Alicia Tjelmeland

Alicia is a stay-at-home mom to Claire (5), Drake (4), and Kate (2). 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!”

Everyday Ideas To Save Money

We're all sick of that "I" word by now, right? I'm talking about *inflation*. Money isn't going as far as it used to, and my monthly budget has NOTICED. I've always considered myself very frugal. My...

How Sports Prepared Me For Parenting

As I was writing all of our activities and appointments on our large dry erase calendar this week, I began to wonder if I'd overdone it. I signed my 6 and almost 5 year...

How Social Media Robs Us Of Genuine Connection

Less is more. You've probably heard that saying before. It rings true for so many things. Dessert, your kids' toys, your wardrobe. I've written before about how an abundance of options makes it harder to...

My Daughter Takes Her Shoes Off At Church

There's something about that third child. They're a little wilder, more adventurous, less afraid than the first two. My youngest has been full of surprises. The most recent surprise is her tendency to FULLY make herself...
date night at mandarin spice

Date Night: Ideas That Aren’t Just for February

 Valentine's Day is soon approaching, and you know what that means. You're about to be inundated with hearts, candy, and pressure to buy the perfect gift and plan the perfect date night for your...

Flying With Young Kids: Do’s & Don’ts

Flying with young kids--also known as the truest test of patience, quick thinking, and endurance.  Recently, our family (2 adults, a kindergartener,  and a preschooler) took a trip from Cedar Rapids to California involving 4...

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...

How To Successfully Sell (and Ship) Your Stuff on Facebook Marketplace

  If you had told me a year ago that I would be selling items from my house and shipping them all over the country for a profit, I wouldn't have believed you. I don't consider...

Less IS More: Clearing Out Toys & Cancelling Subscriptions

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

  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 wasn't a...