Meadows and Reeds

Friday, September 13, 2019

Fashion Friday { Blogiversary}

It's my blogiversary. I've been blogging for 7 years now. Wow! Time has gone by so fast. 
I originally got into blogging to document all the things I'm interested in. I started with fashion, then got into DIY projects and home decor. Then had some fun lifestyle adventures. Family vacations. 
I posted a lot in the beginning. Then stepped back. I've had great opportunities, met some awesome people throughout the journey. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

P.S If you love a good giveaway. Head on over to my instagram @ashley.reed 
and enter to win a $50 gift card to RMC Boutique.
All the rules are on the post. 
Good Luck! 
Thank you for continuing to read what I have to say. I hope you had as much fun as I have these seven years!



Friday, September 6, 2019

Fashion Friday {Summer Daze}

Summer is officially no more! We've all gotten used to our new normal now. Well, almost there's more things starting this month and it's looking like it's going to be just as crazy as this month.
Starting us off is Hurricane Dorian.
We got a mandatory evacuation early this week. So we decided to take advantage and go visit family before we move. It was also a chance to give them a bunch of stuff that we didn't want anymore so we could start the PCS purge. We do it before every move. You get rid of junk, you have yard sales and you trash a bunch of stuff. The month of September is filling up with visitors, school activities, performances, etc. The PCS countdown begins now. It's going to be hard to leave this place!
Hope everyone has been staying safe during the hurricane and there is no damage.
Hopefully our last hurricane before we move on to the next place .


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Home is where the heart is {Guest Feature}

One day I had an idea. While I love home decor and I love giving home tours of each houses we've lived in. I've been slacking for the last few years. I thought to myself while I was visiting a friends home recently. I'm always complimenting friends on their home decor. I have a handful of friends who just have amazing homes. They always find random things from thrift stores, yard sales, even the side of the road. They bring it home polish it up and make fit so nicely into their home. Not only have I been inspired by their homes and their unique ideas. I was inspired to do guest featured posts about their homes on the blog. My first featured friend is Jessica. I first met Jessica in a women's bible study and I later took Christmas photos for her of her sweet daughters. I loved how she found unique pieces for her home. I knew she was going to be one of the friends that I asked. 
I hope you are inspired as much as I have been.


Jessica used this clever way to camouflage her electrical chords from her TV.

Jessica got water color pictures done of all their previous homes. Then paired them with these inexpensive white frames from Wal-Mart. An awesome and unique way to personalize your home decor.



Friday, August 30, 2019

Fashion Friday {Adventure Awaits}

Well the time has come to let you guys in on our little secret. No I am not pregnant! As most of you know or even if you don't know. The army will move you every few years usually. Sometimes less, sometimes more. We've gotten thirteen months in Hawaii when we were supposed to get three years. We've gotten two and half years in most places. We knew our time was imminent here in Georgia. 
We originally thought we would get North Carolina turns out it was not a position in North Carolina but in New Hampshire. Then we thought for sure we would get Germany. Once I got on board with that I searched all over trying to get as much information as I could get. I searched youtube videos and instagram. I even reached out to other blogger/army wives who were stationed there and asked for the low down. 
Then they basically said No you're not getting Germany. I admit I was getting excited about traveling all the other countries for really cheap. Unfortunately, that is how the military works. You have to hurry up and wait. You get your hopes up for cool places. You also get stationed in places you never even wanted to go to in the first place. I've learned you just have to make the best of your duty station. Explore all around the area and make great friends. I honestly can say that I've had fun in every duty station. It's been an adventure!
With that said we finally have come down on orders. After three full years here we now only have months left to enjoy. But this will be the longest place we lived in the fifteen years that he's been in the Army. 
He got the position we originally hoped for but didn't think we would actually get. We were told by some that it's actually really hard to get this position. He will be teaching ROTC at the University of Colorado. 
Yep! We are moving back to Colorado in a few short months. We last lived in Colorado Springs 2009-2012. After 8 years away we are coming back to the Rocky Mountains.
Excited to see my old friends and see what the new adventure holds for the whole family as well as my music, fashion, and photography career!


Friday, August 23, 2019

Fashion Friday {Ready for Fall}

Hello All! I hope you have had an awesome week. 
If you are having a stressful week then just think today is Friday and then you have the weekend! 
That's how I've been feeling. Stressed out. I had to put myself on a mental health day yesterday.
Do you ever socialize too much? Does your face ever hurt from talking too much?
I've definitely been dealing with that lately and I just needed a day to be quiet and mindlessly watch TV. I highly recommend days like that. You need time to reset. To clear your head. To stop over thinking all of life's problems. Here's to a relaxing weekend with the family. 



Friday, August 9, 2019

Fashion Friday {Working Girl}

I am here reporting on this lovely Friday a little late in the day. I've had a very, very busy week. I'm just glad I made it through. We got the call on Monday afternoon that little man got into Preschool. So we rushed around to find him last minute supplies so he was ready to start on Tuesday. I finally had an answer to what my life was going to look like. Except I still had no idea what was coming my way. I was having my mixed emotions about the new normal and potentially being home alone with no kids. I however got thrown into a very crazy schedule. 
I had been in talks with my friend who owns a boutique downtown. I honestly thought it wasn't going to work out because of my not so open schedule. The shifts would've worked but the travel time would not. Luckily she was willing to work with me. I immediately scheduled an interview just a mere three hours after I dropped both kids off at school. I had a little alone time and went shopping and then downtown. 
Then this girl who has not worked an actual job in 10-11 years got hired on the spot. The rest of the week has been crazy. Training, learning how to multi-task again, car line. Now it's Friday and I'm ready to for the weekend break with my kids. I might stay in on the couch for a good long while. But we'll see skies the limit. 

I'm really excited for some new things I got coming your way. 
I'm going to have a focus on some home decor soon. So keep an eye on what's to come! 

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