I’m Here to Stay

Little Miss Momma: Etched in Stone
{Shirt: Gap, Necklace: Jessica N Designs, Camera Strap: Mel V}
Sometimes, Little Miss Momma has one of those days.
The one’s where I feel like giving up.
Like throwing in the towel.
Where I ask myself, can I make this work?
Where I wonder, is this a blessing to my family or a burden?
Do I know what I’m getting myself into?
Can I please everyone–do I even want to?
Am I prepared for the crazies and the meanies that will come out of the woodwork?
And sometimes, just sometimes a negative attitude
and a doubting conscious
get the best of me,
and I convince myself to “call it quits“.
But only for a moment.
Because then I check my inbox that minutes earlier I was stressing over,
and I smile, as I read your messages…
Because yourย words assure me that I am not alone,
that you have all been there before.
That on some days,
each and every one of us has our doubts,
questions our potential.
But that doesn’t mean we stop.
And your words remind me why…
WHY I do this.
WHY this matters to me.
WHY this is totally worth it.
WHY I am NOT going anywhere.
So when I received my new Jessica N Designs necklace on a day when I was having one of those moments,
I chuckled at the irony.
Little Miss Momma is etched in stone now!
{actually, it’s sterling silver}
But the point is,
I’m here to stay.
And this necklace is my reminder of WHY!
What’sย YOUR reminder ofย why it’s all worth it?
A Big Big thank you to Jessica N Designs,
for my adorable necklace.
Jessica’s shop is overflowing with little beauties that I want oh-so-bad!
Ladies, seriously, you’re gonna want to send your
“significant other” here for Valentine’s Day!
And Jessica is giving ALL Little Miss Momma readers
15% OFF
with the code: LMM15ย 
{type in the coupon box at checkout}
I {heart} my LMM necklace by Jessica!
BTW: this is Jessica.
She is adorable.
And she is about to give birth at any moment.
Seriously, like she could actually be “pushing” at this very moment!
Isn’t she stunning!
Be sure to follow her blog and facebook for the latest news on discounts and giveaways!

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  • Reply
    January 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    OHHHHH Ashley, I'm totally having one of those days too ! Your post made me smile, and made me realize I just need to "keep on, keeping on" even during the tough days.

    Thanks so much !

    @Ava Marie Creates

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    Suzi Q
    January 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I kinda don't give a damn what anyone thinks about you because I honestly and truly think you are super fantastic. And it's not because I think you are perfect, it's because you are who you are. You stay true to that. You don't try to hide anything. I love it. If I ever come to California for a vacation can we meet?l

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    Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya
    January 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    okay, first of all…that is SOME belly on her! my goodness.
    I'm guessing a 9lb baby in there ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, when you express yourself like this, it makes me realize I need to stick it out through these moments too.
    I often feel like a small ant in a world of blogs, and I wonder if it will ever be "worth" it.
    Then I remember the purity, and love I have for the blog and why I started it in the first place (which was before I even KNEW about what was out there, blogwise).
    Thank you for always being so transparent. It makes me feel good about myself, and I hope that in turn makes you feel good about yourself (we can just go back & forth with the feeling of goodness).

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    January 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    You are just about the most adorable young lady I have run across in a very long time. I've been where you are and my journey is a bit further along. I have a Freshman at Cal Poly SLO and a Sophmore in High School, but I can relate to you. You are filled with joy and creativity and make me smile. Don't ever give give up…you have way too much to offer to all around you!

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    January 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I think you and I have similar personalities where one negative comment or unpleasant customer can send us into a tailspin. I keep almost all of my kind emails from customers in a file so that I can look back through them when I doubt or am having a hard day. I'm glad LMM is etched in stone now ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    January 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Keep sticking with it girl! =) You are SUCH an inspiration to me! And I always get excited to read your new posts!
    Yay for discounts!!

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    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma
    January 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    You guys are all so so sweet!
    I promise I am TOTALLY over last weeks "debbie downer"!

    This post was a bit more in reference to how sometimes, when you are doing a good thing, so many things in the Universe try to convince you otherwise. And we all need reminders that "what we do matters"!

    ANNNNDDDD, about how we all need to buy a little pretty from Jessica N Designs, hehe!


