New Year

New Year



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!





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.


Hello, Squirrel.


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.”




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…


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!