Ashley Bass

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!

It’s Okay to Have Ice Cream for Dinner

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

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Spring “Must-Have” Items for Kids and Moms

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1000 Hours Outside: Why We Accepted the Challenge

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

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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Enjoy the Great Outdoors!  Best Places to Camp with Kids Near Cedar Rapids

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Back to School: A New Outlook on In-Person Learning

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Friendship Makes Life More Beautiful: A Tribute to My Girlfriends

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Trails to Explore in Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa

Hiking With Kids: Trails to Explore in Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa

“Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks, and tadpoles.” - Brooke Hampton I couldn’t agree more.  Being outdoors and exploring nature provides something for everyone in the family.  There are countless...