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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A Tooth Dilemma

My son is a little over 6 years old and he hasn’t lost any of his baby teeth.  All of his friends are losing them left and right, but he still has all of his.  The last time we were at the dentist, I mentioned this to them because I was a bit concerned.  They assured me that when the time was right, they would begin to get loose and fall out on their own.  I am not convinced that this is true because while we were on vacation—I noticed that behind Wesley’s two baby teeth on the bottom front—were two big teeth growing.   They haven’t just popped through the gum …

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Bedtime Blues

Lately bedtime has been a struggle. Our routine is the same, bath time, books, cuddling, but still our oldest is crying at bedtime. Our goal has been getting to the bottom of the crying. Sometimes I think she is just overly tired. I try to make bath time fun and relaxing. We even came up with some fun new bath toys to keep bath time exciting. We found that our foam stamps stick to the side of the bath tub and the girls loved playing with them. We are always getting new books from the library to keep them looking forward to bedtime routines…yet we are still struggling. My daughter …

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A Surprise Vacation

This week something totally unexpected happened and I am SO excited about it. My Grandpa’s favorite thing to do (besides go fishing) is to go on Cruises. He decided that he wanted the whole family to get together and go on a cruise since it has been over ten years since we have all been together. So what do you do when Pa tells you to go on a cruise?? Well you get your booty in gear, get your bags packed and you go on a cruise! 

We were very limited on time since school starts back for the kids in mid-August, so we had all of July and the first week …

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A Nightly Noise Nuisance

Lately, my baby girl has been having trouble sleeping and it is really not like her.  She will wake up multiple times and nothing seems to be wrong.  She just wants to get an extra snuggle or maybe even play.  We have tried keeping her up later and not letting her nap as much during the day, but neither of these two things has made a real difference.

Then, we realized that nightly around the same time that we were laying her down that a lovely neighbor of ours was getting on his four-wheeler and zooming up and down the road at more than 30 miles per hour.   She was never really …

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Public Disclaimer

I officially have a stubborn, strong-willed, opinionated two-year-old. The tantrums began a few months ago, I can deal with those. I ignore those for the most part unless we are out in public and I can’t. Now, the child is very opinionated about what she wears, and insists on specific items of clothing every single day. My husband is the type that will just force her to wear what he wants her to wear, let her cry, throw a fit and get over it eventually.

That’s where we are different. I will try my best to talk her out of it, but if we are just spending the day running errands or going to the playground, grocery store, or hanging around …

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A Fabulous Family Vacation!

We just had one of the best family vacations ever!  We took a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina with my husband’s parents and sister’s family.  It wasn’t too bad of a drive and everything was available right at the resort!  It was a perfect vacation for our little family because it had everything we needed.

They have a water park indoors and outdoors so if you don’t want to have to worry about the sun, you can just stay inside!  There was water fun for all ages!  There is a small water area for the young kids and there is a wave pool, and clubhouse area with a …

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Surprise Pancakes

Today I decided to do a little cooking with the girls to celebrate our first day back to our normal summer routine with absolutely nothing to do–aka–a glorious day!

The last two weeks have been super busy for us. The first week we went to Oak Island on vacation, and last week we had Summer Bible Adventure at church all week. To say that we were all pooped after all of that is an understatement. I love to plan out my meals as much as possible. It makes me feel more organized and in control of what we eat–that way we do not end up eating out most days. So I decided …

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How We Survive Long Trips in the Car

As a family of four, it’s not as easy as it once was to just get in the car and hit the road.  A little bit of planning makes all the difference in the world.  I thought that I would share some of the things that make our trips more fun, successful, and bearable!  (Let’s face it no one wants to have a car ride of screaming the whole time—been there,done that!)

1.  Snacks/Drinks—Pack a small cooler or bag of some of your family’s favorite drinks, juices, and snacks.  Make sure that the snacks you pick aren’t too messy and are already prepped if needed!  I cut up grapes or strawberries and have …

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Oak Island Vacation

Last week, we spent the week on vacation on Oak Island. We rented a house on the main strip, so we were right across from the beach! We arrived Saturday afternoon, and spent the rest of the day unpacking and getting settled in, because let’s face it, no one wants to be staying in a house for a week with two other families and not have your stuff where you need it and organized. At least according to my husband ;) . We did go out for a yummy seafood dinner that evening, and took a walk on the beach right at sunset.

Sunday, we spent our first day on the beach. Although …

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A Ridiculously, Long Repair

We recently experienced what it was like to be a one car family and let me be the first to tell you—IT WAS NOT EASY!  Honestly, I don’t know how some families do it.  By the end of the week I felt like a taxi cab service to say the least.  My husband’s truck was taken into the shop on a Friday because it was having trouble with the transmission.

Luckily, it was covered under the extended warranty, but because of this we had to have an inspector from the warranty place come to approve the service that needed to be done.  This took some time since the warranty place was all …

 

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