Alicia Tjelmeland

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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!”

Less IS More: Clearing Out Toys & Cancelling Subscriptions

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We've all been there. You sit down after the kids are in bed to enjoy some well-deserved uninterrupted Netflix.... and then you spend longer trying to pick out something to watch than the show...

I Tried All The Hard Seltzers So You Didn’t Have To: My Top Five

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  I don't know when it started, but I jumped onto the hard seltzer bandwagon at some point last year. My husband and I were trying out a low-carb diet, and since wine...

I Didn’t Choose The Minivan Life: It Chose Me!

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I'm the first to admit it. Once upon a time, I declared I would never ever ever drive a minivan. Even after baby number three, I STILL did not budge. But after six...

My Grandpa, Princess Diana, and Fingerprints

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I’ll never forget staying at my grandparents’ house for a few days after the derecho. It was an unplanned visit and with my crew of three kids under five at the time, we...

The Top Ten Happy Hours in Cedar Rapids

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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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Let me start off by saying that I don’t claim to be an expert on many things, but when it comes to long road trips with small children, I’ve banked more experience in the...

I Got COVID-19. Here Is My Experience.

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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

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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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It's difficult to believe that August has already come and gone. As if COVID-19 isn't enough to keep us on our toes at all times, Mother Nature decided a derecho would be...

11 Silver Linings From the Iowa Derecho

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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,...