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Amelia

Amelia
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Amelia Cook Fontella is a writer, teacher, designer, and entrepreneur. She lives in a cozy little house on Madison’s east side with her husband Rob, kiddos Frankie and Luisa, and a puggle named Starla. Amelia has an MFA in creative writing and regularly teaches in the Madison area, including her own Get Inspired Workshop classes. Amelia and Rob own Green Table Media where they help small businesses and community organizations tell their stories. Amelia adores traveling the world, exploring things in her own backyard, going swimming, and just about anything to do with creativity, writing, and the arts. She’s good at finding other people’s lost things and makes a mean brandy slush.

Mama, Make Yourself a Quiche

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These days, I almost always have a quiche in my fridge. It's a simple way to ensure—amid hectic mornings—that I get to eat breakfast. It's an act of self-care. Moms need breakfast, too! My friend...

We’re a No-Santa House: Here’s Why It Works for Us

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I don’t ever remember believing in Santa. My parents didn’t cultivate the Santa myth, but they also weren’t adamant in insisting that he wasn’t real. I remember filled stockings and gifts with tags signed...
little kid playing in nature

Playing Outside Matters! Is Your Kid Getting Enough Vitamin N?

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If you can’t find Vitamin N on the label of your kid’s vitamin bottle, have no fear. The N in Vitamin N stands for "nature." In other words, is your kid playing outside enough? How...
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Hey, You’re (Probably) Carrying That Carseat Wrong

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After my second baby was born, I developed an immediate vitriol for her infant carseat. Like, I really hated the darn thing. It was the same one we had used for my son, one...

When Breast Isn’t Best: Ten Things to Keep in Mind During National Breastfeeding Month

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I’ll admit that I always dread August a little bit. As a mom who struggled with breastfeeding and ended up spending hundreds of hours pumping tiny quantities of milk in order to combo feed...

You Don’t Have to Like Your Body (to Love it): Thoughts on My Mom...

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Four months ago, I gave birth to my second baby. As I write this, I’m in the throes of new motherhood. My hair is falling out (thank you, postpartum hair loss) and, to be...

Summer Freebies: Free Fun for the Whole Family – Updated for 2019!

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Summertime in Madison is chock full of great things to do. In fact, there’s so much going on, it actually can get overwhelming . . . and expensive! So, once again, here are a...

Hack That Pump: 5 Tips to Make Pumping Suck Less

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Calling all pumping mamas! Whether you’re pumping a lot or a little, did you know there might be a few ways to make pumping milk for your baby more comfortable and more productive? Through...
Baby number 2 might be easier than you think

Thinking About Baby Number 2? Here’s Why Having Another Kid Might be Easier Than...

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I’ll admit, I was slightly freaked out about adding a second kid to our family. I’d been warned by friends and even by strangers (thank you random dude at yoga with horror stories about...

The Power of Positive Birth Stories

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  I grew up terrified of giving birth. Between what I had heard in church about Eve’s punishment being painful childbirth and what my own mother had told me, I believed that giving birth would...
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10 Gift Ideas for Second-time Moms (That They Actually Want)

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Until I became a parent, I was often baffled by what to give a mom or family when they had a second (or third or fourth!) child. First babies are so easy to shop...

I Went to Disney World and I Hated It

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It’s my son’s 3rd birthday. I’m 20 weeks pregnant, it’s 90 degrees, we’re packed tightly into a unshaded waiting area with hundreds of other sweaty people and my newly-minted 3-year-old is having a total...