Pumpkin, I was thinking about doing the scene from the pumpkin patch and the kids trick or treating. However, I didn't have chicken wire on hand and wasn't about to fiddle with that non sense of making fake ghosts. HA. So I opted for Little Blue Truck's Halloween. 
I knew I wanted to make a cut out of Little Blue so this way the kids could take a picture with it. So, now I needed to find cardboard big enough and how to execute it! 

Halloween in PA was filled with severe storms, so our school actually pushed back our Trunk of Treat to Friday afternoon. It was still sooo windy though, and some of my props wouldn't cooperate. 

I had taken pretty clear pictures of alll the dressed up characters in the book. Thankfully at work, we have a large scale printer that I was able to edit them and print. If you don't have access to this though, you can always send your prints to a Staples or Kinkos! Since they were printed on regular paper, I knew I had to make them stand. Using glue stick I glued card stock to the back of the image, and then cut them out. I realized I could have used my Cameo to prolly cut this out, but I wanted them in large format- and on a budget!

I cut all the characters out and hot glued large skewers we had left over from the Summer that we used for smores. To hold the characters, I got a bale of hay from a local farm. When I imagined it, they were a lot more spaced out- but due to the wind I had to group them pretty close.

I also picked up some sunflower and pumpkin picks from Hobby Lobby to add to the hay bale. I printed out the quotes from the book of what each character said when they revealed their costumes!

Again, due to the high winds, Little Blues 'Ghost' costume wasn't working out. But I had gotten a white table cloth from the Dollar Store, and cut his big googly eyes out with the caption from the book. However, I ended up tying his 'costume' to the latch on the trunk to try and get him to stand!

Either way, the kids loved it! We got so many compliments on it! The biggest one came from my own little Spooky Ghost!!

Little Blue Truck Cut Out:

Supplies Needed:

4' x 4' cardboard
Blue, White and Black Acrylic Paint 
Paint Brushes
Thin Sharpie
Googly Eyes
Sharpe Knife or Blade 


To make life easier, and I don't have the steadiest hand- I used an image I pulled from Google Images and showed it up on the projector to trace it. I then painted the truck using the image. I also, but the color codes on the cardboard while tracing the truck out. 

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Trick or Treating 2019

When does your town host trick or treating? Ours does it the Friday before Halloween. So, we got to go Trick or Treating this past Friday! 
This year, Joey picked out his own costume. He wanted to be a ghost since I think September he started talking about it! Even though Joe told me to get a sheet and cut holes in it.. I decided to pick him up this adorable (marshmallow looking) costume from Pottery Barn Kids (sold out). It was only fitting that Charger had to be a ghost buster! 

Joey Costume | Pottery Barn Kids (sold out)
PJ's | Hannah Anderson (similar onesie
Sneakers | Nordstrom Rack
Pumpkin Treat Bag | Pottery Barn Kids
Charger Costume | Target

This year, Joey was so into it. He would go up to each house and would say "Twick or Tweat!" and then 'Thank you' after receiving the candy! We went with our best friends the Andes'. Brayden dressed up as Roadster Racer Mickey and was adorable! We only walked around for about an hour before it got real dark (no street lights in our development!) and the boys got tired. It was so much fun though, and I can't wait for the years to come with this boy!

We still one more day to dress up, as Joey's Trunk or Treat is coming up on Thursday! Hope you all had a great weekend and have a spook-tacular Halloween!

Previous Halloween's
2018 | 2017 | 2013
DIY Halloween Costume Ideas
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Friday, October 25, 2019

Thinking Ahead to Christmas

Even though I am leaving work early today to get home and get everyone ready for trick or treating.. I'm super excited for the Holidays this year. Joey is at a great age and he is loving all the fall things, so Christmas will just so much better! Now just hoping baby doesn't make a surprise appearance early and come during the holidays! 
1.Kids Fire
2. Little People
3. Backpack
4. Remote Control Cars
5. Elsa Doll
6. Moonlite Projector
7. Legos
8. Crayola Stamper
9. Osmo Genius Kit
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Monday, October 21, 2019

Daily Make Up Routine

Since Summer has come and gone, I recently changed up my make up routine for everyday. My freckles aren't as prominent anymore, so I have been wearing a concealer to blend my skin a little more. Here is my daily routine, and maybe- just maybe I will get brave enough to do a tutorial through Insta Stories.

1. Apply Bare Minerals Complexion Stick in Cashew 3.5 to face. I usually put it under my eyes, a few lines on my checks and forehead and then on my nose and under it. I use a foundation brush to blend it into my skin. 

2. Apply Tarte Shape Tape to under eyes. I use the Fair-Neutral color. I apply two or three dots under my eyes (a little goes a long way) and then using a beauty blender dab it into my skin. Start under eyes, do eye lids and along my nose to cover any broken capillaries. This works wonder for dark circles and gives you the 'filter' look!

3. To help hold the color, especially on long days, I use Too Faced Setting Powder. Again, a little goes a long way, so I usually take off the lid and sprinkle a little into it. Using a powder brush, dab it onto your face, especially under eyes. I wear glasses while at work, so this helps to keep my makeup from rubbing off on them!

4. I then apply my bronzer to at least fake somewhat of a tan! I use Nars Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in color Seaside with a bronzing brush. Brush it all over face. You can also use this to highlight you nose and cheek bones. But I do not do this daily. 

5. Next is blush and shimmer highlighter. For blush I either use the Milani Rose Blush palette or Benefit Dandelion- which smells so good! I apply either with a angled brush to the balls of my cheeks and then pull it up my cheek bone.  Above my cheek bone and down my nose and cupids bow I apply Stila Highlighter in sun kissed. Just to make me look more awake and alive!

6. Lastly I finish with my mascara. I used to have decent eye lashes, until I got lash extensions put on last Fall. I took them off last Spring and they are getting better with the help of Lash Boost but still not 100%. I first prime them with Urban Decay Lash Primer and then lather on from root to tip with Too Faced Better then Sex mascara. 

Hope this helps! Let me know if you change your make up routine up per season. Or any tips and tricks for every day wear!
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