What’s New?

What’s New?

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Hey! It’s been a while since I have posted my last blog. I’ve been keeping busy with homework, Little 2, daycare, and now…. drumroll… Dance.

I’m in week 4 of school now. So far I’m keeping the grades up to A’s in all my classes. Personal Finance is my favorite right now. Our course material comes from Dave Ramsey, so we get to watch his videos. I think he’s funny. It makes the learning experience so much better. Plus, I think it’s important (for everyone) to be able to manage money effectively. A really practical college course. I highly and absolutely recommend it. Even if you are not taking college classes, you can still access Dave Ramsey’s courses.

Little 2 is learning so much more and getting bigger everyday. He is starting to shrill/scream like the troublesome two age but not too often. He isn’t thrilled that I’ve been doing homework lately. Less attention from mommy = upset toddler. Even if I’m with him 24/7. Now with the exception of dance practice…

I just started DubH last week. DubH is Hip Hop dance. The name is pretty much double h: DubH. Currently, I’m in 2 different dances. I’m excited to meet new people, make friends, learn dance routines, be more active & outgoing, and to just try new things! It will be good for me in many ways.

That’s a lot of activities to juggle! School, child, work, dance, what else life throws at me, (this blog), and all while being a single mom. I got this! 💪🏻

…And I still find time to read a book! 😁

📚 Homework 📚 

📚 Homework 📚 

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School has officially started for me, and I’ve begun my first week of assignments. Homework = less blogging time for me. Especially if it’s a big load! I’ve never had 3 online courses at one time, so I’m hoping I’m able to juggle them well with everything else I have going on in life.

Currently, I have to write a rough draft for an autobiography for my Early Childhood Education course, and that is due on Saturday. I need to remind myself it’s a rough draft! I don’t feel very good at writing “bios” for social media websites let alone an autobiography. I will manage, though. I am pretty good at writing.

My personal finance had about no homework; just an introduction discussion post. And my college experience class has more homework than I expected it to have!

So far I’m doing well in my classes and keeping up with the homework! Let’s see if I am next week… 😬

Until next time!

 



 

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

New Year

New Year

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Happy New Year everyone!

I haven’t posted for about a week! I aim for posting twice a week, fyi. But, I have been on vacation and focusing on spending time with family. So very little social media besides the family group chat we have.

Before I get into New Year’s Resolutions, of course, I’m going to go over how my trip went! It was great! Little J was amazing through all the car rides. Well… he did puke twice on the long haul to New York, but besides that, awesome! I drove about 4 hours to NY, and 6 hours back. Then 4 hours from IL to IA! I will definitely be road trip ready next time around. I definitely overpacked, and I will have to bring it down to the basics next time. Shoutout to Aunt Lisa, she was the best to drive with. We had great conversations the whole way, and the time just seemed to fly!

During our entire trip, we played lots of board and card games, went on a few adventures, and got to know our family tree a whole lot better!

 

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We arrived in NY about 4am, so we spent most of that day recovering from our long ride. We did stop into Ellicottville and check out some shops; I didn’t buy anything. The second day, we went to go visit family, and I took down a whole lot of information about our family history. I learned a lot! The next day, we took a two hour trip to Niagara Falls. It was super chilly, but we beared it anyway just to see the sights.

 

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The last day before we left, we went to Holiday Valley to go tubing in the snow! It was Little 2’s first time. He loved it! We left on New Year’s Eve, and we got to IL an hour before the New Year. The little one fell right asleep on me on the couch, so we just laid there. No TV, just silence. He woke up to countdown and went back to sleep. We stayed in IL a bit longer than planned, but it was great to meet family and get in some good photo memories.

I’m blessed!

Who has New Year’s Resolutions? Or just goals, if you may. The New Year is great because it seems like a fresh slate and a whole new beginning. But every month, week, and day is good for that, too. *hint*

I personally have come up with a lot of goals, but here are a few ones:

  • Be more physically active
  • Do well in my spring classes
  • Spend more quality time with family
  • Minimize stuff in my life

Living in Iowa, or any cold region, and being phsically active seems daunting. I just want to hibernate under a warm blanket with Cheeto as my warmer. When I think exercise, I come to the connotation that I have to run or use weights, etc. To be physically active can just be moving your body… like doing tasks around the house. Though, it would be good to start running… or jogging, haha.

