How Does She Do It?… with Ashley Lyda


Twice a month we interview Moms in our “How Does She Do It?” feature. If interested please reach out on Facebook or Instagram.


We are excited to introduce you to Ashley Lyda. She is the Edmonton blogger behind AshleyxAndrea. She is the  engaged to her business partner, Kale. They have two children together, Ayla and Kade. She and Kale own a worldwide fitness coaching company: Ripped To Shredz Fitness.

Are you an Urban or Suburban Mama, where do you live?

Urban mama right now but I’m not gunna lie, I grew up in a small town on an acreage and I miss that! Maybe not so much the small town but I would love to live on an acreage again. Love the privacy and having a big yard for my kids to grow up with. 

Tell us about your children?

My daughter Ayla just turned two in January, she’s a ball of energy and such a sweet soul.  So kind, and gentle and loving – and it kind of shocks my fiancé and I!! She’s amazing, love that she is a big sis now to my son Kade who is now 5 months old.  All day long he smiles! The most contagious smile ever, but he always cried a lot during the day! Haha he’s a good mix of it all.  Our family is complete and we think we are stopping at two! 

Tell us about your typical weekday?

My weekdays I’m home with my kids everyday and blessed I am able to do that! 

I usually wake up an hour before the kids to sit and have my coffee and catch up on emails and work stuff (I work from home). My kids will wake up and have milk and watch some cartoons and then we have breakfast, and go get dressed for the day.  I’ve had to figure out how to balance work, and the kids and quality time with my fiancé… still a work in progress! Far from perfect. 


Do you have help?

My mother in law has a day home which is Soo helpful! I can take the kids their anytime I need a little break or to run errands.  They usually go once a week or every second week! 

My mom also takes my daughter for a sleepover once a week which is great help and I love that they have special time to bond.

Who cooks dinner?

My fiancé and I usually cook together! 

How often do you buy something just for you?

Quite often!! I like to work hard and treat myself.  

Ashley Lyda

Do you exercise regularly and if so, what and how do you fit it in?

I love fitness! It will always be in my life. 

I workout 3x week! My fiancé and I own a worldwide online fitness coaching company (@rippedtoshredz) and are able to coach people all over the world through the computer! It’s pretty amazing!!  Teaching people how to workout less and eat more food, because a lot of the time women are eating very low calories which isn’t always a good thing. 

What clothing lines or stores do you like to buy for your children?

The Gap and Old Navy are my favourites right now!

I’m totally obsessed with…

Self care!! Hair care, skin care… I love it all

My favourite drugstore buy is…

Jergens self tanner – the mousse and lotion! Soo good!

My guilty pleasure is…

Chocolate. I have some every single day! Guilt free thanks to my fitness coach. 


Thank you to Ashley for taking the time out of her day to let us know “How Does She Do It.”

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