Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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Grocery Shopping with a Toddler

With toddlers the most simplest things can turn in to wild adventures such as a trip to the grocery store.  Kayleigh doesn’t enjoy riding in the front of the cart.  She constantly tries standing up and she screams if you buckle her in.  She occasionally will ride in the cart, but then you have to fight her off the food because she is eating it before you can even buy it.  The other day she was pulling grapes out of the bag as fast as she could (unwashed of course) and she was also trying to bite the cucumber and banana through the peeling.  I mean, one would think by her voracious eating that she had never been fed, but I can assure you that she has.  I finally had to put the food on the bottom of the cart so she would stop eating it.

If she is not in the cart, then she either wants me to hold her while I push the cart or she wants to walk and help push the cart.  Some things that make grocery shopping easier are to leave one adult at home with her and go without the kids (which can’t always happen for those quick trips for an item you need for dinner, etc.) or to go to stores that have the specialty carts.  The carts I am speaking of are the ones that make it seem like they are driving—but even then she lets herself out and runs around unless we are constantly moving.

What’s it like going to the grocery store with your toddler?

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