Hi there! My name is Ashley. I am married to my darling and we live out in the country with our three little ladies. When I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, I launched into a total overhaul of our home & lifestyle trying to get things as naturally based as possible. About this time, my midwife introduced me to essential oils! The answer to so many holes in trying to live more holistically. I now lead a precious community, The Sweet Oil Social, of others looking for natural answers too.
How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for your loved ones? Self-care can get forgotten so easily with three little ones! I really have to work for it. But eating healthy and going to bed at a reasonable time (so hard for me!) help keep me at my best.
What’s your favorite beauty secret? This will sound so simple – water!! Staying hydrated makes all of the difference from the inside out.
What’s your favorite outfit for a quick, polished look? I’m a mom chasing after little ones all day. So, for me, black jeans, a pair of ballet flats, and a statement necklace keep me looking like I haven’t been wiping noses all day (but still comfortable).
What’s your favorite quick-prep dinner for your family? Tacos! We do various kinds of tacos weekly. Easy fast, and healthy depending on what you add to them.
Tell us your favorite Instagram account to follow, and why? Can I just say how much I love that app! I have met some of the sweetest friends through IG. One of my favorites is the ever lovely @amandapahls. Our girls are close in age, her home is beautiful, and she has a heart of gold.
What tradition or routine is important to you? We start our mornings slowly, usually all piled in our bed. The girls snuggle and read books. It is my favorite time of day. Calm before the crazy storm!
What’s in your purse? What isn’t in my purse? Ha! Must haves are diapers, wipes, tinted lily balm, my Tranquil essential oil roll on, and my Thieves hand purifier.
Where do you find your inspiration? Other mamas! I love seeing what is working for others and learning from them.
We know you’re a busy lady! How do you balance all of your work responsibilities along with your home and personal life? Any tips for our readers? I think once I realized that not everything will get done every day was so freeing! Every night I do a brain dump before I go to bed. Just put everything onto paper. Then I circle the top five things I need to get done and focus on those the next day. I feel like if those are done I relax into the rest of my responsibilities.
What’s your favorite app (or other tool!) for helping you do life? My calendar! It is my lifeline.