Ashley Byrd-White

Ashley Byrd-White identifies as a Yankee-Carolinian who was born and raised in the tundra of Upstate, New York but currently calls the Midlands her home. She began her professional career in Buffalo, NY in higher education. She continues her dedication to education at USC working full-time as a Career Development Coach to college students. She currently holds a BA in psychology and an Ed.M. in higher education administration. Moving to Columbia, SC 4 years ago so her husband could pursue his teaching career was the most challenging time in her life … until motherhood! She has been together with her high school sweetheart husband, Chad, for 13 years (married for nearly 4). Ashley is a first-time mom as of February 2016 to Oliver. She loves being a mom, is proud of her continuing breastfeeding journey, and is thankful for her mama tribe. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, drinking coffee and wine, pinning crafts she will never have time to create, and making her son laugh.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Mom

“I’m not ready!” I cried as I sat realizing our little bundle of joy was for sure on his way. Today was my due date and my husband and I just finished a 2-mile...
My Planner Made Me Do It! | Columbia SC Moms Blog

My Planner Made Me Do it!

One of the benefits of working in education is that not only do you get January 1 to start a “new year” but you also get the start of a new academic year. My...
Advice & Insight Into Fatherhood {From Local Dads} | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Advice & Insight Into Fatherhood {From Local Dads}

Being a dad is HARD WORK. There is no manual. No instruction book. And the challenges dads face can be uniquely different from those we experience as mothers. If there is anything we have learned...
Why I Celebrate Mother's Day | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Why I Celebrate Mother’s Day

Before becoming a mom, I always appreciated Mother’s Day and knew it was a day to celebrate my mom. Typically, I celebrated all that I knew she did for me and my family. However,...
The Importance of Non-Mom Friends | Columbia SC Moms Blog

The Importance of Non-Mom Friends

I am going to start this off by saying, I love my mom friends. Like, REALLY love my mom friends! They are great at giving advice, letting me know I am not crazy, are...

New Year, New Professional You :: 5 Tips for Success

A new year kicks off and we begin to embark on achieving our New Year’s resolutions, there may be a resolution your forgot to make - getting your professional self together! Never fear, there...

Target LOVE

Prior to becoming a mom, Target was just a store. It was a place to get random things I needed here and there. When I became a mom, Target became a place of solace...

8 Reasons Why I Love Daycare

I remember the last few weeks with my little at home before it was time for me to go back to work. I thought to myself, how on earth am I going to leave...

6 Free Apps That Make Mom Life Easier

I have a confession to make. I just got my first ever smartphone less than a year ago. Amazing right? A huge reason as to why my husband and I opted to go without...
Tree of Life Breastfeeding | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Breastfeeding :: A Labor of Love and Challenges

It's World Breastfeeding Week. A whole week dedicated to breastfeeding? This concept made zero sense to me until 18 months ago when I had my son. Breastfeeding (and the mamas who breastfeed!) for sure...

Dear Husband

Dear Husband, I see you there, standing over the sink for the 5th time this week washing bottles and loading the dishwasher. A few moments ago, I saw you clearing the dining room table after...

The Second Shift

Staring at the clock in the corner of my computer screen. It is 4:25 p.m. Five more minutes until I pack everything up, rush out the door, and sit in I-26 traffic for at least...
mom(me) indulgences | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Mom(ME) Indulgences

As we all know, being a mom is a 24/7, 365 day job. It is work full of running from one place to the next, carpool lines, dance classes, doctor appointments, lots of snot...

You Know You are Breastfeeding When…

Before my son was born, I decided I was going to give breastfeeding a try. My goal was to make it to a year, but if that did not happen, fed baby was best...