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Ashley Varol

Ashley Varol
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Bring Politics INTO Parenting

Bringing politics into parenting doesn't mean I pick a fight everywhere I go. And I promise not to share any of my personal beliefs here; however, I want to encourage each and every one...

Being an LGBTQI Ally as a Family

Being an LGBTQI ally is something that I wish I didn’t have to announce that I am. Instead, I wish it was the norm. And while it’s not something that I think I NEED...

Wonton Cupcakes Save My Life

Wonton cupcakes literally save my life. Who knew a cute little square of wonton dough could make a cupcake that can be filled with dinner or dessert and satisfy any picky eater. Whether you are...

Confession: I Am an Over Poster

I know, Facebook isn’t secure but I basically think we’re all being monitored anyway so whatever. For me, my feed and what I post is a reminder of what’s been, as these past few...

How Bartending Prepped Me for Motherhood

Bartending is a gig you won’t find in a self-help book on motherhood as a way to prepare yourself for what’s to come, but if you don’t yet have kids, it may be time...
Goldfish Swim School

One Fish, Two Fish: My Kiddos LOVE Goldfish!

Goldfish Swim School Anderson has been an incredible part of our summer already. Our experience has been so well rounded, tailored, and fun, and I encourage my fellow mamas to check it out! Swim...
playground

This Mama’s Take on Park Design

If I had to guess, I'd say that most parks are designed by non-parents. To be clear here, I'm not saying someone without children can't design a lovely park. I'm just thinking that most...

My Grown-Up Mixtape – Memories, Motivation and a Bit of Cultural Magic

Who hasn't found an old mixtape cassette marked up or a scribbled on CD and felt those heartstrings tug? Bringing you back to the days of Bath and Body Works, twerking maybe a little...

To the Craft Store Diva: I’m Trying

I'm trying. Trying to feel normal. Trying to get things done. But best-laid plans are the ones most broken, right? My recent trip to the chain craft store near my home didn't exactly go...

Parenting Through Pain

Defined as an invisible disability, pain can be difficult to navigate being a mama - forcing us to check our ego and our guilt at the door when we must put ourselves first. Yet as...