Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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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

Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Have I told you lately how much I love my Crock Pot? It’s getting plenty of use these days. The kids go bonkers around normal dinner time making it very difficult to make anything at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Top 5 Baby Money Saving Tips [Because Prompts are Fun]

I’m sort of amazed that you are reading this right now.  I’m not money saving expert.  In fact, I am much better at spending than saving.  Well, I guess I have some idea how to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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