Ask Away...: About Me

About Me

Hi!! I'm Ellen.

I'm 32 and I live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

I started Ask Away to give people a place to come for advice on a variety of topics like fashion (I love showing people how to make the most of what they already own), home d├ęcor (I'm constantly coming up with new ways to style my home), finance (seriously, I'm so frugal that we got married for under $2,500 in 2017!), and pets (I mean I have 4 Chihuahuas so DUH).

Along the way, I share my hilarious life tidbits like the time I was photographed on Google Earth laying out in my backyard getting a tan.  Seriously, that happened.

And I share things we can all relate to, like when you try to take an impressive photo of your newly styled couch but your dogs photobomb you!

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This is my family...
Myself, James (My Husband), Grace, Rocky, Pixie, & Stella

This is our home that we bought in June 2015. I love my home.  In fact, I am obsessed with it.  It has everything I could ever want. We live a modest lifestyle and live way within our means.

And these are my dogs. 


My Chihuahuas... 


Pixie is my special girl.  She was the first Chihuahua I ever got, back in 2005.  I picked her out when I was just 19.  I waited for weeks until she was old enough for the breeder to let her go.  She was so tiny.  I adored her.  I took her everywhere with me.  In 2007, Pixie was stolen during a home burglary, and I was devastated. It made the news, TV, radio, and newspaper.  I didn't give up and after 5 days, Pixie was recovered by police after a shoot out!! Crazy story huh? It's true!! And Pixie is unfazed by it all.  I blogged about her ordeal here. She loves everyone and is the happiest dog ever! In 2018, she became a certified therapy dog and we make weekly visits to a local memory care facility to visit our peeps! 


After I got Pixie back, I realized I should probably get another Chihuahua in case anything ever happened to Pixie again.  Plus, dogs love company.  So I picked out Grace in 2007 from a breeder.  She is my little sidekick. She's uncomfortable sometimes around other people but she is always at my side.  Anything I ask of her, she will do!  She is a very obedient little girl and she graduated from Training Class in 2009! :)


Oh, Sweet Stella. Stella came to me from a personal friend and breeder in 2010.  She has an amazing temperament and is just the sweetest thing.  I love bathing her because I get to blow dry her hair and give her "blow outs". She looks so pouffy! LOL!  Stella loves to be carried, held, and loved! Stella also became a therapy dog in 2018 and she enjoys monthly visits to a retirement community where everyone fusses over her and makes her the center of attention.


Oh Rocky, my first boy ever.  Rocky was born in 2004 but I didn't get him till 2012.  He ran away from home and my mom found him.  Of all breeds to find, a Chihuahua! I took him in, and once we found the owners, they notified us that they were elderly and Rocky was getting to be a lot for them. So I adopted him! He is so sweet and kind.  Very obedient too!   Rocky was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease (a heart condition) but after a year and thanks to early detection and my bank account, we have it managed so well it's like he's a newborn pup! He acts super spunky and happy at all times!

Anyways, I hope you enjoy my blog!

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