Posts Selected From the Category "Parenting"

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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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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KidloLand App Review and Giveaway

My almost 3 year old absolutely loves learning. She constantly wants to know what things are, how they work, what their names are, she loves reading and coloring and singing, it’s just so sweet to watch her grow. Sometimes when I’m trying to make dinner, I’ve found that having her use the KidloLand app has […]

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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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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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I Promise I Know What I’m Doing

Well let’s just jump right into it, let’s talk about when random strangers (or I guess anyone for that matter) give you unsolicited parenting advice. This just happened yesterday: I was out running errands with my kids and I was feeling particularly daring and adventurous after conquering both Target and Kohls without a single melt […]

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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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Bittersweet Heart Break

Do you ever look at your children (especially when they’re so sweet and peaceful as they sleep) and feel like your heart is breaking just a teeny tiny bit? It’s a bittersweet kind of heartbreak, where you are happy your child is growing up happy and healthy, but you’re a little sad that time is […]

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George & Georgette Shoes

My husband and I have been thinking about something special that we could get our toddler (almost preschooler, cannot believe she’s turned 3 soon) something special for when she starts her first day of preschool. We were thinking a new shirt but food stains usually get the better of us at meal times, then we […]

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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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Picky Eater? Try Milton!

My daughter is 2 years and 8 months old. She started becoming a picky eater when she turned two. It was like she knew the whole stigma of the “terrible twos” and thought it’d be fun if she just lived up to the hype. We’ve gone through phases where all she wants is fruit and […]

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When You Get Unsolicited Parenting Advice

A friend of mine reached out to me recently, asking my opinion on receiving unsolicited advice when it comes to parenting. I must say that with my second baby, I haven’t gotten a lot of unsolicited advice; this is either because people think that I know what I’m doing now that I’m on my second, […]

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There Are Just Some Days

There are just some days where the things that happen throughout the day are almost laughable. There are days when I struggle the moment I get out of bed. Where my very first action of the day is a struggle because I slip on part of the sheet that has fallen off the bed and […]

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8 Tips For Bringing Home New Baby To Big Sibling(s)

When I was pregnant with my son, I was sooo nervous for how my daughter would react to him. Would she ask me to take him back to the hospital? Would she be jealous and act out? Would she be excited and want to hold him? (She ended up being SO enamored with him, and […]

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Even If You Cross Your T’s And Dot Your I’s

Yesterday I thought I had all of my ducks in a row. My baby napped pretty well in the morning. My toddler kinda picked at her breakfast but that was ok because I was banking on her eating a big lunch. I had fruit cut up for lunch and I was all set. Or so […]

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To The Two Old Women Glaring At My Toddler

We decided to go out for lunch today. Not a small feat for us, as we have to pack up like we’re moving to a different state. So we packed everything up and made the trek to our local Red Robin restaurant. We chose this location because it is family friendly and they serve their […]

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6 Worries About Having Another Baby

When I first had my daughter, the last thing on my mind was when to start trying for another baby. I couldn’t imagine sharing my attention with someone else, and my own experience as an only child made me worry if I could handle more than one child. I felt guilty for the thoughts that […]

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The Great Preschool Debate

I have so many mixed feelings on when the “best” time to send my daughter to preschool will be. She’ll be 3 in just a few months, and she loves learning and going to Mommy and Me classes; but I also see when she looks around the room for me to make sure I’m still […]

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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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