I think we all have that friend who constantly has a smile on their face, even if the world feels like it’s ending. It’s just easy for them to remain cheerful, and they stay positive no matter what life throws at them. I have a few of these special people in my life, and when I’m around them I always find myself wondering – how is this possible? What kind of magical powers do they…

This post is sponsored by Haven Life but opinions are my own. You guys know I’ve been busy lately. I’m running three businesses, all while parenting and helping to manage our household. Every morning I wake up with a To-Do list a mile long, which often makes prioritizing what needs to be done first rather difficult. A lot of the time it seems like everything is important, but when I step back from the madness,…

We celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday over the weekend with a family lunch complete with good times, lots of laughs, and some seriously delicious cake. It was a great time, but, first, let’s talk about the decorations! The adorable birthday sign above is from Sunflower Paperie. Kate, the owner, also did the decorations for Quinn’s birthday party as well as my baby shower. She makes some super cute stuff! We also bought fresh flowers and mini pumpkins…

Hey y’all! My name is Ashley and I blog over at Coffee Cake and Cardio and Balancing Today. One of the questions I get asked most often is “How do you balance everything on your plate?”. I wear many hats these days. I am a wife and mother, daughter and sister, friend, full-time employee in college athletics, author of two blogs, AdvoCare advisor, full contact football player for the DC Divas, and work really hard…

Quinn had his first joyride yesterday! (I realize “joyride” typically refers to stealing or recklessly driving a car, but I assure you, Quinn drove responsibly and purely for enjoyment.) Rewind to Christmastime  My mom wanted to update her living room, so she talked about getting new slipcovers for her couch and loveseat. My sister and I considered buying them for her as a Christmas present, but then we agreed that slipcovers just wouldn’t cut it. Both her couch and loveseat were…

Helloooooo! Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? I spent mine with Mal’s family at Funny Farm. The whole crew was home for the weekend and it was so nice to spend some quality time together. That said, here are some photos fotos from the weekend! Saturday morning: Tropical Coconut iced coffee from Gourmet Donuts + a big ol’ kiss for my favorite little boy and a pug forehead photobomb. Murphy. Saturday afternoon: Burgers and…

Hi, friends! The weather here was absolutely beautiful, so we took advantage and went apple picking with my in-laws on Saturday afternoon. We went to Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, Massachusetts. It’s actually the same place we go (almost) every year with my mom and sister to pick apples, but, in the last couple of years, we waited too long into the season to go. We’d typically go in mid-October and then there wouldn’t be…

Hi, friends! How was your 4th of July weekend? Mine was really nice. Mal, Q, Murphy, and I spent it at my in-law’s house, so there was lots of quality family time and plenty of fun. And, of course, all sorts of delicious eats! The Hauperts do it right when it comes to food! FRIDAY My in-laws hosted a family get-together on Friday afternoon for the 4th. There was so much delicious food! My plate + an…

Yesterday was a busy day at the Haupert household! Mal and I hosted a Mother’s Day lunch for my mom, sister (mom-to-be), and brother-in-law, Pat, and then Mal and Pat built a shed in our backyard. Oh, the fun of being a homeowner! About an hour before my family arrived at our house, Mal said he was going to Lowe’s. He didn’t say why and I didn’t ask, so I figured he was going to…

My sister’s baby shower was a huge success! It was a beautiful day, tons of family and friends were in attendance, and the mommy-to-be had a wonderful time. We couldn’t have asked for a better day! I can’t wait for baby Matthew to be here! Less than 2 months to go! Question of the Day What’s your favorite boy’s name? 

Happy (belated) Easter!!! Yesterday afternoon, I enjoyed Easter brunch at my grandmother’s house surrounded by family and, oh, so much delicious food. Family + food = the best. When Mal and I arrived at my grandmother’s house, we hung out and caught up with family for awhile. It was especially great to see my sister, who is now 6.5 months pregnant and definitely showing, and my cousin, Heidi, who turned 30 the other day. It…

When Mal got home from school yesterday afternoon, we decided to take Murphy to the dog park. It was a “nice” day for February in New England (mid-40s and sort of sunny), so we figured Murphy would appreciate some outdoor activity in his life. He was starting to get a little cabin fever. When you enter the park, it has two main paths: one that goes to the right along the water and one that…

Christmas Eve is almost as big as an event as Christmas Day for me. With a plethora of family, food, and fun, it’s an evening I look forward to all year long. Last night’s Christmas Eve celebration took place at my grandmother’s house. Some years my aunt Amy hosts the family, but with such a big group””we had almost 30 people last night””my Grammie’s house, with lots of entertaining space, was the place to be…

Hi, friends! Merry, merry, merry Christmas! Mal, Murphy, and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. Here are a bunch of photos from our Christmas fun. Enjoy! Friday night family get-together at my aunts’ house. Check out the dessert table! Yankee Swap madness. M & T. Mom and me. Christmas morning at my in-laws. Pug presents. Playtime! Cinnamon buns + coffee at my mom’s house. Back to my in-law’s…

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