Sunday, December 28, 2008

Scentsy Update

As many of you know I have been a consultant for Scentsy for about 6 months now and am loving every moment selling product I truly love. I wanted to let you know I now have a Scentsy BLOG that will always be located on the right side of this blog but for those of you that haven't noticed it is; I will continually add new updates and drawings for great prizes. So let your friends and family know about Scentsy.

The month of January is an exciting time for you lovers of Scentsy. For anyone who hosts a party in the month of January you earn double rewards. For example lets say you sold $300 dollars worth of product at your party. As a host you would earn $45 toward any products and then 2 half priced items of your choice. Well in January you could double that! So instead you would get $90 of free product of choice and 4 half price items!! It can't get better than that!

Let me know if you are interested because January is filling up fast. For you in Utah and other places you can always do a catalog party and get orders that way and still be counted as a hostess. Let me know! Have a SCENTsational day!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gotta Love Christmas Time

People running around everywhere, cold weather settling in, yummy smells coming from the kitchen, smiles from ear to ear on all the kid's faces, family greeting cards arriving in the mail of loved ones near and far, these are all the reasons I love Christmas. Now that school is out and I have time to notice and enjoy everything about Christmas. It trully is my favorite time of year.

Our new home was so fun to decorate for Christmas. I had so much room to put up all the decorations. It was great! I wanted to show off my decorations and not that they are that fancy but I love them!!

Jon and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and we hope you enjoy the time spent with family and friends. Love you all!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Well it is over!! Thank heavens! I nominated myself a few months to host my school's faculty Christmas party. I only did this to save the same two ladies from having to do it again! I didn't think that would be fair to have it at their houses again, and sense no one else volunteered, I thought why not? We have this new home that is barely lived in. Why not trash it? Ha Ha! Surprisingly it went very well and was a lot of fun! I can say that now that it is over and I can breath. It is hard hosting a party I decided. You have to be doing so many things at once and finally toward the end I just went outside and sat by the firepit to breath because having 60 people in my house was a little nerve racking!

However, I am so thankful to work with such great people. I have made many friends with my fellow Brinton Bears and there is no other school better to teach at here in Arizona!! (Hence I said in Arizona... I love you Pony gals!)

So my plan tomorrow to celebrate the start of my 25th year, is to be as this cat. I am going to simply RELAX...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter Wonderland in Arizona?

Yes thats right I said it... It's going to be a WINTER WONDERLAND here in sunny Arizona this Saturday! There is going to be snow only in the Power Ranch community in Gilbert. I am advertising this great event because it is going to be so much fun for the kids. Once a year my community I live in hosts a HUGE event. They truck in 20 tons of REAL snow for the kids to play in. There will also be over 35 vendors selling great Christmas gifts, crafts, and yummy treats. I am actually one of those vendors selling Scentsy. So get out the mittens, coats, and sleds and come play in the snow this Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 at the Power Ranch Community Club House on Ranch House Parkway in between Germann and Queen Creek Road. We'll see you there!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our Redneck Thanksgiving

We had a great Thanksgiving break and spent most of the holiday weekend with Jon's family. His sisters and brother were all in town from Utah. We had tons of fun during the weekend eating tons of turkey, hitting the Black Friday shopping deals, being lazy, playing games, and the last thing we did Saturday was probably my highlight of the whole weekend. Thats right everyone Ashlyn shot a pistol, and rifle!

It was very scary since it was my first time going shooting. My family wasn't big into guns or hunting. We drove out into the desert near Queen Valley and found a place up against the superstition mountains and set up targets. Many of Jon's uncles, cousins, and friends joined us. It was so much fun!! It was a little hard at first but once I got the hang of it, I enjoyed myself. Jon and I laughed and laughed the whole time. Especially Jon's joke he tells everyone that I was going to hold the targets for everyone shooting. Ha Ha Jon!!

Overall we had a blast the entire weekend and I am so thankful for family and the great friends we have!! Next year maybe you can get a ticket to the gunshow!!

PS. Don't we all look hot in our plaid flannel?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Friday

Like the rest of the world I spent my Friday night with a jam packed movie theater on the edge of my seat watching the much anticipated movie "Twilight." I will say this that I was very scared going into it because I didn't want the movie to ruin the love I got from all the books! I also did not like Edward from what I saw prior. That all changed about 5 minutes into the movie. That guy who plays Edward is PERFECT!! Oh my gosh I fell in love with Edward even more than before! He can watch me sleep or rescue me from a near death experience anytime!!

