Ashley

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Ashley is a blogger, aspiring picture book writer, boy mom to Franklin (2006) and Teddy (2012), and wife to Robert. Originally from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, she has lived in Memphis for over a decade, and her heart belongs to Midtown! When she isn't wrangling her two crazy kids, you will find Ashley writing and Instagramming for her children's literature blog, Booktomato. Ashley loves Murder She Wrote, sewing, and unlimited access to good lattes. She hates clutter, toys with too many pieces, and salads with iceberg lettuce.

5 Things I Learned From “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

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I recently took my kids to see the new documentary about Fred Rogers.  Here is what I took away from it.  1. Words matter.  Fred Rogers obsessed over the scripts of every episode of his show. ...

Do you want to run your own Etsy shop? Three Mistakes I Made...

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Do you sew, craft, paint, or make pottery?  Have you ever wondered if your handmade goods would sell in markets or online?  I have spent the past year running my own Etsy shop selling aprons...

Formula is Feminism, Too

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My favorite historian, Ruth Goodman, says that the most important and least celebrated invention that helped women's liberation progress was the laundry machine.  Women no longer had to lose an entire day's time keeping...

6 Ways My Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Makes Me Happier

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When my husband married me, he didn't know that I had so much baggage.  Literally.  Bags and bags and bags of clothes.   Clothes from my high school days.  Clothes from my college days.  Dresses that...

Great Presidents’ Day Reads!

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It's Presidents' Day!  While getting an extra long weekend is good enough reason to celebrate, we can also take a little time to remember the many great presidents of our country and what they...

Dear Child-Free Millennials: You’re Ruining Disney World

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It is a perfect day in Walt Disney World.  My five-year-old has waited FOREVER for this day, and his little heart bursts with joy as we walk through the gates of the Magic Kingdom...

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Shopping Local

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The holiday season is right around the corner, and before we know it, all Memphis moms will be frantically trying to get our super-long to-do lists done in time.  Every year, I set a...