Ashley Varol

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We Gave Our Stuffies Dysentery {Now It’s COVID}

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Growing up, I patiently waited for my turn on the colorful Apple computer at school to play the pixelated Oregon Trail game. I worked so hard to win the game without getting dysentery. The...

Word Mapping Motherhood {A Valuable Exercise for Moms}

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Full disclosure: I’m a college professor, which means I sometimes get nerdy and try learning strategies for my students on myself that “normal” moms likely wouldn’t do. But word mapping, for real, helped me a...

This Mama’s Mind is Busy {Is Yours, Too?}

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Many reports have shared how the mental load is carried by moms. This is putting it lightly. Our minds are so busy and we are constantly worrying about things our partners often don’t even...

Our T1D Life {How We Manage Our Daughter’s Disease}

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T1D? What is that? Type 1 Diabetes is a condition that affects about 1.6 million Americans, including my daughter. This autoimmune disease is when your pancreas peaces out, and pancreatic beta cells are no longer...

Memories In a Pink Dishpan

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As I wash water bottles and little snack bowls at the end of the night, I can’t help but think of a few memories thanks to this pink dishpan I’m using. Yes, the pink...

Headphones and Earplugs or I Quit

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I’m a migraine mama and my three kiddos have absolutely no volume control – thus, I’ve found the beauty of popping in my AirPods or my earplugs so I can enjoy this gig of...

Take That Airline Blanket {9 Ways to Use This Freebie}

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If you’re like my family, you’ve got your airline chosen, travel plans booked and you are ready to get the heck away from these cicadas. In case you weren’t sure, I’m here to tell...

The Laundry Couch

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There’s a place in my home that I affectionately refer to as the laundry couch. There is much pride and shame loaded onto this piece of furniture – yet, for the past few years,...

Being an Anti-Racist Mama

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We are living through some challenging times where acts, words and tragedies are abundantly racist and the world needs us mamas to be unequivocally anti-racist. Now, my guess is, many of you reading this...

Boy Mom Struggles: Playing Sports

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So many times I’ve heard that being a boy mom is so much easier. Less hormones. Less drama. Less accessories. Thanks to a surprise twin pregnancy, I’m a boy mom (big bro & little...