wordless wednesday: weekend picture dump








Let’s play a game!!

It’s called what the heck is all that crap in ashley’s purse!
Here is just a small glimpse into a very small part of my life- the things I think are important enough to carry around all the time.


That’s my purse (for this week). It’s an old (6 years) honey colored Wilson’s Leather bag my ex bought me when we were dating.

And here’s what’s inside.


Let’s start with the top left.
That weird green thing. That’s my Brita water bottle/filter. Yeah. There’s a water filter in it. I don’t leave home without it.

Then we have my phone charger and my keys.

Grey H&M cardigan. I carry a cardigan everywhere. Just in case I get the shivers.

Body By Bethenny. Just got it and I planned on giving it a test run except I had it ondemand as a free gift with purchase from Amazon. Awesomeness!! (love it by the way)

Ray Bans. New Wayfarers. Only sunglasses that fit my tiny baby head. Love them. Worth it.

Wet Ones To Go. Just in case. I spill things…

Hand sanitizer, Target brand. Germs are gross.

Paris lotion from Bath and Body Works. Won it at a bridal shower. Smells like something Bath and Body Works would make (you know what I’m talking about).

Red glasses case that hold my purple Benetton glasses.

Pen/Planner thats exploding with wedding/shower invites. My planner is my life.

Buxom lipgloss in Tempest. Just one gloss. I’m impressed with myself! I’ve been known to carry 6 at a time. Wolves and lip glosses travel in packs.

Chapstick. Medicated. I like SPF.

Random Ikea pencil. I can’t even tell you the last time I went to Ikea..

Vitamin container. I take my vitamins with me so I remember to take them everyday.

Shawn White Stride Gum. BF picked it out. It’s good.

2 movie tickets to see 30 Minutes Or Less. Go see it if you love inappropriate jokes and lots of explosions.

My big girl wallet. Navy blue Fossil leather. Love it.

And that’s it. (Yes that all fits in there. I know I don’t need most of it but I’m a huge “just in case” packer)

Hope you enjoyed your peek into my little valley life.

i’m pretty sure my body thinks i’m crazy

i saw a flier in a local grocery store with this picture on it and i grabbed it. i kind of gave it a once over on the way home then i put it down. i’d only run one 5k before and a 10k is way too much for me to handle. i can barely run 2 miles before getting bored so this craziness  definitely wasn’t for me.


then i saw it sitting on the coffee table and i picked it up again. a glass or two of champagne and a facebook status update later and i had been convinced i could do it! so i clicked register. (did i mention i cave to peer pressure quite easily?) (also i’d never heard of so many people saying “10k is a fun distance to run”.. i’m convinced those people are nuts)

every since then i’ve been thinking about it and even rotated early morning runs out and about the neighborhood to “train”. sierra loves it. she goes nuts for runs. and then we come back home and sprawl out on the floor and recover.

to make my training easier on my body i’ve started following a diet. the 17 day diet. after hearing good things from a twitter friend and doing some research i bought the book (on super sale at target. i couldn’t wait for it to get shipped).

why i like this diet and you should too:

  • lots of lean protein options.
  • probiotics, probiotics, probiotics!!
  • yummy veggies
  • you can still eat fruit!!


so check it out for yourself. its super easy to follow, first of all. and you really dont have to change your diet (unless you’re a starch-fiend. which i am not so i guess it works well for me). it also incorporates things your should be eating more of anyway (i have a problem with eating protein. im so bad at it). it also stresses good things like probiotics. if you aren’t ingesting some sort of probiotic i highly recommend it. they make your body feel good and they can be found in supplements and yummy flavored kefir.

and i’m down 2 pounds since monday.

go me!

more clean eating fun!

