Ashley Marie Hodge

Ashley Marie Hodge

Ashley Hodge is an educator, a loving wife, a mother of two, a sports addict, and a fan of the arts. She loves to have things organized and well planned out. Her passion for writing has been strong ever since she was a child. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Business Management, went back to school and received her Special Education Teaching License and has been teaching for five years. Her motto is that life is too short to not do what you truly love and what makes you truly happy:)
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BS at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), Masters Program through St. Marys University

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Life is too short to not do what you truly love and what makes you truly happy:)
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  • How We Afforded a Vacation in Cozumel
    By refinancing in 2012, my husband and I were finally able to pay for that Mexican vacation we had dreamed about for a long time.
  • Between Winter and Summer, Are the Promises of Spring
    I love when every season transforms into the next, but my all-time favorite is the blossoming joy of Spring!
  • 10 Free Websites that Helped Me Bring New Media into My Classroom
    Are you in need of tips on classroom management, science project ideas, literacy downloads, or classroom-approved videos? Here are 10 great free websites that I use to help incorporate technology into my teaching!
  • How to Visit Cozumel in Four Days
    Planning a trip to Cozumel in the near future? With so much to do on this vibrant island, four days might not be enough, but here are a few suggestions during your next trip to Cozumel, Mexico!
  • How We Refinanced at a Low Rate in 2012
    If you have been thinking about refinancing – this article is a must read. Do your research and find your best rate. You will be very happy you did!
  • How Refinancing Helped Me Save for a Trip to Mexico
    What are you doing with your extra money from refinancing? My husband and I are getting that well-deserved trip to Mexico. This is how we took the steps to get that extra cash!
  • How to Divorce with Grace: The Do’s and Don’ts
    Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Ashton Kutcher may seem different in many ways but the two are currently both dealing with the same anguish of a definite divorce. And both are struggling with two very bitter obstacles – their spouses.
  • 12/12/12 Photo: Aaron Rodgers Day in Wisconsin
    To mark this special numerologically intriguing day in history - 12/12/12 - the Wisconsin state legislature has deemed it "Aaron Rodgers Day." To celebrate, school children donned their Rodgers jerseys, which made for the perfect 12/12/12 photo!
  • Holidays 2012: Twelve Days of Christmas in Sports
    It has been up and down for sports in Wisconsin this year; but the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Wisconsin Badgers always manage to keep it interesting! Happy Holidays!
  • Martha Payne: How an Ordinary Girl Has Opened the Eyes of the World
    At only nine years old, Scottish born Martha Payne has become a hero in her fight to change the lives of children in Malawi, Africa. After starting her blog, NeverSeconds, Martha has accumulated over 7 million hits and has raised $150K for Mary’s Meals.
  • Fall Color Photography
    During the months of September and October, the scenery in Western Wisconsin is gorgeous with the reds, yellows, and oranges of fall. This season, while driving around the countryside, it was evident that fall was in full bloom.
  • How to Visit Boston in Five Days
    Planning a trip to Boston in the near future? With so much to do in this historical city, five days might not be enough, but here are a few suggestions based on my own itinerary. Ideas of where to eat and what to see during your next trip in Beantown!
  • Top Apple Orchards in West Central Wisconsin
    Enjoy the beauty of fall at one of the best apple orchards in West Central Wisconsin. From the bluffs of Lacrosse to the banks of the Chippewa River, here are just three of the top pick-your-own apple orchards in the area.
  • How we installed an egress window for our basement
    Trying to upgrade your basement by adding more light or making your space a legit bedroom? Here's how we installed an egress window in just a few days.
  • Baseball: The Perfect Pitch
    America's favorite pastime makes for great Haiku Poetry!
  • Obama or Romney? Forward, not Backward
    The Conventions are finished, but Election 2012 is closing in on us. Come November, I plan to vote for Barack Obama, because I want our Nation to keep moving Forward!
  • What is Twenty20 (T20) Cricket?
    Barely known in the United States, the game of Twenty20, also known as T20, is making headlines due to the World Cup Championships that are being played September 18th to October 7th, 2012 in Sri Lanka. Here are a few highlights of Twenty20.
  • Twenty20: Guide to T20 Cricket World Cup Groups
    The Twenty20 or T20 Cricket World Cup started September 18th and is running until October 7th. Hosted by Sir Lanka, the World is all buzz about the twelve nations that will vie for T20 World Cup.
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  • Nothing Could Go Wrong
    All across the country and world, this travel poem rings true that it doesn't matter what happens - as long as I'm with You! Happy Travels.
  • Lambeau Field Stadium Guide: Home of the Green Bay Packers
    With a rich past and very optimistic future, the Green Bay Packers organization has truly made their mark in football history. With this Packer stadium guide, the fan experience will become better than ever!
  • Top 5 Fashion Trends & Secrets for Fall 2012
    Are you looking for the newest styles for fall? Fall/Winter 2012 collections have been breaking all the rules for typical trends. Floral designs are getting hotter and bags are becoming brighter – which usually is not the case for the colder seasons.