I know there are mixed reviews with the movie but I loved it and I give it two thumbs up!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Twilight Tag

Who Introduced you to the Books?-Laura Tanner-I remember her telling me about Twilight when it was just the first book and I told myself I was never going to read a romance about vampires. That was just not my style. Yeah now look at me.. I'm addicted

What Character would you most compare yourself to?
Probably Bella, even though I don't think I am really like her, I just want Edward to want me! Ha Ha!

What Character would others say you are?
Alice maybe? Who knows!

Team Edward or Team Jacob?-Team Edward forever!

Fav. Car mentioned in the book?
Edward's Volvo

How many times have you read Twilight?
Just once

Favorite Quote from the book?
"I love you... You are my life now!" and
"Hell's not so bad, if you get to keep an angel with you."

If you could have one of the powers the Cullens have what would it be and why?I like Alice's power to see things and know what is going on.

What is your Fav. part in Twilight?
The whole book is my favorite. Twilight is by far the best of the series!

Fav Cullen Sibling?Alice

Phoenix or Forks?
Well I live in Phoenix and so I would have to say Phoenix even though my good friend Colleen is from Washington and loves it there! Who knows both are probably great!

If you were Bella and you can't have Edward what other male from the book would you pick and why?-
Jacob because he has a nice body I would imagine

Would you rather be a Vampire or Werewolf?-

Now it is your turn. I tag any Twilight addicts out there!

The count down to the movie is on! Less than one week! Yeah!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

One Night As a Rockstar


People always say blondes have more fun. Well, Halloween 2008 was great being blonde for one night but I think I may have to disagree with the popular saying and stick to my original hair color. Friends and Family kept telling me I looked good as a blonde and I kept wondering if they were seeing straight!

I hope everyone had a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween! I have included a few pictures of my fun filled day as the popular rock star Hannah Montana, from signing autographs at a 2nd grade class, to partying all night at my sister's Halloween Bash! Halloween is never dull with us partiers down here in Arizona! We know where the good times are! Hope everyone had a good haunted celebration. Love ya!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Nothing New In Our Lives

It seems like lately I have absolutely nothing to blog about for the blogging world. I wouldn't want to bore you with my everyday life. Well too bad, that is what you are getting today. Nothing great is going on. Jon is still working full time and doing full time school at night. We basically never see each other except for the weekends. Then we have tons of house work and yard work to do when we both have time and no work for once. School for me is great. The 2nd graders are starting to go crazy with Halloween around the corner. They keep on wanting me to tell them what I am being, but no one knows the secret! I will post pictures of the secret revealed on the 31st. Let's just say my 7 and 8 year olds will LOVE it!! Our new house is still great. If feels like no matter what I do or buy it still seems large and bare. But I guess thats what happens when you move into something larger than a rental you are use to. My parents just got down here to Arizona for the winter and it is so wonderful to have them close. My sister and I have taken full advantage of it. From my mom making me dinner cause Jon goes to school at night, having more friends to go hang out with, or to have another shopping partner are always bonuses of having family near. So to wrap things up, life is great down in the AZ. The weather is starting to cool down to the 80's and it feels perfect. We are still happy as can be and still so much in love. So for now goodbye from the Ellsworths!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Power Ranch Community Garage Sale on Saturday

For those of you who live in Arizona, I just wanted to advertise our community Garage Sale. We registered and noticed tons of people doing it so I wanted to let you all know! Some of you are great bargain hunters and love garage sales and some others like me never find anything. But hey we are selling a few things like a 3 piece bedroom set. It is the off white logs and very cute!! We couldn't fit all pieces in our spare bedroom and so we need to get rid of it and find something else. I am also selling one of my favorite things, my off white wood tv stand from our old place in Mesa. Again, if just didn't fit our new place. All the other things for sale are odds and ends. Anyway just wanted to let ya'll know!! Power Ranch is located between Higley and Power and Pecos and Queen Creek.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Eight is Great!


