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Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Baby Andi, Family Fun, Giveaway | 3 comments

Scenes from our Snow Day

Good morning and happy Friday! Friday is, without a doubt, my favorite day of the week. I’ve been craving a cheeseburger like nobody’s business, so we have plans to hit up this amazing local joint called “The Burger Bus” and then I plan to sweat all that goodness out Saturday in hot yoga. I haven’t done hot yoga in years, so I’m a little nervous about the class, but I’m going with one of my girlfriends so it should be fun. I wish I had a shirt that said, “I don’t really stretch, I’m just here for the heat.” Because really, I just want lay in child’s pose and sweat. I’ve been working out at home, but I haven’t ran in weeks and I’m starting to go a little crazy. My body just craves running. January is a super busy month for Dave so he hasn’t been around a lot to watch the kids, which means I can’t sneak off for a quality run. I actually spent time today researching treadmills because I think it would change my life if I had one at home, but Dave isn’t feeling that price tag right now. He’s so practical. I’m like, “Think of how often that thing would put me in a good mood. I mean it would practically pay for itself in a month.” He’s not buying it (“it” being both my logic and the treadmill).

Anyways, we got some serious snow last weekend in Atlanta. And by ‘serious’ I mean 6 inches. It’s already melted. By Thursday it was 70 degrees outside and to be honest, I’ve just felt incredibly lucky this week to live in this fickle environment. I love that we got to play in snow on Sunday and then on Thursday we were outside without jackets riding bikes. It’s like the best of all worlds (as opposed to Florida which was 90 degrees year round or NYC, which was blizzard conditions for 5 straight months). The mountains of Georgia are my jam. It snowed on Friday night and Saturday and schools were cancelled until Wednesday! We were snowed in for a solid 2 days, which meant we pretty much stayed in pajamas and played by the fire, which was magical…until we all went stir crazy and the kids turned against each other and I began dusting all the blinds in an attempt to make the time pass. But I got to wear my snow boots so I wasn’t complaining!

You’re probably wondering what the point of today’s post is. There is no point. I’m just telling you random things and sharing a few photos of our snow day. The photos are mostly of Andi Rose because she was dressed like a bear and I think we can all agree that nothing is cuter than babies dressed as animals (except for puppies in sweaters – puppies in sweaters trump all in my book).

 

KitLife Giveaway Winner

And now for the KitLife Giveaway! YAY!

I want to thank each of you for participating in my giveaway on Monday and I also want to thank the kind girls behind Kit Life Planners for partnering with me on this giveaway! I loved reading all your goals for 2017 and each comment left me feeling inspired! You are all really and truly the best! ❤

And now for the winner…🎉

Kimberly K

Kimberly, I have messaged you to get your address so we can get your planner in the mail to you asap! I’m so excited for you and I loved reading all your goals! I hope your Kit Life planner helps propel you forward this year as you tackle each of them! 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend that goes by nice and slooooow! See you Monday, friends!

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Books, Girly Things, Giveaway | 17 comments

Kit Life Giveaway + An Official Hashtag

Good morning and happy Monday to you! I hope you’re checking in today after a restful weekend. We got snowed in, which hijacked plans I had to go to Florida for a quick trip, but we made the most of the cozy weekend at home and enjoyed our first Georgia snowfall.

Last week I shared some of my personal goals for 2017. Today, I’m popping in to share one of the tools I’m using to help me stay on track with my goals!

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, then you’ve probably read about my love for a good ole’ school planner. I know in today’s world, everyone keeps their life on their digital device but I still cling to my paper calendar because I love the joy that fills my soul when I physically cross something off my to-do list. I also feel like writing tasks and appointments down by hand helps me commit them to memory. And I just don’t trust technology. The other day I accidentally deleted a note from my i-phone. Suddenly, there was a “whoosh” and it was gone and I was freaking out because I couldn’t figure out how to get it back (I’ll fast forward to the ending of that dramatic story for you: I never did figure out how to get it back).

This year I am using the Kit Life Crown Planner to keep track of my daily to-do lists, appointments, reminders, birthdays, vacations and goals. I’m already in love with this planner and we aren’t even half way through January yet!

I initially fell in love with the Kit Life Planner because the cover was beautiful. That’s right. I judged a book by it’s cover. Don’t act like you’ve never done it.

But upon opening it and diving into it’s pages, I realized this planner was even more beautiful on the inside. This calendar is designed for the girl who wants the ‘big picture’ to guide her life, rather than being driven by random daily to-do lists.

