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The Outdated Way of Living

When I think of people my age nowadays I don’t fit in with most of them. Now I’m not saying I can’t fit in, I’m very social if there’s common ground I will find it! What I mean is that we have very different lifestyles than those around us. I got married at the age of 20, we had our first daughter the day before I turned 22 and we just had our second in May. We started early, pushing past the gasps and whispers of those who thought we were crazy because we had plans and by golly we were going to make it happen! But the most obvious reason we stand out is our goal of living the farm life. I know, I know how boring right? Nope! We want to be self-sustainable, we want to grow our own food, raise our own meat, and have a fabulously beautiful barn because that matters right? I lay awake at night just thinking about what our future holds. I dream of massive chicken coops and ducks hanging out by the pond. I dream of barn layouts and possible orchards. But for now we have an acre in town with a tiny little home. Now don’t get me wrong I love our tiny little home it serves its purpose and it’s cozy but it’s not forever. I long for acres of grazing cattle and the many sounds of livestock. See what I mean? I don’t fit in! What 24 year old wants to dedicate her time to the mess that farm life brings? (Raises hand) I do! I want to live like my grandparents did, I want to live the life that is now considered outdated. And I’m doing my best to do so! We have an acre in town but can you guess how many animals we’ve snuck onto this acre? Go on guess. 13! That’s right, we have 13 critters hidden in city limits. Gasp! Go ahead sue me for breaking the rules… actually please don’t I’m already poor. We aren’t city people so we brought the country life with us! Why buy a house in town then? Well we live in an oil booming area and unless we want to move hours from our family or spend an arm and leg on a fixer-upper with a spec of land this is all we could afford. But back to my 13 critters! We have 6 chickens, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, and a dog. And also two kids but some say they don’t belong in the same category, I agree to disagree. Our ducks provide us with eggs and meat, the same with the chickens and we breed our rabbits for meat. I know I know, how could you eat a cute little bunny? Marinated in buttermilk and deep fried that’s how! And folks if y’all haven’t tried duck eggs your missing out. They have a stronger yolk flavor which is out of this world when you fry them and are also awesome to bake with. We love the fact that we can provide our own food! Pair that with our garden and we’re on the right track! I don’t want to live the life of those around me. I don’t strive for fame and fortune. I strive for the outdated way of life.

-Ashton

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Tighten the Tummy

So here’s the thing… I’m lazy. Not in the I don’t do anything way but, in the working out is hard way. I wish I wasn’t like this but I have no motivation to workout. I have these urges where I’m like alright I’m going to get fit and toned and be super sexy and in the same breath I have the urge to eat 4 slices of pizza and chase it with a snickers… can you guess which urge wins?

I know there are many like me struggling with their appearance and are burdened with sagging skin. Maybe you just let yourself go a bit (points to self), or maybe you’ve gone through a few pregnancies (points to self again), whatever your predicament that saggy tummy just makes you sad. Cue the Tightening Serum from dōTERRA!

Here I am day 1 of using the tightening serum. Pudgy tummy from having diastasis recti from two pregnancies (thanks girls) and all. I hate everything about my stomach. It’s vain I know but I’ve never struggled with weight before so I now have compassion for those I once cast judgement on.

Working out is hard man, especially with two kids! Oh just work out in the mornings they say, start you day right. Ya because the first thing I want to do is hop up and do some cardio after a night of constant nursing a 10 month old who refuses to sleep through the night and getting woken up by your toddler prying your eye open because she’s hungry right that second. Not. Well then work out at night after that long physically and mentally draining day of motherhood you’ve just had. Or how about nap time on those rare occasions that you have both kids asleep at the same time. I know I’m making excuses because there’s people out there that do it and I envy them but in this season of life I struggle. So I went to look for something else that would hopefully help tighten the sagging skin on my tummy and started using the Tightening Serum once a night.

And here I am 3 weeks later of religiously using the product. I didn’t see much of a difference until I compared them side by side. Do you see a difference because I sure do! This stuff really shocked me, I actually went down a tad less than an inch on my waist line and my husband asked if I had been working out even though we both knew the answer to that question.

I wanted to share this for those that just need a little pick me up in the loose tummy section. There’s hope y’all! It’s not drastic but it’s hope! You can find the product from this link, you can also contact me from that page if you have any questions! I’d love to celebrate your before and afters with you as we take pride in the little achievements! Good luck with your sagging troubles!

-Ashton

Trying TrimShake

So I’m on a weight loss journey. After my second baby I didn’t drop the weight like I did with my first. I’m trying to workout but since I have Diastasis Recti I can’t do certain exercises and I don’t have it in me to run so I’m struggling a bit.