8 TV Shows I Watch:

-One Tree Hill
--Grey's Anatomy
---America's Next Top Model
----So You Think You Can Dance
------The Hills
-------Lipstick Jungle
--------Gossip Girl

8 Things That Happened Yesterday

-Had a case of the Mondays
--Had my first day of Parent Teacher Conferences
---Made it through my first day of conferences without any angry parents
----Went to the gym and had a wonderful work out
-----Made myself an amazing breakfast bagel sandwich!! Yummo!
------Watched One Tree Hill
-------Organized a shipment of Scentsy products that came in the mail :)
--------Went to sleep in my cozy bed (ooh that sounds so good right now)

8 Favorite Places to Eat:

-Cafe Rio
--Cheesecake Factory
---- Rosas
-----PF Changs
------Got Sushi
-------Red Robin
--------Rafaels (the best mexican food in Utah)

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:

-Halloween and showing off my great costume!! He He
--This weekend's garage sale
--- My birthday
-----Jon finishing school someday (Now I am thinking of things that may be far away)
------Having a baby
------- Being a stay at home mommy
--------Raising a beautiful family

8 Things On My Wish List:

-A puppy
-- A new desk for our office
---Entry way console table for my living room
----Tables and lamps for my family room (can you tell I moved into a new home and have no furniture?)
----- A Cricut machine
------A sewing machine
-------A brand new 2009 Mazda 6 (those things are so sexy!!)
--------A trip to Italy

That was fun, you should try it too!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Day As Betty Homemaker

So for those of you who know me well enough you know I do not sew. I have an experience and wonderful grandmother who was an expert sewer and her daughters never took on that trait from her. Hence the reason I never received that talent from my mother!! However, I am good at crafty projects but sewing nearly gives me ulcers.

Today, though I decided to give it a try. My friend Colleen came over and we started making panel curtains. After about 2 hours of just cutting the fabric and asking myself why am I making these when by now I could've bought and put them up in this time. We finally started phase one of sewing and I realized that I really do make myself sick when I sit by a sewing machine. It must have been the 7th grade Home Ec class that did this to me. I failed sewing!! I never got less than a B ever and yes I got an F in sewing!! But I made it through the sewing of 4 panel curtains without messing up too bad!! It wasn't as awful as I thought it would be either. I actually kinda enjoyed it after I got use to it. We will see the next time I get together with Colleen to finish these up. She was a trooper with me today. So thank you Colleen for putting up with my nearly caused ulcer from sewing. But for those of you who care, my curtains are actually going to be so cute!! I may go crazy and make more. I will get pictures up when I finish. Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

To our friends Chris and Emily

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Jon and I have two great friends who are going to be having their first baby next week (hopefully, cross your fingers). I wanted to write a few things about my best friend Emily and let her know she is going to be the best mother ever!! I know we do not live nearby Chris and Emily anymore but they will always be close to us. Emily and I have been best friends since we were itty bitty. It feels like it was just yesterday we would go over to each other's houses and play house with our cabbage patch dolls. I cannot believe that those plays days have now turned into reality. Emily, we aren't playing dolls anymore!! You are going to be starting your own family in a matter of days!! We are both so excited for you guys!! It breaks my heart that I won't be there for when little Christopher is born but just know I will be thinking of you. We love you guys and wish you both the best of luck. And for everyone else reading this if you don't know my friends Chris and Emily just know that they are both special friends to Jon and I. We love you!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Scared for Pregnancy=Ashlyn

Over the last few weeks I have been hearing too much about how it is to be pregnant, in labor, and the joys of motherhood. Because all of my friends seem to be having babies all at the same time it seems like I am the only one without a bundle of joy on the way. I have been to baby shower after baby shower every weekend for the last month. Everyone is having a baby!! Yesterday while at my friend Nicole's baby shower I sat with the pregnant girls and listened to them talk about the good and the bads of pregnancy!! I was quite entertained listening to the odd pains you get from pregnancy, to the crazy lady you become due to hormones. Wow, pregnancy and motherhood sure sound fun!! Yeah right! I love these girls to death that are having babies and I know that they are excited for their new addition to come in a few weeks. But being the only non pregnant one listening to the girls it made me reconsider being a mother so soon. I think Jon and I will continue to wait a few more years!! Ha Ha!! Sorry to those that are trying to get us to add a little Ellsworth!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

