About Me

Hello! I'm Ashley, a working mom to two little ones who are the light of my life - 4 years and 2 years, and a wife to a wonderfully supportive, funny, and not to mention cute husband who also happens to be my best friend.

I live in a tiny little town in Michigan on a family farm - we are the 4th generation of my family to live here :) The barns are still here but it has not been a working farm in a very long time. My great grandpa had dairy cows, along with chickens and ponies.

While the house is not in the best condition - I love it here! We have lots of yard for the kids to play in and rooms for our dogs - Bear and Harley - not to mention the barn cats :)

I'm a cake decorater for my full time day job. I absolutely LOVE it!!! I work at a supermarket doing cakes and also play around with it at home - we don't use fondant at work so I practice with it and learn by online tutorials at home. As I make more I will post about my wins and fails - I have had some of both lol. Here was a major win................my first 2-tier at home for my friends daughter's first birthday :)

This blog is for me to share our journey to getting healthier by eating "real", whole, organic foods. It started by looking at pictures from Christmas lol. My husband and I looked at them and decided that something had to change. We have been married 7 years now and within those years we both have gained waaayyy too much weight! So we made it our New Years resolution to get healthier and lose the weight. We began by switching all our refined grains over to whole wheat. We switched our regular soda to diet (I know, I know - it's still very bad for you but bear with me :) and I started making more of an effort to include healthy veggies and fruit in our meals. While these were all great changes, the major changes came a few months later when we watched Food, Inc together. This movie opened our eyes even more and from there we immediately switched our meats from supermarket prepackaged, to buying from the local meat market. We also started buying all of our fruits and veggies from the local farmer's market. I would highly encourage everybody to watch this documentary! It will for sure change the way you think about food! So, at this point, my hubby has lost a total of 50 lbs and I have lost 35 lbs (totally not fair! I make an effort to work out at least 3 times a week - around an hour each times with high intensity cardio plus a combo of yoga/Pilates and free weights and my hubby's workouts = 0 have I mentioned that I hate how differently men and women lose weight?)

So far almost all our food is different from last year - along with switching to fresh and local meats and veggies, I now make as much as I can at home - fresh spaghetti sauce, BBQ sauce, granola, granola bars, crackers, pitas, tortillas, salsa, marinades, salad dressings, hummus, dips, pita chips, tortilla chips, kale chips, and the list goes on! Whatever I can't or don't have time to make, I try to buy organic. I'm not going to go into the organic argument here - go to my going organic page to read about it - way too much info for here :)

Oh, and here is my cake website!!!  Visit it and tell me what you think! (and maybe order a cake or two....:)

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