Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Friday

Friday again? Wow!!  My day's have been pretty long as Ellie hasn't been the greatest sleeper this week.  Naps are going strong and she is not objecting to bedtime (7:30-8) but has been waking up around 11:30 inconsolable, so we have been bringing her into our bed...which really isn't anything new.  I am hoping that pretty soon here we will get her to sleep the whole night all by herself in her crib on a regular basis.  If not, then what is really to be expected from raising her with attachment parenting and co-sleeping???!!!!

On to this weeks FIVE!!


Adoption is on my mind (actually since we brought Ellie home its always been on my mind), but it is expensive.  I have been wracking my brain on different ways to fundraise for our next adoption, which we hope to start this process this spring. I have decided to start cleaning out my closet (I am a hoarder) and thought I would open up an IG account to sell our stuff to raise money for our next babe!!  you can follow my new account: @adoptioncloset I will be posting a variety of items from my closet, Thomas closet and Ellie's!! All payments will be done via paypal and shipping is included in every price.  All of the proceeds from my sales will go into our Adoption Account.  Thank you so much for supporting our family and its growth!!


We had the awesome opportunity to go on a road trip through Scotland and Ireland this past summer thanks to my incredibly generous dad!  I was going to post a short series here on the blog showcasing our trip but somehow our pictures got lost!!! Luckily a couple weeks ago we were able to locate them all and I had a coupon code for a free book at Shutterfly, so I uploaded all of our Scotland pictures and made a book about our trip! We just got it in the mail yesterday and I just love how it turned out!  I also ordered the photobook through Ebates and got cashback on the shipping!! If that's not a win I don't know what it! if you click on the links and use my referrals to sign up we both get a bonus!!


I got this email earlier this week and please let me tell you how happy I am!! Thank you so much Leslie for signing up for Stitch Fix!! You are going to love it.  My next fix comes in a few weeks and I cannot wait to see what my stylist picks out for me!  If you haven't heard of Stitch Fix before, basically you sign up and fill out a profile questionaire, then a stylist is selected for you and they pick 5 items they think you will love and send them to you to try on.  If you like all five items you get a 25% discount off the whole order or if you choose to send everything back they just charge you a $20 styling fee.  It is so much fun because they are able to get items from stores you probably don't shop in so they can really get you to try on some different things!  You can see my First Fix here and if you are interested in signing up click here and use my referral!!


For Toddler Tuesday this week, I shared how we have started giving Ellie chores around the farm.  We have started small with feeding the dogs but as she gets older we will start adding more.  So far she loves to do her chores and it has really improved her relationship with our pups!  If you are interested in guest posting for this series I would LOVE to have you!! just send me an email or leave a comment (make sure your email is attached to your profile - Thank you Beth for the great tutorial!) and I will get you on the calendar!!


We are headed to Disneyland in about a month and are so excited for Ellie to experience it! I know that she probably won't remember this first trip but she is going to have so much fun that it doesn't even matter.  I have been watching the news and know about the measles outbreak but I spoke with our doc and he doesn't seem to be too concerned with it since Ellie has already been vaccinated.  It is so important to vaccinate your children (and yourselves).  There has been no direct link with vaccinations and autism, as well as I have recently learned that some individuals are unable to get vaccinated due to an allergy or medical condition and by us not vaccinating our children we are reducing the "vaccinated herd" that enables these individuals to be able to go to concerts, Disneyland or movies.  PSA over!!

♥ Ashley

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  1. Disneyland!! SO fun and I love the toddler chores, Scarlett has some of her own and her first ever chore was feeding Bentley (she loves it!)

  2. I love your idea of doing the selling things via instagram for adoption. I think adoption is just so wonderful. Disneyland will be so wonderful! I want to take Jack when he gets a little older. I'm glad y'all were able to find those pictures and were able to make a book out of them. Have a great weekend!

  3. She'll love Disneyland (though I bet you love it more, haha)!

  4. Oh oh! What days are you going to be in DL?

  5. Love the idea for adoption! Sounds so fun at disney!! Have fun!

  6. That's a great idea for fundraising for adoption! It's such a special thing! And Disneyland will be SO much fun!!

  7. Have fun at Disney!! She will love it :) We're hoping to go next spring place in the world! :)


  8. So much fun here. Can't wait to see your Stitch Fix box and Disney ... YAY!!! I dream of Disney on a daily basis. Maybe someday we will get to go back.

  9. I know you all will have such fun at Disneyland!! What memories. Thanks for linking up with us at H54F!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  10. Disneyland sounds like it will be awesome! And good luck on your next adoption!!!!

    Thanks for linking up with us!


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♥ Ashley