Every 3 months, there is a quarterly check-in page. This page makes you stop and think about not only where you are in relation to your big picture goals, but also what your intentions are for the next quarter. It allows you to pause and rejoice over what you’ve accomplished and also refocus on the areas that need some extra TLC. It also has a space for personal inventory, which I think is so great. You can jot down the current details of your weight, sleep, overall health, etc. I wrote all these things down on the last day of 2016 and while I was content with my weight and activity levels, I made sure to note that my sleep patterns have been atrocious, causing me to feel less than healthy. Something about actually writing that down made me realize that I’ve got to make my sleep a priority. As a result, I decided to commit to reading a book each night before bed (instead of working on my laptop in bed). I’ve already seen a drastic improvement in my sleep + I get the bonus of quality reading time, which is another goal I have in my planner – to read more books this year (I know, how cliche of me).

As far as the actual day-to-day pages go, my favorite feature is “The Big 3” box. I’m not entirely sure what the purpose of this box is, but I have personally made it my space for writing down the 3 most important things of the day – and those ‘things’ aren’t necessarily tangible tasks. For me, they are usually the things that can’t be quickly checked off, but rather thoughts I want to keep in mind as I navigate my day. So for example, one day last week I just wrote “Embrace my children” I wanted to be sure that as I went about doing laundry, responding to e-mails and paying bills that I consistently took a break to embrace my kids in the crazy, loud and messy stage they are in. Another day I wrote “Lower my expectations of this world” and that worked out nicely since that was the day I took Atlas to the dentist to find out he’s got some cavities. When I looked back at my calendar to schedule his follow up appointment, I was reminded that this world isn’t supposed to be perfect and free from trouble and pain.

The other section I love is the “Gratitude” box found on each day. I’ve been writing down 2-3 things I’m thankful for before bed in the evening. I find that it’s a positive way to end a productive day (or not-so-productive day…because let’s be honest – those unproductive days are common during this season of motherhood). This tiny section has big implications for me because it reminds me daily that I am balancing so many blessings. Whether I am running a sick child to the doctor or I’m drowning in laundry (or both), I can always find something to be grateful for. I am constantly muttering the phrase ‘balancing blessings’ under my breath as I go about my day because it helps keep my stress in perspective. Because I say it so much around my house, I’m going to start saying it on social media too. I’m going to be using the #balancingblessings this year and if you like it, feel free to use it too! I’m declaring that the official hashtag of Cupcakes n Crunches. Wait, can Cupcakes n Crunches have an official hashtag? Please say yes! Don’t crush my dorky dreams.

Anyways, other cool features included in Kit Life Planners are:

  • The Peek at the Week: This allows you to see an overview of your week ahead – I like to think of it as my ‘bird’s eye view.’
  • The Wellness Box: This is where I write my daily workout goals and dinner menu. This is also where I’m reminded that I don’t drink enough water each day (8 glasses is a lot, ya’ll). I seriously find myself chugging water at night now just so I can cross those dang water glasses off my day.
  • Monthly Page: This page appears at the beginning of each month and is filled with fitness tips and fun facts about the specific month ahead.

There are a few more features that I love, but this post is getting lengthy so I’ll wrap it up and get to the good part!

GIVEAWAY

YOU have a chance to win a Kit Life planner of your own! One lucky girl will win a Kit Life Classic planner this week on my blog. If you crave organization and you are hoping to live 2017 with more focus and intention, then this giveaway is totally for you!

To enter the giveaway you just have to:

  • Follow me (AshleyMarieAndrews) AND Kit Life (KitLifePlanners) on Instagram
  • Like the picture on my IG associated with this giveaway AND leave a comment on this post telling me a goal you have for 2017!

That’s it! Easy Peasy!

*For a BONUS entry, you can comment on my IG post associated with this giveaway by tagging a girlfriend! Every girlfriend tagged counts as an extra entry!*

The giveaway closes on Thursday night at 9pm and I will announce the winner in Friday’s blog post, so be sure to enter by Thursday night!

I owe a HUGE thank-you to the sweet girls at Kit Life for partnering with me to bring you this awesome giveaway! I love sharing my favorite products with you guys and not only do I adore my Kit Life planner, but I also believe in the company’s mission and I love the girls behind the brand. I’m so honored to get to partner with them to share the love! 🙂

Now, let’s make the best of 2017 and balance those blessings like a boss, shall we?

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Girly Things, Giveaway | 47 comments

Glam Giveaway for My Girls!

