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Personal: Fast, Crazy Times

Oh, well HELLO ALL!

So, this past month and a half (or so) has been absolute insanity!

I have begun some amazing new things, and also encountered quite a few brand new challenges, so I wanted to just update you all and share what’s going on in the little world of Ashley.

First off- many may or may not know that I’ve been in school for quite a while to become an elementary school teacher. Yes, I realize this might not be what you would quite expect someone who aspires to style photo shoots to say, but nevertheless, I love kids, and hope to one day make a difference in a few of their lives. {Also, as a side note, the whole “hey how about I try something crazy and fun like styling as a business” thing has really only begun in the last year or so, whereas my schooling for teaching has been going on for a few years.} ANYwho, so this fall I have started what is called Phase I of my teaching credential. The university I attend offers a piggyback program that I am enrolled in as well, which means I’m working to earn my bachelor’s degree AND my teaching credential at the same time. For those of you who have no idea what I just said, all that means is that when I graduate, I’ll have killed two birds with one stone. What this also means is that my schooling schedule can tend to be a bit hectic, especially since I’ve started what are essentially post-graduate courses while I’m also finishing my undergrad. I’m a busy little bee.

Now, I have always loved school. Call me crazy, call me a nerd, but I love to learn! This is also probably why I would like to become a teacher as well. Here’s the catch: this quarter (my college is also on the quarter system, which is only 10 weeks long!), I have encountered the worst stress related to school I have ever experienced. This is not something I’m accustomed to, since school has always been very enjoyable to me, and has also been fairly easy to handle. But, I digress. Really, this whole situation is pretty dang exciting for me. I’ve been in school for five years now, plus a year off in the middle, so this final stretch is a combination of stress as well as relief that in just a few months, I’ll be done. I will have officially accomplished what I set out to do many years ago, and the even the thought of that is a huge blessing.

Another blessing that’s come of this new, crazy school year is that I have been FORCED to become organized. I really believe that the Lord, is His utmost wisdom and sovereignty, designed that I be hammered with crazy, insane busyness just to teach me a few things. I mean, just since mid-September, I’ve begun using a planner (and actually using, USING it!), managing my time better, and not procrastinating, which is tremendously huge. So, once again, God in His providence, allowed me about a week and a half of panic so that I could start to [just now] settle in to my new schedule and time requirements.

Which brings me to my next little announcement:

I’M ENGAGED!

Okay, okay, so maybe that’s not a little announcement, but I had to work up to it, guys!!!

Yes, I’m getting married! The Sunday before school started, my wonderful, amazing, godly man of a boyfriend planned a beautiful, amazing, wonderful proposal, and I, of course, said yes. Now, our relationship has been quite the adventure, so needless to say, I’m verrrryyyyy excited!!! Perhaps if anyone is interested as well, I can later divulge the 411 on our engagement. My man is super romantic, so he planned everything carefully and thoughtfully. I just love his big heart!

So, not only am I in the last year of school, but I will be getting married at the end of it! Prayerfully, if all goes as we’ve planned, we’ll be married soon after I graduate. Next summer is looking to be really productive!

:::And, cue the ring picture!:::

SO- this is my lovely vintage ring from around the 1940’s…… Yep………. AND, I die.

I love it so! The fun history of it as well is that it came from the estate jewelry store that used to be inside of Disneyland in New Orleans Square. Unfortunately, this quaint little place closed down this past year. But, if anyone knows me, they know that I love anything Disney related, so the fact that this ring technically came from inside The Happiest Place on Earth, makes me a very happy girl.

I also love how unique this ring is. You can’t really find modern rings like this these days. The band itself is incredibly dainty, and the over all look of the ring, to me, is just stunning.

Alright, so enough of my ramblings.

The main purpose for this post was really to update you all and to ask for continued patience as I have yet to post many projects I have so carefully and lovingly worked on. I’ve been forced to push my creative limits lately, which is always a good thing, and so far, the Lord has blessed me with the results.

I also think the prospect of planning a wedding is so exciting for me because of my recent entry into the world of styling. I can make all of my design dreams come true for mine and my fiance’s big day.

Well, I think that’s all for now! Again, thank you all for your support and (I stress this) patience!

Loves ❤

Oh, and to end off, here ya go!

Yes, this is us on the right being EXTREMELY romantic next to our dear friends Justin and Martha 😉

*Photo courtesy of the lovely Sara Lucero’s wedding photobooth <3*

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Party Style: Bean Themed First Birthday Party

I am an obnoxiously proud auntie to three adorable boys. My eldest sister is the proud mommy of three boys, 4 years-old and under! Yes, that’s what I said. The eldest just turned four, the middle will be 3 in another month, and the baby boy turned one.

Because of the spelling of Ean’s name, the family nickname for him has become “Bean”. So, to celebrate our adorable little “Bean”, my sister decided to throw a bean-themed party for his first birthday.

I wanted to keep things pretty simple, but have some cute accents for the decorations, so this pretty much resulted in a couple of signs, lots of bean-filled planters, and the party favors.

The amazing cupcakes were from Piece O’ Cake, a local and amazing cake decorator.

I think it all turned out as cute as my nephew (which is pretty stinkin cute!), and quaint enough for a little party.

Enjoy!!!

Just for our little Bean ❤

The awesome invitations and the main inspiration that my sister made for the event!

Party favors…

Jelly beans, anyone?

String beans

The birthday boy! Yes, he IS the cutest baby you’ve ever seen ❤ ❤ ❤

Menu markers (another treat made by my amazing sister)

Cupcake fantastic-ness!!!

Sam left some cards… she rocks!

Help from big brother to blow out the candle…

For the bounce house.

Hope you enjoyed!!!