Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Weekend Recap October 2020

Last weekend was a whirl wind, so we needed a little bit slower paced. Let me back track to last weekend first. Joey was in my cousins wedding as the ring bearer. If you follow me on instagram then you saw just how stinking cute he was. But also it was a little somber. Joe's grand mother who we were very very close with passed away, so we had all the services to attend. So like I said before- a casual weekend was needed for all.

Friday, Joe got home from work earlier then normal since we had to be at his office for a meeting very early that morning. He decided to cut the grass while Vinny napped and I picked up Joey from school. When we got home, we finally let Joey ride his new-ish John Deere tractor around the development. He actually received it for Christmas from my father in law, but we didn't have enough room to bring it home with us at Christmas so it sat in his grandparents basement for 9 months. It was the hit of the street! The neighborhood kids all wanted a turn riding it and Joey would climb in the back wagon to ride. However, on one of the rides, they were going a little too fast and the wagon hitch came undone. Joey ended up with a busted lip and bloody mouth. But that didn't stop him from running around more with all his friends, though! When we finally got him inside, we ended up just ordering out for pizza and watched a movie to end the night.

Saturday, my mother in law came to spend the weekend with us. We packed up the car with the boys are headed to breakfast. Where we wanted to go, was over an hour wait. So, we grabbed bagels and headed to the pumpkin patch and tailgated out the back of the car. We found our pumpkins, porch decorations, apple cider donuts (the boys favorites!), and Joey rode the tractor ride and Joe and him shot potatoes out of canons, before we headed out. When we left it started to get crowded.  

Once home, we put out the rest of the Halloween Decorations- which includes the cutest inflatable Buzz and Woody's.
Woody & Buzz |Amazon

Our neighbors next door and diagonal from us actually all came over while we were decorating and had a 'drive way party' as we call it! The kids all played and we had a few drinks together. The kids then made their way over to the play set next door before we all disbursed to have our own dinners. Our friends up the street walked down and we order take out on the patio while the boys played outside. 

Sunday, I made a heaping pile of pancakes from mix my mother in law picked up at Cracker Barrel the day before! it was a pretty lazy morning until we all finally got around and decided to run some errands. 

I made up my annual 'Boo Baskets' for our neighbors and delivered them before we headed out. This year I added in a little something extra for the parents too!

We went to my favorite floral/plants place, The Gift Box and got mums for my mother in law to decorate her house with. We made a stop to a friends house to drop off a baby shower gift which I can't attend. We finished our errands at the grocery store while the boys both slept in the car with Joe. My mother in law treated us and made dinner that night. Meatballs, pasta, sausage - the works! It was delicious. 

Vinny approved! It was a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Vincent Daniel | 9 Months

These months I swear are flying by so quickly. Feels like way quicker then they went with Joey. Vinny is pulling himself up on everything and taking steps assisted. Sometimes he forgets he has to hold on, and will stand himself for a few seconds!

Nine MONTHS: October 7, 2020
sometimes WAKE UP TO EAT 

I HAVE four teeth!! 
and two more bottom ones poking through!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Easy Mexican Lasagna

Who else loves a quick week night meal! With our busy schedules I am always on the hunt for quick, easy and NOT frozen!

When I saw Madi post this easy Mexican Lasagne I knew this would be a hit! It's so easy to make, and you can can even freeze it to make at a later time!


1 lb ground beef
1 cup salsa
1 package taco seasoning
6 large flour tortillas (use more if using small ones)
1 can pinto beans
1-2 cups shredded mexican 4 cheese


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Brown the beef and drain. Stir in salsa and taco seasoning. Simmer for 10 minutes on low. Spread some ground beef on bottom of baking dish then cover with two tortillas. Add another layer of ground beef, half the beans, 1.2 cup cheese and cover with two more tortillas. Repeat layers and top with cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook another 5 minutes.  This serves about 4-6 people!

Top with more salsa, guacamole, and sour cream!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A Girly Baby Shower

A few weekends ago, I got to spoil my friend Amy with a girly baby shower. She is due in December with her first baby and I of course jumped on the opportunity to host this event for her!

The shower was held at Brookside County Club which her dad is a member of. Due to CoVid restrictions, we had the shower under a tent on the property. We hoped for the best with the weather. Turns out that Saturday morning, the temperature of course started in the low 40's and slowly made its way up to only low 60's- so it was a little chilly! Also the wind was so bad that day, and a lot of the decorations couldn't be used or had to be changed! Either way, I made the best of it, and think it turned out great! Here are some of the highlights of the shower.

Amy loves balloons, so I contracted Events by Balloon Works to put together this amazing balloon display. I grabbed the greenery from Gift Box and added it in.
The cupcakes and donuts were from The Buttercups Bake Shoppe. I had originally planned to have the donuts on this donut wall, but with the wind, I couldn't take any chances with it falling over.

