Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bring it on 2016

Each year I begin the new year with a few new "resolutions" that I unfortunately never end up sticking with. This year, I'm determined that things will be different. This year, I will begin 2016 as a mom. The past few days I've had so much on my mind thinking about what I can do differently this year that could make me a better mom...and wife. 

First off, we need to eat as a wife, I need to cook better meals. Its SO easy to just pick up quick and easy things from the grocery store but really, how good are they for you? Instead of just grabbing things from the frozen section, maybe putting together a menu would be a much better idea? Now that Sophia is eating table foods I'm having to plan ahead my meals and what I can cook that she can eat as well.

Next, we need to be healthier. Of course it starts with eating well but we need to start exercising. I want us to set a good example for our little girl. I also want to be happier with myself as well. 

Lastly, I want my husband and I to be a better team. I want our relationship to be even stronger and for us to grow as a couple and as a mom & dad. 

I hope that everyone who reads this will take the time to come up with their resolutions for this year. Its a great way to start the year off! Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sophia's Favorite Boutiques

Quite often, I'm asked where I get Sophia's adorable outfits and accessories from. I love to shop handmade whenever possible! I love how it helps to support other moms and allows them to stay home with their little ones! I would love to have the opportunity to stay home myself...maybe one day it'll work out for us!

Here are just a few of our favorite shops that we like to support!
Sophia is also a brand rep or enthusiast for a few of these!

Momma Bear
Instagram: @momma.bear.2015
bibdanas, baby infinity scarves, slipper moccasins 

Nina's Modern Mini's
Instagram: @ninas_modern_minis
Infinity Scarves (for mommy & baby), headbands, bibs, paci bibs, skirts

Portia's Closet
Instagram: @_portais_closet
dazzle onesies/shirts, sequin bow headwraps 

Pretty N Chic Boutique
Instagram: @prettynchic_boutique
headbands, headwraps, toddler infinity scarves

Julia Scott Designs
Instagram: @juliascottdesigns
Custom Children's Clothing

Ryleigh & Rue
headbands, dream catchers

Mandi Jules
Handmade Children's Clothing

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Beautiful Bows Boutique: Bow Review & Giveaway

One of my favorite things about having a baby girl is being able to dress her up! Since the day she's been born she's had a bow on her head! Our bow collection is pretty big and ranged from all sizes and styles! I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with Beautiful Bows Boutique! They make the most adorable bows! They have such a variety of styles and sizes! 

With our review, I chose a large Thanksgiving themed bow. As soon as I received it, I was in LOVE! I just love how its so full of color and detail! I also love the band that its on. With all the bows that we've received, I love some more than others based on their band. No mommy wants to remove their baby's headband to find some sort of indention or red mark on your baby's head!

Sophia and I reviewed the Big Autumn Chevron Over the Top Headband

I chose this bow because it matched her Thanksgiving outfits perfectly! 

I think her bow may be bigger than she is! The bigger the bow the better right?

I also love that the bow is attached to the band using an alligator clip making it much more versatile! 
Next year when she finally has some hair, we'll be able to wear it as a clip! 

When selecting your headband, you can choose from a few different options:
You can order the bow on the alligator clip or a french clip. You can also choose whether you want it on an alligator clip on the headband or permanently attached to a headband!
Beautiful Bows Boutique is my new favorite bow shop I do believe! So many fun options to choose from! 

They also have other adorable things besides bows such as tutus and rompers! 
Be sure you head on over and check them out at the info below!

Make sure you visit The Mommy Room on Facebook at the link below to enter our Beautiful Bows Boutique Christmas Bow Giveaway!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sophia's 1st Halloween

Yesterday was miss Sophia's very first Halloween! I have to say that I was super excited! For her first Halloween, Sophia was a ladybug!

She was so adorable with her cute little dress and her adorable little wings! Her outfit didn't come with a head piece so mommy had to get creative and make her antennae's! I have to say, I think they made the outfit!

I couldn't wait to take her out and show of off! The night before halloween we visited a trunk or treat at a nearby school. Everyone thought she was the cutest little ladybug! On halloween night we visited all the grandparents! Of course she was spoiled with lots of goodies from ghost marshmallows to a witch rubber ducky! By the end of the night she was tuckered out! I can't wait till next year's halloween when she'll be a little more interested in it!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zubels Holiday Hand Knit Toy Review & Giveaway

When I came across Zubels' Facebook Ad a few weeks ago, I just had to check it out. Zubels creates fun hand knit toys that are made of 100% cotton.  These toys are so soft and perfect for your little ones. Zubels sent us a box full of goodies for Sophia and I to review. From the moment we received our box of goodies, I was immediately thrilled by what I found. The quality of these adorable toys is outstanding. My little girl's big blue eyes were full of excitement as I pulled each toy out. The bright colors definitely caught her interest and she couldn't wait to start playing! 

