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GETTING TO KNOW ME

pinstripesGETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE VOICE BEHIND COTTAGE-BOUND…


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…

HERE ARE 10 FUN FACTS 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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FOLLOW ALONG @thecottageboundblog

  • It’s been a hot minute since my last post, but it’s all with good reason. We’ve been very busy finishing up our guest room/office makeover and I am so excited to share the reveal with all of you! ✨ I’m dishing out all the details over at Cottage-Bound.com. Swipe through to catch a sneak peek of my new desk space then click the link in my bio or head to my stories to swipe up and read all about it! 🤗

P.S. You can shop the entire space by taking a screenshot and following me on the @liketoknow.it app. 💛
  • Every little space makes a difference in my opinion. Speaking of making a difference, @auratenewyork is doing something amazing! They are crafting fine jewelry out of raw materials that are sustainable and ethically sourced. Not only that, they also donate a book to a child in need giving you a clear conscious with every purchase. 
Shopping is fun, but when you know your dollar goes the extra mile to help someone in need, the experience is so rewarding!

#auratenewyork #sustainablefashion #helpingothers #ethicallysourced #ethicallymade 
#pocketsofmyhome
  • Mercury is finally out of retrograde! Did any of you have any crazy technical difficulties last month? I know I did! Just a reminder that even though it is over, we will still feel a little bit of that static cling from the retrograde which can still have an effect on our day to day for another two weeks. They call this the “retro-shade”, but on the bright side last night we had a 2nd new moon or a “black moon” when there are two new moons in 1 month. 🌚

New moons usually mean it’s time for new beginnings and reflection, but a black moon is especially powerful towards these things. This new moon is rising in Leo a sign known for creativity and will help you to learn how to express yourself in creative ways throughout different houses like your work sector, relationship/love sector and so on. 💫

This new moon will be all about self-expression so listen up and open up! Allow yourself to try new things! 
This new moon will also allow us to see truths that we may have been denying or it hasn’t unveiled itself to us as of yet. This new truth may cause you to want to pick up and start fresh somewhere, with someone or something new, hence “new beginnings.” Another factor under the reign of this new moon is our need to have and create more self-love. 💛 When we are happy and content with ourselves, we are confident, but we also must remember to respect ourselves and our boundaries and expect others to do the same. If not, it’s time to move on to people that value and respect you the way you do. 
Stand your ground and know your worth and don’t let precious time be plucked by those who disagree to give you what you know you deserve. 
This also goes for the opposite side of this equation, so if you are not giving others what you expect for yourself, you may see this action as a response to something you may need to work and reflect on yourself in this new beginning. 
I always say the door swings both ways so don’t expect it if you are not willing to do the same if not more for them. My tip here is as simple as this: The more you give, the more the universe gives back to you and so on as it is always better to give than receive for the rewards are much greater! Cheers
  • When your wardrobe is ready for fall and it’s only July... 😆🍁🥵 I’m so pleased to have partnered with @wayfair to share this cozy corner as another sneak peek of our guest room/office makeover! ✨ 
Because this space is also used as my office/craft room, where I like to keep all the crafty goodies tucked away in the closet, I wanted to offer a place for visitors to hang their items so they felt like a guest and not like they are “crashing in the office.” That’s where this free standing closet organizer comes in. Annnd the bonus part is that when it’s not in use by guests, I get to use it to steam clothes or organize what to pack on trips.

That’s WINNING x TWO and to celebrate I want you to WIN x TWO too by sharing this helpful tip: Did you know that if you turn your sweaters inside out when hanging them you don’t get those weird shoulder humps when you go to put them on the right way? Yep! You can thank my Mom for that one! 😉 ✨Sharing all the shopping links for this on the @LIKEtoKNOW.it app! Screenshot this photo and follow me on the @LIKEtoKNOW.it app for the deets here and all my daily looks! @liketoknow.it.home  #wayfairathome #wayfair #sharewithwayfair #wayfairhome
  • 🌻 + 🌅 = 2 of my faves in one treasured moment!  Check out my stories to see what colors were in our sunset last night. They will not disappoint! 
To shop this look and more follow me on the @liketoknow.it app and/or @21buttons_us app!
  • Sharing a sneak peak of our guest room/office makeover! I’ve been so pleased with how well it’s come together, despite the few hiccups we’ve had in the past couple of weeks. Absolutely cannot wait to share more so stay tuned! 
P.S. This dreamy sheepskin runner by @the_citizenry can double as a cozy accent to your bedding while you go to sleep counting sheep! 😴🐑 #citizenmade #liketoknowit #liketoknowithome #thecitizenry
  • Flashback to an amazing spring day spent brunching and record shopping with a good friend. The weather was perfect, not too hot yet and the mimosas were tall! Things are finally starting to get back to normal around here after some much needed time away gathering and remembering a dear friend whose no longer with us. This event was also an important reminder that life is precious and I should be more thankful for even my mundane days and all the little things that make it complete even though they aren’t super exciting or glamorous, but you know what? When I have a husband happy to greet me in the mornings and two puppies that think the world of me. Suddenly, my life doesn’t feel so boring, it feels like love and that’s how I know everything will be ok and I was meant to be here. ❤️
#realtalk💯
  • 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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#cancersucks #hardtimes #gettingthroughit #loveandlight

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