Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Control Your Portions! Healthy Steps Cooking Utensils Review

One thing I have learned that is important to healthy eating and losing/maintaining weight is portion control.  Our society has gotten out of control with portions.  We keep increasing the size of everything.  If we like something then we...


10 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Know About Me

I’ve laid quite a few personal things out on this blog.  So what’s 10 more? 1.  I hate clowns.  I don’t think they’re funny nor do I think they are appropriate for children.  I find them creepy and… just… keep...


Learning to Love Me – My Constant Struggle With Self Image

I love myself and my family.  I know I’m a valued wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. But sometimes… sometimes other people’s perceptions concern me.  I think a lot of us struggle with this, but some more than others....


Baby Socks = Good Mother Status?

Baby Socks = Good Mother Status?

Some of you may have seen my tweets about this… last weekend while we were at Home Depot, an older woman was completely appalled that Rissa wasn’t wearing any socks. Appalled. It was in her tone of voice, her words, and...


Instant Influence {Book} Review

Do you struggle with motivating others to do what you want? How about motivating yourself? Well, with the help of Michael V. Pantalon, you can learn how to quickly influence others in less than seven minutes. I received an advanced...


Why I Love Spring {and a mini love story}

It brings warm rain and flowers.  But it also brings love. Brian and I met in the spring.  Well, we met face-to-face in the spring.  It was March 2002, several months after we started talking online.  This led to years...


Find Focus at Talk to the Turtle {Review}

When you have several responsibilities that pull you in multiple directions, it can be difficult to find focus and balance.   Many people find comfort in using methods such as meditation to help keep their mind, body and spirit...


Intimia Breast Pillow Review

Do you like to sleep on your side?  Have you ever noticed wrinkles on your chest around your cleavage?  Maybe that’s not a concern for you – maybe discomfort is the issue?  I received the opportunity to review the...


3 Things I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding

There are many things I wish I’d known about having a baby, getting married, college, debt, credit, etc, etc. But right now I can say there are three things about breastfeeding that I wish I could have known...


A Final New Mama’s Day Event Thank You

Thank you to all my readers – new and old! – who entered, commented, and had fun with this event.  It kept me very busy on the other side here!  I do apologize for my lack of comment replies,...


(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Wild Child!

I saw this at Target and just had to get it! Too bad it runs small … she’s too tall for it (onesie...


Baby Signs Complete Starter Kit Review

Although I can’t wait for Rissa to start talking and she has started to babble more, I know it is going to be quite awhile before we can effectively communicate with each other – verbally, at least.  I’ve been...


Hasbro Fun on the Run: BattleShip Review

If you are like us, the summer usually means more trips out and about.  These can be short, frequent trips or longer road trips.  Although my daughter is just a baby, I remember how boring long car trips were...


Even More Winners!

Even More Winners!

Thank you so much for your patience!  Here are the rest of the New Mama’s Day winners and the Spongeables winners! Spongeables – 170 entries.  Congrats to Lisa! Animoto One Year Plus Membership – 45 entries.  Congrats to Desiree @ Wee...


Grocery Shopping for a Cause #childhungerendshere #walmart #familymeals

ConAgra Foods has partnered with Feeding America to help families in need.  We can help by purchasing specially marked ConAgra Foods brands and then entering the codes into the website. For every code entered, one meal will be...


Unclog With The Drain Claw {Review}

I used to have longer hair, but it doesn’t seem to matter what length I keep it – the bathtub drain gets clogged.  Have you ever noticed how much hair you shed in the shower?  Every few months it...


VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly DVD Review

I’m pretty excited to share VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly DVD with you today!  It’s the first VeggieTales Live DVD based on their touring show.  This DVD will release on June 7th, 2011.  And let me tell you, if...


An Unexpected (and unwanted) Visitor {Personal} #breastfeeding

I missed writing about birth control for this past Thursday’s breastfeeding blog hop.  Regardless, it’s a timely topic. On Saturday morning, it became apparent to me why I’ve been feeling achy (thought it was all the babywearing I’ve been doing!)...


Tropical Traditions All Purpose Cleaner & Coconut Oil Review

Tropical Traditions All Purpose Cleaner & Coconut Oil Review

Many of you know that since Rissa came along, I’ve become increasingly interested in more natural products.  I’m still not using as many as I’d like (for a variety of reasons), but I get excited to try new things...


TOYconomy ~ Toy Rental Service Review

[UPDATE: They've gone out of business] With many families having less disposable income these days, it’s no wonder that we look for ways to save money on toys! Kids grow fast and toys are expensive.  Toys are often in good...