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Welcome, my name is Ashley! I am a Canadian actress, best known for my roles in Life with Derek, Suits, Criminal Minds or The Good Witch Series. Here you will find a more personal look into my life: from my day to day activities and travels to what it’s like to be on set and, now: what it’s like to be a first-time mom!

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Ashley, Pregnancy

New Year’s Savings!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing and safe New Year. Now that we are into 2018 (and have spent way too much on Christmas even though we said we would be good this year, HA!), I wanted to share with you some of my major mom saves that I am implementing for the New Year.

  1. AMAZON’S SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE PROGRAM

I’ve been using Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Program to buy my Pampers Diapers and Wipes, cleaning products, and a ton of other things. Makes life so much easier and stress-free knowing it will come directly to me, AND I am saving money! IT’S SUPER EASY – Basically you can schedule regular deliveries right to your door monthly, and can unlock extra savings on items that you need most. BONUS – shipping is always free!

Just create your subscription and Amazon will take care of the rest – Set it and forget it!

***For all you Pampers mamas, Amazon Subscribe and Save carries the whole line –  Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes, Pampers Natural Clean Baby Wipes, Pampers Baby Dry, Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Easy Ups, Pampers UnderJams, and Pampers Splashers. So whatever you need, Amazon’s Subscribe and Save has got you covered.

For even more savings, parents can earn points through every Pampers product scanned using the Pampers Rewards App – turning diapers into rewards! Redeem your points for great gifts, coupons and rewards from the catalogue for you and your whole family!

  1. BORROW CLOTHES

When I first had Olivia, I was offered so many hand-me-downs, but I wanted to get everything brand new for her… WHY?! Once you have a child, you realize they grow out of everything after one wear, so accept those hand-me-downs graciously and save yourself some money!

  1. DON’T BUY BABY SHOES

Olivia is almost 11 months old, and guess how many times I have managed to keep shoes on her feet for more than 5 minutes?? ZERO. At this point, I’m lucky if I can even keep a sock on her foot. So all of those adorable little baby shoes I bought are collecting dust in her closet. Save yourself the agony of wrestling those adorable little moccasins onto a flailing foot, only to watch it be kicked across the room 10 seconds later.

  1. HEAD TO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY FOR CLASSES AND GAMES

I had no idea that libraries offered play classes for babies for free! My sister-in-law told me all about the programs offered and I was amazed that there are so many educational, fun, and FREE things to do with your babe!

  1. DON’T BUY AN EAR THERMOMETER

I wish I had known this one before spending $100 dollars on our top-of-the-line ear thermometer. Apparently, they aren’t accurate in children under 3, so skip the expensive ear thermometers and stick with a tried and true digital oral or rectal one.

  1. MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD

I’m always amazed at the price of jarred baby food in stores. I buy fruit and veggies for Olivia, and puree myself. This will save you lots over time.

  1. MAKE YOUR OWN TOYS

Earlier today, I sat looking at the abundance of unused expensive toys that I bought for Olivia. It dawned on me that she is happier playing with the box they came in than she is the actual toy.  A month ago, I made a shaker for her by pouring some rice into one of Jeremy’s old water bottles, and she has not put the thing down since then! There are also great recipes for homemade play-doh and homemade fingerprinting that I will use when she gets a little bit older.

These are a few of the things I have started doing in 2018, but I’m always looking for more! Message me what saving tips you are using for the New Year!

Happy Saving!

Love, Ash.
xx

Ashley, Me, Myself & I, Travels

A Dry Baby Is A Happy Baby Tips for travelling with a baby

Guten Tag from Germany.  After a 20 hour travel day from door to door, we finally made it to Germany to see Jeremy.  As you all know, I am down an arm at the moment, so my mom came with me to help us out for a few weeks.  Travelling with a baby is never easy, but with one arm it would have been impossible. Here are some tips (including my favourite Pampers diapers!) that helped me get through the flight, as well as how I am dealing with Olivia’s jet lag. Hopefully these will help any of you travelling with babes over the holidays.

  1. Keep Baby Dry—this is most important!  We all know a wet baby is a cranky baby, so I use Pampers Swaddlers to keep Olivia dry and happy.  I love Pampers Swaddlers because they are a blankie soft diaper and have a unique absorb away liner, which keeps wetness and mess away from the baby’s skin.  Swaddlers also have the wetness indicator, which changes colour making it a breeze to check her to see if she needs a change when we’re in public.
  2. Let There be Light—I learned my lesson the hard way on my last trip to Germany.  I arrived at noon after flying all night, and promptly took Olivia to bed with me in a dark room for 8 hours.  A 6 hour time change is never easy to combat, but I’ve learned that light makes all the difference.  It took me two weeks to get her back on track after mixing up her day time and night time. I now make sure to keep her in the light all day, even for naps, and the dark for the night, even if she wakes up. Dimming the lights when you’re getting your baby ready to sleep, lowering them more and more as bedtime approaches is a great way to create a soothing atmosphere. It’s amazing how much faster she adjusts to the new time zone just by light and dark.
  3. Keep it Cool—Olivia will not sleep if the room is too hot or too cold.  Each baby works differently, but for Olivia the cooler the better.  I keep her room at 18 degrees and I put her in a sleeper and sleep sac. Rule of thumb is to dress your baby in no more than one more layer than you would wear yourself, based on the room temperature.
  4. White noise—I don’t know anybody who doesn’t sleep a little better with white noise, and this goes for baby too. Babies sleep better with the washing machine or the vacuum running, so feel free to go about your regular routine during naptime or after bedtime. I use a fan on high facing away from Olivia to keep her sleeping soundly all night long.
  5. Relax!  Babies pick up on our anxiety and frustration.  If I’m stressed out, Olivia feels it, and the last thing she will do is go to sleep.  Just know that you are doing a great job, and enjoy every minute with your beautiful baby.

Pampers has some great resources with more tips on how to keep baby sleeping peacefully.  You can visit them here:

I will let you know how our jet lag goes, but so far it is looking great! 
-Ash
XX
Ashley, Pregnancy

The Formula Stigma In partnership with Enfamil A+

Since I announced I was pregnant, I have been bombarded with advice. Most of which is about how to feed my baby.  I had every intention of fully breastfeeding Olivia, but unfortunately, after months of trying (and several specialists), I realized that I would need to supplement as Olivia’s needs grew.  I researched a lot about formula, and knew I wanted to give her a formula that was enriched with DHA.  A baby’s brain contains Omega-3 fat and most of that fat is DHA, an important building block of the brain.  By age 3, babies brain growth is 85% complete, so I realized the importance of making sure she was getting the nutrition she needed for optimal health.  Enfamil A+ is enriched with DHA, which made it a clear choice for me.  I use the ready feed bottles (which make my life SO much easier), and I feel happy knowing I’m giving her everything she needs.

So I am currently pumping 3 times a day, and supplementing with formula, and I have noticed a huge difference in Livi.  She is satisfied and happier, which means more love and snuggles for mama 🙂

For more information on Enfamil A+, click the link below: www.whydha.ca

Ash
xx