Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell
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Ashley lives in the Shaler area with her husband, Evan, and their three children, Gideon, Phoebe, and Ezra (and four chickens). Ashley has a degree in elementary education and now homeschools her children. She is a newbie suburban homesteader. enjoys arts and crafting when time permits, likes to try new foods and activities, loves the outdoors, and is a member of Church at the Heights in Gibsonia.

Homeschooling: A Day in Our Life

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We just wrapped up our second full year of homeschooling this week (early June)! Our tradition is to go get ice cream when we finish. My oldest had about five lessons left, but on...

An Unexpected Breastfeeding Journey: BFAR and Combo-Feeding

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For me, breastfeeding was not the beautiful, magical, and connecting experience I thought I was supposed to have. It was a rough journey for me and I feel it needs to be shared. If...

How to do 1,000 Hours Outside in Pittsburgh

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It's pretty likely that you've heard of the 1,000 Hours Outside challenge. In case not, let me give you a little summary. The challenge is based on the book 1,000 Hours Outside- Prioritize Nature, Reclaim...

Homemade Immune-Boosting Gummies your Kids will Love!

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Sadly, cold and flu season is upon us. While I don't think we can avoid sickness completely, (especially with young children in the house) I do believe in trying to boost our immune systems...

Winter Family Bucket List

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Raise your hand (not really, 'cause I can't see it) if you had snowsuits and sleds ready for your kids last year and were disappointed that we barely got any snow! Me! Whether we get...

Why I Let my Kids Play Games Beyond Their Age

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You can learn a lot about parenting from books, blogs (*wink, wink), professionals, and more. Some of parenting, though, is learning by experience or, sometimes, by sheer accident. This is one of those stories....

How to Prepare a Child for Storms

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Spring has sprung here in Pittsburgh! It's exciting to have warmer weather and more daylight, but spring also typically brings in some storms. For young children, storms can be scary. This is mostly because...

In + Around Pittsburgh Kraynak’s Easter Bunny Lane

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Over the years, I've heard so much about Kraynak's. There are ads all over Facebook boasting a special display at Christmas and Easter time and it has always looked so fun for kids! My...

Grocery Store Comparisons

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As everyone is horribly aware, the prices of groceries have gone up. I am a pretty avid Costco and Aldi shopper. I like to go to Costco first and get meats, pantry items, and...

Words that Inspired Me as a Mother

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I recently found this story in my journal and thought it was worth sharing with the moms of Pittsburgh! This happened when my oldest child was a baby. He's now almost five years old!   In...