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    January 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    i wish I gardened…(did i spell that right?) LoL….beautiful neclace!

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    Brooke Anna
    January 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I just followed her a little while ago:)!
    great minds think alike ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    OMG I am so excited that you love your necklace!! How super cute are you anyway in those pics…for real how cute?!

    I feel so good that my necklace arrived on a day you needed it! My Mom always told me there are no coincidences in life! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for the wonderful write up and directing new followers my way! I am only one away from a giveaway now!! ๐Ÿ™‚


    PS I hope to GAWD it is not a 9 lb baby in there….. :/

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    January 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    keep doing what you are doing! love your blog.

    and that is some belly, she's adorable, but i do not miss being pregnant. lol

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    January 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Sorry you had a bad day and Happy you are looking on the bright side! I love the Soar necklace!

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    [email protected]
    January 23, 2011 at 12:14 am

    oh ashley, i am defintely having one of those days too. Two sick kiddos and one of them is vomiting now to add to the chaos. Blech. I keep saying over and over in my head, " just keep swimmng, just keep swimming." Its gotta get better! Right? It does, you just proved it. Glad I read your post. Your new necklace is adorable by the way =)

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    Lindy Harnarain
    January 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

    This post is totally inspirational to me as a fellow business owner and mom! I sure am happy that others go through the same feelings! Thank you for posting such honest feelings–keep up the amazing work!

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    Jayna Rae
    January 23, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I love the little bird cage portion of your new necklace.

    Blogs like yours are what brightens my day. I think if these other women can do it, can keep it all together and look gorgeous while doing it, then I should at least try.

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    January 23, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Cheer up baby girl! you are the bestest baby in the whole wide world and have so many wonderful people that love you. I just became Jessicas 100 follower. I'm sure you made her day too!
    love u, your momma

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    January 23, 2011 at 12:22 am

    ah…there are those days.
    but when you look back on it doesn't it make you feel like an awesome warrior? the best part is that we are never alone in it. when we feel like we are alone, there is someone having the same moment…trust me. it wasn't until i started venting about it and blogging about it did people come out of the wordwork. it's like some big secret, that if we admit we are having a bad day we are a bad mother, wife, friends, daughter, sister, etc…

    if we all just stood on our tip toes and yelled…'HEY! HELLO! COME OVER HERE! WE HAVE FAULTS TOO! I BURNT MT MEATLOAF TONIGHT AND THE BABY POOPED ALL OVER THE SHEETS AGAIN AND INSTEAD OF CLEANING THEM, I JUST THREW THEM AWAY BC IT MADE ME FEEL BETTER!' Think of the bond we could have. I encourage the vent, I encouage the encouragement, I encourage a pity party every once in awhile. I encourage some recognition…

    From what I can read you are an awesome little miss momma. and you know with that wreath you made, when you lose it, when you flip out and take it out on your husband you could like put that on his pillow, or at his place at the table…your peace offering…if you will.

    and as far as the style, great minds think alike.

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    January 23, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I LOVE your blog and think you are absolutely wonderful! So grateful for all your posts, they help me stay sane while at work. ๐Ÿ™‚ You're the best! Way cute necklace too, love it!

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    January 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I love your blog. Just ignore the negative, who needs that.

    I love the necklace and the spoons.

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    Audrey Crisp
    January 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    So glad you're here to stay! Love the neckalace… Just so you know my girlfriends and I had a craft day yesterday and we made your pom pom necklace! It was so fun! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I also heard you were in the WestLake Village ward.?. We are in the Agoura Hills 1st ward so basically right next to your ward… So fun. Hope you have a great weekend! ; )

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    January 23, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Ashley, LMM is one of my FAVORITE blogs, I'm happy to hear, that you're here to stay. Don't let any of the negatives pull you down, you're an amazing person.

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    January 23, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I'm glad someone is willing to actually say they feel crappy sometimes. So often I feel like blogs are all fluff and candy and rainbows. I like yours because it's not always "I'm wonderful and amazing and can do it all, all the time."

