Friday, October 15, 2021

Back to School 2021

I AM SO LATE on this post! I can't believe we are mid October already!. I also can't believe next year at this time my big boy will in  Kindergarten.. how did that happen!

This year though, my boys are still at the same school. The only difference is Vinny is now going three days a week instead of two.

Joey moved up to the Green Frogs room (PreK 4) and Vinny moved up to the Purple Cats room (PreK1)

We had tears and nerves in the morning, but right after drop off both boys were fine. 

Joey actually wanted to take this picture after school! AND he drew this beautiful picture of me!! 

Anthropologie Christmas Picks 2021

I look forward to the Anthropologie Christmas line every year coming out! Some of the classics year after year and then some other fun gift ideas are the best!

This weekend October 15- 17, 2021, a lot of the gifts are available at 20% off!!!! So don't wait (prices marked below)

I rounded up some today, in case you wanted to get a jump start on that holiday shopping!

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 Glue Gun Ornament 

Primrose Mirror Ornament

Spa Time Ornament

Sports Figures



Gingerbread House 

Riffle Paper Holiday Mug

Tea for Two Set


Gingerbread House Doormat

Dove Card Holder

Enchanted Music Box 

Cookie Jar


Gift of Baking Bundle

George & Viv Ice Rink

Gingerbread Man Cooling Rack

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Serena and Lily Sale

I love everything about Serena and Lily EXCEPT their prices! I can not bring myself to purchase anything at full price no matter how much I like it! Luckily they do occasionally have sales which they offer 20% off regular items and that's when I'll deep dive into the site.  

I created a wish list I would love, even though most are still expensive even which the percentage off. But a girl can dream right!!

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Teak Step Stool

 Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier 

Bayville Side Table  (can't use code but is on sale!)

South Seas Bar Cart

Bar Harbor Bone Inlay Mirror

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Disney 2021 Recap | Outfit Links

I can't believe the trip that I've planned for that felt like would never come, has indeed come and gone!
We had originally planned our trip for last September 2020, but with the way the world was going, we decided to postpone until 2021. 

It was the four of us, my parents and my mother in law- so we had extra hands to help! We were lucky, because the first night we got to Orlando, our best friends had planned a vow renewal that we were able to sneak away for that night! 

One of the things I was most excited about was putting together all the outfits for each day the boys would wear in the parks! Today I wanted to round up a huge post of where I found everything!!

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Everyday wear
Disney BFF Earrings | BaubleBar
Mickey & Minnie Earrings | BaubleBar
Mickey Bracelet | BaubleBar
Minnie Bow Bracelet | BaubleBar
Fanny Pack | Target
Disney Patches | Stoney Clover Lane 

Travel Outfit
Shorts | Abercrombie
T-shirt | Etsy
Sneakers | Adidas 
Boys 'First Trip' Shirts | Etsy
Boys Shorts | Gap
Boys Hoodies | Gap
Boys Sneakers | Adidas or Journeys

Animal Kingdom Outfit
Leopard Bow Tank | Amazon
Rose Gold Ears | Amazon
Shorts | Abercrombie
Sneakers | Adidas 
Joe's Shirt | Amazon
Joe's Sneakers | Adidas
Boys Sneakers | Adidas or Journeys

Vow Renewal Outfit
Dress | Lulu's similar (old)
Wedges | DSW (similar)

Magic Kingdom Outfit
Shorts | Free People
Matching Shirts | Homemade
Tank | Homemade
Ears | Amazon
Custom name ears (gaga/maga) | Etsy
Sneakers | Adidas 
Boys Shorts | H&M
Joey Tank | Kohl's 

Hollywood Studios Outfits 
Bo Peep Tank | Homemade
Shorts | Abercrombie
Buzz Shirt | Etsy
Woody Short | Etsy
Boys Shorts | H&M
Joe's shirt | Amazon
Sneakers | Adidas 
Pixar Ears | Etsy

Dinner Outfit- Disney Springs
Boys Polo's | Zara
Boys Shorts | H&M

Ravoli Breakfast Outfit
Romper | Free People
Bodysuit | Abercrombie 
Joey Shirt  | Disney Store
Vinny Shirt | Gap (older)

Epcot Outfit
Vinny Shirt | Amazon
Vinny Shorts | Monica & Andy
Joey Shirt | Disney Store
Sneakers | Comverse High Tops

Monday, August 23, 2021

Five on Friday- on a MONDAY

 Oh Friday.. you are my favorite! It's crazy to think there are only a few Summer Friday's left in this year. In PA the weather typically stays nice until sometimes into October, but just knowing it isn't considered Summer after August makes me sad. 

This weekend we have plans for dinner Saturday night, so the boys favorite baby sitter is coming over, and Sunday we have brunch reservations with friends that live in California! 

Here are some highlights from our week!


I recently received my fall order for my shop. In case you missed it, in the beginning of Summer, I took a leap and started my own online clothing and accessories boutique - Bellisima by Ashley Maria

Anyway, it has already grown so much, that I am running out of room! I am moving to a bigger warehouse space in order to be more organized, hold more inventory and keep growing! Super excited for the future with this little shop of mine!


Speaking of my shop, I am currently getting ready for my first Pop Up Shop ever! I'm super excited, but also not getting my hopes up at the same time. 


I am in full on Disney mood getting all this things around for our Disney trip so soon. we leave in a little more then two weeks, so I am preparing all the outfits, accessories and extras! I just got in the cutest shoes for the boys to wear.

How cute are the Minnie ones!!

Even though I am getting excited for all the Fall things, I miss watching the sunset on the pool deck. These sunsets at our house never get old!


