Ashley Austrew

Ashley is a freelance writer who loves tacos, Target, and screen time. Her work has appeared on Cosmopolitan.com, Scary Mommy, The Berry, SheKnows, and more.

Dear Schools, Enough With the Apps & Parent Portals Already

Class Dojo. SeeSaw. Konstella. No, they are not the latest alternatives to FortNite, they’re school apps and ”parent portals” that I’m supposed to use to obsessively track my child’s progress at school. And they’re killing me. In the past week…
By Ashley Austrew

Actually, I’m Not Buying My Kids’ School Pictures This Year & Here’s Why

They gave us the flyers during Back to School night: school picture day, second week of class. I scanned the photo packages listed on the handout. There was package A, which included enough 5x7s for both grandmas, two 8x10s, and 12 wallet-sized…
By Ashley Austrew

How To Know If Your "Mom Burnout" Is Normal Exhaustion Or Something Else

Exhaustion and stress are totally normal symptoms of being a mom. Between the errands and chores, the meals and snacks, the school schedules, and the fact that most of us are woken up at least twice a night by a crying baby or a toddler who can only…
By Ashley Austrew

Can Mickey Mouse's Hotline Get A Kid To Sleep? I Tried It!

School is back in session, and for most of us, that means our schedules are pretty screwed up. For my kids, school started this morning. And even though I had grand plans of easing my family into our new school year routine and taking a week or two…
By Ashley Austrew

What Happened When I Looked *Down There* Post-Baby

When you're a brand new mom, it's normal to have a lot of questions. You wonder if it's normal to lose so much hair (yes), if the stretch marks on your boobs will ever go away (kind of), and whether or not you're ever going to be able get yourself…
By Ashley Austrew

Breastfeeding Kept Me From Bonding With My Baby

One of the first questions most pregnant women get asked is, "Are you planning on breastfeeding?" Nursing is drilled into our heads from the moment we find out we're pregnant: by well-meaning friends who loan us their books on the beauty of nursing,…
By Ashley Austrew

I Ate Eggplant Parmesan To Try To Induce Labor

Pregnancy is magical and beautiful, but let’s be honest here: by the time you make it to the final month, you are more than ready to serve your baby with an eviction notice and kick it the hell out of your uterus. By the last trimester, your ankles…
By Ashley Austrew