Zubels has lots of fun and adorable little toys and dolls to choose from. I just love these Lil' Dimples. They are so tiny and perfect for little hands! They are 4", 100% cotton and handmade. 

They each have little knit hangers on the back making them perfect to hang on your christmas tree!
My little one loves toys that make noise, especially when they are small enough for her to hold and shake around. I love these adorable little crochet hand rattles! They are 6" and 100% cotton and handmade. 

This sweet Lil' Dimples collection make the perfect stocking stuffers for your little ones! 

Zubels has lots of fun and adorable knit dolls to choose from in different sizes. 
Sophia absolutely loves her adorable little 7" girl elf rattle doll. I love all the little details. I just love the little braids!

The side is so perfect for her tiny little hands! She loves to shake it and hear it rattle.

Lastly we received this sweet little 14" knit soldier doll. 

Its super soft and made of 100% cotton. I love how light weight it is, perfect for your little ones to play with this holiday season. 

 Can't wait to give Zubels a try? 
They are generously giving one of our lucky followers a 12" Zubels Doll valued at $25!

To enter the giveaway please click HERE
Good Luck!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lost Creek Boutique Onesie & Skirt Review

When it comes to my little girl Sophia, I love to dress her up in the cutest clothes.
My favorite is anything hand made. When I found Lost Creek Boutique on Etsy I just knew we had to work together! Lost Creek Boutique designs and creates each special item. A few weeks ago, Sophia received an adorable outfit to review. I could not WAIT to share it! 

I absolutely loved this set! Psalms 139:14 is one of my very favorite verses. The design of the embroidery is absolutely beautiful.

The beautiful purple and pink paisley pattern matches the onesie perfectly! This set looked so cute on my sweet little girl! I love the special little extra details on the skirt!

Lost Creek Boutique has some super cute outfits that will look perfect on your little one! I love the seasonal ones!

Monday, October 5, 2015

One Blessed Mommy

Ever since I was little I knew one thing.....I wanted to be a mommy when I grew up.
In the fall of 2008 I met the most amazing man who only a couple of years later became my husband. 
After about 3 years of marriage, we knew we wanted to start a family. I was so anxious. I remember every little ache or pain I had, I ran and got a test thinking this is it! Time after time I saw that single line...or the dreaded NO or NOT PREGNANT. 

At that point I became discouraged. Everyone around me, including family, was having little ones! It was so difficult to be happy for them. I smiled on the outside but on the inside I was hurting and even envious at times. It was SO incredibly hard to remind myself that it'd all happen in God's timing. 

After over a year of waiting, I was introduced to fertility medication. 
I continued on this medication for 6 months....still nothing.

At the end of the 6 month period, I met once again with my doctor.
She told me that there was nothing else she could do, that I'd need to see a specialist. 
I remember feeling crushed when I left. I didn't want to see a specialist and I surely couldn't understand what was wrong with me. My biggest fear in life has always been not being able to have children. As I was driving down the road after that appointment I remember deciding that I was going to wait to see that specialist. It was early in the spring. I decided that I'd give it till fall before making that decision. 

Later that summer....I remember it was the month of June, I was on vacation. We didn't actually go anywhere, just spent some time around home and with each other. We made a day trip that Monday to Emerald Point. I remember stopping several times throughout the day for breaks because I was just so tired. We had stayed in a hotel the night before so I figured maybe I just hadn't slept as well as I thought I had. A few days later, I was still getting tired throughout the day. Finally the thought crosses my mind.....could it be? I grabbed a test from the stash I had created under my bathroom cabinet (I think I could have had stock in pregnancy tests) and gave it another try. 
I was used to the NO. Many days I stood waiting, patiently to get the results I wanted.
That particular day, within seconds, that test would change my life. 
Instantly the brightest and  boldest two lines you've ever seen appeared. I remember standing there stunned....Like I wasn't quite sure I was looking at it right.
Soon after that, the tears came. I've never in my life cried tears of joy until that moment. 

Sometimes I wonder why it took so long, why the fertility medicine didn't work...
But I now know, God knew when I'd be ready.
Having my precious little girl, holding her for the first time and even snuggling her up at bed time makes me realize how blessed I am. I look at her and see that sweet smile and I can't help but tear up. My heart is so incredibly full.

For those of you ladies who are struggling with this, I have felt your pain. I remember the numerous sleepless nights, the tears and the nightly prayers to God begging for a child. 
Just remember that God's timing is perfect.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

FaithBox Review

While browsing Social Media you can't help but to notice all the different types of inscription boxes that are out there. I've checked out quite a few but when I came across faithbox I was immediately impressed. As a new mom, I'm always looking for inspiration. Sometimes just coming across a nice quote on facebook or instagram is enough to help me through my day. I love that in each box you'll receive books, devotionals, etc to help you through each day and provide encouragement. One thing that I LOVE about faithbox is that for each box that is shipped, 3 meals are provided to children in need. How awesome is that? 

