Monday, March 8, 2021

International Women's Day

 

                                                        Today is International Women's Day! 

I wanted to take some time out to shine a light on some of my fave ladies! They may not be famous, rich or anything like that. But they are important where it counts. Inspiring and raising up the next generation of ladies. 

Some who are small business owners. Some are healthcare workers. Some are influencers. They are working hard to portray strength, perseverance, mental health, healthy body image etc. 

 

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                                @adrianawithanuh : Sharing her journey as a single working mom. Encouraging                                         others to have a healthy body image at any size.

                 

                                 @hannah_neese  : Funny, and sweet and encouraging body love and a healthy body                                    image.


                                  @Adoniaglam / @Adonia_by_amber : Single mom and now small business                                                 owner of Adonia Glam. A full service glam squad to help women feel better from the                                     inside out. Also a stroke survivor! 

 

                                  @theamyjanelle  : Single mom sharing her journey of going back to school to                                                 pursue her dreams of working in film.

 

                                    @renewmagazine : Woman owned online magazine. Renew stands for 

                                    Revitalize | Educate | Nurture | Empower Women

 

                        These are just a few special ladies! There are so many more! Encouraging and supporting other women and not tearing them down. We should never compete with one another. We are stronger together. Women united are such a force! Check these ladies out. Give them a follow. Encourage and support the awesome ladies in your life.

 

                                     



                

 

                         










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Monday, February 22, 2021

Ways to Cope

 

With last year being so crazy I've been focusing a lot more on mental health. It's always been important to me but now with the whole country taking a hit. It's even more important now more than ever. I wanted to put an emphasis on coping skills. How we handle stress and the day to day is so important.  These are some ways to cope with all that in a healthy way.
 
Coping Skills
 
Distraction: Conversation, listen to talk radio/podcasts, read, do puzzles, TV, computer games, solve a problem, make a list, learn something new, cleaning & tidying, gardening, arts and crafts. 
 
Grounding: Use body & senses: smell fragrances, slowly taste food, notice the colors around you. Walk on the grass barefoot, squeeze clay or mud, do yoga, meditate, exercise. 

Emotional Release: Yell, scream, run! Try a cold shower. Let yourself cry..and sob. Put on a funny movie and let yourself laugh. Try boxing, popping balloons, or crank up music and dance. 

Self Love: Massage hands with lotion, manicure your nails, cook a special meal, clean your house (or just make your bed),  take a bubble bath or long shower, brush hair, buy a small treat.

Thought Challenge: Write down negative thoughts then list all the reasons they may not be true. Imagine someone you loved had those thoughts. What advice would you give them?

Access your higher self: Help someone else, smile at strangers, pray, volunteer, do randomly kind things for others, join a cause. 




 
 
 
 







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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Birthday Wishes

Since my birthday is in a couple of days. I thought we could start celebrating now.
I've compiled a list of places that give away a free item on your birthday. Imagine this you could be driving around town and businesses just give you birthday presents. That sounds like an awesome birthday to me! Also on a side note we are also celebrating the 2 year anniversary of "Lioness" Ep's release. Make sure you take a little listen! Here

