The Ashley Maria Blog

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Lucky In Love Bridal Shower

Recently I helped one of my girl friends throw a 'Lucky in Love' Bridal Shower and today I wanted to share some of the things I did for it!
Since the actual shower was held on Saint Patrick's Day, the bridal party played up the whole theme. 






Included with the invitation was a recipe card for each person to bring with them to the shower. I made this sign to include on the table to show guests where to put the cards.




I also created three different games for the bridal party and shower to play.

Invitation: Shamrock Bridal Shower
Recipe Card: Grey Toned Recipe Card 
Garland: Lucky in Love glitter garland 
Sign: Leave you Recipe Card here 
Games: Disney Names | Mad Libs | Bride Knows the Groom

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Five on Friday

Ah another Friday is upon us. Still cold here in PA and yesterday we had down pours. I will take it though because it is better then snow and that means Spring weather is on the way!
one. This week Joe has a work trip, so for dinner the one night I was going to go simple and make myself these Thai lettuce wraps, and to my surprise he made it home just in time! The sauce is so good that I joked I could just drink it up.. kidding (maybe not!!)


two. I recently purchased this lip balm to do with my other drunk elephant products, and I am obsessed. It goes on like butter and definitely helps with those chapped lips. I am slowly transitioning all my products over to drunk elephant because that's how much I love the brand.

three. Charger came to work with my because he had a grooming and a vet appointment. You could say he made himself right at home..

four. Joey came home with this art project from school during the week and I always love getting them to keep in his artwork folder. However, this one made me laugh.. we are still working on the whole sharing thing with him. He always steals the school bus or fire truck as soon as he gets into his classroom in the morning- so this art may be just a little stretched! ha

five. Our neighbors came over and brought us this thoughtful plant and hand written note from their daughter! I thought it was the sweetest thing ever, and Joey even loved playing with her. I know we made the right decision on this move!!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Super Hero Kid's Birthday Party

I helped a client with some fun Super Hero Decorations for her son's 4th birthday party and it was so fun to look at all the cool ideas out there! We decided to stick with simple and just a banner, a few decorations and favors for the kids!
I was running out of time on the party planning so I actually purchased the 'Happy Birthday' banner  and customized it with the name "Dominick".


For favors for the kids again I went to my go to Amazon and found this whole lot of fun superhero things that I knew kids would love! I added them to a goodie bag and made a sticker label for them.


Some other favors you can incorporate into a Superheo theme party:

These awesome capes and masks for the kids to wear, 
fun favors such as these Lollipop Superheros and a craft for the kids would be these cool frames  you can have everyone decorate!

It was so fun putting these things together. My client topped it off with a wonderful Batman cake and everyone wore their favorite Superhero outfits!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Amazon Round Up | Winter 2019

You can practically buy anything on Amazon these days. Which for a busy, full time working mama like myself, it's great! I have prime as well, so most of my things get delivered next day which is even better. 

Today I've rounded up some of my favorite purchases from the Winter and wanted to share them with you today!
Hat | I think this would be perfect to throw on for a day at the winery, out with some girlfriends or even running some errands!

David Yurman Rose Gold Dupe Bracelet | Sadly, I think I lost this while moving. I know I will find it eventually and it will be like brand new again! Even though this bracelet is only a small fraction of the real one, it looks great and paired with other is perfect for layering.

Cropped Tank | I purchased this tank a few days before we left for our Jamaica trip to go with this skirt.  I didn't know if it would be too see through or how it would fit, but I gave it a chance and loved it! I have a short torso so with the high waisted skirt, it didn't even look cropped!

 Goldwell Purple Shampoo | I've been using this purple shampoo for a few years now, but had always purchased from my salon. A friend recommended looking on Amazon to get it for a lot cheaper and she was right! Even though the bottles are smaller then what I used to purchase from my salon, I do like the quick turn around and cheaper price.

Timer Indoor/ Outdoor Lights | I got these to use in lanterns on our front porch for Christmas, and I've had them on since. We moved- totally leaving them lit still in the box, and when I took them out to put on our new front porch, they were still glowing! Just this week the smallest ones batteries died, but guys- I've had them on for almost four months and they are still going strong. 

Kids Carhartt Hat | Hopefully this month we can retire this hat for the season (fingers crossed) but Joey has worn this hat faithfully since we got it. 

Lip Gloss | I'm always looking to try new shades of lip colors, but when I get to the store, I can never decide. I purchased this color on a whim after seeing it on another fellow blogger, and it has been my go to since! I would definitely recommend for a subtle pink shade. 

