A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Ashley Ryckman87 comments

 

 


Is Julie Andrews not just the best thing ever! Maybe I’m biased since I’ve probably watched that movie a million times and I’ll proudly admit I was a theatre geek, but I just love her. What would this world be like if there more of her in it!?!


I was sitting at my desk a couple days ago scrolling through Facebook when a video caught my eye. The frozen image of a lovely woman around my age. Honestly, I liked her style and was curious what she had to say. When I clicked, I realized she was bashing poor service she had received at a restaurant recently. She named the server, the name of the restaurant, and where it was located. I cringed, thinking about that unsuspecting server who probably had no idea her name was now heard by hundreds of people who had watched the video. Most of the woman’s complaints seemed to be beyond the server’s control. She didn’t like how long it took for her food to come out, she didn’t like how it tasted, and then she went on to attack the server’s intelligence and social class as a reason for her issues - I’ll save you the specific words she used. I quickly clicked out of it, not even really sure why I had given it that much of my time. But I immediately thought of my Chic Tribe. I thought of the now 5000 people that make up this group and how none of them would have tolerated this in our group. It made me proud. I am so deeply proud of what we have created here. Sometimes social media can be filled with a lot of hate and negativity, but I appreciate that it’s still an amazing platform to share good things, too. Yummy recipes, funny cat videos, words of encouragement - we are in control of what we put out into the world and what we let in our world.


So this week I’m excited to share a few of the things I’ve been loving lately. And as a way to try to put more good out there to combat the bad, as well as celebrate you all getting us well past 5,000 followers, we are doing something special with this week’s blog!

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Five lucky winners will get one of the items on my favorites list! All you have to do is share the blog with your friends and comment below on which item you’d love to have! It’s super easy and will take you only seconds.


On to the goodies!


#1: Freshly

Oh. My. Goodness! It’s like this company came to my house one day, took one look at my life and said, you need this!

Freshly


Freshly is a meal prep delivery service for those that can’t or have no time to cook. I’m sure you’ve seen commercials for those “easy to prepare” meal delivery kits. Yeah, been there, tried that. Cooking just isn’t my thing, ladies. And I’m ok with that. But that doesn’t mean I still don’t want to eat healthy, delicious meals. I just don’t have the time! Plus, with six kids with very different appetites and preferences, that meal time battle is already hard enough.


To quote the website, Freshly is:


No shopping, prepping, cooking, or clean-up required. Pick from over 30 different meals. Cooked by chefs and delivered fresh to your doorstep. Free shipping always included."

The meals come prepared and all you have to do is pop them in the microwave. I know what you’re thinking! But these are not the TV dinners of our childhoods, believe me! They are shockingly fresh and yummy.


But for a pretty darn reasonable price, I can pop a meal in the microwave and get back to my never ending to-do list, which is really where I want to be anyway.


If you’re curious and want to try it out, I contacted them directly to provide me with a special link to offer my ACB Tribe. Get 30% off your first order. I can’t wait to hear what you think. I hope you love it as much as I do!


Plus, one lucky person who shares/comments will win a box FREE!



#2 All Things Animal Print

I know this one gets mixed reviews sometimes. People tend to love or loathe it. But I am absolutely loving the animal print trend right now. I’m seeing it pop up everywhere. It’s fun, it’s fierce, it’s bold! But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just an accent here or there, mixed with some bright colors. It’s so cute, you guys!


Check out how cute these looks are! And they're ageless too! If you’ve wanted to try this trend or thought in the past that you couldn’t pull it off, this is your chance!

 

One of these adorable prints could be yours. Be sure to comment your preferred size below and share the blog!


#3 Provocalips

I get asked all the time about my lip color. I know people expect me to say some crazy expensive designer brand, but nope! It’s Rimmel London’s Provocalips. It is my hands down go to when it comes to lip color. It stays put, the colors are so bright and beautiful! And it doesn’t make my lips feel dry or cakey. Love, love, love!


My favorite color right now is #200 I’ll Call You. I had a hard time letting go of my favorite Winter color and picking my Spring/Summer transition, but this is definitely it! It’s such a pretty pink and I’m finding it really universal with different looks.

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And I’m sending this color home with one of you! Comment and share if you’d like to try it!

Can't wait? Use this link to get your color ASAP: https://amzn.to/2Mn1jdH

 

 

#4 BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics

This is a makeup brand started in Los Angeles that I’ve recently fallen in love with! They have the most fun color palettes with bright eyeshadows and neons. But don’t be scared away, the colors may be bold, but a little goes a long way. And sometimes it’s fun to have something totally out of your comfort zone to try.


