Recently I tried the Shaken Ice Tea Lemonade at Starbucks….delicious. Like all things Starbucks it is pricey, so I came up with my own version. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. I am always one for doing things the simplest and fastest way possible…

Ingredients: Lipton Cold Brew ice tea, frozen lemonade (if you aren’t getting Starbucks tea and go with generic lemonade you can take what you save and sponsor a child in need….which let’s face it is so much better than name brand frozen lemonade!)

Step 1: Add the frozen lemonade and all but one can of water (if the lemonade calls for 4 & 1/3 cans of water just add 3 1/3 cans right now)

Step 2: Place tea bag in lemonade can

Step 3: Fill the can with cold water (which would be the remaining 1 can the lemonade calls for)


Step 4: Brew the tea. You can just leave it there sitting, but if you swirl (or shake) it will brew stronger. This just depends on your taste.

Step 5: Add the concentrated brewed tea to the lemonade

Step 6: Pretend it is hot outside and you are sitting on a porch watching the sunset as your kids sweetly play in the yard and you are enjoying your iced tea lemonade

You can add more or less tea depending on your personal preference.

1.10tea-05And to answer a few more of your questions from last week:

What type of ribbon/binding did you use on your Little Dresses for Africa?

We used double biased tape for the arm holes…you could do it lots of ways. Here is the pattern Little Dresses for Africa provides.

I can’t subscribe to your blog…am I missing something?

Google Reader stopped working on my blog several months ago. I am trying to get that bug fixed…or at least figure out what it is to begin with. Several people have tried helping me with this. In the next couple of weeks I am making some changes to the backend of this blog, so hopefully I’ll get that issue fixed.

Are your kids in school?

My oldest is in kindergarten….and has the most wonderful teacher. We LOVE her!

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  • bopha - You need to try the passion tea lemonade and figure out how to make it, it is dee-li-cious!

  • Erin - Awesome, can’t wait to try this!

  • Crystal - This sounds delicious! I’ve been on a lemonade kick lately, and I love tea, so this sounds perfect!

  • chrissy - Thanks for posting about the ‘little dresses for africa’. this week my a group of women are getting together at my church to make the dresses for an orphanage for Haiti. so very excited and we got the idea from your blog!!!! SO THANK YOU for all your work and compassion for others! depending on how well this week goes we may end up doing this quarterly and focus on a different country each time!
    Thanks for your creativity and sharing it w/ the world! love your blog, pictures and ideas!

  • Allie - As a Starbucks barista, can I let you in on a little secret??? We just began selling our full leaf tea (passion, zen, and black) that we use in our tea lemonades as a retail item in stores everywhere. It comes in a tin of 15 tea bags ($6.95) and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed — they are all amazing!

  • chantelle - look great! I love the blueberry and ginseng by tetley right now……it’s called clarity! Ha Perfect! Just what I need!

  • candace - Mmmmm, definitely worth trying. Makes me long for Spring and Summer……

  • Liz - I second the comment above about passion tea… It’s SO good, especially in the summer. And like she said you can buy the tea bags at any starbucks store.

  • Kristin S - This is one of my favorite drinks at Starbucks but I order with the Passion Tea. Of course you can buy Tazo Passion Tea at the grocery store so I’m trying your recipe! Makes it decaf this way too.

  • Jasie - I do something similar to that. I mix one of the generic Crystal Light lemonade packs with one of the GCL Iced Tea packs. I get that because they’re sugar free. I’m definitely going to make your version and do a taste test. We love teamonade at our house!

  • Meagan - Yum! My friend had a recipe for the passion tea lemonade on her facebook the other day using the Tazo passion tea too. Why have I never heard or these? Oh yeah, because I’m too distracted by the white mochas and caramel macchiatos… :)

  • Kate - Mmm… I can’t wait to try it!

  • Shelley in SC - I think the best instruction is to sit on my porch, pretend it is hot and children are playing in the yard. May I add fireflies??

  • Justine - Soooo, I am a long time reader first time commenter :) but this post caught my eye! Because I worked at starbucks. I just wanted to tell you you are very close with your recipe, and if you want to add the sweetener to it like starbucks does you can buy a huge bottle of it for 6 bucks! We don’t sell them in the lobby, you just gotta ask and we will pull one from the back.

So last week I opened it up for some questions…I had no idea you all would have so many! I’ll answer a few each day this week. Since posts without pictures are boring, I’ll throw in some pictures from the zoo last week (yeah, for warm weather!).