An Ellsworth Update

I haven't done too much blogging lately because our lives have been so busy!! It seems like whenever the end of August and September comes Jon and I get so busy that we almost forget to take a breath. As you know school started for me and I am teaching 2nd grade again at my same school as last year in Mesa, AZ. My class seems to be okay but they have interesting quirks! Their individual quirks are stories themselves. If you need a good laugh let me know and I will humor you with the weird 2nd grade stories from room 14!! Jon also started school and a new job all in about two weeks of each other. He is working full time at Hanjin Shipping dealing with all the imports from China and he is going to school full time at ASU at night. We don't see each other much except for our daily together time which is getting ready in the morning and making out lunches together!! As the beginning of September came we both got excited because we knew Labor Day weekend was here! We didn't plan any elaborate vacations, family picnics, or anything to celebrate our long weekend off of school and work. Instead I got very sick on Thursday and spent most of my weekend wiping my faucet of a nose and hacking the nights away!! It's the best way to describe it. So, as you can see life at the Ellsworth Residence is quite eventful (NOT). However, we are looking forward to the upcoming months. I absolutely love fall in Arizona. It means the weather will cool down finally around mid October just in time for the best holiday Halloween. Don't worry Jon and I already have out costumes planned out for the Steadman Halloween Party at my sister's house. I am going to be launching my new Scentsy business doing many hostess parties. My parents will be back down to Arizona at the end of September and I can't wait to have them through the winter here. I also have about 5 friends having babies in the next two months. I am also planning the best shower for my girlfriend Colleen.I can't believe all the babies being born. I feel like I am the last out of everyone to have a little one. So the next few months even though life may settle down a bit, they will still be a lot of fun. I can't wait for fall to come!! Hope everyone is doing well! Love you all!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Part Time Jobs!

As if teaching 5 days a week for 8 hours (thats not including the additional hours I put into school and on a typical day I do not leave until about 6 pm) wasn't enough. I have decided to take on two additional jobs for the heck of it. I thought they would both be fun! I wanted to put my advertising out there in the BLOG world for both of my new adventures.

First, off I am going to use my teaching expertise and start after school tutoring for children 1st-6th grade. I will be helping in reading, writing, and math. If you know anyone who is looking for a tutor to help a child advance in school or to just better a skill please let me know.

My other part time job is also a Scentsy Consultant. I am now selling the newest and greatest thing in candles. These are wax burners that use a lightbulb instead of a flame. I wasn't going to do it but I had people asking me to do it and when I saw the fall/winter catalog I fell in love with all the new scents and warmers. It can't hurt to sell what you love! So, if you are interested in having a party or ordering from scentsy let me know and I can help you out! If you do have a party for you and your friends you get lots of free things from Scentsy and you get to have a fun time with your friends. Let me know!

Okay those are my only two new adventures in life. So now you can call me Crazy overworked teacher (slash) nightly tutor (slash)smell good seller! Ha Ha! Love you all!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beijing, Bigger than ever!

Wow, after one week of watching the Beijing Summer Olympics I have been in awe with the wonderful athletes the United States have! I have been so into these games more than any other olympics. I think even when the olympics were in my home state of Utah and I was able to go to many events and medal ceremonies, but nothing compares to the games in China. I know since I was over in China before the olympics started and I was able to see the olympic sites and be in the wonderful city of Beijing. That has also helped ignite by interest in these games. But the one thing that has captivated me this year are the athletes. They are amazing! First of one of the best athletes I have ever seen is Michael Phelps.
He is extraordinary! He is so captivating to watch while in that water. His speed and intensity for swimming is so amazing. Plus, may I add he is very nice looking! His upper body is oh so.... well what can I say? HOT!!
Another great sport that I have been watching is gymnastics. I know the U.S.A womens team had a rough time at first but Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liuken are great gymnasts. They have helped the team go very far in this competition. It has been great to watch the 16 year old be a team leader! These games are such and experience! I am so excited that the Unites States are doing great in these games. And just think that was only the first week of the games and we still have one mroe to go!! Yeah!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Welcome to Ellsworth's Campsite!

I have been so busy this last week with being back to school that my blogging has been terrible. I wanted to let everyone know I am alive, but barely! Yes, it was the first week back to school for teachers and the precious kiddos come back this Monday!! I have stayed pretty busy adding a bit to my room and I am very proud of the extra work I put into it this summer! I know each year gets better but this classroom is awesome! For all my teacher friends out there good luck on the first weeks of school! Enjoy my pictures of Ellsworth's Campsite!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance Finalists are SICK!

