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Project Food Blog: Ready, Set, Blog

For those of you who do not know, Food Buzz is have a blog contest to find the next Food Blogging Star. It is kind of like the Next Food Network Star TV show but for bloggers. I have decided to enter the competition and am very excited about participating!

Challenge #1: What defines you as a food blogger and why should you be the next food blog star?

Ready, Set, Blog!

I am new to the world of blogging. This past summer a friend of mine introduced me to my first healthy living/food blog and I have been an avid follower of many blogs since. I loved reading about other bloggers cooking experiences and efforts to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

At this point I was blogging on a different site to keep people up to date with the birth of my twins. The problem was after they were born I was uninspired to keep up with that blog. There just was not a specific theme of the blog and I could never get a good feel of the direction I wanted to be going. After a few months of frequenting food blogs I knew that is what I wanted to do. I had been looking for something to hold myself accountable to healthy eating and living and this was just the way to do it.

Inspirations number one and two: LB and Daisy

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Through blogging I am sharing my journey of raising twins and living a healthy lifestyle along with teaching them how to live a healthy and happy life.

I am not a trained chef and have really just started getting back into cooking. For the last few months I have been too busy making bottles and changing diapers. Now that my babies are getting older I want them to be able to experience what real food is. I want them to enjoy eating fruits and veggies and know that healthy does not equal boring.

Here are a few things I love that make frequent appearances  here on

Ash and Lew Plus 2…

Chocolate

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  • Peanut Butter

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  • And obviously the two together is my idea of heaven :)

Why should I be the Next Food Blog Star?

I have struggled with food me entire life. My senior year of high school I lost over 50 pounds. This was done by exercising and changing eating habits. However, after I lost the weight the real struggle began; keeping the weight off. I struggled to find a balance between my love for food and eating healthy. The food I loved was not good for me and until recently I had not figured out how to combine my love of food and living healthy.

While I was pregnant with my twins my eating went out of control. I craved pizza, nachos, cookies and ice cream. During my pregnancy I gained 80 pounds! I have now lost all but about 15 of that and I can thank my blogging experience for making such an awesome impact on my view of life and food.

I think I should be the next food blogging star because I have a passion to help people through showing them how to prepare healthy foods and live healthy. I have been overweight and out of shape and have successfully turned my life around and hope to be able to help others do the same through blogging.

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92 Comments

  1. Carrie says:

    Ashlee – thank you for inviting me to your blog! I understand the challenge of maintenance, and trying to love what we eat but still live healthy. Your twins are precious, and I can’t wait to read about how you strive to help them eat well. (Isn’t that every mother’s dream?) Good luck in the contest, and keep on blogging! :)

  2. Hi! Thanks for stopping by The Smart Kitchen :) I love this post because it is completely honest and true to who you are. [And of course, cute babies and dark chocolate peanut butter help, too.]

  3. Wow, this is beautiful… thank you! Your babies are sweet and you have it correct about teaching them from now, to eat well and live a healthy life. Good work, mama!! Thank you for checking out my blog!

  4. Thank you for stopping by my journal and for the kind words. Your twins are adorable! I love your journal…and chocolate and PB ;) !

  5. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for stopping by 52 Kitchen Adventures! It’s so hard to find the balance between loving food and being healthy. Sounds like you’re doing a great job – congrats on losing all that weight! I’m looking forward to exploring your blog and picking up some tips!

  6. nesrine says:

    Hey….great post and your twin look adorable, Thank you for your supportive words on my post too ) good luck :)

  7. Hi Ashlee…
    Thanks for checking out my blog.
    Love yours…your babies are precious.
    Good luck in the competition…look forward to reading more about you and yours.
    Candace

  8. laurmeliss says:

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! That is so awesome that you have worked so hard to lose the baby-weight. Way to go!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! The kiddos are sooo cute! Good luck!

  10. Brilynn says:

    Good luck in the competition, it should be fun, there are some neat challenges coming up!

  11. Noel Chapman says:

    Hi Ashlee, Thanks for visiting my blog! This is so exciting to be able to share our passion for cooking with fellow food bloggers. You can really meet some great people! Thank you for sharing your experiences in the kitchen with all of us. Your twins are so precious!

  12. Anna says:

    Great post Ashlee, adorable babies, they look so sweet. Good luck with the Challenges. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Anna! I hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Ivy says:

    Hi Ashley and thanks for passing from my blog. I am glad that you found your way in blogging through healthy eating. The twins are adorable. Good luck with the competition.

    1. Ivy, Blogging is definitely helping my healthy eating. It really holds me accountable and forces me to be creative. I know my husband is enjoying it as well!