With so much going on in this world, I invite you to pray. Doesn't matter who you pray to, or what god you worship- if any. There is new disasters every day, turmoil in other countries and still so much uncertainty with this pandemic. We need to all come together and pray for the world to heal.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and looking forward to a great week!

Monday, August 9, 2021

Star Spangled Gender Reveal

 During the Fourth of July weekend, we threw our best friends a gender reveal party to celebrate their second baby. Since it was during the holiday, we came up with the idea of doing a Star Spangled Baby theme! 

Instead of wearing typical pink and blue we requested everyone wear red or blue to cast your vote. 

We wish the weather was a little better- it was drizzling on and off all day, But it turned out perfect for them!

Firecracker Sign | Chalk Designs by Me
Tattoo's | Amazon
Gender Stickers | Amazon
Well Wishes Cards | Amazon
Lights | Target (dollar spot) 
Dessert Decorations | Amazon

Little Firecracker Banner | Amazon
Yard Stakes | Hobby Lobby

Confetti Canon | Amazon

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Summer 2021 Update

 I want to first apologize for giving my blog not the attention I would like. Right now the balance of working full time in the office, schedules of the boys, my online boutique and Summer, of course this is the space that gets no attention! But I wanted to pop in and give you an update on our Summer so far!  

This weekend we have ZERO plans and I am so excited to clean (never thought I would say that!) hang with Joe and the kids and swim in the pool. We have not had a weekend free all month- so this is going to be so nice!


Memorial Day came and went. It was a cold Memorial Day weekend. We initially had plans to have a party Sunday for friends and family, but with the impending forecast, we decided to push it back to Monday. Like every Memorial Day for the past few years, the boys and I went up to the cemetery where my grandparents are buried for the Memorial Day ceremony. Joey loves when the local Legion does the gun salute. I can remember as a kid, going to search for the shells after the ceremony! Once it was finished we headed back home to have friends over. I hated that the next day was a work day though, so we weren't all able to hang out too late.


On June 4 Joe and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! I can't believe our wedding was 5 years ago! So much has happened in five years.. Two houses, two kids, new cars, job promotions, new opportunities, losses but yet sooooo many happy memories! it's crazy to think about.. We went back to where we had our wedding reception- Hotel Bethlehem for dinner and Joey's pre-school teacher baby sat for us. It was the fist time someone other family watched this kids for us. They had so much fun, we will definitely be using her again!

The baseball season wrapped up for Joey and since Joe was the head coach we decided to do the end of the year party for all the boys at our house. We are super proud of Joey for sticking it out all season (he was the youngest on the team) and even asked to play again in the Fall!

Another exciting thing happened in June.. my mother in law closed on her house just a block away and officially moved in! It is so nice having someone walking distance to help with the boys. I am so so grateful we have my parents, but they are 30 minutes away. We are now getting spoiled being able to call her to come watch the boys or dropping them off when we need to run quick errands! 

We all attended the local food truck festival and ate way to much trying something from each one and Joe started his softball league, so I brought the boys to one of his games and we tailgated in the back of the car with McDonald's!

Joe and I attended a friend from College's wedding that was postponed from last year and it was fun to get together with everyone for an adult weekend and we visited the Easton Farm's Market- the fresh smoothies were a big hit!

July.. was busy!

We had threw a gender reveal party for our best friends from college. This was kinda bittersweet because they are moving in a few weeks to Myrtle Beach for work purposes. We've lived six houses apart for the last two on top of being friends for so long. 

We decided to do our annual Fourth of July party on Sunday and had friends and neighbors over for it. Joe and I both had off on Monday to observe the holiday, so we brought the boys up to my parents so that we could get things around the house done. We are in the process of completing our basement, so we moved a bunch of stuff back down to the basement that was in the garage. 

The following Saturday we celebrated our friends son's 3rd birthday early with a construction theme party at their house. It was their last weekend in the house so we stayed up late, laughed, cried, and talked about future plans to visit them! Sunday, we had our neighbors 5th Birthday party at a gymnastics center. Joey had so much fun. It was his first birthday party with just kids (parents stayed during the party, but didn't participate) and he felt like such a big kid! After the party, we hurried off to the ball park by my parents house for a cousin of mine graduation party from High School. There were a bunch of high schools playing basketball on the courts, and Joey being the youngest there went right over and started playing with them. It warmed my heart seeing some of the older kids taking the time to play with him. When we got home, Joe had already started cooking for our big 'family dinner' we planned for our friends that were moving. We made meatballs, sausage, pasta, garlic bread, salads and a good red wine! It was the perfect farewell dinner. 

We also took our annual Long Beach Island trip, which you can read about here.

The Big Time was held again this year, however it look different, because we did not do the funnel cake stand. Joe and I had a wedding on Friday & Saturday and we couldn't find any volunteers to work the stand for us. Instead of allowing us to open on Wednesday & Thursday, the committee made the decision to not open it at all- which we were bummed about. 

You can read about our previous years here: 20162018, 2019

Like I said before, Joe and I went to Massachusetts for a wedding of Joe's friend from High School. One the way there we stopped at Tree House Brewing.  It was about another hour and a half away from there still. When we got to the hotel, we had to quickly get ready for the rehearsal dinner. Saturday was the wedding and Joe had things to do during the day with the other groomsman. Even though all the girls said we would make plans, we all had decided to just do nothing and take the time to just lounge around sans kids and husbands! The shuttle took us to the venue and the views were stunning! It was on top of a mountain and overlooked miles and miles of trees. It was a beautiful wedding and weekend! 

Jumpsuit | Lilly Pulitzer
Earrings | Stella & Dot 

Summer please slow down!!

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