#1 DENNY’S

Birthday Freebie: Grand Slam Breakfast

Requirements: Sign Up

#2 EINSTEIN BAGELS

Birthday Freebie: Egg Sandwich

Requirements: Sign Up

#3 IHOP

Birthday Freebie: Meal

Requirements: Sign Up

#4 KRISPY KREME

Birthday Freebie: Donut

Requirements: Sign Up

#5 PANERA BREAD

Birthday Freebie: Pastry

Requirements: Sign Up

#6 WAFFLE HOUSE

Birthday Freebie: Waffle

Requirements: Sign Up

Lunch & Dinner Freebies
#7 BUFFALO WILD WINGS

Birthday Freebie: Snack-Size Traditional or Boneless Wings

Requirements: Sign Up

#8 CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

Birthday Freebie: Appetizer

Requirements: Sign Up

#9 HARD ROCK CAFÉ

Birthday Freebie: Entrée with a Purchase of One Entrée

Requirements: Sign Up

#10 HOOTERS

Birthday Freebie: 10 Wings

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#11 JOHNNY ROCKETS

Birthday Freebie: Burger

Requirements: Sign Up

#12 MARCO’S PIZZA

Birthday Freebie: Pizza

Requirements: Sign Up

#13 NOODLES & COMPANY

Birthday Freebie: Bowl of Noodles

Requirements: Sign Up

#14 OLD CHICAGO

Birthday Freebie: Pizza

Requirements: Sign Up

#15  P.F CHANG’S

Birthday Freebie: Appetizer or Dim Sum

Requirements: Sign Up

#16 RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS

Birthday Freebie: Burger

Requirements: Sign up

#17 RUBY TUESDAY

Birthday Freebie: Burger or Garden Bar Entrée

Requirements: Sign Up

#18 TEXAS ROADHOUSE

Birthday Freebie: Appetizer or Sidekick Ribs

Requirements: Sign Up

#19 UNO PIZZERIA & GRILL

Birthday Freebie: Appetizer with Purchase of One Entrée

Requirements: Sign Up

#20 WINGSTOP

Birthday Freebie: Large Fries

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Snacks & Dessert Freebies
#30 APPLEBEE’S

Birthday Freebie: Dessert

Requirements: Sign Up

#31 AUNTIE ANNE’S

Birthday Freebie: Pretzel

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#32 BASKIN-ROBBINS

Birthday Freebie: Ice Cream Scoop

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#33 BLACK-EYED PEA

Birthday Freebie: Dessert

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#34 BOSTON MARKET

Birthday Freebie: Dessert

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#34 THE CAPITAL GRILLE

Birthday Freebie: Dessert

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#35 CHILI’S

Birthday Freebie: Dessert

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#36 COLD STONE CREAMERY

Birthday Freebie: Creation Ice Cream with Purchase of One Creation Ice Cream

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#37 DAIRY QUEEN

Birthday Freebie: Blizzard Ice Cream

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#38 GOOD TIMES

Birthday Freebie: Frozen Custard Spoonbender

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#39 THE MELTING POT

Birthday Freebie: Chocolate Fondue for Two

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#40 MIMI’S CAFE

Birthday Freebie: Slice of Crêpe Cake or Two Packs of Muffins or Croissants

Requirements: Sign Up

#41 NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

Birthday Freebie: Bundt Cake

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#42 OLIVE GARDEN

Birthday Freebie: Dessert

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#43 TGI FRIDAY’S

Birthday Freebie: Dessert

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#44 WENDY’S

Birthday Freebie: Frosty

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#45 ARBY’S

Birthday Freebie: Small Shake

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#46 CARIBOU COFFEE

Birthday Freebie: Medium Beverage

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#47 DUNKIN DONUTS

Birthday Freebie: Beverage

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#48 JAMBA JUICE

Birthday Freebie: Small Smoothie

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#49 SMASHBURGER

Birthday Freebie: Shake

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#50 SONIC DRIVE-IN

Birthday Freebie: Shake

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#51 STARBUCKS

Birthday Freebie: Beverage

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Entertainment & Retail Freebies
#52 AMC THEATRES

Birthday Freebie: Coupon

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#53 AMF BOWLING

Birthday Freebie: Bowling

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#54 AVEDA

Birthday Freebie: $23 Gift *Psst… $10 to Enroll

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#55 BAREMINERALS

Birthday Freebie: Gift

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#56 EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

Birthday Freebie: Gift

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#57 GODIVA

Birthday Freebie: Gift

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#58 HALLMARK

Birthday Freebie: Card

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#59 SEPHORA

Birthday Freebie: Gift

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#60 ULTA BEAUTY

Birthday Freebie: Gift

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#61 VICTORIA’S SECRET

Birthday Freebie: Gift

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Wear Red day

 It's been a few years since I did a feature like this. I wanted to shine some light on this cause. Now more than ever this cause means a lot to me. 

The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement encourages people to take action through the month of February by: Wearing red today on National wear red day to raise awareness about heart disease. If you want to donate click here Go red for women

 

 


 











 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Closet Purge

 I'm in the middle of a huge closet purge! I always have those spring cleaning feelings at the beginning of the year. Which always leads me to redoing, rearranging everything. I get sick of the same thing all the time. I've been like this as long as I can remember. I loved rearranging my room. It always felt like a brand new space. Same goes for clothes. I love new clothes it makes me feel like a whole new person. A fresh start. Sometimes I look at my closet and just want to dump everything and start brand new. If there are any particular items you loved that I have posted in the past send me a DM on Instagram @ashley.reed and it might just be up for sale soon on my POSHMARK.









