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Ashley Ariñez

Ashley and her husband, Matthew, relocated to St. Louis from coastal South Carolina with their growing family (two daughters and pit bull rescue). After three previous losses and becoming a survivor of postpartum depression, Ashley hopes to share her family’s story so that others can see that no matter how dark some days can be there is always hope. You’ll also find her talking about ways to incorporate her passions and culture into her daughter’s lives.

Two Senoritas & One Big Culture: Hispanic Heritage Month

"The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever." - Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States This National Hispanic Heritage Month post originally ran in September, 2019.     I was raised...

School Supplies Shopping List 101: Must-Haves for Your Little Ones

This post originally ran in August, 2019.   Once upon a time, I thought I would be so structured with my toddler that we would have tot school in our basement every morning. Haha, yeah, that...
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For The New Mom in Town, There is a Place For You

This post about being the new mom in town originally ran in 2020, and in honor of National Friendship Day, we are sharing it again with you!   I was the new mom in town a...
a neighborhood sketched with black and white homes, with green trees behind them with a banner across the top saying, “Living in the Lou: Chesterfield”

Living in the Lou: Chesterfield

I'll be honest— I don't live in Chesterfield. I live next door in Wildwood, but we're separated by a corner of Ellisville and I pretty much spend 50% of my time in Chesterfield. My...

Dear Girl Dad, You Are Amazing

Hey, girl dad,   You’re killing it. Did you know that? Here you are raising the next generation of fearless women in a world that is far too often ugly and cruel. Here you are doing...

Living in the Lou: Wildwood

  I have always wanted to live in a town. No, not a city or the country, but a town. I wanted to live just close enough to a big city for fun and experiences,...
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Swimming in Colors at Foss Swim School: Where Every Month is Water Safety Month

  “Oh, I dress my girls in similar colors when I have them out in public - especially when I’m alone,” I told a friend when she asked why my girls seem to always wear...
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Anxiety: 5 Things That I Wish People Knew

Hi, my name is Ash, and I struggle with anxiety. Did you know that 40-million adults in the United States also have anxiety? As I type this, I can already feel my anxiety finding...
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I Stopped Loving Myself (and Ways You Can Learn From Me)

Have you ever looked at a mirror but somehow avoided your reflection? I did that for a while. I would find myself making sure I looked presentable, but I avoided actually looking at myself...
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Podcasts You Should Binge: True Crime Edition

Years ago, my husband and I traveled from our home in Charleston, South Carolina, to his home in Atlanta, Georgia, multiple times a year. During one trip, I decided to begin listening to a...