  • Favorite 2012 London Olympic Moment
    Though there were so many standout moments of the 2012 Olympic Games, to me the Women’s Marathon 10K Swimming was not only nail-biting, but also truly inspiring!
  • 2012 London Olympic Games Review
    In case you missed the 2012 London Olympic Games or if you just wanted to look back and remember - here is a poem with a few highlights.
  • Olympic Rowing: Final Day Review
    On the final Day of the Rowing competition at the Eton Dorney Lake, outside of Windsor, the British team celebrated atop of the podium with three medals in the four final races.
  • 2012 Olympic Rowing: Day 3 Review
    Monday was the third day of Rowing, one more team qualified for the final via the repechage and two move on to the semifinals. Tomorrow will be yet another day of grueling races, but many of the U.S. boats survived another day!
  • 2012 Olympic Rowing: Day 5 Review
    As the finals were started today at Eton Dorney, the crowd cheered, as there were medals to be won. In attendance were Prince William and Prince Harry, who among many were in anticipation of their nation’s first gold after five days into the Games.
  • 2012 Olympic Rowing: Day 2 Review
    Sunday, July 29th was another showing of pure strength and skill during the second day of the Rowing regatta at the 2012 Olympics at the Eton Dorney. Here is a review of the day.
  • What My Family is Eating from Our Garden
    Due to the hot days and lack of rain, my thoughts about how successful my garden would be were disheartening. I hoped that all the effort it took to hoe, plant, water, and weed – would be worth it in the end. Here is what I have growing in my garden.
  • 2012 Olympic Rowing: Day 1 Review
    On Saturday July 28th, the Rowing regatta commenced during the 2012 Olympics at the Eton Dorney. The best rowers in the world met for what will be many days of competition. Here is how the US team stacked up against their strong competitors.
  • Best Tips for Your Back to School Budget
    With only a few short weeks until it is back to school time, a lot of parents are looking at how to save money for all those items their children need. Budgeting is hard, however, here are a few easy tips my family uses during back to school shopping.
  • The Bachelorette: Emily Maynard - Who Did She Choose
    On Sunday, July 22nd (ABC, 7p.m.), Emily Maynard made the biggest decision of her life – for the second time. After her first TV engagement ended devastatingly, has she found her true love this time?
  • London Olympic 2012: Top Five Olympic Athletes to Watch from France
    With the Summer Games quickly approaching (the kickoff is July 27th) there is so much talent we can barely scratch the surface. Here are our top five athletes from France competing in the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Taylor Ritzel: USA Olympic Medal Hopeful
    This article gives background information on one of the US Women’s Rowing members, Taylor Ritzel, and her upcoming performances at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
  • Life’s Most Intriguing Questions Answered: What is the Fascination with Sims?
    Never one to really get into gaming, I wanted to experience the Sims world. And what I turned out to be, was a junkie. This is the captivating, awe-inspiring story of my whole day playing Sims – riveting, I know!
  • London Olympics 2012: Top Five Olympic Athletes to Watch from Russia
    With the Summer Games quickly approaching (the kickoff is July 27th) there is so much talent we can barely scratch the surface. Here are our top five athletes from Russia competing in the 2012 London Olympics.
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  • Esther Lofgren: USA Olympic Medal Hopeful
    This article gives background information on one of the US Women’s Rowing members, Esther Lofgren, and her upcoming performances at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
  • Meghan Musnicki: USA Olympic Medal Hopeful
    This article gives background information on one of the US Women’s Rowing members, Meghan Musnicki, and her upcoming performance at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
  • MLB All-Star Team of the 1980s: A Decade of Stars
    With the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star game quickly approaching on Tuesday, July 10th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, it is hard not to take a peek back at the past, and think of an All-Decade Team from the '80s.
  • How to Make Your Space Stylish & Sensual
    Moving into a new place and need a few ideas on how to make your space sexy and sophisticated? Maybe your old place just needs a face lift? Here are some great tips on how to make your space just as fabulous as you are!
  • 20 Ways to Simplify Your Crazy Life
    The way to calming the chaos - that is your life - is not by eliminating it, but by streamlining the crazy. Are you in need of some downtime, here our 20 suggestions on how to save not only time, but also your sanity!
  • The Art of Rowing: Techniques and Tips to Help Get the Best Stroke
    Here are the best tips for a perfect rowing stroke. There are four aspects to the stroke: the catch, drive, finish, and recovery.
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  • Kelo and His Truck
    In a faraway land, a tiny boy named Kelo has a wonderful family, nice home, and deep love for anything with four-wheels. Unfortunately his land has banned four-wheel vehicles, which makes little boys like Kelo very sad. What’s a boy to do?
