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August 29, 2011

7 Random Facts

by Ashley

I know I have been a little MIA this afternoon… sorry ’bout that!  It’s been a busy day, as most of my Mondays are.  It was a good, productive day though, which is always a great way to start off the week! 

Today I was awarded the Blissful Blogger Award by the fabulous Lyndsie at High Cotton Livin’!  Thanks so much Lyndsie!

 I am told that if I want to accept this award, I must share with you seven random facts about me.  Oh boy, I’m really not good at these random facts kind of questions, but I’ll give it a shot.  Here it goes:

Fact #1: My husband and I have known each other since he was 12 years old and I was 9 years old!

We attended the same church growing up, so we knew each other since we were kids.  Never in a million years did I think I was going to marry the “ladies’ man” in our youth group!  I am so incredibly thankful that I did though, and I am also incredibly thankful that he’s not known as the “ladies man” anymore. 😉 

Fact #2: I tore my ACL, MCL, and Meniscus playing volleyball my junior year of high school.

I was going up for a hit (spike) and when I landed, my knee locked up and I fell to the ground.  Needless to say, this was not an enjoyable experience!  It was at the very beginning of our volleyball season, and I was having a great season so far with high hopes of being one of the starting six and a possibility of looking to play in college.  Unfortunately my knee injury didn’t allow for either of those hopes.  I had surgery on it and it still gives me issues sometimes, but at least it’s fixed!


Fact #3:  My favorite candy (bar) in the whole wide world is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

The good ol’ traditional peanut butter cups are my favorite.  I eat the outside of them first and then eat the center, which is the most amazing bite ever. 


Fact #4:  I am 100% DUTCH baby! 

Yup, I am all Dutch…every little bit of me.  This means I am incredibly frugal, far from petite, have a (Dutch) booty, and have lighter hair and features. 😉


Fact #5:  The one food I could never ever get sick of is peanut butter.

I could seriously eat a whole jar of peanut butter in one day if I allowed myself.  I make sure I ration myself to 2 tablespoons a day otherwise I’d spend WAY too much money on peanut butter, and I don’t think my tummy would be very happy if I ate a whole jar every day. 

Fact #6: My two favorite movies are “Marley and Me” and “The Blindside”.

“Marley and Me” reminds me exactly of what our life is like with our yellow lab, Ryan.  I swear Marley and Ryan are the same dog.  Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship in the movie also is very similar to Cody’s and mine, so it just makes me smile. 🙂


“The Blindside” was such an inspirational film.  It made me cry as much as I laughed.


Fact #7: One of my biggest dreams in life has always been to be a mom.  (A great one like my momma nonetheless!)

I am now supposed to tag seven other bloggers.  Here they are:

Tessa at Amazing Asset

Courtney at Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Janae at The Hungry Runner Girl

Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers

Heather at Healthy with Heather

Tina at Faith, Fitness, Fun

Maria at La Piattini {the little plate}

Hope you enjoyed my random facts page!  Have a great rest of your evening!

August 22, 2011

Finding Encouragement in Healthy Living Blogs

by Ashley

I told myself I was going to go for a run this morning, but when my alarm clock went off and I got out of bed, I knew it just wasn’t happenin’.  I woke up feeling not even a slight bit motivated, and I was starving for whatever reason.  I don’t like eating (or at least much) before I go for a run because it upsets my stomach.  I opted to eat my breakfast, and blog with my good ol’ cup of joe this morning, and I WILL do a cardio workout later this afternoon after work.  Yes, yes, yes I will. 😉

Today I wanted to talk about the encouragement and positivity I see in so many of the healthy living blogs, and how much I appreciate it.  I just started a “healthy living blog” within the past month, and it has literally changed my life for the better.  Not only do I look forward to reading about all of these fabulous women’s lives, looking at beautiful food photography,  and trying new recipes, but I love the encouragement and enthusiasm for healthy living that is behind each of their blog posts.  They inspire me, encourage me, and motivate me.  (Make sure you check out my “Blog Roll” tab to see other great healthy living blogs!) 

I was talking to my wonderful stepmom the other day about my new(er) blog, and she was telling me how much she enjoyed it.  I told her I appreciated it, and writing in it is something that I look forward to every day.  I love being able to write and inspire others through my healthy living journey.  I also told her that it’s so refreshing to me to read other blogs and see that women can LOVE food too.  I know that sounds weird, but I feel like in our society, women are so often supposed to look “a certain way” aka skin and bones, and they have to eat like birds to maintain that “skinny image”. 

I’ve always loved food, and I have almost always felt ashamed (for lack of a better word) to admit such a thing. *Gasp!*  It’s refreshing to me to know that there are tons of other women out there can love food as much as I do, ENJOY IT (most importantly), and still maintin an active, healthy lifestyle. 

I’ve been reading tons of other healthy living blogs over the weekend, and many of the bloggers were at the Healthy Living Summit in Philadelphia the past few days.  It looked like such an awesome experience!  A bunch of people coming together with a common passion, encouraging one another, and enjoying one another’s company through healthy, delicious foods and exercise.  It sounds like my kinda weekend!  I would LOVE to attend the Healthy Living Summit next year.  I’ll add that to one of my goals for 2012! 😉 

I have lots of goals for my healthy living blog, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.  I appreciate each and every one of my readers, and I hope I am making some sort of impact on you as so many of the other healthy living bloggers have done for me.  Please let me know if there’s a topic you would like me to post about!  I’m always up for some new ideas.  Look at my “Contact Me” tab to see how you can get a hold of me.  I would love to hear from you! 


  • How are you encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle?
  • Which healthy living blogs are your favorites?  Why?
  • Do you (as a woman) ever feel “bad” or “ashamed” for loving food so much?
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