Five on Friday


Youth Lesson: Dealing with Difficult People by Kelly at Southern Komfort – Kelly and her husband may have created this lesson for her youth students, but they put together an awesome message for people of all ages. Go read it and give it some thought…it’s well worth your time!

Explaining Bloggers on Instagram to Non-Bloggers on Instagram by The Daily Tay – As usual, Taylor has me laughing. She tells the truth about how we bloggers are downright crazy. If you blog, go read this and treat yourself to a smile. 

How Anxiety is Affecting My Marriage by Chelsea at The New Wifestyle – This post is candid. The title of this post gives you a pretty good idea of what it’s all about. Talking about anxiety, and how that anxiety affects relationships can be tough, so major kudos to Chelsea for being so brave and opening up. How many of us can relate to Chelsea’s struggles? (hand raised)

My Favorite Blogging Resources by Anne at Love the Here and Now and Christine at The So-Called Homemaker – I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t learn at least one thing from Anne’s tutorials. Ridiculous. Go read this one, you won’t regret it. 

All the Joys - Blogger Love


Even though I just did a house post yesterday, I now have even more to report. Things are going quick!

First, we got the lamp post by our walkway. Every house in our neighborhood has one, but we got to choose the style, and I wanted one that matched our other exterior lights. It’s just so cute! 

Second, the shutters that were in the garage are now up in their final place! 

Third, we got eavestroughs (or as Americans like to call them….gutters). Not too exciting, but kind of necessary. 

The front exterior of The Green Cape Cod


Lamp Post

Finally, we actually had a bit of a surprise when it came to our concrete. The sidewalk that runs in front of our house and our driveway are regular old brushed concrete. We decided to get concrete aggregate on our lanai, then extend that down to the patio. We also did aggregate on our front porch and stairs, but decided against the cost of upgrading to the aggregate for that huge long walkway between the stairs and the street. But instead of getting the brushed concrete on the front walkway as we expected, we got aggregate! Crazy, but we’re not complaining!

Brushed Concrete versus Aggregate Concrete
Brushed Concrete versus Aggregate Concrete


Let’s talk a little March Madness.

My Butler Bulldogs took down Texas yesterday! As expected, it wasn’t an easy game. This weekend we’ll be taking on Notre Dame. I have a passionate dislike of Notre Dame on the best of days, never mind when they’re standing in our path to the Sweet 16. 

Yesterday we also watched the majority of the Purdue vs. Cincinnati game. My husband grew up just north of West Lafayette, and he went to Purdue for his first two years of college, so obviously we were hoping for a Purdue win. Well, to be honest, I couldn’t lose….I much prefer Purdue as a team, but I picked Cincinnati to win in my bracket soooo…yeah. My husband got really into the game, but Purdue lost. Womp womp. That said, it was one heck of an entertaining game. 

As I type this post up we’re watching the Arkansas vs. Wofford game. Fun fact: Wofford was the only other school I applied to, other than Butler. I think Wofford might be a tad underrated, so I picked them to upset Arkansas in my bracket. At halftime they have a 1 point lead. Go Terriers! 

In case you can’t tell, I really enjoy March Madness. The close games, the upsets, the non-stop college basketball….it’s fantastic! I did not see the upset of Baylor or Iowa State (both 3 seeds) coming at all. The only other 3 seed that has played was Notre Dame, and were almost upset by Northeastern. It is complete MADNESS!


I’ve been really excited about the Journal Swap Creative since it was announced by Anne and Cassie. My partner is Kimberley of Peculiar Treasures, and Kimberley lives in AUSTRALIA! So. Awesome. I would love to go to Australia some day – it seems like there is so much to do any see there. Anyway, mail between the U.S. and Australia can take a while. I mean, regular old letters between Canada and the U.S. take a couple of weeks, so I was honestly wondering if we were going to be able to exchange journals in time for the link-up. 

I showed up at the post office this week, only to find that the small flat-rate box that I was hoping to use was too small to fit the width of the journal. That had me really scared. Going up to a medium box was going to cost me about $40. Ahhh! Thankfully I was able to mail it in a big padded envelope for less than I had anticipated paying for the small box. Winner winner chicken dinner! 

Journal Swap Creative

So my journal to Kimberley is now on its way to Australia. It should be there by the beginning of April – well before the link-up on April 9th!


After reading about a million comments from some of my favorite bloggers about how CoSchedule is “the greatest thing ever” I finally caved into the free trial. Ok y’all, it is the greatest thing ever. I mean – WHY WAS I TRYING TO SCHEDULE AND PROMOTE MY POSTS MANUALLY WHEN I COULD BE AUTOMATING IT!? I don’t know. I feel kind of stupid that I didn’t try it earlier. I’ll probably post more about this later. Just wanted to let the world know that I caved, CoSchedule is a bloggers dream, and I’m pretty mad at myself for not jumping on the bandwagon sooner. Shhhh don’t tell my husband I’ll be purchasing a year’s subscription when my trial is up in two weeks. I’m still working on convincing him that buying a ticket to the Influence Conference in September is a great idea!

Until later, Ashlen

  • Thanks for the love! Your home is beautiful!

    • Thanks Christine! And thank you for the tip about Unsplash in your post – I was wondering where y’all got such nice pretty pictures to use!

  • You are the sweetest ever! Thank you for the love! I’m absolutely swooning over your adorable home… It’s coming along so wonderfully! Happy weekending friend 🙂

    • Aw thanks! We’re so in love with how the house is coming together. Now we just need to move in and make some memories in it! Happy weekend to you too!

  • ahhh your house is coming along so beautifully! i also had no idea gutters could have a sexier name, thanks for the enlightenment 🙂 i also appreciate your support and encouragement around anxiety-it’s so helpful to know we aren’t alone.

    • Oh Chelsea, Canadians have sexier names for so many things!
      sofa = chesterfield
      parking garage = parkade
      garbage disposal = garburator
      I’ve even got my husband using a few of them 🙂

      • what! i had no idea. garburato?!?!

  • these were all GREAT posts you shared!! and I love the way the house is coming along! YAYY!

  • Thanks so much for the love! So excited to have the Journal Swap link up so we can see all of these wonderful journals!