Posts Selected From the Category "Motherhood"

Summer Ending and Beach House Swim Suits

I cannot believe that summer is coming to a close. My oldest starts preschool tomorrow, and I look back at our amazing summer with so many fond memories. Time truly does fly. Throughout the entire summer, my Beach House swim suits have been with me through it all. These suits are a polished, contemporary lifestyle […]

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There Will Be Bad Days

My 3 year old daughter loves to pick up phrases from people or cartoons, and then repeat these phrases as much as humanly possible. Last week it was “piece of cake”. Anything and everything was a “piece of cake”. This morning we woke up to “Today is a bad day” and my goodness is she […]

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Dermalogica Love

Before I had children, I prided myself on how I took care of my skin. My night time regimen would drive my husband nuts because I had so many face washes and masks and lotions and cleanses etc. Mornings would be the same, and I remember thinking how it would all be worth it when […]

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When It’s Just Too Hard To Mom

In my 3+ years of being a mother to my two children, despite sleepless nights, teething, nightmares, colds and viruses, I have always been able to rally and still (try to) put my best foot forward as a mom. That is until this weekend, when I got the flu and everything fell apart really fast. […]

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Adult Christmas

A friend and I were talking about how Christmas time is so very different now that we are adults. She told me about how work is as stressful as ever, and the amount of work just to go on a vacation almost isn’t worth the vacation. And I told her about how hard it is […]

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6 Tips To Surviving Family Holidays

A few friends and I were recently talking about how hard the holidays can be when you have small children because so many things are different from their normal routine. Naps can be thrown off. Maybe your toddler doesn’t want to eat the gigantic Thanksgiving spread & solely wants the peanut butter bread that you […]

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Stronger Than You Think

I haven’t been able to blog as much as I have wanted to lately. This is in part because now that the holidays are here things have just seemed to have zoomed by and the days are flying and the weeks are passing and everything feels like it is happening so quickly. But then there […]

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When You Feel Like You’re Falling Apart

November always reminds me of things that I should be (and am) thankful for. Sometimes, when you are in the thick of a sleepless night stretch, or when your toddler randomly decides that “it’s morning mama, I need to play” instead of taking her normal daily afternoon nap (thus waking the baby up and everyone […]

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Please Grant Me Patience

I am not perfect. I am just human; something that I have to constantly remind myself of. Sometimes I forget though, and will tearfully admit to one of my friends that I snapped at my toddler or got frustrated with my baby because he slept amazing one night and then wanted nothing to do with […]

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Why I’m Loving My Effortless Style Kit

Before I had children, I prided myself on my clothes, shoes, purses and accessories. I would have a friend date maybe once or twice a month and we would eat sushi and go shopping and I loved every minute of it. Times have definitely changed now that I stay home with my two little ones, […]

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Community Over Competition

Yesterday was just one of those days where you laugh because you’re doing everything in your power to just get stuff done, but life has other things in mind. Just in the morning: I poured milk in my coffee mug and almost gave my toddler coffee in her soppy cup (I caught myself right before […]

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10 Signs You’re Living That Momlife

Notice how I’m not in the picture? That’s because this is reason #11 for living that momlife. You go on a family vacation & are the only one taking pictures, and only realize at the end of the vacation that it looks like you weren’t even there because you have all of 3 pictures with […]

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The Happy Little Things

I have always kept a journal, even when I was really little and would start each entry with “Dear Diary” and proceed to write about whatever boy I had a crush on, or some big secret I just had to jot down. Anyway, I was flipping through an old journal the other day, and landed […]

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Because Life Is Full Of Hills And Valleys

I can honestly say that nothing could have prepared me for just how intense sleepless nights with a baby could be. I’ve always been a big fan of sleep (who isn’t, right?) But now that I’ve had two babies who have gone through sleep regressions and teething and growth spurts and general “I don’t feel […]

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Let’s Build Each Other Up

I have always heard about the terrible two’s. And now lately I’ve also been hearing about the terrible three’s. And even the fearsome four’s. I had no idea what any of these actually were until my daughter turned two. It’s so funny too, once you see a melt down from your own child, your empathy […]

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8 Reasons Why I’m Not Suzy Homemaker

Before I had kids, I always pictured my life as something straight out of the 1950s, but with a modernized twist. I pictured getting off of work and being home with my kids before my husband got home, and I would proudly present him with a hot beautifully made dinner adorning our dining room table […]

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Breaking All The Mama Rules

I’ve come to realize that my parenting style is mainly just going with my gut. I did so much research with my first baby about anything and everything. When to introduce solids, when to stop holding them for a nap, when to start potty training, when to do tummy time. It was exhausting. It just seems […]

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This Parenthood Thing

I’m a mom, so I’m obviously a bit biased, but I just want to give a HUGE shout out to all the fellow hard working, sleep deprived, multitasking moms out there. You are ALL rock stars. Whether you’re a working mama or a stay at home mama, you are doing a truly fabulous job at […]

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Mom Clothes

Does anyone else look at your closet and wonder where other moms shop? Before I had children, the majority of my closet was just work clothes. Then I got pregnant with my daughter and I absolutely loved maternity clothes. My favorite maternity clothes came from Motherhood Maternity, and I still have some of their clothes […]

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SAHM Guilt

For those of you that follow me on Instagram (Stressedandblessedmama), you might have seen that I ended up in the Emergency Room this weekend. I’m fine now! Totally fine. Here’s what happened though; my son turned 5 months old this past Saturday and I have these sweet monthly stickers to put on his onesie each month […]

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About Me
Nicole Benedum has been a stay at home mom for the past 3 years. Before she took on this glorious (and sometimes not so glorious) role of "All Things Motherhood", she was a Human Resources Generalist. Her days were spent dealing with legal compliance, benefits, leave of absences and everything Human Resources related. Now her days are spent breastfeeding, changing diapers, conquering potty training, tantrums and sleepless nights. She has two kiddos; a 2 year old toddler named Emily, and a baby boy named Owen. She met her husband, Sam, in college when they were both on the swim team, and they have been together ever since. She is a huge breastfeeding advocate, gentle/crunchy parent (for the most part) and a former student athlete (water polo and swimming, woot woot!) both in high school and in college. At some point in the future she has dreams of going back to the gym and/or pool. For now she shall continue counting breastfeeding and holding a 35 pound toddler and 15 pound baby as her workouts.
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