Some of the questions are similar, so I’ll address a few at a time:

Can we see a tour of your house?

No, only because there is always a room in progress. Right now I am working on the boy’s room. When I finish it I’ll post a tour of that for you, but you’ll have to wait. I don’t know that my house would ever be at a point for a whole house tour…at least one room (usually 2) is always Under Construction.

Where did you get your globes?

All over the place! A few came from one antique store, the rest are just random places. Flea markets are a good bet. I saw one at GoodWill for $5.00 last week. Thrift stores usually have them too.


What about that chalkboard in your living room…did you make it?

Yes, we built it. Here is a link to an Apartment Therapy feature on it…with some written instructions. I built it before I had a blog, so there aren’t any tutorials or pictures of the building process. Life before blogs!



What about your fireplace?

Yes, it is real wood. We grabbed some branches and cut them into discs. I hot glued them to a backboard. We built the fireplace too. At one point the mantle almost got tossed through a window by my husband due to his love for handiwork projects. I haven’t asked him to build anything for a while…he’s probably had a long enough break that I could talk him into something again now. Here’s  the Before & After of the living room.


What is the name of the green & blue bedding?

I don’t know. The teal/lime quilt is from Target a while back. The different colored pillows are all made from Amy Butler fabric( Belle Collection & Daisy Chain Collection). You can buy Amy Butler fabric all over online…just do a Google Search or a search on


Where do you get your daughter’s clothes?

Everyone was so excited for us when we found out we were having a girl that they showered us with lots of adorable clothes. I have only bought a few. She has a lot from Target, BabyGap, & Old Navy….headbands and hats from I have a long list of patterns I’ve seen online that I want to make, but the reality is my mom will probably be the one making them!


Where did you get that earflap baby hat from this post?

BabyGap…it was on sale…and an additional 40% off that. I love good sales! I love hats…as if you haven’t figured that out yet!

What are those stretchy headbands your daughter wears?

They are made out of nylons I think. I bought them from ElleBows. The Messy. Flower. is from Joy’s Hope.


What about Meg from Whatever…have you met…are there pictures?

Oh you mean my ‘online best friend’ Meg…no we have not met.  Though when I talk about her you would think we go way back, when in fact we’ve only met online (isn’t that a movie line?). I hope to meet Meg this Spring/Summer….and yes I am sure we will both have pictures to post from that. She’s getting ready to go to Africa as support for a group called Word Made Flesh and will be opening her etsy store on Feb. 1st to help raise money for her trip. You should go buy something cute, but if there are pillows leave one for me.

Last year we (me & my boys, not me & Meg) were in the rainforest section of the Zoo and a bird aimed for my shoulder and deposited the by-product of a previous meal. My oldest never forgets a thing. Everytime we go to the zoo he says, “Can we go to the building that the bird pooped on you?” On one of my first dates with Chris we went to a zoo….a bird pooped on me then too.


Happy Monday…hope you don’t get pooped on by a bird!

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  • Mandy B - My oldest remembers the rainforest building for that same incident…everytime we go in, she giggles and tells us the story of how a bird pooped on C’s mommy. Thanks Ash for being the source of all sorts of entertainment!!

  • Jeannette Swan - I have been wanting to make a chalkboard since I first saw yours. I finally last week, got the hardboard and Lowe’s cut it wrong, so it didn’t fit my frame! Yes, I bought a frame many years ago that I’m going to use…I can’t make my own. So, my father-in-law fixed the board for me. Now…on to painting it, maybe today – that would make me happy!

  • Kari S - I see that Hudson is prepared for the birds (with the hood over his head)!! That’s funny! Our encounter at the zoo was with the monkey throwing up…I’d take bird poop on the shoulder anyday before I had to witness the monkey vomit! Eewwww!

  • Rachel Ridd - Thanks for answering my question about the fireplace! If you ever have time I would love to see a tutorial about how you created the mantel. Although I might just pick one up at the Habitat Restore because I have a feeling my husband may do the same thing :) Thanks for your blog – I love it!

  • chantelle - thanks for the peek into your life! Your blog is fab.

  • Christian T - I LOVE Baby Gap sales! I always have an additional %age off the sale price from a random coupon I find.

  • Carrie Sowell - I love you Ashley! Every post makes me smile! I miss seeing you.