  14. Judy says:

    I enjoyed your post and your twins are adorable. Good luck in the competition!

  15. Wow! Very inspiring. With all that you have on your plate you still manage to keep up with blogging! Best of luck with PFB!

    1. Casey, thanks for stopping by! I think blogging is helping me to keep my sanity! I just do it while the twins sleep. :)

  16. Judith says:

    Ashley,

    Thanks for stopping by A Shortcut to Mushrooms! Gotta love that chocolate and peanut butter. I hope that over time food becomes less about struggle for you and more about enjoyment. I know that road!

    1. Judith, thanks for stopping by! Food is definitely becoming more fun for me and my family! Blogging has really helped me through my struggle with nachos and pizza! Now I just try to clean my favorite foods up a little so I can still enjoy them.

  17. biz319 says:

    That’s a great entry! Hooray for having twins! They hopefully will be best friends! :D

    1. I hope they will be best friends! I know they might have their troubles but I hope they will be forever each others best friend

  18. Angie says:

    Great post, Ashley!! What beautiful twins you have and such a neat story.

    Best of luck with PFB! I will be following along!

  19. Billie says:

    Ashlee- Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my blog.
    Billie

  20. What a wonderful post – truly from the heart! Good luck in the competition! It’s been great getting to know new bloggers and discover more foodie websites…

    1. I am loving getting to know everyone through this competition as well! It is a lot of fun and I am so glad you enjoyed my post!

  21. I wanted to have twin kid. But now, after having one baby boy and gets very busy, I can feel how double-busy you are. Good luck for the PFB2010.

    1. Veronica, having twins is crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  22. Thanks so much for checking out A Boston Food Diary! Thanks for sharing so much about your own life, and for posting such a wonderful photo of your children! Good luck with your entry! Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed the post and the pictures!

  23. jodiemomo says:

    Great post! As a twin mommy myself I know exactly how hard it can be to try to keep the eating under control! You’ve got my vote!

    1. Thanks Jodie! I love meeting other twin mommies!

  24. Jackie says:

    Lovely first entry for the competition! Peanut butter and chocolate is also one of my weaknesses, despite not having an incredible fondness for chocolate!

    Good luck!

    Jax x

    1. Jackie, I am glad you stopped by! Peanut butter makes everything taste better :)

  25. I love that you incorporated your story into this post. Your twins are adorable and congrats on losing the baby weight.

    1. Thanks Allie, when I sat down to think about defining myself as a food blogger the only thing I could think of was cooking for my family so that is what I wrote about! It is so hard trying to lose the weight and take care of the babies full time but somehow I am making it work.

  26. Theresa says:

    Your twins are so cute! It’s so true how blogging is a great way of keeping accountable and keeping up healthy eating. :) Love your blog!

    1. Thanks Theresa! I am so glad you love my blog!

  27. You have a wonderful story, thank you for sharing with us :) Your twins are beautiful, and I’m glad that you are enjoying the new blogging world!

    1. Thank you so much for reading my story!

  28. Hi Ashley
    I have twins also!! Mine are 13. I love Peanut Butter & Co products and your blog is an inspiration!!! Good luck with Foodbuzz. I’ll vote for you.

    1. Lexi, I am so happy to meet another twin mommy! Peanut Butter & Co. might just be my favorite thing every! I am so glad you find my blog to be an inspiration…that really makes my day! :)

  29. A great post! Your twins are so cute! Good luck this week and do remind us to vote for you!

    1. Thank you! I just posted a blog to remind everyone about voting! :)

  30. Cinda says:

    Hi Ashlee! Thanks for dropping my blog. Your babies are gorgeous and you have a lovely blog. Wishing you well for the contest. It’s good to meet another foodie mum.

  31. Fabulous post! I imagine that having children completely changes your understanding of nutrition and food in general. Congratulations on your new, healthy life (and the babies are absolutely adorable) :)

  32. Great post! I love this first FBC challenge simply because it allows us bloggers to get to know each other better. Best of luck getting through to the next round!

  33. Thank you for stopping by and inviting me…great post. Love your twins…totally adorable!

    The best to you in this challenge as well.

  34. Sues says:

    Thanks for the comment on our blog! I LOVE Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, but have you tried the white chocolate one?? SO good! Good luck with Project Food Blog; I’m SO excited!!! :)

  35. Rochelle says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Good luck in the contest… from one chocolate lover to another.

  36. Tamizn says:

    Love it! Plus your little fellas are soooooooooo cute! Good luck, oh and can I have a slice of cake!? x x x

  37. Heather R says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my PFB post! Your story is awesome, I really enjoyed reading it, and your twins are of course adorable!

