It’s a Miracale

It’s miraculous that Keith Urban sings in a country accent.

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Red Wine & Almond Hot Chocolate

‘Tis the season for coziness and what better way to commemorate that than by making warm and magical drinks to fill our bellies!

I have scoured all the internet land to find the BEST, in my opinion, holiday beverages.

First up, I present to you the infamous Red Wine Hot Chocolate. Yep, this beverage is literally our two favorite things combined into one glorious cup.

What You’ll Need for One Serving:

1/3 cup red wine

2 tbs. Cocoa Powder

1 cup milk

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/8 tsp. nutmeg

 

Directions:

Bring milk to a boil and then lower heat (don’t burn the milk!).

Add all dry ingredients; stir.

Lastly, add wine; stir until ingredients are well blended.

Pour and enjoy!

 

Almond Hot Chocolate

Basically, the recipe is the same. Instead of wine, add an extra 1/3 cup of milk and 2 tbs. of Almond Syrup. If you can’t find this stuff (I got mine at World Market), then use 2 tsp. of pure Almond Extract.

If you want to make this drink naughty, add a little Peppermint Schnapps and viola!

Happy Holidays!

Best,

Ashley

Why it’s Not Okay to Tell People How to Live

It’s one thing to give someone helpful and wanted advise on life, but totally not cool to tell someone they’re living theirs the wrong way.

I don’t know about you guys, but when someone tells me I shouldn’t be doing something because it’s not how THEY do it, I immediately shut off my ability to listen to them.

Remember, you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

A great example of this is food. Right now the current fad is to tell everyone how they should and shouldn’t eat. Everyone loves to be a food nazi. People who attempt to push their diet on others fail to realize that not everyone has the same metabolic system. What works for Joe may not work for Bob. Joe may have facts and statistics to back his claim, but guess what? So does Bob.

It’s been my observation that most people who go around preaching at others have their own skeletons lurking around in the closet. So unless you want be upfront and transparent from the get-go, you should probably reconsider judging and critiquing someone’s life choices to avoid said person doing the same to you.

You can apply this knowledge to almost anything – politics, religion, etc. Just because someone believes or feels differently from you doesn’t make them a horrible person. If you truly feel that way, then maybe you’re the horrible person. Just a thought.

Bottom line: variety is the spice of life. Not everyone can or should be the same because what a boring world that would be!

Try to be tolerant, and as always, keep being you.

Ashley xx

Detox Bath

Sometimes our bodies get tired; our minds get tired, too. I have stumbled upon a great way to reboot and feel great.

 

The Detox Bath:

-Four cups epsom salt

-A bottle of hydrogen peroxide

-1/2 cup of baking soda

-A few drops of essential oil (optional)

 

Make sure water is nice and warm, not hot. Light a candle, relax, and you’re good to go!

I do this about once a week, allowing myself to soak for 30-45 minutes and holy schnikes, I definitely feel amazing after. I’m not well-versed in the science behind detox bathing, but what I do know is epsom salt is excellent for sore, tired muscles. Hydrogen peroxide — as we all know — works great for a number of things (mouth sores, cuts, sore throat, skin blemishes, etc). Baking soda kills fungi and mold and can be used for medicinal purposes as well.

The essential oils I use are below:

Any brand of essential oil works great in my opinion, as long as it’s 100% natural. Peppermint feels refreshing on the skin and smells nice, too. You can find essential oils on Amazon for a fair price. No sense in buying them from a “distributor.”

I will probably never waste another dime on an expensive Lush bath bomb again. Bath bombs are fun, but what are we really paying for?

If you try this, please let me know how it made you feel in the comments section.

Until then, keep being you.

Ashley

Protect Your Dreams

There is something about a dream that can bring out the ugly in others.

I made the mistake of giving too many details. I do this a lot. When I have a great idea, I want to announce it to the world.

HEY, LOOK AT THIS GREAT THING I’M DOING.

