Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Things I'm Loving

When I like a product, I LOVE it.

Like …. buy-one-in-every-color type of love.

I've had a few obsessions lately so I wanted to share the products I've been crushing on :-)

Eucalyptus Spearmint (or Mint)

Candles, soap, wallflowers, car fresheners.
I've just about purchased the entire product line.  I can't get enough of this fresh/clean scent.  I even got a car freshener to keep at work.  Delish.


The hubs recently bought my a couple of headbands from Junk.  Not only have I enjoyed the extra spunk they've added to my workout/hiking outfits, they're awesome at keeping sweat from dripping down your face.

I have since purchased headbands from Hippie Runner, Skida, and Bolder Bands.

If you sense a review post coming up, your senses are spot-on my dear friends.

Fizz Sticks (Arbonne)

If we've worked together, chances are you've seen me walking around with a Rockstar energy drink with enough caffeine to keep the average person awake for at least a week (but for me… 4 hours).

Waking up at 3:45am every morning takes its toll on my energy level.  Like super hardcore.

These little tokens of energy keep. me. going.  The flavor is amazing, the fizz is addicting, and the fact that it's a natural source of energy keeps me coming back for more.

And I leave you with that my dear friends.  If you have any suggestions of new products to try I'm always looking for something new to crush on :-)  Happy Wednesday!

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Friday, March 06, 2015

January Girl Trip - Oregon Coast (Cannon Beach)

Because I went on a blogging hiatus, I thought I'd post a quick trip recap.

In January a girlfriend and I took a quick weekend trip down to the coast.  She has a friend who has a beach house and let us use it for the weekend.  Saweeeet!

There's something about the Oregon coast.  The smell.  The air.  I love it all.  LOVE.

So we packed up our hiking gear and headed to the coast for a weekend of diet-breaking, hiking, beach-exploring, and crepes.

We seriously lucked out, as the weather was gorgeous considering it was January.  No rain the entire trip and blue skies - mega win.

On Sunday we went on a hike (that I can't remember the name of…) that made us work for the views.  While the hike itself wasn't too terribly difficult, the mud factor was at an all time high.  But hey - it made for fun photos and a fun story :-)

Monday, March 02, 2015

Update + Munra Point

Bad Ashley.  Bad, bad Ashley.

I really have no excuse for my bloggy hiatus.  Really I've just been busy with work, and by the time I get home I'm lazy.  Pure lazy.  I've been clocking mad Netflix hours and cuddle time with the pups, but my poor bloggy has been neglected.

So I thought I'd make up to you all with some pictures from our Valentines Day hike!  I've been dying to do Munra Point, so I dragged that husband of mine to the gorge for a WONDERFUL hike.

If you're in the Portland area and looking for a fun hike, I most definitely recommend Munra Point.  It's extremely steep (it's listed as "strenuous" for a reason) but the viewpoint at the top is totally worth it.

What's better is, even on a clear sunny PNW day, the hike was barely crowded.  Definitely unusual for the Gorge area so we'll take it :-)  

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Do you see what I see? + GIVEAWAY!

In case you didn't notice, my beautiful bloggy got a MAKEOVER!  
Thank you to the lovely Kailyn who had to deal with my sporadic "Oh and one more thing!" emails.

To celebrate my darling bloggy, I'm doing an itsy-bitsy-mini giveaway.
Hey - good things come in small packages.

So with that I'm giving away a 1 carat diamond ring.
Just kidding just kidding.
I make funny.

Seriously - who doesn't love these babies. 

You even get to pick between two different flavors.

So with that being said, thank you for visiting my page and enter away!  And stay tuned for another super-fun giveaway coming up in the near future :-)
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Monday, December 01, 2014

Trampolines and Cold Hikes

My whine level is at an all time high today
Does it have to be Monday?

As with everyone else, I'm posting about my weekend today :-)  
Aaron and I weren't able to fly home for Thanksgiving since we took pretty much the entire month of September off to go get hitched.

So we stayed in Portland and had Thanksgiving with a friends family.  We were incredibly Thankful to have a family take us in, and had one of THE BEST dinners we've had in a while.

Aaron's brother and sister-in-law flew in the next day for the long weekend so we've spent the weekend playing in Portland.  
Not half bad huh?

We went to one of those trampoline gyms and BOY HOWDY we burned so many calories! 


Also, pretty sure we were the only adults jumping in the gym.  The rest of the adults were sitting nearby watching us their young children jump enthusiastically.  

I mean
If there's any way to act and feel like a 10 year old 
it's in an trampoline gym.
So to my fellow PDX friends out there - you should all check out the trampoline gyms and invite me so I can come get my 10-year-old-jumping on

**Side Note - We played trampoline dodgeball and guess who KILLED IT! 
This girl.
I always thought I was horrible at dodgeball....
...Turns out I just need to play with 10-year olds.

