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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I said what?!?

After shaking my head at some of the things that I caught myself saying to the girls earlier in the week, I decided to write it down as it happened throughout the week, just to see how crazy it got. 

–Don’t put your foot in your sisters mouth!

–Stop licking her toes!

–Stop licking the trashcan!

–Don’t eat that off of the bottom of your foot!

–We don’t eat bugs!

–Stop biting your toenails!

Turns out, my kids DO eat, just not the stuff that they are supposed to eat! Although they sometimes cause me a bit of stress with the things that they do (and put in their mouths), the things they say and do are pretty …

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The FitBit

In my last blog, I didn’t share with you the accessory that has made it all possible.  I know many of you have probably already heard of the FitBit and I don’t want to sound like a commercial—however, it really is wonderful!  For those of you that don’t know what it is, it is a waterproof bracelet that you wear that has a “bit” inside that you take out every 4-5 days to charge.  It keeps track of literally everything for me.  When I say everything—I do mean everything—it  keeps up with how many steps I take, the exercises I do, how I sleep, the calories that I have eaten, the …

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Stroller Woes

Since booking our cruise, we have been making lists and trying to think of anything we may need to make traveling with two little ones as easy as possible. One of the first things we discussed was strollers. If you have two young children, you probably know that getting them around can sometimes be a hassle.

Ready to Roll!

We already own a double stroller, and we also own a single stroller, one of the big ones that you buy as a travel system that an infant carseat can buckle into. Our double stroller can best be described as a Limousine. It is HUGE, long, awkward and heavy. Nice? …

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Healthy Options

Since returning from the cruise where we ate nearly anything and everything, my husband and I have both decided to make changes to our diet and exercise.  This is going to be a family effort.  We have had nothing but water to drink for the past eleven days.  We used to drink a 2-liter in one sitting between the two of us at dinner.  We also have switched up salty and high calorie snacks for fruit and vegetables.  Our fridge looks completely different now with loads of lettuce and salad fixings, watermelon, grapes, and strawberries.  In fact in only a few days, we have eaten a whole watermelon, 2 packs of …

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Homemade Gak

Things have finally slowed down a little in the Mozingo house, and we are able to enjoy (somewhat) of a slow summer this week. A few weeks ago I found a recipe for homemade Gak–a childhood favorite of mine, so I decided to introduce my children to it. 

I was actually going to just make the Gak, and save it for our road trip to Ft. Lauderdale, but I was caught making it so of course I had to share. It was surprisingly quick and easy to make. I definitely see more Gak making in my near future :) .

First, you empty two whole bottles of Elmer’s glue into a medium sized bowl. …

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Planning a Fun Play date

Playing with other children even at an early age is important. Socialization is important and every child needs practice. Lately I have been setting up play dates to keep them fun and fresh for my littles, here are a few ideas I have tried out:
1 Tea party- we had our guests come in their dress up clothes and served little snacks and had a fun craft afterwards.
2 Cookout- the idea of a picnic is fun to any kid and through in some messy BBQ and they are ready for a good time.We put Legos on a blanket for the little ones to keep busy and it was a big hit.
3 Pool- …

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Balanced Parenting

Growing up I was the younger sister of the family and my husband was the older brother of his family.  Somehow I believe that these prior roles in our life have prepared us to become better parents.  My husband can relate with our son Wesley and I can relate to our daughter Kayleigh.  Our children, despite their gap in age, enjoy playing with one another for a few minutes.  However, when those few precious moments have passed, then they are at each other’s throats.  I seem to be quick to blame our older son because I feel that at his age (he’s 6) he should know better.  My husband is (in …

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Summer Activities with Family

The past few weeks have been pretty uneventful in our house, and I am not complaining! We have been able to slow down, relax, enjoy each other and the outdoors! 

One of our favorite things to do on days when we have nothing else going on is to go outside and play in the pool. We don’t have a big pool, just a rectangular blow up pool, but it is big enough for us! The girls can enjoy it without having any adults in there with them, and I can sit out in the yard and watch or cut the grass and watch them. Of course we have to have popsicles while …

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Pinocchio

Lately, we have had trouble with my 6 year old son who enjoys telling stories (and by stories I mean lies).  I think that we have gotten to the point that he does it without even thinking or realizing it.  Most of the time it is when we asked him if he did a certain behavior or not, and I’m guessing in an effort to not get in trouble, he tells us “No.”  We have always stressed that we would much rather him tell us the truth because lying about something only gets him into more trouble.

Sometimes his lies are to get his sister in trouble.  For example, he came running …

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Berry Good Time

I don’t want my kids to think that food is grown at grocery stores, when the opportunity came to go to Justice Farm we were so excited. My kids love blueberries, but they are so expense at the grocery store. The farmer’s market has a farm that offers pick your own blueberries. The weather was perfect and we decided to make a day of it and invite our neighbors. We decided it would be easier to bring our kids and tag teams supervising our little ones. Surprisingly all the kids where great. They had a great time and we got blueberries for a great price. We all when to …

 

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