About Ashley

Ringleader, rule breaker, bullshit hunter, cancer survivor. On a mission to live a regret-free life. Milagro is my home base and front line. Donuts and peanut butter, but not together.


I know it's almost Valentine's Day and I'm SUPPOSED to be talking about finding that *special* gift for that *certain* someone, but if you've spent much time around here you know romance makes me gag and commercial holidays (especially ones with insanely obnoxious ads that portray men as clueless morons and women as superficial spoiled brats whose love is bought

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:07-06:00 February 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on loVe.

Smiling hearts.

Got this photo via text today. It makes my heart smile. It's from the social workers on 4 Henson, the hematology oncology unit at Children's Mercy. Our partnership with Supporting Kids Foundation means we get to help keep the parent rooms at 4 Henson stocked. Every week, we deliver fresh fruit, snacks, and ready-to-eat meals so that moms and dads

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:07-06:00 February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Smiling hearts.

My resolution to get smaller.

"I love feeling small. It might be my favorite feeling." I said these words (not ironically) to Smitty as we were driving home, stuffed, from our favorite Mexican restaurant. I wasn't speaking about the physical size of my body. At least not exactly. We were admiring November's ginormous super moon and how when it's that size, it's so much more

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:07-06:00 January 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on My resolution to get smaller.

In other words.

Sometimes I love the internet. Maybe 26.74% of the time. It definitely earned some bonus points last week when it introduced me to my new friend Meghan through her fantastic post I Want Nothing For My Birthday. She seemed a kindred spirit so I invited her to Milagro to enjoy our space and chat. Her experience as a former shop

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:09-06:00 November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on In other words.

Checking my default settings.

If you want to see my head explode, ask me about spa software. For real, if you or anyone you know is a smartypants developer and wants to make millions, call me. There is a ginormous hole in the market. We'll be spa software moguls. So for the last 3 years, we've been cruising along at Milagro, growing like crazy

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:09-06:00 October 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Checking my default settings.

What I think you deserve.

One of the things I love most about getting older is how much stuff I've taken (or have had taken, by force) off my plate. I know adulting gets a bad rap these days and everyone is hella anti-aging, but I'm not buying it. You couldn't pay me to go back to the (completely exhausting) self-important know-it-all I used to

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10-06:00 October 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What I think you deserve.


They say to find what you were born to do you should focus on what gets you fired up. What makes you angry. What really gets your blood hot. Twice this month I've had spa guests use the word "guilty" when talking about scheduling time for themselves at Milagro. One of them recently returned from a medical missions trip to

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10-06:00 September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Overhealthiness.

False advertising.

  A young (under 30) dude came into Milagro last week and immediately looked quite confused. He looked around like he may be in the wrong place and I asked if I could help. "I think I want to buy a gift card?" Okaaaay..... "But could I like, see the spa area first?" So off we went behind the magic

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10-06:00 September 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on False advertising.

Crazy eights.

I love when friends notice and ask about our eights. I usually give the short answer - it's my lucky/favorite number - and leave it at that, but there's really a lot more to it. I love the resemblance of the 8 to the infinity symbol. Seeing these every day helps me keep perspective. They remind me that my focus

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10-06:00 August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Crazy eights.

Just my style.

I'm not a creative jewelry wearer. Accessorizing is not a thing in Ashlandia. I wear the same pieces every day: my engagement ring & wedding band, the earrings Smitty gave me the first Christmas we were married, and this leather cuff. The cuff was a gift from friends who where raising money to adopt. They (obviously) created this custom one

By | 2017-05-09T18:46:10-06:00 August 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Just my style.