Ashley Bass

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Ashley is a ‘small town’ girl who moved to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids after high school. A graduate of Coe College, Ashley is currently a kindergarten teacher and a true lover of yoga pants, cozy sweatshirts, chai tea lattes and cookie dough. Ashley and her husband, Mitch, first met each other back in middle school, dated when they were freshmen in high school, then reconnected one final time via Facebook back in 2006 shortly after Mitch returned from his first deployment. They've stood by their vows of ‘for better or worse,’ and as they approach their 10 year wedding anniversary, they aren’t afraid to admit that marriage isn’t easy. They welcomed their first child, Stella Grace Bass, in May of 2013 and their second child, Archer Mitchell Bass, in December of 2017!

The Best Season of All is Fall: My Fall Favorites

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Close your eyes and just imagine the following... The crisp air and the cool breeze coming through an open window.  The changing of the leaves and the taste of a pumpkin spice latte.  Picture the...

Be a Fruit Loop in a World of Cheerios

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Goal:  To live life in the best ways possible for YOU.  To live YOUR best life.   Sounds easy, right?  But in all reality, it has never been more difficult to just be yourself.  Many times...

My Son Nearly Drowned and Nobody Saw it Happen

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Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-14 after motor vehicle crashes. That’s why I’ve always been a believer in starting...

Top 9 Summer Bucket List Ideas for 2021

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Sweet Summertime! Even though it’s only just beginning, summer will be over way too soon.  For some reason, it always seems to fly by quicker than any other season.  Vacations, family reunions, pool days, and...

It’s Okay to Have Ice Cream for Dinner

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Mom = Superwoman.   We can do it all. People in our lives assume we can handle it all because we might make it look like we can.  But can we?   We may even hold ourselves to...

What’s in my Bag? 15 Essentials for Every Mom Purse

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As moms, we know we have to be prepared at all times for any situation that may arise.  Leaving the house unprepared never ends well.  I’m sure we’ve all learned that the hard way.    That...

Spring “Must-Have” Items for Kids and Moms

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March has arrived! I for one am happy to say goodbye to January and February.  As the weather gets warmer I look for literally any excuse to be outside with my family.  I just feel...

1000 Hours Outside: Why We Accepted the Challenge

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I came across this quote awhile back that really resonated with me.  “Fill your life with experiences, not things.  Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”  Spending time outdoors is something my family has...

I’ll Do All I Can to Enjoy The Magic of Christmas While it Lasts

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I remember when I found out the truth about Santa Claus.   I was in third grade.  A group of classmates and I were sitting at a table in the back of the room when a...

Even With All We’ve Been Through, We Can Still Be Thankful

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Oh 2020.  The year that just keeps on giving, even when we wish it would stop. 2020 has, unfortunately, brought with it a lot of pain and sadness for many people, me included.  And as...