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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Whining About Whining

My second child was always my happy toddler…until a couple months ago. I would have to agree girls are whiny and I have two and it is starting to drive me nuts. I try to redirect, bribe anything to stop the whining. Experts say that feeding into the whining or giving in to it will only repeat there unwanted behavior but sometimes it get to the point where you need to stop. So I have come up with a couple of things to redirect them with or ways to stop the whining.

I ignore them which is really hard to do, but it really works if you have the will power …

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A Full Plate

After only the second full week of graduate school classes, I think that I may have bitten off more than I can chew. It’s a feeling that I have had before and don’t necessarily enjoy.   I refuse to give up and will somehow make this all happen—but it may be more of a struggle than I had planned.  Each day I get up at quarter to six and help get the household moving towards getting out the door in time for our days to begin.  After working all day, I take the kids home and pack lunches for the next day.  I prepare dinner and help Wesley …

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Kayleigh’s First Haircut

Kayleigh has been in desperate need of a haircut for a while now.  In fact, in May I wrote a post saying she would have to get a haircut soon.  Her hair has been in her eyesunless I put it up in pig tails. I had waited to cut it because as a girl I wanted her hair long.  I wanted to be able to put in the many bows that she has for every occasion and outfit.  Her brother, on the other hand, had a haircut as soon as he turned one year old.  Luckily, on a mini-vacation to the beach for Labor Day weekend my cousin from Raleigh was able …

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Cupcakes.

Since both girls will be in preschool this year, I will have three hours, three days a week where I am absolutely childless. This means nine GLORIOUS hours a week to do whatever I want or need to do. 

I would love to use this extra time bettering myself, so that I can be a better mom for them. I think that using this time to exercise, which is something that I just haven’t been able to make time to do, will be great for me. It will be good for my health, and good for my mental well-being. So I will definitely find time for exercise. I will also use this …

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The Difference between Moms and Dads

I couldn’t help but giggle the other day as I met my husband and children in town.  My husband had taken off the day at work to spend the day with the kids since I had gone back to work.  Kayleigh’s hair was a mess—barely pulled up (falling out of her pony tail) and her tongue and teeth dyed red from the Kool-aid that he had put in her sippy cup.  At least both of the kids were dressed and amazingly enough, their shirts matched their shorts.  This may or may not have been due to the fact that I sit out their clothes the night before 99 percent of the time!

This all made me think of how different moms …

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An Unexpected Change

Last week we had orientation for Paislee’s preschool. I went in prepared since I had done it the previous year, and came out just as confused as ever!

The orientation part was pretty much the same as the year before. We all went into the Chapel and the director went over the parent handbook with us so we knew all of the rules and procedures. Afterwards, we were all called up to meet our child’s teachers, and were led to their classroom. In the classroom, we were able to talk to the teachers one on one, see where our children would be spending their days, and learned more about what they would …

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Kayleigh’s First Dental Visit

This week we experienced another first for Kayleigh.  We had her first dental appointment on the same day that we had Wesley’s.  Our pediatrician recommends that at age 1, children have their first dental visits.  I feel bad because Wesley was not that young when he had his first appointment.  I guess because I really didn’t see the need for one.  It was a traumatizing experience for Kayleigh even though nothing (and I really do mean nothing) was done.  They had this super cool little mat that they laid between the dentist’s lap and mine.  Kayleigh sat in my lap and laid back on the mat (unwillingly of course) so that …

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Savor the Moment

I think I blinked and my oldest is going to be five- years-old. As I was thinking back to her milestones I was always in a hurry to get to the next milestone. I was always wondering when she would get her first tooth, when she would walk, when she would talk instead of enjoying each phase. I have learned to try to slow down the moments and try to really take them in. I can appreciate the simple true moments when your child is being honest and sweet. I try to remember the smell of the moment, what she was wearing and the laughter in the air because one …

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Ice Bucket Challenge

If you have any sort of social media whatsoever (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc), then you have most likely seen the many ice bucket challenges filling up your newsfeed.  I know that I certainly have, and yet somehow I have escaped being a part of the challenge until now.  My cousin nominated me for the challenge and I while I dreaded doing it (at least I’m honest) I know that it was raising awareness for a good cause—a disease known as ALS.  This challenge made me think of what I could do to help my children learn how to be a part of society and lend a helping hand.

Whether it is bringing …

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Fall Fun

As Fall is quickly approaching, I find myself getting excited about all of the things that I love about this season. The warm days, cool nights, family fun, pumpkin everything! 

As my girls get older, finding fun family traditions becomes more important to me. I want them to remember these days and smile at all of the good memories we share as a family. Some of our favorite traditions so far that we enjoy during the Fall include visiting our local pumpkin patch and picking out pumpkins for everyone in the family to carve. We each get to pick our own pumpkin and do whatever we want with it–whether that means carving …

 

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