The gift table
BABY boxes (originally held pink balloons- but they began to blow away!) | Amazon
Peony Garland | Amazon
Mama to Be Garland | Hobby Lobby

In memorial table to Amy's Mom who passed away 10 years ago.
Grandma Print | Etsy
Lighted Garland | Pier1

Instead of a guest book, I did a headband station. It was a hit!! I purchased the headband kits on amazon. Instead of dealing with a hot glue gun, ahead of time I cut the lengths of the headbands to fit the sizes given and hot glued the ends together. I then glued the felt attachment so that I could have guests just use fabric glue to attach the embellishments on. 
Headbands 1 & 2 | Amazon
Plastic Bins | Hobby Lobby
Giraffe Print| Hobby Lobby (added flower crown)
Onesie Garland | Target (dollar spot!)

My Dress | Lilly Pulitzer
Shoes | Forever 21
Cardigan | H&M (old)

Games | Etsy
Anti Bacterial | Bath & Body Works
Cookies | The Buttercups Bake Shoppe

Some things not shown: 
Mom-osa Bar | Amazon
Prizes for games | Bath & Body Works

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Our Weekend in Long Beach Island, NJ

A few weekends ago, our family took a long weekend down to Joe's dad shore house. If you are not aware of the area, New Jersey at the time was only allowing outdoor dining and still following social distancing guidelines. So, to say this trip was way different then the other years is an understatement. 

We left on Thursday after picking Joey up from school. We noticed while driving down his allergies were getting bad and he was sniffling a lot, but hoped once we got down there, they would clear up. We arrived to the house around dinner time and once we brought everything inside, we ordered pizza take out from the local tavern in town. 

On Friday, we had all intentions of going to the beach with both boys, however, the weather did not cooperate. It was gloomy and over cast all morning. Instead we got bagels and hung around the house in the morning then took a ride to Long Beach Island (about 15 min. away) to walk around and shop. 

We went in and out of some of the little shops in the Bayville Village area and then had some drinks in the Beer-garden Ship Bottom Brewery set up while the boys had snacks. The lines to get into two of my favorite stores were wrapped around the buliding, so I opted to not wait for them. Throughout the day, Joey's allergies were bothering him, so he wasn't in the best spirits. Before leaving the island we stopped at our favorite spot The Local and picked up food for that night to make. 

That night Vinny started to get very cranky and developed a runny nose. Him being cranky is very unusual, so we knew something was up. After holding him down long enough to look into his mouth, we discovered two little teeth starting to show on his top gum. Joe's dad and wife came down to the house later that night and we had steaks on the grill and crab cakes. Vinny slept horrible that night and was up probably every hour. Thankfully he didn't wake anyone else up, but the next day dragged for me!

Saturday, we got bagels again for breakfast and went to the local park to hang a little bit. Joey went with Joe and my father in law on the boat for a little and he had so much fun!  Our friend Kevin stop down for a little and we had drinks and chatted on the patio for a little. 

That night we had dinner reservations at Stefano's  under their outdoor tented patio. I got the Risotto Del Mar which is Shrimp, Lobster, Crabmeat, Artichoke, Asparagus and Tomatoes. It was delicious!!  After dinner we went to Fantasy Island so that Joey could play some games and ride the rides. This was the first year he loved everything! We actually had some friends that were vacationing down on the island, so we met up with them so that the boys could go together on rides. We spent way to many ride credits and walked away with a stuffed turtle from the games. But he had so much fun and that is all that matters!

On Sunday we packed up early to get home. Vinny's teeth were getting worse and Joey's allergies were pretty bad. 

It may have not been the perfect weekend, but anytime I'm with my boys, it's fine with me. Here's to hoping next year is a lot better!

Past Trips:

Friday, September 11, 2020

Vincent Daniel | 8 Months

Well we should have been leaving for Disney this week, so for this months picture we dedicated it to Vinny's stuffed Disney friends. 

Eight MONTHS: September 7, 2020
Wake up to eat 

I have TWO TEETH!!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

New Favorite Necklace

I received this necklace as a gift from oNecklace, however all opinions are my own!

Have you noticed the letter the trend is coming back around? I have a name necklace from years ago that I might just have to pull out of retirement. When I saw this choker name necklace on the oNecklace website, I knew I had to have it. First off, it’s rose gold which I think looks so feminine and next I love to wear a little piece of my boys when they are not with me, so I got their favorite name to yell (well only Joey at the moment), M.A.M.A!  

It looks great, and I love that it has a chunkier chain. 

This is not my first piece from oNecklace, and definitely won't be the last! I love how everything can be personalized and their customer service is so easy to work with. 

Best part, I want to share with all of you that you can use my code to get a discount on a piece of your own. Use code: ASHLEY15 for 15% off you purchase!

Be sure to come back and let me know whatcha got!