Ashley Austrew

Freelance Writer

I'm an Omaha-based writer and editor with over two years of experience in digital media. I've written everything from researched pieces on health and wellness to the latest in celebrity news. My work has appeared on, SheKnows,, Yahoo Parenting, Mommyish, and more. I've also appeared as a commentator for a parenting piece on ABC's Nightline, as well as in the popular book series, Life Well Blogged. My content is conversational and substantive, and I have a wealth of experience with writing, editing, social media, SEO, Spike, Chartbeat, CrowdTangle, and Wordpress.

Content area specialties include parenting, sex/relationships, pop culture/celebrity/entertainment, and women's health and wellness.



Scary Mommy

'Fixer Upper' Star Shares The Parenting Advice We Desperately Needed To Hear

We love Joanna Gaines for her incredible talent as a designer on HGTV's Fixer Upper, but it turns out that's not the only thing she's great at. Gaines recently took to Facebook...

Scary Mommy

Yes, You Will Grow A Pregnancy Beard Because Mother Nature Is A B*#ch

There are two types of mothers in the world: ones with lush facial hair that could draw the envy of every bare-faced pre-pubescent boy on the planet, and liars. We don't like to...


Everyone Needs to Lay Off the Mom Whose Son Climbed Into the Gorilla Exhibit

When I was a kid, my family and I took a road trip, and my 4-year-old sister got carsick and vomited in the backseat of our van. We were driving through mountains on our way...

Scary Mommy

Another Viral Post Reminds Us We're Crappy Moms If We Look At Our Phones

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know technology-shaming is the hip new thing for moms. At the park and on your phone? Doing it wrong. Check your Facebook while your...

The Berry

What It's Really Like to Get Pregnant When You Have An IUD

It's something you see in movies and TV shows all the time. A young, confident woman has grand, practically cinematic plans for her life, and then, suddenly, she ends up...

Scary Mommy

Miss Teen USA Eliminates Swimsuit Competition, Makes It No Less Creepy

The people behind the Miss Teen USA pageant just made a big announcement: instead of judging girls based on how their bodies look in a bikini, they're going to start judging...

The Stir

How My Depression Has Made Me a Better Mom

We tend to think of depression as a negative thing in our society. We empathize with those who suffer, but we also try to keep our distance. Depressio...

Scary Mommy

8 Ways Motherhood Is Exactly Like A Disney Princess Movie

You could compare motherhood to a lot of things-a horror movie, a circus, prison-but you probably wouldn't consider comparing it to a picture-perfect Disney fairytale. Your...


Your Kid Could Have Lyme Disease And You Might Not Even Know it

Photo credit: LWA/Dann Tardif/Getty When most parents think about Lyme disease, we think of a bright red rash that resembles a bull's-eye. It's the most infamous symptom of the...

Scary Mommy

Sorry We Ruined Haircuts By Having Both Hair And Children At The Same Time

We've all heard of the "mom haircut." Traditionally, it's extremely short, requires little maintenance, and we've all had its explicit uncoolness drilled into our heads for...


13 Emotional Stages of Picking the Perfect Name for Your Baby

Choosing a baby name is one of those parenting tasks that seems totally fun and exciting until you actually have to do it. Once you get pregnant, it suddenly hits you that...

The Stir

Why I've Stopped Apologizing for Feeding My Baby Formula

Few parenting choices bring moms to their knees like choosing between breastmilk and formula. Feeding a baby should be the easiest thing in the world ...


Talking to your kids about their weight just got a whole lot easier

Ashley Austrew is a freelance writer who loves tacos, Target and screen time. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, The Stir, Mommyish and more. In fact, kids are dealing with...


10 Things You Should Never Say to a New Mom

1. " When are you going to start trying for number two?" Are you for real right now? New parents are already up to their elbows in diaper changes and night feedings. We can...

Scary Mommy

Stop Using Your Children As An Excuse To Be A Hateful Human Being

On Wednesday, Target announced a policy allowing transgender people to use whatever restroom corresponds with their gender identity. Needless to say, people are pissed. The...


Trying To Lose My Baby Weight Triggered My Eating Disorder

The postpartum period is difficult for any woman. There's so much pressure to get back in those pre-baby jeans and so much talk about showing off that fabulous post-baby body....