It's not hard to imagine how a place like Maui can make you feel--relaxed, free, adventurous. Although the carefree vibe is clear everywhere you go, there are certainly a few things you need to be able to jump right in. This last trip was a little different as we went for my sister's gorgeous wedding and there were a lot of people to coordinate with on top of the usual three kids busyness. I'm sharing some of my favorite fashion and travel finds that stood by us in the mix of exploring and relaxation.
Hey beauties, happy fall! It’s officially here so that means bring out those cute booties, long sleeves, and jackets. Us plus size girls have options now and not just a frumpy pullover jacket or a baggy pair of sweatpants, we can look good and show off our beautiful figure. So naturally, I turn to Gwynnie Bee to meet all my fall fashion cravings with all their beautiful brand named pieces I adore!
Vacationing with littles is nothing but blue skies, or at least one would hope! We recently took the kids with us back to Maui for their second time. Traveling all the way over from Florida equates to about 4500 miles of pulling every trick out of my Mary Poppins bag to keep the exhaustion melt downs to a minimum (mine too). Long airplane or car rides can be testing on your momma patience, but I have a few favorites for making the journey easier for you and them.
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There are many reasons why I decided to pursue a career in nursing nine years ago. To make it simple, there really is an invaluable fulfillment when you are able to be there for someone during a life altering moment! Whether that is handing over a perfectly yummy newborn baby to his or her mommy for the first time or holding an elderly person's hand while they take their last breath. Being there for others, serving them in the vulnerable capacity that nursing offers, is something so uniquely rewarding. Being a nurse is so much more than just passing medications out and taking vital signs--we are able to touch hands, but also have the opportunity to touch hearts every. single. day. Even on the hard days, we know that we made a difference.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but school starts in two weeks. Ugh. Yes, this momma is having a pity party. I know I can't keep my kids all to myself forever, but I love the extra time I have with my oldest when she isn't in school. I will wipe away my back-to-school-blues (for a moment) to look back on a few of my favorite moments and the cute attire they were wearing while we lived it up. We still have time to squeeze in a few summery adventures and you bet I will bottle up every giggle, dance party and look of awe I can.
Growing up and being a plus size girl, especially in middle school and high school was really tough for me. Being confident, loving the body I have, and finding cute, affordable clothes was always difficult for me back then. With companies like Gwynnie Bee, they have opened the doors for women who are dealing with the same feelings and issues I felt. I finally get to let my love of clothes run wild and have gained confidence knowing there is a whole world of fashion just for me.
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Sigh. The quest for the perfect smile. We endured the embarrassment of being a brace face for years. And maybe wore our retainers so the pain wouldn't be in vain (I didn't, my teeth have totally shifted). But all that can be ignored if we have a bright white grill. I've always been self-conscious about my teeth being dingy. Being a new reporter in front of the camera every day makes me want to take care of my smile even more. I've tried whitening paste and strips - but never could make myself blow 500 bucks on professional whitening.
Enter Smile Brilliant. We've partnered with them to show you how easy the at home whitening process can be. A box arrives at your door with a step-by-step guide to making your own teeth impressions for your whitening trays. It's easy, you bite down on this clay-like base and catalyst mix a few times, let it dry and ship it off in the envelope they provide. They even provide and extra set of clay just in case the first mold needs to be redone for an oopsie. In a little over a week, I got my trays back and the whitening fun began.
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Shoes! I love shoes! With the beginning of summer, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite shoes for summer. My list includes a wide variety for every lady/momma out there. Oh, it’s fun to be a girl! Below you'll find my favorite slip ons, strappy sandals, sneakers, rain boots and wedges!
In honor of Mother's Day coming soon, it only felt right to have a little style fun with my favorite woman in the world. Meet my sweet, beautiful mama. Born in Brooklyn, New York with Puertorican roots. She is a brave, strong & confident single mom of 3 who raised us to be the same. Always praying and believing for the best, showing us that with God all things are possible. Did you know that she can play bass and guitar? My mom was “famous” y’all! In her 20’s she became a member of her church band called The Mediators, who later on made their own vinyl record.
"The Mamies" as I call her, has always been stylish in her own way (you know, with some of my help). From her business suits, plaid patterns, shoulder pads, hip huggers and let's not forget the platform shoes, to now signing up with gwynnie bee. Yes my 62 year old mama has her own gwynnie bee subscription. This is giving her the opportunity to get the looks that she loves from the comfort of her own home, creating an ultimate wardrobe if she wants to keep any pieces or enjoy wearing a cute outfit and sending it back when finished with their unlimited exchanges & free laundry. Is there any better gift you can give your mom for Mother's Day than free laundry? I think not! She would get her first month free, then the next month can be your official gift!
Now--let’s talk about these amazing outfits:
I know you’ve heard a lot about She Is Blank Space and our app on the way, but I want to talk about how we got here, why this is so important to me, why it’s so needed.
One day I woke up.
No, not by the beeping of my alarm clock or my kids poking me in the eyeball, but I WOKE up.
My innermost being was so lost, confused, and just flat out blah.
It was as if God tossed a bucket of ice cold water in my face and said, “Ashley, my dear, whom I love so hugely…what are you doing?”
I absolutely could not answer that question. Sad, right? Yeah, I thought so too. This started a downward then upward spiral. It was a lot of questioning and addressing things I was holding onto before I could start moving forward. I dug in deep, cried a lot of tears from past hurts, anger, and whatever else I needed to face. This was hard for me, a person that seemingly had it all together, to admit defeat and that I was failing at “life.”
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