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    January 23, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Glad you are here to stay! Love that you are REAL! There will always be mean people, ignore them, move on and continue to enjoy your own fabulous life!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    The WholeFamDamily
    January 23, 2011 at 3:07 am

    i think we can all totally relate to what you're feeling, for sure!! don't get too down on yourself, we can't all be 100% chipper ALL the time, sheesh. ๐Ÿ˜‰ and we all enjoy reading your blog, otherwise we wouldn't be here!! keep it up pretty girl!

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    January 23, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Love the necklace! How perfect!

    I'm so glad you are here to stay – because we need our LMM. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing and doing all you do.

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    January 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

    You rock Ash, and I'm SO glad you're here to stay! Every post you make makes me smile. Thank you for that!


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    January 23, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Fish face = best picture EVER! Love it!

    Also – chin up friend – everyone has down in the dumps days! Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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    [email protected] Present Life
    January 23, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I always appreciate your honesty! And I know we are ALL glad you're here to stay ๐Ÿ™‚

    And now I'm off to leave my husband some not-so-subtle hints about where to shop for Valentine's Day โ™ฅ Love your necklace!

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    January 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post, I have been having "one of those days" for about a week now, I just can't seem to get out of this funk…I just feel blah! And, we are all happy you are here to stay ๐Ÿ™‚ Xoxoxo

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    Romance In A Glance
    January 23, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Great post!!!!! Love the jewelry too!!! Glad your day got better!!!

    Hope you become a follower,
    ~Romantic Savy

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    January 23, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Wow, I LOVED this post, Ashley.

    You BETTER be here to stay…or else I would BAWL MY EYES OUT…I read your blog multiple times a day. I'll even admit that I've spent hours clicking through the archives before.


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    Melissa Geoghegan
    January 23, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I think this blog is a real treasure…your honesty and ability to share the truth really speaks to me and clearly many many other women too. I feel like we have so much in common…like we could hang out and be good friends…. sometimes I have to re-read something to see if you really posted exactly what I think or feel about whatever random topic. It is pretty cool! Thank you for being you…..even on a bad day you are so fun!

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    January 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

    These are the days I head outside for some sunshine therapy – it's one of the perks of Southern California right? ;-D

    I think you and your blog are great – even if all your amazing Etsy finds are causing a strain between me and my budget!!


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    January 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hi! I am a current follower of yours and wanted to give you a heads up that I have changed my blog URL. Apparently if you donโ€™t follow me at the new URL, you wonโ€™t be a follower at all. My new web address is
    Hope you can come follow me
    PS. Watch for my first review and giveaway coming soon!!!

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    January 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Whatever you do, don't give up your blog! Give up cleaning the house, doing laundry, whatever, but your blog is fun, uplifting and honest and I am obviously not alone in enjoying it!

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    January 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Love your blog for your honesty! Keep being true to who you are. Love Jessica's stuff, can't wait to order something, thanks for sharing!!

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    Mejia Mamma
    January 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    PHEW, you had me kinda worried there for a second…I'd be soooo sad if I didn't have any LMM blog posts to read everyday – I cannot even imagine having a huge following of people on my blog, and having to deal with both the good & bad comments people throw your way. Thank you for being YOU, for being open & honest… don't change because of other influences…keep doing what you're doing because that's why we're all such faithful followers! There may be meanies out there, but know that there are also a huge bucket of us that will never ever judge you! xoxo


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    Let's take a coffee break
    January 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    So glad you haven't "thrown in the towel". I adore your blog and I only have a handful of blogs I read everyday and look forward to. Yours is one of them. Don't let negative comments get you down. That is only their jealousy showing. Keep true to who you are! LOVE your blog!


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    Gillian Mohlman
    January 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Ashley. I love you. You are freaking awesome. You are the best blogger in the world. I love it because you are REAL. I have had this problem with other bloggers sometimes who pretend like they have these perfect cookie cutter lives and so its really refreshing to read blogs that aren't that way! I like when you share deep thoughts and help us remember that we ALL have trials and hard days. You are a reminder that what we do DOES matter and not to let others bring us down. Thanks for always keeping it real. You are what inspired me to write things on my blog that are more real and you have inspired me in so many ways! I love your blog, I check it first thing in the morning, right after my email! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the necklace too! I might have to go buy one!!

