Melissa Benator

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Melissa Benator is a basketball wife, English teacher, and freelance writer, who spends most of her time getting her cardio in by chasing around her energetic two-year-old son and seventy-five-pound rescue lapdog. She is a Virginia girl who gradually kept migrating further south after graduating from The University of Georgia, where she met her husband. They moved to Pensacola as newlyweds five years ago and fell in love with the turquoise water and white sand. When not at the beach or eating her way down Palafox Street, Melissa can be found improvising in the kitchen, pretending to be Joana Gaines, or splashing in the baby pool with her son. She believes that life is a perpetual learning curve, and motherhood is no exception. Melissa looks forward to connecting with our readers and sharing her joys and challenges as a new(ish) mother.
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Drown Out The Noise- Five Valuable Instagram Accounts for Moms

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Instagram can be a loud place. Three years ago, as a brand new mom, I followed countless handles in search of tips and advice. Over time, it became clear my feed was a stressful...

Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Eleven years ago, I silently wandered the halls of Yad Vashem, which is one of the world’s most renowned Holocaust museums. Located in Israel, this memorial holds a record of the atrocities that occurred throughout...
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Paralyzed by Postpartum Anxiety

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Sometimes I see a woman in passing and do a double-take because, for a split second, I thought it was her. I turn my head to look again and then snap back to reality. Lately,...
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Pregnancy in a Pandemic

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There is so much to learn during pregnancy. A wealth of resources exist to educate expectant parents. But where does a new mother turn when figuring out what to expect when expecting during a...

Bowls That Beat The Lunch Rut

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As a teacher, sometimes I feel a small pang of envy when I see pictures of friends sitting on a restaurant patio during their hour-long lunch breaks. Even a trip to the Chick-Fil-A drive-through...

Six Sneaky Green Food Solutions: Picky Toddler Approved

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Meal time used to be a walk in the park in our house. I mean, my child even enjoyed broccoli. Then he turned two. For the past sixth months, he has not even picked up...

Postpartum: No One Said It Would Be Glamorous

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When I was pregnant with my son, I spent countless hours researching baby gear. I poured over reviews and sought opinions from friends, methodically comparing them in true type A form. I constructed the perfect...

Traveling With Toddlers: Road Trip Edition

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By the time you read this post, this trip will have come and gone, but I am about to head out on my second major road trip with a toddler in tow. A toddler...