  • Stephanie @ Bona Fide - Did you know that getting pooped on by a bird is supposed to mean good luck? I got poooped on by a bird in the middle of Times Sqaure once.

  • meg duerksen - yeah…what ABOUT that meg from whatever?! :)

    can’t wait till we meet. it will be stellar!
    love your answers…it’s fun to find out info about you…even it’s your bedding is from target. ha! mine is from wal-mart.

  • Heather - Great post! I hear that when a bird poops on you it’s good luck, or maybe that’s just what a lady told me to make me feel better after a bird pooped on me.

  • emily anderson - okay ashley, this made me crack up…i always get pooped on by birds too!!
    aaaaaaand, in your post from today (or whenever) i thought it was neat that y’all are thinking about adopting…that’s hopefully our next step too! we are alike, and it makes me laugh.

So Friday’s are starting to get a theme of randomness here…so I’ll just stick with that. More random Friday…

She crawls but doesn’t sit on her own. Figures. I was counting on a sweet calm little girl that just sits and plays. Not happening here.


Me vs. the Lego Men taking over my house. The Legos are winning.

1.10randomfriday-03When I found out #4 was going to be a girl I was worried what that meant for Littlest Brother. Part of me really wanted another boy…knowing how tight the older two boys are. So far, so very good though. He is making one great big brother to her. She is a close second to Daddy in regards to his favorite people. He loves reading to her and showing her how to ‘feel’ the animals in the baby books.


Funny how your perspective changes as a parent. When my oldest was about to turn 2 he seemed so far from a baby and so much like a big boy. Now that I have two about to turn 4 and 6…this little guy seems so much more like a baby than a big boy.  My babies.

1.10randomfriday-06And now…as promised a few boy etsy finds.

Many of you probably saw this on Whatever yesterday, but it was just SO GOOD I had to share it again for those of you that hadn’t seen it yet. Thanks Meg for sharing it.

Finally, just a reminder that Google Reader does not ‘read’ this blog. Don’t subscribe. I am soon going to be trying a few things to fix that (again). If my blog disappears or doesn’t work right in the coming days it is because I don’t know much about html and probably screwed everything up. Just lettin’ ya know.

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  • Jill R - Those two are so sweet. My heart is just melting. Love the first picture. That is one cute baby!

  • Jo - I love coming to your blog in the mornings when I get to work!! Your pictures are gorgeous. I love the pic of youngest brother and baby on the couch, that is soooooo precious. I’m sure your glad you captured a moment like so!


  • ashlee - please do a house tour!! im dying to know how you encorporated that amazing chair into your house:)

  • meg duerksen - i love the page of etsy finds. so pretty to see all together.
    i had to play the song again….art art i want you. :)

    my sean and talby were born close together and they were good buddies too.
    now they are kind of seperate into boy/girl stuff but still good friends.
    love that.

    hope your friday is soooo good!

  • amanda torres - Addie did the same thing with crawling. She was crawling at 5 months but didn’t sit up (without propping herself up with one arm) until the end of her 6th month. I found that odd. But then again, she is odd. Girls are just plain weird. Sweet, but weird.

  • Shannon Phillips - I love your random Fridays. I see that you brought your chair inside. It looks great in photos!

  • Lisa Johnson - gorgeous babies and that chair! wow! love it!

  • the inadvertent farmer - There is just something about coming here that brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my face…off to find a tissue now…Kim

  • Mary - Thanks for your wonderful blog, photos, funny thoughts, etc. I love the boy Etsy finds. I only have two children, boy and girl, 16 months apart. They were best friends until they started school. I can tell yours will be too.

  • Casey - cute! I love the look on her face when feeling the book, it’s adorable!

  • Abby - Awesome post. thanx for sharing your gorgeous family with us.

  • Amanda McEntyre - Maddie also seems to have decided to skip the sitting and go straight for the crawling, she scoots around and if that doesn’t work rolls where she wants to go! I see some very BUSY times in my near future :)

  • Sarah M - I loved those pics of your baby boy and your baby! That is my two kids to a T. My oldest (boy) is 2 1/2, my youngest (girl) is almost 1. Love when they play like that together. (Hate it when I walk in and one is crying, lol)
    Sarah M

  • Tiffany - Thanks for posting these great etsy finds! I love the tent and the paper deer trophies! And your capture the sweetest moments of your children. I love how he is helping her feel the book. So precious.

  • chandra h - hello! i just stumbled upon your blog & i love it. you capture life so beautifully in your photos.