I love Take Me To Brazil! I can’t believe how bold the colors and yet, how affordable! I think another tutorial video is in the future.

BH COSMETICS Take Me To Brazil Palette

 

Check out some of their cool looks and remember to comment/share this blog if you’re ready to try something fun! Or use this link to get your own guaranteed!


#5 Girl Wash Your Face and Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

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I’m guessing a few of you have heard of Rachel Hollis and her wildly successful self-help books, Girl Wash Your Face and the recently released Girl Stop Apologizing. Maybe you’re a devoted follower like me, maybe she’s on your to-be-read list, or maybe you’re thinking, nope, no idea, who is she?


In any case, I love her and I’m pretty sure you will too! I’ve devoured both of her books and I just kept thinking, a lot of this is common sense, but I needed to be told this anyway. She is so down to earth, and inspiring and full of passion and confidence. I owe a lot to her words, and I’m so happy to share them with all of you.


She also has some great Insta Stories and is fun to follow on social media.


If you want to get a FREE copy of her books, comment/share this blog. Or get your own copy today!



I can't wait to announce the winners at the end of the week! Thank you for always being one of my favorite things, ACB Tribe! 

 

Chic Blessings friends,

 

 

Contributor/Editor: Kristy Porter

*ACB receives a small commission when you use our links to purchase these amazing products

