Saturday, August 19, 2017

Our Palm Springs Getaway Recap

Welcome to another Ashley Travels blog post! My last travel post was when my Husband and I went to the Super Bowl in Houston, TX. Just a heads up that I didn't go into this trip with intentions to create a blog post for you ladies. I am doing this because I got SO MANY questions from my Insta Stories while we were there. I am sharing the few snaps I did take while I was there.

This was my first time ever visiting Palm Springs and we literally stayed at our hotel the entire time because that's why we went there. I think the next time I go I will venture out more and explore this beautiful place. I cannot say enough great things about the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel. It is one of the most family friendly hotels I have been to in awhile, minus our trip to Disneyland of course. The hotel staff is incredibly helpful and friendly. From the moment we stepped out of our car to the time they helped me load my car to leave, I was beyond impressed.

 The lobby was under remodel when we were there so it wasn't anything to snap a picture of. Ha! The inside of the hotel is just beautiful. My son was obsessed with the boats and my daughter was soaked they had a Starbucks inside...I've trained her well. ;) The hotel offers boat rides around the property for free with your hotel stay. We rode them a handful of times and it was so fun! You can take the boats to the different restaurants they have on the grounds as well. They also have flamingos in front of the hotel when you drive up!

One of the restaurants on the grounds was a major hit with the kids because they could feed the fish and ducks right there on the patio while we ate. Which was amazing because my Mom and I could enjoy our cocktails, chips, and guacamole in peace. The sunsets were just incredible from every part of the hotel. 

My kids are FISH whenever there is a pool near by. This pool was just prefect because it was about 2 feet deep for a GOOD part of it. Which is freaken amazing for those kids learning to swim and for the parents so we can literally relax and enjoy our cocktails! Also you can bring your own blow up toys. I wished I would have gotten this memo before we came because it would have been a lot nicer for my kids. The poolside service was just awesome and the food was so delicious. We literally stayed at the pool the entire day and it was just fabulous. They play family friendly music as well, which was just the cherry on top of our pool day. 

There are three pools on the grounds and also an 18+ up pool where you can rent a cabana. They have so much seating around the pool areas as well. So nice because you don't feel like you are on top of each other. Plus tons of shade for yourself and the kiddos. 

You don't have a successful getaway without a little room service, am I right?! We celebrated my son's very belated birthday with some goodies. Of course he took two bites and was done. HA! So us girls happily finished off his cake for him. Waking up to this view and enjoying coffee on the patio was so refreshing. My Husband always gives me crap about living in the hotel ropes on our trips. Clearly he didn't get the memo about that's what girls do on getaways! It's apart of the experience.

If you are planning a Palm Springs get away, I highly recommend checking this hotel out. I cannot wait to get back there and relax with my family again. My Husband is itching to play the course when he goes and so is my son. HEHE I just love that my son is into golfing at such a young age, it's so cute! My daughter and I want to hit the spa next time for some mani/pedis. Also they have a shopping area in the hotel as well. We didn't get to that part because we were to busy taking boat rides, feeding the ducks, and soaking up the sun.

I hope you ladies enjoyed our little Palm Springs recap. I have another trip coming up in October and I will be doing a full recap on that as well for you ladies. I am so excited to visit Florida because I've never been!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Everyday Swimwear // Check In

Hi Dolls! 

I know it's been a minute since I have put up a blog post. I needed to take a little break from my blog to get home life back in order and also refocus myself about where I want my blog to go. I feel like I have grown so much since I started my blog (almost a year ago).  Blogging is so much more than it looks. It is time away from your littles/spouse and house duties. Plus, it's a non paying job (at least it isn't for this blogger right now) HA! I am doing this blog out of pre passion and love of sharing how I like to style clothing and help others get some inspiration from my post.

I pray that my blog continues on for years to come and I get to connect with more women who love fashion as much as I do. When you guys write me on Instagram, it really makes my day. I love hearing how you love certain items or share your own personal tips with me. It's such a fun community!

Now that my littles have grown up a little more, I'll have some more free time that I can dedicate to my blog. I couldn't keep this blog going without the support of my Husband, family, and friends...truly. I wanted to stop a handful of times now but they keep pushing me forward. I seriously don't know what I would do without them. My photographer has turned into one of my dearest friends and I'm so grateful for her friendship! 

I want to thank you ladies again for supporting my blog, liking, and commenting on my photos. With Instagram CONSTANTLY changing how my photos get seen, it gets extremely frustrating to say the least! We work so hard on our content and we almost feel punished for posting. Social media is a major thing to tackle when you are a blogger. So when you guys take those few seconds to like and comment, please know that it is VERY much appreciated! 

Ok now onto today's post.......

Ok so clearly you must know by now how much I just love this swimsuit! It comes in two colors and fits like a glove. Currently it's low inventory but don't worry, I linked some other GREAT bodysuits so you can achieve this look. Target really put out some amazing products this Sumer don't you think?! I am all for functional pieces that you can easily style to fit your activities. This suite is the prefect swim suit to take on a vacation because you can just throw on some bottoms and head to lunch without feeling like you need to cover up. The back doesn't dip to low either which is so nice! 