When I received my first box, I was SO impressed by all the amazing goodies inside. I couldn't wait to try out each item! To me this box made for the perfect quiet time! 

I absolutely LOVE candles so of course the faith candle was the first thing I pulled out. I love the soft fruity scent that drifted out as soon as I removed the top! As my yummy new candle burned I munched on the yummy chocolate expresso bar and checked out the October devotional, Everyday Faith by Jefferson Bethke. As I flipped through it I read a few inserts that were so powerful. I cannot wait to get started the 1st of October!

October 6th Devotional
"Church is not a museum for good people, it's a hospital for the broken. We don't have to hid our failure or sin. Who are you when you come to church?"

Also inside the box was a tube of the most amazing cocoa lip balm ever. 
It only has 3 ingredients- cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax. Its also organic and made in the US! Just a tiny bit will leave your lips feeling absolutely amazing! 

Lastly, was the book It's Not What You Think,Why Christianity is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die, also by Jefferson Bethke. The author is also the New York Times Best Selling author of Jesus > Religion. The book has some wonderful reviews on the back from people such as Sadie Robertson (member of the show Duck Dynasty) and Chip Gaines (host of HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper). 

Let me just say that I love to read! BUT when it comes to these types of books I tend to have a hard time keeping interest. I want something that holds my attention...or tells a story. 
After reading the first couple of chapters, my attention was immediately grabbed. This book points out so many things that should be noticed in the Christian faith. Western Christians have created such "cookie cutter" ways, especially when sharing Jesus with others. Its definitely a book that will make you think about how you live you Christian life.

One of my favorite things that he pointed out was the use of the little bracelets that as children we'd make at bible school and youth know the ones with the colored beads that you used to share Jesus with others? Have you noticed that you start with a black bead? The black bead represents sin. Its kinda like saying "hay! I want to talk to you. My name is Ashley. Your a sinner." 
Now should your conversation really start out that way??
In Genesis 1, the world is full of peace. Its not till Genesis chapter 3 when sin is introduced. Why should we skip to chapter 3 when sharing the story? 
I never thought of it that way and reading that chapter has given me a whole new perspective of sharing the story of Christ. 

In just the first few chapters this book has already opened my eyes to a few different things. 
Its definitely a book that I encourage everyone to check out at sometime. 

For more about the author, Jefferson Bethke:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Baby J Designs Onesie Review & Giveaway

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I am so excited to share with you Baby J Designs. I first stumbled upon their shop while browsing Instagram and instantly fell in love with their adorable onesies. I am so excited about being able to collaborate with them! I am also excited to share her story with you and inspiration for starting her shop! Its so inspiring seeing another mommy's story!

 "I am 27 years old and have a one year old baby girl with another baby girl on the way! My husband and I have been married for 3 years and we live in Kaysville, Utah, a little city found between the beautiful mountains and the Great Salt Lake.  In addition to being a full time mom and shop owner, I am also going to school to earn my degree in Elementary Education. 

The shop was inspired by our baby girl, Julianna. Our journey to starting a family, like many, has been a long and difficult one. After suffering a miscarriage in February of 2013, my husband and I slowly healed, grew stronger together, and decided to try again. After some time, we found out that we were expecting again. This was bittersweet, I was scared yet excited. We knew what it was like to feel joy and loss. Needless to say, our little girl grew and came without any trouble. We love her so very much, she is our whole life, she has our hearts and we feel so blessed to have her with us!

I once heard a quote and it describes our journey perfectly,
"It isn't something you get over. It's something you get through, and then you carry it with you for the rest of your life. It's part of our story now. Part of our history. It will always, always hurt. Just not quite as bad someday."
We look back now and realize that it only prepared us for the treasure that would come into our lives later on.
Having baby J in our lives, together with my love of drawing and creating, gave me the inspiration to open Baby J Designs. Working on the designs each day brings me happiness and I’m excited to share my designs with other moms!

My goals for the shop are simple.  Because these designs bring me such happiness, I only hope to bring some of that happiness to other mothers and their babies.  If a mother gets excited about receiving her onesie in the mail, that’s my goal. If it adds a fun element to a baby’s cute outfit, that’s my goal. If starting my shop motivates another mother to take a chance and start her own small business, that’s my goal!"

Since having my sweet little Sophia nearly 6 months ago, I've been introduced to a whole new world of baby fashion! Who knew there was more than Carters and Baby Gap!?
I think my absolute favorite is the adorable graphic onesies! 

Baby J Designs creats the most adorable onesies with their hand drawn designs! 

Baby J Designs sent us their adorable "The One You Love" Onesie from their "You are Loved" Collection! I love the beautiful print and the "o" made of a heart! They have so many fun prints to choose from!

Check out all of their adorable onesies over at their website! 

Im super excited to share that Baby J Designs is giving away one of their adorable onesies that we reviewed to one of our lucky readers!  Its super easy to enter their giveaway, just Use the app below!
Make sure you've liked the facebook pages to enter!