Random Round Up: Through The Trees

You know the old saying "can't see the forest for the trees"? It feels like I'm finally starting to see the world again: Taking pictures of things that aren't my son, venturing out into the world more and more. Refreshing!
Hate grocery shopping, but love the produce section.
Big shoes to fill... The pressure will get to ya! 
Obsessed with the 1-2 winter blasting punch of a once-weekly dose of Vitamin D and
a fool-proof sunless tanner. I asked my doc about the vitamins, and she asked for
ordering info; Now that's approval!
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The Super Bowl isn't exactly how we Hawks fans hoped, but: GO PEYTON!
Have a great week! Hoping to deliver some more actual content soon.


Random Round Up: Wet & Wonderful

To say it was a bit damp around these parts this weekend would be putting it lightly. But the deluge didn't stop us - As Pacific Northwest lifers we know you can't let the rain keep you inside (because you'd nearly never get out). Bundled, covered, and out we went!
This guy is doing great and really seems to like his new little bro.
One of my favorite places to walk, now even better since it's stroller-friendly.
Little bit of wetland overflow...!
Washington's version of wildflowers.
Taking cover for a quick fam photo!
I know you can't yet set your watch to my blog posts, but I'm working on the regularity. This kiddo has rocked my day to day timeline (no surprise there, I know), and it's taking me a hot second to grab my new normal and hang on.

Have a great week everybody!


Top 5 of 2015

It seems unreal, but 2015 has already come and gone. And that means it's time once again to take a look back and see which posts drew the most attention last year. The annual top five, here we go!

Number One
Woohoo! My exciting announcement that I'd taken a position as a consultant with skincare company Rodan + Fields had far and away the most hits. I haven't looked back for a second, and it's already been such a fun and gratifying ride only 6 months in! I'm growing my business by the day, and it's not only brought me residual income, but the fun of reconnecting with friends I haven't been regular with in years. If you - yeah, you! - have any interest in your skin, my products, or even joining me on this ride, give me a shout: RodanAndFieldsAshley@gmail.com  I'm all ears!

Number Two
The Seattle Seahawks went on quite a nail biting tear last year heading for their second Super Bowl, and this year is already shaping up to be no different (well, the nail biting portion anyway!). This post had all kinds of goodies, from the kind that taste delicious to the kind you can hang on the wall. Hoping I have to revisit it this February for the big game!

Number Three
Oh, Arizona. It never fails to be a palm-tree-filled good time, and 2015's trip was made even better by hitting the Grand Canyon. This post was a bite-sized recap, followed up with a full who/what/where detail post right here.

Number Four
There's always one surprise for me in what people view most, and this post was the one for last year. A few fun shots of our holiday time and nothing more, but maybe seeing some cozy holiday fun is happy for everyone.

Number Five
Not an appealing post title since, ew, who enjoys a hangover?! But bidding farewell to the Seahawks 2015 Super Bowl showing with a loss felt like just that. But as we said then, there's always next year... and here we are, maybe heading in the direction of The Big Show once again. Fingers crossed!

As always, I'm so grateful for each and every one of you who visit my little corner of this interweb world. For hanging through the photos, the trips, the projects, and the fundraising, I say thank you, thank you, thank you!

Can't wait to see what's happened this time next year.



Shepard - "Shep"
8 pounds, 5 ounces
He was worth every minute of my 44 hour labor and our 4 days in the hospital. And let me tell you, that's saying something. Ha!

So much more to come on this little guy as we carry on on this new great adventure! What a ride already.

And for some good fun, here's Dad, Mom, and now Shep all around the 'brand new' time frame.
I think he's a pretty good mix!


The Land of the Living: I'm Back!

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year... I'm alive!
This whole having a kid business is quite the game changer. I didn't plan on taking two months off from my beloved blog home, but welp, that's what happened.

I've got lots to share, beginning with the announcement of my pretty perfect son (Yes, I'm biased. No, I don't care.). Then of course we've got the annual Top 5 Posts of last year, a review of what happened with that guest-to-nursery room makeover, and a boatload of holiday activities.

I'm also toying with the idea of a new bi-weekly or monthly feature full of motherhood real talk. It won't be for the faint of heart, and I need to screw up some courage to put pen to paper ... er, fingers to keys... but I think it'll be not only interesting for me to look back on, but helpful for new moms and soon-to-be's as well. I'm pulling my inspiration and (hopefully) moxy from writer Danielle Campoamor, a friend of my dear friend, and a balls-to-the-wall writer on a variety of topics.
So cheers to 2016 - Here we go!!


T1D Tuesday: Insulin Transplantation

Every November I retire my Monday Random Round Up, and instead trot out T1D Tuesday for Type One Diabetes Awareness Month. 
You can learn about Juvenile Diabetes right here, and even make a donation to further research here

When you hear the word 'transplant', what do you think of? Heart? Liver? Plants, even? For most of us, something as abstract as insulin doesn't come to mind as a transplant option. What even IS it, exactly?

And if that raises more questions than it answers:
And who's smart enough to figure out how to transplant a hormone? Harvard, of course. We know that T1D is caused by the body attacking the beta cells in the pancreas. Well, a pack of brilliant Harvard minds has figured out how to produce those beta cells, making them theoretically available for manufacturing and transplantation.

What does that mean for T1D patients? NO. MORE. SHOTS.

A normal life, free from injections, with a body that can regulate it's own blood sugar. In a word: Amazing. In fact, a University College of London Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Chris Mason, is quoted as saying "If this scalable technology is proven to work in both the clinic and in the manufacturing facility the impact on the treatment of diabetes will be a medical game-changer on par with antibiotics and bacterial infections."

I highly encourage you to read the whole article on this research - It's pretty short and even in layman's terms so all us non-Harvard grads can understand. The implications are mind-blowing for the future of those with T1D. A cure is real and within reach. Let's spread the word and increase funding for amazing research like this!


T1D Tuesday: Get'cho Facts Straight

Every November I retire my Monday Random Round Up, and instead trot out T1D Tuesday for Type One Diabetes Awareness Month. 
You can learn about Juvenile Diabetes right here, and even make a donation to further research here

Let's address something right off the bat this month: Type One Diabetes is not caused by what you eat or how much you exercise. Kids don't get it because they're parents are lazy, and adults don't get it because they're eating fast food.
Type One is a tricky business, and the pervasive belief that those diagnosed brought it on themselves somehow is a frustrating reality. It simply isn't true, and it hinders funding for research as people don't want to open their wallets for a 'self inflicted' disease. ARGH!!

So yes, this post is short and sweet. That makes it easy to pass on. We'll get into some mind-blowing developments in the march toward a cure next week, but for now, spread this word. This one, right here: Type One Diabetes is not a disease for the unhealthy, fat, lazy, uneducated, or sugar-addicted. It can hit anyone at any time. YOU, even. The faster we support finding a cure, the better it is for us all.