Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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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


Going to Disney World With 2 Little Kids Isn’t So Bad After All #DisneyKids

Our family was invited to an expenses paid Disney World to see what it has to offer for preschool aged children. The views we share are our own. You already knew we loved Disney


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

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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