We also thought it would be a good idea to go for a hike on Sunday.
On freezing cold, super windy, Sunday.

We went to Beacon Rock where we nearly got blown off the cliff
But we survived, took photos, and ran down the hill.

And now it's Monday
And time to work.
So I'll end my blogging and continue my whining.

Happy Monday lovely schnookum friends!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Darling Updates

So before I start, you may notice I've added "watermarks" to my photos below.

Sad face - guess who got catfished

A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

So basically, someone took a picture from my bloggy, and claimed that it was her and her boyfriend "Logan."  
She was also a model.

Anyhow - with that being said, I'm going to make more of an effort to watermark my pictures.  We'll see how long this lasts :-)

And ON to more fun things!
This piece of heaven
This is the hydroflask 
...and it was sent from heaven (aka REI)
It claims to keep hot beverages hot for 12 hours
And cold beverages cold for 24 hours 
And the claims are oh-so-true

I LOVE cold water.  
Cold drinks.  
There's no such thing as too much ice.
I filled my Hydroflask with ice water at 8:30am, and by 8;30pm there WAS STILL ICE

Mind blown.
 Now all I need to do is score this pink Hydroflask and I'm set.

And moving on!
Have any of you been to the paint nights?
You drink wine and learn to paint on canvas.
For work we had a team event where we painted the St. Johns bridge
It was a blast
If you haven't done this yet you'll definitely need to!

And with that, I'm done with my incredibly random post about cold water and pretty paintings.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10 Things

Ever been offered a free pair of uggs?

... me either.  But my girl Katelynn's fiance may or may not be required to buy her some Uggs if she reaches 100 followers.    She's so close!  Give a sister some bloglovin' love :-)

And with that, Katelynn has also tagged me to detail 10 things I'm thankful for.  Definitely a must for this time of year :-) With that being said, below are some things I'm loving these days:

1.  Rice Cooker

Yup - We received a rice cooker for the wedding and I never realized I would fall in love with a kitchen tool.  But alas!  This bad boy makes cooking rice easy and quick and is my new kitchen favorite :-)

2. Fall TV Shows

Revenge, Nashville, Law and Order, Grimm, How To Get  Away With Murder, Chicago Fire.... I've got problems, let's be honest.

3.  Employment

I'm sure I take my job for granted, but this is my friendly reminder to myself to be thankful for being employed.  If we've texted/chatted in the past couple of months, I may or may not have complained about feeling swamped and overwhelmed at work #FirstWorldProblems #MeGeneration  Sometimes I need to remember to man up and smell the flowers.

4.  My Honey - The Po-Po

For those who have a significant other in Law Enforcement, you'll know it's not easy.  They work spastic long hours for a not-so-glamorous job.  Portland had incredibly low temperatures and high winds this past week, and while I was cuddled up cozy in bed, my hubs was patrolling the streets (which were pretty empty due to said wind/temperature).  I could go on and on about his job and the things he has to put up with, but I'll save that for another time :-)

5.  Dilly Bars

Cherry dilly bars, to be specific.

6.  Kick Ass Wedding Photographers

Having a great wedding photographer is a plus.
Having two awesome wedding photographers who wake up at the butt-crack-of-dawn the morning after the wedding to do sunrise photos - priceless.
If you're in the Northern Washington area and need some wonderful photographers check out Evantide Photography (shameless plug).

7.  Bluetooth Earpiece

Another thing I tend to whine about is my commute, which tends to be upwards of 1.25 hours one way.  This bad boy lets me get all of my calls in on my way home from work.  Now if we could only work on the car sickness...

8. Library Membership

What am I .... 80?!  I've been hearing of people having library cards and I want to kindly remind them that we live in 2014 with Google and Hulu.
... Until I joined the library.  Seriously you guys - you have no idea what you're missing out on.  Unlimited audiobooks (for the commute in #7 above), passes to the Japanese Gardens and other local attractions, free DVDs, Books, etc.
Call me 80 but I'm loving my local libraries.

9.  Mom's Recovery

Remember this post where I blogged about my mom's freak accident?  My tiny little mom is recovering nicely.  She is walking/trotting, and working on using her hands/arms again.  It's nothing short of a miracle and hours on top of hours of hard work.  xoxox

10.  My Amazing Wedding

I'm seriously still on cloud 9 from our amazing wedding (posts coming soon!).  I am so incredibly thankful to have my family and friends who all helped make the day perfect (since I just HAD to have a DIY-labor-intensive wedding).  I think families should have weddings every year, because it was the best excuse to see people you haven't seen in a while and spend the weekend reconnecting with loved ones.