About the Blog
I have loved the art of writing all my life, so naturally, I started a blog 9 years ago as we were planning our wedding, and it grew into a steady hobby for me as we ventured into newlywed life. It was an amazing tool for keeping distant family up-to-date as our family grew.
It has always been in my nature to help people. Because of the unique circumstances I have found myself in throughout my life as a young wife and mother, I knew I wanted to turn my passion into a vehicle for me to find and connect with others like me.
Here you will find I cover a variety of topics, all pointing to life as a normal, every day mom. I share quick and easy recipes for the mom who has no time, parenting tips and tricks for the mom who is exhausted beyond belief, and cleaning tips and quick homemade products for the mom who feels overwhelmed trying to keep up with everything. Finally, as we are working hard towards debt freedom in our own home, I share a little bit about our strategies, joys, and triumphs there, too.
About the Author
I’m Ashlee, a wife and mama residing in the Pacific Northwest. I was born and raised in a teeny tiny town in Iowa, and lived in the state for 25 years. We’ve been in Washington for a little over 6 months now, but I definitely call the Midwest home.
During my first pregnancy, I really became interested in living a more green, natural life. I’ve worked to eliminate most chemicals from our home, but still swing for the Chlorox wipes every once in a while. I have experimented with many homemade cleaning and beauty products, and I’m so excited to share them with you here.
I’ve worn many different hats in my life. I worked in hospitality, I’ve been a cosmetologist, a stay at home mama, and most recently, I worked in the relocation industry. Now, I am so lucky to be able to work from home running my own small business while still raising my family.
About the Family
My husband and I met and fell in love when we were sixteen. We married when we were 21 and had our first baby at 23. Four and a half years later, we welcomed our second child. We have lived in 7 cities and 4 states, and moved 9 times in the last 10 years. Now we are working to pay off our debt so that we can purchase our forever home and finally settle down.
Miss H is our 5 year old daughter. She is beautiful and sensitive and fiercely independent. She’s my dream girl – the child I always knew I was meant to have. She loves animals and princesses, and the girl never stops surprising us with the ways in which she interprets the world. You can find her birth story here.
Baby E is our son, who was born in August of 2016. He has surprised me in so many ways, mostly in that I never knew how badly I wanted a son until I met him. He develops so much personality each day, and I can already tell he’s going to be quite the little joke-ster. You can find his birth story here.
Our dog, Cooper, is an Australian Shepard. We adopted him as a puppy, only a few months into our marriage. He was our first ‘baby’ in a lot of ways. I don’t write about him as much, but he’s very much a special part of our family.
My husband, Chris, is my rock. We have been through so much together and we basically grew up together. We had no idea what we were doing when we married, way back when. Life is such an adventure with him. He teaches me daily what grace and forgiveness means. Also, he writes poetry and plays guitar, so, he’s basically super dreamy.
About the Name
In the Spring of 2016, I was halfway through my pregnancy with my son. I had been mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed for about the tenth time that day, envying all the perfectly curated feeds with the dreamy white on white homes, adorably well behaved children, and the moms who had it all together. At the time I was working outside the home, and I knew those feeds were, well, curated. But I still found myself wondering why I couldn’t have it all together too.
Not long after my son was born and we had moved halfway across the country, I quickly grew tired of those curated Instagram feeds. How exhausting it must be to keep up an image of perfection. How many moments of connection would be missed, all to get the perfect shot? That’s when I decided to give up striving to achieve perfection. I want to be a normal mom. Not one who has the perfect life, but one who strives to create the right life for her family.
If you want to be a normal mom too, then The Normal Mom’s Guide is for you. Welcome, and I’m so glad you’re here!