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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

New Beginnings

 
 
Have you ever been at a crossroad of something new and exciting? Overwhelmed with all the swirling ideas in your head. There has been something possibly in the works for a long time for me. I've been playing around with some ideas. I'm thinking now might be the best time to do it. 
We are living in strange times right now. We are realizing now more than ever that life is too short to not go after your dreams. I like many of you got stuck in 2020. 
We had just moved to a new city, new state and within a month everything was shut down and we were stuck in a house being bored. We had nothing to do but dive into our hobbies maybe? I had all these plans and ideas. Finish all the books on my book list. I ended up reading a finishing two books and not getting through the third before returning it to the library. I wanted to get my DIY projects done. I got ONE done. I wanted to learn all the dances from the 90s and early 2000's music videos. SURPRISE again didn't get any of that done. I did write and record a few songs which was great!

In fact a lot of the time ended up being soul searching. Which I have already blogged about so I won't bore you with it again. I think 2020 was necessary for growth. Being self aware even if it's painful can be so beneficial. It's obviously just the beginning a lot of healing needs to happen. By the mental health journey is so great and so important. I feel the more you talk about things and bring them out into the open you can learn from it, change from it, embrace it, and move forward with your life. 
 
All of these great and sometimes hard things have now lead me this crossroads. The next chapter in my life, in our lives. What does the next five to ten years look like? We've been diving in deep to the planning. Soaking up all the financial advice from Dave Ramsey's network. Planning not only for us but our kids futures. Even more than we have before. Now that we have crossed those things off our list it's time to move onto the next. 
 
I don't want to give too much away because we are doing our research and going over the details and praying about it. We want to make sure this is a good next step for us. 
With that said to be continued...
 
 
I will leave you with this though. Don't let fear rule over you. There will always be some apprehension on any life decision. But if God is in it then you know you are on the right path. 
I have confidence that it will be great. 
 
 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7 
 
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27 
 
 











 



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Friday, January 8, 2021

Dave Ramsey Update {The Importance of an Emergency Fund}

 

Hey guys! You didn't think my last post about buying a car would be the end of our Dave Ramsey journey? I wouldn't leave you guys hanging like that. So I decided to do a follow up post so you wouldn't feel alone out there with your financial struggles or even financial successes. Having people in it with you, and supporting you is so important. As I have posted before 2020 was insane to say the least. I know everyone has had their different financial situations. Which is why I wanted to dedicate a specific post to the importance in having an Emergency fund. I think everyone can either say "I wish I had had an emergency savings." Or "I'm so glad we had an emergency fund." After this last year kicking us right in the butt. Parents being forced to work from home and basically home school their kids. People losing their jobs and their businesses. It amazes me on what is still standing and it saddens me the local businesses we lost. Thankfully we fell under the category of "I'm so glad that we had an emergency fund." Not because of loss of a job. But for two important reasons. 


Reason 1: 

The world did not stop moving we still had financial emergencies come up in 2020. We have now lived with no credit cards for about a year and a half. Any major or minor emergency is going to be coming out of that emergency fund. That way we are not still owing someone after our financial emergency like we would if we would've on a credit card. 

It felt like a lot of emergencies too. Annoying as they were we still made it work and we just go back to rebuilding it afterward. We PAY OURSELVES BACK not a bank, or credit card.

2020 financial emergencies

April: Car Maintenance $636.74

May: Locksmith $184

{freak incident where the lock mechanism broke on a bedroom door and wouldn't open}

June: Plane tickets for a funeral. $473.92

Washer broke got a new set. $1423.96

Dec: Transmission $4909.67

{Ended the year with a new transmission}

TOTAL= $7628.29

In just emergencies alone. I couldn't imagine having to deal with loss of job, unemployment, etc.

Even now that I totaled it all out seems so insane that we managed to do all that without using a credit card.


Reason 2:

With our financial freedom we were able to help and give to others. Tithing to our home church not only  helped pay the staff but was used to help others in the community who were having financial hardships. We supported local businesses in the area. Supported friends small businesses financially by buying their product etc. I also had a new years goal last year to give everyone a birthday and Christmas present for 2020 and I did that successfully. {I'm big on birthdays}

 

Emergency fund should be $1000 at the minimum and 3-6 months expenses (i.e electric, water, groceries bills etc.


Ways to earn extra money to fund your Emergency fund

We didn't just rely on my husbands income from his main job. We also did a lot of side hustles. 

These are the ones we have used and we always finding more.

DoorDash driver

{A great way to earn money by delivering groceries, food etc}

Shopkick {Scanning, shopping}: 

{I've been using this one for a few years now and it has helped fund a lot of things}

USE CODE: EARN642480

MyPoints  {Surveys and shopping}

https://www.mypoints.com?rb=71146176 

 Fetch {Shopping/scan receipts}: 

USE CODE: DJ69T


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