Hi there! I’m Ashley Johnson. I am a self proclaimed perfectionist who works from home as a marketing consultant for a healthcare company. I am a coaches wife and most importantly, I am a mama to my 14 month old little girl, Rossi.
My husband and I have been married for 3 years, but we have been together for 9. I have been by his side while he was playing and now coaching. This profession takes you on a wild ride, but I am fortunate to have my best friend to hold onto as we live our life from football season to football season!
We love our Mississippi State Bulldog Family and we never miss a home game! Now that we have a little one, preparing for a game takes on a whole new meaning. We still bring all of our basic essentials (diapers, wipes, changing mat, etc.) but long days require a bit more!
Ashley’s Tips & Cub Necessities for Game Day!
- We are fortunate that our stadium allows us to bring in our regular purses/diaper bags. I know at a lot of stadiums, and all NFL stadiums allow only clear bags, I found a great option here! The same rules apply for strollers so if you want to be hands free then try using an Baby Ergo or similar carrier.
- Football games are LOUD! To keep your cub comfortable and get some headphones like these. They are soft on your little one’s ears but keep the majority of the noise out.
- Weather is unpredictable and I like to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws my way. For fair weather games, I pack the following items for my little one: a hat that will block the sun, sunscreen, sunglasses and a battery operated fan. For cold weather games I pack: a hat, sunscreen, blanket and a poncho/rain jacket.
- Snacks, snacks and more snacks! Let’s face it, stadium food can be unhealthy and it can be hard finding a good option for our cubs. We try to eat a balanced meal before we leave for the game but hunger can strike little bellies at any time! We love to bring organic pouches as well as Ella’s Kitchen granola bars and Amy’s Organic cheddar crackers. I also make a batch of zucchini banana muffins and bring one or two along for the day. Here’s my favorite recipe. We also never forget water!
- No matter how intense the game gets, it won’t hold your little one’s attention long. If you are tailgating, bring your little one on a walk and make a fun game of finding the mascot and/or cheerleaders to take a picture with. Bubbles, sidewalk chalk, football black eye stickers, temporary tattoos and some face paint will also keep your little ones excited to be amongst the crowd.
- When you make it to your seats, it’s great to have some pom poms, coloring books, or stickers Don’t be afraid to get up and walk around a bit if your cub is losing interest. Usually, a little break and exercise is all they need!
Last but not least, remember to have fun! Include your little one on any game day traditions you have, enjoy dressing them up in your team colors and remember to take a lot of pictures!