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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Building Relationships

Since my son went to stay in South Carolina for a week, Kayleigh got to feel how it was to be an only child.  She seemed to enjoy the extra attention from both parents.
However, she really missed her “Bubba.”  I think it is important to provide opportunities for our children to experience one on one time with their parents.  When “Bubba” got home from his week-long trip to South Carolina, he and his Daddy had a day of fun where they went to soccer evaluations and then to lunch and to a movie to see Ninja Turtles.

I think as the kids get older that these experiences will become even more important …

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Mysterious Rash

After nap time my daughter woke up with a rash under a chin. I was very concerned and immediately checked her stomach for more symptoms. She didn’t have a fever and didn’t complain about it itching. She said her stomach hurt but we were at the pool earlier and she often gets a stomach ache from drinking too much pool water. I decided to check the internet to see what the rash could be.

Of course the internet is filled with a great resource of information, but can be misguided when you are a concerned parent. I had read that the too much chlorine can cause skin irritation. I ended my …

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Packing a Healthy Lunch

This year at Kayleigh’s daycare there are new rules regarding how to pack her lunch each day.  It seems a bit ridiculous to me to have to pack so much food for a little girl, but I do like knowing that it is healthy and she doesn’t mind!  Her lunch box must have 1 grain, 1 meat or cheese, and 2 vegetables and 2 fruits.  I generally pack her a breakfast bar for her grain, a string cheese, and then either peas, green beans, or cucumbers for her vegetables and either grapes, bananas, or strawberries for her fruit. The real kicker though is that she is only allowed to have water and/or …

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Helping Hands

After contemplating having a third child, I decided that IF we were going to have more children, I was going to need more hands. That’s all there is to it. I cannot care for another child without another set of hands. 

So training has officially started. My little girls are being turned into big helpers. We are starting small, and going big. I am going to help them learn as many little tasks as possible from here on out. Even if we don’t end up having more kids, I need to train them to be hard-working, responsible women, wives, mothers–whatever they chose to do when they are older.

I have been working with …

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Sibling Blues

Where did the summer go? I can’t believe my oldest is off to school tomorrow. I think her sister is going to really miss her. Last year she seemed a little lost without her sister. I like to call it the “toddler blues”. Going to story time wasn’t the same without her sister and she didn’t have someone to introduce her at the park. Although she loved playing in her sisters room when she was at school. It was a great time to work on skills with her that she really needs. We sorted colors, rode her bike, played with flash cards and colored. All these activities are so easy …

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Going through Toys

Since I had to start back to work a week before the students, my husband and I had to figure out childcare for the kids.  We decided to send Kayleigh back to our church’s daycare.  She seemed to enjoy it last year and it was an easy transition with one less thing to worry about.  Wesley was going to have to go with me, but we figured he wouldn’t enjoy being at school all day with nothing to do while I sat in various meetings.  We talked with my husband’s family who live in South Carolina and decided to let him go there for the week.  He had a blast with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

While he was gone (and …

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Making A Memory Book

Do you ever feel guilty for throwing away your child’s artwork or destroying their Lego castle? We decided this summer to make a memory book and every time we made some thing really cool we would capture it forever with a picture. We had a great summer filled with a lot of creativity since money was tight. We made a lot of memories had had a lot of fun. We have the pictures to prove it. I think the best thing we did was get our new furry friend, Peanut. When I asked the girls what their favorite part of summer they said the beach and the pool. I must …

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Another Season Down

I realized tonight that I have one more week left of Summer before my daughter goes back to Preschool. I have mixed emotions about this. I am sad because it went by WAY too fast. I had planned for far more late movie nights, long beach days, and many more hours by the pool. The girls also JUST got into the routine of sleeping late since we got back from vacation, and we have been sleeping in until about 8 a.m. for the last two weeks. They couldn’t have done that all Summer? :) I’m sad because my big girl will have one more Summer after this to be carefree with no worries at all. Next Summer, she will be …

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A Sleepless Night

My son has a tendency to want a snack after dinner nightly and although we are trying to break the habit, we don’t like to feel that we are sending him to bed hungry.  Recently, he has a tendency to overeat though making himself sick.  This is exactly what happened the night before my graduate school orientation. I guess he hasn’t learned his limitations yet.  I was already having trouble sleeping from nerves and excitement.  I was worried that I wouldn’t wake up in time to leave because I had to leave extremely early in order to drive two and a half hours to get there.

At first I thought he had …

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Little Wardrobes

As a mom of two girls, I know that shopping for kids wardrobes can get expensive–if you let it! Since I choose to stay at home with my kids, we have to stick to a tight budget–and sometimes I find that hard to do! We like to take trips, we like to eat as healthy as possible, and I haven’t mastered the art of doing either of those things on a tight budget…yet. What I have learned to do though, is shop for my kids clothes on a budget.

We will get 4 years out of this $5 dress!

Luckily, I have two kids of the same sex, so …

 

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