  • Top Five Summertime Wines
    When temperatures soar, chilled wine is just the thing to reach for and cool you down. From fruity reds and crisp plums to refreshing roses and white wines, there will sure be something on this list for any palate!
  • Ten Fun Olympic 2012 Rowing Facts
    On Saturday, July 28th, 2012, the highly acclaimed Eton Dorney Lake, near Buckinghamshire, will be the site where the Olympic blades hit the water. Here are ten facts, to help better understand the sport of Rowing!
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  • USA Women's Team Rowing for Gold in London
    The members of the USA Women’s Rowing Team have been announced, and six members that won the gold in Beijing in 2008 will again row for the women’s eight boat in London. How do they stack up against the competition?
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  • 2012 Summer Olympics Rowing Guide
    On Saturday, July 28th, 2012, the highly acclaimed Eton Dorney Lake, near Buckinghamshire, will be the site where the Olympic blades hit the water. Here is some info to help you be a rowing expert!
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  • My Family’s Struggle with Guillain–Barre Syndrome
    My husband started to have calf and back pain on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, the day before Thanksgiving. He progressively got worse and by the next week, he no longer had any mobility in his legs. This is our story with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
  • Happy 30th Birthday Prince William
    Happy Birthday Wishes to Prince William who turns 30 on June 21!
  • What Summer Means
    Tanka is a classical Japanese type of poetry, similar to Haiku. Tanka consists of five units usually in 5-7-5-7-7 syllable pattern. Here is a Summer poem in Tanka form!
  • Scott Walker Not the Choice for Wisconsin
    As a teacher for the last four years, I personally feel attacked by Scott Walker. Since the beginning of his campaign, Walker has been smearing public employees, especially teachers. These are the same people that educate the future of tomorrow.
  • My Daddy
    Daddy, I love you so much! This is from your big 4-year old on this Father's Day. You are the best daddy ever!
  • How My Family Will Be Debt Free by 2013
    Wanting to get out of Debt? Are you looking for personal advice for running your family budget more successfully? Here are the tools and resources that worked to help get my family debt free in less than five years!
  • My First-Person Account:The Worst Spring Wedding in History
    Thinking that I was going to have the best weekend get-away for my college roommate’s wedding, I was sadly mistaken. With a pregnant bride, broken nose, sprained ankle, and gruesome photos - I couldn’t get out of Minnesota fast enough!
  • Best Places in West-Central Wisconsin to View the Night Sky
    West Central Wisconsin is famous for the rolling Mississippi River, wide open spaces, and those amazing bluffs. North of Interstate 90 and West of Interstate 94, you can find a plethora of fun activities, especially if you are an avid stargazer.
  • How I Discovered My Child Has Sensory Processing Disorder
    Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when sensory information is received; however that information is processed differently by the brain for some people. This is my true story of how I discovered that my daughter suffers from SPD.
  • Robert Lee Frost: The Man Behind the Road Not Taken
    When it comes to poetry, Robert Lee Frost is one of the best. A man famous for his contradictions. Throughout his lifetime, Frost was honored with four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and acclaimed as one of the most popular poets of his generation.
  • What Does it Mean to Position Your Business for Growth
    Looking at 2012 and into the future, I feel very optimistic about my small business. Periods of recession are always followed by periods of growth. That is incredible news for all of us small business owners!
  • First Person: How to Bounce Back After Your Identity Is Stolen
    As a mother of a five-month-old and weeks away from walking down the aisle, I was blindsided by having my identity stolen. I never in my life thought it could happen to me. Learn about my struggle with identity theft and how I overcame the financial odds.
  • Poem for Earth Day
    Here is an Earth Day Poem. We have learned since youth the three R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! This should be a Motto for Life!
  • When the Sun Rises Once More
    If you are not familiar with the Villanelle form of poetry, then look right here. Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. I hope that this will inspire you to write your own Villanelle!!
  • What My Baby Would Write This Mother’s Day
    My son is only a year old and can hardly say Momma, but I wanted to imagine the poem he would give to me this Mother’s Day.
  • Student Loan Debt Helps Voters Tune In to 2012 Election
    With the possibility of student loan interest rates being doubled (from 3.4 to 6.8) in the upcoming months, it is hard not to take an interest in what the candidates are saying.
  • The 5 Best Tips that Helped Me Save for that New Car
    Looking for that perfect vehicle to replace that beat-up clunker you have sitting in your garage? Or maybe you are looking to purchase your very first car? Read, save and then drive with my 5 best tips on how I saved the money for my brand new car!
  • Top 3 Underrated Contemporary Fiction Writers
    It is nearly impossible to rank the best Contemporary Literary Fiction Writers these days, however, if you are in need of a few suggestions - here is my list of three authors that I am LOVING and I feel are a bit Underrated.
  • How Cinco De Mayo Came to Be!
    Cinco de Mayo is an exciting time in the Mexican culture. The Fifth of May is important because of the Battle of Puebla. It is often confused for the Mexican Independence, but that was almost fifty years prior.

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