Ashley Quite Frankly

I wanted to go out and change the world, but I couldn't find a babysitter. Instead I spend my days yelling "Don't touch that!", asking people to put on pants, listening to the melody of armpit farts, and writing parenting articles.

Ashley is a winner of Top 25 Southern Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in the South?

The weather! I will choose long hot days over dark cold ones every single time! I also love living so close to the beach, I feel lucky to get to live somewhere with such natural beauty and the free fun is a huge bonus. I know people love to complain about Florida, but I can't imagine living anywhere else. Well, maybe the Greek Islands or Bora Bora, but I really like South Florida.

What's the biggest misconception about living in the South?

All of the stereotypes about Florida are mostly true--lots of old people, lots of bizarre news stories, lots of bossy retired Northerners. The true geographic South is a lot different from what people consider "the South" from a cultural standpoint. It's hard to even get good sweet tea down here.

What do your kids love most about living in the South?

My kids love nature. My 7 year old can throw a cast net and bait a fishing hook with confidence and is fearless when catching crabs and such at the beach. He's also quick to catch and release, which I love about him. My oldest can float in the Gulf and stare out at the horizon for hours. I envy that contentment.