Ashley Austrew

Content Manager, Winnie

United States of America

I'm an Omaha-based writer and editor with five years of experience in digital media. Previously, I served as Deputy News Editor for Scary Mommy and Senior Parenting Editor for CafeMom. My work has also appeared on, Romper, SheKnows, The Berry, The Chive, Yahoo Parenting, Mommyish, and more.

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 from Southern California to Oregon, and my dad pulled over on the shoulder near a curve in the narrow road so he and my mom could clean up the mess.

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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 about as long as we've been alive. But the times, they are a-changing, and a recent piece in the New York Times says it's not actually one specific haircut that makes moms uncool.

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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 Prince Charming leaves his dirty socks everywhere, the walls of your non-palace are littered with Crayola stick figure families, and you'd pretty much kill someone for a chance at an eternal slumber.

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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 admit it, but hormones and age make wildebeests of us all, and behind our bathroom doors we are little more than a bunch of bearded ladies.

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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 them in yoga pants. That's right, the pageant is eliminating the swimsuit portion of the evening and replacing it with an athletic wear competition - or, as they're calling it, "athleisure."

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 infection and the absolute easiest way to get a diagnosis, but you might be surprised to learn that many kids get sick without ever developing this tell-tale sign.

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 pressures and insecurities about their bodies even when parents can't see it.