Alicia Tjelmeland

Alicia is a stay-at-home mom to Claire (5), Drake (4), and Kate (1). After growing up in western Iowa, Alicia ventured east to attend the University of Iowa and graduated in 2014 with a Political Science degree, and a minor in English. When she isn’t chasing kids, she loves finding time for scrapbooking, going on walks around the neighborhood, and watching any and every home renovation show! Alicia loves staying involved in her community, mainly through spending time in her church and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters. With three kids under five, her advice to moms with young kids is: “prayer, coffee, and then a little more of each!”

The Top Ten Happy Hours in Cedar Rapids

Did you read the title of this article and think, "Lady, isn't Happy Hour for wild and free 20-somethings with no kids and time to spare?" No way! (Okay, maybe.) But I'm here to say Happy...

Traveling With Toddlers: Five Helpful Road Trip Tips

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I Got COVID-19. Here Is My Experience.

I was completely shocked when I opened an email late in September that read "you have tested positive for COVID-19". I had been tested for COVID-19 earlier that day, more so to "rule...

The Oxymorons of Motherhood

Have you ever heard of an oxymoron? It's defined as "a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear consecutively". Phrases such as "good grief", "original copies", and "plastic glasses" are all...

Breastfeeding: Third Time’s A Charm

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11 Silver Linings From the Iowa Derecho

It's been a week. What a week. The derecho hit us hard here in Cedar Rapids, and if your week was anything like mine, you're exhausted, smelly, desperately waiting for power to come on,...

The Day My Two Year Old Ran Away

As a mom who gave birth to three children in 3 1/2 years, I'm no stranger to chaos! I've learned to keep my head on a swivel as my kids run in all...

Social Distancing Day 1,512

I saw a post on Facebook recently that made me laugh out loud. It was something along the lines of “finding out that your normal everyday life is called quarantine”. As a stay-at-home mom...