Target Try-On...

Since we live dangerously close to Target, I thought it would be fun to start doing “try-ons” for you guys! It’s like window shopping - since I actually can’t afford to buy all the cute clothes I want - I’ll just try them on and share them with you :) It’s a win-win! I am going to share another Target try on this weekend on my IG stories, and then I’ll post those here as well so you can shop! I did a poll on my IG and you guys voted that you wanted an Old Navy one too - so I am going to get on it :)

I have linked all of the items below each picture so you can click and shop - and I’ll put the prices as well because they’re super affordable!

Sports Bra: Joy Lab  ($20) / Leggings: Same as above!

Sports Bra: Joy Lab ($20) / Leggings: Same as above!

Sweatshirt  (This is AMAZING and oversized..which I love! I’m wearing a large! ($24.00)

Sweatshirt (This is AMAZING and oversized..which I love! I’m wearing a large! ($24.00)

 

xx, Ashley

5 Easter Traditions For Your Family...

 
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I can't believe it's Easter week already! It's one of my favorite holidays to celebrate and especially fun now that we have a little one who LOVES eating treats and finding eggs with her cousins :) We are spending Easter weekend in Maine this year after staying home the past few and we are so excited to be with family. 

I wanted to share some Easter traditions that we love that maybe you can adopt and pass on to your own family! I'll also share some basket ideas / things the "Easter Bunny" aka YOU can leave on Easter morning! 

1. Easter Service. There is nothing more beautiful than church on Easter! Although we always try to make holidays fun and exciting - I want our children to grow up understanding the meaning of Easter and what "Resurrection Sunday" truly means for us and our lives. I also love getting dressed up in Spring dresses and going to service as a family. I remember my mom putting my sister and I in gloves, hats, dresses...the whole nine yards! It was always a big production and we loved it :) 

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2. Brunch. Hello Hot cross buns! Before or after service is the perfect time to have something out for the family to munch on! It doesn't have to be anything crazy; coffee, juice, pastries and a quiche and you're good to go! Hot cross buns are an Easter staple and if you want a good recipe, you can find it here

3. Egg Hunt. This is a MUST! London was a beast last year during the egg hunt with her friends - she had her eye on the prize ;) I'm sure this year will be even better and I can't wait to watch her scurry around. We filled her eggs with some of her favorite things (not all candy) like yogurt bites, fruit loops, and raisins and she was so excited. Of course, we snuck a few m&ms in there as well! We got a little Easter egg hunt kit from Target last year - but this would also be cute to mark the start of the hunt! 

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4. Dyeing Eggs. We didn't do this last year but plan to this time around! I always loved doing this as a kid - and I think London will too! You can find kits anywhere...Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS etc., and they're pretty cheap! It's an inexpensive way to have fun and do a little Easter holiday project! 

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5. Easter Baskets. My fave! I LOVE playing Easter Bunny ;) It's so fun and now that the Target dollar bin exists, it's even more exciting! Amen?! The things they have are so cute. Don't feel like you have to fill the baskets with just candy and junk food! There are so many other ideas like books, stickers, etc that your little ones will be just as excited about! 

Here is what I fill Lo's basket with this year: 

Mini m&m's

Goldfish

Princess coloring book (she is SO into these!) 

Melissa & Doug ABC Puzzle

Rapunzel Dress and long Rapunzel braid (will just set this up beside her basket)

One-year Devotions for Preschoolers (under $10)

Sidewalk chalk

Bubbles

Assorted eggs filled with surprises 

Stretchy Bunnies

Stickers

 

Those are a few ideas that you can use for your own Easter celebration this year! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and families...wherever you may be! Thank you for stopping by!

xx, 

Ashley 

 

 

Black Friday: Best Deals Around!

I've spent the morning perusing online for the best deals, and wanted to share my findings! I also decided to venture out to Bolyston and Newbury this morning (super brave, I know) but I was pleasantly surprised! No pushing, shoving, hollering ... on the contrary it wasn't very busy at all. I think people are up to speed now and have figured out that you can get the SAME deals online as you can in the store.  The first thing you need to do is download the "Retail Me Not" app on your phone. This has saved me SO much money - and not just around the holidays! There are lots of promotions that we never hear about, and the cashiers never tell you about on check out. You can get extra percentages off or "buy 1 get 1 frees" and more! It's pretty fab. Also, you can go through and "favorite" the stores you frequent, so it will automatically let you know about the in-store and online promotions for those first.

Online right now, Express is 50% off EVERYTHING...so save yourself a trip and the hassle of shopping in-store, and order from the comfort of your couch! GAP is another one with huge savings right now, and 50% off in-store and online. I actually went to H&M this morning and some shirts were discounted all the way down to $2.95! I picked up a few things for Chris's birthday, and also got some cute decorations in the "home" section, where everything was 30% off. Kind of disappointed that Sephora isn't running any eye-catching deals. Make up is SO expensive, that it would be nice to buy guilt-free at least once a year! (Can I get an AMEN!?) Another favorite clothing store, Zara is 30% off storewide - which is think is great. Their stuff is reasonably priced to begin with, so deduct another 30% off of that and you're making out like a bandit! Of course, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart have their usual blowout sales...my sister actually got a BIG purchase item at Wally World for $150 less than the original price (can't tell what it is, since it's a Christmas gift for someone who may read this blog, heehee!) 

I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving - and try not to get trampled if you voyage out into the craziness!