Ashley

Ashley
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I'm a single mama to Maddox, Walker, and Finn as well as our three dogs Charlotte, Ladybird, and Nick Carraway. The boys and I live in the Colonial Village area of South Knoxville where I run a furniture restoration business, teach voice lessons at a non- profit school, and blog for Dollywood on their Insider panel. I love summer, British period dramas, baths, cheese, Charleston SC, Biltmore, travel, wine, and books. I'm Beatles obsessed, I sleep with too many pillows, I've been known to burst into song on the regular, and I'll never pass a stray animal or abandoned piece of furniture in the road that I won't put into my car. My house is a wreck, I don't limit screen time, we eat way too much convenience food, and I'm a top contender for the World's Okayest Mom.

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...

I Hate Toddlers and It’s Fine

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“You’ll miss this so much one day.” “You need to cherish every moment when they’re little like this.” “It goes so fast!” No. No no no no no. As the mother of a nine-year-old and seven-year-old, in addition...
I Used to Be Cool

I Used to Be Cool

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“Haha yeahhhh, I used to be cool,” I told her. I was walking one of the dogs through the neighborhood on our normal thrice-daily route when I ran into (or rather Ladybird ran into)...
A Love Letter on Your Birthday

A Love Letter on Your Birthday

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I had a whole other post typed out, but then I walked through the silent house and stood at your doorframe and looked at you sleeping in a pile of pillows and stuffed animals,...
For a Boy

For a Boy…

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“You’re the kind of girl who is going to spend her whole life doing anything for a boy. This just proves it. And it isn’t selfless, it’s sickening,” someone I considered a life-long friend,...
Conned by KonMari

I’ve Been Conned by KonMari

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I’ve come to terms enough with my own millennial-ness to admit to you, dear readers, that I suffer from a typical amount of FOMO, or fear of missing out, on the regular. I really...

Babies, It’s Cold Outside: A Boy Mom’s Winter Manifesto

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Every October, early in the month, I take an inventory of my kids’ winter clothes. Do they have enough hoodies to layer on chilly days? Do their snow boots fit? Can I squeeze one...

Dear (Holiday) Single Mama

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Dear (Holiday) Single Mama, How are you? I'm okay, I guess. If I'm being honest though, just between you and me, I wanted to ask you something: Are you sad this holiday season, mama? I...