Howdy! I'm Ashlee


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I'm a Texas mom of 2. I love tap dancing, pickles, sour gummy candy, fermenting things, hot Texas summers, camping, and essential oils.

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My Mess Became My Message

The Crunchy Moose happened on accident. And what a happy little accident it's been! I adopted my son in 2012. At the time, I owned a retail store. I quickly discovered that I didn't want to be a mom that worked 50+ hours per week. So we sold the store. My plan was to stay home with Morrison for a handful of months then start a new career. 

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Those first few months at home were challenging. Transitioning to being home & being a new mom was lonely, hard, frustrating, and amazing. I started blogging as an outlet. This was before social media was all the rage - everyone had a blog. Come on, don't lie! If you were a young adult in 2012, you probably had a blogger account, too! 

I named the blog "The Crunchy Moose" because one of my son's (short-lived) nicknames when he was a baby was Moose. And "crunchy" is sometimes used to describe all things hippie and natural.....you know, crunchy like granola! ;-)

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This was my first logo. A crunchy, granola filled moose ;-) Yall, I was so proud of these PhotoShop skills!

At the time I was recovering from 3 years of spine surgeries holistically. My adopted son was born with health problems & severe allergies and I was working on healing him holistically. I was blogging about what I was doing, what was working, and what wasn't working.


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After a few months, my little blog I was creating during nap time started to get traffic. I decided to give it more time before going back to work to see if I could create an income and a little at home business.

A little over a decade later, and I'm happy to have this little spot on the internet where I get to hang out with you! Thank you for stopping by The Crunchy Moose!

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I'm so glad you're here!

Ashlee

Most Asked Questions

The internet gets weird sometimes and so do the questions that I get! As a no poo-er and crunchier than average mama, inquiring minds are curious about some things. I have your answers!
 
  • Q: Do you stink? Are you greasy?
    • No. I pinky promise! In fact, when people irl find out that I have the grooming habits I have, they are shocked! I often get comments like "you don't look dirty" or "how are you not greasy and covered in acne."
  • Q: How tall are you?
    • When I get to meet a reader in person, they almost always say, "wow, you're taller than I expected!" Everything is bigger in Texas and this Texas gal is 5'10". 
  • Q: What's the hardest part about blogging?
    • Getting started. Pressing publish the first time is terrifying. Just remember, when you first get started, nobody is looking! You can always delete it (and I've deleted a looottt of my early stuff!)

  • Q: Why did you adopt your first kid?
    • When I was recovering from my spinal fusion, my husband & I were ready to start a family. I was not able to carry a pregnancy at that time and was told I never would be able to. Fast forward a few years later and I had a fantastic pregnancy (read Mabel's birth story here).
  • Q: How do you balance working from home and parenting?
    • Not as well as I would like! When I started blogging, I woke up early before my son woke up & blogged at 4:30 in the morning & during nap time. He was a fantastic sleeper so I was able to sleep through the night & had reliable nap times to work. Then Mabel was born. She was not a fantastic sleeper & I didn't have reliable work time. So instead of doing both things (parenting & blogging) with half effort, I decided to focus on parenting & take a break from blogging. Now both kids are in school and I have dedicated work time during the week & I'm able to volunteer at their school. While I wish I had a secret formula I could give you on how to do it all, I don't & didn't even attempt it. 
  • Q: You make money doing this?? How??
    • Thank you for supporting The Crunchy Moose! My main sources of income are:
      • As a content creator, advertisers & sponsors pay to rent space on my site. Ads pay fractions of a penny per page view. If content gets a lot, those fractions of pennies add up. If someone clicks on the ads, the content creator gets paid a click rate.
      • I am an Amazon affiliate & Amazon pays me a small commission when a reader clicks on my Amazon link & makes a purchase with no additional fees to the reader. 
      • I have eBooks & courses I have created that provide value to my readers & the reader's pay for the premium content. Check out my no poo book here.
      • I am a Young Living distributor. I am proud to work with this fantastic company & be a brand partner.
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Howdy! I'm Ashlee. 
I'm glad you're here! Let's chat about holistic, natural, & happy living. The Crunchy Moose is loaded with DIY beauty recipes & home remedies. Learn more about Ashlee here.


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