Alicia was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin and moved to Madison in 1996 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her degree in Communication Arts with an emphasis in radio, television and film. She’s been working on campus in some capacity ever since and currently manages career and leadership development initiatives in the School of Human Ecology. Alicia married her husband Eric in 2012 and became a mom to her sweet and funny son Ellis in 2015. When she’s not playing with or reading to Ellis, she likes to read, watch TV, and might be caught playing bingo at the VFW. She also runs her own lifestyle blog (madtownmomma.com) and catches for her softball team through Madison Schools & Community Recreation every summer.

I Yelled At My Kid In The Middle Of The Night

You know the age old saying the “Terrible Twos”, right? Well, my son is 2 ½ years old. And while he is far from terrible, (because I think he absolutely must be the sweetest...

The Struggle for Sleep

My husband suggested letting my son, who is now 2 ½, cry-it-out when he was around 4 months old. However, I just couldn’t do it. I could not imagine leaving my sweet boy -...
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What I’m Thankful for Right Now

I love the attitude of gratitude that November brings as the Thanksgiving holiday draws near. While I have started a gratitude journal in the past, I’ve never kept up with it beyond the first...
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Why Breast Wasn’t the Best for Us

In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a friend of mine recently posted a photo of her breastfeeding her newborn daughter on Facebook. The caption posed the question: “What’s your favorite thing about breastfeeding your...

My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

When I got pregnant, I became much more aware of what I was putting both in and on my body. I took the food rules very seriously and was super conscious of everything that...
Alicia and her Dad

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fatherless Child

Today marks the 36th anniversary of my father’s death. I was not quite 2 ½ years old when he passed and now that I have a child of my own, who turns 2 this...
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Third Time’s the Charm

Motherhood didn’t exactly come easy for me, as I have now learned, it hasn’t for many others. My husband and I weren’t 100% sure we wanted kids when we married in 2012. I was...