Classes are coming up real fast, and they start on the 9th! EEK. I don’t have my books yet. Hopefully, I will get them tomorrow. I like to give my textbooks a look over before I have to dive into them, so I know what I have gotten myself into.

What matters the most is family, so I want to spend lots of my time with family and creating that quality connection. Family both near and far! Even just a call would be great.

I have way too much stuff and so does Little J. I have already been weeding out my closet and a few of J’s toys. I am really hoping for that garage sale this year. I have been encouraging people for 2 years now to get on it. PLEASE this year. 🙂 Anything that doesn’t go at the garage sale can be donated to Goodwill.

I am looking for a great New Year! It has absolutely started off on the right track, and I’m looking forward to what 2017 has to offer!

 


 

 

“Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow is a fresh opportunity to make things better. Never forget to count your blessings.”

Blogging on the Road

Blogging on the Road

In my last post, I shared how I was going to travel with some family to visit other family states away. We have begun our journey and, fortunately, the weather has been in our favor! 

On Christmas morning it was downpouring, lightning, and thundering. I had never seen that on Christmas before, but the rain stopped and it hadn’t iced the roads over. Yay! It was quite foggy on the road Christmas evening, though. I’d say that’s better than icy roads!

We stopped in Illinois to stay overnight and visited with family and left the next day. I am so thankful to have family that makes accommodations for us on holidays. It was a good late night Christmas visit! 

We played the Oregon Trail card game I got (only at Target). It was new and different from any board or card game I have played. It is just like the Oregon Trail computer game that my cousins and I had played when we were younger. It was confusing to figure out at first, but totally worth it. Unfortunately, we all died. Two of us from dysentery and one because the oxen had died from bad water and could not proceed any further. Nonetheless, it was still a fun game! 

As I am currently typing this, we are on the road. I believe we are in Ohio now. I drove a bit over 4 hours straight, and now I can fit in a blog post! 

Little 2 has been napping; he woke after a couple hours and was content listening to my Aunt and I babble back and forth for a long, long time. He had snacked on chocolate earlier and had leftover residue around his lips, and, later, he had snacked on blueberries. When we stopped to get gas, I noticed he had more residue smeared on his face. I looked at my Aunt and I asked, “Did you give him chocolate?” She said no, and I concluded it may have been blueberry smeared on his face since it was dark. But when I came around and opened his door, the light came on. He had had a bloody nose! Poor little man! The air has been real dry and he has had a bloody nose in the past couple months from that. Luckily, my grandpa has a washer and dryer in his home we can use to get the blood off of his shirt. Please, no more bloody noses! 

Soooo, we are looking to arrive in our destination at 3 in the morning. Good morning, Grandpa! Not so bright, but definitely early! (Haha).

I’m glad to have visited cousins in Illinois, this bonding time with my Aunt on our long drive up, and I’m looking forward to spending quality time with the rest of the family awaiting our arrival!

“Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.”

Traveling for the Holidays

Traveling for the Holidays

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‘Tis the season to be jolly. And for travelers!

It’s not a tradition that we do this, but a group from my family is going to road trip out to visit my Grandpa in New York this year! I am excited, but also nervous about the road conditions for our long drive ahead of us. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with us on our journey. It is approximately a 13 hour drive, but with all the stops it will probably be closer to 14 hours. That’s a lot of driving!

Just this year, I have driven for a time period longer than 1 hour. This summer I drove 2 hours back from Wisconsin. Just last month, I drove by myself to Illinois 4 hours there and then the 4 hours back! I am surely packing in the driving experience this year.

Family is absolutely worth all the time spent driving, though! I am really looking forward to playing card and board games, eating lots of snacks, laughing a lot, and spending quality time with my loved ones! I am so blessed for my family and the wonderful traveling opportunities in my life.

I am also excited to spend time with family in my hometown as well. Even if you don’t have to travel very far…I’m wishing safety to all you travelers out there! Especially the ones with the snow!

Happy Holidays!



“The greatest gift of all is to spend Christmas with the ones you love.”