Please, please take note – keep your greatest ideas and dreams to yourself until they have completely blossomed and become something tangible. Not everyone is your fan. Not everyone wants to see you succeed. In fact, many would like to take that shiny dream and tarnish it. Isn’t that awful?

I sometimes ask myself how people can be so spiteful. But then I remember this is the world I live in. This is the world I am still figuring out. Although I make mistake after mistake, I refuse to become jaded. Mistakes are part of life. Mistakes make us who we are.

I will not let this mistake that I made drown me.

I refuse to let you do that.

My best advise to anyone feeling defeated and trampled on by any bottom-dwellers is to remember that not everyone is out to get you. There are those who love and support you. You may even have fans you’re completely unaware of. When you find those who stand behind you, keep them close and please, return the favor to them.

I will be back soon with a more cheerful post, but until then, keep being you.

 

Yours Truly,

Ashley

 

I Don’t Care What You Think

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This is SO true.

It has taken me YEARS to stop caring what others think of me and I am still working on it.

I was constantly tiptoeing around others, always apologizing (for what?!), always stressed, distraught, worried. Sometimes, I even cried.

I’ll never forget the day it all changed.

A former colleague said something so snide and back-handed to me that I literally turned around and gave her the bitch, are you serious? look. An out pour of questions began to fill my head: Why does she think she can say this to me? What is it about me that makes people act this way in my presence? And then it dawned on me – I allowed people to treat me that way because they knew I was too nice to say anything. I cared too much what people might think of me if I stood up to them.

This was not who I wanted to be. I want to be the girl standing tall and proud.

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**This is a super good movie, by the way. It’s called The Holiday. Go watch it.**

So, there I was with this new-found knowledge. It only took a thousand years of close family and friends telling me that was my problem all along, but hey, I like to learn things the hard way.

I began taking baby steps to becoming the leading lady I have always wanted to be (yup, still workin’ on her).

I implemented the word NO into my vocabulary. I know, I know – so easy for some of you, but for those who are sewn from the same cloth, you get what I’m saying.

Every once in a while when someone would ask me to do something I didn’t really want to do OR I just thought it was stupid, I would tell them no (all within reason, of course). Like, if your boss tells you to do something, you should probably do it. As long as it’s not illegal.

If I didn’t like something, I would say I didn’t like it.

You get the picture. Pretty simple stuff, really.

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When you tell someone no or politely tell someone off for being a dick, it’s going to be just fine. One of two things will happen:

  1. They’ll get mad at you and eventually get over it.
  2. They will respect you even more.

If you don’t personally or professionally know the person, then I have even better news! IT DOESN’T MATTER. You will probably never see that person again. And if you do, who cares?! You will simply be remembered for the girl or boy who stood up for yourself. And if I’m being completely honest here, I would much rather be remembered for that than remembered for the girl who couldn’t.

Just a side note – 10% of people you meet are not going to like you, regardless of what you do or don’t do.

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Have fun, be yourself, treat yourself, take care of yourself, and cultivate the relationships that truly matter. Don’t waste time on the 10%.

 

Much Love,

Ashley

 

 

 

 

Why I Started this Blog

I have been an avid blogger (and reader) for several years now. Previous blogs that unfortunately make me cringe will remain tucked away in the inter webs. Today I start fresh; new. My life is completely different than how it was. I am somewhat of a completely new person. Lately I’ve been full of ideas, truths, and brand new revelations. For whatever reason, I never felt worthy enough to share them in the past. That changes now.

Hey, I am just as good as the next guy. I know things, too. I have to be honest – I am tired of being the girl who hides and never allows others to really see the true me. I have always shy’d away from my talents and abilities. In recent years, I have come to the realization that it’s okay to expose your God-given gifts to others. Perhaps I can be an inspiration for so many who were like me — afraid to be themselves.

From now on, I will not apologize for being me or for having a well-utilized brain.

For this blog, I plan to share my lifestyle, thoughts; whatever suits my fancy  with any intrigued reader. If I can provide an escape for just one person, then I will have met my blogging goal.

Please enjoy!

 

Most Sincere,

Ashley