Ashley

Ashley
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Mama to Maddox, Walker and Finn plus three unruly dogs: Nick Carraway, Ladybird, and Charlotte. Partner to a blue eyed Texan who calls me darlin. Owner of Nest, a custom painting and furniture restoration business run from my SoKno home. I've written for Knox Moms since 2014, and have also written for The Dollywood Company, Her View From Home, and Today.com. I'm a recovering type-a personality, overcaffinated, sleep with too many pillows, am a better person near water, and love a good British period drama or anything about gruesome true crime. I'm going to die trying to pet something I shouldn't or lifting furniture I have no business lifting, and am a firm believer in convenience meals. Probably a top contender for the title of World's Okayest Mom.
Having Boys Will Break You

Having Boys Will Break You

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Having boys will break you. It will make you give up on having a clean house, a bathroom that doesn't smell like pee, and ever having a pantry full longer than a day after coming...
Vitamins, Self-care, and a Snake Oil Salesman

Vitamins, Self-care, and a Snake Oil Salesman

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Snake oil: (n) a quack remedy or panacea.Anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes with me knows that I’m a pretty intense student of history. Old houses, old stories, books set in far...
Making The Most Out of Your Local Thrift Store

Making The Most Out of Your Local Thrift Store

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It’s 2021. We mostly sort of survived 2020, I guess. Pandemic. Election. Murder hornets. Fires. UFOs. I’m waiting on swamp people and lava monsters honestly. (Insert shrug emoji or the it’s been 84 years...
My Kids Won't Be Home For Christmas and That's Fine

My Kids Won’t Be Home For Christmas and That’s Fine

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"This isn't permanent," my attorney said, holding up a parenting plan. "It's more of a guide book of sorts until the kids can tell you where they want to go and what they want...

These Kids Are Going Back to School

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“I’m sending these kids back to school if I have to send them in a full plague doctor suit complete with mask,” I commented. An acquaintance from high school was polling people on the...
Have Kids, Will Travel A Single Mom's Guide to Taking Trips Alone

Have Kids, Will Travel: A Single Mom’s Guide to Taking Trips Alone

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“What do you mean you can’t travel alone? You raise them alone. Just do the same stuff you do at home but like, in front of the ocean,” I said to a girlfriend at...
Things We Keep From the Distancing

Things We Keep From the Distancing

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I’m a single mom to three boys and a small business owner. As I write this, I thankfully have some money coming in, but am literally $1 over my monthly bills budget for April....

A Single Mama’s Guide to Car Shopping Alone

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It started with two shredded tires a few weeks after Christmas… As my SUV lingered in the shop, with line item after line item in need of repair added to my invoice, it became...

I Don’t Remember Christmas

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I have one Christmas memory from my early childhood. I've thought about that sentence all day. First, I tried to scan all the corners of my brain, lest I make a liar out of myself...

If You’re Reading This, You Survived

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It's been A DAY. No one got along. Dinner came out of a can. The biggest dog let the River Nile loose on the floor before I could get the back door open for...

The Kids are All Right

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"Come mothers and fathers throughout the land. And don't criticize what you can't understand. Your sons and daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin.' Please get out of the new one if you can't...

My Mom Told My Kids About Sex

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"Hey mom, remember when Finn was in your belly?" "Yes, bud. Sure do." "How did he get there?" "What?" "You went to the hospital, and a doctor got him out of you, but how did he get IN...