Loving and Loss

Loving and Loss

Yesterday was a difficult day. Funerals are always difficult. I don’t know how people that are in the mortuary service do it day-to-day. Death is inevitable… Frankly, it is very grim to me. Losing the people we love and losing the people we know; it scares the most of us. I feel sadness at a loss of somebody even if I hardly knew them. I can only imagine the pain from the loss of someone I have been close with and/or have known a long time.

Often times people die on not-so-good terms with their loved ones, or they wish they would have spent more time with them, or should have said that they loved and cared about them more… Or even if it was a friend or even an aquaintance… It’s always good to let people know you’re thinking about them.

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I can’t say much about grieving because I have not experienced enough of it to put anything… but I can definitely feel it when I think about losing the people I hold dear to my heart. I do know that people grieve at their own pace and in their own ways. Take all the time that you need and surround yourself with good company. You do the best that you can and keep yourself positive.

Embrace your loved ones while you have the chance. Tell your friends and family you care about them, or even better! Show them! Even the littlest gestures go a long way. Especially with the current holiday season, it’s the best time to express that we care. Though, we should do that all the time!

Never take the simple moments of life for granted.



“Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.”

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

Getting Back into School

Getting Back into School

One reason I have started blogging is to get myself ready to start school up again this spring. I am going to take 3 online courses this upcoming semester. This blog will help me get back into due dates, typing a lot, and connecting my perspective into my writings.

Personal Finance

Early Childhood Education

(This next one is mandatory…)

The College Experience

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So hopefully that isn’t too much of a load juggling 3 classes of homework, my Little 2, doing daycare, and dealing with life itself! I believe in myself, so that’s what counts. I just have to remind myself to squeeze in time to relax!

When I first imagined doing online classes I thought, ‘I’m gunna have spare quiet time to work on my homework, maybe go to the library and sit…‘ but in reality I was at home and most of the time it was not quiet. I’d have to stop mid-homework assignment to go chase after the little one and clean up. I still got an A+ in both classes! It was easier to work on homework while everyone else was sleeping, but then I should have been too… I managed!

This time I’ll have 3 classes though… I’m not expecting to have A+ this time around, but it won’t stop me from trying my best and keep in mind it’s about the learning that matters.



 

“Challenges, disappointments, and failures are not meant to destroy you, but to strengthen you.”

 

Accomplishments

Accomplishments

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Just in the last week or so, I have finally come to accomplish putting Little 2 to sleep without a bottle of milk! (fireworks) Hurray!! If only I could get him to sleep in his own bed…

Additionally, I have also accomplished getting him to be interested in brushing teeth before bedtime. It’s a nice mother-son bonding time. I will brush my teeth and J will giggle when he tries to brush his teeth cause the bristles tickle his gums. Now, if I could get him to do that every night that would be great! And also the morning…

I’m also pretty proud of myself for getting into blogging! 3 hurrahs for Ashlynn! I believe it is coming along decently. Creating a blog has been a thing I have been wanting to do for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I did start one with a friend last year to post DIY projects and food we would make… but we only posted once and didn’t see each other as much as we had expected. Oh, well! I enjoy having a blog of my own!



“If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.”

Thank you guys for liking and following me even though I just got started!

Very much appreciated!

In The Beginning…

In The Beginning…

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In the beginning, I made a blog…

…and chose a theme

…and fonts

…and created a logo.

Hello! I am still in the works of putting my site together! There are so many different customizations and things to think about when creating a blog. It almost gets me overwhelmed with all the little things I’m still going to have to tweak in order for me to be in complete love with my blog… but I’m sure I will get there eventually.

I have chosen a few main categories I will blog about:

  • Parenting
  • Beauty
  • Lifestyle

OH THE JOYS of parenting… especially with a 2 year old! He is usually such a great boy, but lately he has been acting like he is 2… uh oh! Bring on the patience within! In this column, I will be writing about activities, routines, and all the oh boys! and oh joys.

OOH LA LA! I am always trying to improve my makeup stash, so I will definitely be sharing my favorites, my finds, and what I discontinue to use in my Beauty blog category.

LIFESTYLE. I will be blogging about the basics like the seasons changing, little moments, house nonsense, fitness, DIY, and basically anything that does not primarily fall under the other two categories will be underneath lifestyle.



 

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

 

So here I am, venturing out into the world of bloggers.

I hope you enjoyed my very first blog post, and I would greatly appreciate feedback on any of my posts, so feel free to leave a comment!