• 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

What was it like to be Homeschooled?

“You’re homeschooled, right?” The public schooler asked me. “Sooooo, does that mean you get to stay in your pajamas all day?” “Yep!” Twelve-year-old me replied mischievously “I just stay in my pajamas, eat chocolates and relax on the coach all day long.” “Whoa”. the public schooler said, his eyes glistening with longing, “I wish I was homeschooled too“. Teasing public…

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Savory Chicken and Dumplings That’ll Cure What Ails Ya

“Hon, I have a question…” My hubby and I were eating supper that night, and in-between bites he turned to me, his brow knit in concern. I leaned in, wondering what was wrong, and gave him all my attention. “Why is it” he asked, “that you’ve never told me that you knew how to make this until now?” He looked…

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This Week’s Meal Plan and the Tortilla that Changed Everything

Meal planning is a necessary evil. I don’t enjoy meal planning. It is time-consuming, tedious, and stressful.  I have tried many different methods to try to make it a less odious experience. At first, I just tried winging it every week. I figured that I had the creativity to come up with meals on the spot! Well, I might have had…

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Our Experience with Christian Healthcare Ministries’ Maternity Program

The cost for my prenatal care, C-section, and six week follow up ended up being $20,000. Well, $21, 331.93, to be exact. Back when I was struggling with baby fever, I remember trying to decide if I should raise our insurance to fully cover all things maternity. My insurance level, at the time, would have covered just the delivery–no prenatal…

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Gideon: 5 Month Update

Gideon is 5 months old! I tell him all the time–“you are the cutest baby, ever!” and, in this mama’s eyes, he is! He is so sweet, and funny these days. I love that he has started flailing his little arms and legs. He gets so excited that he windmills his arms, and you can hear them go “plop, plop,…

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First Grocery Shopping Trip with Baby

Things are beginning to click in this new mom life. Last week, I left Gideon home with his Papa, and I went grocery shopping alone. As I puttered through the aisles, listening to my podcast, nonchalantly tossing cans of coconut milk and heads of lettuce into my shopping cart, I paused, smiled, and said to myself: “You’ve come far, Bethany…

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10 Time Saving Hacks for Busy Moms

Free time has taken on a whole new meaning now that I am a mom. Before I had my baby boy, it didn’t matter if my phone took five minutes to load a website, my coffee took twenty minutes to make or I had to run a package to the Post Office. I had oodles of time. I don’t have as…

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Goals and Word of the Year for 2018

Word of the Year I’ve been trying to decide on a 2018 word of the year for weeks now. Last year I chose the word “risk”, because I wanted it to be the year that I finally took a few risks both personally and professionally. I wanted to be unafraid of all the changes that I knew was coming my…

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What should I write about this year?

Happy New Year, sweet readers! How did you ring in the new year? Last night Gideon was asleep by 8, and Hubs and I spent about an hour, dreaming, trouble-shooting, and writing down our goals for this year. We talked about what we wanted to accomplish in 2018: in our home, with our finances, in our marriage, and in our…

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Gideon: 4 Month Update

This has been such a fun month in our little man’s life! In the past month, he has become interested in toys, rolled over, started to figure out how to grab toys, started being okay being put down a little more, began chattering away all the time, and started to laugh a lot. He really has become so much more aware of the world,…

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