Inside Big Little Mommy
“There are no perfect parents, and there are no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way.” – Dave Willis
I first saw this quote perusing Pinterest one day and it just stuck with me. I love it because it’s so very very true. Our family is in no way perfect, but we wouldn’t trade each other or our life together for anything in the world. Before we get into all of that, let me introduce myself…
Hi, I’m Ashley, Wife, homeschooling Mom, and your resident Oil Geek. I teach other mothers how to do what I call “Calm the Chaos”, or get through those challenging moments of parenting neurodiverse and special needs kids, by integrating essential oils and aromatherapy techniques into their everyday lives.
My Wellness Journey Begins
Back in 2017 I was at my wits end. I had been searching unsuccessfully for years to find something, ANYTHING, that would help me improve my family’s health. By this time, I had two kids suffering from moderate to severe allergic conditions and eczema. Although we wouldn’t realize it until a couple of years later, our son was also struggling with different challenges related to ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Asperger’s). Along with dealing with various health challenges from about the age of 16, and and the stress and strain of raising our “different needs” kids, life was beginning to take its toll on my husband and myself physically and emotionally. That’s when a longtime family friend reached out to me and educated me on the benefits of adding essential oils into my daily routines and I’ve never looked back.
Although hesitant at first, I soon decided to use my skills as a blogger to reach a broader audience. So, not long after being introduced to Young Living, I too began sharing the oils with others. I can’t tell you how many times someone has related an experience as to how essential oils and other Young Living products have helped improve their wellness, and that makes me so happy.
The Real Me
I am neither fully extroverted, nor introverted. I’m one of those hard ambiverts that will vacillate back and forth between craving human connection and then needing to disconnect for a bit and binging on Hallmark Mysteries and chocolate chip cookies. I love writing, hence the blog, and if I had the time, I’d read a lot more than I do now. I can be a little quirky, and a whole lotta goofy. But I’m perfectly fine with that. My family and close friends seem to just take me as I am, and I love them for it.
Hubs is quite the opposite. Like me, strong familial ties are very important to him, but there is no going back and forth between introversion and extroversion. He’s pretty much always in quiet chill mode. That’s probably why he’s so good behind the camera as a fine art photographer. He’s quite content observing everything around him and taking in all of the beauty our Grand Creator has provided for our enjoyment.
Of course, I can’t forget to tell you a little bit about my inspiration for, and the entire reason behind the Big Little Mommy brand.
The Story Behind the Name
Danny and I are fortunate enough to be the parents of two amazing little humans. That’s not to say things have been a breeze raising children. In fact, it has been quite the opposite. Our son has recently been going through an assessment and was preliminarily diagnosed with “High Functioning” Autism Spectrum Disorder (previously Asperger’s) and Baby Girl came into this world with her full share of physical challenges dealing with FPIES and eczema since infancy. Don’t worry. None of that seems to really matter and keep them down for very long. Despite their differences, they are very much like most other children in so many other ways.
After my son came along, every day I would look into his big, brown eyes and tell him, “You are my favorite little boy in the whole wide world.” Once he was able to talk back he would smile and say, “You’re my favorite bigger mommy in the whole wide world.” Eventually “Bigger Mommy” turned into “Big Little Mommy”, and thus, the inspiration for the name of my brand.
Are we a perfect family? No. Are we completely and utterly flawed? Yes! In more ways than one. But, at the same time I can honestly say that despite our differences, we still love each other and this crazy life that we have. Even at the end of the roughest days, I go to bed and say a prayer of thanks that I get to live the #bestlifeever with my favorite three people in the whole wide world and I want so much to show you how to calm the chaos and love your crazy best life too.