I don’t know if  you know this but apples and zucchinis are friends. it may not sound like it but they definitely are a match made in produce heaven.  together they are not too sweet but just sweet enough to be a little breakfast pick me up. plus you are getting crazy amounts of nutrients by sneaking veggies into your muffins. (and if you see adam don’t tell him he took four apple zucchini muffins to work. he doesn’t like eating green things)




Zucchini Apple Bread (or muffins) from Clean Eating Magazine


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup of apple, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup raw honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist an 8 x 4-inch or 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together apple, zucchini, egg, yogurt and honey.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold until just combined. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake until golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.
Nutrients per 3/4-inch slice (2 oz): Calories: 113, Total Fat: 1 g, Sat. Fat: 0.25 g, Carbs: 24 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 4 g, Sodium: 125 mg, Cholesterol: 21 mg


where has my life gone and where is it going

i wonder this on a daily basis.partially because my brain never shuts off and partially because im 25 and people ask what i want to do with my life.

and then i panic.

my life is full of  “i should have… ” and  “i should be…”

i should have done more internships in school. i should have joined more clubs, made more friends, stayed in chico longer. i should embrace my youth, find some crazy job, and live in a big city.i should travel more. i should have backpacked through europe.. no actually i don’t enjoy schlepping and hostels scare the crap out of me. i also enjoy showering and not sharing a space.

how did i end up living in the valley? no one ever really sees themselves at 25 moving to the valley and living the suburban life. im constantly wondering where i would be had my degree gotten me a job. instead i followed a boy to the valley because his job is here. i compromised. which i do on certain occasions. because i like to make things work. i swear i am really a nice person.

but my life lacks excitement. pizazz. i have a very routine lifestyle. i am stuck in a rut. not like some quarter life crisis but an actual rut.

and then i read a recent post on Chris and Paige (and Fox)’s blog.  whether you are single, married, getting married, what-have-you you will find that it applies to you.

the first passage that hit home– Don’t spend Friday and Saturday night studying, working, or just watching TV.

i know our tiny valley town doesnt have much to offer in the nightlife category but adam and i spend most (if not all) friday and saturday nights at home on the couch. i can’t even begin to tell you how boring it is. our relationship isn’t any stronger for it. our social lives are lacking.

the second passage that stands out– Find activities and hobbies that you both enjoy and do them together.

since adam and i live together we do most everything together. we go grocery shopping together, we watch tv together, and we sometimes go out to the movies together. every so often we go out to a movie together. it is a nice way to hang out but its also a great way to hang out with someone and not actually interact with them (which is why i always recommend it as a great first date).  i wish adam would spend time with me at the gym, but that just isnt his thing- just like he would rather play video games and that just isnt my thing.

and another great one– It’s a lot easier to do things right from the beginning than to change mid-stream.

oh boy. as soon as i read this i immediately thought about chores. our weak point is picking up around the house. we both work different hours and have different pay scales and no matter what articles i’ve read about it, nothing works. chore charts, trades, asking… i wonder sometimes if setting ground rules in the beginning was the way to go. but i didn’t even do that with roommates i’ve had because it just worked.

this is my favorite– Share your feelings and thoughts without worrying about what the other will think.

i am constantly struggling with my feelings. i don’t like hurting others so i’d rather keep it to myself. i’d rather bottle it up and explode than just let it out every now and then. even when it comes to blogging i start with a great topic and start writing and then choose not to publish because i don’t want anyone to be hurt or think i’m a weirdo. chances are we’re just as nuts as the next person but no one likes to feel like the cheese standing alone.

so don’t be the cheese and head over to Chris and Paige’s blog and give it a read. its a beautiful post with beautiful pictures.

yes i’m constantly referring you to their blog because it’s one of my favorites and i read it on a daily basis and have for over a year. paige has great style, an adorable family (human, feathered, and furry), pretty pictures, and great insight.

read blogs. they’re cheaper than books. and they have pictures.

fill in the blanks!!

1. This weekend I’m… living it up bachelorette style! making great food, going for runs with sierra, browsing the farmer’s market, maybe painting my bathroom.

2. My last vacation was… 4th of july weekend in LA.
3. My next vacation will be… a few days in LA. taking pictures, eating, and enjoying city life.

4. My favorite way to relax is… getting my eyebrows waxed or painting my nails.

5. When vacationing one should always… eat great food and take lots of pictures!

6. When vacationing one should never… forget to wear sunscreen.
7. The best part about a vacation is… experiencing a different way of life.


**found on tenpennysplendid