Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes

I’m not a fantastic cook, but I can make some deliciously simple dishes. My absolute favorite appliance these days is my Crock Pot followed by my deep freezer. The end of the day is often challenging for my to...


Where Did September Go? {Weight Loss & Other Updates}

The other day I felt like I was getting into another posting groove, but then I looked up and it wasn’t the other day… it was over 20 days ago. (Heck, I started the draft of this post two...


How Would You Describe Your Child?

I stared at the question on the preschool parent questionnaire. How would you describe your child? I’m not sure why, but I always hated being asked about my baby’s temperament at well baby checks. It felt like there was a...


Bring on Brinner! 12 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

This collection of delicious breakfast for dinner recipes is sponsored by Foodie.com, a place where you can collect and organize recipes online. Check out 12 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes by Darcy Zalewski at Foodie.com I love breakfast foods, but I don’t...


The #LeapTV Pre-Sale is Here!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! One of this year’s hottest holiday toys is on pre-sale today — September 2! The new LeapTV gaming console by LeapFrog is going to be a hot...


Keeping Myself Accountable {Weight Loss Update}

I’m the type of person who is filled with ideas and likes to go all in on something to the point of obsession. I tend to burn myself out of motivation this way. It’s taken quite a few years...


The LeapFrog LeapTV Pre-Sale is Coming Soon! #LeapTV

This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! One of this year’s hottest holiday toys is going on pre-sale on September 2! Yes, I really do think the new LeapTV gaming console by LeapFrog is going...


Easy Pineapple Banana Smoothie

I loooove smoothies. I might like milkshakes even more, but smoothies are always a hit in my house. The kids think it’s fun to help fill the blender and drink through fun straws. When Rissa was younger, I made Peanut...


There’s Something Exciting Coming From LeapFrog! #LeapTV

This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! We’re big fans of LeapFrog in this house. We have several of their toys and the kids enjoy watching their educational shows. Everything we’ve bought...


Getting Ready to Send My Oldest Off to Preschool

Say what?! Didn’t I say last year that I wasn’t going to enroll my 3 year old in preschool? I still believe my reasons for NOT planning to enroll her are valid. It’s just that she changed the game plan...


Let’s Hear It For Non-Scale Victories! {Weight Loss Update}

No surprise that I haven’t followed any eating plans to a T nor have I been completely strict with my running/exercise schedule. They are important components to living a healthier life, but they aren’t the only parts. I’m so close...


Encouraging Gross Motor Development With Outside Play

We received a fun climbing dome toy for review from Little Tikes. Everyday my kids are learning, developing, and honing their skills. Sometimes we’re encouraging specific ones with directed play, but most of the time it just happens naturally over...


12 Quick Family Meals

This collection of Quick Family Meals is part of a compensated campaign with Foodie.com. Check out Quick Family Dinner Recipes by Darcy Zalewski at Foodie.com I sort of hate calling a recipe “quick.” To me, quick is subjective when it comes...


Creating Fun Backyard Moments With Our New Water Table

We received a water table to review from Little Tikes. The memories and opinions shared are all our own. I hate to admit it, but I don’t think I get my kids outside to play as often as I’d like...


Sweet Summer Memories: Strawberry Picking

I love strawberries. Their vibrant red color, their fresh scent, and the taste as of sweet and tart as I sink my teeth into a juicy one. If I had to pick a favorite fruit, strawberry would be it. ...


Host Your Own Bounce House Play Date!

We received a bounce house toy from Little Tikes to review for our own play date. There is just something about bounce houses that draw kids to them like moths to a flame. They are irresistible fun! Around here, there...


Will I Ever Run a 5k? {Weight Loss & Couch to 5k Updates}

Two weeks ago I was so close to hitting my next weight goal. Without tracking my food and WW points, you can see how my weights have fluctuated. Week 16: 213.4 Week 17: 211.6 Week 18: 208.8 Week 19: 211.4 Week 20: 211 I’ve also...


Champagne Soaked Strawberries

Champagne Soaked Strawberries and 12 Drinks for Summer

This summer drink round up is sponsored by Foodie.com, a place to organize and collect recipes online. Check out 12 Summer Drinks by Darcy Zalewski at Foodie.com I love strawberries and I’m fond of champagne. I haven’t drank very much in...


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Family Fun at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark

Our family was invited for one complimentary night stay at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark in Gurnee, Illinois so we could experience it for ourselves. All thoughts and images are my own. With indoor waterparks, the fun happens all year round....


Expand Your Child’s Library at My Usborne Books Facebook Party!

Okay, so, I feel awkward sending out party invites to the masses. I really do, but I want you to come by tomorrow, if you can. Not to my house though because it’s a mess. Facebook is letting me...