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Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Cheesy potatoes made in my Crock Pot makes a delicious side dish for dinner. This is a slow cooker recipe I can use all year round too, which I absolutely love! One reason my Crock Pot gets so much love from me? The kids go bonkers around normal dinner time making it


Big Game Party Food Recipes

I love football Sundays, especially when we are enjoying delicious food with friends and family while watching an intense game on tv. Even when our team doesn’t make it to the Big Game, I look forward to hanging out, snacking and watching the commercials. (They are getting too hyped up now though,


And then… she took off her sandals

Ever since Rissa was a baby it has been impossible to keep socks on her for very long.  She used to kick them off, now she yanks them off as soon as her shoes are off. But it’s not her socks that caught my attention the other day. Not too long ago


Dance With Me Daddy

Every time I hear the song “Summertime Blues” fond memories of dancing with my dad come to mind. The chink of the quarter dropping into the jukebox.  Pressing the familiar buttons, queuing up the song.  As the first notes hit the speakers he’d take my little hand in his, guiding me along.  Twisting,


Rissa Pretends to Be Me and Shows Off Her Somersault Skills [VIDEO]

Okay the title sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? Rissa is not pretending to be me while doing somersaults, but she thinks it’s funny to take over the video intro and claim to be Darcy.  We are like a comedy team for a few seconds there. Me: What’s your name? Her: Darcy!


Confession: I Don’t Want My Daughter to be a Teen Slut Like Me

I wish I could pick and choose how my daughter is like me.  Right now I know how much she looks and acts like I did as a young child.  I’d give her my sense of humor and academic skills, but withhold the busty chest, self-doubt, and low self-esteem. Fickle self-esteem Maybe


What is Motherhood? [VIDEO]

Happy Mother’s Day!  I made this little video after asking for your input on our Facebook fan page – How would you describe motherhood in one word. I know that was a tough question.  How do you sum up something so complex in one word? (Video) Hope you all have a lovely day.


Adding Google Plus to My Social Equation

How many social networks are you on?  What if you could combine the best concepts from each into a new one?  What if it could help you with your blog or business? Let me tell you about my renewed interest in Google Plus (referred to as Google+ or G+ here on out)


An Interview With My 4 Year Old Self [VIDEO]

I dug into the home movie archives to bring you a conversation with my 4 year old self.  Seems I actually started vlogging in 1985.  So of course the quality will be questionable, but it is still entertaining.  Also, volume is a bit quiet throughout the entire video. I make some observations


Tips for Taking Baby to a Blogging Conference

Want to attend a blogging conference but not sure about leaving your baby behind?  Good news – there are baby friendly conferences.  After attending BlissDom with 4 month old Xander, I thought I’d share some of the pros and cons of having him with me as well as a few tips that


My Top 5 Baby Money Saving Tips for New Parents

One of the first things I wanted to figure out as new parents was how we could save money on baby gear. I’m not a money saving expert.  In fact, I am much better at spending than saving. Well, I guess I have some idea on how to save so you can spend.


Recap of Blissdom Day 2 and Me Tossing Pizza Dough!

I will be providing a better recap later when I can think better.  Right now my brain is full of knowledge, new friends, and screaming for sleep.  But, I did record a quick video talking about my second day at Blissdom.  I wish I could have gotten it out to you earlier,


Behind the Blog: A Day in My Life With 2 Kids

My days at home with my kids isn’t too unlike other stay at home parents.  The days are predictable and unpredictable at the same time.  It’s messy, entertaining, frustrating, and fun… and that is just Rissa’s point of view. A glimpse into our days… (video) Most days we get up between 8-9am.


Feeling Like a Cloth Diaper Flunky [Because Prompts are Fun]

Once upon a time I loved cloth diapering.  I even loved doing diaper laundry.  While pregnant with Xander I looked forward to cloth diapering a newborn and packed them in my hospital bag.  I’ve used cloth with Rissa for two years – I’m a fluff veteran! I thought.  Think of all the


When I Grow Up I Want to Be… [VIDEO]

What I wanted to be when I grew up used to be a fun topic of discussion.  Now, it sort of makes me feel like I don’t have a solid plan anymore.  When I was little I believed I could be anything I wanted to be…. from a circus performer to the


How I Met My Husband…Online

Today when I tell people that I met Brian online it’s generally accepted. Lots of people meet online and develop relationships, but it wasn’t always so socially acceptable. Plenty of people thought it was a bit weird back in 2001-2002. And better yet, we weren’t single at the time. No, no one


Top 10 Videos from Tales From the Nursery in 2012

Last year we started to create more video content. This year I am planning to expand on this and have some ideas of fun video features to share with you. The work we’ve put into our YouTube channel seems to be paying off as our subscribers and views grow. 39 videos Over


Oh, the Silly Things Strangers Say to Moms

I don’t know what it is about babies and baby bumps, but they have a strange way of disabling people’s filters. They also seem to remove common sense and courtesy too. Now, strangers (and even non-strangers) aren’t always rude, but dang, do they hear what’s coming out of their mouths? I know


Peanut Butter Banana Avocado Smoothie Recipe

My daughter thinks it is great fun when we have smoothies. She loves drinking out of a straw and she knows it will taste more fun than water or milk. I wasn’t able to have many smoothies while pregnant since fruit in the morning made my blood sugar high (gestational diabetes). But


This One Time… I Got a Detention

This one time in elementary school, I got detention. It was the only time I ever got it. Since it happened at least 20 years ago (gulp) parts of it are very clear while other details are quite fuzzy. I can’t quite remember what grade I was in at the time, but