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Country Roots- Ranch Life

Country Roots- Ranch Life

There is something so calming about being out of good signal and in to country living.

I am a city girl through and through and if it’s not a city, it’s a caribbean beach-side that I am most comfortable in. My husband, on the other hand, is a country boy. When we first started dating, he was working as a manager on his family’s ranch.

While we planned on living in East Texas for a little while, we changed our minds last minute (like–after preparing a nursery in our home while I was 7 month’s pregnant, “last minute”) and ended up in Houston.

While we are city-living, it’s always a good change of pace to go to the ranch and just enjoy the vast landscape. For me, it’s needed. The air is cleaner, the environment is calmer, there is no rush to get anywhere or do anything except wander around….and we love to wander.

We found this feral black cat that had made a home on the ranch. Good for catching rodents so everyone lets him (or her?) be.

There is also an empty horse barn…It’s only empty because the horses are roaming but it makes for a good running space.

The goal is to make it to the ranch as much as possible. We have a small house and, with it being such a short drive, there is really no reason to not take advantage of the wide, open spaces and hit the road.

Maybe we will get into picking eggs (if I can get over my fear of birds) and horse back riding. The possibilities are endless and now that I have become a stay at home mom and my schedule has freed up, I definitely plan to take advantage. After all, that was the entire point of taking on this lifestyle.

Until next time,

Ashly

Big News! Alice & Eddy Party

Big News! Alice & Eddy Party

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing well! Things have been super busy on this end. I have been making my way through the new reality of being a stay at home mom of three (two kids, one hubby). It’s been a mixture of things but more on that later.

Today, I want to talk about my big news–I have gone into business for myself! This blog has always been a creative outlet. I love to write and share my experiences and dump all of the photos that I love on to anyone who is interested. I decided to take my creative nature and professional experience and turn it into something that can make me some money! Not a bad idea, I would say.

As you may already know, my background is in professional sports. Amongst other things, I planned and managed events–dinners, weekend getaways, party buses, street fairs, marathons– you name it; and I loved it.

After becoming a mom, I became obsessed with planning events for kids. Not just mine and not for anyone specific just an all-around obsession. I was reading articles, blog posts, taking mental notes and figuring things out. It was really inspiring. My experience in planning events for adults (who are not nearly as fun) turned into a love for styling children’s parties. I talk about it a little more in depth in my intro on the site (here). Check it out! Tell me what you think! I’d love to hear from you.

I’m really excited about this, you lovely people. Like…really excited. So, here’s the just of it:

I have opened an online party supplies shop that offers the really unique “special find” type of party supplies that I look for when planning a party for my kids. I always want it to be special, I always want it to be memorable and photo-op ready. I tend to avoid waiting until the last minute to plan a party. That comes with extra stress that I don’t need and a run to Party City which I don’t really care for. It’s all just so cookie-cutter and mass-manufactured and I’m not for it. Sometimes you just have to, sure. But if I don’t have to, I absolutely don’t. My kid’s won’t be little forever so I don;t want to miss any opportunity to make things extra special.

I am also offering custom styling services. Basically, you give me the details, we talk it out and then I style a party out, make or curate all of the items and then send them to you. What you receive is everything you need to set up a party, directly to your doorstep. This can mean tabletop supplies and minimal decorations for a party of 12 or indoor and outdoor decorations, photo props and backdrops, tabletop supplies and goodie bags for a party of 40. I am doing it all and loving every minute of it. I am also posting craft and DIY ideas over there!

My office is completely cramped; there are tassels and confetti and backdrops and piƱatas! It is literally crazy town. But I am sooooo excited to dive in.

Check out the site (here). Look around & get in touch with me for your kid’s next party! I have also linked the shop to the Alice On Sunday blog. You can find the link on the home page! Thank you for all your support.

With love from Texas,

Ashly

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