nail art: nude with pink highlight + arrows




so i am kinda the worst about writing posts...and then not publishing them! this past week i've been working hard to declutter my desktop, which led me to look through all the draft posts saved here for my blog. there are way more than i thought! anyways, here's some nails i did this past summer. what can i say? they were fun and i'm a sucker for pink.

blog design: the Romriell's



over the summer (or actually now that i think about it, maybe it was this spring?), i had the chance to work with Brooke to redesign her family blog. i was so excited to make it responsive, and was swooning over all her thoughts and ideas for this online space. we wanted it to be slightly more chic and feminine (she's the only girl surrounded by 4 boys!), and so out came the gold and pink. the fun heart pattern doesn't hurt either. am i right? you'll also notice that it looks more like a blogsite would, verses just a typical blog....which is what we were going for. 

working with clients/friends/family helps push me to be better creatively, and without fail i always end up learning more than i expected. it makes me so happy to be able to look at a blog design i finished and say (or rather, think): "YES! i totally did that..figured it out..and nailed it!".

let yourself rest



fall is on the mind lately, just like it is on everyone's, right?

after my race on the 31st, i made myself take a "breather" week. no hard workouts, no planning appointments, or stressing about going anywhere. just hanging at home with the littles, and baking a treat or two. it was so good for my soul you guys! when i scrolled through Pinterest the other evening and saw this quote i was all "YES! amen to that." ...and then i had to go throw it into Photoshop and create a little collage to share because really, we all need this reminder. i think everyone should allow themselves a break, especially in this generation where everything is so publicly shared, and a lot of phrases like "hussle" "get it girl" and "bosslady" are flung around.

find that big comfy sweater, throw up your hair, light some yummy-scented candles, and you snuggle under that blanket (and maybe give those special babies extra hugs and kisses)! Let yourself rest. i feel 100% better mentally, spiritually, and physically. and i'm ready to take on this week's projects with a fresh outlook and attitude!

nail art: deep coral + silver + polka dots


probably my favorite nails to date. sure i say that on every week's, but i reeaaaallllly love this simple but fancy-looking style. maybe it's the coral/red polish i found...who knows where(i think it was actually a gift)?! or the two strips of silver nail tape? or the ever famous polka dots. i can't get enough you guys. i really love me a good polka dot print.


i used my nail tape and dotter tool for these. highly recommend for getting down and creative with those nails of yours!

my (second) half marathon + playlist


One of the goals I set for myself this year,
was to run 2 races.
As of last weekend,
I'm happy to say: I did it!
(if you didn't know/remember I ran my first back at the end of May...see this post)
After doing that first half marathon I was SO gung-ho to do another,
and I had signed up for the Boise FitOne happening in September.
But then plans changed and I missed it,
and I was bummed about it.
I really wanted to run at least one more half,
and was looking at a few around here as well as down in St George.
I knew 2 of my cousins were running the Provo Haunted Half on Halloween,
so I finally just buckled down and signed up for that one...the Monday before!
Gooooooood thing I had kept up and been training,
so it wasn't any crazy shock to my body :)


Here we are freezing our bums off the morning of!
(me, Jaleese, Bug)



It was so cold! 
Although,
I can't complain too bad because overall it was a beautiful day - and actually pretty perfect for running a race!
We started up the Provo Canyon and ended at the Orem University Mall.
The views were bomb,
and I wish now I had snapped some pics on the way down (but of course I was too busy running....dangit).


I look retarded,
but love that I am laughing here!
I was on the final stretch and had just seen my family....best motivation ever!
Also,
it needs to be noted that I had just come up an extremely steep freaking hill and it had kicked my trash.


I've got to give a shoutout to Jaleese for creating the most adorable workout tanks and tees.
She just opened a shop and it's filled with motivational apparel.
The two you see above are from her Halloween line.
My fave are the ones directed at mommy runners...pretty cute play on words!
Go check out her shop HERE and follow all her daily grammin' over HERE.


...it was also only my second...haha.
but i'll take that.


Yaaaayy!!


The biggest thing I had wanted to do with this race was pace myself.
And I did!
I loved being able to run and keep up with my cousins (both were crazy fast in high school, this was nothing new to them!).
We had about 8 miles down where our pace was at 7:35-45,
and then it slowly started creeping up the more the ground leveled out and we left the canyon.
I had been hoping to keep my overall pace to under 8 minute miles,
but oh well.
I felt SO good the whole race,
and only started to feel tired/slow around mile 12.
And then I hit that dang hill!!!!!
I actually stopped on it and turned around to try running backwards up it....but then just turned back around when I saw all the peeps behind me (because hello! i couldn't let them pass me! i couldn't look weak!) and kept going.
Man that was hard, and I hated it.
I totally should have driven that last 4 miles of the course beforehand,
just to see what I was in for...lesson learned.

Overall I think I was more prepared mentally for this race,
whereas last time I didn't really know what the heck to expect....but I was doing it!
haha.
It was also definitely fun for me to see my time improve.

Now that it's been about a week,
my legs are feeling back to normal (hurray!).
It was nice to use this past week as a recovery week,
and take a break from running every day.
This week was all about my upper body.
More focus on core strength and arms...and lots of stretching.
As for training for this second race,
I mostly stuck to the same schedule as before, found here, but also tried incorporating in more tempo runs and sprints to help increase my time. 
I was also doing some BBG workouts as well (though not following those strictly by any means).

...................

Okay tired of all these deets and just want the dang playlist?
Well you can calm down because here it is:

All the Small Things by Blink-182

Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) [radio edit] by Omi

Confident by Demi Lovato

Dessert (feat. Silentó) [remix] by Dawin

Drag Me Down (feat. LunchMoney Lewis) [Big Payno x AFTERHRS Remix] by One Direction

Hello by Adele

Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Manaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) by David Guetta

I Don't Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) [Noodles Remix] by Flo Rida

Immortals by Fall Out Boy

Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld

The Middle by Jimmy Eat World


Neon Lights by Demi Lovato

Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) [Dawin Remix] by Ariana Grande

Red Balloon (Bonus Track) by Charli XCX

Sadie Hawkins Dance by Relient K

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift


When Can I See You Again (Wreck it Ralph) by Owl City

Va Va Voom by Nicki Minaj

Launched: Ashleigh Blogger Template

I am so happy to be releasing this premade template to you right now! I really wanted it to scream feminine, slightly romantic, and chic...and the pale pinks, muted yellows, sophisticated polka dots, florals, watercolors, and typography all help do that. 




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