Ashley

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Mama to Maddox, Walker and Finn plus three unruly dogs: Nick Carraway, Ladybird, and Charlotte. Owner of Nest, a custom painting and furniture restoration business run out of 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.
Busy Girl Summer

Busy Girl Summer

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Summer has always been my favorite season, but it has also long bred a deep churning anxiety in me. Fatalistic by nature, I tend to see darkness looming over every good thing. Summer, my...
Can We Stop With The "18 Summers" Meme Already?

Can We Stop With The “18 Summers” Meme Already?

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"We only have them for 18 summers; use the time wisely," we're told, accompanied by a little girl playing, crouched down, eyes averted from the camera lens.  Every year, starting in mid-May, I am reminded...
The Cicadaing of 2021

The Cicadaing of 2021

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"This is... disturbing," my nine-year-old said, surveying the backyard like a sweeping panoramic shot of a war movie, the bodies of animals and men strewn about a beach. Except, this wasn't Dunkirk. This was...

Guided By Grandma: How a Decades-Old Family Story Led Me to Kern’s Food Hall

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My great grandmother, Laura Elizabeth, has always been at the center of family lore. She was beautiful, like you can’t look at a picture of her too long or your eyeballs hurt beautiful. She...
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...