10 best gal pal gifts from Amazon

There’s something pretty awesome about being able to order just the right gift with the click of a button from your phone, have it arrive in 2 days, and pay no shipping for it—and know you’re about to make someone’s day! I, Ashley Adams, am an Amazon-holic. It’s a problem, especially late at night whenContinue reading “10 best gal pal gifts from Amazon”

7 things I don’t want to hear you say about my divorce… and 5 things I do

Getting divorced sucks. There’s no way around it. Even if it’s amicable (which most are not), it’s painful—a mourning of a lost life that will never be and a complete venture into the unknown. Except this time, you’re probably doing it with a little more age, wisdom, and probably a kid or two who areContinue reading “7 things I don’t want to hear you say about my divorce… and 5 things I do”

Your Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet

8 tips to help you succeed at IF Dirty Fast. If your primary goal in doing IF is to lose weight, then a dirty fast is a great way to make it a bit of an easier lifestyle shift. Dirty fast refers to having a small number of calories, under 50 or 100 depending onContinue reading “Your Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet”

14 Best Baby Products That Didn’t Exist 5 Years Ago

My older two kids are 7 and 9, and I have a one year old. I’m sure that some of these things DID exist 5 or 6 years ago when I was last in the baby haze, but I didn’t have them and they’ve been my game changers this time around. One of my favoriteContinue reading “14 Best Baby Products That Didn’t Exist 5 Years Ago”

How to tell if your partner has a drinking problem

What’s the difference between someone who gets hammered and embarrasses you at a party and someone who has a real problem with their drinking? Is there a difference? Maybe. In this post, I’ll break down the top 3 things that finally got me to face facts that my spouse was a full-fledged alcoholic. #1 TheyContinue reading “How to tell if your partner has a drinking problem”

The biggest reason dieting doesn’t work

I have been acutely aware of the size of my body, the number on the scale, and the way people focus on weight in general for as long as I can remember. Anyone else? When I was 14, paranoia about my weight led to me quitting competitive swimming—even though I was full of potential andContinue reading “The biggest reason dieting doesn’t work”

The quiet miscarriage

“Don’t tell anyone until 12 weeks.” So common, right? It’s what many people do. Sometimes “not telling” just means not making the big social media splash or telling your boss. But sometimes it means keeping the big surprise from friends and family too. There’s something magical about keeping such an exciting secret for a while,Continue reading “The quiet miscarriage”

4 Ways to Encourage Each Other Year Round

I have to admit, I really love surprising people with acts of kindness. I’m not the best at grand gestures, but the notion of ‘surprise and delight’ is one of my core values and when the mood strikes, I love to surprise my friends and neighbors and loved ones with something special. I love toContinue reading “4 Ways to Encourage Each Other Year Round”

Controlling it all and the mental load

Jeff always said we lived in “Ashley’s World” and that I controlled everything. He was right—I did. I understood why he felt that way and why it triggered so much anger. He continually let me down any time I gave him any wiggle room, and I never felt like I could relax. I had toContinue reading “Controlling it all and the mental load”