Current faves: Happy (early) birthday Dave, apple picking, life and workouts

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We’re on the road again! Today, Dave, Brady and I are flying to Florida to spend the weekend in Sarasota for Dave’s younger sister’s wedding (Brady’s Auntie Gwena). We haven’t been to Florida since our trip to the Florida Keys last August to celebrate my dad, and this trip seemed like so far away for so long, and now it’s here. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: 2022 is flying by like no other.

This past week was an okay one over here. I only taught four classes (I have a sub for my class today, of course), I did some work, I went to tennis, I got my nails done, I ordered our matching family holiday jammies (last year I waited too long, so I was on it early this year), and I did some other routine stuff.

Quite honestly, I had a bad start to the week though. Without going too much into the story, there was an angry man at the gym this week (not in my class) who was very aggressive with me while I was in the process of trying to do my job. It was an ugly exchange that not only ruined my day, but also stayed with me for a couple of days. And while I won’t get into the details, I will say that this incident was a good reminder to always be kind. Because how you make people feel when you interact with them really matters. And I hope to always make people whom I interact with feel good. This is a total soapbox. But I mean it. Just be kind. End rant. 🙂 

Let’s lighten it up and move into the faves for the week …

Current faves


Happy early birthday to Dave!

A special occasion for sure!

Dave’s birthday is tomorrow, and we’ll be at Gwena’s wedding, but I didn’t want to miss a chance to give him an official happy birthday on the blog. We love him so much and are definitely going to be celebrating him throughout the weekend away!

Fun fact: Brady’s official due date was actually Dave’s birthday, October 15th back in 2017. But obviously, Brady came a couple weeks early, which is nice so that both Dave and Brady can have their own day. 

Because I know he’ll read this: Dave, thanks for taking such great care of your little family! We’d be lost without you! 🙂 

Happy birthday Dave by A Lady Goes West


Apple picking in South Carolina

We finally went apple picking!

This was our second time attempting to go apple picking this season. The first time around, Dave got an invite to the President’s Cup golf tournament in Charlotte (which was a big deal) on the same day, so we skipped and decided to wait for him to be able to join us for our pick.

I still wanted Brady to experience this activity, so I bought more tickets, and we made it happen this past Sunday. One of my friends told me about Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill in York, South Carolina, and it was a cool place worth the 40-minute drive from our house. And the tickets were only about $8 a person with tax, and you can’t beat that, because it included a bag to use for your apples, for each person.

Family apple picking by A Lady Goes West

Ashley and Brady apple picking by A Lady Goes West

Dave and Brady apple picking by A Lady Goes West

The actual apple orchard was small and not too scenic, but the overall experience, along with the cider mill made the whole thing pretty fall festive. The cider mill sells apple donuts and cider flights too, and they had a live band playing that day. We enjoyed sitting around there people watching, sipping and listening to music, after filling our bags with apples on the orchard.

If you want to pick some apples, this is a quaint spot to do it. The apple donuts and cider were really good. Check out Brady’s face when I took a bite of his donut …

Eating Bradys donut by A Lady Goes West

As usual, Brady enjoyed apple picking, because he loves most activities. Although he was very critical of the apples he picked, and he threw a lot on the ground that could have been salvaged.

I picked a couple apples myself (there were a lot of apples not ready to be picked, so you had to choose carefully), but then I let Brady fill my bag as well, because he was having fun with it. The apples we got are tasty — but, truth be told, they’re not the best apples ever. I don’t think that was the point though. I’ve been putting the apples we picked in Brady’s lunch this week, and my mom made us an apple pie too.

Ashley apple picking by A Lady Goes West

By the way, I feel like a lot of people were there to take some fall pictures, because many folks were all decked out in their flannel, lipstick, perfectly curled center-parted hair and hats. We took some impromptu pictures too, as you can see, because it’s pretty much a must when you’re apple picking in October.

Overall, a fun fall outdoor activity for our family. And I made this little video about our apple-picking adventure, in case you missed it and want to see more (featuring one of my top-five favorite songs ever). Hello, fall!

Family after apple picking by A Lady Goes West


My workouts from last week

Here’s where I share a recap of my previous week of workouts. I share this to show you how I try to get diversity in my week, and how I always take a rest day (almost always). But remember, I do a little bit more than the average person, because I’m a group fitness instructor. 

New weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

Workouts from the week of 10/3

  • Monday: Taught 1-hour barbell class, 9:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught 1-hour barre class with light weights, 9:30 a.m., took 1-hour tennis clinic, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 45-minute Les Mills Strength Development via Les Mills+ 10 a.m.., taught 45-minute barre class with light weights, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 45-minute combo class with weights, 9:45 a.m.
  • Friday: Taught 45-minute barbell class, 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 90-minute tennis clinic, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: 45-minute neighborhood walk, 10 a.m. (Rest day)

This past week included teaching five classes, doing one solo workout, taking a rest day and playing tennis twice. It’s always a win for me when I fit in my own solo workout, so I’m pleased. I need some yoga in my life soon though. Also, this was only my second Les Mills Strength Development workout, but I already love it. Head here if you want to try Les Mills+ for free for 30 days and try Les Mills Strength Development with me!

Best read of the week …

Here’s a light read that I thought was interesting:

Mobilize your back. I love a good back stretch and mobilization, especially after sitting for a long amount of time. I use some of these movements in my classes too. One of my favorites is the scorpion. Have you tried it? Check out these five mobilizing moves for your back and give them a try, if you’re in need of a pick me up.

Quote of the week …

Here’s a thought I wanted to share:

Happy people quote by A Lady Goes West

Blog archives of the week …

Let’s look back at two blog posts worth revisiting, including a recent one:

He’s 5. A look at all the details on our little man at 5 years-old … “Brady’s 5-year update.”

Wellness on a budget. Because being healthy doesn’t mean spending a lot of money … “Six ways to save money on health and wellness (wellness on a budget).”

Six ways to save money on health and wellness (wellness on a budget) by A Lady Goes West

That’s it for today, my friend! Have a wonderful day, and remember to be kind! But I bet you’re always kind, because you’re a good person. 🙂 

Questions of the day for YOU …

How was your week?

Have you ever been apple picking?

What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?



  1. Many years ago I read a quote that said “you won’t remember what a person said or did to you, but you’ll always remember how they made you feel”. It is so true and always try to remember this in my day to day life. I’m looking forward to my dad coming home! He works in Indonesia so I typically only see him once a year. Have the best weekend Ashley!

    1. That is SPOT ON, Shelby! Thanks for sharing! And I’m so glad you’ll have some time with your dad — enjoy every moment, friend! 🙂 xoxo

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