When I decided to start selling dōTERRA Oils I went through all of their products and was intrigued when I found the TrimShake, and after reading about it I was even more intrigued. This products is awesome! It provides essential nutrients, its a good source of fiber. It is low fat, low sodium, and sugar-free, and it includes a blend of essential vitamins and minerals.* It also has no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives!*

Now I’ve never done anything like this. I’ve never tried protein powders, or smoothie additions so this was new to me. When I first opened the container it looked and smelled like brownie mix. I was like alright I love brownies! So I followed the directions and mixed it with water since I didn’t have a non dairy option and felt that mixing it with whole milk was defeating the purpose. Y’all, it was gross. I know that’s not very sales-pitchy but honesty is my policy! I was so upset because 1. I was really looking forward to this and 2. Because I spent money on this and I’m a cheapskate! My husband tried it and informed me it tasted like a protein powder … well I had no idea. So it sat on my counter until I was able to get some almond milk.

Use the almond milk people! It is SO much better! I add a tiny drop of raw honey to it to add a little sweetness and because honey is good for you. I’ve been drinking this for breakfast for the past week and I really enjoy it now. I suggest using a jar that you can shake because stirring just doesn’t get it done. You really have to shake the dickens out of it to get it all blended together. I pour in the milk and add the powder and shake for a while and then add the honey once it’s mostly blended so the honey doesn’t cling to the powder.

The TrimShake comes in Vanilla, Chocolate, and Orange Cream. They also have a Vegan option if your in to that kinda thing! You can look up the products and read all about them here. You can also contact me from this page if you have any questions!

-Ashton

Super Easy Banana Nut Bread

I LOVE banana nut bread! It’s very versatile, it can be breakfast, it can be dessert, it can be a snack, it can be used to bribe toddlers… so many uses! It’s also super easy to make and only requires 1 bowl and 1 loaf pan. If you know me you know that’s important because I loathe doing the dishes. I live in the caveman days of not having a dishwasher… tragic I know.

This recipe doesn’t require a stand mixer, if you have one then go ahead fire it up but for us less fortunate souls a hand mixer or a simple whisk will work. There’s 9 ingredients to this recipe which sounds like a lot but y’all it’s so easy


3-4 very ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/3 cup melted butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup of nuts (whatever you prefer)


First get a medium sized bowl and mash up your bananas until very soft and get the oven preheated to 350.

Next add your sugar, salt, vanilla, butter, baking soda, and egg. Mix well. I used a duck egg because it makes me feel homesteady.

Now I forgot to take a picture of adding the flour but that’s what happens next. Add the flour slowly to the batter, I usually add 1/2 a cup at a time so it doesn’t overwhelm and become chunky.

Once it’s mixed well have your pantless helper add the nuts. (I realize this sounds funny but it’s perfectly innocent) The recipe says 1/2 a cup but thats really just the starting point. The nuts are the best part after all so go on and throw some more in I won’t judge!

Grease your loaf pan, smooth out the batter, stick it in the oven, and let it bake for 50 mins or until you stick a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean (in my oven it takes about 55 mins so just watch it). It was at this point I remembered I’m out of toothpicks.

And lastly let your pantless helper lick the spoon because that’s how memories are made!

Enjoy!

-Ashton

Why Essential Oils

I had always heard people talk about oils but never really looked into it. I knew lavender helped you sleep because it was in baby soap, and eucalyptus helped with sinuses because it was in Vick’s. But I didn’t really understand them. I didn’t even know what frankincense and myrrh were I just knew they were biblical. I didn’t know all the amazing benefits Essential Oils could have.

I chose dōTERRA after reading into them and finding they are pure, super high quality and throughly tested to assure they are meeting the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) protocol. But the main reason I chose dōTERRA was the work they were doing outside of providing the world with oils. They have the Healing Hands Foundation which helps those in poverty find self-reliance and empowerment. Days for Girls helps educate girls in safety and dignity while providing feminine hygiene products. They also partner with Operation Underground Railroad to help put an end to human trafficking. They are doing amazing work!

But why oils for yourself? Well first of all they date back to biblical times. People used Essential Oils to maintain their health before there was modern medicine. That means something to me. I believe oils are the medicine of the Earth. Where modern medicine is designed to cure what it is prescribed for, Essential Oils have multiple uses per oil. Let’s get some examples in here. Let’s start with the common headache. While Lavender is great for headaches I’m going to talk about Rosemary since it’s not as well known. So, not only does Rosemary help soothe headaches it can be used for concentration, tension, fatigue, digestion, and respiratory health. It can be used as an aromatic, topically, internally, and while cooking. One oil, many uses! See what I mean! And it’s not just Rosemary, there are many, many uses per oil. How about Anxiety? Well lavender is great for that too, but let’s talk about Wild Orange. Not only does it smell amazing (I love citrus) it great for insomnia, stress, heartburn, colds, depression, lack of energy, detoxing, and cooking. So. Many. Uses. And it’s not just adults! Teens, children, toddlers and babies can all use essential oils to maintain their health.

