Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Raising Little Travelers Through Trips and Play

We received the VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase™ to review, which is also available on Amazon (referral link). Rissa likes flying in planes. She told me this when we flew to Florida in August. Xander seems


Family Day in Chicago: Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum

At the end of July we spent a few days in Chicago. One whole day was spent enjoying the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. We received a media pass for the Shedd Aquarium


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Dessert After Hours in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter #FamilyForward

We attended the Family Forward Retreat which included a lot of awesome experiences. This was not a press trip – we bought conference tickets and flight – but the sponsors did offer a memorable


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Flying With My Kids Isn’t So Bad #VZWVoices #Mom

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. Flying with a


Strengthening and Testing Our Family on Vacation #FamilyForward

Last week our family went on vacation at Universal Studios as part of the Family Forward Retreat. I loved the idea of it – activities to bring our family together and make incredible memories. The


Traveling Mishaps: The Case of Forgotten Underwear

It almost never fails that I forget to pack something.  It’s usually nothing big, but sometimes I don’t have enough outfits or socks… or underwear.  In fact, underwear shortage seems to be my number


Packing and Planning for Universal Studios With a Toddler and a Baby #VZWVoices #Mom

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. frameborder=”0″ width=”200″ height=”215″> I


Sponsored: Beat Summer Brain for FREE With the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry #MSIsummerbrain #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Prevent Summer Brain Drain When I was a kid, I looked forward to summer because it was supposed


Baby Gear Review | Easy Popup Portable Travel Crib [VIDEO]

Whether you are traveling near or far from home, a travel crib can come in handy.  Xander isn’t mobile yet, but I often used a portable crib/playpen to keep Rissa safe and contained when


5 Pet Peeves About Flying

As I mentioned, I am now at Blissdom.  After arriving Thursday via an early flight, I was reminded of some of the annoying aspects of flying.  Rude people, lack of legroom, and expensive merchandise


5 Holiday Travel Safety Tips #LifeLock

Many of you may be planning to travel over the next few days if you haven’t hit the road already. I know the holidays mean more running around for us as we try to


Travel Smart With the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller

If you travel a lot with a baby (6 months+) or toddler – whether by car, plane or train – you need to check out the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller.  It will save you space


Chicago Toy & Game Fair Weekend Family Game Pass Giveaway #4

It’s almost here! It’s almost here!  I can’t wait to go (unless this baby has other plans).  It’ll be fun to check out all the hot holiday toys, new toys, and play.  I love


Chicago Toy & Game Fair Weekend Family Pass Giveaway #3

It’s another week closer to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and we have another family pass to giveaway!  I totally take the blame for not having one up last week as intended.  There


Behind the Scenes of ‘Secret of the Wings’ at DisneyToon Studios

I can hardly believe it was only two months ago that I was in Los Angeles. That month was jam packed with traveling and exciting opportunities that it feels like it was so long


Chicago Toy & Game Fair Family Weekend Pass Giveaway – Week #2

It’s another week closer to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and we have another family pass to giveaway! When: November 17 & 18 Where:  Navy Pier in Festival Hall A All Weekend Activities Giant-sized games such as: Bananagrams,


I Met Tinker Bell and Her Sister Periwinkle! #DisneyInHomeBloggers

When I was little, I thought it would be so cool to meet Disney character cast members.  For a little while I even imagined being one some day.  With my dark hair and fair skin, I


Chicago’s Toy & Game Fair is Coming Up – Win a Family Weekend Pass!

Did you know that Chicago’s Toy and Game Fair is the largest public toy and game show in the nation?  I honestly don’t know how I’ve missed out on it in the past, but we are planning to


Baby Travel Gear: Eddie Bauer Trail Hiker 3 Wheel Travel System Review

With Rissa, we never had a travel system.  Since she was a late fall baby in Wisconsin, we figured we wouldn’t be using a stroller really until spring.  It didn’t seem necessary for us;


Some Day I Want to Go on an African Safari

I love animals and there isn’t anything quite like watching them in their natural habitat.  Sure, I like going to the zoo, but it’s not the same.  One of the coolest experiences I’ve had