Friend Making Monday - This or That?

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

This or That?

1.  Meat and potatoes or pasta?  I'm not a huge meat and potatoes fan, or pasta. I mean... I love both but we really don't eat either regularly. We are chicken and rice people... and I know chicken is meat, but I think of 'meat and potatoes' as a beefy stew kind of a thing. 

2.  Do you prefer Apple or Android?  I started out my journey into the Smartphone world as an Android user. I loved all of the phones I had, but I really wanted to make the switch to Apple. My husband bought me the iPhone5 for my birthday in May and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Now if I could only convince him to switch to a Mac from our Dell
3.  Do you kiss and tell, or do you keep it private?  I think I've been both in my life. I tell my friend Molly everything for the most part... but the whole 'kiss and tell' thing would probably be a boring subject now since I've been with my husband for 7 years. Although if I were single and running around kissing boys... she'd be the person I tell. 
4. If you had to choose one, would you choose Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook. I have Twitter but have never really used it much. My family and friends are all on Facebook and I would miss keeping up on their lives. 
5.  Christmas or Valentine’s Day?  Christmas! I love Christmas time. I love buying and making presents for others, and then watching them open what I've given them. I love getting dressed up and going to Christmas Eve mass... and now that I'm a Mama, I love watching my daughter Amelia experience Christmas. 
6.  If you joined a band, would you prefer to do vocals or play an instrument?  I'd play guitar or drums. I can play the guitar in a very amateur fashion, but I've always wanted to play drums. I can't sing to save my life so an instrument would be my best bet at success. Maybe I should just go for the cowbell! 
7.  Hot weather or cold weather?  Cool, crisp fall weather is my favorite. Lately we've had tons of stormy weather and I love staying bundled up inside, listening to the pouring rain, but I do like going for a morning walk on a dry fall day. 
8.  Calorie counting or tracking points?  I've done both and just have a hard time sticking to anything. 
9.  Yoga or kickboxing?  Is Zumba an option? I haven't done yoga or kickboxing but I love Zumba. 
10.  East Coast or West Coast?  I live on the West Coast but really really want to explore the East coast. I keep dreaming of a trip to the other Portland... Portland, Maine where my best friend lives. Maybe I will get over there before she moves home. 

Ashley Elizabeth

My Latest Favorite Etsy Finds

Having an Etsy shop of my own, I often find myself browsing to see what else is out there. Here are a few of my favorite items and shops on Etsy right now. If you are looking for gifts, especially with the holidays coming up, check out Etsy and give some support to the wonderful and talented artists. 
Fingerless Gloves by Three Bird Nest
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Fall sign - THANKFUL burlap banner -Thanksgiving Burlap banner - Autumn banner - Holiday banner
Fall Sign "Thankful" by Butterflyabove
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Orange & Brown Owl Dress by Itsabowslife
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1 Patina Feather Hair Clip. You Choose Color
Feather Hair Clip by Wearitout Jewelz
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Kate Earrings
Kate earrings by ElisabethAshlie
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Brown Floral Clutch 8" clasp
Brown Floral Clutch by Jamie Welle Designs
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Genevieve. HeadWrap Headband Head Wrap Tie on Headband
Genevieve HeadWrap by The Purple Chameleon
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Black Herringbone Infinity Scarf, Men Women Scarf, Unisex Scarf, Infinity Scarves, Warm Scarf, Loop Scarf, Circle Scarf, Winter Fashion
Black Herringbone Infinity Scarf by Shopika
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Merino Wool Knit Hat - baby knit bonnet, knit toddler hat, merino wool, baby merino wool hat
Merino Wool Knit Baby Hat by Petite Faye
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Ashley Elizabeth

A Kitty Dress

What a blustery day! We slept in, lounged about and then got ready this afternoon to visit my Grandma. I'm so glad we didn't have anything planned this weekend. It has been nice to just kick back and relax. Here are a few pictures from our weekend.
My Grandma has the cutest decorations for every holiday

I made this little dress for Amelia with the kitty fabric she picked out. She is absolutely in love with this fabric so she made sure to bug and bug me until I got this done. She wore it today to my Grandma's house.
I hope you are all staying warm and cozy during this stormy weather. I've got several crafts lined up for the kids and I to do this week since the rain doesn't seem to be letting up... oh how I LOVE fall! 
Ashley Elizabeth

Elf on the Shelf

Last year we welcomed the 'Elf on the Shelf' into our home. He showed up one night in my daughter's room. We had gone to dinner at my Aunt's house and when we got home she noticed the book on her bed. As we sat there and read it, she glanced over to her dresser and saw him sitting there. She didn't know what to think about the whole thing, but she quickly got excited to see just what her elf 'Spirit' was going to do next. I know we've still got a little bit of time before the holiday season, but I thought I would share our Elf's tricks from last year.

Lipstick messages on the mirror

DVD mess
A 'snow' elf (made with sugar)

Spirit the elf hung Amelia's panties on our Christmas tree

A ride in the carriage

Sippin' on a cup of hot cocoa (a mug of marshmallows)

Tangled in the lamp

Playing Chutes and Ladders with some friends

Brushing his teeth

Spirit made Amelia a countdown to Christmas paper chain and left her a little not commending her on her great behavior. 

He hung out in the fridge all day drinking Egg Nog

Spirit went fishing

Decorating his own tree

Naughty Rudolf... trapped Spirit in a jar

Hangin' out 

green milk

He cleaned off a shelf and made himself a cozy place to read Christmas stories

Spirit hung streamers and hung from them. 

 Haha, I loved this one. We woke up to drawings all over our faces. (dry erase markers)

TP tree

self portrait

sitting in the stockings

Spirit colored a picture for Amelia and even signed it

chocolate cake and egg nog

And my most FAVORITE of all...
The recipe for these cookies can be found on my blog by clicking HERE.

Ashley Elizabeth

Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner. This year Amelia and I made a deal. She kept telling me she wanted to be a scared kitty, but come to find out she just wanted me to buy her this purple fabric with cats on it. My mom had the brilliant idea to buy the fabric, make her a dress and then ask her if I could surprise her with her actual Halloween costume... and Amelia agreed. She's excited that Mama is surprising her. I can't wait to reveal her costume, but for now we're keeping it a secret. I wanted to share her past costumes with you though.

Amelia's First Halloween, 2009: A Pirate
(My mom made her entire costume)
Amelia's Second Halloween, 2010: A Bagpiper

Amelia's Third Halloween, 2011: A Wildland Firefighter
 (My mom made the entire costume, the pumpkin bag was mine as a kid)
Amelia's Fourth Halloween, 2012: A Spider
 (I made the skirt and head piece, my mom made the legs)
Ashley Elizabeth