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October 8, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley

The One MUST HAVE Item For Your Hospital Bag

Have you ever heard of that John Wayne toilet paper?

You know, the kind that don’t take crap off nobody?!  (ha, ha, ha…. ha.)

Well, that is what the hospital had waiting for me when I went in to have a baby.
MUST HAVE item to pack in hospital bag no one tells you about

I made a quick mental note and decided the number ONE must have item that will go in my hospital bag from now until forever will be my own toilet paper.  My personal choice:  Cottonelle.

MUST HAVE item for hospital bagimage via

If you’re going to be stuck in the hospital for a few days, you might as well be comfortable, right?

What else should you pack in your hospital bag if you’re going in to have a baby?
Check out these great posts below!

rnlMusings has the perfect printable checklist. goes into detail on what she’s packing in her bag.  She even has pictures!
Live Like You Are Rich 11 Secrets to Have in your Labor Bag is spot on.
Need to know what to leave OUT of your hospital bag? Hello Bee tells all.

October 7, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley

Cooper – 2 months

Oh baby Cooper!
TWO months!
14 lbs. – nearly 25 inches longCooper Depp - 2 monthsCoopy, you gained THREE pounds in a month!  Mama and Daddy are feeding you good!
Those chins sure are hard to clean in under. :)
All your baby hair fell out and it’s growing back in dark.
Your eyes are looking pretty dark, but still not sure what color they will be officially.
You love going to Ma’s (babysitter) house and spending the day with her and Colton.  That big smile you give them when you see them makes me feel so good when leaving you behind.
These overalls you have on (0/3 months) are from Kelly Jo and you were about to outgrow them so we had to get your picture in them.

Cooper Depp - 2 monthsGood thing you had taken about a 10 minute nap before we took these pictures.  You cooperated a littttttle bit!
Those little thumbs are still in your fists, but we’re working on it.  You are gripping tight with your right hand, but not as hard with your left.  You will get there!

Cooper Depp - 2 months

Your daddy looks at you like I’ve never seen him look at anything… besides a vehicle or 4wheeler he likes (haha, you will understand this one day).  You look at him just the same.  Just look at this picture ^^.
Keep growing boy!  We have lots of adventures in our future!

September 28, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley

Postpartum Workout Inspiration

Can I just tell you that I’m 9 weeks postpartum and it’s time to get into some kind of workout routine?  Enter, postpartum workout inspiration:  new workout clothes, a new workout program, and my three favorite fitness accounts on Instagram.

Lately, I just haven’t had the motivation.  Before I became pregnant, I was seeing great results with the 21 Day Fix program and then, BOOM, I’m pregnant… See ya later workouts!  I had no energy and wanted to spend as much time being lazy as I could because I knew my “me” time would be ending before too long.  #selfish

Postpartum Workout Inspirationweights (similar) // Under Armour workout capris (similar) // sports bra c/o YogaOutlet // tank top c/o YogaOutlet (similar) // Nike’s (similar)

New workout clothes always gives me that extra bit of inspiration I need to get a good workout in.  There’s just something about putting them on and sweating in them.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets inspiration from this?!  I love this sports bra and top c/o the Both provide so much comfort and support.  I love that the tank top has a built in bra and purple is one of my top colors!

Postpartum Workout InspirationPiyo workout program // yoga mat c/o YogaOutlet (similar) // yoga block c/o YogaOutlet

I purchased the Piyo program from Beachbody before Cooper, but never tried it out.  Laziness, see what I mean?  Piyo is a combination of Pilates and Yoga and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be my favorite workout yet!  Especially since I have a new Yoga mat and block to try out.  I’ve only done the Yoga portion of the 21 Day Fix, so I’m excited to give this a try.

Postpartum Workout Inspiration

I follow some awesome fitness accounts on Instagram.  These are my favorite three (click each picture to go to their account):

Postpartum Workout Inspiration Postpartum Workout Inspiration Postpartum Workout Inspiration
My plan is to start out slow.  No need to burn myself out right as I’m getting back into working out.

Do you have any tips for a new mom getting back into a workout routine?  I need all the help/inspiration I can get!

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