The Day After

I feel low today. Not a true depression by any means. It’s that day-after-Christmas letdown, you know? ...more

From Us

Our matching PJs came just in time to snap this photo! Happy holidays, friends! Like what you just read? ...more

Last-Minute Menu

We’re hosting Christmas this year, so I am scrambling to find some delicious foods that will please our guests (and, well, us!). I want them to be easy, frugal, and festive. So, I thought I’d share the recipes I’m mulling over in case you’re finalizing your menus (or just looking for some fun foods to try over the holiday break).Some of these recipes are mine, but others are well worth checking out! ...more

Gift of Running

I ran 8 miles last night, and it felt awesome. For the last several months, I’ve cut down significantly on my running, and it’s been tough. I’m not going to lie ....more


This week totally snuck up on me! How are you doing? Breathe.I was out grocery shopping over the weekend and totally didn’t consider it was the last weekend before Christmas ....more

Four Things

I saw this questionnaire on Jen’s blog, so I thought it’d be a fun way to end a Friday. Four names that people call me, other than my real name: Ash Mama Mommy Sandra (long story) Four jobs I have had: Marketing Manager at a mapping company Communications Specialist at a software company Professional Writing Tutor at a community college Assistant to Dean + facilities manager (?) at a university library Four movies I’ve watched more than once: Forrest Gump American Beauty Eternal Sunshine Clueless OK, guys. There are so many more.. ....more

Peanut Butter Blossoms

If you’ve been reading here for a long while, you know that my baking tradition at Christmas revolves around Peanut Butter Blossoms. This year, of course, is no different. I’m not picky when it comes to cookies (right?), but these guys are just my all-time favorite, and I only seem to make them this time of year.I decided to try something different than my usual recipe this year because I am out of several key ingredients ....more

Homemade Holiday: Cookie Mix

Way before the days of Pinterest, I remember my mom assembling cookie mixes in jars, covering each with a swatch of colorful fabric, and gifting them around. Now? That tradition is definitely a popular one, and for good reason ....more

The Way Back

My concept of time since Ada was born has become so different. I can now measure years by how many inches she has grown. I can see time in this way ....more

Biscuit Waffles, Two Ways

Throughout the last couple years, I’ve seen people making all sorts of things in the waffle maker. Brownies. Cake ....more