Ashley Dickson

Ashley is a Virginia native who moved to Boston — sight unseen — for a library science master's degree she's never exactly used. Within a year, she met her husband, a nerdy but handsome health economist. They planted roots in Brighton, had their first child (now 3 years old), and welcomed baby boy number two this fall. Ashley spends her days building Duplo fire stations, freelance writing and editing, swimming at Walden Pond, and binge eating dark chocolate in the pantry when her kid has his back turned.
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I Got the COVID Vaccine at 15 Weeks Pregnant — and the Decision Felt...

“But… what if?” I’ve asked myself that question a few hundred times over the past pandemic year. We could quarantine for two weeks, get tested, and then visit grandparents! But... what if we pick up COVID...
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From Bountiful Kitchen to My Table — the Comfort of Family Dinner Without the...

You know the feeling. You just don’t have it in you to create yet another family meal after playing full-time chef to a host of tiny customers, serving breakfasts and lunches and dinners (and...

Create a Safe, Efficient, and Uplifting Family Home :: Upgrade to Design Build

Over the past few months we have all gotten familiar with the interiors of our homes at levels never previously anticipated. Add school closures, several young children per household, mounting stress of trying to work...
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The Great Brick Safari — Now at Stone Zoo!

This "Brick Safari" at Stone Zoo is pretty awe-inspiring. (In fact, I think my husband and I were just as enamored as our kids were!) There are 40 different LEGO animals spread throughout the zoo, made up of literally hundreds of thousands of LEGOs.
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4 Years of Boston Moms Blog :: Our Top 10 Posts

The last four years have been a whirlwind. Boston Moms Blog has become a resource and a community we are so proud of, and we are honored to share it with you.
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Good Night, Sleep Tight — On a New Sleeper Sofa

No one loves sleeping on the couch. Or the air mattress. But what about a sleeper sofa? With a memory foam mattress!

Say Goodbye to School Lunch Stress With Red Apple Lunch

I once loved to cook. No recipe was too challenging, no ingredient too obscure. It was the best kind of hobby, with a delicious reward at the end of each kitchen experiment. But then I...

The Witching Hour — and Why I Love It

A collaboration between Boston Moms Blog and Leah LaRiccia Photography. Ahh, the witching hour. It can be the best of times or the worst of times. A chance for post-nap fun and relaxation or pre-dinner misery....

8 Great Spots to Watch the Boston Marathon with Your Family

Nearly a million spectators will find their places along the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route this Patriot’s Day. Whether you know someone running or simply want to be inspired by the 30,000 athletes, this 120-year...

All the Reasons I Don’t Clean My House

When I see those articles about the "15 Habits of People Who Always Keep their Homes Clean" or the "3 Secrets People Who Always Seem to Have a Flawlessly Clean House Know," I want to punch...
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12 Must Haves for New Moms

The first few weeks with a newborn are simultaneously stressful, emotional, panic-inducing, and joyful. And when you’re living in survival mode, it can be difficult to determine which shortcuts and products might make motherhood...

I Know What Your Nanny Does

So you think you trust your nanny? Well, after watching her with your precious little one at the park, the library, and the museum, I can tell you I would think twice before leaving...
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A Sweet Halloween with the ‘Sugar Witch’

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored. However, we would not promote or work with a business we do not believe to be reputable or relevant to our readers Last year my sugar-deprived 2-year-old went trick-or-treating THREE...

Autumn Adventures: 12 Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards near Boston

If you live in New England, apple picking is undoubtedly on your family calendar this autumn. (I’ll be honest — I’m thinking more about the apple cider doughnuts, but that’s just me!) Year after...
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Letting Myself Go — and Not Minding a Bit

I’m pretty sure I used to be cool. I ran with the popular crowd in high school. I played on the tennis team. I read Seventeen magazine. I went to parties. In college I became...