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Hi, guys!  So I know I’ve been putting posts up into this vast void also known as the internet, but I haven’t had the chance to officially make your acquaintance so let me introduce myself.  My name is Ashley Nicole and I’m the founder of the Cottage-Bound blog (you can find out how it was started here).  I work full time and blog on the side.  I am so thankful for my family and friends.  I adore my amazing husband, Jamie and my sweet pup Cami. I realize that I haven’t shared too much about myself and wanted to open up to you. Here is a list of 10 fun facts you may not know about me…


  1. I’ve lived in Florida my whole life.  I grew up in Apalachicola, FL. I moved to Pensacola, FL for my first year of college and then moved to Jacksonville, FL to continue my college education.  I now live in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.  I have always lived near a beach and couldn’t imagine my life without it.
  2. I am an only child but my Mom is one of 11! I’ve been blessed with a huge family and grew up with lots of cousins.  Let’s just say I never felt like an only child growing up.
  3. I met my husband in Jacksonville. Shortly after we were engaged he started working offshore in the oil supply field.  He worked offshore for 9 years until just recently.  We are coming up on our 8th wedding anniversary and out of those eight years, he was home for about 5 1/2 years.  Having him home has definitely been a game changer and I can’t help but feel so lucky to have him in my life. He is an amazing supporter of my blog dream and is often times the man behind the camera when you see photos of me.
  4. I do not drink coffee (which is weird I know) but I drink two caps full of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar every day with water before I reach for some sweet tea.  THIS IS MY MORNING RITUAL.
  5. Although I love many types of music, I like to listen to music from the 20’s-40’s when I’m cooking or cleaning and sometimes when I’m stressed.  I guess I’m just an old soul.  
  6. I am of Christian faith however, I do not currently go to church but I pray regularly and believe in his word.
  7. Halloween has been my favorite holiday since youth, I will explain more in time.
  8. I am a huge fan of Martha Stewart and have almost all of her Halloween magazines since the early 90’s.
  9. I’m obsessed with clogs, big hats, and lots of accessories (I probably should have been a 70’s child)
  10. I was the 2001 Miss Florida Seafood Festival Queen.  Once I was asked during my reign what my favorite part was and I told them it was all the free seafood I could eat of course! I know being a Seafood Festival Queen seems like a lame thing but it was kind of a big deal in my town plus it was a scholarship program.  *Fun fact- it is the oldest marine-time event in the history of Florida and is going on 54 years! (Whew that’s a lot of queens!)

Well, that’s enough about me, how about you?  I would love to get to know my readers, where are you from and what inspires you?   Please feel free to add comments and reach out!  

Cheers-Ashley Nicole





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  • Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been so disconnected... I’ve been healing and I apologize that I’ve not been as lively over here, but I’ve been dealing with my own dilemmas. I’ve had two accounts of death from cancer just recently. One I kind of set myself up for because I knew there was no cure and another that was totally unexpected... it’s been a rough ride, but I’m still here and I’m happy and thankful that I can be there for others during these hard times. If you are dealing with anything like this feel free to reach out to me. I would love to help support you and always sending love and light your way! .
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  • Summers can be really brutal on your hair! That’s why today on my stories/ beauty highlights I’ll be sharing a super easy heat-free faux crown braid hair tutorial that only takes a few minutes to do. This hairstyle is perfect for the beach or a date night out on the town. 
Plus I’ll be sharing my secret to getting that extra thick looking braid with @barefootblondehair classic hair extensions. 
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  • Here is some advice for all my SINGLE LADIES out there! 
Earlier today, I had a discussion with some younger co-workers of mine and I feel like you may relate and probably need to be told this so keep reading! One of the girls stated that she’s never had a good relationship and wanted to meet a nice guy. 
Another girl made a remark about the kind of guys she dated when she was her age and then asked me what kind of relationships I had when I was the other girl’s age and I told them the truth. I dated a very nice guy for 4 1/2 years when I was her age. At one point, I honestly thought that we would marry someday, but I was so young/still trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted my adult life to be like. Eventually we didn’t agree on the same things and grew apart. It ended well and I wish him well. Later after I had a few relationships, that also did not last and it was all for good reason. I feel like I was able to learn something from my past relationships that allowed me to be ready when I was meant to meet my husband which I have been married to for 10 years now. So the next time you look back at those past relationships and you’re looking for a nice guy, just know you’re one relationship closer to meeting the one and when you do you will know it and you will be ready for it! Just know your worth and never lower your standards because you feel like you have to to make it work. Always stay true to yourself because if you’re not, it will not be you they have fallen in love with. Like @arianagrande sings...Thank you, NEXT! 
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  • Looking forward to the extra long weekend and packing all the heat aka my @pursen bags to keep me organized! What are your weekend plans? 
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  • Lately, I’ve been reading a ton of wellness articles about the benefits of collagen powder and how women in their 30’s produce less collagen naturally which can start to effect your skin and so on. Ever since I read that. Ive been wanting to give it a try... The one I chose to put to the test is called Gym and Tonic and it’s a collagen protein powder by @tonicproducts 
I started adding 2 scoops into my blueberry banana smoothies in the mornings which has been so great because I’m guilty of never eating breakfast unless it’s brunch or brinner and I’m always rushing to get out the door and to work on time! 
Not only is it free of soy, dairy, gluten, and artificial hormones, but you can also rest assured that their ingredients have all been responsibly sourced. And here’s the bonus, it contains 18 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own which combined will help with hair, skin, nail growth, joint pain, and good gut health! Winning!

So glad I finally tried it, and I will def be adding it into my daily routine. 
P.S. I’ve shared a Mango Smoothie Pop recipe in my stories/highlights that this would be perfect in x beating the summer heat with a sweet treat! 😉
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