Do you have any good Amazon finds you want to share, leave them in the comments below!
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Saturday, March 9, 2019

5 Tips for Moving

As promised a few weeks ago, I wanted to share with you some of the tips I have learned from moving over the years. Although I have moved a few times within the last couple of years, this by far is my biggest one.
My Past Moves:
2010- From my college apartment back to my parents house
2013- From my parents house to a small apartment with my friend Amy
2014- From the apartment into Joe's apartment
2015- From our two bedroom apartment to our first house
2019- From our first house to our NEW home

Tip # 1: HIRE MOVERS

I've never hired movers before, but this time it was a no brainer. We are moving from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fully furnished home and basement.  Every room has large pieces of furniture and we just knew we wouldn't be able to do it alone. We got three to four quotes from companies and finally decided on one with the best pricing and insurance (which I think it a must!!).  


Tip # 2: LABEL EVERYTHING
I purchased these labels and it made everything so much easier. On the labels you can mark how many boxes of each you have.. in case one goes missing! Besides the labels, I did add onto the boxes a little description as to what was in (example: good dishes, hand towels, under the sink products). I just knew that I would not be opening every box the day after moving, so at least with the labels, we can get into the necessary boxes. The day of moving, I color coated a sheets to let the movers and those helping know which room was which! 



Tip # 3: MAKE A LIST OF VALUABLE ITEMS 

This kinda goes along with the labeling of everything, but say you have something you are looking for, you can go to your master list and see what box exactly it is in. If you want to be real excessive, you can write down literally everything in a box, but I generalized (example: BEDROOM: box 4 of 10 has candle holders, candles and wall decor.)

Tip # 4: USE SIX PACK CARRIERS FOR GLASSWARE

Joe works for a beer wholesaler, so we tend to have a lot of both glasses and six pack carriers in the house. Last time we moved, I thought of the idea of using these instead of wrapping up every dang piece of glass. This won't work for all glasses, especially those with big bottoms like wine glasses, but for pint it works perfect. I was able to put four of my good glassware in each carrier and then stuck other things in the remaining two slots (example, shot glasses, wine openers, etc) This may not save you space, but will def save you time, and will stop from the glasses clanking together and potentially breaking!


Tip # 5: SAVE BOXES AND USE WARDROBE BOXES

Every time you receive an amazon box or something shipped through the mail that is a significant size, save it! Boxes are expensive to just end up being thrown out or recycled anyway after your move. Thankfully, the company I work for harbors lots of boxes in our warehouse, so I got all different sizes. We did however purchase wardrobe boxes and they are a game changer. We purchased them last time we moved as well and they made moving our clothes so much easier. I also got these for our plates and bowls and they saved a lot of time not having to wrap each one up!


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Jamaica Trip | 2019

You may know by now, that by following me on instagram that Joe and I were in Jamaica two weeks ago. We went because I was the maid of honor in my best friends wedding held on Saturday, February 9.  We've never been to Jamaica before, so Joe and I were excited for this little vacation.

We left on Wednesday morning from Newark and arrived before schedule in Jamaica around noon. We got our transfer from the airport to the hotel and headed to our resort Secrets Wild Orchid, Montego Bay.
Top | Size Small
Pants (fit just like LuluLemon Align Pants!!!) | Size Small
Sandals
Bag



Even though we were early arriving, we were able to get into our room. We quickly checked-in, headed to our room and changed into our suits in order to get as much pool and sun time as possible!


I'm obsessed with this suit I bought on a whim right before we left. 
Top | Size Medium
Bottom | Size Small
Shorts | Size 2
Hat (sold out) Similar
Bag | One Size

For dinner Wednesday night we had hibachi at Himitsu. There was a total of 10 of us for dinner that night, and the only downfall is non of the restaurants take reservations.


Jumpsuit | Size Small
Wedges
Clutch 


On Thursday, Joe and I went to breakfast and then saved our chairs by the pool. We wanted to soak in the sun and the pool gets very crowded.
Top | (last season) Similar Size Medium
Bottom (last season) Similar | Size Small
Cover-up | One Size (sold out) Similar


Thursday night we went to dinner with a party of 17 to the Jamaican cuisine restaurant, Blue Mountain.
Skirt | Size 4
Top | Size Small




Friday morning started with breakfast at the World Cafe followed by a walk on the beach with Joe.


Followed by a quick photo shoot with my girl Sharon!




Friday night was the rehearsal dinner at the same spot the reception was held on the grounds. 
Dress | Size 4

Can you believe we all picked out our own gowns and they aren't from the same company! On the left is Lulu's and the two on the right are from Show Me Your MuMu



It was such a beautiful ceremony on the beach followed by the reception on the grassy area. 

My Dress | Size 4 
(runs a little snug in chest)

Sunday afternoon we left to come home to PA where we were greeted with snow and a locked garage door- in which I had to crawl through a window to get inside. Can't wait for it to be warm in PA and celebrate this marriage again in MAY!

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