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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.

My Realization About Swim Lessons | Foss Swim School

This post is sponsored by our partner, Foss Swim School. Swim lessons are a life skill, and Foss Swim School allows you to foster this skill safely, even during a pandemic.   First things first, let’s...

To the Dads Supporting Depressed Moms, Thank You

To the dad (and husband) who supported me during my depression: There were days you would come home from work and find me in the same shirt for the second day in a row (it...

From Growing Up Latina to Becoming a Mom: A Journey to Motherhood

Growing up Latinx in America can bring heavy expectations, whether from society or from within. Being proud of the path you walk comes from knowing who you are. “Are you proud of me?” I asked...
Going from one child to two, with a big sister and a little sister picnicking on the floor.

From One Child to Two: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

When is the best time to go from one child to two? There is no "best" time, there will be adjustments, and you will survive them. Deciding to have another child felt like the most natural...
St. Louis moms blog perspectives ... through the lens of local moms

STLMB Perspectives: How Formula Feeding Fit My Family’s Needs

There I was with tears streaming down my face. "But, I have a supply now!" I told my husband through sobs. "That's fine, but you don't need to do it," he reassured me. "We can do...

Surviving and Thriving on a Routine

I've always liked to be in control of every minute of my day. When I worked full-time, I would time block my days and know when I needed to be switching over to a...

Home for the Holidays: Why We Stay Close with Our Little Ones

When we first became parents, my mind begin whirling with ways to treat each holiday like a magnificent party that was worthy of Pinterest inspiration for others. I had ideas of morning traditions and...

Raising Readers with Spooktacular Books

My first love was reading and my favorite book in Kindergarten was “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”. Over the years, my love for reading grew into a love for writing and the rest is history....

From One to Two – Second Time Mom Realizations

We are officially a family of four! Well, we have been for two months, but it still feels like this change happened just yesterday. For a short period, we had two under two, but...

Gardening (and Crafts) with a Toddler 101

I tend to be a controller - a very controlling controller. I make lists and I plan out contingency plans A, B and C for nearly every aspect of my life. When it comes...