Oh my gosh I know I have posted about this show before. However, I just finished watching this week's episode and my mouth is still hanging low in awe with how seriously incredible these dancers are. I was a little heart broken last week when the best technical dancer Will went home because I didn't think he deserved to go. But, the 6 dancers left are AMAZING!! I don't even know who I would chose. I know that all 6 shined tonight but I absolutely loved Katee and Josh's numbers. It will be sad to see two leave tomorrow. So friends who do you think will win it? I can't even chose!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Could your husband survive?

I know my man couldn't survive. Could yours?


Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks.Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes.
There is no fast food.Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean , correct all homework, and complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of 'pretend' bills with not enough money.

In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time--no e-mailing.Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment, and a haircut appointment.He must make one unscheduled and i nconvenient visit per child to the Urgent Care.

He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function.Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside, and keeping it presentable at all times.The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, adorn himself with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep fingernails polished and eyebrows groomed.During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties.

They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting.They will need to read a book to the kids each night and in the morning, feed them, dress them, brush their teeth, and comb their hair by 7:00 am.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance.The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice.
If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years eventually earning the right to be called Mother!

After you get done laughing, comment and tell me what you think! Could your guy survive???

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Crunch Time

For many of you fellow blogger friends, I know you feel the same way when it gets closer and closer for school to start. AHHH!! I cannot believe school is starting in two weeks!! Yikes! This summer has flown by and I am so happy with how it went. I would say I travelled much more this summer than I have any other summer while teaching. It is not typical to spend a few weeks in China!! However, I call myself a slacker this summer because I hardly went into school and did things over the break. Years prior I was in there almost every week. It feels good to take a good long break and enjoy my vacation.

After returning back from Utah this past week, I thought it might be good to go into school and see what needs to be done. Well come to find out I have been a HUGE slacker. All the classrooms down my hall and where I looked, look almost done!! Yikes that is when I knew it was time for me to kick my butt in gear.

I love going back to school! Like others of you I am sure you feel the same as teachers. You get to start over each year with a new set of everything. It is a great change. I am excited to start next year. I think I have a great group this year with only 22 kiddos. That won't last long! I am continuing my Ellsworth Campsite throughout my classroom which I just love. I have done some cute things with the theme. I will have to get some pictures up soon! Good luck to my other teacher friends both in Arizona and Utah. Your crunch time is getting closer!

Monday, July 21, 2008

One Word

ONE WORD TAG!! -- its kinda hard to only think of ONE word!

1. Where is your cell phone? near
2.Your significant other? amazing
3. Your hair? curly
4. Your mother? loving
5. Your father? greatest
6.Your favorite thing? Jon
7. Your dream last night? paradise
8. Your favorite drink? coke
9. Your dream/goal? family
10. The room you're in? study
11. What makes you happy? family
12. Your fear? snakes
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? mother
14. Favorite snack? cookies
15. What you're not? famous
16. Chocolate? sometimes
17. One of your wish list items? puppy
18. Where you grew up? Draper
19. The last thing you did? ate
20. What are you wearing? pj's
21. Your TV? lifesaver
22.Your pets? none
23. How many kids do you want? 3
24.Your life? wonderful
25. Your mood? excited
26. Missing someone? badly
27. Your car? civic
28. Something you're not wearing? shoes
29. Favorite Store? Target
30. Your summer? travelling
31. Your favorite color? red
32. Your favorite word? believe.
33. When is the last time you laughed? lately
34. Last time you cried? yesterday
35. Who will/would re-post this? Melanie


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Remember The Memories?

"We do not remember days; we remember moments." ~Cesare Pavese

I saw this great memory sharing idea on my friend Natalie's BLOG and wanted to share it with all my friends and family. The directions are below. Enjoy!

Here are the directions:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a wonderful memory about you. It is a great way to remember the great moments in our lives.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Footsteps In The Sand

If my dreams could come true, paradise would be on a boat somewhere in Lake Powell!

Having a Sand-sational Time!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Our Lake Cruiser

Skylen + Chance = Cutest Couple Ever

Bahama Mama

Beach Bum

I Love The Sand In My Toes, And In My Ears, And Up My Nose

Sink or Swim?

A Day At The Beach With Grandpa

Watch Out Lizard, Your Ours!!

Captain Zander!