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ashley chickens for beginners (featured image)
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side, of course. Who knew chickens could be so hip? I was born and raised in Idaho. Even though I did not grow up on a farm, my aunt did.  I remember we would get baby chicks and my mom would make us take them to Aunt Ella's farm.  I always wanted to have my own chickens and fresh...
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ashley diy kite workout featured image
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Spring is in the air, so what do my kids want to do?? Fly A Kite! It is definitely kite season.  Just yesterday at Costco they were selling the cutest kites.  My girls wanted to buy one so bad, but they didn't have enough money. So we did the next best thing--I told them we could make our own for cheaper and take them to the park and get some...
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ashley going gold featured image
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 Gold is making a huge comeback in fashion, beauty and the interior design world. If you ask my kids, they will tell you that gold is my favorite color.  Gold can pretty much go with anything.  I remember when we bought our first home in 2003 every door knob, faucet and kitchen item had to be stainless steel.  Even my jewelry had to be...
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ashley new year new you featured image
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Welcome to JanYOUary; the year of you. 2014 is going  to be all about your health and happiness. As I get older, I get busier and there is less time for me.  I dedicate all my time to my family, job, and cleaning.  This isn't a bad thing, but what about me?   My health, sanity, and most importantly helping others (which makes me happy)...
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ashley healthy stockings (22)
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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care... in hopes that healthy treats and snacks soon would be there. Instead of giving calorie-laden sweets this Christmas, help your loved ones have a healthy holiday by including some delicious, yet healthy stocking stuffers. I know we all get excited for sweets and treats, but there are stocking...
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ashley healthy holiday drinks featured image
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Nothing beats turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberries and candied yams. But as good as holiday food is, nothing tastes like the holidays more than holiday drinks. For example, I love eggnog--if they sold it all year, I would be drinking it in July. And how about hot cocoa? Nothing tastes better on a crisp winter night. But flavor is only half...
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ashley kids meditation featured image
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This can be the most stressful time of year for children. They are struggling to get used to the demands of school, coping with seasonal colds or flus, and trying to overcome their annual Halloween candy overdose. Given all these distractions, who can blame them for losing a little focus and getting a little stressed? Parents are stressed, too....
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ashleytricknotreat featured image
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First of all let me start by saying... Candy is awesome! I'm not anti-candy, but it's hard to handle the tidal wave of sugar that comes this time of year. It's Halloween. And it's fine to splurge every so often by eating that Twix and Snickers bar.   I love Almond Joy, and my kids don't, so I make sure I have a stash of about 20 when Halloween...
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ashley pumpkin featured image
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It's almost time to start hanging up your spooky Halloween decorations, buy costumes, and eat some witches brew. Yes, you heard me right.... WITCHES BREW! Witches brew was a tradition in my family.  Every Halloween my mom would carve a pumpkin and the kids would clean it out.  Then she would make a stew or soup and bake it in the pumpkin...
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ashley housewarming featured image
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I know what you are all thinking... A plate of yummy chocolate cookies is so much tastier than a basket of flowers and fruit. But, sometimes it is fun to mix it up and do something a little different. The fun thing about a healthy basket is you don't have to do it all.  Just pick one or two of your favorites and it will be a big hit. I love...
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