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    Matt and Chelsey Davis
    January 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Little Miss Momma you are way too cute to ever give up. When you are doing what's right the devil always tries to discourage you…don't be discouraged. Your blog encourages people all over the place. I think we would be BFF's if we ever met. Too bad I live in Canada. Know that you encourage me all the way in the great white north as I work at being the best Mommy, blogger, and encouragement to others! ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome necklace…I am soooooo jealous!

    PS. Your Mom is way too cute with her comment. My Mom can't even figure out how to become a follower of my blog. Haha!

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    January 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Don't ever leave us. I would have the sads.

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    January 24, 2011 at 1:49 am

    You are so cute and so sweet! Please don't ever leave us!

    Your necklace is awesome!

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    January 24, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Well I'm SUPER glad you are here to stay because you totally inspire me & I think you are SUPER awesome too!!:)

    Pish posh to all the meanies out there!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Free Pretty Things For You
    January 24, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Ash You are Such a blessing to all of us!! If you ever left there would be thousands of tears!!
    We LOVE YOU Girl!!!

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    Free Pretty Things For You
    January 24, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Ash You are Such a blessing to all of us!! If you ever left there would be thousands of tears!!
    We LOVE YOU Girl!!!

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    Sadie Jane
    January 24, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I am glad you're not going anywhere!! I just started reading your blog…stumbled on it from my sister-in-law in Washington. You're beautiful and I love following your life! I love blogging myself! About everything really but I am just starting to get into the selling and tutorial side of things! I am nurse, mother, wife, blogger, decorator, lover and daughter of God. Thanks for your positive attitude and candid posts! You give me more guts to say what I want and not care what others think! So great!
    {simply delicious}

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    January 24, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I am pretty new to your blog, but it has definitely inspired me in so many ways already! I am in a similar situation in my life as you are: I have a 15 month old little boy, and a great hubby, and I am also a fellow LDS! I love reading this blog everyday so please don't go anywhere! =) I think the best thing to do when I get stressed is to plan a weekend getaway or get a massage!! You deserve it!

    Just Look at all of these women who LOVE you just for being…YOU! Ashley, you are amazing!

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    January 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Love that necklace and Love your blog.. so DO stick around! xoxoxo!!

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    January 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I feel like I've been having one of those days every day for the last 2 weeks! So glad you got your pick-me-up! It's gorg!

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    January 25, 2011 at 1:23 am

    At least you made it into jeans! Sounds like success to me!

    -still in sweats ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Love that necklace!! I think this summer when I have time to devote to my etsy shop I'll be doing the same ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Ashley,

    I am a brand new follower. I have a friend who I have lunch with once a month and she told me about your blog. I also blog so we are always sharing good blogs with each other.

    Your blog is fantastic. A place I feel at home. I will definately be back. …and I am a 40 something mom and have days like this more than I care to admit. But the smiles I see when the kids are home are what makes me keep going.

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    January 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Etched in stone or not, LMM can't go anywhere!! We would never let you ๐Ÿ˜‰
    BTW- I just boughtbthe same black and gray striped shirt that your wearing in some of your pix-love it!!

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    Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan
    January 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Love the photos!I enjoyed my visit to your sweet blog.Hopping over to say have a fabulous weekend. Hugs, Katherine

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    March 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    it's funny cause i just posted on good 'ol FB how today feels just crappy. hair isn't working, makeup isn't working, clothes aren't working – bleh. and then i read this awesome, honest, REAL post from you and find myself teary thinking, "that's EXACTLY where i'm at right now." so THANK YOU. for being HONEST. for being REAL. for being YOU. and for the inspiration that comes from every post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    March 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Gosh, I've had so many of those days in the last week or so. I think I'm just in a funk. I'm not quitting, though – how else would I fill my time?!

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    Blooming Mommy
    March 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    You are amazing! I hope you remember that you are worth so much when you've lost sight of it all! There are so many hearts that you touch daily! Im glad that Im not the only one who has "those" days. It makes me remember that Im human. Anywho, your wonderful and dont ever forget it! MUAH!!!!!!

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    March 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    OHHHHH Ashley, I’m totally having one of those days too !

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