I styled this with my favorite pair of jeans that I have owned for 4 years now. I also paired it with a maxi skirt that I will be posting soon. Fashion is so fun to play around with and don't be afraid to try new things.

Thanks for stopping for today's post. I'll link the outfit details below for you!

Shop The Look

Friday, July 28, 2017

3 Easy looks with Shop The Mint

Hi Dolls!

If you have been following me for awhile now you know that I love an affordable look. If you haven't heard of Shop The Mint, they are an online store that offers clothing, accessories, and shoes for just about every occasion! Most importantly they are very affordable and they have the cutest stuff!!

So today I am sharing how I Shop The Mint with three looks. If this is the first time you will be shopping with them, make sure to sign up for their newsletter and you will get $10 off your first order! All the details are at the bottom of their website.

Causal Day Look

I love a good swing dress like the next girl. This little coral number does not disappoint! I love the length on it because you don't have to worry about it being too short. I paired with some wedges (purchased them a few years ago) Snag your Dress: I am wearing a size medium || Wedges: Similar option 

I fell head over heels in with this straw tote. It was the prefect accessory to go with this casual look. Not to mention it holds quite a bit of items! Snag your Hello Sunshine Tote here or check out their other adorable bags here

Weekend BBQ Style 

 I think we all need a Wizard of Oz moment during our lifetime. It's one of my favorite movies ever! This top is prefect to pair with jean shorts, jeans, jean skirts, and or in my case a full skirt!  Snag your top here // I am wearing a small.

Date Night/ Girls Night Look

 Now a days date night and girls night are very rare for this Mama. HA!  I know this is probably not your typical night out outfit. Most girls like to spice it up with their outfits and don't get me wrong I do too. Right now this Mama likes to keep it simple and classic. Plus it's been over 100 in the evening and this works really well with that heat. I cannot get enough of this top because it's so comfortable and the fit is amazing! I get asked a ton about what bras I wear with a lot of my tank tops and I love wearing these. I am small chested so it works for me. || Snag this tank here || I am wearing a small.

 Shop My Look

You can shop the other items from this post below.

Thank you ladies for checking out today's post and I really hope you have a minute to check out Shop The Mint and see what more they have to offer. Don't forget to sign up for that newsletter and save $10 on your first order!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Back to School Shopping

We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel from Summer break! I am that weird Mom who is dreading having my babies in school all day. I love having them home and being with them all the time. Thankfully my littlest one has one more year before she's in school 24/7.

I have always loved back to school shopping. From school supplies to new shoes. There is nothing more fun than prepping for school to start! My kids share that same excitement and love with me as well. I think picking out their new backpack for the upcoming school year is their favorite part of the entire process!

I have come across some amazing deals while shopping for the kids and I just had to share with you Mama's out there.

School Supplies 

There are so MANY awesome deals on Amazon right now for school supplies. They even categorized the grades on their website! I know my kids teachers love donations and I am always happy to help with those. 

Backpacks and Lunch Time

My Kids totally snagged the cutest backpacks this year for school and I'm sending Amazon the biggest hug because they had Averie's dream bag for school! HA! Also my kids have used these water bottles for years and we all LOVE them! 

School Clothes

Oh the adorable clothes now a days for these kiddos. My son will be in uniforms this year and we are both excited about that! 


I always buy my kids shoes from the Nordstrom Sale for school. Not on purpose but mainly because we find the best deals there. I linked some of my favorite for the kids for school.


Now I didn't forget about us Mom's out there! Where would be without our coffee to get these kiddos off to school onetime!? I love a good coffee mug and tumbler to use in the morning. It just makes my morning move a little faster and it's the prefect accessory to go with my top knot, leggings, and oversize shirt! HA! I think you will enjoy these picks I found for you. 

I hope you ladies enjoyed today's round up of back to school shopping!

Gymboree: Extra 50% OFF New & Further Markdowns

Old Navy: Entire site up to 50% OFF. Also 30% OFF total including clearance items!

Target School Uniform sale: 10% OFF no code needed

Macys: BACK FRIDAY IN JULY! Take an EXTRA 25% OFF with code JULY

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Pick UNDER $100

The BIG DAY has arrived ladies and I have gone through the entire UNDER $100 section to deliver you the best of the best picks from the biggest sale of the season!! Now is the time to get those Fall/Winter items for a discounted price! Also to stock up on some amazing work out apparel deals! All of these items are brand NEW items they have added for this upcoming season!
I wanted to make this sale post different than the others and make everything under $100 for you ladies! I think most of us are on a budget these day with handling life, kids, and house responsibilities. So shopping this sale is a MAJOR treat for some of us. Hope you enjoy the picks and I will be doing more picks from beauty to kids as well. Happy Shopping!!

UNDER $100


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