• The Stroller Mom’s Autumn Bucket List + Free Printable

    Autumn smells like cinnamon rolls, new pencils, and pumpkin pie. Fall is officially here. Time to clean up the garden, pull out the sweaters, and swap out the iced coffee for hot. This short season gets a bad rap sometimes. In Nebraska, we collectively mourn the end of summer, because we are dreading the return of ice, snow, and long… [Continue Reading]

    The Stroller Mom’s Autumn Bucket List + Free Printable
  • In Which We Go Vegan

    We were eating homemade ribs, when he said it. He was eating his second plate of ribs: sauce dripping down his chin and pooling on top of the mashed potatoes and french bread. I was feeding shreds of meat to our one-year-old, thinking about what I was going to make for breakfast the next morning. You never know when your… [Continue Reading]

    In Which We Go Vegan
  • I Can’t be a People Pleaser AND a Mom

    I struggle with people pleasing. I remember the first time someone I was uncomfortable with held my baby, and my people pleasing tendencies kept me silent. The visitor took a shaky step as she held my two-day-old baby. My postpartum anxiety rose in my throat, almost choked me as I watched, and tried to think of a nice way to… [Continue Reading]

    I Can’t be a People Pleaser AND a Mom
  • How to Prepare for a VBAC

    So you want a VBAC? You had a c-section last time, because you failed to progress, or maybe they told you the baby would be too big, or that your pelvis was too small or maybe you had complete placenta previa (like I did): you had a frustrating birth experience and you are dreaming of VBACing next time, but you… [Continue Reading]

    How to Prepare for a VBAC
  • Questions I’d Like to Ask a Mom Friend Vol. 2

    Questions, I have a lot of them. This mom gig didn’t come with a manual (or maybe the hospital forgot to give me my copy?). I wrote my first edition of Questions I’d Like to Ask a Mom Friend back when Gideon was only a few months old. I was sitting alone in the apartment nursing him, worrying about all… [Continue Reading]

    Questions I’d Like to Ask a Mom Friend Vol. 2

We’ve Moved!

Hey sweet readers! Long time, no see! Welcome to my NEW and IMPROVED blog! All summer I have been dreaming about writing in a new space, and after sifting through hundreds of name ideas I finally settled on one that fits my current stage of life–The Stroller Mom. Back in the summer of 2013, I launched my first blog—Dandelion Pie….

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My New Mantra

The word kept repeating in my brain ever since I became a new mom: frantic. My baby boy loves his mama. Being a work-at-home mama, who is exclusively breastfeeding her baby, means that G and I are rarely apart. It took months upon months before I got the courage up to venture out alone to pick up groceries or just sit in…

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A Good Ol’ Fashioned Update

Goodness gracious has it been a hot minute since I’ve written to you! Back in March, I thought to myself: “Self, you should really get caught up on virtual assistant work/housework/exercise/dejunking before you blog. Maybe you should just take a week to get caught up on everything, and then you can start blogging again. ‘Kay? ‘Kay.” Two months later. Still…

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Gideon: 7 Month Update

And just like that, my baby boy is closer to his first birthday, than he is to his birth day. Granted, he is now getting closer to 8 months, than 7 months, but between Saia launching his masonry business, all of us getting sick, and then Saia’s parents staying with us for a week–we’ve been a bit busy! But I…

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Why Going to Starbucks Every Thursday is Making Me a Better Mom

One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself is go to Starbucks once a week. I’m sitting in Starbucks as I write this, sipping a tall caramel macchiato, decaf thank-you-very-much because I’m still a nursing mommy, and I want my baby boy (as well as myself) to sleep well tonight. I have the pearl earrings, my hubby gave…

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Gideon: 6 Month Update

I can’t believe my baby is 1/2 a year old already! The time has gone by SOOO fast! On February 10, we both “celebrated” our 1/2 Birthday (by celebrated, I mean posted a pic to my Instagram, ha!) In a blink of an eye, we will be celebrating his first Birthday. For now, I am savoring every sloppy kiss, squinty-eyed…

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Books I Read in January and Whether You Should Read Them

January was a great month for reading. One of my goals for this year, is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I am proud to say that I read four books in January, putting me right on track! Reading was one of the best parts of January. I have been in a reading slump ever since I graduated college two…

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Why We Are Doing the Whole 30 (Sigh)

Confession time: I don’t want to do the Whole 30. I love pouring cream in my iced coffee in the morning: watching the rich cream drizzle down over the ice cubes, and mix in with the coffee. I love slathering a hot piece of homemade bread with butter and honey in the afternoon. I love sautéing garlic, green onions, carrots,…

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21 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Every year I try to find a gift that is extra-special for my husband for Valentine’s Day The very first year we were dating, I bought him a bunch of gifts, including a big ol’ chocolate bar with bacon in it. He bit into it, and I noted the pained expression on his face as he tried to eat it….

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My First Five Months of Motherhood

We’re five months into this motherhood gig, and I’m slowly rebuilding. Those early days of motherhood are so blurry—when I look back I just see a hurting woman, staring down at her wise-eyed baby boy, in a dark apartment. The days ran together: August became September and September became the first snow fall. I remember long nights sitting in my overstuffed…

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