About us


lightstock_338751_medium_ashlee_gadd.jpg

We are, to put it simply, mothers and storytellers.

One November day in 2013, Ashlee Gadd was simultaneously rinsing shampoo out of her hair and dreaming of an online place where women could write about motherhood together. 

No clickbait. No advice. No mommy wars. No $800 diaper bag recommendations. 

Just ... stories

Pure, vulnerable, and honest. 

With wet hair wrapped in a towel, she hopped on her bed in a bathrobe and jotted a quick e-mail to a handful of writer friends. Over the next two months she picked a name, registered the domain, and found out she was pregnant with her second baby (!). Some of her fondest memories of starting Coffee + Crumbs include feeling belly kicks against her laptop while she figured out how to use Squarespace, and licking Cheeto crumbs off her fingers while she typed.

Today, Coffee + Crumbs is a beautiful online journal filled with hundreds of essays about motherhood. We've been known to make people cry semi-regularly, and our favorite compliment to date is "You're like the Parenthood of blogs." In the past three years, we’ve also launched a podcast, designed an online creativity course for mothers, and published a book called The Magic of Motherhood. In 2016, we launched a care collective called Mother To Mother to partner with existing on-the-ground groups who are supporting mothers in need around the globe. In the past year and a half, with our readers' help, we've raised funds for Carry The Future to support refugee mothers in crisis, and also funded a literacy program for a group of mothers in Guatemala City through Children's HopeChest. 

It is the mission of Coffee + Crumbs to support mothers around the world through the power of shared experiences, artful storytelling, and creative community. At the core of this space, we want mothers to feel safe, known, encouraged and loved. 

So please, grab your lukewarm coffee and pull up a chair at your sticky, crumb-covered table. We're so glad you're here! 

If you'd like to support our art, you can sign up to donate as little as $1 a month over at Patreon. Your donations keep our site ad-free and beautiful all year round, and are used to pay the talented team of women writers who regularly pour love and time into this space.