Ashley Shannon

Ashley Shannon
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Ashley is a wife, mother, and self-appointed adventure curator. Her husband's job keeps them moving, and as a former teacher, she has taught in four different states. She now spends her time learning dinosaur names with her preschool son, chasing after her toddler daughter, and taking walks with her family, which includes her 150 lb. English mastiff "puppy." As a lifelong learner, she is excited to explore the Charleston area and to paint her experience of motherhood with words.

Raising Kids is Expensive: How to Save

Raising kids is expensive! According to the Department of Agriculture’s 2015 estimate, it costs $233,610 to raise a child from birth to 17 years old. Yikes! (And that was in 2015!) The yearly budget? For a two-parent, two-child,...

4 APPEALING Apple Snack Recipes Your Child will LOVE! 

Apples, apples, apples! Growing up, one of my chores was to pick up the fallen apples from my backyard. I usually made a game out of it, trying to throw the rotten apples directly into...

Is Your Child’s Future Success a Matter of Growth Mindset?

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” may be one of the most asked childhood questions.   When I learned to read in first grade, I realized the power behind the written word.  Words...

Dear Charleston: I Didn’t Expect to Like You.

Dear Charleston, I didn’t expect to like you. I was so mad when we moved here: Pregnant, just moved nine months prior, I didn’t appreciate our circumstances. But God knew this place would be a balm to...
Travel Gear I won't Leave Home without

Kid Travel Gear I Won’t Leave Home Without!

"You're kind of like a circus," says a lady, as we pass her from the parking lot. “Wow-wee! Now that’s the way to travel!” an older man tells us as we stand in line to...

More Books that Changed my Parenting Perspective

Raising children is an art, not a science. My husband and I agree. From our role in the parenting world, parenting seems more like a cut and paste of different philosophies. Things from our...
Scurryfunge

Scurryfunge: Spring Cleaning’s Best Friend

Rule 1: A clean house is not a prerequisite for having guests over. When spring arrives, it is like a breath of fresh air. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining . . ....
Stop the Sugar Rush: My 31-days of No Sugar

Stop the Sugar Rush: My 31-days of No Sugar

February is a month of sweet treats and love letters. Maybe that’s why I love it so much! I am no stranger to desserts (I love a good French pastry). But February comes after...
Finding Hygge in the South

Finding Hygge in the South

Last year I read the book The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) has been quite the buzzword for the last couple of years....

Questions to Answer when Deciding What to do This Weekend!

With cooler weather here and the holidays in full swing, it’s a common anthem: “I love the weekends!” Charleston is a great place to live and play! But with so much to do, how...