87 comments

Cheryll combs
Cheryll combs
Wow Ashley you and your ladies are so amazing. I live your positive energy when I watch you. You have amazing products you bring to us. I love seeing the photos of the lives when you girls are laughing and joking. My favorite is the makeup. Take care and have a blessed day 😊
Phoebe Carmean
Phoebe Carmean
You are an amazing person Ashely! I love everything that you show on your lives and reading this blog about your favorite things is amazing! I enjoyed reading about each section but especially the freshly and the cosmetics because I am always looking for new foods to try since I am very tired when i get home and I just love trying out new make up. It is very helpful with your advice and words to trust that the products will work.
Kayla
Kayla
Would love to win 💚
Tamara Croteau
Tamara Croteau
I’d be happy to get anything from you. You have inspires me to get out of my comfort zone. I love your show’s and all the ladies.
Gigi Schafer
Gigi Schafer
You positive influence has changed my life for the better. I try to notice positive things and and BEE Happy.
Victoria Owens
Victoria Owens
I would love to read the books! I heard both of these books are amazing! I love your blogs Ashley!! You are.an amazing person yourself! Thank u for ALWAYS thinking about us and always making us feel special!! 😊💜♥️
Dezaray Ortega
Dezaray Ortega
I love all your favorite products.
Lori  DePolis
Lori DePolis
Thank you for being a positive influence and inspiration. Enjoy the joking. laughter and upbeat vibes of the show! I’d like to try the Freshly since cooking isn’t something I always feel up to doing but would love to provide my husband with a great meal when he gets home from work.
Sarah Garcia
Sarah Garcia
I am a huge reader and would love to read either one ❤️ Also I’d like to say I’m so incredibly proud to be a part of something so inspiring , never nasty attitudes not negative , just men and women being incredible to others !!! I love love it
Kristine
Kristine
I would love to try freshly I am starting a new job after 18 years at my previous job!!!!! I need this :) thanks for the positive blog post. KF
Laura
Laura
would love to try this
Brit Segura
Brit Segura
I am interested in WINNING 💘🦄💖😇🙌🏼
Sherri ballard
Sherri ballard
Love watch how energetic you are and love the plus size cloths
Ashley Staman
Ashley Staman
This is an awesome contest I am new to this so hopefully I do it right LOL my two favorite things so far is the makeup palette and the animal prints definitely hope to watch more stuff good luck to all
Kristi
Kristi
I absolutely love watching your shows and reading your blogs! I am very busy most days and would love to try a Freshly meal box! Thank you for being such a positive person in my life 💕! God Bless!
Rena
Rena
I really like your blog , clothes really everything. I enjoy watching the live and when I miss the videos. I recently made my first purchase. Of which I’m sure there will be many more. I like the way you interact with your customers and how I see you have become friends with most . Keep being real and I’m sure your business and blog will get even bigger . And thank you for the beautiful clothes and accessories you offer to us .
Taylor foley
Taylor foley
Great blog this week!! Id love anything animal print!!
Rachel
Rachel
Hi! I stumbled upon your page last week. Someone had shared your live video in a fb group. I was drawn to your personality. You do a great job hosting your live vids and keep it entertaining and fun to watch. I would be most interested in the Freshly meals. We are a family of 5 and are on the go a lot. Meal prep can be the thorn in our sides at time. Would love to try something that takes the guesswork out of it and make it so much more enjoyable!
April Cook
April Cook
Definitely love the animal print for sure love❤️❤️ love
Tina
Tina
I would love to have some of your purses and your pink lippie any thing on you sight is aeesome
Penny
Penny
I’d love to try Freshly… I’ve tried others and have actually not made them because of the preparation it takes to get supper ready, this sounds fantastic! Thank you for a few of your favorite things so someone gets a chance to win one, you’re great to do that! Thank you for being so much fun when I haven’t had such a great day. 😉
Katie Broderick
Katie Broderick
Girl…first off u are an amazing inspiration! I was going through a pretty deep depression when I stumbled upon ur page and u just gave me confidence in myself again! Ur proof that u don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful! I haven’t been able to purchase anything yet as I was out of work for 3 weeks but I just started a new job and I already have a wishlist in my mind 💖 I would love the BH Cosmetics makeup pallet! The colors look so vibrant and gorgeous!! I think it would just give me another confidence boost 😘 BTW congratulations on 5,000 🙌🏻 U deserve it!!!
Amanda Marinko Govoni
Amanda Marinko Govoni
First off congrats on 5000 viewer although it doesn’t surprise me. You girls are so fun to watch, your prices are amazing, and you have styles and sizes for all! Oh and you never stop giving away and you know we all love giveaways! Thank you for this opportunity. I’d love to try something animal print. I love the simple touch of animal print. Totally not me, however, totally so cute and totally on trend! I’m a XL/1X ❤️
Terri Taylor
Terri Taylor
Great blog this week…like you, I hate to see the negative on social media and I have empathy for the server that may have just had an “off” day! We’re all just trying to make it and everyone has their days! My favorite clothing trend has to be tie dye…the light, bright colors in summer are my fave! My favorite makeup that I live by is Fenty foundation. I’ve missed seeing you this week while you were gone!
Stephanie Holton
Stephanie Holton
I would like leopard print in 2×. I enjoy the lives so much. You have a great group. Sometimes I don’t know when your there. But I like the positivity you want to spread. Not slot in the world now. If normal size 2x but if tight fit 3x in shirts.
Carmen velazquez
Carmen velazquez
I love your blogs and would enjoy reading the book.
Debbie Knuff
Debbie Knuff
Love Ashleys Chic Boutique and her blogs. Amazing women and an amazing group with her. I have wanted to try the provoclips for awhile. Ashley you always look so good and put together. Lipstick that stays on???
Amy Skelton
Amy Skelton
Oh Ashley!!! Words just aren’t enough to say how much I love and admire you!! You are ALWAYS SO CHEERFUL AND POSITIVE!!! You make my world soooo much brighter!!! As a pastors wife I always want to dress nice and boy have you done that for me!!! I am an AVID FOREVER FAN OF THE DOUND IF MUSIC!!! I too have watched it MANY TIMES!!! My fav!!!! All of your things definitely sound like things I love!!! I love to read, I love your Rommel provacalips which I have now bought and you know I ADORE ALL ANIMAL PRINT!!! I admire you for being a foster parent!!!! It’s obvious you are CRAZY IN LOVE WITH YOUR HUSBAND!!! And…. you love yourself!!!!! Sooooo many of us women need your example!!!! I love all your crew and y’all make laugh right out loud every show!!! What a joy ACB Is for me and many others!!!! Keep spreading your love my precious friend and know there are people praying for you!!!! I wish I lived close to you just to soak some of your contagious personality!!! I’m just greatful I feel like I see you most every day!! I would choose the makeup I think. I love you Ashley Rykman!!!! Blessings to you and your precious family and extended family who love us each and every day!!!! 😘😘😘🥰
Amber Staab
Amber Staab
Ashley you and everyone who works hard to make our lives more positive I just want to thank all of you I have started to gain my confidence back because of your products congrats on your 5,000 views ladies shout outs to all my beautiful ACB ladies o and I have to say I absolutely loved reading this blog it reminded me of the goal I’ve been working towards so thank you for the reminder it is crazy to me how unfocused we can get and head down a negative path ok this just turned into it own mini blog so I’m officially ending it have a great day and you know I am animal print all the way thanks again
Dinah LaRee Daniels
Dinah LaRee Daniels
I think you are an AMAZING Lady and Great Friend Loved the Blog would love the Rachel Hollis Books. Shared with my friends on messenger. Can’t wait to read the next Blog. Love and God Bless

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