Hello, hello! I hope you are checking back in today after a nice long weekend away celebrating with your friends and family! Things were pretty quiet around CnC last week because Dave was off work, so we tried our best to disconnect from our phones and computers and just enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with our little family.

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It was so great and my only complaint is that it all passed by too quickly. I wish we could relive last week all over again, as I’m currently fighting some serious Monday blues over here.

BUT, with Thanksgiving officially behind us, that means Christmas is right around the corner and to kick off the Christmas season I’m hosting another giveaway today! YAY!

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Since so many of you participated in my last giveaway, I wanted to do 1 more just to thank you all again for your readership, kindness and virtual friendship. You guys are the best so consider this my Christmas present to you. ♥

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Today’s giveaway is for my product junkie friends! It is no secret around these parts that I love trying new beauty products. From make-up, to skincare products to the latest haircare craze – I’m a sucker for it all.

So, today I’m giving away a few of my favorite beauty products to 1 lucky reader!

Here’s what the winner is getting…

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Here’s how to enter…

  1. Follow me on Instagram, if you don’t already.
  2. Leave a comment on THIS post telling me what you would love to get for Christmas this year – it could be something small and simple or something crazy and extravagant! You have until Thursday night at 10pm to enter!
  3. BONUS: For an extra entry, you can share 1 of my blog posts on Facebook (it’s easy – there’s a facebook share button at the bottom of each post). You can pick whatever post you want to share (it can be an old one that you may have enjoyed) –  just be sure to let me know that you shared a post in your comment below so I can enter your name in the drawing twice.

And that’s it, sweet friends! Thanks so much for reading, sharing and participating.😘

I will announce the winner in Friday’s blog post.

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Ready, set, Enter! I’m so excited to read what you all would love to get for Christmas!

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Giveaway, Sprinkles | 61 comments

I’m Grateful For You + A Giveaway

With Thanksgiving just over a week away (seriously – how did that happen? Wasn’t it just July 2 minutes ago?), I think it’s safe to say the holiday season is officially here.

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Before the holiday rush carries us all away, I’m pausing to dwell on all God has blessed me with. When I think of all the many people and things I have to be grateful for, I hope you know that I think of you – those of you who take time each week to pop into Cupcakes n Crunches and read what I write. I can’t even begin to convey what it means to me to know that you not only read what I share with you, but you also share parts of your life and story with me, whether it be through comments or e-mails.

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Blogging is such an interesting thing because when I hit publish on a post, I never know whose eyes will land on the words that often come from a very personal part of my heart and sometimes that scares me. However, the little community that seems to surround Cupcakes n Crunches never ceases to amaze me. The kindness and love that so many of you pour back into me after I pour my heart out in a blog post touches me more than you know.

When I hear that you use your baby’s nap time to read my blog or that my blog is one of the first things you read in the morning, I just light up on the inside. I love sharing so many parts of my life with you – whether it be my workouts, my favorite beauty product, the shoes I’m dying over or my most recent meltdown in motherhood – and I appreciate the safe space we’ve all cultivated here. You guys mean so much to me and when I count my blessings, I count you and the {virtual} friendship we share.

So, today is about YOU! Since you guys are the best, I want to do a giveaway to show you just how much I love you! 🙂

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I have picked out some fabulous and festive goodies (most of which I also own myself so you know I’m a fan of them) for 1 lucky reader!

Whether you are a dear friend who reads this blog, an old friend who peruses this space from time to time or a virtual friend that I’ve yet to have the pleasure of meeting, I hope you’ll enter in the giveaway and I pray that you all know how much you mean to me! ♥

Here’s what the winner is getting…

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  • Plaid scarf (SO gorgeous for the holiday season – it’s a favorite of mine)
  • Nail Polish
  • Candle (smells just like Christmas)
  • Holiday mug
  • Christmas Ornament

(All goodies are pictured in the photos above)

So who’s ready to win? *praise hands emoji*

Here’s how you enter…

  1. Follow me on Instagram, if you don’t already.
  2. Leave a comment on THIS post telling me what you’re MOST looking forward to this holiday season! You have until Thursday night at 10pm to enter.

I will announce the winner in Friday’s blog post and get the gift sent out pronto so it should arrive just in time for Thanksgiving and all your holiday festivities! Thank you so much again for reading & sharing CnC. 🎁❤️

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Plaid Shirt // Denim Jacket is old, similar here // Grey Scarf // White Denim // Red Boots (a closet staple for me)

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