I’d love to talk with you about how oils can change your lives. We’re talking aches and acne to vision and workout recovery. A-Z ailments with multiple oils to help you. Don’t think your problem is to big for oils, these are powerful!

To check out the oils and read about dōTERRA you can go here to my link. You can also contact me from that page so we can discuss what’s going on in your life and how Essential Oils can benefit you on a daily basis!

-Ashton

Chicken Redemption

The eggs are back! Finally! Look at them so tiny and adorable. I didn’t think the day would ever come, it had been too long. Actually, it had only been like a month. But hey, a month is a long time when your not used to buying eggs. And, do you know how many eggs I had to buy? Six dozen! Dang freeloaders! Almost broke the bank. We pulled through though, and I’m not the only one that’s happy about it. Presley is so excited to be the egg carrier again. The face of determination. She takes her job very seriously. This is Presley’s basket, no one else can touch the basket on her trip too and from the coops. The only times we’re allowed to touch the basket is when we get it from inside and when I use it to fend off the ducks because I’m a weenie and they kind of scare me. Other than that we can’t even look at the basket, it’s Presley’s.

Well, it’s breakfast time so I must feed the little terror that is already wrecking havoc on my home. Any guesses on what I’m making?

-Ashton

Will I Ever Sleep Again?

What is a full nights sleep? Hold on, I’ll ask my husband. He said it’s magical. I will not hurt my husband, I will not hurt my husband,I will not hurt my husband. Anyways, as I sit here in a haze watching the same Bubble Guppies episode for the millionth time today I can’t help but ask myself… will I ever sleep again?

My Harper used to be such an easy baby. We’re talking about the kind of baby that slept 4 hours at a time from day 1, and then slept through the night at a month on. The kind that would actually go to sleep on their own when you lay them in their bed, I thought that was a myth!

Presley was never that baby. And, she still isn’t. She’s a pistol. But that’s ok, I mean she’s mine so I guess I’ll keep her. At least she sleeps through the night now, I didn’t think that would ever happen.

You’d think I’d be used to it by now. Presley didn’t sleep through the night until she was 10 months old. But Harper did, and it was glorious! Someone has stolen the little sleep angel from my baby and we aren’t taking it well. I’m exhausted, she’s exhausted, and the struggle is real folks. It’s a good thing they’re cute!

I know the answer to my question. I know that one day the children will sleep and I will sleep and all will be fine. That day will be here before I️ know it. I️ will look back and miss the middle of the night cuddles and the early morning smiles. But, for now I’m exhausted and waiting for a nap that probably won’t happen. So to all the mommas running on memories of sleep, here’s to you (raises cup of tea because coffee is gross) cheers!

-Ashton

When Tragedy Strikes

Do you remember the ease of your childhood? Your biggest worry was which team would pick you in dodgeball, or setting the VCR to record your favorite cartoons. It was a simple time.

When 9/11 happened things started to change. Childhood was still carefree for the most part but parents weren’t as lenient as they had been. Trust was lost. It wasn’t our fault yet we saw the punishments.

16 years later and the state of this country is sickening. It’s not just the big cities anymore. No one is safe. Yesterday a mass shooting took place right up the road from me in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. This is where I started Awanas as a child, I have memories there. Again, trust is lost. As Christians we know we can’t live in fear, God is bigger than this world. Yet, I’m terrified. Will my children get to experience the joys of life, or will they be punished by the ugliness around them?

Today my heart hurts. Today I’m questioning every upcoming event that I will take part in. I hate it! I know that’s why these kind of tragedies happen, to instill fear. Fear eats at your freedom little by little until eventually your a prisoner of whatever it is that you’ve allowed to take over. And, it’s easy to let that happen. But, I urge you not to.

Live life! Let your kids be kids. Go to that concert, go to church, go to the mall. Be vigilant, be aware, and most importantly trust God. We’re only here for a little while after all.

-Ashton


Lord, I pray for those affected by yesterday’s shooting. Be with the families, the children, and the friends. I pray that you help them keep faith. Make yourself known to those that seek hurting others. Soften their hearts so that they may find peace in you. Lord, help me be a light to others. Help me be an example so they can find hope in you. And Lord, protect my children from the chaos of this world. Amen.