  38. YAY for twins!!! Good luck, we can be a handful ; ) They are precious. Thanks for checking out our blog…wish you all the best.

  39. Tan says:

    Thank you for stopping @ tan-kitchen and inviting me. A great post! Your twins are so cute! You lucky to have them. Good luck and I’ll vote for you!…for sure…;)

  40. What a great post, Ash! So glad to have met you!! Best of luck!

  41. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog! Good luck in Project Food Blog, and keep up the healthy eating! :)

  42. Ed says:

    You have my vote!

  43. abraham says:

    oh wonderful… my wholehearted support for this venture….

  44. Great entry…Got my vote :) And good luck with the challenge :)

  45. Thas says:

    Thanks for stopping at my blog. How adorable the twins are, enjoyed reading your post. I’ve voted for you. Good luck with the contest.

  46. Aw, your babies are precious! Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m excited to read more of yours. You have a great first entry!

  47. thank you for the invitation to stop by….i really enjoyed your challenge post #1—it is honest, real and fresh. i logged a vote for you…i hope you move on to the next round. good luck
    christy

  48. [...] check out my entry post and go vote at my Project Food Blog [...]

  49. Great post! I really liked this quote: “I want them to enjoy eating fruits and veggies and know that healthy does not equal boring.” You are such a good momma! I bet your twins will have a really good relationship with food and will love eating healthfully!

    Best of luck with PFB!

  50. Cara says:

    You got another vote! I hope you go far with it!

  51. Kathy Gori says:

    Great post Ashlee, love hearing about your twins. They look like quite a handful. ; ) Good luck in the challenge, you’ve got a vote from me!

    1. Thank you Kathy! The twins are the best handful i could ask for! Tomorrow i am listing pics of their first finger painting adventure!

  52. Jane Kizer says:

    Both of the twins have their bibs in their mouths!

    1. They seem to put everything im their mouth lately.

  53. Reeni says:

    You must have your hands full with those two cute little bundles of joy! Thank you for stopping by my blog. You have my vote! Good luck.

  54. You’re doing a good job getting the word out. You got my vote!

    Check out our PFB post:

    http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/391

    Cheers and Aloha.

    1. I will definitely check your post out! My husband and I work as a team and he is good at advertising!

  55. the twins are adorable and i saw on your sidebar that you have a chocolate lab. sooo precious! good luck on pfb!!!

    1. Thank you! We love our dog! Her name is Millie and she is actually a Chesapeake Bay Retriever but she looks a lot like a lab! Thanks for stopping by!

  56. petermarcus says:

    Aw, cute twins! Our youngest two are 10 months apart, so I identify with twins quite a bit.

    And I love chocolate and peanut butter! You got our vote!

    http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/495

    1. Thank you for voting! I think it might be easier to have twins then to have two that close!

  57. Denise Romeo says:

    Boy Moms Unite! You have my vote. Check out my post at http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/638. Good Luck!

    1. Thanks Denise! I will definitely have to check out your post!

  58. Kendra says:

    I am so happy I stopped by your blog! I love it and wanted to wish you the best of luck in the competition. Heading over to give you my vote right now!

    1. Kendr, thanks for stopping by an I am so glad you like my blog!

  59. I saw the pic of your adorable babies and had to come vote for you guys and wish you the best of luck! Nice to meet you!
    -Gina-

    1. Hey Gina, I am so glad you have found my blog. I found yours a few months ago and think its great!

  60. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by! I love meeting so many new people with this PFB stuff. :)

    Omg, I’ve seen that chocolate/pb stuff at the grocery store like, a dozen times. Each time I cannot pry myself away from it and wind up staring for oh, five minutes or so before I can manage to move along!

    Got my vote. Check my post out at http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/649 and vote please!

    Sorry to promote, but the whole advancing thing is very nervewracking! Good luck to everyone!

    1. Don’t be sorry I am on my way to vote right now! I love the peanut butter but am sort of thankful they don’t sale it at the grocery store I usually go to!

  61. Becky says:

    Ashlee,
    Glad to meet you, and looking forward to seeing your adorable twins grow. I’ve found that since I’ve started blogging, it’s hard to find a healthy balance with cooking and baking. It’s not easy to bake healthy, but I look forward to reading your blog.

    1. It is definitely almost impossible to bake healthy so most of the time when i bake it i not healthy and then i just give it away!

  62. @lickmyspoon says:

    Awesome blog! I love your passion for wanting to help people eat healthy, and for showing them that healthy can still equal delicious. Just voted, good luck!

    1. I am so glad you stopped by! I love the name of your blog. Licking the spoon is my favorite part of baking and I have a theory that any calories consumed by licking a spoon simply do not count!

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